Ephesians 1.3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….”
Ephesians 1.16-18 says,“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ … may grant you…”
In Ephesians 1, both vv3 and 17 express the genuine humanity of Christ. Paul speaks of God the Father as Jesus’ God (as does John in 20:17, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”). Was Jesus not divine?
Yet we must hold this truth with what the Bible says elsewhere of Jesus’ own divinity.
Who, though he [Jesus] was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped [or ‘exploited’] (Phil 2.6).
What gives? Is God the “God” of Jesus? We worship Jesus, and Jesus worships the Father?
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