The Divinity of Jesus Christ
The doctrine of the divinity of Christ is central to the Christian faith. Even after reading scriptures that support His divinity, people who teach Jesus isn’t God continue to distort the verses until they no longer resemble the actual text. Regardless of religious affiliation or denomination, people who claim to be believers and followers of Jesus Christ must agree on who He is.
Scriptural Proof of Christ’s Divinity
Matthew 1:22-23: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means, God with us.'”
False teachers try to explain this verse by saying God is with us in a generic sort of way. When you take it at face value, it’s difficult to twist this passage into anything other than what it says.
Hebrews 1:7-8: “In speaking of the angels He says, ‘He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.’ But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.'”
God the Father is clearly calling his Son, God. Also, God makes a very clear distinction between his angels, servants, and his son, Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In this passage Isaiah, a monotheistic Jewish prophet, is calling a human “mighty God” which was a controversial statement to say the least. God obviously fulfilled his prophecy centuries later through Jesus Christ.
What Jesus Said About Himself
John 8:56-58: “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham?” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I AM.”
Compare this verse to Exodus 3:14 which says, “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Jesus was claiming to be the same I AM (God) who spoke to Moses.
John 10:30-33: “Jesus said, ‘I and the Father are one.’ Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.'”
People who deny the divinity of Jesus claim this verse means we are all one with God. What they can’t explain is why Jesus did not deny He was God. Why was Jesus crucified? Because the Jews knew He was claiming to be their messiah (Matthew 14:32-33).
John 14:6-9: “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?'”
In this verse Jesus is clearly saying He and God the Father are one. I don’t see how His statement can be interpreted any other way. In all of these passages, Jesus is clearly claiming to be God.
Study the Bible
You are responsible for your own spiritual journey. As followers of Jesus Christ we must be grounded in the foundational principles of Christianity. Understanding the Word of God is not that difficult, and anyone who tells you otherwise is turning the gospel into something God never intended.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Pretty simple, right?