Jesus shares many of the qualities of God. I don’t mean He says ‘Hey God you want some of my attributes’! It is not like that. But Jesus is GOD and He exhibited many of God’s qualities while on earth. And He was on earth- just ask Napoleon , H.G. Wells the historian; or Fyodor Dostoyevski. He did many of the toils of God. He definitely was, ‘…no mere man’. God is many great and wonderful things and I’m sure you would agree that His place in history, His personality, and His great works point to the fact that He was more than a great man but God himself in the flesh.
God is omniscient or all knowing. He knows everything. Joh 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
Joh 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
He also knew the history of the Samaritan woman at Jacobs well near Sychar.
Jesus knew things that were not readily knowable by common men. Thoughts? C’mon, all men? What was in man? His evil heart etc.
God alone is worshipped- Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Mat 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Mat 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
God is jealous when His people worship other God’s and things. This also appears in the reading of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20- ‘Thou shall have no other gods before me’. The Astrologers or wise men from Babylon came and worshipped Him in the manger. Did they know He was God or some special King or that something special was happening in Israel? Why so much attention and honor for an earthly king like Herod whom they had met recently in Jerusalem? The leper worshipped Jesus early in His ministry when He hadn’t worked too many miracles yet. The word had gotten out and the miracles made Him God- just a few and the man knew!
Only God can forgive sins. Mar 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
The Pharisees knew that God can truly forgive sins. God the sole being who can and they were accusing Him. In the verse, two previous to this, Jesus had ironically forgiven the paralyzed man’s sins. In the Bible we consider it to be truth, believing what it says is truth so that these things really did happen and what it says about people and things even the weather is factual. You don’t have to wonder though sometimes it takes a little figuring out what it is trying to say. There are some reliable scholars left that believe the whole Word and defend it as infallible.
God is the sole true creator- To form something that didn’t exist before. Man can fashion and change materials that already exist, but only God can create. This is expressed as Jesus the Creator in: Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
God saves: 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
Christ saves: Mat 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
And: Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
I had to go to the King James Version to get the “I AM”. In the most modern translations and in one Greek document of the New Testament and in Seminaries and in the public in general there is a movement to deny the Deity of Jesus. They are watering down the Gospel in this way and others thinking that Jesus isn’t God so we don’t have to obey Him. They want their sex that bad and their sin and their flesh and their world. Jesus is God. You can have your heaven now or forever but not both. When you feel the love of God and His power in you, you will know you can make a change and stick to it. You’ll know you can endure to the end for Jesus sake.
God is ‘I AM’, Jesus is ‘I AM’ Joh 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
God and Jesus are KINGS: Psa 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
God and Jesus are light: 2Sa 22:29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
God is light, He brought so much wisdom to the world, so did Jesus. Things that were never said before, such wisdom that we have always, but will never have again. ‘He started His empire with love not force and millions of people are ready to die for Him”. Wisdom is light and knowledge of God and the way to eternity- a reward and fulfillment from the ‘all sufficient one’.
Like God Jesus is Redeemer: Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Salvation is from the Lord. God redeemed the Jews in the future by sending Jesus when the time was right. Jesus paid for our sins with His blood the perfect sacrifice- the wrath of God was upon Him so it wouldn’t be on us. But those that don’t accept this sacrifice will have to undergo that wrath still because ‘they have not believed in the only Son of God’.
God preexists everything as does Jesus:
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
God was already there in the beginning. Jesus was already there in the beginning- Jesus the WORD.
I have tried to show you some of the attributes of God that He and Jesus had in common. They are Redeemers and all knowing and Jesus did the works of God and so did the apostles. We can believe this: the Bible testifies of itself and the people in it. That door of belief is so close and so ready to open I can feel it. The word certainly gets my zeal going. There is nothing that can stop the power of God in a person. Unless you mean death? But that person will just wake up in heaven. God is for us and He uses all that He is for our good. I pray we get the message and open the door to HIM and His whole new life with the power of the Holy Spirit and love for fellow man and not condemnation. Look to Jesus and not even to Christians and certainly don’t listen to professors or politicians. Follow Jesus- nobody seems to have a problem with HIM.