Are Jesus and G-d One?
By: William J Jackson
The 2,000 year old argument about Jesus being G-d or not, is a passionate issue that lives have been lost over. To Christians this is paramount to their salvation. Therefore, they become very emotional, and even fearful, when holding onto the concept that G-d and Jesus are the same. But; what happens if G-d’s first Commandment is right – and there is just only one G-d. What has been lost? To a Christian they believe this would mean burning in hell for eternity. They don’t believe this way because G-d’s word (the Torah/Tnk/OT), tells them this; but because the New Testament teaches them, “if you deny Jesus he will deny you” (Matthew 10:33, Mark 8:38 , Luke 12:9 ). The good news is (as we will see), Jesus denies himself, leaving them free to worship the one and only G-d.
Jesus admits he and G-d are not one (1).
Jesus through his own admission, states that he and G-d are separate. Here are just a few examples:
A. Earthly Ministry:
Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.
Matthew 20:23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
John 14:1“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
John 14:28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.
Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Matthew 27:46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
John 11:41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
Matthew 3:16-17 (Mark 1:10, Luke 3:21-22) As soon as Jesus had been immersed, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, he saw the Spirit of God coming down upon him like a dove, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with him.”
B. Heavenly Ministry:
Some might argue that Jesus and G-d were separated for Jesus to conduct his earthly ministry. So when Jesus ascended, he would have become one with the Father again, “…The Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). So if this is a true , why did Jesus remain separated from G-d after he ascended into heaven.
Mark 16:19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Acts 7:56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
Colossians 3:1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Hebrews 8:1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
C. Before Jesus’ earthly ministry:
Many Christians talk about spotting Jesus in the Tanakh. This is called a Christophany. The problem with this is we can over spiritualize anything in the Tanakh. For example, this is how the Jehovah’s witnesses turned “The Archangel Michael” into Jesus (2). In keeping centered we must embrace G-d’s truths as opposed to creating hidden meaning. Let’s remember these truths in the pursuit of His word (3):
Isaiah 43:11 I, yes I, am Adonai; besides me there is no deliverer
Let them stand and present their case!
Indeed, let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
announced it in times gone by?
Wasn’t it I, Adonai?
There is no other God besides me,
a just God and a Savior;
there is none besides me.
Still, I am Adonai your God,
from the land of Egypt;
and you don’t know any God but me
or, other than me, any Savior