(Disclaimer: this post may generate controversy. This post will “turn some people off”. This post will cause some followers to unhinge and never follow this blog again.
But, this blog was never intended for popularity, stats, self-aggrandizement, or other motivations other than for encouragement for the weary traveler, to hopefully guide someone onto a path leading to deeper spiritual truth in God and/or eventually lead someone to have a personal encounter with God. Because there is nothing in this life more important to God than the saving of the soul.
This blog is also the result of the probing and pricking of God’s Holy Spirit for this blogger to come out of the proverbial “closet”, let his light shine and not be ashamed of his Savior. And this was all confirmed from a church pulpit on one particular Sunday morning over seven years ago).
But, before you turn off and travel on I ask you to hear out what is written here because this post raises one question that has eternal significance. That can be a pretty rash and arrogant statement to make, but when you consider we will all spend eternity in one place or the other we must make sure we get things right. Don’t you agree?
Depending on which “camp” or side of the Oneness or Trinity discussion you find yourself your answer to this one question will be starkly different. And this question IS perhaps one of the most important questions will ever answer about your Christian faith, the God you serve and about the identity of Jesus Christ.
Before we get into that question, let’s get back to the subject of Oneness and Trinity. Here are some facts differentiating the two:
- Trinity is not mentioned nor the word used in the Bible.
- The word “Trinity” entered the stage of church history at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD with the doctrine officially enacted at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD.
- Judiasm is a belief based on monotheism (Israel is a nation of people who believe God is One; not three, two or many, one and only one)
- The Apostles believed in the Oneness of God.
- The early Apostolic Church was comprised of Oneness believers.
The treasured “shema” spoken by the Jewish believer is immersed in oneness theology:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Deuteronomy 6:4
So What Is The One Question?
The one question referred to earlier is this:
Who died on the cross? Who really bled, agonized, and was shamed on Calvary’s cross?
If you are a believer in the Trinity you will say it was God’s Son, the second person of the Trinity, whom the Father “sent” to die for the sins of all mankind. Jesus Christ was one of three persons, a proxy if you will, sent to save souls from the curse of sin.
A Oneness believer will answer the question differently. A Oneness believer will not say Jesus Christ is one person of three, a proxy, or God’s perfect, yet detached sacrifice for sin. A Oneness believer will say Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the One Holy God enrobed in flesh, the physical manifestation of the true, living God.
Oneness believers see God himself in human flesh at Calvary. The eternal Spirit of the living God, the same spirit infused in the body of Jesus (Rom. 8:11), the same Spirit that created the heavens, earth, seas, sun, moon, stars, animals, birds, vegetation, flowers, the atomic structures of oxygen, carbon, florine, gold and silver hung on Calvary’s cross.
It was Him. The Creator Himself. He felt the agony, pain, shame, rejection and humiliation.
The Litmus Test for False Doctrine
Many people are leery of beliefs contrasting their own. We naturally question the unfamiliar or ideas that clash with what we’ve grown to learn from our ancestry or family traditions. False doctrine pervades the landscape and even Jesus and the apostles warned of its prevalence in the last days (Luke 21:8, Mat 7:15, Acts 20:29, II Cor 11:14, II Tim 4:3, II John 1:10)
However, there is a test to identify false doctrine. It is a simple test, but highly accurate. It is this:
Within your belief system or religious persuasion can Jesus Christ be exalted to a position he is not worthy to occupy?
If you answer “yes” to that question it is a sign you are believing in or dwelling in unsound doctrine. It is that simple.
History and most people will affirm that Jesus Christ was ….
A good man.
A humble man.
A popular teacher.
An influential leader.
A charismatic figure to the masses.
Even … A worker of miracles.
But, there was one position Jesus was not worthy to occupy according to the established religious teachers of his day and as a whole to the religions in our day:
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:33
Jesus was not worthy to occupy the highest and most exalted position of all, God and Creator of the heaven and the earth. According to the established religious hierarchy of his day he wasn’t qualified to be elevated and called the Almighty, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace because only God can occupy these positions.
Well, was Jesus God? What qualifies him? The scriptures have this to say about Jesus Christ:
- The Creator of All Things (John 1:1-3, 10, Col 1:16, Heb 1:2)
- Existed in Eternity & before time (John 17:24, Col 1:17, I Peter 1:19-20)
- Has all Power & Authority (Mat 28:18, Eph 1:10, 19-22, Heb 12:2, Acts 7:55-56)
- Has the Power to Forgive Sins (Mat 9:6, Mark 2:7, Acts 26:18, Eph 1:7, Col 1:4)
- Is the Image of the Invisible God (John 14:9, 17:21-22, Heb 1:3, Rev 1:12-18)
- His Name Is Exalted Above All Others (Isa 9:6, Mat 1:21-23, Luk 1:35, Eph 5:20, Phl 2:9-10, Col 3:17, Rev 22:16)
What is your conclusion in light of these (and many other) scriptures? Is Jesus worthy to occupy the position of Almighty God?
The God I Want To Believe
Putting all controversy and debate aside let’s ask another honest question. The question is not what you believe, but which of the two would you want to believe?
Which God would you prefer to serve? One who sacrificed his only “son“, or one who sacrificed “Himself“? A God who instead of sending a proxy He came Himself as a person? Or instead of sending another He submitted himself?
Does this not make Calvary so much more poignant, and powerful? Oh, yes it does. The Creater allowed Himself to be placed into the hands of His Creation. There is no love greater than this that God Himself visited earth and laid down his own life.
Considering also this question : Would God ask of us a sacrifice that He himself would not first commit to himself? (John 6:51, 10:15-17, Rom 12:1)
God is love. God loves you. Oh, how He loves you!
Have you experienced the New Birth according to the scriptures?
John 3:1-15 & Acts 2:38
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Acts 19:2