Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

When the council of Nicea convened in 325 A.D under the auspices of the Roman empire, Emperor Constantine, there were many issues discussed that concerned the Church and the Roman State. It wouldn't be fair to go on without giving a brief historical synopsis here. Constantine was the Emperor of the Western half of Rome. Emperor Licinius ruled the Eastern half. The Eastern half persecuted the Christians severely, while the Western half stopped the persecution of Christians. Needless to say Constantine and Licinius went to war against each other. Constantine won.

In his great quest to unify the Roman empire with it's many different religions and gods, Constantine invited all the Bishops throughout the empire to a meeting, The Council Of Nicea. At this time not only was the empire divided, but the Church was divided also. There was the Eastern Church and the Western Church. The Eastern Church is said to have been found and established by the Apostle Thomas. The Western Church claim it was found and established by the Apostle Peter. But there was a third figure that was weighing heavily on Christendom during that time. A Christian pastor named Arius. Arius believed and taught that Jesus was not God, but inferior to the Father. Over the years he gathered many followers, including Emperor Constantines' sister.

Many of the bishops at the council refused to even participate if Arius was allowed to be there to represent Christianity. Arius and his doctrine was rejected immediately. That was seventeen (17) centuries ago, and here we are still wrestling with the same issues.

Jesus told us himself, he said: " I and my Father are one ". John 10:30. We will talk more on this subject again.

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IĆ°unn 8 years ago

both and this is a great Hub, I have some familiarity with the Constantine Council of Nicea but one can never have enough information.

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Wehzo 8 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you IAunn for visiting, and yes, you are correct, he is both.

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commentonthis7 8 years ago

Both great hub

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Wehzo 8 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you commentonthis7, I appreciate your gracious comment.

SirDent 8 years ago

Jesus once asked Peter, "Whom do you say that I am?" Peter said, "Thou art the Christ." Jesus is the spirit of God poured into the body of a man. So He is definitely both. Great hub.

Wehzo 8 years ago

Thank you SirDent for your contribution to this hub. I am pleased to be back on the hubpage groove; my laptop was in the computer shop for a couple of weeks. It's a relief to be back on the hubpage trail. :)

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brotheryochanan 5 years ago from BC, canada

if god was poured into the body of a man ... does that body have a personality? Can we ascribe a separate identity to the body?

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

We can only assume that the egg of mary was used with the sperm of God but what if God used a zygote? What if God never used any other part of mary than that of an incubator? We have the Holy Ghost and the power of the highest, being mentioned as crucial parts of this pregnancy. If no part of mary was used in the initial formation of the zygote then jesus would have fully his fathers spirit and the body would just be a husk or a suit of flesh.

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Wehzo 5 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

He brotheryochanan,

I always find these kinds of discussions good. It is always interesting how we, in our finite minds, try to figure out the workings of God. There are a lot of assumptions in your argument, which is neither good or bad, it's simply human. First, let me address the issue of the 'Zygote'. To use a zygote would be forming a 'new' organism. Did He use the same process to create Adam, from whom Eve came? In the gospel according to John (John 1:1) it says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And then in John 1:14 it says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...". Clearly this is not a new organism. What is new is the process in which in came about, which we call 'Incarnation'. Second, the scripture states in Luke 1:31 : "And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." Scripture never says that no part of Mary was used. To assume this would be catering to ignorance of the process, and claiming to be, if not as knowledgeble, more so than God. Thirdly, for Jesus to be called the 'Son of Man' in many places in Matthew and Mark he would have to be the model representative of humankind. He would have to be man to represent man. So the virgin birth, or incarnation, is something I don't pretend to fully understand, but I haven't found any other explanation in ancient history or recent discoveries that come close to the word of God.

God Bless,

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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Wehzo...I love the multiple personality photos that accompany this Hub! Good choice!

The answer to the question of who Jesus is seems to be his answer, but we as humans insist on continuing a debate on the subject simply because we are not him and don't have and never will have his knowledge.

Wehzo 5 years ago

Hi Barbsbitsnpieces,

Thank you for your insightful and gracious comment, and you are absolutely right, we don't have his knowledge.

God Bless You,

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