Jesus Christ



6. One day Jesus said: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9 – NIV); did He mean that He was also God the Father?



No, He didn’t mean that, because in the Scripture there are passages which state that He prayed to the Father, He gave thanks to the Father, He praised the Father, He was sent into the world by the Father, and the Father loved Him, and many other passages from which we learn that there is a clear distinction between Jesus and the Father, because they are two different persons, even though He and the Father were and are One. If Jesus were also the Father, all those passages would not make sense, don’t you think?

To show you that Jesus could not be nor can he be also the Father, even though He said those words, I will tell you something about the vision Paul had on the way to Damascus. Now, while Paul was going to Damascus to persecute the Church he had a vision in which he saw Jesus, for when Ananias went to him he said to Paul: “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:17) and also: “The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth” (Acts 22:14). Therefore, we are sure that Paul saw the Lord Jesus Christ in that heavenly vision. However, Paul says to Timothy these things about God: “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:16). Why did Paul state that no one has seen or can see the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, even though he himself had seen Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, and he knew that Jesus was the Lord of Lords and our great God? The answer is this: because Paul meant that no one has seen God the Father, he did not mean that no one has seen His Son.

Why then did Jesus say that anyone who has seen Him has seen the Father? Because Jesus was and is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), and “the brightness of his glory” (Hebrews 1:3). In other words, in the days of His flesh anyone who saw Him saw the goodness of God, the righteousness of God, the mercy of God, the love of God, and thus he could understand what God was like (in that He came to show us exactly what God is like). Jesus did not mean that anyone who saw Him saw His Father because while He was on earth God the Father was in heaven sitting on the throne surrounded by myriads of angels.