The Gospel According to John, An Introduction Post #10 and final.
Deity of Jesus Lastly, it is evident throughout the fourth gospel that Jesus is to be accepted as being fully divine. The Apostle Paul lets us know that Jesus’ deity was veiled while He was here in the flesh (Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus, Himself, admits to His disciples that He had spoken of (His oneness with) the Father in cryptic terms but would later make all things concerning the Father and Himself clear (John 16:25). This promise was fulfilled when John quoted Jesus saying: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8). Thus, the full deity of Christ Jesus is revealed. John writes of the divinity of Christ in, at least, seven places in his Gospel. These seven declarations of Jesus’ deity are listed here for the reader’s consideration.
1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
1:14 “And the Word (which is God, see v1) was made 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.” ? Parenthesis mine.
8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” ? The word “he” is is not part of the Grk text, and is, therefore, an interpolation. Jesus actually said: “Unless you all believe I am the I AM you will die in your sins.”
8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” ? Here, again, if words mean anything at all, Jesus is saying He is the I AM that spoke to Moses from the bush (Ge 3:14).
10:30 “I and my Father are one.” ? The Jews understood Him to be saying that He was homoousios (same as) the Father ontologically. They were so scandalized by this statement that they pick up stones to stone Him “because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God,” they said.
14:8-9 “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (NKJV)
20:28 “And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!””
There is much more that can (and no doubt should) be said concerning the Fourth Gospel; but, we must leave it here, for the moment. We are prayerful that your interest in this unique Gospel has been excited, and that you will study it for all it is worth.
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