What are the Scriptural Bases for Believing Jesus is God?
Jesus is God. This is a foundational belief for Christians, but not one that we should take lightly. The Bible calls Jesus the Son of God and tells us that he was sent by God (Matthew 3:17). He doesn’t just have a relationship with God, like you and I do; he’s actually part of the Trinity Himself! So how can we know that this is true? Here are some ways in which Scripture supports this belief:
Jesus is called “God” (John 1:1; John 20:28; Acts 2:22-24; Titus 2:13)
The Bible clearly states that Jesus is God. There are many verses which show this, but here are a few examples:
- John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word (Greek logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Greek word translated as “God” here is Theos, which means deity or divinity. So according to this verse, Jesus existed before creation and He has always been divine!
- John 20:28 tells us that Thomas believed Jesus’ resurrection because he saw His wounds–and then he said “My Lord and my God!” This shows us that Thomas recognized that Jesus had both human nature AND divine nature. He wasn’t just another human being who happened to have some sort of spiritual power; rather he had both physical wounds from his crucifixion as well as eternal life from his divine nature (because only God could raise Himself from death).
Jesus is worshiped by the angels (Hebrews 1:6) and acknowledged as such (Matthew 8:2-3; Luke 4:7)
The Bible is clear that worship is reserved for God alone. In the Old Testament, angels are worshipped as gods (Psalm 97:7-9). But in Matthew 8:2-3, Jesus is called “Lord” by an angel who then falls down at His feet to worship Him; this implies that Jesus has the same kind of divine status as the one who created him.
Jesus’ disciples also acknowledge Him as God–and they do so before His resurrection and ascension into heaven! In Luke 4:7, Satan tempts Jesus with all kinds of power (including ruling over all kingdoms on earth) if He will just bow down before him and worship him instead of God alone; but Jesus refuses this offer because it would require him to deny his own identity as both God and Son of Man (see Daniel 7).
Jesus was given all power in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18)
The Bible teaches that Jesus is God. Jesus claimed to be God (John 8:58), and the apostles believed in him as such. In Matthew 28:18, we read, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” This means that Jesus has all power over everything in heaven and earth! He is King of kings, Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). He was also called “the Alpha and Omega”–the beginning and end of all things (Revelation 22:13). The Bible says that Jesus created everything out of nothing at all (Genesis 1-2), including time itself (Hebrews 1:2-3).
Jesus said he had come into this world as light so that everyone could see him clearly (John 9:5). Nowhere else does scripture teach us who or what he actually was; however we can learn more about his identity by asking questions like these: “Who do you say I am?”
Jesus has more than one name. He is called Emmanuel, meaning “God with us” by both Matthew and Isaiah (Matthew 1 and Isaiah 7). He is also called Immanuel which means “God with us” again by Matthew but this time in his genealogy. The angel Gabriel says to Mary that she will give birth to a son who will be called Immanuel (literally meaning “God with us”) who will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1).
The name Immanuel means “God with us.” It’s found in both Isaiah 7 and Matthew 1, where Jesus is called Immanuel. The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will give birth to a son who will be named Immanuel (literally meaning “God with us”) and that this child will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1). This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came into the world as God’s Son and lived among us, teaching us how to live like Him.
The fact that Jesus has more than one name shows that he is indeed God because only God can have multiple names at once!
Jesus is God. He is the Son of God who came to earth in human form to die for our sins. The Bible tells us this, and we believe it because we trust its authority as God’s Word.