Nature of God


Jesus is deity but not part of a Trinity:

The Heavenly Father raises Jesus – Jesus does not raise Himself

by Bill Wong




Most Christians today, influenced by a Trinity doctrine, believe that the Lord Jesus had the power to raise Himself from the dead.


But the Bible states that it is the Father who raises Him ---- yes, God raises Him ---- the Lord Jesus does not raise Himself. People misinterpret the Lord's words in John 10:17-18.


Some translations use the word ‘power’ while others use the word ‘authority’:


John 10:

17   "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.

18   No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

     This command I have received from My Father."   (NKJV)


John 10:

17   "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

18   "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down,

      and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."   (NASB)



The word ‘power’ gives the appearance that the Lord can raise Himself and is misleading, as Trinity doctrine believers use this to mean the Lord Jesus had the strength or capability to raise Himself. But the word ‘authority’ speaks to the fact that it is the Lord’s right or prerogative to choose to suffer and die for us – God did not force him to do it.


Of course, a Trinitarian doctrine teaches that Jesus is also God as a 2nd person in that one God, so many may be confused and think that the Father raising Jesus is not that big a deal since they are all somehow the same one God as 3 persons. This is evidence why understanding the true nature of God is important to worship God in spirit and truth. This is a short list of verses that clearly indicate the Father raised Jesus and Jesus did not raise Himself.


Acts 4:

14   But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,

15   and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.   (NKJV)


Acts 13:

29   "When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

30   "But God raised Him from the dead;

31   and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.   (NASB)


Romans 6:

3     Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4     Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5     For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,   (NKJV)


Colossians 2:

11   In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh,

      by the circumcision of Christ,

12   buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God,

      who raised Him from the dead.     (NKJV)


Galatians 1:

1   Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),      (NKJV)


Ephesians 1:

17   that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom

     and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18   the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling,

     what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19   and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

20   which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,   (NKJV)


1 Thessalonians 1:

9     For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you,

     and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

10   and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead,

     even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.   (NKJV)


Hebrews 13: 

20   Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead,

     that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

21   make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

     through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.     (NKJV)


1 Peter 1:

19   but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

20   He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

21   who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,

     so that your faith and hope are in God.       (NKJV)



Many Christians are completely blinded by the Trinity doctrine. Otherwise, they would see that the Bible evidence very clearly shows that the ‘power’ they believe the Lord Jesus has to raise Himself in John 10:17-18 is not an ability He has from being an equal person to His father in a triune godhead. Instead, it is the ‘authority’ and ‘right’ He had to lay down His life for us. It is for this reason the Lord Jesus is exalted. Continuing to believe that the Lord Jesus actually raised Himself from the dead in any manner – Trinitarian or otherwise, is to contradict and ignore the Bible truth.


The Bible truth that it is God – the Lord Jesus’ father, who raises Him from the dead, is a proof that God is greater than His son and that the Father of the Lord Jesus is the one true God (John 17:3) as Jesus Himself declares.


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