The Scriptures are pretty simple on this matter. They teach that there is one true God. For example, at John 17:3 Jesus said: “. . . That they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Only means one.
Therefore, Jesus was saying that God is one. Then by using the word and, Jesus was clearly showing that he was a separate person from his Father, hence, he (Jesus) was not the only true God.
Note at John 17:1 that Jesus “lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour is come . . .”. So Jesus, on earth, was praying to the Father in heaven. To whom was Jesus praying? Himself? Could Jesus have been the Father then?
Also, John 20:17 makes it clear that Jesus has a God. There Jesus said to Mary: “I ascend unto my Father . . . and to my God . . . .”
Why would Jesus have a God if he himself was God? Jesus himself never claimed to be God, but said that he was “Son of God”. (John 10:36)
The Scriptures consistently teach that Jesus is God’s son, not God. (Luke 1:32; John 3:16; Romans 1:3) Consistently too, the Scriptures use the expression “God the Father” or “God our Father” such as at Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2, 3; Galatians 1:1, 3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2)
However, never once is the expression “God the Son” used in the Scriptures. Rather, we read the expression “Son of God”, for example, at John 20:31; Acts 9:20; Romans 1:4; 2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 John 4:15; and 5:5 and 10; Revelation 2:18)
The expression “Son of God” is completely different in meaning from “God the Son”. Yes, God and His Son are one in unity, but not one in being the same person. (John 10:30)
A number of church leaders (pastors, reverends, pointers) are fully aware that Jesus is not God, but God’s Son, but they appear to be too fearful to come forward and make the truth of God’s identity known, perhaps fearing that they will lose their positions. I’ve personally spoken with a religious leader who confessed that the Trinity was a man-made doctrine, as well as with others who said that they know that Jesus is not God.
Christ said the truth shall set a person free. (John 8:32) I am therefore humbly appealing to church leaders to come together and re-examine the matter of God’s identity with an open mind.
Tell the people the truth, that God alone is God, the Father, the Almighty, Most High (Exodus 6:3; Psalm 83:18) and that Jesus is the Son of God. Make yourselves free by making the truth known.
–– SIMEON JAMES