articles of chapter 2

My Lord and My God (Joh 20:28)

In the gospel of John, there are verses which are considered to mean that Jesus Himself confirms to be the same as God the Father. However, Jesus himself said that he was the Son of God. He could have at least confessed to his disciples that he was God or one of the three God persons, but he did not mention anything like that. All the fullness of God lived in Jesus and the Apostle Paul prayed to the Father saying… and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, which you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:19) – The fullness of God thus reaches man when he receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, and God and Christ dwell in man, in his heart.

Jhn 14:10 “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake”.

In verse 9 Jesus said to Philip … “He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? By no means did Jesus mean he was the same as the Father. He meant that the Father lived in Him as the Father of Jesus can live in a Christian believer, when he has become a partaker of the Holy Spirit as Christ himself.

Does Apostle John testify Jesus is God? When Thomas saw the resurrected Jesus and said ”Thomas answered and said to Him, “my Lord and my God!” He saw the Father in Christ. Thomas did not mean to say that Jesus was the same as God the Father. (Jhn 20:28)

The verses of the Gospel of John have sayings which, for many, clearly testify of the divinity of Jesus. However, such testimony was not in John’s mind. Towards the end of the gospel, he says 20:31 But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, [i.e. the Messiah] the Son of God, and so that through believing you may have life in his name.

John had a good chance in his final remark to testify of the deity of Jesus, but he is not doing it: Jesus is the Christ and Jesus is the Son of God. This is a good thing to keep in mind when studying the verses of the gospel of John, which “testify” of the divinity of Jesus.

 

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