(1) It has been mentioned above that Jesus made various statements regarding his own deity. He claimed to be the Son of Man, the Son of God, to forgive sin and that he was the actual means of salvation. There are also additional indications of his own teachings concerning his deity, such as his use of the word “Abba.” It is quite significant that Jesus’ first century contemporaries were convinced of his claim to deity (Mark 2:6–7; John 5:17–18).^57 Therefore, the thesis which asserts that the deity of Jesus is a later doctrine fails largely at this point. (2) Numerous ancient, pre-Pauline creeds also teach the full deity of Jesus. Philippians 2:6–11 not only attributes Old Testament praise of God (as the one true