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How Do We Know Jesus Is God?

Jesus is God

If Jesus was fully man, how could He be fully God? How can we know for sure that Jesus is God? Are there any Scriptures that make that truth clear?

The answer is yes, Jesus is God and, yes, there are Scripture passages that clearly teach this.

It’s important that Christians understand how they can know for sure that Jesus is God. After all, there many people—secularists, adherents to other religions or cults—who say Jesus was not God.

Some say He was just a good man who taught lessons on morality. Others say He was simply a prophet while still others claim He was a created heavenly being like the angels.

But according to the Word of God, none of those beliefs about Jesus are true. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus Christ was, is, and will always be God.

How can we know for sure? Let’s explore several passages that speak about the deity of Christ.

Jesus Said He Is the I AM

In the Old Testament, God referred to Himself as Yahweh—translated as “I AM” into English. This name was held sacred among the Jews and was only used in relation to God the Creator. In your Bible, you may see the word “Lord” in all caps throughout the Old Testament. Translators do that to indicate the Hebrew word Yahweh is being used.

The first time we see God refer to Himself as I AM is in Exodus 3, when He appears to Moses in a burning bush and commands him to go to Egypt and free the people of Israel.

When Moses asks God how he will get Israel to believe him, the Lord responds: “I AM WHO I AM. … Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

In the book of John, Jesus uses this same phrase to refer to Himself. The religious Jews were arguing with Jesus about Abraham being their father.

Jesus responded: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:57).

The Jews speaking with Jesus knew He was implying that He was God when He said “I am.” They even picked up stones to throw at Him for blasphemy.

What the Jews couldn’t see, though, is that Jesus wasn’t blaspheming when He equated Himself with God—because He is God!

People Worship Jesus in the New Testament

All throughout Scripture, we see worship being reserved for God alone. Even angels, in all their fearsome glory, are not to be worshipped. Whenever humans have started to bow down to or worship angels in Scripture, we see the heavenly beings telling them to stop.

One instance is in Revelation 19, when John bows down to the angel speaking to him.

“Then I fell down at his [the angel’s] feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God” (Revelation 19:10).

There are many other passages that condemn the worship of angels. Jesus, on the other hand, never rebuked His disciples when they worshipped Him. After Jesus calmed the raging storm, “those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’” (Matthew 14:33).

We see His disciples worship Him again after He rose from the dead: “And when they saw him they worshiped him but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17).

Jesus never even tried to stop His disciples from worshipping Him—an act reserved for God alone.

The book of Revelation also displays several glorious scenes where people are worshipping Jesus as God. In Revelation 5, multitudes sing songs of praise to Jesus, the Lamb who was slain, and bow down to Him in worship.

Clearly, Jesus was more than a man and He was more than an angel. Jesus is God.

Jesus Was the Creator, Not the Created

The book of Colossians portrays Jesus as the Creator of all things. Not only did He create all things, but all things exist for His glory.

“For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).

And if that wasn’t clear enough, the apostle Paul takes his point even further in Colossians 2:9: “For in Him [Jesus] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

What’s even more amazing is that Jesus didn’t just create all things. He’s the One who continues to hold all things together.

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

These passages make it clear that Jesus is the Creator God. He created all things, sustains all things, and is part of the Triune Godhead.

How You Can Know that Jesus Is God

Want to learn more about Jesus’ deity? You’ll enjoy Bodie Hodge’s teaching on the topic: Jesus Is the God of the Old Testament. Click here to watch it.

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