Jesus


If we investigate the NT we find numerous examples of who Jesus thought he was. There are those who object to using other sources in the NT besides the gospels. They claim that since it is not in the biography of Jesus himself it should not be used. Those people are forgetting one important fact, that is all of the epistles of Paul and most of the NT was written before the gospels. Therefore, they provide an even better source for what the eyewitnesses thought about Jesus. Paul for example was accepted by all of the apostles and Peter himself claims that Paul’s writings were to be considered as scripture, II Peter 3:16. So the rest of the NT cannot be discounted as a witness about Jesus. The following are some of the NT scriptures that point directly to Jesus as God.


One Three separate occasions the Jewish leaders sought to stone Jesus explicitly because he claimed to be God:


John 5:16-18
John 8:54-58
John 10:29-33


In various other places, Jesus exhibits the qualities of God, such as omnipotence, an eternal nature and omniscience.


Omnipotence
John 6:40 Jesus could raise the dead.
John 10:17-18 Jesus had the power to lay down his own life and take it up again.
Colossians 1:15-20 Jesus created all things in the universe.


An Eternal Nature
John 1:1-2 The Word always existed.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today forever.


Omniscience
John 16:30 Lord, you know all things.
Luke 5:21-25 Jesus knew their thoughts.
Luke 11:16-17 Jesus again knew the thoughts of others.


Other scriptures that claim that Jesus is God are:
Titus 2:13-14 the glorious appearing of our great God and savior Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:28 …of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
II Peter 1:1 Through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ.
John 20:28 …My Lord and My God.
Matthew 14:32-33 they worshipped him.
Colossians 2:9 express image of the invisible God.
John 14:7-9 anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.


Some claim that Jesus did not believe that he was God because he was constantly referring to himself as “the son of man.” And in fact, they are right in one sense. Jesus referred to himself more as the son of man than anything else. In our day and culture, if someone were to call themselves the son of man, we would take that as a reference to their human lineage. Jesus however probably meant something else entirely by his use of the term. Our first clue for this is in Daniel 7:13-14 where a divine being that looked like “a son of man” according to Daniel’s words, approaches God’s throne and is given dominion, power and an everlasting kingdom, and all the peoples of the earth worshipped him. If you go to Mark 14:60-65 the account Jesus gives of himself to the Sanhedrin is very similar to the one in Daniel. And it was not lost on the Sanhedrin at all. Based upon Jesus’ words in verse 62, they condemn him to death with the charge of blasphemy, (someone claiming to be God).


Another clue is found throughout the gospels, in that Jesus would not publicly be recognized as the Messiah of Israel. John 6:14-15 gives us one of the reasons. The Jews believed that the coming Messiah would be the one to overthrow the Romans and begin Israel’s domination of the earth by a military kingdom. This was in fact their primary interpretation of the ministry of the Messiah at the time Jesus showed up. So if Jesus claimed to be the messiah openly, he would have subjected himself to all their wrongheaded ideas about what the messiah would do. In fact, whenever Jesus did tell one of his followers that he is the Messiah, he also tells them not to say anything about it until after he had risen from the dead. What Jesus did instead, is to point out a divine title without all the excess baggage like “The Son of Man” so that he could still be true to who he was. For he was indeed the figure of Daniel 7, and also the Messiah, but he could not openly recognize himself as the Messiah or it would have