(From towritelife) “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthee24:36.
How would a Oneness Pentecostal explain this verse?
First of all I want to explain that I am not going to debate on this topic. I will, however, give a concise explanation and then point you to resources that will explain in broader and deeper detail that I am able to at this time. Second, I have not been ignoring this question. It just happens that I recieved the question in my mail box at atime when I have been unexpectantly called away. Due to travel accomodations and other restraints, it has been hard to put two words together without sounding like an idiot. And finally, I wish to thank those of you, and especially towritelife, for having patience with slow poke me.
Now on with the subject….
There can be no explanation without the definition and understanding of Who God is.
God is a spirit, invisible to human eyes, unique, and the Creator of all life. (Exodus 24:10, Luke 24:39, John 4:24, John 1:18)
God is not a man (Numbers 24:19, Job 9:32)
God is the only God. There are not 2 or 3 gods. There are not 2 or 3 who work in concert as one God. He is unique, and He alone is God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6,8,24)
God is our Father, Lord, and King. (Psalm 24:10,Isaiah 43:15)
Jesus declares (shows / points to) God and makes Him known to us. (John 1:18)
Jesus is the “Visible Image of the Invisible Spirit that is God” (Isaiah 7:4, John 14:8-9)
Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. (I Timothy 3:16, Colossians 2:9)
Jesus is “The Father” incarnate. Jesus is “The Father ” manifested in the Son of Man. (Hebrews 1:1-3, II Corinthians 4:4, Colossians 1:15,19, John 5:43, I John 14:28)
Jesus is both God and humanity. (Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:4, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 1:20, John 1:1,14, John 8: 19,24,)
We were redeemed by the blood of God. (Acts 20:28)
Paul, Peter, and Thomas call Jesus their God, Lord, and Savior. (John 20:28, Titus 2:13, II Peter 1:1)
As God, Jesus had all power and knowledge. He held all wisdom.
As a human, Jesus was limited by the flesh. He laid aside His wisdom and knowledge and power to fulfill the requirements of the contract God had made with Humanity to reconcile us with Himself in His righteousness. (II Corinthians 5:19)
As God Jesus had knowledge of the Second Coming, but as a humanbeing, Jesus was as limited as we are when it comes to Godly knowledge. The Spirit of God spoke through the humanity of Christ to implant knowledge to us.
As a human, God prayed in the garden. As a human God was baptized by John the Baptizer to fulfill all righteousness.
I hope this helps you understand a little better.
The Oneness of God by David K. Bernard is an excellent resource if you are curious to understand more deeply. Also, Ken Raggio (kenraggio.com) has a great teaching section on The Oneness of God.