There are many people who would take issue with traditional Christianity’s using the Scriptures to show that Jesus claimed to be God. Modern theological criticism has done much to undermine traditional strongholds in the faith. Some Christians and modern critics assume that Jesus actually denied that he was God. For example,
Mark 10:18 ESV And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.”
Those who hold a low view of Jesus will use this Scripture to argue that Jesus denied he is God. However, this Scripture makes no such claim. All Jesus did was call the ruler of the synagogue’s statement into question. He made him attentive to what he was saying.
Another Scripture used to show Jesus is not God is John 14:28 where Jesus says, “My Father is greater than I!” How can God be greater than God? So, this Scripture is used to claim Jesus is denying he is God. But this viewpoint is obviously wrong, because of the very fact that Jesus says: “The Father is greater than I!” If Jesus were a mere man, this statement would be ridiculous in the extreme. It is a no-brainer that God is greater than man, so why would Jesus even make such a statement, unless he was revealing something else?
Philippians 2:5-6 says before he became man, the one who became Jesus was equal with God (the Father). It is because he became man that it became necessary for him to submit to God. Before becoming man, authority was not an issue. The Godhead acted as one, but as man Jesus has taken on another office, and because that office is shared with those who trust him (Revelation 3:21), that office must be placed under the authority of the Throne of God—upon which, by the way, both the Father and Son sit (Revelation 3:21; Revelation 22:1-3), showing they ultimately have equal authority and execute that authority as One God.
The fact is Jesus made no denials about his Deity, and the truth is: on several occasions he made very significant claims to Deity. I will be speaking of these occasions in my next few posts.