Theologians have wrought confusion by attempting to integrate the humanity and the Deity of Jesus, whereas they are opposite and contradictory one to the other. The distance between God and man is as wide as the gulf between Scriptures declaring Jesus as God and those presenting Him as man. That gulf is not spanned by man assuming the role of Divinity.
By Gordon G. Mallory
In contrast to the teaching of – God as three divinities or divine persons – our chart indicates One Deity, represented by the first column, and the one humanity, as shown by the second column. Jesus consists of all that is represented in both columns. The two columns are separated by a fixed line, for Divinity is not humanity. God is not the Son, and the Spirit is not Christ.
“Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.” (I Timothy 3:16). The mystery spoken of in this text is declared to be in Jesus, since He is “God manifest in the flesh.” The mystery is not in the godhead (or God), nor in the incomprehensible Trinity, but in Jesus, who was both human and Divine. The humanity by which God sent himself into the world is His Son.
God In Christ
The much-used phrase, ‘God the Son,’ is non-existent in Scripture and is, in fact, a contradiction. God had no beginning, nor did He die, whereas the Son was conceived of a woman, born in a manger, lived a few years on earth, died, was buried, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven.
The blood shed on Calvary’s cross was not divine blood, as some have taught. If the shed blood of the begotten Son of God was not human blood, then Jesus was not a total man. To be very man, Jesus could have no less than a human body complete in every part — body, soul, and spirit.
The title of Christ (the Anointed) in its true literal sense relates to the Son, and both ‘Christ’ and ‘Son’ point to the humanity of Jesus. Not Deity, but the ‘man Christ Jesus’ was anointed of the Spirit to be our Priest and Mediator between God and man. This evident truth is expressed in I Timothy 2:5: “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” This text is a simple and concise statement by the Apostle Paul affirming the priesthood of the Son of God.
In contrast to the commonly spoken phraseology of ‘God the Son,’ the Scriptures present Jesus as God in the Son – God in Christ — God in the flesh, as told forth in the following cited texts:
“…God was manifest in the flesh…” (I Timothy 3:16).
“…this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32, ASV).