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God, who not only has a Son; is merged with understanding that, God is the Son.
There is a dual revelation evident: 1) the revelation of God's person, and 2) the revelation of the knowledge which He has about all else.
The Holy Spirit of God alone, can declare: I AM the Father, and I AM also the Son, which came forth from Me: being the WORD declared "...I AM THAT I AM..."
First and foremost, Scripture presents to me, that GOD is "a" Spirit (i.e. the HOLY SPIRIT (the oneness of God)).
The WORD of God, the Son (John 1:1 ; John 5:26), is unique in His existence; being eternal in essence, and by declaration of the Father, everlasting in revelation (preceding all creation (Col.1:17)): first existing in essence as the unrevealed and unexpressed identity of the oneness of God. "I AM" is not only the WORD of God, but the person and mind of God declared to be existent.
The Son's presence was simultaneously revealed by and with God, as the Father, through that very declaration.
The Son is unique in being declared to exist by the Father. We are unique in being declared to exist by the Son, who being empowered to act as Creator, has brought us forth from passive existence in the eternal knowledge of God, into a state of dynamic individuality (John 1:3).
I AM (the Father), I AM (the Son): "I AM THAT I AM" (Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh, in Hebrew), is the original expression of the existence of the person and mind of God, and the precursor of all individuality which subsequently comes forth from Him. The beginning of revelation (i.e. "...In the beginning...") started with the revelation of absolute truth; and "I AM", the name of God reiterated in Ex.3:14-15, was the first truth of all truth, to be revealed.
God expresses His existence through the dual "I AM" (Father and WORD (Son)); as well as the Spirit of Truth, which simultaneously came forth from the Father, as the living witness to the declaration of the existence of the WORD. It constitutes the pre-creation presence of the Godhead in dynamic time, which originated with that very first declaration. The Son is the first to be brought forth (firstborn) of the Father (Col. 1:15-18); being also first, simultaneously residing in the realm of revelation, with the Father and the Spirit of Truth.
By the same declaration, both the Father and the Word (Son) can declare, without contradiction, "I AM the beginning...", with the Spirit of Truth as the everlasting witness to that fact.
The Father brought forth the WORD (Son) (John 1:1-3), and the Son brings forth all else (i.e. the creation).
"I am in the Father and the Father in Me." (John 14:10); "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30).
The Word of God came into the world as: "I AM" (the Son) (Ps. 2:7); being sent by "I AM" (the Father) who dwells in heaven (Ps. 110:1 ; Matt. 26:64).
The Fatherhood of God, and the Sonship of the WORD, was pronounced, in and by, the declaration of His everlasting existence (I AM). The WORD was always in and of God, hence it (He) is eternal in nature.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (as the Spirit of Truth) are real, substantial and distinct manifestations of which the oneness of God's person consist.
The unity of the Godhead is manifested (made apparent) through the expressed presence of the Father, the Son and Spirit of Truth. The personages of the Godhead: are not only eternally present within the oneness of God, but fully and everlastingly present as a temporal reality as well.
The Eternal HOLY SPIRIT has thus expressed Himself through the declaration: making Himself (as the person of the FATHER) known and knowable, being the first of all that is declared to exist (Rev. 1:8); simultaneously establishing and making known and knowable, His WORD, the firstborn of all that exists (Col. 1:15 ; Rev.22:12-13). The speaker, and the spoken are revealed concurrently. By speaking (the WORD), He has given the same, to have life (as the person of the Son), just as He, the FATHER, has life in Himself (John 5:26-27 ; John 1:4, 9). It is the revealed presence of the WORD (Son); and not His existence which has a starting point.
The Son of God, while fully retaining His divine identity, relinquished all power, associated with that position, that He might enter into the world as the simple spirit of an innocent new born child...He grew up living His life as any other child. He had to learn, and trust and rely on others, the same as ourselves. He went through all the stages that a normal child would go through. The difference: The manchild, having the Spirit of the Son of God within, and not being born through the union of two earthly parents, was clean and free of the inclination to commit sin, which has been passed on to us through such a union.
Jesus came into the world armed only with the perfect power of freewill, through which the proper exercise thereof, allowed Him to take back the dominion (Gen. 1:28) which had been stolen from Adam and Eve through deception.
We, as natural entities, are subjected to temptation and sin through our physical senses. This is the very pattern followed in the temptation of Eve (hearing, sight, touch, smell (implied) and taste). The Son of God, that He too might be subjected to temptation in the same arena, entered into such a body. The difference is: He prevailed where as Adam and Eve failed...
Before the resurrection, the body of Jesus was that of a man. After the resurrection, His glorified immortal body would, forevermore, be the heavenly body in which the Spirit of the Son of God would reside. Hence we can forever interact with Eternal Almighty God, through His Son who became as one of us.
The Son of God came into the world acting not as the creator; but as the redeemer. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit (as the Spirit of Truth sent from the Father) came down and took up residence in the physical body of Jesus (Luke 3:22), thus abiding with the Spirit of the Son. He no longer was just the sent one (John 7:28-29), but henceforth, the Christ, the "annointed one", filled with the power and person of the HOLY SPIRIT (John 1:33 ; Matt. 3:17 ; Luke 4:1).
Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Son of God, who had set aside His own heavenly power, was empowered by the Father to perform miracles, that it might be verified that He was indeed the Messiah (Isa. 9:6-7).
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not names of God, but titles of relationship, which exist in their own respective places as complete manifestations of the fullness of God. God is fully Father, fully Son and fully Holy Spirit, and all are fully God.