“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” – Philippians 2:5-7
“Jesus never claimed to be God!” – The Skeptic
If you haven’t heard it yet, you will. One day you’ll be met with intense opposition toward the Deity of Jesus Christ. Someday someone will challenge you in this most basic foundation of Biblical Christianity. What will you say at this moment?
Are you prepared for such an encounter? If not, don’t panic! God has given us multiple verses within Scripture that prove to the skeptic that Jesus did indeed claim to be the Eternal God. Let us first look at Jesus’ own words.
Jesus proclaims that He and the Father are one.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” – John 10:28-30
Jesus was a man of great patience. Although His disciples spent three years watching Him preach, teach, and perform miracles by the power of God, they struggled in their understanding. Somehow they continually failed to connect the dots that Jesus had so clearly laid out before them.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever 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 is 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.” – John 14:6-10
The Eternal God is the Great I AM, the Self-Sufficient One.
“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24
One of the clearest examples of Jesus’ equality with the Eternal God is found during His trial before His crucifixion. Whether young or old, every practicing Jew would be well acquainted with the story in Exodus 3:14 where God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, saying, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
“Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” – John 8:56-58
Let these truths about Jesus’ Deity be at the forefront of our minds. Challenge yourself and memorize one of these verses! If you can, I am sure it will be of great use in a personal conversation.