Is Jesus God?
Some question whether Jesus is fully God. They base their belief on Arius, a 4th century Alexandrian priest, who is the founder of the heresy known as Arianism. Arius’ teachings about the nature of the Godhead emphasized God the Father’s uniqueness and Christ’s subordination under the Father. He taught that before making anything else, God created a son who was neither equal to, nor co-eternal with, the Father. According to Arianism, Jesus Christ is a supernatural creature, but He is neither fully human nor fully divine.
In eternity past, there was no point before which the Word was not. The Bible declares about Jesus, “Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting” (Micah 5:2). Jesus proclaimed Himself “the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Word (Son of God) was “with God” in the eternity past, but He became “flesh” so that He can be with us. He was Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
Bible comparison between the Father and the Son
- God the Father is self-existent (Psalm 90:2). Jesus is self-existent (John 1:1–4; 14:6).
- God the Father is eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27). Jesus is eternal (Revelation 1:8).
- God the Father has life (Job 33:4). Jesus has life (1 John 5:11, 12, 20).
- God the Father is all powerful (Jeremiah 10:12-13). Jesus is all powerful (Revelation 1:8).
- God the Father is the Creator (Genesis 1:1). Jesus is the Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).
- God the Father forgives sin (Isaiah 43:25). Jesus forgives sin (Luke 5:20, 21).
- God the Father accepts worship (Matthew 14:33). Jesus accepts worship (John 20:26–29; Hebrews 1:6).
- God the Father knows the thoughts of men (1 Kings 8:39). Jesus knows the thoughts of men (John 2:25; John 1:48).
- God the Father is Omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24). Jesus is Omnipresent (Matthew 28:20; Acts 18:10).
- God the Father resurrects people (1 Corinthians 8:6). Jesus resurrects people (John 10:18; John 11:25).
- God the Father even calls Jesus God (Hebrews 1:8).