Part 5 of this older series.
Hey, Jesus never said He was God!!!
That is a common argument made to support the contention that Jesus never claimed divinity. Hmm..ok..yeah He never said those words. I guess I am done here.
Ok, not really.
If you are reading this, and are a doubter of Jesus’ claims, other people’s claims, and the claim of God’s Word as a whole, then a lesson in proper Bible interpretation is coming. First, the Bible is not a collection of verses with no relationship to each other which can be plucked out and hurled at random to prove whatever a person wants. The Bible is a STORY. It is the story of the creation, fall, and ultimate redemption of God’s creation through Jesus Christ. Any doctrine supported, or not supported, always has to be looked at through the lens of the redemption narrative which runs from the first verse in Genesis to the last verse in Revelation.
Next, within the Bible, any given passage or narrative always has to be looked at through the lens of history, culture, and language. The English words most of us read sometimes have much more meaning than just the simple way we may see them without putting on those lenses when we read.
My point here is that, no, Jesus never uttered the words, “I am God.” Fair enough, but yet not enough. By looking and interpreting the things we read, we will find during the rest of this study, that Jesus did make claims of his own divinity, and that the people around Him clearly understood what He was claiming.
Let’s just look briefly at some things we will consider over the next few weeks:
Jesus did make claims that he and God were the same being
Jesus often claimed equality with God
Even Jesus’ enemies understood He claimed to be God in the flesh.
Jesus clearly claimed attributes and rights only to be given to or by God
Jesus was worshiped and accepted the worship of others
Various authors of the Bible clearly understood the divinity of Jesus in their inspired writings
That is where we are heading over the next few days. I hope you will follow along and be blessed as we move along.