|John 1:1 |
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god.1 [Christ is the Word of God; his name is the word of God. The Bible is not the Word; the Bible is scriptures. "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning. Then I was by him, as one brought up with him; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him." Pro 8:22-30.]
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god. The traditional, pervasive translation instead is "and the Word was God;" and was chosen to avoid the use of the word "god" or "deity," (see Footnote 3 in the Net Bible to this verse), which is more correct, but the translators thought that did not fully support Jesus being the same as God, (as defined by their invented "trinity," which word cannot be found anywhere in the scriptures); so they just wrote, "the Word was God." Further, as stated in this verse, the Word was with God; and if the Word was with God, the Word, (Jesus), cannot be the same entity named God that Jesus was with. However, Jesus possesses all the fullness of the Father, Col 1:19; and Jesus exists in the form of God; Phil 2:6; and he is the only begotten Son, (all other sons of God are adopted), and all things in heaven and earth were created by him; and Jesus and the Father are one spirit, and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus.
As Jesus said, defending himself for saying he was the Son of God: Then Jesus answered them, "is it not written in your law (Psa 82:6), 'I have said, You are gods?' So he called them gods, men to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;" John 10:34-35. Now if men to whom the Word of God came are gods, then clearly Jesus, who is the Word of God and who created the heavens, the worlds, and all that is in them, [Jesus] is also a god, (and the only begotten Son of God is a god much greater than any man who became or becomes a god; Jesus is, and will continue to be, their Lord and King, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS).
Jesus never claimed to be God, but Jesus plainly said:
Without question, Jesus is divine; without question Jesus is a god much greater than all except the Father, the one God, whom Jesus said was His God and our God, whom Jesus said was greater than Himself.
Jesus and God are not the same; they are one in Spirit, but that does not make them the same. Peter, John and Paul became one in Spirit with Jesus and God; but that did not make Peter, John or Paul to be the same as God or Jesus.
Jesus also said, "I came out from the Father. I came forth from the Father." John 16:27-28; and "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning. Then I was by him, as one brought up with him; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him." Pro 8:22-30. In the beginning, Jesus stepped out of the light, fire, and spirit called God, to become the only visible representation of God as the first-born, (Jesus), of all the new creation, so that all God's fullness could dwell in him, (Jesus); and then by him, (Jesus), were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together — so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Jesus stepped out of the Father to be the firstborn of an entirely new creation: the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them. All things were created from the Father and for whom we exist; all things were created by Jesus, for the pleasure of Jesus, through whom we exist. Jesus is the only express image of his [God's] person; and Jesus exists in the form of God; Phil 2:6; and he is the only begotten Son, (all other sons of God are adopted), and Jesus and the Father are one spirit, and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Before the heavens and the earth were created, Jesus was part of the Father, but not the whole Father.
He is one with God and in the form of God, so that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father, John 5:21-23; if we are to honor the Son, even as we honor the Father, then to us the Son is equal to God. God commanded the angels to worship the Son, Heb 1:6; and so we, being far less than angels, should also worship the Son, our one Lord, (when able to worship properly).
Jesus never claimed to be God; he claimed to be the Son of God, and he said he was less than the Father. When he told Phillip, "anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father;" in the next two verses John 14:10-11, Jesus explained:
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you are not spoken from myself; but from the Father living in me, who does the miracles.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, or else believe me because of the miracles themselves." John 14:10-11
Further, Jesus is the only visible representation of the Father to be seen, "who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Col 1:15.
When Jesus said, "I and my Father are one," John 10:30, Jesus was not saying that He is the Father; Jesus was saying that the Father was in Him and that He was in the Father, which is like crucified believers that can be in union with and one with Christ and the Father too, as John 17:20-23 below describes:
"Neither do I pray for these alone, but also for those also who will believe in me through their word [teachings]; that they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21.
And the glory which you gave me I have given them; so that they may be one, just as we are one. John 17:22.
I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me." John 17:23
(and John 14:20 confirms: "In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.")
A crucified believer in union is one with Jesus and one with the Father, but that does not make such believers Jesus or the Father; they are one in Spirit, but the believers are not, (nor can they ever be), Jesus or God. The same is true with Jesus; he is one with the Father, he possesses all the fullness of the Father, he is the only visible representation of the Father, but he is not the Father; they are one in Spirit, but Jesus is not God. Scripture tells us there is only one God, and He is the God of Jesus:
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:5-6.
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things exist, and for whom we exist; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things are made, and through whom we exist. 1 Cor 8:6
For there is one God [the Father], and one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus, himself having been human. 1 Tim 2:5
There is another very important point to consider: as Jesus stated below, Jesus came to the earth as a servant to the Father, speaking, judging, and doing only as the Father ordered Jesus.
Before he came to the earth, Jesus was a servant to God in heaven; and on the earth Jesus was a servant to God; and Jesus is still a servant to God. Why is that important?—because he came to the earth as the example to us, for what we should become — servants. He died a horrible death on the cross in obedience to God, why?—to show the extent of obedience that we must have in order to attain salvation.
Jesus, the (greatest) servant of God, came to the earth to create more trustworthy servants.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Think about it. How could anything but a humble servant, (Jesus, the greatest servant to have ever lived), be our example and pattern to follow? If the Father himself had come to the earth, in whatever form he chose, He could have issued many commands, given us incredible direction, and of course demonstrated miracles without limit; but how could the Father show us how to be a servant, other than commanding us to be servants? Love shows us how to act by example; love does not insist on its own way; and love came to the earth with total obedience to show us the obedient way of the cross, the only way to make peace with God during our life on the earth.
See the Footnote to 1 John 5:7 for many more scriptures that detail Jesus being the Son of God, but not God.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who want to believe that Jesus is God, may do so until He makes it clear to them."