The Apple Of God's Eye

December 27, 2009

Is Jesus Christ's Honour The Same As The Father's? - Honour to the Father is revealed from the Bible.

A common thought today is that Jesus Christ deserves the same honour as God the Father. I believe this thought is rooted in the doctrine of the trinity, which of course makes the Father, Son and Holy Spirit one and the same. I won’t address this false doctrine in this article, as I have spoken of it here and here in detail already.

There is a scripture which some use to make Jesus Christ out to be on an equal level to God the Father. It is John 5:23, which states:

“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

If we look at this verse superficially, then yes indeed, it does seem to point out that honour is applied the same way to both God beings. Now no one will deny that honour is due to Christ. He is the Spokesman, the Word of God and very God Himself. He has preeminence in all things, but NOT of Himself.

I know many will immediately jump on my saying as blasphemy, because the doctrines of mainstream Christianity teach the centrality of the gospel is Jesus Christ. But they are wrong, and their Bible proves it so.

Jesus Christ and God the Father – different personalities

It is first important to establish that Jesus Christ and God the Father are two distinct personalities. One fact not well known is that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. I Corinthians 10:4, when speaking of the Israelites passing through the Red Sea, says:

“….and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of the spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

Fairly plain if you ask me. It also says in John 1:1-3:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.”

Obviously, if all things came into being through Him (John 1:10), it was He who created the heavens and earth, as well as Adam and Eve, establishing His presence and interaction with man in the Old Testament.

Genesis 1:26 also speaks of a plurality of God beings, not three in one as millions assume. WE never means one! So who is the second God being then? It is the Ancient of Days – the same one who has been revealed by Christ as the Father, in the New Testament. Notice Dan 7:13:

I saw in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of man (Jesus Christ) came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days (later to be revealed as God the Father), and they brought Him near before Him.”

Dan 7:9 gives a description of the Ancient of Days:

“I watched until the thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days sat, whose robe was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool. His throne was like flames of fire, and His wheels like burning fire.

Then, when we reach John 1:18, Jesus Christ states:  No man hath seen God (the Father) at any time; the only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”Clearly, it speaks of two God beings here. There are many more scriptures which make this point plain.

Christ obeyed His Father

Jesus Christ continually spoke of His Father. It makes no sense, if both are part of a trinity, for Christ to speak of Himself in the third person, as a separate entity. That would be nothing less than confusion.

Jesus Christ came to reveal the spiritual Family of God, exemplified in the physical family here on earth.  He kept His Father’s commandments (John 15:10) as a stunning example of obedience to the Fifth Commandment.

He also obeyed His human parents. In Luke 2, we are given a detailed account of Christ at a young age. It is an amazing picture of honor, respect and obedience. At age 12, Jesus and His family had been in Jerusalem keeping the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. On the return trip, Joseph and Mary assumed Jesus was with other family members in the caravan (verses 43-44). He was not. He had remained in Jerusalem to gain more information about God the Father and His laws. Of course, this caused His parents concern. They went searching for Him immediately.

Joseph and Mary found Christ in the temple, “sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers” (verses 46-47). Jesus came to an incredible maturity at a young age. Why? Certainly, it was in large part the result of a stable family life. His human parents obviously provided for Him and taught Him. They taught Him much about God from the Scriptures. When asked by His mother why He remained in Jerusalem, He answered, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (verse 49). This was not a disrespectful answer. He was reminding His parents that they had taught Him that He had a commission from God. At 12, He was more than likely letting them know He was coming to a deeper understanding of what God the Father expected of Him.

He did however obey his parents and went with them, showing us that the loving and affectionate parent is the child’s provider, protector, teacher and lawgiver. A child’s early training and response to this relationship will in large measure determine his later response to the larger relationships with society. And, ultimately, it is certain to affect his relationship with his spiritual Father in heaven.

The difference is clear!

Now what does all this have to do with honour to God the Father and Christ? Much, because the family unit is what exemplifies the governmental structure of God. The human family is only a type of the spiritual family. Jesus Christ exemplified both – He obeyed His human parents as well as His spiritual Father in heaven. The latter point of greater honour to the Father is driven home many times by Christ throughout the scriptures:

  • John 3:35 – God the Father gives all things unto Christ.
  • John 4:34 – Christ came to do the will of His Father.
  • John 5:19 and 30 – Christ can do nothing of Himself, but only as the Father does.
  • John 5:22, 27 – The Father has committed all judgment and authority unto the Son (Jesus Christ).
  • John 5:23, that verse which is twisted out of context, shows Christ deserves honour, but Christ Himself said in John 5:44 and 8:54 that He receives honour from His Father.
  • John 6:44 and 65 – Only God the Father begets sons into His family, NOT Jesus Christ.
  • John 8:49 – Christ honours His Father, a strange thing to do if both have the same honour.
  • John 12:26 – God the Father gives honour to not only the son (Jesus Christ), but also those who will obey Him.

It’s amazing how many scriptures clearly point out the authority structure of the Family of God. It is God the Father in ultimate authority and who should receive ultimate honour. Christ Himself, though deserving of all honour from mankind and all angelic beings, deferred honour to His Father. So rather than allowing one scripture to guide us in doctrine, we have to search multiple scriptures to see if a matter is true.

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