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I am not inquiring if he is our earthly brother because he is not. He is the only begotten son of God in the flesh. I am meaning "spirit brother" with God being the Father of our spirits. In the Bible Jesus is called the son of God (see topical guide the divine sonship of Jesus Christ) and calls God his Father. We are also called the sons and daughters of God Gen 6:2, Gods offspring Acts 17:29, His children Psalms 82:6 and we also call God our Father in heaven Matt 5:48. Jesus also calls us his brothers or brethren Matt 25:40. People who believe in the Trinity say that he can not be our brother because Jesus is God. Is there a contradiction here or what evidence do they have that would support their concept that he is not our spirit brother?

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"I am meaning 'spirit brother' with God being the Father of our spirits." If you clarify your terms, wouldn't you end up answering your own question? For instance, would you say that God was the Father of Jesus' spirit? If not, then I conclude that He is not our brother. "I am not inquiring if he is our earthly brother because he is not." Are you needlessly limiting the answer this way? –  Steve Jan 19 at 4:25
    
@mojo all of the highlighted words will take you to the scriptures being referenced. –  Nelson Jan 19 at 4:30
    
@Steve I am stating that the scriptures referenced and many others say that God the Father is the Father of Jesus' spirit and is also the Father of our spirit. That would make Christ our Spirit Brother. –  Nelson Jan 19 at 5:03

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People who believe in the Trinity say that he can not be our brother because Jesus is God. Is there a contradiction here?

Yes there is. If The Father, can be our father and God at the same time, why can't Jesus be our brother and God at the same time?

Jesus is inseparably true God and true man. He is truly the Son of God who, without ceasing to be God and Lord, became a man and our brother. That is in his divinity and humanity he is the Son of God. Hence in the same way in his divinity and humanity he is our brother too. To God the Father, Christ shall be the first-born of a multitude of brothers and sisters (Rom 8:29).

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That is a great scripture. I have never noticed it before. Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. –  Nelson Jan 19 at 4:41

Yes, Jesus is our "brother" (ἀδελφός).

In Heb. 2:11, it is written,

For both he who sanctifies1 and those who are sanctified2 are all of one, for which reason he is not ashamed to call them "brothers."

ὁ τε γὰρ ἁγιάζων καὶ οἱ ἁγιαζόμενοι ἐξ ἑνὸς πάντες δι᾽ ἣν αἰτίαν οὐκ ἐπαισχύνεται ἀδελφοὺς αὐτοὺς καλεῖν

God the Father is our father according to the spirit, and Jesus, His only-begotten son, is our brother, for together we are of one family (πατριά).3


Footnotes

1 i.e., Jesus; cp. Heb. 10:10, 10:14, 10:29, 13:12

2 i.e., Christians; ibid.

3 cp. Eph. 3:15

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I disagree with your statement that "people who believe in the Trinity say that He can not be our brother." I believe in the Trinity, but I also believe that Jesus is, in an appropriate sense, our brother. He is the only-begotten Son of God by nature; we are adopted sons of God. In that sense, He is our brother.

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I am not speaking of an adopted sense. In the references given and throughout the Bible Jesus specifically calls God his Father and in the context of the Trinity, Jesus is the manifestation of God the Father in the flesh which to me appears to be a contradiction. –  Nelson Jan 21 at 1:51
    
@Nelson I would not call God the Son (i.e., Jesus) a "manifestation" of God the Father. These are two distinct Persons with the same divine Nature. –  Andreas Blass Jan 21 at 2:09
    
"Spirit Father" There is no need for adoption because God the Father is the father of our spirit. Is God the Father Jesus' spirit Father as well? If he is then that would make Jesus our actual spirit brother? –  Nelson Jan 21 at 2:40

I think this question will inevitably get twisted up in defining terms.

Is Jesus my brother in the literal, physical sense? Obviously not: His Earthly mother was Mary, and she was dead long before I was born.

So you can only mean, Is Jesus our brother in some spiritual or symbolic sense?

But once you say that, surely there are multiple ways that someone could be your brother in a symbolic sense. I can be a brother to a black man in the sense that we are both Christians and thus brothers in Christ, but as I am white I cannot be a brother in the sense that black men sometimes call each other brothers. Etc etc.

So not to be rude or snarky, but I think that ultimately your question is meaningless. Jesus is our brother in some senses of the word and not in others.

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Is Jesus our Brother? Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother. -Mark 3:35

I am not inquiring if he is our earthly brother because he is not. He is the only begotten son of God in the flesh. I am meaning "spirit brother" with God being the Father of our spirits. In the Bible Jesus is called the son of God and calls God his Father. We are also called the sons and daughters of God, Gods offspring, His children and we also call God our Father in heaven. Jesus also calls us his brothers or brethren. People who believe in the Trinity say that he can not be our brother because Jesus is God. Is there a contradiction here? This can be explained by looking at two power and authority models. The first model is a model based on aggression and fear, this model looks like a pyramid. Where the Dictator is on top, and the command chain flows to the bottom. God dislikes this model because the position of Dictator risks blasphemy, as seen in many past governmental examples.

The Second Model look like a plate, with God at the top. In this model all authority is destroyed except God's Authority (1 Corinthians 15:24). Now for the transition for the world to go from a pyramid model to a plate model. A change has to happen to each individual that will end up in the plate model. For this to take place a format model needed to be in place. This model would need to correctly display the needed attributes if a member from the pyramid model would conform to the plate model.

The only one that could correctly make that template was God himself. So a part of himself manifested into the field to display the correct run time environment. By his inherent nature, Jesus was the Son, and the Father was the source. Now the template model for the plate system itself has its own set of attributes. These attributes are pleasing to God, designed by God, and correctly portray the exampled "Jesus way" that was loaded into the field.

Now every member of the pyramid model who attained the attributes of the "Jesus way" correctly made the transition from pyramid model to plate model. Therefore accepting the "Spirit". All members of the Plate Model are as a family, so to be even more specific, by accepting the authority and power change, we become brothers to the loaded attribute example "the Son". To the Source Father God, to him we are sons (Luke 6:35).

So if a contradiction exists, it is because it is not seen what God is doing.

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