This verse has been used to try to disprove the deity of Jesus, by implying the use of the term “gods” when referring Israel’s unjust judges in Psalm 82:6, Jesus was in effect denying His divinity by implying that he Himself was simply ‘a god’. The Watchtower accordingly sees this as supporting this doctrine.
However leaving aside the weight of Scripture which proves the divinity of Jesus, this teaching can be seen to be seriously flawed when we look closer at this passage – as follows :-
1) The answer of Jesus to the Jews is in two parts.
The Lord’s argument in reference to the unjust judges in John 10: 34, (who it would seem were acting like gods), clearly appears to be simply this :- Firstly, if your law calls judges gods, why do you object to my use of the word God.
Secondly in John 10: 37 & 38 He substantially repeats what He had said before, earlier in the chapter. That is, his works confirm the truth of his words and he again refers to his oneness with his Father.
2) It is obvious that that they understood perfectly the implication of divinity from Jesus’ remarks in verses 25 to 29 of this chapter.
His reference to Psalm 82. 6 clearly changed nothing because “therefore they sought again to take Him”. verse 39.
3) Leaving aside the foregoing, it has to be presumptuous in the extreme for anybody, in this, a completely different age and generation, 2000 years later, without the in-depth knowledge of the language and religious background, who were not there at the time, to claim to know that the the Jews conversing with Jesus completely misunderstood what He was saying.
4) The Watchtower’s teaching that Jesus is ‘a god’, or a created god, with God, which they would seek to claim from this passage, has no place in Scripture.
The following Scriptures leave us with no doubt there was or is no god with God.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:
Isaiah 46:9 …..for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me;
Isaiah 43:10………before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Isaiah 43:11 I even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.
God here is el or Mighty One, used of God Himself and gods.
Deut. 32.39 … there is no God besides Me;
It is important to note that the word ELOHIM is used in Deut. 32.39. This word means GOD, gods or any object(s) of worship in any rank, position or category – ‘a god’ included, i.e. the Watchtower’s New World translation of John 1:1.
Further Scripture relating to the divinity of Jesus can be found in the posting of December 28th 2011 on this website.