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Jesus came from the Father; that is true in an Eternal sense, but not in the same way that my phsyical children here on earth came from me.  Anyone who acknowledges that God is infinite must also acknowledge that there are some aspects of God which are unknown and beyond full explanation (unless they also claim to have infinite knowledge).  But there is an outline – a light seen as through a veil – of who He is revealed to us by Scripture.

Consider what John says about Jesus:

John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Notice that “All things were made by him”.  Compare that to Genesis.

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John says Jesus – the Word of God – made everything.  Moses says God made everything.  Are they in disagreement?

When God appeared to Abraham to tell him of the child Sara would bear, how many men appeared to Abraham?  There were three.  I offer this point not as a proof, but as an aside, something to consider.

Another similar event is Christ’s baptism.

Matthew 3:16-17 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

For the sake of this discussion, consider the Spirit of God descending on Christ.  If the Holy Spirit is in fact merely a different “mode” or “manifestation” of Christ, was Christ truly the Son before the baptism?  Or was he just another man that became “possessed” (please forgive the connotation of the term) by the Spirit of God?

We all know, “the LORD is One”.  The word “One” in the Hebrew signifies a “composite” one; for example “one people”.

Consider:

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Then balance that with:

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

So, what do we have?  We know that all things that were made were made by the Word of God.  We know that God made all things.  We know that God has at several times revealed Himself and spoken of Himself in the plural.  Yet we also know that, according to Colossians, Christ is the physical manifestation of the Godhead.

Also consider this concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:

John 6:46 – Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

John 14:16 – And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 14:26 – But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:7 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 16:13-16 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.  A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

So…

* God made all things.
* Christ made all things.
* The Father is God.
* No one has seen the Father except Christ.
* If we have seen Christ we have seen the Father.
* Christ goes to the Father.
* Christ sends the Spirit from the Father.
* The Father sends the Spirit.
* The Spirit “shall hear” and “he shall not speak of himself”.
* When the Spirit comes, we will see Christ.
* Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father.
* The Holy Spirit is with us now.
* Christ is with us until the end of the age.

These are seeming paradoxes when you line them up like this but a paradox to our finite minds does not mean that it is not true.  As a slight digression, allow an example.  If you are familiar with physics, you are familiar with the concept of photons.  Scientists attempted over a century ago to determine whether the photon was a particle or a wave.  The answer, after many experiments, was determined to be “yes”; a photon is definitively both a particle and a wave, even capable of interacting with itself.  Intuitively it makes no sense.  But it is still true.

Jesus IS God.  The Spirit IS God.  The Father IS God.  They are distinct, but they are not separate.  “They” are One Being: Almighty God.

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