“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

2.1 Is Jesus Really God?

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” – John 8:58

Fully man yet also fully God. So, now you have read who Jesus of Nazareth was, but did Jesus really claim to be God?

Many liberals, atheists, agnostics, sects and cults deny that Jesus is God. If they don’t deny outright that Jesus actually lived (against all logic – see previous chapter), they will then try to assert that Jesus never claimed to be God, or they might mockingly concede that Jesus was just a “good moral teacher.”

Furthermore, some so-called “Christian” denominations and churches today (e.g. the Mormon church, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.) make claims such as: Jesus was simply an angel, a created being, or even that He was the brother of Satan! Friends, this is all blasphemy. Those are not Christian organizations!

The many miracles Jesus performed (healing the blind, sick and lame, raising people from the dead, making wine from water, feeding thousands with mere morsels of food, His command over nature, etc.) were done, witnessed by hundreds (thousands), and recorded in Scripture in order to substantiate His claims and to testify and prove that He was indeed God Himself in the flesh.

There is another aspect which shows that Jesus is God. There are several attributes that can only belong to deity itself: eternal being (no beginning and no ending) and holiness in particular. Scripture clearly assigns these attributes to Jesus.

It’s also interesting to note that the ancient Jews of that day had no doubt whatsoever that Jesus was in fact claiming to be God; that is why they (repeatedly) wanted to kill Him so badly. Each time He made the claim, they rushed at Him again to try to stone and kill Him!

And yet with all our sophisticated modern society with its plethora of higher learning institutions and universities, the claim is doubted and challenged more today than at any time in history. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for advancements in society, and I certainly appreciate the many advances in medicine, science and technology in particular which have eased some of the pains in this life, but it seems the more that man thinks he knows, the less he things about God or thinks he needs God. And the more he “doubts” Scripture.

The Bible says that Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world. It declares that “Jesus was in the beginning,” and that “He was with God,” and that “He was God.” It states that all things came into being through Jesus. Jesus has no beginning and no end – He is eternal. Yes, Jesus voice can be heard even in the Old Testament. He just wasn’t revealed to creation (and us) until the exact right moment in time that God had preordained. You are actually hearing (by reading) Jesus’ voice in many words of the Old Testament, even though they aren’t in red. Jesus spoke all things into existence. Amazing!

Furthermore, God unequivocally declares Jesus to be God. I want to call your attention in particular to what is written in Hebrews 1:8 quoting from Psalm 45:6 (given below); here you have God Himself in Scripture written many years before Jesus was actually born, where God is EXPLICITELY calling His Son Jesus God!

Another remarkable occurrence was Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain in front of Peter, James and John, accompanied by Moses and Elijah.

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. – Matthew 17:1-8

An important note needs to be added here also. There are many false-teachers who claim that Christ is not reigning at this time, but that He will come to reign in an “earthly 1000-year millennial reign” from Jerusalem. This false teaching is covered in the Wolves chapter; you will see many false teachings about this subject. They are designed by Satan to mislead and deceive, and shouted from pulpits by the wolves and vipers leading many to procrastinate in coming to know Christ, and thus to their fate of eternal death, for believing these false teachings.

Jesus is right now seated at the right hand of the father in heaven, ruling and reigning in His Kingdom! Yes, this very day, if you are in Christ (born-again of the Spirit, keep reading) you are with Christ in His Kingdom. The Kingdom came in power in glory at the transfiguration of Christ (given above), witnessed by Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets, for it is “these (the Scriptures), which testify about Me [Jesus]”. This also fulfilled what was written in Matthew 16:28, where it is written: “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here [the disciples] who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

So yes, Jesus unequivocally declared Himself to be, and is, God! God declared Jesus to be God. And furthermore, He [Christ] is ruling and reigning RIGHT THIS VERY DAY in His Kingdom!

Please see the next chapter also which continues with the next matter of monumental significance: His resurrection to life again after He died on the cross and was buried!

False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:

  • Jesus was just a “good moral” man (i.e. not God) – if they concede that Jesus did live as written, they will deny His deity,
  • Jesus is just an “angel”, a created being and not God, or the “brother of Satan” (and yes, this is brought to you by some groups/churches which CLAIM to be “Christian”; I kid you not! Yes, the mind of man seems to have no limits when conjuring up bizarre interpreations and outright distortions of Scripture, and then others seem to be willing to step right up and believe and go along with those things also.)

Related Scripture:

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am. Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him [to kill Him], but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” – John 8:58-59

In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. – John 1:3

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6

I [Jesus] and the Father are one. The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. – John 10:30

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” – John 14:7

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 can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. – John 14:8-11

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” – John 5:39-47

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” – Matthew 28:18

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:8-12

For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him [Jesus], because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. – John 5:18

His Son [Jesus], who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 1:3-4

For in Him [Jesus] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. – Colossians 2:9

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say,
You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again,
“I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,“And let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says,
“Who makes His angels winds, And His ministers a flame of fire.” But of the Son He [God] says, “Your [Jesus] throne, O God [Calling Jesus God], is forever and ever.” –  Hebrews 1:1-8

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child [Jesus] shall be called the Son of God. – Luke 1:35

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him,
‘I saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor allow Your Holy One [Jesus] to undergo decay.
‘You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’ – Acts 2:22-28

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. – Acts 3:13-15

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20

Thomas answered and said to Him [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” – John 20:28-29

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God [Jesus] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. – John 1:18

For He [Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. – Matthew 17:1-8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. –  Hebrews 13:8

The Lord says to my Lord [Jesus]:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;
In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,
Your youth are to You as the dew.
The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind,
You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at Your right hand;
He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.
He will judge among the nations,
He will fill them with corpses,
He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.
He will drink from the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He will lift up His head. – Psalm 110

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