Bible Questions

Bible Questions

How do we know that Christ is God?

The deity of Christ, confirmed by His perfect life, unique ministry and triumphant Resurrection is vigorously affirmed by the prophets, the apostles and the cumulative testimony of the Bible.

We have Christ's own claims to deity.

There were occasions when He openly claimed to be the Messiah (Mark 14:61-64; Luke 22:66-71; John 4:25-26).

To claim Messiahship was to claim deity (Psalms 2:6-12; Isaiah 9:6; Zechariah 13:7).

The Jews recognized this implication of Jesus' claim to Messiahship (John 10:33).

He made unique claims for Himself (John 6:35; John 8:12; John 10:7, John 9; John 10:11; John 11:25; John 14:6; John 15:1).

He declared Himself to be one with the Father (John 10:30; compared with John 5:18).

He accepted the declaration of Thomas, 'My Lord and my God!' (John 20:28-29).

God Himself came to redeem men and women

Everything about His life serves to substantiate His claims to deity.

There is the evidence of His supernatural conception and birth (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56; Luke 2:1-40).

There is the evidence of His sinless life:

There is the evidence of His remarkable insight and knowledge:

There is the evidence of His unique teaching: the authority of His teaching astonished all who heard Him (Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:45-46). The prophets, for example, said, 'This is what the Lord says' (Ezekiel 21:9), whereas Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth' (Matthew 5:18).

There is the evidence of His miracles:

There is the overwhelming evidence of Christ's resurrection:

To the evidence of Christ's claims and unique life to His deity, there must be added the witness of the prophets, including John the Baptist.

Some of the prophetic psalms spoke of a divine Messiah (Psalms 2:6-12; compared with Hebrews 1:5; Psalms 45:6-7; compared with Hebrews 1:8-9; Psalms 110:1; compared with Hebrews 1:13).

Isaiah spoke of the Messiah whose name would be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Jeremiah declared that the Messiah would be called 'The LORD Our Righteousness' (Jeremiah 23:5-6; compared with 1 Corinthians 1:30).

Micah speaks of the Messiah as One whose origins have been of old, from ancient times, from everlasting (Micah 5:2).

Zechariah records God speaking of the Messiah as His fellow, the One close to Him (Zechariah 13:7).

John the Baptist not only described his ministry as making straight the way of the Lord (John 1:23; compared with Isaiah 40:3) but he testified that Jesus is the Son of God (John 1:34).

We have also the witness of the apostles to the deity of Christ.

Peter's confession, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God' (Matthew 16:16), marked a vital stage in the spiritual understanding of the apostles.

The apostles saw Christ's glory as He lived among them, such glory as befits the Father's only Son (John 1:14; 1 John 1:1).

John bears witness:

Peter bears witness:

Paul bears witness:

Finally, we have the witness of the Bible itself.

References to God in the Old Testament are in the New Testament applied to Christ. Examples:

The works of God are ascribed to Him:

Characteristics that belong only to God are ascribed to Christ:

Conclusions.

The deity of Christ throws amazing light upon the love of God: God Himself came to redeem men and women (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Christ is worthy of our worship: all God's angels worship Him (Hebrews 1:6), as does the whole of heaven (Revelation 5:11, 12).

His deity gives unique value to His death: by His death we may be redeemed for God and set free from all wickedness (Titus 2:14; Revelation 5:9).

Christ is the object of Christians' faith: men and women are to be urged to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (Acts 16:31).

The Church is built upon the truth of Christ's deity (Matthew 16:18).

Christians' relationship to Christ is the most important reality of their life (Philippians 3:7-11).