I am searching myself on the godhead. I am learning to use the forum and went to the “ask the apologetics” thread and can’t seem to get it right. But, you have asked a question that matches almost what I am going to ask, and maybe someone would help us both.
My angle is this: If, Jesus was born God, then on Mount transfiguration he was made God. He was made God twice?
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
5) While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
In Romans 8:15 there is Adoption to become a spiritual disciple or son. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Your question matches my question because Jesus is not God in this scriputure, and so perhaps Jesus was not in the Mt transfiguration in the following history of his life. “And this is eternal life, that they know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent.”
In light of the above verse, I find it hard to understand how one could possibly believe that Jesus is God. It seems pretty clear that Jesus is excluding himself as God in this statement. There are only two explanations I can think of that would still leave the possibility of Jesus being God.
1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Your question is on the 17th Chapter. I did a scripture search on the Bible Hub and typed Moses and Elias and the Book of John is not listed to tell this story. Therefore, the book of John was not written after this episode but before. But again we live in modern times… so this is where faith comes in, and so Christians believe that this episode of Jesus was to tell of his future to die on the cross, and that’s the bottom line for Protestant or Catholic.
Matt 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
I hope this answers your question but I need my question answered.