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Was Jesus God?

There is a lot of controversy today over whether or not Jesus was God. Very many believe He could not be. The various reasons asserted are: He always calls God His father, so if He is His Father, then Jesus could not be God; God can't die and Jesus died; and, finally, Jesus never claimed to be God. All of these are patently false. The Bible is clear and leaves no doubt that Jesus is God. He even claimed to be so. In John chapter 8, verses 56-59, we read:

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verilt, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then they took up stones to cast at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the Temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Let's notice a few things here. In verse 58 Jesus declares "I am". We find that same claim in Genesis 3:14, when God, talking to Moses out of the burning bush, says that He is I AM! In John 8:58, the Greek words translated "I am" are "ego eimi". In the Septuagint, which is the Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament, the words "I AM" in Genesis 3:14 are "ego eimi". So Jesus was declaring Himself by the same name that God revealed Himself.

Let's now look at Hebrews 1:8-12. In verse 8 we see that Father God is speaking. He says of the Son (Jesus), "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever". The Greek word translated "God" is "theos". The meaning of the word is 'the supreme Divinity". Thayer's Greek Lexicon states that the equivalent Hebrew word for "theos" is "elohim". In Genesis 1:1 the opening words are "B'reshis bara elohim" (In the beginning God created...). So, we see Hebrews 1:8 gives the lie to the statement that Jesus is not God. No less that Father calls Him such. Next time you are confronted with the statement that Jesus is not God, you have some evidence to provide the ill-informed.

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