The Circumstantial Statements of Jesus’ Divinity

by J Warner Wallace

Even if you reject the direct statements of Jesus related to his Deity, the circumstantial case constructed from Jesus’ other statements is overwhelming. As you examine the words of Jesus, it’s hard to ignore His repeated claims of Deity:

He Made Statements About His “Place” of Origin
When asked about His place of origin, Jesus repeatedly identified it as the same “place” where God the Father abides. While mere humans are described to come from this temporal world, Jesus said He and God the Father came from another Kingdom entirely. When addressing the Jewish leadership, Jesus said:

But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)

Later, when addressing Pontius Pilate’s questions about Jesus’ position as the “King’ of the Jews, Jesus said:

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:36-37)

Jesus repeatedly told His listeners that He was not of human origin and that He and God the Father came from the same spiritual Kingdom.

He Made Statements About His Position
In addition to all of this, Jesus said many things that were nonsensical unless Jesus considered Himself to be equal to God and of one essence with God. In Matthew 13:41, for example, Jesus said that both the angels and the kingdom were His:

“The Son of man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and evildoers” (Matthew 13:41)

In other places in the Gospels, the “angels of God” and the “Kingdom of God” were described as belonging to God the Father, not Jesus…

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