And the patriarchs, having envied Joseph, sold him into Egypt. But God was with him. Acts 7:9

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him. Acts 10:38

Does the phrase mean the same thing... is God with Joseph any different to being with Jesus?


The short answer is no. It means the same thing. In other words God is with "him/us" by dealing with us as a people and individually.

Even when God is not with "us" He is still involved with us. Case and point is at Exodus 33:3, "Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will NOT go up in your midst, because (or why?) you are an obstinate people, lest I destroy you on the way."

In regards to Acts 7:9 Stephen made a strong contrast the way Joseph's brothers treated him and the way God treated him. God delivered Joseph out of all his afflictions and distressing circumstances.

What about Acts 10:38? Peter stated that this Jesus went about doing good/kind deeds and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. God not only sent Jesus, He continued to be with Him in all His ministry so His miracles showed the goodness and kindness of God as well as God's power in every realm, thus giving proof that God was with Him.

This "God with Him" proves and gives credibility to the Son of God's mission as the appointed Christ/Messiah. Also, Jesus Christ was truly "God with us" as stated at Matthew 1:23.

  • (Up-voted +1.) God being 'with' Jesus uses his personal name (Jesus of Nazareth) given at birth. Therefore this is a matter of his humanity. The Deity of heaven was with Jesus of Nazareth, on earth : in all that he said and did. The Son of God expressed himself through the human manifestation he was given. And God, himself, was with him. – Nigel J May 11 at 15:42

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