In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2, NKJV)
In the beginning. Have you read that somewhere before? The book of Genesis starts with these same words:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
And that’s exactly the point. From our perspective, our limited ability to grasp time, space, and creation, the beginning was when it was all made. When matter as we know it began to exist. When time started. When the cosmos came into being. In the beginning, the Word already was.
Who or what is the Word? We discover in Revelation that it is a title of Jesus Christ:
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13)
The Word is Jesus Christ. We know that the Bible is God revealed to us in written form – it is the Word of God. Jesus Christ is also the Word of God – God revealed to us in human form.
Jesus Is God
Is Jesus actually God? What an important question! Every cult has their own twist, their own explanation of why Jesus is NOT God. They claim He is less than God, or simply “a” god. But the Bible is clear about the fact that He is God Himself.
He Said It Himself
First of all, although the cults and enemies of Christ say that He never claimed to be God, that is a lie. In John 10, we will see that the Jews accuse Him…
The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” (John 10:33)
Remember also that God told Moses that He was the “I AM.” Jesus also claimed that title, which is blasphemy for any but God to claim. In chapter 8 Jesus tells the Jews,
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)
Then the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:
Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
He is the human picture of God, a physical manifestation. He is God in an image we can see, perceive, and touch.
God the Father calls Jesus Christ God.
And don’t forget that good old “doubting” Thomas said that he wouldn’t believe in the resurrection unless he touched the wounds of Christ. Eight days later, that happened:
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:26-29)
Does It Matter?
We are really just scratching the surface here. There are many more places to establish this further, but I believe that we’ve gotten the idea. I guess the main question we need to ask is: “Is it all that important to believe that Jesus Christ is God?” The answer is that your eternal destiny hangs on it. We will see in the coming weeks that Jesus will claim…
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
Unless you believe that Jesus Christ is God, you cannot be saved.
God Is Triune
We see them appear separately at the baptism of Jesus:
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
These three are mentioned as separate Persons yet all as God in lots of other places as well:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (Acts 2:32-33)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:2)
By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son asSavior of the world. (1 John 4:13-14)
If you want to study this subject further, check out the following references as well: John 15:26; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 5:5-6; Romans 8:16-17; Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 2:18; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 1:4-5.
As you can see, there is no shortage of Scripture that points to the Triune nature of God simultaneously. There are literally hundreds of other places to separately prove that the Father is Yahweh, the Son is Yahweh, and the Spirit is Yahweh, yet they are three separate Persons. The cults deny this fact because they have hardened their hearts against the truth and have allowed themselves to be deceived by the evil one.