IS JESUS CHRIST GOD?
[Part 2] In our last article we asked the question of Jesus’s deity as God and looked at some scriptures which support Him as God. Click here If you missed the first article. For quick reference these are the scriptures we looked at (John 1:1–3, John 1:14, Genesis 1:3, John 3:19, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 3:16–17, Exodus 3:14, John 8:33, John 8:56–58).
We as Christians are very familiar with the Gospel, but for the sake of those who might not be I’ll quickly explain.
The definition: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion, yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on; a good message, i.e. the gospel: — gospel. Or simply “the gospel” in plain words means good news or glad tidings, the message is the death, burial and resurrection. The apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to the church at Corinth to the fact of Christ’s resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
In the book of Romans which is the sixth in chronological order of Paul’s epistles written in Corinth during his third visit he writes in chapter 10 the explanation of Israels failure to keep the promises of God by their unbelief. The chapter opens up with Paul’s desire and prayer for Israel.
Romans 10:1 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
If you might have noticed in that verse we see that “God hath raised him from the dead,” keep this in mind because the following verse will show where Jesus makes another claim of being God.
Gospel of John
Here’s another portion of scripture speaking of when Jesus went into the temple and turned over the tables of the moneychangers, these were men involved with selling in the temple and dealt unfairly, they were hated among the Jews.
John 2:12–15 “After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;”
The 4 Gospels
The following verses are from the four Gospels, reading them carefully we see that in Matthew, Mark and Luke the Lord Jesus says “My house” but when we come to John’s account of the Gospel we read Jesus says “My Father’s house” speaking of the temple in which they perverted with the selling of merchandise i.e. sheep and oxen.
Matthew 21:13 “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Mark 11:17 “And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Luke 19:46 “Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
John 2:16 “And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
In that moment the religious Pharisee’s asked Jesus by what authority is He doing this by, in plain words what gives Him the right to do this? They then asked for Him to show a sign of His authority. In the end of the next verse we see how it connects with Romans 10:9 in the previous passage saying “God hath raised Him from the dead” now Jesus is saying in this verse “and in three days I will raise it up”.
John 2:18–19 “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
In the book to the Philippians the apostle Paul writes to the church at Phillippi teaching the believers of the pattern, in lowly service in Christ Jesus and how we are to rejoice in it. Paul mentions the fact Christ being in the form of God said it’s not considered robbery for Jesus to be equal with God. Remember what was mentioned in the first article about not confusing nature with position or office/order.
Philippians 2:5–11 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Who but God can make such bold statements of calling all people unto Himself and giving them rest? Or no man knows the Father except the Son or the Son except the Father, and it’s up to the Son if He wills to reveal that? If anyone else would make these statements would be utter blasphemy on that persons part. These speak directly to the deity of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 11:28–30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Luke 10:22 “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.”
Another powerful verses is found in the book of Titus speaking of God’s salvation to us and our response in living a life of righteousness because of the amazing grace of God.
Titus 2:11–13 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
During the passover Jesus and the apostles are together in the chamber and Jesus foretells His coming for His own. Philip has asked the Lord Jesus to shew them the Father. Jesus tells them He and the Father are one, these are wonderful statements which give insight as to who Jesus is.
John 14:9 “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”
We also can’t forget what happened after the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus at Calvary, when after three days He was resurrected, the resurrected glorious Christ. And He showed Himself to the apostles for the first time but one of the apostles Thomas was not there. The other apostles told Him Christ has risen from the dead but he was doubting and said he didn’t believe. The Lord appears again speaking to Thomas in the verse below and Thomas confessing Him (Jesus) as Lord and God.
John 20:25 “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
John 20:27–29 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these biblical truths about the Lord Jesus Christ and that at the very least you’ll go away with a better understanding of who He is and that this will encourage you to read your Bible more and see for yourself who the Son of God is. The Lord will bless His word, thank you and God bless.