“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.. . . The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. . . But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, the gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of 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. . . No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:1-5, 9-10, 12-14, 18,ESV)
The point of this rather lengthy quote for John’s Gospel is that this passage proclaims the thesis of the Gospel and that thesis is the fact of Jesus’ divinity. To name a few highlights of John’s “Prologue”: it states that Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning. This, of course hearkens back to the initial sentence of what we know of today as the Bible, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV). John goes on to say that all things were made through Him. And the alluded to verse states unequivocally that only God was in the beginning and God created all things. This entire passage screams the divinity of Jesus and then ends by saying that Jesus is “the only God” (v.18) and He made Himself known to us when he “dwelt among us” (v 14).
I invite you to read “The Gospel According to John” in its entirety. It’s a fascinating read and from a literary point of view, it is truly a classic work of artful literature. It begins with the prologue (which is mostly quoted above) and then traces Jesus’ ministry on earth from beginning to end though admittedly, it only gives brief, necessary highlights. It reaches its climax at the cross where all sins were paid for by the death of Jesus. It continues passed that horrific tree, telling of Jesus’ subsequent, bodily resurrection and includes eye witness accounts of this fact. Its dramatic conclusion occurs in the upper room with Thomas’ heartfelt proclamation, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28, ESV) which is affirmed right after that in verse 31, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”. “Son” equates Jesus with God by proclaiming that He shares all the qualities of God our Father and that He has a Father-Son relationship with Him.
There you have a two paragraph proof for the divinity of Jesus Christ complete with Scriptural references. Obviously, Being the Charismatic Evangelical Christian that I am, I believe what the Bible says. I purposely chose the above passages because the author of John’s Gospel utilizes very precise language and his book is carefully crafted to say that Jesus is God. That is his primary point and his purpose is that a person may read this Good News and believe and be saved. Even if one chooses to not believe after reading this Gospel in its entirety, these are still clear.
So, of course, the overriding attitude, like I’ve said, is that the Bible is, indeed, true which means that it states clearly that Jesus is God. Jesus’ divinity is the ultimate litmus test of Christianity. No one who is a
Christian can deny this fact. This is the foundation of our faith. Period.
Now, you may be reading this and saying to yourself, “I’m not a Christian. I don’t believe your Bible. So you have no proof.” What can I say but to quote Jesus Himself, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed” (John 20: 29b, ESV). I challenge you to read “The Gospel According to John” all the way through and then ask yourself whether or not it’s believable. Food for thought, people mentioned in this book were still alive when the book as written, so the events could have been verified and probably were.