Is Jesus God? Deeds Arguments for The Deity of Jesus


By Prayson Daniel


Is Jesus God? Outlined arguments for Deity of Jesus from His Deeds

I. Salvation Argument For Deity of Christ Jesus(Adopted from Athanasius)

1. No creature can redeem another creature.
2. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus Christ is a creature.
3. Therefore, according to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus Christ cannot redeem humanity.
4. It is not true that Jesus Christ cannot redeem humanity.
5. Therefore it is not true that Jesus Christ is a creature.

Simpler Form

1. Only God and God alone can save.
2. Jesus Christ saves.
3. Therefore Jesus Christ is God.

II. Creation Argument For Deity of Christ Jesus

1. Only God and God alone created all things that were created.
2. Jesus Christ created all things that were created.
3. Therefore Jesus Christ is God.

III. Ultimate Judge Argument For Deity of Christ Jesus

1. Only God and God alone is the Ultimate Judge of all people.
2. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Judge of all people.
3. Therefore Jesus Christ is God.

VI. Omni-X Argument For Deity of Christ Jesus

1. Only God and God alone is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.
2. Jesus Christ is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.
3. Therefore Jesus Christ is God

V. Forgiveness of Sin Authority Argument For Deity of Christ

1. Only God and God alone has authority to forgive all sins.
2. Jesus Christ has authority to forgive all sins.
3. Therefore Jesus Christ is God.

Note: God stands for Jehovah, Yahweh. Save stands for breaking of the power of sin and giving eternal life.

“Through Jesus” Common Objection on Creation Argument, Compare John 1.1-3(through Jesus) with Romans 11:33-36 (through God)

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3 thoughts on “Is Jesus God? Deeds Arguments for The Deity of Jesus

  1. Dear Sean,

    Thank you for your wonderful comment. Could you clear for me, which premise is that you do not accept and why? That argument is being used by Athanasius at the Council of Nicaea AD 325 to go against Arius(view to which Charles T. Russell adopted) preposition of a created Jesus.

    If Jesus is a creature, then he is just like any other creature, thus from Athanasius and I, Jesus as one of creature can not redeem us(“other creatures”).

    “If a God died, it would hardly be equitable” help me understand what you mean here. As you think of that I would like you to also think that the Word became flesh John 1:14, Incarnated.

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
    And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

    Jesus had to be fully human and fully God to do what He did. Why You may ask?

    Jesus had to be fully human because:

    a. For representative Obedience(Romans 5:18-19)
    b. To Be a Substitute Sacrifice(Hebrew 2:16-17 cf v.14)
    c. To be the One Mediator between God and Men(1 Timothy 2:5)
    d. To Fulfill God’s Original for Man to Rule Over Creation
    e To be Our Example and pattern in life(1 John 2:6)
    f. To be the Pattern for our Redeemed Bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, see v23 and v49)
    g. To sympathize as High Priest(Hebrew 2:18 cf 4:15-16)

    Jesus had also to be fully God because:

    a. Only someone who is infinite God could bear the full penalty for all the sins of all those who would believe in him – any finite creature would have been incapable of bearing that penalty
    b.Salvation is from the Lord(Jonah 2:9), Only God can save(breaking the power of sin and giving us eternal life)
    c.Only someone who was truly and fully God could be the one to mediator between God and man(1 Tim 2:5), both to bring us back to God and also to reveal God most fully to us(John 14:9)

    Thus, If Jesus is not fully God, we have no salvation and ultimately no Christianity.

    I hope you can see, it is so simple as you say, but If the Holy Spirit does not give you the power to see, then you see but you can not see, and hear but can not understand. These things are not earthly things, they are Spiritual.

    Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son (2 John 9)


    (Much of it is from Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
    )

    In Christ Jesus,
    Prayson

  2. Your strange reasoning in argument #1 is based on YOUR perception of the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We believe that Jesus DOES redeem mankind from sin and death. He did that by sacrificing his perfect human life as a ransom for the one that Adam relinquished. (Romans 5:12-20) Adam was created a perfect man. Jesus life was transferred to Mary’s womb, to enable him to be born and later die as a perfect human also. It is the perfect ransom; a perfect life sacrificed counters the one lost and “through one man” we have hope again. It was so simple, anyone from fishermen to lawyers could grasp it. If a God died, it would hardly be equitable.

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