Deity of Jesus Christ
A Brief Treatment
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense
to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and
The cardinal doctrine of Christianity is that Jesus Christ
is in fact God. He personally made the claim; no other major “religious” leader
in all of history made such a claim. It is the one claim that totally
infuriated the religious leaders of His day. Furthermore, because of His claim,
a discussion about this aspect of His nature usually raises the ire of both the
religious and the secular today. To talk about Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha or
other religious leaders never provokes serious opposition. But to mention Jesus
Christ as being God sparks the hostility and indignation from every quarter.
- Jesus equated Himself with God the Father (Yahweh
- To know Jesus is
to know God: “If you knew
me, you would know my Father also” (John 14:7).
- To see Jesus is
to see God: “Anyone who
has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
- To encounter
Jesus is to encounter God: “Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me” (John 14:11).
- To trust in
Jesus is to trust in God:
“Trust in God, trust also in Me” (John 14:1).
- To welcome Jesus
is to welcome God:
“Whoever welcomes me does not welcome Me but the One who sent Me” (Mark
- To honor Jesus
is to honor God: “That all
may honor the Son just as they honor the Father” (John 5:23).
- To hate Jesus is
to hate God: “He who hates
me hates My Father as well” (John 15:23).
- To come to Jesus
is to come to God: “No one
comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)
- The Jewish leaders of the day understood that Jesus
claimed to be God.
Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke
the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with
God. (John 5:18)
The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for
blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God."
- Jesus outright claimed deity by stating He was “one”
with the Father and by referring to Himself with one of the most sacred
expressions of the Old Testament, the one Yahweh used for Himself—“I
AM” (Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 41:4; 43:10, 13,
25; 46:4; 48:12), and claiming to be “one with God.”
I and My Father are One. (John
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not
believe that I AM He, you will die in your sins . . . Jesus said to them, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
(John 8:24, 58)
- Jesus invoked divine prerogatives (exclusive only to
- Forgive sins (Mark
- Receive worship (Matthew
over death and life (John 5:21).
- Judge humanity (John
- Others declared Jesus as God.
- The Apostle Paul (Acts
- The Apostle Peter (Matthew
- Martha (John
- Nathanael (John
- Stephen (Acts
- Thomas (John
- God the Father (Hebrews
- The Bible specifically uses the name “God” in
referring to Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14;
Romans 9:5; Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13; 1 John 5:20)
- Scripture attribute attributes that can be true only
of God to Jesus Christ: self-existent (John
1:4; 14:6); omnipresent or present everywhere at the same
time (Matthew 28:20; 18:20); omniscient or all-knowing
(Matthew 17:22-27; John 4:16; 6:64);
omnipotent or all-powerful (Matthew
8:26, 27; Luke 4:39-55; 7:14, 15; Revelation 1:8); and possessing
eternal life (John 1:4; 1 John 5:11, 12,
The Credentials of Christ to Back-Up His Claim
- Fulfillment of dozens of very specific Old Testament
prophecies concerning the identity, mission, and message of the coming
- Prolific miracle worker.
- Exhibited a matchless moral character, which changed
the world forever.
- Resurrection from the dead—seen and testified to by
hundreds (Luke 24:34; John 20:19-24;
21:1-23; Acts 1:4-10; 1 Corinthians 15:5-7;
etc.). The Roman and Jewish authorities could never refute it.
- Transformation of His followers—from cowards into
martyrs (with nothing to gain if it wasn’t true).