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Did Jesus think he was God?

The creeds proclaim--not define--the mystery of God

Did Jesus think he was the divine Son of God, the second person of the Trinity?

Jesus did not express himself in those categories. The term Trinity is nowhere in Scripture, nor is the expression person as used in the church's confessions, a term that Jesus used. Both terms arose as the church sought to proclaim who Jesus is--and is not--especially in the face of misunderstandings and heresies.

I hear some Christians say they have a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ." Jesus advised us to pray to the Father and said he was returning to the Father so the Comforter would come. Isn't our "personal relationship" with God with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?


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