Did Jesus Claim He was God?

SCIENTOLIGIST BELIEVE JESUS WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND A MAN OF COMPASSION.

JEHOVAHS WITNESSES BELIEVE JESUS WAS A CREATED BEING, ACTUALLY THE ARCHANGEL MICHEAL. THAT JESUS WAS NOT RESURECTED IN BODILY FORM BUT ONLY AS A SPIRIT. AND THEY BELIEVE THAT JESUS RETURNED TO THE ORGANIZATION IN SPIRIT IN 1914

TO THE MORMONS JESUS WAS THE ELDER BROTHER POINTING THE WAY FOR US. They believe Jesus was the God of the Old Testament but had to earn His way to godhood once He took on flesh. His death was a general salvation for all but will be judged by works.  HE IS ALSO THE BROTHER OF SATAN.

TO MANY IN THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT JESUS IS A GURU OR A SPIRTIUAL GUIDE BUT HE IS NOT GOD.

The Book/ Movie by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code, claims that Constantine turned Jesus into a deity at the Council of Nicaea.

Everyone has an opinion about who Jesus is but what are the facts about Jesus and who did He say He was?

Colossians 2:8-10 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

 JOHN 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Every religion has something to say about Jesus Christ but the Bible says that Jesus was God in the flesh. Some will argue that Jesus never made such claims to be God  his disciples changed what Jesus said after He left the earth.

Jesus Described Himself as God

If you compare the Old Testament passages describing God you will see that Jesus was calling Himself God.

I Am

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

John 8:24,58, I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am

John 18:3-8 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.”[a] Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus[b] said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”

Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Judge

Joel 3:12 God will Judge

Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus said He will judge.

Glory

Isaiah 42:8 God said He would not give His Glory to another

John 5:23-25, 17:5 Jesus asked to be glorified

Bridegroom

Isaiah 62:5, Hosea 2:16 God is our Bridegroom

Matthew 25:1 Jesus said He was the Bridegroom

First and the Last

Isaiah 44:6, 48:12 God is First and Last

Revelation 1:17 Jesus is first and the Last

Light of the World

Psalm 27:1 God is the Light

John 8:12 Jesus said He was the light

Giver of Life

1 Samuel 2:6, Deuteronomy 32:39, Psalm 2:7, 49:15 God is giver of life

John 5:21 Jesus said He gives life

Forgive Sins

Numbers 15:28 and Psalm 25:18 God is forgiver of sins

Mark 2:5-7 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Accepted Worship

Exodus 20:1-5, Deuteronomy 5:6-9  says Only God should be worshiped.

Matthew 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 20:20, Mark 5:6 John 9:38, 20:28

Taught with Equal Authority as God

Exodus 20 God gave the Ten Commandments

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Matthew 5:18, 21-22, 24:35, 28:18-19,

Always Existed

John 8:56-59 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[a] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Equality with God

John 10:30-31 I and the Father are one.”31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.

The Light

Psalm 27:1 Says God is the Light

John 8:12 Jesus said He was the light of the world

The Messiah

Mark 14:61-64 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.

Should be Honored

Isaiah 8:12-14 God should be honored

John 5:23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Son of Man

Matthew 19:28-30 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,[a] when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold[b] and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Fulfillment of Daniel 7:13-14

“We have to ask why they crucified him. If he had merely been an innocuous sage telling nice little parables, how did he end up on a cross, especially at a Passover season, when no Jew wants any Jew to be executed? There had to be a reason why the sign above his head said,” This is the King of the Jews”. Either Jesus had made that verbal claim or someone thought he did. (Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel, pg. 135)

Some will say it is not the claims of Deity that are important but just His teachings. C.S. Lewis answered that many years ago when he said,

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one things we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic- on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a mad man or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. (The Unshakable Truth, Josh and Sean McDowell, pg 160)

Objections to Jesus Deity

There are a few verses I want to point out that people use to say that Jesus did not claim to be God. Although I just gave you all those examples I want to show you a few examples of how things are taken out of context or their true meaning neglected.

Matthew 19:16-17 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

Some versions have the verse saying “Good Teacher” Jesus says only God is good and so they say that He is denying He is God. Jesus is making him think about what he is saying as he approaches Jesus and the full implication of his question to Jesus. In fact the opposite is true because if the man was calling Jesus good then he was calling Jesus God. Jesus question back was not neglecting He was God but to see if he really believed if Jesus was God. If you continue reading in that passage  a few verses later Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but the Father only.

John 14:28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Although this sounds like it is credible when you first read it you have to understand who Jesus is. He is God in the Flesh. He willingly  took on human form with all of its limitations.

Did Jesus know when the end was coming? As God , Yes and as Man, No

Did Jesus get hungry? As God, No. As Man, Yes.

Did Jesus Get tired? As God, No. As Man, Yes.

The Father and Son are equal in essence but different in function. It would be the same if you ever worked on a group project where everyone had different roles. Just because someone is the leader of your group does not make you less of a person or that they are higher than you, it just means that they have a role with the group. The same is true in what we call the Trinity. Every part of God has a role to play and within that role they take on task. They are equal but have different functions.

Philippians 2:5-11 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Taking a servant role does not take away from your dignity or your worth. Jesus chose to take on that role and therefore placed Himself under God for the sake of humanity.

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation

In our minds it is interpreted as firstborn meaning the first one born. In that culture it was the firstborn meaning Jesus had all the rights and privileges of the Father. If you study the Old Testament and that culture you would understand the importance of being the first male child and the privileges it carried with it.

John 8:23-24 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

  John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Savior

Psalm 106:21 They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

What will you do with Jesus?

The Choice is yours and you alone have to decide was He God in the flesh who came and paid the price for our sin or was He something worse as C.S. Lewis has said?

 

 

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