Can there be a distinction?
When Christians say “Jesus is God” (and I am Christian), They inadvertantly create many false assumptions to those outside of the religion.
- God left heaven and became human. No God in heaven during this time, God was on earth walking around being Jesus.
That offends the sensibilities of any who think that God is way more than any human could ever be. Rightly so.
- That God, if not walking around on earth, is only an elevated human in heaven, know as Jesus.
This of course is not what Jesus taught. He clearly revealed that His Father was greater than He and that His Father was the source of all He was, and remained ‘in heaven’ while Jesus lived his life on earth.
So, the more accurate understanding of Jesus is that he was created, by God, for the distinct purpose and was annointed to this distinct purpose, of being a pure expression of divine action, thought and presence in a human life.
He was a perfect creation of God, not unlike Adam, but where as Adam was unable to keep only Gods will and thus caused all of humanity to fall from perfect grace, to die instead of live eternally, Jesus was sent to earth to be that human who would not deny God’s will for his own, who would do ONLY God’s will and not his own, and in that would be the perfect divine example of God’s will for all of humanity. It is by his perfect obedience and his sinlessness we would be able to be reconciled back to God, healing the separation that was created by Adam when he disobeyed Gods will and acted on his own.
So, Jesus is the Divine Expression of God, and in that, since we see NO, none, nada, zip, zero human will or ego being acted upon or taught or expressed through Jesus in his human incarnation, we can in a sense say “He is God” as he is ONE with God in purpose and action and word and deed. This is what humanity needed. That he is ‘all of God’ can not be considered true, simply because he himself pointed to the Father as that which filled him with the way, the works, the light, the power and authority he was granted over all of earth and heaven. It came from the Father. But to humanity, God sent Jesus to be divine, to be his perfect expression of God’s will for all of humanity to either embrace or reject. Adam had the chance, to embrace or reject Gods will in the Garden, he rejected (disobeyed) and was caste into the flesh, to suffer and die. We are born from this fall, to suffer and die. Jesus was Gods gift to redeem us, now that we have been given Gods perfect will in Him, we can not say, but I did not know I was going against it, and we can choose it and fully obey it, not being condemned by Adams choice which we had no part of. That we are given the Way back to the garden, back to eternity out of our human life after death is the joyful news brought in Jesus, who was the human emissary of truth God created and sent to earth for us outside of the garden, to show us the way back home.
This is what Jesus is. Divine. And the perfect love of God in the flesh for all to see and accept and embrace.