Jesus Christ is God (John 17:3, 1 John 5:20)

Jesus Christ is God

There are groups out there which call themselves Christians while denying the One in which they would say they believe in. When the subject of Jesus Christ and His deity are spoken of among believers the orthodox belief from the very beginning has stated that Christ is equal to the Father therefore, He (Jesus Christ) is God (John 5:18, Philippians 2:6). While others affirm the same but take the position that the Father and Jesus are the same person. This debate between Trinitarians and oneness/unitarians concerning the Godhead/Triune God being 3 distinct persons has been ongoing for a long time. That’s a subject for another time, today I want to focus on the deity of Christ.

Catch up on the previous post Jesus Christ is God Hebrews 4:14

We’re plagued with groups who masquerade as Christians but really aren’t. The apostles warned us that these things would happen, individuals who claim to be followers of Christ but really believe devilish doctrine (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Timothy 3:5, 3:13, 4:3-42 Peter 2:1, 1 John 2:26-27, 4:1-6, Jude 1:4). Even our Lord warned of the coming of such men who would look to draw away others from the truth.

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

These groups aren’t Christian at all but are really cults (Jehovah Witnesses, Christadelphians, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist) who use the same biblical terminology while holding completely different definitions. Today I want to focus on an argument the Jehovah Witnesses often bring up when confronted with the fact that Jesus is God. If any Christian states to a Jehovah Witness that Jesus Christ is God the Jehovah Witness will deny this and may bring up this scripture to refute Christ deity.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

They’ll say see Jesus says that “Jehovah” is the only true God, and upon first glance of this verse one may think that’s correct. But if we look at the construction of this verse what it’s really saying is that the Father and Jesus Christ is the only true God. In Greek the copulative kai stands for “and”.

Kai is the conjunction in the construction of that verse. What is a “conjunction”? A conjunction is the act of joining, or condition of being joined. Kai is the root word (Etymology) Apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force. Knowing this when we read the verse again we see that the only true God is the Father and Jesus Christ.

According to the Jehovah Witnesses theology, the Father alone is the only true God and they say Jesus Christ is a lesser “god” according to their New World Translation. If that’s true then we must ask this question. Is Jesus a true God or a false “god”? When we press this question the Jehovah Witness is stuck because if they say Jesus is a false “god” then they will be contradicting the scriptures. And if they say Jesus is the true God then they’re contradicting the Watchtower. Additionally, they also forget verses such as this one from John’s epistle.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Even if you direct them to this verse in the NWT while the rendering of the verse reads a little differently you’ll still see that John is calling Jesus Christ the only true God and knowing Him is eternal life. Who else can give eternal life but God Himself?!

I hope this was helpful and encourage you to reach out to these people who are lost in cults, they have been lead astray and are in danger of being lost in hell for all eternity. We have to approach these people in the love of Christ while still being rooted and grounded in the truth. If you bring these verses to a Jehovah Witness press the question “is Jesus Christ the true God or a false “god”?” Because we know their’s only one God, therefore, any “additional gods” would be false and I don’t think they’re prepared to claim such a blasphemous statement. If they say Jesus is “god-like” just ask again is Jesus the true God or false “god”?

They won’t have a straight answer and will try to divert your attention to other scriptures to avoid answering this question.


12 thoughts on “Jesus Christ is God (John 17:3, 1 John 5:20)

  1. Great information! Thanks for writing this, as we do have JW who live in the neighborhood and frequent our doorway. They know “select” scriptures very well, and are able to turn attention away from the truth. May God bless you as you write to help us understand more deeply how to interact with these cults when approached. There is only one truth, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. 😊

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    1. Thanks for reading Malinda, so happy that this could be of great help to you. God bless you to and I pray that the Lord will use you to give a good witness to the JW’s that come knocking on your door. The purspose of this blog is to reach out to the lost and to help our brothers and sisters in Christ to share the common faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3)

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      1. I pray that I may be able to witness to them also, as it breaks my heart knowing that they aren’t hearing the whole truth. My husband has invited them to our church before, and that only sent them running. May God richly bless your ministry. 🙏🏼✝️🙏🏼

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      2. Jehovah Witnesses won’t go to any other place besides the kingdom hall. They say all churches are from satan. They won’t take any literature besides the Watchtower because they are told not to. The best thing to do is sow the seed from God’s word and allow the Holy Spirit to work on them. Only God can open their eyes to the truth.

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  2. I’m interested in knowing what is the true religion. If God is Jesus, how is it considered a sacrifice? It opens a whole bucket load of questions. Like why did he send his son Wich it was really just him coming. How did he die and then raise him self up. It seems to be really confusing. Religion as a whole doesn’t seem to make sense. If Jehovahs witnesses is a cult what organization are you with? They definitely stand out from the rest don’t get me wrong. But reading this post made me more confused about what you are trying to say.

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    1. “I’m interested in knowing what is the true religion. If God is Jesus, how is it considered a sacrifice?”

      Answer: Before this question can be addressed directly, we must first agree upon what we mean when we say “God,” and we must agree upon the nature of Jesus. Jesus is, by His very nature, God (Phil. 2:6). “God” is not a person but a title given to the divine nature or “being”. Jesus Christ has two natures, Jesus is God because He shares the same divine nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit; and He’s fully man because of the incarnation. God exists in three persons better known as the Trinity or Godhead.

      “Like why did he send his son Wich it was really just him coming.”

      Answer: Jesus is not the Father, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Just like you’re not me and I’m not you, but we share the same nature; you and I are both humans.

      “How did he die and then raise him self up. It seems to be really confusing.”

      Answer: The Bible says that all 3 raised Jesus from the dead.

      The Father raised Jesus from the dead “Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

      Jesus Brought Himself Back From The Dead “John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”

      The Holy Spirit Raised Jesus “Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

      God Raised Jesus means all 3 raised up Jesus “Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

      “Religion as a whole doesn’t seem to make sense.”

      Answer: It’s not about religion, that doesn’t save anybody. It’s about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

      “If Jehovahs witnesses is a cult what organization are you with?”

      Answer: I’m not with any “organization” I just follow Jesus Christ. There are many reasons why Jehovahs Witnesses are a cult but one of the main reasons is they deny the deity of Jesus Christ. They hold a very heretical theology called Arianism

      Arianism an influential heresy denying the divinity of Christ, originating with the Alexandrian priest Arius ( c. 250– c. 336). Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was therefore neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantial.

      “They definitely stand out from the rest don’t get me wrong.”

      Answer: It’s not about “standing out from the rest”, it’s about what’s the truth.

      “But reading this post made me more confused about what you are trying to say.”

      Answer: I hope this makes more sense, if you have more questions feel free to ask.

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      1. I’m glad you bought out that I’m not you and you are not me. That contradicts what you tried to say about Jesus being God.

        It makes more sense that God, and Jesus would be two separate spirit creatures. Holy spirit being Gods active force.

        You talk about not standing out from the rest but that’s exactly what Jesus says about not being part of this world.

        You choose to go at Jehovahs witnesses but yet forget about every other religion. The many examples from the Bible that shows how God ( wether you believe that is Jesus or not ) hates other false “gods” should lead you to not just picking at Jehovahs witnesses but the rest of the world.

        I have searched for the truth for many years and still have not succeeded. You believe that Jesus is God and Jehovahs witnesses believe that he is Gods only begotten son.

        The whole point of this conversation I’m trying to bring to you is that it always makes me scratch my head when I see so called Christians get at a couple of organizations (when they are not part of one) for what they believe but yet contradicts them selves.

        Don’t quote me on this but you say you have a problem with Jehovahs witnesses not believing that Jesus is God.

        I hope you have the same sort of problem with other religions and the gods they have because wether Jesus is God or not. He hates other gods .

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  3. “…I’m not you and you are not me. That contradicts what you tried to say about Jesus being God.”

    First: I see you’re a Jehovah Witness or at the very least someone who shares the same beliefs.
    How is that a contradiction? It sounds to me like you didn’t read what I wrote the first time carefully. The reason why it’s not a contradiction is the name/title God refers to the “being” of God not a “person”.
    First, you need to understand the difference between a “being” and “person”.

    Second: The reason why Jesus Christ is God is, He shares the same nature as God, in addition; just so we are clear Jesus Christ is not a created spirit creature. If you think He is please provide the proof from scripture that He is created.

    Third: Nowhere in the Bible will you find that the Holy Spirit is “God’s active force” that terminology is straight from the Watchtower, not the Bible.

    Forth: You asked about standing out from the rest when you said that you referred to “religion”, I told you that it’s not about “religion” is about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As for being a part of this world, I can agree to that because I’m saved and I’m no longer of this world, YET you contradict what the Watchtower says you know why? The Watchtower says that there are 2 flocks.
    144,000 “anointed class” and the “other flock”, that “other flock” has an “earthly hope” Jehovah Witnesses believe they will live on paradise earth. Therefore, that would make them of this world. I have a heavenly hope and my home is no longer on this earth. But lastly what really matters is where ever my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is that’s where I’ll be.

    Fifth: I can tell you haven’t read much of the post on this blog, I speak out against not only Jehovah Witnesses, but also against Islam, Christadelphians, Mormons, Catholics, Black Hebrew Israelites etc. Therefore what you’ve said is not true. That’s tantamount to bearing false witness (Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20).

    Sixth: “…You believe that Jesus is God and Jehovahs witnesses believe that he is Gods only begotten son.” I also believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, but that doesn’t mean He’s not God. Again only begotten Son in the Greek means “unique and one of a kind God” it doesn’t mean created in this verse.

    Seventh: “…I see so called Christians get at a couple of organizations (when they are not part of one) for what they believe but yet contradicts themselves.” You’re asking the wrong questions you asked about me being part of an “organizations” and I told you no. But that doesn’t mean the same thing as a church. The world “organizations” is a business term which is what the Watchtower really is, a business. Please show me where I’m contradicting myself as you claim.

    Eighth: “…you say you have a problem with Jehovahs witnesses not believing that Jesus is God.” That’s because they are a cult and not Christian by no means, they say that they are but just because they say they are doesn’t make it true. If I told you that I’m a Christian but I don’t believe in God’s existence then we both can agree that I couldn’t call myself a Christian.

    Nine: “I hope you have the same sort of problem with other religions and the gods they have because whether Jesus is God or not. He hates other gods.” I have a problem with all false religions that cannot save anyone. Jesus Christ, Himself said, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

    If Jesus is telling the truth then salvation is only through Jesus Christ alone and NOT an organization.

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  4. You say I’m a Jehovahs witnesses yet you seem to know more then me. You think I am because I’m not agreeing with you on what you say. You are contradicting your self because of what you keep saying about how God is just a title and Jesus is God. You say that just because you say you are a Christian doesn’t make you one. You say that they don’t believe in God existing but yet they believe God is Jehovah and Jesus is his son? ????

    What you say is confusing. When I read your comments it’s like a huge confusing puzzle. Jesus is not God. If he was God his sacrifice wouldn’t have any meaning. Why? Because if God brought back Jesus, but Jesus was God then he didn’t really die. Why didn’t he really die? Because he brought him self back. That has no meaning. That doesn’t make any sense.

    Who was Jesus speaking to when he prayed to God? Was he speaking to him self? Commen sense needs to play a role somewhere. I’ll show you in you’re own words why you don’t make sense

    You say God” is not a person but a title given to the divine nature or “being”.Jesus Christ has two natures, Jesus is God because He shares the same divine nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit; )and He’s fully man because of the incarnation. God (are you talking about Jesus having the title of God or the father) exists in three persons better known as the Trinity or Godhead.

    Jesus is not the Father, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Just like you’re not me and I’m not you, but we share the same nature; you and I are both humans.——- The Trinity contradicts what you have just said here. Why? Because you say we share the same nature just as the father and the son does but we are two separate people.

    The Bible says that all 3 raised Jesus from the dead.——- that’s my point. Jesus is dead. He can’t raise him self up if he is dead. You might say it was a joint effort. But how? Jesus was dead. When you die you no longer have the ability to do anything. You might say he is special. He can help raise himself from the dead while being dead. That is my point. Whatever you say it still doesn’t seem to be a sacrifice. Jesus knew he was going to die. He also knew he would be raised up again. Tell me this. Is the Holly spirit a person? If so, why didn’t God give him a name other then holy spirit? What’s Gods name?

    Everything you say can make sense if you firmly believe that the father and the son and the Holly spirit is one. But you would need to throw away the rest of the Bible because it wouldn’t make sense. It wouldn’t have the same meaning on what it actually stands for.

    You reading the Bible in English when it wasn’t written in English can make you think what you believe is true. When one word in Hebrew or any language for that fact could mean something else in English. Throw the Trinity in the Bible and you have a book that’s been altered to the point that it doesn’t make sense. Religion doesn’t make sense. I do believe in a creator but only 1.

    I do realize that I am in the wrong here. Why? Because I have decided to come on to you’re blog and leave my comments here. For that I am sorry. I will stop replying

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  5. “You say I’m a Jehovahs witnesses…You think I am because I’m not agreeing with you on what you say….contradicting your self…God is just a title and Jesus is God. You say that just because you say you are a Christian doesn’t make you one. You say that they don’t believe in God existing but yet they believe God is Jehovah and Jesus is his son? ?”

    Answer: I’m just trying to see where you’re coming from, I said the word God which is (Elohim) is a plural word. When it’s used with a capital “G” it’s referring to the Creator. When it’s used with a lowercase “g” it’s referring to either false gods etc.

    Again read slowly, “God” speaks of the being of God, but within the 1 God are 3 distinct co-equal co-eternal persons.

    אֱלֹהִים ʼĕlôhîym, el-o-heem’; plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:—angels, × exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), × (very) great, judges, × mighty.

    “What you say is confusing… Jesus is not God. If he was God his sacrifice wouldn’t have any meaning. Why? Because if God brought back Jesus, but Jesus was God then he didn’t really die. Why didn’t he really die? Because he brought him self back. That has no meaning. That doesn’t make any sense.”

    Answer: You’re a confused person it’s important that Jesus is God because only God’s eternal blood can wash us from our sins so it has the utmost meaning of importance. If Jesus was just a “good man” only then He wouldn’t be able to die for mankind.

    *JESUS CHRIST Brought Himself Back From The Dead*
    Jesus also arose by His own power.
    Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days (John 2:18,19).

    Speaking of His life Jesus declared
    No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father (John 10:18).

    *God THE FATHER Raised Jesus*
    God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear (Acts 2:32,33).

    *Paul wrote*
    We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Romans 6:4).

    *Paul wrote to the Galatians*
    Paul, an apostle – sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead (Galatians 1:1).

    *The HOLY SPIRIT Raised Jesus*
    And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you (Romans 8:11).

    Peter wrote
    For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18).

    As you can see all 3 raised Jesus from the dead.

    “Who was Jesus speaking to when he prayed to God? Was he speaking to him self? Commen sense needs to play a role somewhere. I’ll show you in you’re own words why you don’t make sense”

    Answer: He was praying to the Father, I’m not a modalist. I’m a Trinitarian I believe in the Godhead.

    “You say God” is not a person but a title given to the divine nature or “being”. Jesus Christ has two natures, Jesus is God because He shares the same divine nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit; )and He’s fully man because of the incarnation. God (are you talking about Jesus having the title of God or the father) exists in three persons better known as the Trinity or Godhead.”

    Answer: God refers to the Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. All 3 share that title.

    “Jesus is not the Father, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Just like you’re not me and I’m not you, but we share the same nature; you and I are both humans.——- The Trinity contradicts what you have just said here. Why? Because you say we share the same nature just as the father and the son does but we are two separate people.”

    Answer: Exactly, all 3 are distinct persons within the 1 God. Hence the reason why they share the same divine nature and all 3 are called God.

    “The Bible says that all 3 raised Jesus from the dead.——- that’s my point. Jesus is dead. He can’t raise him self up if he is dead. You might say it was a joint effort. But how? Jesus was dead. When you die you no longer have the ability to do anything…”

    Answer: Jesus said He did. Because He’s God, God can do anything.

    “Everything you say can make sense if you firmly believe that the father and the son and the Holy spirit is one…”

    Answer: They are 1 in being but still distinct persons. Are you a Oneness Pentecostal why are you so afraid to state your faith?

    “…Religion doesn’t make sense. I do believe in a creator but only 1…”

    Answer: That’s great I believe in 1 Creator also, not 3 this is what you don’t understand.

    “I do realize that I am in the wrong here. Why? Because I have decided to come on to your blog and leave my comments here. For that I am sorry. I will stop replying”

    Answer: Nothing to be sorry about, I have no problem answering legit questions.

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