Learn to Defend the Statement: “Jesus is God”
by Randy Alcorn
Have you ever been asked this question: “What would you say to a friend who doesn’t believe that Jesus is God? She also disagrees with John 1:1 and says it is unclear in the Greek. But she is not a Jehovah’s Witness.”
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
That is the first verse I ever memorized in Greek (and about the only one I still remember). What it’s saying in the Greek is what is self-evident in the English translation — that Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning, and that He Himself was God. From before time, God the Father and God the Son co-existed along with God the Holy Spirit (not mentioned specifically here).
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Some people say, “We could translate that verse as, ‘The Word was a God.’ ” There are other passages in which you could insert the word “a,” and it is sometimes done. But in this particular passage, it is very clear that it is saying: In His essence, Jesus was God.
We’re told in verse 14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the eternally begotten Son of the Father, but He is not a created being. He was with the Father and the Spirit in the beginning. He is the infinite, eternal, never-brought-into-existence, ever-preexistent God.
Someone can say they disagree with John 1:1 or that interpretation, but they are disagreeing with what the Bible clearly says…
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