These questions relate to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation; the deity of Christ; the death of Jesus on the cross; and the Trinity. I have answers for all your questions. The Bible will hold up to any and all questions you may have, and I am happy to answer them for you. Get your Bible ears ready because I am going to tell you what the Bible says. Now, you may not believe what the Bible says but I hope to at least show you what the Bible says. I think the first hurdle is to be clear and understand what the Bible says so that at least you are not arguing about what is written; you may choose not to believe what is written in the Bible, but that is a different issue.
- In first instance, why would God, the Almighty, want to be in three persons – i.e., Spiritual persons, not physical persons? What is the logic or reasoning for God being a triune God, as you said in your email? Is this notion, triune God, something from the old testament or exclusively found in the new testament? Was this notion something that was practised and preached by Jesus self?
Answer: (Jesus is God, The Word is God, The Father is God, The Son of God is eternal and also God – stated in Both the NT and the OT) – explanation and supporting Scriptures are below.
The doctrine you are referring to is the Doctrine of the Trinity; which I hold to and believe in: God exists as 3 persons – One God in 3 persons – The Father; The Son; and the Holy Spirit. All three are God; all three make up the One God. I think at the core of your question is whether or not Jesus is God.
First off, the Trinity is a mystery. We can both understand that it is impossible to understand God, to put Him in a box so to speak and say that we totally understand Him…God says through Isaiah: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God’s logic is way beyond ours.
For example the Bible says God “has hands”; but what do they look like. God sees us, but we are not sure how He sees all 6 billion plus human beings on the earth at the same time; the Bible says God knows all our thoughts, but we don’t know how His mind can hear and know all our thoughts. Some things about God are a mystery and will always remain so for us humans.
The Bible says:
“Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:
Christ was revealed in a human body….– 1 Timothy 3:16
Here we read from the New Testament (NT) that God – called Christ (meaning Saviour, Messiah and Redeemer) became a man.
Let’s take a few Scriptures from the Old and New Testament to show that Christ is God. Let’s limit our thoughts to the Father and Son both being God at the same time and there only being one God.
Just because Jesus never used these 3 exact words…“I am God” the Jews knew very well who Jesus said He was.
Example 1 Jesus says He can forgive sins, but only God can forgive sins:
Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” – Mark 2:5-7
Example 2 Jesus called God His Father, making Himself equal to God:
“So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.” – John 5:18
Example 3 Jesus says He existed before the world was created, so He is God:
“Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” – John 17:5
Example 4 Jesus said He came down from heaven, He is God:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” – John 6:51
Example 5 Jesus calls Himself “ I am”, the name God gave Moses for Himself:
“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” – John 8:58
“Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” – Exodus 3:14
Christ is God
Paul tells us in the letter to the Christians in Corinth that Christ existed before the Jesus was born as a man– Christ was God and Jesus was name the name given to the baby. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:4 “from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” So we see here that Christ was the Rock (God) who followed the Israelites in the desert.
The Word was God
In John 1 we read: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).
“So the Word became human and made his home among us.” (John 1:14)
In the Old Testament the prophets said that a Virgin would conceive and give birth to a child without a human father, and that this would be the Son of God (eternal Son of God come to earth in the body of a man): “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” – Isaiah 7:14
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:16
So you may not believe it, you may say it doesn’t make any sense to you, you may say the Bible has been corrupted or changed – but the facts are the facts– according to the Bible Jesus and the Father are God – they are equal and one and the same, yet different persons.
The Son of God is God
The other great misconception or misunderstanding is about the Son of God. Well the Bible holds up to this question very well. Simply, the Son of God is eternal; the Son of God is God.
In John chapter verse 3 we read that: “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” Simple enough, the Word was God and everything was created through God who was and is the Word.
However, in Hebrews chapter 1 we read that everything was created through the Son of God, and in John it says everything was created through the Word of God; that makes the Word of God and the Son of God equal and the same being: “….and through the Son he created the universe.” – Hebrews 1:2
- What made Jesus to be the Son of God, not Adam or any other Prophets/messengers?
That is a good question. The answer is that no one made the Son of God because the Son of God is God (God is eternal – no beginning and no end); and the Son of God became a man; and no one made God. God has always existed in 3 persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (See Question 1 for the Scripture references).
- From your response, I extracted that God and Jesus are two different entities. Which one has the right to be worshiped, if Jesus self would not and could not do anything that was outside will of God the Father?
Very interesting question. Short answer: Jesus is God so therefore He can be worshipped – the Word (God Himself) became a man (named Jesus): the two are one. Jesus is not a man like you and me, or any other human being, Jesus is God and man at the same time.
Jesus is God the Saviour
First off let’s start by saying, and proving from the Bible, that Jesus was both God and man. As is stated in John chapter 1 verses 1 and 14: “In John 1 we read: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). “So the Word became human and made his home among us.” (John 1:14).
I think you will agree that the Bible says the Word is God (verse 1) and the Word became a human being (verse 14).
In other verse the Bible says (this shows Christ is God):
“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” – Colossians 2:9
Here is a longer statement to show the 2 natures of Jesus Christ: Fully man and Fully God:
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” – Colossians 1:15-20
Christ, the Word, The Son of God, God, Father – they are all the one and the same God according to the Bible.
The Servant of God
When the Son of God became a man, He gave up the rights and privileges He had as God and made Himself a true servant of the Father in heaven. We can confirm and proof this from the Bible (the Son of God became a servant to the Father):
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:5-11
Where doesn’t the Bible say Jesus is God
So when you read the Bible you will find yourself asking the question: where doesn’t it say that Jesus is God. Throughout the entire Old and New Testament the single most greatest fact written and expressed is the Jesus is God; and that God the Word, the Son of God, became a man to die on the cross for our sins so that whoever believes in Him will be saved.