Thirty years ago I read these words from a short booklet which challenged my theological understanding of the relationship between the Father and the Son. It’s impossible to put into one post the reasons why someone changes their understanding of such a complex subject. Still, these words and other comments in that booklet helped me to realize that Christ was not on the level of a creature but is on the level of Deity. For those interested in more on this subject, I recommend reading the entire booklet, referenced below.
In the cross-examination of a witness it is often the facts which emerge accidentally that provide the most convincing witness to the truth, just because they are unintentional rather than calculated and prepared. So it is with this theme in Scripture. Not only in the great doctrinal passages — so often the battleground of controversy — but in the most casual allusions and seemingly incidental statements scattered throughout Scripture, do we find pointers to the truth. For example, there are passages in which the name of the Son is linked with that of the Father in such a way, and in such connections, as to leave an honest inquirer in no doubt as to how the person of the Son is to be viewed. Let us look at some of them.
Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)
And again, “But now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.” (John 15:24)
Then in the epistles we read, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7)
“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:11)
“Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
Finally in the book of Revelation: “Salvation unto our God who is seated on the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:10)
These are bit a sample of the many that could be quoted. Do they not leave the reader with the strong impression that these persons belong to the same plane, the same order of being? When we find created beings innumerable, out of every nation under heaven, rendering to the Lamb the same ascription of worship and homage that they ascribe to the eternal God, how can we possibly think that this great gulf that separates the creature from the Creator separates him from God and not him from man?
How would it sound to us if Scripture was to read, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Michael his archangel”?
Or, if Scripture led us to ascribe “Salvation unto our God who is seated on the throne, and unto the angel Gabriel”?
Then consider him who is seen in the above scriptures in company with the Father, indwelling those who believe and obey him, and who is, with the Father, the joint source of grace and peace to believing men, the joint director of the steps of his servants, the joint object of their ascriptions of worship. Is he merely a supreme spirit-creature? Is he only a kind of super-archangel who had a beginning in time, and might have an end if his Creator so desired?
Taken from Jesus of Nazareth — Who Is He? by Arthur Wallis, pp. 18-19.
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