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JESUS CHRIST OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

By Terence Absolom

 

A. GODS EXISTENCE

It does not seem to have occurred to any of the writers of either the Old or New Testaments to attempt to prove or to argue for the existence of God. He is the self-existent One (Exodus 3:14) and the Source of all life (John 5:26). 

The sublime opening of the Scriptures announces the fact of God and His existence: ‘In the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1). Nor is the rise or dawn of the idea of God in the mind of man depicted. Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God,” indicates a disbelief in the existence of God. The Scriptures further recognize that men not only know of the existence of God, but have also a certain circle of ideas as to who and what God is (Romans 1:18-19). No one but a “fool” will deny that fact that God does exist. 

 

B. THE BEING OF GOD

It is true that the Scriptures never discuss the Being of God apart from His attributes, inasmuch as God is what He reveals Himself to be. We can say that God is Spirit, Pure and Infinite Spirit. Spirit is the highest form of being, and God is essentially “Spirit.”

According to Christ’s disclosure to the woman of Samaria, God is Spirit (John 4:24), and we must conceive of Him as Pure Spirit in the sense that He is not complex or made up of parts, but without a body or bodily presence, and therefore not visible to the bodily senses (John 1:18). He is no impersonal force or power, but as a Spirit He’s an intelligent and moral Being, whom we can trust, love and worship. 

Luke 24:39, “… for a spirit hath not flesh and bones...” God is incorporeal; not subject to human limitations. God is invisible (Colossians 1:15). “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible…” (I Timothy 1:17).

It is clear also from the Scripture that God is a Personal Spirit, rational, self-conscious, and self-determining, an intelligent agent. God is supreme and the source of all rationality in His creatures. He is Infinite Spirit, without bounds or limits to His being or to any of His attributes, and every aspect and element of His nature is inestimable.

 

C. THE CHARACTER OF GOD

If God is a Personal Being, then as a moral agent He possesses character. Thus we may speak of the “attributes” of God, of qualities we can attribute to the divine character. We must, however, bear in mind that the attributes of God belong to the very essence of His Being and that they are therefore coextensive with His nature. That is to say, that attributes and being are one. 

 

D. THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD 

A father is a male ancestor, a progenitor and founder of a family or race. The term father may also apply to one who originates or establishes something, such as being the father of a country or of a profession. Since fatherhood consists of the state of being a father, then the standards and qualities descriptive of ideal fathers may be used to evaluate the fatherhood of God. 

Inasmuch as God created all humanity, He is sometimes declared to be Father of all people. Isaiah acknowledged: “But now, O LORD, thou [art] our Father; we [are] the clay, and thou our potter; and we all [are] the work of thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8). Malachi asked, “Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10).

 

E. GOD’S PATERNAL CARE

As human fathers ideally exercise paternal care over their minor children by being protector, provider, ruler and teacher, so also does God. In the role of a protecting Father, Psalm 121:7, “The LORD will protect you and keep you safe from all dangers.” (Psalm 121:7 CEV). In the role of a providing Father, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). In the role of a ruling Father, “He ruleth by His power for ever…” (Psalm 66:7). “…the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men…” (Daniel 4:25). As Father, God chastises believers for their own good, just as human fathers chastise their children (Hebrews 12:5-9). In the role of a teaching Father, “And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children" (Isaiah 54:13). 

 

F. GOD AS FATHER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

The fatherhood of God is seldom mentioned in the Old Testament, but when it is, it is usually declared in terms of God’s corporate relationship with His people. In the Old Testament, God’s fatherhood is expressed in relationship to groups, such as to orphans and widows. Psalms 68:5 declares that God is "Father of the fatherless, a defender of widows." The Israelites are corporately considered as sons or children of God (Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 14:1; 32:5-6; Isaiah 1:2; Hosea 1:10; 11:1). God is considered to be the Father of the Israelites as a group (1 Chronicles 29:10; Isaiah 63:16; Jeremiah 3:19). That the fatherhood of God was commonly recognized by the Israelites is indicated by such personal names as "Joab" which means “Jehovah is Father” or "Abijah" which means “Father is Jehovah.” To only two individuals – David and Solomon – does God explicitly declare His relationship as that of a Father (2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 28:6, Psalm 89:26). These declarations, however, are within the context of David and Solomon being kings over Israel. In the Old Testament, God is not generally described as Father of individuals, nor do individuals generally express their understanding of God as a Father to them individually. 

 

G. GOD AS FATHER IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

In the New Testament, of all the concepts presented about God, the fatherhood of God is the most dominant. Without exception, every document of the New Testament presents God as Father. All the gospels declare the fatherhood of God. John mentions the fatherhood of God more than twice than that of any other gospel writer. The significance of God as Father is indicated by the Apostle Paul’s declaration of God as either "our Father" or "the Father" in the salutation of every letter. 

New Testament descriptions about the nature and functions of God as Father are best understood as they relate to ways in which God is designated as Father. God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in a sense in which He is not our Father. Unlike other beings, Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He is the "only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14). "For unto which of the angels said He at any time, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?" (Hebrews 1:5). 

In addition to being the "Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 14; Colossians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3), God is the Father of believers. (In the New Testament, description of the father-child relationship between God and man is generally confined to those who are believers.) In the Gospels, Jesus often described God as "your Father," "your Father in heaven," and "your heavenly Father." Other New Testament writers describe God as "Father of mercies" (2 Corinthians 1:3), "Father of glory," (Ephesians 1:17), "Father of spirits" (Hebrews 12:9) and "Father of lights" (James 2:17). He is also our Father by reason of the new birth (Romans 8:14-16). Adopted sons of God may refer to Him intimately as "Abba, Father" (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6-7). 

 

H. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD

God never revealed Himself as a plurality in either the Old Testament or the New Testament. He has always revealed Himself as ONE. 

Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is]ONE LORD.”

Zechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be ONE LORD, and His name one.”

Mark 12:32, “And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is ONE GOD; and there is none other but He.”

1Timothy 2:5, “For [there is] ONE GOD, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:20, “Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but GOD IS ONE.”

There are the undisputable declarations of God being one, alone and by Himself in Isaiah:

“Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the

LORD; and beside Me there is no Saviour” (Isaiah 43:10-11).

“I am the First, and I am the Last; and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6).

“Is there a God beside Me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:8).

“I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself” (Isaiah 44:24).

“There is none beside Me. I am the LORD and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:6).

“There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:21-22).

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me” (Isaiah 46:9).

The True and Living God is declared to be:

? “Greater than all gods” (Exodus 15:11; 18:11).

? “God of gods, and Lord of lords” (Deuteronomy 10:14-17).

? “To be feared above all gods” (1Chronicles 16:25).

? “King above all gods” (Psalm 95:3; 97:9).

Jeremiah the prophet, who gives us a pure and well-defined monotheism (belief in one God) speaks of all other gods as “not gods.” To him, other gods have no existence (Jeremiah 2:11, 5:7, 16:20).

 

Other gods were forbidden:

? No other god was to take God’s place (Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 5:7).

? No images were to be made of heathen gods (Exodus 30:4, 23; 34:17; Leviticus 19:4).

? No mention was to be made of other gods (Exodus 23:13; Joshua 23:7).

? These gods were to be destroyed, not worshipped (Exodus 23:27)

? They were a snare, and therefore no covenants had to be made with people who worshipped idols (Exodus 23:32; Deuteronomy 6:14, 7:4, 25).

? A curse from the True God would follow the least defection from Him to these lifeless gods (Deuteronomy 11:28, 28:14, 29:17).

? These gods were an abomination to the True God (Deuteronomy 12:31, 20:18; Ezekiel 7:20).

? These gods were to be as foreign deities to Israel (1Samuel 7:3; Judges 10:16). 

 

The Old Testament speaks of God in terms of being ONE. The Bible calls God “The Holy One” (Psalm 71:22; 78:41) but never “the holy two,” or “the holy three.” Thirty times in Isaiah God is called “The Holy One” (Isa_1:4; Isa_5:19; Isa_5:24; Isa_10:17; Isa_10:20; Isa_12:6; Isa_17:7; Isa_29:19; Isa_29:23; Isa_30:11; Isa_30:12; Isa_30:15; Isa_31:1; Isa_37:23; Isa_40:25; Isa_41:14; Isa_41:16; Isa_41:20; Isa_43:3; Isa_43:14; Isa_43:15; Isa_45:11; Isa_47:4; Isa_48:17; Isa_49:7; Isa_54:5; Isa_55:5; Isa_60:9; Isa_60:14; (KJV)

God speaks of Himself as “I am, none beside Me, Alone, Myself,” etc. The prophets spoke of God as He, Himself, The Holy One, etc. What solid words could God use to get this message across to His people? When we think about it, we will realize that He used the firmest possible statements open to describe absolute Oneness.

Deuteronomy 32:39, “See now that I, [even] I, [am] He, and [there is] no god with Me…”

So we have no choice but to believe that there is only One God, and that He is absolute and complete in Himself. A plurality of persons in the Godhead is unscriptural.

 

I. THE ONE GOD IS THE CREATOR

 

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Nehemiah 9:6, “Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

Psalm, 33:6, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”

Psalm 104:24, “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”

Isaiah 45:12, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else.”

Isaiah 44:24, “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE; that spreadeth abroad the earth by MYSELF.”

Job 31:15, “Did not He that made me in the womb make them? Did not THE SAME ONE fashion us in the womb?” (NKJV)

Malachi 2:10, “Have we not all One Father? Hath not One God created us?”

1Corinthians 8:6, “But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in Him…”

The Father is the only Creator. The Trinity doctrine of co-equal creators is unscriptural. Nehemiah 9:6, Job 31:15 and Isaiah 44:24 terminate the idea of co-equal creators.

 

J. THE ONE GOD IS THE FATHER

 

Isa. 63:16 "Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy Name is from everlasting."

Isa. 64:8 "But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our Potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."

Matthew 23:9, “And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for ONE is your Father, which is in heaven.”

John 8:41, “…We have one Father, God" (WEB).

John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee (the Father) THE ONLY TRUE GOD…”

1Corinthians 8:6, “But to us [there is but] One God, the Father…”

Ephesians 4:6, “One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.”

According to Jesus the Father IS the ONLY TRUE GOD (John 17:3); and the Jews new this fact (John 8:41). In His own personal life as a man, the Lord Jesus believed in only One God, the Father. If the Trinity was true then Jesus would’ve prayed in this manner: “And this is life eternal, that they may know “US” the only true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” All of the above Scriptures dismiss the idea or concept of a Trinity God.

 

K. JESUS IS GOD

 

In Ephesians 4:6 the apostle Paul said there is “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” That Jesus is God, it will be proven from Romans 9:5 that Jesus Christ is above all. And that Jesus is the Holy Spirit; it will be proven that He is in you all. In Colossians 1:27 we read, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” In Colossians 3:11 we read, “But Christ is all, and in all.” We also read in Ephesians 1:23 that Jesus Christ is “the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” In other words, He is omnipresent.

When the proclamation of the birth of Jesus was made, the angel of God said, “And they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US” (Matthew 1:23). Note: Not one of the gods, or God the Son with us, but “God (the only One of the Old Testament) with us.”

Isaiah prophesied of Jesus Christ, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

According to Isaiah 9:6 “this Child that was to be born,” and this “Son that was to be given” was also “The Mighty God” and “The Everlasting Father.” In His humanity, He was the Child that was born and the Son that was given. In His Deity (eternal Spirit), He was the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father. Jesus was just as much the Everlasting Father as He was the Son given. For though He took upon Himself the completeness of humanity, in Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. For “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (II Corinthians 5:19). Jesus is called “The Mighty God in Isaiah 9:6, and YHWH is also called  “The Mighty God” in Isaiah 10:21. Again, God is One and if Jesus is the Mighty God, then logically it follows that He is YHWH.

In Jesus Christ is enveloped ALL the attributes and the qualities of Deity. Colossians 2:9 amounts up the true identity of Jesus better than any other Scripture when it states, “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”  This verse clearly tells us that it is all in Him; and if all the fullness of the Godhead is in Jesus, what does that leave for the two remaining members of the Trinity (for those that believe that such a relationship exists)? If according to the Trinitarian doctrine the Father and the Holy Spirit is in the Godhead and according to Colossians 2:9 all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus Christ, then that means that the Father and the Holy Spirit is in the Lord Jesus Christ.  This then, infers that the Lord Jesus is in the state of being the One God, because He is housing all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form permanently. 

Godhead from Old English godhede: Deity; Divinity, the quality of being God; Godhead (Christianity), the substantial Essence or Nature of the Christian God (Word Inn Dictionary 2010). All the Fullness (Greek: pas he pleroma), everything that the Godhead is, is in Jesus. Thus, Jesus is in the state and quality of being God Himself. The word “dwelleth” is the Greek word “katoikeo,” which means “to house permanently.” In other words the Godhead will dwell permanently in Jesus, and He will be God in that condition—God manifested in the flesh: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God (Himself) was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16, emphasis added on). Note: not another person was manifested in the flesh as God but God Himself. See verse 15 for further confirmation that God is the subject of verse 16).

God was manifest (made visible/revealed) in flesh; God was justified (shown to be right) in the Spirit; God was seen of angels (in the flesh); God was preached unto the Gentiles (through the gospel); God was believed on in the world; and God was received up into glory. How and when did all of this happen? In the person of Jesus Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). Literally, the Word (God) was tabernacled among us. (E.g. Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself (the Father not the Trinity)  shall be with them, [and be] their God”) The original Greek text of John 1:1 reads thus: “EN ARCHE EN HO LOGOS, KAI HO LOGOS EN PROS TON THEON, KAI THEOS EN HO LOGOS.” The last part of the verse, “KAI THEOS EN HO LOGOS,” in its literal translation, reads, “And God was the Word.” When did God tabernacle or robe Himself in flesh? In the person of Jesus Christ. Both verses (John 1:1, 14 and 1Timothy 3:16) prove that Jesus is God—that He is God manifested (revealed, made known, made evident, displayed, shown) in flesh.

 

Adding to the infallible proof of the absolute and total Deity of Jesus Christ is the statement found in Romans 9:5 which reads, “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.” The Holy Spirit states here in an indisputable manner that He who became Christ (Jesus) is God over all. Thomas confessed Jesus as both Lord and God (John 20:28). Paul labeled Jesus as “the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us…” (Titus 2:13-14; the ESV has “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us…”). Peter called Him “God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:1). Even when the Babe was in her womb, Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46, 47). So, under the anointing of God, Mary expressly declared that her Lord and her God was about to become her Savior.  Luke 2:11 states, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Isaiah 45:21 declared in a manner saturated with clarity and simplicity that, “There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is NONE BESIDE ME.” Jesus is God and God is our Savior:

 

(Isaiah 43:3 KJV)

“For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.”

(Isaiah 43:11 KJV)

“I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside Me [there is] no Saviour.”

(Isaiah 45:15 KJV)

“Verily thou [art] a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.”

(Isaiah 45:21 KJV)

“Tell ye, and bring [them] near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time? [have] not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside Me.”

(Isaiah 49:26 KJV)

“And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

(Isaiah 60:16 KJV)

“Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

(Isaiah 63:8 KJV)

“For He said, Surely they [are] my people, children [that] will not lie: so He was their Saviour.”

 

God is a Spirit (John 4:24) without flesh and blood and invisible to man. In order to make Himself visible to man and in order to shed innocent blood for our sins and to be the Savior of mankind, He had to put on flesh. For there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). According to Acts 20:28, the church was purchased with God’s own blood, namely, the blood of Jesus. Jesus means “Jehovah is Savior” or “God has become salvation.” Isaiah 12:2, “Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; He also is become my salvation.” Of the Lord Jesus we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12); and “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “…Christ, the Saviour of the world…” (John 4:42). Jesus, “…Prince and Saviour…” (Acts 5:31). “God according to [His] promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus” (Acts 13:23). “…Christ is the Head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). “…the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). “…God our Saviour” (1Timothy 2:3). “…trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men” (1Timothy 4:10). “…appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2Timothy 1:10). “…God our Saviour in all things” (Titus 2:10). “…the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:11). “To the ONLY wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jesus is the Only wise God and Savior of the world.

Isaiah 35:4-6 confirms that Jesus is God: “Behold, your God . . . He will come and save you.” This passage goes on to say that when God comes (i.e. in the flesh) the eyes of the blind would be opened, the ears of the deaf would be unstopped, the lame would leap, and the tongue of the dumb would speak. Jesus applied this section of Scripture to Himself: 

Matthew 11:2, “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3  And said unto Him, Art thou He (God) that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” 

Isaiah 40:3 states that one would cry in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” John the Baptist fulfilled this prophecy when he prepared the way for Jesus (Matthew 3:3); so Jesus is the LORD (YHWH/Jehovah) and our God.”

Romans 9:5 is absolutely true when it states that He who became Christ (Jesus) is God over all. In other words, He who was born in a manger in Bethlehem; He who became the son of a carpenter; He who at the age of twelve amazed the doctors in the Temple; He who at the age of thirty began His unrestricted ministry; and He who later gave His life on the cross, was not the second person of the Trinity, but the One and only God, manifested in the flesh as a man. God did not send another to die on the cross—He came Himself. The fact that Jesus is God is as firmly established in Scripture as the fact that God is One. To put it simply, everything that God is Jesus is. Jesus is the One God and if He is the One God, then it logically follows that Jesus is the Father—God over all—above ye all (Ephesians 4:6). 

 

L. JESUS IS THE FATHER

 

Now that we have established that the Lord Jesus is God, we will now see how He is the Everlasting Father.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [His] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

There were many times in the earthly ministry of Jesus that He revealed Himself as the Father, though He did not say so directly. Not one statement made by Jesus or act accredited to Him contradicted the teaching of the Old Testament Scripture concerning the Oneness of God.

Isaiah testified to the fact that Jesus was a “child born” and a “Son given,” as well as the “Everlasting Father.” In His humanity, He was the Child that was born and the Son that was

given. In His deity, He is the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father. Jesus was just as much the Everlasting Father as He was the Son given. He was not part man and part God, but He was all man and all God. For though He took upon Himself the totality of humanity, in Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. For “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (II Corinthians 5:19). 

Isaiah also testified that God is the “Everlasting God” (Isaiah 40:28). Again, if there is only one God and if He is “Everlasting” and the Father, and if Jesus is God, then it logically follows that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. Jeremiah declares that the True God is also the “Everlasting King” (Jeremiah 10:10). Note: God is the “Everlasting God” and also the “Everlasting Father” and the “Everlasting King.” If Jesus, the Messiah, is not God then He is not the Father and not King. For Jesus to be God He also must be the Father and King—God of all creation—Father of all born again believers—King over His everlasting kingdom.

 

1. JESUS—God and Father Of All Creation

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.”

John 1:10, “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.”

1Corinthians 8:6, "But to us there is but One God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him." 

Ephesians 3:9, “And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

Colossians 1:16, “For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM: 17 And He is before all things, and BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST.”

Hebrews 1:2, "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds."

If Jesus is God, then it also logically follows that He is the Creator. For there cannot be two Creators: Isaiah 40:28, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

Nehemiah 9:6, “Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD ALONE; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

Isaiah 37:16, “O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou ALONE, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.” 

Isaiah 44:24, “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE; that spreadeth abroad the earth by MYSELF.”

Job 31:15, “Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not “THE SAME ONE” fashion us in the womb?” (NKJV)

Malachi 2:10, “Have we not all One Father? hath not One God created us?”

Deuteronomy 32:6, “Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? IS NOT HE YOUR FATHER, WHO CREATED YOU, WHO MADE YOU AND ESTABLISHED YOU?” (ESV)

It is very clear that there is only One Father and One who created us. Jesus is not a co-creator! It’s either He created “ALL THINGS that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers” ALONE and by Himself (Isaiah 44:24) or He did none of this. 

 

2. JESUS—Father of All Born Again Believers

It has been already established that Jesus is the Everlasting Father in Isaiah 9:6. 

In another place Jesus said, "I and [my] Father are one" (John 10:30).

Jesus stated in John 12:45, "And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me." In other words, if a person sees Jesus as to His deity, he sees the Father (the Everlasting Father if you will). In John 14:7 Jesus told His disciples, "If ye had known Me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." Upon hearing this statement, Philip requested, "Lord, shew/show us the Father, and it sufficeth/satisfies us" (John 14:8). In other words, he asked that Jesus show them the Father and then they would be satisfied. Jesus' answer was, "Have “I” (referring to the Father) been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake" (John 14:9-11). This declaration goes far outside a relationship of agreement; it can be regarded as nothing less than the claim of Christ to be the Father manifested in flesh. “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”  What can be simpler? In other words, “when you look at Me, you are looking at the Father. Like many people today, Philip had not grasped that the Father is an invisible Spirit and that the only way a person could ever see Him would be through the person of Jesus Christ.

John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared [Him].”

True to the words of Jesus, the crowds of those days, and especially the religious leaders did not understand the teachings of Jesus Christ. They had eyes to see, but they did not see the truths He was clarifying. They had ears to hear, but they did not understand the words Jesus spoke to them. The one they had waited for centuries was there in their very presence, and they did not identify Him.

John 1:11, “He came unto His own (creation), and His own received Him not.”

Even the disciples who had the benefit of spending the better part of three and one-half years with Jesus, and who were fortunate to attend His private teaching sessions, did not recognize Him as the Everlasting Father until He further explained it to them. This lack of understanding has continued down through the centuries and sadly enough exists today. Men read His Word, having full access to the wealth of Scriptures that point to the absolute deity of Jesus, yet fail to grasp the truth. They have perfect vision, yet they do not see the truth. They have perfect hearing, yet they apparently cannot hear the message that rings loud and clear. There can be no room for discussion as to what Jesus meant by the statement: “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” It can mean but one thing—the Son and the Father are one in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

2.1. The Father Of Lights (James 1:17)

“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5). In the Gospel of John Jesus is referred to as “that Light” (John 1:8) and “the true Light” (John 1:9). In John 8:12 Jesus plainly stated, “I am the light of the world.” In John 9:5 He repeated this claim by saying, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” And in John 12:35 we read, “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you.” There should be no doubt in the mind of the reader as to the fact that Jesus was referring to Himself in this case. To a certain degree every true Christian is a light. The point to which we are a light is directly related to the degree that we are Christ-like. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world.” In Acts 13:47 Paul stated that Jesus called him to be, “a light of the Gentiles.”

 

2.1.1. Children of Light

In John 12:36 Jesus said, “While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light…” Faith in Jesus is a prerequisite to become a child of the light. Paul said to the Ephesian believers, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). Also to the Thessalonians, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1Thessalonians 5:5). 

If Jesus is God and God is Light , and therefore we are His children—the children of Light.

Jesus addressed His disciples as CHILDREN (Matthew 15:26; Mark 10:24; John 13:33; 21:5). When He healed a paralytic in Mark 2:5, He said to the paralytic man, "My SON, your sins are forgiven" (ESV). In Matthew 9:22 He said to the women with the issue of blood, “DAUGHTER, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole…” Jesus is Father to His creation and, therefore He can and may address us as children—my son, my daughter etc.

 

2.2. Born of God

1John 2:12, “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His (Christ) name's sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, LITTLE CHILDREN, BECAUSE YE HAVE KNOWN THE FATHER.”

1John 2:25, “And this is the promise that He hath promised us, [even] eternal life. 26 These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27  But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. 28 And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is BORN OF HIM.”

The focus of this context is evidently on Jesus Christ. We cannot confess the Son without confessing the Father. We cannot deny the Son without denying the Father: “No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also” (I John 2:23).