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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Frequently Asked Question


Question:
I believe that the Bible teaches the deity of Christ, (John 1:1,2). However, there are some verses which seem to teach otherwise. For example, in John 17:3, Jesus, in praying to the Father, refers to him as the "only true God." If the Father is the only true God, then how can Jesus be God?

Answer:
Thayer says the Greek word "Theos," translated "God" in John 17:3 means the Godhead, or trinity. It is used the same sense as the Hebrew word "Elohim," translated "God" in Genesis 1:26, where the Bible says, "And God said, let us make man . . ." The plural pronoun shows the word "God" to be a plural word and includes Jehovah, Jesus, and the Comforter. The word "God" is sometimes used in the sense of God-kind, in the same way the word "man" is sometimes used in the sense of man-kind. God created man (Gen. 1:27) and blessed them (Gen. 1:28). The word man is used with a plural pronoun showing that it can be a plural word. Only Jesus, Jehovah, and the Comforter possess the God nature, or essence. There can be none other to ever possess that nature because of part of the God essence is that it is eternal -- has always been and will always be. Therefore there can be no "new" God in the sense that Jehovah, Jesus, and the Comforter are God -- that is, God-kind, and besides this one God-kind there is none other.


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