What are the Bible verses that speak to the divinity of Jesus Christ
Here are six key areas that point to the divinity of Jesus in the text:
- The Old Testament Prophecies (including Daniel and the Psalms). This is a huge point thats easy to miss. (You can find a list of those Bible verses here)
- A number of passages in John
- The verses about the performance of the miracles.
- The verses on the Resurrection
- Verses that speak to his identity in the Trinity and/or his relationships with God. Jesus spoke with divine authority. Jesus even acted with divine authority.
- Other parts of the New Testament (Acts, etc…)
Its also key to point out that Jesus more demonstrated who he was. He let his actions do the talking more than saying it directly. There isn’t a need for Jesus to directly pronounce this given that his actions speak far louder than words. He was able to speak and communicate through actions and demonstrations.
Also, its a doctrine that can’t be missed if you look to Jesus’ life of performing miracles.
I just read large parts of The God Who Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, which speaks to the divinity question in the Gospels. Two essays to me stick out, “Did Jesus Think He Was God?” By Michael F Bird and “What Did the First Christians Think about Jesus” by Simon J. Gathercole
Specifically, p. 58 through p. 61 and I believe p. 112 through 114 point to specific areas as well as by verse.
Those two authors are quite qualified on this topic:
Simon Gathercole is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK, and author of several books, including The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke (Eerdmans, 2006).
Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective
You can also find it here at Got Questions:
Sometimes, it was Jesus’ actions that revealed His identity. Jesus’ healing of the paralytic inwas done to demonstrate His authority and ability to forgive sins ( ). In the minds of His Jewish audience, such abilities were reserved for God alone. Jesus also receives worship several times in the Gospels ( ; , ; ; ; ). Never did Jesus reject such adoration. Rather, He regarded their worship as well placed. Elsewhere, Jesus taught that the Son of Man will ultimately judge humanity ( ) and taught that our eternal destinies depend on our response to Him ( ). Such behavior is further indication of Jesus’ divine self-understanding.
Jesus also stated that His forthcoming resurrection from the dead would vindicate the very special claims that He made for Himself (biblia.comMatthew 12:38-40). After having been crucified and buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus did, in fact, rise from the dead, establishing His claims to deity.
The evidence for this miraculous event is very powerful. Numerous contemporary sources report Jesus’ post-crucifixion appearances to both individuals and groups under various circumstances (; ; ; , ; ). Many of these witnesses were willing to die for this belief, and several of them did! Clement of Rome and the Jewish historian Josephus provide us with first-century reports of several of their martyrdoms. All of the theories used to explain away the evidence for the resurrection (such as the ) have failed to explain all of the known data. The resurrection of Jesus is an established fact of history, and this is the strongest evidence for Jesus’ divinity.
Got Questions also points out the following:
Finally, Jesus claimed to possess the very attributes of God. For example, He claimed omniscience by telling Peter, “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times” (Matt.26:34); declared omnipotence by not only resurrecting Lazarus (John11:43) but by raising Himself from the dead (John2:19); and professed omnipresence by promising that He would be with His disciples “to the very end of the age” (Matt.28:20). Not only so, but Jesus said to the paralytic in Luke5:20, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” In doing so, He claimed a prerogative reserved for God alone. In addition, when Thomas worshiped Jesus saying “My Lord and my God!” (John20:28), Jesus responded with commendation rather than condemnation.