Christian Debatorial Works
The Deity of Christ
I. HIS NAMES PROVE HIS DEITY
A. The Word: John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God.” The fact that He was in the
beginning demands deity, and then the bold statement of John “and the
Word was God” is rather difficult to find a meaning other than that Christ
was God — deity.
B. Son Of God: Matthew 8:29 mentions that the Demons recognized
Christ as the Son of God. Luke 1:35; John 5:18; 19:7; 1 John 5:20.
C. Lord: Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Only God can be a Savior for mankind.
Acts 10:36 identifies Christ as the Lord of all. Philippians 2:10,11
mentions that all creation will bow before Christ and recognize His
Lordship. The Septuagint used “kurios” for Jehovah in the OT. This is the
NT Greek word translated Lord. This might make for an interesting study
for you sometime.
D. Holy One: 30 times God is called “the Holy One” in Isaiah. The
obvious application of Acts 3:14 would be that Peter thought Christ to be
that “Holy One” of Isaiah. “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and
desired a murderer to be granted unto you.”
E. God: John 20:28, “Thomas answered and said unto him My Lord and
my God” Again, just how plain does the Scripture need to be for us to
accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the God of the universe — total and full
II. HIS WORKS PROVE HIS DEITY
A. Creation: There is ample information to show that Christ was an
integrated part of the creation of Genesis one and two. Paul in Colossians
mentions this as a bold fact of life, while John seems to be quite plain in
his meaning as well in John one.
Colossians 116, “For by him were all things created....”
John 13,10 “All things were made by him....”
and “...the world was made by him....”
B. Preservation: The creation was not left to maintain its own way
through the ages. The design of creation was such that there would be need
of maintenance and that labor was for Christ to undertake.
Colossians 117, “...and by him all things consist.”
Hebrews 13, “...and upholding all things by the word of his power....”
Not only is the Lord presently occupied in preserving the creation, but He
is also active in the preservation of all promises set forth in the Word
which includes the preservation of the believer. If Christ be preserving our
beings for the eternal state, and we know that He is, then we can have all
the assurance of our salvation that we need. It is God Himself that is giving
us that constant watchfulness.
C. Forgiveness: Only God has the power, prerogative and desire to
forgive man of his sins. Christ forgave sins on several occasions in the
Gospels while still here on earth, thus indicating that he had the power,
prerogative and desire to do so. It is of interest also that the people
involved accepted His statements of such forgiveness as fact, not fiction.
Not only in His earthly ministry did He forgive sin, but also in his
ministry on the cross he brought about the forgiveness of sin for mankind.
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto
the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.”
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have
a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
D. Answers Prayer: Only God can make a promise to answer prayer.
Only He can give the promise, and only He can give the answer. In John
Christ makes the following comment about prayer and His power to
complete it. “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
E. Resurrection: He will raise the dead, not only the righteous but the
unrighteous. (John 5:21, “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth
them life, even so the Son giveth life to whom he will.”) This ref. would
also show that He could give eternal life which only God can give. (Vs. 28-
29 mention the righteous and unrighteous being raised.)
At times we forget that there is provision of eternal existence for all of
mankind whether they desire it or not. All mankind will continue for
eternity, but the quality of that existence is the problem. Some will have
eternal joy, while others will have eternal torment.
F. Judging: Only God can judge mankind. God is the lawgiver and the
judge of those that do not follow His law. God has committed that
judgment to His son according to John,
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed
all judgment unto the Son;” John 522; v 27 also.
Acts 10:42 mentions again that Christ will judge and that it will be the
living and the dead.
III. HIS ATTRIBUTES PROVE HIS DEITY HE
HAS THE SAME ATTRIBUTES AS GOD.
A. Eternal: A few comments to show this will be sufficient since we saw
this in our introduction to Christ.
He was before John. John 1:1
He was before Abraham. John 8:58
He was before creation. John 17:5,24
He was before birth. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah through thou be
little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth
unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of
old, form everlasting.” Mic 5:2; (see Hebrews 1:11; Isaiah 9:6; Revelation
1:11 as well.)
He always has been and always will be. “In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1; (see 1
John 1:1,2 and Isaiah 9:6 also.)
B. Self-Existence: He has life within Himself. He does not depend on the
Father or the Holy Spirit for life, for He is an integrated part of them and
they have life without need of anything external to themselves to continue
to exist. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
C. Immutability: He is unchangeable. “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday,
and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8; (see Hebrews 1:10,12) There is
nothing that can ever change about the character and being of the Lord.
D. Omnipresence: He is everywhere totally present.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 1820
Matthew 28:20 tells us that he promised to be with us always. If he is
with me and with the missionary in Japan at the same time and always he
must be, then He is omnipresent.
The very fact that he indwells every believer also shows his omnipresence.
E. Omniscience: Let’s just list some information for your study.
He knew the time and manner of His exit from this life: Matthew 16:21;
He knew who would betray Him: John 6:66-71
He knew the character and certain end of the age: Matthew 24:21-28
He knew the Father: Matthew 11:27
He knows all there is to know — all things: Colossians 2:3, “In whom
are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. John 16:30;
F. Omnipotence: He is all powerful. If He created — and He did — this
one is obvious to the most casual observer.
Paul tells us that he will subdue all things unto Himself as well as change
our bodies and fashion them like his own. Anyone that can do that is
Powerful. Philippians 3:20,21
G. Holiness: In Him is no sin — perfect Holiness. He is called the “Holy
One” in Acts 3:14. He was to be holy when conceived according to the
angel speaking to Mary in Luke 1:35.
H. Righteousness: He has no sin. It is a little bit absurd to even suggest
that He could have sin for He is divine. “My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;” 1 John 2:1
I. Love: His love was shown in His humiliation, in His life and in His
death. He paid a supremely high price for the redemption of mankind, and
so many reject it so easily when they are confronted with His free gift.
IV. WORSHIP OF CHRIST PROVES HIS DEITY
A. He Accepted The Worship Of Men: (Matthew 15:25ff, “Then came
she and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me.”; John 9:35-39-v 38, “And
he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him.”)
There are two references that show God is to be worshiped, but not man
or angels. Acts 14:11-15; Revelation 22:8-9
B. He Deserves Worship: As God He certainly should be the focus of our
worship. He is as deserving of worship as the Father, though the focus of
Scripture seems to be on the Father. As we worship, we praise and give
honor and glory to the Father.
John 5:23 holds forth a stiff statement that we would do well to consider.
“That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. he
that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father, who hath sent him.”
C. God Calls For Him To Be Worshiped: Not only are men to worship
Him but the angelic host is called to worship Him as well. “...And let all
the angels of God worship him.” Hebrews 1:6
V. CHRIST AND WRITERS OF SCRIPTURE CLAIMED
HE WAS DEITY AND EQUAL WITH GOD
The authors of Scripture recorded the words of Christ on the topic and
held them to be as true.
“Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not
only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his
Father, making himself equal with God.” John 518
“I and my Father are one.” John 1030
“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; and
from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 147
“Now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which I had with thee before the world was” John 175
Matthew 26:63-64; John 12:45; Philippians 2:6a; Colossians 2:9
VI. HIS PERFECT LIFE DEMANDED DEITY
He lived a perfect and righteous life while on earth and no man can
possibly do that. He must have been God.
VII. HIS DEATH DEMANDS DEITY
He chose when and where to die. This is not a choice that man is offered.
He laid down His life — no one took it from Him.
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life
that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it
down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to
take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
VIII. HIS VOLUNTARY SUBORDINATION
TO THE FATHER SHOWS HIS DEITY
He willingly placed Himself, from a place of equality to a place of
subordination to the Father. Only an equal could voluntarily subordinate
oneself to God. We are subordinated to God, as are all creatures because of
our creation. We can do nothing except be subordinate. Christ on the other
hand had that choice thus He must be God.
His subordinate position is pictured in 1 Corinthians 11:3 where Paul is
picturing the relationship of the woman to the man.
“But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the
head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
This is a subordination of office, position and function, yet it has
absolutely nothing to do with essence. He is just as much God now as He
was before the subordination.
Indeed, a question that is stirring in many circles today is whether this was
an eternal subordination or something that took place sometime into the
program of God. Post — decrees would be the best place if it is not
eternal. Subordination does not change what Christ is. Subordination does
not change what believers are.
A. Christ Stated That The Father Was Greater. John 14:28, “...for my
Father is greater than I”.
B. The Lord Is Begotten Of The Father. This shows a subordinate place
in the scheme of the ages. John 3:16 mentions this.
C. Christ Was Dependant Upon The Father.
John 5:19, “...Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do
nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; for whatever
things he doeth, there also doeth the Son in the same manner.”
D. Christ Was Sent By The Father.
John 8:29, “And he that sent me is with me. The Father hath not
left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (John
17:8 as well.)
E. Christ Was Under The Father’s Authority.
John 10:18, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of
myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it
again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
F. Christ Received Authority From The Father.
John 13:3, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into
his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God”
G. Christ Received His Message From The Father.
John 178, “For I have given unto them the
words which thou gavest me....”
H. Christ’s Kingdom Was Appointed By God.
Luke 2229, “And I appoint unto you a kingdom,
as my Father hath appointed unto me,”
I. Christ Will Deliver His Kingdom To The Father.
1 Corinthians 15:24, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have
delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall
have put down all rule and all authority and power.”
The God of all eternity, the God that designed the stars. The God that
looked down to observe one lost sinner that observed the magnitude of His
The Christ of eternity, the Christ that created the stars. The Christ that
came down to save one lost sinner that observed the magnitude of His
The Spirit of eternity, the Spirit that placed the stars, the Spirit that came
down to indwell one lost sinner that succumbed to the wonder of His
The sinner of hell, the sinner that deserves nothing. The sinner that rises to
dwell in the heavens of the God that sacrificed all for his redeeming.
1. His deity guarantees all that He said is going to come to pass. All that
He prophesied, as well as all that He promised.
2. If He told us to go with the Gospel, why don’t we? He is one person
that we ought not disobey.