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Read: Matthew 24:36

36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

We often say that God is All-powerful, All-knowing, and All-present (everywhere). The classic terms are: Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent – and I believe that about God, and there are verses in scripture that support that conclusion.

We also affirm the Holy Trinity: That there is only ONE God, and that God has revealed Godself in three ways: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – traditionally referred to as Heavenly Father, Divine Son, Holy Spirit. When I was a child in school (public) one of my teachers taught us that when referring to God it is respectful to capitalize pronouns (He, His, Him). I am thankful for that teacher’s influence and still capitalize the pronoun references to God and Jesus (Emmanuel-God with us). To be clear: God is greater than our sense of gender, God is Spirit (John 4) and doesn’t have a physical body, and the Old Testament Hebrew word for God, “Elohim”, indicaties that God has both masculine and feminine qualities. There are many images used in the Bible to help people grasp Who God is, and that’s a good thing. Jesus once referred to God as a Mother Hen, protecting her chicks.

So, we’ve affirmed the “Omnies” and the Holy Trinity about God, but many people get puzzled over the nature of Jesus’ divinity. Entire books have been written, and entire religious movements formed as a result of a nuanced answer to that question. Scripture affirms the unique quality of Jesus’ divinity – He is God’s ONLY begotten Son. So, while we are “children of God” our status is different than Jesus’ status. And, since there is only One Son – understanding that status means that we only have that one example. The great debates in Christian history concluded that Jesus is 100% God, and 100% human – Jesus is NOT a ½ god, ½ human, demi-god like Hercules and others from Greek mythology. Jesus, in His earthly life, was none of the “Omnies”. He had miraculous powers, but He got tired, thirsty, hungry, and died physically on the cross. He was limited to His human body – He could not be in more than one place at a time. He knew more than any human could know, but in today’s scripture Jesus affirms that only the Father in Heaven knows the answer – it’s the only time that Jesus doesn’t know the answer. So, if He is not the “Omnies”, how is He divine? Love! Love is the answer. Scripture affirms that God is love (1John 4), and Jesus embodied the love of God with perfection, and without sin.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom