Is Jesus God in John 1.18? [2 pages]
by Kermit Zarley rated at 2.3 (8 votes so far)
The arguments are about evenly divided for either variant. But the following point is decisive: if John 1.1c, 5.18, 10.30-38, and 20.28 are interpreted as not calling Jesus theos ("God"), then John 1.18 cannot be linked to any corresponding text in this gospel. And linkage is the prologue's purpose. Since ho monogenes huios clearly links to John 3.16 and v. 18, the authentic Greek text of John 1.18 most likely is not monogenes theos but ho monogenes huios, so that it does not call Jesus "God."
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Jesus and God Share Many Titles
by Jay Dicken [2 pages]
rated at 1 (out of 5 votes)
Jesus shares titles with God. Among these are “King of kings, and Lord of lords,” and “Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.” The Bible calls Jesus our Savior and says that besides God there is no Savior. (Acts 5:31; Isaiah 43:11) Also, there are passages of Scripture which are applied to God in the Hebrew Scriptures, yet applied to Jesus in the New Testament.