Fully God- Pt. 1
By, John Wimber
What does God’s word say about who Jesus is? First and foremost, it says that Jesus is fully God. This is clearly stated in many passages. John says, “In the beginning was the Word” – later, in verse 14, John identifies “the Word” as Jesus- “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Paul says Christ “is God over all” (Rom. 9:5) and tells us to look forward to “the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). He says that in Christ, “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col. 2:9).
On many occasions Jesus himself claimed to be God. In John 5:17 he tells the Jews, who were persecuting him for healing an invalid on the Sabbath, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working.” The Jews “tried all the harder to kill him” because “he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God” (5:18). Some critics maintain that the Jews drew the wrong conclusion: that what Jesus meant by claiming God’s fatherhood did not imply equality with God. But if this were so why did Jesus not correct the Jews? Apparently he endorsed their conclusion.
Fully God- Pt 2
By, John Wimber
In the account of the rigged trial before the Sanhedrin, the high priest asks Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” (Mark 14:61). Not only does Jesus claim messiahship, but also the way he answers makes it clear that he thinks the Messiah is God. Jesus says, “I am…and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (mark. 14:62). The words “I am” solemnly echo Exodus 3:14, in which God tells Moses his name: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” “ I AM” was the name by which God was known and worshipped in Israel, and Jesus claimed to be the “I AM.”
The high priest clearly understood that Jesus was claiming to be God; he tore his clothing and said, “You have [all] heard the blasphemy” (Mark 14:64).
Jesus not only claimed to be God, he acted like God. We are so familiar with the biblical miracles that frequently we fail to realize their significance as authenticating signs of Jesus’ divinity. Jesus demonstrated his power over nature, disease, death, and demons. The number and extent of his miracles are staggering. He walked on water and calmed the seas. He turned water into wine, and fed five thousand people from five loaves and two fish. He also forgave sin and who but God can forgive sin?
When Thomas fell at his feet and said, “My Lord, and my God!” (John 20:28), Jesus blessed him for recognizing he was God and worshipped him. The name “Lord,” which comes from Adonai in the Hebrew Old Testament, refers to authoritative ownership and is approximately equal to “God.” Jesus was well aware of the seriousness of being worshipped (Matt. 4:10). When he received Thomas’ worship he implicitly claimed deity.