There’s a question that’s been floating around for around 2,000 years. That question is this: “Is Jesus God?” Does the Bible say Jesus is God?
We’re going to take a look at the Old Testament as well as the New Testament to search out whether Jesus is God or not. The reason why we’re viewing the Old Testament is that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
Even Jesus Christ, Himself, referred to the Old Testament for scripture. It’s actually the only scripture those of the New Testament went by. That’s right, even the Apostle Paul! As you read the Bible on your own, you will see that this is accurate.
There are many passages of scripture in reference to our quest, but we’ll just focus on these three for now:
1. Is Jesus God?: Our and Us
Genesis 1:26 touches on God speaking after He’s created everything but mankind (it’s evident that He was saving His finest creation for last). The verse states, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness.’” Notice He didn’t say, “Let Me make man in My own image and after My likeness.” He said, “Us”! This tells us that there’s more to God than just one part.
As you diligently read throughout scripture, you’ll come to the conclusion that there are actually three persons (the Holy Trinity: 1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19) to God, yet, one God: the Father, the Word/Son, and the Holy Spirit. Surprisingly, the same goes for mankind, as we were made in His image-–soul, body, and spirit.
I don’t want to get too deep, but you can see the parallels: the soul mirrors the Father, the body mirrors Jesus (as He came to earth in the flesh), and the spirit obviously mirrors the Holy Spirit.
2. Is Jesus God? Who Is the Word?
This one is my personal favorite, which also includes my favorite book of the Bible, the Gospel of John.
John 1:1-3, 14 states,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made…and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.”
These are my four, most favorite verses because it gives away the identity of the Word. Who is…the Word?
This scripture clearly displays the Word as an actual Person. “The Word became flesh”, and this Word Who became flesh walked with God even before the beginning of time. He was God! It also mentions that the Word precisely created (described as a Creator), and without Him, nothing could have been made.
Based on verse 14, the Word becoming flesh has to be Jesus Christ, because He’s the only God Who put on human flesh. It’s amazing!
3. Is Jesus God? The Conversation
This one is pretty interesting. Hebrews 1:8 gives us a clear picture of God the Father conversing with God the Son. In this verse, the Father addresses Jesus as, “Oh God”, which is pretty straightforward:
“But to the Son He [the Father] says, ‘Your throne, Oh God, is forever and ever!’”
Based on scripture, the above three points tell us a lot! They clearly point to Jesus as God, being the Christ!
The answer to the 2,000-year-old question, “Does the Bible say Jesus is God?” is, YES!
There are many other passages of scripture supporting this fact, but I have condensed it down to only a few.
“If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)