The Bible clearly teaches that God the Father is a person. However, a false teaching has surfaced that denies the personhood of the Father among certain groups of professing Christians. They say that the Bible only calls Jesus a person, and they say the Father is only a spirit. While it is true, Jesus is a person, and the Father is a spirit, the Scripture also calls the Father a person.
Let’s see that…
Hebrews 1:1-3: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…
The Bible teaches that the Father is God, and Jesus is the express image of His person (v. 3). I interpret the author of Hebrews literally, in saying, “His person,” to be a direct reference to God the Father.
The Person of God the Father
In order for Jesus to be a person, He had to be begotten by a person. I believe that person is the Father. The person of the Father is obviously not the same as a normal person, for He was not created, rather He created! He created everything after it’s own kind, but God is in a class of His own.
God’s servant James said that men “are made after the similitude of God” (Jas. 3:9). All this means is that we are made in His likeness, for there is only one God, and there is none other but He (Mar. 12:32).
Adam was created in God’s image, and after His likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). And unless you believe the fallacy that angels are created in God’s image, then you must believe that the Father, the Son of God, and the Spirit of God are meant in that Scripture reference. And if the three are meant, then we have one God in three persons. Adam was created in God’s image, but he wasn’t created exactly like God, for God is the Creator.
Jesus was the express image of God the Father; and if I may, the Father is a part of God as His own person. Jesus being the express image of God simply means the Father was in Christ (Jn. 14:8-11). Jesus Christ, as the Son, represented and declared the Father (Jn. 1:18), but it doesn’t mean Jesus was identical to the Father. They are not the same person, but rather equally the same God.
The people who deny the personhood of God the Father say that Jesus and the Father exist as the same person. They teach that Jesus is the person of God the Father, because He was “the express image of His person.” The problem we run into here is it makes man the same as God.
Adam was created in God’s image, but he isn’t the fourth member of the Godhead. He isn’t even in the same class as God. Adam didn’t live until God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Gen. 2:7). God is an eternal being with no beginning.
Therefore, saying that God the Father is not a distinct person from Jesus, because He is the Father’s express image, makes anyone created in His image the same as God! This is why it’s so important to acknowledge the personhood of God the Father.
The Bible clearly teaches that God the Father is a person, and to deny that is to blaspheme God! Jesus represents Him as the express image of His person, but Jesus doesn’t take away the existence of His person. The Father and the Son are the same God, but they are not the same person.
Is there forgiveness for blaspheming?
Mark 3:28-29: Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme, 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation…
Speaking words contrary to God is a big deal, and people who deny that God the Father is a person are guilty of such foolishness. You cannot deny who God is in the person of the Father without blaspheming. Wherefore, developing a biblical understanding of the true God is extremely important. This takes much study and time comparing Scripture with Scripture. Thankfully, God is merciful to those who may misspeak or arrive at a faulty conclusion, but there needs to be genuine repentance of one’s error.
To learn more on this topic, read Understanding The Holy Trinity As Distinct Persons