“MY LORD AND MY GOD”

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

Question: The Apostle Thomas addressed Jesus as “My Lord and my God” in John 20: 28. Does

this passage prove that Jesus is God?

 

Answer: John 20: 28 reads, “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

 

On the Sunday evening of our Lord’s resurrection, when the Apostles had gathered together

except for Thomas, our Lord appeared to them. But even when the Apostles met Thomas the

next day and told him how Jesus was in their midst and showed them His hands and His side,

Thomas still disbelieved. He told them that if he could have the same evidence he could believe,

but not otherwise.

 

Thomas was right in taking care so as not to be deceived in the matter, but it was wrong that he

should be so lacking in faith when he had evidence from so many of the brethren whose honesty

he could not doubt. But the Lord was patient and longsuffering toward Thomas, and eventually

granted him the very evidence which he had said would satisfy him.

 

On the following Sunday, the Apostles were again gathered together, but this time Thomas was

present. As before, Jesus came into their midst and immediately addressed Thomas, inviting him

to come forward and have the very evidence which he declared would be necessary. Thomas

promptly confessed his faith in the words, “My Lord and my God.” A literal rendering is, “the

Lord of me and the God of me.”

 

The Hebrew word elohim means “god” or “mighty one,” and it applies to God, our Lord, the

holy angels, and in one case even to men – the seventy elders of Israel, whom Moses appointed

in the wilderness. Thomas recognized Jesus as not only his Lord and Master, but also as his God,

or Mighty One. This does not mean, however, that Thomas supposed our Lord Jesus to be the

Heavenly Father, the Almighty. It was only a few days previous in which Jesus said, “I am not

yet ascended to my Father . . . I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and

your God” (John 20: 17).

 

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