If you have ever studied apologetics and skeptic apologetics you are aware of the skeptic argument which states that the divinity of Jesus appears to have developed as the Gospels were produced from Mark to John.
Most scholars would agree that Mark was the first gospel written, followed by Mathew, Luke, and then John. And that in this sequence, we can see Jesus’s “Christology” become more full and developed as time goes with these books. I have to admit that the argument is not completely without merit. It seems plainly obvious that Marks portrayal of Jesus, while obviously magnificent, is not as grandiose in its theological claims as the two following gospels and, certainly, much less than in John. In the Gospel of John we see very grand, blunt, and strong theological language portraying Jesus as strongly divine. Whereas, in rewinding, we see Jesus as somewhat of a “Minister of the poor and downtrodden” or something of that nature. It seems like He increases in stature steadily up until the Gospel of John.
HOWEVER, and this is a point that I do not see raised in light of this issue, we do have the letters of Paul, which probably precede the writing dates of each Gospel, stating in plain language what Jesus is and what He means. To me, this seems almost fatal to the skeptics argument of this topic.
What do you guys think?