Revisited – Is Jesus God?
The answer is found by rephrasing the question itself, that is: “Jesus is God”.
“No verse in the Bible says plainly that Jesus is not God. In other words, the phrase ‘Jesus is not God’ is ‘not’ found in the Bible”.
However, the Truth is that there are at least three verses which plainly tell us that “Jesus is God” (ignoring the tenses; for the tenses have their own meaning e.g. Lord Jesus left His Godship to Humble Himself becoming Man in order to Save the World — Mystery of Godliness — that is, the phrase “Jesus is God” is this equivalent in absoluteness to the phrase “Jesus was God” due to a temporal “emptying of Himself only”).
The term Trinity is not found in the Bible itself but the concept is found “literally” and coining this phrase helps in understanding this Biblical concept.
Here are the 4 verses which directly, plainly and “literally” state or imply that Lord Jesus is God
“And the Word was made flesh (Jesus), and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten (again it’s referring to Jesus) of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.” (John 1:1)
Second verse (apostle Thomas calls Jesus both Lord and God – two titles with two different meanings):
Thomas said to Him (Jesus), “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
Third verse (Even Christ’s enemies testify that Jesus plainly told or implied that He is God – note that the Bible doesn’t correct by telling that these enemies understood Christ wrongly):
“”We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you (Jesus), a mere man, claim to be God.”” (John 10:33)
Fourth set (by apostle Paul’s writings):
“Who (Jesus), being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal to God,” (Philippians 2:6)
“And without doubt great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus), justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus is God Who came in Flesh
Last but not least, in Revelation ‘Lord Jesus’ reveals Himself as ‘the Almighty’ (Only God is the Almighty):
“”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
The Father is greater than Jesus when He walked the earth since Christ ‘made Himself nothing’ & ‘ little lower than the angels’ for the purpose of becoming Man.
But Post-resurrection & Pre-His-Incarnation in the Flesh on earth, the verses above clearly point His Equality with God.
The title ‘Son of God’ is true but it doesn’t nullify the fact that He is God in any way. He is also the ‘Son of Man’ and this does ‘not’ nullify that He is the ‘Son of God’ at the same time. Please consider a simple analogy to understand this:
‘a man can be a husband, son, grandfather, an engineer and a social activist all at the same time; that is, he can wear different titles according to his various purposes under that title. Hence, it is so with Christ, our Blessed Saviour’.