“Who do you think Jesus really is?” (18)
One of the most reliable arguments of The Holy Trinity deniers is entitled “The Historic Translation of John 1:3-4” which among others says,
“Not only did Yahweh speak creation into existence, but He also spoke His Son Yahshua into existence; “And the word (Yahweh’s spoken word) was made flesh” (Jn.1:14). Yahshua did not become the “Word of Yahweh” until his birth as a flesh and blood male child.”
This quote has two main targets which are (1) to deny Jesus’ pre-existence and (2) to deny His deity. These are, of course, misleading because God never spoke Jesus into existence as He did to the light by saying, “Let there be light!” (see Genesis 1:3) If God did not do so with Adam, but created him with His own hands and brought him to life with His breath, then how much more He had to do to bring His Son to the world? Beside, this quote denies God’s own word in John 1:1 that,
“IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.” (Amplified Bible)
Furthermore, these Holy Trinity objectors used John 4:24 and 1 John 4:2 to distinguish Jesus – Who is in flesh, from God – Who is a Spirit. They also add that this is the only true faith which justified by the Spirit of God – that Jesus is a man.
While John 4:24 says,
“God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).” (Amplified Bible)
1 John 4:2 says,
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,” (NIV)
To be certain about the last verse, let us put its original Greek form as follows.
1 John 4:2:
“en tautO ginOskete to pneuma tou theou pan
IN this YE-ARE-KNOWING THE spirit OF-THE God EVERY
pneuma ho homologei iEsoun christon en sarki
spirit WHICH IS-avowING JESUS ANOINTED IN FLESH
elEluthota ek tou theou estin.”
HAVING-COME OUT OF-THE God IS.
There are some special persons in the Bible whose births (existence) were foretold or promised. Starting from Isaac (Genesis 15:4), we see Samuel (1 Samuel 1:17), Samson (Judges 13:3) and in the end, John the Baptist (Luke 1:13). Not once did the angel say to the parents of these men that their sons will come in flesh, since it is obvious that they are sons of flesh and blood. If Jesus is just another son of flesh and blood, then this 1 John 4:2 will be meaningless. But, Jesus’ nature is totally way beyond that. While His pre-existence is explained in John 1:1, His appearance to this world is explained by the angel Gabriel to Mary as,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
So, this Son of God, the Son of the Most High and the Son of the Holy Spirit will be born (revealed) to the world as a man of flesh and blood. This is where 1 John 4:2 serves as a statement of faith enforced by the Holy Spirit to align John 1:14 (origin) with Romans 8:3 (purpose) regarding the flesh and blood appearance of Jesus.
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty) , such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.” (John 1:14, Amplified Bible)
“For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice]” (Romans 8:3, Amplified Bible)
Therefore, it is to conclude that using 1 John 4:2 as a basic argument to reject Jesus’ deity is misleading. The truth is that this verse serves also as a reminder to all believers about Jesus’ origin nature, which is boldly explained by the following verse.
“And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [[a]God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16, Amplified Bible)
To be easily crosschecked, it is necessary to include the original Greek form of this verse which reads,
1 Timothy 3:16:
“kai homologoumenOs mega estin to tEs eusebias
AND avowedly GREAT IS THE OF-THE devoutness
mustErion theos ephanerOthe en sarki edikaiOthE
CLOSE-KEEP God WAS-made-APPEAR IN FLESH WAS-JUSTIFIED
en pneumatic OphthE aggelois ekEruch
IN spirit WAS-VIEWED to-MESSENGER WAS-PROCLAIMED
en ethnesin epistheuthE en kosmO anelEphthE
IN NATIONS WAS-BELIEVED IN SYSTEM WAS-UP-GOTTEN
We have seen an undisputed evidence in the New Testament which directly declares that “Jesus is truly God Who appeared in flesh.” As true believers, we are obliged to give this testimony of faith to the world if we are to prove to be led by the Holy Spirit as was said in 1 John 4:2. Giving any less then this confession of faith, one will not be included in the ‘Body of Christ,’ although he bows himself down to the ground in honoring Jesus as a human Messiah.
Another solid evident of the Lordship of Jesus can be found in Acts 20:28 as the apostle Paul addressed the elders of church of Ephesus in Miletus.
“Take ye attention to you [Take attention to you], and to all the flock, in which the Holy Ghost hath set you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he [hath] purchased with his blood.” (Wycliffe New Testament)
It’s accurately described in this verse that “It is God Who purchased His church with His own blood.” But as we all have also confessed in line with John 4:24 that God is Spirit, then we have to admit that as a Spirit, God does not have flesh and blood. The four Gospels of the New Testament bear witness that it was Jesus Who shed His blood and lay down His life to pay the penalty of sin that His church may be saved from the eternal death. This verse leaves us with no other choice but to admit that “Jesus is God in flesh and blood.” Anyone may compare this verse with its original Greek form below and be convinced forever that “Jesus is perfectly man and perfectly God.”
“prosechete oun heautois kai panti tO poimniO en
BE-YE-heedING THEN to-selves AND to-EVERY THE flocklet IN
hO humas to pneuma to hagion etheto episkopous
WHICH ye THE spirit THE HOLY PLACED ON-NOTErs
poimainein ekklEsian tou theou hEn
TO-BE-SHEPERDING OUT-CALLED OF-THE God WHICH
periepoiEsato dia tou idiou haimatos”
He-procurES THRU THE OWN BLOOD