From Good Morning, LORD!

 

QUESTION FOR THE DAY:

Dear Compass,I am being told that Jesus and God are the same. I believe that Jesus is God’s son, but not God. My son and I are two separate people/identities, yet we work together for the same cause. I just don’t see how Jesus is God. Why would He pray to himself? It seems that too many people say Jesus is God and they don’t mean it literally. Can you explain?

ANSWER:

Whenever you seek to understand doctrinal issues, it is important to use only the Bible for reference. If God is who He says He is, then He gave us an uncorrupted Bible to study (2Pet 1:21) just as if He were personally speaking to us (Heb 4:12).The Bible makes it clear that there is only one God: Isa. 45:5, “I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God…” 1Cor 8:6 “…there is but one God…” Gal 3:20, “…God is only one.” 1 Tim 1:17 “…the only God,…” James 2:19 “You believe that God is one. You do well;”

Yet the Bible also presents God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father- John 6:27, 1 Pet 1:2; The Son Jesus Christ- Matt 9:44, Col 1:17, John 5:27; The Holy Spirit- Acts 5:3-4, 1 Cor 2:10, John 3:5,6,8. In Matthew 28:19, all three persons are in one verse, “Go therefor and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Notice the word “name” in the phrase “in the name of.” “Name” is singular, instead of “names,” which is plural, even though it is referring to three.

There are several direct and specific references to Jesus being God:

John 14:9 “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father;”

John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

John 8:58 “Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!'”

John 5:21 “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.”

No doubt, the trinity is a difficult to grasp doctrine, and the Bible says so:

Phil 2:6 “although He (Jesus) existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,”

So, pray to God that He would give you a peace regarding basing your beliefs solely on scripture, the doctrine of the Trinity, and specifically, that Jesus is God.

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