The Bible is clear that there is only one God
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, Isaiah 44:24, John 17:3).
The Bible is also clear that the Lord Jesus Christ has a God.
The only God is Jesus Christ’s God, so Jesus Christ is not God.
I think most Christians understand that there is only one God. But it seems to me that fewer Christians know that Jesus Christ has a God. Here are a few Scriptures that show that Jesus Christ has a God.
“…you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God” (John 8:40).
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34).
After his resurrection, Jesus said:
“…go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17).
After his glorification and ascension to heaven to the right hand of God, Jesus said:
“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God” (Revelation 3:2)
“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and 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 from my God out of heaven, and my own new name” (Revelation 3:12).
That’s four times in one verse that the glorified Jesus in heaven mentions “my God”.
The very first verse of the Book of Revelation mentions the God of Jesus:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John…”
So does Revelation 1:6
“…and (Jesus) made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father…”
The apostles Peter and Paul knew that Jesus has a God:
“…that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6).
“Blessed be the God and Father ofour Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…” (2 Corinthians 1:3).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 1:3).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Peter 1:3).
In addition to clear statements in the Bible that Jesus has a God, every single book of the New Testament differentiates between God and Jesus Christ (the Lord Messiah). This statement by the Apostle Peter is typical of the differentiation between God and Jesus: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst…” (Acts 2:22).
All of Paul’s 13 epistles start out with a differentiation between God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah): “Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus the Messiah” (Romans 1:7, See also 1 Cor. 1:3, 2 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Col. 1:2, 1 Thess. 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:2, 1 Tim. 1:2, 2 Tim. 1:2, Titus 1:4, Philemon 1:3).
There seem to be two possible (but different) explanations by Trinitarians as to why Jesus has a God. 1) Only the human Jesus has a God, or 2) Within the “economy of the Trinity…God the Son calls God the Father ‘my God’”. But neither of these claims is biblical. The Bible never says anything about a difference between a “human Jesus and a divine Jesus”. Neither does the Bible ever discuss relations of one member of the “Trinity godhead” to another. “God the Son” does not appear in the Bible.
The New Testament never speaks of a triune God. In the New Testament there is only one God, also known as the Father, the God of Jesus Christ.
Do we worship the God of Jesus Christ? “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).
Bill Schlegel taught Bible history, geography and Hebrew in Israel for over three decades. He is the author of the Satellite Bible Atlas. Bill came to the understanding that the LORD is one, and that Jesus is the LORD’s human Messiah. He is married to Stephanie. They currently live in Tennessee with the two youngest of their five children, where they attend Higher Ground Church.
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