Is Jesus really God? How can I prove that He is?
Suggested Daily Reading: Matthew 1: 18-25
My Dad and I were speaking with two Jehovah’s Witnesses. They claimed that Jesus is a son of God, the first born and the highest of all creatures, but not equal with Jehovah God. They stated that speaking of Jesus as God the Son is a false teaching of our church. They observed that many places in Scripture speak of the Son of God, but challenged us to find one text in the Bible that speaks about Jesus as the God the Son. And we could not think of one that did!
However, the Bible establishes that Jesus is God and equal with Jehovah God in the following 4 ways, by giving Jesus:
1. Divine names (names given to Jesus that only can be given to God) – “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given … and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6; see also such references as Matthew 1:23, Jeremiah 23:6, John 1:1; etc.)
2. Divine attributes (qualities given to Jesus that only can be given to God) – “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9; see also such references to Jesus being everywhere present (Matthew 18:20); eternal (John 1:1-2); all-knowing (John 2:24-25); almighty (Revelation 1:8); unchangeable (Hebrews 13:8); etc.
3. Divine works (works that Jesus does that only God can do) – “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3,13; Jesus also forgives sins (Mark 2:10); preserves the saints (John 10:28); resurrects and judges all (John 5:21-22); subdues all to him (Philippians 3:21); etc.
4. Divine Honors (honors given to Jesus that can only be given to God) – “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father” (John 5:23; see also such references as Hebrews 1:6, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14, Revelation 1: 4-6, etc.)
What a wonderful truth it is that Jesus is both God and man in one person!
Thank God for the wonderful gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Why would He not be able to save us if He was not really human, and really God? Do you need and love Him as the only possible Savior for such a sinner as you are?