Letter 9: How unique is Jesus?

We already noted in this connection that against popular belief both the Bible and the Qur’an do not agree that all prophets were sinless.


Does all this not raise the intrinsic question on just how ‘human’ a person can be who unites all the above attributes in himself or herself? Do we know of any person who could boast of calling just two of these attributes his or her own? In the case of Jesus, one can only conclude that He is superhuman. And that is divine!


Now let me very briefly touch on another point you mentioned and that is causing confusion even among some Christians, the so-called ‘trinity’ of God. You could not have touched on a topic more difficult to comprehend. To understand this divine concept is equal to the attempt to understand who God is. Let me say categorically that Christians are decidedly monotheists! We believe in one God, as our Bible teaches:


“The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4).

“I am the Lord your God . . . Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2, 3).

“There is . . . one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all”

(Ephesians 4:4 – 6).


Both the Old and the New Testament agree on this.


Allow me to simplify a complex concept: I am one person, and yet I am made up of body, soul and spirit. So I am actually a unity of three components, i.e. a trinity, although visible is only my body. I am not I without my body, neither without my soul or spirit. Let me reverently try to use this metaphor on the person of God. The Bible speaks of God as the Creator, the Father. That needs little explanation.


But then it also speaks of God becoming incarnated in human form (John 1: 1 – 5; 9 – 14; Philippians 2:5 – 11; Isaiah 63:8; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9). This was to reveal Himself to mankind and to take up the role of the promised Saviour. Perhaps, for lack of a more illustrative word, God introduced Jesus as his Son. I would like to come to that a little later again.