The Father and The Son

 

I. The Son (Christ) Was Created by, and Was With The Father Before
     Creation:

  • Col. 1:15,17,18 - "firstborn of every creature" (first thing or being created); "And he is before all things" (Being the first of creation, Christ preceded all of creation.); "who is the beginning," (God had no beginning, therefore Christ being the first of creation, is Himself the beginning of all things.)

  • Rev. 3:14 - "the beginning of the creation of God." (Jesus confessed with his own mouth that he was and is the beginning, or firstborn of all creation.)

  • Jn. 17:5,24 - "the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (Jesus praying to the Father); "for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." (The Father had Jesus to love before creation, because He was with Him then. - Jn. 1:1)

  • Eph. 3;9 & Heb. 1:2 - "who (God) created all things by Jesus Christ:" - "By whom (Christ) also he (God) made the worlds;" (Both scriptures clearly reveal that God created all things by and through his Son.)

  • I Cor. 8:6 - "one God, the Father, of whom are all things,...and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things," (God brought forth Christ to creation, and as the preceding scriptures show, Christ created all things that exist. - Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16)
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    II. The Father Has a Body of His Own, And is a Separate Person From
            The Son:

  • Exd. 33:20,23 - "Thou canst not see my face...and thou shalt see my back parts:" (God proclaimed to Moses that He had both a face and back parts, which things are part of a body.)

  • Jn. 5:37 - "And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape." (Jesus plainly said that His Father has a bodily shape - The word "shape" comes from the Greek word "Eidos," which is defined as "the external or outward appearance, form figure, shape"

  • Jn. 6:46 - "Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father." (Jesus said that He has seen the Father, though at this time He is invisible to men.)

  • Jn. 18:10 - "their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." (Again, Jesus said that His Father has a face to see.)

  • Jn. 4:24; Heb. 1:7,14 - "God is a Spirit" - "Who maketh his angels spirits...Are they not all ministering spirits,...?" ("God is a Spirit" simply means that God is a spiritual Being; even as angels are referred to as spirits, and we know that angels have bodies. So God is a spiritual being with a spiritual body, but a body nonetheless.)
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    III. Jesus Is The Only Begotten of The Father, and Therefore Is Also
            God, or Deity:

  • Heb. 1:3 - "the brightness of His glory," (The term "brightness" comes from the Greek word "apaugasma," and is defined as "a reflected brightness.") "and the express image of His person..." (The term "express image" comes from the Greek word "Charakter" which means a "marked likeness", or "precise reproduction.") So Christ, being the "only begotten of the Father, meaning that He alone has come forth from the Father's body; can be nothing but diety, or God. And He could not be a reflected brightness, a marked likeness, or a precise reproduction of the Father, unless He and the Father both have bodies.)
     
  • Gen. 1:26; Jn. 1:1 - "Let us make man in our image," (Man is made in the image of God. Therefore God had to be speaking to Someone else Who was also God; that Someone being the Son, through Whom He made all things, as previously set forth by the Scriptures.); "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (The Son was with the Father in the beginning, and in fact is the beginning; and He is also God, being begotten purely of the substance of the Father.)

  • Heb. 1:8,9 - "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:" (The Father Himself addressed the Son as God.); "therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee..." (God also let the Son know that He (Father) is His (Son) God, and that it was He Who anointed Him. This clearly demonstrates two Persons, both of Whom are God.)

  • Jn. 9:5; Jn. 14:9; Rev. 3:14 - "I am the light of the world." (Jesus, being the reflected brightness of the Father, was the light of the Father while He was here.) "...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;" (The Apostle Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:" - Gal. 2:20 - This certainly doesn't mean that Paul was Jesus, but it does mean that anyone seeing Paul may just as well have seen Jesus; and thus is our calling: to manifest the reality of Christ to the world; or to be His witnesses.) "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness" (Seeing that Jesus is a precise reproduction of the Father, He is the perfect representation, or witness of the Father. He is like the Father in all things, and thus is the Amen, or "so be it" of God.)
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    IV. The Father Is Greater Than The Son:

  • Jn. 14:28 - "for my Father is greater than I." (Jesus plainly stated that He has a Father, and that His Father is greater than Him.)

  • Mk. 13:32 - "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." (Jesus made it clear that His Father knows more than He does.)

  • I Cor. 15:24,27,28 - "Then cometh the end, when he (Christ) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power...For he (The Father) hath put all things under his (Christ) feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he (The Father) is excepted, which did put all things under him...And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (God has given Jesus "all power in heaven and in earth" [Mat. 28:18], but after the thousand year reign Jesus will return all that God has given Him, back to God; and Jesus will also be in submission to the Father, Who will be over all in the new earth.)

  • Heb. 1:9; Jn. 20:17 - "therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee..." (Again, the Father told the Son that He is His God, and that it was He Who anointed the Son "with the oil of gladness..." The Father has to be greater than the Son in order to anoint Him, and to be His God.); "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (Jesus refers to His Father as His God.)

  • Heb. 5:7 - "when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;" (Jesus fears the Father because He knows that the Father holds all power and is worthy of all fear.)
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    V.  The Greatness of God's Love:

  • Jn. 16:28 - "I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father." (Jesus said plainly that He came from God to come into this world.)

  • Jn. 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son," (God sent His Son Who had been with Him since before creation, to suffer and die for us, that we might have hope of eternal life through Him. Everyone knows that it is harder for us to see our children suffer, than it is for us to suffer ourselves. That is why the Apostle Paul stated so powerfully: "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" [Rom. 5:7,8] ).


    VI. The Holy Ghost, The Oneness of The Father and The Son, and of The Body of Christ
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  • Rom. 8:2,10 - "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus...the Spirit is life" (The holy Ghost is referred to as life, meaning that it is the life of God.)

  • Jn. 5:26 - "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;" (The life, or Spirit which is in God, is also the life which is in the Son, because the Son was begotten (born) directly from the Father's body.)

  • I Jn. 4:16; Rom. 5:5 - "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (The nature of God is His love.); "because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost..." (The holy Ghost is the love of God, meaning the holy Ghost is the divine nature.)

  • Jn. 17:22,23 - "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;... (Rom. 6:4 says that Jesus was raised from the dead "by the glory of the Father;" and I Pet. 3:18 says that He was "quickened (raised from the dead) by the Spirit." Therefore the Spirit is the "glory" that Jesus has received from the Father and given to us. - Acts 2:33); ...that they may be one, even as we are one." (The Father and the Son each have their own body, but they share the same life substance, and the same divine nature; so they are one in heart, mind, and feeling.); ..."I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;" (Christ is in us the same way that the Father is in Him - through the holy Ghost. This is how we are made one, even as He and the Father are one - in Spirit, mind, and nature.)

  • Acts 4:32 - "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:" (The early believers were one with one another in heart and soul, because they were joined together through the divine nature of God, which is His Spirit.)

  • I Cor. 1:10 - "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." (The Apostle Paul instructed believers to be one in the way we think, understand, and speak the things of God; because the Spirit teaches us the truth about God [Jn. 14:26; I Jn. 2:27], and "God is not the author of confusion," but rather of unity.)

  • Rom. 12:15 - "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." (If we are following after the Spirit of God we will feel the things that one another feels, because we are joined together by the same divine nature and life that indwells the Father and the Son.)
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    VII. The Holy Ghost is Not a Third Person:

  • Jn. 14:26 - "...which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name," (The holy Ghost has been sent in Jesus' name, meaning in His stead. That is how the scripture says that "the Lord is that Spirit" [II Cor. 3:17]. That is why the Spirit can be referred to by a personal pronoun, such as "he," "whom," and so on).

  • Jn. 14:17 - "...Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not," (Jesus referred to the Spirit as "he.")

  • Jn. 14:18 - "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (Jesus referred to the Spirit as "I." He [Jesus] comes unto us when we receive the Comforter, which is the holy Ghost.)

  • Jn.14:23 - "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (Jesus also referred to the Spirit as "we." Jesus and the Father take up their abode with someone when that someone receives the holy Ghost, because when someone receives the Spirit they share the same life, nature, mind, feeling, etc. with the Father and with the Son, and with everyone else who has and is led by that same Spirit.)

  • James 2:26 - "For as the body without the spirit is dead," (God's Spirit is not a person any more than our spirit is a person. We are a person by being body, soul, and spirit (I Thess. 5:23); and we are made in the image of God, so it is the same way with God, as well as with His Son.)
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    VIII. Summary:

    The Son of God was begotten, or born of God before anything else ever existed, and the Father created all things through His Son. Because the Son is the only one ever directly begotten of the Father's body, He is made purely of the divine substance of the Father, making Him also deity, or God; but the Father is still greater than Him in authority, power, knowledge, and everything else. The Father has a body of His own, even as the Son has a body of his own,  so they are two separate Persons. They are one with one another by means of sharing the same divine life and nature, which things are the Spirit. This means they think, understand, and feel alike in all things. We are called and commanded to be one with one another in the same way that the Father and the Son are one with one another. We all have separate bodies, even as do the Father and The Son; but by means of us having the same holy Spirit of God, we should think, feel, understand, and speak alike, in all things that pertain to God; because the Spirit is the mind and nature of God, and only teaches us truth in and about the love of God, which is His nature. And it is that love that compelled God to send His only begotten Son to this world, to suffer and die for you and I, that we might have this glorious opportunity to be reconciled to Him; and to be in fellowship (oneness) with He and the Son.  

     
     
     


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