Is Jesus Our Brother or Our Father?

Jesus is our brother by virtue of His humanity, and He is our Father by virtue of His deity.

To paraphrase, Jesus became our brother in the days of His flesh – that is, from the time He was conceived in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit through His suffering and death.  He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).  He became our Father in the days of His resurrection to, and glorification in, heaven.  We were begotten from His seed (1 Peter 1:23), and we are thus His children and He is our heavenly Father.

For this reason Isaiah prophesied that the “Son” would be called “Father” (Isaiah 9:6), and that there would be no end to this arrangement (Isaiah 9:6-7).  Thus we may rightly say that Jesus was our brother but is our Father (2 Corinthians 5:16) in the same way that He was David’s son but is David’s Lord (Matthew 22:41-46; Acts 2:34-36).

One of the problems with the Trinity doctrine is that it tries to keep Jesus as our brother and won’t let Him be our Father.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

62 Replies to “Is Jesus Our Brother or Our Father?”

  1. Hi Mike,
    Actually, the Lord Jesus truly became our brother, the firstborn Son of God among many brothers (Rom. 8:29), when His humanity was uplifted into His divinity in His resurrection (Acts 13:33, cf. Rom 1:3-4) and we were regenerated or born of God in His resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3, 23; Isa. 53:10). Hence, after the Lord Jesus resurrected He said, “but go to My brothers and say to them, I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God” (John 20:17), and He continued to be our brother thereafter (Heb. 2:10-12). His High priestly service in His heavenly ministry depends upon Him still being our brother (Heb. 4:14-16; 2:17-18), and if He only was our brother and is our brother no longer, this service would be annulled. The Scripture portrays the Father and the Son as existing simultaneously, not God as switching between Father or the Son. Hence, God can simultaneous be our Father and our brother with respect to the Son’s glorified humanity.

          1. You mean, a God-Man. 😉

            “Where the Forerunner, Jesus, has entered for us, having become forever a High Priest according to the order of Melchisedec.” – Heb. 6:20

            1. When our Forerunner completed His race and entered into glory in resurrection, He became forever a High Priest and the Firstborn among many brothers (Acts 13:33; Rom. 1:4; 8:29). He did not discard His perfect, glorified humanity–the glory and salvation that He authored, pioneered, and perfected. Rather, He lives in the believers (Gal. 2:20; 4:19; Rom. 8:9-11; Col. 1:27) to duplicate what He is in them to conform them unto His glorious image and make them the same as He is.

      1. Well, actually, since there aren’t any gods which appear to exist, then it would appear to be a complete waste of time. There is no more reason to gravitate towards belief in the Bible then any of the dozens of other ancient “holy” books which also appear absurd.

        Religious belief is mainly determined by where you were born and/or it was your parent’s belief. If you were born in another place and time then in all likelihood you would worship a completely different god and think believers in Jesus were deluded.

        1. Despite you’re words, clearly you are searching inwardly otherwise you wouldn’t waste your time searching Christian dogma! Jesus will wait for you and when you’re at your end of all end’s, call His name and He will answer!

    1. Sir, there aren’t any gods which appear to exist. I was a Christian for 20 years and reading my Bible from cover to cover is what originally made me an atheist.

      If I don’t get blocked (and I have been assured by Mike Gantt that I won’t) then I would be happy to discuss your religious beliefs in detail and I can offer an enormous amount of contradictory evidence. If you respond and I don’t…it means that Mike blocked me.

      1. Do you have a book that says there is no God?

        Because I have a book that says there is a God.

        I have a book that backs up there is a God.

        On what grounds do you have the authority to say there is no God?

        You just have an opinion to back up your thoughts. I am a soldier for Jesus Christ. My boss is a Jewish Carpenter. Be careful how you tread across my Father’s children.

    1. Jesus appears to have been just another deluded religious believer who thought he was the son of a god. There is no reason to separate one god from the remaining thousands. They ALL appear fictional.

      1. And you Carl Hill appear to be trying to work against Jesus, I have first hand seen and had many things that came directly from God happen to me in my life, I am sorry that you do not get to enjoy and experience the beauty of Jesus our Savior and God’s unconditional Love, actually you do it seems you just chose to turn away from it, I pray for you that God touches your mind, heart and soul and that you be filled with the abundance of his love and glory. And that your lips no longer try to discourage his other children from coming to him.

      2. Carl the reason why your an atheist is because you don’t want to believe in God and if you experience hell it’s because you don’t want God ,If God hasn’t revealed himself to you it’s because he sees and knows you don’t want him ,even you yourself probably know this so you try and appease yourself by trying to convince yourself that there’s no GOD ,I pray that he changes you and your nature and that you believe in JESUS

      1. You say you were a Christian I think your just lost. Instead of read the book ask God if he exist if he doesn’t like you say he does then you don’t have anything to worry about.Jesus loved you so much he got murdered by his own people for you. God loves you so much that with your statement your still alive.I think that something happened in your life and instead of asking God for help you resent him because he didn’t do what you wanted. I mean why all of a sudden after 20 years God just for some reason doesn’t exhist

  2. I Think it’s cocky and small Minded to believe that God can only exist on one plane or observe you from one perspective. That’s also limiting your relationship with him to either sibling or authority figure. That, to me, is cocky and ignorant.

    1. If God does not exists then how do you explain the earths existence and God,Jesus and The Holy Spirit are one if God does not exist how does heaven exist no other God lives in heaven or created heaven because they do not exist,,, where do you think peoples spirits go after death..??

    1. Seriously doubt that. We are not puppets programmed to go to Paradise. We have a free will and if we decide we want to go against God, He will never force us into Paradise. It must be our own desire and we must make the effort to show this desire to Him.

    2. No. Not everyone is going to heaven. Read Revelations chapter 20. If you are not in the book of life, you will be thrown into the lake of fire where you will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    3. No. Not everyone is going to heaven. Read Revelations chapter 20. If you are not in the book of life, you will be thrown into the lake of fire where you will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    4. The only way to the Father is through the Son. The shedding of His blood is the only way we are righteous. There is NOTHING we can do to save ourselves. It is by grace through faith. So no, not everyone will go. I have tried ever so painfully to share the gospel with family and friends. Some don’t believe in God (as Father, Creator, Lord, Savior) in any way. They are not in the book of life and will be thrown onto the lake of fire to suffer every single day, forever and ever. My heart breaks for them. The time for salvation is NOW. Don’t wait for tomorrow. You might die today. Christ might return today. What are you waiting for?

      1. You are right on Heather. Mr Gant is a false prophet and being used by Satan to lead others to hell. He is lost. It breaks my heart. I can’t stand when people talk about the so called truth and what they believe instead of telling people about Gods Holy Word. Like Joel Olsten. He is another false prophet, he never uses Gods word to back up what he is talking about which is about nothing related to God. He never shares the Gospel of how to be saved and know for sure that you are going to heaven . He makes millions and he is sending 1000 to hell. I am just writing this to you as a brother in Christ.

        Matthew 28:19
        Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

        Mark 16:19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

        Romans 6:23
        For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        John 3:16
        For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

        Revelation 22:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
        And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

        Revelation 20:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
        And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

        Revelation 20:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
        And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

        Revelation 3:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
        He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

  3. O Mike, you seem to have a way with words… I like ‘binary’ and ‘granular’… But I still believe in a God Who respects our free will and appreciates our slightest effort to know Him (that is to love Him as He really is)…Why would we even bother to love Him and suffer for His sake if we get to go to Paradise anyway… Ours is a personal God and if you speak continually with Him, prayer will teach you that Christ’s life (that is the Cross and the Resurrection) must be repeated in each one of us… There is no easy way to Paradise.
    Then truly we will walk on His path, which leads us to Golgotha but then above the heavens.
    You try to get to heaven avoiding the Cross, and I can understand why… So many times I unconsciously try to do the same… But then, I always turn to the truth.
    I am no theologian. I know not how to support my ‘thesis’ with arguments and quotations. But sometimes I pray to Him… Let’s ask Him humbly, ‘Will we really go to heaven no matter how we live? What was the purpose for which Thou hast endured the Cross, O Lord?’

  4. You make many assumptions about my teaching that are simply not true. I would point them out one by one, but that’s probably not a good use of time. Instead, let me point out what troubled me the most about what you wrote:

    “Why would we even bother to love Him and suffer for His sake if we get to go to Paradise anyway”

    I encourage you to examine your heart and ask yourself whether you are giving Jesus the kind of love He deserves and whether you are giving your fellow man the kind of love Jesus calls you to give him.

  5. Sorry to bother you, my friend… You are so right. I do not love God and my neighbour as I should. That is why I weep and lament every day… But Let me stop here. I don’t enjoy trying to convince people anyway. Only God can convince us in the depths of our hearts, if we let Him… So long.
    Let me just share with you the words of someone who is very dear to me: ‘ The greater the love, the greater the sufferings of the soul. The fuller the love, the fuller the knowledge of God. The more ardent the love, the more fervent the prayer. The more perfect the love, the holier the life.’

  6. You have not bothered me, but since your mind is made up, it is, as you say, best to avoid a quarrel.

    As you go, let me just share with you the words of someone who is very dear to me: “We love, because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

  7. I love that one too… Pity you found my attitude bellicose.
    So, you think that even those who do not love God go to heaven? What does heaven mean for you?
    Let me quote that person again:
    ‘My soul yearns after God and I seek Him in tears. How could I do other than seek Thee, for Thou first didst seek and find me, and gavest me to delight in Thy Holy Spirit, and my soul fell to loving Thee.’
    Our loved ones seem to agree…

  8. If you asked me where I was, and I replied “on earth,” you could say “But, Mike, earth is a very big place!” I could be on a mountain top or in a valley, I could be on land or water, I could be in a mansion or a hut, I could be rich or poor, I could be very hot or very cold, and on and on and on – all because the earth is a very big place and allows for a wide variety – a very wide variety – of experience. Surely heaven is as big a place as earth, and probably much bigger, and could allow for an even wider variety of experience. Yet you seem to think we’ll all be in the same place having the same experience. As for me, I expect that those who love God the most on earth will be having a commensurately superior experience in heaven to those who did not love Him while on earth. After all, Jesus was not merely exalted to heaven, but to the highest place in heaven. None of us is going to that spot – it’s taken! But some of us will surely land closer to it than others.

  9. I agree that to love God and to hate God are quite different experiences. I also think that the relationship (of love or hate) that we build with God in our hearts while on earth will continue in the other life. That does not mean that God stops loving those who hate Him (He proved us that He loved His enemies), but I think that their experience of God’s love in the other life will be quite different from the ones who do love Him… (You will tell me again that my view is ‘binary’-but we both know every person has his own degree of love or hate).
    I also believe that man is in the image and likeness of God, he is a person, a unique one. Therefore each person’s experience of God is also unique.
    It is true, we cannot be Christ, we cannot be God, we are created, whereas He is Uncreated. But I think we can be ‘where’ He is: John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.
    Do you think heaven is a place? How do you think that people who do not want to go to heaven will experience heaven? Sorry, I am just curious to understand your view…

  10. Yes, I think heaven is a place. However, I also think that my capacity to anticipate the experience of being there is similar to the capacity of a child in his mother’s womb to anticipate the experience of life outside the womb – that is, quite limited. That said, your vision of a man leaving this life in the flesh and finding himself in heaven with an unchanged attitude (“Didn’t I tell You I didn’t want to come here?!”) seems utterly incredulous to me. When we leave this world the blinders come off and we will all see things that we could not see here – and this would be all the more true for those farthest from God. Nevertheless, I don’t believe what I do about people and heaven because of the way things seem to be but because of what the word of God says.

  11. You must be a very forgiving person…
    But then, if we can only know the real truth after death, why did Christ come here in this life and say : ‘if ye believe not that I am he (God) ye shall die in your sins’? And what is this ‘gnashing of teeth’ and ‘outer darkness’ all about?
    So you also think that our attitude towards God in this life will make no difference at the last judgment… Do we need a last judgment at all?
    Why does Christ speak of ‘eternal damnation’?
    I know, I know, too many questions… I wouldn’t blame you if you got tired of all this.
    Sometimes I think life is unfair. But when I look at Christ on the Cross I fall silent. I don’t know how to explain it but I feel something unfair in your view, unfair to God and to His creature, man. Now, don’t think I am trying to provoke you. You will continue to believe what you believe, I don’t want to disturb that. It is just a feeling I get when I try to understand your view. I might be wrong to share it with you… But soon, I think soon you shall have peace…

  12. I am a very forgiving person…but that doesn’t make me special; on the contrary, it is what the Lord requires of all of His disciples (Luke 17:1-10; especially Luke 17:10).  

    “Dying in our sins,” “gnashing of teeth,” and “outer darkness” are about existence outside the kingdom of God.  He came to show us the way to the kingdom of light, but if we don’t follow Him we remain in darkness.  Throughout the New Testament this dichotomy is presented: blessing for those who enter, cursing for those who don’t; peace for those who abide, no peace for the wicked; joy for the righteous, emptiness for the unrighteous; and so on.  Just as Jesus said, small is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and few are those who find it.  Wide is the gate and broad in the way that leads to destruction and many are those who go that way.

    “Eternal damnation” is not something that commences after this life and lasts forever; rather, it is something that commences in the life, lasts forever and thus eventually consumes our life here.

    We are being tested in this life, and the final judgment is about determining, based on how we lived this life, just what is the appropriate level of responsibility for us to carry in heaven.  Yes, life here can be hard.  That’s what tests are – hard.  But by His grace we can pass those tests.  And if we’ve failed the ones we’ve had so far, and appeal to Him, He will give us chances to be tested again – with hope of a better outcome this time.  Remember Peter.  And when you don’t understand what’s happening to you, remember Job and 2 Corinthians 4:8.

    God is the very essence of fairness.  When it does not appear that He’s being fair…that’s our faith (in His fairness) being tested.  If we always fully understood everything, there’d be no place for faith, no need for faith.

  13. I know God is fair… Although how can we call being crucified for your enemies fair… Only He can bear all our injustice. No, when I said life is unfair I said it with the deep grief of knowing that we humans made it that way – unfair, ‘of whom I am chief’.
    So if you admit that there are people who stay out of the kingdom of God, then I got stuck in understanding your views: how can all go to heaven if they don’t all get to the kingdom. You lost me here, but I must surely be missing something…
    You say: ‘I am a very forgiving person…but that doesn’t make me special; on the contrary, it is what the Lord requires of all of His disciple’. You are so lucky. If only I could become like unto my God just because He said I should… You seem to have managed, at least in this one aspect of forgiving.
    Tests… Yeah, tell me about tests. I have passed a lot of exams in my life. But in front of Him I seem to systematically fail. No, I don’t think I have low self esteem. I just have not found the way of ‘standing’ before Him with all my being, with all my heart. Yet He is so merciful. I only need to sigh and He is there to comfort me in my failures… Hopeless case I am, I know. I wish I could give Him joy, one day…
    I am glad you agree that there are some things that start in this life and continue in eternity, like this eternal damnation. I also believe salvation begins here on earth.
    I see you do not believe in the Trinity? Pity, to me it is such a richness… Christ speaks so often of His Father. What do you make of that?

  14. Yes, Christ speaks often of His Father. However, have you noticed how seldom He speaks of the Trinity? We should take our cues from the Scriptures, not from the philosophies of men. Jesus entrusted His message to apostles, not theologians. Since neither the prophets who wrote the Old Testament nor the apostles who wrote the New Testament spoke of Trinity, I don’t either.

    Yet I don’t object if someone wants to believe God is a Trinity. Even then, what should unite us is that Jesus is Lord and the Bible is the word of God. That is, what all Unitarians and Trinitarians should have in common is that they trust and obey Jesus as Lord.

  15. Then Who is the Father He speaks about so often? And Who I the other Comforter? They are Persons… You cannot ignore Them… Plus, I think it is dangerous to guide yourself after how often or seldom Christ mentioned something. I think once He said something it remains for ever. He Himself that even one jot of His word will not pass…
    Anyway, some of my questions were left unanswered by you…

  16. If Christ had said the word “Trinity” even one time, He would have my attention. However, He did not…and neither did any of the prophets or apostles. It’s a word of man, not a word of God.

    As for some of your questions going unanswered by me, given my limited knowledge of God and even more limited knowledge of you, it’s not realistic to expect that I could answer all your questions.

  17. May God comfort your soul when you most need it.
    It was nice trying to understand you. Thank you for the time you did spend answering some of my questions… It was a drop of comfort in my hell. A bit defensive but still comfort…
    All the best to you, whoever you are.

    1. You are wonderful. I read all your comments. Stand in the truth of his word and who Jesus says he is and not in the man made religious views of others. It looks to me that you are on the right track. Your righteousness is in him so quit worrying about what you cant give Jesus. He loves you. I pray you’ll be made into likeness with him and I pray you will find unshakeable trust in his presence. I pray over you a heart healing and that you will grow in spiritual maturity so that you can serve him with joy. Bless you.

  18. If god is our father, and is Jesus’s father, then yes, Jesus is our brother, but also our heavenly father.

  19. Wow Mike I must say I stumbled upon this site and posts after googling is Jesus our Brother or Father and after reading all the conversation between you and Anonymous I must say I believe you were being tested and taunted as a third person it seemed not right like you were not speaking to a human at all

  20. Alex D,

    I am not sure what you mean about “Anonymous.”

    I try to respectfully answer every person who questions or challenges me. I write my blogs not only to put my witness of the good news about Jesus into writing, but to give readers the chance to react and put their own thoughts on the record – whether they agree with me or disagree. I’m glad for you, and for every person who takes the opportunity to express yourself.

    Jesus is Lord and the Bible is the word of God. The second truth is established on the first. And all other truths can be established on these two. Glory be to God our Creator and Redeemer!

  21. By virtue of existence, as in, his humanity, he is very much our brother, in the more literal way.
    By virtue of his character towards his people, as he leads them, it is also appropriate to think of him as a father-like figure.
    Things don’t need to be “either/or”, they can be “both/and”

  22. Don’t forget “friend.” Jesus is our friend. See John 15:15.

    “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” NASB

    Now this is a tough one because we tend to consider friends to be peers. I don’t consider myself to be Jesus’ peer. So I toss out the question to whoever wishes to respond. How do I proceed with the idea of Jesus as friend?

  23. If Jesus Is are father than how come that he was praying to father dos he pray to him self ??? luke 23;46
    And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

  24. Please re-read my original post above. Jesus was our brother during the days of His flesh but became our Father through His glorification in heaven – according to prophecy (Isaiah 9:6).

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