When was Jesus first believed to be Divine?

Introduction - Did the Council of Nicea invent the Divinity of Jesus?

There are a number of misconceptions about the Deity of Jesus today. Some people think that Jesus was not seen as Divine or as God until the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Hoewever, nothing could be further from the truth. From the earliest Christian writings that we have, the writings of the apostle Paul, we see that Jesus was believed to be Divine from the very beginnings of the Christian movement. From Paul's writings we see that the early Christians showed reverence for Jesus in ways that one would only do for God.

We see this reverence displayed in several ways:

  1. Prayed to Jesus.
  2. Wrote creeds describing him to be Divine.
  3. Composed hymns that described Jesus as Divine.
  4. Had ecstatic charismatic experiences including prophecy based upon the inspiration of Jesus.
  5. Had greetings, blessings, and benedictions with Jesus included with God.
  6. Practiced baptism where Jesus was the focus.
  7. Had a sacred meal with Jesus as the focus.
  8. Had worship services in the name of Jesus.
  9. Gathered together with Jesus as the focus.

List

(1) practiced baptism where Jesus was the focus, (2) composed creeds referencing the divinity of Jesus, (3) had ecstatic charismatic experiences based upon the inspiration of Jesus, (4) had greetings, blessings, and benedictions with Jesus included with God, (5) composed hymns that were sung about Jesus, (6) prayed to Jesus, (7) had a sacred meal with Jesus as the focus, (8) had worship services in the name of Jesus, and (9) gathered together with Jesus as the focus.

When was Jesus first believed to be Divine?

This question is not so much of a theological question as to whether Jesus is divine or not. Rather, it is a question about when Jesus was first believed to be Divine, or God, or the Son of God? This is more of a historical question.

Paul's Writings

In order to answer the when question, we most go to the earliest writings that we have about Jesus. The first evidence that we have about Jesus comes from the letters of the apostle Paul. Paul wrote his letters from about 51 A.D. to around 63 A.D. Jesus was crucified around 30 A.D. Therefore, there is about a twenty year gap between Jesus' death and Paul's first writings.

 

1. Prayed to Jesus.

2. Wrote creeds describing him to be Divine.

3. Composed hymns that described Jesus as Divine.

4. Had ecstatic charismatic experiences including prophecy based upon the inspiration of Jesus.

5. Had greetings, blessings, and benedictions with Jesus included with God.

6. Practiced baptism where Jesus was the focus

7. Had a sacred meal with Jesus as the focus,

8. Had worship services in the name of Jesus

9. Gathered together with Jesus as the focus.

List

(1) practiced baptism where Jesus was the focus, (2) composed creeds referencing the divinity of Jesus, (3) had ecstatic charismatic experiences based upon the inspiration of Jesus, (4) had greetings, blessings, and benedictions with Jesus included with God, (5) composed hymns that were sung about Jesus, (6) prayed to Jesus, (7) had a sacred meal with Jesus as the focus, (8) had worship services in the name of Jesus, and (9) gathered together with Jesus as the focus.

When was Jesus first believed to be Divine?

This question is not so much of a theological question as to whether Jesus is divine or not. Rather, it is a question about when Jesus was first believed to be Divine, or God, or the Son of God? This is more of a historical question.

Paul's Writings

In order to answer the when question, we most go to the earliest writings that we have about Jesus. The first evidence that we have about Jesus comes from the letters of the apostle Paul. Paul wrote his letters from about 51 A.D. to around 63 A.D. Jesus was crucified around 30 A.D. Therefore, there is about a twenty year gap between Jesus' death and Paul's first writings.