Chapter C4, “Objections to the Unity of the Godhead”
Pieper now discusses four objections to the unity of God. First, since Christ talks about the Father as the ‘only true God” it may be assumed that Jesus is some kind of subordinate. On the contrary, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are of one essence. The Son is also the only true God.
A second objection says that since the Father is the source of the Son and that the Father and Son are the source of the Spirit there must be subordination. This is not necessarily so. Even in natural things it is not always the case, and Scripture clearly considers the three persons as unified.
The third objection Pieper states is that the Bible teaches subordination because the Father accomplishes tasks through the Son or the Spirit. yet agency does not necessarily require subordination.
A fourth objection is that Jesus says in John 14:28-29 that the Father is greater than the Son. yet Pieper considers this to be Jesus’ statement of his status before the Father during his time in a state of humiliation. It does not refer to his permanent nature.