Does the Bible Teach Jesus is God?
The Divinity of Jesus
“And God saide vnto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt thou say vnto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me vnto you.” Exodus 3:14
In this verse God reveals his name to Moses at the burning bush.
In the following verse Jesus claims the title I AM. He references Exodus 3:14
“Iesus said vnto them, Uerely, verely I say vnto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
The Jews took up stones to stone him for claiming the title of God. John 8:59
“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among vs (& we beheld his glory as of the onely begotten of the Father) full of grace and trueth.” John 1:14
The Word is Jesus. The Word is God. John 1:1 reads “In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Paul affirms the Divinity of Jesus. “5 Let this minde bee I you, which was also in Christ Iesus: 6 Who being in the forme of God, thought it not robbery to bee equall with God:” Philippians 2: 5&6
Jesus received worship, Matthew 2:11, 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 18:26, 28:9, 28:17; Mark 5:6, 15 19; Luke 24:52, John 9:38
Worship God only
“…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him onely shalt thou serue.” Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8
“And I fell at his feete to worship him: And he said vnto me, See thou doe it not: I am thy fellow seruant, and of thy brethren that haue the testimonie of Iesus, Worship God: for the testimony of Iesus, is the spirit of prophecie.” Revelation 19:10
John fell at the feet of the angel and worshipped him. The angel forbade it. Conversely, Jesus never rejected worship.
“For in him dwelleth all the fulnesse of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9 Paul affirms that in Christ is the fulness of God. The term “Godhead” implies a multiplicity.
“So God created man in his owne Image, in the Image of God created hee him; male and female created hee them.” Genesis 1:27
Thus, God alone created man. Yet verse 26 uses the the word “us” in reference to God.
“And God said, Let vs make man in our Image…” Genesis 1:26
Yet the multiplicity of the Godhead is one God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” Deuteronomy 6:4
Scripture has declared that the Father is God and that Jesus is God, yet they are one God.
“Thus saith the LORD the king of Israel and his redeemer the LORD of hostes, I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6
Yet, John 1:1 declares Jesus to be God. “The first and the last” is a title for God. Jesus takes that title in Revelation 22:13. It reads, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first & the last.”
The Mighty God
Isaiah declares the Divinity of Christ. “For vnto vs a child is borne, vnto vs a Sonne is giuen, and the gouernment shalbe vpon his shoulder: and his name shalbe called, Wonderfull, Counseller, The mightie God, the euerlasting Father, the Prince of peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“16 For by him were all things created that are in heauen, and that are in earth, visible and inuisible, 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.” Colossians 1:16 – 17
Paul speaks of Jesus.
Jesus is: the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, 22:13), The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6), The I Am (John 8:58), God (John 1:1, 5:18)
John 1:14, Hebrews 2:14, 4:15; Colossians 2:9, Philippians 2:5-8, 2:6-7;
John 3:13 (Son of Man)
1 Timothy 2:5
Purity in the Flesh
Hebrews 9:14, 2:17
2 Corinthians 5:21
In the Likeness of Sinful Flesh
Thus, we can only conclude that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. This is made firm when John calls him the mediator between God and man. To be a true mediator he must be equally God and equally man, therefore able to justly and without bias represent both parties. If Jesus was only “man” he could only be an advocate for man; conversely, if he was only God, then he could not claim to share in our suffering and truly represent us.