Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. They believe that he is the Son of God. In other words, they believe that God created him and then through him all other things had been created.

But are they correct?

Let’s look at the evidence. We’ll use nothing else but scripture and will quote from the New World Translation (NWT) 2013 Edition and if proper, we’ll use the New International Version (NIV)

Firstly, let’s read Jeremiah 23:5,6. It states:

5 “Look! The days are coming,” declares Jehovah, “when I will raise up to David a righteous sprout. And a king will reign and show insight and uphold justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will reside in security. And this is the name by which he will be called: Jehovah Is Our Righteousness.”

Firstly, Jehovah introduces Jesus and then he says that Jesus is Jehovah. Granted, it’s possible that this scripture may not be calling Jesus Jehovah but, rather, another name: “Jehovah Is Our Righteousness”. The issue with this is that “Jesus” doesn’t mean “Jehovah is our Righteousness” but it means “Jehovah is our Salvation”.

Moving on, let’s look at another scripture.  Isaiah 44:6 reads:

6 This is what Jehovah says,The King of Israel and his Repurchaser, Jehovah of armies:‘I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but me.

And Isaiah 48:12:

12 Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I have called.I am the same One. I am the first; I am also the last.

These verses from Isaiah clearly state that Jehovah is first and last and that there is no God but Him. Revelation 1:8 and Revelation 21:6 confirm this:

8 “I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga,” says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.”

6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring of the water of life free.

But look what Revelation 22:13 state:

13 I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Who is the Alpha and Omega in this scripture? All you have to do is continue reading. In Revelation 22:16 it continues:

16 “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to you about these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star.’”

And if you have any doubt that Jesus is also the First and the Last, let’s go back to Revelation 1:17,18 where is says:

17 When I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.

So, Jesus is also the first and the last and the one who died. Jehovah never died but Jesus is also the Alpha and the Omega. If Jesus is the first and last, the alpha and the omega, then he was not created. This gives us a whole new view of John’s first chapter.

Let’s look at John 1:1-3 first:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2 This one was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.

And let’s compare the NWT translation with the NIV translation for these verses:

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being.

Obviously, if Jesus was the Alpha and the Omega he is more than just a god. He is God. This is the case, otherwise verse 3 doesn’t make sense. Why? Because if nothing came into existence without Jesus, yet Jesus is a creation, then could never have existed.

Let’s take this a little further. Let’s go all the way back to the 10 commandments. In Exodus 20:2,3 it commands:

2 “I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 You must not have any other gods besides me.

The 10 commandments were written by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18) and given to Moses. It’s clear from this scripture that we should have no other gods but Jehovah. But look how John 1:18 describes Jesus:

18 No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten god who is at the Father’s side is the one who has explained Him.

Indeed, what did Thomas exclaim when he saw Jesus risen from the dead with his own eyes? Let’s read John 20:28:

28 In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!”

Did Jesus correct him for calling him God? No. He simply asked Thomas if he believed in him now.

If Jesus is a god, and we worship him besides Jehovah, then we break the first commandment.  That would mean there is a contradiction in scripture. But, if Jesus and Jehovah are both God, then there is no contradiction.

This brings us back to the question: Is Jesus God?

Really, there is One God, but three entities that make up God: Jehovah, the Father, Jesus, the Son & the Holy Spirit.  To truly submit to God, one needs to be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 28:19.

Getting baptised in the name of anything else (i.e. some sort of made up spirit anointed organization) is blasphemy and belittles the authority of God.

7 thoughts on “Is Jesus God?

  1. i praise you. Good work, you had clear evidences about Jesus God. I wonder why watchtower delete “GOD” and add “god” in John 1:1. I believed that 2 Corinthian 4:4. applied to Devil as god of world. Obviously, Jesus can’t be god. If J.W.deny that Jesus is God himself, They will not believe in him. That is their serious problem.

  2. You need to ask for the indwelling Holy Spirit or truth will continue to be foolishness to you
    In John 5 when accused of claiming to be equal with God , not only did he not deny it, he showed humility as the Son of God, yet said, ALL MUST honor(GK.REVERE.VALUE. VENERATE) the SON JUST AS# JUST AS# the Father!!!!
    That means , just as in Gods arrangement between Isrealite fathers and sons, the SON is of the same essrnce, nature as the Father and when given is the be Honored, WORSHIPPED JUST AS THE FATHER!!!
    He COULD NOT teach this if he was a creation!!!!! He is BEGGOTTEN GOD FROM THE HEART OF THE FATHER!!#.
    JUST AS THE SPIRIT IS THE OMNIPOTENT and OMNIPRESENT part of God, the WORD is part of God.
    Apart from the Father I cannot do a sinfle thing ” WHY? He IS OF God!!!! just because God is beyond the comprehension of our finite mind does not mean that he does not exist in three planes of reality and access three independent and interdependent beings. He is far beyond the mind of man and without spirit these things are beyond your grasp.

  3. 1. I will try to address the points you brought up one at a time. First off not to be insulting but the fact that you seem to lack even a basic understanding of names in the Jewish culture is clear enough evidence to me that you have not done a sufficient amount of research into the question at hand. As Christopher brought out many names in the Jewish language had gods name intertwined in them for example. Eli′athah means “God Has Come”; Jehu means “Jehovah Is He”; Elijah means “My God Is Jehovah”; Im·man′u·el “God is with us.”
    There is no basis for claiming that this means that Jesus, the Messiah, and Jehovah are the same, forming one God. This can be seen from the fact that the similar Messianic prophecy at Jeremiah 33:14-16 applies the identical expression to Jerusalem, saying: “And this is what she will be called, Jehovah Is Our Righteousness.” In both cases the expression shows that God’s name, Jehovah, placed both upon his promised king and upon his chosen capital and his holy city. There are many other instances where a similar title is given to Gods chosen places. Genesis 22:14. It reads, ‘And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh.'” Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi.'”
    Judges 6:24. Then Gideon built an altar unto the Lord and called it Jehovah- shalom.'”

    2. As far as Isaiah 44:6 you would have to completely ignore the context of that scripture in order to believe that when YHWH said there were no Gods beside him he was implying that there were no other angelic or physical beings that could rightly hold the title of God or gods. Context of that scripture is God denying that the false gods being worshiped by the nations were legitimate deities. He had not formed these false gods and any god that existed would have to be formed by him.
    Is calling someone God or a God really implying that they are the almighty. If so we have a few problems. Exodus 7:1 KJV And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. How was Moses “a god” to Pharaoh.

    And talking about Aron speaking for him Jehovah said. Exodus 4:16 And he must speak for you to the people; and it must occur that he will serve as a mouth to you, and you will serve as God to him. Byington: and he shall have you for God.

So how was Moses not only “a god” to Pharaoh but also god to Aaron. Would this not imply that he would be steeling honor from Jehovah. What about Gods angels or the judges in Israel they where also called gods Psalms 82:1 God is stationing himself in the assembly of the Divine One; In the middle of the gods (angels) he judges: There are several other instances in the OT were angels are called Gods however it would be superfluous to list them all. Later when referring to the judges in Israel he says Psalms 82:6 “I myself have said, ‘YOU are gods, And all of YOU are sons of the Most High.
KJV: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Later Jesus himself used this scripture in defense of accusations being brought upon him by the Jews. John 10:33 The Jews answered him: “We are stoning you, not for a fine work, but for blasphemy, even because you, although being a man, make yourself a god.”
KJV: makest thyself God. How did Jesus reason with these ones who were accusing him of “making himself a god” or in the KJV god.
    John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them: “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said: “YOU are gods”’? 35 If he called ‘gods’ those against whom the word of God came, and yet the Scripture cannot be nullified, 36 do YOU say to me whom the Father sanctified and dispatched into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, I am God’s Son? Jesus was showing that even humans (and as we also saw angels) had previously received the title of gods and yet that wasn’t blasphemy. So how was it blasphemy for him then not to claim he was God but rather Gods son. According to your logic all of the angels, all of the judges of Israel, Moses, and Jesus are all part of a godhead, because they all receive the title of God. Or you can pay attention to the biblical usage and understand that the title God is just that a title.
    Even if your interpretation of John 20:28 is correct Thomas would not be blaspheming to call Jesus God seeing as he was Gods messenger just as Moses was, his appointed judge just as the judges of Israel were, and would become the King over all creation.
    However I believe this particular issue needs to be further addressed. First off I’ll point out to you which I’m sure you’ll agree that In the OT the word for God was Elohim it is the same word used in Isaiah 44:6 “besides God their is no Elohim” so the question is raised how was his title Elohim used in the OT. I already pointed out several times were humans and angels were properly given that title from God but the following is to drill the point home. And mind you these are far from the only times in the bible this happens. Ok The first verse I’ll point out is that of Psalm 8:5 “You made him a little lower than godlike ones(Elohim), And you crowned him with glory and splendor. ” other translations read “you have made him a little lower than God” However it becomes clear that Elohim in this scripture is referring to the angels and not God. Why is this clear? Because the NT quotes this scripture are Hebrews 2:7 “Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor.” This scripture uses the Greek word ‘Agglos’ which means angels rather than ‘Theos’ which means God. So we know that when Elohim/God was used in the OT it was talking about Angels.
    In Genesis 23:6 the children of Heth refer to Abraham as a ‘mighty prince’ and the word they use is ‘elohim’. In other instances: 1 Samuel 14:15, Genesis 30:8, Psalm 36:6, Ezekiel 32:21, and Genesis 31:29. It is translated variously as ‘great’, ‘strong’, and ‘power’. The singular form of the word ‘el’ is translated ‘might’ and ‘mighty’ in Deuteronomy 28:32 and Psalm 29:1. The conclusion, then, is that the Bible deems it proper to call others who are not Jehovah by the title ‘God’. There is no reason, then, to believe that Jesus is Jehovah simply because he, too, is called God.

    Here is an alternative interpretation of John 20:28. http://www.angelfire.com/space/thegospeltruth/trinity/verses/Jn20_28.html

    I would also like to point out that Origen although it is clear that he believed that Christ was God his understanding of that title is definitely interesting for all Christians to contemplate.

    Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel of John — Origen
    “We next notice John’s use of the article in these sentences. He does not write without care in this respect, nor is he unfamiliar with the niceties of the Greek tongue. In some cases he uses the article, and in some he omits it. He adds the article to the Logos, but to the name of God he adds it sometimes only. He uses the article, when the name of God refers to the uncreated cause of all things, and omits it when the Logos is named God. Does the same difference which we observe between God with the article and God without it prevail also between the Logos with it and without it? We must enquire into this. As the God who is over all is God with the article not without it, so “the Logos” is the source of that reason (Logos) which dwells in every reasonable creature; the reason which is in each creature is not, like the former called par excellence The Logos. Now there are many who are sincerely concerned about religion, and who fall here into great perplexity. They are afraid that they may be proclaiming two Gods, and their fear drives them into doctrines which are false and wicked. Either they deny that the Son has a distinct nature of His own besides that of the Father, and make Him whom they call the Son to be God all but the name, or they deny the divinity of the Son, giving Him a separate existence of His own, and making His sphere of essence fall outside that of the Father, so that they are separable from each other.

    To such persons we have to say that God on the one hand is Very God (Autotheos, God of Himself); and so the Saviour says in His prayer to the Father, [4665] “That they may know Thee the only true God;” but that all beyond the Very God is made God by participation in His divinity, and is not to be called simply God (with the article), but rather God (without article). And thus the first-born of all creation, who is the first to be with God, and to attract to Himself divinity, is a being of more exalted rank than the other gods beside Him, of whom God is the God, as it is written, [4666] “The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken and called the earth.” It was by the offices of the first-born that they became gods, for He drew from God in generous measure that they should be made gods, and He communicated it to them according to His own bounty. The true God, then, is “The God,” and those who are formed after Him are gods, images, as it were, of Him the prototype. But the archetypal image, again, of all these images is the Word of God, who was in the beginning, and who by being with God is at all times God, not possessing that of Himself, but by His being with the Father, and not continuing to be God, if we should think of this, except by remaining always in uninterrupted contemplation of the depths of the Father.”

    3. It’s clear that you misunderstand the use of titles in the scriptures. Many titles were given to multiple individuals and still held true within the context of its application with that person. I feel like Christopher explained it well enough. You did not demonstrate that” first and the last” and “the beginning and the end” are strictly divine titles and could not be applied to Christ within the context of its application to him.

    Can’t say I agree with everything this following link says but it hi-lights some of the major flaws in the reasoning used to imply this scripture is saying Christ is Part of a trinity. http://www.angelfire.com/space/thegospeltruth/trinity/verses/Rev1_17.html

    4. You mentioned that the only way Christ could have life in himself is if he was God and then made the assertion that John 5: 26-27 are talking about Jesus being given an early life. This is the grossest distortion of the scriptures that I’ve seen you try to assert thus far. Read in context it is clear that the life in himself that Christ is granted is the part of the authority he receives from his father.

    John 5:19-27, 30 “Therefore, in response Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, the Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son does also in like manner. 20 For the Father has affection for the Son and shows him all the things he himself does, and he will show him works greater than these, so that you may marvel. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes alive whomever he wants to. 22 For the Father judges no one at all, but he has entrusted all the judging to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Most truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes the One who sent me has everlasting life, and he does not come into judgment but has passed over from death to life. 25 “Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man…30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.”
    I refuse to believe that you truly think that in verse 27 were it calls Jesus “Son of man” is talking about Jesus being given life to live as a human. That was literally the most famous and frequently used title for the Messiah. Taken from Danel 2:13.
    Mark 2:10 10 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth—” he said to the paralytic:
    Matthew 20:28 Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”
    Mark9:12 He said to them: “E·liʹjah does come first and restore all things; but how is it that it is written about the Son of man that he must undergo many sufferings and be treated with contempt?
    Luke 5:24 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins—” he said to the paralyzed man: “I say to you, Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go to your home.”
    John 3:13 Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man.

    The writings he spoke about were prophecies about the Christ the coming Messiah. So to sum up what I’m saying-Jesus has been granted the authority to give life, judge, and forgive sins. Read in context it is clear that he received all his authority including the authority to give life from his father because he is the “son of man” AKA the promised MESSIAH foretold in Danel, the chosen one of Israel. Jesus might as well said that he had been granted to have life and himself because he was the Messiah.

  4. Anyone who uses John 1: 1-3 to prove there’s a trinity is a complete idiot. Whether it originally said, God is, God was, was a god, lower case, upper case, crazy looking unoriginal mark in ancient tablet, or whatever, there is still no mention of the Holy Spirit/Ghost/Casper/Halloween Costume no matter how you decipher it. For example, lets say were in prison. We have no outside contact, and I had never heard of Jesus or Christianity, and you managed to sneak in a torn page with John 1:1-3 on it, there be no way you’d be able to convince that your God is 3 in 1 or a Trinity. 2 in 1 maybe but definitely not 3.

    1. George, I don’t think the author of this article used Jn 1:1-3 to prove the Trinity , he/she merely was showing what the Bible says about Jesus . Jesus is God ( but He’s not the Father ) , He created heaven and earth etc.

      Concerning what you said if we were in prison and I had smuggled in a torn page of the Bible with just Jn 1:1-3 on it :

      You said that there is no way that I could convince you that those verses in Jn proved that God is ” 3 in 1 ” , a Trinity . First of all I can not convince you of anything in the Bible , that is a power I do not possess . I do like the fact that you said ” maybe ” a 2 in 1 God . That’s a significant admission from you because it implies that you are still concerned about who Jesus is , and that is where you should start in looking into the Bible . You see , I would have started with Jn 1:1-3 and then I would have gone on to explain further about this “Word” in the rest of John’s gospel . That’s because I have hidden God’s word in my heart ( not as much of it as I would like too ) and could tell you about the “Word” mentioned in Jn 1:1-3 was none other than Jesus . Hecame to earth to die for you , to pay the penalty for your sins to make you right with the Father, and thus receive salvation.Since Jesus is my personal Savior I would invite you to make Him yours as well — which is only a prayer away . That’s what I would have shared with you while we were in prison .

      Anyway, I hope you ponder this and not give up on looking into God’s Word to find your answers . If you are a ex Jw who has been hurt by the Watchtower and thus does’nt trust “religion” , I don’t blame you for those feelings . However , the Watchtower not only lied to you about who it is , but also about who Jesus is . You have every right to feel disgust towards the Watchtower , but Jesus stands with open arms to provide help so that you find peace and a new outlook on life .
      Take care .

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