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Date: September 02, 2012
Time: 09:31 PM
worshipfulmind: I'm not sure if you're just making santemetts or if you expect a response, but a couple of things:Just as seeing the Father when seeing Jesus doesn’t make Jesus identical to the Father, then likewise and for exactly the same reasons, seeing God when seeing Jesus doesn’t make Jesus identical to God.And yet this explanation is insufficient given the tremendous variety of santemetts to the effect of claiming Deity for Christ in the New Testament. We have santemetts about Him as Creator, we have religious worship being offered to Him explicitly, we have Him exhibiting the attributes of Deity, etc. Your statement above is oversimplifying. As much as disobeying the Good News amounts to disobeying God without making the Good News God in itself (2 Thess. 1:8), in the same way disobeying the spirit amounts to disobeying God without making the spirit as someone seperate, God in itself.Except that Jesus refers to the Spirit as another comforter (Jn 14:16), that is, one different from the Father and the Son, and thus here (as well as elsewhere) we have grounds for doing exactly this: understanding that the Spirit is a distinct person from the Father and the Son who happens to be God.