BEFORE WE BEGIN THIS STUDY, I WANT TO PREFACE IT WITH THIS STATEMENT. I BELIEVE THAT THE BOOK OF HEBREWS IS AN EXTENSIVE DOCUMENT DESIGNED TO SHOW WHO JESUS IS, AND HOW THE PLAN OF GOD WAS FULFILLED THROUGH HIM. HOPEFULLY THOSE WHO READ THIS STUDY WILL BE BLESSED WITH A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR GOD.
HEBREWS CHAPTER 1
Chapters 1-3: ANSWERING THE QUESTION "WHO IS JESUS?"
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the
fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The word "by" here is used twice, but in both cases, it is a different word that is used.
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us BY His
This word "BY" is actually the Greek Word "en" and it generally means "IN". The same word is used in verse one. In both cases, we see that God spoke in the prophets, and in His Son.
The second time "by" is used in verse 2, we see
that the Greek word here is "dia", which generally means "through".
So we see that verse two is actually saying that God spoke IN His Son, THROUGH whom He also made the worlds.
There are at least two Greek words that are translated as "world" in the Bible. One is "Aion" and one is "Kosmos".
Here in verse two, the Greek word is "aion". This generally can be interpreted to mean "age" or period of time.
Many people struggle with Who Jesus is.
There should be no struggle.
We have seen that the TIMES were created by Him.
We know from Colossians 1:16, that there is nothing that was made that wasn't made by Him.
16 "For by (Gr. En="in" ) 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 (dia = "through") him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by (en = "in") him all things consist. (KJV)
"Kosmos" denotes the physical world, or the universe.
I believe that what we are seeing here in Hebrews 1:1-2, is that God spoke in varied ways to the people when He used his prophets. Even the prophets themselves did not know the entire picture of what they were speaking. They knew the word they were to give, but every detail of that word was not revealed. Indeed, 1 Corinthians refers to our limited understanding regarding the prophetic:
1 Cor 13:9 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (KJV)
We only know in part, and we only prophesy in part, because we are not the Creator, but the created thing.
On the other hand, we can see that when God spoke in His Son, HE did not prophesy in part, but since the ages, the times, the worlds, and His Purpose was formed THROUGH Him, His understanding of what He spoke was entire and complete.
The next verse defines this even more. Look at the description of this Son of God:
Heb.1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
We see that Jesus is the brightness of God's Glory. Yet God said He would give His Glory to no other.
Isa 42:8 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (KJV)
Isa 48:11 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. (KJV)
Jesus Himself declared that He would come in the Glory of His Father:
Matt 16:27 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (KJV)
Jesus not only declared that He would come in the Glory of His Father, but that He would come in His own Glory!
Luke 9:26 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (KJV)
And Jesus spoke of the Glory that He had with the Father:
John 17:5 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (KJV)
And here in Hebrews, we see that Jesus is the Brightness of God's Glory.
So, Who is Jesus?
We see that He is the EXPRESS IMAGE OF THE FATHER. IN THE GREEK,
THIS WORD IS:
5481 charakter- 1) the instrument used for engraving or carving 2) the mark stamped upon that instrument or wrought out on it a) a mark or figure burned in (Lev. 13:28) or stamped on, an impression b) the exact expression (the image) of any person or anything, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect, that is, facsimile
So we see that according to Hebrews 1:3, Jesus was the PRECISE REPRODUCTION IN EVERY RESPECT OF THE FATHER. No wonder He could say if you have seen me, you have seen the Father!
John 14:9-11 9 Jesus saith unto
him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me,
Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then,
Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. (KJV)
So, Who was Jesus?
Where it says that He was the express image of His person, the word translated "person" is the Greek word:
5287 hupostasis- 1) a setting or placing under; a thing put under, a substructure, a foundation 2) what has foundation, what is firm a) what has actual existence; a substance, a real being b) the substantial quality, nature, used of a person or thing c) the steadfastness of mind, a firmness, courage, a resolution, confidence, firm trust, assurance
We see that Jesus is the exact reproduction
of the nature or substantial quality of God the Father.
So we see that Jesus is the brightness of the Father's Glory, that He is the exact reproduction of all that the Father is, and that He bears or carries everything that is anything by the Word of His power when He had by Himself cleansed our sins:
See what God Almighty says about who cleanses us from our sins. Isa 43:25: I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (KJV)
Ps 103:2-3 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (KJV)
So Who is Jesus?
We see that He is set down on the right hand of the Majesty on High!
Heb 1: 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (KJV)
So Who is Jesus?
Who else has occupied the place so far that we have seen that He occupies? Some say that he Is Michael the arch angel, but lets see what is said here about that:
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
We see that he was so much better than the angels, so that eliminates the idea that He is Michael the Arch Angel.
Some would point to the expression "being made", as proof that JESUS was a created being, and not God Himself. The word used here, is the Greek word "ginomai", which can also mean to be fulfilled, to be accomplished, or simply that "He Was".
When He took on the flesh, this One who was the exact representation of God Almighty, Who was the Brightness of His Glory, and Who holds everything By the Word of His Power, Was by His very nature, so much better than the Angels.
Just the fact that He is the Son of God would show that He has a more excellent name than the angels.
A Son is much greater in status and position than a servant. And the last part of verse 4 bears this out, speaking of the Lord Jesus as an heir: ..."As he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."
Then verse 5 seals the case presented here, that Jesus is not an angel:
Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
THIS VERSE IS A QUOTATION FROM PSALM 2:7. This is a prophetic Psalm that speaks of the Coming Messianic King.
Let's look at this Psalm in it's entirety:
1 Why do the heathen rage, and
the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV)
The implied answer to this question "Unto which of the angels"… is that He didn't say this to any of the Angels.
Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
In that He said, "Let all the Angels of God worship Him," Michael the Archangel was also included in this.
We have seen in these last two verses, that the author of the book of Hebrews is being very careful to explain Who Jesus is, and Who He is not. We can see that he has defined Jesus as the SON OF GOD, and NOT some angel who became the son of God.
The writer of Hebrews explains who the angels are:
Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Verse 7 is quoted from Psalm 104:4. And then the writer explains Who the Son is:
1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
So Who is Jesus?
According to Psalm 45: 6, and 7, we can see that Jesus is God, and declared to be God (not "a god") by God Himself. As we can see, verses 8 and 9 of Hebrews chapter 1 are a direct quote from this Psalm:
Psalm 45:6 Thy throne, O God,
is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
As we pursue this study of Hebrews chapter one, we need to keep in mind that in CONTEXT, the subject at hand, is Who Jesus is:
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
These verses are a direct quote from Psalm 102:25-27. But see in verse 24, who the Psalmist is addressing these words to!
24 I said, O my God, take me not
away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Again, the writer quotes Psalm 110:1, to show that Jesus was not, or is not an angel. Angels have their part in the Kingdom of God, but it is not the part of Jesus.
Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (KJV)
Many people struggle with Who Jesus is. There should be no struggle.
We have seen that the times were created by Him.
We know from Colossians 1:16, that there is nothing that was made that wasn't made by Him.
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. (KJV)
HEBREWS CHAPTER 2
The author of Hebrews admonishes
the reader: He is saying that since Jesus Christ is so much better than
the angels, then how much more should we pay attention to what He had said?
The word "therefore" implies a continuation of the teaching that he had been giving:
2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which
we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
We have heard what the prophets have spoken, and of the messages they have received from the angels that had been sent to give them the messages; and we know what happened to those who did not obey those commandments that were given.
We remember what happened to Lot's wife when she was told not to look back at the city.
We know the promise that the Angel gave to Hagar concerning Ishmael (Gen 16:7-12).
We know the promise that was given to Abraham concerning Isaac by the Angel of the Lord (Gen 22:11-18).
We know of the Word which was spoken to Jacob by an angel of the Lord (Gen 31:11-13).
And we know of the words that the angel of the Lord spoke to Gideon. (Judges 6:12-23).
These are just a few examples to
show what the writer of Hebrews meant when he said that the word spoken
by the angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received
a just recompence of reward.
We can see by these and many other passages of scripture how much authority the angels have from the Lord. There is undeniably much authority and much power given to them.
Yet we have seen from the text of Hebrews that Jesus has much more power and authority than the greatest of the angels.
The writer of Hebrews says what do you think will happen to you if you reject this One Whose Word and Authority is much greater than that of the angels? (Verses 2 & 3)
For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
See how wonderful God's purpose and design is! Verse 7 shows us how God made man to be less in rank and influence than the angels, (1642 elattoo (el-at-to'-o);from 1640; to lessen (in rank or influence): KJV-- decrease, make lower.) yet He bestowed honor and glory on him and gave him dominion over the creation right from the beginning:
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (KJV)
Throughout the scripture, we are shown time and time again how the least of men is exalted to greatness.
Moses felt totally unqualified for
the task that the Lord assigned to him.
Gideon seemed to be the least likely person to be instrumental in delivering Israel from the hands of the enemy.
David was but a young lad and untrained in the ways of war, yet God used him to defeat Goliath.
Abraham and Sarah were well beyond their childbearing years, and God used them to begin a great nation.
Throughout the Scriptures we can
see how God used flawed and weak people to fulfill His Purposes.
How clear the significance of Jesus' words to us become now as we view God's Purpose in this light!
23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (KJV)
THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL TRUTH!
The mentality of the world system is that we have to strive to succeed.
The goal of every man, woman and
child who are conformed to this world is to be better than someone else.
Pride in self is a tool that the enemy of our souls uses against us. Everyone wants to be the boss.
Everyone wants recognition and fame.
Everyone wants to be known by a title. Some kind of honor to be bestowed on them.
Christ's economy is that the greatest
in God's eyes are the servants. The ones who give of themselves unselfishly
to their brothers and sisters, and to God.
God had given all authority to mankind when He created the heavens and the earth. The only thing that He required was man's obedience to Him.
But Satan tempted them through the serpent with the poison of Pride.
He told them in essence that they did not have to obey God, because they would become like Him if they ate of the forbidden fruit (Gen 3:5).
Because of man's transgression, sin came into the picture, and man lost his fellowship with God. Throughout the history of mankind, we can see the scramble to attain recognition and success. The whole system today is geared toward "being somebody!"
Man no longer was able to subdue
and have dominion over that which God had entrusted to him.
He had no control over his sin. But God's design and purpose for mankind was not thwarted by man's fall.
The Creator Himself took upon Himself the form of a man, to redeem His Prized Creation.
Heb 2:9 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
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
So now we see the significance of Phillippians 2:3-11:
2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)
Jesus, we see, Who was in the FORM of God, (this word means shape, or Nature), did not consider it robbery to be Equal with God.
But because He prized His Creation so much, He emptied Himself of His divinity or His equality with God(made Himself of no reputation= kenoo-1) to empty, make empty; used of Christ: he laid aside equality with or the form of God 2) to make void, to deprive of force, to render vain, useless, of no effect 3) to make void, to cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, or false) and took upon Himself the form of a servant…This phrase, "made Himself of no reputation" shows what was meant in Hebrews 2:9, and 1:4, when we see that He "was made" - Namely, that He, Jesus Christ, our Creator, made Himself to be lower than the angels.
I like to ask people who deny the
the divinity of Jesus Christ, if they believe that there is anything other
than lying, that is impossible with God, Who created everything with just
a word? Usually, they will concede that there is nothing impossible with
Then I will ask them if it would be impossible for God to come in the flesh and live as a man, and to give His life in exchange for ours?
They may not like the idea of this, but they will usually admit that it is not impossible for God to do such a thing.
Heb 2:9 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. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
WHY WOULD GOD DO THIS? WHY WOULD THE CREATOR BECOME FLESH AND SUFFER THE THINGS THAT HE DID AT THE HANDS OF SUCH PRIDEFUL SINFUL MEN?
WE KNOW THAT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, AND THAT GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY PERSON SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT EVERYONE WOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.
2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of
one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
See, according to the author of Hebrews, we see that Jesus, whom we have already seen to be the Creator of all things, did not take upon Himself the nature of angels, but took on himself the seed of Abraham.
What an ultimate example of voluntary humility our God chose to give us, through humbling Himself to be a servant of all mankind.
Human high priests were always imperfect because of their sin. But a sinless God could be mankind's ultimate High Priest. This was His design…that all we need would be accomplished through Him. How He wants us to know that we are dependant on Him, on His Mercy, and on His Grace!
God had proclaimed that Death would come as a result of mankind's disobedience to God. He told Adam and Eve that in the day that they disobeyed Him, they would die.
The serpent's design was to destroy God's Creation. The battle throughout the History of this world has been between the Author of Life, God Almighty, and the bringer of death.
Obedience to God brings Life. Obedience to the god of this world brings death. God's design is to destroy this one who has the power of death:
15:54 So when this corruptible
shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed
up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (KJV)
We know that Death and Hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
God's perfect Plan was laid out from the Beginning. He loved His Creation so much, that He would die in its' place, and then become the sinless High Priest that mankind so desperately needs.
2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining
to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (KJV)
There is no way that any man, woman,
or child, can ever say that God can't relate to them. Jesus was tempted
in every respect that we were, yet without sin.
Verse 18 says that because of His choice to come as a man, He is able to relieve or to aid, or to help those who are being tempted.
WHO IS JESUS?
He is our All Sufficient One.
He is our Ever Present Help in time of need.
He is our Comforter and our Enabler.
He is our All in All.
He is our High Priest, and our Advocate.
He is Jesus!
Because of what He has done for us, Sin no longer has dominion over us! (Rom 6:14.)
So through this brief study of Hebrews chapters 1 and 2, we can see beyond a shadow of doubt who Jesus is, and Who He is not! We can plainly see that He is not an angel, nor was He ever an angel.
And it is obvious that He is God,
the Creator, and God the Son. This is not an issue to be argued about.
Oneness Pentecostals who deny the Trinity have a messed up idea of what the Trinity is.
The fact is, There is One God.
He is manifested in three persons. We acknowledge God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…We acknowledge that these three are ONE.
We have seen that the Son was in the Form of God, that He is Equal with God, That He is the One Who created all things.
God's ways are not our ways.
We cannot define the Infinite according to our finite mind. Jesus' prayer in the garden reflects that Oneness of God:
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (KJV)
John 17: 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (KJV)
It was Jesus' prayer that those who follow Him would be ONE, even as He and the Father are ONE. Truly, if we adhere to the teaching of Jesus Christ, we will acknowledge both the Father and the Son:
II Jn 1:3 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.(KJV)
II Jn 1:9 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (KJV)
The proper teaching is that the Father sent the Son to be the saviour of the world, not that the Father became the Son to become the saviour of the world: I Jn 4:14 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (KJV)
I believe the Bible clearly teaches that Oneness theology and Jehovah Witness type theology is an antichrist theology:
I Jn 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.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. (KJV)
The fact of the matter is that the fellowship a true Child of God has is with the Father, and with the Son.
I Jn 1:3 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. (KJV)
We don't deny the Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ. We don't deny the Fatherhood of the Almighty God, and we don't deny the deity of the Holy Spirit.
Yet we do not profess there are three
We worship the Father as the Father.
We Worship the Son as the Son, and we Worship the Holy Spirit Who guides us into all Truth as the Holy Spirit.
And we declare them to be ONE.
I have no hang up with this, because I
know that God is God, and I am not.
I understand that His Ways are far above my own ways.
If He wants to manifest Himself as three persons to me, and wants me to acknowledge Him as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I have no problem with that.
I acknowledge my Father in Heaven.
I acknowledge my Lord Jesus Christ.
And I acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit in my Life. According to the Word of God, I have fellowship with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (KJV)
2 Pet 1:16 For
we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the
power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.(KJV)
Heb 1: 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (KJV)
The problem with the Jehovah witnesses
and the Oneness Pentecostals is that they either are missing the Son, or the
Their doctrine is based on antichrist principles, and moves them to error in other doctrines.
Oneness Pentecostals are generally immersed in legalism, like the Pharisees, and the Jehovah Witnesses deny a Hell and perpetrate a soul-sleep doctrine like the Saducees.
The words of Jesus Himself in the Book of Revelation speak loudly enough to dispel the notion that Jesus is the Father, OR that we are not to worship Jesus but the Father Only:
Rev 2: 26 And
he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power
over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (KJV)
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (KJV)
Rev 3:21 To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also
overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)
Those who deny the Deity of Jesus Christ
need to understand that it will be Jesus who blots out the names.
That it is Jesus Who grants us Power, and that it is Jesus who permits the overcomer to sit with Him in His throne.
Those Who deny the Trinity need to see that Jesus received the rule from His Father, and Jesus will confess the overcomers before the Father, and Jesus is seated with His Father.
I say let every man be a liar, but God's Word is True!
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