Where in the Bible Does Jesus Claim to be God?

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Where in the Bible Does Jesus Claim to be God?

Jesus Christ is so foundational to Christianity, shouldn’t we know what He claimed?

When we consider all the great religious teachers, leaders, and prophets who have ever lived, who is the equal of Jesus? Not Moses, Confucius, Buddha, or Lao Tse (Taoism), who never claimed to be anything other than sinful men. Not Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Zoroaster or Guru Nanak (Sikhism) who never gave any proof they were true prophets of God. Not Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, or Krishna who were only myths. If we examine the specific claims of such individuals, we find none of them claims what Jesus does.

Jesus claimed to be God.

Jesus is absolutely unique in the claims He makes for Himself. He says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). How many other men have ever said that? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). How many other men have ever said that? As we saw, Jesus even claimed that 1500 years before His birth, Moses wrote about Him and further, that the entire Old Testament bore witness to Him (John 6:46-47; Luke 24:27, 44).

Jesus claimed that to know Him is to know God.

Jesus said that God the Holy Spirit would bear witness of Him and glorify Him (John 16:14). Whoever made such a claim? Jesus said that to know Him was to know God (John 14:7). To receive Him was to receive God (Matt. 10:40). To honor Him was to honor God (John 5:23). To believe in Him was to believe in God (John 12:44-45; 14:1). To see Him was to see God (John 8:19; 14:7). To deny Him was to deny God (1 John 2:23). To hate Him was to hate God (John 15:23). Did any other men in history ever make such statements?

Jesus claimed He could forgive sins. 

In Mark 2, Jesus claimed He could forgive sins–something all religions concede is reserved to God alone. In John 10:28 and 11:25, He said He could give all who believed on Him eternal life. How can a mere man, indeed anyone less than God–give eternal life to creatures who die? Yet Jesus raised the dead even in front of His enemies–not in some dark alley, but before scores of eyewitnesses (Luke 7:11-15; 8:41-42, 49-56; John 11:43-44). Who else ever did that? He did other miracles that amazed those who saw them.

 

Jesus claimed that He Himself would judge every person who ever lived.

“We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). “Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.” (John 9:32) In Matthew 25, He said that He would actually return at the end of the world and that He Himself would judge every person who ever lived; that He would personally raise all the dead of history and that all the nations would be gathered before Him! Who ever said that? He would sit on His throne of glory and judge and separate men from one another as a shepherd does the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-46, cf. John 5:25-34). Just as clearly, Jesus taught that every person’s eternal destiny depended upon how they treated Him (John 8:24; Matt. 10:32). Jesus said, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world” (John 8:23). All these statements and many more like them, leave us little choice. Either Jesus was who He said He was–God incarnate–or else He was absolutely crazy. But who can believe that?

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  4. nisaruddin ahmed jeddy on December 1, 2016 at 8:21 am

    The first religon of man is monotheism.Mankind opened its eyes in the light of monotheism [worship of one true God].So,please dont try to corrupt beliefs of humanity by your absurd preposition that Jesus is God or the Son of God.It is a horrible statement,which smacks of non-application of mind by you and your tribe.It is sheer nonsense that God shed his blood for our salvation.Salvation depends upon our deeds.As you sow ,so you reap is the principle applicable before God.It appears you have no right knowledge about Bible,neither you nor your christians tribe.Jesus is not more than a slave of God.He couldnt save himself when the jews were crucifying him ,until God took him to heavens.So,dont fool yourselves.Jesus cannot save you or the christians from accountability before God. God is not bound to anyone,even to Jesus.That is the correct Law. All mankind have another term with God.Open your eyes ,my good man.What you are saying in your lectures is simply non-existent

    • Dave on March 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I can see that most of guys are Muslim or some other religion. Of course you don’t believe because you follow another faith. As a believer in Jesus Christ, He’s the only one to follow for the salvation of your sinful souls.

  5. Farook Hamid on December 2, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Moses, Confucius, Buddha, or Lao Tse (Taoism),Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Zoroaster or Guru Nanak (Sikhism) not equal to Jesus is true. They lived in different period, belong to different culture and of course of different physical stature and thinking. If you tell the people to believe in all the bullshit miracle Jesus performed then you must believe what their followers said about the miracles they performed or occurred during their birth. Those were all propaganda carried out by their followers or priest in order propagate their religions. Only Prophet Muhammed preached the truth. When people asked him to show some miracles, he told them to look above at the universe, earth, river, mountains and everything therein and what more miracles they want of their creator. He said was a human being like rest of them and a messenger revealing the Quran sent by Allah and only the creator (Allah) can perform
    miracles. He said Allah is not begot or begotten nor living or dead nor man or woman nor belongs to any material things but the creator everything. He further said Allah created different tribes (race), non is superior to other, all are equal and to prostate in prayer unto him not another human being dead or alive or material things like idols etc. See the truth in his statements. Jesus and all the prophets before him said the same thing.

    To honor Him was to honor his country, to believe in Him was to believe in the goods done to the country, to see Him was to see his ability, to deny his ability is to deny the ability of the savior of his country, to hate Him was to hate the
    prosperity of his country. ll the dictators of the world preach this. Was Jesus a dictator.

    All the miracles and other bullshit you cannot prove but can only repeat like parrot what others have doing from that day up to now. Dr. John Ankergerg is having only a parrot brain.

  6. nisaruddin ahmed jeddy on December 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Open your eyes John Ankerberg instead of misleading and misguiding humanity,Prophet Christ never claimed to be God. The Satan within you rotates your thoughts and mind and makes you say things of which you have absolutely no knowledge.The Satan misguides me too by asking me to fall down before idols of Christ /Hanuman/Vishnu/Rama/Krishna etc,which i declined.Finally when i refused to oblige the Satan within,satan suggested me to build a new idol and start worshipping him ,This too i refused.ALL PROPHETS/MESSangers of God taught Monotheism including Christ taught monotheism.They dare not teach worship of Prophets self or any other thing like what you shamelessly say/speak to the public.I have seen the satan that is within ourselves/each human being.He came out many times from behind me/my sides and tried many things as you do and say ,worship of idol of Christ/other idols/metal objects like Cross and all things contrary to teaCHINGS OF MONOTHEISM.REMEMBER ALL PAST PROPHETS WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTION TAUGHT mONOTHEISM [wORSHIP of One true God]. Its sheer folly to move from Monotheism.

    • Greg on March 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      The intent of the words of Deuteronomy 6:4 “The Lord… Lord is one.” was to give a clear statement of the truth of monotheism, that there is only one God. Thus, it has also been translated “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Yet, the word used for “one” in this passage, does not mean “singleness,” but “unity.” The same word is used in Genesis 12:24 where the husband and wife were said to be “one flesh.” Thus, while this verse was intended as a clear and concise statement of monotheism, it does not exclude the concept of the trinity. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh, and Jesus’ enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (cf. John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (cf. John 19:7). “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). “The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”John 10:33.

    • Greg on March 8, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      This revision contains two more noteworthy passages: The intent of the words of Deuteronomy 6:4 “The Lord… Lord is one.” was to give a clear statement of the truth of monotheism, that there is only one God. Thus, it has also been translated “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Yet, the word used for “one” in this passage, does not mean “singleness,” but “unity.” The same word is used in Genesis 12:24 where the husband and wife were said to be “one flesh.” Thus, while this verse was intended as a clear and concise statement of monotheism, it does not exclude the concept of the trinity. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh, and Jesus’ enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (cf. John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (cf. John 19:7). “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). “The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” (John 10:33) “The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7)

    • Kumar Swamy on May 29, 2017 at 8:52 am

      May the Lord jesus forgive his lack of knowledge and I pray fill him with the holy spirit and see the truth.

  7. Paul Nielsen on March 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Jesus accepted worship while here on earth. The epistles worship Jesus, IN Revelation, Jesus is worshiped in heaven. Either every one of these instances of worship violates the First of the Ten Commandments and is a most grievous sin, or Jesus is God.

  8. Cory Haffly on February 6, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    If Jesus claimed to be God, then why, in Mark 13:19, did he say that GOD (not he, Jesus) created the world?

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