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Did Jesus say that he is the incarnation of God?

Some Muslims say that the Bible verses in which Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God are not words of Jesus Christ himself. The word incarnation comes from the Latin word “incarnare”. It means “to make flesh.” When Jesus Christ came to earth in a woman body, we say that Jesus is the incarnation of God: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Incarnation of God is well supported in the Bible: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) and “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Jesus said he has all power as God

“Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’” (Matthew 28:18). Jesus says that he has received from the Father supreme authority in heaven and earth, over the whole kingdom of God in its fullest extent. In other words: he is God. It is a power that have been revealed by his incarnation, death, and resurrection: “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:8-10).

Jesus said that he is equal with God

“Jesus answered them, ‘I and My Father are one." (John 10:30) “One”, not only in agreement of will, but in unity of power, and so of nature. Being almighty is a charasteristic of God. “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father?’” (John 14:9-11). Fellowship with Jesus loses its significance unless Jesus is recognized as the one who sole intention is to reveal God, and not be anything for himself. This implies that you see God in the fellowship with Jesus [1].

Jesus said that he has divine power to forgive sins

“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in you sins” (John 8:24). Jesus explains his mission to our world by saying that he is from above., the heavenly world. This in contrast to the Jews who don’t believe him who are from below, isolated from God and subject to the ruler of this world (John 12:31, 16:11) [2]. Conclusion Jesus said that he is God and became flesh in a human body as the incarnation of God.

Notes

  1. Rudolf Bultmann, The Gospel of John, Oxford, 1971, 608-609.
  2. George R. Beasley-Murray, Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 36, John, Waco, 1987, 130.

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