If Jesus is equal to God the Father, why is Jesus called His Son?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Part of the confusion about the relationship of the Father and the Son arises from likening it to the relationship between a human father and his son, in which the father clearly exists before the son, and is physically greater than the son (at least before the son has grown to adulthood), while God the Father and God the Son are coequal and coeternal.

C. S. Lewis provided an example that clarified this (in part) for me by likening the relationship between the Father and the Son to two books lying on a table (with one on top of the other) that have been in that relationship from eternity past. The book on the bottom is responsible for (or has "begotten") the position of the book on top, but that does not mean that it is more important or "greater" than the other, or has been in that position longer. (While on earth, Jesus referred to the Father as being greater than He was, but that was with respect to Jesus' human nature and existence.)

Of course, where this analogy falls short of being a complete similarity is that, while the books will always be distinct, separate entities, the Father and the Son are two persons of the one Triune God.

Lewis discussed the Trinity (among other Christian beliefs) in his book Mere Christianity, which I highly recommend to any Christian (or non-Christian, for that matter) interested in an explanation of the central concepts of the Christian faith.

November 01 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shirley H. prayer warrior
Jesus is the human manifestation of the invisible Father, divinely God, humanly visible, begotten for us, as absolute proof of Elohim' s love.

Exodus 33:20 "But my Face, He said, you cannot see, for no human being can see Me and survive..." likewise in Hebrews 11:17, Moses left Egypt like someone who could see the invisible.

Job 9:11 "If He passes me, I do not see Him..." Job 23:8 "If I go east, He is not there; or to the west, I still cannot see Him."

John 1:18 "No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son who is close to the Father's heart, who has made Him known." John 5:37, "Besides, the Father who sent Me bears witness to Me Himself. You never heard His voice, you have never seen His shape,..."

Colossians 1:15 "He is the image of the Unseen God, the first born of all creation, for in Him were created all things in heaven and on earth..." speaking of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:4 "The unbelievers whose minds have been blinded by the God of this world, so that they cannot see shining the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Genesis 1:1, 1:26; and 3:22, the Elohim, prove that Jesus was present with the Father and the Holy Spirit at the very beginning of time as we know it. John 1:1.

1Timothy 1:17 "To the eternal King, the undying invisible and only God be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 22:13 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

October 03 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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