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The Apostles said Jesus was God

In previous posts, I presented the case that the Scriptures teach that Jesus is God based on statements which clearly say that Jesus is the Creator and based on Jesus’ own words.

In this final planned post, I intend to look at one additional way to establish the Scriptures teaching of Jesus’ divinity. That:

The Apostles testified that Jesus was God.

There are several passages in the Scriptures where the apostles call Jesus God. However, it is this first passage that provides the strongest evidence they were correct:

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28-29 ESV)

It is important to note that at Thomas’ declaration that Jesus was his “Lord” and his “God” that Jesus did not correct or rebuke him. Had Jesus not been God, this would have been a blasphemous statement as established earlier in the discussions surrounding the passages from John 8 and 10.

If He were just a prophet or some other created being it is inexplicable that He would allow Thomas to make such a statement unchallenged.

The following are several passages of Scripture that show the other apostles also considered Jesus to be God. First, in his letter to the Romans, Paul clearly explains that Jesus is God:

To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 9:5 ESV)

Also in his letter to Titus, Paul assigns the title God and Savior to Jesus:

… waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:13-14 ESV)

This same title is used by Peter in his first letter:

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1 ESV)

Of course, one of the most prominent confessions of Jesus’ deity comes from John at the start of the Gospel he penned:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14 ESV)

In verse one, John’s three statements bring out the different aspects of the nature of the Word: 1) His preexistence, 2) His distinctness and 3) His deity. In the 14th he goes on to tie these truths in to the truth of Jesus’ incarnation. Once again we have the clear testimony that Jesus is God.

Conclusion

Based on the information presented in these 3 posts, if the Scriptures are to be trusted, there is no other conclusion we can draw other than Jesus Christ is God.