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January 9, 2010 / Nick

60 Questions on the Godhead with Bible Answers, a timeless classic

This is a classic which I’ve just had a re-read of.  It’s one of the first tracts I ever saw on the Oneness of God, it is powerful but simple, and still effective at communicating the truth of the Oneness of God.  What makes this tract so powerful is the quantity of scriptural evidence provided.  This is not opinion, it is just the word and it sends the reader to look into their own bible for themselves.  Whether you agree with the conclusion or not you’d have to say that anything that makes you search out the scriptures for yourself is a good thing.

Here they are in full (source: UPCI.org), or a PDF download version if you like.

1.  Is the word trinity in the Bible? No.

2.  Does the Bible say that there are three persons in the Godhead? No.

3.  Does the Bible speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? Yes.

4.  Do these titles as used in Matthew 28:19 mean that there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead? No, they refer to three offices, roles, or relationship to humanity.

5.  Does the Bible use the word three in reference to God? Only one verse in the entire Bible does so-I John 5:7. It speaks of the Father, the Word (instead of Son), and the Holy Ghost, and it concludes by saying, “These three are one.”

6.  Does the Bible use the word one in reference to God? Yes, many times. For example, see Zechariah 14:9; Malachi 2:10; Matthew 23:9; Mark 12:29, 32; John 8:41; 10:30; Romans 3:30; I Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; I Timothy 2:5; James 2:19.

7.  Can the mystery of the Godhead be understood? Yes. Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.

8.  Has the Christian only one Heavenly Father? Yes. Matthew 23:9.

9.  Then why did Jesus say to Philip, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9)? Because Jesus is the express image of God’s person. Hebrews 1:3. The Greek word for personin this verse literally means “substance.”

10.  Does the Bible say that there are two persons in the Godhead? No.

11.  Does the Bible say that all the Godhead is revealed in one person? Yes, in Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:19; 2:9; Hebrews 1:3.

12.  Is the mystery of the Deity hidden from some people? Yes. Luke 10:21-22.

13.  Who is the Father? The Father is the one God, particularly as revealed in parental relationship to humanity. Deuteronomy 32:6; Malachi 2:10.

14.  Where was God the Father while Jesus was on earth? The Father was in Christ. John 14:10; II Corinthians 5:19. He was also in heaven, for God is omnipresent.

15.  Did the prophet Isaiah say that Jesus would be the Father? Yes. Isaiah 9:6; 63:16.

16.  When God said, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26), was He speaking to another person in the Godhead? No. Isaiah 44:24; Malachi 2:10.

17.  How many of God’s qualities were in Christ? All. Colossians 2:9.

18.  How may we see the God who sent Jesus into the world? By seeing Jesus. John 12:44-45; 14:9.

19.  Does the Bible say that Jesus is the Almighty? Yes. Revelation 1:8

20.  Whom do some designate as the first person in the trinity? God the Father.

21.  Whom do some designate as the last person in the trinity? The Holy Ghost. But Jesus said that He was the first and last. Revelation 1:17-18

22.  How many persons did John see sitting on the throne in heaven? One. Revelation 4:2.

23.  If Jesus is the first and the last, why did God say in Isaiah 44:6 that He was the first and the last? Because Jesus is the God of the Old Testament incarnate.

24.  Did Jesus tell Satan that God alone should be worshipped? Yes. Matthew 4:10

25.  Does the devil believe in more than one God? No. James 2:19.

26.  Does the Bible say that God, who is the Word, was made flesh? Yes John 1:1, 14.

27.  For what purpose was God manifested in the flesh? To save sinners. Hebrews 2:9, 14.

28.  Was Jesus God manifested in the flesh? Yes. I Timothy 3:16.

29.  Could Jesus have been on earth and in heaven at the same time? Yes. John 3:13.

30.  Does the Bible say that there is but one Lord? Yes. Isaiah 45:18; Ephesians 4:5.

31.  Does the Bible say that Christ is the Lord? Yes. Luke 2:11.

32.  Does the Bible say that the Lord is God? Yes. I kings 18:39; Zechariah 14:5; Acts 2:39; Revelation 19:1.

33.  How could the church belong to Jesus (Matthew 16:18) and yet be the church of God (I Corinthians 10:32)? Because Jesus is God in the flesh.

34.  Will God give His glory to another? No. Isaiah 42:8.

35.  Was there a God formed before Jehovah, or will there be one formed after? No. Isaiah 43:10.

36.  What is one thing that God does not know? Another God. Isaiah 44:8.

37.  What is one thing that God Cannot do? Lie. Titus 1:2.

38.  How many Gods should we know? Only one. Hosea 13:4.

39.  How many names has the Lord? One. Zechariah 14:9.

40.  Is it good to think upon the name of the Lord? Yes. Malachi 3:16.

41.  Does the Bible say that God alone treads upon the waves of the sea? Yes. Job 9:8

42.  Why, then, was Jesus able to walk upon the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:25)? Because He is God the Creator. Colossians 1:16.

43.  Is God the only one who can forgive sin? Yes. Isiah 43:25; Mark 2:7.

44.  Why, then, could Jesus forgive sin in Mark 2:5-11? Because He is God the Savior.

45.  Is Jesus the true God? Yes. I John 5:20.

46.  If God and the Holy Ghost are two separate persons, which was the Father of Christ? Matthew 1:20 says that the Holy Ghost was the Father, while Romans 15:6, II Corinthians 11:31, and Ephesians 1:3 say that God was the Father. There is no contradiction when we realize that God the Father and the Holy Ghost are one and the same Spirit. Matthew 10:20; Ephesians 4:4; I Corinthians 3:16.

47.  When Paul asked the Lord who He was, what was the answer? “I am Jesus.” Acts 9:5.

48.  When Stephen was dying, did he call God Jesus? Yes. Acts 7:59.

49.  Did Thomas ever call Jesus God? Yes. John 20:28.

50.  How could Jesus be the Savior, when God the Father said in Isaiah 43:11, “Beside me there is no Savior?” Because “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” II Corinthians 5:19.

51.  Does the Bible say that Jesus was God with us? Yes. Matthew 1:23.

52.  Did Jesus ever say, “I and my Father are one?” Yes. John 10:30.

53.  Can it be proved scripturally that Jesus and the Father are one in the same sense that husband and wife are one? No. The Godhead was never compared to the relationship of a husband and wife. Jesus identified Himself with the Father in a way that husband and wife cannot be identified with each other. John 14:9-11.

54.  Does the Bible say that there is only one wise God? Yes. Jude 25.

55.  Does the Bible call the Holy Ghost a second or third person in the Godhead? No. The Holy Ghost is the one Spirit of God, the one God Himself at work in our lives. John 4:24; I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 12:13.

56.  Can Trinitarians show that three divine persons were present when Jesus was baptized by John? Absolutely not. The one, omnipresent God used three simultaneous manifestations. Only one divine person was present–Jesus Christ the Lord.

57.  Then what were the other two of whom Trinitarians speak? One was a voice from heaven; the other was the Spirit of God in the form of a dove. Matthew 3:16-17.

58.  What did the voice say at Jesus’ baptism? “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11. As the Son of God, Jesus was the one God incarnate.

59.  Does the Bible say that God shed His blood and that God laid down His life for us? Yes. Acts 20:28; I John 3:16. God was able to do this because He had taken upon Himself a human body.

60.  The Bible says that God is coming back with all his saints (Zechariah 14:5) and also that Jesus is coming back with all his saints (I Thessalonians 3:13). Are two coming back? No. Only one is coming back–our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13.

*Taken from the Word Aflame Tract “60 Questions on the Godhead with Bible answers” #6125″

January 9, 2010 / Nick

19 reasons Jesus understands your pain and 1 reason you ought to consider serving Him.

  1. He was the victim of malicious rumours from within the womb, considered a “bastard child”.
  2. He saw the suffering His mother endured at the hands of gossipers.
  3. He was not born in a hospital, or a house, but in a farm stable in an animals feeding trough.
  4. The day He was born Herod, inspired by Satan tried to murder Him.
  5. He grew with the pressure of knowing He had a special calling on His life that meant He had to be different to the other children and young men in Nazareth.
  6. He was raised in the ghetto of Nazareth, he know’s what it is to live in a rough neighbourhood.
  7. He only ever taught and did good and yet people said He was possessed with a devil.
  8. His closest disciple sold Him out for money, betraying Him with a kiss on the cheek (the kiss of death).
  9. His closest friends whose feet He washed the muck off ran away at the first sign of trouble.
  10. He was subjected to an illegal trail by night before supposedly men of God.
  11. False witnesses blatantly lied against Him contradicting each other with their lies, yet He remained silent.
  12. He was held in prison and moved from court to court yet He had done nothing worthy of being charged.
  13. He had the power to call 10,000 angels from Heaven to destroy the Roman Empire and yet He held His peace when standing before Pontius Pilate (today Pilate the judge is dead, yet Jesus sits on the Judgement Throne of Heaven forever).
  14. He was not a criminal and yet he humbled Himself to carry a cross–the emblem of a crook–for you and for me.
  15. He did not back out of going to the Cross despite being the Father of Time, He kept walking for you and I.
  16. Only one of His closest friends came to His crucifixion: Peter, James, Andrew etc. where not there for Him.
  17. In the midst of the anguish of being crucified He was able to witness to the thieves He was stuck between.
  18. In the midst of His pain and rejection He was able to pray and connect with God, interceding on our behalf.
  19. He came to earth, taking on humanity, to save us and we crucified Him.
  20. Despite all He has endured He is still offering eternal life to anyone who wants it.
January 9, 2010 / Nick

God is not just a comforter, He is THE Comforter

I love that Jesus said He would not just be ‘a comforter’ but that He Himself is The Comforter.  Many think that ‘The Comforter’ is some other Person than Jesus, but Christ said: ‘I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you’ (Jhn. 14:8).   This is a great consolation, that the God of Heaven IS comfort.   When we need comforting strength, God does not send another, He sends Himself because He is the Comforter.

If you are feeling down today, or in need of some encouragement the God of ALL comfort can strengthen and keep you (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). Whether, it is a job loss, grieving the death of a loved one, relationship breakdown or other circumstance that is weighing on your mind today our God is able to deliver you.  And, there is no hug that can ever be greater than a hug from The Comforter.

December 26, 2009 / Nick

God’s call to UK believers in 2010: Evangelism, Evangelism, Evangelism.

The final instructions to the church of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago now were “Go ye therefore and teach all nations…”  that clarion call to evangelism is still as relevant in A.D. 2010 as it was in A.D. 33.  n fact, now more than ever before the call to bring the gospel to the lost is even more important than ever before.

I am praying that God will bring believers who have been baptised in the Saving Name of Jesus and recieved the glorious gift of the Holy Ghost would be stirred to evangelise the United Kingdom in 2010.  Now, more than ever before our nation is in dire need of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Men and women are searching for answers in all the wrong places, they have turned to organised religion and it has failed them.  Take for example the ongoing crisis of morality within the Anglican Communion, where those Christians are confused about sin and holiness, righteousness and unrighteousness.  People are turning to all sorts of new religious belief one extreme example being the revival in paganism, BBC news reported that there is now at least 1 pagan community in every UK city.  And, let us not forget the spirit of unbelief which has taken grip on the United Kingdom.  The populace are living in a vaccum of spiritual emptiness, clinging only to the cold, amoral science of the survival of the fittest.

We need to reach the nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the things that strikes me is that the wherever we see growth of Christianity in the UK it has primarily been in immigrant populations, first carribeans now africans, but I am praying God will reach the masses of white English, Welsh and Scottish people in the United Kingdom baptising them with the gift of the Holy Ghost as the Spirit gives utterance.

I don’t know how or when God is going to do this, I do not know who God is going to use.  But I am praying to see it, and praying that I am in place to support the winning of the lost when the revival of the United Kingdom starts.

God, send the Holy Ghost to those who do not yet know you in the United Kingdom.

December 24, 2009 / Nick

10 things the Tabernacle shows us about approaching God.

10 Things the Tabernacle shows us about drawing near to God.

  1. In the Gate of the Tabernacle we see that God has opened up a way for us to approach Him.
  2. In the Brazen Altar we see that God has provided a remedy to our sin that we might approach Him.
  3. In the Brazen Laver we see that God is willing to wash us from the sin of our past that we might approach Him.
  4. In the Door of the Tabernacle we see that all we need is to knock in faith and God will open to us when we approach Him.
  5. In the Table of Shewbread we see that God has provided for us, to care for us, when we approach Him.
  6. In the Godlen Candlestick we see that God has illuminated our path that we might approach Him.
  7. In the Altar of Incence we see that God is ready to recieve the prayers of all who would approach Him.
  8. In the Viel of the Tabernacle we see that God loves us enough to not let us be consumed by His glory when we approach Him.
  9. In the the Mercy Seat on the Ark we wee that God although Holy and Just loves us enough to be merciful to all who approach Him.
  10. In the Ark we see that (i) God has a law for us to live by in the tablets of stone, that (ii) God has provision for our every need in the manna and (iii) that all the while it was God who appointed us and called us to approach Him in Aaron’s rod that budded.

So, let us draw near with a full assurance and faith that He who has begun a good work in us will not fail us.

December 24, 2009 / Nick

Wise Men Worship (Matthew 2:2-12)

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the day of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen his start in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matt 2:1-2).

Wise men worship God.

How do I know this?  The scripture above is evidence to me, Herod was foolish in that Messiah was born under his nose and he being a ruler did not recognise this.  However, the men from the east, the saw the sign spoken of in Numbers 24:17 by Balaam ‘I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth”.   This was a prophecy given by a gentile man Balaam and fulfiled in Gentile wise men visiting Messiah (Matt 2:1-2). 

The men (the Bible does not say how many wise men, it just says men i.e. more than one) were wise because they did not worship Mary, or Joseph, they worshiped only Messiah, Jesus.  The object lesson being that those who worship saints and other notable biblical charachters are in error.  There is only One who deserves worship, God Himself.  Hence, we know that Jesus is God. “And when they wree come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him” (Matt 2:11).

So, if you worship God you are wise.  If you don’t worship you are, according to the Bible, a fool: “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

The transofrmative effect of worship.

Worship is such a powerful thing that it has the ability to transform a man’s destiny.  The Bible records that after the wise men had worshiped Jesus they went home “another way” (Matt 2:12).  Worship revealed to them that they could not keep company with murderous Herod, when we worship God shows us things.  As the scripture has said: “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear [reverence, worship, respect, honour] him (Psalm 25:14).

November 21, 2009 / Nick

Did i find God, or did God find me?

Someone was telling me recently about a long lost friend they’d got in touch with through Facebook. When they last spoke 20 years ago they were anarchist punk rockers. Since being reunited one of them had become a Christian. This was described to me as follows: “he’s found God!”

Found God? God can’t be found, He is only known by self revelation to those He has chosen. So, I’d say it’s more accurate to say God found his friend.

After all, God was never lost – we were.

November 4, 2009 / Nick

The relationship between the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit

I am just reading 2 Corinthians and chapter 3 verse 17 just came alive in my spirit.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Cor 3:17

It is clearly revealed that the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. The Holy Ghost that dwells in me is Jesus, The Lord in me.

God I thank you for revealing yourself!

And…

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
Romans 8:9-10

The Holy Spirit in me is “The Spirit of Christ”, which Paul said “Christ be in you”. The Spirit is Christ Jesus living in us.

No wonder Christ said: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:27).

Jesus is “the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot recieve” he said to the disciples “he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17).

October 8, 2009 / Nick

You have been highly recommended

Job is the 2nd oldest book in the bible, it deals with the religious man’s biggest dilema – why do bad things happen to good people.

On reading Job God showed me that Job was “Highly Recommended” to suffer! God only puts the best candidates, the ones He REALLY trusts to go through severely hard and firery trial.

If you are going through remember it is because God trusts you, He is with you and He has HIGHLY recommended you. You will come out alright just like Job did!

September 9, 2009 / Nick

A new perspective on The Beginning

The other day while talking about God with some of the mothers (elderly ladies) in the church, on a Saturday afternoon while visiting the sick, we all had a wonderful thought about Jesus.

We saw the Oneness of God plainly in the first three words of Genesis, something we never saw or imagined before.

“In the beginning” Gen 1:1

Who is the beginning? It is no other than God Himself, Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and The Ending.

So, who was “In the beginning (ie God)”. Was it not Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate!

Maybe that’s why John picked it up and said: “In the beginning (God) was the Word (Jesus Christ)” jhn 1:1.

This blessed me tremendously, it is obvious, simple truth, but seeing my Lord in the unexpected is such a blessing. Our hearts burned within us as we continued to talk and pray on that lazy Saturday afternoon.

July 9, 2009 / Nick

10 biblical examples that Jesus is so much better than.

I have been studying the book of Hebrews lately and I have to say it is awesome with a capital “A”.  I love the way the writer, whoever he was, deconstructs all the things the Jewish Christian’s who were weak in their faith were leaning towards by showing them how much BETTER Jesus is.   This has inspired me to look at the Bible and pull out examples of people, places and events that Jesus is so much BETTER than.

Here goes…

1. The Son is better than the sun, because He is the tue light, John wrote about it and said there is no sun in heaven because the Son is the light that lights eternity.

2. Jesus is better than the covering of skins God made for Adam and Eve when they sinned.  As time went on Adam and Eve needed new animal skins, but when Jesus covers you by His grace it is once and for all. Read more…

June 5, 2009 / Nick

35,000 people recieve the Holy Spirit every day.

I am currently re-reading a little, but very informative, book by Dr Joe Nelson of Parkersberg Bible College called: Historical Outline of Apostolic Faith in North America. It is fascinating and a brilliant contribution to the growing body of work written by Apostolic authors documenting the history of Orthodox Apostolic Christianity (Oneness Pentecostalism).

Between the pages is a breathtaking quote, apparently 35,000 are filled with the Holy Ghost every single day!!

Imagine that? I am sure that’s a sports stadium full of people glorifying God in unknown tongues for the first time every day. That’s 11m people a year!

The numbers include all who would consider themselves “Pentecostal” ie Apostolic, Trinitarian, Charismatic, 3rd Wave etc… It is truly amazing to see how the words of Joel, uttererd by Peter on that 50th day after Passover AD 33 are being wonderfully fulfilled by God.

A more depressing statistic was that there are at least 270 different Apostolic organisations in the US & Canada. That stat was as at c. 1998, so I imagine it’s upwards of 300 now. Like Jesus said, I pray to the Father in Jesus’ name that we might be united. Can you imagine how many more souls we could reach worldwide if the Body of Christ came together in the bond of peace!

God can do it, He is doing it!

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