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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

J. C. Ryle

Notes on John Chapter 14

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Notes on 14:1-3

Notes on 14:4-11

Notes on 14:12-17

Notes on 14:18-20

Notes on 14:21-26

Notes on 14:27-31

In verse 14 Jesus says, "The Father is greater than I." Great controversy raged over the nature of Jesus Christ during the Fourth Century. Arius taught that Christ, while he was indeed the creator of the world, was himself a creature of God, therefore not truly divine. The opposing view was championed by Athanasius. The view of Athanasius prevailed and was formulated in the Nicene Creed:

"We believe...in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father."

This view of Jesus is part of the doctrine of the Trinity. But if Jesus is "very God of very God" and "of one substance with the Father," how could he say that the Father was greater than he? Are they not equal?

The deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity are part of historical Christianity. Every Bible-believing Christian should now how to answer this questrion.

These are the technical notes by J. C. Ryle that accompany his expository comments on John chapter 14.

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