OLD TESTAMENT TESTIFIES THAT JESUS IS GOD
1. “For unto us a child is given, unto us a son is born, and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counseller, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). – The terms child and son refer to the incarnation or the manifestation of “The Mighty God” and “The Everlasting Father”
2. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be called Immanuel, that is, God with us (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23).
3. Isaiah described the Messiah as both a branch out of Jesse (father of David), and as a root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1, 10; Revelation 22:16). -According to the flesh He was a descendant (branch) of Jesse and David, but according to the Spirit He was their Creator and source of life (root).
4. Isaiah 35:4-6 shows that Jesus is God “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.” -Jesus applied this Scripture to Himself (Luke 7:22), and his ministry produced all these things.
5. Isaiah 40:3 declares that one would cry in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, male straight in the desert a highway for our God.” John the Baptist fulfilled this prophecy when he prepared the way for Jesus (Matthew 3:3); Jesus is the Lord (Jehovah) and our God.
6. Micah 5:2 proves that the Messiah is God. “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.”
NEW TESTAMENT PROCLAIMS THAT JESUS IS GOD
1. Thomas confessed Jesus as both Lord and God (John 20:28).
2. Acts 20:28: The church was purchased with God’s own blood, the blood of Jesus.
3. Paul described Jesus as “the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)
4. Peter described as “God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:1)
5. Our bodies are the temples of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17), yet we know Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17)
6. The Book of Colossians strongly emphasizes the deity of Christ. “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily: (Colossians 2:9, 1:19) – Jesus is not just a part of God, but all of God is resident in Him.
GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH AS JESUS
1. “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.” (I Timothy 3:16) – God was made visible in the flesh, justified (shown to be right) in the Spirit; God was seen of angels, God was believed on in the world; and God was received up into glory. THIS HAPPENED ALL IN JESUS CHRIST.
2. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). -Literally, the Word (God) was tabernacled among us. When did God robe Himself in flesh? IN JESUS CHRIST. Both prove that Jesus is God manifest (revealed, made known, made evident, displayed, shown) in flesh.
God is a Spirit (John 4:24)-without flesh and blood and invisible to us. In order to make Himself visible to us, and to shed innocent blood, he had to put on flesh. Jesus is not another God or a part of God, but He is the God of Old Testament robed in flesh, the Father incarnate, He is Jehovah who came to in flesh to bridge the gap between humanity and God that sin created.
Many scripture declare Jesus Christ to be the God of the Old Testament robed in flesh for the purpose of self-revelation and reconciliation: 3. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (II Corinthians 5:19).
4. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared (spoken, revealed) him” (John 1:18).
5. “God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:1-3)
6. Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15, II Corinthians 4:4)
7. Jesus is God veiled in flesh (Hebrews 10:20). Abraham prophesied “God will provide himself a lamb” (Genesis 22:8). -God surely provided a body for himself: “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me” (Hebrews 10:5).
8. Jesus was the builder of the house (God the Father and Creator) and also a son over His own house (Hebrews 3:3-6).
9. He came to His own creation and to His own chosen people, but they did not recognize Him or receive Him (John 1:10-11).