Two gentlemen from a well-known denomination handed me a pamphlet at my door recently. They started by mentioning the upcoming Easter holiday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I asked them if they believed He was God and they answered, “Yes, a god but not the God.” I said that both humans (Thomas the Apostle) (Jo 20:28) and God the Father called Jesus God. (Heb 1:8) I further talked about the triune nature of the Godhead (Acts 7:55-56) (Rom 15:30) (Acts 5:30-32) but they kept referencing their own translation which evidently reads differently than all the others.
If I were to have the opportunity, I would try to explain to them and others how we humans were also created with a triune nature which in some ways resembles the Godhead. The Old and New Testaments mention our body, soul and spirit. (Deut 6:5) (Mt 10:28) (Heb 4:12) (1 Thes 5:23) The Godhead is said to be one by Jesus (Jo 10:30) and in Old Testament verses. (Deut 6:4)
A human being has a body, a mind, and an emotional center (often called the heart in the Bible) (Mt 22:37) (Mk 12:30) (Deut 10:12,13) (Deut 30:2). We understand that even if the body is in a coma, a person is no less human. Each part of our humanity can operate independently but functions best when there is cooperation and harmony between them. (1 Thes 5:23) This is certainly true of the Divine Being. My visitors stated that Jesus could not be God because He died and we never even talked of the many roles of the Holy Spirit.
All three parts of the triune Godhead were present at the creation, baptism and resurrection of Jesus. (Gen 1:26) (Mt 3:16) (Mt 28:19) (Rom 10:9) (1 Pe 3:18) (Jo 10:18) Here on this earth we have a limited understanding of our triune nature. In the world to come we only know that we’ll be like the Godhead (1 Jo 3:2) whatever that may entail.