BY J.A. MEDDERS (first posted on http://jeffmedders.org
Jesus being God is so core to our faith that every Christian should be ready to point it out in the Bible.
We need to able to show that Jesus is God, not a god. We must display that Jesus isn’t diet god, baby god, god jr., or JV god — but that Jesus is the theos, which is the Greek word for God — the God.
While many texts throughout the New Testament affirm, from a Christian understanding, Jesus’ divinity (John 10:30, Colossians 1:15-17, John 8:58), they could be argued that they are referencing something other than the full deity of Jesus. “I and the Father are one.” Christians understand that passage to mean Jesus and the Father are indivisible, of the same essence, equal in all things, and committed to their glory. But one could look at John 10:30 and say, “That means they are unified to save the world — nothing more.”
Wonderfully, the Word of God provides seven texts, from four different authors, that undeniably refer to Jesus as God/theos.
The Apostle John
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [theos]
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only God [theos], who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known
John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God [theos]!”
The Apostle Paul
Romans 9:5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God [theos] over all, blessed forever. Amen.
Titus 2:13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God [theos] and Savior Jesus Christ
The Apostle Peter
2 Peter 1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God [theos] and Savior Jesus Christ
The Writer of Hebrews
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God [theos], is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
John, Thomas, Paul, and Peter — all men who believed and understood the Torah, look at Jesus and say, “He is God!”
The writer of Hebrews tells us that God the Father looked and Jesus and said, “Your throne, O God…”
These would be well worth memorizing — today.