Is Jesus Deity?

Is Jesus deity? Was He God in the flesh?

▸ Isaiah said He is. “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

▸ Matthew said He is. Matthew cited Isaiah’s prophecy, with the explanation that Immanuel means “God with us.” He said it was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:23-25).

▸ John said He is. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (v. 14).

▸ Paul said He is. “For in Him all the fulness of deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).

▸ The Hebrews writer said He is. “But of the Son He [God] says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8, citing Psalm 45:6).

▸ Jesus said He is. “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Even those who did not believe what Jesus said about Himself understood the claim He was making (John 5:18; 10:33).

▸ God said He is. Twice, at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:17) and at His transfiguration (17:5), God spoke from heaven, saying of Jesus, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Admittedly, this is a strong claim! Jesus understood that. Therefore, He said, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me and I am in the Father” (John 10:37-38).

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