DIG DEEPER

TUESDAY - DAY 2

JESUS IS GOD

Jesus was fully human and fully divine, meaning He was God in human form, not just God’s Son. While this concept is complex, it’s crucial to understand when considering following Jesus.

In ‘church world’, Jesus’ divinity is often framed within the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. However, some misconceptions suggest a hierarchical structure within the Trinity, with God the Father as the superior figure and the Son and Holy Spirit as subordi-nate. To correct this, let’s consider three essential elements for under-standing Jesus’ role in the Trinity:

1. FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE EQUAL

The Father is not greater than the Son and the Spirit, nor is any person lesser than any other. God the Son’s label of Son does not mean he is inferior to the Father, but portrays his role in salvation as the one who is sent by the Father as a Son who represents his family. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is not simply an errand-runner for the Father and Son, but is equal in glory and is worthy of worship. None of the persons were ever created but are equal in honour and eternality. This perfect equality and unity is why Jesus said, “Who-ever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

2. FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE DISTINCT

Some distinct roles of the Trinity are on display in Ephesians 1:3–14. God the Father “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (v. 4). The Christian is “in Christ,” and God the Son is the one who did the work to accomplish our salvation (vv. 5, 9). And God the Holy Spirit is the one who secures our salvation like a seal that marks a document as something authoritative and legitimate (vv. 13–14). Each person of the Trinity has a particular role, and yet they work in perfect cooperation because they are one.

3. FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE UNITED

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God. The persons of the Trinity do not act in isolation from the others, as if they “go rogue.” Instead, they are united as the perfect community from whom we understand what it means to love and honour one another. In John 17:20–26, Jesus’s prayer for Christian unity directly flows from his own understanding of the Trinity’s communion.

Here’s some videos that may help us further inform our understanding that JESUS IS GOD: