Where in the Bible Does Jesus Claim to be God? | John Ankerberg Show

Where in the Bible Does Jesus Claim to be God?

By: Dr. John Ankerberg
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Jesus Christ is so foundational to Christianity, shouldn’t we know what He claimed?

When we consider all the great religious teachers, leaders, and prophets who have ever lived, who is the equal of Jesus? Not Moses, Confucius, Buddha, or Lao Tse (Taoism), who never claimed to be anything other than sinful men. Not Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Zoroaster or Guru Nanak (Sikhism) who never gave any proof they were true prophets of God. Not Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, or Krishna who were only myths. If we examine the specific claims of such individuals, we find none of them claims what Jesus does.

Jesus claimed to be God.

Jesus is absolutely unique in the claims He makes for Himself. He says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). How many other men have ever said that? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). How many other men have ever said that? As we saw, Jesus even claimed that 1500 years before His birth, Moses wrote about Him and further, that the entire Old Testament bore witness to Him (John 6:46-47; Luke 24:27, 44).

Jesus claimed that to know Him is to know God.

Jesus said that God the Holy Spirit would bear witness of Him and glorify Him (John 16:14). Whoever made such a claim? Jesus said that to know Him was to know God (John 14:7). To receive Him was to receive God (Matt. 10:40). To honor Him was to honor God (John 5:23). To believe in Him was to believe in God (John 12:44-45; 14:1). To see Him was to see God (John 8:19; 14:7). To deny Him was to deny God (1 John 2:23). To hate Him was to hate God (John 15:23). Did any other men in history ever make such statements?

Jesus claimed He could forgive sins. 

In Mark 2, Jesus claimed He could forgive sins–something all religions concede is reserved to God alone. In John 10:28 and 11:25, He said He could give all who believed on Him eternal life. How can a mere man, indeed anyone less than God–give eternal life to creatures who die? Yet Jesus raised the dead even in front of His enemies–not in some dark alley, but before scores of eyewitnesses (Luke 7:11-15; 8:41-42, 49-56; John 11:43-44). Who else ever did that? He did other miracles that amazed those who saw them.

Jesus claimed that He Himself would judge every person who ever lived.

“We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). “Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.” (John 9:32) In Matthew 25, He said that He would actually return at the end of the world and that He Himself would judge every person who ever lived; that He would personally raise all the dead of history and that all the nations would be gathered before Him! Who ever said that? He would sit on His throne of glory and judge and separate men from one another as a shepherd does the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-46, cf. John 5:25-34). Just as clearly, Jesus taught that every person’s eternal destiny depended upon how they treated Him (John 8:24; Matt. 10:32). Jesus said, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world” (John 8:23). All these statements and many more like them, leave us little choice. Either Jesus was who He said He was–God incarnate–or else He was absolutely crazy. But who can believe that?

Dr. John Ankerberg

Dr. John Ankerberg

Dr. John Ankerberg is founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America. His television and radio programs are broadcast into 106 million American homes and are available in more than 200 nations in 12 languages. Author, co-author, or contributor of 158 books and study guides in 20 languages, his writings have sold more than 3 million copies and reach millions of readers each year online.
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Dr. John Ankerberg is founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America. His television and radio programs are broadcast into 106 million American homes and are available in more than 200 nations in 12 languages. Author, co-author, or contributor of 158 books and study guides in 20 languages, his writings have sold more than 3 million copies and reach millions of readers each year online.

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Cory Haffly
Cory Haffly

If Jesus claimed to be God, then why, in Mark 13:19, did he say that GOD (not he, Jesus) created the world?

Paul Nielsen
Paul Nielsen

Jesus accepted worship while here on earth. The epistles worship Jesus, IN Revelation, Jesus is worshiped in heaven. Either every one of these instances of worship violates the First of the Ten Commandments and is a most grievous sin, or Jesus is God.

nisaruddin ahmed jeddy
nisaruddin ahmed jeddy

Open your eyes John Ankerberg instead of misleading and misguiding humanity,Prophet Christ never claimed to be God. The Satan within you rotates your thoughts and mind and makes you say things of which you have absolutely no knowledge.The Satan misguides me too by asking me to fall down before idols of Christ /Hanuman/Vishnu/Rama/Krishna etc,which i declined.Finally when i refused to oblige the Satan within,satan suggested me to build a new idol and start worshipping him ,This too i refused.ALL PROPHETS/MESSangers of God taught Monotheism including Christ taught monotheism.They dare not teach worship of Prophets self or any other thing like… Read more »

Greg
Greg

The intent of the words of Deuteronomy 6:4 “The Lord… Lord is one.” was to give a clear statement of the truth of monotheism, that there is only one God. Thus, it has also been translated “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Yet, the word used for “one” in this passage, does not mean “singleness,” but “unity.” The same word is used in Genesis 12:24 where the husband and wife were said to be “one flesh.” Thus, while this verse was intended as a clear and concise statement of monotheism, it does not exclude the concept of the… Read more »

Greg
Greg

This revision contains two more noteworthy passages: The intent of the words of Deuteronomy 6:4 “The Lord… Lord is one.” was to give a clear statement of the truth of monotheism, that there is only one God. Thus, it has also been translated “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Yet, the word used for “one” in this passage, does not mean “singleness,” but “unity.” The same word is used in Genesis 12:24 where the husband and wife were said to be “one flesh.” Thus, while this verse was intended as a clear and concise statement of monotheism, it… Read more »

Kumar Swamy
Kumar Swamy

May the Lord jesus forgive his lack of knowledge and I pray fill him with the holy spirit and see the truth.

Farook Hamid
Farook Hamid

Moses, Confucius, Buddha, or Lao Tse (Taoism),Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Zoroaster or Guru Nanak (Sikhism) not equal to Jesus is true. They lived in different period, belong to different culture and of course of different physical stature and thinking. If you tell the people to believe in all the bullshit miracle Jesus performed then you must believe what their followers said about the miracles they performed or occurred during their birth. Those were all propaganda carried out by their followers or priest in order propagate their religions. Only Prophet Muhammed preached the truth. When people asked him to show some miracles,… Read more »

nisaruddin ahmed jeddy
nisaruddin ahmed jeddy

The first religon of man is monotheism.Mankind opened its eyes in the light of monotheism [worship of one true God].So,please dont try to corrupt beliefs of humanity by your absurd preposition that Jesus is God or the Son of God.It is a horrible statement,which smacks of non-application of mind by you and your tribe.It is sheer nonsense that God shed his blood for our salvation.Salvation depends upon our deeds.As you sow ,so you reap is the principle applicable before God.It appears you have no right knowledge about Bible,neither you nor your christians tribe.Jesus is not more than a slave of… Read more »

Dave
Dave

I can see that most of guys are Muslim or some other religion. Of course you don’t believe because you follow another faith. As a believer in Jesus Christ, He’s the only one to follow for the salvation of your sinful souls.

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