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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Jesus is God (John 10)

There are many who say they believe in Jesus but stop short of worshiping Him as God. We certainly don't want to worship anyone but God. However, if Jesus is God and we refuse to worship Him, will He say to us, "depart from Me, I never knew you?"


The gospels not only prove that Jesus is the Messiah, they also prove that He is God. But it's not just the gospels. The whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation tell us that Jesus is God. Let's take a look:


Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."


The word for "God" in Genesis 1:26 is "Elohim" which is plural, not singular. We also see God describes Himself as "Us" and "Our."


Then we see in Colossians 1 that it is Jesus who is the image of the invisible God.


Colossians 1:15-16 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God. For by Him all things were created .. all things have been created through Him and for Him.


So Jesus is God in human flesh. God stepped off the throne and took on human flesh so that mankind, His creation, could see Him, touch Him, and hear Him audibly, and talk to Him in person. Jesus is the manifestation of God in human flesh.


But does Scripture tell us for sure that Jesus is God in human flesh? Yes, it does, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.


Isaiah 7:14 A virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name, Immanuel.


Matthew 1:23 quotes Isaiah 7:14 and then goes on to explain the word, Immanuel, means "God with us."


Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.


John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [14] 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.


So Jesus, who is Mighty God, Eternal Father, took on human flesh, not only appeared to men in New Testament times, He also appeared to men in Old Testament times, before the virgin birth:


Genesis 18:1-2, 16-17, 22, 25, 33 [1] The Lord (Yahweh) appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre .. [2] Three men were standing opposite him .. [16] Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. [17] The Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do .. [22] Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the Lord .. [25] Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly? .. [33] As soon as He (Yahweh) had finished speaking to Abraham, the Lord departed.


So the Lord God, Yahweh, appears to Abraham in human flesh. Abraham knows He is God and pleads with Him. Abraham refers to Him as "the Judge of all the earth."


According to Scripture, who is the "judge of all the earth?" Jesus!


John 5:22 For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son.


So then on judgment day when we stand before Jesus, the Son, the Judge of all the earth, if we have refused to worship Him as God, will He say to us, "depart from Me, I never knew you?


Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ [23] And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me'


I guess the other question I would have is, if Jesus says He is one with the Father and if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father, what more evidence would you need to acknowledge Jesus is God and worthy of our worship?


John 10:30 I and the Father are one.


John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?


Notice in John 14:9, when Philip did not understand that Jesus is God, that meant he did not "know" Jesus. That's not good!


But speaking of the gospel of John, John records seven "I am" statements which Jesus made, affirming His preexistence before creation and His eternal deity:


(1) John 6:35 I am the bread of life

(2) John 8:12, 9:5 I am the light of the world

(3) John 10:7 I am the door

(4) John 10:11,14 I am the good shepherd

(5) John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life

(6) John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life

(7) John 15:1 I am the true vine


But what do these statements by Jesus really mean? "I am" in Greek is "ego eimi" which is God's name, Yahweh, meaning "He who always was, is, and will be.


In other words, each time Jesus said, "I am," He was declaring Himself to be eternal God. So if we believe Scripture is God's Word and that Jesus is who He says He is, then we have to believe that Jesus is eternal God.


But let's take a closer look at the 6th "I am" statement:


John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.


What does that statement mean?

  • If we try to get to God without repenting of our sin and trusting that Jesus is who He says He is, eternal God, will we make it to heaven?

  • If we try to get to God by our own good works, without trusting that Jesus is who He says He is, eternal God, will we make it to heaven?


Not according to Scripture. That's why Jesus tells us we have been given a ministry and a message, which is:


Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.


Not only are we to understand that Jesus is God, we are to worship Him as God:


Matthew 9:18-19 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” 19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.


(The leader of the synagogue falls down and worships Jesus and is not corrected for worshiping Him.)


Revelation 5:8-14 [8] Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints ..


(This whole passage is a beautiful picture of all creation worshiping God the Father and Jesus the Lamb.)


Revelation 22:8-9 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. [9] Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”


(When anyone worships anyone or anything other than God the Father or Jesus, God the Son, they are immediately corrected.)


What else does Scripture tell us that indicates Jesus is God and worthy of our worship?


John 20:28-29 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” [29] Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


(Jesus does not correct Thomas for calling Him, "my God.")


Philippians 2:5-6 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in very nature God ..


Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily


Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being


Titus 2:12-13 we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, [13] looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ


So the bottom line is this, if we put our faith in the Word of God alone, from Genesis through Revelation, we can come to no other conclusion than Jesus is the eternal God, creator of the universe, who is worthy of all praise, honor, and worship.


However, if we listen to a different gospel, we could easily be swayed to believe Jesus is not God, and that there are other ways to heaven other than through Jesus. For that to be true though, Jesus would have had to lie when He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."


If someone says they believe in Jesus but they are just not sure if He is "God," does that really make a difference? Yes it does. Because Jesus said, in Matthew 7:22-23 and John 14:9 that those who He does not know will be told to "depart from Me."


Dear Lord, I pray for those who have been swayed by false teachers to believe a false gospel. I pray that they would search the Scriptures and see the truth so that they will hear "well done, my good and faithful servant" rather than "Depart from Me. I never knew you." Lord, thank you for revealing Yourself to all of us through Your Word.

In Jesus' name I pray. Amen



Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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