Grasping the concept of the Trinity is something that a lot of people have trouble with. This is due to our limited scope in understanding. How is it that God can be three different persons? Well the answer is really very simple: God is not limited to being just one person the way we are. It is not necessary to fully grasp how this is possible. God does not ask or expect us to understand everything, just to believe what He says. It does seem that he attempts to make it easier for us, however, by referring to Jesus as His Son – which is something that we can relate to better in our minds. But there are also quite a few scriptural references revealing that Jesus is fully God Himself, in addition to having fully become a man. Here are seven of them.
1. John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made… He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….
2. Colossians 1:13-19 In this passage describing Jesus, Paul reaffirms that … For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth… All things were created through Him and for Him.
3. Alpha and Omega – In Revelation 1:8 the Lord God says I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end…. Then in Revelation 22:13 Jesus also says I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. That is pretty darn clear I think! Even the ridiculously slanted Jehovah’s Witness ‘New World’ translation of the Bible includes it this way. (The “special” translators they hired must not have been able to find a way to twist it into making Jesus into a created being like they try to do in many other places.)
4. Isaiah 9:6-7 This famous prophecy of the birth of Jesus gives him five names. Two of them are Mighty God and Everlasting Father, certainly identifying Christ in this prophecy as not only the promised messiah of Israel, but also as God himself.
5. The Answer to Philip’s Request – In John 14:8-11 we have an interesting exchange between Jesus and the apostle Philip. Jesus is giving instructional teachings to the apostles in this scene when Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus replies matter-of-factly that if they have seen Him, they have seen the Father.
6. Genesis 1:26 When God said Let us make man in Our image, who do you suppose He was talking to? If you are thinking, Himself – that is partially correct. Obviously he was talking to somebody who shared the ability to create, and it is clear from many other passages in the Bible that only God can create. Yet the word God in this passage translates accurately as “Gods” from the Hebrew word Elohim, because of the plural language used in the sentence. So God was talking to Himself, but there is obviously more than one of Him to be talking to.
7. Jesus Allowed Himself to be Worshipped – In Revelation when John was having his heavenly vision, twice he fell down to worship before an angel that was explaining the meaning of the things he was seeing. In both instances the angel sternly corrected John, telling him not to do that, because he was his fellow servant and that only God was to be worshipped. Yet when people fell before Jesus and worshipped Him, He allowed it.
There are those who would try to deny the deity of Christ. Some Mormons would have you believe that Jesus is a created angelic being and the brother of Lucifer, not the creator Himself. The Jehovah’s Witnesses will tell you that Jesus is actually the archangel Michael. These are both pitifully false doctrines and very dangerous ones at that (as anything that reduces the status of Jesus or takes your focus away from him is dangerous). Hopefully the above seven references have helped you see that the God who created you loves you so much that He Himself “put on man skin” and willingly suffered in your place, so that you could be redeemed to Him – if you will only accept the sacrifice.