Exegetical Insights – “my God” – Jesus Has a God

Episode Two. From the mouth of Jesus we learn he has a God. Could Jesus have one he calls “my God” and yet he himself also be God? An overview of the “my God” statements of Jesus with the purpose of learning more about who he really is.
 

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  1. Posted by seeker of truth on February 9, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I listened to your video and debate with Russ Dizdar and was pleased to hear in my opinion, a civil discussion of the issue concerning the trinity. I believed in the trinity for 30+ years and have come to the conclusion that is not based on the clear revealed word of God. I do however, believe in the pre-existence of the Son of God. God through Christ, created all that is.Col 1:15,16 John1:3 It is also through Christ that God is reconciling all to Himself.Col1:20 Eph 1:10 My concern is that none of us take the sacrifice of Jesus lightly. He is indeed worthy of our praise and adoration. To glorify Him is indeed to glorify the Father who was and is at work through Him. I find that truth is so often like a pendulum, we need to balance it to the center. God, our Father is indeed worthy of all our praise and adoration, but I don’t think any of us are going to be guilty of giving too much honor to Jesus His divine Son. Thank you for your efforts in serving Him.

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  2. Posted by sean on February 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Hello there seeker of truth,

    Thank you for the kind comments regarding the debate. You are exactly right that we need to be careful not to get an imbalanced understanding of Jesus. Those of us in the biblical unitarian movement are often accused of having a low view of Christ, so we are always asking ourselves the question of how we can be in tune with the biblical understanding without being reactionary and demoting Christ below where he should be.

    Most of us do not believe in the pre-existence of Jesus for several reasons.

    1. it takes Jesus out from the biological chain and makes him supra-human rather than truly a son of Eve (remember Gen 3.15?) [here is a paper by Anthony buzzard on the nature of pre-existence in the NT or check out this blog post on Pre-existence]
    2. it contradicts the begotten language used in Matthew and Luke. Begotten means to come into existence, we should have (if pre-existence were true) the language of mutation not begetting [Jesus, Son of God from Matthew and Luke by Buzzard or Jesus has a beginning by me]
    3. Jesus never refers to experiences he had before he was human. He never reminisces about the flood or calling Abraham, etc.
    4. the Jewish understanding of pre-existence lines up much more with what we would call pre-destination and fits much better with the overall biblical witness. [check out this blog post for more on this]
    5. the verses often used to support the literal pre-existence of the son can be read in light of the Jewish idea of pre-existence–that the Son of God pre-existed in the mind of God and then was manifested as a living, breathing human being. Regarding Colossians 1.15-16, this paper by William Wachtell is excellent. On the subject of incarnation, please read this paper by Gary Fakhoury.

    grace & peace

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