Over the years I have come across many people who question the divinity of Christ Jesus. Although difficult to understand, the trinitarian nature of God is echoed throughout the entire collection of writings we call the Bible. We are all familiar with the question: How can God be one and yet at the same time be three? From the very beginning of the Church at Pentecost, many thinkers, Christian philosophers, theologians, and believers have tried to put this concept into human terms, human words, and logical constructs. My assessment is that it is impossible to formally understand with logic, the reality of the trinity.
Spiritual realities do exist, the nature of God is such that human intellect will never be able to neatly pack into a box of understanding the true essence of the Almighty, and to try in my opinion is an exercise in futility. For even the Scripture says,
“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
So I have seen people question the divinity of Christ because they cannot square the circle so to speak. I have heard teachers and preachers introduce the idea that Jesus really didn’t know who He was until later in His life. Now, if you are a Christian that believes in the inerrancy and veracity of the Bible, then I have some verses that should open your eyes. I do not want to throw Christendom under the bus here and I don’t want to offend people when I say that from my survey and interaction in the Church over the last 30 or so years, most folks are what I call Bible-illiterate! What do I mean? I mean that most believers simply do not take the time to really study and read the sacred writ; the vast majority unfortunately rely on their preachers, pastors, or leaders to expound upon the Scripture references used in a Sunday service. And even more awful than that, some churches rarely even use the word of God as a base or foundation to a Sunday sermon. This is a shame really and should be pitied rather than criticized.
If you believe what the Bible says, then the following should clarify your vision of who Christ really is; the question of whether Jesus is part of the Godhead is answered in a most profound way with this short survey of Scripture.
The beginning of the Gospel of John says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:1-3
Later in this first chapter of John, the author continues to describe the “Word” or logos as Christ Himself. So we notice the phrase, “…the Word was God.” That should be enough, but here is another couple of verses in John 17 that should stand the hairs on the back of your neck.
In Christ’s priestly prayer before His arrest, the following words are recorded:
4 I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
So in the Gospel of John we see many (the above are only a smattering) references to Christ’s existence before not only His birth but also before the world was created! Unbelievable to contemplate isn’t it?
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, we find definitive statements that knit together this immense reality. Notice in the first chapter of Hebrews the following statements:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… Hebrews 1:1-3
Notice that there is another idea introduced here, mainly that through Christ all things were made and all things are held together by Him. In John we saw the introduction of Christ being the conduit in creation or rather, through Him all things were made that were made. Now in Hebrews we see the statement that He (Jesus) upholds all things by the word of His power. Wow! Some of the upper-level officials in the Catholic Church opposed the canonization of the Book of Hebrews, but the Spirit prevailed (as He always does) and Hebrews is considered a cornerstone in the gospel and a theological goldmine. But even if you discard Hebrews and what it says about Christ, you could find the same reference by Paul in his epistle to the Colossians. Notice the following excerpt:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
You have to admit this is an incredible statement! Some days I wonder if science will ever catch up to the Bible. Scientists really can’t understand or even logically theorize about how the universe can exist. An honest scientist will tell you that no one can explain how gravity came to be or how it operates…they are stumped. An honest scientist will tell you of forces they call “dark energy” that is the lion-share of all things that exist or “dark matter” that just has to exist for all of it to work! And even the existence of light and its properties are a profound mystery to scientists! So a Christian thinker like myself would tell them that what holds it all together is the “word of His power” or rather Christ’s power as referenced in the above biblical citations. Do I know how it works? No. Will we ever? Honestly, no. But I do know that the meditation on this concept and divine revelation is a wonderful journey. Maybe one day soon I will share my thoughts about the scientific evidence of this mystery. Until then, take some time to explore the Bible on your own; search the great mysteries contained within the Word. I will leave you with an excerpt from 1 Corinthians to whet your appetite:
6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written,
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:6-13