The Untold Story of Jesus – Four Important Facts – Appendix A
As you consider the Bible verses below each fact, notice how the details in one verse will dovetail into another verse like completed words providing clues for uncompleted words in a crossword puzzle. Read each verse in context if you are not acquainted with the verses.
Fact 1. The Father designed it and Jesus created it. Jesus is the Creator of the Universe.
Revelation 4:9-11 “Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever [the Father], the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created [that is, you commissioned the creation of] all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.’ ” (insertions mine)
Hebrews 1:2 “But in these last days he [the Father] has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he [the Father] made the universe.” (insertions mine)
John 1:3, 10 “Through him [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.… He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (insertion mine)
Colossians 1:16-17 “For in him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and [as an heir] for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (insertions mine)
Fact 2. No one has seen the Father, not even the angels. Only Jesus and the Holy Spirit have seen the Father.
1 Timothy 6:15-16 “God [the Father], the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” (insertion and italics mine)
John 6:46 [Jesus said,] “No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.” (insertion and italics mine)
Colossians 1:15 “The Son [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (insertion and italics mine)
John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God [the Father], but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father [Hebrews 12:2], has made him known.” [insertions and italics mine]
Ephesians 2:18 “For through him [Jesus] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit [who has instant access to the Father].” (insertions mine)
Fact 3. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. He is the God who interfaced with prophets and others. He was sent to Earth to live as a man so the Father could speak through Him.
Exodus 6:2-3 “God also said to Moses, ‘I am the Lord [Yahweh, Jehovah, that is, eternal God, self-existing]. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord [Yahweh, Jehovah] I did not make myself fully known to them.’ ” (insertions mine)
Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the Lord [Yahweh, Jehovah] says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God [who speaks for the Father].” (insertions mine)
Revelation 2:8 “These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.”
Revelation 22:12-16 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. . . . I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
Hebrews 1:2 “But in these last days he [the Father] has spoken to us by [through] his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (insertions mine)
John 3:34 “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit [to Him] without limit.” (insertion mine)
John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
John 12:49 “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.” (italics mine)
John 14:24 “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (italics mine)
John 17:8 [Jesus prayed to the Father] “For I gave them [My disciples] the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” (insertions and italics mine)
Fact 4. Jesus is an equal, separate, distinct, coeternal God who lived with the Father in the beginning. They are self-existing deities. Neither has lived without the other being present.
Jesus has the same nature and substance as the Father. They are separate and distinct members of the Godhead having different roles. According to Hebrews 1:3, they are the equivalent of identical twins. The invisible Father speaks through a visible Jesus, this is why Jesus is called “the Word.”
John 1:1-2, 14 “In the beginning was the Word [before anything was made, Jesus was appointed to speak for the Father], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was [also deity, that is, a] God. [The Father has never lived alone, separate from Jesus because] He [Jesus] was with [lived with] God [the Father] in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us [so that the Father could speak through Him]. We [disciples] have seen his [Jesus’] glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (insertions mine)
John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God [the Father], but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (insertion and italics mine)
Psalm 90:1-2 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (italics mine)
Philippians 2:5-7 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage [when Jesus was on Earth, He did not parade His authority as a coeternal member of deity]; rather, he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (insertion mine)
1 John 1:1-2 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard [with our ears], which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life [a title given to Jesus because He was sent to Earth to speak the truth, words that lead to eternal life – John 6:68]. The Life [sent from the Father] appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, [another title indicating Jesus is deity] which was with the Father [from the beginning] and has appeared to us.” (insertions and italics mine)