INCARNATE 11.13.19

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Is the Son the Exact Same Person as the Father? #3


#3 in a series

QUESTION:  “Is Jesus the same as God?  A friend at work claims that these are two different designations for the same person.  What do you think?”

ANSWER:  This is an important question.  Many sincere people are confused about this matter.  Let’s see what the Bible says:

If the Father and the Son is/are the exact same person, then Jesus—at the very least—employed deceptive (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Psa. 92:15; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 3:4; Titus 1:2; Jas. 1:17-18) language throughout the gospel accounts.  Note:

  • Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38
    • Yes or No: Did Jesus say He came to earth to do His own will (cf. 4:34)?

    • Question: Specifically Who sent Jesus from heaven (cf. 6:33, 38-39, 41, 42, 50, 51, 58)?
    • Yes or No: Does the text distinguish between the will of Jesus and the will of Him who sent Jesus?
    • Observation: If Jesus is the exact same person as God the Father in all respects, then Jesus a) sent Himself (a person can “go” himself, but he can’t “send” or commission himself—John 1:6, 22, 24; 17:18), and b) He actually lied and came from heaven to do His own will.
    • Question: What are the eternal implications, if in fact, Jesus came to do His own will and not the will of the Father?
  • Jesus said, “My Father, who has given them (i.e., sheep—mb, John 10:14-15) to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” John 10:29
    • Yes or No: Does the text distinguish between “My Father” and “Me”?
    • Question/Illustration: If I told you that my father has given me a set of new hand tools, would you think that I was only talking about one person or two?
    • Question: According to the passage, Who did the giving and Who did the receiving?
    • Observation: If Jesus is the exact same person as God the Father in all respects, then Jesus mentioned two persons in this passage, when He was really only talking about one person, and was therefore deceptive.
    • NOTE: In the very next verse (John 10:30), Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.”
      • Yes or No: Is Jesus saying that He and the Father are the exact same person?
      • Question: In the context of this chapter, in what sense are Jesus and the Father one?  (Answer:  The two are one in their care for, and protection of, the sheep).
      • Question: In what way(s) can two or more people be “one”?  (Answer:  They can be one in a) mind, attitude, and purpose:  24:3; Acts 4:32; 5:12; 8:6; Rom. 15:5-6; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil. 1:27; 2:2; 4:2; 1 Pet. 3:8, and b) flesh—Gen. 2:24; 4:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:16).
  • Jesus said, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9
    • Question: How many individuals or groups of individuals are mentioned in this verse?
    • Yes or No: Jesus tells us that He loved us as He loved Himself.
    • Question: According to this passage, Who loved Jesus?

INCARNATE 11.06.19

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Is the Godhead Equal?


#2 in a series

QUESTION:  “Are all three members of the Godhead equal to one another?  Please explain.”

ANSWER:  This is a vitally important question.  Consider:

  1. Each member of the Godhead IS EMPHASIZED AS EQUAL in Scripture. Study the following passages:
  • “When He had been baptized, JESUS came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and he saw THE SPIRIT OF GOD descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, ‘This is MY beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mat. 3:16-17; cf. Luke 3:22).
  • “But if I cast out demons by THE SPIRIT OF GOD, surely the kingdom of GOD has come upon you” (12:28).
  • “The grace of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the love of GOD, and the communion of THE HOLY SPIRIT be with you all. ”  2 Cor. 13:14
  • “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of (i.e., by the authority—cf. Mat. 7:29; 8:9; 21:23-24, 27; Col. 3:17) the FATHER and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT.” 28:19
  • “But the Helper, THE HOLY SPIRIT, whom the Father will send in MY name, HE will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26
  • “And being assembled together with them, HE commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the FATHER, ‘which,’ HE said, ‘you have heard from ME.’” Acts 1:4
  • “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of GOD, and having received from the FATHER the promise of THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE (Jesus—mb) poured out this which you now see and hear.” Acts 2:33
  • “How GOD anointed JESUS of Nazareth with THE HOLY SPIRIT and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
  • “And declared to be the SON of GOD with power according to THE SPIRIT of HOLINESS, by the resurrection from the dead.” 1:4
  • “How much more shall the blood of CHRIST, who through THE ETERNAL SPIRIT offered HIMSELF without spot to GOD, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” 9:14
  • “Elect according to the foreknowledge of GOD THE FATHER, in sanctification of THE SPIRIT, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of JESUS CHRIST.” 1 Pet. 1:2
  1. However, while God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are, in fact, equal—because they share the same divine essence—EACH IS OF DIFFERENT RANK in accordance with divine order.  Note: 

The inspired apostle Paul said the Son is equal to the Father (Phil. 2:6), and yet the Son willingly obeyed the Father throughout His earthly sojourn (cf. John 4:24; 50:30; 8:29; 12:49; 14:31; Heb. 10:7).  Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

A believing husband and wife are equal in terms of their spiritual status before God (Gal. 3:28); they are “heirs together” of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7b).  Even though the husband is head of the wife (Eph. 5:23), a wife’s different station and function in the home certainly doesn’t make her any less of a Christian.  In a similar fashion, the Son’s submission to His Father in no way depreciates His status as Deity.  It simply means that He had (and has) a different role and function in heaven’s hierarchy.

ALL CAPS emphasis in Scripture is mine—mb.

How Can I Be FILLED with the Spirit?

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“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18; cf. Col. 3:16a).

“To be filled with the Spirit,”…means to allow the Holy Spirit to have an influence in our lives.

This is not some direct operation as some are suggesting, since it is clearly the obligation of the individual here to allow something to occur.

“[YOU] be filled with…”

In addition, it is something that, once done, results in certain obligations and responsibilities being evident in our lives.

We thus “sing,” “give thanks,” and “subject” ourselves to one another.

All are clearly personal responsibilities that occur as a result of being “filled with the Spirit.”

…If we are to be controlled by the Spirit, we are subject to the Spirit’s leadings, all of which appear in the word.”  Tom Wacaster, Studies in Galatians & Ephesians, 459