The TRINITY IN THE RESURRECTION
Scripture declares all three involved in the resurrection of Jesus. If what Oneness claims is true then the bible is dead wrong. How can all three be involved in this event if the Son is the humanity.
If the Father the Spirit and the Son were involved this makes them all present as well as being God. Also one needs to note that only God is the author of life.
God raised Jesus - Acts 5:30 "The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus" This is a general statement of whoever was involved in the resurrection was God. Rom.4:24 "It shall be imputed to us who believe in him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead." (Acts 2:24,32; 3:26; 4:10; 5:30; 10:40; 13:30;1 Cor.6:14; 2 Cor.4:14 ) 2 Cor.1:9 ",we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead." The resurrection became the seal of who Christ is, with God approving that Jesus is his Son by raising from the dead. Notice it says believe in him (a person, the Father) who raised up the Lord, not just his flesh. Christ was raised in the same body, as the same whole person that he was before he died. The Bible says it is both the body united with the Spirit in the resurrection. He ascended to heaven not only in his humanity but also in deity. Jesus is Emmanuel- God with us in flesh and he continues to be God in the flesh. Christ is the term applied to the anointed God/man who is the Son of God in human flesh. This is an affirmation of his deity. The identity of the Sons nature is found in Isa.9:6 that calls the Son the mighty God and other names of deity.
The Holy Spirit raised Jesus
Rom.8:11" But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. It is the H.Spirit that dwells in us, notice he says by his Spirit. . Paul makes a clear distinction between Christ the God/man, the Spirit and the Father.
God raised Jesus
Acts 5:30 "The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus" Rom.4:24"It shall be imputed to us who believe in him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead."
Acts 2:24,32; 3:26; 4:10; 5:30; 10:40; 13:30 1 Cor.6:14; 2 Cor.4:14
If the Spirit and the Son were involved this makes them all God. So all of the triune God took part in the resurrection.
The resurrection became the seal of who Christ is with God approving that he is his son by raising from the dead.
Christ was raised in the same body as the same whole person that he was before he died. . The Bible says it is both the body united with the Spirit in the resurrection as the God/man. He ascended not only in his humanness but also in deity. Jesus is Emmanuel- God with us in flesh. Christ is the term applied to the Christ, the anointed God/man who is the Son of God in human flesh. This is an affirmation of his deity, the identity of the Son which is his nature is paralleled with Isa.9:6 that callsthe Son the mighty God.
The Son raised himself- Jn.2:19 ...Destroy this temple and I will raise it up." v.21 he was speaking of the temple of his body. Jn.10:17' Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18: No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received from my Father". Christ was raised in the same body as the same whole person that he was before he died. (the God/man) Since he is involved in raising himself in body, he is living still as Spirit to accomplish this. But it is the Father who gave the command for him to do this as the Son. Remember the Son is only the human vehicle of the Father according to Oneness. How can he do this if the Son is that which is dead. Can something dead raise itself up, especially if it is only a human. If he is the Father who raises the body why would he say I have received this command to raise the body. This proves he is another who existed after death to fulfill the command from the Father. Christ has the same power as the Father and the Spirit, he does not do this independently but cooperatively, all three are involved in the resurrection just as they were in creation. John 5:25 "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live." As Jesus said he is the resurrection and the life. Later in Jn.6:39 he states This is the will of the Father who sent me, that all he has given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up on the last day." God is not giving this ability to a human but the God/man.
Scripture states that the Triune God participated in the resurrection. Why mention all three if they are roles of one person?
1 Jn.4:2" Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God."
John is writing after the resurrection, he uses the perfect tense in the Greek language which denotes a past action with continuing results into the future. Jesus came in the flesh, rose in the flesh and is still in the flesh.
2 Jn7: For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." In this epistle John uses the present tense in Greek which focuses specifically on the future coming of the Lord. People who deny that Jesus rose in the flesh or is not coming back in the flesh by saying he rose or is coming back as a Spirit or in some other form other than his body, are of the spirit of anti-Christ.( 1 Jn.4:2 focuses on the past 2 Jn 7 focuses on the future. )
2 Jn. 9" Whosoever transgresses, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son." What is the doctrine of Christ that is so crucial? That he was both God and man who came to earth to do the Fathers will. He emptied himself, not acting independently, and submitted himself to his Fathers authority as the Son of God. ( Phil.2:5-8 ) to transgress the doctrine of Christ is to deny that there is a real eternal person who is the Father, and that there is a real and eternal person who is the Son. The doctrine of Christ is that the Son became incarnate, not the Father. When Paul preached Christ he made the point of saying he is the Son of God. Denying distinction and relationship in the being of God displaces the truth.
Bernard insists that the doctrine of Christ is "he is the God of the Old Testament manifested in the flesh...(here is the twist) "If we understand the doctrine of Christ we will realize Jesus is both the Father and the Son." "If we deny the Son we are denying the Father." (p.191)
1 Jn.1:24 says you also will abide in the Son and in the Father." Do we actually abide in his humanness? Why put them on equal status if they are not? Why not say it the way the Oneness does whoever acknowledges the Father is in the Son, or that the Son is the Father? Because this is not what they Scriptures are trying to convey. All kinds of false teaching have redefined the meaning of the term "Son" which then also affects the meaning of "Father".
1Jn.2:22-23 "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ He is anti Christ who denies the Father and the Son, Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either, he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also." Can we entertain the view that when one acknowledges his humanity he has the Father? John further explains about those denying Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. This is about him being deity. If one says the Father is in the Son, he is denying the Father. Because they are no longer two individuals but one who is in two roles. Which means one ceases to exist later on, just as Oneness admits the Sons role will cease
1 Jn.4:15 "whosoever shall confess that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, God dwelleth in him and he in God." This is clearly a confession of the deity of Jesus Christ. Notice it does not say to confess him as the Father, which one would have to do if they were to say he was truly God. According to Oneness Jesus as the son is a confession of his humanity not his deity, then one will have God dwell in him and he in God. Whats so important about a confession like that!
These are excerpts from the book Who is Jesus ? Answering Oneness Pentecostals attacks on the Trinity. spiral book by Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason ministries Wahiawa HI 96786