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For all those who claim that nobody called Jesus , "God" , in the Bible I offer the following compilation of quotes directly from Holy
1. Upon seeing the risen Christ, the doubting apostle Thomas exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28)
2. "Looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and Our Savior, Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13)
Saint Paul is referring here to the second coming of Christ in "glory," in contradistinction to His first coming in humility and meekness.
The "great God" and "our Savior" are both predicated to the same Person, Jesus Christ.
3. "And we know that the Son of God is come: and he hath given understanding that we may know the true God, and may be in his true
Son. This is the true God and life eternal." (1 John 5:20)
Saint John's two epistles and the introduction of the first chapter of his gospel (the last of his writings chronologically) were written to
refute the incredulous gnostics who, thinking to honor Christ as a mere man, they dissolved Him of His divinity, thus meriting for
themselves this severe condemnation from the beloved apostle: "And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God: and this is
Antichrist ..." (1 John 4:3)
In chapter five of his epistle given above Saint John makes use of the demonstrative pronoun "this" in reference to its antecedent "true
Son." God and "life eternal" are interchangeable. Thus we find at the start of the same letter the concept "life eternal" supposited for Son
of God: "We declare unto you the life eternal which was with the Father, and hath appeared to us" (1 John 1:2)
Jesus = Son of God = life eternal = true God
4. "From whom is Christ according to the flesh, who is over all things God blessed forever." (Romans 9:5)
5. "In this we have known the charity of God, because He hath laid down his life for us ..." (1 John 3:16)
It is Christ then, Who is "over all," and Christ Who is "God blessed forever." Whose love was made known by Our Lord's sacrificial
death? God's love, says Saint John. Therefore God laid down His life for us. God was hung upon the cross at Calvary. Could the two
apostles have made themselves more clear?
6. "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, 'God with
us.' (Matt. 1:23 & Isa. 7:14)
7. "Say to the fainthearted: Take courage ... God himself will come and will save you." (Isaias 35:4)
8. "For a child is born to us and a son is given to us ... and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God the Mighty, the Father of
the world to come, Prince of Peace." (Isaias 9:6)
The Claims Of Jesus
I often hear the claim of non -Christians that Jesus never claimed to be the Messias. Let us see what Holy Scripture actually says.
Our Lord claimed to be God, the judge of all men: " When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the Angels with him, he will sit down
upon the throne of his glory and all nations shall be gathered into his presence.... ( Matt. 12:8 )
Jesus claimed to be all-powerful, a Divine person, equal to the Father in power, and to be in fact, God the son:
" All power is given to me in heaven and in earth" (Matt.28:18). " All things are delivered to me by the Father; and no one knoweth who
the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and to whom the Son will reveal him." ( Luke 10:22)
On the occasion of His trial before the High Priest, Jesus was asked: " Art thou the Christ, the son of the blessed God? Jesus said to
him I am." The priest understood this as blasphemy: "He has blasphemed." (Mark 14:61-64; Matt. 26:63-66) What was the blasphemy if
not that Jesus claimed to be the true Son of God? In John chapter 8 verse 58 Our Lord makes a similar claim when He says : " Before
Abraham was made I am." We also read from Saint John:
" For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whomsoever He will." (John 5:22-23). " Now glorify
thou me, O Father, with Thyself.... all my things are thine, and thine are mine." (John 17:5,10).
It is clear too, that the Jews understood Jesus to be claiming to be God:
" But for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." (John 10:33) Before Pilate : " The Jews answered him:
We have a law; and according to the law, he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God." (John 19:7)
Our Lord also did certain acts which are in themselves an implicit claim to the Divinity. He forgave sins as of His own independent
power: " Son, thy sins are forgiven thee." But the scribes who were present thought to themselves, " Who can forgive sins, but God
only.... " But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on heaven and earth to forgive sins...." (Mark 2:5-12). To Mary
Magdalen: " Thy sins are forgiven." (Luke 8:48).
Christ Performed Real Miracles
He performed actions which the powers of human nature cannot perform, actions which make an exception to all the laws of Creation.
He performed such actions often; He performed them in the full light of day, in the streets, in public places, in the presence of His
friends, before immense crowds, under the scrutinizing gaze of His enemies. His contemporaries never called these miracles in question;
His enemies attributed them to the influence of evil spirits. They are so intimately connected with the other facts of His life, with His
preaching, passion and death, that they cannot be eliminated without destroying the whole Gospel narrative. Christ worked many
miracles, many of them before hundreds or thousands of witnesses such as the multiplications of the loaves, walking on water, calming
the seas, curing the sick and the resurrection of Lazarus.
Christ Foretold the Future
There are other proofs of the Divinity of Christ, which is summarized for the sake of completeness. another proof is His prophecies. He
showed by them that He had knowledge of the future, which could have been possessed by any mere man. In astonishing detail, He
foretold His Passion, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven; He foretold His betrayal by Judas, His denial by Peter and His desertion
by all the disciples; He foretold the growth of His Church , its persecution and its triumphs over the powers of Hell. Again, in
extraordinary detail, He described the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish people. By His prophecies, therefore,
Jesus Christ proved Himself to be God.
The Crown of All Miracles, His Own Resurrection
As a witness to His divinity, the resurrection has a threefold value: it is not only a miracle, but also the fullfillment of a prophecy, and it
was the preaching of the Gospel of the Resurrection that converted the world to the Religion of Christ.
Fulfillment of a prophecy:
To His disciples Jesus said: " The Son of Man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death,
and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked, and scourged, and crucified, and the third day He shall rise again" (Matt. 20: 18-19)
When His enemies demanded proof of His Messianic mission, Jesus answered: " Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
But He spoke of the temple of His body. (John 2:19). After His crucifixion His enemies remembered His words and asked Pilate to guard
His sepulcher until the third day, " lest perhaps His disciples come and steal Him away and say to the people: he is risen from the dead"
(Matt 27: 63-64).
The Resurrection of Christ is an Historical Fact.
" Joseph taking the body...... laid it in his own new monument...... and he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument.....And when
the sabbath past, Mary Magdlane, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought sweet spices, that coming they might anoint
Jesus. Very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen.... And looking, they saw
the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with
a white robe: and they were astonished. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is
risen, he is not here" ..... some of the guards reached the city, and told the chief priests of all that befell. These gathered the elders to
take counsel, and offered a rich bribe to the soldiers, " saying: Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away when we were
asleep." The soldiers took the bribe, and did as they were instructed: and this is the tale which has gone abroad among Jews, to this
day. (Matt. 27: 59-60; Mark 16:1-6; Matt. 28:13).
Therefore, it cannot be denied that Christ's body was put into the tomb on the Friday night of His death; nor can it be denied that it
was not there on the next Sunday morning. similarly, it cannot be denied that Christ appeared to many after His death: " The Lord is
risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.... he other disciples therefore said to him(Thomas) We have seen the Lord" (Luke 24:34;
John 20:25 , etc.).
Saint Paul, writing thirty years later, mentions it as an undoubted fact, know to all and witnessed by numbers of people who were still
alive: " For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: How tat Christ according to the Scriptures, died..... was buried, and
then...... rose again on the third day: That He was seen by Cephas (Peter) ; and after that by the eleven, then he was seen by more than
five hundred brethren at once: of whom many remain until this present." (1 Cor. 15:3-6). "He ate and drank and conversed with us,
before our eyes He was taken up to Heaven. Stephan saw Him standing at the right hand of God; in the splendor of celestial glory He
appeared to Saul."
This is the unwavering testimony of the Apostles to the resurrection and the glorified life of Jesus. If their testimony is not true, what
testimony is true? If we doubt the simple, definite, unanimous story of the Evangelists, the blood sealed testimony of the Apostles, can
we believe anything ?