Greg Lanier, Is Jesus Truly God? (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 144 pp.
The topic of Christ’s deity has been a hot topic for over two thousand years. Christ’s divine nature has been debated in church history and affirmed in the ecumenical councils. In our day, the deity of Christ is a hotly debated subject that occupies the attention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and Muslims. Each group denies the biblical teaching that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
Greg Lanier’s book, Is Jesus Truly God? wrestles with this important issue. The author presents a robust, biblically-charged Christology that focuses on six major issues:
- The preexistence of Jesus.
- The Sonship of Jesus.
- The Old Testament assertion of Christ’s deity.
- Worship ascribed to Jesus.
- The relationship of Jesus to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus as theos.
Each of the six issues noted above is set forth in a chapter where the author affirms the divinity of Christ in a winsome and understandable way.
The great strength of Lanier’s book is its brevity. The arguments are tight, clear, succinct, biblical, and even devotional.
Readers who dig deeply into Dr. Lanier’s book will be challenged, informed, and refreshed. They will also be better prepared for their next encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, or Muslim.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.