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Submitted: 3/28/2005
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Question: Why does Paul refer to Jesus and God the Father? Does he believe they are two separate Gods? Galatians 1:1 says, 'Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)' Galatians 1:3 says, 'Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ....'

Answer: The phrase 'God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ' refers to the one God who has manifested Himself in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). This does not mean there are two Gods or two parts within one God. It means that God the Father came in the flesh. The flesh was the man we know as the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason Paul used this kind of terminology was to emphasize that the God the Christians worship is the one who came in flesh, humbled Himself, and died on the Cross.

1 John 5:20 says, 'And we know that the Son of God [the man] has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true [God the Father]; and we are in Him who is true [the Father], in His Son Jesus Christ [the man]. This is the true God and eternal life.'

The true God is the one who was manifested in the flesh. That is why to see the Lord Jesus [the man] is to see God [the Father, the invisible Spirit]. Moreover, it was the Father, the invisible Spiorit, that raised the man from the dead. Again, not two divine beings, but one God manifested in the flesh.