In this sermon I will speak about godhead of Christ.
Godhead of Christ is an important issue. Without faith in godhead of Christ repentance does not work.
Before conversion to Christ I was crazy: I saw hallucinations (such as dragons which took me into the jaws and chewed; the pain was real), forgot my name, unlearned to read and count. Also I was a real maniacal killer, that is attacked people with a knife.
I knew that a maniacal killer cannot be saved. Many times I attempted to repent but remained a psycho (and a maniac). I realized that I have some heresy but didn’t know which exactly, because only a heresy may prevent repentance to work.
Once I recognized Holy Trinity and that day repented for real. Since that I remember my name, can read and count again, and I am no more a maniac. That is the repentance after believing in Holy Trinity was real.
Why for salvation one needs to believe in godhead of Christ? We should believe that it’s like to God himself died. He died being punished by the devil for altruism. He resurrected to show that even when it looks like that altruism leads to death God will reward for it. This is for heavenly creatures ceased to be afraid of the devil and switched to the side of God. For this it’s necessary that God himself would die, to prove it even for the highest degree of altruism.
Therefore we should believe that God himself died for us to receive the salvation, and thus that Christ represents God.
So, I told that to believe in godhead of Christ is very important. Now we turn to analysis of what this “godhead” does mean.
Generally I don’t much like the word “trinity”. This is not quite a biblical concept. Bible teaches that Christ is so to say “divine” and considers him particular relations with the Father. Yes, I believe in trinity, but the term “trinity” is not biblical.
Maybe the only passage in Bible where the word “three” is applied to God, is three angels in Old Testament (Genesis chapter 18). In some reason most interpreters of Bible say that only one of the three was Yahweh himself. I don’t understand why. I count that most probably every of the three angles represented persons of God. I won’t speak now about Genesis 18 in details, because I didn’t myself studied this topic thoroughly.
Further I will when possible speak about godhead of Christ, not about so called “trinity”.
At first, let us try to approach this issue with logic:
Godhead of Christ denotes that to every property of God it corresponds a certain property of Christ. I don’t know what exactly should be this correspondence, but it’s clear that it preserves divine essence. For example, every deed of the Father is done through the Son and reversely everything what is done through he Son is a deed of Father. It is impossible to separate the Father and the Son, they are always together.
- It’s customary to compare trinity of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with body, soul, and spirit of a human and with three phases of water: ice, liquid water, and vapor. These are bad analogies. This is all nonsense and even heresy: It’s impossible to separate Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But to separate the spirit from the body is possible (it happens when a man dies) and it’s possible to separate ice from water. Don’t use these two analogies, they lead only to heresies. Here is a quote from Wikipedia: “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are not names for different parts of God, but one name for God because three persons exist in God as one entity. They cannot be separate from one another. Each person is understood as having the identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures.” Water and ice have similar natures, not one identical nature as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s got three gods, not one God. Surely Wikipedia isn’t a spiritual authority, but this saying is correct.
- Likewise it’s a garbage comparing God with a psycho with three persons. These persons are separate from each other but God is united.
- I can show a more exact analogy for trinity. It is light. Light has properties of electricity, magnetism, and a stream of photons. And these three (electricity, magnetism, and photons) are impossible to separate from each other. They are different forms of existence of each other. Every of them is expressed through another. So quantum mechanics teaches.
- That God consists of three parts: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, which together compose God, is a heresy. Father is entire God, not a part of God. Likewise Son is entire God, not a part of God. Likewise with Holy Spirit.
- Bible teaches that Christ is some abstract concepts related to God: wisdom of God, word of God, truth, etc.
- God is usually compared with a human, because human is created in God’s image, after His likeness. I think, God can be compared also with humankind or more generally with a civilization.
- After comparing God with a civilization, trinity no more looks like a contradiction. This is like as three highest authorities of a civilization which act in concert with each other. Let you agree: now it no more looks like a contradiction. In general, it seems that we can judge about God only by analogies. Civilization looks like a very good analogy for God.
- God is similar to a highly developed civilization, but He is untied, personal, eternal, and infinite.
- First, Christ is light that is electromagnetic energy, speaking in modern terms. This is a biblical concept: “Jesus spoke to them, saying, “… I am the light of the world.”” (Jn. 8:12) and “I have come as a light into the world…” (Jn. 12:46)
- From that Christ is electromagnetic waves of the universe, it follows that the universe is infinite, because Christ is infinite. So, the universe is greater that its visible part (about which it’s known that it’s finite).
- Christ is also called logos (word) in Bible, because he is word (in the form of electromagnetic waves) of God.
- God laid out all his wisdom in his word. Therefore Christ (logos) is also the wisdom of God: (1Cor. 1:24) “… Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
- The world was created through Christ that is through word and wisdom of God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.” (Jn. 1:1-3) and “… who created all things through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:9)
- Moreover, Christ is the truth, that is he (being the word and the wisdom of God) contains all true propositions (and surely nothing false): (Jn. 14:6) “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.””
- Moreover, Christ is a peace that is a peace treaty: (Eph. 2:14) “For he is our peace”. Simply spoken, Christ is the intergalactic peace treaty and also the peace with God. Only these who enter into the peace will be saved. These who are in Christ must be in peace with each other.
- Peace is something very great, as there is no simple mean to prevent a war. Means to prevent a war are something very great. Christ is the means (on the heaven) to prevent a war. To prevent a war, something as great as Christ is necessary. So we can say that Christ is prevention of war or missing war.
- This produces a paradoxical conclusion: such seemingly a little thing as missing war should be as great as Christ.
- This could be compared with reading a newspaper caption “The peace is established, there is no war anymore”. This could be an amazing caption.
- Peace and wisdom are interrelated: Wisdom is internal peace. When neurones in our brain is peace with each other, our brain would be more smart that any brain! Peace of God “surpasses” (that is is more smart than) of any mind (“surpasses all understanding”).
- (Phil. 4:7) “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
- If God is a civilization, then Holy Spirit is its technology.
- Suppose someone wants to do something with an object inside a closed vessel. For us it would be very difficult to do so, but a higher civilization would be able to move individual atoms inside the vessel. The force of their technology would enter inside and move individual atoms. Doing so, the subject would be like a gas.
- The technology of God is called “Holy Spirit” (the word “spirit” may mean a gas). It is a force which can enter a human body and move individual atoms, with such purposes as to heal some sickness.
- Every part of God’s will is accomplished by a move of Holy Spirit. So, Holy Spirit is completely God.
- The job of Holy Spirit is salvation, that is repairing of things, especially things which are inside a closed vessel which cannot be opened. This is because everything is done by God and the only things which need a repair are broken things. The things which are not in closed vessels can be repaired by other entities without direct help of God.
- When a son grows up, he becomes similar to his father. This is the definition of the word “son”.
- Christ is a Son of God. This mean that he goes to the Father. That is he is becoming the same as the Father.
- Although, Christ does no move. He is live a river which both moves and does not move. Likewise Christ goes to his Father, but Christ is not moving. Christ does not change (see Heb. 1:10-12)
Christ is also called “the son of man” in the Gospel. This means that Christ is the final result of development of the mankind.
This is a very good news, because this means that the development of the mankind will never cease but will continue without limits, reaching infinite Christ as the end result.
Jesus is the end result of development of the mankind. In other words, Jesus is just a guest from infinite far future.
“… Christ Jesus our hope” (1Tim. 1:1)
I would translate this verse instead as “… Christ Jesus our dream.”
What is a dream? It is the best we can imagine. So Christ Jesus is the best that we can imagine.
This splits into two statements:
1. Christ is good and nothing we can imagine can be better than Him.
2. Our common (cooperative) dream is so good that it reaches Christ. Note that we reach Christ only together.
Accordingly Jn. 14:28 God the Father is even greater than Christ. Christ is peace, but God is love. Love is greater than peace.
(1Cor. 1:30) “But of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us … righteousness.”
What does it mean? It means that to be our righteousness one needs to be as great as Christ (to represent us righteous despite of our sins is so difficult that for this all power of Christ is needed). But this means also that the sacrifice of Christ is enough for God to consider us as righteous persons. That is Christ is exactly what is needed to make us righteous.
- Jn. 4:11 can be translated as “I live by the Father and Father lives by me.” The Father is like to gray matter of a brain and the Son to white matter. That is the Son is the mean of communication between the Father with himself. White matter can live only with gray one, and vice versa.
- For more detailed consideration of this topic read my book “Commentary on New Testament by a Mathematician”. One thing to read in my book, is how Christ, being divine, may not know the date of his own second come.