The letter of 1 John was one of the last books of the New Testament to be written. Trinitarians claim that the New Testament teaches the Trinity, so if that assertion is true, we should surely find some evidence of that at this late date. Let’s see exactly what we do find:
1 John 1:2 – “This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us” (NLT). It is very obvious that this verse is describing Jesus Christ, and that he was with the Father. Being “with” someone, makes it clear that two individuals are being discussed. Nothing is either stated, nor implied about any Trinity, nor that Jesus is Almighty God.
1 John 1:3 – …with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ (two separate)
1 John 1:5 -“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (NLT). Jesus has been an instrumental witness that God the Father is “light”. This is clear testimony that indicates two distinct/separate individuals.
1 John 1:7 – “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (NIV). The Father-Son relationship is emphasized by implication.
1 John 2:1 – “We have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (NIV) – Jesus is with his Father, serving as our lawyer, before God, the ultimate judge, in this word picture
1 John 2:23—“No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father, also” (2 individuals)
1 John 2:24 – “you also will remain in the Son and in the Father” (NIV). The conjunction “and” means two distinctive individuals.
1 John 3:8—“the Son of God (not God) appeared (on earth)” (NIV). Jesus is never called God the Son in the Bible
1 John 3:21,22 – “we have confidence before God and we receive from him anything we ask , because we keep his commands and do what pleases him” (NIV). Here, God Almighty is clearly shown to be supreme, as the one who grants our requests.
1 John 3:23 – “and this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ” (NIV). Christ is clearly presented as God’s distinctive Son, not as God Almighty.
1 John 4:3 – “Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God” (NIV). Again God is shown to be in control, and he wants everyone to acknowledge Jesus as his Son, but not as part of a Trinity.
1 John 4:9 – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world” (NIV). God is the sender, Jesus is the sent one in this Master-slave relationship.
1 John 4:10 – “Not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (NIV). The Master-servant relationship is emphasized again, as well as the fact that Jesus died, which implies he can’t be God.
1 John 5:12 – “No one has ever seen God” – NLT. Contrast this with John’s testimony that he and others saw Jesus.
· 1 John 1:1 – “Whom we have heard and seen” – NLT
· 1 John 1:2 – We have seen him – NLT
· 1 John 1:3 – “What we have actually seen and heard” – NLT
· Further indicating he couldn’t be God:
· 1 John 1: 2 – “He was with the Father” – NLT
· 1 John 1:3 – “With the father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” – NLT
1 John 4:14 – “The Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” – NLT – obviously separate individuals, with God, the sender, being greater
1 John 4:15 – “Jesus is the Son of God” (NLT), not God the Son
1 John 5:1 – “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God” – NLT – Christians are brothers of Jesus, but children of God, a very different relationship, which shows that Jesus cannot be Almighty God.
1 John 5:6 – “Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross” – NLT – God didn’t get baptized, and didn’t die either, therefore Jesus could not be God.
1 John 5:8 – “God has testified about his Son” – NLT–Obviously they are separate and distinct.
1 John 5:10 – “Believe in the Son of God… God has testified about his Son.” – NLT
1 John 5:11 – “God has testified… in his Son.” – NLT
1 John 5:12 – “God’s Son” – NLT
1 John 5:13 – “The Son of God” – NLT – never called God the Son in the Bible
1 John 5:18 – “God’s Son” – NLT – never called God the Son
1 John 5:19 – “We are children of God” – NLT – but not children of Christ. Christ has brothers, but not sons.
1 John 5:20—“We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know the true God. We live in union with the true God—-in union with his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and this is eternal life” (GNB). Here we have both “the Son of God”, and “the true God” mentioned, however, “the true God” naturally takes precedence over “his Son Jesus Christ”. Another key point from this verse is that “the true God” is said to be unknowable—-in stark contrast to the Trinitarian God, who is said to be “mysterious” and “unknowable”.
Thus, the entire letter of 1 John is filled with statements of proof that there is no Trinity, and that Jesus is not God Almighty!