During a visit to the Vatican in 2016, the Audio tour #25 had this phrase:
Jesus Christ who works miracles to confirm his divinity
Often Jesus’ extraordinary miracles is seen as sign of his divinity by trinitarians.
Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Act 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
Act 2:23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Act 2:24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
The explanation is very simple:
- There is only one God – Adam, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Stephen and Paul were not trinitarians. All these men prayed to their God – YahweH.
- God did great miracles though Moses, God did miracles through prophets like Elijah and Elisha and he also did miracles through the Jesus the Jew and and also through Paul and other apostles.
- In verse 24, Peter bears witness that God raised the dead man Jesus
- The Key point is that Jesus was ‘THE MAN’ who was the approved man of God. Jesus on account of his obedience and worship is chosen as the ‘IDEAL’ man and example for mankind. Therefore God did mighty miracles through Jesus.
- Like Joseph was the Approved brother, so also the greater Joseph is mankind’s approved man.
- Jesus was able to do these miracles because God had poured his spirit on Jesus just as God had poured out his spirit on the prophets.
When Jesus performed the miracles, he gave the glory to his Father, but when trinitarians explain the miracles they take away glory from the Father
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, (John 10:25 ESV)Joh 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
Isa 11:2 And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.Isa 42:1 Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the son can do nothing of himself.” (John 5:19)“I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me; I speak these things and he that sent me is with me, the Father hath not left me alone, for I do always those things that please him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the son can do nothing of himself.” (John 8:28-29; 5:19)
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36 KJV)
2Ki 5:25 He went in and stood before his master, and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.”2Ki 5:26 But he said to him, “Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants?2Ki 5:27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow.
- Elisha had powers to be “ omniscient” (Jesus may have had more omniscient powers)
- Elisha had the power to heal but also cause Leprosy on Gehazi.
Act 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:
Act 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Act 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.Act 14:11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
- “The gods are come down” – Trinitarians claim Jesus came from heaven as a human
- “the people saw what Paul had done” – As the citizens of Lystra declared Paul God, so also by the same ignorant logic and misreading few passages from scriptures the trinitarians have declared Jesus as being part of Godhead!
Ye Trinitarian, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a MAN APPROVED OF GOD among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.
ἀποδείκνυμι – apodeiknumi
1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has exhibited (same Greek word used of Jesus i.e. G584) us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.1Th 2:4 but just as we have been approved (a different Greek word) by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
1Co 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
Just like Jesus lived in Poverty, so the disciples also live in poverty:
1Co 4:11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless,
They are hard working and therefore examples, they bless as their Master has taught them
1Co 4:12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
1Co 4:13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
Let us take this admonishment from Paul:
1Co 4:14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
Is Paul God the Father? No! But spiritually he has became a Father to those he mentors as he is emotionally bound to their hearts and their well being: (Let us also develop deeper relationships with one another)
1Co 4:15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Follow Jesus, follow also Paul, because Paul is an example of following in Jesus’ steps. For Paul also did great miracles because he also had God’s approval
1Co 4:16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
The goal of our existence is to gain attestation from God. When Jesus returns to Judge let us be found as one who imitated Jesus Christ, for the one who imitates Jesus has the Father’s approval on his head.
Do you see similarity between Jesus’ words and Paul’s? Jesus also appealed to the people to trust his words because they were received from God, just like Paul appeals to the Corinthians:
1Co 4:17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
Let us then consider Jesus our “Supreme Example” – The perfect or “Ideal Human” in the sight of God. Jesus is our template! It is not his divinity that counts but his human form though he was the son of God through Mary! God is by the life and example of Jesus able to show the world how one aught to govern their lives. Adam is an example of failure, but the Man Jesus is an example of Victory!