Only The Father Is God

by Sean Finnegan

Jesus knew that this was his last time with the disciples before he would be taken into custody. He prayed just before he made his way across the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemene. The disciples listened earnestly; they were probably still in shock because Jesus had just washed their feet. As he prayed he did not look down, instead he looked up to the Father. In the beginning of his prayer, he made an extraordinary statement about eternal life. He said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3). According to this verse, there are two who must be known: the only true God, and Jesus Christ. Jesus considered the Father to be the only God and he considered himself to be distinct from that only God. This simple truth is elevated to the highest degree when he prefaced the statement with, “This is eternal life….” That is to say, eternal life depends on one’s understanding of God and His Son.

In addition, Paul the apostle was inspired by God to write along the same lines in his first letter to Timothy.

I Timothy 2:3-6 NASB – This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

There are two closely linked desires of God listed: 1)for all to be saved, and 2)for all to come to know the truth. In verse four “the truth” does not refer to all true things in general but a very specific truth. The next two verses explain “the truth” that God desires all men to know. The first ingredient is that there is only one God. The second is that the man Christ Jesus is the one mediator between the one God and mankind. The third is that Jesus gave himself a ransom for all at the right time. There is no confusion between Jesus and God; they are fully distinct in nature and in function. According to the greeting of this letter (I Timothy 1:2), God is the Father, and Jesus Christ is our Lord. Just a few verses earlier then where we are now, it says that the only God is immortal. (In the word “immortal,” the prefix, im , means not; and mortal means can die; thus immortal means cannot die.) However, the third ingredient of “the truth” is that Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all. In order for Jesus to die, he must be mortal. Therefore, we conclude that the one God (the Father) is completely distinct from the one man (Christ Jesus). It is as important to recognize this distinction, as it is to understand that Christ gave himself as a ransom for all.

A third text that offers clarity on this issue can be found in I Corinthians. The context concerns idolatry and eating the foods that are sacrificed to idols. Paul recognizes that there are many who are called gods.

I Corinthians 8:6 NASB – Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

This text leaves no wiggle room for complicated definitions of God. He is the Father Who created all things. He is the source from which everything, including Jesus, originated. He is the one God, and we are able to come to Him through the one Lord, Jesus Christ. The Father made everything, and we experience all things through Christ.

There are many other places in the New Testament that speak of God as the Father. Consider the following scriptures: John 1:18; 4:23 and 24; 6:27; 8:41 and 42, 54; 20:17; Romans 1:7; 15:6; I Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; 15:24; II Corinthians 1:2 and 3; 11:31; Galatians 1:1,3 and 4; Ephesians 1:2 and 3, 17; 4:6; 5:20; 6:23; Philippians 1:2; 2:11; 4:20; Colossians 1:2 and 3; 3:17; I Thessalonians 1:1, 3; 3:13; II Thessalonians 1:1 and 2; 2:16; I Timothy 1:2; II Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philemon 3; James 3:9; I Peter 1:2 and 3; II Peter 1:17; II John 1:3; Jude 1:1;Revelation 1:5 and 6.

The overwhelming weight of Scripture teaches that only the Father is God. He is the awesome Creator of everything in existence. He is the most powerful Being in the universe. He has no equal, as even Jesus confessed (John 10:29; 14:18). He is called the “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6 NASB). About two thousand years ago, He brought into existence His perfect Son who would save mankind from destruction. Jesus, the perfectly obedient one, followed God’s plan flawlessly. As a result today we have access to the Father through him.

For more information on this subject, visit Sean’s resource site here or our main site www.HigherGroundOnline.org

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14 responses to this post.

  1. John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

    Why did Jesus not correct Thomas here?

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    • Posted by aLexjr on July 29, 2010 at 4:36 am

      actually, that statement of thomas was corrected by our Lord Jesus…it was written in Luke 24:36-40…but before that, we should understand first the situation that thomas was in, when he saw our Lord Jesus…he was in the state of shock when he declared that statement…so, it was out of surprise that he said that… going back to what was written in Luke, Jesus said, “for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” let us remember that the nature of the true God is spirit as Jesus have said in John 4:24… hence, when Jesus said, “for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have,” he was clearly showing the big difference between him and the true God…thus, it still stands, the Father whom Christ have introduced, is the only true God, and Jesus is whom God have sent to teach this to man…thus, to
      whom should we believe, Christ who was sent to introduce the only true God, or those who have come up with conclusions after reading random texts from the Bible…

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      • Posted by Ermias on July 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

        Please stop flipflop method. Jesus never correct Thomas. The bible clearly say, “28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. ” Jesus’ response was ” 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” it has nothing to do with Luke 24:36-40. Angels also spirit; that does not make them true God. The bible clearly mentions that there are two yahweh in the old testament. One Yahweh became tha father and the other Yahweh became the son.

      • Posted by Ermias on July 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

        Very interestingly, you mentioned that Jesus came to introduce to true God. That is correct. Which means the father (the true God) was not known before jesus came to the earth. So the God who was seen and spoke with Israel people was not the father, but the WORD of John 1:1. Therefore, the one who became the son in the new testament was YHWH of old testament. That is why apostle paul say whoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13. He was quoting old testament scripture of Joel 2 (The name of YHWH).

  2. Hey, thanks for logging on. He didn’t correct him because this wasn’t a problem for Jesus to be called Lord and God by one of his first century Jewish followers.

    Would you agree that the Devil is called “God” in the New Testament as well, and we don’t have a problem with that?

    For the first century Jewish thinker (as well as in countless times in the Hebrew Scriptures), to be called “elohim” (Greek: theos) is not an indication that you are the only true God, the Father, YHWH. Just consider for a moment the fact that we know Paul refers to Satan as the “god of this age” (II Cor 4:4) and trinitarians and unitarians alike don’t have a problem with this statement because we understand what is being said here.

    The devil has authority, rulership and influence in this age and thus is referred to as the “god of this age”, “prince of this age,” etc. In the same way, who is the “god of the next age?” Jesus the Messiah is!

    There are many other reasons why this statement is not problematic for those who hold the view that God is one, and only the Father is God, but I’ll stick to that point for now. For a specific article on this verse in particular, click here.

    As to the points raised by the post above, to hold a trinitarian view of God, would one not run into serious problems to hear Jesus refer to the Father as “the only true God?”

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    • Posted by Ermias on July 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      It is funny to read a statment like “satan is called God” therefore, Jesus can be called God, but not the true God. There is no such kind of teaching in the bible. When apostle paul call satan as God, he clearly says that the God of this age (means satan is not the true God). When Thomas calls Jesus as his Lord and God, he clearly address the true divinity of Jesus. There is no flip flop here. It is true that the bible teachs God the father is only true God (the source of deity), but the word of God (John 1:1-3) who bcame the son after his birth, is the refelection of the one and only true God (the father). Therefore, what the father is the son is. Before the word became flesh, we had two God beings (the word who became the son and the God who became the father). In the old testament, the word was manifested as ANGEL OF THE LORD or LORD (YHVH). After he became the son, he reveals the father to mankind. In the old testament, the father did not communicate with Israel, only the angel of the LORD or he himself is LORD. Paul clearly teaches this LORD (YHVH) was the son, Romans 10:9-13. This angel of the LORD is also called the angel of his presence. Therefore, we have TWO divine beings in the Godhead. The word, who became the son, and The GOD, who became the father.

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  3. Posted by Bill on March 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    JESUS WANTS US TO PRAY TO THE FATHER IN HIS NAME.

    (Joh 14:19) Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

    (Joh 16:23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

    The day Jesus is talking about is when he is gone from the world, which includes the time after Pentecost until his second coming. He was talking about his going away to the Father with the disciples in John 14 and also the first part of John 16.

    (Eph 1:17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

    (Eph 2:18) For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

    Col 3:17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

    (1Jo 2:1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    Post Pentecost, this how we access the Father in prayer, in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    JESUS ALWAYS ADDRESSED GOD as THE FATHER.

    AFTER PENTECOST, THE FATHER WAS GOD. (about 4 pages of verses, 63 total.)

    (Act 2:33) Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

    (Rom 1:7) To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Rom 6:4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    (Rom 8:15) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    (1Co 1:3) Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (1Co 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.

    (1Co 15:24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

    (2Co 1:2) Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (2Co 1:3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

    (2Co 1:4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

    (2Co 6:18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    (2Co 11:31) The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

    (Gal 1:1) Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

    (Gal 1:3) Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

    (Gal 1:4) Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

    (Gal 4:6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

    (Eph 1:2) Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Eph 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

    (Eph 3:14) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    (Eph 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    (Eph 6:23) Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Phi 1:2) Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Phi 2:11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    (Phi 4:20) Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    (Col 1:2) To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Col 1:3) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

    (Col 1:12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

    (Col 1:13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

    (Col 1:19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

    (1Th 1:1) Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (1Th 1:3) Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

    (1Th 3:11) Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

    (1Th 3:13) To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

    (2Th 1:1) Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

    (2Th 1:2) Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (2Th 2:16) Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

    (1Ti 1:2) Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

    (2Ti 1:2) To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    (Tit 1:4) To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

    (Phm 1:3) Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    (Jam 1:27) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    (Jam 3:9) Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

    (1Pe 1:2) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

    (1Pe 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

    (2Pe 1:17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    (1Jo 1:2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

    (1Jo 1:3) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

    (1Jo 2:13) 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.

    (1Jo 2:15) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    (1Jo 2:16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    (1Jo 2:22) Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    (1Jo 2:23) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

    (1Jo 2:24) Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

    (1Jo 3:1) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    (1Jo 4:14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

    (2Jo 1:3) Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

    (2Jo 1:4) I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

    (2Jo 1:9) Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

    (Jud 1:1) Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

    (Rev 2:27) And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

    (Rev 3:5) He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

    (Rev 3:21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

    (Rev 14:1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

    Bill

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  4. Posted by coedloll on April 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH GOD IS FAKE

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  5. Posted by coedloll on April 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE

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  6. Posted by coedloll on April 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Praise Allah!

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  7. Posted by Joshua on August 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    If there were 2 equal Gods before Jesus came, I wonder which one said that “there was none beside Me”, and that “I alone stretched out the heavens by Myself”….Why didn’t Jesus say ‘if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen God The Son or The Angel of The LORD or some second being in some trinity’? In Revelation Jesus is called the beginning of creation. He came from The Father and then He created everything else with The Father’s power backing in up.

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  8. Posted by Joshua on August 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Why is The Father called The ONLY true God with no mention of The Holy Spirit by Y’Shua The Son of God himself? Why is Jesus recorded saying that “The Father in Me does the works” also with no mention of The Holy Spirit or “The Logos” or some other being? Their is only one TRUE God, and Jesus or The “Angel of The LORD” is and always has been His Son from the beginning of His creation by His Father YHWH.

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  9. Posted by Joshua ben Adam on March 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    All arguments must need stop, if only you can access the glorious presence of the Almighty Father, before whom the true Son of GOD, Jesus the Christ, or Yeshua ha Mashiach, in Hebrew is serving and ministering to as High Priest, sworn to be so FOREVER, by an oath of the Lord God Almighty, his God and Father. Please read carefully Hebrews 5:5-10, Hebrews 7:20-25, Hebrews 8:1-2 and let us join him, who is our High Priest and Mediator before our heavenly Father to worship our Father, the One True GOD! Read Hebrews 2:10-12. Verily, verily, Scriptures affirm that:

    “THERE IS BUT ONE GOD, AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS”! 1 Timothy 2:5. Shalom, with much love! Brother Joshua

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  10. Posted by Joshua ben Adam on March 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    The poser that defines the dilemma of  trinitarians, and which is further confounded by antitrinitarian impatience and sometimes lack of accuracy themselves, is the big question: ‘”If Messiah is truly equal, that is “co-equal” with God, as trinity dogmas state, how come that he is still “man, with flesh and bones”, after resurrection, see Luke 24:34-42, different and subject to the One True GOD of all creation, who is Spirit, and to whom scriptures show the true Messiah, as ministering to as High Priest? See 1 Cor. 15:24-28 and Hebrews 8:1-3. To this, the corollary poser, “What is the meaning and status of High Priest, viz a viz the Almighty GOD, or Deity?

    Shalom greetings!

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