Can John 14:28 and John 14:9 be reconciled by saying Jesus had all three parts of the Trinity in him ?
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
Regarding John 14:8-10 (NIV)
8 "Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for
us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have
been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the
Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe
that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say
to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father,
living in me, who is doing his work."
Seeing God with the eyes of the heart.
God said to Moses " “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” (Exodus 33:20) and so when Jesus said to Philip,"Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father," and when John wrote; "whoever does evil has not seen God." (3 John 11 NRSV) It obvious they were speaking ,that they were not seeing God literally ,but with the eyes of the heart. (Ephesians 1:18) So anyone seeing Jesus that reflected the qualities and personality of his Father, was like seeing God himself. The apostles were able to see the love of Jesus for his friends and mankind,his compassion for the sick, and how he corrected them with kindness when they were arguing who is the greatest, it was like seeing God in person.
The Father is greater than I.
Regarding John 14:28 NIV
"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If
you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the
Father is greater than I."
"For the Father is greater than I," literally means that the Father excels in knowledge , power and authority, some may say that this is was during his human nature, but by saying this, they actually dissolve their belief, but what really matters is what the scriptures tell us, before and after his ascension to heaven.
Jesus acknowledged his Father's superiority in authority and position when he said:
Matthew 20:23 (NRSV)
23 "He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my
right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for
those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
As a spirit being ,Jesus admits that he is a servant and that his Father that sent him is greater.
John 8:42 (NRSV)
42 "Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but
he sent me."
John 13:16 (NRSV)
16 "Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their
master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them."
Inspired by the spirit of God the apostles wrote and teached ,that even after Jesus ascension to heaven, that the Father as being superior in authority .
God is the head of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NRSV)
**3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife,[b] and **God is the head of Christ.****
Jesus intercedes with the Father.
1 John 2:1 (NRSV)
2 "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you
may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
God sent his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10 (NRSV)
9 "God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son
into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love,
not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the
atoning sacrifice for our sins."
Jesus relinquishes his rulership to the Father then he subjects himself to Him.
1 Corinthians 15:28 (NRSV)
28 "When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will
also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under
him, so that God may be all in all."
The Bible tells us about Jesus prehuman existence , that he is the beginning of God's creation :
Revelation 3:14 (NASB )
"The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the
creation of God
And that by him all things were created :
Colossians 1:15-17 (NASB)
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers
or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He [c]is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."
Other verses ,Philipians 2:8-9, Ephesians 1:20-21, Acts 2:32-33.
God is the head of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:3, Jesus is the beginning of God's creation Rev. 3:14 (Darby)
Jesus repeatedly said that he was inferior to his Father, other writers also wrote and teached that Jesus was subordinate to the Father, even after Jesus assented to heaven. Paul said of Jesus : "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." an image is not the original and hence Jesus is not "the God,"(Col. 1:15-17). and that God is the head of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3) . John went to great pain to tell us that Jesus became "flesh" (John 1:14) and not God. Jesus was tempted by Satan, Matthew 4:9 , on the other hand it is unimaginable that God can be tempted and be disloyal to himself,(James 1:13, Deuteronomy 32:4)
So when Jesus said to his apostles , "for the father is greater than I."some say that this was so because Jesus was still on earth, however we have seen that this is not what the Bible says. It is also strange that Jesus forgot to tell this to his followers, the expression simply means the "Father is superior in knowledge, power and authority ," during his earthly sojourn and after he assented to heaven