Does God have a God?

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

There are Christians who seem to completely ignore the very existence of “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus” to whom all the writers of the NT point us*, including Jesus himself, who told us, “Now I go unto my father and your father, unto my God and your God,” and, “The Father is greater than I,” and, “When you pray, pray, Our Father in Heaven.

Here is an example from a recent Christian article: ‘John expressed it succinctly, logically, when talking about Jesus, the Creator, He wrote: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made”. Think about these words: nothing “made that was made”; that is, nothing that once didn’t exist but was contingent and, like turnips or the Laniakea Supercluster of galaxies, didn’t contain within themselves the origins of themselves—these all were created by God, who is Jesus, who has eternally existed. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”’

I would agree with Scripture that YHVH, the God and Father of Jesus who is referred to in Isaiah 53:1 as “the arm of YHVH,” who told us “I can of my own self do nothing” (and that there are things even Jesus does not know, but only his Father*), was “with God” who incorporated Jesus in the creation cooperatively, but not in replacing the existence of the Father (to whom he will turn over the kingdom in the end). In saying that “I and the Father are one,” and, “Whoever sees me sees the Father” it is not a proclamation that the Messiah is the Father, but that they are one in intent and purpose, just as his followers should “be one as I and the Father are one.” And yes, “For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”- as much of the immeasurable immensity of YHVH that can dwell in a human body on this tiny planet Earth.

You might meditate on this verse from Revelation:

‘I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God’.

“Moreover God said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘YHVH God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations (Exodus 3:15).’” That is a comprehensive statement.

*Matthew 24:36
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Acts 1:7
Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority”

*Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.

Colossians 1:3
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

2 Corinthians 11:31
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians 3:14
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we exist. And there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we exist

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.