1Co 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.
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Joh 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
- God is the Father
- Jesus, when telling us about our God, referred to His God as our God, His Father and our Father. Our God is the Father of Jesus Christ.
- God and Jesus are referred to in these passages as distinct “personalities” and “individuals”
Is knowledge of God important?
2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
- Knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus is the only thing that can make us like God in character.
- Knowledge of God and Jesus are eternal Life.
- Jesus refers to His Father as “the only true God”
What message calls us to Repentance and to worship of God?
Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
John 4:21-24 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
- God is not a mystery to us. He has given us a revelation and knowledge of Himself.
- We are to worship God the Father in spirit and truth. The woman at the well did not know what she worshipped. But Jesus revealed it to her.
- The message to “Fear God…worship Him” refers us to “the Father”.
Who is Jesus? What is to be our confession regarding His identity?
1Jn 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
Php 2:11 And thatevery tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Jesus is the son of God (the Father)
- Jesus is Lord (to the glory of God the Father)
- God is the Father
What was Jesus? What was His form and nature?
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- The bible calls Jesus “the Word.”
- The bible says “the Word” was with God.
- The bible says “the word” was in the form of God.
- The bible says the word took the form of man. (Phi 2:7, 8) “the word was made flesh” (John 1:14)
- Jesus was God in respect to his nature, but respecting his identity, he is known as the son of God, and our Lord.
Jesus promised us a special gift. What is it?
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
- Jesus promised us that he would send the Holy Spirit
- The world cannot see him
- The world cannot know him
- The disciples knew him because he was dwelling with them
Who was dwelling with them and be “in” them?
- Jesus said he was the one that would dwell in them. That he was the one who would not leave us comfortless.
- The greek word for “comforter” is “parakletos”. It is used in the bible 5 times. It is translated “comforter” 4 times, and 1 time it is translated “advocate”. In 1 John 2:1 regarding the “parakletos” we are told that “we have an advocate(parakletos/comforter) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
The world cannot see him(the comforter). Who again is Jesus referring to that “the world cannot see”(John 14:16)?
Joh 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
Joh 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
- The world cannot see the comforter. Jesus is the one “the world” cannot see or know.
Didn’t Jesus say he would send “another comforter”? Doesn’t that imply that it is someone different than Jesus?
1Sa 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned intoanother man
- In the Greek Old Testament, the same word is used here for “another”. The term “another” implies “another of the same”. Saul was still Saul, just as the comforter was still Jesus. If I gave you a glass of water, and then said, would you like “another”? You would realize it was still “water”, just as the Holy Spirit is still the Holy Spirit, or the comforter is still Jesus.
What is the Holy Spirit?
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
The bible does not define just what the spirit is. We are told by Jesus it is like the wind, we know there is wind, we know how to utilize it, but beyond that who can know it. (John 3) So a few things we should consider about spirits. The Bible mentions several different types of Spirit. We read about “foul spirit,” “evil spirit,” “unclean spirit,” “dumb spirit,” “excellent spirit,” “humble spirit,” “wounded spirit,” “broken spirit,” “haughty spirit,” “faithful spirit,” “good spirit.” All these spirits are distinguishable by the adjective that describes them.
Points to consider:
- The Father has a spirit, the Son has a spirit. Does the Holy Spirit have a spirit?
- The Father has a name. His name is “Jehovah” or “Yahweh”. The son has a name. His name is “Yahshua” or “Jesus”. What is the name of the Holy Spirit?
So what is the spirit? If I said to you “Hi, nice to meet you, I’d like you to meet my spirit, he is standing over there, let me get him”. Would you think that I had an incorrect understanding of my spirit? Of course you would. My spirit is not someone else separate and distinct from me. My spirit is me, it’s my personality, my mind, my character; it is Christ in me by his spirit.
Can the spirit be grieved or troubled?
Dan 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Mar 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Dan 2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
- The spirit inside of us can be grieved, troubled, and also perceive things.
Who is on the Throne in Heaven?
Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
- God has a throne, Jesus has a throne, does the Holy Spirit have a throne?
How many have seen God’s face?
Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
- Many men have seen Christ. Christ is the image of God. No man has seen the Father. (See also 1 Tim 6:16, 1 John 4:21)
How many beings are to be exalted?
Joh 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Php 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And thatevery tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- The bible speaks many times about honoring and worshiping the Father and Son. But nowhere does it teach that we are to worship the Holy Spirit.
Who was involved in the plan of redemption?
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Zec 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
- The counsel was devised between the Father and Son before another being was created. The possibility of sin had to be accounted for in order to create beings with free will. That counsel is the everlasting covenant between the Father and Son.
Who was involved in the creation?
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Eph_3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid inGod, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
1Co 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.
- God created all things by Jesus
- God is the Father, therefore God the Father (singular) said to His Son “Let us make man in our image”. God the Father created man by Jesus Christ.
- Some say Genesis 1:26 refers to three beings as God, but the title “God” is referring to God the Father talking to His only begotten Son. God is not referred to as Christ here, and Christ is not God in respect to “personality” and “individuality”.
Who is our fellowship with?
1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is
with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
- John knew only of the Father and His Son Jesus and He invites us to have fellowship with Him and them. Surely he wouldn’t leave out the Holy Spirit if it was a third divine being.
The Greetings in the New Testament? Who is mentioned?
Gal 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Col 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Within the first few verses of almost every book of the New Testament you find God the Father mentioned and Jesus Christ.
- There is no mention of any third divine being in any of the greetings whether it be Paul, Peter, James, John, or Jude.
When Jesus mentions those who hate him. Who else does he mention that they hate?
Joh 15:23-24 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
- If the spirit is a divine being why would Jesus leave him out here? Wouldn’t the Jews hate all three of them? Why does he only mention “both me and my father”
Who does Paul call to witness his solemn charge to Timothy?
1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
- God is mentioned, Christ and the elect angels even, but yet no mention of a third divine being.
What does the bible mention of the Holy Spirit’s love for us?
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God,which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- Interestingly, the bible tells us that the Holy Spirit purchased us with his own blood. The bible teaches us that we have “One Lord Jesus Christ”(1 Cor 8:6) and “The Lord is that spirit”(2 Cor 3:17). Christ is that spirit and he shed his own blood to purchase us at the cross of calvary.
What does the devil want us to deny?
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God…
- The devil wants us to deny that Christ is truly the Son of God.
1Jn 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
- The devil is very hostile towards God and wants us to misunderstand who God is because this is how God expressed His love to humanity.
- By beholding God in His right light we will be restored to His image. The devil wants us to believe that God is unfair.
Was God really giving a Son? Did God pretend, act, or lie when He said that He gave his son to the world?
1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Proverbs 30:4-6 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? (5) Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
- God really must have had a son to give because He tells us that denying Christ is His Son makes God the Father a liar and destroys His character.
- Christ is a literal son of God “in truth”. This was not just an act.
- The antichrist is a liar and denies the Father and Son
Colossians 1:15-17 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Proverbs 8:22-25 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. (23) I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. (24) When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. (25) Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
- Christ was born before anything was created.
- He the only begotten(brought forth) before anything made was made.
- Micah 5:2 says his “goings forth”. The Hebrew word for “goings forth” is translated “origins” in many bibles. His origin was in eternity.
- This implies that Christ had a beginning in eternity. Eternity is not explainable by the human mind. Therefore all we can know is that God said He had a son, and we can believe it, because the word says so.
What is the Godhead?
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Col 2:9 For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
- The bible uses the word Godhead 3 times. Each time it is used, a different greek word is used for it.
- The bible says that it is “his… Godhead” which implies that “the Godhead” belongs to someone. In Romans 1:7 it tells us that it is God the Father’s Godhead.
- The term “Godhead” also translates to “Divinity”.
- God the Father’s divinity is clearly understood by the things made.
- His divinity is IN His son.
- The Godhead is IN His Son, and in the Father.
- There are none “in the Godhead”. The Godhead is not a membership club. There are manifestations “of the Godhead”.
- The Father is the fullness of the Godhead, invisible to mortal sight. No man has seen God at anytime.
- The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifest. He hath made manifest the Father. (John 1:18)
The Holy Spirit is the fullness and power of the Godhead, His divinity, His Spirit, His presence in all believers throughout the universe. The river of living water flowing out of the throne of the only true God, the Father, and the lamb, Jesus Christ.
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