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David Mathis’s three part series is a great refresher course on Christology (the doctrine of Christ). He writes:

Advent is my yearly reminder to brush up on Christology, the doctrine of the person of Christ. I’ve found it helpful to approach the subject under three headings: Jesus as Lord (fully divine), Jesus as Savior (fully human), and Jesus as Treasure (one person).

God in a Manger, Part 1: Jesus Is Lord

In this Christological triad (Lord-Savior-Treasure), Jesus’ Lordship is tied to his divinity. He is rightly called Yahweh, the name surpassingly more excellent than the angels (Hebrews 1:4), the name above every name (Philippians 2:9). Here’s the connection between Lordship and the divine name.

God in a Manger, Part 2: Jesus Is Savior

Not only did he remain fully divine when he took humanity to himself, but the humanity that he took was full humanity. And so Jesus has a fully human body, emotions, mind, and will — and this in no way compromises his deity.

God in a Manger, Part 3: Jesus Is Treasure

God was glorious long before he became man in Jesus. But we are human, and unincarnate deity doesn’t connect with us in the same way as the God who became human. The conception of a god who never became man will not satisfy the human soul like the God who did.

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4 thoughts on “God in a Manger”

  1. Brian says:

    “He is rightly called Yahweh, the name surpassingly more excellent than the angels”

    If Jesus is called Yahweh, it seems to me it is difficult to make sense of Psalm 110:1:”Yahweh says to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.'”

  2. Daryl Little says:


    Think in terms of the Trinity, where all three are called by one name because they are, of course, one.

    Yahweh saying to Yahweh, then makes just as much sense as Jesus praying to the Father (God praying to God) or Jesus sending the Holy Spirit (God sending God) or the Father turning from Jesus on the cross (God separated from God).

    This would be why, unless we understand God as Trinity, we cannot understand anything about Him.

    If Jesus is not Yahweh, then he is not God and is not one with the Father…and cannot save.

    Hence the non-Christian-ness of the Oneness folk.

    1. Brian says:

      I always thought the Father’s name was Yahweh and the Son’s name was Jesus. Are you saying that the Son has two names? Since there are three persons, it seems to make sense that there could be different names for the different persons. There is no place in the Scriptures that I can think of where the Son’s name is Yahweh and not Jesus

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