Jesus is God
God. There are two schools of thoughts on this topic. There are those
who believe in the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
They believe in God as Three in One. They are referred to as
Trinitarians. Then there is the other school that believes there can
never be any other gods but God Himself and Jesus is God becoming man.
God is One. But what does the Bible tell us about this?
Christ Jesus, the man, was born at
Bethlehem. We believe He did not pre-exist as the eternal Son of God.
The single greatest difference between what we believe and what
Trinitarians believe relates to the pre-existence or non-pre-existence
of the Son of God.
The Trinitarian doctrine holds that
Jesus pre-existed, that is, He lived before Bethlehem, as the eternal
Son of God, the second person in the Godhead. But we find no eternally
existent Son of God in scripture. Certainly not in what God teaches in
the Old Testament.
Jesus was not in Old Testament
times, nor is he now the second person in the Godhead. Jesus is God,
the God of the Bible, who reveal himself to creation as a man. The word
Godhead, "theotokos" in Greek, means "the deity."
No-one can be in the Godhead. There
is nothing in scripture to support this. There is everything in
scripture to support the truth that God is one, alone in his category.
In Trinitarian thinking, and even in Oneness thinking carried over from
Trinitarianism, the word godhead to seem as a corporate term.
The Godhead is thought of as being
some sort of a panel, board, or composite of persons. We decide to put
God and man in the godhead in a certain way. Only God is the Godhead.
Nothing can be in the Godhead and only God is Divine.
To say that someone or something is
in the Godhead is inappropriate and unscriptural. What scripture does
express is the fullness of the Godhead in Christ. "All the fullness of
the Godhead dwelleth in him bodily".(Colossians 2:9), therefore Jesus
was never and is not now the second person in the Godhead. Hebrews 1:3
tells us Jesus Christ is the express image [NIV states "exact
representation] of his [God's] person. God is a person, an individual,
an identity, a unique being. Scripture does not support the statement
that within God's being are three persons.
God is one individual, one person
who appeared on earth as Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:3 speaks of God and
man, a visible image of an invisible God. It does not put forth the
idea of a plurality of persons in the Godhead, nor does any other
scripture. Jesus is God.
When Jesus was born, God became a
father and Jesus Christ was the Son (Hebrews 1:5). God was never a
Father in a procreative sense before Jesus was born. Malachi 2:10 asks,
"have we not one Father?" Yes, we have one Father, God who created us.
But God was not a Father in a procreative sense until Jesus Christ was
born. Hebrews 1:5 clearly shows this, "I will be to him a Father, he
shall be to me a Son." There was no father-son relationship before the
Lord's conception and birth. And certainly no divine father and a
divine son as eternal persons. The Bible emphatically declares I will
be to him a father, he shall be to me a son, a prediction of a
reciprocally exclusive relationship.
Christ had two identities, two
capacities. Jesus is God and man. He could act as God. He could act in
the capacity as man. He could speak as God and he could speak as man.
As a man he said, "I thirst." As God he could say to the blind man or
to the leper, "I will, be thou clean," without any reverence to being
deity. In him were two genders, divine and human. Gender, as used here,
does not refer to sexual differences but to differences of class or
category of being. He occupied two classes, the only one whoever did.
Jesus is God and man, God manifest in flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).
Jesus was simultaneously both father
and son, God and man. Thomas said "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28). My
Lord, the exalted man, Lord and master of the church. My God, the
creator of the universe. Jesus said, "I and my Father are one" (John
10:30). Jesus was the man in whom God was embodied with a will, a
personality, a mind, a heart with which to love. The disciples knew him
as a man, they did not know him as God. They knew the way he looked at
them, the way he smiled, the way he talked, the aspects of his
And yet the disciples knew much of
what God was like from Jesus because he was the visible image of the
invisible God as he subjected himself in all to the Spirit of God. He
behaved as God would behave. He said, "Lo I come in the volume of the
book it is written of me to do thy will O God" (Psalm 40:7, Hebrews
10:7). The man Christ behaved as God because Jesus the man yielded his
will, the will of the flesh, to the scripturally expressed will of the
Spirit of God, saying, "Not my will, but thine be done" (Luke 22:42).
Jesus personified the Spirit of God here on this earth in all. Jesus
was not simply a carcass or a robe. He was a man, wilfully yielding to
the Spirit of God.
The man was like other men in all
ways except sinfulness. He prayed; he obeyed; he was subject in all to
God. He could not, and did not, use his divinity for his own benefit.
When Satan said, "Command these stones that they be made bread," Jesus
refused. He accepted human suffering, suffering even the death of the
cross (Philippians 2:6-11). The Father to Son, God to man, manner of
speaking and relationship, is a temporary relationship for redeeming
mankind without human encroachment on divine privileges. The
relationship began when the Lord was conceived, begotten. "I will be to
him a Father, he shall be to me a Son."
It will end when the mediatory role of Sonship
is completed. When every soul has had every opportunity to receive
every benefit God made available to mankind as Jesus. Jesus will "Show
us plainly of the Father" (John 16:25, 26). He will reveal himself as
"God, all and in all". Jesus is God. Glory to Him. (1 Corinthians
15:28). We will learn that our brother (Hebrews 2:10, 17) is also our
Father (Revelation 21:1-7, 22:13-16). He will always keep the identity
of Jesus Christ, our Creator who became one of us to redeem us, but the
fact will always remain that Jesus is God.
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