"All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what He will make known to you." (John 16:15)

This verse has been substantially mistranslated and misinterpreted to infer that Jesus is God.

This thesis, however, makes no sense. Let's fist examine the logic of such a thesis before we look more deeply at the translation and its real meaning:

Why doesn't Jesus just come out and say he is God if he is? Why does he speak of God in the third person here and throughout his teachings if he were God?

If Jesus were God then why are there three separate persons referred to in this sentence: "The Father," Jesus ("Mine"), and Jesus' disciples ("you")?

If Jesus were God, who was he praying to when he said:
"Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will." (Mark 14:36)
And if Jesus were God, why would he ask to do God's will rather than his own will?

Why would Jesus say:
"My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent me." (John 7:16)
"I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me." (John 8:18)
"I have not come on my own; God sent me." (John 8:42)
These and many other statements, indicating over and over, that Jesus is not God - but rather, that he was sent by God. He is God's messenger: God's representative.

Yet the confusion among ecclesiastical church teachings continues. Why is this? It is because they do not know who God is. They do not know the Person who sent Jesus.

So they confuse the messenger with the sender.

This is a common mistake when people hear from any messenger. Ever heard the expression: "Don't shoot the messenger"? This expression is derived from the notion that people often confuse the messenger with the sender of a message that may upset them. And this - "shooting the messenger" - takes place typically when the receiver of the message does not know the sender very well if at all.

This is the case with ecclesiastical sectarian institutions and their teachers. Why? Because those teachers do not know God, and thus are not representing of God. They are not God's representatives. How do we know this?

Consider first how those ecclesiastical teachers are appointed to their respective positions. We can begin with the one position that is considered today as being the foremost supposed representative of God - the pope.

Today, the pope is elected by a body from a possible 208 cardinals from different regions of the Catholic church. Only those under the age of 80 may vote, leaving 118 eligible and 115 to be coming to the conclave to vote for the next pope.

This means that the pope represents those cardinals who elected him. The pope is not representing God - he is representing a body of cardinals.

And how did these cardinals come to their positions? They were appointed by either a previous pope or a body of cardinals.

And how did they get to the position of getting elected as a cardinal? They attended a seminary school and received a seminary degree. They passed the tests and then were appointed to priesthood by a body of priests.

Appointment, appointment, appointment. This is the process. These are appointments by other people who were appointed by other people. What is this process?

It is politics. Being appointed by other people is a political process. It requires one to navigate ones reputation amongst those who hold a vote. It requires a person to be pleasing to those who have the power to appoint.

And what is the result? Politicians hold those positions. Those who hold those positions know how to navigate a political arena. They know how to please others. They know how to please the right people.

God's representative, on the other hand, does not please other people. He or she is not a politician. Did John the Baptist please those Jewish scribes and Herod who had him beheaded? Did Jesus please the high priests, the pharisees, the sadducees and the Romans who eventually had him crucified? Did Jeremiah or Ezekiel or James please those ecclesiastical organizations around them?

The fact is, these representatives of God pleased God. They were God's messengers, God's servants, and God's lovers. They were not politically elected by groups of men. They were selected by God.

Yet each of God's Saints were indeed connected with a previous Saint. Each took guidance under another representative of God, just as James was Jesus' student, Jesus was John the Baptist's student, Joshua was Moses' student, Samuel was Eli's student, David was Samuel's student, Solomon was David's student and so on. This hierarchy illustrates another level of access to God. The access of introduction. Being a student of God's representative means being introduced to God.

One who knows God already may also be sent by Him personally - they will still honor the introduction system as Jesus did - "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." (Matt. 3:15)

And being introduced leads to coming to know God - not from a political or institutional position, but from a personal standpoint. It means coming to know God personally.

Once someone comes to know God personally, God may empower that person to represent Him. This is God's choice, no one else's. Not even one's teacher can appoint someone to be God's representative. Only God can make this choice.

So how does a person know who God's representative is then? This is only found by God's direction as well. The Supreme Being can show a person who is serious about coming to know Him who His representative is. This comes from within.

Therefore, no political assemblies, no elections, no big hats, no big chairs, no big churches, no national television, no big rallies and no interviews on CNN will indicate who is God's representative. Nor will having lots of followers indicate who God's representative is. All of these supposed "signs" are the result of politics: pleasing people.

We can test this by seeing that practically anyone can gain these things. Even murderers get interviewed on CNN. Even child molesters can become priests. This means that child molesters, as long as they are good politicians, can become cardinals and even popes. And as we saw from people like Jim Jones, murderers can have big followings and be accepted as representatives of God. (Many, like Jim Jones even have claimed to be God.)

So we know these titles or positions do not indicate whether a person is God's representative.

As we can see from the lives of John, Jesus, Job, David, James, Peter and others, being God's representative may even mean the opposite of being respected by many people. It may mean being persecuted by those same institutions that elect and appoint people to supposedly be God's representatives.

The point is that those who make it big in the eyes of people by pleasing other people are the representatives of people. They are not God's representative.

And if we want to know God personally, we must be introduced to Him personally - by God's representative. This is why Jesus said what he said to his close disciples in this conversation after the 'last supper.'

Let's review his statement more carefully now:

πᾶς (pas) is being translated to "all things" - but can also mean "each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything;" and "collectively, some of all types" according to the lexicon.

πατήρ (patēr) is being appropriately translated to the Father.

ἔχω (echō) is being translated to "has," but means to have (hold) in the hand, in the sense of wearing, to have (hold) possession of the mind (refers to alarm, agitating emotions, etc.), to hold fast keep, to have or comprise or involve, to regard or consider or hold as," and to hold one's self or find one's self so and so, to be in such or such a condition;" or "to hold one's self to a thing, to lay hold of a thing, to adhere or cling to" according to the lexicon.

ἐμός (emos) is being translated to "mine." It can also mean "from me," "by me" or "to me." Here because Jesus is discussing holding something, the appropriate English grammar would be "I".

διά (dia) together with οὗτος (houtos) is being translated to "that is why" in this verse. The assumption is the two combined means "therefore" but διά (dia) can also mean "through - of place, of time, or of means" or "through - by reason of, or account of" according to the lexicon.

And οὗτος (houtos) can mean "this" or "these."

λέγω (legō) is being translated to "I said" but the word also means "to teach" "affirm over" "to exhort, advise, to command, direct" and "to point out with words, intend, mean, mean to say" according to the lexicon.

λαμβάνω (lambanō) is being translated to "receive" but can also mean "to take what is one's own, to take to one's self, to make one's own - to claim, procure, for one's self" according to the lexicon. This is  a key element of Jesus' statement because Jesus is referring to the fact that God "takes" what is already His. This is better described as "derives."

ἐμός (emos) is being appropriately translated to "from me"

ἀναγγέλλω (anaggellō) is being translated to "make known to you" but means "to announce, make known" and "to report, bring back tidings, rehearse" according to the lexicon.

The translators have also inserted "the Spirit" here without any indication that Jesus said it.

And their assumption is that God has to receive what He will disclose to Jesus' disciples (the "you" is his audience - his disciples) from Jesus before He can disclose it.

They are claiming that God must rely upon Jesus to get his information? That he has no access to such information other than from Jesus?

This of course is offensive. The Supreme Being does not have to rely upon anyone. He is self-sufficient. He is independent and needs no one. He also knows everything. He does not need to get information from anyone because He knows all things. This is the very meaning of God.

Rather, what Jesus is discussing is a relationship that exists between him and the Supreme Being, and the fact that Jesus is introducing his students to God and into this relationship. This has been confirmed elsewhere:
"I will show you what He is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice." (Luke 6:47)
This introduction to God, as we discussed above, creates a three-way relationship. Consider, for example, if a friend introduces us to their friend. We will now know their friend, but should we make friends with our friend's friend, the friendship will also include our friend who introduced us. It is not as if we would bypass our friend and remain friends with our friend's friend and disregard the friend who introduced us.

This type of three-way relationship illustrates the type of relationships that are maintained in the spiritual realm. The spiritual realm is full of relationships, all centered around everyone's relationship with God. The Supreme Being enjoys loving relationships with all His children, and He also enjoys those relationships that exist between His children.

When a person holds onto everything of another, this is a relationship. Just consider a woman who is in love with a man. She naturally "holds on" to what is the man's. It is not as though she claims ownership - although she could as his wife. But she "holds on" to everything of his because those he is so dear to her, due to their bond. What is that bond? It is their relationship. Should the relationship deteriorate, the bond evaporates.

Remember the analogy of the three-way friendship discussed above. When a person introduces their friend to another friend, each friend being introduced derives from this introduction the element of relationship existing prior to the introduction.

In this case, what is being "derived" from Jesus, to be given to Jesus' disciples, is Jesus' relationship with God. Jesus' relationship with God is being passed on to Jesus' disciples.

For example, if we are introducing someone named Bob to our friend Bill, we might say: "Hello Bill, meet my friend Bob. Bob is very trust-worthy person and you should become friends."

What will Bill do? He will initially "derive" from us our trust in Bob. Bill will rely upon our judgement that Bob is a trust-worthy person. And Bob will also "derive" from us our trust in Bill.

Both will derive their initial trust in us from us and our introduction.

This also takes place with the Supreme Being, but under His conditions. God knows everything. It isn't that God is relying upon Jesus for anything. He knows the heart of each person. But because He enjoys loving relationships, He enjoys being introduced and partakes in three-way relationships.

So what is being given to Jesus' disciples is being derived from Jesus - Jesus' loving relationship with God.

Now God could very easily appear to each of us personally and demand we renew our relationship directly with Him. But He does not work this way. Why not?

Because God is a beautiful and gracious person who wants to honor our current status - that of wanting to escape from Him. Those of us wearing physical bodies within the physical world are here because we wanted to get away from God. We didn't want to love Him. We didn't want to be with Him. We chose - as love requires choice and God gives us all choice - to not love Him and not serve Him in the spiritual realm.

Because He honors our choice, He gave us this freedom to be away from Him. He set up the physical world so we could ignore Him. Here we can pretend to be these temporary (false) identities for awhile, and pretend He doesn't exist. And we can continue to ignore Him, and we can even pretend to be religious while we are ignoring Him. (This is what those who pretend that Jesus is God are doing - they treat this "God" as their servant as they ask Jesus to help their football team win or help them get rich or whatever.)

Pretending that God is our servant is the same as ignoring Him. This is not seeing God. If we imagine that God is up in the clouds sitting on a big chair with a big white beard just waiting to deliver whatever we want... this is not God. This is like a genie in a bottle we are imagining. It is not God.

Others imagine that God became a man and died on the cross to cleanse our sins. This is not God. This is our imagination, imagining that we are saved.

Some also believe that because we went to church and ate a cracker in a ritual while staring at a cross with a statue of Jesus suffering on the cross that we are saved and won't go to hell. Yet we are already in hell. Living in the physical world while ignoring God is hell.

God is a person, but not an ordinary person. He is a loving, kind, beautiful and smart. He is perfect, and He is everything we are looking for in a person we refer to as our "soul mate."

Us coming to know and love this Beautiful Person was Jesus' mission in life. This was why he walked for miles from town to town to preach to people. He was trying to introduce people to the Supreme Being. He was trying to get people to love God. And this is why his most important teaching was related to loving this Beautiful Person, God:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 22:37-38)

(The NIV is utilized for Biblical quotes here. For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Gospel of John without sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus  - translated from the original Greek texts.)