In this post, I am going to present the evidence that identifies Jesus as the most High God.
1. Jehovah is the Most High God.
The God-breathed Scriptures are quite clear that Jehovah is the Most High God:
“And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,” Genesis 14:22
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” Psalm 7:17
“The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.” Psalm 18:13
“that men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” Psalm 83:18
2. Jesus is identified as Jehovah God in the flesh.
The sacred writings are equally clear that Jesus is the incarnation of Jehovah God, e.g, Jesus is Jehovah who became a human being. This can be seen from the Gospels where Jesus is portrayed as fulfilling two OT prophecies, which announced the coming of Jehovah to his very own temple:
“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; as it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judæa, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; and preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” Mark 1:1-8 – cf. Matthew 3:1-3, 11-15, 11:10; Luke 3:1-6, 15-17; 7:27
“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias… John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:23, 26-36
The Gospels identify the Baptist as the Herald, the envoy, whom God sends ahead of him to prepare for his coming. Here are the prophecies in question:
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 40:3-5
Isaiah announces that Jehovah himself would appear after sending a herald in the wilderness to announce to Israel that their God is about to come.
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord (ha Adon), whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to HIS temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:1
Malachi foretells that the Lord himself, i.e., ha Adon, would personally come to his temple in Jerusalem.
Since the temple in Jerusalem was built for God, and not for man,
“Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.” 1 Chronicles 29:1
And since the phrase ha Adon is only used of Jehovah,
“Therefore saith the Lord (ha Adon), the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:” Isaiah 1:24 – cf. 3:1; 10:16, 33; 19:4; Exodus 23:17; 34:23; Micah 4:13
This establishes that the Lord whom the messenger prepares the way for is none other than Jehovah God Almighty himself.
And since this envoy/messenger is said to be John the Baptist, and since the Baptist came to prepare for the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ,
“Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” Acts 19:4
This means that Jesus Christ is that Jehovah God Almighty, the very Lord of the temple, whom the prophets announced would be visiting his people!
Note the logic behind this:
- John was the voice and messenger that was sent to prepare for the coming of Jehovah God to his very own temple.
- John came to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is, therefore, that Jehovah God whom the OT prophets foretold would be coming to his very own temple.
The inspired writer to the Hebrews has God the Father ascribe to his glorious Son,
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord [the Son], in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” Hebrews 1:8-12
The following Psalm, where David glorifies Jehovah as the unchanging Creator and Sustainer of all creation!
“A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee… But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations… I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” Psalm 102:1, 12, 24-27
In other words, even God the Father praises, glorifies and confesses Jesus Christ as being none other than Jehovah God Almighty!
3. Jesus is, therefore, the Most High God.
Since the NT identifies Christ as Jehovah Almighty, this means that Jesus is none other than the Most High God. There’s simply no way of getting around this inspired biblical truth.
This now brings me to my next point.
Jesus shares the status, glory, and honor of God the Father.
The Hebrew Bible testifies that Jehovah is far above all the gods, and that these gods are to, therefore, worship him:
“Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods… For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.” Psalm 97:7, 9
The Jews who initially translated the OT into Greek understood these gods to be angelic beings:
Let all that worship graven images be ashamed, who boast of their idols; worship him, all ye his angels. Psalm 96:7
The OT writings further declare that there is none like Jehovah in respect to his exalted status:
“Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!” Psalm 113:5-6
And yet the NT ascribes this very exalted position to the Lord Jesus,
“and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:19-23
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” Hebrews 4:14
“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;” Hebrews 7:26
The inspired authors of the Christian Scriptures even go as far as to attribute the passage where angels are commanded to worship Jehovah Most High to the Son!
“who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high… And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him… But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” Hebrews 1:3, 6, 13
In fact, every created being in the entire creation renders unto Jesus the same exact worship that God the Father receives,
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And EVERY CREATURE which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and ALL that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, AND UNTO THE LAMB for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” Revelation 5:8-14
And which the Hebrew Bible ascribes to Jehovah himself!
“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” Isaiah 45:23
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11
This once again shows that Jesus is, in fact, Jehovah God Most Hight, even though he is not the Father.
Christ: The Son of the Most High
At the same, the Lord Jesus is said to be the Son of the Highest:
“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” Mark 5:1-7
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:26-33
What this shows is that the NT also identifies the Father as Jehovah God Most High. And since the Father and the Son are personally distinct from each other, and since Jesus himself is said to be Jehovah God in the flesh, this means that the one true God Jehovah is a multi-Personal Being. Once again, notice the logic of this:
- The Father and the Son are both identified as Jehovah God Most High.
- The Father and the Son are not the same self, but are personally distinct from one another.
- Jehovah is, therefore, a multi-Personal Being who eternally subsists in at least two divine Persons, namely, the Father and the Son.
There is simply no way around these explicitly revealed truths of the inspired Scriptures.
Unless noted otherwise, all Scriptural citations are taken from the Authorized King James Version (AV) of the Holy Bible.
There’s more evidence for Jesus’ being Jehovah Most High, some of which I discuss in the following post (https://answeringislamblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/even-more-proof-that-jesus-is-jehovah-god-most-high-pt-1/).
The Exalted Lord of Glory (https://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/jesus_most_high.htm)