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Does Jesus have divine attributes in the Bible?

One of the hardest issues for Muslims to accept Jesus Christ, are his divine attributes. Muslims are familiar with the names of Allah. It is possible to have a look at divine attributes of Jesus Christ from a Biblical perspective? Yes, the Bible gives Jesus Christ the attributes that only God can have. As a Muslim you may read the arguments below and pray to God Almighty for revelation and wisdom about the meaning of the selected Bible verses. We may find the following divine attributes of Jesus Christ in the Bible:

1. Creator – maker of everything
2. Omnipotent – all powerful
3. Omnipresent – present everywhere
4. Omniscient – all-knowing
5. Eternal – has no beginning and no end
6. Love – goodness for people
7. Faithful – he does what he says
8. Jealous – not happy when worshiping others
9. Impartial – to facilitate all creatures
10. Holy – perfect
11. All-wise – nobody is greater in wisdom
12. Supreme Judge – ruler of a final righteousness report

1. Creator – maker of everything

The Bible mentions Jesus Christ as the Word of God is the creator of the universe.

John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”.
John 1:10 - “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not”.
Colossians 1:16 – For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by 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.”

2. Omnipotent – all powerful

The Bible shows that Jesus has all power and it is power of his own. Only God Almighty can have such an attribute.

Matthew 28:18 - “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”.
Mark 4:39 - “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm”.
Mark 4:41 - “And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Romans 1:4 - “And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”.
Colossians 2:9-10 - “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power”.
Hebrews 1:3 - “Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”.

3. Omnipresent – present everywhere

Jesus is present everywhere and watches over the doings of humanity according to the Bible.

Matthew 18:20 - “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.
Matthew 28:20 -“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 6:35 - “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Hebrews 13:5 - “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Revelation 1:8 - “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”.

4. Omniscient – all-knowing

Jesus knows every heart. The Bible teaches that he is able to look right into the heart of a human being. Only God has this capability.

John 1:48 - “Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”
John 2:24-25 - “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men], And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man”.
John 4:29 - “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”

5. Eternal – has no beginning and no end

Jesus Christ as the Word of God and Spirit of God has always been existing. The Bible says he was not made.

John 1:1 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 8:58 - “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am”.
John 16:28 - “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father”.
Revelation 1:8 - “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which 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.”

6. Love – goodness for people

Jesus has unconditional feeling or affection for people according to the Bible. Only God has the capability to care for his children.

Matthew 12:15 – “But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all”.
Matthew 14:14 – “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick”.
Matthew 14:19-20 – “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children”.
Mark 1:34 – “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him”.
Mark 3:10 – “For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues”.
Luke 7:21 – “And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight”.
John 1:4 - “In him was life; and the life was the light of men”.
John 15:13 -“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

7. Faithful – he does what he says

Jesus, the Word of God is always true and does not lie is written in the Bible. Faithful is a divine attribute, because only God can be relied on for one’s breakthrough.

Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”.
Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.
Revelation 19:11-13 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God”.

8. Jealous – not happy when worshiping others

Jesus is against adoration of other gods, which is a divine attribute. It can be found in the Bible.

Matthew 21:12-13 – “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”.
Mark 7:6-7 – “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.
Matthew 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”.

9. Impartial – to facilitate all creatures

The Bible says that Jesus makes provision for all kind of people and other creatures of the universe. It is a divine attribute, because only God has the capability to work for all creatures.

Matthew 5:44 – “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”.
Matthew 25:38-40 – “When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
Luke 22:50-51 – “And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him”.

10. Holy – perfect

Jesus is pure and without sin, faults or weakness as is written in the Bible. Only God is without mistakes.

Mark 14:55 – “And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none”.
John 18:38: “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all”.
Hebrews 4:15 – “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”.
Hebrews 7:26 – “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens”.
1 Peter 2:22 – “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth”.
1 John 3:5 – “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin”.
Revelation 3:7 – “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth”.

11. All-wise – nobody is greater in wisdom

Jesus is the most sensible being, according to the Bible. Absolute wisdom is a divine attribute.

Luke 2:46-47 – “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers”.
Colossians 2:3 – “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.
1 Corinthians 1:24 – “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God”.

12. Supreme Judge – ruler of a final righteousness report

The Bible informs us that Jesus is the judge at the end of times and his decisions are just. Only God is the Judge at the Day of Judgment.

Matthew 16:27 – “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works”.
John 5:22 – “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son”.
John 5:27 – “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man”.
Acts 10:42 – “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead”.
Acts 17:31 – “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead”.
2 Corinthians 5:10 – “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”.
2 Timothy 4:1 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom”.
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 22:12 – “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”.

13. Conclusion

Serious study about Jesus in the Bible who he is, will result to the view that he is more than a prophet or messenger. That he has extraordinary attributes no human beings has. Year after year more Muslims become convinced that Jesus is divine and it has changed their life for a better future. Despite the limitations of the human brain, rational thinking may open a way to accept that Jesus Christ is divine [1]. The Bible has evidence in abundance about Jesus’ divine attributes.

Notes

1. Youtube, Muslim Jihadist Accepted ''Jesus is God'' and Zakir Naik, Br Imran and Ahmed Deedat IPIC ashamed, Mar 18, 2020.

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