Is Jesus God? Or was he just a prophet?
Christians believe Jesus is God who became a human, to show us the love of God and save us from our sins. But others suggest he was nothing more than a very wise man and a good example for all of us. Who is right?
The difference between being a prophet or being God is incredible…. No matter how supernaturally anointed they are, humans will always give a limited representation of God. Only God himself can show us 100% accurate who he is and what his will is for us. Therefor it is essential to know for sure whether Jesus is God or not.
If Jesus is God, then his words and actions show us more about God, than anyone else in human history.
Is it possible to know with absolute certainty if Jesus is indeed God? In this article you find different facts that will help you decide for yourself…
Is Jesus God?
What did Jesus say about himself?
First of all we must know what Jesus Christ said about himself. Did he declare he is God? Or did he say he is just another human being, like you and me? These are some of his statements:
“I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30)
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)
“For just as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.’ (John 5:26)
“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
First of all Jesus said that he and God are a perfect unity. Then he claims he is the perfect representation of God. He declares he is the Son of God, who has eternal life in himself. And he even applied the Hebrew name of God ‘I AM’ on himself. He promises to give people the light of life. And finally Jesus Christ proclaims he IS the way, he IS the truth and he IS the life.
It is obvious that Jesus declared he is God.
Is Jesus God?
What do Jesus’ apostles say about him?
Jesus Christ selected twelve men to become his ambassadors worldwide. They walked closely with Jesus for the three years of his ministry, heard him teach, listened to his heart, and saw the miracles he performed. They knew him better than anyone else. They ate and slept with him, saw how he wept and laughed, how he prayed and worshiped, how he rebuked religious leaders and embraced sinners. While Jesus often spoke in mysterious parables to the crowds, he revealed the mysteries in secret to them.
The twelve apostles knew Jesus Christ better than anyone else.
From all the apostles, there was one whose friendship with Jesus was especially intimate: the apostle John. He rested his head on the chest of Jesus, which speaks of a deep friendship. He literally heard the heartbeat of Jesus. This is what the apostle John writes about Jesus Christ:
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (the gospel of John 1:1, 10, 14)
The apostle John stated clearly that Jesus is God by calling him the Word of God through whom the world was made. In his letters to the early churches, the apostle John confirmed that Jesus is God, by writing:
‘The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.’ (1 John 1:1)
‘Jesus Christ is the true God and eternal life.’ (1 John 5:20)
Simon Peter was another member of the twelve apostles. When Jesus asked Peter the question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter replied with the famous words:
‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ (Matthew 16:16)
The apostle Thomas saw Jesus Christ, after his resurrection. He touched the body and the wounds of Jesus and realized Christ had indeed risen from the dead. Thomas fell on his knees, and said:
“My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:24-29)
Is Jesus God?
What does the apostle Paul say?
The apostle Paul had several deep spiritual experiences with Jesus Christ, in which Jesus revealed himself and his message to him. Paul suffered a lot of persecution: he was tortured, beaten and imprisoned several times. But he persevered, because Jesus Christ had become everything to him. This is what the apostle Paul said about Jesus Christ:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of creation. For by Him all things were created…all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
“Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.” (Romans 9:5)
“…the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.” (Hebrews 1:8)
Jesus is worshipped as God
A typical hallmark for God, is that he is worshipped. A prophet or teacher will never receive worship from men, because only God himself is worthy of our worship. The Bible however mentions how both men and angels worship Jesus Christ:
‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.’ (Philippians 2:10)
‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’ (Hebrews 1:6)
‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’ (Revelation 5:13)
Jesus Christ has Gods properties
Jesus Christ has many properties that are characteristic for God. Man can’t forgive sins or give eternal life. Jesus can. Man is not the creator, Jesus is. Man can’t know the hidden thoughts of people, but Jesus can. Read the bible verses that say that Jesus does what only God can do.
Jesus knows man’s thoughts
“But Jesus knew what they were thinking.” (Luke 6:8)
“Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked,“Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22)
Jesus gives eternal life
“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (John 5:26)
Jesus forgives sins
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)
“Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48)
The Koran reveals Jesus is God
Mario Joseph is a Muslim Iman who discovered in the Koran that Jesus is God. In this video he explains how he used to preach that Jesus is not God, but that reading his own holy book, the Koran, convinced him otherwise… Eventually he even became a follower of Jesus Christ.
Here you can read all the references in the Koran, about Jesus Christ.
Muslims discover Jesus is God
All over the world thousands of muslims have supernatural dreams and visions in which they encounter Jesus Christ, who tells them to follow him. The film ‘More than dreams‘ has been produced to document this amazing phenomenon. In the following five video’s you can see how muslims began believing in Jesus Christ, after they had a supernatural dream about him…
More Than Dreams / Part 1 of 5 – The story of Ali
More Than Dreams / Part 2 of 5 – The story of Dini
More Than Dreams / Part 3 of 5 – The story of Khalil
More Than Dreams / Part 4 of 5 – The story of Khosrow
More Than Dreams / Part 5 of 5 – The story of Mohammed
Watch more video’s from people all over the world, who have seen Jesus Christ in life changing supernatural dreams and visions.
Science confirms Jesus is God
Lee Strobel is a journalist who questioned several scientists concerning the historic accuracy of Jesus Christ. In this video you can learn about the scientific evidence for Jesus Christ, confirming he is God and the savior of the world.