How I Know Jesus Is God

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

— Matthew 16:13-17

The central tenet of Christianity is that Jesus Christ is God. However, some doubt this truth. If you run into someone who questions Jesus Christ’s divinity, Scriptures can help you prove it. First, let’s consider some Scriptures which tell us plainly that Jesus Christ is God. In Matthew 1:23 we read that Mary and Joseph were to call Him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” John 1:1, 3, and 14 tell us that Jesus existed in the beginning, that He cocreated the world, and that He is God. Colossians 2:9 says, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Isaiah 9:6 says, “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Another group of Scriptures ascribes all of God’s attributes to Jesus (except “invisibility” because Jesus came in the flesh): He is unchangeable (Hebrews 13:8), almighty (Colossians 1:17), all-knowing (John 21:17), searcher of hearts (Revelation 2:23), and judge of all (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Also, the New Testament indicates many times that Jesus fulfilled prophecies about Himself from the Old Testament, proving His deity. Isaiah 40:3 was fulfilled in Matthew 3:3—“a voice crying in the wilderness.” Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled in John 19:37—“they will look on Me, whom they have pierced.” The Bible also says repeatedly that we must worship God only, and Jesus openly received worship. The shepherds, the Magi, the rich young ruler, and the disciples all worshiped Jesus.

As we read these passages, I think that our response to Jesus should echo that of Thomas when he acknowledged Christ’s deity: “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).

“We know what God is like because we
know the character of Jesus Christ.”
George Hodges