Descriptions & Titles : God in Christ
A misinterpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 is often used to support the doctrine of the Trinity. It is yet another case of failing to recognise the Biblical theme of God's delegation of authority to humans. The passage reads:
"Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
That is not an iota different to this:
1 John 3:15-16
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we know and have believed the love which God has in us. God is love; and he that abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Consider also the following:
"and they glorified God in me."
"And the anger of YHWH was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is there not Aaron thy brother the Levite? I know that he can speak well...he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him as God."
1 Samuel 8:7
"And YHWH said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not be king over them."
"...You have not lied to men (the apostles) but to God."
1 Thessalonians. 4:8
"Therefore he that rejects, rejects not man, but God, who gives his Holy Spirit unto you."
1 John 4:12
"No man has beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us."
2 Corinthians 6:16
"And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."
Particular attention should be paid to Isaiah 45:14, which is addressed to Cyrus, the Medo-Persian King. We read how various people will say to him: "Surely God is in you; and there is none else. There is no other god."
When God's will is carried out by humans, including Jesus, God is IN THEM: When God acts through human agency, it is God who is acting; when God speaks through human agency, it is God who is speaking; when a speaker of the Word is rejected, it is God who is rejected.