The bible itself disproves the theory that the three entities, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings, operating together to bring the will of God to the world. Examining the first chapter and verse of the Gospel according to John, Trinitarians believe “The Word” is Jesus. One must remember this is simply an interpretation, or a version of the original text. Another statement in the text is chapter 10 verse 30, in which Jesus say’s “The Father and I are one”, furthering the claim that both Jesus and God the Father are one being. This saying, taken literally doesn’t make sense.
When Jesus Became God is written by Richard Rubenstein suggests that Jesus was divine, but they do not insist upon it. Hundreds of years after Jesus ' death, the Church councils made Jesus ' divinity a central tenet of belief among many of his followers. When Jesus Became God is a narrative of the history of the Christians ' early efforts to define Christianity by convening councils and writing creeds. Rubenstein is most interested in the battle between Arius, Presbyter of Alexandria, and Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. Arius the leader of the Arians said that Christ did not share God 's nature but was the first creature God created.
That the Spirit is such is taught in passages like Acts 5 where it is said that Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost and therefore had lied, according to verse 4, “… unto God.” Not only does this reveal that the Spirit is God, but that He can be lied to shows that He is a person; you can’t lie to a mere energy or force. The fact that the Spirit is a distinct Person from the Father and the Son is shown in a passage like 2 Corinthians 13:14 “ The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” Here we see distinct Persons and the Holy Ghost being singled out as
While the other gospels emphasize the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, John instead emphasizes new life found in Jesus. It’s from John that we get Christ’s famous claim “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” -John 14:6. Jesus frequently uses metaphors to hint at his identity. John records more of these analogies than any other gospel, giving us some of the most famous word pictures for Christ.
Psalm 46 is a paradigm shift in that thought process. In 2 Chronicles 20:21 King Jehoshaphat embodied that paradigm shift in Psalm 46. Some scholars have even inferred that the King’s actions actually inspired Psalm 46, but we cannot know for certain. King Jehoshaphat put his complete confidence in God as his refuge, and not in worldly strength. If you recall the story, • Jehoshaphat was facing a great multitude • Jehoshaphat declared a fast • God answered – 1 Chronicles 20:17 (you will not need to fight) • Sing to the Lord and praised him - 1 Chronicles 20:21 • The Lord sets an ambush – 1 Chronicles 20:22 What we believe about God, is vitally important in putting our complete faith & trust in Him as our refuge.
He sees a consistent theme that runs through all the different authors and argues that they present a single and common pneumatology. Although the soteriological purpose of Spirit baptism is prominent in Pauline letters, this aspect of the Spirit’s activity is also intergrated in Luke’s writings and the rest of the New Testament. In the light of this perception, Dunn takes a strong stand and indicts Pentecostals for having a strong Lukan bias, because he contends that in taking this path, then in relation to Spirit baptism “Paul need not have written anything”. Dunn concedes though that while the Pentecostal belief in the dynamic and experiential nature of Spirit-baptism is well-substantiated, the separation of it from conversion-initiation is totally
FRESH FIRE FROM HEAVEN Jesus The Messiah Came In Obedience John 1:1-2 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. God sends whoever He wants, when He wants and how He wants. In the beginning the Word. God sent his Word manifested in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).
As a celebrated commentator Goldberg deserves praise. But he ignores or sidesteps discussing topics, which might expose very controversial opinions, where he might have to take a stand. The entire sacrificial system where blood is shed to atone, where messianic atonement is embedded in rich meaning, he ignores or dismisses by calling it cultic. Israel’s history was plagued by idolatry especially with the monarchs after the reign of King David. The prophets arrived to rescue Israel and point to messianic redemption: “Every prophet only prophesied for the days of the Messiah and the penitent” (Ber.34b).
The Law of Moses was given as a schoolmaster or tutor to bring Israel to Christ. The Law of Moses is understood through the “spirit of prophecy” or “a testimony of Jesus.” In summary, when you study the law of Moses you can expect to find a witness of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice and gospel principles illustrated in the laws given. Many of the laws may no longer be required of the Saints, but the principles taught are eternal and will never be set aside. For example, the practice of blood sacrifice was fulfilled when Jesus came and the tokens of the sacrament were given in place of the old law. But the principle was as true when the tokens were animals offered on the altar as it is now when the tokens are bread and water
The Holy Scripture records in John, "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25 RSV). Jesus was the Book in the flesh. When Jesus was born, He came to earth in the purest form of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Spirit is Christ.