16 Mar Why Jesus Christ is God
There are some debate to whether Jesus is god or a man. However there are clues that point that Jesus is God in the flesh and image, being part of the Holy Trinity. We will list 8 reasons why Jesus is God.
1. His Name
In the Hebrew name of Jesus which is Yeshua means YHWH saves. YHWH is the Hebrew name for Jehovah. God gave his Word to the world that he will save humanity.
2. Nature Obeyed Him
Jesus is so powerful that even nature obeyed him. With this, he was able to turn water to wine, calm a storm, wither a tree, raise the dead, and much more. The reason why Jesus can do these things is because he’s God. Only God have the right to change the laws of nature.
- He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39
- Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Matthew 21:19
- And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside. John 2:9
3. Jesus Christ Said It Himself
There are different ways Jesus Christ stated he was God.
- “I and the Father are one.” – John 10:30.
- Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? – John 14:9
- “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I AM!“ – John 8:58. Jesus Christ was referring to the scripture when God introduced himself to Moses as the God of Abraham and,“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.“ – Exodus 3:14.
- “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.“ – Revelation 1:8.
- I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. – John 13:19.
- As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. – John 18:6.
4. Demons Recognized Him
When Jesus Christ came across demon-possessed men wandering in the tombs, the demons recognized him. They asked Jesus, “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” (Matthew 8:29). The appointed time is the end of world (Revelation 20:15). The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit – Luke 8:31. The bottomless pit is a section in Hell (Revelation 20:3). No other person has that authority to cast out demons to Hell but God himself. By following Christ, we also have that authority to cast out demons (Luke 10:19). However we don’t have the authority to cast out demons to Hell but to leave the person’s body with a possibility in returning ( Matthew 12:43-45).
5. Appearances After Death
After 3 days of his crucifixion, Jesus appeared to his disciples. A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” – John 20:26. Jesus also appeared as different people. When he resurrected, Mary Magdalene did not recognized him because he looked like a different person. She thought he was a gardener. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” John 20:15 Jesus also appear to many people to this day and changed their lives forever.
6. Satan Tempted to Take God’s Throne
Satan knew that whenever he make a person sin, he is entitled to that person’s possession and authority. This is why Satan became the prince of the Earth through the sin of Adam (Genesis 3:6, John 12:31, Luke 4:5). Satan tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness in order to take all God’s possession and authority. Satan tempted Jesus Christ in order to get him angry.
Throughout the Bible there are times that God gets angry enough to kill a person instantly (2 Samuel 6:7, Acts 5:5, Leviticus 10:2). This is why Jesus responded, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” – Luke 4:12. Jesus was referring this scripture, For the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. – Deuteronomy 6:15-16. Satan wants to be like God (Isaiah 14:13). If Jesus Christ became angry and sinned, Satan would obtain the Kingdom of Heaven thus having authority over God.
7. Incident on the Mountain
When Jesus and his disciples climbed on top of a mountain, he transfigured to his divine body along with bringing Moses and Elijah appeared to him. No other prophet or man can do that. His appearance was changed in front of them, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matthew 17:2-3.
8. Jesus Christ Freed Souls in Hell
There are few verses in the Bible that state where Jesus went to Hell for 3 days before he resurrected. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40. Jesus Christ made a big spectacle in Hell through his crucifixion (Colossians 2:15). First Jesus Christ took the keys from Satan (Revelation 1:18). Then he freed all the saints, who died and went to Abraham’s Bosom (Matthew 27:52-53). Then Jesus Christ preached to spirits who died in Noah’s days ( 1 Peter 3:19-20). The only person who has that ability and authority to do these things is God.
9. The Word
Jesus Christ is the word that became flesh or human. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. – John 1:1-3. If Jesus Christ is the same word that came out of God’s mouth to create the world then Jesus Christ is God himself.
This is why it is written, Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11. God honors his word more than his name (Psalm 138:2). Since his word is righteous, God can only make a vow by himself. He stated this in the Book of Isaiah. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. – Isaiah 45:23.
10. No one Can Share God’s Glory
God made it clear of not sharing his glory in The Book of the Isaiah. “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” – Isaiah 42:8. God also state all fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Yet Jesus Christ is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords (Revelation 19:16).
11. Doing Things Himself
Throughout the Bible God has a pattern of doing things himself. God appeared to Abraham as a man to see for himself to spend time with him and to see for himself the city of Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18:1-22). God himself talked to Moses through a burning bush (Exodus 3:2-14). It was also God himself that came down to Elijah’s altar (1 Kings 18:24-39).
King David has referred God as his rock (2 Samuel 22:47, 2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 144:1). So it is only fair that when God talked about a servant he will be sending to the world called the Branch, showing 7 eyes on a rock, he is talking about himself (Zechariah 3:8-9). God makes it clear throughout the Old Testament that there is no other redeemer or savior other than himself (Isaiah 43:11, Hosea 13:4, Isaiah 44:6). Since shepherds are not doing their job to tend to his sheep, then he himself will go and save them (Ezekiel 34:15-16). When Jesus Christ was talking to the Pharisees, he referred what was written in Ezekiel 34:15 and states, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep….I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me..” – John 10:11-14.
12. Virgin Birth
Every person born on Earth is born under a curse of sin, thus can easily sin. This is why God tells Noah, “For the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” Genesis 8:21. However Jesus Christ had never sin, not once (1 Peter 2:22). It is impossible for any man to sin unless he is God himself in the flesh. The only way God can come into this world physically was through a righteous virgin through the Holy Spirit. The blood of the child comes from the father. As God is holy, he must come into this world in a holy manner. This is why the angel told Mary to name him Immanuel which means God is with us (Matthew 1:21-23).
13. Every Knee Will Bow & Every Tongue Will Confess
God tells Cyrus, “Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me.” – Isaiah 45:22-23. However in Paul & Timothy wrote a letter to Philippians including this, Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11. So with these verses this proves that Jesus Christ is God himself in the flesh.
14. Paul & Timothy Wrote About It
In the letter written to the Philippians, Paul & Timothy states, You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8. Here is another writing from Timothy confirming this: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. – 1 Timothy 3:6.