When did Jesus know that He was God?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Jesus was always God. From eternity past He has been the second Person of the Trinity, and He always will be. The question of when, after the Incarnation, the human Jesus knew that He was God is in...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
We speak of Jesus as having 2 wills and intellects: a divine will and intellect and a human will and intellect. 

We can safely say that, with his divine intellect, even before he was born from Mary, he has eternally known that he is God.

October 16 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
Physiologically, no one among us humans knows anything at the time of birth except basic emotions. It is a stretch in credulity to believe that the newborn Jesus knew that he was "God". After all, we are a composite of accumulated knowledge learned since birth through our senses, e.g., eyes, ears, etc... It is obvious that Jesus did not know that he was "God" at birth. 

However, as a full grown man he knew that there are many "gods", like Satan as god of this world (Jn 12:31;II Cor 4:4), idols, and all humans as in Jn.10:34, when Jesus classified humans as, "Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, 'I said, ye (humans) are gods?'"

There is no indication since his birth until Luke 2:49, when as a boy about 12 years old, Jesus acknowledged "his Father's business", suggesting that he knew he was the Son. As we all have learned from our parents, presumably, Mary and Joseph told him about " immaculate conception" during childhood. 

And this identity as Son became official at baptism, not only from John the Baptist but from God the Father himself through the Spirit in Luke 3:22 "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."

After that baptism, he was then "full in Spirit" since. Also, Jesus was reading Isaiah in Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,"."; v-21 "And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

During Satan's temptation of Jesus, Luke 4:12 he indicated himself as "Lord your God". This is a reference made from Deut. 6:16 about the Lord God (YHVH ELOHIM), who was the Creator (Gen. 2:4), Logos and Jesus himself (Jn. 1:1-3). 

In summary, Jesus as YHVH ELOHIM knew he was God. But, after incarnation into man-Jesus, he did not know this as a newborn. During childhood, he learned from his parents Mary/Joseph, later from John the Baptist and officially from God the Father himself.

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