As my previous post stated, even the very early Christians taught and believed that Jesus was God. For a concise statement of Christian belief on this, we can look to the Nicene Creed which says, in part:
I believe … in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
But you may ask where this belief comes from; by what evidence do we conclude that this man is actually deity?
Ultimately I hope to explore a couple different Scriptural arguments, but for today I will explore this one:
Scripture teaches that Jesus is the Creator.
Jesus is referred to as having created the world and all that is in it, something that is clearly taught as being a work of God. Paul wrote:
For by him [Jesus Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16 ESV)
Of course, in Genesis we read that God is the Creator:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
A further, and perhaps even clearer, testimony to this comes from the writer of Hebrews who penned:
And [of the Son God says],
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.” (Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV)
The author was quoting directly from Psalms 102:25-27. In that Old Testament passage, the psalmist was applying these words to God. Here however, they are applied to Christ without qualification or the need of any justification.
The fact that Scripture teaches that Jesus created the world means that He is indeed God.
Note: the arguments explored here are built upon an understanding that the Bible we have today is both reliable and true. Exploring the reasonableness of this basis will have to be a topic for another day.