Is Jesus God the Father?
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- with the assistance of William Arnold III [email protected] Shema God says to Israel, ″Hear, O Israel; Yaweh is our God.″ Israel YHWH elohanu YHWH echad ″Yaweh is one,″ says the Bible (Deut.
- There is only one God in the universe.
This is the emphatic message of the Old Testament, and it is also the teaching of the New Testament.The Jews were the only ones who knew their God, if anybody knew their God at all (John 4:22), and they had no notion of the existence of individuals inside the Godhead.God makes several extremely strong declarations in the book of Isaiah, which, in my opinion, do not allow for a Trinitarian view of the text.God declares in Isaiah 44:6 and 8 that ″I am the beginning and I am the last, and there is no other God save Me…Is there a God who isn’t watching over me?’Yes, there is no God; I am not aware of any.’ Is there anything more straightforward in the Bible than this?
- ″I, the LORD, am the creator of all things,″ he declares in verse 24, ″Stretching out the heavens by Myself, and spreading out the earth by Myself.″ If language is to be believed, the phrases ″by myself″ and ″alone″ indicate that there was no other person in the room.
- Assuming that God is not asserting that he is totally one in this instance, what stronger language would one recommend for conveying this message?
- Why would God be so adamant about his oneness if, in reality, he is three distinct individuals?
- Wouldn’t these remarks be deceptive in some way?
- In the following chapter, he declares, ″I am the LORD, and there is no one other; there is no God except from Me.″ …
- so that men may be aware from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one else save from Me.
″I am the LORD, and there is no one else; I am the One who creates light and destroys darkness, who brings prosperity and brings misfortune; I am the LORD who accomplishes all of these things″ (Isa.45:5-7).And once again, if God were indeed three distinct individuals, could he employ such forceful language to express himself?
Were we to believe that this was one of the members of the Trinity who was speaking, would it be honest for him to claim, ″There is no one else apart from Me?″ What are the chances that he would not be forced to concede that there are in fact two more individuals in the Godhead?″Remember the old things that have passed away, for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is no one like Me,″ God states in Psalm 46:9.There is just one person speaking in this remark (note the use of singular pronouns), and that unique individual asserts that there is no one else like him or her.It is difficult for me to understand how these sections could possibly include a Trinity.1 The arrival of Christ, without a doubt, did not in any way contradict the rigid Monotheism preached in the Old Testament.
There is only one God in the universe.That God is our father is a well-known fact.It follows that if Jesus is that God, then Jesus is also our father.
In terms of his Godhead, Jesus Christ is God the Father, according to the Bible.In Isaiah 9:6, he is addressed as ″the Father.″ Some have claimed that this should be translated as ″Father of Eternity,″ although no mainstream translation does so (see my article Should Isaiah 9:6 read ″Everlasting Father″ or ″Father of Eternity?″ for more information).Even if we choose the phrase ″Father of Eternity,″ does this reduce the power of God’s words?Jesus is referred to as the Father.″To us, there is only one God, the Father,″ says I Corinthians 8:6, according to the Bible.
In the absence of the Father, there is no God.″ As a result, in the sense that Jesus is that God, Jesus is also known as the Father.″Have we not all one Father?″ asks Malachi 2:10, referring to God as ″our Father.″ Is there not a single God who created us?″ As a result, we all have a father, and that father is God.The reason we refer to God as our Father is because he is the one who created us.
All things were created by Jesus, according to John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, and Hebrews 1:2, making him our Father in the eyes of the world.The Holy Spirit is frequently referred to as the ″Spirit of God,″ which is an abbreviation.Although Scripture talks of us getting the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9; Gal 4:6; 1 Peter 1:19), it also refers to him as the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Peter 1:11), and Ephesians 4:4 reminds us that there is only one Spirit.All of this must be referring to the same individual, the one and only genuine God.When it comes to his divinity, Jesus is the Holy Spirit, according to the Bible.Receiving Christ entails receiving the Holy Spirit.
In his teachings to the disciples, Jesus said, ″Even the Spirit of truth…you know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.″ I will not abandon you in your distress; instead, I will come to you.″ (See also John 14:17-18.) Having said that, I will gladly concede that on the surface, Jesus appears to be speaking of himself and the Father as if they were two distinct individuals.As a matter of fact, I would argue that the earliest sign of Trinitarian thought came from Philip in John 14, who begged Jesus, ″Lord, show us the Father″ (v.8).
All this time, Jesus had been speaking about God in a distant manner, and unfortunate Philip mistook him for speaking of another individual.Take note, though, of Jesus’ reaction.When he replied, ″Have I been with you for such a long period and yet have you not recognized me, Philip?″ he nearly sounded as if he was perplexed.(See also v.9).Jesus was implying that he himself was the one who Philip was requesting to be brought to him.
One of the reasons that Jesus talked of God in the third person so frequently was that he did not want to seem to men as God, but rather as a man just like one of us, as we read in Philippians 2:5-8, NIV: ″He did not want to appear as God, but as a man just like one of us.″ 5.Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus’ attitude toward you: 6.Who, despite the fact that he was God in his own essence, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7.but humbled himself by taking on the very character of a servant, having been created in the image of man.He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross, after being discovered in the appearance of a man.Jerry Hayes expresses it in the following manner: ″If Jesus was Father God, why didn’t he just say so?″ is a question that has been raised several times.
It is in Philippians 2:5-8 where the solution to this issue is so succinctly summarized.He was a man of integrity.He did not believe it was appropriate to display his divinity in front of others.
- He made no conscious decision to look superior to man, despite the fact that he was superior to all men since he was the creator of all men.
- Instead, he chose to make all other guys look better than himself in order to appear better than himself.
- It was always in a way that separated Jesus’ personal identity from that of the Father God that he spoke of him as the Son of God.
- This conduct was consistent with his character, which sought to avoid appearing as God, despite the fact that he was.
- The following promise was made by Jesus about this particular subject: ″These things have I said vnto you in proverbs: but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father:″ (See also John 16:25.) ″Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords; Who is the only one who hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.
- Amen,″ Paul wrote to Timothy in reference to this same revelation event (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
Please join me in prostration at his feet, whispering in devotion the words of Thomas, ″The Lord and the God of my salvation!″ at the time of this tremendous revelation.2 However, the issue remains as to why the New Testament makes such a distinction from the Old Testament at times.The solution to this question may be traced back to Jesus’ dual nature.
- He was unique from God in the capacity of becoming a complete human being.
- Not only is he separate from the Father, but he is also distinct from being God at all.
- This explains why we may find allusions to the God of Jesus Christ throughout the Bible (Matt.
27:46; John 20:17; Eph.1:17).This is clearly not the God of the universe.It is the God of the human race.Jesus is referred to as a man on several occasions (Acts 2:22; 13:38; I Tim 2:5).As a man, there were things He didn’t know (Mark 13:32), things He couldn’t accomplish (Mark 6:5), things He couldn’t be in two places at the same time (John 16:7), things He could be tempted by (Heb 4:15), things He could hunger for (John 19:28), and things He could die (Mark 13:32).
(John 19:33).Consequently, from this perspective, He was separate from God and could therefore be referred to as such.However, from another perspective, He was entirely God and might be referred to as such (John 20:28; I Tim 3:16; I John 5:20).It is always something along the lines of ″God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ″ whenever we encounter a distinct mention.″God the Father and God the Son″ are two names you will never see on a television screen.It is always a battle between God and man, between Spirit and flesh, between God the Father and God the Son.
- Putting it another way, according to I Timothy 2:5, ″For there is only one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.″ The Bible says in John 10:30 that Jesus and his Father are one: ″I and my Father are one.″ Does this imply that they are one in the same way?
- So, I inquire as to why the Jews picked up stones to stone him if that was all he was attempting to convey.
- (Second edition, v.
- 31) As a matter of fact, when Jesus inquires as to why (v.
- 32), they respond, ″because thou, being a man, considerst thyself to be God″ (v.
They took this to mean that they were claiming to be God, rather than professing to be in agreement with him.So, since ″I and the Father are one″ implies ″I am God,″ and he is God the Father, then he must be the Son of God.Others have attempted to bring attention to the use of the word ″one″ (Gk – hen) in this text, suggesting that the neuter gender of the word ″one″ signifies the fact that they are ″one in oneness.″ However, this is the same term that is used in verses such as Eph.
- 4:4, where it is said that there is ″one Spirit,″ and no one would argue that this implies just one in unity in this context.
- (See also my page on the Greek and Hebrew Words for ″One″ for more information.) Baptism ″in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost″ is described in Matthew 28:19 as a mandate from Jesus to his disciples.
- Despite this, they frequently baptized exclusively in the name of Jesus.
- 3 Either they were misinformed, or they mistook the names of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the name of Jesus, as they did.
- It’s safe to say that the apostles did not disobey their Lord.
Even though I could present numerous verses to demonstrate that Jesus is actually God, here are a few more to demonstrate that he is especially the Father (who is the only God, Mal 2:10; I Cor 8:6).The following is an illustration by David Bernard: 1.In John 16:7, Jesus stated that He would send the comforter to us, but He also stated that the Father would send the comforter to us (John 14:26).2.Only the Father has the ability to bring men to God (John 6:44), yet Jesus stated that He would attract all men to Himself (John 12:32).
- In addition, while Jesus will raise up all believers at the end of the world (John 6:40), God the Father is the one who gives life to the dead and who will raise us up at the end of the world (Romans 4:17; I Corinthians 6:14).
- Even though Christ is our sanctifier (Ephesians 5:26), the Father is the one who sanctifies us (Jude 1).
When we recognize that Jesus has a dual nature, it becomes much easier to comprehend everything.He is both Spirit and flesh, God and man, Father and Son, and he is the embodiment of all three.4 Finally, I’d want to discuss a text from Revelation 21 that makes it quite evident that Jesus is the Son of the Living God.Starting with verse 5, it says: ″Behold, I am making all things new.″ And He who sits on the throne declared, ″Behold, I am creating all things new.″ Afterward, He instructed them to write because ″these words are faithful and true″ [Jesus is referred to as ″faithful and true″ in Rev.3:14 and 19:11].
″ 6 When He finished, He remarked to me, ″It is finished.″ [Compare John 19:30, ″it is completed.] I am the beginning and the end, the beginning and the end of all things.To the one who is thirsty, I will give without charge from the spring of the water of life to him who asks.7 Jesus said these words to each of the seven churches in the beginning of this epistle, twice in 2:7, once in 11:17, once in 26; and once in 3:5, once in 12:21.
He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son″ (emphasis added).Despite the fact that everything in this chapter points to Jesus as the speaker, we know that it is God the Father who is speaking at the end of the passage.″These things I have told to you in metaphorical language; an hour is coming when I will no longer talk to you in figurative language, but will tell you openly of the Father,″ our Lord has spoken elsewhere (John 16:25).Alternatively, as Zechariah the prophet said, ″And the LORD shall reign over all the earth: in that day there shall be one LORD, and his name shall be one″ (Zech.14:9).Observations and footnotes 1.
This paragraph is based in large part on an audio tape of David Bernard’s ″This Jesus″ Conference (St.Paul, MI: Oneness Ministries, 1988).183.3.See my article on Baptism in Jesus’ name for more information.
- Jerry L.
- Hayes, The Godhead Discussion, (Farmerville, LA: Biblical Research Institute, 1993), 183 4, 69, David K.
- Bernard, The Oneness of God (Hazelwood, Missouri: Word Aflame Press, 1983).
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If Jesus is God, then why did He say that the Father was greater than He?
- Jesus declared that the Father was greater than He was himself.
- However, this was not the case since Jesus is not God.
- It was instead because Jesus was in a lower position than God the Father that this occurred.
- He was ″…created to be a bit lower than the angels for a brief period of time…″ (See also Hebrews 2:9).
According to Gal.4:4, He was created in accordance with the Law.Consequently, as a person bound by the Law, he was required to pray to the Father and carry out the Father’s instructions.It is also said in Philippians 2:5-8 that Jesus ″emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being created in the shape of mankind…″ I’m sure you’ve heard that I told you, ‘I’m going away, and I’ll come to you.’ It is possible that you would have rejoiced if you had loved Me because I am going to the Father; because the Father is greater than I.″ (See also John 14:28.) Jesus has two personalities: one that is heavenly and one that is human.Jesus was not denying that He was the Creator of the universe.He was only accepting the truth that He was, in fact, a human being as well.
- Jesus is both God and man at the same time.
- Due to the addition of human nature to Himself (Col.
- 2:9) and the fact that he was created under the Law, he was in a lower position than the Father as a man (Gal.
- He became a man in order to die for others (1 Cor.
In a married partnership, it is possible to compare and contrast variances in position between partners.According to biblical principles, a husband has higher status and power than his wife.Her head (Eph.
5:23), but he is no different in nature than she is, and he is no better than she in any way.They are of the same nature as one another, as humans, and they labor together out of love and devotion to the Lord.As a result, Jesus did not deny that He was the Son of God.The fact that He was also a man, and that as a man, He was subject to the rules of God so that He could redeem those who were under the law, namely, sinners, was an acknowledgement of His humanity (Gal.4:4-5).
- Phil. 2:5-8, “Have this attitude in yourself which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, while He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being created in the image of mankind. 8 And, having been discovered in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming submissive to the point of death, even death on a cross.″ 2:9, ″For in Him all the fullness of Deity lives in physical form,″ says the apostle Paul. Galatians 4:4-5, ″But when the fullness of time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the Law and to give us the adoption as sons.″ For example, Heb. 2:9 reads, ″But we do see Him who has been made for a short time lower than the angels,″ referring to Jesus, who was crowned with glory and honor as a result of His suffering and death so that, by the mercy of God, He may taste death for everyone.
If Jesus Is God, Why Does He Call the Father “My God?”
- When Jesus was dying on the cross, he cried out, ″My God, my God, why have you left me?″ (Matt.
- 27:46) He was asking why God had abandoned him.
- Following Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father, he appears to Mary Magdalene, who quickly grasps onto Him.
- To which Jesus responds, ″Do not cling to me because I have not yet ascended to the Father; instead, go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God,’″ Jesus adds (John 20:17; cf.
Rev.3:2, 12).In each of these instances, Jesus expressly refers to the Father as ″my God.″ These verses (and others like them) lead Jehovah’s Witnesses to infer that Jesus cannot possibly be God, according to them.According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus cannot have a God if He is God in the first place!As a result, the assumption of unitarianism is implicit in this type of argument.Unitarianism is the idea that God exists as a single individual.
- Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are all members of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
- Trinitarians, on the other hand, believe that God exists in three separate people.
- These texts can only imply one thing to a Jehovah’s Witness, who has previously presupposed unitarianism in his or her thinking: Jesus is not God.
- Consider the implications of this.
- If person A refers to person B as ″my God,″ it follows that person A cannot be God, according to logic.
- Of course, this argument is only valid if and only if unitarianism is correct.
But what if God isn’t a one entity?What if God exists in three distinct personalities?Take note of how the logic of the argument crumbles under its own weight.
If the Son and the Father are both different components of the Godhead, as the overwhelming evidence of Scripture demonstrates, then God the Son’s designation of God the Father as ″my God″ is not logically illogical.Despite the fact that it is not logically contradictory, it may appear weird to certain listeners.Why would Jesus, who is God, refer to the Father as ″my God″ if he is God?Take into consideration the following two considerations.First and foremost, Jesus is more than just God.
He, on the other hand, is both genuinely God and truly man, in contrast to the Father.He is known as the God-man.As the God-man, He is a flawless man who worships, honors, obeys, and prays to God the Father.
He is the embodiment of what it means to be a perfect man.In actuality, the incarnate Son is reliant on the Father for his existence (John 5:30).If the Son is God, how could He be reliant on anybody else?Taking inspiration from the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul provides us with a glimpse into the Son’s humiliation: ″Christ Jesus, who, though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking on human flesh and being born in the likeness of men.″ Moreover, having been discovered in human form, He humbled himself by becoming submissive to the point of death, even death on a cross″ (Philippians 2:6–8).The Son relinquishes His autonomous sovereignty and divine splendour in order to become a human being.
Instead, He humbled Himself by adopting the characteristics of a human being.It is in this framework that the remarks about Jesus being ″my God″ must be understood.Second, the Father and the Son have different functions in the economy of the Trinity, which is why they are separated.
In nature, there is equality, but in their personal duties, there is subordination.For example, the Son submits to the Father, but not the Father to the Son.Because of this relationship-based subordination, when Jesus Christ refers to the Father as ″my God,″ He is claiming His entire divinity while also declaring His relationally subordinate status.WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BETTER AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST?Allow us to equip you with our hallmark publications, videos, essays, and other coaching materials.Please contact us for more information.
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If Jesus is God, then why did He say the Father was greater than He?
- ″You must have overheard me telling you, ‘I’m going away, and I’ll come to you.’ As long as you have loved Me, you would have rejoiced when I went to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am.″ (See also John 14:28.) Jesus stated that the Father was greater than He, not because he was not God, but because he was also a man, and as a man, he was in a lesser position than the Father was.
- He was ″…
- created to be a little lower than the angels for a short period of time..″ (Heb.
The Bible also says in Philippians 2:5-8, ″Jesus came in the shape of a bond-servant, and was created in the likeness of mankind…″ Jesus possesses two personalities.Jesus was not denying that He was the Creator of the universe.He was only accepting the truth that He was, in fact, a human being as well.Jesus is both God and man at the same time.He was at a lower social status than the Father since he was a guy.He had incorporated human nature into his being (Col.
- He transformed into a guy willing to die for others.
- The married partnership might serve as a model for this comparison.
- According to biblical principles, a husband has higher status and power than his wife.
- However, he is neither more or less than she in terms of nature, nor is he any better than she.
- They are of the same nature as one another, as humans, and they are bound together by love.
As a result, Jesus was not denying that He was the Son of God.Simply put, He was confessing that He was also a man, and that, as a man, he was subject to the rules of God 5in order to rescue those who were under the law; that is, sinners (Gal.4:4-5).
- Philippians 2:5-8, philippians 2:9, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians 2:9-10, philippians ″Have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had toward you, 6who, though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the image of men. 8And, having been discovered in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming submissive down to the point of death, even death on a cross, in order to save others.″ 2:9, ″For in Him all the whole of Deity dwells in physical form,″
- Gal. 4:4-5, ″But when the fullness of time arrived, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,″ 5in order that He could redeem those who were under the Law, and that we might be adopted as sons.″ For example, Heb. 2:9 reads, ″But we do see Him who has been made for a short time lower than the angels,″ referring to Jesus, who was crowned with glory and honor as a result of His suffering and death so that, by the mercy of God, He may taste death for everyone.
If Jesus is God why did He say, ″My Father is greater than I″?
Because if Jesus is God, why did He declare in John 14:28, ″You have heard Me tell to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you,’″ if He is God? If you truly loved Me, you would be glad that I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ because My Father is greater than I am.
- The beginning point for answering the question, ″If Jesus is God, why did He say, ‘My Father is greater than I?’″ is to consider the question, ″If Jesus is God, why did He say, ‘My Father is greater than I?″ is to come to the realization that Jesus is God.
- Following that, we must grasp what Jesus meant when He said, ″My Father is greater than I.″ Two assertions that appear to be at odds with one another are not always at odds.
- His statement in John 14:28 is explained in detail in the next section.
Jesus Was and Is God
- The overarching theme of the Bible is that Jesus is the Son of the Living God.
- To the contrary, Jesus has already declared Himself to be and to be God earlier in the gospel of John.
- I However, He said, ″My Father is working until now, and I myself am working,″ as recorded in John 5:17-18.
- It was for this reason that the Jews were even more determined to murder Him, because He was not only breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thereby elevating himself to the status of God in their eyes.
5:17-18 (John 5:17-18) (NASB) Even though some people today may be perplexed as to what Jesus said about Himself, it is obvious from this chapter that the religious authorities understood Jesus’ claim to be God to be correct.In John 8:58-59, Jesus said to them, ″Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the one who existed before Abraham was born.″ In response, they gathered stones to throw at Him, but Jesus quickly disguised himself and fled from the temple grounds to the outside world.Notice in John 8:58-59 (NASB) that Jesus declared Himself to be ″I AM.″ That is, it is the identical declaration spoken by Jehovah God to Moses in Exodus 3:14 that we read above.He used the word ″to be″ to announce that He was forever existing, which was a powerful statement.He has the status of divinity.He is the one and only Jehovah God.
- In John 10:30, Jesus stated once more that He was God, saying, ″I and the Father are one.″ The Jews gathered their stones once more to stone Him.
- ″I have shown you many excellent acts from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?″ Jesus responded to their question.
- ″We do not stone You for doing a good deed; rather, we stone You for blasphemy; and we stone You because You, being a man, make yourself out to be God,″ they said.
- Those who are perplexed by Jesus’ remark, ″I and the Father are one,″ should take note of the fact that the Jewish authorities were not perplexed.
- They were aware that He had declared Himself to be the Creator of the universe.
- The second time He made a similar comment was in John 14:9, when He said to Philip, ″Have I been with you for such a long time, and yet you have not come to know Me?
Whoever has seen Me has also seen the Father; how can you say, ″Show us the Father,″ when you have not seen Me?Jesus is God, just as the Father is God, according to John 14:9 (NASB).
Jesus Was Also a Man on Earth
- Before making the remark, ″the Father is greater than I,″ in John 14:28, Jesus made a series of statements that He was and is God, including the following: I’m sure you’ve heard that I told you, ‘I’m going away, and I’ll come to you.’ If you truly loved Me, you would have delighted in the fact that I am going to the Father, since the Father is greater than I.″ 14:28 (John 14:28) As a result, how should we interpret His statement?
- Without a doubt, Jesus is not contradicting Himself here.
- So, how can we make sense of all of this?
- God the Father was greater than Jesus Christ while He was on earth in a human form, and this is the answer.
As the God-man, He was also a man who existed in the form of a human being.God the Father was greater than Jesus Christ throughout His stay on earth in a human form….about His Son, who was born of a descendant of David in the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with authority by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord…Romans 1:3-4 reminds us that Jesus was both human and divine.Romans 1:3-4 (New American Standard Bible) Despite the fact that He was both God and man, He was experiencing life on earth in human flesh.
- Consider the passages in Hebrews 1:5-9, which teach that Jesus is God, and Hebrews 2:9, which declares that Jesus was placed lower than the angels for a brief period of time when He became a human being.
- But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, who was crowned with glory and honor as a result of his death, allowing Him to taste death on behalf of all people by the mercy of God.
- When Jesus became a man and died on the death, the Bible teaches us that He humbled Himself.
- Philippians 2:5-8 tells us that Jesus humbled Himself when He became a man and died on the cross.
My Father Is Greater Than I
- This helps us comprehend the phrase, ″the Father is greater than I.″ God the Father was greater in the sense that He was in heaven in His splendor, but Jesus was created a bit lower than the angels while on earth in human flesh, which helps us understand the phrase, ″the Father is greater than I.″ (Hebrews 2:9).
- God the Father was greater in the sense that Jesus, as the God-man, had humbled Himself when He became a man, demonstrating His superiority.
- God the Father was superior in the sense that God the Father had the obligation to make all of the decisions, whereas Jesus was dedicated to complete and total obedience to the will of the Father (Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:9, 14).
- Jesus was demonstrating to us what it means to obey God – how we should obey God.
We were promised that Jesus would demonstrate what it looked like.While on this planet, Jesus demonstrated to us how to surrender to God.
God the Father was superior in terms of authority, responsibility, and position, but he was not superior in essence. Jesus’ divinity had not been revoked.
Jesus Is the Son of God Is it true that just the human aspect of Jesus was crucified? What is the significance of Philippians 2:5-8? – Jesus existed as both God and man. Is Jesus the same person as God in terms of character?
If Jesus is God, then who did He pray to?
- Is it possible that Jesus is God?
- The solution to this issue may be found in comprehending the Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus, both of which are essential to understanding the Trinity.
- The theology of the Trinity holds that there is only one God who exists throughout all of time and space.
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three distinct people that make up this one God.
It is not three gods, but rather one God who is being worshipped.Each is a unique individual, yet they are all, at their core, divine beings in their natural state.When we consider the notion of time, we may come up with a very close approximation to the Trinity.Time is divided into three parts: the past, the present, and the future.Time may be divided into three ″aspects″ or ″parts.″ This does not imply that there are three different ″times,″ but rather that there is just one.However, while they are diverse in their own right, they all have the same nature or essence.
- In a similar vein, the Trinity is comprised of three different individuals who are all of the same nature.
- In Christian teaching, the theory of the incarnation states that Jesus, who is the second member of the Trinity, took on human nature and therefore became a man.
- As stated in the Bible, Jesus is God manifested in flesh: ″In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….
- and the Word became flesh and lived among us″ (John 1:1, 14); and, ″For in Him all the whole of Deity resides in physical form″ (Hebrews 1:1, 14); and (Col.
As a result, Jesus has two distinct personalities.He is both God and man at the same time.Despite the fact that Jesus is fully human, He also possesses a heavenly character.
|He is worshiped (Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9) He is prayed to (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 1:2) He was called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8) He was called Son of God (Mark 1:1) He is sinless (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15) He knew all things (John 21:17) He gives eternal life (John 10:28) The fullness of deity dwells in Him (Col. 2:9)||He worshiped the Father (John 17) He prayed to the Father (John 17:1) He was called man (Mark 15:39; John 19:5). He was called Son of Man (John 19:35-37) He was tempted (Matt. 4:1) He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52) He died (Rom. 5:8) He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)|
Jesus, being a man, had a need to pray. In his prayers, He was not praying to himself, but to God the Father, who was listening.
- Christian religious leader Jesus (born c.
- 6–4 bce in Bethlehem, died c.
- 30 ce in Jerusalem), also known as Jesus Christ, Jesus of Galilee, or Jesus of Nazareth (born c.
- 6–4 bce in Bethlehem, died c.
30 ce in Jerusalem), was one of the world’s great faiths.The majority of Christians believe that he is the God-man, or the Incarnation of God.The article Christology examines the development of Christian thinking on the teachings and nature of Jesus throughout history.
Name and title
- Ancient Jews often had only one name, and when further detail was required, it was traditional to include the father’s surname or the location of origin in the name as well.
- As a result, throughout his lifetime, Jesus was referred to as Jesus son of Joseph (Luke 4:22; John 1:45, 6:42), Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 10:38), or Jesus the Nazarene (Luke 4:22).
- (Mark 1:24; Luke 24:19).
- Following his death, he was given the title ″Jesus Christ.″ Christ was not originally a given name, but rather a title derived from the Greek word christos, which is a translation of the Hebrew phrase meshiah (Messiah), which means ″the anointed one,″ as in ″the anointed one.″ Jesus’ disciples considered him to be the anointed son of King David, and some Jews anticipated him to restore the fortunes of Israel as a result of this title attribution.
Early Christian writers were aware that the Christ was a proper title, as evidenced by passages such as Acts 2:36, but in many passages of the New Testament, including those found in the letters of Apostle Paul, Jesus’ name and title are combined and used together as Jesus’ name: Jesus Christ, also spelled Christ Jesus (Romans 1:1; 3:24).Paul referred to Jesus by his given name, Christ, on occasion (e.g., Romans 5:6).
Summary of Jesus’ life
- Even though he was born in Bethlehem, Jesus was a Galilean from Nazareth, a town near Sepphoris, one of the two major cities in Galilee, according to the gospels of Matthew and Luke (Tiberias was the other).
- He was born to Joseph and Mary somewhere between 6 bce and just before the death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2; Luke 1:5) in 4 bce, according to the earliest available evidence.
- However, according to Matthew and Luke, Joseph was solely his legal father in the eyes of the law.
- They claim that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived and that she was ″discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit″ when Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18; cf.
Luke 1:35).When Joseph was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55), it was considered to be an honorable profession because it required the use of one’s hands.And, according to Mark 6:3, Jesus himself became a carpenter.Despite the fact that Luke (2:41–52) claims that Jesus was precociously intelligent as a youngster, there is no additional proof of his childhood or early life.He was baptized by the prophet John the Baptist when he was a young adult, and he went on to become an itinerant preacher and healer after that (Mark 1:2–28).While in his mid-30s, Jesus had a brief public career that lasted maybe less than a year, but it was at that time that he drew widespread notice.
- He traveled to Jerusalem to commemorate Passover at some point between 29 and 33 CE—possibly as early as 30 CE—where, according to the Gospels, his entry was triumphal and filled with eschatological significance, and he died shortly after.
- He was apprehended, tried, and killed while he was there.
- Following his resurrection from the grave, his disciples started to believe that he had appeared to them.
- They persuaded others to believe in him, which resulted in the establishment of a new religion, Christianity.
- San Jacinto, also known as James, The Lord’s Brother, was a Christian apostle according to St.
- Paul, who died in Jerusalem in AD 62 (Western feast day May 3).
- He was not one of the original Twelve Apostles, but was a disciple of Jesus Christ.
- He was the leader of the Jerusalem Christians, and together with Saints Peter and John the Evangelist, he is regarded as one of ″the pillars of the church″ by the Catholic Church.
Because he has frequently been confused for St.James, son of Alphaeus, there has been some confusion over his identification.It is also unclear exactly what the biblical passage Galatians 1:19 means when it refers to him as ″the Lord’s brother,″ despite the fact that he is identified elsewhere in the Gospels as one of Jesus’ four brothers (Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55).There have been suggestions that James and Jesus were brothers (after Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria), stepbrothers (following Origen, among others), or cousins (following Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria) (after St.Jerome).During Jesus’ public career, it appears that James was not a disciple of the Messiah.
- James’s later conversion, according to Paul, is due to the appearance of the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:7).
- Following Paul’s conversion, James became an important leader in the Jerusalem church (Galatians 1:18–19), where he gained even greater prominence following the beheading of the Apostle St.
- James by King Herod Agrippa I of Judaea in about ad 44 and the subsequent flight of Peter from Jerusalem (Acts 12:1–17).
- He served as the primary representative of the Jerusalem church in the Council of Jerusalem, where he talked on Paul’s mission to the Gentiles (Acts 15:13) and his final journey to Jerusalem (Acts 21:18).
- Later legend recounts that James was referred to as ″the Just,″ and that he was praised for his observance of Jewish law.
- Even though he disagreed with certain Jewish Christians who demanded that Gentile Christians conform to Jewish Law, including circumcision, he thought that Jewish Christians should maintain their commitment to Jewish practice and devotion, just as he did himself.
Various tales about James’s piety and zealousness for the Law had grown up around him; as a result, following traditions place an emphasis on James’s piety and popularity among Jews and Jewish Christians.As a result of James’ popularity, the Jews were furious when priesthood officials ordered his execution, which was reportedly carried out either by stoning (in accordance with Flavius Josephus, historian of the Jews) or by throwing from a Temple tower (after the early Christian writer St.Hegesippus).
Despite the fact that the title ″bishop of Jerusalem″ is not mentioned in the New Testament, he is designated as such by the early church.Despite popular belief, he did not write The Letter of James, a New Testament book of moral teaching, as the tradition claims.This is backed by recent scholarship.
Did God have a wife? Scholar says that he did
According to an Oxford researcher, the Book of Kings reveals that God had a wife named Asherah, who was worshipped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to the Book of Kings.Raphael Patai was the first historian to note that the ancient Israelites worshipped both Yahweh and Asherah, when he published his work in 1967.Due in part to the work of Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who began her studies in Oxford and is now a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, the idea has risen to unprecedented levels of popularity.
The information offered in Stavrakopoulou’s books, lectures, and journal papers has been transformed into the foundation of a three-part documentary series, which is now showing in Europe and in which she analyzes the relationship between Yahweh and Asherah.″You may be familiar with him by the names Yahweh, Allah, or God.The reality is that all individuals of the major Abrahamic religions, including Jews, Muslims, and Christians, agree on one thing: ″There is only one of Him,″ says Stavrakopoulou in a statement given to the British media.The single, global creator, rather than one God among many, is the central figure in his story.as much as we’d like to believe.″ My research into the history and religion of Israel has led me to a colorful and, at times, uncomfortable conclusion: ″God had a wife,″ I’ve discovered after years of study focusing in the history and religion of Israel.
- Stavrakopoulou’s idea is based on ancient manuscripts, amulets, and figurines that have been discovered mostly at the ancient Canaanite seaside city of Ugarit, which is now part of modern-day Syria.
- All of these artifacts demonstrate that Asherah was a strong fertility goddess who ruled over the world.
- According to Stavrakopoulou, Asherah’s relationship with Yahweh is outlined in both the Bible and an 8th-century B.C.
- inscription on pottery discovered in the Sinai desert at a place known as Kuntillet Ajrud, according to the author.
- ‘The inscription is actually a prayer for a blessing,’ she explains.
- ″It is important to note that the inscription requests a blessing from ‘Yahweh and his Asherah.’ There was evidence that Yahweh and Asherah were a heavenly couple in this instance.
- There have now been discovered a number of other comparable inscriptions as well, all of which contribute to the argument being made that the God of the Bible once had a wife.″ ″It is also crucial,″ Stavrakopoulou argues, ″because the Bible acknowledges that the goddess Asherah was worshipped in Yahweh’s Temple in Jerusalem,″ according to the scholar.
- ″According to the Book of Kings, a statue of Asherah was placed in the temple, and female temple employees made ceremonial linens for her,″ says the author.
J.Edward Wright, president of both the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, told Discovery News that he believes several Hebrew inscriptions refer to ″Yahweh and his Asherah.″ Wright also believes that the phrase ″Yahweh and his Asherah″ appears in the Bible.He went on to say that ″Asherah was not fully deleted out of the Bible by its male editors.″ ″Remnants of her still exist, and we may recreate her role in the religions of the Southern Levant based on those traces, archaeological evidence, and allusions to her in literature from nations surrounding Israel and Judah.″ The goddess Asherah — also known by a variety of other names across the ancient Near East, including Astarte and Istar — was ″an important divinity, one who was both strong and nurturing,″ according to Wright.In many English translations, ″Asherah″ is translated as ″Sacred Tree,″ according to Wright.″Asherah″ means ″Sacred Tree″ in Arabic.
- ″This appears to be motivated in part by a contemporary desire, which is undoubtedly influenced by biblical traditions, to conceal Asherah once more under a veil.″ Aaron Brody, director of the Bade Museum and associate professor of Bible and archaeology at the Pacific School of Religion, explained that mentions of the goddess Asherah in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) are ″rare and have been heavily edited by the ancient authors who gathered the texts together.″ Asherah as a tree emblem was even ″chopped down and burned outside the Temple in acts of certain rulers who were aiming to ‘purify’ the cult, and focus on the worship of a single male deity, Yahweh,″ according to the author’s research.
- According to Brody, who spoke to Discovery News, ″the ancient Israelites were polytheists, with just a small fraction worshipping Yahweh alone prior to the historic events of 586 B.C.″ In the same year, an aristocratic society from Judea was banished to Babylon, and the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
- ″A more global concept of rigorous monotheism,″ according to Brody, ″one god not only for Judah, but for all of the nations,″ as a result of this development.
Who is the most powerful God in the world?
Shiva is sometimes referred to as the God of Gods in some traditions.The existence that serves as a representation of infinity itself.This universe’s most powerful masculine god (Vishwanath) is second to none in anger and strength and reigns as king of the three realms (Vishwanath) in the universe.
in addition to it, Is Vishnu a manifestation of Shiva?According to Swami Sivananda maharaj, Shiva and Vishnu are two different aspects of the same Godhead.They are, in essence, interchangeable terms.All of these are the titles given to the many facets of the all-pervading Supreme Parabrahman, also known as the Supreme Being, the Absolute, or simply the Supreme.Also, who do you think is the weakest of the gods?
- Because what a person deems ″powerful″ differs from one person to another, it is frequently possible to construct a convincing argument in either direction.
- I, on the other hand, believe that Ares is the weakest of the Twelve Olympians in Greek mythology, and this is a clear and evident distinction.
- in a similar manner Which religion has the biggest influence?
- Religious organizations with the most membership
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Who is the god who is most feared? Phobos is a Greek mythological creature (mythology)
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|Possibly Phobos and Ares in Ares’s chariot (510-530 BCE).|
Who is father of Shiva?
Lord Shiva was born as Grihapati to the sage and his wife a few days later, as a result of Vishwanar’s devotion, who was happy with the birth. This manifestation of Lord Shiva was born to Sage Atri and his wife, Anasuya, as their first child. The humans and the Devas alike respected him despite his short fuse, and he commanded the respect of both.
How many wives Vishnu have?
Sri-devi and Bhudevi are the names of Vishnu’s two brides. According to Hindu mythology, Sri-devi is the goddess of ethereal prosperity, whereas Bhu-devi is the goddess of actual wealth. Sri-devi and Bhudevi are two of his spouses.
Who killed Lord Shiva?
The wrathful Yama developed a terrifying appearance and flung his noose around Markandeya, who was closely clutching the linga. When the noose came close to the linga, Shiva sprang forth from it, his rage boiling over him. He hit Yama in the chest with his Trishula and kicked him in the chest, slaying the Lord of Death.
Who is the kindest god?
Hestia was considered as one of the nicest and most sympathetic of all the Gods, and she was adored by her subjects. Perhaps the very earliest example of a benevolent God or Goddess exists in ancient Greece.
Who is the smartest Greek god?
The goddess Athena, like all of the Olympians, was an immortal deity who could never die. She was one of the most intelligent and smartest of the Greek gods, and she was also one of the most beautiful. She was also skilled at battle strategy and in instilling bravery in heroes.
Who is the most useless Greek god?
Koalemos (Ancient Greek: o) was the god of stupidity in Greek mythology. He was referenced just once by Aristophanes, and he may also be found in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, where he is referred to as ″the god of stupidity.″ The name Coalemus is spelled in Latin as Coalemus. It is sometimes referred to as a dmon, which refers to it as more of a spirit and small god.
Which religion is most intelligent?
According to a 2016 Pew Center worldwide research on religion and education throughout the world, Jews were found to be the most educated (having completed 13.4 years of schooling), with Christians coming in second (9.3 years of schooling).
Which religion is growing fastest?
Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, after Christianity, and it is the most practiced. Nevertheless, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center in the United States, this might alter if the current demographic trends continue.
What is the richest religion in the world?
Several studies have found that Christians have the greatest amount of money (55 percent of total world wealth), followed by Muslims (5.8%), Hindus (3.3 percent), and Jews (0.3 percent) (1.1 percent ).
Who is the most evil Egyptian god?
Apopis, also known as Apep, Apepi, or Rerek, was an ancient Egyptian demon of chaos who took the appearance of a snake and symbolized all that was outside of the orderly universe.He was a foe of the sun god, Re, and was considered to be the source of all disorder.Although many serpents represented divinity and monarchy, Apopis represented evil and threatened the underworld, as well as the underworld.
What are 3 important powers of Hades?
- Hades has the ability to wear a cap of invisibility. Hades possessed the ability to be invisible, which was granted to him by the cyclops through the use of a magical helmet. Hades and Cerberus..
- Stealer of Persephone..
- Keeper of the Souls..
- Control over the Earth’s riches..
Who is the strongest goddess?
1. Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Athena, the goddess of knowledge, logic, and intelligence, is at the top of the list of female deities. She was a one-of-a-kind goddess who had unfathomable popularity among both gods and mortals.
Who is mother of Shiva?
She is the holy energy that exists between a man and a woman, similar to the energy that exists between Shiva and Shakti. As part of the Smarta Tradition of Hinduism, she is also one of the five equivalent deities that are worshipped during Panchayatana puja, one of the most important festivals of the year. …
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How was God Shiva born?
Many people think that God Shiva is a Sayambhu – which indicates that He was not born from a human body – and that this is the case.He was generated by a computer program!He was there when there was nothing, and He will be there even when everything has been destroyed or destroyed completely.
That is why he is affectionately referred to as the ‘Adi-Dev,’ which literally translates as the ‘Oldest God in Hindu mythology.’
Is shivling a male organ?
According to Rohit Dasgupta, the lingam is a Hindu religious emblem that represents Shiva and is also a phallic symbol. According to Dasgupta, popular literature has depicted the lingam as the male sex organ from the 19th century, according to Dasgupta.
Who is the wife of Vishnu God?
Sri-devi and Bhudevi are the names of Vishnu’s two brides. According to Hindu mythology, Sri-devi is the goddess of ethereal prosperity, whereas Bhu-devi is the goddess of actual wealth. Sri-devi and Bhudevi are the names of Vishnu’s two brides.
Who was Vishnu’s Favourite wife?
Vishnu was wedded to three goddesses: Lakshmi (the goddess of good fortune), Sarawati (the goddess of wisdom), and Ganga (the goddess of knowledge) (the goddess who is the personification of the River Ganges).
Why is Lord Vishnu blue?
And there’s one thing that all of these images have in common: the color of his skin is blue. You must have been prodded by the issue of why his skin appeared to be different from ours. According to mythology, when Lord Krishna was a newborn, he drank poisoned milk given to him by a demon, which caused the bluish tint in his complexion to appear.
Why did Shiva cut his wife in 52 pieces?
Sati was considered Daksha’s favorite child, according to legend, but she chose to marry Shiva against her father’s desires. After Daksha ridiculed her, Sati committed herself in order to protest against him and to defend the honor of her husband. […] It is said that fragments of Sati’s corpse landed on fifty-one different locations, resulting in the formation of the Shakti Peethas.
Who is the mother of Lord Shiva?
She is the holy energy that exists between a man and a woman, similar to the energy that exists between Shiva and Shakti. As part of the Smarta Tradition of Hinduism, she is also one of the five equivalent deities that are worshipped during Panchayatana puja, one of the most important festivals of the year. …
|Children||Ganesha and Kartikeya|
Was Shiva a human?
- Many people think that God Shiva is a Sayambhu – which indicates that He was not born from a human body – and that this is the case. He was generated by a computer program! He was there when there was nothing, and He will be there even when everything has been destroyed or destroyed completely. That is why he is affectionately referred to as the ‘Adi-Dev,’ which literally translates as the ‘Oldest God in Hindu mythology.’ References 1 and 2, References 3 and 4, and References 5 and 6.
Who Wrote the Bible?: Friedman, Richard: 9781501192401: Amazon.com: Books
There has been much anticipation for the reissue of Who Wrote the Bible?, a contemporary classic that the New York Times Book Review described as ″a thought-provokingperceptive guide.″ Who Wrote the Bible?identifies the individual writers of the Pentateuch and explains what they can teach us about the Bible’s origins.It was believed for thousands of years that Moses was the single author of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, and that this belief continued today.
According to tradition, Moses was divinely directed to record the most important events in the history of the world, including the creation of humans, the worldwide flood, the laws as they were handed down at Mt.Sinai, and the cycle of Israel’s enslavement and liberation from Egypt.He did so in the book of Genesis, which can be found in the Hebrew Bible.In spite of this, these accounts — and the numerous contradictions between them — raise difficulties.For example, why does the first chapter of Genesis declare that man and woman were created in God’s image, but the second chapter says that woman was created from man’s rib?
- One story of the flood claims it lasted forty days, while another claims it lasted no less than one hundred and twenty-five.
- And why do certain stories appear to be based on the history of southern Judah, while others appear to be based on the history of northern Israel?
- Richard Friedman’s Who Wrote the Bible?, first published in 1987, joins a growing number of contemporary scholars in demonstrating that the Pentateuch was written by at least four distinct voices, separated by borders, political alliances, and specific historical moments, and then brought together by brilliant editors.
- The author, rather than casting doubt on the Bible’s authenticity, draws attention to the fact that it was authored by actual individuals, as described in these conflicting testimonies.
- Friedman’s pioneering and best-selling book is a complete and authoritative response to the subject of who exactly wrote the Bible and when it happened.
If Jesus was God, why did He say, “The Father is greater than I” in John 14:28?
Answer to the question It was during the upper chamber conversation that Jesus spoke the words ″the Father is greater than I,″ which has a broader significance in that it refers to the promise of the Holy Spirit to the disciples following Jesus’ resurrection.Because Jesus claims to be executing the Father’s will on a number of occasions, it appears as though He is in some way subordinate to the Father.The argument then becomes, how can Jesus be equal to God since, according to His own admission, he is subject to God’s will in everything?
The solution to this issue can be found in the very essence of incarnation itself.Jesus was momentarily ″made lower than the angels″ (Hebrews 2:9) during his incarnation, which relates to his social standing.According to the dogma of the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity took on human flesh and became a human being.Because of this, Jesus was entirely human and ″made lower than the angels″ for all intents and purposes.Jesus, on the other hand, is totally divine as well.
- Jesus did not lose His divine character by taking on human humanity; God cannot cease to be God because God cannot cease to be God.
- How can we reconcile the reality that the second Person of the Trinity is totally divine but being fully human and, as a result, ″lower than the angels″ (as defined by Scripture)?
- That question is answered in Philippians 2:5-11, which is the book of Philippians.
- When the second Person of the Trinity took on the shape of a human being, something incredible happened.
- Christ ″reduced himself to naught.″ There has been more ink spilled on this sentence than nearly any other statement in the Bible.
- To put it another way, it implies that while on earth, Jesus willingly abandoned the right to freely use His divine qualities and submitted Himself to the will of His heavenly Father.
- Another point to examine is the fact that subservience in role does not always imply subservience in essence or spirit.
- Take, for example, the connection between an employer and an employee.
The employer has the authority to impose requirements on the employee, and the employee has the duty to comply with such requirements.The servile relationship is clearly defined by the roles.In the end, though, both individuals remain human beings who share the same basic humanity.In terms of their essence, there is no distinction between the two; they are on an equal footing.The fact that one is an employer and the other is an employee makes no difference in terms of the fundamental equality of these two persons as human beings in their fundamental nature.
- In the case of the members of the Trinity, the same may be stated.
- All three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are basically equal in nature; that is, they are all divine in their origin.
- They do, however, play specific functions in the great sche