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Robert wrote:

Can you give me the scripture where Jesus says he is God?

I know he says he is God's son but I can't find where he says he is God.


Our Answer:

Hello Robert:

Thank you for writing. I'm happy to answer your question.

I must begin by saying this question has no meaning. Jesus does not have to say He is God in order for Him to be God.

I was thinking about the President of the United States today. I can not remember him ever saying, "I am the president." He has never proclaimed that he is president, yet he truly is president. You don't need to proclaim who you are in order to be who you are.

We know scripture is true and scripture plainly , and repeatedly proclaims that Jesus is God. For example:

"Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God." - Philippians 2:6

"looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus." - Titus 2:13

"To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 1:1

The direct answer to your question is also yes. Jesus repeatedly calls Himself God. For example, you've said it yourself, Jesus says that he is the "Son of God." The term "son" had a different meaning in the ancient world than we give it today. The Tydale Bible Dictionary provides several examples, such as: "by calling a doctor 'son of Asclepius'" they were ascribing the powers and characteristics of the god to the person.

Only God has the powers and characteristics of God, so by Jesus saying that he has these powers and characteristics by calling himself the Son of God, he is saying the He is God.

Jesus also reveals that he is God through what he does. By demonstrating he has the characteristics of God, such as omniscience (knows everything, such as knowing people's thoughts) and omnipotence (has power, such as to heal a man blind from birth and raise people from the dead).

Mark 2:5-7 (NLT) - "Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, 'My son, your sins are forgiven.' But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, 'What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!'

Only God can forgive sins. So by forgiving the man's sins, Jesus is claiming to be God. As you can see from the above, the Jewish teachers knew that Jesus was claiming to be God.

John 8:58 (NLT) - Jesus answered, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!"

The above is followed by an attempt by some Jews to kill Jesus because, by claiming to have existed before Abraham, he just claimed to be God.

Jesus directly says that he and God the Father are one and the same. In John 10:30 (NLT) Jesus says, "The Father and I are one."

This is a very clear claim to his being God, because only God can be one with God.

In Matthew 26:63 Jesus clearly says he is God. When the high priest askes, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say."

In Matthew 26:63 the high priest had put Jesus under a Jewish oath that required that Jesus directly answer the question truthfully. Jesus did not have the option of keeping silent in response to the high priest. The high priest's question was, do you have all the characteristics of God? In other words, are you God? Jesus' answer is "yes".

Jesus always told the truth and he always obeyed God's law. So he had no choice. When put under this oath, he had to answer.

The high priests reaction to Jesus' response was to tear his clothes and declaire that Jesus had blasphemed. By the way, tearing one's clothes was a common way of expressing anguish at that time. However, one person was prohibited by Old Testament law from tearing his clothes--the high priest. For him to tear his clothes in anguish is another bit of evidence that shows that what Jesus said was truly horrible. The ultimate blasphemy. Claiming to be God.

In addition, Jesus never disputed anyone who called him God. For example, in John 20:28 the disciple Thomas, upon putting his hand into the wound in Jesus' side, exclaims, "My Lord and my God!" This was an excellent opportunity for Jesus to correct a mistake, if Thomas was making a mistake in calling him God. But Jesus did not correct Thomas.

Is also important to note that people did not use the phrase "My God!" to express astonishment as we do today. Using the name of God that way is taking God's name in vain, and that's something a first century Jew would never do -- and something we should not be doing. If Thomas had expressed astonishment by saying "My God!", Jesus would surely have rebuked him. It's very clear that Thomas was calling Jesus God.

There are many more, but I hope these have answered your question.

Yours in the love of Christ,
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