The Father is Greater Than I: John 14:28 Explained

In John 14:28, Jesus declares that He must return to His Father for His Father is greater than Him. This single verse records Jesus declaring the Father to be greater than He seems to completely destroy the Trinity argument since Jesus would be beneath the Father, which would mean He isn’t equal to God. Is that what Jesus was saying? Is the Father greater than Jesus? If so, is Jesus God, or is He just a man? Does that then mean that there is no Trinity? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to explain Jesus’ words, “The Father is Greater Than I” in John 14:28.

John 14:28
John 8:28-29
John 8:54
Matthew 24:35-36
1 Corinthians 14:33
Mark 4:10-12
2 Corinthians 3:14
John 1
Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:26-27
Deuteronomy 6:4
Matthew 12:29-30
James 2:19
Hebrews 5:11-14
Philippians 2:5-11
Revelation 2:8
Revelation 3:7
Revelation 22:12-13
Revelation 5:5-6
Revelation 5:1-5
Acts 4:11-12
Revelation 19:11-13
John 1:14

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They Have Different Roles:

While only the Father knows the day or hour of the return of the Son of Man, Jesus also has things that only He knows.

11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:11-12

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 19:11-16

Jesus’ Authority:

Jesus speaks differently about Himself after the resurrection. He no longer claims that ‘The Father is Greater Than I,’ instead He claims He is the Alpha and the Omega with all authority in heaven and on earth.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18

And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

Revelation 21:5-7

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What or Who Is the Word of God?

According to John, the Word of the LORD is God, but does that make sense? Is the Word God, or is the Word just an ‘it’, not an actual entity or person? Is this Word the light or life that the LORD God used to create everything we see and everything we don’t see? Or is there more to the story since Jesus said He (and His Father) is the light and life? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to answer the question, What or Who Is the Word of God?

John 1:1-2
Genesis 1:1-2
John 1:3
Job 9:8
Isaiah 44:24
John 1:4-5
John 8:12
John 11:25-27
John 14:6
John 1:6-18
Revelation 19:11-16
Revelation 17:14
John 1:28-29
Revelation 7:13-14
Hebrews 4:12
1 Peter 1:22-23
Ephesians 6:17

The Word of the LORD

The Word is God

John 1:1 says, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Here are a couple of instances of the Word of the LORD declaring Himself to be the LORD God.

1 After these things the Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

And He said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

Genesis 15:1, 7

10 The Word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night.

1 Samuel 15:10-11

Whenever the Word of the LORD comes to someone, it’s as an actual living entity declaring to be the LORD God. This is because the Word of the LORD isn’t just God speaking, but it’s the LORD God Himself. The Word of the LORD is one of the members of the God-Head, the Trinity.

The Word is the Creator

According to John 1:3, All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. Here are a couple of instances of the LORD God saying He is the only creator.

I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.

11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him: Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands? 12 I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

Isaiah 45:5-7, 11-12

Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.”’

Jeremiah 27:4-5

According to the LORD God, He is the sole creator of all things. Therefore, if the Word of the LORD created all things, then He is one of the members of the God-Head.

The Word is Light and Life

John 1:4 says, In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The Word of the LORD is light and life, which is eerily similar to what Jesus said about Himself. Here are few instances of Jesus saying that He is the light and life.

The Life

25 Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself. 27 And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

John 5:25-27

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:1-3

The Light

35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

John 12:35-36

44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in Him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees Him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”

John 12:44-46

The Word of the LORD is Jesus. Jesus is the light and life of the World. Jesus is the Creator. And most importantly, Jesus is God. The Word of the LORD is the light and life because the Word of the LORD is Jesus, the Son of God.

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Let God Use Your Weaknesses

But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Many times we feel as though God could never use us because of what we’ve done. What we can’t do, but God can use anyone with a willing heart. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the best. You just have to have the heart of a servant. The heart of someone willing to follow Jesus and God will lift you higher than your weakness. He will use all of those times you’ve messed up for good to help someone else who is struggling just as you were.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Let God Use Your Weaknesses.

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The Armor of God Pt. 1: What Is It?

The Belt of Truth; The Breastplate of Righteousness; The Gospel of Peace; The Shield of Faith; The Helmet of Salvation; The Sword of the Spirit. As Christians, one of the first things we learn is the Armor of God. Paul tells us to put on the Full Armor of God, but do we really understand what the Armor of God is? Do we know why we are to put on the Armor in that order? Was it random that God gave us the Belt of Truth first? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find answers to these questions and more in our latest video, The Armor of God Pt. 1: What Is It?

Ephesians 6:10-18
Romans 10:9
Ephesians 4:30
John 16:13
John 8:31-32
Leviticus 20:5-6
Ezekiel 6:9
Ezekiel 20:30
Ephesians 5:25-27
Titus 3:4-7
Jeremiah 17:9-10
Matthew 15:18-20
Galatians 5:22-23
John 14:26-27
Matthew 14:28-33
Luke 10:17-19
Hebrews 11:6
Ephesians 2:8
Hebrews 11:1
Luke 8:11-15
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
1 Peter 5:8
Revelation 1:16
John 4:25
Hebrews 4:12
Ephesians 6:12

What is the Armor of God?

Prayers To Put on The Armor of God

The Armor of God is compiled of six different pieces of armor: The Belt of Truth; The Breastplate of Righteousness; The Gospel of Peace; The Shield of Faith; The Helmet of Salvation; The Sword of the Spirit.

A.G.: The Belt of Truth

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

John 3:16-18

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.

John 16:13

A.G.: Breastplate of Righteousness

1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 7:1-3

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 51:10

A.G.: The Shoes of The Gospel of Peace

26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

John 14:26-28

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

A.G.: The Shield of Faith

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:8

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

A.G.: The Helmet of Salvation

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

A.G.: The Sword of the Spirit

24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.

John 4:25

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

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The Day of Atonement

Once a year, the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies and present an offering on the Mercy Seat before the LORD. When Jesus died for our sins on the cross 2,000 years ago, He fulfilled the final and perfect sacrifice. But what exactly does the Day of Atonement have to do with us today? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he connects the past to the present in our latest message, The Day of Atonement.

Leviticus 23:26–32
Ezra 8:21
Isaiah 58:5
Isaiah 58:1
Leviticus 23:1–2, 24, 27
1 Corinthians 13:10 NLT
Philippians 3:12 NLT
Matthew 11:12b
Leviticus 16:3–10
Leviticus 16:17
Philippians 2:6–8
Leviticus 16:5-6
Leviticus 4:3
Leviticus 7-8
Isaiah 34:14 LEB
Leviticus 16:9
Leviticus 16:2
Luke 4:18–21
Leviticus 25:8–17
Hebrews 4:16
James 5:16
1 John 5:14–15
Mark 11:24
Zechariah 11:1

The Feasts of The LORD

The Day of Atonement

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 27 “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the Lord. 28 And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”

Leviticus 23:26-32

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God’s Concern For The Lost

“10 And the LORD said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?’” ~ Jonah 4:10-11

Jonah was a prophet sent by the LORD to warn the great city of Nineveh that their time to repent was here, for judgment would come in 40 days. But Jonah ran from his call because he wanted to see God’s judgment and fierce wrath upon the wicked. We have each been called by God, just as Jonah was, and just as Jonah ran from his call, so do some of us. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he explains our greatest call in life in our latest message, “God’s Concern For The Lost.”

Jonah 4:10-11
Nahum 3:1-4
Jonah 2:1
Jonah 2:10
Jonah 3:4-5
Jonah 4:11
Matthew 9:13
Matthew 12:7
Hosea 6:6
Mark 16:15-18
Jonah 4:2-4

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I Will Give You Rest, But When?

The world seems to be falling straight into the trap prophesied by Paul 2,000 years ago. Even though the world seems to be hopeless, he still implores us to continue to not grow weary of doing good. But why? Join ArieRashelle as she explains why we must continue to do good, even though everything seems hopeless, in our latest video, I Will Give You Rest, But When?

Galatians 6:7-10
2 Thessalonians 3:13
Matthew 11:28-30
Hebrews 12:1-3
Matthew 11:29-30
John 16:33
2 Corinthians 4:8-18
Revelation 21:3-4

Jesus promised that He would give us rest. He gave us this promise over 2,000 years ago, yet we’re still running a race, according to Paul. So when will we have this rest? Paul even goes on to write to Timothy that difficult times are up ahead.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:8-10

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Don’t grow weary of doing good, for every good seed you are planting today will bear fruit tomorrow.

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Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as He has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Hebrews 4:1-3

45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

Matthew 26:45

Now is not the time for rest. Now is the time for spiritual warfare. Yes, Jesus is on His throne. Yes, Jesus has overcome the world, but we still have work to do. We still have to fight our loved ones. We still have to fight for the lost. Look at what Jesus says,

We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 9:4-5

Jesus lives in and through every Christ-Following Christian. As long as there are Christians on this earth, there is light. As long as there is light, there is day. Therefore, we must work while we can. Jesus is coming back soon, and when He does, there will no longer be time for anyone to work. When Jesus comes back, He is taking His bride with Him into their Eternal Rest. Will you be one of them?

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What Is Faith? Pt. 3: Faith In Action

Faith without works is useless. But what does that mean? It is by faith that you are saved, so why do we need works? Doesn’t that defeat the point of being saved by faith? Join Rev. Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the meaning of James’ statement, So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead in our latest message, What Is Faith? Pt. 3: Faith In Action.

Luke 10:36-37
James 1:22-24
James 2:14-26
James 5:13-18
Hebrews 9:14

What Is Faith?

Faith In Action

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:5-8

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

James 1:22-24

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:14-17

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Act

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

A lot of the time, we take this to mean that everything will work out for the better. No matter what happens, it’ll work itself out. We don’t have to stress, Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, will be. But that’s not exactly what Paul is saying in this letter to the Romans. He is saying that things will work out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, but you have to still work. We can’t just assume that things will fix themselves. We have to do some sort of work, some sort of action. We read this and forget that James tells in James 2:17, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Faith is moving forward and acting as if it has happened, and working towards it becoming a reality. You can’t just expect God to just fix everything on His own, He’s not a solo act. He follows your lead and helps you along the way. He doesn’t have the takeover spirit. If you want to see something happen, pray, have faith, and then put it into action. Don’t just wait around. You don’t have to stress, but you can’t just walk around waiting for something good to just fall in your lap either. You have to keep working towards that good.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Act.

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What Is Faith? Pt. 2: A Faith Worth Finding

Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8) When Jesus comes back, will He find the type of faith He is looking for? More importantly, do we know what type of faith Jesus is referring to? The Church has become dormant, we no longer see miracles or healings. Why is that? Do we lack the faith Jesus is referring to? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he goes into great detail about the faith Jesus is looking for in the second part, A Faith Worth Finding, of our three-part series, What Is Faith?

Luke 18:8
Matthew 24:3
Matthew 24:10a
Matthew 24:12-13
2 Timothy 1:12a

What Is Faith?

A Faith Worth Finding

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

John 3:16-18

22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 5:22-25

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