“Do Christians believe in three Gods?”
“What is the Trinity?”
“How can Jesus be God and man?”
Let us answer these questions by first taking a look at the beginning.
We learn of the triune nature of God in Genesis.
Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
Before God created the heavens and the earth He was the only one in existence, yet He was not alone. God is one but he declares Himself to us in three forms: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Before we can understand who God the Son is, we must first understand the existence of God.
God is the Father of all. He created everything.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
God is Spirit. He is everywhere.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
So why would the perfect God who is everywhere want to put on human flesh?
God is perfect. He created perfection. When Adam and Eve committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden, everything became corrupt. Humankind was no longer perfect.
If we don’t want our children to bring filth into our home, how much more would God not allow our imperfections into His heaven?
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
We don’t deserve to go to Heaven. We deserve punishment for our sins.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Since God is Spirit and cannot feel physical pain nor be tempted the same as we are, He made a way where He could pay the price for our sins.
But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)
He announced His plan in the Garden of Eden right after the first sin was committed.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Isaiah also prophesied that God would come to earth in the form of His Son.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
How did God take on human form?
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)
God became the life of the egg in the Virgin Mary’s womb. She was still a virgin when she conceived Jesus. God explained this to Joseph in a dream. (Matthew 1:19-20)
Jesus called Himself the Son of God because He had brought Himself to a position “a little lower than the angels.” (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7,9)
God limited Himself in human flesh in order to be fully human as well as fully God. This is why He not only called Himself the Son of God, but also the Son of Man. (Matthew 16:13-17)God limited Himself in human flesh in order to be fully human as well as fully God. Click To Tweet
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11, KJV)
Jesus knew who He was. No one had to tell Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:6-11)
Jesus is God in human flesh.
The Old Testament prophets predicted His coming. (1 Peter 1:10-12)
John the Baptist introduced Him to the world as the Son of God (John 1:29-34)
The apostles proclaimed His deity. (Matthew 16:16)
Even Jesus declared Himself equal with God. (John 14:9)
Above all, God the Father and the Holy Spirit give witness of who Jesus is. (Luke 3:21-22)
Jesus IS truly God!
Do you believe? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. We love to hear from you.
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