YOU CAN KNOW WHAT GOD IS LIKE
I was amazed in staff worship some years ago when a pastors wife remarked, ‘We know about Jesus, but what is God like?’ Jesus is God.
JESUS IS GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
Jesus quite plainly equated Himself with the fullness of God when He spoke of Himself as ‘I AM’ and when he asserted to the disciples that if they have ‘seen Him they have seen the Father’.
The author of Hebrews declares the same truth in the words, ‘The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven’ Heb 1.3 NIV.
JESUS IS WHO YOU ARE IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
Jesus Christ is the revelation of who God is and the revelation of who you are. Jesus is also one substance with the Father.
We went on an outreach once to a group of New Agers. They had no trouble accepting that Jesus Christ was a good man but they found it difficult to agree that He was God.
Jesus is our salvation and our union with God in person. Jesus as God is our union. with God. Jesus’ cross is the truth if who God is. In Himself and on account of the atonement.
Jesus represents the ‘togethering’ nature of God as the trinity by drawing us into God’s belonging. Many Christians think Christianity is all about moralism. It may be ‘as christianity’ but this kind of Christianity is not the inheritance Jesus gave us. He did not leave us a ‘Christian version of the law. Our treasure in the field - if we care to dig it up and possess it - is that we are included in the fellowship that is God.
THE REVELATION OF GOD
Thomas Torrance observes, “If Jesus Christ were not God, he would not reveal God to us for only through God may we know God, and if he were not man, he would not be our Saviour, for only as one with us would God be savingly at work within our actual human existence. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Son of God is Jesus Christ was the supreme evangelical truth that the Council of Nicaea reaffirmed in their inclusion of the homoousion in the heart of the Creed.” (1)
Both these aspects of ‘oneness’ must be believed if we are to count ourselves ‘Christian.’
We are one substance with God and God in Christ is one substance with us. This is true existentially and it is true and made real by the incarnation – Christ in us, Christ come in our flesh.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 115). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.