Jesus is not only equal with God, He is God. He not only reflects God bit also reveals Him to us. He came to earth from heaven, not from the dust in the ground. He is completely holy and has authority to judge the world.
Spiritual awakening requires belief that Jesus is God and the One True Higher Power required for recovery.
Mark 1:27 The people were all so amazed that they started saying to one another, “What is this? Is it some kind of new teaching? This man has authority to give orders to the evil spirits, and they obey him!”