On The Deity Of Christ: Research Versus Revelation
Who Is Jesus?
One of the more popular debates among Christians and unbelievers, is the topic of the Trinity and the nature of Christ. If you were to read the various religious blogs, forums, chatrooms, networking sites (such as Facebook) you’ll see this being discussed frequently, and oftentimes in a heated manner. In fact, this topic seems to be what some people mainly want to discuss, and from my experience, often from non Christians that are on the attack. You will see a lot of proof texting rebuttals; citing the Biblical languages, referencing dictionaries and lexicons from both parties. There can be no doubt that knowing who the eternal God is, makes all the difference in our quest for truth.
I have spent a fair share of time and energy debating this essential doctrine, but in recent years not as much. It usually depends on where I discern/perceive the individual is at, do I address this topic in detail. If the discussion turns into an incessant debate, I’m generally not interested. Though I feel there are ample scriptures that affirm God (YHWH) as a triune being, here’s something that I try to keep to the forefront concerning this subject. It’s called revelation. I have two passages of scripture in mind when I speak of the word revelation concerning knowing who God is, and specifically his Son. Now I’m not saying that studying the Bible to find out who he is, is not important, but a mere intellectual approach with perhaps preconceived ideas (and yes, an axe to grind) may hamper our pursuit.
No Dictionary Was Needed
We’ll look at two characters in the New Testament and how they came to understand who Christ really is. Lets start with Peter. When Jesus and the disciples were in the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them who people say he was. The disciples replied with Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets, and when Jesus asked them who they say he is, Peter boldly proclaimed Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Jesus affirmed this statement by telling him that no man had revealed this to him, but his Father in Heaven.
Now onto the once doubting Thomas. Even after the disciples had explained to him of their risen Lord, he was still a skeptic. He had to go and see this for himself. When he approached Jesus, he wanted proof that it really was his risen Savior. And once he beheld and touched the nail scarred hands and the pierced side of the messiah, he exclaimed My LORD and my God.  What’s interesting about this proclamation, is that in the Greek by Thomas saying “μουὁ Κύριός μου καὶ ὁ Θεός μου” he was calling Jesus his God, yes Yahweh! Again, as in the case of Peter, there was a revelation of who Jesus really is. Neither of these men were checking out their favorite lexicon, theological handbook, or dictionary etc, this was supernaturally revealed to them. It’s helpful to think of these two accounts when conversing with people about the deity of Christ. We can do our best to theologically and Biblically exegete our case for the divinity of Christ and the triune God -that is valid to do so- but in the end, it is God himself that reveals to man who he fully is.
1. Matthew 16:14-17
2. John 20:28