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The following is a summary of the revised article:
In the Trinity theory, God is one Being but three co-equal and co-eternal Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament, however, as this article purposes to show, maintains a DISTINCTION between God and Jesus. In summary:
The Bible is very clear that THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. A number of verses in the New Testament contain the phrases “God is one,” “one God,” “only God,” or “only true God,” and in all instances the Father alone is God. These verses often identify Jesus Christ as “Lord.” For example, “There is but ONE GOD, THE FATHER … and ONE LORD, JESUS CHRIST.”
All letters of the New Testament commence with making a distinction between God and Jesus, for example, “Peace from GOD our Father, and the LORD Jesus Christ.” Therefore, if we derive our definition of the term “God” from the New Testament, then we must use that title for the Father only.
Jesus referred to the Father as “My God.” He did this even 60 years after His resurrection when He gave the Book of Revelation. Paul similarly described the Father as “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The letter to the Hebrews, speaking to Jesus, similarly talks of God as “Your God.” And since God is also His God, Jesus prayed to God when He was on earth.
In a number of New Testament verses, God, the Father, is the Ultimate uncaused Cause of all things, in distinction to Jesus. For example, “There is but one God, the Father, FROM WHOM ARE ALL THINGS … and one Lord, Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things” (1 Cor. 8:6).
Jesus “is the IMAGE of the invisible God.” God is invisible, unknowable, and incomprehensible. God, the Father, “dwells in unapproachable light, whom NO MAN HAS SEEN or can see.” If God is invisible, while Jesus is His visible image, then Jesus is distinct from God. Jesus is therefore not God, given how the New Testament uses the title “God.”
At His ascension, Jesus “was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of GOD” (Mark 16:19). His position, at God’s right hand, is mentioned often in the New Testament. It is the position of power over the entire universe; subject only to God. It confirms that Jesus is both DISTINCT from God and SUBORDINATE to God.
Many, many other passages may be listed where God and Jesus are mentioned as distinct from one another. For example, before He had to suffer and die on the Cross, Jesus pleaded with His Father, “if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” The book of Revelation refers “to God and to the Lamb,” and the Father “alone possesses immortality.”
The amended article (Given how the New Testament uses the title “God,” Jesus is not God) continues to discuss:
- The controversy about Christ in the fourth century;
- That Jesus is God, depending on how we define the modern word “God.”
- Various analyses of Bible books to confirm the conclusion in this article;
- A short discussion of some possible objections, namely:
- Jesus is sometimes called “God.”
- John 1:1; The Word was God.
- John 1:18: Only Begotten God.
- Jesus said, “I and the Father are one”