The Fatherhood of God in Christ
By G. T. Haywood
There are many honest souls who are anxious to obey the Voice of God and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, but they are intimidated by person misconstruing the scriptures, which say, “He is anti-Christ that denieth the Father and the Son.” – John 2:22
There is no one who knows the word of God and has been baptized in Jesus’ name that denies the Father and the Son. They acknowledge the Father and son in Christ, Jesus. To acknowledge the Father and the Son does not necessarily mean to believe in “three persons in the Godhead.”
The Fatherhood of God is found only in the Son, who was God manifested in the flesh. The following portion of this article will be sufficient to convince any, God fearing person that they can not deny the Father by being baptized in Jesus’ name.
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father ALSO. – I John 2:23. WE desire to call the attention of the reader to the above quotation of prayerful consideration. While reading the above passage, the words, “the Father also” drew my particular attention. And I believe it will help many to see God’s purpose in these last days.
The thought before us is, that he that denieth the Son (Jesus Christ) the same has denied the Father ALSO. Why is this: is it not because Jesus and the Father are one? – John 10:30. There is no scripture that says, “He that denieth the Father, the same hath not the Son,” but, to the contrary, all scriptures seem to the opposite. By this I mean that all scriptures identify the Father in the Son. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.” 2 Cor. 5:19. God was manifest in the Flesh.” 1 Tim. 3:16. Therefore, when one turns from Christ, he turns from God.
He that believeth no on the Son, the same believeth no on the Father; but he that believeth on the Son, believeth on the Father ALSO. Compare, John 12:44, 45; 14:1. The Jews believed that God would take their sins away (Jer. 31:31-34) but they did not believe Jesus had anything to do with it: and Jesus said, “If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” John 8:24.
He that knoweth not the Son, the same knoweth not the Father: but he that knoweth the Son knoweth the Father ALSO. See John 12:45; 14:9.
He that loveth not the Son, the same loveth not the Father; but he that loveth the Son loveth the Father also. ” John 15:23, 24. To love God, one must love Jesus. For Jesus and God are one, and inseparable. If the Father and Son were two separate persons then we could love one and hate the other (as the Jews sought to do). If you do not love Jesus you cannot love God, but you cannot love Jesus without loving God, for Jesus is God (manifested in the flesh), in a visible form.
By the Scripture, this is clearly proven form the fact that the Commission given as recorded by St. Matthew, to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:18, 19) but on the day of Pentecost and thereafter, according to the Book of Acts, all the disciples baptized in the name of Jesus (the Son) proving that they recognized it to be the name of the Father ALSO. Se Acts 22:16; Acts 10:47; 48; Acts 19:5; Acts 9:18.
ALL who are baptized in the name of Jesus are baptized in the name of the Father ALSO, but those who have not been baptized in the name of JESUS, have never been baptized in the name of the Father. The only way to fulfill the command of Jesus in Matt. 28:19, is to do as the Holy Ghost authorized on the day of Pentecost and carried out by the Apostles according to the book of Acts.
The only way that a person can really “deny the Father” is to fail to acknowledge that Jesus is the true and only living God.” 1 John 5:20; Jude 25. When you are baptized in Jesus’ name you thereby acknowledge that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost “are one'” John 5:7, and that in Christ Jesus dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead in the bodily form.” Col. 2:9. Be not faithless, but believe” John 12:44, 45; 20:26-28.
This article “The Fatherhood of God in Christ” by G. T. Haywood was excerpted from the book “The Lost Works of Bishop G. T. Haywood”. It may be used for study & research purposes only.