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Bible verses that show Jesus is God, Divine

Quick Verse
Additional Verses in Context
Name
Divine Attributes of the Son of God - Omnipresent - Eternal
Titles of God Applied to Jesus
Worthy of Adoration, or Worship
Authority
Power : Miracles, Calms Storm, Power Over Demons, Forgives Sins and Commissions authority
Demands of Faith,
Demands of Absolute love
Knowledge - Omniscient
Claims : Greater than Temple
He is I AM
By Reason
By Faith
Historical Testimony
Prophecy of Old Testament
Scientific Arguments for the Existence of God
Logical Arguments for the Existence of God

Conclusion

John 5:18   
“This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God.”     RSV
 

Jesus  Christ’s  Divinity

Quick Verse

Matthew 14:33 - “And those in the boat worshiped him, (Jesus)”
Matthew 28:9
- “Jesus ... And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.”
Matthew 28:19
-  “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Mark 2:5-12-“He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Mark 14:61-“[H]igh priest asked...‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’…Jesus said, ‘I am’”
L
uke 3:22
- “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”
John 1:1 - “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 5:18 - “called God his Father, making himself equal with God.” 
John 5:23  - “honor the Son just as they honor the Father”
John 8:19 - “if you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
          
Exodus 3:14  -  “God replied … ‘I AM.’ ”
 
John 8:24 - “For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”
John 8:58 -  “Jesus said …  before Abraham was, I am.’ ”    RSV
John 10:30   -  “I and the Father are one.”
John 10:33 -  “you, being a man, make yourself God.” 
John 10:38 - “...the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
John 14:8-9 -  “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
John 14:10-11 -   “I am in the Father and the Father in me”
John 17:5 - “the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.”
John 20:28 -  “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ ”
Acts 20:28 -  “ … tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood.” NAB  See Greek
Romans 9:5 -
  “ … is the Christ, who is God over all”
Philippians 2:6
-  “he (Jesus) was in the form (Grk: morphḗ) of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.”
Philippians 2:10 “… at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth ...”
Colossians 2:8-9-“in him [Christ] dwells the whole fullness of the deity
Titus 2:13 -  “the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”
Hebrews 1:8 -“but of the Son: ‘Your throne, O God, stands forever’ ”
2 Peter 1:1-“… the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ”
Jude 4 - “ ... our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”



 



Additional Verses in Context 

Some will quote the following verses attempting to dispute the
Divinity of Jesus. 

John 14:28
“If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.”

Mark 13:32
“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

However, looking at the full context of what the Bible says elsewhere we can see that Jesus is fully Divine, God.  Jesus has two natures, one Divine and one Human.  Above, He is simply speaking from his human nature.

There are many ways to prove that Jesus is God.  We can look to the experts in first century Judaism and Aramaic, the Pharisees.  It was frighteningly clear to them that Jesus was claiming to be God. 

John 10:30, 33   
“ ‘I and the Father are one.’ …   The Jews answered him,  ‘It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.’ ” 

Jesus knew the hearts and minds of the Scribes and Pharisees.  And they clearly understood Jesus to be claiming to be God.  As a good teacher He would have had to correct that if it was a misunderstanding on their part.  However, Jesus does not “correct” their understanding.  Therefore, their understanding must be correct, He is God.  And Jesus goes on to restate that in various ways. 

John 10:37-38
“If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;  but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

John 5:18   
“This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God.”     RSV 

Luke 20:9-19
“And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, that they should give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. ... Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do?
I will send my beloved son; it may be they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? ...  is written:
‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner’? 
... The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people; for they perceived that he had told this parable against them.”   Cf. Matthew 21:33 -41

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 10:35-39
“ ‘If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken),  do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world,   “You are blaspheming,”  because I said, “I am the Son of God”?   If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;  but if I do them, even though you do not believe me,
believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’   Again they tried to arrest him …”

John 14:8-11
“Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Jesus Knew He Was (and Is)  God

Saint Pope John Paul II says that it is evident that Jesus knew that He was Divine in His response to Mary at the Temple at the age of 12 years old.

Luke 2:48-49
“Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” RSV

Mary is speaking about Joseph,, but Jesus is speaking about God. See St. John Paul II audience Wednesday, 15 January 1997.
 

 

CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church

649 As for the Son, he effects his own Resurrection by virtue of his divine power. Jesus announces that the Son of man will have to suffer much, die, and then rise. Elsewhere he affirms explicitly:  “I lay down my life, that I may take it again. . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” …
(
John 10:17-18
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.”)

653 The truth of Jesus' divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection. He had said: “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he.” (
John 8:28)
The Resurrection of the crucified one shows that he was truly “I AM”, the Son of God and God himself. … Christ’s Resurrection is closely linked to the Incarnation of God’s Son, and is its fulfilment in accordance with God’s eternal plan.

 

If we accept that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God, then we know that all that it teaches is true.  And John the Evangelist, inspired by the Holy Spirit, clearly states that Jesus was  “making himself equal with God.”  So, clearly Jesus was claiming equality with God.  There are only three possibilities.  Jesus is either a lunatic, a liar, or He is telling the truth and He is truly God and equal to the Father.  Jesus could not be a lunatic because no lunatic speaks or teaches with the wisdom that he espouses.  No good man would falsely claim to be God.  Yet, Jesus was clearly a good man as can be deduced by His teachings and His many miracles and most importantly His resurrection from the dead.  Therefore, He is good and He is God. 

Read more Peter Kreeft


 
 


Name 

In Matthew’s Gospel we find a very unusual use of the word “name.”  Notice below, that Three Persons are mentioned, yet “name” is singular.

Matthew 28:19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

From dictionary:

NAME
“Scripture places great emphasis on a person's name, as well as the naming or renaming of individuals and places (Gen 2:23; 4:1, 25; 5:29; 11:9; 17:5; Matt 16:18). …

“The name of God was one of power and majesty, a source of hope and assurance of salvation (cf. Ps 54:3; 72:19; 124:8; 148:13). Tο know thy name of the Lord, Yahweh, is to encounter the Lord himself and to know him as he is….

“What is new, however, is the idea that the name of Jesus Christ is equal in holiness and power to the name of God. Since Jesus is divine, his name is divine, for he is Lord and Savior. Only in Jesus's name may salvation be found (Acts 4:12). 

“The use of the name of Jesus gives power to heal and perform miracles (Mark 16:17; Acts 3:6), to forgive sins (Luke 24:47; Acts 10:43), to exorcise (Luke 10:17), and to baptize (Acts 2:38; 1 Cor 6:11). Jesus's name is above every other name: "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil 2:9—I1; cf. Eph 1:21). To proclaim the Gospel is to preach the name of Jesus (Acts 5:40; 8:12; 9:15). Ultimately, the entire activity of the Church is undertaken in Jesus's name, because his name brings life to all who call upon it iii faith (John 20:31; 1 John 5:13). 'The believer is thus called upon to do all things in Christ's name (Col 3:17), even if doing so provokes the opposition and persecution of the world (Mark 13:13; Acts 5:41; 1 Pet 4:14-16).”
[Catholic Bible Dictionary, by Scott Hahn, Doubleday Press, page 638-639, entry “Name”]
 

Name is singular because the essence in One. There is One God, yet each Person, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all partake in that One Divine Essence, the One Divine Nature.  

See “I AM.”


 




Divine Attributes of the Son of God 


Omnipresent-Jesus is present everywhere at the same time. 

Matthew 28:20
“I (Jesus) am with you always, to the close of the age.”
 

Jesus is Eternal.  He precedes creation.  He is begotten not made.

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  NAS  Greek

Colossians 1:15-17
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; 16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
[Please not that the term “first-born” is a title with its own specialized meaning. It is not primarily a chronological counter.  See Firstborn.] 

John 17:5
“and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.” 

Hebrews 1:2
“a son … through whom he created the universe” 
 

The theme of God as Creator in the Old Testament below is redirected to God the Son in the New Testament

Isaiah 44:24
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who stretched out the heavens alone, who spread out the earth—Who was with me?” 

1 Corinthians 8:6
“yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
 

A passage in Psalm 102 that is directed to God in the Old Testament, is redirected to God the Son. 

Psalm 102:24-26
O my God  … Of old you laid the earth’s foundations; the heavens are the work of your hands.” 

Hebrews 1:8-10 – “But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever’  …  ‘You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands’ ”  NAS

 


Titles of God Applied to Jesus

Savior

Isaiah 43:11
“I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.” 

Acts 4:10-12
“ … be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified … 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
 

Alpha and the Omega 

Isaiah 41:4, 10
“Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He… 10 fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God”   

Catholic Answers states : 

Also significant are passages that apply the title “the First and the Last” to Jesus. This is one of the Old Testament titles of Yahweh: “Thus says Yahweh, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yahweh of armies: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides me there is no god’(Is. 44:6; cf. 41:4, 48:12).

This title is directly applied to Jesus three times in the book of Revelation: “When I saw him [Christ], I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the First and the Last’(Rev. 1:17). “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the First and the Last, who died and came to life’(Rev. 2:8). “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:12–13).

This last quote is especially significant since it applies to Jesus the parallel title “the Alpha and the Omega,” which Revelation earlier applied to the Lord God: “ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8).

 



Worthy of Adoration, or Worship 

 

John 5:23
” … so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.”

They only way Jesus would deserve to be honored just as the Father is honored, is for Him to be God.

Luke 19:38-40
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ … ‘if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’ ”  

 Isaiah 45:23-24
“By myself I have sworn, from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.’ 24 “Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength”

The honor and adoration that is due God the Father, is now applied to God the Son in Philippians below: 

Philippians 2:9-11
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

Jesus Accepts Worshipped

We read in Matthew and John how the Apostles worshipped Jesus.  The Greek word that is used for worship is  “Proskynéō.”   The meaning of this word is illustrated when that same Greek word is used in Acts and Revelation.  We are told that God alone is to be worshipped  (Greek “Proskynéō”.) 

Matthew 14:28-33
“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.’  He said,  ‘Come.’  So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;  but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,  ‘Lord, save me.’ 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him,  ‘O man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.   And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.’ ” 

 John 9:35-39
“Jesus heard that they had cast him (the man born blind, and now cured)
out, and having found him he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of man?’  He answered, ‘And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?’  Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you.’  He said, ‘Lord, I believe’; and he worshiped him.  Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.’ ”  

 Acts 10:25-26
“When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.  But Peter lifted him up, saying, ‘Stand up; I too am a man.’ ” 

Revelation 19:9 -10
“And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’  And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’  Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.’  For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” 

Revelation 22:8-9
“I John am he who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me;  but he said to me, You must not do that!’ 

Therefore, Jesus accepts worship because He is Divine, The same Greek word, “Proskynéō,” is used for worship in each passage above.


See passages in Greek :

Matthew 14:33,  John 9:38,  Acts 10:25 Revelation 19:10 Revelation 22:8

 


Authority 

Jesus’ miracles point to His Divinity. Besides that, we also see explicit claims to Jesus’ authority 

Jude 4
“ ... our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Our only Master and Lord is God Himself. 

Matthew 12:8
“For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
Only God commanded the Sabbath regulations and therefore only He has authority over it.  

Matthew 5:21-47
“You have heard that it was said … But I say to you…”
Jesus takes it upon Himself to change God’s Law.

 


Power 

Miracles, Calms Storm, Power Over Demons, Forgives Sins and Commissions that Authority

Miracles:

Mark 6:56
“Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.”

Where do the Gospels say that Jesus is God?

When we see the deeper meaning of what we are reading we see that Jesus is saying with His actions that He is God on just about every page of the Gospels.   Every miracle is a testimony to His Divinity.  Miracles by definition are beyond scientific explanation.  Only God can perform miracles. Because He performs His miracles, and plethora of them, under His own power, and authority, and in His own Name He must be God. 

This is unlike the Apostles who perform miracles not in their own name, but in the Name of Jesus. 

Acts 4:9-10
“ … if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.” 

The miracles are too numerous to list here, but the following examples are of special interest.

The greatest miracle is the Resurrection which is recorded in each of the Gospels.

Matthew 28:9
Mark 16:9-16
Luke 24:1-34
John 20:14-29
Acts 2:23-24
Romans 6:4


Jesus calms the storm. Even the wind and sea obey Him.

Mark 4:37-41
“And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” 41 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”   Cf. Matthew 8:24-27,  Luke 8:24-25

Matthew, Mark and Luke knew that their telling of this miracle would bring to mind of the good Jew the following Psalm.

Psalm 107:23-31
“Some went off to sea in ships, plied their trade on the deep waters.  They saw the works of the LORD, the wonders of God in the deep.    He spoke and roused a storm wind; it tossed the waves on high.  They rose up to the heavens, sank to the depths; their hearts trembled at the danger.  They reeled, staggered like drunkards; their skill was of no avail. 
In their distress they cried to the LORD
, who brought them out of their peril,
Hushed the storm to a murmur
;
the waves of the sea were stilled
They rejoiced that the sea grew calm,
that
God brought them to the harbor they longed for.  Let them thank the LORD for such kindness”   NAB

Can you imagine Jesus preaching on this Psalm the night before the miracle ?  Maybe?!  This miracle above clearly points to Jesus being divine.  On another occasion when Jesus calmed the wind and the sea He actually uses the Divine Name “I am” in Mark 6:50
 

Mark 6:47-51
“And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. ... (50) for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded …”

In verse 50 above, the words “it is I” are literally translated as “I am” from the Greek.  See section below on “I am.”

Jesus has power over demons.

Matthew 8:28-34
“And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God?  Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him (Jesus), they begged him  to leave their neighborhood.”    
Cf.  Mark 5:1-13; Luke 4:35,41; 8:26-39; 9:38-43; 11:14

To accept Jesus means to put Him first in our lives.  If we are unwilling to sacrifice living a life of sin, we will not be able to accept Him.

Jesus forgives Sins 

The Pharisees are outraged when Jesus claims to forgive a man’s sins.  They equate that with blasphemy because only God can forgive sins.  Notice that Jesus does not dispute that only God has the power to forgive sins.  Rather, He performs a miracle.  This proves He is God.  Therefore, He has the power to forgive sins.  If He had not proved He is God, His logic would fail.

Mark 2:5-12
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”  Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,  “Why does this man speak that way?  He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?  Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? ... But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”—  he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”  He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.” Cf. Matthew  9:2;  Luke 5:20; 7:48.   

Just as it is Jesus working the miracle through Apostles, it is also Jesus working through the validly ordained priest the effects of the Sacraments.  And so, in the Sacrament of Confession the priest says,

“I absolve (forgive) you.”

It is not to be understood as …

“I  (priest Peter)  absolve you”

as that would not bring forgiveness.  Rather, it is 

“I (persona Christi, in the person, and in the power, and in the name of Jesus Christ) absolve you.”

What’s happening on earth is also happening in heaven.  Or as I prefer to think of the Mass, what is happening in heaven is also happening on earth.   (Sacrament of Penance, John 20:21-23.)
 


 

Demands of Faith  

Mark 8:38
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 

John 5:23-24
“ … that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.  Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Cf. John 14:1

Only God has the right to demand this type of absolute faith.  Therefore, Jesus must be God. 


 

Demands of Absolute love 

Matthew 10:37-39
“He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;  and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.” 

Luke 14:25
“Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,  “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” 

Only God has the right to demand this type of love.  See  

 Deuteronomy 6:4-5
“ ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord;  and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.’ ” 

Therefore, Jesus must be God  We have Three Persons in One God, One Divine Nature. 


 

Knowledge 


Jesus demonstrates that he is omniscient, and that he knows the future.  Jesus foresaw the future, and he knew people’s thoughts. Jesus has Divine knowledge.  

Luke 10:22
All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Jesus knows people’s thoughts deep in their hearts - Matthew 9:4. Mark 2:8.  Luke 6:8.  Luke 9:47

Jesus had extra ordinary wisdom

Matthew 13:54
“[H]e (Jesus)  taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said,  ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?’ ”  Cf.  Luke 2:46-47

Jesus knows the future

Jesus foretells Peter’s denial

Mark 14:29-30
“Peter said to him, ‘Even though they all fall away, I will not.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ ”
 

Jesus foretells his Passion in detail as well as His Resurrection

Matthew 20:18-19
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”  Cf. Mark 8:31

Jesus foretold that a colt would be available for Him.   Matthew 21:2, Mark 11:2-6, Luke 19:30-34

Jesus predicts the fall of Jerusalem which occurred 40 years later in 70 A.D.    Matthew 24:1-2, Mark 13:2, Luke 21:5, 20-24, 32

Jesus states in John below how he is judge, and yet Psalm 50 below makes it clear that God himself is judge.

 Psalm 50:4-6
“The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge!

John 5:22-23
“The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.”

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven ... And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’

Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. 34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world … 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food … 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

2 Corinthians 5:10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.”

Therefore, again we see how Jesus must also be God.  And, the only way Jesus can be a good judge is because He knows all things. Again, therefore He is God.

When Jesus says that he doesn’t know the day or hour of the end of the world, this is because he is speaking in his human nature, not his divine nature.  That He has a divine nature is evident from the above.
 
 




Claims :

Greater than Temple 

Matthew 12:6
“I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.” 

Scott Hahn, Ph.D., writes that to Jesus’ contemporary Jewish audience the only thing that could be greater than the Temple would be God Himself.

 


 

He is I AM 

“I Am”  The Name for God 

God is the Creator of everyone else.   Our existence is completely dependent upon Him, whereas God’s existence is completely independent of all else. 

He is Existence. Therefore, He revealed His Name to Moses as  “I Am.” 

Exodus 3:13-14
“But,” said Moses to God, “when I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”

God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.” 

To misuse the holy Name of God, I AM, was deserving of death. 

Leviticus 24:16
“He who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him” 

Jesus revealed that He too is God from all eternity, the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, with the proclamation that He too is “I Am.” 

Mark 14:61-64
“Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ And the high priest tore his garments, and said, ‘Why do we still need witnesses?  You have heard his blasphemy.’

John 8:58  
“Jesus said to them,  ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’ So they took up stones to throw at him … ”     RSV   

Jesus is claiming to be God before the creation of Abraham, by His use of God’s Name  “I  Am.”  While modern American’s might miss this, it was obvious to the first century Jew that Jesus was claiming to be God.  That is why they wanted to stone him to death. 

John 8:28
“So Jesus said (to them),  ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM’ ”    NAB 

Mark 6:50
“They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, ‘Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!’ ”   
[ Literally the   “it is I” is “I am”  in the Greek.] 

John 8:24
“That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”   NAB 

John 18:4-6
“Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’  They answered him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’  Jesus said to them, ‘I am he.’ … When he said to them, ‘I am he,’  they drew back and fell to the ground.”

The  “I am” in the above four verses is a translation from the
Greek  “εγω ειμι”  which can be Transliterated into the Latin (and English) alphabet as
“Ego eimí”   

This quotation is from the divine revelatory formula “I AM”  of Exodus 3:14 above; Cf.

Isaiah 41:4, 10
“Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He… 10 fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God”  Cf.  Isaiah 43:1–3,10,13

See the verses in Greek to verify the divine formula

“I am”  =  Greek  “εγω ειμι”    =  “Ego eimí”  [Transliterated] 

Here below is an Interlinear Gospel text showing the Greek. Scroll down and put the cursor on the English word to highlight the corresponding Greek word in these links : (Caution: The following links are to a Protestant Bible site, but they do show the Greek text and serve that purpose.)

Mark 14:62John 8:58John 8:28John 8:24Mark 6:50 John 18:5

See chart for transliteration from Greek letters to the Latin (or English) alphabet.  

In addition, it is also important to recognize that Jesus states that it is necessary to believe that He is God or we will die in our sins. 

John 8:24
“That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”   NAB 

And no good man or prophet would claim that to be if it wasn’t so.  Once we accept that Jesus is good it is obvious that He is telling the truth and misleading no one.  Therefore, Jesus must be God.
 
 


By Reason 


Reason itself shows that only the God-Man Jesus could save us.  In the natural realm, it is more serious to kill the president of country than to kill a street sweeper because the first affects the whole country and it carries a stiffer penalty.  In the spiritual realm, the evil of a particular sin is not only measured by the degree of the offense but also by the degree of importance or holiness of the one who has been offended. For example, if a person insults the name of his boss that would be wrong, but if he insults the Holy Name of God that would be an infinitely worse sin because the One who is offended is infinitely more holy.

Because God is infinitely Good a sin against Him is infinitely bad and it requires a recompense, a redemption of infinite proportions.  No mere creature could redeem the price of his sins committed against God.  Even if a human, angel, or some other created being lived a perfect life without sinning and offered that up to God, that would be a finite offering.  And so, that would not be capable of redeeming a single sin against an infinite God.

1 John 1:7
“ … the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

It is only because the Person Jesus, who is both God and Man, sacrificed His most precious blood that the gap between God and Man has been bridged. That is why those heresies that denied that the One Person Jesus was (and IS) both truly God and truly Man were so dangerous. They were a denial of this central mystery by which we are saved. Therefore, the declaration that Mary is Theotokos, the Mother of God, which clearly points to Jesus being both God and Man, is a decisive blow against the errors of the Anti-Christ. 

Read more on this subject at

http://www.defendingthebride.com/ma4/prayer.html#ant

The God-Man and the Anti-Christ 

Simply stated, because God is infinitely good sins against Him are infinitely bad.  And only because Jesus is Divine, and therefore infinitely good, can His sacrifice redeem our sins which are infinitely bad .






By Faith 

There are plenty of scriptural reasons for accepting the divinity of Jesus.  However, a purely logical acceptance of that fact will not save us.  Satan knows it and He is still in hell.  We need to accept it in our hearts and believe and hope in Him as our Divine Savior.   Maybe, that is why Jesus would silence the demons when he met them.  Perhaps He wanted to gradually lead the Jews to faith in their hearts. Another reason is that perhaps he did not want to hasten his Crucifixion by Romans, to give him more time in reaching peoples hearts.
 
 


Historical Testimony

 

See the links at

Catholic Answers

Corunum Catholic Apologetic Web Page

Prophecy of Old Testament Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

Jesus De-Coded

 


Scientific Arguments for the Existence of God

By Fr. Georges Lemaitre, and Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D

 


Logical Arguments for the Existence of God -
 
offsite article by  Peter Kreeft & Fr. Ronald Tacelli, SJ.

 




Conclusion

 

By taking the divine title of “I AM” Jesus claims to be God. John 8:58 The spiritual leaders of his day clearly understood Him to be claiming to be God. John 10:30, 33      The New Testament Evangelist Saint John clearly states that He is God. John 5:18  Jesus would have to be God to have the qualities he claimed and demonstrated that He had. Attributes.  He accepts worship that is due God alone.  Our sin committed against an infinitely Good God results in our need of an infinitely good redemption. And if He was not God, He could not have paid the infinite debt due because of sins.  Reason  And He states that if we do not accept His Divinity, “I AM,” then we die in our sins.  John 8:24
   

See

Theology and Sanity
By Francis J. Sheed 
Section on Nature and Person 
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Several points in the article above can be found in the following resource.

 


Catholic Bible Dictionary
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