Earliest Gospel proves Jesus claimed He is God and is worthy of Worship

Muslims like to demand that there has to be a verse that says the exact words, where Jesus says in His earthly ministry, “I am God; worship Me.”  Well,  Jesus did make those claims and teach just that; just not in the exact words that Muslims demand.

Who are you O man, who demands things come to him in ways you want them from God?  (see Romans 9:20-23)

The Jewish leadership and Caiaphas the high priest at Jesus’ trial (Mark 14:60-64) asked Him, “tell us, are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” (“Son of the Blessed One” = a Jewish way of avoiding saying the holy name of God out of fear of violating the 3rd commandment) The Jewish leadership knew their OT and doctrine – they knew that the Messiah would be the Son of God – their question to Jesus proves this; it proves how they understood who the Messiah would be.

Jesus answered, “I am”

and He quoted from Psalm 110:1 and Daniel 7:13-14 to back up His claim to being the Messiah, the one who would sit at the right hand of the Father and judge and rule and go up to the Ancient of Days and be giving a kingdom of people from all nations. They will serve and worship Him – the LXX translation of Daniel 7:13-14 uses the word, latreuo, λατρεuω – for worship – a word used exclusively for worship of God alone.

It is all there in the earliest gospel – the gospel of Mark – written around 48-55 AD.

Jesus said “I am God” by admitting He was the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One. Being the Son of God means having the same eternal nature as God the Father. The Jews understood that as blasphemy, as they did with Jesus claims in John 5:17-18; 8:56-58; 10:33-39; 19:1-7

“for He was calling God His Father, making Himself equal with God”

Mark 14:60-64
60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”

61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and [ab]saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 And Jesus said, “I am;

and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power [Psalm 110:1], and coming with the clouds of heaven.” [Daniel 7:13-14]

63 Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?

64 You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

Daniel 7:13-14

“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might worship and serve Him. [ Greek Lxx = λατρευουσα from λατρευω = to worship and serve God]
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

So, the Bible does defintely teach that Jesus said “I am God” and that He is worthy to be worshiped. (with many other places in Scripture)

See here also for David Wood’s excellent article on the same subject.

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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3 Responses to Earliest Gospel proves Jesus claimed He is God and is worthy of Worship

  1. Sam Shamoun says:

    Brother Ken, I thought the word was latreuo, not latreo. Am I missing something here?

    • Ken Temple says:

      You are right. I have it correct later in the article in Greek, in brackets at Daniel 7, but I mis-spelled it there at the beginning of the article, both the English transliteration, and Greek there. Thanks for catching that!

      I corrected it now. I appreciate someone reading it that carefully!

  2. θ says:

    “Ken Temple says:Jesus said “I am God” by admitting He was the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One. Being the Son of God means having the same eternal nature as God the Father. The Jews understood th blasphemy, as they did with Jesus claims in John 5:17-18; 8:56-58; 10:33-39; 19:1-7 “for He was calling God His Father, making Himself equal with God” ”

    We don’t worship a nature, as ontological nature is always inherent to either dead person or alive. The believers worship the living person.

    Having the same divine nature after resurrection (ontology) doesn’t make the mortal ones (Jesus and the believers who get incorruptible body) the same Jehovah. Would the Trinitarians believe that Peter will be one of Gods?
    2Pet 1:4
    By these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption,

    Jesus used a parable of the vine tree and the branches to illustrate the people’s sharing or participation of divine nature. Interestingly, it is reminiscence to the story of Eve. Eve was created directly from a rib taken from Adam’s body, hence in the ontological sense she is in one nature with Adam, but she is not Adam, nor a male.

    After all, each Prophet who received the word has acted as a spokesperson of Jehovah, similar to story of several sent men who acted as a centurion’s spokesperson to Jesus (Luke 7:6), hence the Prophets are honorably called “gods” because acted as the verbal agent of God, but without being the same Jehovah (Ps 82:6).
    Would the Trinitarians fall down to worship and bid a religious service to Moses or John the Baptist, for instance?
    Jn 10:35
    If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

    Similar to the parable of the vine and the fallen branches, the Word which got separated from Jehovah after entering the perceived realm of the word is never called God throughout the Scriptures.
    The story of Eve and Adam’s rib can also be a good allusion to say that the Word sent from Jehovah is not anymore the divine Word within Jehovah’s nature.
    It potently answers a rare-questioned anomaly at the wording of John 1:1 that chooses “Was” (past time) when telling the relation between the Word and divine thing.

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