Divinity of Christ – by Ellis Reese

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week we are continuing the series of answering questions you may get while sharing your faith. While sharing the gospel, you may get asked how you know Jesus is God. Some may ask “Why do you believe that Jesus is God, He never even claimed to be God?” Not once in the scriptures does Jesus say explicitly that He is God. Maybe your thinking, this is ridiculous of course Jesus is God. However, Muslims and other religions claim that Jesus is not God. So why do we as Christians believe this? Does the Bible even prove that Jesus is God? Let’s go through three scriptures that points to this final conclusion that Jesus is God in human flesh.

1) John 1:1-2, 14-15

This passage starts in verse 1-2 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” At this point, we can clearly state these observations: the Word is eternal and the Word was with God and most importantly that the Word was God. Now, if we go down to verse 14, we find out exactly what the Word represents. Verse 14 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after mehas a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”” No one fits this description but Jesus.  If The Word = God (vs 1-2), and the Word = Jesus (vs 14), then Jesus = God.

2) John 8:58-59; Exodus 3:14

Let’s look at two passages of scriptures that will come together to prove Jesus is God! We will start in John. John 8:58 says “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.’” Then in the next verse “they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out the temple.” What exactly does Jesus mean by saying “I am” and why does the crowd get so angry? Let’s flip over to Exodus 3:14 and see. Here in Exodus, Moses has been appointed by God to lead His people out of Egypt, and Moses ask God who shall he say has sent him to Egypt. And this is what Exodus 3:14 says, “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Here we can see that Jesus and God both refer to themselves as “I am.” The Hebrew word for I AM is the holy name of God, YHWH. So when Jesus says “before Abraham was born I am” He is calling himself God. The people who heard Jesus say this in John 5:58 knew exactly what He was saying, that is why they picked up stones to stone him because He was calling Himself God.

3) Mark 2:5-7

Mark 2:5-7says this, “ And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?’” This scripture is very clear, Jesus forgives his sins, and the people realize the implications of this because only God can forgive sins. Therefore if only God can forgive sins and Jesus claims to forgive this man of his sins, then Jesus is saying He is God. This is one of the first instances where people begin to understand that Jesus is saying He is God. This and many more instances is why the Jewish people get so angry and end up crucifying Him, because of blasphemy.

I hope after reading this blog, you can clearly see that although Jesus never says explicitly that He is God, we can see by the scriptures that He is! Let’s be faithful to share the gospel this week and thanks for reading.

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