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THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST



Mark 8:27, 28 - Whom do men say that I am?


John 8: 25 – 58 - Then said they unto him, Who art thou? … Who do you think you are?...Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (I am means self-existing)

Luke 23:3 Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?

Clearly, the above scriptures indicate that there was quite a bit of buzz in Israel concerning the identity of Jesus. People wanted to know who he really was since it was clear that he was totally unique. Even, John the Baptist who had previously introduced him as the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, perhaps because of his imprisonment, later wondered:

Matt. 11: 23 - And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

The best way to answer the question about the deity of Jesus is to simply let the bible speak for itself. Even people who deny the deity of Christ must concede that an infinite Creator could express himself as the person of Jesus Christ if he wanted to. I believe that is exactly what happened as the bible overwhelmingly confirms.

Many scriptures have been changed to try and sever the relationship between Jesus and his deity in the godhead so as to reduce his authority and possibly make room for another earthly mediator between God and man.

* Yellow Highlights Indicate Versions With Missing Text, a Weaker or Unclear Meaning compared to the KJV or Even Historically Deviant Doctrinal Understandings.

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1 Cor. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

the first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. the first man is out of the earth and made of dust; the second man is out of heaven
Zech 12: 9,10

(Jehovah is speaking)
and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and they will certainly look to the One whom they pierced through, and they will certainly wail over Him as in the wailing over an only [son];

Micah 5: 2

(Jesus' existence is without beginning)
Bethlehem…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting Bethlehem…From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity Bethlehem…out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times Beth´le•hem … from you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel, whose origin is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.

Daniel 3:25

(The Son of God made occasional appearances in the OT)

the Son of God a son of the gods a son of the gods a son of the gods
I Timothy 3:16 God was manifest in the flesh He who was revealed in the flesh He appeared in a body He was made manifest in the flesh

Acts 3:13, 26 his Son Jesus His Servant Jesus His Servant Jesus His Servant Jesus

Philippians 2:6

(Jesus did not think that he was robbing God by being his equal)

thought it not robbery to be equal with God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped did not consider equality with God something to be grasped gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God
Acts 8:37 that Jesus Christ is the Son of God omitted (marginal note)

omitted (footnote) omitted
John 6:69 thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God

You are the Holy One of God You are the Holy One of God You are the Holy One of God
John 9:35 Son of God Son of Man Son of Man Son of Man

Matthew 20:20 worshipping him bowing down kneeling down doing obeisance

Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good

“Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is that is good
Hosea 13: 4

(was isn’t the same as is)
Yet I am the LORD thy God… for there is no saviour beside me Yet I {have been} the LORD your God… For there is no savior besides Me "But I am the Lord your God… You shall acknowledge … no Savior except me

“But I am Jehovah your God …and there was no savior but I
John 4:42

(Both Jehovah and Christ are the only "saviour” – Compare with previous example above)

this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world this One indeed is the Savior of the world this man really is the savior of the world this man is for a certainty the savior of the world
Romans 1:3 Jesus Christ our Lord

omitted omitted Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 3:14 of our Lord Jesus Christ

omitted omitted omitted
I Thess. 2:19 our Lord Jesus Christ

our Lord Jesus our Lord Jesus our Lord Jesus
I Thess. 3:11 our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus our Lord our Lord Jesus our Lord Jesus
II Thess. 1:8 our Lord Jesus Christ

our Lord Jesus our Lord Jesus our Lord Jesus
Ephesians 3:14 of our Lord Jesus Christ

omitted omitted omitted
Luke 24:52 they worshipped him

after worshiping Him they worshiped him they did obeisance to him
Hebrews1: 5,6

(worshipping anything other than God is idolatry)

Thou art my Son… And let all the angels of God worship him. YOU ARE MY SON… “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM." "You are my Son…Let all God's angels worship him." You are my son; …“And let all God’s angels do obeisance to him.”
Hebrews 1:8

(See Ps. 45:6)
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever But of the Son He says, YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever But with reference to the Son: “God is your throne forever

(original passage in Psalms was perverted to support this one!)

John 14:28 my Father the Father the Father the Father

Philippians 4:13 through Christ through Him through Him by virtue of him

Acts 7:59,60 Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit

he…cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.
he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus receive my spirit”!

he… cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!"
Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”

he cried out, …"Lord, do not hold this sin against them
he made appeal and said: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”…

he cried out with a strong voice: “Jehovah, do not charge this sin against them.”

Acts 20: 28

The Christian God bleeds
feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own [Son]

Titus 2:13

(Jesus will appear at the 2nd Coming, not God the Father, Jesus is thus rightly referred to as God and Savior)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us

footnote disclaimer

while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us while we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the great God and of [the] Savior of us, Christ Jesus, who gave himself for us

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Revelation 1: 7,8

(reference to Matt. 24:30 & Mark 13:26)

(Jesus returns with the clouds, he is the Almighty)

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, …I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, … saith the Lord, … the Almighty. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, … I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God… the Almighty Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, …“I am the Al´pha and the O•me´ga,” says Jehovah God, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1: 10-17

The Son of Man is the Alpha and Omega, 

he is also the First and the Last
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book,… And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw … one like unto the Son of man, …

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last

On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
            
(omitted)


   which said: "Write on a scroll what you see… and I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw …someone "like a son of man," …

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last
By inspiration I came to be in the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a strong voice like that of a trumpet,

(omitted)


    saying: “What you see write in a scroll… And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me, and, having turned, I saw… someone like a son of man,…

And when I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand upon me and said: “Do not be fearful. I am the First and the Last
Rev. 22;12-16
            
 (These appear to be in agreement and should be the end of the matter.

However the NWT simply makes up multiple quotation marks to make it appear as if two are speaking instead of just Jesus)
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last…

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End…

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches
“‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is.

I am the Al´pha and the O•me´ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…

“‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to YOU people of these things for the congregations