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CHRIST CLAIMING TO BE GOD

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A) TO THE VERSES.

B) CONCLUSION.

C) COMMON SENSE VERSES.

D) OTHER TEXTS WITH IMPLICATIONS OF JESUS BEING GOD.

 

 

A) TO THE VERSES.

 

 

John 4:26:  “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee Am He.”

 

John 5:19-23:  “[19] Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do:  for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. [20] For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth:  and He will shew Him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. [21] For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He will. [22] For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: [23] That all menshould honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.  He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.”

 

John 8:19:  “Then said they unto Him, Where is Thy Father?  Jesus answered, Ye neither know Me, nor My Father: if ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also.”

 

John 8:24:  “. . .for if ye believe not that I Am He, ye shall die in your sins.”

 

John 828:  “When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I Am He, and I do nothing of Myseelf; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things.?

 

John 8:58:  “Jesus said unto them Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was I AM.”

 

John 10:30:  “I and My Father are One.”

 

John 13:13:  “Ye call Me Master and Lord:  and ye say well; for so I Am.”

 

John 14:7:  “If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”

 

John 14:9:  “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

 

John 14:23:  “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words:  and My Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him.”

 

John 17:5:  “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.”

 

 

B) CONCLUSION

 

 

Depending upon your observation, it is striking to me that the other Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) have NO recordings of Jesus claiming to be God (However, see below).

 

However, I believe that Christ is indeed claiming to be God when He instructs the Disciples to:  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  Matthew 28:19.  Why?  Because He is claiming to be of the same authority, the same character; which gives Him the same ability to sanction any action that the Father and Holy Ghost have the authority to do.  Mark 16:15-16 records the same event, but leaves out our critical searching for Jesus claiming to be God in the Command.  Unless you consider it to be a Command; then Jesus would be claiming to be God in the Gospel of Mark.

 

In Fact, if we were to go through all of the Commands given by Christ, then we have NO PROBLEM believing that Jesus was claiming to be God Almighty.  Such as John 15:17:  “These things I Command you, that ye love one another.”  Matthew 19:17 comes close.  See also Matthew 21:6; 28:20; Mark 11:6 {Verse 3 Jesus specifically instructs them to call Him “Lord”}; Luke 8:29; John 14:15, 21; 15:10 & 14; and Acts 1:4.

 

Mark 12:35-37 is clear enough for me:  “[35] And Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the Temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? [36] For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. [37] David therefore himself calleth Him Lord; and whence is He then His Son?  And the common people heard Him gladly.”  Why?  Because David called Him “Lord.”

 

I would also sight Luke 24:46-47:  “[46] And {Jesus} said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [47] And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”  Why?  Because only GOD can forgive the “remission of sins.”

 

And if we back up a few verses to Luke 24:26-27 we read:  “[26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? [27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”  Unfortunately, we are not given His dissertation in the next verses, but what we can conclude, is that “He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things” that proved He is God in the flesh and will be entering “into His glory.”

 

 

C) COMMON SENSE VERSES

 

 

In Isaiah 44:6, we have this jewel:  “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel [THIS IS GOD THE FATHER; VERIFIED BY THE NEXT STATEMENT], and His Redeemer [JESUS THE CHRIST] the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God.”  Notice that both Deities make this statement (How Two Make One Is The Human Dilemma, Not God’s).  The Bible states this over and over again (27 times:  Deuteronomy 4:35 & 39; 6:4; 32:39; First Samuel 2:2; First Kings 8:60; Second Kings 19:19; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 86:10; Isaiah 37:16 & 20; 43:10; 44:6 & 8 & 24; 45:5 & 6 & 14 & 18 & 21 & 22; 46:9; Malachi 2:10; Mark 12:29; Ephesians 4:5; First Corinthians 8:4; First Timothy 2:5) that there is only “ONE GOD.”  Therefore, Jesus is God.

 

In Mark 2:10, Jesus claims to be able “to forgive sins,” which “certain of the scribes,” verse 6, recognized as Jesus claiming to be God.

 

In Matthew 26:63-64 & Mark 14:60-61 & Luke 22:67-70, “the high priest asked Him” directly whether or not He was “the Christ,” and Jesus states the Jewish unspeakable Name of God (in the Mark & Luke’s accounts), “I Am.”

 

In Matthew 28:19, although already risen, Jesus affirms that He is God in His great commission statement, being One of the Holy Trinity.

 

In John 1:18, Jesus uses the expression, “in the bosom of the Father,” meaning He and the Father are One and the same (see John 17:21).

 

In John 4:25-26, Jesus affirms to the Samaritan “woman” at the well, that He is “that Messias {that} Cometh.” 

 

In John 5:17-18, “the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He,” was “making Himself equal with God.”  By calling God “My Father” instead of “Our Father,” the Jews recognized this claim.

 

In John 8:24, Jesus claims to be the Great “I Am.”

 

In John 8:28, He claims to be one with His Father by stating, “My Father.”  By calling God “My Father” instead of “Our Father,” the Jews recognized this claim, for in verse 30 we have this conformation, “many believed on Him.”

 

In John 8:58, Jesus claims to be the God who appeared to Abraham.  And with that, the Jews recognized His claim as Him being God, for in verse 59, they “took up stones” to kill Him for this blasphemy.

 

In John 10:30-33, we have this VERY CLEAR statement, “I and My Father are One.”  And “the Jews” confirm this in verse 33, when they state, “For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.”

 

In John 13:19, Jesus claims to be the Great “I Am.”

 

In John 16:28-30, “His” very Own “disciples” finally believe Him to be the Messiah because He “now speakest” that fact “plainly” to them.

 

In John 17:21, in the true “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus claims to be “One” with the Father, i.e., God Himself (see Isa. 9:6).

 

In John 20:27, although already risen, Jesus saw the need to prove His Deity to “Thomas.”

 

 

D) OTHER TEXTS WITH IMPLICATIONS OF JESUS BEING GOD

 

 

Matthew 5:17; 9:13; 10:34-35; 11:29; 15:24; 16:13-15; 17:5; 18:20; 20:23; 22:32; 24:5; 28:20; Mark 1:11; 8:27-29; 13:6; 14:28; 14:62; Luke 4:43; 9:18-20; 12:49; 12:51; 21:8; 22:70; John 5:43; 6:35; 6:41; 6:48; 6:51; 7:28-29; 7:33; 8:12; 8:16; 8:18; 8:23-24; 8:58; 9:5; 9:9; 9:39; 20:7; 10:10-11; 10:14; 10:36; 11:25; 12:46; 13:19; 14:6; 14:10-11; 14:20; 15:1; 15:5; 16:28; 17:24; 18:5.

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