The term “eternal Son” is never found in the Bible, and thank God it is not! If it was, it would teach Jesus as Son forever, praying, learning, being lesser, “not knowing,” and so on. For all these things are in the Scripture associated with the Son. Indeed, the Bible flatly and plainly contradicts the “eternal Son” idea in John 3:16 and everywhere it mentions the “begotten Son.”
By Gordon Magee
Jesus Is the Father
“For or unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called . . . The everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6).
“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9).
“I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).
Verses to Compare
- Who raised Jesus from the dead? John 2:19-22 says Jesus; Romans 6:4 says the Father.
- Who answers prayer? John 14:14 says Jesus; John 15:16 says the Father.
- Who has the drawing power? John 12:32 says Jesus; John 6:44 says the Father.
- Who is the Alpha and Omega? Revelation 1:8 says Jesus; Revelation 21:6-7 says the Father.
- Who is the corning One? John 14:3 says Jesus; I John 3:1-2 says the Father.
Surely we cannot think that two persons raised Jesus from the dead, that two persons answer prayer, that two persons draw us to God, that two persons are the Alpha and Omega, and that two persons are coming.
Christ’s Truthful Claims
Jesus claimed that He was the resurrection, the answerer of prayer, the drawing power, the Alpha and Omega, and the coming One. Did He claim too much? We say no, for Jesus is the Father.
- Christ is a Father to His children (Hebrews 2:13; John 1:12-13).
- Christ is the Father of eternity (Isaiah 9:6, see margin).
- Christ is the Father to the church (Isaiah 53:10).
- Christ is the Father to overcomers (Revelation 21:7).
- Christ is the Father of creation (John 1:3).
- Christ is the Father to Israel, “his people” (Matthew 1:21).
- Christ is the Father of lights (James 1:17; John 9:5).
- Christ is the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9; John 1:3).