Are Jesus and the Father ONE God?

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How exactly are Jesus and the Father ONE? Was Jesus CREATED or has he eternally existed with the Father? Is our Savior the GOD of the Old Testament who created man and dealt with Noah, Abraham, Moses, the nation of Israel and all the prophets? How is the Father GREATER than our Lord?

The Godhead matters

Is the Godhead, who and what is God, relevant to living life each day? Some do not think so. A wrong idea, however, about God's nature can affect our spiritual life. Many do not even know who or what they worship, as Jesus told the woman from Samaria.

"You do not know what you worship. We know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:22, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV) throughout, unless stated).

Our Father does want us to know who He is and to worship him in a certain way.

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." (verse 24)

John's gospel

In order to combat the Gnostics and their false doctrines that Christ only appeared to be made of flesh when he came to die for man's sin, but really was not (2John 7; 1John 4:2-3), John emphasizes his humanity but affirms his ultimate Deity.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and not even one thing that was created came into being without Him . . . And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us" (John 1:1-3, 14)
 
 
 
 
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Jesus is, without a doubt, 'the Word.' Another key section showing the true identity of Jesus is in John 5.

"But Jesus answered them, 'My Father is working until now, and I work.' So then, on account of this saying, the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, not only because He had loosed the Sabbath, but also because He had called God His own Father, making Himself equal with God." (John 5:17-18)

Unlike the Jews of his day, Jesus referred to God the Father in a way they believed was blasphemous. Jesus also said in John something the Jews wanted him dead for proclaiming.

"(Jesus said) 'I and the Father are one.' Then the Jews again picked up stones so that they might stone Him. Jesus answered them, 'Many good works I have showed you from My Father. For which of them are you about to stone Me?' The Jews answered Him, saying, 'We will not stone You for a good work, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, are making Yourself God.'" (John 10:30-33)

Jesus side-stepped the accusations thrown at him by quoting Psalms 82:6 to affirm he was God's son.

Deity of the Old Testament

Consider the following verse in John 8:

"Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.'" (John 8:58)

Implying He was Jehovah, Jesus alluded to the burning bush incident, in which the LORD stated.

"I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:14).

Note carefully what the Jews wanted to do after Jesus made the above statement.

"Then they picked up stones to throw at Him."

Why did they want to kill Jesus? For making a blasphemous statement! They fully understood what Jesus meant by his statement. Christ also made several other statements about himself, especially in the gospel of John, that none of the bible's true prophets would even dare to make (see John 6:35, 14:6, 8:12, 15:5, etc.)

Only the divine can forgive sins

Only God can forgive sin, a prerogative that Jesus also claimed. After healing someone who was disabled Jesus told him something which some religious leaders immediately questioned.

"Now when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paraplegic, 'Child, your sins have been forgiven you.' But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 'Why does this man speak such blasphemies? Who has the power to forgive sins, except one, and that is God?'" (Mark 2:5, see also Luke 5:19)

Notice that Jesus did not correct the scribes and their interpretation of him being able to generically forgive sins.

Worthy of worship

If Christ was worshipped by anyone without Him rebuking him (see Revelation 22:8-9, etc.) that would prove he was very Gody.

Some will reply that the word 'worshipped' in the New Testament can refer to people paying their respects to a king, etc. Note what Peter and the disciples said when Christ walked on the water and had the winds become calm the minute he got into their boat.

"And those in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, 'You are truly the Son of God.'" (Matthew 14:33)

Notice also what the apostles stated and did right after Jesus' resurrection.

"But as they were going to tell His disciples, all at once Jesus Himself met them, saying, 'Hail!' And they came to Him and held His feet, and worshipped Him." (Matthew 28:9; cf. verse 17):

Hebrews 1:6 states the angels worshipped Christ. Is he then just a 'super' angel worthy of worship? Let's look at verse 8.

"But on the other hand, of the Son He says, 'Your throne, O God, is into the ages of eternity; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom."

Identifying Jesus as the Creator, Paul plainly applies to Jesus the Psalmist's words about Yahweh (Psalm 102:18-22). Since Jesus is Yahweh, He is surely worthy of the angels' worship!

The One who created

Further evidence that Jesus is God comes from statements stating He was the Creator.

"And that I might enlighten all as to what is the fellowship of the mystery that has been hidden from the ages in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ;" (Ephesians 3:9).

"Still, to us there is one God the Father, from Whom are all things, and we are in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we are by Him." (1Corinthians 8:6, see also Colossians 1:16-17).

If Jesus Christ made everything, then logically he himself could not have been one of the things made!

First and Last

The book of Revelation contains several texts that assert Christ's Deity.

"'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending,' says the Lord,'" (Revelation 1:8, NKJV).

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Grecian alphabet. Revelation 22 tells us that Jesus spoke these words.

"And behold, I am coming quickly; and My reward is with Me, to render to each one according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. " (See also Revelation 1:17-18; 2:8)

The apostle Paul also affirms Jesus' Deity when he states in Colossians 2.

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;" (v. 9)

Since Jesus possesses "all the fullness" of the Godhead he is there of a divine nature. Paul tells us Jesus was 'the rock' or divine Being who led the ancient Israelites.

"And they all drank of the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them. And that Rock was Christ" (1Corinthians 10:4)

Similarly, Paul in Romans 14 calls Christ the Lord then applies an Old Testament text about "the Lord" (the Eternal) to Him, and finishes stating we shall all be judged by him (Romans 14:9-12).

In conclusion

There exists still more Biblical evidence that Jesus is God. Although those who believe in the Trinity are wrong, their case that Jesus is part of the Godhead is Biblically sound.

Adapted from article by:  Eric Snow
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