A Synopsis: Explaining “Jesus is God” Verses

Most distinguished Trinitarian scholars who have written on the doctrine of the Trinity cite the following texts as the foremost biblical support for these beliefs. We call them “Jesus is God verses” for simplicity sake. Not only is this an easy way to identify the verses, but also expresses what Trinitarians believe these verses teach. Alternative ways to understand these verses accompany them below.

Unless otherwise noted, scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

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Author: Kermit Zarley

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Bible reference(s): Genesis 1:26, Gen 3:22, Gen 11:7, Isaiah 9:6, Mar 2:7, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 5:18, John 8:24, John 8:28, John 8:58, John 10:30, John 10:33, John 20:28, Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:6-8, 2 Thessalonians 1:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, Titus 2:13, Heb 1:8, 2 Peter 1:1, 1 John 5:20

Source: “Explaining ‘Jesus is God’ Verses,” May 2012.

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