Jesus said in John 6:38, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
The God who became a man came down from heaven. After coming down from heaven, he became a fully complete human son with a fully complete human nature and will. Therefore, Jesus could say that he came not to do his own will (his human will), but the Father’s (the Divine will).
Trinitarian apologist Luis Reyes sent me several emails (dated Sept. 2016) in which he carefully outlined three clauses out of John 6:38 which he thought proved two divine God Persons of a Trinity. Yet the passage not only does not support the common Trinitarian view, it actually contradicts it. Here are my condensed responses I sent to Mr. Reyes via email.
You wrote, “This is the text of John 6:38 again:”
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
I responded, “You outlined three clauses within John 6:38 when you wrote,” “First, I note that there is an independent clause (A), and that there are two other clauses (B) and (C) that are dependent on this independent clause (A).”
(A) “For I have come down from heaven”
(B) “not to do my own will”
(C) “but the will of Him who sent Me”
Then you asked these three questions:
(1) Who is the “I” that is speaking in (A)? Is it the Father (divine nature) or is it the Son (the human nature)?
(2) Who is the speaker in (B)? Is it the Father (divine nature) or is it the Son (the human nature)?
(3) Who is the speaker in (C)? Is it the Father (divine nature) or is it the Son (the human nature)?
CONDENSED RESPONSES TO MR. REYES’ COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS OUT OF JOHN 6:38
The only distinctions of wills, minds, and centers of personal self-consciousness began after God the Father's Holy Spirit descended upon the virgin to become a true man with a true human will. For God as God cannot have three God wills that could potentially disagree with each other without being a Tri-theistic God. That is why Oneness Theology is the only theological view that upholds the true deity of Christ while bringing harmony to all of the scriptures.
I see John 6:38 as being problematic for Trinitarians as there are no scriptures to justify God as God ever having more than one divine will throughout the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. For if an alleged coequal God the Son could have a divine will which could potentially disagree with the Father’s, then God could not be called “One God” while possessing three God Minds and three God wills. Therefore, Trinitarians cannot uphold true Monotheism while believing that God has three Personal Centers of Self Consciousness, with each Divine God Person having his own distinct Mind and Will.
Moreover, it is ridiculous to think of the man Christ Jesus as having more than one consciousness. For if Christ Jesus had a distinct divine consciousness and a distinct human consciousness within himself then we would have a schizophrenic Nestorian Christ who would be two persons rather than one person. 1 Corinthians 11:3 clearly states that “God is the head of Christ.” Hence, God as God cannot have a head over Him, but “God with us” as a true man could have a head over him. So if Christ Jesus has a coequally distinct God Mind and God will, how then could he have a head?
Jesus as a true human being could only speak out of his human consciousness when he said, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me” in John 6:38. For when Jesus said, “I have come down (past tense),” it means that he already came down and was speaking as a true human being on earth when he spoke these words.
The Trinitarian alternative explanation is that an alleged Second God Person number two came down from heaven, not to do His own Divine will, but the Divine will of God Person number one. Yet how could two so called divine God wills each of the capacity to conflict with each other while remaining One God? If the Trinitarian explanation was true, then more than one Divine will would mean that there is a capacity within God to shift into conflicting wills from each one of the alleged Divine Persons within Himself. Such a view contradicts the words of inspired scripture and is completely untenable.
While it is true that divine identity of He who came down from heaven is the Holy Spirit of God the Father (Luke 1:35), the one who was speaking on earth as a man could only speak through his human consciousness because God had already became a man when Jesus spoke these words. For Jesus as a human child born and son given had by divine revelation received divine awareness of his existence as God before also becoming a man when he said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” in John 8:58 and “even the Son of Man who is in heaven” in John 3:13. Therefore, Jesus had to have known His Divine Identity because the Father revealed this to him as a true man.
The title, “Son of Man” literally means a son of mankind through the humanity of Mary. Thus, Jesus as a true human being knew that he not only existed on the earth as a man, but also in heaven as God (Note: Jesus often used his incarnational titles to hide his true identity as God - Isaiah 45:14-15; John 16:25). Therefore, the person called Jesus Christ of Nazareth is 100% man, but his true identity is also 100% God with us as a true man among men who also exists as the “mighty God” and “everlasting Father” outside of his new existence as a true man via incarnation through the virgin.
Wherefore, the Father's own Holy Spirit came down from heaven to become a true man among men not to do his newly assumed human will (inside the incarnation), but the will of the only true God the Father (outside the incarnation). As I previously indicated, scripture proves that the Son was sent “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:2) only after he was “born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4). Hence, just as Jesus sent the disciples, “into the world” after they were born of women, so the Father sent the Son “into the world” after he was “born of a woman” (John 17:18; Gal. 4:4).
Hebrews 1:3 informs us that Jesus as a human child born and son given is “the brightness (“apaugasma” means “reflected brightness” - Thayer) of His glory (the context indicates the Father's glory) and the express image (“Charakter” means “reproduction, imprinted copy”) of His Person (The Father's Person – ‘Hypostasis’= Substance of Being/Person”).” Jesus as a Son could not be the reflected brightness of the Father’s glory and the reproduced copied image of the Father’s Divine Person while remaining timeless and coequal. Hence, Trinitarian theology cannot get around the fact that the divinity of the Son of God is the reproduced image (copy) of the Father's Person as a fully complete human person.
While Arians (like Jehovah’s Witnesses) believe that the Son was reproduced as the image of the Father's Person before the incarnation without scriptural justification, Trinitarians have no sensible way to explain how an alleged timeless Son could have been “reproduced” as the "imprinted copy" of the Father's Person while remaining timeless. Psalm 2:7 and Hebrews 1:5 specifically point out the Son's beginning by his virgin begetting.
“You are My son, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN YOU.” Psalm 2:7
“I WILL BE to him a Father, and he WILL BE TO ME A SON.” Heb. 1:5/2 Sam. 7:14
Notice the words “day,” “begotten,” and “will be” referencing the Son as a man with a beginning in time. God as God cannot be begotten (begotten means “born”) on a specific day because God as God cannot be born, nor can God as God have a beginning in time. That is why God as God said, “I WILL BE” a Father to the Son and the Son “WILL BE” a Son to his Father in the prophetic future.
Hebrews 2:17 indicates that the God who partook of flesh and blood was “made fully human in every way” (Heb. 2:17 – NIV) just like all human brethren are “made.” Hence, “God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16) to partake of flesh and blood by being “made fully human.” Since no human being can be “fully human” without having a human spirit and a human nature, we know that the God who manifested Himself to us as Jesus Christ had to have become a true man via his virgin conception and birth. Therefore the Son of God has to have a fully complete human spirit, a fully complete human mind, nature, and will or he would not have been a true son as a true man at all.
In John 6:38 CLAUSE A, Luis Reyes asked, “Who is the ‘I’ that is speaking in (A)? Is it the Father (divine nature) or is it the Son (the human nature)?”
John 6:38a – “For I HAVE come down from heaven…”
First of all, Jesus as a true Son could not have been split into two persons because natures do not speak, people speak. Although Jesus possessed the divine nature as “God with us” incarnate as a true man, he certainly did not speak as two persons with two wills. For the scriptures affirm that “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5) was the human consciousness who said, “I have (past tense) come down from heaven” (past tense proves that the man Christ Jesus was speaking) because his human consciousness on earth also possessed a divine awareness (through revelation) of his true identity as the “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6) before also becoming a true son who was “born” and “given” through the virgin.
Matthew 1:20 clearly indicates that the “substance of Being (Heb. 1:3)” of the Messiah's Deity was (“EK”) “OUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” The text does not say “OUT OF God the Son,” but “OUT OF the Holy Spirit” of the Father Himself (compare Matthew 1:20 with Heb. 1:3). If Trinitarians could point to a scripture to show that the Son descended upon the Hebrew virgin rather than the Holy Spirit, I would agree that the title Son proves that there had to have been a living Son prior to the incarnation. However, Luke 1:35 informs us that the Son was called “the Son of God” because of his virgin conception. For the angel answered the virgin, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. FOR THIS REASON the holy child which shall be born of you SHALL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD (Luke 1:35).”
I have had several debates with Trinitarian apologists and none of them could ever cite a scripture giving us any other scriptural reason why the Son is called the Son other than his virgin conception and birth. Therefore the Son is the man and the man is the Son who was begotten (born) of the Father on a specific day (see Psalm 2:7; Heb. 1:5; 2 Samuel 7:14).
In CLAUSE B. Mr. Reyes asked, “Who is the speaker in (B)? Is it the Father (divine nature) or is it the Son (the human nature)?” John 6:38b – “... not to do MY OWN WILL.”