Biblical Support for the Deity of Christ

Bruce Ware, professor of systematic theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has compiled a helpful list of biblical passages that serve to prove the Deity of Christ. This panoply of proofs has served me well both meditatively and apologetically. I hope that it will bear much fruit in you as well.

Christ's Pre-Incarnate Existence

  • Isa. 6:3 and John 12:41; Isa. 40:3 and Matt. 3:3; Isa. 9:6-7 (cf. 10:21 for "mighty God"); Jer. 23:5-6; John 1:1-4; John 8:58; 17:5, 24; 1 Cor. 10:4; Rev. 1:7-8, 17-18; 22:12-13

Names of God Applied to Christ

  1. Theos (God) -- John 1:1; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:15; Titus 2:13; Heb 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1; 1 John 5:20
  2. Son of God -- Matt. 26:63-64; John 5:17ff; 10:33-36
  3. Son of Man -- (used 84 X in gospels, all of Jesus concerning Himself) Matt. 24:30 and 26:64 with Daniel 7:13-14; John 5:27-29
  4. Lord of Glory -- 1 Cor. 2:8 with Psalm 24:7-10
  5. First and Last -- Rev. 1:8, 17-18; 22:12-13 with Isa. 44:6; 48:12

Attributes True of God Alone are Predicated of Christ

  1. Eternity -- Isa. 9:6; Micah 5:2; John 1:1-4; Rev. 1:8; 22:12-13
  2. Immutability -- Heb. 1:10-12 with Psalm 102:25-27; Heb. 13:8
  3. Omnipotence -- John 5:19; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 1:8

Works Done by God Alone are Performed by Christ

  1. Creation -- John 1:3, 10; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:15-16; Heb. 1:2
  2. Preservation -- Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3
  3. Gives Eternal Life -- John 10:28; 17:2-3; 1 John 2:25
  4. Forgiveness of Sin -- Mark 2:5-12; Luke 7:47-49; Col. 1:14; 3:13 (with Isa. 43:25)
  5. Final Judgment -- Matt. 25:31-46 (esp. 31-34a); John 5:22; Acts 10:42; 2 Cor. 5:10

Worship Belonging to God alone is Given to and Received by Christ

  1. Scripture is clear that God alone is to be worshiped -- Exod. 20:1-5; 34:14; Deut 6:13
  2. Angels and men rightly refuse worship because only God (the infinite, eternal Creator) is worthy of worship -- Acts 10:25-26; 14:11-15; Rev. 19:8-10; 22:8-9
  3. Jesus knows that God alone is to be worshiped -- Matt. 4:10 with Deut. 6:13
  4. Christ received worship offered Him -- Matt. 2:11; 21:9-16; 28:9-10, 17; John 9:35-39
  5. Christ affirmed He ought to be honored and glorified with the Father -- John 5:23; 17:5
  6. God commands that Christ be worshiped -- Heb. 1:6
  7. Christ will one day be worshiped by all -- Phil. 2:10-11; Rev. 5:8-14

Jesus' own Explicit Claims Requiring His Deity

  • Matt. 26:63-64 (cf. Mark 14:61-62); John 8:58; 10:30; 17:5, 24

He has written a helpful book, The Man Christ Jesus (Crossway, 2012), which I believe will serve as a guide in exploring the unfathomable: God became man.