Troy Dellinger
by on August 15, 2022
                       The Deity of Christ 
Which God we worship is probably the most important subject we can talk about, and is a matter over where we will spend eternity. This is not just one of those little topics we can disagree on like which flavor of ice cream is best, this is critically, and fundamentally important, and the sake of our soul depends on it. 
The nature of who Jesus Christ is has been probably been one of the biggest topics in the Churches history with theological battles over His nature, with one of the biggest ones the arian conflict. Jesus is also a figure in many major world religions such as Islam, and Hinduism, there's many denominations and religions that talk about Jesus that paint their own depiction of Jesus, the question is who is the real Jesus Christ? The life and teachings of Jesus are recorded in the Bible. So to find out the true nature and character of Jesus, we must find out what the Bible says about Him.
The Bible indicates to me that Jesus is God. And there's plenty of scriptures that would support that view. Jesus is God, and He is the Son of God. But this topic has baffled many people, and many have said how can the immortal, eternal God become man, and take on flesh and human form, and why? The answer is very simple, God does whatever He pleases. The Bible promised that one day there would come a Messiah, and the Messiah is the Savior of all mankind. And yet, God is the only Savior. God said so Himself Isaiah 43:11 so ask yourself this question. Which is more reasonable, and logical, to have God as your Lord and Savior or to have a mere created being as your Savior? Is it more reasonable and logical for God to make an atonement for your sins or a mere man? If God became man to redeem man from their sins, by dying on a cross for our sins, and rising from the dead. And how would God ever be able to do that unless He became a man? And why would God send a mere created man to be the Savior of the world when God is the only Savior, and He shares His glory with nobody else? It only makes sense that God Himself would come to earth to be the promised Messiah and be the Savior of all man, and if that's what God has decided to do, then we don't have the authority to question it or challenge it, but to be thankful what God has done for us in sacrificing Himself for us on the cross as a man, so that our sins against Him could be forgiven. 
Isaiah teaches that one day a child would be born and would come whose title is everlasting Father, mighty God:
6 “For unto us a child is  born, unto us a son is given: and the government  shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be  called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,  The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
-Isaiah 9:6
The child borns name is Immanuel which means ‘God with us:’
14 “Therefore the Lord  himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin  shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his  name Immanuel.”
-Isaiah 7:14
23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and  shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his  name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God  with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep  did as the angel of the Lord had bidden  him, and  took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till  she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he  called his name JESUS.”
-Matthew 1:23-25
So the Bible would indicate that this child born who would be the promised Messiah would be God. And we have several scriptures that teach this, even in the Old Testament. The jews who were awaiting the Messiah were expected to know this, but because of hardness of heart, unbelief, and spiritual blindness, this foundational, fundamental truth, was rejected. 
There are several scriptures, that directly say Jesus is God, and others indirectly, but very clearly say Jesus is God. But we're going to start out looking at the ones that directly say Jesus is God. We've already looked at one of them, which was Isaiah 9:6:
1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word  was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The  same was in the beginning with God.”
14 “And the Word was  made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld  his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the  Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare  witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of  whom I spake, He that cometh after me is  preferred before me: for he was before me. 16  And of his fulness have all we received, and  grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by  Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus  Christ.”
-John 1:1-2,14-17
8 “But unto the Son  he saith, Thy  throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of  righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  9  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated  iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath  anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy  fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast  laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens  are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall  perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax  old as doth a garment;”
-Hebrews 1:8-11
28 “And  Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord  and my God.”
-John 20:28
16 “And without controversy great is the  mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the  flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,  preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the  world, received up into glory.”
-1 Timothy 3:16
28 “Take heed therefore unto  yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which  the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed  the church of God, which he hath purchased with  his own blood.”
-Acts 20:28
16 “Hereby perceive we  the love of God, because he laid down his life for  us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the  brethren.”
-1 John 3:16
5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also  in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God,  thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But  made himself of no reputation, and took upon  him the form of a servant, and was made in the  likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as  a man, he humbled himself, and became  obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,  and given him a name which is above every  name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee  should bow, of things in heaven, and  things in  earth, and things under the earth;  11 And  that  every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is  Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
-Phillipians 2:5-11
Phillipians describes how Jesus is God perfectly. Many ask how Jesus is God, if they just would humble themselves like the way our Lord Jesus Christ did, and read Phillipians with an open mind it explains how Jesus is God. Many ask why Jesus didn't outright say Jesus is God, or how God could die, but Phillipians states that God came in the form of a man, and a servant and made Himself of no reputation. Jesus as a servant subject to His Father made Himself of no reputation even though He was God. Jesus is both God and man and has two natures in joint union as one person, like the way we have a body, and a spirit. 
There's many who say Jesus didn't claim to be God. Actually He did. Maybe not in those exact words, but Jesus did give Himself titles that are titles that are only given to God, and are actually references from scripture in the Old Testament
Lets look at all these references of these claims that Jesus makes, and we will see the parallel between them and what God says in the Old Testament:
56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see  my day: and he saw it, and was glad.  57 Then  said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty  years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,  Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up  stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and  went out of the temple, going through the midst  of them, and so passed by.”
-John 8:56-59
13  “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come  unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto  them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto  you; and they shall say to me, What is his name?  what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto  Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt  thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath  sent me unto you.”
-Exodus 3:13-14
10 “I was in the Spirit  on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great  voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying,  I am Alpha and  Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou  seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven  churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and  unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto  Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia,  and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the  voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw  seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst  of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son  of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot,  and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. † 14  His head and his hairs  were white like wool, as  white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of  fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they  burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound  of many waters.”
-Revelation 1:10-15
6 “Thus  saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his  redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I   am the last; and beside me  there is no God.”
-Isaiah 44:6
(Alpha and Omega is also a title for God Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6-7)
18 “And  unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write;  These things saith the Son of God, who hath his  eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like  fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and  service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy  works; and the last to be more than the first.  20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,  because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel,  which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and  to seduce my servants to commit fornication,  and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I  gave her space to repent of her fornication; and  she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a  bed, and them that commit adultery with her into  great tribulation, except they repent of their  deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death;  and all the churches shall know that I am he  which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will  give unto every one of you according to your  works.
-Revelation 2:18-23
10 “I the  Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give  every man according to his ways, and according  to the fruit of his doings.”
-Jeremiah 17:10
These scriptures prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jesus is God. These are titles are for God. 
Jesus was also falsely accused by the jews of blasphemy because the jews understood his statements as claims to be God and wanted to kill Him for it:
30 “I and  my Father are one.  31 Then the  Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I  shewed you from my Father; for which of those  works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered  him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not;  but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being  a man, makest thyself God.”
-John 10:30-33
So after all these scriptures of showing Jesus is called God, and has titles for God, by now if you're rejecting this you're in blatant denial. But even if that weren't enough there are still other scriptures that show that Jesus is God, because Jesus does things that only God can do. 
The Bible says that Jesus created everything in the universe:
3 “All things  were made by him; and without him was not any  thing made that was made.”
-John 1:3
13 “Who hath delivered us from the  power of darkness, and hath translated us into  the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we  have redemption through his blood, even the  forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the  invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16  For by him were all things created, that are in  heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,  whether they be thrones, or dominions, or  principalities, or powers: all things were created  by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all  things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is  the head of the body, the church: who is the  beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all  things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it  pleased the Father that in him should all fulness  dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the  blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things  unto himself; by him, I say, whether  they be  things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you,  that were sometime alienated and enemies in  your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he  reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through  death, to present you holy and unblameable and  unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in  the faith grounded and settled, and be not  moved away from the hope of the gospel, which  ye have heard, and which was preached to every  creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul  am made a minister;”
-Colossians 1:13-23
Surprisingly even arians agree with this interpretation of these scriptures and also acknowledge created the universe. And arianism is considered a major heresy that denies the Deity of Christ. So if even arians know Jesus created the universe, then that says a lot. But if Jesus is the Creator of the universe, that can only mean Jesus is God. If He wasn't, why would God allow a created being to help Him create the universe? This is Gods universe, He shares His glory with nobody else. So why would this universe be created by a created being? It just doesn't add up. 
Not only does the Bible say Jesus created the universe, the Bible also says that Jesus is worshipped. And God alone can only be worshipped. Some will try to say you can worship someone who is not God, but that's idolatry. If someone came up to worship you, you would most likely rebuke them and tell them to worship God. The average student of the Bible, and monotheist, including muslims and jews knows that we are to only worship God. That's just basic. So why would we worship someone who is not God?
11 “And  when they were come into the house, they saw  the young child with Mary his mother, and fell  down, and worshipped him: and when they had  opened their treasures, they presented unto him  gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
-Matthew 2:11
33 “Then they that  were in the ship came and worshipped him,  saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
-Matthew 14:33
35 “Jesus heard that they had cast him out;  and when he had found him, he said unto him,  Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He  answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might  believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him,   Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh  with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he  worshipped him.”
-John 9:35-38
9 “And as they went to  tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,  All hail. And they came and held him by the feet,  and worshipped him.”
-Matthew 28:9
The Bible is very clear Jesus is worshipped. Many people try to explain this away, but you cannot worship created beings. The Bible also records other people, who were worshipped, that were not God and we see a contrast between when they got worshipped, and when Jesus was worshipped:
25 “And as Peter was coming in,  Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and  worshipped him.  26 But Peter took him up,  saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”
-Acts 10:25-26
8 “And I John saw these things, and heard  them.  And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to  worship before the feet of the angel which  shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto  me, See thou do it not: for I am thy  fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets,  and of them which keep the sayings of this book:  worship God.”
-Revelation 22:8-9
So according to these scriptures we are only to worship God. Peter knew he was just a man that could not be worshipped, and an angel of God said to only worship God. If Jesus was just a man then he shouldn't of received worship. 
If you've rejected all of these scriptures that show clearly Jesus is God, the bottom line is, you're just being straight up dishonest, but there's even more scriptures that show Jesus is God, so we're still not done just yet. 
There are also messianic Old Testament foreshadowings and pictures that show Jesus is God:
1 “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right  hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2  The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of  Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy  power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb  of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4  The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou  art a priest for ever after the order of  Melchizedek.”
-Psalms 110:1-4
This is a messianic prophecy of Jesus the promised Messiah, and here we see David, already calling Him Lord. Jesus was Davids Lord thousands of years before Jesus was even born, so there's no question this says Jesus is God. 
The Lord Jesus also affirmed this was talking about Him:
42 “Saying,   What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They  say unto him, The Son of David.  43 He saith  unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him  Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit  thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies  thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how  is he his son?”
-Matthew 22:42-45
In Genesis a man appears to Jacob and wrestles with him, it would either have to be an angel, or it would have to be Jesus, those are the only two possible options. Because whoever this man was, he was called God. We know that God is not a man, and it would be blasphemous, to say that God wrestled with someone. You can't wrestle with God, because it would be no competition, they'd be utterly destroyed. The only possible way to truly wrestle with God would be if God took on a human form, in the form of a man, in which case, it would have to be Jesus. Because Jesus is God in human form:
24 “And Jacob was left alone; and there  wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the  day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not  against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh;  and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint,  as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me  go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let  thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said  unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.  28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no  more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou  power with God and with men, and hast  prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked  him, and said,  Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said,  Wherefore is it  that thou dost ask after my  name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob  called the name of the place Peniel: for I have  seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
- Genesis 32:24-30
Like I said above, this man could only possibly either be Jesus or an angel. You could say it was an angel, and he only wrestled with God in a metaphorical kind of way, but there's just one problem with that, Jacob said He saw God face to face and still preserved his life. So that would mean that this can only be Jesus Christ, and God appearing in His human form. 
It would appear that God also appeared in at least 2 or 3 other occasions in scripture, as far as we know. Abraham was also visited by a man that would appear to be God:
1 “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of  Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of  the day; 2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and,  lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw  them, he ran to meet them from the tent door,  and bowed himself toward the ground, 3 And  said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy  sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy  servant 33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had  left communing with Abraham: and Abraham  returned unto his place.”
-Genesis 18:1-3,33
Now some might try to explain this away and say oh it's just an angel, but it very specifically says the Lord left communing with him, so according to this text that God was with Abraham, literally, not metaphorically. Why would the text be so descriptive if he wasn't? You can only carry the angel excuse so far. This would of had to of been Jesus. 
An individual also appeared to Joshua:
13  “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by  Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked,  and, behold, there stood a man over against him  with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua  went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for  us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay;  but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now  come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth,  and did worship, and said unto him, What saith  my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of  the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe  from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou  standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
-Joshua 5:13-15
So Joshua worshipped this man, and was told to take off his shoe, so this would have to be Jesus Christ. 
The Temple that Israel built would be another indication of a possible foreshadowing of the Deity of Christ, because in the Bible a temple is a word that is used for a body 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 2:21 when Israel built a temple the presence of God dwelled in that temple. Israel did not temple, but they worshipped God who had His presence in that temple. In a similar way Jesus being both God and man, has a temple where He has God dwells. Jesus is both God and man. He has a human nature, and a divine nature, a body and a Spirit, they are joined together as one person. 
Other scriptures that proves the Deity of Christ:
6 “But to us  there is but one God, the  Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;  and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all  things, and we by him.”
-1 Corinthians 8:6
4 “For  there are certain men crept in unawares, who  were before of old ordained to this  condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of  our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only  Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
-Jude 1:4
Jude gives the most sobering warning to those who deny the Deity of Christ, that they deny the Lord. Because there's only one Lord, and Jesus is that Lord. The Father is Lord Matthew 11:25, Jesus is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is the Lord. They are one Lord. Because Jude said God was the only Lord, and at the same time said that Jesus was the Lord. So this proves indisputably that Jesus is God. Those who deny this clear truth from scripture are in grave danger, and fall under Judes warning. 
So if you've actually read through this entire thing with an honest heart, if you were honest with yourself after reading these scriptures that Jesus is God. But if you're in denial still, you're without excuse, and you're going to be held accountable, because there are many of these scriptures. Even if I was mistaken about a few of them, that wouldn't discredit all the other ones that say Jesus is God. The choice is yours, but if you reject them you'll have to bear the consequences. 
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