Thanks for your note. I think that you’re right that the whole “homoousion” (mix of natures) of Jesus and God is a mystery. There have been endless (“Byzantine”–especially during Byzantium’s existence) debates over the form in which one could be fully God and fully man. But, how does Luke 2:52 “52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” work in? The Nicene Creed says “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.” but, it’s an interpretation. Why did Jesus ask God to have the cup pass from him?
I grew up on the mission field. My parents were in a 97% Muslim area, and while the people were wonderful, the main concern Muslims had was that Christians committed blasphemy in making a man into God. We didn’t really focus much on the Nicene creed. This is good study.
And if Jesus is the Word of God as in John, similar to the Bible (our Word), which as old earth creationists we know does not specifically teach a very old earth (it wasn’t necessary), then why would He quibble about what we understand from each age to age? My thought was that God (Jesus) could opt not to teach the people these things, just as He would not want to confuse them about the age of the earth.
5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very naturea God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very natureb of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Thanks for your thoughts.