Jesus Is God

The Bible clearly teaches what orthodox Christians have believed for centuries, namely, that Jesus Christ is Almighty God.

There are explicit assertions that Christ is God in John 1:1-4, 20:28, Rom. 9:5, Tit. 2:13, Heb. 1:8, and 2 Pet. 1:1.

There are applications of divine names to the Lord Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, 40:3, and 1 Tim. 3:16. 

Christ engages in divine functions according to the Scripture – He is the Creator, John 1:3, Col. 1:16; the Sustainer, Col. 1:17, Heb. 1:3; the Author of Life, John 1:4, Acts 3:15; the Sovereign Ruler, Mt. 28:18, Rev. 1:5; and the One who forgives sinners, Mk. 2;1-12, Acts 13:38.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ possesses divine attributes – He is eternal, Is. 9:6, John 1:1-2; He is omnipresent, Mt. 18:20, 28:20; He is omniscient, John 2:24-24, 21:17; He is omnipotent, Is. 9:6, Phil. 3:1; and He is unchangeable, Heb. 1:1-2, 13:8.

This biblical view of Christ is important for several reasons: 1 – only God himself (Jesus) can save fallen humanity; 2 – the doctrine of justification is by faith alone in One who is Almighty God, not a creature of God; 3 – if Jesus Christ is not God, then a creature gets credit and glory for the salvation of sinners and the gospel is then man-centered, rather than God-centered.   “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessings!” (Revelation 5:12).

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