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Was Jesus really God?

It’s not that He was God, but that He is God, for it could never be said of Jesus that He ever was. He is “from everlasting, to everlasting”. Yes, Jesus is God. There is a plethora of statements defending this in one passage of Scripture, which I will use as a springboard into this truth. It’s found in the first chapter of the gospel of John.

In the first verse it is stated plainly. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

He was with, and He was, God. You can be with a person (your parent, your child, or your spouse) and it might even be said that you are just like that person (“spitting image”), but you would never be confused as to actually being that person. But that is the language of this passage. He was with God the Father (there are two persons) and He was God (of the exact same personality, essence, and make-up.) Colossians 2:9 says that “in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” In other words, He was all God. All that God was, Jesus was. Not similitude, like offspring with the same eyes or hair, but every bit of what it means to be God was Jesus.

Verse 14 of our passage also infers the same when it says that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Bible says that God doesn’t share his glory. But Jesus could share it, precisely because Jesus was God.

Another point is made in verses 3 and 10: “All things were made through Him (Jesus), and without Him nothing was made that was made … He was in the world, and the world was made through Him …”

It says in Genesis 1 that God created the heavens and the earth. It says here in John 1 that that was Jesus. We even see in Genesis 1:26-27 what can only be Jesus and the Father talking together. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness …’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him …”

There is more of this in John 1, but let me just show you something of how Jesus was called Jehovah God. You’ll see it simply by putting the John 1:6-27 fulfillment of a prophecy together with the original Isaiah 40:3 prophecy. John 1 says that (v. 6) there was a man sent from God, whose name was John (the Baptist). (v. 7) This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light (Jesus), that all through him (Jesus) might believe. (v. 15) John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” John said a little later, in verse 23, that “I am “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the LORD,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

John clearly was making the way clear for the arrival of Jesus. In John 1 he does not use the word Jehovah when he calls Him “Lord” because John spoke Greek, the language of his day. The Greek word for Lord is “kurios.” However, when you go to Isaiah’s prophecy (40:3) which is in Hebrew, it says, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.’ ” The word Jehovah is used in this passage. Jesus was Jehovah God according to Isaiah, the apostle John, and the Holy Spirit, who inspired their writings.

Is He Lord God to you?