Did Jesus cross union lines?
One of the most difficult teachings to convey in Christianity is the doctrine of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In fact, it is so difficult to explain how three individual Gods can be ONE God that the clergy would prefer it if their congregations simply accept this great mystery on faith alone.
I will not bore you with such made-made terms as “hypostatic” union to explain the mystery of the Trinity, but rather, touch on something that is more easily grasped by the finite human mind. In the most prevalent doctrinal scheme of the Holy Trinity each of the three Divine Persons performs a distinct and specialized function in the process of salvation. The “Son” (Jesus) determines who are the faithful followers and goes before the “Father” (Jehovah) to plead our case. God (the Father) then makes the final judgment call and if you become one of the “elect” HE sends the Holy Spirit your way to present the actual gifts of salvation, righteousness and innocence. (This whole “secret” procedure is referred to as vicarious atonement.)
If one God were to perform the Holy duty of the other, this would be similar to crossing union lines. Yet, in the New Testament, Jesus proclaims that salvation is His ballgame—the full and sole power of judging and saving souls has been put into His hands. For example:
Jesus said to His disciples, All power is given unto Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).
The Father judgeth no man, but hath given all judgment unto the Son (John 5:22).
Jesus knowing the Father had given all things into His hand (John 13:3).
All things whatsoever that the Father hath are Mine (John 16:15).
All things have been delivered unto me of My Father (Luke 10:22).
Is Jesus committing doctrinal heresy or challenging the correctness of current Christian theology? If all power has been given to Jesus are the two other Gods of the Trinity simply watching from the sidelines? Perhaps, as the theologian Emanuel Swedenborg maintained, the three distinct functions and attributes are properties of ONE God—the Lord alone. This would make more rational sense as far as monotheism is concerned. Furthermore, Swedenborg claimed that the interpretation of Bible passages as portraying three divine Persons comes from a mere literal interpretation of the words and being unaware of the deeper symbolic language and teachings contained within.
Even the literal translation of Scripture provides evidence that Jesus was actually Jehovah in the flesh! In Isaiah 9:6 we read about the prophecy of the Lord’s Advent:
Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God, Hero, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
Current Christian Trinitarian theology cannot account for why Jesus (the Son) could ever be confused with the “Father of Eternity.” These mysteries are revealed in the Bible’s sacred and symbolic language.
By the way, if you are interested in the deeper interpretations of the Lord’s Holy Word I can help lead you to them.