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on. None of our human understanding and independent efforts can benefit the true Kingdom of God. Henry Matthew wrote in his commentary, “Those that follow Jesus must not trust themselves to ‘handle’ anything. They must not so much as parley with the [proud] tempter and the roaring lion, but rather flee from all forms of self-reliance, which is idolatry,” (Luke 5:5-6; 9:57-62; 14:25-35.)
When Jesus, the Final Authority, was faced with His disciples’ accusation, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard [your teaching,]” He answered, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. [Those who will not accept My Scriptural truth were not planted by My heavenly Father.] Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind...” (Mt. 15:10-14.)
Jesus also declared that, if we sincerely and earnestly choose Him; the Truth, the Way, and the Light, we will “know the truth” of His Word, the entire context of the Bible, and the truth of Scripture will set us free! For this purpose He has given His sincere disciples the Holy Spirit to guide them into “all truth,” (Jn. 16:13.)
So, when making disciples, we do not have to fear offending pagans and other religionists by preaching Jesus’ contextual truth. Only lies, deception, false doctrine, and other forms of moral sin can offend our Lord; thus pagans and other religionists have no Godly reason to be offended by the Gospel.
We must realize that we do have the heavenly authority of Jesus to “go into the entire world and preach the Gospel; to make disciples; to baptize these disciples, and to teach these disciples everything Jesus had said!”
As in all other forms of spiritual ‘work,’ Jesus strictly forbade us humanist, compromising methods of evangelization. The only ground on which we stand is the Holy Spirit’s guidance, continual prayer, and contextual Biblical truth. All human methodology is sinking sand.
“PAUL, NOT JESUS, FOUNDED CHRISTIANITY”:
Question: “Paul corrupted the [Muslim] message of Jesus and also invented continual sinning. Jesus never taught His blood-atonement, Paul thought it up. So, which gospel do you believe - the gospel of Jesus, or the gospel of Paul?”
Answer: Undoubtedly, only the Lord Jesus Christ can be the Author and foundation of the New Testament Gospel, as described in the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – and in the epistles of Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and John.
During the 2,000 years since Jesus Christ walked the earth, the Salvation-Message of all four Gospels, as well as the epistles, remained exactly the same. “God SO loved the WHOLE world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who [personally] believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 3:16-17; Rom. 5:8-9.) The Lord Jesus Christ became flesh, became a mere human being, to atone for the sin of all humankind through His own broken body and blood, (Isa. 53:10-11; Mt. 20:28; Eph. 1:7.) Everyone who chooses to accept Him as his or her personal Lord and Savior, “to them He gave the power/authority to become the [born again] children of God…” (Jn. 1:12-13; Jn. 3:3-5; Gal. 3:26-29; 1 Jn. 4:7; 5:1-4.)
Contrary to the god of religion, The Lord Jesus did not merely love us from afar without making a way to deliver us from our cursed, sinful state. Jesus Himself said in Mt. 20:28, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Sadly, the Catholic Church deified Peter, Paul, and some of the other disciples to the status of godfathers and ‘popes,’ calling them “infallible apostles.” To this day, even Protestant churches disseminate the infallible-apostle heresy, (just note how the King James Version of the Bible still refers to these disciples as Catholic (godfather) ‘saints’ in ‘The Gospel according to Saint Matthew…’ etc.)
However, none of Jesus’ disciples ever laid claim to such blasphemy; they knew very well that only God Himself is infallible. Paul suffered tremendously for the truth of Jesus’ Gospel until that evil emperor Nero martyred him by beheading. As Jesus’ born again disciple, Paul waged a full-out spiritual war to keep the non-legalistic teaching of Jesus pure. He fiercely opposed false teachers and the lack of Scriptural knowledge, which infiltrated Jesus’ early assemblies. Paul neither invented nor condoned any form of moral sin either. Just as Jesus, Paul and the other disciples preached God’s judgment against unrepentant sinners and unrepentant believers alike. The writers of the New Testament epistles merely became God’s instruments to bring a better understanding of Jesus’ Gospel truth, as well as to define the form and function of the body of Christ or the ecclesia, that called-out assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“YOU CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THREE GODS IN THE TRINITY”:
Muslims do not know Allah as a father and Allah has no son. Allah never presented himself as the Savior of this lost and broken world; nor did he come in the flesh to atone for humankinds sinful state, neither does he know anything about the Holy Spirit. Mohammed wrote in Surah 5.72, “They do blaspheme who say: ‘GOD is Christ the son of Mary.’ But Christ said: ‘O Children of Israel, worship [Allah,] my Lord and your Lord.’ Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode…”
Muslims know something about the Godhead of the Bible through the Roman Catholic, Protestant doctrine of the trinity and they understand that as the worship of many gods or polytheism. Surah 5:73, “They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is one of three in a Trinity:’ for there is no god except one God, Allah. If they do not desist from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall… them.”
But Muslims are sorely mistaken; truly born again disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ do not believe in three gods in a trinity. The real Godhead of the Bible, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is not the trinity of the false Roman Catholic Church, which actually consists of that happy Roman Catholic family - god the father, his ‘wife’ Mary, (the Queen of Heaven or the goddess Isis, who actually replaced the Holy Spirit in the Roman Catholic Church,) and little Baby Jesus.
Teaching on the absolute inseparability between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself commanded, (AND THIS IS NOT JESUS-ONLY TEACHING, MODALISM, OR UNITARIANISM,) “The FIRST of ALL the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is ONE GOD. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart [or spirit,] with all your soul [or mind,] and with all your [bodily] strength…” (Mark 12:29.)
Jesus Himself also stated, “In the beginning was the Word… and the Word [Jesus] was God… I, [Jesus God] and the Father are One… I am the Son of God… Before Abraham was, I Am… And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, the Holy Spirit of truth… Baptize My disciples in the Name of [the Godhead of both the Old and New Testaments:] the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… ” - (Jn. 1:1-3; 10:30-36; 8:58; 14:16-17, Mt. 29:19; Acts 2:38.)
These declarations of Jesus aptly describe the Scriptural Godhead.
John tried to explain, “There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three ARE ONE…. [The One and Only Godhead.] He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; He who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son,” 1 Jn. 5:5-12
Jesus described a human being, created in the “image of God,” as an inseparable tri-part being, consisting of a human spirit, a soul or mind, and a body; (Mark 12:29; 1 Ths. 5:23.) This does not mean that three separate people live inside one human body, as that would be ridiculous. Nevertheless, we do not think it presumptuous to believe that the inward spirit of man is not a mangled mess of spiritual matter but a ‘spiritual body.’ Although invisible to the human eye, the human spirit does resemble the outward form of the physical body, as described in 1 Cor. 15:44b. Hence, every human being has two unseen human ‘parts,’ (a spiritual body and a soul or mind,) which live inside a physical body, (1 Ths. 5:23.)
I am not, through this allegory, suggesting in any way that human beings are gods or that they can be compared to the One, true God of the Bible. This attempted explanation is a limited understanding from a human mind that only ‘knows in part.’ The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit remains incomprehensible to humanity, and I will not attempt to dissect the unexplainable Being of the Most High God.
Paul tried to define The Godhead as follows, “Great is the mystery of godliness, [the Godhead;] God [the Father] was manifested in the flesh, [as Jesus,] justified in the [Holy] Spirit, seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” – (1 Tim. 3:16.) Although The Godhead remains humanly unfathomable, those who choose to accept The Godhead by faith will get to know the One True God of the Bible as a sure reality.
From the context of Scripture, it is simply impossible to come to the false Islamic - or even the Christian Jesus Only, Unitarian, Armstrongian, ‘Pentecostal Oneness,’ or Jehovah Witness conclusion, which teaches that God is One God, but He does not exist as The Scriptural Godhead. They believe that Jesus was a mere man who lived and died, and is now sleeping in his grave, while the Holy Spirit is merely some impersonal electrical force, or the ‘power’ of God!
However, Jesus Christ always prayed to the Father, not to Himself, (Jn. 17.) He also introduced the Teacher, the Holy Spirit, “Whom I, [Jesus,] will send from My Father,” Who is also God Himself, (Jn. 15:26.) However, to confirm that Jesus is God Himself, and that The Godhead ‘consists’ of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Jesus openly testified, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” and, “I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me,” (Jn. 14:8-11; 21-26.)
God is the One and Only God. He is the Eternal God; Creator of the entire universe, the Supplier of all our needs; omnipresent, omniscient, almighty and INSEPARABLE.
He is our salvation, redemption, righteousness, healing, and holiness.
He is The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
No born again believer can ever know the One God as anyone else!
“ONLY A CRUEL FATHER WOULD GIVE HIS OWN SON TO BE TORTURED AND KILLED FOR THE SINS OF UNDESERVING BLASPHEMERS”:
One cannot define The Godhead in human terms:
We know that, since time immemorial, foreign gods have been shedding the blood of the innocent, (either the blood of humans or helpless animals,) but these gods have never, and will never give a single drop of their own blood to save anyone else. To think, therefore, that God the Father sat securely enthroned in heaven while His innocent Son suffered and died in the place of unworthy humankind, is the Roman Catholic concept of the happy-family trinity, which consists of ‘multiple divine people or gods in one.’
One cannot relate God the Father’s involvement in Jesus’ torment on the cross to the distress of a human father and his human son, as a human father and his human son will always remain two separate or individual people. Although a human father can endure psychological misery because of his son’s agony, he can never really share his son’s torture directly on either a physical or a psychological level.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are inseparably omnipresent:
As a human being is a tri-part being, my spirit and soul or mind are two separate entities, but truly one with my body, (1 Cor. 15:44b.)
Apart from my soul and spirit, my body will feel nothing, (Eccl. 11:10.)
When I gave my spirit and soul to God the Father, I also gave my body, (1 Cor. 6:13b.)
And so, when I surrender my soul and body to the futile pleasures of sin, I am also giving my spirit; myself; me, to the control of the evil one, (Rom. 6:13-16.)
Although these human comparisons describe The Inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (not people, persons, or separate gods) inadequately, it is Scriptural to believe that similarly, Jesus did not suffer and die for our sins apart from, or completely separated from the Father and the Holy Spirit. [And I am NOT Pentecostal Oneness, Jesus Only, Modalism, or Unitarian. I only believe and follow the True Godhead of Biblical Scripture!]
Jesus declared in Jn. 14:11-13, “I Am in the Father and the Father in Me… that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
God the Father did not give His only begotten Son as complete atonement for the sinful state of all humankind as if He gave another person, a separate individual, or another god, to whom He had no direct connection! On the contrary; eternally inseparable from The Godhead, Jesus suffered and died in our place as a mere man, while simultaneously, remaining completely God Himself. The humanity and Divinity of the man Jesus Christ too, are undividable.
Paul explained in Phil. 2:5-8, “… [Christ Jesus,] Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be EQUAL with God [the Father,] but made Himself of no reputation [among men,] taking the form [or complete humanity] of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of, [or equal to] men. And being found in appearance as a man [or the flesh of a man,] He became obedient to… the death of the cross.”
People interpret the Name and Descriptive Title, “Jesus Christ,” as God’s Name (Jesus,) and ‘Surname’ (Christ,) and do not know how to interpret His Biblical Title and Name, “Christ Jesus.”
The Title and Name, “Christ Jesus,” describe Jesus’ Divinity and His heavenly position in The Godhead. (I.e., in human terms, we speak of “President Lincoln,” etc.) Christ Jesus actually means, ‘God the Savior, Jesus,’ ‘The Divine Son of God, Jesus,’ “God Jesus,” “Creator Jesus,” etc.
However, the Name and title, “Jesus Christ,” relates directly to Jesus’ position in The Godhead while He, being forever and inseparably God Himself, was on earth in the body of a mortal man for the sake of humanity’s salvation and redemption. This Scriptural concept is described as, “Jesus, the son of man”, “Jesus the man,” “Jesus, Who became flesh,” etc.
Yet, The truly Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has always been, and ALWAYS WILL BE ONE GOD, (read John 1:1-3.)
John declared in Jn. 3:14-17, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man, [or Jesus Christ,] be lifted up, [on the cross,] that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God [the Father] SO loved the [whole] world that He gave [Himself in the human body or Person of] His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish…”
God the Omnipresent Father Himself was, and always will be ‘One’ “in” Jesus Christ, Who suffered, and died in our place. Yet, Omnipresent Father God remained seated in heaven while Jesus suffered on the cross.
The omnipresent Holy Spirit of God didn’t ‘brood’ around Jesus’ ‘empty’ throne while the body of Jesus Christ, (the Son of man,) was in the grave either. The Spirit was with Jesus at the cross and in death; it was the Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus’ human body from the dead. Yet, the Spirit remained in on earth and in heaven with God the Father at the same time. Jesus promised that, after His ascension, He and the Father will send the Holy Spirit from heaven to indwell His sincere believers to lead them into all truth and to teach them all things, (Rom. 8:11; Lu. 24:49; Acts 1:8; Jn. 14:26; 16:7.)
These incredible mysteries can only be understood in terms of the omnipresence of the Inseparable Godhead.
The Godhead is everywhere in heaven and on earth at the same time.
Jesus always was, is, and will be God Himself, although He came into this world in the body of a mere man. God the Father is God Himself; He was ‘in’ Jesus and ‘with’ Jesus, and yet He remained seated in heaven. The Holy Spirit is God Himself; He was ‘with’ Jesus and yet He remained in heaven with the Father. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit IS One God. The One God always was, and always will be omnipresent, ubiquitous, or ever-present.
“YOU BLASPHEME TO SAY THAT GOD ‘BECAME’ SIN AND ‘BECAME’ A CURSE ON THE CROSS!”
These Scriptural statements are definitely not blasphemous. However, even some Christian leaders misinterpret the truth
ON THIS PAGE:
· True Biblical Evangelism WILL offend some
· Muslims say Paul, not Jesus, founded Christianity
· ‘CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THREE GODS IN A TRINITY’
· “Only a Cruel Father would give His own Son for undeserving blasphemers”
· God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is omnipresent
· You blaspheme to say God ‘became’ a curse and sin on the cross