#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:
Yes or No: Did Jesus say He came to earth to do His own will (cf. 4:34)?
#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:
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.
“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