Last weekend, as a minister, I led a Bible discussion where we talked about God and Jesus. Some members needed clarification about their relationship, specifically whether they were similar. Most members wanted to know if Jesus and God were equal, based on some teachings they heard where it was said that God and Jesus were different. They got confused since they had always read the verse where Jesus said He and the Father are one. Therefore, to come up with a good understanding, we had to look at them side by side; God vs. Christ, are they different?
If you are intrigued by the differences between God and Jesus, join me in finding the answers in the article below. We will delve into the description of Jesus and God and their relationship. Also, find out whether it’s true Jesus claimed to be God. Read on to find out about these and much more.
Who is Jesus?
Many Christian teachers believe Jesus is the Son of God. In Luke 1:30, the scripture introduces Jesus as the Son of God in fulfilment of a prophecy. In this way, he existed in human form. Jesus is our saviour who came to the world and died on the cross serving his purpose on earth. Also, he was a teacher who led and taught his followers about the Word of God. Jesus performed miracles such as healing the sick, as seen in John 4:43, and raising the dead, as recorded in Luke 7:11-18.
Who is God?
Based on the teachings of the scripture, God is the world’s creator. Genesis 1:1 begins the creation story with God at the centre of it all. God is Jesus’s Father, as the scripture mentions. In Isaiah 40:28, the Bible says God is infinite, all-knowing, and omnipresent.
As we read in Mathew 3:16-17, God exists in three forms; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, He exists in forms not common to humankind. As the Bible explains, He exists in Spirit, which is intangible, explaining His omnipresence.
Also, the scripture portrays God as the ruler of all that exists, the judge of sins, and acts as the final authority. Apart from being the ruler, as seen in Colossians 1:17, the Bible further explains that God provides physical and emotional needs.
How are Jesus and God related?
According to teachings from the Bible, God and Jesus are Father and Son. In John 1:14, the Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the only beloved Son of God who was conceived through the Holy Spirit. As His only begotten Son, God accorded Him authority over His creation. In John 15:15, the scripture says that Jesus is God’s messenger to His people on earth.
Also, as mentioned in Ephesians 1:5-7, God can grant us forgiveness of sins through His Son Jesus. We cannot fail to mention 1 Timothy 2:5 and John 14:6, where the Bible explains that Jesus is the mediator between God and us. In that, He takes our pleas to our Father and intercedes when we are unable.
What is the difference between Jesus Christ and God?
According to the scripture, God and Jesus differ in that God exists in three persons while Jesus is fully God and fully human. Jesus was conceived and existed in human form, whereas God the Father does not exist in human form.
God is Supreme and reigns over all creation, so Jesus prayed and sought Him. Therefore, you can differentiate the two with superiority. Furthermore, in Revelation 20:11-15, the scripture says that God will come to give judgment to the world as He is the ruler of all creations.
Did Jesus claim to be God?
Yes. According to the Bible, Jesus claimed to be God. It may confuse you to tell Jesus apart from God as their scriptures portray them as the same person. In John 10:30, Jesus mentions that He and God are one. Christian theologians interpret this statement to mean that Jesus was not fully human. They suggest he was born through the Holy Spirit and lived as a human and Spirit. They liken this to the teachings that God exists in three forms, one being the Spirit. Therefore, God and Jesus are one in Spirit.
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