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Nature of Christ Blog 9

My Father is Greater than I

Blog 9

If we ask Arius and Nestorius to interpret the verse, "My Father is greater than I" (John 14:28) we will get two different responses.

Arius will say that Jesus is the Son of God and that this verse means that the divinity of the Father is greater than the divinity of the Son.

Nestorius will say that Jesus is the Son of Man and that this verse means that the humanity of the Son of Man is inferior to the divinity of the Father.

Chalcedonians (Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox) and non-Chalcedonians (Oriental Orthodox) will say that when we see Jesus in the New Testament, we will know that He is the incarnate God. He has one entity and He can do everything God can do, and at the same time do everything the man can do, except sin.

In the book of Revelation Jesus said about Himself, “I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Rev. 1: 17-18). Jesus pointed to His divinity in the beginning of the verse, “the first and the last,” and then mentioned His humanity in the last part of the verse, “I was dead, and I am alive.” He refers to both entities in one.

In the epistle to Corinthians, St. Paul said about Christ that, “Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor” (2 Cor. 8:9). The one entity, the incarnated God, was rich but became poor for the sake of everyone.


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