The Father sent the Son so is He not greater?
Jesus said,"for the Father is greater than I" and also referred to his Father as "the only true God, " and at John 13:16 He says : "the one who is sent is not greater than the one who sent him."(NASB)
The Father is greater than I.
John 14:28 (NASB)
28" You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’
If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I." John 17:3 (NASB)
3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
And on many other occasions Jesus made it known that he is inferior and subordinate to the Father.
John 5:19 NASB
19 "Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I
say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something
He sees the Father doing; for whatever [a]the Father does, these
things the Son also does in like manner."
Luke 22:41-42 (NASB)
41 "And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down
and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this
cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
John 13:16 (NASB)
16 "Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his
master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him."
No one is "good" except God alone.
When Jesus said "No one is good except God alone," Jesus clearly showed that no one is as good as the father, not even himself . Jesus distinguished that the Father is greater and separate from him.
Mark 10:18 (NASB)
18 "And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good
except God alone."
This is my Son.
At Jesus baptism the voice of God from heaven said:“This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.” So God actually was saying that He, as the superior, was approving his Son Jesus , a lesser one for the work ahead.
Matthew 3:16-17 (NASB)
16 "After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water;
and behold, the heavens were opened, and [a]he saw the Spirit of God
descending as a dove and [b]lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice
out of the heavens said, “This is [c]My beloved Son, in whom I am
Sit one on your right and the other on your left.
When the mother of the sons of Zebedee ,asked Jesus for her sons to sit one on his right and the other on his left , He replied: "this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.” (Mathew 20:23 NASB) Had Jesus been the Almighty God it would have been his to give, but Jesus could not give them, for they were not his to give.
Matthew 20:23 (NASB)
23 "He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right
and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom
it has been prepared by My Father.”
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.
Jesus acknowledged his Father's superiority, when he said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me." By anointing Jesus, God as superior, was commissioning or giving Jesus authority that he did not previously have.
Luke 4:18 (NASB)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, He has sent Me to proclaim
release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set
free those who are oppressed"
Some may say that the above verses apply to Jesus during his fleshy state on earth, this is not so, because his followers continued to teach that the Father is superior to Jesus, even after his ascension into heaven.
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB)
God is the Head of Christ.
3 "But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man,
and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ."
1 John 2:1 (NASB)
Christ Is Our Advocate.
2 "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you
may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous;"
1 Peter 1:3 (NASB)
3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a
living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 John 4:9-10 (NASB)
9 "By this the love of God was manifested [a]in us, that God has sent
His [b]only begotten 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 propitiation for our sins."
Jesus acknowledges that" the one sent , is not greater than the one who sent him,"( John 13:16) "the father is greater than I" (John 14:28) , and during his earthly ministry He continuously distinguished himself from the Father (John 17:3). God ,Jesus, the angels and even Satan are divine in nature, but this does not mean that they all equal. After Jesus ascension into heaven his disciples continued to teach that the Father is the head of Christ, (1 Corinthians 11:3) Compare 1 John 2:1, 1 Corinthians 15:27-28, Revelation 1:1-2