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Is Jesus God in the Bible?

The answer about the question about the divinity of Jesus is written in such a way that is adapted to Muslims from their Qur’anic perspective. When you are a Muslim, you should read this page and pray to God Almighty for revelation and wisdom about the personal relevance of the content. In the Bible, Jesus has a spiritual body and a physical body. His physcial body is connected with a divine nature, according to the Bible.

1. Jesus had a miraculous conception

For many Muslims the most supernatural of Jesus is his conception and birth. Jesus was born miraculously without any male intervention, he came from above. Although there are common things between Adam and Jesus, there are many differences between them: Adam was created from dust of the eath. Jesus was created by a Word of God, so he is heavenly. Adam sinned and Jesus was perfect without sin. The Bible gives testimony that the roots of Jesus are divine:

Matthew 1:18 - “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.”
Luke 1:31-33 - “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Matthew 1:23 - “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us”.
John 1:1-14 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”... “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
Philippians 2:5-7 - “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men”.
1 Timothy 3:16 - “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh”.

2. Jesus is faultless

Thanks to his miraculous conception from the Spirit of God, Jesus was born as a pure child, without faults. Being faultless is a condition for perfection and a divine attribute. The Bible supports that Jesus is faultless:

1 Peter 2:22 – “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
1 John 3:5 – “ But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.”

3. Jesus is the greatest miracle worker

Jesus did more supernatural healings than any other:

Matthew 12:15 – “Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.”
Mark 1:34 – “and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.”
Mark 3:10 – “For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.”
Luke 7:21 – “At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.”

Jesus went to heaven and is alive. Today Jesus is also doing miracles. This is a sign that Jesus is more than a prophet, greater than anything we can think about. The Bible reports that in the days after Jesus went to heaven, miraculous healings have been done in the name of Jesus:

Acts 3:6 – “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Acts 10:38 – “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”

Jesus also showed his supernatural power over nature. The wind and the sea obey Jesus at his own words:

Mark 4:39 – “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

Who has sufficient power to command the winds and the sea? It was never revelated that someone was able to do such a thing in his own power, except God Almighty. The Bible gives a short summary of the power of Jesus over our visible and invisible world, over past, present and future:

Matthew 28:18 – “Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’”.
Revelation 1:8 - “’I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’” says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’”.
Revelation 22:13 - “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

4. Jesus is a Sign

Jesus the only and unique sign of God, because he is the only one who came from heaven, showed perfect life and returned to heaven. Jesus did many signs to feed the faith to be blessed or to go to Paradise:

Matthew 24:3 – “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
John 2:11 –“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
John 3:2 – “this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
John 12:18 –“For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.”
John 20:30 – “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book”.

5. Jesus is a Mercy

Only an all powerful being can be truely called “a Mercy”. This is because greatest power will be needed to remove all sin. Only God has all power. When Jesus is “a Mercy”, he has the power to make it true:

Matthew 15:22 – “A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Luke 17:13 – “And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

To understand a mercy, you may look at the feast of sacrifice, Islam’s major festival. It about the sacrifice of Abraham’s son. A ram died as a replacement for the son of Abraham. The judgment did not come to the son of Abraham, but the death of an animal was accepted by God as a substitute. Therefore God had mercy with the son of Abraham. Every human being is in the same position as the son of Abraham, because we have sinned. Only by accepting the mercy of Jesus Christ we can be set free of sin. Jesus is as the Lamb of God the sacrifice for your sin: Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29).

6. Jesus is a Witness

Jesus the Messiah came in a very strange way and his life looks ugly. He was tested with the mother of all tests. Because Jesus said that he is the Messiah, people threw rubbish on him and said that he must die. But by his lifestyle he wanted to bring back the purity of thought, because sometimes we have been brainwashed. Jesus passed all tests, therefore he is the only true witness of perfect life:

Revelation 1:5 – “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”
Revelation 3:14 – “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God”.

7. Jesus can create and give life

Muslims know that Jesus created living creatures from clay. It reminds how God created the first human beings with clay. So Jesus does the same as God. The Bible has many references to Jesus as Creator:

John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
John 1:10 – “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”
Colossians 1:16 – “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him”.
Hebrews 1:2 – “Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”

Jesus the Messiah in a human shape, is the visible discovery of the invisible God [1].

8. Jesus is the Messiah

The Arabic word for Messiah is Masih, which is connected with the Arabic word “washing”. So the Messiah is the one who is touched. It can be called “anointed”. Al-Masih is constantly touched by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God [2]:

Matthew 26:63-64 – “The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven”
Luke 4:41 – “Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.”
John 4:25-26 – “The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us’. Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you - I am he’”.
Romans 9:5 – “Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen”.
Revelation 12:10 – “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down’”

9. Jesus is the Word of God

The Bible mentions Jesus as Kalimah, the Word of God:

John 1:14 – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jesus completed the purpose of God as the Word of God to our world. It is like we speak a word as physical manifestation of our inner thoughts:

Colossians 1:16 – “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
Hebrews 1:2 – “In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”

10. Jesus is Spirit of God

The physical body of Jesus needed the Spirit of God to be anointed. When the Spirit of God had come upon Jesus’ body, he started to do signs, miracles and became a mercy for mankind:

Luke 1:35 - "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God."
Luke 4:1 – “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness."
Luke 4:14 - "And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district."
Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”.
John 1:32 – Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
Acts 1:2 - "The day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen."

11. Jesus was taken to heaven

The Bible testifies that Jesus ascended into heaven both visibly and bodily:

Mark 16:19 – “So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God”.
Luke 24:51-52 – “Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen”.
John 3:13 – “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
Acts 1:11 – “Who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

12. Jesus will come back again

The Bible prophesies the return of the glorious and victorious Jesus the Messiah as name above all names:

Matthew 24:27 – “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:27 – “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
John 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Revelation 1:7 – “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.”

History will end with the Umma of Jesus the Messiah. Mankind will be divided into one part that follows the Injil, the Gospel and another part that rejects Jesus the Messiah and the Gospel [2]. When Jesus the Messiah is returned, he will go to the new Jerusalem:

Revelation 12:10 – “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
Revelation 21:1-2 – “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Jesus Christ is not only very special in the Bible. Jesus Christ is the message of the Bible. Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. The Bible reveals that Jesus is God.

Notes

1. Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2003, Colossians 1:15-23.
2. Sheikh Imran Hosein, The Return of Jesus The Messiah, Dawah Digital, London, 2018.

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