Is Jesus God?

Jesus’ equality with God.

The Religious leaders of the day wanted to kill Jesus because he equated himself with God.

After healing a sick man on the Sabbath, the Jewish religious leaders start to harass him because of this.

John 5 17 Jesus replied, “My Father is still working, and I am working too.” 18 For this reason the Jewish leaders wanted even more to kill him—not only because he was doing away with the Sabbath but also because he called God his own Father, thereby making himself equal with God.

The word “equal” is the Greek word isos from where we get isosceles as in isosceles triangle which is a triangle with equal sides. “Equal” means of the same measurement. Equal means identical. Equal means the same as.

In mathematics we use the symbol = to signify that one number or equation on the one side of the = is exactly the same as the number or equation on the other side. Though they may look different, they are identical. It is not that one produces the other even though you may have a math equation such as 2+2=4. It is not that 2+2 stands apart and is different from 4. It is not that 2+2 came before 4. It is not that 2+2 creates 4. They are equal. Equality in this case means “the same as” so that 2+2 and 4 are identical and can replace one or the other.

As an example: 6+(a)=10      a can be either 2+2 or 4 and the answer would still be the same. It is not one or the other that is the correct answer rather either one is the correct answer because of the equality in value.

God’s value and Jesus’ value are equal, meaning they are the same and one can substitute for the other therefore the notion that Jesus is God is not only something that can be believed upon with faith, it is mathematically correct also and therefore logical and reasonable.

John 10 22 The time came for the Festival of Dedication[a] in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple, walking in the covered porch named for Solomon. 24 The Jewish opposition circled around him and asked, “How long will you test our patience? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, but you don’t believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you don’t believe because you don’t belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life. They will never die, and no one will snatch them from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them from my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 Again the Jewish opposition picked up stones in order to stone him. 32 Jesus responded, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”

33 The Jewish opposition answered, “We don’t stone you for a good work but for insulting God. You are human, yet you make yourself out to be God.”

34 Jesus replied, “Isn’t it written in your Law, I have said, you are gods?”[b] 35 Scripture calls those to whom God’s word came gods, and scripture can’t be abolished. 36 So how can you say that the one whom the Father has made holy and sent into the world insults God because he said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. 38 But if I do them, and you don’t believe me, believe the works so that you can know and recognize that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again, they wanted to arrest him, but he escaped from them.

The religious leaders pose a trick challenge to Jesus. “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” If Jesus says he is they Christ, then they arrest him for heresy. If he says he is not the Christ, they arrest him for deceiving people. This is a no-win scenario.

Instead, Jesus answers the challenge by stating that they already know the answers from the works they have seen him do. Their lack of belief is because they are not part of the flock anyway so they will not follow him.

Then he says something that is even more challenging. He tells them that his sheep listen to his voice and follow him. Then he blows their mind by telling them he does something only God himself can do: “I give them eternal life.”  The only logical conclusion one can draw from this is that either Jesus was a megalomaniac psychotic individual with a terrible mental problem or that he was indeed God.

Jesus said that “no one will ever snatch them from my hand.” Then he says that His Father has given them to him but at the same time “no one is able to snatch them from my Father’s hand.” This is a substitution principle.

The sheep are in Jesus’ hands.

No one can snatch them from Jesus’ hands.

The Father gave them to Jesus.

No one is able to snatch them from the Father’s hand.

Therefore the sheep are in the Father’s (God’s) hand while at the same time in Jesus’ hands. The logical conclusion is what Jesus himself says:  “I and the father are one.” God = Jesus.

This statement alone ticks of the religious leaders and they immediately pick up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus asks them for which good deed they want to stone him and they make it clear that they want to kill him because of his last statement and what that means to them. “We don’t stone you for a good work but for insulting God. You are human, yet you make yourself out to be God.”

Jesus justifies his deity by quoting Psalm 82 and interpreting it for them telling them that he is called God because he has been entrusted with God’s message. He tells them that the Father made him Holy and sent him. Jesus gives them the standard from which to judge whether or not he is God. 37 “If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. 38 But if I do them, and you don’t believe me, believe the works so that you can know and recognize that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again he states that God the Father is in him and that he is in God the Father, thus stating equality.

Paul tells the believers at Philipi adopt Jesus’ attitude of stepping down in position.

Philipians 2

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:

Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.

Jesus was in the form of God meaning that he had the very essence and nature of God. Being equal with God, he did not consider that being something to exploit even though he could have.
But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,

Jesus emptied himself does not mean that he subtracted his deity but rather that he added humanity. He added the form of a human being and the form of a slave.
        he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him
and gave him a name above all names,
10     so that at the name of Jesus everyone
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
11         and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Contrast this with Isaiah 45:23

23 I have sworn a solemn pledge;
a word has left my mouth;
it is reliable and won’t fail.
Surely every knee will bow
and every tongue will confess;
24     they will say, “Righteousness and strength come only from the Lord.
All who are angry with him will come to shame.

Jesus get’s God’s Glory

Glory is reserved only for God.

Isaiah 42:8 I am the Lord;
that is my name;
I don’t hand out my glory to others
or my praise to idols.

If God does not allow glory to be given to anyone but Him, then logically, anyone receiving Glory that is not God is doing something totally wrong. And if someone worships Jesus, they are worshipping one of two things. Either Jesus is worthy to receive worship because He is God, or else the Bible is wrong and Jesus was a charlatan and a con man.

Jesus prays to the Father and asks to be glorified.

John 17 When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son can glorify you. You gave him authority over everyone so that he could give eternal life to everyone you gave him. This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent. I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I shared with you before the world was created.

Not only does he ask to be glorified but he wants the glory He shared with you before the world was created. If Jesus had the glory of the God and God does not hand out his glory to anyone other than to himself, then logically Jesus is God.

Eternity of Jesus

Micah 5:2 is a prophesy of the coming Messiah.

As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
though you are the least significant of Judah’s forces,
one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you.
His origin is from remote times, from ancient days.

Also translated as “from the days of eternity”  meaning that the Messiah is not a created being but rather existed from all eternity.

Revelation 1

1 A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. Christ made it known by sending it through his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, including all that John saw. Favored is the one who reads the words of this prophecy out loud, and favored are those who listen to it being read, and keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

John, to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace and peace to you from the one who is and was and is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before God’s throne, and from Jesus Christ—the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, who made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and always. Amen.

Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and was and is coming, the Almighty.”

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. But he put his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I was dead, but look! Now I’m alive forever and always. I have the keys of Death and the Grave.

Revelation 22

12 “Look! I’m coming soon. My reward is with me, to repay all people as their actions deserve. 13 I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to bear witness to all of you about these things for the churches. I’m the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.

Note the glorious titles :

  • “the Alpha and the Omega,”
  • “the Beginning and the End,”
  • “the First and the Last,”
  • “the Almighty,”
  • “the Lord God,
  • “the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.”

Read all these titles of Deity, and note that every one in the context can be applied specifically to Jesus. This book is the revelation of Jesus the Divine Son!

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Jesus called God.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel

Matthew 1:23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will call him, Emmanuel.

(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

Isaiah gave us this glorious prophecy of Jesus’ virgin birth. Matthew amplifies the prophecy by identifying this promised Son as “Immanuel — which means ‘God with us.’ ” Jesus is “GOD with us”! “A son”, yes, but also “God”! This is a clear, straightforward affirmation of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 9:6

A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
and authority will be on his shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus, the prophesied son, “will be called…Mighty God.”

John 20:27-28

27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”

28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

The apostle Thomas correctly addressed Jesus as “My Lord and my God.” Is Jesus God? That is precisely how the apostle Thomas described Him, with no contradiction offered by Jesus.

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Psalms 45:6

Your divine throne is eternal and everlasting. Your royal scepter is a scepter of justice.

Hebrews 1:8

But he says to his Son,

God, your throne is forever and your kingdom’s scepter is a rod of justice.

“God, your throne is forever” — The Old Testament Hebrew word used here is Elohim, used for “God” well over a thousand times in the Bible. This exact scripture from the Psalm is quoted in Hebrews and is applied to Jesus the Son. Jesus is God! Not just “a god,” as some would have us believe. The New Testament Greek word for “God” that is specifically applied to Jesus in Hebrews 1:8 is Theos, used for “God” over 1,300 times in the New Testament. So is Jesus “God”? That’s precisely what God the Father called Him!

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John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The Word was with God in the beginning.
Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being.
What came into being 4 through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

Jesus is called “the Word”, the Logos, of God.

If the Word was with God in the beginning, then he existed prior to all creation, therefore he was not created but existed always. Eternity is the main quality of God.

The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world.
10 The light was in the world, and the world came into being through the light, but the world didn’t recognize the light.
11 The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him.
12 But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children, 13 born not from blood nor from human desire or passion, but born from God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Jesus is called “the light”. The world came into being through the light, meaning that it was Jesus who created the world as part of God.

Jesus is the father’s only son. This means that the term son is not a reference to being a child of God which we all are, but rather a special designation that connotes being a part of not a product of.

Colossians 1

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation,

16 Because all things were created by him: both in the heavens and on the earth, the things that are visible and the things that are invisible. Whether they are thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him.

17 He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.

18 He is the head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the one who is firstborn from among the dead so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

19 Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him, 20 and he reconciled all things to himself through him— whether things on earth or in the heavens. He brought peace through the blood of his cross.

As the Logos, Jesus is the manifestation or expression of God to us, “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).

If God is the creator, and here it says that all things were created by Him (Jesus) then Jesus is the creator therefore Jesus is God.

The purpose of creating all things is for him, (Jesus).

“He existed before all things”. This tells us that Jesus is eternal and not a crated being.

“All the fullness of God was pleased to live in him”.  Everything that comprises God, His essence and being, 100% lives in Jesus, thus making him God.

Hebrews 1

1 In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty. And the Son became so much greater than the other messengers, such as angels, that he received a more important title than theirs.

If Jesus is the light of God’s glory, then he is the source itself. One cannot separate light from the source. If you have a flame, the flame is the source of the light but a flame cannot exist without the light and the light cannot exist without the flame. The flame does not create the light and the light does not create the flame. The light is part of the flame and the flame is part of the light. If God is the flame and Jesus is the light of the flame, then they are one and the same as one cannot exist without the other.

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Worship belongs to God only.

Exodus 34:14 You must not bow down to another god, because the Lord is passionate: the Lord’s name means “a passionate God.”  (jealous)

Matthew 4:10 Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

Hebrews 1:6 But then, when he brought his firstborn into the world, he said, All of God’s angels must worship him.

In Exodus God commands that He alone be worshiped. Jesus reiterated the commandment to worship God only. Yet God the Father’s command in Hebrews 1:6 that His angels worship the Son indicates that the Son too is God. If Jesus were not Deity, God in the flesh, this would be idolatry.

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John 5

19 Jesus responded to the Jewish leaders, “I assure you that the Son can’t do anything by himself except what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20 The Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he does. He will show him greater works than these so that you will marvel. 21 As the Father raises the dead and gives life, so too does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. 22 The Father doesn’t judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son 23 so that everyone will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him.

Jesus is to be given equal honor with the Father.

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Matthew 28

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

In His Great Commission baptismal command, Jesus said to baptize in the name (not “names”) of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is a strong implication of coequality among Father, Son and Holy Spirit in this verse.

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God is the Shepherd and Jesus is the Shepherd

Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.

Ezekiel 34:31 You are my flock, the flock of my pasture. You are human, and I am your God. This is what the Lord God says.

John 10

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd.

Hebrews 13

20 May the God of peace,
who brought back the great shepherd of the sheep,
our Lord Jesus,
from the dead by the blood of the eternal covenant,
21     equip you with every good thing to do his will,
by developing in us what pleases him through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory forever and always. Amen.

Often in the Old Testament God is referred to as the Shepherd of His flock, His people. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the good shepherd.”

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Isaiah 8

13 It is the Lord of heavenly forces whom you should hold sacred, whom you should fear, and whom you should hold in awe.

14 God will become a sanctuary—
but he will be a stone to trip over and a rock to stumble on for the two houses of Israel;
a trap and a snare for those living in Jerusalem.
15 Many of them will stumble and fall,
and be broken, snared, and captured.

I Peter 2

Now you are coming to him [Jesus] as to a living stone. Even though this stone was rejected by humans, from God’s perspective it is chosen, valuable.

So God honors you who believe. For those who refuse to believe, though, the stone the builders tossed aside has become the capstone. This is a stone that makes people stumble and a rock that makes them fall. Because they refuse to believe in the word, they stumble. Indeed, this is the end to which they were appointed.

It is evident that the “stone that causes men to stumble and [the] rock that makes them fall” of Isaiah and Peter are one and the same. The wording in the Old and New Testaments is identical.

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Exodus 3

13 But Moses said to God, “If I now come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they are going to ask me, ‘What’s this God’s name?’ What am I supposed to say to them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.[b] So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

John 8

54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is meaningless. My Father, who you say is your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 You don’t know him, but I do. If I said I didn’t know him, I would be like you, a liar. But I do know him, and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see my day. He saw it and was happy.”

57 “You aren’t even 50 years old!” the Jewish opposition replied. “How can you say that you have seen Abraham?”

58 “I assure you,” Jesus replied, “before Abraham was, I Am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the temple.

ego eimi (ἐγώ εἰμι) “I am”, “I exist”, is the first person singular present tense of the verb “to be” in ancient Greek.

God identified Himself to Moses by the name “I AM”. Jesus identified Himself to the Jews as that very same “I AM”. The Jews knew exactly what He was claiming and sought to stone Him for such apparent blasphemy — that is, His (true!) claim to be the “I AM” who spoke to Moses.

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Isaiah 11

1A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse;
a branch will sproutfrom his roots.
The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him,
a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
a spirit of planning and strength,
a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.

Jeremiah 23

The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendantfrom David’s line, and he will rule as a wise king. He will do what is just and right in the land. During his lifetime, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And his name will be The Lord Is Our Righteousness.

Jesus Christ is the Lord’s Branch from the line of David. Jeremiah prophesied that the name of this Branch would be “The Lord our Righteousness” — in Hebrew, JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU. The divine name JEHOVAH (some translate it Yahweh) is applied to Jesus Christ.

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Isaiah 40:3 A voice is crying out:
“Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!

Mark 1

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:

Look, I am sending my messenger before you.
He will prepare your way,
a voice shouting in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.”

Isaiah speaks of a messenger preparing the way for “our God”. Mark shows that Isaiah’s prophecy spoke of John the Baptist’s preparing for the coming of JESUS! Truly He is “our God”. It is small wonder that Thomas, beholding the resurrected Son, could cry, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). It is quite evident from his words that the apostle Thomas had correctly perceived the deity of Jesus Christ.

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Hebrews 3

1Therefore, brothers and sisters who are partners in the heavenly calling, think about Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession. Jesus was faithful to the one who appointed him just like Moses was faithful in God’s house. But he deserves greater glory than Moses in the same way that the builder of the house deserves more honor than the house itself. Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

In verse 3 Jesus is the builder. In verse 4 God is the builder of all.

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Isaiah 48

12 Listen to me, Jacob;
Israel, whom I called:
I am the one;
I am the first and I am the last.
13 My hand founded the earth;
my strong hand spread out the heavens.
When I call to them, they all stand up.

17 The Lord your redeemer,
the holy one of Israel, proclaims:
I am the Lord your God
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.

Revelation 1

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. But he put his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I was dead, but look! Now I’m alive forever and always. I have the keys of Death and the Grave.

Jesus, the resurrected, ever-living Son of God, calls Himself “the First and the Last”, a divine title ascribed to “the Lord your God” in Isaiah.

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Titus 1

God revealed his message at the appropriate time through preaching, and I was trusted with preaching this message by the command of God our savior.

To Titus, my true child in a common faith.

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.

Note: “God our Savior” (vs. 3) and “Christ Jesus our Savior” (vs. 4). Jesus Christ is God; Jesus Christ is the Savior.

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A disclaimer seems to be in order here. I am not saying that Jesus Christ IS the Father (He is not). I am asserting that Jesus is God AND that the Father is God. To pursue that line of thought any farther necessitates a study of the doctrine of the Trinity — a classic and valid truth of orthodox Christianity, but not the subject of this study. In this undertaking my mission is to affirm biblically the full deity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Again, I am not saying that Jesus is the Father (He is not), but that Jesus is fully God (“true man and true God,” as the early Christians declared) and thereby coequal and coeternal with God the Father.

GOD

                                                THE FATHER            THE SON       THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Mark 2:5, 7 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” … [7] “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Jesus possessed personally the authority to forgive sins, an authority that belongs uniquely to God.

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Isaiah 43:12b, 14-15 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God…. [14] This is what the LORD says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride. I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”

Hosea 11:9b For I am God, and not man — the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.

Mark 1:24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”

Acts 3:14-15 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

“The Holy One”, a title applied often to Jehovah (or Yahweh) God, is specifically applied in the New Testament to Jesus Christ.

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Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome…

1 Timothy 6:15 …which God will bring about in his own time — God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 17:14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Jesus is called “Lord of lords” and “King of kings” — titles ascribed elsewhere in Scripture to God.

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Isaiah 45:22-23 Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In the act of bowing the knee to and confessing Jesus, we are worshiping God, for He has said, “Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.”

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Deuteronomy 32:3-4 I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

1 Corinthians 10:1, 4 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea … [4] and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

“Our God…the Rock”, of whom Moses wrote, is said by the apostle Paul to be Jesus. A related truth clearly reinforced by Paul’s statement is the preexistence of Christ prior to His earthly incarnation.

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John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

Jesus the Son possesses the same life-giving power that God the Father has. The power to bring life from death is uniquely a prerogative of divinity.

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Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls

Acts 4:10-12 Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed…. [12] Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Joel exhorts us to call upon the divine name — the Lord (Hebrew = Jehovah, or Yahweh) — for salvation. Peter quotes this exact verse (Acts 2:21) and tells us (Acts 4:12) that salvation is found in the name of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul similarly urges that “every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11).

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Luke 8:38-39 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.”

Jesus identified His ministry to the formerly demon-possessed man as “what God [had] done for [him]”.

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Hebrews 7:1, 3 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him…. [3] Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.

Melchizedek, who appeared to Abraham in Genesis 14, is a “Christophany,” an appearance of a being representing Christ. The writer to the Hebrews in chapter seven makes this same association. And of this remarkable being who is “like the Son of God,” the author declares that He is “without beginning of days or end of life.” This is another powerful declaration of the eternal preexistence of Jesus Christ — a trait only applicable to a fully Divine Being. None short of Deity can claim eternal existence both past and future.

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1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true — even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

“…Jesus Christ. He is the true God.” As unmistakable a declaration of the divinity of Jesus Christ as one could desire!

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Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul recognized Jesus as “our great God and Savior”! This is a forthright assertion of the deity of Christ.

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2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

The apostle Peter, too, an earthly companion and disciple of the Son of God, fully understood the identity of “our God and Savior Jesus Christ”.

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Romans 9

1 I’m speaking the truth in Christ—I’m not lying, as my conscience assures me with the Holy Spirit: I have great sadness and constant pain in my heart. I wish I could be cursed, cut off from Christ if it helped my brothers and sisters, who are my flesh-and-blood relatives. They are Israelites. The adoption as God’s children, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the worship, and the promises belong to them. The Jewish ancestors are theirs, and the Christ descended from those ancestors. He is the one who rules over all things, who is God, and who is blessed forever. Amen.

“Christ, who IS GOD over all”!

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John 9

35 Jesus heard they had expelled the man born blind. Finding him, Jesus said, “Do you believe in the Human One?”

36 He answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have seen him. In fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 The man said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipped Jesus.

If it is only God who should be worshiped, then why did Jesus accept the blind man’s worship? The only answer is that Jesus is God.

My sincere prayer is that the readers of this study will find great encouragement in your faith in the Son of God, as well as a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the identity of Jesus our Savior as Deity, coequal and coeternal with God the Father.

May your faith in Him sustain and bless you “…while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

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