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The Divine Nature of Jesus Christ
A Biblical Study of the Son of God

What does the Bible say about Christ's divinity, His divine nature? Is He the only begotten Son of God? Or is He part of the trinity? Some say that Jesus is created and not divine! Let's go to the Bible for answers to these questions.

God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son. So, Jesus must be a gift from God to us!

  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Abraham had to face the prospect of obeying one of the hardest commands God has ever given to anyone.

  1. Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 22:2

When young Isaac asked his father where the lamb for the burnt offering was, Abraham struggled for an answer because he was actually going to sacrifice Isaac himself and he was not ready to tell his own son.

What he said was prophetic:

  1. My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering. Genesis 22:8 (part)

God did provide for Himself the Lamb because Jesus is the Lamb of God that God provided! Unlike Abraham, who was stopped from sacrificing his son, there was no one to stop Jesus from being sacrificed.

But that was His purpose. Because of His love for fallen mankind; Jesus came to save us from our sins and He sacrificed Himself for us so that we can live for eternity with Him.

We owe everything to Jesus and His saving grace because He has saved us from sure death and total destruction. I think it is a natural thing to want to learn more about Jesus and His saving grace. I also want to know more about the Father who loved us so much that He gave us His only begotten Son!

It is my desire to dig in the Scriptures to really find out what we can know about the Father and about Jesus! Is Jesus really the only begotten Son of God? What does that mean?

In asking these questions I also want to know more about the love they have for us. On this page, lets explore what the Bible says about Jesus, His gift of life to us, his nature, and the Trinity.

Is Jesus Created?

Is Jesus God, a divine being, or is He a created being? Some people believe that Jesus is actually a part of God's creation and that Colossians 1:15 supports the idea that Jesus is just a created being. Is that true? Is Jesus really a created being or is Jesus in fact a divine being?

  1. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Colossians 1:15 KJV

When we read this text, the words that are used in the King James Bible make it sound like Paul is calling Jesus a created being: "the firstborn of every creature". So, when he says Jesus was the firstborn of every creature, is Paul really saying that Jesus was the first one to be created?

Lets look into this question. When we start to look around at other versions of the Bible we can see that there is another way to understand what Paul is saying.

New King James Version New International Version New English Bible The Revised English Bible New Century Version Phillips Goodspeed
15.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15
15.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15
15.  He is the image of the invisible God; his is the primacy over all created things. Colossians 1:15
15.  He is the image of the invisible God; his is the primacy over all creation. Colossians 1:15
15.  No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. He ranks higher than everything that has been made. Colossians 1:15
15.  Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. He existed before creation began. Colossians 1:15
15.  He is a likeness of the unseen God, born before any creature, Colossians 1:15

Instead of saying that Jesus was the first created being; Paul could be saying that Jesus is over all creation, that He existed before creation began. Does Jesus rank higher than any created being that has ever been made? Lets look at the next verse to see which interpretation might be correct.

  1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16. NKJV

The idea that Jesus could be the first created being does not fit with the thought in verse 16. Does this make sense: Jesus was the first to be created because all things were created by Him. No, it doesn't make sense. The two thoughts clash. How can Jesus be the first to be created when all things were created by Him?

Now, when we read the verse this way, does it make better sense: Jesus rules over all creation because all things were created by Him. Yes, it does make sense, verse 16 answers why the statement in verse 15 is true: Now why is it that Jesus rules over all creation? It is because all things were created by Him.

If Jesus is just created, like all the rest of the created beings, how could He have created all things? Within the context of having all thing being created by Jesus, it only makes sense to say that He ranks higher than everything that has ever been made.

So, just from reading the Bible texts by themselves, we can see that Verse 15 is not talking about Jesus being created at all, but it is speaking of His rank which is higher than all Creation.

To understand this from a different way, let's look at the original meaning for "firstborn". The Greek word for "firstborn" is prototokos, which means the firstborn or first begotten.

But the first born can mean two things. It can mean that Jesus was the very first one to be born (Notice how both Phillips and Goodspeed translates Colossians 1:15 above). Or it can mean that Jesus was the most prominant one to be born (Notice that the other translations of Colossians 1:15 above, speak of Jesus as being over all creation).

So, Jesus would be identified as the pre-eminent one. He would rank higher and He would have primacey over all creation, everything that has been made. He would be the one who has the privileges and prerogatives of God.

Lets expand our study and include verse 17. Also, there was something we left out in verse 16. Now, the context becomes even stronger for supporing the idea that Jesus ranks higher than all of creation. Thus, Jesus would rule over all creation.

  1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17. NKJV

Lets look toward the end of verse 16. If all created things were not only made through Jesus, but were also made for Jesus, it should be easy to understand that Jesus really does rank higher than all of creation. He rules over all of creation not only because all things were made through Him, but also because all created things were actually made for Him!

Now in verse 17 we again see that Jesus existed before all things existed and that in Him all things consist or are held together. So again, Jesus cannot be the first created being because He existed before it all began, before all things existed.

It is in Him [Jesus] that all things consist. All things were created through Him and for Him. So again, Jesus is the source of all creation because it is because of Him that all things exist!

Lets look at a few more verses to identify what "firstborn" might actually mean:

  1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
  4. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
  5. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, Colossians 1:15-19.

In verse 18, we see something very interesting. Jesus is called the first born from the dead. Was Jesus the first person to be resurrected from the dead? No, He was not. Jesus had resurrected a few people from the dead when He was on earth (Luke 7:11-15; 8:41-42; 8:49-55; John 11:38-44). However these people all died again in a few years. But, there is at least one person who had been raised from the dead before Jesus was raised from the dead, and he went to heaven.

In Jude 1:9 we find a clue that Michael raised Moses from the dead. In addition there is the additional clue that Moses was raised from the dead. When Jesus was on the earth, both Moses and Elijah came to talk to Jesus. We know that Elijah never died, but Moses certainly did die (See Deuteronomy 34:5-7).

So again, "firstborn from the dead" does not necessarily mean the first one to be resurrected from the dead, but instead, it refers to the most prominent one, the pre-eminent one with special privilege of power over death.

Now, when we look back at verse 15, we can see that Paul really is saying that Jesus is the most prominent pre-eminent one with special privileges of power over death because He has created all things: for by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth! He existed before creation began and Jesus does indeed rank higher than any created being.

Looking at it from again another perspective: It makes no sense to say that Jesus was the First Created Being and then to say that Jesus is the one who has created everything in both Heaven and Earth. If He did not create Himself then He definitely did not create everything! These ideas are mutually exclusive. It is only when we begin to understand what verse 15 is actually saying that we can say: Yes indeed; Jesus has existed before the creation process actually began and He ranks higher than all created things. Then it makes perfect sense to say that: ". . by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth".

Is Jesus the First Created Being or is He the
Ruler and Prime Source of all God's Creation?

Revelation 3:14 is another verse that some people say supports the idea that Jesus is just a created being. In this verse, Jesus describes Himself in many ways:

  1. And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: Revelation 3:14 NKJV

This verse makes it sound like Jesus is the first of the creation, meaning that He is the first created being. However there are other versions that do say it differently:

New International Version New English Bible The Revised English Bible Goodspeed
14.  "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. Revelation 3:14
14.  To the angel of the church at Laodicea write: "These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the prime source of all God's creation: Revelation 3:14
14.  To the angel of the church at Laodicea write: "These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of all God's creation: Revelation 3:14
14.  To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The Amen, the true and faithful witness, the origin of God's creation, Revelation 3:14

So, either Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God, meaning that he is the first created being, or He is the source or origin of all God's creation.

The Greek word for beginning can mean: 1. beginner or origin; 2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader, the beginning; or 3. That by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause; and a few other lesser meanings. The New Thayer's Greek English Lexicon specifically identifies the meaning of the word to be the third meaning for revelation 3:14. Thus, the meaning of the word actually identifies the source, the originator, or the active cause.

So, the text could read "the originator of God's creation". Jesus would be the ruler and prime source (origin) of God's creation. This translation of Revelation 3:14 would now allow it to agree with all the other verses where Jesus is the originator, the source of all God's creation. He was not the first created being but instead He created all things!

  1. All things were made through Him [Jesus], and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3
  1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17.
  1. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3
  1. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:6
  1. For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 2 Peter 3:5
  1. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; Ephesians 3:9
  1. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26

Jesus is not the first created being, but rather He is the one who has made everything that is created, without Him nothing was made that was made! He is the source and origin of all God's creation. He is even the ruler of God's creation.

Jesus Accepts Worship

The Bible teaches us that Jesus is Divine and not created. One of the chief Biblical evidences showing us that Jesus is Diving is that Jesus accepted worship. When He was here on earth He was worshipped many times and Jesus never stopped them from worshipping Him. Here is just one example:

  1. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"
  2. He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?"
  3. And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you."
  4. Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him. John 9:35-38

A blind man was cured of his blindness, yet when the leaders listened to what he had to say, they got so mad that they threw him out of the temple. So Jesus went looking for him and asked him if he believed in Him. When Jesus pointed out who He truly was, the man worshiped Him!

Yet, when John was in vision, John was stopped from worshiping an angel who was in front of him:

  1. And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10 NKJV

John did it a second time as well.

  1. Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
  2. Then he said to me, "See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God." Revelation 22:8-9 NKJV

The Ten Commandments specifically says:

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3.

It also says:

  1. You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God Exodus 20:5 (first part).

Now, if Jesus is not Divine, He would be causing others to sin as well by not stopping this worship of Him. Jesus would be an enemy of God. Look what happened to Herod when He accepted praise:

  1. So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them.
  2. And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"
  3. Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:21-23

King Herod chose to accept worship as a god, and God struck him down.

Since Jesus did not sin, His acceptance of worship must be legitimate. He really is divine.

Satan is the one who wants to be worshiped as if he were God. That makes Satan the enemy of God, because Satan wants to take God's glory for himself!

  1. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
  2. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
  3. Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" Mark 4:8-10

So, this idea that Jesus is not Divine cannot be true! But of course we have other Bible texts that help confirm that Jesus is Divine:

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.
  1. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
  2. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Colossians 2:8-9.
  1. "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:5.
  1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
  2. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  3. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, Hebrews 1:1-3.
  1. But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working."
  2. Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:17-18.
  1. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
  2. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, Philippians 2:5-6

Jesus is the image of the Invisible God!

So, we can see that Jesus is not created; But rather, we find that He has created everything! Also, we know that He has the fullness of the Godhead and He accepts worship. Jesus is divine!

But the Bible also speaks of Jesus as being the only begotten Son of God the Father:

  1. having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
  2. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
  3. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:4-6

The Father said to Jesus, His Son, when He was born: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." So, it is by inheritance that Jesus is the Son of God so He has the name of His Father! There are also other places in the Bible that can suggest to us the idea of inheritance.

  1. Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
  2. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. Exodus 23:20-21

This Angel has the name of God in Him! This suggests the idea of inheritance because He has God's name in Him.

In the next verse we find that this Special Son of God is virtually identical to His Father. Everything about Him speaks of His inheritance of a divine nature because He is like His Father:

  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  2. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:2-3

Jesus is the brightness of His Father's glory, the express image of His Father's person, and the word of His Father's power. He has been appointed heir of all things and after He purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of His Father on high.

  1. He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

Yes, Jesus is the image of the invisible God, His Father! In Genesis, Moses speaks of both the Father and Son as having the same image:

  1. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26

They are of the same nature. When they created things they made them according to their likeness and their image.

An Interesting Difference

But now, When we start looking at some of the statements about Jesus more closely, we can begin to see something real interesting. It does NOT look like the Father and Jesus are on the same level. The Father is over His Son.

  1. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
  2. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
  3. "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
  4. I and My Father are one." John 10:27-30

Why is it that no one can snatch us (His sheep) out of Christ's hand if His Father has given us to Jesus? The answer is that The Father is greater than all and no one can snatch us out of His hand!

So, Jesus is saying that His Father gave Jesus his sheep and nothing will take us from Them because it is the Father that is all powerful. Now look at this:

  1. "You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I. John 14:28

Jesus says outright that His Father is greater than He is.

  1. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:3

We found that the Father is greater than all and that He is greater than Jesus. Now we find that the Father is the head of Christ. In the next verse, Revelation 1:6, it says that the Father is also the God of Jesus:

  1. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
  2. and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6

When we get to heaven, Jesus will make us kings and priests to His God and Father! So here we see that the Father is the God of Jesus! In John 6 there is further confirmation showing that the Father is the God of Jesus:

  1. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
  2. "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. John 6:56-57

Jesus makes a parallel analogy between our dependance on Jesus and His dependance on His Father. In heaven, we who are saved will live because of Jesus. Now Jesus says He lives because of the Father. So Jesus exists because of the Father who is God.

If you look at many of the introductions that Paul gives in his letters to the church, and there are many, you will find the Father and Jesus introduced: Only the Father is addressed as God. Jesus is called Lord.

  1. Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:1

Here is another introduction by Paul, again describing only the Father as God:

  1. Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),
  1. Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, Galatians 1:1,3

God the Father is said to have raised Jesus from the dead. (This issue will be studied more later.) Now, lets look at Hebrews 1 and ask ourselves what it means:

  1. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:3

This verse should cause us to ask a few questions about the Father and Jesus. Jesus is described as having the brightness of His Father's glory. Why wouldn't Jesus have His own glory? Why is it his Father's Glory? Jesus is described as being the express image of His Father's person. Why is it that the Father is never described as being the express image of His Son? Jesus upholds all things by the word of His Father's Power. Does Jesus ever uphold things by His own power?

In Colossians 1 we see what Jesus is an image of?

  1. He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
  4. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
  5. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, Colossians 1:15-19

We saw that Jesus is the express image of His Father. In other words, He is an exact image of His Father. Now, we see that Jesus is the image of the invisible God?

In addition, we see that He has been given the fullness of the Godhead?

Yes, the fullness of the Godhead is in Jesus, but what does it mean to have the fullness of the Godhead? The greek word for Godhead (Strongs # = 2305) means divinity or divine nature. So the text is referring to Christ's divinity as we saw in Colossians 2:

  1. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Colossians 2:9

So, in Colossians 1:19, let's look at the verse again:

  1. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, Colossians 1:19

Paul says that it was the Father who gave Jesus the Fullness of his divine nature. There are still other verses that add to this idea. Jesus was granted to have life in Himself.

  1. "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, John 5:26

Jesus has life in Himself just like the Father, who has life in Himself, because it pleased the Father that in Him; All the fullness should dwell in Him. Yet the Father is greater than Jesus because the Father is the source of everything that was given to Jesus. He gave Jesus all these things!

So both the Father and the Son have life in themselves. Also, Jesus is said to have life in Himself in the same way that the Father has life in Himself. This mention of having life in themselves is more than saying they are living. They both possess the fullness of the Godhead and they exist on their own. So they are not made out of created atoms like we are but are entirely Divine.

Now, on a different note; We also see that the Father has given Jesus His authority in both heaven and earth:

  1. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
  2. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:18-19

In the next verse we see that not only all authority has been given to Jesus, but that all things have been delivered to Him as well by the Father.

  1. "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Matthew 11:27

Just as the Father gave Jesus a kingdom, Jesus will also give a kingdom to His disciples.

  1. "But you [His disciples] are those who have continued with Me in My trials.
  2. "And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me,
  3. "that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Luke 22:28-30.

So, God the Father gave Jesus His kingdom. Paul, in his letter to the Philippian church describe the reason why Jesus was elevated by His Father.

  1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
  2. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
  3. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  4. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  5. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  6. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
  7. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

Initially, Jesus was in the form of God because He is divine, However, because Jesus humbled himself and died on the cross to save all of us, God, His Father, highly exalted Jesus and He also gave Him a name that is above every name. It is now that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow. Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The last part of verse 11 describes something special. The exaltation of Jesus actually brings glory to God the Father! To be able to to bring honor on Jesus is probably one of the highest joys of the Father. So all this brings glory to the Father.

We might tend to think that both the Father and Jesus are equal partners, yet we see in quite a few statements of the Bible that The Father is over Jesus, that everything that Jesus has, was given to Him by His Father. Now we see that when the end comes Jesus will give the kingdom back to God, His Father. Jesus will always be under His Father.

  1. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
  2. For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  3. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

All things have been placed under Jesus, but the Father is excepted. In fact Jesus will always be subject to the Father. Now, when Jesus says He will be sitting at the right hand of the Power, we know that He will be sitting on the right hand of the Father who is over Jesus.

  1. But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!"
  2. Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
  3. Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! Matthew 26:63-65.

When Jesus was forced to tell them who He really was, He told them He was the Son of God and that they would see Him sitting at the right hand of Power. What this means is that Jesus will be sitting next to His Father, who is the source of all power, when He comes in the clouds of glory.

When that happens, He will give us the joy of being kings and priests to God the Father. Jesus has given what was given to Him, back to His Father.

  1. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
  2. and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6

Worshipping God and the Lamb

We have seen how Jesus said that His Father was His God and that His Father has given Him everything that He has. Some people suggest that it is only when Jesus was on earth as a man that He was lower than His Father. But we have already seen a few examples that extend into heaven. We have seen that the Father will always be over His Son even in Heaven. Let us now look at more examples showing what will happen in Heaven:

In Hebrews 1:6 we see that it will be God who tells the angels in heaven that Jesus, from whom God created everything, is to be worshiped.

  1. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:6

When God puts the firstborn into the world again, (This must be at the time of the Second coming of Christ), He tells the angels to worship Him! So it seems that this privilege of being worshipped was also given to Jesus.

  1. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  2. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  3. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
  4. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11

It is because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us that God highly exalted him, giving Him a name above every name. So at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Everything Jesus has, His power and authority, was given to Him by His Father. But now in the next verse we find that when Jesus and His people are finally in heaven, it is then that Jesus will give the kingdom back to the Father. As was before, the Father will always be over the Son of God.

  1. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
  2. For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  3. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

It should be clear that the Father will always be over His Son. Now, when Jesus says He will be sitting at the right hand of the Power, we know that He will be sitting on the right hand of the Father who will always be over Jesus His Son.

In heaven itself, we see that both the Father and Jesus are praised, yet we see a special praise that is especially directed toward God the Father because He is the source of power for all things:

  1. Now when He [Jesus the Lamb] had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
  2. And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
  3. And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
  4. Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
  5. saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
  6. And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
  7. Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. Revelation 5:8-14.

In verse 13 we see that both the Father and the Lamb are worshipped. But, in verse 14 we see that special worship of the Father, the One who lives forever and ever.

Now we see the great multitude from all the earth worshiping God.

  1. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
  2. and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
  3. All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
  4. saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:9-12.

They acknowledge that Salvation belongs to both the Father and the Son, but in verse 11 and 12, it is the Father that they especially worship. This inequality does indeed make sense since God did begat His only Son, Jesus.

Is Jesus Really the Son of God?

How can we understand who Jesus really is? We have seen that He is not created but instead He has created everything. In addition, He is fully divine and has the fullness of the Godhead, a divine nature. So far so good.

But we can also see that Jesus calls the Father, His God. Jesus also describes Him as being all powerful, being greater than all else. He is greater then Jesus and He is the head of Christ. Yes, The Father is Jesus' God. In addition we see that God the Father will always be over the Son of God in heaven. So this inequality is not just on earth. We see the same inequality in heaven as well.

In the Bible, again and again, the Father is called God while Jesus is only called Lord. Only four times in all the Bible is Jesus called God. Jesus is even called God's Servant.

  1. "To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." Acts 3:26

In the vast majority of times The Father is called God while Jesus is not! So, the Bible indicates that the Father is above His Son.

In addition, we see that the Father has given Jesus his divinity, and his life that is in Himself. All authority has been given to Jesus and He also gave Jesus a kingdom. Also, we find that because Jesus humbled himself for us, He has also been given a name that is above all other names so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

How can Jesus be fully divine when everything is given to Him? How can Jesus be fully divine when the Father is stronger than He is? We would think that being divine seems to be the opposite of having glory and authority, etc. given Him, but maybe not. Maybe there is such a thing as divine inheritance.

We see special evidence of this divine inheritance in the fact that Jesus is the express image of His Father. He is the image of the invisible God! Yes, Jesus is the brightness of His glory, upholding all things by the word of His power, and after purging our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high! What this means is that Jesus sits next to the Majesty on high, the King of Kings.

  1. The Best Way to Understand Jesus is to believe what the Bible says: Jesus really is the Son of God, and God really is His Father. This would mean that Jesus really was the Son of God long before He was born in Bethlehem, just as the Bible says. Since Jesus created everything, He must have existed before all things were ever created. But at some point He must have had a beginning since He really is God's Son. So, Jesus came forth from God. He was begotten by God and Jesus is God's only begotten Son.
  2. If the above paragraph is true, that would mean that the words of the Bible would be describing actual truths instead of just being symbols of spiritual truth as many believe. So God really is a Father and He has an only begotten Son. Also, when God chose to start creating things, He chose to create everything through His Son.

    Because Jesus really is the Son of God, He has inheritance! Jesus is God by inheritance and so, He has a divine nature through inheritance from His Father. That is what allows Jesus to be divine like His Father. But it is only the Father who has always been in existence from everlasting to everlasting. So, Jesus must have had a beginning. All things that Jesus possesses has been given to Him by His Father. And He is in the express image of the invisible God! All of this is the natural consequence of being the actual Son of God.

    There is no mystery how both the Father and Son could both be honored as One God. Jesus is the Son of God, so He has blood-lines so to speak. He is Divine by inheritance. Yes, He came out of the Father as a Son. He is actually part of God. So, He was not created but instead He was begotten and He was brought fourth out of the Father. Scripture is clear on this point as we will see. So, Jesus has the name of God in Him. By honoring Jesus, we are actually honoring the Father, because it is by the will of the Father that His Son be honored.

    Jesus has been described as being our Prince. Because He came down and died for our sins. But soon, Jesus will come again and receive us unto Himself. It is then that the kingdom will be given over to Jesus by the order of the court in heaven; But then, once things are established, Jesus will then give the Kingdom back to His Father so that His Father will always be over Him. Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:3,8-9,13; and 1 Corinthians 15:24-28.

The Trinity Doctrine

Most people do not believe what the Bible teaches about God and Jesus. Actually, most people do not even search the Scriptures to determine what the Bible teaches about God and Jesus. Instead, they believe in the Trinity and that Jesus is part of the Trinity. In this Trinity Doctrine, Jesus is considered to have the same equal power that His Father possesses. Also Jesus would be thought to have existed all throughout eternity.

But the actual teaching of the Trinity cannot be found in the Scriptures at all! As we have seen, the Bible clearly teaches that The Father is over His Son and that the Son of God had a beginning. Jesus came forth out of His Father at some time long ago before anything was ever created.

The Trinity Doctrine is only an assumed doctrine and is not stated or explained in the Bible. The teaching of the Trinity actually comes from non-Biblical sources and it's teaching has been applied to Scripture to change some of the meaning of the words used in the Bible.

Now, when people read the Bible, they no longer believe the truths of the Bible. When they read in the Bible that Jesus is the Son of God, most likely, they will not believe it. They do know, however that Jesus is at least called the Son of God.

The idea of the Trinity is taught as a mystery. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are considered to be one God. It is taught that the Father is not Jesus, that Jesus is not the Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit is not the Father, but at the same time, they are considered to be one God when considered together. It does not make sense so that is why it is called a mystery.

Since Jesus is considered to be eternal, having no beginning and no ending, there are some serious aspects of Bible teaching that no longer fit.

  1. Jesus cannot actually die on the cross since He has no ending. So His divinity aspect of self would have to stay in heaven and only a human-non-divine form could come to earth to die for us on the cross. Since it is considered that God cannot die, only His human form must have died.
  2. This goes against what the Bible specifically teaches.

    There is no mention at all in the Bible that the Divine form was in heaven while the human-non-divine form of the Son of God was on earth. No mention at all. Instead, we find that the Son of God died and was brought back to life!

    1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
    2. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
    3. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
    4. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8

    1. "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
    2. "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father." John 10 17-18

    1. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:18

    1. "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: Revelation 2:8

  1. Jesus cannot actually be the Son of God because, to be a Son, there has to be a beginning. Jesus could not come forth, out of the Father if He has no beginning. So, Jesus cannot be the actual Son of God!
  2. This also goes against what the Bible specifically teaches. The Bible says that there was indeed a time when Jesus was begotten:

    1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn (or first begotten) over all creation. Colossians 1:15

    1. He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
    2. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? Hebrews 1:4-5 (part)

  1. Some believe that Jesus is considered to be the Son of God because He was born in this world as a man to be the Son of God.
  2. Again, this goes against what the Bible specifically teaches. In the Bible, God gave His Son as a gift to us. God had to have a Son in order to give us his Son. So Jesus was the Son of God even before He came to earth to be a man:

    1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

    Also, according to the Trinity doctrine, Jesus could not have come out of the Father, even when He was born in Bethlehem; Because the trinity doctrine says that He has always existed with no beginning. That means He did not come from the Father at all! He would have come from Himself since he has always existed with no beginning.

Now, to get around the problem of having the Bible contradict with the teachings of the Trinity doctrine; What they try to do is to reinterpret the Scripture in such a way as to make things fit with the idea of the Trinity. Actually the Trinity doctrine does not come from the Bible at all. It actually comes from various extra-biblical or non-biblical sources.

Within the thinking of the Trinity Doctrine, Jesus cannot be directly considered to be the actual Son of God since He is thought to have always existed. What has been done is to come up with various ways that Jesus could be called the Son of God without actually having to be the actual Son of God by being begotten from the Father.

Here are the three different explainations:

  1. In the First Way: Jesus is thought to have always been begotten of the Father because He is considered to be eternally begotten of the Father by definition. This allows Jesus to be begotten at least in name but not actually begotten. It also means that there is never a time when He was not begotten (at least in name). This idea allows it to be said that the Son of God has always existed. He is considered to be begotten without having to actually be begotten.
  2. As we will see, this is against Scripture that specifically states that Jesus was brought forth from the Father and was God's only begotten Son.

  1. In the Second Way: God the Father and God the Son chose to start playing roles before the process of creation began. So from the beginning of creation, Jesus has always played the role of the Son of God and God played the part of the Father. This would mean that Jesus was playing His role of being a Son long before He came to Earth as a man.
  2. This is also against Scripture that specifically states that Jesus was brought forth from the Father and was God's only begotten Son. It also goes against Jesus' own words when He said He was telling the truth about Himself.

    1. in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, Titus 1:2

    God and His Son are not acting out a make-believe situation. That is what we see when we go to the theater:

    1. that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18
  1. In the Third Way: Jesus would only be considered to be the Son of God because He was born in this world as a man. It would be a role that Jesus would play as He lived on Earth. Also, Jesus would only be weak here on earth when He existed as a man. So everything had to be given to Him at that time on earth. But in heaven, because He is part of the Trinity, He would again not need to be given anything.
  2. But this is also against Scripture. God can only give us a Son that He already has. Jesus did not just become God's actual Son when He was born in Bethlehem. God gave His already existing Son.

    1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

What Does the Bible Say?

Lets look at Scripture to see what is true. Is God a Trinity or does God really have a Son.

There are actually many texts in Scripture that declare the Father to be God and Jesus is declared to be the Son of the Father, the Son of God:

  1. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

But many people read these verses and see no problem because they know that The Father is called God and Jesus is called the Son of God. They think of these as only titles but not as reality.

But some of these texts in Scripture are very specific in what they say and there is no Scripture that says anything else about God that is different!

  1. Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
  2. "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
  3. "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:1-3

While Jesus prays to His Father just before He goes to the garden of Gethsemane, He asks to allow all those who are His, that is, those His Father has given Him to be saved, that they can have eternal life. Jesus then identifies what we have to do to have eternal life: "that we may know the Father, who is the only true God!"

It is the Father who is the only true God. If that is true, then by Bible definition there is no other God! So, what about Jesus? Who is Jesus? Jesus Christ is the one whom the only true God has sent to us, the Son of God!

Below, Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, adds to who God is:

  1. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
  2. one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
  3. one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  4. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:4-7

There is one God and Father of all! This does not sound like the Trinity that I keep hearing about. In the Trinity, there are three equal parts that make up God. But Paul says that it is the Father who is the one God, who is above all.

This truth matches what we saw just before in John 17:3, that Jesus called His Father, the only true God!

Obviously, from the context of saying that God is through all and in you all; We can see that the gift of grace actually comes from God the Father, but He gives it through His Son. It is Christ's gift to us.

In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul talks about how the Thessalonians left their idols to serve the living and true God:

  1. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
  2. and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

As Paul says: We can now wait for Jesus to come to save us because the living and true God has raised Jesus from the dead! This is the same Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

It is no wonder that we need to serve the living and true God. He is our Father in heaven and is allowing our redemption to come to us through the precious gift of Jesus.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 8, says that there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things:

  1. yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

All things come from the Father, but He has chosen to give them to us through Jesus Christ since all things come through Him.

John Had a Special Reason for Writing His Gospel

John wrote his gospel, the Gospel according to John, so that we would believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He then says that if we believe this, we may have an eternal life in His Name:

  1. but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31

If we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, we may have life in His name.

Why is it so important that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is the Christ? How can this knowledge save us?

  1. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

Jesus has come to give us an understanding of God, so we can know both God and His Son Jesus Christ. How can we know God if we do not believe what the Son of God says about God? Jesus has said that it is the Father who is the true God and He has given us eternal life through His Son. If we do not believe these words we do not have eternal life!

  1. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
  2. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  3. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:14-16

John testifies that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world and that whoever testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, then God lives in him and he lives in God.

There is nothing about the Trinity in these powerful promises. Instead, we see that we are to believe in the Father who is the True God and also that He sent His Son, the Son of God, into the world so that we may be saved.

If we have an understanding of these things then we are assured that we may have eternal life in His name. God will abide in us and We in God!

  1. "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:1-3

Jesus, in His prayer to His Father, acknowledged that it meant eternal life to those who know the only true God and Jesus whom He has sent.

  1. Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
  2. Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:28-29

There were some who wanted to do the works of God. Jesus told them that to believe what He said, that we believe in Him and in God who sent Him.

Let's look at what Jesus said when He was on earth:

Who Does Jesus Say He Is?

Jesus had many battles with the leaders but each time Jesus spoke to them, telling them who He was, He always said the same thing:

  1. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, "How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
  2. Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. . . John 10:24-25

The leaders plainly wanted to kill Jesus to get Him out of the way. So, they wanted Him to say clearly who He said He was so they could do just that. They had no interest in believing Jesus.

Here are the highlights of what Jesus said:

  1. . . . The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.
  1. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
  2. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
  3. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
  4. "I and My Father are one."
  1. "do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? John 10:25,27-30,36

Jesus said that He is the Son of God and His Father both sanctified Him and sent Him into the world. He also said that His Father and He were one and that His Father is all-powerful and stronger then He, so no one can snatch His sheep out of His Father's hand.

Martha knew what Jesus has been saying all along. when Lazarus died Jesus asked her if she believed Him. she responded:
  1. She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." John 11:27

Jesus has been around before and He had been telling everyone that He is the Son of God. When Jesus was on the cross, the leaders scoffed at Jesus saying: "If you are the Son of God. . ." Jesus obviously told everyone that He is the Son of God.

  1. and saying, "You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
  2. Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
  3. "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
  4. "He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'" Matthew 27:40-43.

Even the Roman centurion had heard what Jesus had been saying all along: "Truly this was the Son of God".

  1. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God!" Matthew 27:54.

Now, when Lazarus died, it became a special chance for Jesus to show people that the God of Heaven had sent Him. This was His prayer to His Father just before He raised Lazarus to life:

  1. . . . "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
  2. "And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."
  3. Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" John 11:41-43

It was because His Father sent Him that He was able to do these things.

At one point, Jesus wanted to find out if His own disciples knew who He was:

  1. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
  2. Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
  3. Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 16:15-17

It was Peter who said it: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Peter was blessed because by the Father, because it was the Father in heaven who revealed it to him.

It is such a simple thing to say, but yet the meaning behind the words are enormous. Christ means anointed. So Jesus is the anointed one, the Son of the living God! To make a correct impact in our thinking it takes the Father in heaven to reveal it to us.

There is no mention of a Trinity in Jesus' teaching. What He said to everyone is that He is the Son of God that was sent into the world! He had to be the Son of God to be sent as the Son of God.

What does Paul Start Preaching?

The Story of the conversion of Saul into Paul is amazing. Paul was traveling to Damascus to persecute the Christians there when Jesus Himself stopped him:

  1. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
  2. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
  3. And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
  4. So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." Acts 9:3-6

Saul found that he was blind and he was led into Damascus where he stayed not eating nor drinking.

  1. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
  2. So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
  3. "And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight."
  4. Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
  5. "And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."
  6. But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
  7. "For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake." Acts 9:10-16

Paul was healed and very shortly afterwards he started to preach Christ.

We might ask how Paul introduced Jesus to his listeners:

  1. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
  2. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?" Acts 9:20-21

Now it is Paul preaching that Jesus is the Son of God!

In yet another story, Philip is told by an angel of the Lord to meet someone on a certain road.

  1. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
  2. was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
  3. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot."
  4. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" Acts 8:27-30

The prophecy was about Jesus and Philip was able to talk about the Son of God to the man.

  1. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
  2. Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
  3. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Acts 8:35-38

The eunich was baptized because he believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was not baptized because he believed in the Trinity. The idea of the Trinity is not even found in the Bible!

The Integrity of God

Is God Honest in His Dealings with Man?

The Father Declares Jesus to be His Son

Lets look a little deeper into the things God has said about Himself and His Son. The Father Himself has twice declared that Jesus is His Son. The first time was when Jesus was baptized, the second time was on the Mount of transfiguration when Moses and Elijah talked to Jesus.

  1. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
  1. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" Matthew 17:5

When we think of strong father and son ties, the story of Abraham comes to mind. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, we saw the extreme struggle that Abraham went through in offering his own son to God!

It is extremely possible that God had Abraham and Isaac go through this intense experience to help us understand what God Himself has done for us. God had to give up His own Son for us.

God does not speak to the people on this world very much. So, when He does speak, it must be extremely important! These occasions were so important that God actually spoke, expressing His love for His beloved Son.

Both times the Father said: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". What the Father is saying is that this is His Son whom He loves very much and that He is very pleased over Him. Now, could God be acting or just role-playing?

We can hear the affection that God has for His Son in His words. He is showing us the love that He, the Father, has for His Son. Now, would God say these words, if He were just role-playing or if it was not true? In other words, is God play-acting in His role as a Father with feeling as if Jesus really were His real Son? Or did God really give up His Real Son for us?

We must remember that God does not lie. That must include acting or role-playing as well.

  1. in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, Titus 1:2

God gave His Only Begotten Son to Die for Us!

In John 3:16, my favorite verse of the Bible; Jesus describes how much God loves us who are doomed for destruction. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!

  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  2. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
  3. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

It is clear by the text that God had a Son beforehand and that He actually sent His only begotten Son into the world. It is only when you have something to give that it takes love. Not when Jesus only becomes a Son after He comes!

If Jesus is only called a son for whatever reason, what kind of son it that? It would be a son in name only. What would God have to give us?

  1. If Jesus becomes God's Son when He is born on earth; How can God give His Son if He is not a Son until He comes down here to the earth? God's words only make sense if He actually has something to give us before Jesus comes down to the earth.
  1. If Jesus is only role-playing or acting a part, then what do God's own words of love to us mean? It becomes an act as well. If God is only acting, what did God give us?
  1. If Jesus is eternally begotten of the Father, that would mean Jesus has always been and He will always be. We might wonder if He actually came down at all. The divine Jesus is thought to have never left heaven because it is thought that He can not die. It is thought that only some human form came down to die for us. (If only some human form died and not the divine Son, how would the dying of just the human form save us from our sins?)
  2. This goes against what the Bible specifically teaches: I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:18

    Also, if Jesus is considered to be begotten without having to actually be begotten, is Jesus really the Son of God and did God have a Son to give us? What did God give us? God would be lying to us. Remember, God cannot lie! (Titus 1:2)

In Truth and Love

The disciple John is the one who had special visions. So he wrote the book of Revelation. It is because of this special experience that the Gospel of John and his other books are so different from the rest of the Gospels. He has gained special insight into Jesus that is especially evident in his Gospel.

  1. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

John speaks of Jesus as being the Son of the Father. The phrase: "in truth and love" point to the fact that this is all the truth with love. That Grace, mercy and peace come from the Son of the Father, in truth and love. If He is not really the Son, what kind of truth is that? What kind of love would this non-truth represent?

If the Father and Son are not real, how can God speak about His love for us in a truthful way and in so strong a manner? God says He loves the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son. What does it say about God's love to us if the Father and Son are only acting, role-playing a father and son because they are not actually a Father and Son?

  1. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9

Over and over again, we see the love of God spoken of as being directed toward us. God gives us His most ultimate gift, that of His only Son. By sending His only begotten Son into the world God shows us how much He loves us! All this so we might live with Him forever!

It makes no sense when speaking of the love of God in these verses to suggest that God is only acting roles for us. How could God ever say these words of love to us if they were based on just role-playing?

We know that God has such a high standard of conduct that sin is literally hateful to him. How could a sin-hating God pretend with such passion to portray a Father's love for his son when in actuality, the act they are doing is not true? How could God do such a thing?

Whoever Confesses that Jesus is the Son of God

Over and over, we see the same theme that the Father has given His Son to us:

  1. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
  2. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  3. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:14-16

Here John actually testifies that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world! If John is testifying something, that means he is saying that this is a true fact.

We are looking at the very basis for our belief in God, Jesus, and and Their ability to save us. Is it all true or are we being asked to confess a lie?

Now we are assured that if we confess that Jesus is the Son of God that God will live in us and we will live in Him. God will save us! Are we being asked to confess a lie or only something that is only role-playing?

No, when we are asked to confess something from God, we are being asked to confess the truth!

This is amazing! The verse actually says: "if we confess that Jesus is the Son of God . . ." If one were to believe in the Trinity, they would not be able to say this fully, because they, in their heart, believe that the Father and Jesus are actually equals in eternity; Not Father and Son!

Jesus Came to Destroy the Lying Works of the Devil

The devil has sinned from the beginning. He has lied to Eve in saying that she would not die, and he probably lied to all his evil angels that follow him.

  1. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:44

Jesus will destroy the works of the devil and his sinful ways. Lying is one of Satan's major sins! However, will Jesus have to lie about Himself being the Son of God to help get rid of Satan who is the Father of lies?

In Zechariah's time some people were lying when they said they were speaking in the name of the LORD. God said they deserved to die. Remember, God hates sin and He hates lying! Look at what God said must be done:

  1. It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, 'You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.' And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies. Zechariah 12:3

God sees lying as a grave offense. Especially when these lies are spoken in the name of the LORD! We must ask the question: If God hates the sin of lying so strongly, would He be lying to us when He is speaking about Himself?

Jesus Insists that He is Telling the Truth!

In John 8 below, there is a very intense meeting between Jesus and various leaders. Jesus tells them that He is telling them the truth! And that it is the devil, and those who follows him, who tells lies. His message was that He is the Son of God, that He not only came from God but that He proceeded forth and came from His Father. Jesus also said that He honors His Father and that His Father also honors Him. When asked about Abraham, He said that before Abraham was, I AM!

Jesus is obviously talking about His whole existence as the Son of God, not just while He was on the earth. He also told them that The Father sent Him and that if anyone kept His word, he will never see death.

Now, when Jesus says He is telling the truth, saying that He is the Son, that He proceeded forth and came from God, and that God sent Him; Is there the slightest possibility that He is just role-playing and that it is just a lie like the make-believe TV programs that we see today? Or, is it the truth when Jesus Himself says He is telling the Truth?

  1. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
  2. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
  3. They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?"
  4. Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
  5. "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
  6. "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
  7. "I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
  8. "I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father."
  9. They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
  10. "But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
  11. "You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father--God."
  12. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
  13. "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
  14. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
  15. "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
  16. "Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
  17. "He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God."
  18. Then the Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?"
  19. Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.
  20. "And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
  21. "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death."
  22. Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.'
  23. "Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself out to be?"
  24. Jesus answered, "If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
  25. "Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
  26. "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
  27. Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"
  28. Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:31-58

This is such a long quote! But when we look at it all together, it adds strength to what Jesus said. Jesus is making a very strong point, saying that He is telling the truth that He is the Son of God, and that God Himself has told Him these things!

On the other hand, Satan is the father of lies and that they would rather believe Satan's lies.

Let's look at the same quote again but in sections:

  1. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
  2. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
  3. They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?"
  4. Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
  5. "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
  6. "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.John 8:31-36

In verses 31 to 36 Jesus says if we live in His words, if we live according to His words then we are His disciples in truth.

He says that when we know the truth, it will make us free. Obviously, Jesus is hinting that He is telling the truth and that His disciples will be following the truth.

They answered that they were free already, but Jesus then said that when anyone commits sin that it makes them a slave of sin. Then Jesus makes His big point: A slave does not live in the house forever, but a Son does live forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you will really be free!

The central point of His argument is that He is the Son of God and because of His inherited position as the Son of God, He is able to make us free! So, the central pillar of His argument is this: Because He is actually the Son of God, this is the reason why He can save us!

Read verses 35 - 36 above again and see if that is not what it says.

The next section:

  1. "I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
  2. "I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father."
  3. They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
  4. "But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
  5. "You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father--God."John 8:37-41

What Jesus said to them they did not want to hear because they wanted to kill Him. Jesus was a danger to their political power-struggle for leadership.

But Jesus specifically said that He told the truth which He had seen and heard from God, who is His Father!

So, Jesus is speaking in the Name of the God in this case. He says that God is His Father and that it is only Satan that lies! Remember, in Zechariah 12:3 above, God killed those who spoke lies in the name of the Lord.

Jesus must be telling the truth! He is the Son of God, so God is His Father!

Now the next section:

  1. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
  2. "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
  3. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
  4. "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
  5. "Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
  6. "He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God."John 8:42-47

Verse 42 is especially important. Jesus did not just say He came from God. But rather, Jesus said that He proceeded forth and came from God. Earlier Jesus said that He was God's Son, now He is confirming it.

He was not just saying that He came from God out of Heaven, but the phrase: "proceeded forth" refers to the fact that He was begotten of God! (More will be covered on this topic later.) This is one reason why Jesus said that if God were their Father, that they would love Him as well because He was begotten of God, He proceeded forth from God.

Also, Jesus says that God sent Him. Now if the Trinity concept was true, why would Jesus have to be sent by the Father? If they are equal in power Jesus could just send Himself.

However, since Jesus is God's Son, then it makes sense that He be sent by His Father. Remember, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. So, Jesus was indeed sent by God.

It would also make sense that He would both proceed forth from His Father and also to come from God. God the Father is above all things. It all fits what Jesus says.

In verse 43, Jesus asks if they understand His speech. Jesus, by asking if they understand Him, is indicating that what He is saying should be clear and straightforward truth! There should be no mystery in what He is saying.

The idea of the Trinity is never mentioned in the Bible. (More will be covered on this topic later.) Instead, we see clear speech indicating that Jesus is the Son of God literally all through the Bible. There is no other explanation found in the Bible at all! Apparently there is none needed since Jesus is saying it so clearly. He is the Son of God and He says He is telling the truth!

Now the next section:

  1. Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.'
  2. Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.
  3. "And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
  4. "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death."
  5. Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.'
  6. "Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself out to be?"
  7. Jesus answered, "If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
  8. "Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
  9. "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
  10. Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"
  11. Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:49-58

Jesus makes a very powerful statement: "if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death". So they ask Him: "Are you greater than our father Abraham?" Later Jesus is forced to respond by saying: "before Abraham was, I AM!"

It is here, when He says those words, that Jesus gives the biggest clue of all that He is not speaking of just His earthly existence. When He speaks of Himself as the Son of God, He is actually referring to His whole existence from before the world was created. He is the Son of God and He has always been the Son of God since He was begotten.

We see this in verse 54, Jesus specifically tells them that His Father, whom they said was their God, that He is the one who honors Him. So, God is His Father! That makes Him the Son of God! He is the one who honors Jesus.

Jesus is clearly speaking more than just His earthly self. In verse 55, Jesus mentions that if He said He did not know His Father, He would be a liar like them. In this, it is clear that Jesus is saying He is not a lier. So, we must pay special attention to what Jesus says because Jesus is telling us the truth as He says.

So, Jesus honors His Father and His Father honors Him. Jesus specifically identifies His Father as God, and that He knows Him. Then He lets it all out by saying that before Abrahamj was, I AM. Jesus is refering to His whole existence, not just on earth. He is the Son of God!

Let's recap: Jesus said that He proceeded forth and came from God. Thus Jesus is emphasizing the fact that He is really the Son of God. therefore Jesus can indeed save us and make us free.

Jesus said that sons always live in their fathers house. So, because He is the Son of God and because of His inherited position as the Son of God, He is able to make us free! So, the central pillar of His argument is this: Because He is actually the Son of God, this is the reason why He can save us!

Now, having said He was God's Son being able to save us, and also that He had proceeded forth and came from God, He said that before Abraham was, I AM!

So, Jesus is speaking of His total existence as being God's true Son, not just His existence here on earth as a man.

That We may Know Him who is True!

Now, let's look at a verse that helps to confirm what Jesus said to the Jews in the above quote. This verse says that the Son of God has come and He is true. Jesus did not become a Son when He came into the world. But instead, God sent His Son to us.

  1. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20.

The Son of God came into the world. The text is clear, He did not become the Son of God at that time. What we read is "that the Son of God has come . . that we may know Him who is true". Jesus is called "the Son of God" and "His Son Jesus Christ". While God is called the true God.

Nowhere in the Bible is there any suggestion, any suggestion at all that Jesus is not really the Son of God, but that He only represents to us a Son or that He is only a symbol in that He symbolizes to us a son.

No! What we see in the Bible is statement after statement saying that the Father is God and Jesus is the Son of God.

  1. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
  2. "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
  3. She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." John 11:23-27.

Martha knows from her previous experience of listening to Jesus that He is the Son of God who came into the world. Again, she says that the Son came into the world! Jesus did not become a son when He came into the world.

  1. "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
  2. "that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. John 5:23

He who does not honor Jesus does not honor the Father who had sent His Son into the world.

  1. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22.

He who speaks against the fact of the Father and the Son is against God! To say that both Jesus and God are only acting would be denying who they are. They are talking against God.

1 John 2:22 is a very strong statement. Whoever denies the Father and the Son is antichrist! They are talking against God.

All these texts show that the Father had something to give to the world, His only begotten Son. The act speaks of the love that God has for us that He would give something so precious as His only Son.

So these texts point to the fact that Jesus really has been the Son of God from the very beginning of His existence, since He came out of the Father.

A Look into the
History of Christ's Existence

Let's see what the Bible says about the history of The Son of God's existence.

Jesus is Begotten by God the Father. Jesus has a more Excellent Name through Inheritance!

At some time before anything was created, Jesus was born. He is the only begotten Son of God. God Himself has no beginning but Jesus evidently does have a beginning.

  1. . . . All things were created through Him and for Him.
  2. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17.

Jesus existed before all created things.

  1. "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;
  2. "for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
  3. "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father." John 16:26-28

Jesus was begotten from the Father because He came forth from the Father! Then He was also sent into the world.

  1. "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
  2. "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. John 17:7-8

When Jesus was praying to His Father, He mentioned that His followers knew that He came forth from His Father and that He had sent Him as well.

  1. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
  2. "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. John 8:42-43

Jesus said He was telling the truth when He said He preceeded forth and came from God. Jesus was speaking so plainly that He asked them is they were not able to listen.

The plainest statement that speaks of Jesus' inheritance is found in Hebrews:

  1. having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
  2. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
  3. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:4-6

So, He is God's Son. He is not a created being, but rather, He is the actual Son of God with inheritance! So naturally, Jesus has a more excellent name than the angels and it comes to Him by Divine inheritance.

This inheritance is even a visible attribute of the Son of God. He is virtually identical to God His Father. Everything about Him speaks of His inheritance as coming from the Father!

  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  2. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:2-3

The inheritance is striking: Jesus is the brightness of His Father's glory, the express image of His Father's person, and the word of His Father's power. He has been appointed heir of all things and after He purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of His Father on high.

  1. He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

Yes, Jesus is the image of the invisible God, His Father! In Genesis, Moses speaks of both the Father and Son as having the same image:

  1. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26

It is Jesus who possess the name of God because He is the only begotten Son of God! He has acquired God's name by inheritance.

In Exodus we find that an Angel actually has God's name in Him.

  1. Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
  2. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. Exodus 23:20-21

So, this Angel has God's name. He has the name of Jehovah or Yahweh (YHWH) because God's name is in Him. How could He obtain God's name?

Now Paul just comes out with it and tells us that this Angel is Jesus!

  1. Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,
  2. all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
  3. all ate the same spiritual food,
  4. and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.

Christ obtained that name long before He became that Child in Bethlemen.

  1. "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. John 5:43.

When Jesus was on earth, He specifically said that He came in His Father's name.

Jesus has a Divine Nature

  1. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
  2. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Colossians 2:8-9.
  1. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, Colossians 1:19
  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.
  1. "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:5.
  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  2. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:2-3
  1. But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working."
  2. Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:17-18.
  1. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
  2. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, Philippians 2:5-6

Through Jesus all things were created

In Proverbs we find special mention of God's Son.

  1. Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know? Proverbs 30:4

Who is it that has made the earth? And who is it that has gone into heaven and come back. He has the wind in His fists and waters in a garment. God has done all these things. It is God who has created all things.

Now who is His Son? Yes mention of God's Son is here in the book of Proverbs. What part did the Son play in the creation of all things.

  1. All things were made through Him [Jesus], and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3
  1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
  2. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2.
  1. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

God has appointed His Son as heir of all things and His Son, whom God made the worlds, has also spoken to the prophets in the past.

  1. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:6
  1. For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 2 Peter 3:5
  1. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; Ephesians 3:9
  1. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26

So, God created all things through His Son. The Son of God must have existed before all things were made as described in the above texts of Scripture.

  1. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17. NKJV

Here, we find that God not only has made the worlds through His Son, but He actually created them for His Son. All things were created through Him and for Him!

In Colossians 1, we find that the Son of God existed before all things that were created. He is before all things and in Him all things consist. So, Jesus is the firstborn. The one that is over all creation.

In Micah, we see that the Son of God has an origin, a beginning.

  1. "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Micah 5:2 NIV

Here is a prophecy that says: Out of Judah will come a special ruler over Israel. It speaks of Jesus as having an origin that comes from of old, from ancient times.

There is a very interesting interchange between God and Wisdom that we must look at.

  1. "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 8:12

Who is Wisdom? Wisdom is now mostly thought to be some goddess of wisdom. But many in the past saw that Wisdom is really Jesus. In the New Testament, we can very easily identify Wisdom as being Jesus.

  1. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
  1. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-- 1 Corinthians 1:24,30.

As we start reading this sections, we can see very quickly that it is indeed Jesus that is described. He is the one who helped create all things and Proverbs 8:30 especially show a very close team effort.

  1. "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
  2. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
  3. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
  4. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;
  5. While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world.
  6. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
  7. When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
  8. When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
  9. Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Proverbs 8:22-30

In Ephesians, we see that this team effort is called the fellowship of the mystery. It is something that is hidden in God the way all things were created. All we have is the description in Proverbs above.

  1. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; Ephesians 3:9

The Plan to have Jesus die for our Sins was made before the Creation of the World.

God has planned things since the time that our world was made. These things have been kept secret. Even when Jesus talked to the masses, He still kept things secret by talking in parables.

  1. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden [kept secret] since the creation of the world." Matthew 13:35

However, Christ's disciples started asking Him what He was talking about. It is here that Jesus started talking very clearly. He spoke about how people would be saved and others lost at the end of the world.

The plan to save us from total destruction was made even before God created our world!

  1. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
  2. but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
  3. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:18-20

Jesus was chosen to die for our sins since He created the world.

  1. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:8

The Father loved His Son even before the creation of the world.

  1. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:24

Jesus is asking that the righteous, who His Father has given Him, that they can see His glory that He had before.

And we will be able to take our inheritance that has been prepared for us since the creation of the world!

  1. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. Matthew 25:35

So, at the time of creation, The Father had already determined to give us His Son that we might be saved.

  1. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalms 2:12

Kiss the Son is Hebrew for reverance or honor. So blessed are all those who put their trust in the Son of God.

The Son of God Becomes the Son of Man!

In John 3:16, my favorite verse of the Bible; Jesus describes how much God loves us, who are doomed for destruction. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!

  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  2. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
  3. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

It is clear by the text that God had a Son beforehand and that He actually sent His only begotten Son into the world. It is only when you have something to give that it takes love. Not when Jesus only becomes a Son after He comes!

  1. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, Galatians 4:4
  1. For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Unto us a Child is born, Jesus was born unto us. But also, we can see that a Son was given unto us. God gave us His Son! In addition to being called Wonderful, Jesus is called other names as well, such as Mighty God and Everlasting Father. He has the name of God!

The Hebrew word for "Wonderful" in isaiah 9:6 (Strong index number is 6382) means incomprehensible, beyond our understanding, wonderful. So His name is incomprehensible, beyond our understanding. He has a more excellent name because He has the name of God in Him.

The Son of God Dies for Our Sins!

  1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
  2. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
  3. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  4. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8
  1. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  2. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
  3. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
  4. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:8-11
  1. 'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.' Leviticus 17:11
  1. "Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. Ezekiel 18:4
  1. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
  2. how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  3. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:13-15

The Son of God Is Raised up by His Father

  1. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
  2. and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
  1. But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men.
  2. "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.
  3. "Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
  4. "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." Acts 5:29-32
  1. "Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
  2. "he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
  3. "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Acts 2:32.
  1. "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
  2. "But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
  3. "and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. Acts 3:13-15
  1. Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,
  2. but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
  3. who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Romans 3:23-25
  1. that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raise Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  1. and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
  2. which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:19-20
  1. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Hebrews 13:20
  1. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
  2. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:20-21 NIV
  1. Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), Galatians 1:1
  1. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:18
  1. "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. Revelation 2:8 NIV
  1. "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
  2. "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father." John 10:17-18
  1. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
  1. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
  2. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
  3. which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
  4. who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:13-16

The Son of God Becomes highly exalted and is given a new name!

  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  2. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:2-3
  1. "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
  2. "Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
  3. "For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 'The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand,
  4. Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."'
  5. "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:32-36.
  1. "And we declare to you glad tidings--that promise which was made to the fathers.
  2. "God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.'
  3. "And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.'
  4. "Therefore He also says in another Psalm: 'You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.'
  5. "For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
  6. "but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. Acts 13:32-37.
  1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
  2. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
  3. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  4. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  5. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  6. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
  7. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
  1. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:6

The Son of God Takes His Kindom!

  1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
  2. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2.

God has appointed His Son as heir of all things and His Son, whom God made the worlds, has also spoken to the prophets in the past.

  1. Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
  2. The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
  3. "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."
  4. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.
  5. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:
  6. "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion."
  7. "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
  8. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
  9. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'"
  10. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
  11. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
  12. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalms 2:1-12.
  1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
  2. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  3. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
  4. having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
  5. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
  6. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."
  7. And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."
  8. But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.
  9. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."
  10. And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
  11. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
  12. Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail."
  13. But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"?
  14. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:1-14

The Son of God Gives the Kingdom back to His Father

  1. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
  2. For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  3. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
  1. "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21.
  1. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
  2. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. Revelation 22:3-4.
  1. Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1.


Difficult Bible Passages About the Jesus and the Trinity.

 

The first question:

We also read numerous times in the New Testament that the Son of God is the only begotten of the Father meaning his only unique Son. This phrase is also used in the Old Testament to describe Isaac as being the only begotten of Abraham. Now, we know from Scripture that Abraham had more than one son, yet Isaac is called his "only begotten".

 

My favorite verse has this very phrase: "only begotten Son"

  1. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

But did God actually give us His only begotten Son, the Son of His Bosom, the Son that came out of God? Or did God just give us a unique Son that is not even begotten by Him and is just said to be His Son?

Did Abraham Have One Son or Two Sons?

The controversy has been raised because of Hebrews 11:17.

  1. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:17

In Hebrews, Abraham is said to have offered up Isaac, his only begotten son. However some oppose this idea by asking: "Did Abraham only have one son or did he really have two sons: Isaac and Ishmael?"

If Abraham had two sons then Isaac cannot be Abraham's only begotten son. Isaac must only be Abraham's unique son since Issac had a "half-brother".

The answer to this question is very simple and is found in the very next chapter of Hebrews:

  1. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
  2. But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Hebrews 12:7-8

In our walk with God we know that we are true sons of God when God deals with us to chasten us. Otherwise, we would wonder if we ourselves were really illegitimate and not a son of God.

This same question also relates to Ishmael. Isaac was the cherished son of Abraham, but was Ishmael also a son of Abraham or was he illegitimate? As it turns out, Ishmael was indeed illegitimate and was even banished from the home. So, following the logic of Hebrews 12:8, Ishmael is illegitimate and not Abraham's son.

In the next section, we will also see that God never calls Ishmael Abraham's son.

Isaac the Only Son of Abraham

Abraham's situation is the key since he is used in this argument to say that Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God. God promised Abraham a son but Abraham gave in to his wife when they thought the time was passing from them. So thinking they would help God, they used Hagar to obtain a son.

But now, Abraham had this problem. Sarah, his real wife, was now telling him to get rid of the bondwoman and her son.

  1. Therefore she [Sarah] said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac."
  2. And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham's sight because of his son.
  3. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  4. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:10-13

Look at verses 12 and 13. God Himself does not call Hagar Abraham's wife nor does He call Ishmael Abraham's son. Instead, He calls Hagar "your bondwoman" and He calls the boy "the son of the bondwoman"! So, there is no indication from God that the boy is actually part of Abraham's family; Rather, he is an outcast, he is clearly illegitimate from God's perspective.

What is really amazing to realize is that God actually went out of his way to describe Hagar as "your bondwoman" and the boy as "the son of the bondwoman" and not as Abraham's son! He could have easily called the boy his son. But God did not do that. God only indicated that the lad was "Abraham's seed".

Isaac is Abraham's only begotten son because he was the only son from his legitimate wife within the confines of marriage. So it was Isaac who was to be the heir of all that Abraham had, not Ishmael. Even though Ishmael was Abraham's seed, he was illegitimate and not counted as a son of Abraham by God. So he was forced to leave Abraham's camp with his mother. His mother was only a bondwoman, not Abraham's one and only wife.

If Ishmael was indeed to be counted as a son, he would then be heir of all things since he was born before Isaac. However, he is not even counted as being part of the family and is forced to leave. So, Isaac is the first born and he receives the birthright.

Isaac was also used to test Abraham's love for God over his most prised possession, that of his only begotten son:

  1. Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 22:2

Since God did not consider Ishmael to be Abraham's son it makes sense that God would now call Isaac Abraham's only son. Not only is Isaac the first born, he is the only son born in the family. Abraham has no other son! His wife only had one boy.

So, Hagar was not counted Abraham's wife at all but only Abraham's bondwoman; And Ishmael was also not even counted as a son of Abraham and was actually forced to leave the family with his mother. What father would ever send his son and wife out into the wilderness possibly never to see them again? It was also an action that God said should happen:

  1. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  2. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:12-13

It was to keep the integrity and peace of his actual family that Ishmael had to go. Ishmael obviously was not his son nor was he a part of the family so he did not receive the birthright that would normally be given to the first born son. So since God Himself called Isaac as Abraham's only son, Isaac's rightful position in the family was that of the only begotten son of Abraham and the first born.

God Recognized Isaac as Abraham's Only Son
so Paul Chose to Follow His Pronouncement

While the langage that Moses wrote in Genesis indicates that Hagar was Abraham's second wife and that Ishmael was Abraham's other son. (Here are some examples:)

  1. Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. Genesis 16:3
  1. And his [Abraham] sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, Genesis 25:9
  1. Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maidservant, bore to Abraham. Genesis 25:12

God Himself never recognized either Hagar nor Ishmael as being part of the Abraham's family.

  1. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  2. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:10-13

In addition to calling Ishmael "the son of the bondwoman", God later referred to Isaac as Abraham's only son:

  1. Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 22:2
It is clear that God Himself recognized Isaac as being Abraham's only son. We also see that Paul chose to describe Isaac in the same way that God did. He did this by calling Isaac Abraham's only begotten son:
  1. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:17

So, Paul means what he is saying. Paul describes Isaac as being Abraham's only begotten son because God Himself had pronounced the same thing long before. Ishmael was only an illegitimate seed and not a son.

This "unique" Argument is Only Made
to support the Trinity Doctrine

The example of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael is always brought up as the basis for the argument that Jesus cannot be the only-begotten Son of God. However, we have seen that God Himself never calls Ishmael Abraham's son. Instead, He calls Ishmael the son of the bondwoman but when God talks to Abraham, He calls Isaac Abraham's only son (Genesis 22:2).

The only reason for having the argument, that "only-begotten" means "unique" in the case of Jesus, is this: Theologians want to do away with the understanding that Jesus actually is the Son of God, that He came out of His Father, because it goes against the doctrine of the Trinity.

Since they argue that Isaac was not Abraham's only son, they then urge that Jesus cannot be God's only Son because the same Greek word is used to describe both Jesus and Isaac.

There is no reason to resort to changing an obvious meaning of a word. The most direct and obvious meaning of "monogene" is ONLY-generated, only-begotten, Only-born, the sole or only begotten child. as we discussed earlier. It does not mean "unique" at all. But it means "mono" = only and "gene" = generated or begotten.

There are other examples of the "only-begotten" word that is translated correctly and everyone agrees with the translation:

And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. Luke 7:12

for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Luke 8:42

Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, "Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child". Luke 9:38

Since these examples describe normal family and human existence; The begotten aspect of how the child came to be is automatically assumed even by the reader. The "begotten" meaning is an actual part of the sentence whether the word is present or not. But in the case of Jesus, the begotten aspect had to be spelled out to make it clear how Jesus began, according to the actual meaning of the word.

In each of these three examples, it is an only-begotten son, daughter, or child. The argument is never made by these same theologians that it actually should be translated as a unique son, daughter, or child. Only when the word is used in connection with Jesus do they start to object!

So, the argument that Isaac is only a unique son, is definitely not strong enough to warrant a change in our understanding of a basic Greek word. The absurdity of this argument is especially obvious when we consider that even God considered Isaac to be Abraham's only son and He pronounced him as such. Paul was only saying what God had said long before!

The most obvious, direct, and simple meaning of the Greek text, using the actual meaning of the words, tells us that Jesus is indeed the only begotten Son of God! It is a very simple translation and there is an obvious meaning to the word! There is no mystery about it.

Their presupposition or assumption that the Trinity doctrine is correct has forced them to make this poor argument. It is only because of the Trinity doctrine that this debate is even tried as an argument. They simply do not want Jesus to be the only-begotten Son of God because He can not actually be begotten within the Trinity concept.

A Small Study into the Greek
Word for "Only Begotten"

Let's look at an interlinear Bible to begin our search:

(This wonderful online interlinear Bible is found at: http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/joh3.pdf )

In the Online Interlinear Bible we see that "monogene" means ONLY-generated or only-begotten. So, we see that in the verse, Jesus is described as the only begotten Son of God. This is the most direct meaning of the text using the actual meaning of the word.

Let's look into the words a bit more deeply:

Strongs # 3439 monogene mon-og-en-ace - comes from Strongs # 3441 "Mono" and Strongs # 1096 "ginomai"

    "Mono" which is often translated "alone" or "only". The Scriptural use of this word is very obvious. "Mono" is the prefix for "one" or "only". English examples would be: monochrome (one color), monotone (one tone) and monogamy (one spouse at one time).

    "gene" comes from "ginomai" It is a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; 'to cause to be' ("gen"-erate) i.e. reflexively to become (come into being)" (see The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, New Strong's Concise Dictionary of the words in the Greek Testament, page 19).

    So, "gene" can mean: come, become, made, fulfilled, be (come), be (brought to pass).

When we put the words together "monogene" means: "the only one that has come to pass" or, "the only one who has been brought to pass" or "the only one to come into being". "monogene" is also known to be associated within the context of a birth. So when we see Strongs definition it makes good sense:

In Strong's Concordance, #3439 "monogene" from 3441 and 1096; means Only-born, i.e. sole - only (begotten, child) (James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, New Strong's Concise Dictionary of the words in the Greek Testament, page 59)

In the Thayer's Lexicon, "monogene" means unigenitus, single of its kind, or only. It is used of only sons or daughters when viewed in relation to their parents. (Joseph Henry Thayer, D.D., The New Thayer's Greek - English Lexicon of the New Testament, page 417)

In the New Englishman's Greek Concordance, we can see where "monogene" is found in the Bible and how it is used. The New Englishman's Greek Concordance and Lexicon by Jay P. Green, Sr., page 579)

    Luke 7:12 - the only son of his mother,
    Luke 8:42 - For he had one only daughter,
    Luke 9:38 - for he is mine only child.
    Heb 11:17 - (Abraham) . . .offered up his only begotten (son)

    John 1:14 - as of the only begotten of the Father,
    John 1:18 - the only begotten Son, which is
    John 3:16 - his only begotten Son, that whosoever
    John 3:18 - of the only begotten Son of God
    1 John - 4:9 - God sent his only begotten Son

This agrees with what we saw from the Online Interlinear Bible: ONLY-generated or only-begotten

So, it is clear what "monogene" actually means. It follows what we found in both the Strongs Concordance and the interlinear Bible I have above: ONLY-generated, only-begotten, Only-born, the sole or only begotten child.

"monogene" is a well known Greek word. It is not rare and vague; There is a simple meaning to the word. In the example of Jesus, it is only because of the Trinity objection that this debate is even tried as an argument, throwing the word into question. As a result, they have tried to redefine the word to something that would agree with the trinity doctrine.

 

The second question:

You mentioned that you can't find any Biblical support for the Trinity. Although the word in never used, the idea is certainly mentioned in the Bible.

I John 5:7 (KJV) "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Outside of the NKJV, this verse is not in other modern Bibles, which is one of the reasons I view the KJV and NKJV as superior.

 

I want my belief to be based on the Bible and the Bible only. For instance: I have been intensely studying the trinity controversy for the last two years, trying to find evidence for the trinity in the Bible. As a result, I have to say that the trinity doctrine is not found in the Bible at all!

Now, talk about being in the minority! If I take the view that the trinity does not exist, I would definitely be in an extremely small minority among Christians! Yet it is not found in the Bible!

So, what am I to do? Most people who might see this page will probably think I am really off base or even a part of a cult. They might not even consider me to be a Christian. But what am I to do? The Trinity doctrine is not even in the Bible! People seem to be following tradition instead of following what the Bible itself actually says! So, I have decided that I must stay true to my convictions that I must follow His word, the word of God as found in the Bible.

1 John 5:7

Much of 1 John 5:7, that is found in the KJV, is in no Greek manuscript older than the 15th and 16th centuries. The disputed words found their way into the KJV by way of the Greek text of Erasmus.

Some have said that Erasmus offered to include the disputed words in his Greek Testament if he were shown even one Greek Manuscript that contained them.

It is now believed that the later editions of the Vulgate acquired the passage by the mistake of a scribe who included an exegetical marginal comment in the Bible text that he was copying.

The disputed words have been widely used in support of the doctrine of the Trinity, but, in view of such overwhelming evidence against their authenticity, their support is valueless and should not be used.

In spite of fact that these extra words are found in the Vulgate, a Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture freely admits that: "It is now generally held that this passage, called the Comma Johanneum, is a gloss that crept into the text of the Old Latin and Vulgate at an early date, but found its way into the Greek text only in the 15th and 16th centuries" (Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1954, p. 1186.)

So what was it that was added? Here is what is found in the New King James. (The added words are in red.)

  1. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
  2. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 1 John 5:7-8 NKJV.

Here are the same two verses with the added words taken out.

  1. For there are three that bear witness:
  2. the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 1 John 5:7-8 NKJV.

Some have assumed this text was added to help solve the problem of not having any Biblical evidence to support the Trinity doctrine.

 

The third question:

You can't ignore that Jesus said to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in Matthew 28:19. From this we should know that Jesus told us to baptize in the name of the Trinity.

 

Here is the text:

  1. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19

The question is: Did Jesus ever actually say to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

As you will see, the early church did not baptize this way. They only baptized in the name of Jesus. There is no record of them doing it any other way!

Some have suggested that Jesus' words to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was actually added to Matthew 28:19 in the second century when Trinity doctrine was established.

Unfortunately, there has been no surviving Bibles from the first three centuries. Bibles were consistantly burned during much of this period. Most of the first copies come from the 5th century. There are two from the 4th centuary, however, the page that contains Matthew 28:19 is strangly missing. So we have no record of a change if it did occur.

There is one Bible that was not destroyed. The Jews had preserved and handed down a Hebrew version of Matthew. This version does not include the Trinity part of the verse at all. All it says is: "Go and teach. . ." All there is of verse 19 is "Go"! There is nothing about who's name we are to be baptized. (Shem Tov's Hebrew Matthew Gospel)

So, did Jesus actually say, as part of the Gospel Commision, that His disciples were to baptize "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"?

The best way to find out is to determine how the first converts were baptized into the Christian church as recorded in the book of Acts.

How did the Disciples Baptize?

If Jesus had told His disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, they certainly would have obeyed His instructions and we would see evidence of this practice in the early Christian church.

If the disciples never did baptize this way, it should cause us to question whether Jesus ever did give us this command. It would also help to confirm the idea that the extra text was actually added as a "baptismal formula" after the Trinity doctrine was later established in the church, possibly in the 2nd to the 4th Centuries.

Let's look at the Bible to try to determine how the very early Christians baptized people. The first public mention of baptism in Acts was at Pentecost:

  1. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
  2. Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38

Peter said that they were to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ! He did not say anything about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in his talk at all. This is only a few days after Jesus had given them their instructions on what to do. Certainly they would not forget so soon.

This speech Peter gave was given on a special day. It was Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given to the church in large measure. Everyone heard the Christians speaking in their own language and they wondered what was happening. So, Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, told them that this was a fulfillment of the last days. It was at this time that he spoke of baptism: "let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins". Thousands were baptized.

This is how the early church baptized its converts: It was done in the name of Jesus Christ!

The next example, that we have, happened after Steven was stoned. Philip went to Samaria and preached about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. These people were also baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (see verse 16 below):

  1. But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Acts 8:12

When Jerusalem heard what happened in Samaria they sent Peter and John:

  1. Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
  2. who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
  3. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  4. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:14-17

They laid their hands on them and prayed for them that they may receive the Holy Spirit. They had already been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus!

So it is clear in this second example that Philip baptized his converts in the name of the Lord Jesus as well.

Later, Philip met with the eunuch. Philip taught him about Jesus and when they saw a body of water the eunuch asked; "What hinders me from being baptized?"

  1. Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
  2. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
  3. Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
  4. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Acts 8:35-38

Philip said you must believe with all your heart. But the eunuch knew exactly what Philip was talking about and when he stated his belief, he put in all the details: "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God"!

To believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is exactly what Jesus Himself said was needed. Jesus said that your work is to believe in Jesus, the Son of God:

  1. Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
  2. Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:28-29

What Jesus has said is that whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, it is he that God will live within.

  1. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15

In addition, Jesus said that we are to have life in His name, in the name of Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of God!

  1. but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31

Jesus never said that we had strength or life in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or even of the Trinity. He never said that! Jesus said that we have life in His name, in the name of Jesus! It is through the name of Jesus that God can live in us and Jesus said that this is our specific work to believe in Jesus whom the Father sent. There is actually no other name in which we are called to be saved!

  1. "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
  2. "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
  3. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:10-12

Jesus is the one given under heaven to men so that we can be saved. There is no other name given to us so we can be saved. No other name at all! There is no one else because our salvation only comes from Jesus. This is why we should be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus; Just as was done in the early church. It is Jesus who saves us!

In the next example, Peter found himself with gentiles. So he preached Jesus to them, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all:

  1. "The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ--He is Lord of all--
  2. "that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
  3. "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
  4. "And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree.
  5. "Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly,
  6. "not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
  7. "And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
  8. "To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
  9. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
  10. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
  11. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
  12. "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
  13. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. Acts 10:36-48

Paul, in talking about Jesus, said that it was through His name, that our sins are forgiven! The Holy Spirit fell on them all and they were baptized in the name of the Lord. Verse 36 tells us that Jesus is the Lord of all. So they were baptized in the name of Jesus as well.

Paul said something real interesting. In verse 42 above, he said that Jesus commanded them to preach to the people. So, when did He do that? Of course! It is the Gospel commission that this question is about. We see it again below but with both Matthew and Mark's recounting of what Jesus said. These are parallel accounts:

18.  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19.  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20.  "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
15.  And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16.  "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17.  "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18.  "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18

In Matthew (above), we see that all authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth. So it should not surprise us to find that in Mark (above) that signs will follow those who believe. It should also not surprise us that it is in the name of Jesus that they will do the signs. So they believe in Jesus and it is in His name that they commit the miracles (signs).

When Jesus said to make disciples, He was saying to make disciples of Jesus; not to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

  1. "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:26

If we serve and follow Jesus, the Father will honor us. So we are indeed disciples or followers of Jesus. We are His servants.

In the book of Acts we find that Paul was telling all he met to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved!

  1. And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
  2. So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Acts 16:30-31

So Paul is teaching people to be disciples of Jesus. Throughout the New Testament, no one else is even mentioned.

Let's look at the Gospel commission again. I have it again below:

18.  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19.  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20.  "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
15.  And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16.  "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17.  "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18.  "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18

If we look at the subject matter of all these verses: everything points to Jesus Christ. All authority is given to Him; making disciples of Jesus; the command to observe all Jesus' teachings; believing in Jesus; In His Name signs will follow.

Jesus specifically said that all authority had been given to Him. So it is through His name alone that we are saved. We therefore make converts so that they can be disciples of Jesus.

The statement to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit does not match anything else in the text. Also, all throughout Acts we have the disciples baptizing only in the name of Jesus. It also goes against what all the rest of the New Testament says!

Looking at the whole of Scriptures, I do not believe that Jesus ever gave this command. (we will see that there are more examples to look at below.)

Look at Matthew 28:20. Jesus specifically tells the disciples to observe all things that He commands them. The disciples follow all the other commands but they don't follow that command. Rather, they baptize in the name of Jesus!

Here is the next example of baptism:

  1. And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism."
  2. Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
  3. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  4. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:3-6

Apollos had the baptism of John the baptist but not of Jesus. When he was finally baptized in the name of Jesus, he then received the Holy Spirit.

Again, there is no mention of the Trinity At all! Why isn't it practiced if Jesus did indeed give that command?

The last example we have is where Paul tells of his own conversion and baptism:

  1. "Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
  2. "And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'
  3. "So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.'
  1. 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' Acts 22:6-8, 16

Paul called on the name of the Lord, of Jesus, just like the other examples.

Because of the Biblical evidence that I have just pointed out; I think that Jesus never gave us the command to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The early church baptized only in the name of Jesus. There is no other name in which we are called to be saved!

  1. "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
  2. "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
  3. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:10-12

Jesus is the one given under heaven to men so that we can be saved. there is no one else because our salvation comes from Jesus. Jesus spoke of this very thing when he spoke to Nicodemus:

  1. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
  2. "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:13-14

Jesus was lifted up to die for us. That is the reason why it is He, the Son of Man, who is the only one that can save us. Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. This is why the early church baptized in the name of Jesus because it is through His name and His name only that we are saved.

 

The fourth question:

Hi, I study the bible a lot. I do however agree with you, when you say Michael is Jesus. All the points you point out are infact related to Jesus and Michael. However, Michael is Not GOD. I in no way believe in the trinity at all.


Hi, I just wanted to thank you for your response and I'm not really sure exactly what you are saying concerning Jesus. I do believe Jesus was created by the Father. He being the first would go well with Col. 1:3. If Jesus was created first, then he would have seen and work along side the Father who created everything.

Check out Proverbs 8:22 It says, "The Lord possessed at the beginning of his ways, before His works of old. 23 I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning before there was ever an earth. and in verse 30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman."

You see, Jesus can say that he helped create all other things. GOD created with his own hands, Jesus or Michael and after wards with the help of his first. Proverbs 8:22-36 read it and let me know what you think.

 

What is the Trinity? Does the Trinity exist? Is God the Father sharing His throne?

I believe this is a very important question! Since the Bible says Jesus had a beginning, does it mean that Jesus is a creature, a created being? Also, does it mean that God first created Jesus, then He had Jesus create everything else?

I have devoted a whole web page to this very problem. Click to see: Is Jesus Christ God because of His Inheritance or is Jesus a Created Being?

 

 


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