Jesus Christ Is God

Surely you have heard of Jesus of Nazareth as described by the four gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Never in the history of humanity has there been a life like that of Jesus.  He went about doing good for everyone He encountered.  He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and taught all those who were ignorant of God.  For His innumerable kindnesses He was repaid with rejection, physical abuse, and death by crucifixion.  However, none of this treatment surprised Him, for it had been the plan of God all along for these things to happen so that He could be raised from the dead three days later – demonstrating not only the enduring nature of His love for us, but also the indestructibility of His power.

Before ascending into heaven, the resurrected Jesus appeared to His followers in multiple and convincing ways, commissioning them to go into all the world bearing witness to what they had seen and heard.  That testimony, recorded two thousand years ago, and preserved in what we call the New Testament of the Bible,  is still valid today…and will be for all eternity.  He loves you and me.  There is no human being whom He does not love, no human being for whom He did not die.   This is what the apostles’ testimony emphatically declares.

The life that Jesus lived (and this is an amazing thought) had been predicted hundreds of years in advance by multiple authors in a variety of ways throughout the documents we call the Old Testament of the Bible.  In fact, over a thousand years elapsed between the time that the first and last of Israel’s prophets wrote of Him.  (Moreover, promises were made concerning Him even thousands of years before any part of the Bible was first written.)  Although He was given many titles in both testaments, it is the title of “Messiah” that is most immediately significant.  This word means “Anointed” and refers to Israel’s expected King who would bring righteousness and peace not just to that nation but to all nations.  This word was translated into Greek and subsequently into English as “Christ” – and thus we call Him Jesus Christ.

The reason that the life of Jesus Christ was so different from that of any other person, and so particularly described well in advance, is that He was God while we are human.  Stated another way, He was sinless while we have sinned.  His sinlessness, however, did not lead Him to avoid us.  Rather, it led Him to walk among us and show us how we ought to be living and treating one another: that is, with love.  This same Jesus is reigning as God over heaven and earth even now, and He desires to forgive you of your sins and show you how to live with the same motivations He had.  Turn your heart to Him today and every day; He will see and hear.  He will forgive you, and then guide you through your conscience.  You do not need anyone else to show you how to live…but you do need Him.  Let Him bring His righteousness and peace to your heart.

For more, see There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ.

76 Responses to Jesus Christ Is God

  1. Hi Mike,
    When I pull out my wallet, open it to a photo of my wife, point to that photo and say, “This is my wife.” Do you really believe the photo is my wife. Of course not. When I speak of Christ Jesus and say, “This is God” that is not so. He is the IMAGE of His God and His Father, not THE DEITY HIMSELF as no one has seen THE DEITY HIMSELF. Jesus is the first of all creation, a created being, a Deity but not THE DEITY. God, the Father of His Son Christ Jesus, always existed. Christ did exist before all else was created as He, Christ, was used by His Father to create all there is… including the ages, TIME itself. God did not die on the cross (pole) but His Son, Jesus, did. Christ is the Anointed One, as you say, and the One Who does the anointing is superior to the Anointed. The One superior to Christ is God. What do you think?
    Bob
    k7vhq@earthlink.net

    • Mike says:

      I think you have said many things that are right. However, you have also said, “Jesus is…a Deity but not THE DEITY…” This cannot be for God has told us that He is one.

      • steve says:

        Mike,
        The Bible testifies to Jesus being a deity. The Bible also testifies to Satan being a deity. And Since Nimrod, some men have set themselves up as deities and have been worshiped as gods (the Pharaoh- the son of the sun-god Ra, Japan Emperor Hirohito-WWII). This does not make them God Almighty. That would be Jehovah.

        • Mike Gantt says:

          God (Jehovah) will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11). The only way Jesus could be Lord with the glory that the Bible describes is if He were God Himself. This was the meaning of the Second Coming. That is, Jesus came the first time as a man and the second time as God. In the gospels He is portrayed as a man. In Acts through Revelation He is declared the exalted Messiah seated at the right hand of God. In His coming, which was “in the clouds,” He fully reassumed His throne over all – revealing that our Redeemer was in fact also our Creator (Daniel 7:13-14). See Whatever Became of Jesus Christ? to better understand the Second Coming and what it revealed about Jesus Christ.

          • steve says:

            Mike,
            1. “God (Jehovah) will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11). The only way Jesus could be Lord with the glory that the Bible describes is if He were God Himself.”

            Answer: That is the point; Jesus and Jehovah are two different persons.

            2. “This was the meaning of the Second Coming. That is, Jesus came the first time as a man and the second time as God.”

            Answer: Not sure where you are getting this from. You just cannot go around making things up because they sound good and intellectual.

            3. “In Acts through Revelation He is declared the exalted Messiah seated at the right hand of God.”

            Answer: Who exalted Jesus? Did he exalt himself? Philipans 2:6-10 provide the answer. Messiah means “Anointed One”. Who anointed Jesus?

            As far as the thought that he is not referred to by Jesus past the Gospels, 1 Corinthians 8:6 states, “there is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him”.

            Check out Titus 2:5, Revelation 1:1, and 1 Peter 1:3. Jesus is clear distinguished from his Father Jehovah

            4. “In His coming, which was “in the clouds,” He fully reassumed His throne over all – revealing that our Redeemer was in fact also our Creator (Daniel 7:13-14).”

            Answer: What is indicated by “clouds”? Invisibility. When an airplane is in a thick cloud or above the clouds, people on the ground usually cannot see it, although they may hear the roar of the engines. Jehovah told Moses: “I am coming to you in a dark cloud.” Moses did not see God, but that cloud indicated Jehovah’s invisible presence. (Ex. 19:9; see also Leviticus 16:2; Numbers 11:25.) If Christ were to appear visibly in the heavens, it is obvious that not “every eye” would see him. If he appeared over Australia, for example, he would not be visible in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, would he?

            • Mike Gantt says:

              Answer: That is the point; Jesus and Jehovah are two different persons.

              I addressed the “two different persons” issue in this comment.

              Answer: Not sure where you are getting this from. You just cannot go around making things up because they sound good and intellectual.

              I got this from the Bible – that is, the Holy Scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit. I am not smart enough to have figured it out for myself, nor did I learn it from anyone else.

              Answer: Who exalted Jesus? Did he exalt himself? Philipans 2:6-10 provides the answer. Messiah means “Anointed One”. Who anointed Jesus?

              As I wrote above, I addressed the “two different persons” issue in this comment.

              As far as the thought that he is not referred to by Jesus past the Gospels, 1 Corinthians 8:6 states, “there is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him”. Check out Titus 2:5, Revelation 1:1, and 1 Peter 1:3. Jesus is clear distinguished from his Father Jehovah

              I never said that Jesus wasn’t referred to as Jesus after the gospels. Read again my comment in which I addressed your “two different persons” question.

              Answer: What is indicated by “clouds”? Invisibility. When an airplane is in a thick cloud or above the clouds, people on the ground usually cannot see it, although they may hear the roar of the engines. Jehovah told Moses: “I am coming to you in a dark cloud.” Moses did not see God, but that cloud indicated Jehovah’s invisible presence. (Ex. 19:9; see also Leviticus 16:2; Numbers 11:25.) If Christ were to appear visibly in the heavens, it is obvious that not “every eye” would see him. If he appeared over Australia, for example, he would not be visible in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, would he?

              I agree with you that “in the clouds” refers to invisibility.

          • mcginnis360 says:

            Crock of crap. Joshua is not “a deity,” nor “The Deity,” nor confessed to such. He said Himself that He was a Prophet. Not “Elohim.” You have a screwed theology.

    • Why would you not say Jesus is the image of God like we all are created in the image of God?

      You seem to know that nobody can see God or they would die, like is written in the Holy Scriptures, though a lot of Christians do take Jesus to be God. they also think, like you do that Jesus always existed, though the Bible tells us only God is the Eternal being and Jesus was born many years after the first Adam, Abraham, Isaiah a.o.. He also was tempted, while God can not be tempted and died, while God can not die.

      Jesus is the first of the New Creation, the 2nd Adam of the creation, whom we should thank he wanted to give his life for us. Jesus may have been a god like there have been many gods and still are. He even may have been divine, like a wife can be divine to her husband, but this does not make him the God of gods. Because still too many Christians are worshipping Christ Jesus as The God we should try to open their eyes and show them the real value of Christ his offering and the Grace by which God wanted to take that peace offering for the sins of the whole world.

      • Mike Gantt says:

        The Bible is more explicit on the point that we should believe and obey Jesus than it is on Jesus’ identity. The primary problem with Christianity today is not that too few Christians have the right answer to the question of whether or not He is divine but that too few Christians trust and obey Him.

        Love, trust, and obey Him with all your heart, just as the Scriptures say we should, and the mystery of His identity will be made known to you. On the other hand, even if we get the answer to His identity right, but don’t continue loving, trusting, and obeying Him, what good is that?

        • I totally agree we should believe and obey Jesus, and can only see that many christians do not believe Jesus who said he could not do anything without his Father, the Only One god. Many wrongly take Jesus to be God and do not believe what the Father nor what Jesus say.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is it okay to “say” I believe in One God, and likewise “think” that God is three persons as in Matthew 28:19? Thanks.

    • Mike says:

      God is not three persons. He is one. The Jesus who was walking the earth as one of us, who was crucified, and was raised from the dead, and who ascended into to heaven…is now our Heavenly Father.

      • Jesus is not our heavenly Father. That can only be One, namely the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

        • Mike Gantt says:

          The One of whom you speak said of Jesus, “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7), and one of Jesus’ own apostles wrote that the one who abides in the teaching of Christ has both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9).

          The Son is heir of all things (Heb 1:2), including the devotion previously shown the Father. This is because the Father became the Son that He might become the Father once again.

          • Francis Villamor says:

            Likewise: Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58).

          • The first part of your reply is very right but the second part concludes with having the Father becoming the son. Were do you get this from? How would you place this with the son handing the Kingdom of God back to his Father when he would have become the Father?

            • Mike Gantt says:

              Jesus did not become the Father until all things were subjected to Him. That’s when Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled (Isaiah 9:6), that the Son would becom the “Eternal Father.”

              Trust and obey Jesus just as the Father said to do, and this will become clear to you.

  3. Phil Nickel says:

    “God is not three persons. He is one. The Jesus who was walking the earth as one of us, who was crucified, and was raised from the dead, and who ascended into to heaven…is now our Heavenly Father.”

    Please direct me to the passage that evidences this conclusion, that He has become another “Heavenly Father”, besides that One He told us to love and worship while He was on earth. That would make two “Fathers”, something not mentioned in Scripture, and a title for the incarnate Christ that I have never read as being assingned to Him in the Writings. I am seeking to clear up extra-biblical impurities so that the refined word of God may stand as it is revealed, not as it is interpreted, and I may be missing something of great significance here.

      • Marcus Ampe says:

        Isaiah prophesies about the Child (not God) who shall be born = come to live. God existed already was never born, can not die so shall not ahve an end as an eternal Spirit. the prophet also says that it is “a Son” which is given. God never tells lies and the prophet is speaking in the name of God. He does not say it will be God but it will be “a son”. Whose son? God His son.
        When Jesus comes out of the water from the Jordan God, who does not tell lies says: “This is my beloved son”. The prophet continues about this son of God who shall receive many names.

        The prophet gave a true prophesy because today many call Jesus many names. So we can find that many people do call him the “Light”, and the government shall be upon the “Wonderful”, “Counsellor” which he is as “mediator between God and man” but also “Mighty god” like Pharao was also called mighty god, but nobody would claim that pharao was than Thé Mighty God the Most High.
        God is a title meaning “high person” or “important person”. Effectively Jesus is the most important man on earth, a very important god between the many gods this world had and still has. But being such a god does not make him yet the Most High God, Allah, The Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

        Jesus has taken care of us and we may consider him as our “Prince of Peace” but we only shall give him full respect for what he did when we recognise that he really could be tempted (while God can not be tempted) and really died (while God can not die). Only by accepting his works and the deed of dying for the sins of us all we give full respect to the salvation which comes over us by this man of flesh and blood who gave his full body for our sins.

        • Mike Gantt says:

          If, because of Isaiah 9:6, we come to address Jesus as “Prince of Peace,” we must also come to address Him as “Eternal Father.” If we address Jesus as Father, then we either have two fathers…or else the Father who was has become the Father who is.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Indeed our God is One. The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing your understanding.

    • Marcus Ampe says:

      You agree God is one, but straight afterwards you say he is also “god the son” and “god the Holy Spirit” which makes three gods all together?! 1+1+1=3

      • ian says:

        God is literally ONE.. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit <–These 3names our Just Titles.. Example You Marcus you have a Son, so You're a Father, You have a Father, so You're the Son.. You have niece, So you're an uncle.. these our just titles.. Now can you tell me that You are 3beings? Nope Ur Just one.. Another example, You're a Doctor in your clinic, You are husband in Your wife, and You're a Teacher to your sons/daughters. Now tell me are You 3beings? now i'll just change ur UNDERSTANDING formula a little bit.. 1x1x1=1, With God All things are possible 🙂 Dont give limitations to the Divine Power of God, our minds have limits.. But Our God is Limitless 🙂 Have a nice day^^ May GodJesus bless us 🙂

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  15. Tom Mc Carrick says:

    “There is no human being whom He does not love….”
    What about Esau? “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13, AV)

    And Sodom and Gomorrah?

  16. Tom Mc Carrick says:

    I am merely asking you to read his Word. If God loves everyone, why are some people in Hell?

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  40. Janice says:

    Who does Jesus pray to when he prays to the father? I just want to know.

  41. Mike Gantt says:

    Jesus is not praying to anyone now. When He was on earth, He prayed to God because that’s what descendants of Abraham were taught to do…and He was a descendant of Abraham.

    Jesus did not know everything when He was on earth (Mark 5:30; 13:32), and one of the things that He did not know was that He was God. He could hardly have lived a true human life (Hebrews 4:15) if He had known that He was God.

    Jesus’ prayers were answered because He had made provision for answering those prayers before He ever left heaven. Angels were always charged to hearken to the sound of His word, and the necessary promises had been recorded by the prophets in the Scriptures long before Jesus was ever conceived in Mary’s womb. Jesus based His life on the Scriptures and when He prayed, angels released the provision in heaven.

    Remember that Peter said everything that happened to Jesus was a result of “the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23). Jesus lived by faith in what God had said in the Scriptures. He had no more Scriptures than we do. Therefore, it is just for Him to command us to follow in His steps.

    Just as Jesus trusted God, so we should trust Jesus. He is God…back on His throne after an amazing journey. If you have the patience for it, read the fourth chapter of Daniel (Dan 4:1-37). If not, just know that God humbled Himself to become one of us. And if instead He had retained the knowledge of His identity through that experience, He would not truly have been tempted as we are and therefore would not have experienced life as we do.

    “…who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15

    • Nick says:

      So when did the idea of Jesus being god come from? From his actions?

      • Mike Gantt says:

        It began with His unique resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven, was progressively anticipated over time until it was fully realized in the coming of the kingdom of God. In retrospect, we can see that it had been prophesied long before. For example, consider that “the child born to us” sung about in Handel’s Messiah is also called “Mighty God” and “Eternal Father” – see Isaiah 9:6 for Handel’s inspiration.

  42. Nick says:

    If Jesus didn’t know he was god how was he able to perform these miracles and not realize he has never sinned? Did he just restrict every thing that made it obvious that he was god ? And how did he know that Judas would betray him? Was that just something he had to know? Thanks.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      The Holy Spirit.

      Every thing supernatural that Jesus knew or did was by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38). This is what He came to demonstrate to us: how a human being should live in reliance upon the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6).

  43. Nick says:

    And what about John 10:30 , I and the Father are one? Didn’t he basically say that he was god? Sorry for asking so much.

  44. Mike Gantt says:

    Jesus desires that we be able to say the same things about Him that He said about His Father during the days of His flesh – things such as John 8:29 as well as John 10:30. If we say that we are one with Jesus it will not be a claim that we are Jesus or that we are God. Rather, it will be like the claim Paul made generally in 1 Corinthians 6:17 and specifically in Galatians 2:20.

    You do not have to apologize for asking so much, but there are many questions I cannot answer. I do not know the breadth and depth of Jesus’ thoughts as He walked the earth. I’m staggered by the contemplation of all that must have gone on in His mind. I say this now because it may sound to some that I think I fully grasp all of it. Yet I speak only to the limits of what He has made known – not beyond.

    It is the most awesome mystery of creation that the Creator Himself was able to walk the earth as one of us. It is a subject we should always treat with reverence and awe. If we do, He will show us more and more. But the more He shows us, the more humble and reverent we should seek to become. And He Himself will show you more than I ever could.

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