Is Jesus the same person as the Father?

No, Jesus is not the same person as the Father.  In the doctrine of the Trinity there are three persons in the Godhead:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We use the term "person" to describe each of the three because each displays attributes of personhood.  Each has a will, speaks, loves, is self-aware, and is aware of others.  Yet, the Bible teaches that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5,14, 18, 21, 22).  Therefore, the person of the Son is not the same person as the Father.  They speak to each other and have their own wills.

  • Matt. 3:17, "and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
  • Luke 22:42, "Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done."

There are, however, Oneness Pentecostal groups who claim that there is only one person in the Godhead:  Jesus.  They erringly state that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same person--only different in manifestation.  This is an error.

The correct doctrine is that there is only one God who is three persons:  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Each is not the same person as the other.  Yet, there are not three gods--only one.

 

 

 

 
 
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