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The Deity of Christ

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Today there are many questions as to who Jesus was. Many Christians profess that He was God incarnate, or God in the flesh, while other groups (such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses) deny the supreme deity of Christ.

To see whether Jesus was God in the flesh, we first look at John, chapter 1:

From this verse we know that in the beginning the Word was with God, and was God. Then, just a few lines later we see:

John also acknowledges this by claiming "He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me." (John 1:15) In other words, John is saying that the Messiah who was physically born after Him, existed before he did. Using systematic theology, we can clearly see that the Word was God, and the Word became flesh... in other words, God became flesh (a man).

Another vital aspect to the deity of Christ is shown in John chapter 5. We are told that there is only one God, and that there will never be another god, or anyone equal to Him (read). Yet the Jews were angry with Christ and wanted to kill Him for not only breaking the Sabbath, but for calling God His personal Father, and making even Himself EQUAL to God (John 5:18).

Jesus also says, "I and the Father are one." A comment that apparently irritated the Jews, as they picked up stones preparing to kill Him. When Jesus asks them for which miracle they are stoning Him, they reply, "We are not stoning you for any of these, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God." Instead of denouncing this, or telling the Jews they have it wrong, Christ replies, "Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." (John 10:30-38)

Even Christ's followers referred to Jesus as God:

Paul also expressed the deity of Christ by proclaiming:

and in Paul's letter to the Hebrew's he writes quoting Psalm 45:6-7:

Throughout all of this, Jesus makes it very clear that you are to ONLY worship God (Matthew 4:10), and yet He accepts worship from His disciples (Matthew 28:9), from the crowds (John 9:35-38), and even from the angels in Heaven (Hebrews 1:6).

To review, the Word was God, and the Word became Flesh. Jesus openly said He was the Son of God, and that He was one with God (as far as to say He was in God, and equal to God), He performed the miracles that God said He would do, met all of the prophecies, and accepted worship from both Heaven and Earth as the Lord of Lords. All of this shows that Christ was not just a man, but God in the flesh.

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John 1:15
[15] John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 5:18
[18] Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 10:30-38
[30] I and my Father are one. [31] Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. [32] Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? [33] The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. [34] Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? [35] If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; [36] Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? [37] If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. [38] But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Matthew 4:10
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 28:9
[9] And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

John 9:35-38
[35] Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? [36] He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? [37] And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. [38] And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Hebrews 1:6
[6] And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

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