Monday, September 20, 2010

Where does the Bible says Jesus is God?

Question from Douglas:
I need your help. I was asked...where in the Bible does it say God and Jesus are the same person?...

Answer from Pastor Bob:
John 1:1 says "the Word" is God and verse 17 of that chapter makes it clear its talking about Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:9 says that the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily in Christ.
When Doubting Thomas saw the hands and feet of the Risen Christ, he called Jesus "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28) and in the next verse, Jesus blessed him for making the statement.
Some people make a big issue about how Jesus was the "Son" of God, as if somehow it made Jesus' nature less divine to be God's Son. Nothing could be further from the truth. They point to John 14:28, where Jesus says "the Father is greater than I." But that only means that Jesus follows the leadership of His father, just as an earthly son would listen to the counsel of his earthly father. It does not mean Jesus is any less divine. That's why Jesus could also say "The Father and I are one" (John 10:30). Perhaps the most important verse is John 5:18, which proves that the Jews themselves understood that when Jesus called Himself the Son of God, he was "making Himself equal with God."

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