The divinity of Christ has been debated among theologians, scholars and other secular teachers from around the world with some agreeing and disagreeing. But what evidence within the scriptures is there to suggest that Jesus was truly the Messiah and God in the flesh? Many say that verses throughout the Bible point the way to Jesus’s divinity as well as His coming, death, and resurrection. Looking at these several key verses can help you decide whether or not to believe in the only way to the Father.
The Virgin Tale
The first bit of evidence to scourer through is the verse regarding the virgin birth which many disregard as having a different meaning. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 NKJV). Many scholars argue that the word virgin is really translated young girl or young maiden which when you look up the Hebrew word and meaning it is in fact translated into three different words, but similar in meaning: Young girl, young maiden and virgin.
Now for this to truly be a sign from God it would indeed need to be something more than just an ordinary birth especially due to the fact of the name given to the child being “God with us.” In those days a young girl was a virgin and therefore if you really wanted to get technical you could say, “The young girl that is a virgin shall conceive..” So this verse is indeed pointing towards a virgin birth, a supernatural birth in which she shall conceive a child that is presumed God with us, or God in human form among the people of the world. Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit and thus shows His divinity.
Appearances In The Old Testament
The next factor to look at is the appearances of the Lord within the Old Testament text that clearly shows the Lord walking and appearing with man as a man. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8). Now much of the argument of the Jewish acceptance of Christ is they first believe the Messiah to be a mere man and not God in human form and the next factor being related to this, that God is an unseen being and has no form.
This of course is untrue within the text showing that God visited man in the form of a man and not one of His angels, but Him alone. God is unseen, but that is only one of His attributes and to put limitations on God would be insanity. God is infinite and all-powerful! What limitations would there be? Coming to the earth in the form of a man and being conceived by a virgin birth, all of which He created, would be a cake walk. Several other verses throughout the Old Testament text reveal the Lord walking with man in the form of a man and here are just a few:
“After he begot Methuselah, Encoh walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.” (Genesis 5:22).
“The the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.” (Genesis 18:1).
“I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:8)
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11).
There are many more to search through, but the general implication is that God can appear as fire, flaming bushes, clouds, spirit and even in the figure of a man which He created in the likeness of Him.
The Holy Trinity
Another great debate you find is the Holy Trinity. This concept was originally conjured up by the Roman Emperor Constantine and his thinkers during the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. But this idea can also be found through both the Old and New Testament and does not defy the Lord as being One.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26,27).
The first place you find a reference to the trinity is within the first few verses of the Old Testament as He creates man in His own image. Many scholars debate that this reference to Us is predicated upon the angels that accompanied Him during the creation process, which could be plausible, but after further examination it does not add up. To say that Us is the angels with Him would mean that the “make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” would imply that the angels were gods as well which would mean that there are many gods and not just one.
To go further, when you look at the word God in Hebrew it is “Elohim” which can mean single God or many gods. But it can also be a singular-plural intensive, meaning that there are many into one or three into One. When you think of how people operate within a biblical context we are three in one ourselves containing a spirit, soul and body. The Father being the soul, The Son being the body and the Holy Spirit being the Spirit altogether as One.
Another interesting fact when looking at Old Testament text is the verse; “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). This verse throws many off as it states one and no others, but when you look at the Hebrew word and meaning it all begins to make sense. The Hebrew word used here is “ackad” which means altogether one, or one in unity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are altogether one and one in unity.
Here are a few more verses referencing the trinity within the Old Testament text and there are many more to look up and study.
“For thus says the Lord: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear and not of peace.” (Jeremiah 30:5).
“Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, ‘My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.” (Genesis 18:1-3).
“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.” (Genesis 11:7,8).
“And the Lord God said, behold, the man is become as one of Us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22).
The Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit all three persons together as one in essence.
The last factor to look into here is the resurrection of Christ. Throughout biblical prophecy you find references to the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ with the death portion being the most significant in proving the divinity of Christ. Since Christ rose again and has made Himself known and seen, we know that He is the true Son of God and Messiah and that when He returns He will fully establish His kingdom and reign as King forever. Since the resurrection we can live in peace and reassurance that we will be with Him forever as we inherit eternal life, being cleansed from our sins forever.
“He is not her, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'” (Luke 24:6,7).
One of the most important archaeological finds that point to the proof of the risen Christ is the Shroud of Turin. This piece of cloth that has the burnt image of a crucified man imprinted within its threads has been an object of debate for many years. Many believe that it is fake and point to the carbon dating done by a group of researchers in the 80’s that pointed to the carbon dating era being set at sometime in the 12th century AD. But another group of researchers concluded that the first groups research was invalid and inconclusive due to the lack of carbon dating and examination done as well as the equipment used.
The research team spent over two decades examining the cloth and performing carbon dating analyses all the way down to the individual threads and with updated technology and found that the Shroud of Turin is in fact two thousand years old. To further mystify the cloth is the fact that the burnt image is impossible to mimic even in our day to the level that is portrayed within the threads of the cloth and is therefore entirely impossible for ancient man to produce either. The scientist on the team proposed theory that the only way for the cloth to be burnt inside like it is, was for the body to use complex physics well past our advancements and to quantum leap out of our universe and into another dimension. The high levels of energy used would burn a permanent imprint of the person who did so. There is a great possibility that in fact this shroud belonged to the crucified Christ who quantum leaped out of our created universe and into the realm of Heaven and then returned with His new body.
The Only Way
Whether or not you believe is your own choice as we all are given freewill. This is not to persuade anyone, but rather to inform and teach that the truth of Jesus Christ shine forth to a lost and forsaken world. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). If you want to believe and be saved, know that the Lord is waiting for you to call on Him and ask for forgiveness. He is ready to receive you with open arms and to cleanse you from all sin. I hope you enjoyed and God bless!
“That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:15).