Myth #4: Jesus did not claim to be God
The idea that Jesus did not claim to be God is often put in a more subtle way.
Jennings: “The word Messiah did not mean the Son of God. It simply meant ‘the anointed one.’”
[INTERVIEWS WITH J.P. Holding: “Did Jesus claim to be God?” “Is the Old Testament Messiah divine?”]
The idea that the Jewish Messiah is God himself is not something that first century Christians made up. The divinity of the Messiah is something we find throughout the Old Testament.
The great Reformed scholar Benjamin Warfield wrote:
It is quite clear, at the outset, that the writers of the New Testament and Christ Himself understood the Old Testament to recognize and to teach that the Messiah was to be of divine nature. For example, they without hesitation support their own assertions of the Deity of Christ by appeals to Old Testament passages in which they find the Deity of the Messiah afore-proclaimed (Dr. Benjamin B. Warfield, The Divine Messiah In The Old Testament).
As an example of this, let’s look at Psalm 110, which happens to be the most quoted Old Testament passage by New Testament writers.
The Lord said to My Lord, sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool (Psalm 110:1).
Jesus himself brought this prophecy into focus when He confronted the skeptics of his day.
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”
They said to Him, “The Son of David.”
He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him “Lord,’ saying:
“The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’?
If David then calls Him “Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore (Matthew 22:41-46).
Let’s look at Psalm 110 carefully: God addresses the Son as God. He tells us that the Lord Jesus sits upon God’s own throne. We have to ask: Who except God could sit upon God’s throne? Jesus sits on God’s throne because He always was and always will remain God in every sense of the word.