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Jesus is not the Father.

Jesus is not the Father, According to Scripture.

Jesus never claimed that He is the Father who created the heavens and the earth, as many believers in the oneness of Jesus Christ movement claimed. Jesus said, “The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). Job confirmed the greatness of God in the book of Job 33:12- “Look, in this, you are not righteous. I will answer you, for God is greater than man” “Job 37:5- “God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.”

Jesus never claimed that he was God nor considered himself God. That will be a usurpation of God’s supreme authority. None of his disciples knew or suspected that Jesus was God. Why is the gospel of John focused on the supremacy of Jesus? He recorded something that Jesus said could be a misrepresentation that would lead to misinterpretation and bring suspicion to be a false gospel. “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), and “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14:9) KJV.      

The Gospel of John is susceptible to scoffers whose work is to make a false claim and can cause division among Christian believers. Christian religion started as early as the 1st century and made Christianity the empire’s official religion during the 4th-century rule of Emperor Constantine. More than 2000 years ago, Jesus became the center of praise and worship in the Christian religion. What is unusual, if not extreme, is that the other gospel, written earlier than John, does not show any claim that Jesus is God; Jesus never said such things.     

The three significant gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, do not mention any connection between Jesus being God and calling himself God. It is significant, not to mention that it allows to be perceived by the readers the author’s incomplete knowledge of the persona of Jesus and may diminish the author’s credibility. As we all know, what was written in the gospel was not directly from the mouth of Matthew, Mark, and Luke but from somebody who personally knew them, or it could be hearsay, and it could also be from friends of friends of the three. Many claim that John wrote his gospel, but there is also an unsettled discussion of the author’s identity. When confused, in doubt, and not knowing what to believe in any circumstances, instead rely on yourself or anyone and put God above and before anything else.

God will hear us when we worship and praise Him, even in our house. The Gospel of Matthew says, “But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6(World English Bible). When we pray with a pure heart, we will find the desire of our hearts. God knows the desire of our hearts, but He wants you to say it. God wants us to bring our desires to Him. Always pray and never give up. “LUKE 18:1

God is pleased with people seeking His face and righteousness, and to depend on Him is a sign of trust and humility. In addition, trusting Him even before we receive His blessing will delight Him. We pray not because we want something but to thank him for all the blessings we receive every day.  

Satan accused Job that the obedience he was getting was because of the favor he received from God. This is how the Bible narrates it; “9 Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Haven’t you made a hedge around him, around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand now, touch all he has, and he will renounce you to your face.” Job 1:9-11 World English Bible (WEB).

When we rely on the Father with all our hearts and in complete submission to His glory with the hope that we may receive the revelation we seek from Him. Always seek God before anything else, and we may find comfort and strength in our struggle to fight the unbeatable foe. Acknowledging who He is in our lives and what He can do to reassure the crown of victory by letting him use us with His good plan against the principalities in many places where they can hide and attack. Remember to call the name of the LORD not only in times when we face hardship but make a habit as a way of seeking God first, even in times of peace and success. God keeps His promises, including the promise that He will never leave or forsake us, or He will not make any promises and be unfaithful with His word.

Listening to others is just a whisper in our ears, and when the wind blows, it dissipates, but it is sometimes helpful. You have to decide, but keeping God’s love letters (Divine Word) in our hearts is the best choice ever. It is more important than the earth’s treasure. You can treasure a friend, but for how long? You can treasure material things, but they can lose their value over time. You can treasure your beauty, but not for a lifetime. How many more treasures do we need, the treasure that we cannot even bring with us when it is time for Him to call us to be with Him?  

There is an excellent opportunity that you grab hastily, having in mind that opportunity knocks only once. You apply it immediately to your ideas because it is good, then comes a better opportunity. Without hesitation, you replace the good one and invest all you have because it is better than good, and it could not be any better decision. However, the best opportunity comes, and of course, the best is superior to good and better and sounds very encouraging, but your resources end, and the only way to get the best is to make a loan. Are you going to that? Is it in line with God’s first?

If you put God first, He might give you wisdom, and you may not be confused. God will give us contentment and protect us from temptation. God is good, and He is the best. If we believe that He provides all the good things, then we should be happy that God gave us a good opportunity and let it go His way in appreciation for taking care of us. When we apply the theology of God first, there is nothing in between better and best; it is the best. It could be good if they are not from God, but it will never be the best. We must carefully treat every opportunity like the one we would God’s Word. We must ensure we do not fall for the false opportunity that looks like pure gold but a deceptive gold plated in cheap metal. The best things in life are free from Lies, Deception, and Temptations. God first will protect us all the way.

 “The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.” “It is dangerous to be concerned with what other people think of you, but if you trust the LORD, you are safe” Proverbs 29:25 (GNT).

He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. It is the greatest and most important command.” (Matt. 22:37-38).

Another proof is that Jesus is not the Father. “Moreover, this is the will of Him who sent me that I shall lose none of those He has given me but raise them on the last day.” ( John 6:39)

“No one has ascended into heaven except he, who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” (John 3:13 KJV)

God the Father Almighty sent the Son Jesus on a mission and as a messenger: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes!” says Yahweh of Armies. (Malachi 3:1)

Jesus did not speak on His own words but the words that the Father authorized Him (John 8:38-42; 12:49-50; 14:24). His message was about the goodness and richness of the Father; whoever believes in Him will be saved (John 3:16). He was sent for the lost sheep of Israel; Matthew 15:24 “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” It is not about Jesus but the message from the Father, but the enemy accused him anyway of claiming to be God. Jesus’ defense uses the accuser’s biblical passage in Psalm 82:6. He says, is it not written in your Law, “I said, you are gods”? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came — and Scripture cannot be broken — do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? (John 10:34–36

First, he says, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” (John 10:32). After all these passages, Jesus never claims to be the Father Almighty.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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