Many peopleÂ feel confused about the identity of Jesus Christ, whether or not Jesus is God, and what the wordÂ ”trinity” means exactly. In this Bible Study, I’ll address the question: Is Jesus God?
One of the most beautiful illustrations of who Jesus is can be found in the gospel of John, at the very beginning. In this passage we read about the various manifestations of God. Now some people believe in what is commonly called “The Trinity”, while others have a “oneness of the godhead” belief. Regardless of which of thoseÂ doctrines that believersÂ adapt, when asked “Is Jesus God?” they will both reply with an emphatic ‘Yes!’
Let’s look at the gospel of John, chapter 1 verses 1-18 (NIV):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
In this passage of Scripture, we learn that the ‘Word was God’.Â Then the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. In the very last verse, “the One and Only” (which it says “came from the Father”) is referred to as “God the One and Only”.
There is only one God, but throughout the bible we are made aware of the different manifestations of God - in the Word, in the Flesh, and in the Spirit. Each of these manifestations seems to have their own persona, yet they are all one with God in mission and purpose.
There is another passage in the book of John which you may find of interest as well:
- John 14:6-9 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Â And in Matthew, regarding the birth of Jesus:
- Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV)
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”
But some of the more eye-opening Scriptures that tell us Jesus is God can be found in the book of Revelation.Â While many believe that Revelation is simply full of ‘revelations’, specifically about the end times,Â one of the mainÂ purposes of this book is to reveal the true identity of Christ.
In Revelations 1:8 we read: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
In my bible these words are in red, which means that this is Jesus Christ speaking. When I first looked at this I was unsure if this was God speaking, or Jesus speaking… until I read further in Revelations…
Revelation 21:6 (and this is coming from the loud voice from the one seated on theÂ throne) - “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
This was God speaking.
But in Revelation 22:12-16, the words are again in red - and this time we can be sure that this passage is spoken by Jesus Christ:
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
And John concludes the book of Revelation by saying, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
The one question that many people ask is this: How can Jesus be God, or how can they all be “one” when they were clearly all three present when John the Baptist baptized Jesus? The answer to that question is this: God isÂ Omnipotent and he is Omnipresent (which means being present everywhere at the same time).
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
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