Scriptural Evidence for the Deity of Christ
Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only Son of God — eternally begotten, not made nor created, for then he would be a creature.
He is one in essence with the Father; coeternal; the exact image of the person of the Father and the "reflection of his glory," (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3) being in all things like him.
He is the Son of God not only from the time he assumed our nature but from all eternity, as the following testimonies teach us when they are taken together.
Moses says that God "created the world"; (Gen. 1:1) and John says that "all things were created by the Word," (John 1:3) which he calls God. The apostle says that "God made the world by his Son." (Heb. 1:2) He also says that "God created all things by Jesus Christ." (Col. 1:16) And so it must follow that he who is called God, the Word, the Son, and Jesus Christ already existed when all things were created by him.
Therefore the prophet Micah says that his origin is "from ancient times, from eternity." (Mic. 5:2) And the apostle says that he has "neither beginning of days nor end of life." (Heb. 7:3)
So then, he is the true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship, and serve. [From the Belgic Confession]
Biblical Comparisons of God and Christ
|God||Worthy of the Same Status||Christ|
|Is 43:10||we are to be his witnesses||Acts 1:8|
|John 14:1 (a)||have faith/trust in||John 14:1 (b)|
|Is 45:22-23||knees bow/ tongues confess||Phil. 2:10-11|
|Rev 4:11||worthy to receive honor and glory||Rev 5:12|
|Acts 16:34||believe in to be saved||Acts 16:31|
|the savior/only savior||Tit 2:13
|Joel 2:32||whoever calls on his name is saved||Acts 2:21|
|Josh 24:24||serve him||Col 3:24|
|is worshipped by angels||Heb 1:4-6|
Rev 5:13-14, 11:16
|others worship him||Mt 14:33, 28:9
|“Thus saith the Lord.”
(used dozens of times)
|speaks with divine authority||“Truly, I say to you….”
(used dozens of times)
|God||Have Same Names and Titles||Christ|
Is 43:10, 44:6, 8, 45:5, 22
1 Tim 1:15-17
|Dt 10:15-17||Lord||Lk 2:11|
(Ref. Rev 22:12-13)
|First and Last||Rev 1:8, 1:17
|I Am||John 8:58
1 Tim 6:15
|King of King, Lord of Lords||Rev 17:14
|Hos 11:9||Holy One||Acts 3:14|
|Ps 23:1||Shepherd||John 10:11|
|Ps 18:31||Rock||1 Cor 10:4|
|God||Perform the Same Acts<||Christ|
|Acts 2:32||who resurrected Jesus||John 2:18-22, 10:17-18|
|created heaven & earth/all things||John 1:3
|forgives sins||Lk 5:20-21
|2 Chr 7:14, et. al.||hears prayer||John 14:14|
|Jer 17:10||examines the heart & rewards conduct||Rev 2:23|
|judges all||John 5:22
2 Tim 4:1
|Pr 3:12||reproves those he loves||Rev 3:19|
|calms wind & waves||Lk 8:24-25
|John 5:21 (a)||raises the dead||John 5:21 (b)|
|Rom 6:23||offers eternal life||John 5:39-40, 10:28|
|Is 41:10||is with us||Mt 28:20|
|God||Have the Same Attributes||Christ|
|eternal “from time indefinite”||Is 9:6
|Is 45:5-12||omnipotent||Mt 28:18|
|1 Kings 8:39
1 John 3:20
John 2:25, 16:30, 21:17
|Mal 3:6||does not change||Heb 13:8|
|Jer 42:5||true and faithful witness||Rev 3:14|
|Ps 27:1||light||John 8:12|
|Ps 71:5||our hope||1 Tim 1:1|
|Ps 46:1||our strength||Phil. 4:13|
|Jer 17:13||source of living water||John 4:14
1 John 2:1
In the beginning *God created the heaven and the earth.
*(In the original hebrew the word here for God was Elohim, plural.)
And God said, Let *us make man in our image, after *our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
*(Plural, meaning more than one, the Godhead.)
Colossians 2:8, 9
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And God said, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, *I AM hath sent me unto you.
Jesus said, unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, *I am.
*(God says I Am, Jesus says I AM).
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
(We see earlier in this chapter that it is Jesus that is speaking ).
I and my Father are one.
(These verses tell us that God the Father and God the Son are one, both referring to themselves as the beginning and the end, the first and the last.)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
(This verse reveals that the child, Jesus, will be called The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace).
Isaiah 43:10, 11
You are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(In Isaiah God says "beside me there is no saviour," in Luke Christ is called the saviour).
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
(This verse, speaking of the one who will come forth, out of Bethlehem, to be ruler in Isreal, is JESUS. This clearly shows that Jesus was not created as some teach, but from everlasting ).
John 5:17, 18
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Colossians 1:15, 16
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
( These verses show of Christ's pre-existence, that by Christ all things were created ).
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O'God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
(this verse shows God the Father referring to his Son, Jesus, as O'God ).
Psalm 45:6, 7
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: *therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
*(Here again God the Father refers to the anointed one, Jesus, as God).
The Lord (Jehovah) is King forever and ever;
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
(In Psalms, the Lord (God) is King forever, yet in Rev. 19, speaking of Jesus, he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.)
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: *God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, *God with us.
Titus 2:13, 14
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great *God and Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
(These verses show that Jesus Christ is *God, *manifest in the flesh, *with us on earth, *our God and Saviour ).
These Scriptures show that Jesus Christ is God, otherwise we have two Lords of glory, two mighty Gods, two everlasting Fathers, two King of Kings, two Saviours and two I AM's. The truth is they are one and there is no other.
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So Jesus was created before anything else including the earth.