articles of chapter 2

God the Father and Jesus

Many regard the gospel of John as the most important proof of the divinity of Jesus. However, the gospel was not written for this purpose; ”but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31).

That is: The purpose of the gospel is to prove that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) and Son of God. John also thoroughly describes Jesus’ relationship with God and points out Jesus’ fully dependent position in relation to the Father.

The following verses show that Jesus is completely dependent on Jehovah: Jhn 14:28 You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I.

Jhn 4:34 Jesus told them, My food is doing the will of the one who sent me and completing his work.

5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, Jesus said to them, Truly, truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For what he does, the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. And he will show him even greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.

5:30 I can do nothing on my own accord. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent me.

6:57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me.

7:16 Jesus replied to them, “My teaching is not mine but comes from the one who sent me.

8:28: So Jesus told them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority. Instead, I speak only what the Father has taught me. 29 Moreover, the one who sent me is with me. He has never left me alone because I always do what pleases him.”

8:42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would have loved me, because I came from God and am here. For I have not come on my own accord, but he sent me. 9:4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work. 15:15 … I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.

The message of these verses of the Scripture is clear. If many see in some verses of John that Jesus is the pre-existent God, the above verses testify of everything other than the deity of Jesus. According to these Bible items, Jesus is subordinate to the Father and in all things dependent on Him. How does Almighty God send another Almighty God, who is subordinate to the aforementioned Almighty God? For example, Panin translates those paragraphs that say that God has sent (comes from πέμπω, pempo to send) quite right “sent”, so there is no translation error. But sending can just as well mean sending Jesus after his baptism to perform God’s assignment in Israel. Nothing proves that it is a matter of sending pre-existent Jesus from Heaven to Earth. So the question is about the correct interpretation of the Bible; The Bible cannot be in conflict with itself, especially in the same book!

 

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