The Divinity of Christ

June 14, 2023

Jesus is God.

You likely have heard this, but why do so many people believe it?

First, let’s start with the Gospel of John, which gives one of the clearest affirmations of Jesus’s divinity. John 1:1-2 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Here, ‘The Word’ is a title for Jesus, pointing to His divine nature and eternal existence.

Further, in John 1:14, the Scripture states, “And the Word became 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.” This verse directly states that Jesus, the Word, took on human flesh, linking the divine with the human.

Another compelling piece of Scriptural evidence comes from Jesus’s own Words. In John 10:30, Jesus declares, “I and My Father are one.” This statement not only asserts Jesus’s unified relationship with God the Father but also affirms His divine nature. This divine unity is further underscored when Jesus uses the divine name “I AM” for Himself (John 8:58), echoing God’s self-identification to Moses in Exodus 3:14.

Paul’s letters, too, emphasize the divinity of Christ. Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

And in Colossians 2:9 it states, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” These statements clearly suggest that the entirety of God’s essence, His divine nature, resides in Jesus Christ and all of creation was actually made by Him.

Also, in Philippians 2:5-6, Paul says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.” Here, Paul affirms Jesus’s divine nature and equality with God.

Moreover, Jesus’s divinity is supported by His deeds, particularly His miracles. For instance, He demonstrates authority over nature by calming a storm (Mark 4:39), over sickness by healing numerous people (Luke 5:24-25), over death by raising Lazarus (John 11:43-44), and over sin by forgiving sins (Mark 2:5-12). These miraculous acts echo Old Testament accounts of God’s power, suggesting Jesus’s divine authority.

Finally, the ultimate testament to Jesus’s divinity is His resurrection. As Paul writes in Romans 1:4, Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” The resurrection not only confirmed Jesus’s divine Sonship but also His power over life and death, indicating His unparalleled divine nature.

In conclusion, the divinity of Jesus Christ is a central truth of the Bible. Although other religions may try to cherry pick or twist the Scriptures to fit their narrative, it is clear that the Bible clearly professes the divinity of Christ.