This verse was a real eye-opener for me.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” – John 17:3
While I was being told he was GOD, the scriptures revealed something quite different. The answer to my question regarding this verse went something along the lines of this: “the human part of him was leading by example, showing us obedience to GOD”. None of the many similar responses I have received over the years has quite compared with what GOD told me that day: Jesus has a GOD! As a new believer way back then, my asking questions was to be expected but I somehow could never shake the intention of the original scriptures that screamed out to me ‘it is written’! From the words spoken by Christ himself in a prayer to GOD, he himself affirmed there was only one who was GOD.
Whatever else you think you understand about the written word, you need to factor in this insight from Christ himself. Your response to the words of Christ will speak volumes about the nature of the spirit in you. If you are his and you call him Lord, then surely it is required to receive his very words?
There are many other verses that emphatically depict Jesus as subservient to GOD.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” – John 20:17
Here is another scripture also containing the words of Christ himself in which he sends a message to his disciples that identifies himself with us completely: we have the same Father, and we have the same GOD, as Christ! Let me also point out to you that this is a risen Christ just before he ascended to the right hand of GOD, who spoke these words.
“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” – Mat 19:17
In this one, Jesus says that only GOD is good! He is clearly not referring to himself as GOD.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – Mat 27:46 (& Mark 15:34)
This one of course is the one that probably got away from us all. At the cross, which is the very focal point that defines Christianity, nobody thought to consider that he was crying out to GOD! It was not to the first member of a triune godhead that he called out to, rather it was directed at ‘his own GOD’, who I hasten to point out to you all, ever remained seated on the throne during the entire ordeal. I challenge you all to sit down with your thoughts and really try and consider what it is that goes through your understanding, your very being when you read his words in this context, and see if there is anything that hinders you from accepting his simple words by faith. Understand for yourself how the messiah is portrayed in the psalms of David by studying the many references to the crucifixion – it will change the way you read your bible. Some have tried to explain his actions using his dual-nature of both GOD reasoning that the cry came from the human part of him that it was ‘the flesh that cried out to GOD’ but this thinking is void of truth – he cried out to GOD because “GOD is his GOD”! The next verses also refute this thinking concerning his supposed ‘duality’ because they come from a resurrected and fully glorified Christ, spoken as ‘High Priest’ in the very presence of GOD himself.
“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” – Rev 3:12
Count them! Even though were were to ‘completely ignore’ all of the aforementioned scriptural proofs, in just this one verse alone we hear Jesus himself referring to his GOD no less than four times. That’s what he says; MY GOD’s temple, MY GOD’s name, MY GOD’s city and all of it from MY GOD. Remember, these words are spoken from the right hand of GOD himself and if that was not enough, two verses further on, from the mouth of the Living Son of God himself we hear these words.
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” – Rev 3:14
Jesus just referred to himself as the beginning of ‘the creation of GOD’! Dont you think this a very strange title to use in describing yourself to one of your disciples? In contrast with every other occasion where GOD himself speaks, the words of Christ has him deferring to another who is GOD whereas GOD emphatically always identifies himself as ‘GOD Almighty’ who answers to no-one and who declares the end from the beginning.
The purpose in pointing these verse out to you is not to bring Christ down or to destroy your faith in Christ my purpose is to point out something to you that you wont hear taught in orthodox communities. You may well undergo a type of catharsis, which i am hoping, and may even instantly revert to some kind of ‘cognitive dissonance’ depending on the degree to which you accept the written word in plain English but that is entirely your choice , and depends on whether or not your faith is in fact built on the word of GOD as revealed by Christ himself. Consider this; while there are many verse being debated on both sides of the argument for and against, the words of Christ himself should always be the deciding factor.
Peace to you in Christ, Son of the One True and Living GOD!