Endnotes – Did Jesus Claim to be God?

  1. Larry W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ (Cambridge, UK, Eerdmans, 2003), 650.
  2. John 1:1-14.
  3. Hebrews 1:1-13.
  4. J. I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993), 189.
  5. The Hebrew Scriptures sometimes join Yahweh (Jehovah) with an additional word to emphasize God’s dealing with man. “Yahweh Elohim” and “Adonai Yahweh” are translated “Lord God,” and “Yahweh Sabaoth” is translated “Lord of hosts.” (C.I. Scofield, The Scofield Reference Bible  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 6, 983.
  6. George A. Barton, Jesus of Nazareth (New York: Macmillan, 1931), 39.
  7. Ray C. Stedman, Adventuring Through the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House, 1997), 479.
  8. Ego eimi is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Isaiah used to describe God in Isaiah 43:10, 11. Dr. James White notes, “The closest and most logical connection between John’s usage of ego eimi and the Old Testament is to be found in the Septuagint rendering of a particular Hebrew phrase, ani hu in the writings (primarily) of Isaiah. The Septuagint translates the Hebrew phrase ani hu as ego eimi in Isaiah 41:4, 43:10 and 46:4”.
  9. C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2,000), 157.
  10. Packer, 198.
  11. Peter Kreeft, Why I am a Christian, Norman L. Geisler, Paul K. Hoffman, eds, “Why I Believe Jesus is the Son of God” (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001), 223.
  12. Packer, 57.
  13. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1972), 51.
  14. John Piper, The Pleasures of God (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2000), 35.
  15. The Scriptures teach that God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal and infinite. Although one in essence, He exists in three distinct, equal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (trinity). Two examples in nature illustrate how one entity can exist in multiple forms. 1. Light appears in nature as a wave, a particle, and a visible spectrum. 2. Water is one its molecular essence (H2O), yet exists as steam, water, and ice. The God of the Bible, however, is beyond any natural analogy.
  16. Lewis, God in the Dock, 80.
  17. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 52.

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