Jesus IS God
God the Son
Perhaps the greatest divider in spiritual circles is the concept: “Jesus is God.” Many people claiming to be Christians have difficulty with such a notion. They seem okay with the doctrine of Jesus as the Son of God, but they seem to have red flags with Jesus being equated with God the Father.
However, to disavow the Godhood of Christ is tantamount to classifying the Bible—God’s perfect Word—as absolute untruth. To say that Jesus “is not actually God” is to join the ranks of the most heretical philosophers of all time. To believe that Christ is not all the Scripture says is to say that God cannot be trusted.
The Scriptures could not be more clear: Jesus IS God. He is not merely one in spirit and attitude with God, as some of the cults proclaim. He IS fully God.
John 1 of the New Testament contains two linked verses that establish the full deity of Christ as God. Verse 1 states “the Word was with God and the Word was God." Verse 14 explains that “the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us.” Also, Colossians 2:9 declares that “in Christ there is all of God in a human body.”
Jesus, who declared that He and the Father "are one" (John 10:30), made several other claims, including that to see Him was to see God (John 14:9), to worship Him was to worship God (John 5:23), to know Him was to know God (John 8:19), to receive Him was to receive God (John 13:20), to believe in Him was to believe in God (John 12:44, 14:1), to hate Him was to hate God (John 15:23).
Old Testament prophecy called the coming Messiah “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father” (both in Isaiah 9:6). His name would be Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14), which literally means “God with us.”
Consider these additional proofs, which are clearly revealed in the inspired, infallible, inerrant, invincible, indispensable, irrefutable, indestructible, impeccable Word of God.
Jesus functions as deity: He created the world (John 1:3); He sustains the world (Colossians 1:15-17); He forgives sin (Matthew 9:1-2); He performs the final judgment (John 5:22, Revelation 19:16); He provides eternal life (John 17:2, 6:27, 6:33, 6:40, 6:40, 6:47, 6:54); He receives the worship of angels (Hebrews 1:6, Revelation 5:12-13) and of men (John 9:38, Matthew 28:9).
Jesus the God-Man, incarnate and completely sinless, claimed to be God (John 5:18, 8:24, 8:28, 10:31-33), even using the Father's name “I Am” as His name (John 8:58).
Other proof-texts which show Jesus as God: “Christ who is God over all” (Romans 9:5); “Jesus Christ is the true God (1 John 5:20); “our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1): “our God and Lord, Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:12); “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Thomas the doubter, when recognizing Jesus after the resurrection, called Him “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28).
Acts 20:28 explains that it was the blood of God that stained the salvation cross. Don’t forget, too, that the Father Himself called Jesus God (Hebrews 1:8): “But to the Son He (the Father) says, ‘Your throne, O God is forever and ever’.”
Is Jesus God? According to more than 100 irrefutable references in Scripture (some listed above), He definitely IS God: God the Son. Always has been ... always will be.