This article is about the divinity or deity of Jesus Christ/ God. From the very first page of Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves.” There is a mysterious reference to God in the plural, three times. Interesting! Although Jesus didn’t openly say, “I am God” the fact of his divinity or deity in scripture is clear. The fact that Jesus accepted worship and did not correct or rebuke the worshippers alone speaks volumes. (Matthew 2:11): “The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage.”
Luke 24:52: “Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.”
John 9:38: “Jesus heard they had driven away the man whose sight he had restored and when he found him he said to him ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said: ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said: ‘Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.”
He also said that “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This statement enraged the Jews because they instantly realized that he was claiming to be God so they tried to stone him. The Jews went on to say in verse 33: “You, a mere man, claim to be God.” Jesus was clearly declaring the fact that he and the father are of the same nature and essence. Another clear example is in John 8:58. Here we read: “Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!’” God is called I AM. (When Moses had to face the people God said to tell the people that “I AM” sent you). The Jews who heard these words considered this blasphemy and according to the Mosaic Law they attempted to stone him (Leviticus 24:16).
After Jesus’ death Thomas doubted that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus had appeared to the other disciples and they told Thomas all about it to no avail because Thomas continued to doubt. However a week later Jesus appeared to Thomas and Thomas called him God (John 20:19-28).
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said: “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!” We must realize that Jesus did not correct this statement.
You see the deity of Jesus can be found all throughout scripture: In John 1:14: we read: The Word was made flesh (took on human form), and dwelt among us. You see Mary was a virgin and became pregnant through the Holy Spirit. The father was not of this earth!
Here is another clear scripture declaring Jesus’ divinity as the everlasting father (Isaiah 9:6): “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.”
John the Baptist boldly and humbly declared: “Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29 ).
John 9:29: “At this they hurled abuse at the man who Jesus had just healed of his blindness. ‘You can be his disciple,’ they said, ‘we are disciples of Moses: we know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.” Yet we read in Luke’s account of the transfiguration Luke 9:30: “Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah.”
Luke 8:38: The man from whom the devils had gone out asked to be allowed to stay with him, but he sent him away. “Go back home,” he said, “and report all that God has done for you.”