Nature of God


Jesus is deity but not part of a Trinity:

Jesus says His father is His God - who is equal to his God?

by Bill Wong



The Trinity doctrine states that there is one God, but yet three co-equal persons in this godhead (other doctrines have two or another amount of God persons instead; this article applies to those as well). The Bible truth, however, does not tell us this is true. Rather, God’s Word tells us there is no 3rd person Holy Spirit (please see section: ‘Bible says there is no 3rd person Holy Spirit’) and the Lord Jesus is not the equal of His father.


The fact that the Lord Jesus is not the equal of His father is seen in the Lord Jesus’ acknowledgment and admittance that His father is His God, which supports the Great Shema that God is one (Deuteronomy 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD – KJV, where the LORD means YHWH, the name of God; also see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’) and is another indicator the father is greater – and it is not by subordination (the Trinitarian doctrine of willful submission to adhere to a father-son relationship).


John 20:

17         Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them,

          'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "



Revelation 3:

11   Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

12   He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.

     I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem,

     which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.  




The apostles also testify that our Heavenly Father is the God of the Lord Jesus:


2 Corinthians 11:

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.   (NKJV)


Ephesians 1:

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,

    may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,   (NKJV)


Colossians 1:

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


1 Peter 1:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

   who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through

   the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,   (NKJV)


Revelation 1:

6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,

   to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.   (NKJV)



The prophet Micah testifies to this as well; the Messiah feeds on the strength of His God, who we know is His father:


Micah 5:

2        But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

3        Therefore he will abandon them until the time that she who is in labor gives birth. Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel.

4     He shall stand, and shall shepherd in the strength of YAHWEH, in the majesty of the name of YAHWEH his God: and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth.   (WEB)




When the Lord Jesus calls His father His God, He is saying He is not the equal of His father.


For who can be equal to his God?


The very truth that someone is your God automatically means you are not the equal of your God.


It is a verification of what Jesus meant when he said:


John 17:

3   And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.   (NKJV)



By calling His father His God and the only true God, Jesus is saying He is not that one true God. We know that Jesus is indeed God (deity), but the Bible tells us this is by virtue of being God’s only-begotten son. In calling His father His God and the only true God, the Lord Jesus is saying that as His son, He is not the equal of His father.


However, even more than that, the Lord Jesus is saying that a doctrine of subordination is untrue. How so? By the simple fact that He calls His father the only true God. The Lord cannot call His father the only true God if a Trinity doctrine is true, because a Trinity doctrine states they are all equal.


When one says another is the only true God, then one of the following must be true:


1. Though the Lord Jesus is Himself deity, He is saying He is not that true God who is His father, and He therefore cannot be His father’s equal. He is saying He is not the true God – His father is.


2. The Lord Jesus is saying that He is not deity at all.


The Bible truth, of course, is option #1, but note very importantly that both conclusions where the Lord Jesus declares Himself not being the true God opposes what a Trinity doctrine teaches.


How can one of the three equal persons in a triune godhead be called the only true God while the others are not? A Trinity doctrine can only be true if each person is also an only true God. However, this is a contradiction in terms and logic, and is clearly not what the Lord said.


Such a statement by the Lord singles out His father. Not as greater in position as a Trinity doctrine wants us to believe, but greater in all respects that only the Father alone can be called the only true God. This simply means that a Trinity doctrine of 3 persons in the godhead cannot be true: there cannot be three “only true Gods” and the existence of only one true God which the Lord exempts Himself from, means that His father is the Almighty God who is above all things.


We see another example of the Lord excluding Himself from being the equal of His father, the one true God:


Mark 10:

18   So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.   (NKJV)



The Bible emphasizes this point by telling us that YHWH is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who has a son.  It is understood that the father is greater than His son:


Acts 3:

13    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.    (NKJV)



With these statements, the Lord Jesus declares why His father is the Almighty God – the one and only God (the Great Shema which Jesus upholds) who is above all as Jesus’ own God and the only true God. The Lord Jesus is only verifying, as the Bible states all along, that there is only one Almighty God, who is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (present everywhere). This is Jesus’ father – God, who is above all:


Ephesians 4:

6     One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.   (KJV)



There can only be one Almighty – only one who is above all and without equal. If the Lord Jesus’ father is the one true God as the Lord Himself tells us, then this one true God is greater than the Lord Jesus and is rightfully called the Almighty. This is why the Lord Jesus calls His father His God. A person simply cannot be greater than His God.


The Bible states unequivocally that there is only one God (the Great Shema). The Lord Jesus tells us His father is the only true God. Even more, the Bible states that the father of the Lord Jesus is His God. This means that His father is this one God. The Bible makes it very evident and singles out the father of our Lord Jesus Christ as the one true God who is above all and is the God of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible states Jesus is simply not the equal of His God – His father (someone’s God is always greater than the person; no one is the equal of his God). 


Therefore, if the Trinity doctrine insists there are three persons who are co-equal yet one God, then this must mean there are three Almighty’s in the one God and there are three true Gods in the one God. Such a belief, however, contradicts the plain words of Scripture and is the epitome of being illogical and an oxymoron. It is why the Trinity doctrine is false.



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