Jesus Christ

 

 

9. Is Jesus Christ truly God?

 

 

Yes, He is.

He Himself declared that He was God when He said to the Jews: “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58), and also when He said to them: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus proved that He was God in that He forgave men their sins and such a thing can be done only by God, as it is written: “Bless the Lord, O my soul …. Who forgives all your iniquities” (Psalm 103:2,3 – NKJV). When Jesus forgave that paralytic his sins, the scribes and the Pharisees thought to themselves that Jesus was blaspheming because sins can be forgiven by God alone (Mark 2:7) while Jesus was a man like them. However, the fact is that they did not know that besides being a man, Jesus was also God. He was the Word made flesh, and since in the beginning the Word was with God and was God, the Word was God even after He was made flesh (John 1:1-2, 14). The Word did not cease to be God after He became a human being with a body made of flesh and bones, but He continued to be God.

The apostles believed and taught that Jesus is God, for Paul calls Him “God blessed for ever” (Romans 9:5) and “our great God and Saviour” (Titus 2:13 – NIV); Peter calls Him “our God and Saviour” (2 Peter 1:1 – NIV), and John calls Him “the true God” (1 John 5:20).

To Him be the glory now and forevermore. Amen.

 

 

 

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