Can anyone of us says, “I and my father are one?” Maybe, we can! In a very limited way, like that related to authority over a property, or in making a decision over certain things, we can say that. More than that, we can never be one with our fathers. Even if we want it so much, there a so many things prevent us from being equal with our fathers.
Now, what comes to our minds when we hear the following statement of the ‘sinless’ Jesus?
“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30, NIV)
Would it be like what we could say above, or far above all we can imagine? If Jesus is more than just an extraordinary person ever lived, then His statement concerning Himself and God is far beyond our understanding and intellectual ability to produce an evident to prove or disprove such statement. All we can do either is to believe of to disbelieve it.
Since we have absolutely nothing on our own but to completely rely on God through the Holy Spirit to lead us to the truth of Jesus, let us search the Word Of God and find out what He has said about Jesus.
It was testified that,
“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.” (John 3:35, NIV)
Is there anything left out of ‘everything’? In other words “all“ that we can and cannot imagine of God has been delivered to Jesus. Have you read anywhere in the Bible that God is going to resign from His office and is electing an extraordinary human being to replace Him? If Jesus was just ‘a human Messiah,’ would He be able to handle such a tremendous authority and responsibility God placed in His hands? Even an archangel would never be capable of managing such power. If we can see now, who Jesus really is then we will get the complete understanding of the reasons behind the next verse which says,
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36, NIV)
Unfortunately, some of us prefer to put the emphasis just on terms like ‘Father loves the Son’ and ‘Father gives the Son’ to put the Son and the Father in two different places. To them, this makes much more sense than the unity of the Father and the Son. Sometimes we all get so caught within our reasoning and forget that we’re asked to believe in the divine mysteries of God and not to fully understand them.
Some of us will look at the following verses:
“For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16, New Living Translation – NLT)
and are immediately get locked by the phrase “Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God,” to jump to conclusion that “Christ is a separate person from the only almighty God!” They tend to ignore the rest of the verses. They fail to see that if Jesus is merely a human being then they have made Him a liar since no human can approach or see God.
Let us focus on the term “the King of all kings and Lord of all lords,” which is attributed to the only almighty God, and its comparison in the Greek Interlinear Bible!
1 Timothy 6:15:
hEn kairois idiois deixei ho makarios kai
WHOM to-SEASONS OWN SHALL-BE-SHOWING THE HAPPY AND
monos dunastEs ho basileus tOn basileuontOn kai kurios
ONLY ABLEr THE KING OF-THE ones-reignING AND Master
1 Timothy 6:16:
ho monos echon athanasian phOs oikOn aprositon
THE ONLY One-HAVING UN-DEATH LIGHT HOMING UN-TOWARD
hon eiden oudeis anthrOpOn oude
WHOM PERCEIVED NOT-YET-ONE OF-humans NOT-YET
idein ho timE kai kratos aiOnion amEn
TO-BE-PERCEIVING to-WHOM VALUE AND HOLDing eonian AMEN
We can find an identical term of “the King of all kings and Lord of all lords,” in the Book of Revelation as Jesus Christ revealed Himself to John in the Island of Patmos, which says,
“Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.” (Revelation 17:14, NLT)
and its origin in Greek Interlinear Bible as:
houtoi meta tou arniou polemEsousin kai to arnion
these WITH THE LAMBkin SHALL-BE-BATTLING AND THE LAMBkin
nikEsei autous hoti kurios kuriOn estin kai
SHALL-BE-CONQUERING them that Master OF-masters He-Is AND
basileus basileOn kai hoi met auto KIEtoi kai
KING OF-KINGS AND THE-ones WITH SAME CALLED AND
eklektoi kai pistoi
CHOSEN AND BELIEVing
We certainly do not expect to have two different “King of all kings and Lord of all lords,” do we? Jesus did not leave us another alternative than to accept what He once said. “I AM He!” (ego eimi) as the truth that “He is the almighty God in flesh!”
Therefore, we can be as confident as we can about Who Jesus really is, when He claimed before the Pharisees that,
“I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!” (Matthew 12:6, NLT)
The temple to the Jews is no other than ‘the house of God’ and the one who is greater than ‘the house of God’, spiritually, is God alone. God created the universe in six day and blessed the seventh day which He took a rest on and established that day – Sabbath, to honor Him by saying, “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8). Now, before those who remember perfectly every single letter of that command, Jesus claimed that,
“For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” (Matthew 12:8, NLT)
as if He was saying that ‘Sabbath was established to honor Me, the Creator of everything (Jon 1:3) including the Sabbath.’ Do not be surprised if these claims of Jesus were confirmed by Paul through the illumination of the Holy Spirit by saying,
“Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” (Romans 9:5, NLT)
which again testified that “Jesus Christ is the Almighty God Himself, in flesh!”
May all of us be granted the same illumination Paul had from the Holy Spirit that we too, may be able to see, Who Jesus really is.