“… and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
Why there is any controversy among supposed Bible-believing people concerning the Deity of Jesus is puzzling. The scripture makes it so clear: “and the Word was God”! The first verses in the Book of John clearly indicate that Jesus is fully God. Not only does it say outright: “the Word was God”, it goes on in the next verse to teach that “He was in the beginning with God” — not subsequently “created” by Him, but right there “with Him” at the very beginning. And then it asserts in :3 that “ALL THINGS came into being by Him.” So everything that was created, was created by Him.
But as clearly as John describes the Deity of Christ here, this is not the only place in scripture which does so:
— Hebrews 1:8 proclaims: “But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne O GOD is forever and ever.” Here “the Son” is plainly addressed as “God.”
— Colossians 2:9 asserts: “In Him (Christ) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” Respected 20th-century Southern Baptist pastor & scholar Herschel Hobbs wrote that this may be THE single greatest verse regarding the Deity of Christ in all the New Testament: “ALL the FULLNESS of DEITY”!
— Then the ancient hymn of Philippians 2 begins by saying in :6, “Although He existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.” How much more clear can it be? Jesus is “EQUAL WITH GOD”!
A person has the right in our country to choose whether they want to believe that the Bible is the word of God or not. But what that Bible teaches about Jesus Christ is very definitive: “The Word was GOD”!