Is Jesus God?
Yes! Jesus Is God.
Does That Mean There Are Multiple (God)s?
Believing Jesus is God doesn’t mean there are multiple (God)s. Not certainly, the scripture says and Jesus declares too, that The Lord our God is One God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29). However, Jesus is the perfect representation, the perfect identity of God (Hebrews 1:3), and in John 14:9, Jesus tells Philip, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”.
How Then is Jesus God If There’s Only One God?
Well, there’s never a single scripture where Jesus says, “I am God” in those exact words, however, Jesus told us He is God in many different ways! He has made it clear that He and God the Father are one (John 10:30), and says in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” No one else could claim these things except God?.
The Bible teaches that Jesus is not merely someone who is a lot like God, or someone who has a very close walk with God. Rather, Jesus is the Most High God himself. Titus 2:13 says that as Christians we are “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Upon seeing the resurrected Christ, Thomas cried out, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Likewise, the book of Hebrews gives us God the Father’s direct testimony about Christ: “But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever”
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Some Scriptures That Prove Jesus Is God
- Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.”
“Emmanuel” literally means: “God with us.” See also Matthew 1:23; Jesus was “God with us.”
- Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
- Matthew 14:32-33 “And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
In a Jewish culture, only the one true God can be worshiped; their actions show that they acknowledged Jesus as being divine. And Jesus didn’t correct them or say, “Don’t you realize that I’m just a mortal prophet? Stop worshiping me!” Rather, He accepted their worship, knowing He really was God in human flesh.
- John 8:58-59 “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.”
This is a powerful double claim from Jesus: first, that He pre-existed His human birth and was actually alive and present (as God) before Abraham; second, that His title was “I am” — which was the same title used for Jehovah God in Exodus 3:14. His listeners again got the point, and picked up stones to execute Him!
- 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.’”
Here, Jesus declared that He and the Father are of one nature and essence.
- John 20:27-29 “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!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
This disciple realized, because of Jesus’ resurrection, who Jesus really was — and humbly worshiped Him and declared His true identity: “My Lord and my God!” Jesus would have rebuked him for making Him equal with God if He wasn’t God, but He not only accepted the declaration, He also declared a blessing to all those who come to the same realization by believing.
- John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . .  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
Here, John reiterates the concept of Jesus being God: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word (which is God) became flesh and dwelt among us (and that was the person of Jesus)”.
- Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.”
Here, The Father refers to Jesus as “God,” indicating that Jesus is indeed God. It is a reference to the Old Testament passage, Psalms 45:6-7.
- In Titus 2:13, believers were encouraged to wait for the coming of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (see also 2 Peter 1:1).
- In Revelation (Revelation 19:10), an angel instructed the apostle John to only worship God. Several times in Scripture Jesus receives worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38). He never rebukes people for worshiping Him. If Jesus were not God, He would have told people to not worship Him, just as the angel in Revelation did.
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We also need to understand that Jesus is one Person who has two natures: a divine nature and a human nature. In other words, Jesus is both God and man. Each nature is full and complete — He is fully God and fully man.
In conclusion, The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that, if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). A created being, which Jesus would be if He were not God, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin against an infinite God. Only God could pay such an infinite penalty. Only God could take on the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21), die, and be resurrected, proving His victory over sin and death.
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