Any religion, person or teaching that denies that Jesus Christ is fully God is false and in error.
There can be no doubt from the biblical record that Jesus was – and is – God. By contrast, the founders of other religions are considered significant by their followers because of their teachings. However, none of them ever claimed to be God; nor did they perform the kind of works that would prove such a claim to be true. Only Jesus Christ has made this claim and proved it through His life, ministry, teachings, sacrificial death, and subsequent resurrection.
It is important to remember that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, was not created by God. Rather, Jesus Christ:
- Is part of the Trinity, and is coeternal and coexistent with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1,2; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor 3: 17,18);
- Is eternal (Mic 5:2);
- Was before Abraham (John 8:58);
- Was active at the creation of the universe (John 1:1-3; Col 1:16,17; Heb 1:2,10);
- Existed before that creation (John 17:5,24);
- Continues forever (Heb 1:8,11; Isa 9:6; Rev 1:11);
- Is unchanging (Heb 13:8);
- Is ever-present with us (Matt 28:20).
BIBLICAL PROOF THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ claimed to be God (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30). Mark 2:5-12 reveals that Jesus forgave a paralytic’s sins; then, to prove that He had the right and power to do so as God, Jesus Christ healed him. Jesus Christ gives eternal life (John 10:28). He gives His disciples power to perform miracles (Matt 10:1, 8). Jesus declared that He and the Father are One (John 10:30). The Jews clearly understood that Christ claimed to be God (John 10:31-33); this was the reason for their negative, hostile reaction to His claim.
Jesus Christ said that He and God the Father are identical in character, purpose and mission (John 14:9). He did the works of His Father (John 5:17; 10:3,38) and demonstrated authority over nature (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus Christ knew the thoughts of people (Mark 2:8; Luke 6:8; John 2:23-25). He had the power of life and death (John 6:63; Luke 7:11-17; John 11:1-44). He also taught His followers to pray in His Name (John 16:23,24). Jesus received worship (Matt 2:2,11; 14:33;28:9,10,17; John 9:38; Heb 1:6), knowing that God alone is to be worshiped (Ex 34:14; Matt 4:10). Jesus received worship because He is truly God!
JESUS CHRIST: FULLY GOD AND FULLY MAN
The New Testament affirms that Jesus is God. Jesus is described as: “the brightness of His [God’s] glory and the express image of His [God’s] person” (Heb 1:3); the “image of the invisible God ” (Col 1:15) with “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” dwelling in Him (Col 2:9).
Jesus and God the Father are One (John 10:30). The Greek language in this verse indicates that They are one in substance but not the same Person; this sup¬ports the theology of the Trinity.
Jesus is called “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2: 13); “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28); and “God …manifested in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16). Christ also possessed – and demonstrated by His life, ministry and sacrificial death – the character of God. Christ’s moral attributes include:
- Love – John 3:16; 13:34; 15:12,13; Rom 8:35
- Truth – John 8:31-36; 14:6; Rev 3:7
- Servanthood – Matt 20:25-28; John 13:13-17; Phil 2:5-8
- Holiness – Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27,30; Heb 7:26; Rev 3:7
- Righteousness – Rom 5: 17-21; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 John 2:1,29; 3:7
It is abundantly clear that the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ was and is God. He was both fully man and fully God at the same time. Other religions acknowledge Christ’s existence, but attempt to deny His deity and do not believe what the Bible so clearly teaches about Him. Any teaching that denies Who Jesus Christ is according to the Bible is heretical – and must be rejected.