A man who can read the New Testament and not see that Christ claims to be more than a man, can look all over the sky at high noon on a cloudless day and not see the sun.
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Direct claims to deity
- Mark 14:61-64.
- The Jews understood His words as a claim to being God. The Sanhedrin indirectly (ironically) claimed it too!
- Equality with the Father. John 10:30-33 - "One" in Greek denotes a single essence or nature. John 15:17-18 - "My" - not "our" - Father implies that Jesus claims the same level as God.
- "I AM." John 8:58. Claim to absolute deity (see Exodus 3:14, for example).
- Due same honor as the Father. John 5:23-24.
- "To know Me." John 8:19.
- "Believe in Me." John 14:1.
- "He who has seen Me . . ." John 14:9.
- "I say unto you" is parallel to "Thus says the LORD." Example: Matthew 5:20.
- Reserved for God alone - John 4:20-22; Acts 8:27; John 4:24; Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8.
- Accepted worship - Matthew 8:2, 14:33; John 9:35-39, 20:27-29.
- Contrasted to others - Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 19:10.
- Paul - Philippians 2:9-11; Titus 2:13.
- John the Baptist - Luke 3:22.
- Peter - Matthew 16:15-17; Acts 2:36.
- Thomas - John 20:26-29.
- Author of Hebrews - 1:8.
- Stephen - Acts 7:59.
- Able to forgive sins - Mark 2:5ff; Luke 7:48ff.
- Immutable - Hebrews 13:8 (see Malachi 3:6).
- Life embodied - John 14:6.
- Containing life - 1 John 5:11-12.
- Having authority - John 5:27.
YHWH - Lord
- Jews didn't pronounce it out of reverence.
- Christ's claim - the seven "I Am" statements.
- Implies uniqueness and coequality, being coeternal with the Father.
- Earthly ministry, when referring to Himself.
- Foretelling His death - since His deity could not die on the cross, His humanity had to.
- Talking about His second coming - He will come not in spirit alone, but also in body.
- The Aramic means "Daddy" - the most intimate of terms in addressing someone.
- Jews used the more deferential Abhinu.