An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”
(John 5:17-18)

All of reality comes down to two things ultimately, that is, 1) the un-created, eternal, independent and self-existing God, and 2) everything else. Every other being owes its generation, identity, and continued existence to the God of gods (Deuteronomy 10:17; Joshua 22:22; Psalm 136:2; Daniel 2:47; 11:36), the King of eternity (Isaiah 57:15). One of the great evidences to the truthfulness of Christian Theology is that the God revealed in Scripture is so unlike anything man would or could conceive of on his own. The other so-called gods are either unknowable and undefined or they are simply big versions of ourselves. They are either completely mysterious or they are just combinations of well known human traits. The God of the Bible, however, is maximally both things. He is at once transcendent and mysterious, and yet He has made Himself imminent and knowable. In no other religion do we see God disclosing Himself as One Being and yet somehow three distinct centers of consciousness, three Persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). For the first few centuries of church history, the people of God uniformly believed that Jesus Christ was and is God, but they struggled to understand how this could be so. Like many of the cultists today, there were heretics that either denied Christ’s actual humanity or His actual divinity and equality with His Father. The latter group (like the Jehovah’s Witnesses) insist that if Jesus is God’s Son, then He cannot Himself also be God. What these people fail to understand is that in the Greek language there are two terms that we routinely translate as “son.” The first is teknon. This is used to denote a child or offspring, as individuals who are produced or generated by their parents. The Lord Jesus is never referred to by this term. The second term is uios, which again denotes children, offspring or kinship, but without any reference to their being produced. Rather, the use of this term signifies unity in nature between parent and offspring. It is in this sense that Jesus is called the Son of God; He shares the same divine nature as His Father (John 1:1-3, 14; 5:22-23; 8:23-24, 58; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-6, et al). Though He took a finite human nature at incarnation (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 2:14) He nevertheless retained (and will continue to retain) His eternal divine nature. What is positively shocking here is that you and I have been chosen by God to “be partakers of the divine nature” also (2 Peter 1:4). We know that even at glorification we will still be creatures, we will never actually be gods equal to the Father. Nevertheless, what amazing new abilities, attributes and capacities will we enjoy that God could so designate us? Let us praise God today as we think on these amazing things!

God bless you all,

pastor john