The second article of the Creed teaches us something important about God and math, namely that God uses math when He feels like it – but there are other times, especially in relation to His being, He eschews math for something greater, Himself. This means that He is 3 and also 1 and also 3 (the Trinity), it also means that the Son is 200%. He is fully God and fully man.
This Sunday we confessed the 1st part of the second article of the Creed:
“What is the second article of the Creed? (Part 1)
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary . . .”
What does this mean? (Part 1)
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. . . . This is most certainly true.”
This means that Jesus is 200%. He is 100% God and 100% human. He has to be both in order to save us from our sins. A way of thinking about it, perhaps, is if you mix food coloring into a glass of water. All of the sudden, the water in the glass is green. The glass is 100% water, and 100% green. But even that doesn’t grasp the fullness of Jesus Christ’s nature – in fact, nothing in our world does, and so it is impossible to come up with a metaphor. Which is a good thing.
Our world is bound by math, by logic, by reason. But there is much more to the cosmos than our world. There is a God who stepped into our bound world and who existed by His own rules while living in our rule-bound world. We can’t walk through walls, but He did. We can’t die for someone else’s sins, but He did. We can’t do much of what He can do – even if we’re operating at 100%.
That is why it is important that He came to be our 200% God.