Jesus is Equal With God

Jesus is Equal With God (According to the Bible)

I admit it.  There was a time, years ago, when I made the comment that Jesus never claimed to be God.  I was a newly committed believer who had never really studied the Bible. Even then I knew I was ignorant of things Scriptural  (in fact that was one of the reasons I went to seminary.  I wanted to learn how to study scripture)but that seemed pretty obvious.  I was dead wrong.  The thing is, though, that having made that claim early on, I was alert to evidence to the contrary.

An artist's impression of the Glorified Christ in Heaven

An artist’s impression of the Glorified Christ in Heaven

The evidence is all over Scripture if you have eyes to see it and (inner) ears to hear it.  One excellent example can be found in John Chapter Five. I especially like this passage be cause people sometimes refute Jesus’ divinity by making bold claims just like I did long ago and adding that He just claims to be the “Son of God” which any believer might do. The idea is that being some one’s son implies two separate identities.  The problem with this refutation of Jesus’ divinity is that we’re talking about God here so our language does not precisely apply to Him.  That is to say that any definition we come up with to describe our Lord will by its nature (and more importantly, His nature) be imperfect.  In other words, Jesus maintains His own identity vis a vis our Father even while being God just as our Father is God along with the Holy Spirit.

They got it.  They just didn’t like it.

We must remember that Jesus was speaking to His own contemporaries as well as to us and even if they didn’t always grasp the full meaning of His messages, they did get much of what He taught about Himself.  They just didn’t like what they heard.  In fact, the leaders of the Jews got Jesus’ message so well that they arrested Him and got Him crucified.

The leaders wanted Jesus killed because of his divine claims.

The leaders wanted Jesus killed because of his divine claims.

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
(John 5:18 ESV)

See?  They got it.  They just didn’t like it.  It’s an essential truth to salvation to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This means recognizing His divine nature as the Son of God. This is definitely what the Bible teaches and to say otherwise is dead wrong.  I mean that literally as well as figuratively. Go back and read “God So Loved the World Redux” and you will see what I mean.

This is a shortish post, but, you know, sometimes Scripture is just so plainly obvious that too many words just cloud its message. Basically put: The Bible says that Jesus claimed to be God and the people who heard Him at the time knew exactly what He was saying when He said it. This is irrefutable Biblical evidence of the divinity of Jesus. He was no mere prophet as some claim.

God Bless,

Christopher

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7 thoughts on “Jesus is Equal With God

  1. Dear Christopher, thank you for this clear and concise statement on the divinity of the Son. On most parts of what you say I am with you. Yet, a little nit-picking (but isn’t that so much of theology?), I have a little problem (the Spanish has a lovely diminutive that would work well here, ‘-ito,’ ‘problemito’) with the classification of “His divine nature as the Son of God.” I tend to see Jesus, rather, as ‘God, the Son’ in the classical formulation of the Trinity.

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    • I agree with your sentiment. However,Scripture does refer to Jesus as “The Son of God”, and it is good practice to keep Scriptural terminology while discussing Scripture. Especially in this case since in another discussion we might be referring to Christ as “The Son of Man”.
      In my personal theology I just consider Jesus God, also with a Trinitarian framework.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      • Quite, but I am somewhat afraid to call Jesus ‘God’ in such a simple equation. This is why I veer toward the Patristic definition of the Trinity. The naming of Jesus of Nazareth simply as ‘God’ has a distorting effect on the truth that he is also fully and truly human.

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        • There is that danger. But it can also have an edifying affect for exactly the same reason. Jesus is God. Jesus is human. Both are equally true. What does that say about believers’ potential who are given eternal life through the power of the Holy Spirit? If mere humans may approach heaven (c.f. the tower of Baylon) what may believers accomplish in the service of our Lord who tells us that we are capable of greater things than even He did on earth?

          The thought that I haven’t scratched the surface of what I might accomplish in His service is very humbling to me.

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  2. One must suppose that it was with no small measure of wisdom that the fathers of the Early Church and the Councils referred to this very matter as a ‘mystery.’ Not in the sense that it is not fathomable (though certainly it is not), but that it enters into that transcendence of philosophy which is the contemplation of ‘very God’ as the Creed would state it. Jesus is ‘true God from true God,’ and in this manner is rightly said to be God. Also, and without any mingling of the essences, Jesus is a man, truly human. Yes, these reflections are most humbling.

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