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Emeka Collins wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If Jesus is the Almighty God then what do these passages mean?

Matthew 26:39, Luke 4:2, John 5:26, John 5:30, John 8:28, John 17:3, James 1:13, and 1 Corinthians 8:6.

Taken from the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) and King James Version (KJV) of the Scriptures.

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

Matthew 26:39

2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

Luke 4:2

26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,

John 5:26

30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

John 5:30

28 Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.

John 8:28

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:3

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

James 1:13

 
6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

1 Corinthians 8:6

Emeka

  { If Jesus is the Almighty God then how do I interpret these Scripture passages? }

John replied:

Emeka,

In a nutshell, your answer can be found in Philippians 2:5-11.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not a thing to be grasped to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus emptied Himself of His Divinity and lived fully as Man, working in the power of the Holy Spirit and remaining always in obedience to the Father.

The Son is equal to the Father in the Godhead and both His Divine and Human Wills are united to the Will of the Father, but even so, He submits to the Father.

The Christology involved in this is a mystery that is difficult to understand. Even the dogma that came out of the Council of Chalcedon is tough to wrap your head around.

I hope this helps,

John

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