Jesus Claimed that He is Proof–God Exists

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The Hebrew scriptures describe a time during the history of the earth when God will once and forever, prove that He exists. Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah–describes Him as “Mighty God.” When Jesus arrived on the earth, He told Phillip: “If you have seen me, you have seen God.

When John penned His narrative of Jesus in the New Testament, he describes Jesus as the Eternal Word of God, the “Logos.”

The Religious leaders of Israel picked up stones to kill Jesus, because He had claimed that He was God.

Many skeptics claim that there is no proof for God–if He exists, then He would show Himself to us.

Today, this demand for evidence has been met by Jesus. He came to earth as God–in the form of a man, so that as one of us, He could offer His life as a ransom to redeem every human being from the penalty of our sins–back to God.

It is impossible to legitimately claim today that there is no proof for the existence of God. In these last days, God has revealed Himself, as He has spoken to us, through His Son–by whom He made the universe and everything within it. 

Isaiah 9:6f For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God

Jesus has proven that He is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…

John 10:30-33 “I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

The Hebrew word used here for Mighty God is Gibbowr: “One who is strong, powerful, the chief, a champion and Almighty.” The literal translation of Gibbowr is Mighty, Almighty or All Conquering God.[1]

John describes Jesus as the Logos (the Word of John 1:1), the literal and Eternal Word of God, who expresses the thoughts of the Father—through the Spirit.[2] When Jesus spoke, the universe formed. As Jesus lives, the universe is held together and sustained. This eternal Word of God came to earth in human flesh and became one of us, but the world that He made did not recognize Him when He arrived.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Isaiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah as the Mighty God who created all things. Jesus claimed to be this Mighty God, and the Jews hated Him for His declaration: I and My Father are One.

Jesus used the term My Father 51 times in the four gospels to describe His unique relationship to God. When Jesus spoke of His special relationship with God as His Father, He does not describe Himslef in the same terms that a normal human being would speak of God.

Matthew 10:32-33 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”

John 14:11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me.”

From the moment that Jesus was announced as the Messiah, He taught us to refer to God as our Father. This is different from how Jesus refers to God as My Father. Observe how Jesus distinguishes between His relationship to God and ours, as He speaks to Mary Magdalene.

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, … “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”

Jesus did not say that He was ascending to our Father; He said your Father. Then He said that He was ascending to My God and your God. In this distinction, we can see that Jesus believed that His relationship with God was that of a Son–equal to God.

Many critics claim that Jesus never stated that He was God. Clearly, texts such as John Chapter 10 (above) impeach this criticism, I and My Father are one. It was because Jesus claimed to be God that the Jews took up stones to kill Him. In their view, Jesus was just a man; but by His constant statements that He and the Father were one (and the same), He was claiming to be God.

For other Old Testament Prophecies which confirm that the Messiah will be God, click on the Chapter: The Messiah will be the Son of God.

See also the predictions Jesus made which have all come to pass exactly as He described. This is conclusive evidence that Jesus has knowledge that came to Him from outside of this time domain. He knew precisely what was going to happen during the final three years of His life; precisely how He would be arrested, condemned to die, and be raised to life three days later.

Because Jesus is the Creator-God who came to earth and took the Body of a man to become one of us, He is able to understand our lives in a way that no one else could. Whatever it is that we need, Jesus created our mind, body, and spirit—He knows how to help us. There is no problem or difficulty that Jesus cannot overcome—if we will call upon Him and trust Him.

The actual name of Jesus was originally written as “Lesous.”[3] When the Bible was translated into Greek, there was no Greek word for Jesus. In each subsequent translation of the Greek text from the Hebrew, the name Lesous became Jesus in the New Testament.[4]

Jesus is His Greek name. His Hebrew name is Yeshua. The term Yeshua means Salvation, Deliverance, Victory, Help, or Welfare.[5]

The literal meaning of the name Jesus, is: The LORD is my Salvation. This is interesting because the angel who came to Joseph told him that his son should be called Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.

When Phillip asked Jesus to show us the Father, Jesus told Him that if we have seen Jesus, we have also seen the Father—for Jesus is God, even as the Father is God.

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ ”

John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”

Jesus is claiming that He is God, even as the Father is also God. If we want to know what God is like, all we have to do is look at Jesus. The words that He speaks and the things that He does are the words and actions of the Eternal God.

The Messiah will have God as His Father.

This means that the Messiah will Himself be God. The Book of Hebrews establishes the fact that Jesus is God, and that He is the Son of God.

Hebrews 1:3 (Jesus), who being the 1. brightness of His glory and 2. the express image of His person, and 3. upholding all things by the word of His power, when 4. He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…

1. Jesus is the Brightness of His Glory.

From the Greek words: “Apaugasma tees Doxees” – “The Outshining of the Glory of God.”[6] This is the same expression that would be used to describe the shining of the sun. Jesus is the literal Glory of God Himself in all of his outshining Glory.

1 Timothy 6:15-16 …the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.

2. Jesus is the Express Image of God.

In Greek: The Hupostaseoos – “The Character of God’s Substance,” that which makes God who He is.[7] Jesus represents the exact character, nature, and image of God. Jesus is a perfect likeness of what God is. The idea behind this Greek word: Hupostaseoos, comes from the imprint that a seal would leave after being pressed into wax. Jesus is a precise imprint of God. He is the exact image and essence of what the Father is. Yet, Jesus is Himself a totally separate and distinct person.

3. Jesus is upholding all things by the Word of His Power…

Jesus spoke: In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth… and all things came into being from nothing. Jesus speaks and everything in the universe is sustained and held together by His Words. (Can He not also hold all of your life together?)

4. Jesus had, by Himself, purged our sins…

Purged comes from the Greek words: Di Autou.[8] In the Old Testament, when an animal was brought as a sacrifice for sins, those sins were only covered, or kofar in the Hebrew language. When Jesus made His one sacrifice for the sins of every person, He purged those sins. Jesus’ sacrifice causes those who believe in His sacrifice, to exist as-if they had never sinned—forever.

There is only one God

In the Hebrew Shema, God is proclaimed as one: Hear O’ Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.[9]

For Jesus to announce that He and the Father are One was the same as saying that He is God. By saying I and the Father, Jesus was establishing a basis for the Trinity. Jesus is seen as a separate and distinct person whom the Bible repeatedly describes as God. It was because Jesus claimed to be God that the Jews picked up stones to kill Him. They understood that although he appeared to be just a man, Jesus was claiming to be God.

In the New Testament, there are several occurrences where the Greek word for God, Theos, is used. Most often, this word is used only in describing the Father. However, there are several places in the New Testament where Theos is also used to describe Jesus Christ.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Theos).[10]

Romans 9:5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God (Theos). Amen.

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son (Jesus) He says: “Your throne, O God (Theos), is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

In the Old Testament, the term LORD in Hebrew is Yahweh.[11]

In the New Testament, the word Lord in Greek is Kyrios.[12]

Kyrios is often used as a polite way to address a person, such as when we address a man today as sir. It can also mean master, as in one who rules over a servant or slave. The Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint was widely used during the time that Jesus was here on the earth. The word Kyrios or Lord was understood to mean Yahweh or Jehovah. The Greek Old Testament translates Kyrios as Lord, 6,814 times.

When we arrive at the New Testament, there are many occasions where the term: Lord (Kyrios) is used to describe Jesus. This is for good reason. The writers of the New Testament were attributing the title of Jehovah-God to Jesus Christ—unmistakably. It was well understood at the writing of the New Testament that Jesus Christ is Yahweh or God Himself. This is why it is a mystery why the Jehovah’s Witness church has claimed that Jesus Christ is not Jehovah-God. They did not come to this conclusion by the evidence of the Old and New Testament scriptures. The translators of the New Testament understood that Jehovah-God and Jesus were one and the same person. Further, it is clear that those who walked with, talked with, and knew Jesus, understood and believed that He is the eternal Jehovah-God or Yahweh, of the Old Testament.

The following are the Prophecies which speak of the Messiah as the Son of God or the Eternal God:

20 50 57 63 113 128 132 138 155 156 171 174 199 212 291 292 348


NOTES:
[1] Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew words #1368 and 410, Englishman’s Concordance of the Old Testament
[2] Strong’s Greek word # 3056 “Logos.”
[3] Liddell and Scott. A Greek–English Lexicon, p. 824
[4] Strong’s Concordance of Greek words #2424 and Englishman’s Greek Concordance.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Strong’s Concordance of Greek words #541 and and Englishman’s Concordance of Greek Words.
[7] Strong’s Concordance of Greek words #5287 and Englishman’s Concordance of Greek Words.
[8] Strong’s Concordance of Greek words #846 and Englishman’s Concordance of Greek Words.
[9] Deuteronomy 6:4
[10] Strong’s Concordance of Greek words #2316 and and Englishman’s Concordance of Greek Words.
[11] Strong’s Hebrew Concordance # 3068
[12] Strong’s Greek Concordance # 2962



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