The Deity of Jesus Christ

(God, the Son)

What different churches teach about Christ's Nature


Believe Jesus was just a man. They do credit him with being an influential philosopher and a moral intellectual who became wiser with age. They do not believe Jesus was raised from the dead.


Jesus did not exist in any personal way before His divine conception but is the literal "word of God" become flesh. He was created a special but mortal man. He received divine power at His baptism which was withdrawn at the cross. Since they assert man has no soul, he also ceased to exist during the three days he was dead. Upon his resurrection, Jesus became the fullness of deity in bodily form thus completing a three step progression in nature. (Heb 13:8) They do not believe Christ will ever be equal to God or truly divine since they believe Jesus is a created being just like man and the angels.

Jehovah's Witnesses

They teach that Jesus was created by God just prior to creation. Jesus then created everything else. (Col 1:16,17 NWT inserts "other" before "things" to make the text read, "By His all OTHER things were created". The word "other" inserted throughout the text is not in the original Greek.) Jesus is not considered to be equal to God at all but a lesser being. Jesus ceased to exist at His death for 3 days.


"As man now is, God once was...As God now is, man can become." Is a saying that accurately describes Mormon view of Jesus. Mormons believe that Jesus was created by God and is a "brother" to Satan. Like H.W. Armstrong, they teach divine progression. Jesus was once just a man who lived on another planet. He eventually progressed to be equal to God and came to colonize planet earth with "gods to be" or humans. Unforeseen to Christ, Satan (Jesus' brother) put a kink in this plan when he deceived Adam and Eve. Jesus was then required to die for fallen man, His creation. Jesus therefore is a model for us and one day we will be equal to God and colonize other planets too. There are millions of other planets being colonized right now in the same way in other galaxies. What makes earth's colonizing process unique is Satan's deception of Adam. Jesus is the God of planet earth. The Mormon hope is to marry, through a Mormon Temple ceremony, as many earth women as possible for eternal celestial marriage. In the resurrection all good Mormon men will call from the dead those women they married in a temple ceremony. They will then fly off to some uninhabited planet with their many polygamous wives and populate that planet.


The Bible teaches that Jesus is one of three separate personal beings who are divine. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equal and have always existed. The Bible view of the divinity of Christ is categorically different from all the above. We will one day share the divine pattern of moral conduct and be equal to God in righteousness but mankind will in no sense ever be considered divine or equal to God in nature. Jesus pro-existed His physical birth: Jn 1:15 + Lk 1:24-26; Jn 1:1. Jesus created ALL THINGS and therefore is not Himself created: Jn 1:3; Col 1:16,17; Heb 1:2,10. Rev 5:13,14 pictures a scene with all creation worshipping Jesus as God: Rev 5:13,14

I. Jesus pre-existed His physical birth

A. Jesus actually created the universe in Gen 1:1 (John 1:3, Heb 1:2,8-12; Col 1:16-17)

B. Jesus existed before Abraham who died 2000 BC: John 8:56-58

C. Jesus existed before John the baptist who was six months older than Jesus: John 1:15 + Lk 1:24-26

D. Prophecies before his incarnation into Mary's womb:

II. Jesus is Divine in name and is called "GOD" directly: John 1:1-3

A. Passages where Jesus is unquestionably called God

B. Passages that speak of Christ's deity but because of the wording in the Greek, it can be argued that the Father is being addressed as God, not Jesus.

III. Jesus is called Jehovah:

A. When you read the Old Testament passage it is certainly talking about Jehovah. But the Holy Spirit through inspiration, quoted these passages in the New Testament and APPLIED THEM TO JESUS! This proves that Jesus is Jehovah God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.


Applied to Jesus


Old Testament

New Testament

Creator Of All

Ps 102:24-27

Heb 1:8,10-12

Prepare Way For

lsa 40:3; Mal 3:1

Mt 3:3; Jn 1:23,30

Jehovah Pierced

Zech 12:10

Jn 19:37

Call On Jehovah

Joel 2:32

Acts 2:21,36; 4:10-12

B. Jehovah is described in the Old Testament in a number of unique titles. These titles are applied to Jesus Christ in the New Testament, proving He is Jehovah God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah is

Jesus Christ is


Old Testament

New Testament

The great "I Am"

Ex 3:13-14

Jn 8:57-59

Lord of Lords

Deut 10:17

Rev 17:14

Lord of Glory

Ps 24:10; 29:3

1 Cor 2:8

First and the Last

Isa 41:4; 44:6; 48:12

Rev 1:17; 2:8; 22:13

C. Jehovah is spoken of in the Old Testament as possessing distinct and unique attributes. (Look for the word "ONLY" Example: If "only" Jehovah was the creator, then the angels had no part in it.) Yet we find that these qualities are directly and plainly attributed to Jesus Christ proving He is Jehovah God, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Only Jehovah

Jesus Christ is also


Old Testament

New Testament

Only Creator Of All

Isa 44:24

Jn 1:1-3; Col 1:16,17

The Only Rock

Deut 32:4,12; Isa 44:8

1 Cor 10:4

Alone Knows Hearts

1 Ki 8:22-23,39

Mk 2:5-8; Jn 2:24-25

Not Give Glory Away

Isa 42:8

Jn 17:5; 1:14

Only Saviour

lea 43:11; 45:21

Mk 2:7; Tit 2:13

IV. Jesus Is Divine In Substance

A. Col 2:9: the fullness of deity

B. Hob 1:3: exact representation of His nature

C. Jn 14:8-10 He who sees Me sees the Father.

V. Theme of the book of John: Jesus Taught He Is Divine

A. Overview of John:

B. Basic outline of John:

VI. Jesus is one of three members of the Godhead!

God The Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Eccl 4:12)

Bible Verse



Holy Spirit

Baptism in name of (Mt 28:18)



"Holy Spirit "

Creation of universe

Acts 17:24

Jn 1:1-3

Gen 1:2

Baptism of Jesus (Mt 3:16-17)

Spoke from heaven

In water

Like dove in air

Another comforter (Jn 14:16)

"Ask Father to"

"I" (Jesus)

"Send another"

Paul's request (Rom 15:30)

"Prayers to God"


"Love of H.S. "

Paul's farewell (2 Cor 13:14)

"Love of God"

"Grace of Jesus"

"Fellowship of H.S."

Unity passage (Eph 4:4-6)

"One Father"

"One Lord"

"One Spirit "

1 Cor 12:4-6

the same God

the same Lord

the same Spirit

1 Pet 1:2

Foreknowledge of God the Father

sanctifying work of the Spirit

obey Jesus Christ

Isa 48:16

Lord God

has sent Me

and His Spirit

Unity passage (Eph 4:4-6)

"One Father"

"One Lord"

"One Spirit "

Three divine beings: "Let Us"

Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isa 6:8


A. Angels should not be worshipped, only God: Rev 19:10; 22:8-9

B. Men should not be worshipped, only God: Acts 10:26

C. Jesus accepts worship from Angels:: Heb 1:6

D. All creation worships both Father and Lamb: Rev 5:11-14

E. Men worshipped Jesus and He did not refuse:

a. From the wise men - Mt 2:11

b. From the leper - Mt 8:2

c. From the ruler - Mt 9:18

d. From His disciples in the boat - Mt 14:33

e. From the Canaanite woman - Mt 15:25

f. From the man born blind - Jn 9:38

g. From the women and other disciples following His resurrection - Mt 28:9,17

h. From the disciples following His ascension - Lk 24:52


VIII. Attempts to deny the deity of Christ: 2 Pe 3:16

The chart below is typical of how some religious groups attempt to deny the full deity of Christ. Notice that every passage they use to deny the deity of Christ makes reference to the period of time when Jesus existed as a man. When Jesus was on earth He said, "the Father is greater than I". He said this because at THAT TIME the source of Jesus' power was the Father. Phil 2:6 says that Jesus took off the robes of equality with God during his earth life.


Jesus Christ

Cannot Be Tempted Jas 1:13

Tempted 40 Days Lk 4:2

Alone Hath Immortality 1 Ti 6:13-15

Lived And Was Dead (Passage Refers To Christ Not Father)

No Man Seen 1 Ti 6:16; 1:16-17

John Saw And Bear Record: Jn 1:34 (Passage Refers To Christ Not Father)

God Is Spirit Jn 4:24

Made Of Woman, Flesh & Bones Gal 4:4; Heb 2:14

God Of Knowledge I Sam 2:3; Jer 23:24

Learned Obedience/Increased In Wisdom Heb 5:8; Lk 2:52

God In Heaven Mt 11:25; 6:9

Mediator Between God & Man 1 Ti 2:5-6

Father Of Jesus 2 Cor 1:3

Son Of God Jn 20:30

I Change Not Mal 3:6

Never To Die Again (A Change)Rom 6:9

None Good But God Mk 10:18

Word's Christ Spoke

Father Greater Than 1 Jn 14:28

Word's Christ Spoke

Philippians 2:6-7 "although He (Jesus) existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Phil 2:5-8 answers the whole chart. Notice that Jesus did exist in the "form of God" prior to His incarnation. "He did not regard equality with God a thing to grasped, so He lot go of being equal with God, "He emptied Himself" during His physical life upon the earth. Jesus was still divine even though a man, "In His all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form" Col 2:9. Jesus prayed, "Father, glorify He with the glory I had with Thee before the world was" Jn 17:5. Jesus has been transformed back into the "form of God".

IX. Is Jesus not Divine because he must submit to the Father?

A. Phil 2:6-8 Jesus let go of equality, but retained his divinity

B. I Cor 15:28 After resurrection Son will be subjected to Father

1. Perhaps Christ forever gave up equality in rank with God in order to save mankind. If no, Jesus is no less divine.

2. Perhaps the Son being subject to the Father at the resurrection is a restoration of how they related to one another before creation. Again, it doesn't make Jesus any leas divine.

Are they equal???

Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."


False attitude


Wife must submit to Husband Eph 5:22

Male superiority, women are not equal because they submit

women's liberation

Employees must submit to boss: Eph 6:5-6

Boss is superior. Employees not equal because they submit

labour movement and unions

Jesus must submit to Father: 1 Cor 11:1-3; 15:27-28

Father is superior. Jesus not equal because He submits

deny deity of Christ

Truth: One's nature and equality is not dependent upon whether they submit. Jesus taught the greatest will be the servant!

X. Jesus divinity questioned and affirmed 6 times:

Deity Questioned

Deity Affirmed

Satan "If you are Son" (Mt 4:3)

God "This is My Son" (Mt 3:17)

Jew's "If you are Christ" (Jn 10:24)

Jesus "I Am" (Jn 10:36)

Soldiers "If you are King" (Lk 23:37)

Pilate "This is the King" (Lk 23:38)

Some at cross "If you are Son" (Mt 27:40)

Centurion "Truely He was Son" (Mt 27:54)

Thief #1 "If you are Christ" (Lk 23:39)

Thief #2 "He has done no wrong" (Lk 23:40)

Thomas "I will not believe unless" (Jn 20:27)

Thomas "My Lord and my God" (Jn 20:28)

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