The topic that I chose was the person of Jesus. This topic interests me because when the question arises of “Who is Jesus?” oftentimes its Christians that describe him as the son of God. Though such a statement is true, it does not fully explain who Jesus really is. So, while Jesus is the son of God, He is also God the Son. It is the second part of the statement ‘…God the Son…’ which gives the real clue to understanding the person of Jesus. Jesus was not just a good man, not just someone chosen by God. In fact, Jesus is God Himself. He has two distinct natures in one person. Jesus Christ has a Divine nature, as God; and human nature as man.
The three biblical texts that I used are Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” This passage evidently asserts that Jesus is God. John 1:1, 14 (RSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . .  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. John 10:30 I [Jesus] and the Father are one. Initially, my thoughts on three biblical texts were that Jesus and God are “one.” Logic alone would tell us that the “Son” of God would possess the same deity as the Father. Man begets man. God begets God.
Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” This passage evidently asserts that Jesus is God. The phrase ‘God is with us’ describes the nature of Jesus. He is God who has become a human. This is what makes him divine because he is God and man.
John 1:1, 14 (RSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . .  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. Because Jesus possesses fully the nature of a man, He has a human body and soul. Furthermore, His human soul, like ours, has intellect and will. (He is like man in all things but sin). But Jesus has the infinite intellect and the will of God as well as the intellect and the will of a man. He is one divine person having two natures, the human and the divine.
John 10:30 I [Jesus] and the Father are one. Jesus is telling us that he is God by making it clear that He and God the Father are one. In John 14:6, he [Jesus] also states, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Who else could claim these things except God? To me this obviously means that Jesus is God because he says it himself. God is much bigger and more powerful than we can comprehend.
My topic is heavily related to our course because it is something that we discuss a lot. In class, we talk a lot about how Jesus is many things. He is of divine nature, the messiah, Emmanuel, and most importantly he is God. Or is he God? This fits into the context of Christian Theology because it talks about God being a trinity of three people. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
My interpretation of Matthew 1:23 is almost similar to the Oxford Commentary and the same as Harpercollins Commentary. Both commentaries address Jesus being divine. He is both God and man. He also is the savior sent from the holy spirit to save people from their sins. He was even named Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” However, the Oxford commentary suggests that Jesus is from God, but that doesn’t make him God. Jesus was chosen by God to fulfill a prophecy. I, on the other hand, disagree because Jesus’ divine nature of being both man and God is what truly makes him God. Harpercollins Commentary suggests that Jesus is God and now God is present in a way that he wasn’t before.
My interpretation of John 1:14 was very similar to both the Oxford Commentary and Harpercollins commentary because they both address how Jesus is God. It becomes explicitly clear by using the name of ‘The Word,’ while saying very directly that He ‘became flesh,’ living among human beings. This means Jesus was not a hologram or a ghost disguised as a person. He was a real, living, breathing person. As a result, He could claim to have experienced everything we do as mortal people. Even though Christ was a one hundred percent authentic human being he was still God. Therefore, he was divine. Jesus shares with his father making them both god because man begets man. God begets God.
My interpretation of John 10:30 was that the last verse has told a power greater than all, and these words are an assertion that in the infinity of All-mighty Power the Son is one with the Father. Similarly, the Oxford commentary and Harpercollins both talk a great deal of how Jesus is the messiah sent from God. His strength comes from the Father who is greater than all. Though the commentaries are similar to mine both suggest that he is sent from God, but he isn’t God even though he is “God the son. I disagree with that because Jesus is God. He and the Father are one.
In all, both the Oxford and Harpercollins commentary agree for the most part when it comes to the person of Jesus. Both commentaries didn’t really affect or change my interpretation because I agreed with them for the most part. All three of my passages are still relevant to my theological topic because they really help prove that Jesus is God Himself.
My question for the reader is do you believe that Jesus is actually God?