What does the Bible say about the deity of Christ? The truth is that this is a very complex subject and is often tied into discussions about the Trinity. For a comprehensive look at what the Scriptures say about the Trinity, please see our other article entitled "What Does The Bible Say About The Trinity?" There are many religious organizations out there today who claim that Jesus was not God and that He never claimed to be God. As you will see in this article, those claims are completely and totally false. The Bible is exceedingly clear that Jesus claimed to be God. The Scriptures are also very clear that the first Christians believed that Jesus was God. Unfortunately the vast majority of people in the world today (even most Christians) simply do not know their Bibles. Even many of those who do know their Bibles a little bit would rather have their "ministers" tell them what to believe rather than investigating it for themselves. Once you learn what the Bible says, there is no getting around the fact that Jesus claimed to be God and that the early Christians believed that He was God. The question is - are you going to believe it?
The following are some of the places in the Bible where Jesus claimed to be God.....
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
In order to get the full picture of what Jesus was saying there, you need to compare that verse with Exodus 3:14....
God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
Jesus also claimed to be God in John 10:30-33....
"I and the Father are one."
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
Jesus also accepted worship as God from his followers....
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
If you continue reading in that passage in John you will notice that Jesus did nothing to correct Thomas. The truth is that Jesus had no problem with people worshipping Him as Lord and God.
However, whenever we see an angel worshipped in the Scriptures, the angel quickly corrects whoever is doing it and warns them not to do it again.
But Jesus always accepted worship from others in the Scriptures.
Jesus also forgave sins - which is something only God can do....
Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
Not only did Jesus claim to be God, but the authors of the New Testament most definitely believed that Jesus was God. Just check out the following Scriptures....
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
So just who was "the Word" that John was referring to? It was Jesus of course....
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In Philippians 2:5-8, Jesus is described as "being in very nature God"....
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!
In Colossians 1:15-20 the Scriptures tell us that Jesus is the "image of the invisible God" and that "God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him"....
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
The following are some more Scriptures where Jesus is referred to as God....
while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
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
But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom"
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
In Colossians 2:9 we are told that all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form in Jesus....
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form
Not only that, but in Romans 9:5 it describes Jesus as "God over all"....
Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!
The reality is that there is no getting around the fact that the Bible says that Jesus is God. In fact, according to Colossians 1:16 Jesus Christ is your Creator....
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
It is undeniable that the Christian message is that Jesus is God. As we discussed in our previous article, He is the second person of the Trinity. According to the Bible, Jesus came to earth, was born of a woman, lived a perfect life, died for our sins on the cross and rose again.
The question that remains is this:
Are you going to believe it?