A Response to Idolizing Jesus – by Daniel Mesa

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As a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for sixteen years, I was trinitarian in my thinking and teaching. One of the things I came to do was to exalt Christ in the place of His Father. Since 2015, I’ve come to understand that we would be completely without hope were it not for the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing the Bible describes worship of the Father and Son, we should not replace the worship of the Father with worship of the Son, as I had been led to do.

God the Father is the:

  • Comforter through the Son: (2 Corinthians 1:3)
  • Creator through His Son: (Ephesians 3:9)
  • Deliverer through His Son: (Colossians 1:12-14)
  • Judge through His Son: (John 5:22)
  • Life through His Son: (1 John 5:11-12)
  • Reconciler through His Son: (2 Corinthians 5:19)
  • Redeemer through His Son: (Galatians 4:4-5)
  • Resurrector through His Son: (2 Corinthians 4:14)
  • Revealer through His Son: (Matthew 11:25-26)
  • Saviour through His Son: (1 Timothy 1:1)
  • Sealer through His Son: (John 6:27)
  • Supplier through His Son: (Philippians 4:19)

God the Father (thoughts from Jason Ash):

  • Gave His Son all power Matthew 28:18
  • Gave His Spirit to His Son John 3:34
  • Gave all things into His Son’s hand John 3:35
  • Gave to His Son life John 5:26
  • Committed all judgment unto His Son John 5:22, 27
  • Gave His Son authority John 5:27
  • Commanded His Son what to say John 12:49
  • Gave His Son power over all flesh John 17:2
  • Gave His Son a work to do John 17:4
  • God is the head of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:3
  • Christ always will be subject to His Father 1 Corinthians 15:28
  • God is the God of our Lord Jesus Christ Hebrews 1:9
  • The Son is an heir/inheritor Hebrews 1:2, 4
  • God gave His Son a name Hebrews 1:4, Phil 2:9
  • God has highly exalted His Son Phil 2:9
  • God Anointed His Son Hebrews 1:9
  • God told His Son to sit at His right hand Hebrews 1:13
  • God sent His Son 1 John 4:14, 3:34
  • Sent the Spirit of His Son Galatians 4:4, 6