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April 4, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Did Jesus Think He Was God: Evidence of Jesus’ Divinity from the Synoptic Gospels and Old Testament

“Other features of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, such as the sea of miracles, Jesus’ sending of prophets, his exercise of super natural knowledge, his belonging in the divine triad Father-Son-Spirit (Matt 28:19), all imply Jesus shares in the identity of the one true God of Israel.”

Simon J. Gathercole

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 100

“Several stories and sayings in the Synoptic gospels point toward Jesus’ unique role as a divine agent with an unprecedented authority and who undertakes divine action.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 57

“Clearly Jesus’ declaration of forgiveness in such a context was tantamount to assuming the authority to forgive on God’s behalf.” (Referencing Mark 2:7 and Isiah 43: 25)

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 58

“We must remember that the whole point of Daniel 7 is that when God acted in history to deliver his people, the agent through whom he acted would be vindicated, honored, enthroned, and exalted in an unprecedented manner.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p.66

“The resurrection alone did not create a divine Christiology.  Easter faith did not turn Jesus into something other than what he was before.  Jesus made extravagant claims about himself as to his authority, mission, and origin, and the resurrection was a divine affirmation that those claims were good.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection magnified rather than manufactured Jesus’ claim to a divine status.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection intensified rather than initiated belief in Jesus’ unique relationship with God.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection transposed rather than trigger recognition of Jesus as a divine figure.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 67

Also p. 59 through 61 from How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature

Did the Historical Jesus Claim Divinity?

“Other features of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, such as the sea of miracles, Jesus’ sending of prophets, his exercise of super natural knowledge, his belonging in the divine triad Father-Son-Spirit (Matt 28:19), all imply Jesus shares in the identity of the one true God of Israel.”

Simon J. Gathercole

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 100

“Several stories and sayings in the Synoptic gospels point toward Jesus’ unique role as a divine agent with an unprecedented authority and who undertakes divine action.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 57

“Clearly Jesus’ declaration of forgiveness in such a context was tantamount to assuming the authority to forgive on God’s behalf.” (Referencing Mark 2:7 and Isiah 43: 25)

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 58

“We must remember that the whole point of Daniel 7 is that when God acted in history to deliver his people, the agent through whom he acted would be vindicated, honored, enthroned, and exalted in an unprecedented manner.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p.66

“The resurrection alone did not create a divine Christiology.  Easter faith did not turn Jesus into something other than what he was before.  Jesus made extravagant claims about himself as to his authority, mission, and origin, and the resurrection was a divine affirmation that those claims were good.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection magnified rather than manufactured Jesus’ claim to a divine status.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection intensified rather than initiated belief in Jesus’ unique relationship with God.  Viewed in this way, the resurrection transposed rather than trigger recognition of Jesus as a divine figure.”

Michael F. Bird

How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature, p. 67

Also p. 59 through 61 from How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature

Did the Historical Jesus Claim to be Divine?

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