The True Trinity is the soul, body and spirit of Jesus Christ, thus the Father and Son are one in Him as the soul and body are one. The Father is the invisible Divine, and the Son is the visible form of the Divine:
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. (John 1:18)The only begotten Son here is the human form born in time to the virgin Mary, by which the Lord made Himself known to men. Again, the Father is the invisible Divine, the unknown Divine, which no man can approach directly except through His human form:
And the Father himself, who has sent me, has borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape (John 5:37)The Son, who was sent, is not another person, but the human form in which the Divine became incarnate, who was sent into the world by being conceived by the Holy Spirit. The Father, again, is the invisible Divine, thus Paul states the following concerning Jesus Christ:
Who is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15)Jesus declared Himself to be "I AM" (John 8:58). This title was reserved for Jehovah, who is Being itself (Ex. 3:14). This is why Jesus is called Lord, for the Lord in the highest sense is Jehovah. Jesus Christ is Jehovah in human form.
JESUS DENIES THE FATHER IS SOMEONE SEPARATE FROM HIM
That the Father is not a distinct person from Jesus, is specifically denied by Jesus. Moreover, those who do not know that the Father resides in Jesus Christ do not know who Jesus is:
Then said they unto him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. (John 8:19)Philip, again, asks Jesus to show them the Father. Again, Jesus denies that the Father is some other person distinct from Himself:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11)Those who follow the doctrine of three persons from eternity do not know who Jesus Christ really is. How is the Father in the Son and the Son in the Father? This can only occur if they are One Person, as the soul and body are one. Jesus always speaks of the Father as His own volitional will, thus the Father is always mentioned with the word "will" and it is the Father who does the "works" in Jesus Christ. The Father is the Divine Love, and the Son is the Divine truth which gives form to the Divine Love.
FALSE OBJECTIONS FROM TRINITARIANS
There are two main objections that trinitarians, who in heart are tritheists, will bring up:
- Jesus is said to sit at the right hand of the Father.
- Jesus prays to the Father
In the first objection, they are reading scripture literally and do not understand figures of speech. The term "right hand" means "all powerful." While incarnate the Lord was in an inferior state, but upon the resurrection He was raised in a glorified body that was one with His Divine nature. Thus all power was given to Him in His human form. That "right hand" means "all power" can be seen in the post The Spiritual Symbolism of the Right Hand.
In the second objection, they will point to instances where Jesus prays to the Father. On this point, they do not understand that when the Divine became incarnate, the Divine was lowered into an inferior state of being to become like us. The human body He inherited from the human mother was infirm like us, with all its weaknesses, and it inherited to propensity to commit sin. In His human form a battle ensued between all of hell of Jehovah. They tried to tempt Him, but as His soul is Divine, He resisted temptation and overcame the power of hell. It is in this manner that Jesus saves the human race, for when we repent asking for His help, He works inside of us to resist the sin.
Thus tritheists confuse two persons with two states of being. For the Father is the infinite unknowable Divine, and the Son is the Divine in human form, who was born in a limited state and had to grow and spiritually develop like we all do. This continued until the Divine became one with the human form, and vice versa. God became Man, and man became God. That the Divine descended into an inferior state of being is declared by the apostle Paul:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and [things] in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:5-11)Recently, I encountered a third objection from a trinitarian, who quoted this verse:
It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me bears witness of me. (John 8:17-18)So does this prove the Father and Son are two distinct persons? No it does not. One person is speaking here, and that is Jesus Christ, which is why the Jews next ask who is His Father. So if one person is speaking, how can Jesus claim there are two witnesses? Quite easy, Jesus explained this before:
But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, has borne witness of me (John 5:36-37)In other words there are two witnesses to confirm the identity of Jesus Christ:
- The teachings of Jesus which is centered upon Himself as Lord, and,
- The works of miracles He did
This is why the Jews found it so hard to confront Jesus, because of His miracles and the works that He did. The works, His doings, is of the Father, because the Father is the Divine love which was the will of Jesus. The Divine truth was His teaching, and they bear witness of each other. Thus He told Philip to believe that the Father is in Him, and if not, believe Him because of the works He did. For whether one says Father, or the will of the Father, or the works of Jesus, it is no difference because they are the same.
THE NAME OF THE FATHER IS JESUS CHRIST
In the Lord's Prayer, we say "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name." And Jesus commands us to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What is the name of the Father? It is none other than Jesus Christ. That the apostles understood this, is shown from the fact that they baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And this means, those who pray to the Father as a separate person from Jesus Christ do not know who they are praying to, and are misdirected. All prayers should be directed towards Jesus Christ, for the Father cannot be approached except through Him.
So who are you going to believe, what Jesus Christ said, or what the traditions of men say? Should we not follow what Jesus Christ said about Himself over the false traditions of men?