Every now and then someone says to me, “But the Bible never explicitly calls Jesus God!”
This is frequently followed by an assertion that Christian teaching on the divinity of Christ was all dreamed up by the Council of Nicaea many centuries after the Bible was written. That “Son of God” language was misunderstood as implying the “Son is God” in a way which totally distorts the original intentions of the authors.
For those that say that however, I’d invite them to engage with these verses from the ancient New Testament scriptures.
John 20:28 – Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Romans 9:5 – …Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
Titus 2:13-15 – …our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Hebrews 1:8 – But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever…
2 Peter 1:1 – …the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ…
Could it be more explicit? If so, how?