WAS JESUS DEITY WHILE ON EARTH?
Some people claim that Jesus was not Deity while on earth. The Scriptures do not support that position. It was said that He would be called the Messiah, which means: “God with us.”
If Jesus were not Deity while on the earth, then Peter, Paul and Barnabas had much more integrity than He did. They did not allow men to fall at their feet and worship them, as Jesus did: It’s very easy to find that Jesus was both God and man. He just didn’t use His equality with God to his own advantage. He used it to confirm that what He spoke was true.
Acts 10:25-26- “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”
Acts 14:11-15- “And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:”
Jesus, on the other hand:
Matthew 17:14-15 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Matthew 8: 1-3 …. When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And then again, Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9 “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
If we do not believe Jesus was both man and Deity while on earth, we are in the same boat with the Pharisees. They made it quite evident too, that they believed Jesus to be only man: Mark 2:6-7 “… But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? (KJV)