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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 NKJV
But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
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Statements which imply Jesus Christ’s divinity

Matthew 1:23 NKJV
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “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 NKJV
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were 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 NKJV
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
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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 NKJV
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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Jesus Christ’s eternal nature indicates his divinity

Jesus Christ precedes creation

Colossians 1:17 NKJV
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
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Jesus Christ is everlasting

John 8:58 NKJV
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
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Jesus Christ’s pre-existence indicates his divinity

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

Hebrews 1:3 NKJV
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, 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 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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Jesus Christ’s claims to divinity

He claimed to be one with the Father

John 5:17–18 NKJV
But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
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He demonstrated his authority to forgive sin

Luke 5:20–24 NKJV
When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
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Jesus Christ’s actions imply his divinity

Matthew 8:26–27 NKJV
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
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Jesus Christ’s resurrection confirms his divinity

Acts 2:36 NKJV
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
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