During the time of the four gospels, the apostles had no problem distinguishing Jesus from God. Jesus was a man, God was God, and that was that.
Once Jesus was resurrected, and particularly once He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God, things changed. If they had a question of Jesus, they could no longer just wait until He was finished with the crowds or until He woke up. No longer could they look Him in the eyes, ask their question, and wait for the answer to come out of His mouth. No, they would have to communicate with Him as they had been used to communicating with God – by faith.
When asking God a question, the apostles had to look to heaven in faith and trust that God was hearing their words. Now they would have to do the same with their Teacher. This was the blurring of the Father and the Son. Clearly distinguishable while Jesus was on earth, the two became less distinguishable once Jesus went to heaven.
Was this to be a temporary state of affairs until Jesus could return to the earth and begin walking around and dealing with people one-on-one again? Hardly. The Second Coming was a spiritual event in which Jesus was revealed as God (see the biblical case for this, which is a book titled Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?). Thus the blurring of the Father and the Son was the transition Jesus was giving to teach His people to come to Him in faith.
Before His coming to earth, Jesus (who was God) had always wanted people to come to Him in faith. But in the plan of Christ, He created a way that they might first relate to Him in the flesh – and seeing His nature firsthand – might have more confidence to relate to Him in the spirit. Thus God became Jesus of Nazareth. We may now worship Him as God. The blurring of Father and Son is over – they have become one in our minds because we now know that the Father became the Son only long enough that He might become Father to us all.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.