Who Jesus is, is fundamental to having eternal life or eternal damnation in the next life. The Holy Spirit reveals this identity of Jesus to those who are called to believe. Not everyone can see him for who he truly is and scripture records that perfectly. Here we list 7 proofs of Jesus’ deity found in holy scripture.
- Jesus makes himself equal to God (John 10:30) and the reaction of the religious leaders makes this clear that is how he meant it (John 10:33). They respond “being man, make yourself God” though the ‘religious’ leaders could not see his true identity and thus did not believe him.
- One of the clearest claims of deity of Jesus is when he made was the claim of the title that only God can have. “I AM”. This was known as “the name” of God. So holy of a title and name that anyone who blasphemes it is killed (Lev 24:16). Jesus goes right ahead and calls himself “the name”, I AM (John 8:58).
- The apostle John fully understood the identity of Jesus, He makes it perfectly clear who Jesus is and straight up says “the word was God” (John 1:1). That God himself clothed himself in flesh, but was still God (John 1:14).
- We see that Luke expresses that God bought the church with his own blood, the blood of Jesus. That makes Jesus God (Acts 20:28).
- Testimony of others in scripture also reveals how people understood Jesus as. Thomas bluntly declared Jesus as “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus did not correct or rebuke Thomas confession but instead embraced it.
- Peter declares in 2 Peter 1:1 that we obtain righteousness from “our God and savior Jesus Christ”.
- Only God deserves worship. Throughout scripture we see instances of people worshiping Jesus and Jesus accepts their worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38).
What Does Holy Scripture tell us about the Identity of Jesus?
- Jesus claimed God’s title and name
- The religious leaders understood Jesus was claiming to be God
- The apostles believed Jesus was God
- People confessed and worship Jesus as God.
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