The Gospel of John is often used by Trinitarians to “prove” their dogma, such as:
John 1:1 – “The Word was God”
John 2:19,21–“Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. But the temple he had spoken of was his body” (NIV). This one is used by Trinitarians to “prove” that Jesus resurrected himself.
John 5:18 – “Making himself equal to God”
John 8:58—“Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am'” (NIV)
John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one”
John 14:9 – “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”
John 20:28 – “My Lord and my God”
When these seven Scriptures are viewed together, and in isolation from their context, and/or poorly translated, it can be made to appear that Jesus Christ is Almighty God, the Heavenly Father. Things are not always what they seem, so let’s ask some questions;
John 1:1 – How could he be with God and be God at the same time?
John 2:19,21—Did Jesus actually say that he would resurrect himself?
John 5:18 -Doesn’t he refute this false allegation in the next verse, 5:19?
John 8:58–Is the issue discussed whether Jesus is Almighty God? Or, is the real issue how old Jesus is?
John 10:30 – Are they one in unity the same as the disciples are in 17:11,20-23? Yes! The disciples are not “God”, obviously. The Greek word “hen” is in the neuter gender, and is translated as “one”, but this is not the numeral “one”. To be the numeral “one” it would have to be in the masculine gender. Anyway, at John 8:17,18, Jesus said that he and his Father are “two”, numerically speaking. Is he clearly saying he is “God Almighty”, or “God’s Son” in 10:36? Jesus, in response to the false charge by his opposers that he was making himself “God”, boldly stated “I said I am the Son of God” (John 10:36). Jesus clearly disavowed the false claim that he was saying that he was “God”.
John 14:9 – Is this the same as saying that he is God Almighty?.
John 20:28—Did Jesus claim to be Almighty God?
Consider all relevant verses in John and see what the overwhelming weight of evidence is. When we do this honestly, we see that the the Gospel of John is actually the most devastating book in the New Testament, in fact, in the entire Bible, to Trinitarian doctrine!
John 20:31 – “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (NIV). The stated purpose of the book – is ‘that people may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’, not ‘God the Son’, as Trinitarians would have us believe!
John 3:16 – God gave his only begotten Son; the “only begotten” means that Jesus had a beginning (Micah 5:2); he was created by his Father (Colossians 1:15). Trinitarianism claims that Jesus had no beginning, so the most famous verse of the entire Bible flatly contradicts the Trinity!
“In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine” (AAT).
“In the origin there was the Logos, and the Logos was present with GOD, and the Logos was god” (Hart).
These two translations make it very clear that there is a difference between the God that the Word was with, and the Word who is “divine”, and is a “god”, but in a different sense. However, even if we accept the more commonly translated, “and the Word was God”, other scriptures in context clear up the difference. The Word, Jesus, is with God, therefore they must be different. Is this in any way asserting that Jesus is Almighty God? Let’s look at other scriptures in John chapter 1 for clarification:
John 1:3 – “Through him all things were made; without hum nothing was made that has been made” (NIV). God created everything through him
John 1:14 – Jesus, the Word, became flesh; people saw his glory, which was that of God’s only begotten Son, not God the Son.
John 1:17 – God’s love came through Jesus
1:18 – “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (NASB). So no one has ever seen God, and since people saw Jesus, Jesus could not be Almighty God. Yes, Jesus is a “god”, “The only begotten God” means that Jesus was created, so he is obviously not Almighty God, who created everything.
John 1:32–34 – Jesus is the Son of God; not God the Son
John 1:36 – Jesus is the Lamb of God. God Almighty is never called “the Lamb”
John 1:41 – we have found the Messiah, not ‘We have found God’.
1:45 – we have found the person Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote about, Jesus (see Deut 18:15)
John 1:49 – you are the Son of God, the King of Israel
John 1:51 – you will see heaven open up and angels going up and down on the Son of Man, the ladder, stairway between heaven and earth
John 2:16 – my Father’s house, emphasizing the Father-Son relationship
John 2:17 – passion for God’s house will consume me – Father-Son relationship
John 2:19,21—Jesus said “I died” (Revelation 1:18 NLT). Could the dead Jesus resurrect himself? Dead people can do nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10). “God has resurrected this Jesus” (Acts 2:32 HCSB). Jesus did not resurrect himself, as Trinitarians assert.
John 3:2 – we know you’re a teacher who came from God – nobody can do these miracles unless God is with him. – Notice – God is with him, but he is not God
John 3:17 – God sent his Son, so the Son cannot be Almighty God
John 3:18 – not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God
John 3:34 – he was sent by God, he speaks God’s words. The greater sends the lesser.
John 3:35 – the Father loves the Son and put everything into his hands. – Master-servant relationship is obvious.
John 3:36 – He who believes in the Son has eternal life; if a person doesn’t, the anger of God remains on him – the Father and Son work together in unity.
John 4:19 – I perceive you’re a prophet – but not God
John 4:22—“You people worship what you do not understand, we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews” (NAB). Who did the Jews worship? Yahweh, who can be understood, Jesus said. Contrast this with the “mysterious” Trinity, which its worshippers admit they cannot understand.
John 4:25 – Messiah, Christ will come
John 4:26 – I am he – Jesus admits he is Christ, but not God
John 4:34 – my food comes from doing the will of God, who sent me – Jesus does God’s will, not his own. God sends – greater sends lesser.
John 5:17 – my Father keeps working and so do I – Father-Son relationship
John 5:19 – The Son can do nothing by himself, only what he sees the Father doing – proves he is not God, but depends on Him
John 5:20 – Father loves the Son – shows him everything he is doing and will show him greater works
John 5:22 – Father has given the Son authority to judge
John 5:23 – so all will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father who sent him – harmony, unity
John 5:24 – God who sent me – master-servant
John 5:25 – hear voice of the Son of God, not God the Son
John 5:26 – Father has granted life-giving power to the sun – Jesus’ power comes from his Father
John 5:30 – I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. I carry out the will of my Father who sent me – Jesus is dependent on his Father
John 5:31 – if I testify by myself, it wouldn’t be valid – two beings, which cannot be the same
John 5:32 – someone else (God) who is also testifying about me (my first witness)
John 5:36 – I have greater witness than John, my works – miracles and teachings, which the Father gave me – they prove he sent me – power for miracles, etc. comes from his Father
John 5:37 – the Father who sent me testified about me – you’ve never heard his voice or seen him – master-servant, two people, Father never seen
John 5:38 – because you don’t believe in the one he’s sent
John 5:41 – I have come to you in my Father’s name – authority from God
You don’t seek the honor that comes from God – all real honor comes from God
John 5:45 – I won’t accuse you before the Father – Moses does – distinct personalities
John 6:11 – Jesus gave thanks to God – did not pray to himself
John 6:27 – work for the food that the Son of Man can give you, because God the Father has approved, or sealed him – Son of Man – Jesus; God the Father – Yahweh
John 6:28-29 – what should we do to perform God’s works? – Believe in the One He has sent – master-servant
John 6:32 – Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven – my Father did
John 6:33 – the true bread of God is he that comes down from heaven – the true bread of God is Jesus, not the Father
John 6:37 – those my Father has given me will come to me – Jesus was given his disciples by the Father
John 6:38 – I’ve come down from heaven to do God’s will, not mine
John 6:39 – the will of God is that I shouldn’t lose even one of those he’s given me
John 6:40 – the will of Him who sent me, is everyone who sees the Son and believes in him has eternal life. – God send the Son of Man
John 6:44 – no one can come to me unless drawn by the Father and I will raise him up – the Father directs things
John 6:45 – They will all be taught by God. Everyone who learns from the Father comes to me. – Ultimately all true teaching and learning comes from God.
John 6:46 – the only one who has ever seen God is me, and I was sent from God – A clear distinction is drawn
John 6:51 – I’m the living bread that came down from heaven
John 6:53 – unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you
John 6:57 – I live because the Father lives in me. – Jesus is dependent on his Father
John 6:58 – I am the true bread who came down from heaven
John 6:65 – people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me – Father directs
John 6:69 – you are the Christ, the Son of God – not God, not God the Son
John 7:16 – my message is not mine, it comes from God, who sent me – admits his complete dependence on God
John 7:17 – if anyone wants to do God’s will, will know whether my teaching is from God, or I speak on my own – obviously saying is teaching is from God the Father, and not speaking on his own
John 7:18 – a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks the truth, not lies – Jesus honors God, who sent him
John 7:26 – could our leaders possibly believe this is the Christ? – Not God, but Christ
John 7:28 – I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true and you don’t know him. – Jesus was sent by his Father
John 7:29 – I know him because he sent me and I come from him (reverse order) – he came from God who sent him; Jesus knows him
John 7:31 – Would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has? – The Messiah, not God.
John 7:40 – some: Surely this man is the Prophet – the Prophet, not God.
John 7:41 – others: He is the Messiah – the Messiah, not God.
John 8:16-18 – I’m not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your law says the witness of two is true. I’m one and my Father who sent me is the other. – Obviously, Jesus and his Father are two people.
John 8:26 – I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me. – Jesus is subordinate to his Father.
John 8:28 – When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know I am he. I do nothing on my own, but say only what the Father taught me. – Showing his complete and total submission to his Father.
John 8:29 – The one who sent me is with me. I always do what pleases him. – Subordination here is obvious.
John 8:36 – If the Son sets you free
John 8:38 – I’m telling you what I saw when I was with my Father – With God, not God himself.
John 8:42 – I have come to you from God. I’m not here on my own, but he sent me.
John 8:49 – I honor my Father
John 8:50 – I have no wish to glorify myself. God is going to glorify me.
John 8:54 – If I want to glorify myself, it doesn’t count. It’s my Father who will glorify me. – Jesus has no authority to glorify himself, and neither does he desire to do so.
John 8:58—This verse is usually erroneously translated in a Trinitarian biased way that makes it appear that Jesus is the “I Am” of Exodus 3:14. When we examine the context, we see that the issue is: “‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ they said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham?'” (John 7:57 NIV). The issue discussed in context is how old are you, not are you Almighty God! Therefore, in complete harmony with the Koine’ Greek of John 8:58, an honest translation reads: “I existed before Abraham was born!” (AAT). Did Jesus say “I Am” to identify himself as being the Almighty God Yahweh of Exodus 3:14, as Trinitarians claim? Let’s see:
“And God said to Moyses, ‘I am The One Who Is.’ And he said, ‘Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel, “The One Who Is has sent me to you”‘” (Exodus 3:14 LXX NETS).
If Jesus had wanted to identify himself as the Yahweh of Exodus 3:14, he would have used the term “The One Who Is” to identify himself. Jesus had previously said: “If I testify on my own behalf, what I say is not to be accepted as real proof” (John 5:31 GNB). Yet, Trinitarians would have us believe that Jesus is testifying on his own behalf in John 8:58! Also, just moments before Jesus’ statement at John 8:58, Jesus said: “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing” (John 8:54 NIV). But that is exactly what Trinitarians, in contradiction to this, claim that Jesus is doing at John 8:58, by saying that he’s Almighty God. This is idea is also contradicted by Philippians 2:5-9, where we are are told that Jesus made himself nothing when he left heaven and came to earth. Trinitarians claim that Jesus’ Jewish opposers correctly understood that Jesus was claiming to be Almighty God Yahweh in John 8:58, so that is why they “picked up stones to stone him” (John 8:58 NIV). Such an idea is flatly contradicted by Jesus’ own words in the same conversation at John 8:43-47, as he makes clear that these opposers “do not understand what I say”. At Matthew 16:20, Jesus “warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ” (NASB). In contradiction to this, Trinitarians would have us believe that Jesus is going around telling everyone that he is the Almighty God Yahweh at John 8:58. As we can see from the abundant scriptural evidence, John 8:58 does nothing to support any Trinitarian ideas.
John 9:4 – I must work the works of Him that sent me.
John 9:5 – While I’m in the world, I’m the light of the world.
John 9:16 – This man Jesus is not from God – His enemies claimed this, but not that he claimed to be God.
John 9:22 – Anyone saying that Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled -notice that the issue was whether he was the Messiah, not God.
John 9:33 – If this man were not from God – From God, but no idea of him being God.
John 10:6,9 – I’m the gate, or the door, Jesus says – These are metaphors for entryways to God, but they clearly show that Jesus is not Almighty God
John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”—But of whose flock? Jesus said he would die for his sheep, however, he also said: “My Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else” (John 10:29 NLT). Jesus states the obvious—-that his Father is more powerful than anyone else, and thus ultimately owns the flock, and has turned it over to his Son, Jesus, for management. These truths devastate the Trinity.
John 10:17-18 – The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life voluntarily… this is what the Father commanded – Jesus submits to God’s command to die.
John 10:24 – “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly” – Messiah, not God. If they thought he might be God, surely they would ask him.
John 10:25 – The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name – To work in the Father’s name shows the Father’s superiority.
John 10:29 – My Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. – Jesus said his Father is more powerful than anyone else, including Jesus.
John 10:32 – At my Father’s direction I have done many good works – The superior (Father) directs. Jesus follows, or obeys.
John 10:34-36 – God said “I say, you are gods.” If those people received God’s word are called gods, why do you call it blasphemy when I say I am God’s Son? – My father set me apart, and sent me into the world. – Said he was God’s Son, not God the Son.
John 10:37 – Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work – Carrying out his Father’s work shows his submission to his Father
John 11:27 – I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God – She did believe he was God
John 11:41 – Father, thank you for hearing me. – Not praying to himself.
John 11:42 – You always hear me… so that they will believe you sent me. – Wanted people to believe his Father sent him, not that he was the Father.
John 12:13 – Blessings on the one who comes in his Father’s name, not his own.
John 12:15 – Your king is coming – Not your God is coming.
John 12:23 – the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory – Son of Man, not God
John 12:26 – the Father will honor anyone who serves me. – Father gives the honor.
John 12:27 – Father bring glory to your name – not his
John 12:29 – I have already brought glory to my name and I will do so again – Father speaking
John 12:38 – The LORD has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts… they cannot turn to me and have me heal them. – Father is in ultimate control.
John 12:41 – Isaiah was referring to Jesus… and spoke of the Messiah’s glory – John comments that Isaiah was referring to Jesus as Messiah, not God.
John 12:44 – If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me – because God is the power behind, or supporting Jesus.
John 12:45 – When you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me – Not the same as saying he is God. Saying he perfectly imitates his Father.
John 12:50 – I say whatever the Father commands me to say – His Father is the boss.
John 13:1 – Jesus knew his hour had come to return to the father – Obviously “return to” means he is not the Father.
John 13:3 – Jesus knew his Father had given him authority over everything, and that he had come from God and would return to God. – His authority given by God – and he’s separate from God.
John 13:19 – So that when it happens, you will believe that I am the Messiah. – If he was God, he surely would want them to know.
John 13:31 – the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. – God is to get the glory, ultimately.
John 13:32 – Since God receives glory because of the Son, he will soon give glory to the Son. – What glory the Son has comes from his Father.
John 14:1 – Trust in God, trust also in me – two people
John 14:6 – No one can come to the Father, except through me. – Jesus is the way of approach to the Father.
John 14:7 – If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. – He reveals his Father.
John 14:10 – I am in the Father and the Father is in me. The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
John 14:13 – so that the Son can bring glory to the Father – Glory to the superior Father ultimately.
John 14:16 – I will ask the Father and he will give you another counselor, helper or Advocate – Notice he has to ask his Father, he does not have independent power.
John 14:23 – My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each one – Notice the plural we, meaning, in this case, Jesus and his Father.
John 14:24 – the word you hear is not my own, it’s the word of the Father who sent me – Does not speak on his own authority, his Father is the source of it, his Father sends him.
John 14:26 – the Father will send the Holy Spirit in my name – the source of the Holy Spirit is his Father. “The” indicates it is not a person, and therefore has no “equality” with the Father, or the Son.
John 14:28 – I’m going to the Father, the Father is greater than I – He’s separate from his Father, who is superior to him.
John 14:31 – I love the father, I act just as the Father commanded – His Father commands Jesus to love him and do His will.
John 15:1 – I am the true vine, my Father is the vinedresser or gardener, or vineyard keeper – Who is in control – the grape vine or the gardener? The gardener.
John 15:8 – My Father is glorified… prove yourselves my disciples by producing much fruit – The Father gets the primary glory.
John 15:9 – the Father has loved me – Separate, but Jesus is dependent on his Father.
John 15:10 – I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love – The lesser (Jesus) obeys the superior (God)
John 15:15 – Everything I learned from my Father – Why did he learn everything? Because he’s not God!
John 15:23 – Whoever hates me, hates my Father
John 15:24 – They have hated both me and my Father – two separate entities
John 15:26 – The Advocate I will send to you from the Father – Jesus acknowledges he is not the source of the Holy Spirit
John 16:3 – They have not known the Father or me – the two of them
John 16:5 – Now I am going to him who sent me – Separate from and subordinate to his Father
John 16:17 – I am going to the Father
John 16:23 – in that day you will no longer ask me anything, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name – Father is the ultimate source
John 16:25 – will tell you plainly about my Father
John 16:26 – I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf
John 16:27 – the Father loves you because you believed I came from God – the Father is the one that must be asked. He has the power to give.
John 16:28 – I came from the Father… going back to the Father – Obviously, they are different
John 16:30 – makes us believe you came from God – God is Jesus’ source
John 16:32 – I’m not alone my Father is with me – which makes two
John 17:1 – Father… glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you – Jesus asks
John 17:2 – you have granted him authority – Father gives
John 17:3 – that they know you, the only true God and the one you sent, Jesus Christ – Father is “the only true God.” Father sent the lesser – Jesus.
John 17:4 – I’ve brought you glory… by finishing the work you gave me to do – Ultimate glory goes to the Father. Father assigns Jesus’ work.
John 17:5 – Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world had begun – Jesus’ glory is dependent on his Father
John 17:6 – I have revealed your name… you took from the world to give me – they were yours and you gave them to me – Obviously, the Father is in ultimate control
John 17:7 – all you have given me comes from you – The Father is the source
John 17:8 – the teaching you gave me – I came from you – it was you who sent me
John 17:9 – for those you have given me
John 17:10 – All I have is yours, all you have is mine – Father is ultimate owner, but he shares with Son
John 17:11 – I am coming to you, Holy Father – They are separate, in separate locations.
John 17:18 – you sent me into the world – Jesus was sent by his Father on a mission to the world
John 17:21 – so the world may believe you sent me – the sender is superior to the one he sends.
John 17:23 – You sent me… you have loved me. God is shown to be in control.
John 17:24 – those you have given me – The Father is the source of what Jesus has. Jesus is neither the source, nor the originator.
John 17:25 – Righteous Father… you have sent me
John 19:11 – you would have no power over me unless it was given to you from above – Given by God, not Jesus
John 18:33 – are you king of the Jews? – Even Jesus murderous enemies, the Jewish religious leaders, never thought of Jesus as claiming to be Almighty God.
John 18:36 – my kingdom, not my Godship
John 18:37 – The key question is: Are you a king? – Not are you God?
John 19:3 – hail, king of the Jews?—Not hail, God!
John 19:7 – he claimed to be the Son of God – He obviously did not claim to be God, or these enemies would have said so!
John 19:14 – here is your king – not your God
John 19:19 – Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews – not God of the Jews
John 19:21 – Do not write the King of the Jews, but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews – not God of the Jews,
John 20:17 – I have not yet ascended to the Father… I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God – separate and apart. The Father is Jesus’ God.
John 20:28—“My Lord and my God”. Is Thomas asserting that Jesus is Almighty God? No, “no one has seen God”, see John 1:18 (NASB) above. Thomas is saying that Jesus is “the only begotten God”, whom people have seen, the Word (John 1:14), “the Son of God”, as can be seen three verses later:
John 20:31 These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God – John states the reason why the Gospel of John was written. It was not written to prove Jesus is God the Son.
Thus the entire Gospel of John thoroughly refutes the Trinity dogma in all aspects!