Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.John 20:17 (KJV)
My God – What an odd question for me to ask isn’t it? But it appears that Yeshua has a God, according to His own words.
But let’s not take this at face value, let’s dig into it. The words in the Greek are, theon mou, which are undoubtedly translated as “my God.” Theos is used over and over again in the New Testament to refer to God, this is conclusive. Keep in mind that Theos is never used as “father,” only God.
In relation, theos is used in the LXX as the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew words, El and Elohim. It appears approximately 330 times in the Old Testament. The Greek word kyrios is often used in the LXX for the divine name, YHVH.
So how do we resolve this? How can Yeshua claim to have a God if He is God? There’s only one God, this is universally accepted by all monotheistic religions such as Christianity. Maybe the answer is simple? Maybe Yeshua is quite simply the Son of God as the text clearly communicates. This would align nicely with his God being our God, etc.
Let’s look at a few similarly complexing verses for trinitarians which clearly establish that Jesus has a God.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.1 Corinthians 11:3
Paul recognizes the head of Yeshua is God. Again we see the word, theos, which is translated as God.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.Revelation 3:12
This verse from Revelation is Yeshua talking by the way. Yeshua is referencing over and over again, “[this thing] of my God.” All throughout this verse is the Greek, theos mau.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,1 Peter 1:3
Even Peter recognized that Yeshua’s Father is Yeshua’s God. The Apostles were clear in their belief. Peter also uses the Greek word, theos.
The relationship between the Father and the Son can be easy to ascertain, but the trinitarian doctrine doesn’t make it so. Yeshua clearly has a God… and it’s not Him (I don’t think someone can be their own god), but maybe the trinitarian theology suggests this is possible? My trinitarian friends suggest that my eyes just haven’t been opened. I’m willing to say that maybe this is true, but it still doesn’t explain these verses.
So again I ask, if Yeshua is fully God, then how can He also have a God? Yeshua having a God is probably the strongest conflict I have against the trinitarian doctrine.