TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL MINISTRY

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WHO OR WHAT IS GOD?

 (Deut 6:4 [KJV])

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

To understand the God of the Bible we are going to examine scripture. It is scripture that can best describe the God of the Book of books.

 

Summary: We will focus on three doctrines that are taught by some denominations that describe the nature of God. We will examine each one in light of the scripture.

 

1.       God is a single person, with a single personality (a single will) that manifests himself in three different forms. The father, the son and the holy ghost.

2.       God is a single person and his holy spirit is a force. The person called his son is an angel.

3.       God is three Persons, with three separate and distinct Wills, The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

 

 

1.       God is a single person with a singular personality:

 

This doctrine is sometimes called “Jesus only”. God is the son at one time, at another time he is the father and when the time suits it, he becomes the holy spirit. It is said to be three manifestations of the same personality (or person). Let us look at this doctrine to see if it stands up when tested against the very scripture it uses for support.

 

One main scripture that is used to support this “Jesus only” doctrine is Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one (ech-awd') LORD:” This scripture has a unique Hebrew word that is used to describe the composition of more than one personality in plural form; the word ONE.

 

The word “one” used in Deuteronomy 6:4 is the same word that is used in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one (ech-awd') flesh”.

 

Below is the word “one” in full description taken from Strong’s concordance. Notice the English words that have a composite meaning that are used in equivalency to the word “one” (eg. a, alike, altogether, other, some, together)

 

H259 אֶחָד 'echad (ech-awd') adj.

1. (properly) united, i.e. one.

2. (as an ordinal) first.

[a numeral from H258]

KJV: a, alike, alone, altogether, and, any(-thing), apiece, a certain, (dai-)ly, each (one), + eleven, every, few, first, + highway, a man, once, one, only, other, some, together.

Root(s): H258

 

TTGM conclusion:

Gen 2:4 Adam and Eve = Two (2) persons = Adam + Eve is one Flesh (they became one)

 

Deut 6:4 The Father and The Son and The Holy Ghost = Three (3) persons = Father + Son + Holy Spirit is one God.

 

Let us now look at other scriptures that demonstrate God is one, but still asserts a plural composition – in the OT.

 

(Gen 1:26 [KJV])

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.

 

(Gen 3:22 [KJV])

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

 

TTGM: The word “us” asserts a plural composition.

 

 

Now let us look at the NT.

 

(1 John 5:7 [KJV])

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

(John 1:1 [KJV])

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

TTGM: The three (plural) are one (NOT a singular one but rather a composite or plural in meaning)

 

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TTGM CONCLUSION: Both in the OT and NT the God of the Bible speaks. This means He is has the power of comprehension. He refers to himself using the “US” word; He further cements very being or make up in John 1:1, where it states the three are one. THE WORD SPEAKS, NOT THREE GODS BUT THREE PERSONS THAT ARE ONE GOD.

 

Further consideration for continued study:

 

(Luke 22:42 [KJV])

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

 

TTGM: How many persons are mentioned in the above verse? (Hint: each person has his own will)

 

(Ps 110:1 [KJV])

A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

 

TTGM: Who is seated on the right hand of the other? How many persons are in this verse? (Hint: The person that ascended into to heaven)

 

 

(John 16:7-8 [KJV])

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 

TTGM: How many persons are mentioned in this verse?

 

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2.       The Holy Ghost/Spirit is a force and Jesus is an angel:

 

This doctrine is taught by the Jehovah Witnesses organization. The bible they use is called the new world translation and it renders the holy spirit as an “IT” and not a “He” in verses that mention “HIM”. This bible was translated to support the doctrine of a man called Charles Russell.

 

ALL other Bible translations have correctly rendered the Holy Spirit with the pronoun “HE”.

 

TTGM: The JWs do not have sound doctrine but rather they believe the teachings of a man that started a cult.

 

Read HERE for more information on JWs and their beliefs. It also details the many false prophecies that failed over and over again.

 

Jesus is an angel is another doctrine taught by JWs, However, in light of scripture this doctrine does not hold up. Consider the following verses.

 

 

(Heb 2:9 [KJV])

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

 

(Heb 2:16 [KJV])

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

 

 

TTGM: In Heb 2:16 it says He Jesus did not take on himself the nature of an angel. If He was an angel before, why would the statement be made that He did not (or never did) have the nature of an angel?

 

Deduction: Jesus was made into the nature of man, but, He never had the nature of angel (as stated, “he took not on him the nature of angels”). What nature did He have? Consider the following verses.

 

(Phil 2:6 [KJV])

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 

(Phil 2:7 [KJV])

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant (He took the form of man and not an angel), and was made in the likeness of men:

 

(Phil 2:8 [KJV])

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

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3.       The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost are three persons but ONE God

 

This doctrine is also called the trinity. This model of understating the God of the Bible fits every scripture that describes him. Again not three gods, but as scripture teaches, ONE God revealed to us in THREE persons with three separate and distinct wills. However the will of the Father is supreme.

 

 

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Basic tools for Study – see approach to study:

 

1.       A King James Bible – Software we highly recommend theWord (free)

2.       A Strong’s Concordance – Software with a concordance we recommend is again theWord.

 

 

King James Bible for Android - KJV (free)

 

Also try for Android “And Bible(free)

 

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