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More Evidence for the Deity of Christ

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In the past there have been a number of conversations regarding whether or not Christ was the Son of God, and God Himself.

The argument regarding whether Christ is God can simply be summed up by whether or not Christ was created, which was known in 325AD as the Arian Controversy... if Christ was created, He could not be God... however, if Christ was not created, then He would have to be God as we have multiple verses stating that there is only one God, and no others.

Jehovah's Witnesses rely primarily on two passages to state that Christ was created, Proverbs 8 and Colossians 1:15. However, when we look at these passages we see that they are not as presented.

Proverbs 8 is a personification of Wisdom, and is talked about in the feminine. There is absolutely nothing in Proverbs 8 or 9 that states it is about Christ. And while some theologians do believe it is about Christ (ie Matthew Henry) we have to understand that Proverbs 8 was originally translated "God possessed" wisdom from the very beginning, instead of God "created" wisdom. And of course, there are many theologians such as John Wesley and Jamieson who do not believe Proverbs 8 is about Christ. Just the same, I like John Wesley's commentary on the chapter, where he states that the passage can be reflective of both the characteristics of Christ, and of God's wisdom... after all, didn't Christ possess God's wisdom?

The next verse [Colossians 1:15] is actually my favorite, as when you look at the Greek it actually backfires quite quickly. The verses states that Christ is the "first-born" of all creation... however the word for "first-born" is "prototokos" and means "first rank, or chief of." This is made extremely clear as the passage continues in verses 16 and 17 where it states that Christ created EVERYTHING (including dominions and powers), and NOTHING existed prior to Christ (so if Christ did not exist, God also could not have existed!). The word used in Colossians 1:15 for everything is "pas," which is the same word used in John 1:3, which is talking about the creation of all things by the Word, who WAS God (John 1:1:) and became flesh (John 1:14).

As our past conversation continued, this verse was recanted as evidence, leaving only Proverbs 8 to support the idea of Christ being created. Meaning, as we have already talked about, the only suggestion that Christ was created is a passage which may or may not be about Him, and doesn't necessarily state that wisdom was created.



Now let us take a look at a few verses that state Christ was not created, but rather is eternal:


But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
- Micah 5:2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men... And the Word was made 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. 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 1:1-4, 14-15

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
- Colossians 1:15-17

note, as stated the word for firstborn is prototokos, which means "first in rank," or "chief of."



But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
- Hebrews 1:8

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6



And verses stating that Christ IS God:


And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- 1 Timothy 3:16

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
- Philippians 2:5-8

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
- 1 John 5:7

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- Acts 20:28

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
- 1 John 3:16

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
- Acts 7:59

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
- John 20:28-29

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- Colossians 2:9

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
- Matthew 1:23

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
- Isaiah 40:3

note, this verse refers to John the Baptist, and it is him who crieth out in the wilderness



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.
- John 10:33

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
- 1 John 14:9-11


I believe it is important to add that this topic is not covering the the conclusion of Christ being God through Systematic Theology, but rather by verses alone. There are many, many more verses that show us Christ is God.


Footnote: If someone states that Christ is created, ask them who created all things... their answer is a direct contradiction with the Word of God, which states very, very plainly that it was Christ (see John 1:1-4, Colossians 1:15-17), yet Genesis chapter one states it was God, and in Isaiah 44:24 God says very clearly that He made everything BY HIMSELF. Thus, if Christ was not created, He could not have created all things (how do you create yourself?), and if Christ was not God, then God could not have created ALL THINGS by Himself. The only possibility here is that Christ is God (as stated by the Trinity), and Christ/ God created all things.




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John 1:14
[14] And the Word was made 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.


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