Was Jesus referring to himself as God in Luke 17:18?


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Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
No, I don’t believe so. In verse 15, the one healed leper who came back was praising God (not Jesus) for his healing. In verse 13, all 10 lepers plead “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

They understood that Jesus had been annointed by God to perform miracles of healing and deliverance, like the prophetic ministries of Elijah and Elisha in the Old Testament. But they did not recognize Jesus as Messiah or God.

Jesus himself expects them all to come back and give thanks and praise to God (not himself) for their miraculous healing. Jesus never sought glory for himself as the Son of God, rather everything he said and did was to give glory to his Father in heaven.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the verse in question would not necessarily imply that Jesus was calling Himself God, even though the prior verses record the healed leper as praising God with a loud voice, and falling down at Jesus' feet, implying an attitude of worship. (The ten lepers originally addressed Jesus only as "Master", rather than a title more indicative of a recognition of Him as the Son of God -- even though they were seeking an act of healing that would reflect Jesus' possession of supernatural powers.)

Those who do not regard Jesus as God incarnate would likely construe the verse by saying that, in healing the lepers, Jesus was acting as God's agent, rather than being God Himself. (However, I would also say that those who believe -- on the basis of the total gospel record -- in Jesus' identity as God would likely take Jesus' reference as an affirmation of His own divinity.)

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