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Was Jesus really God?

Was Jesus really God?

There are verses in the Bible that clearly prove that Jesus is not God, aren’t there?

The short answer to this question is: No! But there is more to say about this than just no, so let us look at the verses that are sometimes used to claim this.

1. “My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

Jesus says this when he tells the disciples that he will go to the Father. The Father is the One who has sent Jesus to accomplish his mission. While on earth, Jesus was submissive to the will of his Father. See also John 4:34 which says: Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” However, this does not mean that Jesus is not God, merely that Jesus acknowledges the authority of the Father as the ‘sending agency’.

A similar passage is: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.“(John 5:30) Jesus was carrying out the Father’s will here on earth. This does not mean he was not God, it rather means that he and the Father are one. Read also John 5:18: “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.” The Jews recognized Jesus’ claim to deity and it made them furious.

2. “My Father is greater than all.” (John 10:29)

These words are said by Jesus when he is talking about the sheep that are his. In the preceding verse Jesus says: “I give them eternal life and they will never perish and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” If Jesus is able to give eternal life, then he is God. In the next verse, he states: “No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Jesus’ and the Father’s hand are apparently one and the same. The logical conclusion is that Jesus and the Father are one, and this is exactly what Jesus says in the following verse: “I and the Father are one.” One in divinity and being. Jesus’ words were seen as a claim to deity by the Jews, who picked up stones to stone him. What he said was blasphemy in their ears!

3. “…I cast out devils by the Spirit of God….” (Mathew 12:28)

In this passage, Jesus is casting out devils by the Spirit of God. This verse proves nothing else than that he is filled by the Holy Spirit and do not point in any way to him not being God. The Pharisees were accusing Jesus that he was casting out devils by Beelzebub and Jesus’ answer was that he did it by the Spirit’s power.

Conclusion: Jesus claimed that he and the Father were one on many occasions and this is what eventually led the religious leaders to make a plan to do away with him.

How does this Bible passage speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

Also read Can we trust what the Bible says about Jesus?

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Esther Visser

Esther Visser

Esther Visser (1972) was raised in Waddinxveen. She did a 2-year masters degree at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, to prepare for the mission field. In 2000 her husband and she were sent to Thailand as church planters, in cooperation with OMF and GZB. They lived and worked there for 15 years, together with their two children. At this time Esther is editor-in-chief for De Waarheidsvriend, the house magazine of the Gereformeerde Bond. She is also active in church life, as a youth worker, and as an artist.

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