Did Jesus’s Audience Say Jesus Claimed to Be God

In Did Jesus Claim to be God, I said that I would post some of the verses I collected in putting that post together. This post will have the verses in which others make claims of Jesus. There will be other post with verses related to “I Am” where Jesus  claims, a) to be God, b) to be the Son of God, c) to be greater than the angels,  and d) actions associated with God

There are many places in the New Testament where Jesus is declared to be God. I have tried to include just some places where Jesus was addressed as God and the Christ which are in proximity of an “I Am” statement. εἶναι (einai) – V-PNA – to be, be from – εἰμί – I Am — 126 Occurrences
Mark 8:29

27 Then Jesus and His disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi.On the way, He questioned His disciples: “Who do people say I am?” 28 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others say You are one of the prophets.” 29 “But who do you say I am?” Heasked. Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”

  • Peter – “You are the Christ”
Matthew 16:15

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you? Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

  • Peter – “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
  • Here we have Matthew including more of Peter’s words.
Luke 4:41

40 At sunset, all who were ill with various diseases were brought to Jesus, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them. 41 Demons also came out of many people,shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But He rebuked the demons and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ.

  • Here we see Jesus casting out Demons
  • The Demons knew who He was ” they knew He was the Christ.
  • Here we alson see Jesus healing the diseases
Luke 23:2

1 Then the whole council rose and led Jesus away to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying,“We found this man subverting our nation,forbidding payment of taxes to Caesar, and proclaiming Himself to be Christ, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied.…

  • Pilate asked Jesus, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
  • Jesus answered, “You have said so,”
Luke 9:18 Luke 9:20

18One dayas Jesus was praying in private and thedisciples were with Him, He questioned them:“Who do the people say I am?”  19“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered, “others say Elijah, and still others that a prophet of old has arisen.” 20 “But whodo you say I am?” He asked. Peter replied,“The Christ of God.” 21 But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”

  • Peter – “The Christ of God.”
  • Important – Here we see one reason Jesus did not want it proclaimed. Just as Jesus did not want to change the water into wine at Mary’s request. It was not time for miricles. Here Jesus is letting them know that the time to proclaim Him as Christ was after His crusifiction and ressurection.
εἰμὶ (eimi) – I am – 141 Occurrences
Matthew 3:11

11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

  • John the Baptist at the start of the ministry of Jesus,
  • – Jesus is more powerful.
  • – Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit
John 10:33

32 But Jesus answered, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” 33 “We are not stoning You for any good work, said the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because You, who are a man, declare Yourself to be God.”