When Did the Disciples Realize That Jesus Was God?

One of the most profound questions that have been asked throughout history is, “Who is Jesus” Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to earth to save humanity from sin. However, not everyone believed in His divinity during His time on earth, including some of His own disciples.

The Early Days

During Jesus’ early days of ministry, many people were drawn to Him because of the miracles He performed and the teachings He shared. However, not all who followed Him truly understood who He was.

In Matthew 16:13-20, we see Jesus asking His disciples who they believed Him to be. Peter responded by saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This confession showed that Peter recognized Jesus as more than just a prophet or teacher.

However, this confession did not mean that all of His disciples fully grasped His divinity at that time. In fact, later in Matthew 17:1-8, when Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John’s eyes and spoke with Moses and Elijah, they were amazed but still did not fully comprehend what was happening.

After the Resurrection

It wasn’t until after Jesus’ resurrection that His disciples began to fully understand who He was. In John 20:28-29, we see Thomas confessing to Jesus as his Lord and God after seeing Him in His resurrected state. This confession shows us that Thomas finally recognized Jesus as more than just a man.

The other disciples also had similar experiences where they encountered the resurrected Christ and finally understood His true nature. In Acts 2:32-36, Peter boldly proclaimed to a crowd in Jerusalem that God had raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place.

The Holy Spirit’s Revelation

It’s important to note that the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’ divinity was not solely based on their own observations and experiences but was also revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26, Jesus promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth. This promise was fulfilled in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit descended upon them, and they were filled with power and began speaking in tongues.

The Holy Spirit’s work in revealing Jesus’ true nature continued throughout the early church’s history. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he wrote that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). This statement shows that even those who did not personally witness Jesus’ earthly ministry could still understand His divinity through the Holy Spirit’s revelation.


In conclusion, it took some time for Jesus’ disciples to fully understand His true nature as God. It wasn’t until after His resurrection and through the work of the Holy Spirit that they finally recognized Him as more than just a man. Today, Christians continue to believe in Jesus’ divinity and trust in Him as their Savior and Lord.