GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE: The Identity of Jesus


The record of the testimony of Jesus indicates that He claimed to be God's Son, that He stated that He had been sent by God the Father to this world and that He had a unique relationship with the Father which Jesus described as being "One with the Father".


A careful examination of the record of the testimony of Jesus Christ concerning who He claimed to be demonstrates that Jesus clearly told others He was the Son of God.
Please read each portion of scripture carefully to discover the truth of which we speak.

(Luke 22:66-71) And when it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, {67} "If You are the Christ, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe; {68} and if I ask a question, you will not answer. {69} "But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD." {70} And they all said, "Are You the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "Yes, I am." {71} And they said, "What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth."

(John 5:16-18) And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. {17} But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working." {18} For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.


Jesus in no uncertain terms made known the fact that He had been sent by the God into this world on a divine mission. Furthermore the record indicates that Jesus claimed to have experienced a unique relationship with God that predated His earthly life and which would continue after His physical death. Jesus claimed a unique unbroken relationship with God that no other man of sound mind had ever made before or has ever made since.

(John 7:28-29) Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. {29} "I know Him; because I am from Him, and He sent Me."

(John 13:1-5) Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. {2} And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, {3} Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God, and was going back to God, {4} rose^ from supper, and laid^ aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about. {5} Then He poured^ water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

(John 17:1-8) These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee, {2} even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. {3} "And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. {4} "I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do. {5} "And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. {6} "I manifested Thy name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word. {7} "Now they have come to know that everything Thou hast given Me is from Thee; {8} for the words which Thou gavest Me I have given to them; and they received them, and truly understood that I came forth from Thee, and they believed that Thou didst send Me.


The unique relationship that Jesus had with God the Father prompted Him to tell others that He was one with the Father. Greek scholars indicate the word for "one" used here indicated that Jesus meant He was one in essence and unity with God the Father. The Jews seemed to understand this claim as they accused him of blasphemy and picked up stones to kill Him. Furthermore, Jesus told His disciple Philip that those who had seen Him, Jesus, had seen the Father.

(John 10:27-33) "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; {28} and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. {29} "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. {30} "I and the Father are one." {31} The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. {32} Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?" {33} The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."

(John 14:8-11) Philip said^ to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." {9} Jesus said^ to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'? {10} "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. {11} "Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.