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Is Jesus God? Part 23: "Jesus wanted God’s will to be done, not his own"

By: Shannon Abulnasr © 2017

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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.”

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 6:27 “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

Here we see two things, 1- that Jesus is called ‘son of MAN’, 2- that God gave Jesus his seal of approval

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.

John 7:16-17 “So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.”

If Jesus is God, then it would be his own teaching, but he says it isn’t his teaching, but only God’s.

John 8:28 “So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.”

We see two things here, 1- he was son of MAN, 2- he does nothing of his own will, and only says what God has taught him.  Does God need another God to teach him? Is Jesus incapable of doing anything on his own if he is God?

John 8:29 “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”

Jesus states that God is ‘with’ him.  Does God accompany himself?  Jesus does what pleases God, not himself.  Does God have to please himself?

John 8:42 “Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.”

God sent Jesus, by God’s decision, not on Jesus’ will.  Does God send himself not of his own will?  It doesn’t make sense if Jesus is God.

John 8:49-50 “Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. “But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.”

Jesus says he is not seeking his own glory, therefore, God and his glory are not the same.  He also is stating that only God judges.

John 10:25 “Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me,”

He is repeating that he is not doing things of his own, but what the Father says to do.  If he is God, he doesn’t need instructions or direction.

John 16:23 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

If Jesus is God, then why wouldn’t we ask him after a certain time? He distinguishes himself and what he can do from God.

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

Jesus isn’t wanting his will done, but only God’s. If he was God, then it would be his will, and there would be no need to state this.

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.

Continue to the next Section – Part 24: "God performed miracles and works through Jesus and others"

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