There has been an age-old question concerning Jesus’ place with God: Is Jesus God? Many have asked this question and many have speculated and debated over the Deity of Christ Jesus our Lord. Was He simply just a great Prophet, Teacher, Moral Leader, or, as some have even wondered: was He a Angel from Heaven?
Well, the Bible is clear about Jesus’ identity with God and among men. There are, despite the naysayers, verses in the Bible that are clear, concise, and sure about Who Jesus was, and where He came from, and How He is to be considered in the minds and hearts of all God’s creatures. Let us consider some of these scriptures as taken from the King James version Bible. We can start with one of the most quoted scriptures concerning Christ Jesus found in the Gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Judging from this verse alone, found in John chapter 1, we are told that “The Word” started out with God because He was God. Whoever, then, that the Word turns out to be, we know from this verse that He is God.
Now, let us read on in verses 2-4 to see what else John reveals about “The Word.
(2)”The same was in the beginning with God.”
(3)”All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
(4)”In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
We discover from these verses that “The Word” not only existed from the very beginning with God, and was God, but now we can begin to see how very important and crucial He was in creation. By Him, as it turns out, all things were created, and nothing came into existence without Him. Furthermore, He was the very life and the light of men.
Jesus’ Identity Revealed
Therefore,” The Word,” as He is described by the Apostle John, was and is very instrumental to the life of all humankind. He created us and He gave us life. The important question that must be answered now is: Who was and is this Word that John is describing? The answer is found starting in verse 14
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Now we definitely understand that “The Word” was not simply an ‘it’ with God, but a ‘Him’ with God. In fact, He became flesh as the only human born Son of God. And Who does scripture reveal to be the only biological human Son of God? Jesus of Nazareth is the Person Who is specifically identified in scripture as the only begotten Son of God the Father. Therefore, is Jesus God; yes He is, because He is the revealed Word of God.
As if that was not clear enough for us, John continues with his explanation of Jesus being the Word, by giving the testimony of a well-known prophet-to-the-nation, in his day, who was also named John; called John the Baptist. We can find some of John’s testimony in verses 15-18 also, from the Gospel of John chapter 1.
(15)”John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
(16)”And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
(17)”For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
(18)”No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Now, in these verses the Identity of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, is clearly shown. And as we have read earlier, the only begotten Son of God was revealed as The Word; moreover, The Word was revealed in an even earlier verse as actually being God Himself. Again, the answer to that age-old question concerning Jesus (is Jesus God), is YES, He is God.
Are There Other Verses In The Bible Revealing Jesus As God?
In fact, the Apostle Paul, also, revealed the real Jesus in his writings found in the New Testament portion of the Bible. Paul’s answer to the question: Is Jesus God, can be found stated in Colossians chapter 2 starting at verses 6-10,
(6)”As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:”
(7)”Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
(8)”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
(9)”For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
(10)”And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”
Here we are again, with yet another revelation of Jesus Christ being God. This time, however, we are given a glimpse into the very“fulness” of God. Plus, we find out from verse 9 that there is a “Godhead,” and that Jesus represents (in the present tense) the, “fulness of the Godhead,” in bodily form. This verse is literally saying that not only is Jesus God, but He is God in Human form.
How Should We Handle This Revelation Of Jesus Christ?
That being said, if anyone should tell us that Jesus is not God, then we know that they are wrong, incorrect, and do not really know the scriptures. One religion, in particular, that has made it their main business to try to convince Christians (especially) that Jesus is not God, could no longer use a regular Christian translation Bible, because there are verses, like we have seen, that are too clear about His identity. Therefore, years ago they came up with their own translation Bible which deletes any verse pertaining to the Deity of Jesus.
This just goes to show that when confronted with the true Word of God, no one can truthfully deny the Deity of Jesus Christ. This, then, leaves us with another important question: What shall we do with Jesus Who is also called the “Mighty God,” (in Isaiah 9:6)? Since we have been confronted with the truth, how should we handle it?
There are various verses that teach us to obey and serve Him in spirit and in truth, but the first thing that a person should do once they are finally clear about Who Jesus is, is summed up in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome as found in Romans chapter 10 verse 9, when he says,
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
We are to pray to Him in faith believing that He is Who He says He is and make that confession of faith with our words and we shall be saved from spending an eternality in Hell paying for our sins that Jesus has already paid the price for on the cross of Calvary. On the cross, if we are not aware, Jesus saved us, healed us, and delivered us! Lets us ever worship Him with thanksgiving. A-men