Plain Statements that Jesus is God
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We begin with an outright statement that Jesus is God (“was God”), and that He is a distinct Person from God the Father (“with God”). This verse also teaches that Jesus was not created, for the timing is before Creation took place. Along those lines, we see Christ’s eternality, for He was with God before the world began.This is also affirmed in John 17:5 and 24 (see also 8:58; Mic. 5:2).
One common objection to this interpretation is from Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that because there is no definite article before “God” in the last clause, it should rather be translated “and the word was a god”. To this we should immediately ask why John would abruptly change the meaning of “God” in the middle of this sentence. We could also ask how there can be more than one god when the Bible so often states that there is but One (e.g. John 17:3). Continue reading A Common Sense Look at the Deity of Christ