The key to understanding the Godhead is to understand that Jesus Christ was both man and God. He was the son of Mary and was conceived when the Holy Ghost overshadowed her (Matthew 1:18-23). This is why Jesus was referred to as both Son of Man and Son of God. Humanity and divinity united in Jesus Christ for the sole purpose of salvation! The Incarnation was necessary for redemption. The Bible says, “that God was IN Christ, reconciling the world until himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Which God was in Christ? He was the God of the Old Testament, the God of Genesis 1:1, the God referenced in Deuteronomy 6:4 saying, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE Lord.”
The purpose of the Incarnation – God IN flesh – was to save fallen humanity. Fallen humanity could not be saved without a Savior. Therefore, God came in flesh so that fallen humanity could be redeemed. In John 1:29 we see John the Baptist see Jesus coming, and his eyes were opened to see the Savior of the world saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” When the revelation came, John immediately understood that Jesus was the Lamb of God, or the flesh of God, the long-awaited Messiah, the one who would be the sacrifice for the sins of fallen humanity.
According to (John 4:24) “God is a Spirit.” A Spirit does not have flesh and bones, which totally unravels the trinitarian’s explanation of the Godhead being 3 persons. Let that sink in for a minute. God’s plan, even before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20) was that He would put on flesh (Incarnation) for the purpose of redemption. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Animal blood was not efficacious in the washing away of humanity’s sin, and no human prior to Jesus was sinless, therefore, God became flesh (1 Timothy 3:16) so He could go to the cross, shed innocent blood, and make provision for the remission of humanity’s sins.
God had to come in flesh for the purpose of redemption. Redemption was made possible as a result of the Incarnation! Therefore, the revelation of Oneness had eternal ramifications.
Jesus is both God and man! Centuries after the Day of Pentecost and the birth of the church, too many of today’s professing Christians have settled for a so-called orthodox definition of the Godhead, manufactured by Greek philosophers masquerading as theologians. It’s no wonder there is so much confusion over the identity of Jesus Christ. It is misleading and wrong to suggest that Jesus is anyone other God manifest in flesh. The divine mystery of the Incarnation is incomprehensible to us in the sense that the human mind cannot comprehend how an invisible God could become a man. But the Incarnation is not incomprehensible in the sense that God did become a man. God was manifest in flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), and that should settle it!
Jesus Christ was both man and God. Jesus had two natures. As a man He was born of a woman (Luke 2:7). Like any other man, he got hungry (Matthew 4:2), thirsty (John 19:28), and tired (John 4:6). He grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52). He prayed (Luke 22:41). became the sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 10:10-12), and acknowledged that His Father was than He was (John 14:28). But as God, He is eternal (John 1:1-2). As God He could multiply the fishes and loaves and feed the multitudes (Matthew 14:19-20). As God He was living water (John 4:14) and as God He calmed the sea (Mark 9:39-41). As God He answered prayer (John 14:14), and as God He forgave sin (Mark 2:5-7)/ As God He knew no equal (John 5:18) and had all power (Matthew 28:18).
There is NOT a distinction of persons in the Godhead, but there is a distinction between the humanity and divinity of Jesus. This is often referred to as “The Dual Nature of Jesus Christ.” Once this is understood, so-called “confusing verses” are more easily comprehend. When reading verses that seem to convey the thought of multiple persons in the Godhead, one must ask: is Jesus speaking as a man, as God, or both?
Jesus said, “I and my Father are ONE” (John 10:30). The wording of this verse could not be any more direct. Jesus was declaring that He was God manifested in flesh!
The Apostle Paul addressed the complete identity of Jesus Christ in Philippians 2:6-8 saying, “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.” Gordon Magee in his book titled, “Is Jesus in the Godhead or Is the Godhead In Jesus?” wrote: “In other words, before Jesus was born with His human nature He was the invisible God…At His incarnation God took upon Himself the likeness of men. He assumed human nature at His incarnation but did not cease to be God. Now, in addition to what He always was (Jehovah God), He was in possession of an assumed human nature. This explains the Jesus of the Bible fully and comprehensively. All we have to do when we read our Bibles is to keep in mind this simple thought: Is Jesus acting as a man now or is He acting as God? Is Jesus speaking as a man here or is He speaking as God?—because He was both God and man. In Him deity and humanity were fused but not confused. He could speak from two separate standpoints. He could talk as almighty God—He could talk as a human. He could act as almighty God—He could act as a human.”
God has no equal (Isaiah 40:25). Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God, because He was God! When God became a man, He did give up some of His rights as God. When God put on flesh, He submitted to the limitations of the human body just like an ordinary man. But, as God, He continued to exercise all power and authority. That is why He could forgive sin, raise the dead, command demons, and direct the elements. For the purpose of redemption, God did become a man, however, He NEVER ceased to be almighty God. “For in HIM dwellers ALL the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). In HIM, NOT in THEM! It really is that simple.
Read (Romans 9:5) in the New Living Translation: “…and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise!” Jesus was flesh and at the same time He was God over all!
Jesus was God and man. When God took on flesh, He became a man in the fullest sense. He confined Himself to location, time, and human frailty – something He had never done before. Yet the Spirit that was in Christ was God. Jesus NEVER ceases to be the omnipresent Spirit of God, the Father of all Creation. There is not two persons, let alone three persons in the Godhead, but there are two natures – human and divine, Son and Father – ALL IN JESUS!
The Dual Nature of Jesus Christ is the key to understanding the Godhead!