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If Jesus and the Father are co-eternal and co-equal how is it that Jesus will by a subject of the Father?

I was reading this passage from 1 Corinthians 15:28 "And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."

That seems to be saying that the Father will make all things subject to himself including Jesus.  If that is the case then Jesus can not be co-equal, or this passage has a different meaning

Hi Ben,
  To understand the matter let’s determine the meaning of co-equal. Co-equal means both are equal as you stated.  The word “equal” is the Greek word ísos (Strong’s 2470) and means “(through the idea of seeming); similar (in amount and kind):—+ agree, as much, equal, like.”  It is used six times in the New Testament.    The English definition is “(through the idea of seeming); similar (in amount and kind):—+ agree, as much, equal, like.”  Although the English word is close it is not the same as the Greek.  The question is what are they equal in.

  Thus, Jesus is wholly God and wholly man.   In the God Head, God the Father is presented head as the first member of the Trinity, Jesus the second, and the Holy Spirit,third.   They are one God with each having a distinct purposes within the God Head and in God the Father's plan.    In the unity of the God Head, God the Father is the head, Jesus and the Holy Spirit do the will of the Father.   

       Jesus equal with God the Father in purpose to honor and carry out God's plan.  That is what the New Testament word "equal" means.

  Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

  Of the Holy Spirit Jesus said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:” (Joh 15:26)

  Jesus further said in the garden just before he was arrested, “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Mt 26:39)

  “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Mt 26:39)

  “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (Joh 6:38)

  The Son glorifies the Father, “Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (Joh 12:28)

  I think you can see in these versew and others in the New Testament, that Jesus came to earth to carry out the Father’s plan of salvation and to honor Him.  The are equal in that they are in total harmony as the will of God the Father.   However, there is more.   Jesus is God and He did everything that the Father did.  He forgave sin, and only God can to that.  The New Testament shows Him to be omniscience, omnipresent, and omnipotent the same as God the Father.     We using human reasoning say how can that be, how can they be equal and one God?

  This short answer does not afford me the space and time to explain the Trinity to you.  I suggest you read my book.”Understanding the Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity (The God Head) .  You can read it free at http://, or purchase it from my online book store, or from    It will explain the Trinity as it is revealed in the God's word, Bible.    Many people have found the book the answer to their questions and I hope you will too.
Cooper Abrams
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Independent Fundamental Baptist missionary and pastor, ThB, MBS, and PhD as of May 28, 2013. I began pastoring in 1981, and have taught in churches, a Bible college, and a Bible Institute. I have written numerous articles on various subjects from a biblical perspective and many are posted on my web site Bible Truth ( ). Bible Truth receives over one hundred and forty thousand visiters per month. Since 1998 I have answered Bible related questions via e-mail. My answers are straight forward and biblical. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE -----DO NOT ASK A QUESTION AND THEN NOT READ THE ANSWER! ABOUT FOUR IN TEN QUESTIONS ASKED ARE NEVER READ. I FREELY GIVE MY TIME TO GIVE HELPFUL ANSWERS. OFTEN THE ANSWER WILL REQUIRE AS MUCH AS A HOUR OR MORE TO RESEARCH AND THEN TO FORMULATE THE REPLY. IF YOU SEND A QUESTION PLEASE BE THOUGHTFUL ENOUGH TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT. MOST PEOPLE DO...BUT ALL SHOULD. THANKS


I have been a pastor since 1981 and a Independent Baptist missionary church planter since 1986. I have seen the Lord establish four Bible believing churches in Utah. My web site Bible Truth ( http:\\ ) continues to grow presently over 7,000 visiters per day. The materials on the web site are mostly written by myself and contain sermons, Bible commentaries, articles on various biblical subjects.

I am pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tremonoton, Utah (

- Appeared on Grizzly Adams DVD documentary "End Times: How Close Are We?" ( - Article "Are Mormons Christians" "O Timothy Magazine" Way of Life Literature (

ThB (Bachelor Degree in Theology) Piedmont Bible College, Winston-Salem, NC. MBS (Mastor of Biblical Studies) Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC. PhD (Bible) Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL

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Graduated Suma Com Laude with PhD Religion - Bible Major, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary - 2013

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