Deity of Jesus Christ
The Names and Titles of Jesus Christ
In the Bible, names are very significant. They reveal certain qualities of a person. The same thing holds true to Jesus Christ. Several names and titles were used to refer to Him, and each of these reveals a particular attribute. As we study them, determine what these terms tell about the Person of Jesus.
Yaweh in the Old Testament is known to be the personal Name of God. When Moses asked God who he will tell his Hebrew brethren had sent him, God replied, "I AM WHO I AM (Hebrew: Yaweh)..." The Lord told Moses to tell the Israelites that I AM had sent him (Exodus 3:14).
Since then, this Name had become very sacred to the Jews. Anyone who mentions it in a derogatory manner or claims it for himself, except for God, would be stoned to death.
In one instance, Jesus Christ took upon Himself the very personal Name of God. He said, "...before Abraham was born, I AM" (John 8:58). The Jews knowing very well that Jesus was claiming to be God, began to pick up stones to cast upon Him. Although they did not believe in what Jesus was claiming to be, yet they knew exactly what He meant.
What attributes of God are implied in the Name, I AM?
Can other beings (angels, humans, animals, etc.) possess such attributes? What then was Jesus claiming when He used the Name for Himself?
The Alpha and Omega
In Revelation 1:8, the Lord God said, "I am the Alpha and Omega...who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
Again, what attributes of God are implied by these titles?
Notice that these same titles of deity Jesus claimed for Himself. Jesus, identifying Himself as "the Living One" exclaims, "I am the First and the Last" (Rev. 1:17, 18).
Once again, Jesus declares, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the
Beginning and the End" (Rev. 22:13).
Other Titles of Deity
Look up the passages below which contain different titles that refer to Jesus Christ and God the Father. Notice that the titles used to refer to God are the same titles used to refer to Jesus.
Titles God Jesus
Gen. 14: 22; 24:12
Phil. 1:2; 2:11; 3:8
If Jesus were not God, what would you call the writers of the Bible who refer to Jesus as such? Why?
In view of these titles, what can you conclude about the Person of Jesus Christ?
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