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2Let’s turn in our Bibles to John 5:17 where we will see that Jesus was accused by Jews of working on the Sabbath because He healed someone on the Sabbath. But listen carefully to his answer in verse 17.¶ But Jesus answered them, My Father works hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but He said that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
3Notice that Jesus tells the Jews he is completely helpless unless the Father shows him first what to do. He says, the Son can do nothing. Then if we believe Jesus, we will understand that the son cannot save, he cannot heal, he cannot redeem, he can do nothing unless shown by the Father what to do. These are not the words of One who is Sovereign. But God is Sovereign. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent.
4Now, to better understand how this principle of sovereignty separates the Father from the son, we must first understand what it means to be sovereign.
1. One who is sovereign is the supreme authority and answers to no one.
2. One who is sovereign ranks supreme and thus reigns supreme above all.
3. Therefore, One who is sovereign is completely independent of all others.
5Now, if we are honest in our study of the difference between the Father and son we will have to come to the conclusion that the Son of God is not Sovereign, and that God alone is sovereign. Why can we say Jesus was not sovereign, because Jesus was completely dependent upon his Father in his actions and his speech. And not only were his actions and speech governed by and subject to His Father, but he surrendered his will to the will of the Father as well.
6Jesus did not speak his own words. Jesus did not do his own works. Jesus did not have his own doctrine. And Jesus subjected His own will to his Father’s will. God alone is sovereign and He (the sovereign God) indwelt his Son who was dependent on Him in all things. God is Omniscient, God is Omnipotent, but his son is always dependent on His Father for everything including; speaking, acting, doctrine, and even submitting His own will to the Father’s will.
7Therefore, if we are to understand the sovereignty of God, we must first learn the first rule of this sovereignty, which is that God has the supreme Rank, He is Number One, and that He therefore has a specific order to everything that pertains to His Sovereign Position.
In further understanding the sovereignty of God we must come to the place where the first role of Sovereignty that being God is in control, He is number One, he answers to no one, He is in full control, then that leads us to the second rule of sovereignty which is rule, itself. And we know that Rule is authority, and then authority becomes power for power is authority. For we know that God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. Yet the Omniscience must come before the other two, for God is not omnipresent as if He is in all places at all times and filling all space, but His Omnipresence comes from the fact that He is all knowing, (omniscient). And thus of the three,... Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent, the greatest of these, and the highest order, is Omniscience. And this is where Sovereignty itself comes from. God's power and strength comes from His Omniscience. For could you imagine having all power and not knowing how to use that power? So we see that God is the Absolute, He is the ultimate, he is the all in all, and Jesus the son of God answered to God His Father and was subject to the father in all things.
9Jesus said, "Father, I would that you take this cup from me, But not My will but Thine be done". Those are not words of one who is sovereign. Every Scripture that speaks of the son show that Jesus the son of God was not sovereign, but that he was in subjection to the Father in all things. One who subjects Himself to another is not sovereign.
10Hebrews 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
111 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
12Hear ye Him 57-0519A P:40 Now, watch. God never did anything 'less He asked man to do, but what He did Himself. His Son, when He was born here on earth, He was an obedient Son. Every step was for the Father. Everything He done was to glorify God.
13Who is this Melchisedec 65-0221E P:26 And remember, you, your eyes, your statue, whatever you was, you were in His thinking at the beginning. And the only thing that you are is the expression word. After He thought it, He spoke it, and here you are. If it isn't, if you wasn't in His thinking, there's no way at all for you ever to be there, for He's the One that gives Eternal Life. You remember how we read the Scriptures, "Not him that willeth, or him that runneth, but God..." And that His predestination might stand true, He could choose before anytime who... God's sovereign in His choosing, did you know that? God's sovereign. Who was back yonder to tell Him a better way to make the world? Who would dare to tell Him He was running His business wrong? Even the very Word Itself, very sovereign... Even the revelation is sovereign. He reveals to whom He will reveal. The very revelation itself is sovereign in God. That's how people pound at things, and jump at things, and hit at things, and not knowing what they're doing. God is sovereign in His works.
16From his sermon Manifestation of the spirit 51-0717 P:14 Brother Branham said, And now, Divine healing is based on His Word. And we know that God is sovereign. People think that God can just do anything He wants to do. God cannot do anything. God is obligated to His Word. God cannot lie. The Bible says He can't. So there's one thing that God can't do. And when God says anything, and makes a promise, God can't take that promise back, because He's God, and He's sovereign, and He can't go back on that promise. Now, how many believes that's true?
18Trying to do God a service 65-0718M P:15 God is sovereign. And we see here what David done in the Scripture reading of I Chronicles 13. And his intentions were good. But God does not give us merits on good intentions. There's only one way to serve God; that's by doing His will at His command. And God, being sovereign, there's no one to tell Him what to do or how to do it; He does it the way... He knows the right way to do it. And that makes me feel good. And it ought to make all of us feel good, and I'm sure it does. For one would have it coming this way, and one have it going that way, and one the other way...
20Now, although Brother Branham said God’s sovereignty is governed by His Word, and God must answer to Himself, yet Brother Branham also makes it plain that as a sovereign He answers to no on else but Himself as we see in his sermon, Message of grace 61-0827 P:72 Sovereign grace is from a sovereign One. Sovereign grace from a sovereign One. Sovereign, what can it do? Sovereign can do whatever it wants to. Listen to this now. Sovereign grace can only be given by One that's Sovereign. And God is Sovereign, so He can give sovereign grace. Therefore, being sovereign, grace don't have to ask anybody; it don't have to... It does what it wants to. Isn't that wonderful? It don't have to ask, "Can I do this? Or, shall I do this? Can I? Must I? Will I?" Doesn't do it. It does it itself. Grace is sovereign; therefore, He can save the vilest. He can save the worst. He can save the impurest. He can save the immoralest. He can heal the sickest. Hallelujah.
21John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. Notice Jesus was dependent on God to show Him a vision of what to do.
22John 5:21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom The Father wills. John 5:22 For the Father judges no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son
25John 5:23 all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. When we honor the Son we honor the Father, because the Son only does what the Father instructs Him to do. Thus what we see is the Father working and the son working hitherto. When we give honor to the son we acknowledge the Father’s pre-eminent role, and the son’s role of complete obedience to His Father.
26John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
28Trinitarians use several arguments to explain how God and Jesus are one like your finger is one. Oneness only do the same, but with a different application. Whereas Trinitarians see at three individuals involved, they try to make them one like a triangle with three corners. But God and His son are one by God’s Word. God is the Word, and His Word was expressed in the person of His son. The following Scriptures Trinitarians use to try to explain a Trinitarian Godhead.
29Philippians 2:6 Being in the form of God Colossians 1:15 The image of the invisible God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 Christ, who is the image of God
John 12:45 He that seeth me seeth him
John 14:9 he that hath Seen me hath seen the Father
Colossians 1:19 In him all fullness dwell
Colossians 2:9 In him dwelleth all the fullness
Hebrews 1:3 Express image of his person
30These scriptures can be broken down into two categories of argument. One, they believe that Jesus was in the form of God means that He is God. This they reason because they do not understand English. A Form or image is not the same as the original. And they do not understand God-life.
31Bible teaches us God placed in the woman’s womb the complete body.
Hebrews 10:5 “A body hast thou prepared me” (ie: both egg and sperm)
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
32The man Jesus (the body, the son of God) was born with every attribute and characteristic that was in God. In other words, God infused his Divine DNA so to speak, (all that He was intrinsically he placed in that gene pool of the son of God) and therefore that Body was a living breathing replica of the Father, but it was not the father, but in “the Image” of the Father. Now, an image is not the original, it is an image of the original. And if he came forth in the image of the Father, then he was not the Father Himself. Therefore do not think for one minute that Jesus the son of God was God the son. The word “image" means “likeness or impressed character”. Jesus was the physical expression of God-Life in a man. His character reflected all that is God or that God-Life could be expressed in a physical body. Therefore, Men could know God's character by looking at the life of Jesus. His life revealed God’s holiness, his life revealed God’s righteousness, his life revealed God’s justice, His life revealed God’s love, His life revealed God’s mercy, His life revealed God’s loving-kindness, His life revealed God’s truth, His life revealed God’s sincerity, and His life revealed God’s faithfulness. Therefore, the man Jesus was godly; and He was God-like in character and conduct. But Jesus was not God Himself; but He reflected God's character in His life.
33The scriptures that refers to the fullness of the Godhead indwelling Christ does not make the man himself God, because God is not flesh and blood, God is Spirit, and neither is he flesh and bones. The Invisible God came down and indwelt His Son at the River Jordan where John physically saw the Light, (ie: the Pillar of Fire) come down and light upon Jesus and remain in Him. That same anointing left Him in the garden of Gethsemane. That is why he could cry out on the Cross to his God, “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me. The anointing left Him so He could die a mortal death, because as Long as God indwelt Him in that fullness He could not die although they tried many different times and by many different ways to do away with him.
34Luke 24:39 they thought Jesus was a Spirit, but when he showed them his hands and feet, they knew he was not a spirit. Now, God is Spirit, but Jesus was a man in Whom the Great Supreme Spirit indwelt. After greeting them, Jesus told them “as my father sent me so send I you.” Showing that he was not the Father, but was sent by the Father, and therefore in subjection to the Father.
35Since Trinitarians use Thomas’s words as proof that Jesus was God, then the devil has a right to use the Pharisee’s words that Jesus was a blasphemer, because both can be found in the scriptures speaking about who they believe that Jesus is. That argument does not stand the test of the hundreds of Scriptural proofs we have set forth. Just because someone says some words in the Bible does not make those words the Word of God. The Bible says that Judas went out and hung himself, and in another Scripture we find Jesus say in Luke 10:37 “Go ye and do likewise”. You must rightly divide the word of truth. A wrong division of the word brings spiritual death.
36Another Scripture the Trinitarian’s use is Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; However this scripture does not speak of the Son of God, but the Father of Glory as Paul speaks of Him coming in Ephesians 1:17 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18. The Appearing speaks of the Presence of the Holy Spirit (God Himself) before the literal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God with whom we meet him in the air or in the clouds. The scriptures speak of an appearing of the Father of Glory down here on earth before we go to meet the Son of God in the air (not here on earth) just as we saw in the book of Genesis, where God Appeared to His prophet Abraham before the coming of the promised son.
38We also find in the Amplified version of Hebrews 1: 3 “He is the sole expression of the glory of God, - the Light Being, - the out raying of the Divine. And He is the perfect imprint and very image of God's Nature, upholding, and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His Mighty Word of Power.”
39Any other translation of this would fly against the truth of Scripture and the Words of Jesus Christ himself spoken in John 17: 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
42William Branham, Prophet of God to this last age summed up the relationship between God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ with the following words:
Total Deliverance: 59-0712 P:55 Jesus was completely, totally man. He could cry like a man, He could eat like a man; He could become like a man. He was completely, totally man in His physical being. And in His Spirit, He was completely, totally God, so He made His flesh submissive to the Spirit that was in Him. You see, He was tempted in all manners like we are. He was man, not an Angel. He was a man. He had desires and temptations just like we do. The Bible said He did. He was a man, not an Angel above temptation. Hebrews 1:4 said He was made lower than the Angels. He was man, completely man, that God took a complete man to bring total deliverance; and He filled Him with His Spirit; the Holy Ghost was in Him without measure. And He was tempted like we were. And He was completely God. He proved it when He raised the dead, when He stopped nature, the roaring seas and the mighty winds. When He spoke to the trees, and so forth, they obeyed Him. He was God inside. And He could've been man, for He was Man, but He totally and completely delivered Himself as a Man into the hands of God for the service of God. And He is our example.
43Show us the Father and It’ll Satisfy: 56-0422 E-36 Now, it's many times it's been said that no man can see God at anytime, the Bible said so. But the only begotten of the Father has declared Him. Philip, here was very inquisitive; he wanted to see the Father. Says here He said, "I've been so long with you, Philip, and you don't know Me?" Said, "When you see Me you see My Father." In other words, you see the Father express Himself through the Son. Him and the Father were one in the sense that His Father was dwelling in Him, not Him doing the works; He was a Son, Himself, the immortal, virgin born, Son of God. And then in Him was dwelling the God the Father, expressing Himself to the world, His attitude towards the people. See? Well, that's how Christ and God were one. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Now, He said, "When you see Me, you see the Father, and why do you say, 'Show us the Father?'
We would see Jesus: 58-0612 P:55 When He was here on earth, how many knows that that was the Pillar of Fire that followed the children of Israel in the wilderness, that It was Christ, the Angel of the covenant? All right. How many knows that was Jesus in Jesus, that same Spirit??
45Unveiling of God: 64-0614M 257 Jesus once said, "When you see Me, you see the Father." See? God and His Word is One. Now you understand? When the Word is manifested, what is It? Right. See? 260 Jesus said, "Search the Scriptures, you think you have... You believe in God, believe also in Me. If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I do the works, I and My Father are One. When you see Me, you have seen the Father." And when you see the Word made manifest, you see the Father God, because the Word is the Father; the Word is God. And the Word made manifest is God Himself taking His Own Word and manifesting It among believers.
46Paradox: 61-1210 253 Jesus did the works of His Father because the Father was in Him. That's why the works was done, because that the Father was in the Son. Do you believe that? That in Him, He was the incarnate God. Do you believe that? That God the Father, which is the Father of Jesus Christ, the Great Spirit dwelt in the fullness of His power in Jesus Christ, which was the Tabernacle of God, made flesh and dwelt on earth, representing the Word.
Paradox: 61-1210 315 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, born of a virgin, conceived, God in a womb, a Tabernacle in which He would dwell in. I believe that, in Christ, He is the incarnate God. He is God made flesh. When the Father God came into Jesus Christ, He was the Fullness of the Godhead bodily; in Him dwells all the Fullness. God the Father spoke the Words. Jesus said, "It's not Me that speaks, but My Father that dwells in Me. He does the speaking."