Friday, 23 January 2009

2 Corinthians 5:19 - God in Christ

 “in that God was in Christ reconciling to Himself a world of humankind, no longer reckoning to them their trespasses–and He entrusted to us the message of reconciliation.” (2Co 5:19 MHM)

The thought many would like for us to see in this verse is that God was in
Christ, and being in Christ this makes Christ God Almighty. This, of course, is not what the verse is saying.

> 2 Corinthians 5:19 - God in Christ:

God was in Christ, or by means of Christ, reconciling the world to
himself. That is all that is says.
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. — 2 Corinthians 5:19, New Revised Standard Version
God was using Christ as the instrument to restore his relationship with humanity.
Jesus himself gives us a hint as to its meaning, when he tells his
disciples: “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” (John 14:20)
Here Jesus likens his relationship to his Father to his relationship to his disciples. Now if his being in his father means that he is God, then his being in his disciples and his disciples’ being in him, would make the disciples God Almighty also, since, according to trinitarian philosophy, Jesus is God Almighty. Of course, none of these scriptures mean that Jesus is God Almighty, but it does show a closeness, a harmony between God and Jesus, and between Jesus and his disciples.
Jesus praying to his God (John 17:1,3), that his disciples “may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.” Here it is plainly stated that the two unions are the same kind of union.

None of this means that Jesus is Yahweh, or that the church is Yahweh, or that the church is Jesus, etc. Thus there is nothing in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that would lead us to believe that Jesus is Yahweh, or that Jesus was God Almighty in human form.

Of interest:
Studies of Scriptures in Matthew

Revelation 1:8 - Is Yahweh or Jesus Being Quoted?
Who is speaking in Revelation 1:8? Jesus or the God and Father of Jesus?

The Doctrine of Christ
A Scriptural and Historic Examination of the Trinity Doctrine (Associated Bible
Students, Glawson, MI)

Father of Eternity - Isaiah 9:6
An examination of the argument that Isaiah 9:6 speaks of Jesus as the "father
of eternity."

Isaiah 9:6 and the Alleged Trinity
In response to some trinitarian claims concerning Isaiah 9:6.

The Spirit Given to Jesus Without Measure - John 3:34,35
The scripture (John 3:34) says that Jesus has the holy spirit without measure.
Does the mean that Jesus is the only true God?

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