Did Jesus view Himself as God?


Jesus simple name

In a context of strict Jewish monotheism, the following four activities were considered blasphemous for anyone other than God.

  • Jesus expressed his authority to forgive sins, even sins not committed against him personally – a prerogative reserved for God alone (Mark 2:5-7).
  • Jesus accepted worship from other human beings – a prerogative reserved for God alone (Matthew 28:16-17).
  • Jesus exercised the power and authority to raise the dead – a prerogative for God alone (John 5:21).
  • Jesus claimed to possess the authority to judge humanity – a prerogative reserved for God alone (John 5:22, 27).

Jesus equated Himself with God.

  • To know Jesus is to know God (John 14:7).
  • To see Jesus is to see God (John 14:9).
  • To trust in Jesus is to trust in God (John 14:1).
  • To honor Jesus is to honor God (John 5:23).
  • To welcome Jesus is to welcome God (Mark 9:37).
  • To encounter Jesus is to encounter God (John 14:11).

For a more explanatory treatment read Kenneth Samples’ book 7 Truths That Changed The World. 


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