Many people (including Christians) are confused on the real identity of Jesus Christ. Some say, “he is just a prophet”. Others say, “he is just a man who received the fullness of the Holy Spirit”. Others say, “he is a God in a trinity”.
Who is Jesus? Who did He say He is?
Jesus is the Heavenly Father
The Lord Jesus identified himself as the Father.
Philip told him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us.”
“Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” Jesus asked him. “The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14.8-9).
In other words, “I, the Father, have been with you all this time, and you still do not know me?
Jesus is the LORD God. The name of the LORD God, as Son of Man, is Jesus. God as Son of man is not His full glory, but God as Father is in His full glory.
The Lord God is omnipresent. He can be in different places at the same time and He can take any form.
Now, the LORD is in Heaven, and at the same time His Holy Spirit indwells many Christians. He is both in Heaven and on earth. The LORD was on earth as Holy Spirit indwelling the Son of Man (His own person) while still present in Heaven as Father. Jesus Christ could only return back to Christians as Holy Spirit only after His glorification (being Father).
You will look for me but will not find me. And where I am, you cannot come” (John 7.34). He was on earth yet present in heaven. In other words, “I am in Heaven, and you cannot come there”
The Lord continuously identified himself as the Father.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, (John 14.26).
When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, (John 15.26)
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you (John 15.16)
If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it” (john14.14)
I and the Father are one” (John 10.30)
He God, the Father, rebirth himself, as son of man. As son of Man, He was in lower glory. He emptied Himself of His heavenly glory to do the work of redemption. He had to depend on Himself in Heaven, as Father God, to work on the earth. He prayed to Himself. God as son of Man, prayed to other self, God the Father. As Father, He is in greater power than as son of Man. The names; Father, Son, Holy Spirit, represent the different roles of the LORD. A human being can have different measures of responsibility or roles. A man can be a father, Son, or husband at the same time. This does not make him three persons.
There is just one God, who took a weak human form. He issued out of the Father and He went back to the Father (to being Father).
Jesus is the Heavenly Father, who came down to the earth to redeem man to Himself. Jesus is not another person who received the Spirit of God. He is the person of God who received the fullness of His strength when His Holy Spirit came down from Heaven on the day of His baptism. On the day of the Lord Jesus’ water baptism, the Father, baptized Himself as Son of Man with the Holy Spirit. He was present in heaven in all His glory (as Father) and present on earth (Jesus), in lower glory. His very person in heaven did all the works through His very person on earth. The glorified Jesus (Father) also baptizes His disciples with the Holy Spirit and power.
I am not going to forsake you like orphans. I will come back to you (John 14:18).
There is just one true God, and Jesus is the name of the LORD God as man. The name is the only name given among men by which man can be saved. Jesus is the only way to the Father. There is no other way (John 14.4-7). The only way to the Heavenly Father is the Son. In other words, the only way to God is God.
He who believes in Him will do the same works that He did and even greater because He is in glory (he is Father) (John 14.12). As Father, He is in His full capacity as God.
As the Father gives life, so too does the Son:
Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to those he chooses (John 5.21)
The Father and the Son shares the same glory;
So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed (John 17.5)
The father and the Son share everything;
All that is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine, and I have been glorified through them (John 17.10)
The Father and the Son share the same honor:
so that everyone may honor the Son as they honor the Father (John 5.23)
Both the Father and the Son renders Judgement:
The Father judges no one, but has given all authority to judge to the Son (John 5.22).
I can do nothing on my own accord. I judge according to what I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me (John 5:30)
The Father and Son are trustworthy:
Believe in God, believe also in me (John 14.1)
The Father and Son are worshipped:
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy (Luke 24.52)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4.24)
Baptism is done in the “Name”, and not in the “Names”:
Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28.19).
The “name” is identified to God. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is done in just one name because it is just one person. Baptism is done in the name of the Father, son and Holy Spirit.
The Lord God in heaven is Father (in His full glory). The Lord God on the earth is Jesus, (in lower glory). After the resurrection, Jesus went back to glory. He went back to heaven and sat on His throne as Father (at His father’s right hand).
There is just one God. There are no three Gods in one. There is just one God (Spirit) who is omnipresent (He can be in more than one place or person at a time) and He can take any form (even human form). Even angels take human forms to discharge specific assignments.
There is just one God, the LORD. He is the Heavenly Father, who came to the earth as Son, returned back to His throne and came back again as Holy Spirit indwelling many humans and still carrying out mighty works through them.
Prophet Isaiah called Him Father:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace (Isa 9.6 ISV)
Apostle Paul called Jesus God
…as we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus the Messiah. 1 Titus 2.13
To the Israelis belong the patriarchs, and from them, the Messiah descended, who is God over all, the one who is forever blessed. Amen Rom 9:5
The writer of the Book of Hebrews revealed Jesus as God
But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a righteous scepter.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. That is why God, your God, anointed you rather than your companions with the oil of gladness.”
And, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands Heb 1.8-10)