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Divinity of Jesus Christ

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The equality and identity of Jesus Christ as God is clearly stated in the NT, and is also implied by the words and deeds of Jesus Christ. The OT prophecies also point to the divinity of the coming Messiah.

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The NT writers affirm Jesus Christ’s divinity

Hebrews 1:8 NASB95
But of the Son He says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
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Statements which imply Jesus Christ’s divinity

Matthew 1:23 NASB95
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
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Jesus Christ’s names and titles point to his divinity

Jesus Christ as judge

In the OT, final responsibility for judgment is assigned to God.
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Jesus Christ as “I am”

“I am” is the meaning of God’s name in the OT (see Ex 3:14).
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Jesus Christ as Saviour

According to the OT, God alone can save.
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Jesus Christ as Lord

“Lord” was equivalent to God’s name in the OT.
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Jesus Christ as creator

Colossians 1:16 NASB95
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
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Jesus Christ as shepherd

“Shepherd” was a well-known OT name for God.
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Those who recognised Jesus Christ’s divinity

The disciples

John 20:28 NASB95
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
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The demons

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The consequences of recognising Jesus Christ’s divinity

Jesus Christ is worshipped as God

The fact that no-one but God may be worshipped is fundamental to Judaism.
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Prayer is addressed to Jesus Christ

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Jesus Christ’s unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead

Matthew 28:19 NASB95
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
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Jesus Christ’s eternal nature indicates his divinity

Jesus Christ precedes creation

Colossians 1:17 NASB95
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
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Jesus Christ is everlasting

John 8:58 NASB95
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
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Jesus Christ’s pre-existence indicates his divinity

John 6:62 NASB95
What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?
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Jesus Christ’s manifestation of God’s glory indicates his divinity

Hebrews 1:3 NASB95
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
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Jesus Christ’s divinity in the OT

The divinity of the coming Messiah

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NT passages which apply OT passages about God to Jesus Christ

Romans 10:13 NASB95
for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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Jesus Christ’s claims to divinity

He claimed to be one with the Father

John 5:17–18 NASB95
But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
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He demonstrated his authority to forgive sin

Luke 5:20–24 NASB95
Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? “But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.”
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Jesus Christ’s actions imply his divinity

Matthew 8:26–27 NASB95
He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
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Jesus Christ’s resurrection confirms his divinity

Acts 2:36 NASB95
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
See also ; –11John 1:1–11 (NKJV)
The Deity of Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
The Preincarnate Work of Christ
The Preincarnate Work of Christ
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Forerunner of Christ
The Forerunner of Christ
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
The Rejection of Christ
The Rejection of Christ
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
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