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“God of God”

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Philippians 2:5–11

From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed

God of God

Pulling It Together: Jesus has always been God. This did not happen when he was born of the virgin, or when he died on the cross, or when he rose from the dead, or when he ascended to the Father. He has always been and always will be God. Jesus is God, as the Father and the Spirit are God, and they are together God. He is the very essence of what it is to be God. He is the pith of divinity.

Though the Son of God was born of a woman and became for us the Son of Man, he remained God. We say that he is God incarnate, or God in the flesh. Though he became a man, he remained wholly God. Just as he has never ceased being God, he never began to be God. He has always been God with the Father and Holy Spirit. Together, they are God and Jesus is God of this Triune God.

Prayer: Jesus, I bow before you, my Lord and my God. Amen.

The Power of Lent is a series of lenten dramas pairing two characters each week from the story of Jesus' Passion; bearing witness to what they saw, heard, and felt. Each pair of biblical characters reflects upon a similar theme for the week, showing how the same events brought about very different reactions to Jesus and his identity.

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