This is the question this article is attempting to answer using biblical references to show whether holy Scriptures support the claim that many religions especially Christians have believed in for many decades concerning Jesus being God, the Father.
First, the verses from which people have assumed that Jesus is God, the Father will be examined then the verses which support Jesus is not God will also be detailed out.
Although, Jesus never said directly that He is God but in some verses there seem to be the illusion as if He was saying that He was God, but we have to remember Jesus enjoyed talking in parables. Let’s examine some of the verses which claimed that He was God; in John 10:30 Jesus said that He and the Father are one. Some religions explain the passage like this, if a woman and man got married, would it not be also correct to say that they are one; it seems that people have misunderstood equality for unity. Being united as one, meaning same objectives, same laws, same manners, and same purposes as opposed to being equal in authority where one cannot surpass the other and for that Jesus clearly said that the Father was greater than He was (John 14:28). How then can one claim that He was equal to or was God? However, the passage is simply and clearly saying that Jesus and God the Father are one.
Besides if one continues to read the whole 10th chapter of John, one would see that Jesus was trying to honor God, the Father. John 10:18 reads “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again, He was talking about His life and death. This command I received from my Father.” And John 10: 36 Jesus said He was God’s Son. When reading the Bible, it would make lots of sense not just to take one verse and try to explain it base on one’s own belief but rather read the whole chapter then maybe the purpose of the chapter would be clarified. In this verse, one can clearly assume that Jesus and God the Father is different. Jesus is talking in a way that there is One which is greater than Him from whom he takes command.
John reiterates the concept of Jesus’ deity: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word became flesh” (John 1:1). One would assume that Jesus is God in the flesh. Yes Jesus is a God in flesh, but in comparison to God the Father, the Father is God in Spirit. Because Jesus was in flesh, He was a version of the father but to a weaker level. The same can be said concerning the prophets, disciples and many other people through whom the Holy Spirit works, they are weaker version of the same Holy Spirit . Furthermore, if we take the meaning of “God”, the word god is often used to impersonate a leader, a chief etc. In John 10:34 Jesus mentioned that people were gods. As one can see, the word god can be confusing, especially when it is used in the bible because one would have to further research the context and to whom the word god was referring to.
Acts 20:28 tells us, “be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Some people would argue that God bought the church with his own blood. Since Jesus was the one killed at the cross, this passage is clearly saying that Jesus is God. The blood of Christ was used by God the Father to settle with humans the original sin that committed through Adam which He bought with His own blood.
Thomas the disciple declared concerning Jesus, “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him. Titus 2:13 encourages us to wait for the coming of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (see also 2 Peter 1:1). In Hebrews 1:8, the Father declares of Jesus, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” The Father refers to Jesus as “O God,” indicating that Jesus is God.
All these verses claiming that Jesus is God the Father can easily be understood. Jesus is just a version of God the Father God, the father who is the creator of everything has the last saying of anything that is to be done and He appointed Jesus to represent Him on the earth. As mentioned before, Jesus is God.
In the form of God the Father , Jesus is all powerful because He acknowledged that God the Father is greater than He is and remember the Jesus name was the name he took while he was on earth but He was always God the Father and Holy Spirit.
Moreover, there are some passages which seem to be confusing.
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (Colossian 1:15)
“He existed in the beginning with God.” John 1:2
“You must worship Christ as Lord of your life 1 Peter 3:15” but in the ancient testament Exodus 20:3 the bible said “You shall have no other gods before Me. Now if we worship Jesus, would not that mean we are worshipping other god before the Creator therefore Jesus got to be God in order for 1 Peter 3:15 to make any sense.
But what did Jesus say about himself?
Did he ever identify himself as God? According to the understanding of humans the answer would be yes! However the statements below need to be further researched and to be understood clearly in the context they were meant to be understood.
Jesus said He Was Equal to God (John 5:18) but if people were to continue reading the rest of the chapter of John 5 not just the 18th verse, one would realize that Jesus, in verse 19, gave this answer: “very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does and continued to say that for the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed”. Jesus is making himself equal to God the father because God the Father had taught Jesus to be like Him therefore it would make sense for Jesus to call himself equal to God. Then again there are some things that God the father did not teach Jesus for example the date where all will come to an end for Jesus himself said “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Mark 13:32). If Jesus was God the Father, why would he not know the time when all will end? but later in the chapter and other gospels He said, So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him Matthew 24:44. He is talking about His coming and only God the Father knows.
Jesus said he could forgive sins (Mark 2:10).
“That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he then said to the paralytic–“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God…” Jesus said that he can do miracles because God the Father gave him authority to do so.
Jesus Said He Existed Before Abraham
“Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham? Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” John 8:58. This is easy to understand because Jesus was the first creation God made (Colossian 1:15).
Jesus said to see Him is the same as Seeing God (John 14:9)
Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you trust not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.”
“No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” John 14:6
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?” Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work (John 14:10). When Jesus claimed seeing him is the same as seeing God the Father, as clearly explained in the verses that follow, Jesus was simply saying that the Holy Spirit of God the father was with him and he also clearly indicated that he did not speak of his own authority but of the One who sent him.
Jesus said He is the judge and can grant eternal life (John 5:24)
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.” John 17:2
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
“For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:40. These verses explain themselves, God the father gave him authority to do as he wish and had taught him all that he knew.
Other verses that contradicts Jesus is God.
John 10: 36 Jesus said He is God’s Son.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
“He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him…. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:21
In conclusion, Jesus loves to talk in parables and He has given us many parables to think about regarding His deity. Nevertheless one can say that Jesus is the Son, a messenger, an ambassador and an appointee of God the Father but there is no other verses in the bible which is clearer than any of that verse Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Yes, God has many names and Jesus Christ is just another name for God the Father, the creator of earth and heaven. Also in Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” and 22:13 Jesus claimed He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End therefore is God Himself.
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