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After the Jews sought out to stone Jesus for proclaiming Himself to be the Son of God, scriptures record Christ accepting His rightful place in authority from the Father. In the perfect will of the Father, He proclaims that He was sent from the Father, and that all things done through the Son were from the Father.
If you have been influenced by the ministry of William Branham, and you have been trained to believe the version of Jesus that Branham portrayed in many of his sermons, this is the place where your questions begin to form. Could a "messenger from God" teach any other Christ than what we find in this passage of scripture?
Taking one verse of scripture, twisting it out of context, and demoting the Son of God to a prophet with limited power, Branham's version of Christ was one that did not have the authority to heal. Verse 19 says, "So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing."
When we read this, and without reading the rest of the chapter, it would seem that Branham was correct. It would seem that all Christians serve a God with limited power, a Christ that was more mortal than deity, and a fully separated Godhead. Many times throughout his ministry, William Branham added one word to that scripture, and that one word was enough to change the entire meaning of the chapter: vision.
Branham said: "Saint John 5:19: "Verily, verily, I say unto you: The Son can do nothing in Himself, but what he sees the Father doing, that doth the Son likewise." Is that what He said? "I do nothing till the Father shows Me a vision first what to do." Branham, 56-0429
Jesus never performed one miracle in His life without first God the Father showing Him a vision to do it; or He told something wrong in the Bible, for He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself; but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise." Branham, 61-0414
If you search Branham's ministry for that phrase, "The Son can do nothing," you'll find several references to Branham's version of Christ. Each time, Christ is separated from the Father -- a mortal that must see a vision.
But the Bible's version of Christ is fully God, fully man. There is no separation from the Father, and no "vision" is required for the Son to predict futures. Christ is given full authority -- even to raise the dead.
As you examine this, here are some key passages from John chapter 5:
Verse 21: For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
Verse 22-23: 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.
Notice verse 24. Arguably, anyone denying the Supreme Deity of Christ is denying this verse: "Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him."
Verse 25-27 “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. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Verse 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Christ, fully matching the Father's perfect will, stated that the things he did bore witness of the Father. He was the fulfillment of all scripture, and the things that he did here on earth confirmed the Word. But he also told us that the Father bore witness of him in verse 37: And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me.
If you are in the following of William Branham, and you have been taught a "prophet-god" that must see a vision before knowing all things, examine the scriptures. You'll find that Jesus is much more than this "god-man" limited in power. The fullness of God dwelt within him. Christ and the Father are One.
Branham falsely taught that "Trinitarians" believed in three gods. He taught that to be "Trinitarian" was to take the Mark of the Beast -- all while convincing the people that God was split in two. And one half of God could only access the other through a vision!
But Christians stand on this Truth: There is a Father. There is a Son. There is a Holy Spirit. And these Three are One.
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." - 1 John 5:7