Is Jesus God? (Text: John 1:1-5) Introduction: 1.

This may seem like a strange question, but some religious groups teach that He is not. 2. One such group several years ago came up with their own translation, The New World Translation, to support their religious views. 3. You’ve probably even had them knock on your door before. 4. We want to look at why they believe this way, show the inconsistency of their arguments, and what the Bible says about the Deity of Christ.




Why Some Deny the Deity of Christ. A. John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” B. Our religious friends’ New World Translation renders this passage, “and the Word was a god.” C. Big Difference! Why do they teach this? 1. First I want to point out that their translators were now language scholars and their Bible is really based upon the old A.S.V. (1901) & K.J.V. 2. They come up with an artificial rule that because the article is lacking before qeo/\j (God), then it is not definite (i.e., refers to a created being). D. Response to their Arguments. A. A Greek scholar by the name of Colwell examined the usage of the article in Classical and Biblical Greek (in the first part of the 20th century) and came up with an a conclusion that they cannot answer. B. This today is known as Colwell’s Rule (if you find someone who claims to know Greek, ask them what this is; if they don’t know of it or have never heard it, then they know about as much Greek as I do Spanish). C. A predicate noun that precedes the verb and has no article is definite, whereas a predicate noun that follows the verb and has no article is less definite. 1. That’s what Cowell came up with – simply put – if a noun that is in the predicate (or accusative) position comes before the verb, it doesn’t have to have an article to be definite.

2. Cowell also discovered that often, as a matter of literary style, some Greek authors chose not to use the article – just to be different. 3. Needless to say, for anything (whether you’re talking about math, science, or any other subject) to say that something is a “rule” means it’s been tested and proved to be right. D. You apply this rule to John 1:1 – and that solves the problem. III. The Inconsistency in their Argument. A. They don’t follow their own rule consistently from John 1:1-18. B. There are several instances where the name God is found in this passage that does not have the definite article at all. C. Example: to follow their argument, they would have to say that: 1. John 1:6 – ‘There was a man sent from a god’ (doesn’t have the article). 2. John 1:12 – ‘He gave them authority to become children of a god’ (no article). 3. John 1:13 – ‘…nor by the will of man but they were made by a god’ (no article). 4. John 1:18 – ‘only begotten God’ (what it should read instead of only begotten Son) – according to their trans., it should read ‘only begotten a god.’ 5. Even in verse 17, where John says the law came by Moses but “grace and truth through Jesus Christ” (no article before Jesus Christ, but is consistent with our rule). D. Read John 19:21. E. Read John 20:28 – “My Lord and My God” – here, in reference to Jesus as being “my God,” here God does have the definite article before it. So according to their logic, they are admitting here that Jesus is God! The Bible Confesses that Jesus is God. A. Prophesied He would be (Isaiah 9:6-7) – “the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” B. The disciples acknowledged He was God (Matt. 16:16); John 11:25-27. C. Even His enemies couldn’t deny Him (John 3:2). D. His miracles confirmed His claims (John 20:30). E. If only God can be worshiped, then Jesus is God (Hebrews 1:6). The Godhead is worshiped in heaven (Rev. 4:8); Jesus is worthy of our worship (Rev. 4:11; 5:9-11, 12-14). F. “Your throne, O God …” (Hebrews 1:8).


G. Rev. 1:12-16 (sounds like Daniel 7). He wears the same title as the Father – King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15).

Conclusion: 1. Jesus is the Word. For the Jew, that meant Jesus was the embodiment of the word of God/law in the O.T. For the Greek, in their thinking the Logos was the principal order in the universe, the faculty of speech or reason. 2. Not to mention John connect Jesus here with being in the beginning with God before the world was created (John 1:1; Genesis 1:1). 3. Note the warnings in scripture against those who deny the Deity of Christ: 1 John 2:18, 22-23; 4:1-3, 14-15; 5:10-12. 4. The apostle John makes it crystal clear – denying the Deity of Christ is to bring condemnation upon onself.

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