Jesus was Jehovah in the flesh. Once, he cried over Jerusalem,
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!"
What verses of the Bible or words and deeds recorded in Scripture would you use to show the deity of Christ?
"Before Abraham came to be, I AM" - John 8:58 --> Jesus calling himself Yahweh. Jews respond to stone him for blasphemy. Seems a pretty clear claim to being God.
"My Lord and My God" - John 20:28-29 Thomas' confession after seeing and believing. Jesus implicitly affirmed it as true in 29.
"Who but God alone can forgive sins?" - Mk 2:5-12 Healing of paralytic.
That's the first 3 that come to my mind.
This is an except from Dr. Thomas Holland's book, Crowned With Glory.
"Some have proclaimed that modern versions or their Greek texts deny the deity of Jesus Christ. Certainly there are some, such as the New World Translation, that seek to diminish Christ's deity. It is also true that some versions are stronger regarding Christ's deity than others. While most translations clearly and strongly proclaim this basic biblical truth, the Traditional Text does present a stronger Christology regarding His deity.."
1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There are a lot of "obvious" ones, so I thought I'd throw in a few of the more obscure references.
This gets into a good study of why the old covenant with Abraham provided no salvation to the Jews, and why God had to manifest Himself in human form and experience death in order to fulfill the new covenant. It might also prod some to consider the weight of one's Last Will and Testament, and why we have no inheritance unless the creator of that Testament dies.
God, in the Old Testament, claiming to be the servant/saviour He will later send to mankind.
compare with the following:
Thanks, Steve. Great references.
This one might be a stretch, considering the abundance of shepherdy-ness in the OT, but...
"I am the Good Shepherd..." John 10:11+
referring back to:
Psalm 23 - "The Lord is my shepherd"
Psalm 28:9 - "Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever."
Psalm 80:1 - "Hear us, Shepherd of Israel... You who sit enthroned between the cherubim..."
Isaiah 40:11 - "He tends his flock like a shepherd"
No stretch at all. The Shepherd of Israel is indeed Jesus, the Good Shepherd as he described himself in John 10.
Also, check out St. John 14:6-20. A brief thumbnail sketch is that Christ declares who he is, and is asked by Phillip to show them the Father. And Christ pretty much lays it down for him. While I appreciate the Epistle's of Sts. Paul, Peter, etc. I find that the Gospels pretty much establish the diety of Christ in His own words, and show how He is truly the Messiah who was prophecied about in the Old Testament. He truly fulfilled the Law, and established the new covenant with humanity.
Thanks, Nick. A great passage. I love Jesus' reply to Phillip ... "Have I been such a long time with you Phillip, and still you don't know who I am?" Love it.
Herb, I am of the opinion that we, as people, try to find the least obvious way to defend a theological viewpoint. While any number of people can go around and around about various aspects of belief and faith, it is always a good reminder to realize that what Christ said about Himself is what established the Church, and our faith.