Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the relationship between God and Jesus in this short article about the Bible book of 2 John. Is there any indication that Jesus is God, or is equal to God? Are they the same person, or two separate and distinct individuals? Let’s find out.
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son.” (2 Jn 3) Obviously, they are separate and distinct, with Jesus identified, not as God the Son, but “the Father’s Son.”
“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.” (2 Jn 7) Only Jesus came in the flesh, not God.
“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God.” (2 Jn 9) How can this be? John 7:18 says: “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.” Jesus got his teaching from God. “Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” This phrase clearly expresses the fact that God and Jesus are two distinct, separate individuals.
All Bible verses quoted from the New International Version (NIV)