Recently I sat with two men from the Jehovah’s Witness group for breakfast, and we had an interesting conversation about the question “Is Jesus God?” You see, the Jehovah’s Witness group do not believe in the deity of Jesus. They do not believe that Jesus is God himself in the flesh just as John the inspired apostle and true witness wrote:
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:1–3 NKJV)
- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NKJV)
The proper conclusion that one should draw from just these verses, is that God (Word) himself became flesh (man) in Christ Jesus. That is exactly what Isaiah the prophet, and Matthew the apostle wrote concerning Jesus:
- “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
- “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 NKJV)
When my friends from the Jehovah’s Witness read all the Bible passages mentioned in this article, they did not agree with the Bible. They said that the belief, “Jesus Is God,” was my interpretation of what the Bible said, even though I simply read the scriptures without commenting on them. This saddened me because I realized that it would not matter if I showed one Bible passage or hundreds. It seemed very clear, that they have made up their minds that Jesus is not God (Jehovah). We even used their own Bible translation (New World Translation) to read some of the passages that proved Jesus is God, yet they still held to their error. For example, the account about Thomas’ recorded by John:
- “The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:25–28 NKJV)
My Bible program does not have the NWT, but I have a hard copy which records Thomas’s statement to Jesus saying, “My Lord my God.” Did Thomas tell a lie when he said to Jesus “my Lord and my God?” No! Thomas spoke the Truth which the Bible teaches about Jesus. He indeed is God himself. Notice Jesus did not say to Thomas, “do not call me God, I am not God” Jesus praised Thomas because Thomas now believes that Jesus is both his Lord and his God:
- “Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” (John 20:29 NKJV)
I asked the men from Jehovah’s witness group if they believe what Thomas said, and they said: “We believe he is Lord but not God.” They reminded me of the Jews in the time of Jesus. The Jews did not like the idea that Jesus made himself equal to God. This was blasphemy to the Jews. John records that Jesus made the claim of being equal with God:
- “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” (John 5:18 NKJV)
- “I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.” (John 10:30–31 NKJV)
Again, my friends looked at these passages and still held to their belief that Jesus was not God in the flesh. You see the Bible teaches clearly that Jesus is God’s Son (John. 3:16 and many others passages), but it also teaches clearly, that He is God in the flesh.
When I first met one of the two men from Jehovah’s Witness group that I studied with, the first thing he said to me was “As Jehovah’s Witness, we follow the Bible.” It occurred to me during our study, that what he meant, was that he will follow their own version (NWT) of the Bible, which perverts the Truth about Jesus being God in the flesh. In using their own version of the Bible to show Jesus is God, I realize, that they were not aware of the fact that their own translation of the Bible, taught against their belief on this matter. Like any religious error or man-made doctrine, this belief system of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has many inconsistencies. God’s Word when truthfully translated and rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15) is consistent in its teaching from the beginning to the end. There are no contradictions in His Word. Inconsistencies and contradictions are not in the Word but in man’s interpretation. Men throughout history have been trying to put their own teaching into the Word of God, twisting the scriptures to teach their own beliefs. God considers that adding to His Word. God does not take adding to, or taking away from His Word lightly:
- “Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’” (Deuteronomy 4:6 NKJV)
- “Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:6 NKJV)
- “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18–19 NKJV)
We must be sure that we are not adding to God’s Word, or taking away from it. The NWT in various places has altered the Word of God to teach their own man-made doctrine (For example in John 1:1).
If you are reading this, I hope you are someone who is openminded to see the Truth of God’s Word on this subject. If you know this already, share it with others, help others see this important Truth. If you meet anyone from the Jehovah’s Witness, do your best to show them the scriptures, to help rescue them from this error. There was a moment during our study with these men when I realize the Truth will not get through to them. So I kindly changed the subject, we instead use the time to look at the beauty of Psalm 1. We all agreed that the blessing was to the man who loved God’s Word, His completed and perfect Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We ended our meeting with David encouraging us from Psalm 1, to be men who will meditate on His Word, not on the words of man.
I want to give you more passages from God’s Word that teaches the truth about Jesus’ deity.
- Jesus and God are the Alpha and Omega:
- “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6 NKJV)
- Jesus “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”” (Revelation 22:13 NKJV)
- Jesus and God are the “I AM” of the Bible.
- “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV)
- “Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”” (John 8:58 NKJV)
- The Bible says God raised Jesus from the dead, also it says Jesus raised himself.
- “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” (Acts 2:32 NKJV)
- “So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:18–21 NKJV)
- Jesus humbled himself, he did not use his equality with God to his advantage.
- “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 bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5–8 NKJV)
- Everything about being God, dwelled in Jesus.
- “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV)
- “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV)
All these passages clearly teach the Jesus is God himself in the flesh. He is the Son in the Godhead which includes God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). To deny Jesus is God, would put one’s soul in danger because denying this Truth, is against God’s Word. Every word of God is true (Prov. 30:5). We must agree with the teaching of God’s Word on this matter. If not, God’s Word will judge us on the last day: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48 NKJV) My friend Jesus wants us to believe He was God in the flesh. He wanted to Jews to believe this truth. He said to them, “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 your sins.”” (John 8:24 NKJV). How important is it to believe that Jesus is truly God in the flesh? If we do not, we will die in our sins.
If the Bible teaches it, believe it. If it does not, do not believe. If you are in the group of the Jehovah’s Witness, I urge you to please consider that the Bible teaches that Jesus is God and we must agree with His Word. Let us not make claims to follow His Word, and then pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe. If you are one who did not know this Truth or understand it, I hope that this article was clear for you. There are far better writers than I am who could put things clearer. Let us all grow together in our love for God, and in our love for His Word. I don’t know who said or wrote this, but I like very much, “What should be more important to us, is not that man was able to walk on the moon, but that God walked on the Earth”
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJV)