THE CASE FOR CHRISTIANITY: ANSWER BOOK – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018

While Jesus made claims to divinity in a variety of ways, it’s natural to ask whether his life backed up those claims. Here’s a brief summary of some of the evidence.

Biblical theologians have long taught that the primary attributes of God are omniscience (all-knowing), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnipotence (all power), eternality (always existed—and always will), and immutability (unchanging).

Every one of these attributes of God, says the New Testament, is found also in Jesus Christ:

• Omniscience? In John 16:30, the apostle John affirms of Jesus, “Now we can see that you know all things.”

• Omnipresence? Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” and in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

• Omnipotence? “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” Jesus said in Matthew 28:18.

• Eternality? John 1:114 declares of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

• Immutability? Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Also, the Old Testament paints a portrait of God by using such descriptive titles as Alpha and Omega, Lord, Savior, King, Judge, Light, Rock, Redeemer, Shepherd, Creator, giver of life, forgiver of sin, and one who spoke with divine authority. It’s fascinating to note that in the New Testament each and every one of those is also applied to Jesus.

The evidence for the deity of Christ is overwhelming. But there’s one more attribute of God that really hits home for me because of how much I need it:

• God is also omnibenevolent (all loving).

And Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”—and then he did it.

“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.”

Jesus, in John 14:7

Copyright © 2014 by Lee Strobel.

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