It is easy to select out a passage and let that trump all of the other evidence. Defining words as they were used at the time is absolutely necessary if you are of the rare, little flock engaged in SEEKING HIM.
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
Notice that Jesus the Man did not have power or life within Himself. In John 6 He said MY WORDS are SPIRIT and they are LIFE. Jesus dispensed power by SPEAKING the Words which God breathed into Him..
John 17:2 As THOU hast given him POWER over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Whatever the state of the spirit OF Jesus He says that it was not as one of the three GOD PEOPLE.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own SELF with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Whatever existed as one of those "secret things" it is absolutely clear that:
1Cor. 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
In the neo-trinity promoted by LU which goes far beyond the classical trinity there is:
--God the father as a separate person
--God the Spirit as a separate person
--God the Son as a separate person. They insert JESUS
--All three people always existed.
--They are all three equal in power although each one has their own talent and their own dispensation.
--They commune or have fellowship: God couldn't exist without someone to love.
--They hold committee meetings to make decisions.
--Father and Son HAVE HAD their chance to rule and we live in the reign of The Holy Spirit person and ACTS is the ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PERSON.
--Being postmodern (mark of delusion) the Spirit Person speaks to them extending GRACE for deliberately sowing discord.
There are many passages which indicate that the Little Flock are lost spirits Jesus was sent to seek and save. Jesus said nothing about building "temples" with a priesthood as the mediator in song and sermon. That flock is so tiny that you probably cannot see, hear, smell or feel them. The direct command was to pur out the nets or go announcing that it is "pick up" or "going home time."
You have have YOUR WORLD VIEW but Jesus doesn't pray for the world and He HIDES from the wise or SOPHISTS meaning speaking about yourself for hire, singing, playing instruments or acting: these are MARKS for avoidance for the LITTLE FLOCK.
Notice that Jesus followed the 40 DAY PLAN which is a TEST and not a MEANS for getting stuff from God.
Jesus MANIFESTED THY NAME but He did not hang around to CULTIFY you with plans and programs as fraud.
John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy WORD.
John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
Notice that the SENT was Jesus MANIFESTING GOD'S NAME" to those who would be part of the NEW WORLD it would create but not the universe.
WITH is the Greek:
pa^ra ra^, ta p. tinos . denoting motion from the side of, from beside, from:
all that issues from any one, as commands, commissions, Id.An.2.3.4, etc.; or promises, gifts, presents,
Jehovah said that there was not god or elohim BESIDE HIM. God's breath (spirit) comes from Him and a word is articulated when it strikes one's "ears."
The same word was used of John the Baptist:
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:6 There was a man SENT FROM GOD whose name was John.
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John was not a god person but he issued out from alongside of God because God SENT him..
Jesus was SENT from God before John because God planned it to be
Rev. 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev. 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Matt. 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
The priesthood of Jesus existed in the Mind of God honored by Abraham.
Heb. 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Notice that God would send Jesus but SHOWED Zechariah Jesus as the high priest and the adversaries at work.