|The Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are One|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Friday, 12 June 2009 19:37|
The Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are One
When the Lord Jesus Christ stated, "I and My Father are one", He was actually declaring Himself to be God; and for this reason He was stoned (Jn 10:30-33). It was not easy for people in those days to accept this truth. It is also difficult for modern day Christians to understand the relationship of Oneness in the Father and the Lord Jesus. However, a comparative study of the Old and New Testaments will show that they are one and the same Divine Person.
There can be only one "Lord of lords" according to the grammatical usage and since this title refers to Yahweh God and also to the Lord Jesus Christ who is "Lord of all" (Acts 10:36) they must be the same Divine Person. Zechariah 14:9 states "And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. in that day it shall be – ‘The LORD is one,’ and His Name One". Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord". There is only one Divine Person.
Revelation 22:3-4 says, "And there shall be no more curse, but the throne (singular) of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (not them) They shall see His face (not their faces) and HIS NAME (not their names) shall be in their foreheads." There is only one King, sitting on one throne and served by His servants. There is only one Divine Person. In the Old Testament He is Yahweh God and in the New Testament He is the Lord Jesus Christ. They are one and the same Divine Person.
The One True God YAHWEH declares, "I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no Savior." (Isa. 43:11), but in the New Testament the Lord Jesus Christ is called the “Savior.” Since there is only one Savior therefore Jesus Christ and the heavenly Father must be one and the same Divine Person.
Jesus Christ has the visible image of the Father
God is a Spiritual Being, therefore no person has ever seen Him. (Jn. 4:24; 5:37; 1 Tim. 6:15-16) Being a Spirit He has no physical form (Lk. 24:39; Job 9:11). When God was manifested in the flesh He became visible through "the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." (Jn. 1:18). In this way, the Lord Jesus Christ "is the image of the invisible God." (Col. 1: 15; Heb. 1:2-3; 2 Cor. 4:4) This is the reason why our Lord Jesus Christ explained: "He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (Jn 14:8-9; 12:45)
Jesus Christ speaks for the Father
God "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." (Heb. 1:2) This is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:18. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself declared: "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." (Jn 12:49) The Lord Jesus spoke those things which He heard from the Father (Jn. 8:26). He further explained: "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me He does the works." (Jn 14:10)
Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father in Him
The Lord Jesus Christ explained His Oneness with the Father: "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me." (Jn. 14:11) He was not only speaking of the relationship between God and His Church (Jn. 17:21-23; Rom. 12:5) where the Holy Spirit dwells in the Body of Christ (Eph. 2:22) but also a Oneness relationship between the Father and the Son in the Godhead. This divine relationship is unique because in Jesus Christ "dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." (Col. 2:9). "For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell." (Col 1:19) Jesus and the Father are in one another. (Jn 10:38)
Jesus Christ does the works for the Father
The Lord Jesus Christ stated: "but the Father who dwells in Me, He does the works." (Jn 14:10-11, 10:25,37-38) The Father who dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit (Jn 15:26; Mt 10:20; Lk 1:35). These are the works which the Lord Jesus Christ does for the Father: 1. Creator of the Universe (Jn. 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2,10) 2. Controls the Universe (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:16-17) 3. Having all power (Mt. 28:18; Jn 3:35; Eph. 1:22; Php. 2:9-11) 4. Forgives sins (Mk. 2:5-10; Jn. 5:14; Lk. 7:40-49) 5. Controls life and death (Jn. 5:21-26, 6:38-44; Php. 3:21) 6. Subdues the devil (Mt. 8:16,12:22; Lk. 13:10-13) 7. Judges the world (Jn. 5:22,27; 2 Tim. 4:1; 2 Cor.. 5:10)
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