True Christians are “Trinitarian” (i.e., they believe in the concept of the Trinity).
– the 3 Persons/Individuals/Selves, that are distinct, different and varied from each other and with fixed identities that are non- interchangeable, yet belonging to one (i.e., a single and the same) kind (i.e., God or Godkind). Stating it another way, the Trinity have fixed-permanent-stable-inalterable (unalterable) Individualities (i.e., Kasarinlan-Pagkasarili), which cannot be interchanged-exchanged-shuffled-jumbled up-mixed up-rearranged, within and among Them.
When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one (John 10:30-33),” He could not have been referring to the singularity or singleness of His Personhood-Individuality-Selfhood to that of the Father (or God the Father), since He is a different, distinct and varied Person-Individual-Self from that of God the Father. Moreover, it would violate the plurality of Their number or the plurality of Their Headcount (John 8:29; 16:31-32; 14:23; 3:35; 5:22; Matthew 17:1-5).
Also, the “Good” Lord Jesus Christ authored the Bible in such a way, that grammar-syntax-sentence structure-language rules are well-observed and not violated. When He says He is not alone because the Father is with Him, or the Father has not left Him alone because He always do God the Father’s will, He is showing distinction between Him and God the Father, and the plurality of Their number or count. When He uses personal pronouns like “We” and “Our” for Him and God the Father (i.e., in reference to the 2 of Them), He really meant plurality of Their Personhoods-Individualities-Selfhoods-Selves. Jesus won’t violate grammar rules!!! How about you?
Never in the entire Bible did Jesus claim or say, “I am the Father,” or “I am God the Father,” or “I am the Godkind Father.” The most that the Bible said/claimed about Jesus concerning Fatherhood is that He is the “Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6). His Fatherhood to us (John 1:12; I John 3:2), is totally different from God the Father’s Fatherhood to us (John 8:41-42) and God the Father’s Fatherhood to Him (John 3:16; Romans 8:3, 32).
It is as if Jesus is our Papa God, while God the Father is our Grandpa God!!! You see, Christ Jesus who is God the Son (Hebrews 1:8), and God the Father are respectively Son and Father in Their kinship-affinity-relationship-affiliation-connection-tie, only by virtue of covenant-contract-agreement-pact-deal (Hebrews 1:5b). The “begetting” (i.e., begotten) conveyed in the verse (Hebrews 1:5a) cannot ever be a literal rendition, but a metaphorical-emblematic-symbolic one, which simply means “Today, I have made You my kin/relative” or “Today (i.e., from henceforth), We are Father and Son by covenant-agreement-deal.”
Otherwise, a literal rendition will make God the Father female or feminine, possessing literal ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus, where God the Son- Christ Jesus would have to be begotten or produced those days. Or if God the Father retains His maleness or masculinity, He would have been producing sperm cells, and would have been needing an egg cell from a wife, in order to have begotten or produced or caused or created/formed “God the Son” or “the Son who is God (Hebrews 1:8)” or “the Godkind Son- Christ Jesus”.
See the absurdity of taking the word “begotten” literally in Hebrews 1:5a? It is not a literal giving birth process or birthing in this context, or possessing/Fathering a Son by sexual reproduction, but a proclamation/declaration of a decree-announcement-pronouncement from God the Father that, that very day, He had made Christ Jesus His Son and kin or relative (Psalm 2:7) by covenant-agreement-deal-arrangement (Hebrews 1:5b). Since Jesus is Mighty (Isaiah 9:6; Job 36:5) and Almighty (Revelation 1:7-8; 22:12-13, 20), just like God the Father (and God the Holy Spirit), His Godhood or Divinity could not have been created by God the Father (being merely Christ Jesus’ co- equal– John 5:18; Philippians 2:5-6; John 10:30-33).
One Almighty Godkind (e.g., God the Father), cannot and will not create another Almighty Godkind (e.g., God the Son- Christ Jesus). If an Almighty God (e.g., the Godhood of Jesus) can be created, then He is no longer true God (I John 5:20) and Almighty. A true God or Godkind can never be less than Almighty. In that sense, the Trinity (i.e., Tri-person Godkind) are all Almighty with reference to all the createdkinds, but the 3 of Them (i.e., 1. God the Father; 2. God the Son; and 3. God the Holy Spirit) are equally powerful or co- equal in powers.
Going back to God the Son’s (i.e., Christ Jesus’) distinction from God the Father, instead of saying, “I am the Father,” Jesus said, “The Father is in Me, and I am in the Father, (John 14:10-11)” thereby conveying the message that He is different (i.e., another Person-Individual-Self-Entity) from God the Father. Can you just imagine if Jesus is also God the Father, or the Godkind Father (i.e., just a singular Entity-Person-Individual-Self, instead of two), then His love for the Father in this context (John 14:31a) is merely reduced to a selfish, egoistic, self-absorbed and narcissistic affection for Himself? That’s foolish-absurd-stupid-out of tune-inappropriate-improper-incongruous-inapt-ridiculous-ludicrous!!!
In John 3:16, it is declared thus: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (i.e., Jesus) should not perish but have Everlasting (i.e., Eternal) Life.” In the original rendition-conveyance-impartation in Greek where most of the entire New Testament was originally written, “only begotten” is rendered, conveyed, imparted and given as “monogenes”, which means “one and only”/ “exclusive” or “single kind” or “same kind”, so that the accurate-precise-exact rendition of the verse is thus: “For God (i.e., God the Father) so loved the world that He gave His ‘one and only’ or ‘same kind’ Son (i.e., God the Son- Hebrews 1:8; Romans 8:3, 32) that whosoever believeth in Him (i.e., Jesus) should not perish, but have Everlasting (i.e., Eternal) Life.”
What the verse therefore is saying (among others) is, just as God the Father is “God in kind”, so Jesus is the Son, who is also “God in kind”. In essence (i.e., katuturan), the Sonship of Jesus to God the Father is unique-exceptional-distinctive and totally different from “all” other sonships occurrent and/or mentioned in the entire Bible. The “Godkind Father” or “God the Father” has no other Son (in all of reality) that is of the “same kind” with Him- “God” or “God in kind” or “Godkind”! Only Jesus possesses the “Sonship” to “the Father” or “God the Father” that is by virtue of “singularity” or “sameness” in kind (i.e., monogenes).
Also, the Sonship of Jesus to “God the Father” (Acts 13:33b; Psalm 2:7) and the Fatherhood of “God the Father” to Jesus (i.e., “God the Son”), is by virtue of Their covenant-contract-pact-compact-agreement-arrangement-deal (Hebrews 1:5b), in eternity (Hebrews 13:20), sealed by the precious blood of God incarnate (Acts 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 13:8; Romans 4:17; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 1:29, 36). Since God the Father and God the Son- Christ Jesus are of the same kind, they are both “God in kind”, in the same way as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is “God in kind” (Acts 5:1-4).
If Jesus and God the Father are co-equal in Godhood (John 5:18; Philippians 2:5-6; John 10:30-33), powers and capabilities, why did Jesus say, “My Father is greater than I (John 14:28),” and “The One who sends is greater than the One who is sent? (John 13:16)” Moreover, Jesus said, “My Father is greater than all (John 10:29),” and “The servant is not greater than his Lord. (John 13:16; 15:20)” God the Father is greater than-higher than-above-superior to-chief to-principal to-dominant than-leader to-boss to-head to (i.e., nakahihigit o pangulo kay– I Corinthians 11:3c; 15:27-28) Jesus, only in the sense that the “Good” Lord Jesus Christ volunteered within and among the Trinity to do always those things that please God the Father (John 8:29), like agreeing with one Godkind in taking the position and function of Sonship, while the said Godkind takes and assumes the position and function of Fatherhood to the Same (Psalm 2:7; Hebrews 1:5), with the witness and confirmation or corroboration-substantiation-authentication-affirmation of God the Holy Spirit.
Entailed in such Father and Son relationship between God the Father and God the Son- Christ Jesus, is Christ’s voluntary submission, subordination and obedience to all the wills, desires and purposes of God the Father, relative to all the createdkinds (or with reference to all the createdkinds). Christ Jesus’ coming into our world by taking Human Form (i.e., anthropomorphism– Philippians 2:7-8) is a servile work or endeavour He undertook voluntarily. He humbled-humiliated-abased Himself or made Himself lowly-modest-meek by taking the form of a servant and functioning as such. In other words, He made Himself of no reputation.
Simply stated, the “Good” Lord Jesus Christ’s voluntary humility is the only consideration why God the Father is greater than Him.
Though He was originally-inherently-intrinsically-innately God or Godkind (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13; John 20:28), the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; 19:16), He took Manhood-Humanity-Flesh-Physical Constitution or Body (John 1:1, 14; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9), upon Himself, so that through the sacrificial death of His Manhood on a tree (i.e., the cross), the penalty for the sins of the whole world may be forgiven conditionally (John 3:16, 15), by the shed blood of that same Manhood of His.
Furthermore, by the wounds and the bruises, and the blow marks and the stripes which His Physical Constitution or Body have borne-carried-sustained-endured, we are made whole (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17). Since God the Father is greater than Jesus, the Sender of Jesus and the Chief-Principal-Head of Jesus, it cannot be that These 2 distinct Persons-Individuals-Selves-Entities are “literally one”, “numerically one”, “singular in number” or “single in Headcount”!!!
God has never been, is never, and will never ever be “numerically one” or “singular in number” (Genesis 1:26a; 11:6-7, 9; I John 5:7-8; Psalm 110:1; Mark 12:35-37; Matthew 22:41-45; Hebrews 1:8-9; Psalm 45:6-7 (God the Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ’s symbolic Anointing Oil of Gladness); Acts 5:1-4; John 3:35; 5:22; Romans 8:3, 32; John 3:16; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14). Observe well the number of Persons-Individuals-Selves involved in the verses-passages mentioned, and the use of plural Personal pronouns like “Us” and “Our”.
God is not a single/singular Entity-Person-Individual-Self-Selfhood. God is one in the sense that there are plurality of Selves/Selfhoods or Persons/Individuals belonging to a “single kind”- Godkind!!! God is never “one in number” or “literally one”, but “one in kind”. Moreover, since there are plurality of Selves, Persons, Subjects or Individuals/Individualities in the Godkind (i.e., 1. God the Father; 2. God the Son- Christ Jesus; and 3. God the Holy Spirit), which are “united”, They are said to be agreed in one (I John 5:7-8).