The Deity of Jesus: "The Logos was God"
The Deity of Jesus is the center of all New Testament theology (or theologies). Why? Because "Jesus is God." It's in plain sight from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus is Co-equal, Co-creator, and Co-eternal with the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. There is no hiding, no shame. It's plain for all to see:
- John 1:1
- John 1:18
- John 20:28
- Rom. 9:5
- Col. 2:2
- Titus. 2:13
- Heb. 1:8-9
- 2 Pet. 1:1 (See sources for others).
Out of these eight passages, three are found in John. Of these three, everyone acknowledges John 20:28 to be an unequivocal "deity-passage." Even a skeptic, Taylor, couldn't help but call the texts above "one clear ascription of Deity to Christ." What an acknowledgment this man gives in comparison to many professed Christian today.
Many tried to deny Jesus Christ was God incarnate. Their failure is equivalent to a man denying he was born. He may not know his birthday, but he can't deny his existence (see Hicks, Green; especially, Green's essay, "Jesus in the New Testament").
Read your Bible, the sources (below) to stimulate your thoughts, and add to the conversation in declaring the absolute Deity of Jesus: "The Logos was God." It's a treasure trove of biblical truth. CM
- John Hick, ed. The Myth of God Incarnate, (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1977).
- Michael Green. ed, The Truth of God Incarnate, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1977) 17ff.
- Rudolf Bultmann "The Christological Confession of the World Council of Churches", Essays Philosophical and Theological, tr. James C. G. Greig (New York: Macmillan, 1955), 273ff.
- Vincent Taylor "Does the New Testament Call Jesus "God"?", Expository Times, 73 (1961-62), 116ff.).
- Raymond Brown "Does the New Testament Call Jesus "God"?", Theological Studies, 26 (1955), 545ff.).
- Oscar Cullmann, The Christology of the New Testament, rev. ed., tr. Shirley C. Guthrie and Charles A. M. Hall (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1963), Ch. 11.
- A. W. Wainwright, "The Confession "Jesus Is God" in the New Testament", Scottish Journal of Theology, 10 (1957), 274ff.
- Ethelbert Stauffer, "Christ as Theos in Early Christianity", in Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. Gerhard Kittel and Gerhard Friedrich, tr. and ed. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1964-76), III, 104ff., and
- Johannes Schneider's contribution, "Christ as God",' in The New Interternation Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. Lothar Coenen, et. al., tr. and ed. Colin Brown (Exeter, England: Paternoster Press, 1975-78), 11, 80ff.