One of the main doctrines of Christianity is Jesus’ deity. Although other religions have numerous gods, Christianity doesn’t just say that Jesus is God, the Father is a god, and the Holy Spirit is a God. No, Christianity proclaims that the trinity (father, son, and Holy Spirit) is the godhead 3 in 1! They are not separate deities. Furthermore, most other religions deny Jesus’ deity. They may claim He is a good man—great even—but won’t come to confess that He is God. There is a lot of evidence of Jesus being God, though. All throughout Scriptures, and even from the mouth of Jesus Himself, it is stated that He is God. Here are the top 7 Bible verses that say Jesus is God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 NASB
To start things off, we might as well begin here. The very first words in the book of John proclaim that Jesus is divine. Jesus was there at the beginning because He was, in fact, God.
“I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” John 10:30-33 NASB
Can you get any more specific than this? Jesus, in a very straightforward and blunt way, affirms His deity by saying “I and the Father are one.” Still don’t buy that’s what he was saying? Well, just look at the crowds response. The religious leaders knew what Jesus said—which is precisely why they wanted to stone Him!
“Jesus heard that they had put him out; and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered and said, “And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” 38 And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.” John 9:35-38 NASB
Another great argument within Scripture for the divine nature of Jesus is the fact that He was worshipped—and allowed it! In many of his teachings he told the disciples that God alone is to be worshipped. So, it would be hypocritical of Him to then accept worship from people, right? NO! Why? Because Jesus is God—so He alone is worthy of praise and worship.
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” Colossians 2:9 NASB
This is speaking specifically about Christ. Can it get any clearer?
Isn’t this reminiscent of how God told Moses to call Him “I AM”? Perhaps Jesus is saying something here (actually, He DEFINITELY is).
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NASB
Who else could this be referring to but Jesus? He was the Word who became flesh and then dwelt among us. He came in the form of a little baby, grew up among humankind, had a job, family, and ministry—He was one of us. Yet, at the same time, He was also divine. Wow!
“Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 NASB
As if Jesus’ words were not good enough, here Thomas (often referred to as doubting Thomas) proclaims that Jesus is God. This is after the resurrection and after Thomas felt the holes in Jesus’ hands. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the man before Him, Jesus, was truly God.
There are so many verses that can be picked for this massive subject. My encouragement to you is to search for more and read them over. For non-believers/ skeptics, it may give you a glimpse into something you haven’t thought of before. For those who are already Christians, you must know these verses not just to defend the faith, but to grow in faith and be convinced of it yourself.