10 Reasons Why I believe Jesus Christ is God

“The very abundance and persuasiveness of the evidence of the deity of Christ greatly increases the difficulty of adequately stating it”1

 

3D 10Benjamin Warfield was right… the sheer volume of evidence that Jesus Christ is God makes it quite difficult to adequately state it. It can not be understated, nor could it be more clear: the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God.

Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence there are many who would deny this fact. In studying this topic I have compiled a list of 10 Biblical proofs as to why I believe that He is in fact God.

Disclaimer: this listing of 10 reasons is not exhaustive. Additional reasons could be added to the list, and additional scripture references could be added to many of the 10 reasons.

10 reasons why Jesus Christ is God:

 


1. The prophet Isaiah stated that the coming Messiah would be God


  • Isaiah 7:14          “…shall call His name Immanuel”
  • Matthew 1:23     tells us the name Immanuel means “God with us”
  • Isaiah 9:6-7        “His name will be called … Mighty God”
  • Isaiah 40:3 JND “Prepare ye the way of Jehovah”
  • Isaiah 40:3 JND “make straight in the desert a highway for our God”
  • Matthew 3:1-3    tells us Isaiah 40:3 is referring to the ministry of John the Baptist

 


2. The Lord Jesus Christ said that He is God


  • John 5:17 -18     His Jewish audience clearly understood His claim… in the following
    verses He explains, but never retracts His statement.
  • John 10:30-33   Again, His Jewish audience clearly understood His claim to be God
  • Revelation 1:8   He refers to Himself as “the Almighty.” This is the first of nine uses of this word in Revelation and is clearly a reference to deity.

 


3. God the Father proclaimed The Lord Jesus Christ to be God


  • Hebrews 1:6       The Father commands the angles to worship Him
  • Hebrews 1:8       The Father calls the Son God

 


4. His deity was and is attested to by the Angles


  • Hebrews 1:6       Angles commanded to worship Him
  • Revelation 5:11ff           Angles worship Him around the throne
  • Matthew 13:41   The angles obey Him and are called “His” (also see 16:27 & 24:31)

 


5. Demons worshipped and feared The Lord Jesus Christ


  • Mark 5:6             He was worshiped by demons
  • Mark 5:7             He was feared by demons

 


6. The saints confessed the deity of Jesus Christ


  • John 20:26-29   attested to by Thomas.
  • Romans 9:5       attested to by Paul.

 


7. His deity can be seen in His earthly miracles


  • Luke 1:22-23       His testimony to John the Baptist
  • John 5:36           His works bear a clear testimony of Him

 


8. The New Testament declares that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things


  • John 1:3             This fact is stated from the positive and negative point of view
  • John 1:10            The world was created by Him
  • Colossians 1:16  He is the creator and the object of His creation
  • Hebrews 1:10    Again, He is the creator

 


9. The Bible declares that the Lord Jesus Christ is the sustainer of all things


  • Hebrews 1:3       “upholding all things” He is the sustainer of His creation
  • Colossians 1:17     “…in Him all things consist” he is the basis of all things

 


10. Jesus has the authority to forgive sin


  • Acts 5:31             He can give “repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
  • Mark 2:1-12       His Jewish audience clearly understood that only God can forgive sin

 

As mentioned there are many more scriptures and reasons to believe in the deity of Christ. Feel free to list additional reasons in the comments.

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1 B B Warfield, (Reprint 1993) The Fundamentals, Vol. II – The Deity of Christ Grand Rapids: Baker Books, p. 241.

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The immediate question might be “What? Learn Heresy?”

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E-Reading

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Audio

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