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Is Jesus God? Part 18: "Jesus could not do anything by himself"

By: Shannon Abulnasr © 2017

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John 5:19-20 “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.” 

Jesus admits that he can’t do anything of his own, unless he takes instruction from God, who teaches him.  This indicates that Jesus is not all-knowing, nor all-wise, and has to ‘learn’ it from another source.  If Jesus is God, he would just automatically know everything.

John 5:30 “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (See also John 5:26-27 and John 6:27 )

Jesus is judging by only what he hears, and that he can’t do anything of his own, and that he is not pleasing himself, but only God.  If he is God, then it would be his own will and pleasing himself.  He explains and rejects that he has underived existence and denies that he possesses the Divine attribute of omnipotence. (See the contradiction to Colossians 1:19 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him”) Note: This contradicts the verses that say that Jesus is not omnipotent, or having omniscience, and all knowledge of all things, or ability to think or do on his own. (See the contradiction to Hebrews 5:7-9 )

John 5:36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish--the very works that I am doing--testify that the Father has sent me.”

He states to bear witness that things are not his own works, but the works of the God that sent him.

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (See also John 5:26-27 and John 5:30 )

Jesus is saying he is not doing his own will, but doing what is God’s will.  If he is God, then it would be his own will too.

Matthew 20:23 “Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."”

Jesus says he has no authority to grant where people can sit in heaven! If he is God, then he would have that authority.  He is distinguishing himself apart from God.

Matthew 26:39   “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."”

Jesus is declaring that it is not his own will for anything to happen, but only God’s.  Therefore, he can’t be God.

Qur’an 5:110 “[The Day] when Allah will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, "This is not but obvious magic."

Allah tells here that miracles were given to Jesus, FROM God (Allah), same as the Bible taught (that they were from God, not Jesus himself.)

Qur’an 6:102 “That is Allah, your Lord; there is no deity except Him, the Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He is Disposer of all things.”

There is no deity – only Allah. He does not need help in anything.

Qur’an 19:29-30 “So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?" [Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.”

Allah (God) has told us that Jesus was indeed a servant of God, a messenger and prophet.

Qur’an 29:17 “You only worship, besides Allah, idols, and you produce a falsehood. Indeed, those you worship besides Allah do not possess for you [the power of] provision. So seek from Allah provision and worship Him and be grateful to Him. To Him you will be returned."

Allah rebukes those that pray to and worship others, telling them that it is all in vain, because only Allah can do what they are asking for. This is important because Christians pray to Jesus, in vain, because Jesus prayed to God.

Continue to the next Section – Part 19: "Who is the Judge? Jesus or God"

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Bible Corruption Series:

Part 1 – Intro to Bible Version Differences

Part 2 – 1 John 5:7, The Three That Bear Record in Heaven (Comma Johanneum)

Part 3 – John 7:53-8:11, Pericope of the Adulteress

Part 4 – Mark 16:9-20, Resurrection of Jesus

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