Supposed contradiction and verses:
Is Jesus equal to or lesser than God?
I and my Father are one.
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
The answer is….both! The understanding comes from knowing that God consists of three that make one. Not three separate gods, but one God, in which three make. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the first verse above, we see Jesus’ claim to be God because He claims they are one. Many people such as Jehovah’s Witnesses try to deny this verse and say that He just meant they are of one accord, or working together. Some go so far to say that He just meant they were of the same purpose, or from Heaven. The fact is, Jesus could have said either of those statements quite plainly. He did not. He said they are one. As boggling to the mind as this concept is, it is quite true and taught throughout the Bible. Rather than go through the while explanation here, I would ask you look at the two articles I have called “Explaining the Trinity” parts one and two. The first proves Jesus is who He said He is and the second proves the Holy Spirit is not just some active force, but rather, God as well. The direct links to them are here….
That leaves the second verse that would then seem a contradiction. We first have to understand that Jesus was on Earth to fulfill a mission. He was both God and man while here. That is why He is referred to as Son of God (part God) and Son of Man (part man). Jesus had no Earthly father, so when referred to as Son of Man, it can’t be taken as we see sons of Earthly men. Now, for Jesus to be the Lamb, the final atoning sacrifice, He had to rely only on His human side to fulfill the Law and not of His divine nature. While He was here on earth, he made Himself lower then the angels.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
By making Himself lower, it means that He stepped out of glory in Heaven, for us. The Father was still there. The Father, being in Heaven then, was greater than He because Jesus was here on Earth relying on His human nature. It Is not saying that Jesus is subordinate to the Father, nor lesser of a being, just that He was not in glory with Him. No contradiction!
In His Grace,
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