A common notion among some today, among both those within the Church and outside of it, is that the teaching that Jesus was both human and divine (or, as Martin Luther's Small Catechism puts it, "true God, Son of the Father from eternity, and true man, born of the Virgin Mary"[see below]) was a later development. This notion, its proponents feel, buttresses their own belief that Jesus was not and is not God.
Scholar and pastor Mark D. Roberts, in the opening installment of a new series of blog articles, argues that while the first followers of Jesus could have been wrong in asserting the deity of Jesus, they clearly did believe that Jesus was human and divine. Mark is an accessible writer with three degrees from Harvard (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). Check out the introduction to his new series, Was Jesus Divine? Early Christian Perspectives and the first installment, Popular Theories About Why Early Christians Considered Jesus Divine, Part 1.