Did Jesus say I am God? Is Jesus really God?

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Jesus declared that He is God the Son “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus said that He and the Father are of one nature and essence. And we need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to this statement for they understood that He was claiming to be God. And they tried to stone Him for this very reason “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). They knew exactly what He was claiming—deity.

John 8:58 is another example where Jesus declared the same truth, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!” The Jews who heard this statement responded by taking up stones to kill Him for blasphemy as the Mosaic Law commanded for humans who claimed divinity (Leviticus 24:16), except Jesus was not a mere human He was God in the flesh (John 1:14).

Also, we have the testimony of the Father Himself declaring the divinity of Jesus, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom’”(Hebrews 1:8). The Father referred to the Son as “O God,” indicating that His Son is indeed God.

Further, the angel in Revelation instructed John not to worship him (Revelation 19:10) because worship is due to God alone. Yet, several times in Scripture we read that Jesus received worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38). Jesus never rebuked people for worshiping Him. If Jesus was not God, He would have told people to not worship Him, just as the angel in Revelation instructed John. Also, Thomas the disciple declared concerning Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). And Jesus did not correct him.

Jesus had to be God incarnate because if He was not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay for the lives of all humans (1 John 2:2). A created being, which Jesus would be if He was not God, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin. If Jesus was only a created being, he could atone for only one human life. A life for a life (Exodus 21:23). But only the Creator’s life could atone for the lives of all His creatures. Therefore, Jesus is indeed God incarnate.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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