Was Jesus created as an equal to God?

No, Jesus was not created as an equal being to God. After all, Jesus came into existence 2000 years ago. Let me explain. 2000 years ago, the second person of the Trinity, the Word, became flesh (John 1:1,14) and was born through the Virgin Mary. His name is Jesus. That event is called the incarnation. Furthermore, Jesus has two natures, God and man. We call this the hypostatic union. The union of those two natures did not occur until 2000 years ago. However, the divine nature of Jesus is eternal. But the human nature of Jesus had a beginning.  Furthermore, the attributes of both natures are ascribed to the single person. This is called the communicatio idiomatum.  So, the one person of Jesus would say, “I am thirsty,” (John 19:28) and “I will be with you always even to the end of the earth,” (Matt. 28:20). This is because He claimed the attributes of both humanity and divinity.

Now we can better answer the question, “Was Jesus created as an equal to God?” The answer is no. Jesus is not equal to God in the sense that He was created in order to be equal. After all, no created thing can be equal to the uncreated God. But, the nature of Jesus that is divine is, by nature, equal to God, and it that nature is not created. Now, the key is the word “created.” So, no He was not created to be equal because He already was equal in His divine nature – not in his human nature.

John 5:18, “or this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.”
John 5:23, “so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”

The Trinity

The Trinity is one eternal being who exists as three simultaneous, coeternal, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When we say “persons” in the context of the Trinity, we mean the characteristics of having a will, being self-aware, aware of others, can love, hate, think, reason, etc. The Trinity is three of these, not three beings, not three Gods. After all, God is a triune being. If any of the three persons were removed, God would not be God. Think of a cube. It has height, width, and depth. If any one of those three aspects were removed, the cube could not exist. For more on this, please see the Trinity Chart.

So, Jesus is the union between the second person of the Trinity, the Word (John 1:1, 14), and human nature. This new union is not eternal, but the divine nature within it is eternal. So, Jesus was not created as an equal to God.

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