Is Jesus Christ God?

The Gospels (and generally the New Testament ) certify  that Jesus is God. As we can read in the Gospel of St. John:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was made nothing that has been made”(S.John 1, 1-3). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. And we saw His glory, glory as the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”(S.John 1, 14) and later:“No one has at any time seen God. The only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father he has revealed him”(S-John 1, 18)

The Word was God and the Word was made flesh (was made man). The “only-begotten” God (Jesus Christ, Word made man, the only “engendered” and not created) made us know God. The expressions “only-begotten God” and “only-begotten from the Father”  mean that Jesus is not merely a son of the Father but his only Son: only begotten: only engendered. And being God, engendered by God Father from all eternity.

Besides, Jesus , also in the Gospels and speaking about himself, says that he is God:

So in Saint John 5, 18:“This, then, is why the Jews were the more anxious to put him to death; because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God”.And in Saint Mattew 26, 63-66, when the high priest, Caifas is looking for reasons to condemn Jesus, says:“And the high priest said to him; “I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou are the Christ, the Son of God”.  And Jesus said to him: Thou have said it! Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming upon the clouds of heaven.Then the high priest tore his garments saying: “He has blasphemed, what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy, what do you think?” And they answered and said, “He is liable to death”.

Here, it is clear that Jesus affirms that he is the Son of God and that the high priest says that he has blasphemed, i.e., that, according with his opinion, being only a man, makes himself God. And indeed, on other passages, says about himself:“I and the Father are the same thing”(Saint John 10,30) and“who has seen me has seen the Father”(Saint John 14,9-11)

And when the Jews want to lapidate him for having said that he and the Father are the same, they answer:“We do not lapidate you for any of your deeds, but for the blasphemy of making you God, being just a man”(Saint John 10, 32-33)

On the other hand, “Jesus ascribes himself divine attributes and acts (Saint John 8, 58:“Before Abraham was born, I was”;  cf. Jn 17, 5 and 24), the perfect knowledge of the Father (Jn 7, 29; 8, 55; 10, 14 f.), the authority to forgive sins (Jn 8, 11) that he can also delegate  to other people (Jn 20,23), the position to be judge of  the world (Jn 5, 22 and 27), to be worthy of adoration (Jn 5, 23). He presents himself as the light of the world (Jn 8, 12), the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14, 6)[9]

“The solemn confession of Jesus’ divinity of apostle Saint Thomas, who didn’t believe in Resurrection until he saw him:“My Lord and my God!”(Saint John 20, 28) is accepted by risen Lord as a faith’s expression that He requires:“because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed”.(Saint John 20, 29)”.

In order not to extend us to much, we don’t include but just one of the several passages of Saint Paul which mention that Jesus is God: (Philippians 2, 5-11):“Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus who, though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God, a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like onto men. And appearing in the form of man he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross. Therefore, God has also exalted him and has bestowed upon him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is Lord in the glory of God, the Father”.

On the other hand, the divinity of Jesus is certified by thetestimony of martyrs and saints,who carried a heroically saint life, by attesting that Jesus is God. The martyrs even forgave people who were torturing them. Also, by the miracles performed in the name of Jesus -preaching His divinity- as throwing out demons in His name, healing incurable diseases in his name, and so on.