In Scripture, you’ll often find that Jesus and the Father are interchangeable.
- Christ speaks, for example, of how the one who has seen Him has seen the Father (John 14:9), and how He is in the Father, and the Father in Him (14:10).
- Or Christ tells that disciples that if we ask Him something in His own name, He will do it (14:14), and that if we ask the Father in His [Jesus’] name, the Father, too, will do it (15:16)
- Or Jesus tells us that He will send the Paraclete [the Holy Spirit] (15:26), and that the Father will (14:26).
- Jesus is the Creator of all things (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17), and the Father is the Creator of all things (Hebrews 1:2).
- St. Paul switches several times between “Jesus our Savior” and “God our Savior” in his letter to Titus.
- To Christ be glory forever and ever (2 Peter 3:18). To God the Father be glory forever and ever (Philippians 4:20).
- St. Paul begins most of his epistles wishing for “grace and peace” from both the Father and Christ.
- The Book of Revelation makes both Christ and the Father the “Alpha and Omega”.
- Christ is the Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:16, Revelation 19:16) and the Father is the Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17).
- Christ is the true God (1 John 5:20) and the Father is the true God (John 17:3).
- St. Paul requests that the grace of Christ be with those to whom he writes (1 Thessalonians 5:28), and requests that the grace of God be with the Hebrews (Hebrews 13:25).
- Christ is “I Am” (John 8:58) and God is (Exodus 3:14).
- The Church belongs to Christ (Matthew 16:18, Romans 16:16) and the Church belongs to God (1 Timothy 3:15).
- Similarly, the gospel is Christ’s (Mark 1:1) and the gospel is God’s (2 Corinthians 11:7).
- Christ is light, which darkness is absolutely absent from (John 1:5, 9) and God is light, which darkness is absolutely absent from (1 John 1:5).
- Jesus saved the Israelites from captivity in Egypt (Jude 1:5) and God did (Micah 6:4).
- Christ asks the Father to forgive His killers (Luke 23:34) and Stephen asks Christ the same thing in the case of his killers (Acts 7:60).
Isn’t that neat? I simply cannot believe those who say Jesus isn’t God with the Father. It’s plainly evident in so many ways.
I’ll finish by quoting Paul:
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ,