Did Jesus Say We Are gods?
Transcript of the audio Today’s podcast question comes from a listener from around the world who has a great question about the Bible. Dear Pastor John: Greetings and thanks for this audio, which I found to be quite helpful. My name is Beatrice, and I am a Malaysian national. ‘You are gods,’ says the Bible, and I have a question for you about what it really means. Specifically, it is stated in Psalm 82:6, and then Jesus mentions it once more in John 10:34. “Could you perhaps clarify what this means to me?” Here’s how things stand right now.
As a result, in verse 31, it reads, “The Jews gathered stones once again to stone him.” In this case, there is a crisis, because the hour for Jesus’ death has not yet arrived.
Way of Escape
As a result, he must find a way to defuse the situation before it becomes too late, or he risks being stoned under Jewish law, which allows them to stone individuals for blasphemy. He has to find a means to break out of this circumstance so that he may make his way to the sort of death he wishes to die in his own time. This is a threat that Jesus is prepared to counter in a variety of ways. “I have shown you many excellent acts from the Father; which of them are you going to stone me for?” he asks at the start of the sermon.
- For example, they infer, and they infer correctly, that Jesus is treating himself as the Son of God in a unique way from everything he has said, including calling God his Father and saying that he and the Father are one, and by implication, therefore, that he is the unique Son of God.
- And now Jesus is going to defuse the situation in a second way by fleeing, which is exactly what he does in verse 39: “He fled from their grasp.” How did he manage to pull that off?
- It is not stated in your Law that “I said, you are gods,” as he claims.
- (See also John 10:34–36.)
Principalities and Powers
So, what exactly is he doing? Let’s go back to Psalm 82 and read it again. It begins as follows:God has taken his position in the divine council; in the middle of the gods, he administers judgment on their actions. Psalm 82:1 is a song of praise. Now, who exactly are they? Angelic beings who are referred to as “gods” by the New Testament are referred to as “principalities and powers in heavenly places” in the New Testament (Ephesians 3:10 KJV). And God is preparing to pass judgment on them because they are abusing their position, by standing behind the world’s rulers, in order to uphold injustice rather than justice.
Psalm 82:3–4 – a song of praise Afterwards, following his accusation, which he had just delivered, comes the condemnation from God in verse 6, which is the part that Jesus cites, in which he says: I said, ‘You are gods,sons of the Most High, all of you;nevertheless, you must die like men, and fall like any ruler.’ Psalm 82:6–7 is an example of this.
For better or worse, even though you have been elevated to godhood — principalities, powers, and angels — you will be brought crashing down in the same way that human rulers who misuse their position will be brought crashing down in the same way
Blasphemy Backed Off
As a result, when Jesus claims that God spoke to them as “gods,” he is not referring to us. Beatrice’s inquiry was answered in the following way. In reality, he is not speaking to ordinary human beings; rather, he is speaking of and to angelic beings, who are sometimes referred to as “gods” in the Old Testament — just as Satan comes before God in the first chapter of Job, where it is written, “The sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them” (Job 1:6).
Beatrice’s query was answered by pointing out that in this scripture, both in Psalm 82 and in John 10, we are not called gods; instead, angelic creatures are referred to as gods.
Because he refers to himself as the Son of God, they have just accused him of blasphemy; nevertheless, he deflects the allegation of blasphemy by drawing attention to the fact that the exact word “sons of God” is used for creatures other than God in the Psalms.
God and Man
The interpretation that Jesus is making here is that he is just an angelic creature, similar to those gods, which is a great error, as we could be inclined to believe. In Psalm 82, he makes no comparison between himself and those gods. Even more lofty terminology is used by Jesus, who asks: “Do you say of someone whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?'” (See also John 10:36.) He does not defuse the situation by lowering his claim to divinity; rather, he defuses the situation by making the word “Son of God” more complicated for his accusers, so that they are forced to take a step back and consider how to manage what he had just stated from Psalm 82 for a little period of time.
And when that occurs, he is no longer there.
As a result, there are several intriguing and significant lessons to be learnt from Jesus’ use of Psalm 82, but one of them is that we are not gods, at least not yet.
25 Important Bible Verses That Say Jesus Is God
You should lock your ears if someone attempts to convince you that Jesus is not God manifested in the flesh because anyone who believes this is guilty of blasphemy will not be allowed to enter Heaven. It was Jesus who warned if you do not accept that He is who He claims to be, you will perish in your sins. How could Jesus suffer for our sins if He wasn’t God in the first place? Not simply your crimes or mine, but the sins of everyone on the face of the earth. God has stated that He is the only one who can save you.
Because the Bible plainly states that there is only one God, you must believe in the Trinity.
These Bible texts are intended to demonstrate and establish that Jesus is God, in contrast to what the Mormons believe.
The Pharisees were enraged because Jesus claimed to be God, and they took offense. What distinguishes you from the Pharisees if you believe Jesus is not God? What makes you different from them?
Christian quotes about Jesus being God
“Jesus is the only God who has a certain date in history,” says the author. I was saved by the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. In my place, Jesus resurrected from the tomb, Jesus represents me, and Jesus is with me. When I die, Jesus will revive me from the dead. Your god’s body, or the religious body that you adore, is still in the grave since he or she is not the creator of the universe. Only Jesus Christ, God’s Son, may be called God. “Praise and worship Him.” Jesus was God manifested in the shape of a human being.
- That’s exactly who He was.
- “He was the manifestation of God in the flesh.” “If Jesus is not God, then there is no Christianity, and those of us who worship Him are nothing more than idolaters,” says the author.
- And to make matters even worse, if He is not God, then He is a blasphemer in the most literal meaning of the word.
- “At Christmas, we have a tendency to concentrate our attention on the birth of Christ.
- The fact that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the world is far more incredible than a baby in a manger!” John F.
- “How could Jesus Christ be of assistance to us if he is not the genuine God?” “How could he possibly be of assistance if he is not a real man?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and philosopher who lived in the early twentieth century.
“Jesus Christ is God in human flesh,” says the Bible.
“Either Jesus is the Son of God, or he is a deranged lunatic, or both.
“He hasn’t left that door open for us.” “The divinity of Christ is the central belief of the Scriptures,” writes C.S.
The Bible becomes a hodgepodge of words devoid of any overarching meaning if you reject this principle.
Oswald Sanders was a famous American author.
“After coming into contact with His human nature, Jesus is no longer physically present with us.
Sproul is a Christian minister.
What does the Bible say about Jesus being God?
1. The Gospel of John 10:30 “I am the Father, and the Father is me.” Paul writes in Philippians 2:5-6, “You must adopt the same attitude that Christ Jesus did. Despite the fact that he was God, he did not regard his equality with God as anything to cling to.” John 17:21 “That they all may be one; that they all may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” “That they all may be one; that they all may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” 4. The book of John 1:18 ‘No one has ever seen God, except for the one and only Son, who is God in his own right and is in the most intimate connection with the Father, who has revealed him.’ 5.
” and you have been brought to a state of completeness through Christ.
Jesus claimed to be Godverses
6. John 10:33 (KJV) It was not for any good deed that they stoned him, but rather for blasphemy, for claiming to be God while you are only a mere man, they said. 7. John 5:18 (KJV) “It was for this reason that the Jews were attempting to assassinate him even more aggressively, for not only was he violating the Sabbath, but he was also addressing God as his own Father, thereby elevating himself to the status of God.”
Jesus is the Word verses
The sixth verse is found in John 10:33 It was not for any good deed that they stoned him, but rather for blasphemy, for claiming to be God while you are only a human man. (7) John 5:18 (New International Version) Because he not only violated the Sabbath, but he also addressed God as his own Father, so elevating himself to the status of God, the Jews sought to assassinate him even more.
First and Last: There’s only one God
15. Isaiah 44:6 (King James Version) As the LORD, King of Israel and Redeemer of Israel, the LORD of hosts, declares, “I am the beginning and the last; there is no deity except from me. ” Moreover, 1 Corinthians 8:6 The Father is the source of all things and the reason for our being; the Son is the means by which all things are brought into existence; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the means by which all things come into existence and through whom we come into existence.” 17: Revelation 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna, write these things: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and rose again.'” 18.
The Book of Revelation 1:17-18 “When I first saw him, I collapsed at his feet, like if I were dead.
Only God can be worshiped. Jesus was worshiped.
Matthew 2:1-2 (Matthew 2:1-2) In the years following Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, Judea, during the reign of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem and inquired, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” We noticed his star as it rose in the sky and have come to adore him.” Matthew 28:8-9 is the twenty-first verse.
“So the ladies raced away from the tomb, terrified yet overjoyed, and hastened to tell his followers what had happened.” Suddenly, Jesus appeared in front of them. “Please accept my greetings,” he said. They approached him, grasped his feet, and bowed their heads in reverence.
Jesus is prayed to revealing that He is God
Acts 7:59-60 (Acts 7:59-60) He screamed out to Jesus, “Lord Jesus, accept my spirit,” as they were stoning him. And as he fell to his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, please do not hold this transgression against them.” And it was only after he had said this that he fell asleep. “
The Trinity: Is Jesus God?
22. Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” 2. 2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all,” says the apostle Paul.
John 20:27-28 is the twenty-fourth verse. And then he instructed Thomas, “Put your finger here; look at my hands.” You can put your hand into my side if you reach out your hand. “Stop second-guessing yourself and start believing.” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas said in response to him. Peter 1:1 (verse 25) “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who, through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ, have gained faith on an equal footing with ours.” Acts 20:28 as a bonus “Keep vigil over yourself and over the entire flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers.” “Be shepherds of God’s church, which he purchased with his own blood,” Paul writes.
The Surprising Sayings of Jesus Christ: ‘You Are Gods’
Following up on the last piece in this series, we learned that the Jews of Jesus’ day accused Him of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God: “since you have made yourself God, you are blasphemy” (Matthew 23:23). (John 10:33). His remark is particularly intriguing: “‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, ‘You are gods,'” that I said, ‘You are gods,'” Jesus said. You say of Him whom the Father purified and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because He said, “I am the Son of God,” but you say of them, “You are blaspheming,” because He declared, “I am the Son of God,” and the Scripture cannot be broken.” (See also John 10:34-36.) As Christ put it, “If Scripture explicitly declares that humans are gods, why are you so agitated when I just assert that I am God’s Son?” Are human beings, on the other hand, genuinely gods?
- What exactly did He mean?
- This is due to the fact that, despite its plural form, the wordelohimis frequently used in a solitary sense.
- However, the Greek wordtheoi — “gods” — is used to translate Christ’s words from John 10 in the early New Testament manuscripts.
- If he had meant simply “judges,” his logic would have been incongruous with his intent.
When the word “gods” is translated as “gods” and understood to imply “god,” then Christ’s reasoning makes sense. Is it, however, appropriate to refer to human people as gods, as Jesus did, on a reasonable basis? What are we supposed to make of this?
Terminology of family
Psalm 82 contains the wordchildren, which is crucial in this context. God is a family, and we must recognize this fact. There is just one God (the Godfamily), and there are more than one GodBeings in that Godfamily. (This is covered in detail in our Bible study help pamphlet, Who Is God? ). As previously stated in the last article in this series, the God family was constituted of two divine Beings from the beginning: God and God the Word (also known as God the Son) (John 1:1-3). The Word became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 1:14).
- (Romans 8:29).
- Indeed, God planned from the beginning to have a large number of children in His household.
- Genesis 5:3 tells us that the first man Adam subsequently “begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth,” which might help us grasp the comparison between God creating man in His image and likeness and God creating man in His image and likeness.
- To the citizens of Athens, the apostle Paul shared his thoughts, saying, “.
- When viewed in this light, Psalm 82 becomes much more understandable.
- When any entity produces children, those offspring are also of the same sort as the parent entity.
- It is only natural for dogs to have offspring.
God’s children are referred to as “gods.” However, we must use caution in this situation.
Indeed, individuals are not literally God’s offspring at first, save in the sense that He created mankind in His image and likeness and that He did so in His image and likeness.
Human beings are mortal flesh, although with a spiritual component—the human spirit, which is responsible for our ability to comprehend.
He treated human beings as though they were God’s representatives in the court of aselohim (Psalm 82:1).
God, however, verifies that they are actually Elohim in Psalms 82:6, the phrase Christ mentioned before.
They were thus only Elohim in a very limited sense due to the fact that they were physical and subject to death.
In reality, God frequently “calleth those things which are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17, King James Version), i.e., considers His plan to be completed before it ever begins.
That we will see, God wishes to exalt us from our fleshly life to the same degree of divine spirit existence as He currently enjoys, which is truly amazing.
Development—but into what?
We are fathered by God as His children through a process of spiritual reproduction in which God fathers us. Our spiritual journey begins with His Spirit uniting with our human spirit: “The Spirit himself beareth testimony with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16, KJV). We become “partakers of the divine nature” as a result of this wondrous union (2 Peter 1:4). Consequently, the Spirit-begotten Christian is a child of God, a real member ofelohim, God’s family—but not yet in the ultimate sense of the word.
- True Christians will be transformed into divine spirit beings, just as the Father and Christ were transformed into divine spirit beings at the conclusion of this life, at the resurrection upon Christ’s return.
- We will be bathed in the heavenly glory of the Father and the Son (Eph (Romans 5:2;1 Peter 5:10;1 Thessalonians 2:12;2 Thessalonians 2:14;Colossians 1:27).
- God’s almighty power is required in order to genuinely exercise dominion over all things on this planet.
- We, as human beings, would be unable to count all of the individual stars in the cosmos in a trillion years of our lives.
- The amazing statement of Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “Now I know in part, but afterward I shall know exactly as I am known,” indicates that we will have the omniscience of God.
- We shall really be “filled with all the fullness of God” at that point, just as Jesus was at the end of his life (Ephesians 3:19; compareColossians 1:19;Colossians 2:9).
- Consequently, at our final transformation, we shall be divine as well—though the Father and Christ will always be bigger than we are now.
The teaching of deification
This amazing reality will undoubtedly come as a great surprise to anyone who have only heard the standard view of mainstream Christianity regarding the ultimate reward of the virtuous and their recompense in heaven. Those who are quick to criticize this teaching, however, may be even more surprised to learn that many early “church fathers” of mainstream tradition—who were not so far removed from early apostolic teaching—did understand this incredible truth, at least in part, and that they were not the only ones.
- ‘For the Son of God became man in order that we could become God,’ says the apostle Paul.
- 128-129, emphasis added).
- However, it is diametrically opposed to the New Age notion of “I am god,” which emphasizes the importance of the self as the supreme being.
- If that’s the case, you can argue that we ourselves have nothing to do with God.
- But only from Him, and not from ourselves, do we obtain our blessings.
- But this is a gift from God, not a result of any merit on our part.
- 3, p.
200, in “Deification of Man,” A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, 1998, p.
Christianity, on the other hand, is not a polytheistic faith.
The term gods was originally used to distinguish between the several GodBeings that make up the one God—the one God referring to the one Godfamily.
In addition, despite how unbelievable it may sound, there will be more to come.
They are in the process of deification because they have a little portion of the divine in them since the Holy Spirit is inside them.
But, if they continue committed, they will be successful one day.
I will be your Father, and you will be My sons and daughters, declares the Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).
God will not continue to deceive Himself into believing that we are His children when we are not in fact His offspring.
The Father wishes to create us as His entire offspring, to convert us into the precise kinds of creatures that He and Christ are now—though, as previously said, we will remain forever under His loving rule.
Truly, everyone, with the exception of the Father, will be subject to Jesus, and Christ Himself will be subject to the Father (see1 Corinthians 15:24-28).
As a result, this is the greatest potential future for all of humanity.
It is the awe-inspiring reason why we were formed in the first place. “I said, ‘You are gods,'” said Jesus, foreseeing our fate as it was about to unfold. So let us all remember to be grateful all of the time. Because it doesn’t get any better than that.
Did Jesus Ever Say He was God?
According to EveryStudent.com Others were persuaded that Jesus was the Son of God: “Christ is the visible image of the unseen God,” says the apostle Paul. 1 “He was there from the beginning with God,” says John. “You must submit to Christ as the Lord of your life,” says 2 Peter. 3 However, what did Jesus have to say about himself? Is it true that he ever claimed to be God? In accordance with the Bible. absolutely! Some of the remarks he made are included here.
Is Jesus God? See These Statements
Jesus claimed to have existed prior to Abraham. The anticipation of my arrival filled your father Abraham with joy. He was relieved when he noticed it.” “You aren’t even fifty years old,” the onlookers pointed out. “How do you know you’ve seen Abraham?” I inquire. “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” Jesus said in response. 4 Jesus declared that to see Him is the same as to see God. “If you put your confidence in me, you are putting your trust in not just me, but also in God who sent me,” Jesus said to the throng.
In order for those who put their confidence in me to no longer be in the dark, I have come to shine a light in this dark world.” “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that those who put their trust in me will no longer be in the dark.” 5 “Without my intercession, no one can approach to the Father.” It is likely that you would have recognized who my Father is if you had known me well.
- From now on, you may say with confidence that you are familiar with and have seen him!” “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be pleased,” Philip pleaded with Jesus.
- Every single person who has seen me has seen the Father.
- When the multitudes saw it, they were terrified, and they exalted God as a result.” 7 “You are from below, and I am from above,” he explained to them.
- It was my intention all along that you would die in your sins, and until you accept that I am he, you will die in your sins.” 8Jesus stated that He is the Judge and that He has the authority to grant Eternal Life.
- I am the Son of God.” Even if a person dies because of his or her faith in me, that person will survive.” 10″My sheep recognize my voice and follow me because I know who they are.
- “I’ll bring them up on the final day of the month.” 12Jesus claimed to be the same as God in every way.
- The mob gathered stones once more to assassinate the leader.
“I have done many excellent things under the supervision of my Father,” Jesus stated. “For which one are you planning to stone me?” I inquire. “We’re not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy!” they said in response. “You, a simple man, assert your divine status.” 13
Is Jesus God? Why That Matters to Us
“I Am the Bread of Life,” says the Lord. Jesus said, “It is not my will that you should perish, but that I should rise up on your behalf.” “I am the source of all nourishment. Anyone who comes to me will never be hungry again. I guarantee it. Anyone who believes in me will never be thirsty again in his or her life.” 14″I am the way, the truth, and the life,” says the Lord. Jesus responded to him by saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one else can do these things for you. No one else can bring anybody else to the Father except through me.” 15 “The world is illuminated by me.” “I am the light of the world.” Anyone who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will instead have the light of life shining in their hearts.” “you will come to know the truth” The truth will set you free if you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
17 adverbial adverbial adverbial adverbial adverb “I came so they could have life and have it abundantly” “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” I am the good shepherd, and I am here to help you.
I grant them eternal life, and they will never expire as long as they remain in my possession.
If anybody loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him in return, and we will come to him and establish a home for ourselves among him.” nnnnnnnnnn “”I will always be by your side.” As you can see, I am with you constantly, all the way to the end of the age.” 20 Still have doubts about whether or not Jesus is God?
Footnotes: (1) Col 1:15 (2) John 1:2 (3) 1Peter 3:15 (4) John 8:56-58 (5) John 12:44-46 (6) John 14:6-9 (7) Matthew 9:6-8 (8) John 8:23,24 (9) John 5:21-23 (1) Col 1:15 (2) John 1:2 (3) 1Peter 3:15 (4) John 8:56-58 (5) John 12:44-46 (6) John 14:6-9 (7) Matthew 9:6-8 (8) John 8:23, (10) John 11:25(11), John 10:27,28(12), John 6:40(13), and John 10:30-33 are all references to Jesus Christ (14) (15), John 14:6 (16), John 8:12 (17), John 8:31,32 (18), John 10:10,27,28 (19), John 14:21 (20).
(20) Matthew 28:20 is a verse from the Bible that says, “If you love me, do my commandments.” You might also be interested in any of the following articles and videos.
What Does the Bible Say About God?
- Does God know the future
- s Why has God done things as He has
- What was God’s motivation in creating people? If God knew that mankind would sin, why did He create them in the first place? What was God’s reasoning for allowing Adam and Eve to consume the forbidden fruit? What was God thinking when he killed innocent children and animals in the flood?
- Does Islam believe in the same God as Christians do
- Who will be condemned at the Final Judgment
- And other questions.
- What happened to those who died before Jesus arrived on the scene
- Will God ever pardon my horrible faults
- Do Christians believe in three gods
- Will God ever forgive my awful misdeeds
In ancient times, the vast majority of humanity were pagans who worshipped a plethora of gods and goddesses simultaneously. God, on the other hand, revealed Himself to a man called Abram, who would eventually be known as Abraham, approximately 1800 B.C. God told Abraham that He would build two great countries out of his offspring, and this is exactly what He did (Genesis 12:1-3, 17:20-22, 22:15-18). The Jews (also known as Hebrews or Israelites) and the Arabs are the two most powerful nations on the planet.
The Jews trace their history back to Abraham via his son Isaac and Isaac’s son Jacob, who is also known as Israel, who is the father of the Jewish people.
Christians originated as a tiny group of Jesus’ followers inside Judaism, and they were all Jews when Jesus and His disciples first appeared on the scene.
Religions of the world’s three great monotheistic faiths, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, are all centered on the same God who revealed Himself to Abraham.
In many parts of the world, God is known by many different names. He goes by the names Dios in Spanish, Dieu in French, Gottin in German, YHWH in Hebrew, and Allahin in Arabic to name a few.
Bible Teachings About God
God gave the Ten Commandments to the Hebrews shortly after Moses led them out of captivity in Egypt, as a guide for living as a free and holy people in their newfound freedom. I am the Lord your God, and I am the one who took you out of the country of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me, states the first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1). You are not permitted to create an idol for oneself, whether in the shape of anything that exists in heavenabove, anything that exists on the ground beneath, or anything that exists in the sea under the earth.
Exodus 20:2-5 (New Revised Standard Version) One day, a religious leader approached Jesus and asked him which of the commandments he thought was the most important: “The most essential one, according to Jesus, is as follows: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,’ says the Lord.
Other Bible scriptures cite greed, covetousness, arrogance, gluttony, and pride (conceit) as being similar to idolatry, and Jesus specifically singled out love of riches as a false god (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).
These are some of the things that, if we allow them to become more important to us than God and His commands, might be transformed into contemporary idolatry:
- A preoccupation with material goods such as homes, automobiles, clothing, jewelry, physical attractiveness, entertainment, and so on
- The pursuit of riches, power, notoriety, pleasure, or social standing
- Excessive dedication to oneself, one’s career, one’s hobbies, one’s nation, one’s ideals, one’s idols, one’s leaders, even one’s family
A preoccupation with material goods such as homes, automobiles, clothing, jewelry, physical attractiveness, entertainment, and so on; It is the pursuit of material money, power, notoriety, pleasure, or social standing; excessive dedication to one’s self, one’s career, one’s hobbies, one’s nation, one’s ideals, one’s heroes, one’s leaders, one’s family, etc.
God Is All-powerful, All-knowing and Eternal
The Bible takes God’s everlasting existence as a given and does not provide any exceptions (Genesis21:33, 1 Chronicles 16:36, Psalms 9:7, Romans 1:20, Revelation 4:8-9). Neither the Bible nor any other religious text makes any attempt to prove, debate, or discuss the existence of God. However, many individuals seek evidence to support the existence of God; however, there is no evidence that will persuade someone who does not choose to believe. However, if a person makes a conscious decision to follow Christ, a gradual shift in attitudes, as well as a newfound sense of peace and security, frequently prove that the decision was the right one.
Why Has God Done Things as He Has?
We are unable to fully comprehend God with our limited human intellects, and practically everyone is perplexed as to why God has acted in the manner that He has. The Bible, on the other hand, practically never provides any solutions. The Bible informs us of the information we need to know in order to live holy and moral lives, but it makes no attempt to explain or justify God’s acts or decisions. In this passage, God’s brilliance and wisdom are demonstrated to be far superior to our own human capabilities: Because my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, declares the Lord of hosts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9, New Revised Standard Version) Now we see things imperfectly, as if they were reflected in a foggy mirror, but in the future we shall see everything fully clear.
(New Living Translation, 1 Corinthians 13:12) Our essay, ” Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?
” contains further information. Relevant Bible verses include: Genesis 17:1, Exodus 6:3, Psalms 90:2, 139:1-7, Proverbs 5:21, Jeremiah 23:23, Deuteronomy 33:27, and Revelation 4:8-10. Related Bible verses:
God Is the Creator
In the Bible, God is the creator of the universe and all contained within it (Psalms 33:6-9; Acts 14:15; Revelation 4:11), which includes humans (Psalms 33:6-9; Revelation 4:11). (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2, Mark 10:5-6). When God created the heavens and the earth, it was the beginning of time. (New International Version, Genesis 1:1) Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-7, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalms 24:1-2, 102;25; Isaiah 43:1;45:12; Acts 17:24-26; Romans 1:20.
God Is a Spiritual Being
The wonders of the cosmos serve as a reminder that, while we cannot see or touch God, we can observe God’s work. When we pray modestly and genuinely, we may feel His presence around us. The Bible and the life of Jesus, God’s Son, may teach us a lot about who He is and what He is like. No one has ever seen God in his whole glory. God the only Son, who is intimately acquainted with the Father’s heart, is the one who has revealed him. (New Revised Standard Version, John 1:18) The following Bible verses are related: Exodus 33:20, John 4:24, Romans 1:20, 1 Timothy 1:17, and 1 John 4:12.
God Is Loving, Compassionate, Merciful, Patient and Forgiving
God loves all of the people on the face of the earth and wishes that they live in peace with Him and with one another (Genesis 1:28). (Psalms 42:8, 103:13, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 15:3-7, John 3:16-17,Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-6, Galatians 3:28-29, 1 John 4:8-10). In fact, God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that whomever believes in him will not die but but live forever in his memory. (New International Version, John 3:16) As love, God abides in those who abide in love, and God abides in those who abide in love.
This is the most essential commandment: ‘Listen!
Also, you must love the LORD your God with all in you—your heart, soul, mind, and strength—in order to be right with him.’ Another is as important: ‘Love your neighbors as yourself.’ No other commandment is more important than these three.” (New Living Translation, Mark 12:29-31) God loves us so much that He is patient with us and treats us with compassion and mercy because He loves us (Exodus 34:6, Luke 13:6-9, Romans 15:5-6, 2 Peter 3:9) Your mercies and graces, on the other hand, are endless; you are a God who is slow to anger and abundant in steadfast love and loyalty.
(Psalm 86:5, New Revised Standard Version) He will neither forsake nor destroy you because the Lord your God is a gracious God; he will not forget the covenant that he made with your forefathers and foremothers, which he promised to them.
To illustrate, I will tell you that there will be more delight in heaven over one sinner who repents than there will be over ninety-nine good people who do not need to repent.
Exodus 34:6-7, 2 Kings 13:23, Psalms 86:5, Matthew 4:17, 18:11-14, 26:28, Luke 10:25-37, 15:4-7, 6:36, Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, Hebrews10:17, 1 Peter 1:3-5 are all Bible passages that relate to this topic.
We Can Pray to God and He Will Answer Our Prayers
Prayer is a loving exchange of words with the Almighty. In prayer, we express the demands of our inner spiritual selves. Prayer may provide us with spiritual power, direction, insight, joy, and inner peace, among other things (Psalms 118:5-6, Psalms 138:3, Isaiah 58:9-11, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter5:7). God has promised to answer our prayers and provide us with all we need and more than we could possibly ask for (Mark 11:24, John 15:7). Prayer, on the other hand, is not a magic trick that will provide us all we desire, nor is it a “quick cure” for issues that we should be addressing ourselves.
- He will not grant requests that are in opposition to His holy and wise purposes (1 John 5:14-15), that have a selfish nature, that are not in our best long-term interests, or that are made with impure motives (Psalms 66:18, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 29:13, Isaiah 59:2, Hebrews11:6, James 4:3).
- Ask, and it will be given to you; look, and it will be found for you; knock, and the door will be opened for you to enter.
- Is there anybody among you who, if your child asks for food, will instead give him a stone to throw at him?
- If you, who are wicked, are able to give nice gifts to your children, imagine how much more your heavenly Father will be able to give good things to those who come to him in prayer!
God Will Judge All People
God is patient and gracious, but when we die or when Jesus returns, there will be no more possibilities for repentance and reconciliation with him (Luke 16:22-26). According to the Bible, all of the individuals who have ever lived will be judged (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:25-29; Romans14:10-12, Revelation 20:11-15). Different people will be judged according to different standards, depending on their knowledge of the Gospel and the wealth, gifts, and abilities that have been entrusted to them (Matthew 10:14-15, Luke 12:47-48, 20:45-47, John 9:40-41, 15:22-24, Romans 2:12-16, 1 Corinthians 3:7-9, Galatians 6:3-5).
Luke 12:48 (New Revised Standard Version) Those who are deemed to be virtuous will spend eternity with God, while those who are judged to be evil will spend eternity in hell.
” and ” WhatDoes the Bible Say About Eternal Life and Resurrection of the Body?
The majority of Christians, in contrast to Jews and Muslims, believe that God is three persons in one: God the Father, Jesus ChristHis Son, and the Holy Spirit. This oneness is expressed in the Christian belief of the Trinity, which claims that these three people are united in one divine Being known as theGodhead.
Many Bible texts imply the belief of the Trinity, yet the teaching is not clearly mentioned in the Bible itself. You may read more about the Trinity in our article, ” What is the Trinity?”
Did Jesus say He is God?
QuestionAnswer It is true that Jesus never spoke the precise words, “I am God,” but he did say something similar. He did, however, assert His divine status in a variety of ways, and those who heard Him understood exactly what He was saying. “I and the Father are one,” Jesus declared in John 10:30, for example. When the Jews who heard Him make that speech realized He was claiming to be God, their reaction was as follows: “His Jewish opponents grabbed up stones to stone him” (John 10:31). The reason they were attempting to stone Him was blasphemy, they said.
- The punishment for blasphemy was death by stoning (Leviticus 24:16), and the Jews accused Jesus of claiming to be God, which he denied.
- before Abraham was born, I am!” Jesus said in another remark, claiming to be God: “Very genuinely I tell you,.
- They attempted to stone Him for blasphemy on this occasion, as they had on the previous one.
- According to verse 14, the Word is identified as follows: “The Word became human and made his abode among us.” In this verse, John affirms that Jesus is God, that He left heaven to come to earth in the form of a man in order to live with men and display the glory of God the Father.
- The disciples of Jesus were there when Jesus declared His divinity to them.
- If Jesus had not been the Son of God and the Son of Man, He would have corrected Thomas, but He did not; Thomas proclaimed the truth in his statement.
- When He came to them after the resurrection, they prostrated themselves at His feet and worshipped Him, as Scripture says (Matthew 28:9).
Jesus never reprimanded anyone for worshiping Him, and He regarded their adoration as good and legitimate in every way.
Timothy 2:13 reminds us that Paul was anxiously awaiting “the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and he encourages us to do the same.
This can only imply that Jesus is the Son of God.
Did Jesus declare Himself to be God?
He made it very evident that He was God in the flesh, demonstrating this via His teachings, His miracles, and, ultimately, His resurrection from the grave.
If He had been an ordinary man, His death would have been insufficient to atone for His own crimes; however, since He was God manifested in the flesh, His sacrifice was unlimited and holy, and it was sufficient to atone for the sins of the entire human race.
Questions regarding Jesus Christ (return to top of page) Is it true that Jesus claimed to be God?
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Is Jesus God? Why should I believe that Jesus is God?
QuestionAnswer One argument used by those who reject that Jesus is God is the assertion that Jesus never said that He was God. It is accurate that the Bible does not include any instances of Jesus uttering the exact words, “I am God.” This does not rule out the possibility that Jesus made a claim to be God at some point. Is Jesus the Son of God? — Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Consider the words of Jesus in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one,” as an illustration of unity. We simply have to look at the reaction of the Jews to His remark to see that He was claiming to be God at the time.
- The Jews were well aware of what Jesus was asserting: that he was the Son of God.
- Another example is seen in John 8:58.
- I am the one who existed before Abraham was born!” Jesus proclaimed.
- When the Jews heard this speech, they reacted by picking up stones to stone Him to death for blasphemy, as prescribed by the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16).
- — His disciples proclaimed Him to be the Son of God.
- These lines make it very obvious that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh.
- Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.
As a result, Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus doesn’t correct him in any way.
Hebrews 1:8 states of Jesus, “But concerning the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, will remain forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom,'” according to the Father.
In the book of Revelation, an angel instructs the apostle John to worship only God (Revelation 19:10).
He never chastises anybody for bowing down to Him in worship.
There are several additional passages of Scripture that support Jesus’ claim to be God in addition to these.
— There’s a good reason why Jesus had to be God.
It is impossible for a created being, which is what Jesus would have been if He had not been God, to pay the infinite punishment needed for sin against an infinite God.
As the only one who was able to take on the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21), die, and be raised from the dead, God demonstrated His victory over sin and death.
His disciples took Him to be the Son of God.
In the Bible, Jesus is identified as God incarnate, the everlasting Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8; 22:13), as well as God the Savior (2 Peter 1:1). Back to the Crucial Questions page. Is Jesus the Son of God? What gives me reason to think that Jesus is God?
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QuestionAnswer A common argument used by those who reject Jesus as God is because He never claimed to be God. Although it is true that the Bible does not record Jesus speaking the exact words, “I am God,” this is not incorrect. The fact that Jesus never claimed to be God does not rule out the possibility that he ever did. Jesus, do you think he’s God or not? — It was Jesus who asserted himself to be the creator of the universe. Let us use Jesus’ statements in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one,” as an illustration.
- Because of this, they attempted to stone Him, saying, “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33, emphasis added).
- In declaring, “I and the Father are one,” Jesus was implying that He and the Father are of the same nature and essence as one another.
- “I tell you the truth.
- God revealed Himself as the “I AM” in Exodus 3:14, and this is a nod to that revelation.
- Jesus, do you think he’s God or not?
- With the words “the Word was God” (and “the Word became flesh”), John reinforces the notion of Jesus’ Godhead (John 1:1, 14).
- “Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood,” Acts 20:28 instructs us to do.
Jesus Christ is the only way to find salvation.
As a result, Jesus is the God of the universes.
When he makes a mistake, Jesus does not intervene.
When speaking of Jesus, in Hebrews 1:8, the Father says: “But when speaking of the Son, He says,’Your throne, O God, shall reign for ever and ever, and righteousness shall be the scepter of your kingdom.'” In referring to Jesus as God, the Father is implying that Jesus is, in fact, deity.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus is praised and adored (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38).
If Jesus had not been God, He would have ordered them not to worship Him, just as the angel in the book of Revelation instructed them not to worship him.
Jesus, do you think he’s God or not?
That Jesus must be God is the most crucial argument in favor of His deity because, if He isn’t, His death would not have been sufficient to atone for all of mankind’s sins (1 John 2:2).
A punishment of such infinity could only be paid by God.
They considered Him to be God, and they followed Him as such.
As God in the flesh, Jesus is the everlasting Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8; 22:13), as well as God our Savior (2 Peter 1:1). Return to the page:Crucial Issues Jesus, do you think he’s God or not? What gives me reason to think that Jesus is the Son of the Most High?
Jesus Specifically Said, “I am God”
As a skeptic, I was inclined to accept Jesus as a “good man” if he came across as such. The wise sage from the past who was misinterpreted and mythicized by leaders of a movement who were either misguided or deceitful, you know the one I’m talking about. Jesus may have been a kind person and a terrific teacher, but did he ever assert his right to be called the Son of God? Friends who were more knowledgeable about the Gospels than I was told me that Jesus never claimed to be God in any of the New Testament narratives, and I agreed with them.
Don’t get me wrong, Jesus didn’t use those precise words in that context.
When God came to Moses in the burning bush for the first time, Moses was skilled enough to inquire of God about His identity.
What you are supposed to tell the Israelites is, “‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14 explains how to be a good person.
After that, there was Jesus.
Take a look at how He responded: “I am not possessed by a demon,” Jesus stated emphatically.
“I tell you the truth, if someone follows through on my promise, he will never die.” “Now we know that you are afflicted by demons!” screamed the congregation of Jews.
Are you more powerful than our ancestor Abraham?
“What do you think you’re doing here?” As Jesus said, “If I exalt myself, then my glory is worthless.” My Father, whom you claim to be your God, is the one who gives me honor and glory.
You may call me a liar, but I do know him and he is true to his word; otherwise, you would be right.
During his ministry, Jesus made two noteworthy comments.
But, perhaps more significantly, Jesus addressed himself with the ancient appellation “I AM,” which was formerly reserved for only God Himself.
According to their interpretation, Jesus clearly stated, “I am God.” What evidence do we have that this was their understanding of His words?
They retaliated by attempting to stone Jesus for claiming to be God (an act of blasphemy they believed worthy of death): At this point, they gathered stones to stone him, but Jesus slipped away from the temple grounds and into hiding.
Although the phrase “I am God” does not appear in the Gospels, you will almost definitely find the ancient counterpart of the phrase there.
My simple picture of Jesus as a “lovely man” or “good teacher” had to be re-examined once I read these remarks in the Gospels.
Because Jesus explicitly said that He was God, I was compelled to rethink my beliefs about Jesus and what He taught.
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