“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).