Last Sunday I had the privilege to address a group of Bible believing, Christ exalting Christians during a chapel service affiliated with our local Christian Bible Institute. The message was focused on the Second Person of the Godhead, namely our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are many things that you and I can differ with as born again Christians. One example is our eschatological points of view. The Deity of Jesus Christ, however, is a nonnegotiable doctrine that all true blood washed saints heartily agree upon. It is an essential doctrine: end of the conversation.
Ancient heretics who questioned His Deity were the Gnostics and the Arians to name a couple. There were others as well. The book of Colossians was actually written in order to validate the doctrine of the Deity of Jesus Christ and refute the Gnostics who believed in another Jesus, and not the Jesus of scriptures. Read Colossians 1:15-20 for a comprehensive teaching on Christ the Creator.
I wrote the above in order to say this. We had an interloper in our congregation on that Sunday morning who did not believe Jesus is Lord and God. He challenged me after the service, and he will now share his viewpoints with the leadership of the Bible Institute. The beauty of this occurrence is that this wolf in sheepskin was unmasked and fully exposed. He previously made overtures revealing his desire to be involved in the chapel service and school. MAKE NO MISTAKE. He knew what we believed, yet desired to surreptitiously slip into our ranks under the radar. A few of the modern day “Gnostics” who believe in another Jesus are the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons (LDS), and the group the aforementioned man represents called “The Way.” There are many others as well. The teachings of the groups who represent a false Jesus Christ are diverse and long, and there are many versions. That is why prior to His crucifixion Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus also said: “Many will come in my name.” An excellent method of unveiling the counterfeit is being thoroughly versed with the genuine. The following passages and Bible verses are provided in order to assist you and I in providing answers to skeptics why we believe Jesus is God:
Jesus The Creator (Only God Can Create)
1)Colossians 1:15-20 King James Version (KJV)
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
2)John 1:1-4, 14 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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.
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.
3)Ephesians 3:9-11 King James Version (KJV)9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
4)Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-11
Hebrews 1:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
Hebrews 1:8-11 King James Version (KJV)
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Other Evidences Of Jesus’ Deity
Thomas the apostle made the following declaration when he placed his fingers and hand on Jesus’ side, and felt His nail scarred hands:
John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”
Notice how Thomas makes a personal application of Jesus’ Godhead to himself- “MY Lord and MY God.” Do not forget that these words come from an apostle, that is one specially called, chosen and sent by God Himself. In Ephesians 2:20 we are told that the church is founded upon the prophets and the apostles with Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.
1 John 5:7 King James Version (KJV)7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
One cannot find a plainer scripture throughout the Bible that highlights the equality of our Triune God. Yes, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all God and all One. The Word “Trinity” is the magnificent summary of this truth. Amen and amen.
Philippians 2:5-11 King James Version (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Note the plain reference to Jesus’ Deity in verse 6: “…equal with God.” Only God is equal with God! Also notice the tone of worship in verse 10: “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” Only God can be worshipped. The apostle John was warned twice in the book of Revelation to worship only God and not the angel who appeared before him.
Jesus shares about the glory He had with the Father before the world was, in eternity past…
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. King James Version (KJV)
Isaiah 7:14 King James Version (KJV)14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 King James Version (KJV)23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah and He is Immanuel, meaning God with us. Could His Deity be expressed any plainer or clearer? Praise God for the clarity of holy scriptures and the Deity of Jesus Christ.
Three Things Jesus Did That Are Attributes Of God Alone: 1)He claimed to be God, referring to Himself as “I Am.” This is who God called Himself before Moses at the burning bush. 2)He accepted worship from people and did not forbid them from worshipping Him. The apostle John was twice warned in the book of Revelation to NOT worship angels, because they are our fellow servants. The angel told him twice to not worship angels but to worship God. See Revelation 19:10 and 22:8-9. Only God is to be worshipped and no one else. 3)Jesus forgave people for their sins! Who, except God can do this? We are all sinners and lack the credentials to forgive others. Only God can forgive people for their sins.
*** Note *** The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus to death because of these three claims of Deity listed above. The Pharisees would have accepted Jesus as a prophet but they refused His claims of Deity, accusing Him of heresy and being demon possessed.