This statement resonates throughout Christendom, yet I find very few who take their beliefs seriously. Do we blame the One Who is in charge? God forbid! Yes, the body is only as good as the head. No truer statement, knowing that our God and Savior is the head of His Church. However, He does separate the bad from the good. It seems that when our Lord God chooses those to lead His people many just sit back and coast along on borrowed time teaching what the people want to hear instead of instructing God’s people according to God’s precepts. This applies to the members of the congregation. All Christians are commanded to study the Holy Scriptures to show themselves approved before God, 15) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16) But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17) and their talk will spread like gangrene., II TIMOTHY 2:15-17; Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish; Romans 2:13
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
I heard a minister once say that he was going to preach on a subject which he himself disliked. For that reason his congregation didn’t hear much about this particular theme. He, for years, skirted around this topic for so long he said he found it hard to find the precise language to use. On behalf of the interests of those who warm the pews in his church, and fill the coffers in the treasury, he felt compelled to lie to his flock by omitting strategic truths of God concerning their salvation. In II Timothy 3:1-8, the Holy Spirit gives a very detailed prophesy of the times we live in. I would venture to say that, and this is only a guess, a majority of Churches, large and small, are guilty to some degree. Our Lord God had always had to deal with His people. He dealt very sternly with those in Israel. The Almighty had declared in ISAIAH, chapter 29:8-16, that the very teachers that He chose would stray to teach doctrines that would satisfy the flesh, but ultimately destroy it. Jesus warned us about the infiltration of false doctrines, Matthew 7:15
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
The numbers of those following this kind of deceit is unfathomable. Some come to Church expressly to satisfy their spouse. And, others come to Church out of habit, then some come out of curiosity. Maybe the preacher’s voice is like a finely tuned piano sounding off a rendition of Amazing Grace. So caught up are they to congratulate him for such a melodic tune bellowing out of his throat. He undoubtedly enjoys the adoration he is receiving, and in turn will give to his congregation what they want to hear, in short, just give your heart to the Lord, and He will come in and clean you up.
This revelation had come out when our Lord God shook the very foundation of his life, placed him on the threshold of death, looked him in the eyes and in no uncertain terms that He was in control. God had told him that He was tired of His own child running around like a toddler expecting free handouts, although, just like a child, disobeying his Father’s instructions, he demanded that he and those he taught be saved from the Lake of Fire in accordance to a statement made by all, including God’s Son, Jesus; ” all those who call upon the NAME of the Lord shall be saved.” The Holy Spirit put the ” Fear of God “ into him and made him understand the meaning of ” pick up your cross “. Being a minister of the gospel this hit him like a ton of bricks. He, for once, saw himself for the man that he is. The word ” wretched ” in the Greek means: we are kept in subjection to the lusts of our flesh, dictating to our soul and intellect instead of our conscience and soul are to be in control.
Victory in the hidden warfare
IT IS AT THE ROOT ALSO OF ALL REAL EFFORTS FOR OURSELVES.
1. Every earnest man must, if he sets himself to resist the evil which is in himself, know something of the struggle which the apostle here describes; and if he would endure the extremity of that conflict, he must have a firm belief that there is a deliverance for him. Without this, the knowledge of God’s holiness is nothing else than the burning fire of despair. And so many do despair. They think they have made their choice, and that they must abide by it; and so they shut their eyes to their sins, they excuse them, they try to forget them, they do everything but overcome them, until they see that in Christ Jesus there is for them, if they will claim it, a sure power over these sins. And, therefore, as the first consequence, let us ever hold it fast, even as our life.
2. Nor is it needful to lower the tone of promise in order to prevent its being turned into an excuse for sin. Here, as elsewhere, the simple words of God contain their own best safeguard against being abused; for what can be so loud a witness against allowed sin in any Christian man as this truth is? If there be in the true Christian life in union with Christ for every one of us this power against sin, sin cannot reign in any who are living in Him. To be in Christ is to be made to conquer in the struggle. So that this is the most quickening and sanctifying truth. It tears up by the roots a multitude of secret excuses. It tells us that if we are alive in Christ Jesus, we must be new creatures. And herein it destroys the commonest form of self-deception — the allowing some sin in ourselves, because in other things we deny ourselves, because we pray, because we give alms, etc. And this self-deception is put down only by bringing out this truth, that in Christ Jesus there is for us, in our struggle with “the body of this death,” an entire conquest, if we will but honestly and earnestly claim it for ourselves; so that if we do not conquer sin, it must be because we are not believing.
3. This will make us diligent in all parts of the Christian life, because all will become a reality. Prayer, the reading of God’s Word, etc., will be precious after a new sort, because through them is kept alive our union with Christ, in whom alone is for us a conquest over the evil which is in us. So that, to sum up all in one blessed declaration, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus will make us free from the law of sin and death.”
(Bp. S. Wilberforce.)
The minister had been put in his place. His tongue, the feather that tickled the ears of all that heard him, had a burning coal placed on it and could no longer sing the pleasantries which so tantalized his audience. Not so scrupulous in the past about his very heritage, and position in the Kingdom of Heaven, he sung the ” love “ songs everybody paid their price to hear. He had no problem reproving all those his peers had grievience with. His portrayal of one chosen to prophesy even instigated a manner of delivery enticing even the very elect to contemplate his ballads, but having no affect on the behavior of anyone. Everything he studied reinforced the notion he was on the cutting edge of heavenly revelation. Love and peace certainly had the ingredients for an orchestrated symphony calling for all to come to the protection only God can provide from the woes this world hands to us.
Love as defined by our Redeemer is the laying down of your life for another. John 15: 13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14″You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15″No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.…”. Love and peace are great to preach, but acting on love to produce the peace you want to project may cost you your life. Jesus sacrificed His life to produce the peace He wanted the world to experience. After three years Jesus chose one-hundred twenty disciples. He always had those who never counted the cost to teach the gospel. Love for mankind had been shown to the world through the prophet, John the Baptist; Luke 7: 28, “I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Not self denial, but because you love humanity, and are willing to take no thought for yourself, and, if needed, lay your life down for someone else.
This style of teaching wasn’t part of his portfolio: ” HELL “. He heard a very small voice say to him, ” Who can send your body and soul to hell?”, Matthew 10:28. I can only imagine after hearing that within your being, you just might tremble knowing your life is hanging between life and death, and only One could say such words with so much impact. The excellence of the position he held in the Kingdom of God came crashing down upon him in it’s own nature that he could hardly breath. He, for the first time in his life, realized that his mortal life was slipping, but had no control over it. What came to his mind next defined his course that he would pursue.
Who could be closer to you than yourself. We stand before a mirror and perceive an image reflecting back and there is always a condition of that reflection that we want to attempt to change. It could be the way we positioned our hair on our head, or the pair of pants we’ve decided to array our legs with. Oh, our shoes just may not be right with colors of the entire covering of our body. The most minute of changes in our outward appearance could be enough to put our spirits into a tailspin. As we gaze at the image staring back at us, and the thought of peace may put in a wonderful state of mind; however, let one button fall off of a blouse, a zipper jam, a waistline not lining up with our imagination, and it goes on; someone not driving according to our standards, another not dressing the way you perceive that they should. It could be anyone’s guess what might set our disposition to an uncontrollable, and angered state.
In most cases, not all, but in most we are our worst enemies. The devil really has very little, if any, hold on us as Christians. ” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”, James 4:7. To say the ” the devil made me do it “, is a lie from the pit of hell that a multitude blame the devil for most what they do. They fail to take the responsibility of their actions. The examples are countless. Just like you, I am just as guilty. We naturally have sinful desires in our flesh, and hampers our affections towards God. We’ll pray in a manner to satisfy our aims and intentions which are misguided. There are consequences to be had with every decision we make. Too often the mercies granted us are abused.
The body of death
In Virgil there is an account of an ancient king, who was so unnaturally cruel in his punishments, that he used to chain a dead man to a living one. It was impossible for the poor wretch to separate himself from his disgusting burden. The carcase was bound fast to his body, its hands to his hands, its face to his face, its lips to his lips; it lay down and rose up whenever he did; it moved about with him whithersoever he went, till the welcome moment when death came to his relief. And many suppose that it was in reference to this that Paul cried out: “O wretched man that I am!” etc. Whether this be so or not, sin is a body of death, which we all carry about with us. And while I do not wish to shock your taste, yet I do wish to give you some impression of the unclean, impure, offensive nature of sin. And think — if our souls are polluted with such a stain — oh! think what we must be in the eyes of that God in whose sight the very heavens are not clean, and who charges His angels with folly.
Because of wanton greed for prosperity, our requests go unanswered. We live in this world, and we want things of this world, and God will just deny them. The problem with mankind is we put the things of this world before God. When we set our hearts upon things of this world we’re treading on very, very, paper thin ice. Being an enemy of God isn’t really a good place to be, especially if you have been called by Him to work to spread His gospel.
The living and the dead at his command
Were coupled, face to face, and hand to hand;
Till, choked with stench, in loathed embraces tied,
The lingering wretches pined away and died.
Doddridge is not by any means singular in his opinion that the apostle derives an allusion from this horrid punishment; although perhaps the text is sufficiently intelligible without the illustration it thus receives. Philo, in an analogous passage, more obviously alludes to it, describing the body as a burden to the soul, carried about like a dead carcase, which may not till death be laid aside.” (Kitto.) During the reign of Richard I, the following curious law was enacted for the government of those going by sea to the Holy Land — “He who kills a man on shipboard shall be bound to the dead body and thrown into the sea; if a man be killed on shore the slayer shall be bound to the dead body and buried with it.”
Undeniably there are those that have been blessed with many worldly things, but they only have their hearts on God; just as Abraham had. They don’t even give a thought of wanting, but of what they can give.
So we don’t want to upset our family, friends, and close acquaintances. Just like water, we follow the path of least resistance. The lies that perpetuate our lives encompass our every thought and action we set ourselves to entertain. Our natural compulsion to experience life, if entertained, will lead us to an early death, most assuredly. Everywhere on this planet the ground is shaken with another instance of diabolical destruction of humans by others following the self destructive path the world advertises to be the answer of all our dreams. We are told, and shown the niceties this world has to offer. Blindly, the ministers stand before the paying audience and give them what they want. Misery loves company. Tears are shed, but for the wrong reasons. The temptation is to, again, to follow the path of least resistance and cloud our understanding by telling ourselves, ” everybody does it “.
This is a hellish way to live; always following people who are already lost. Their sense of direction is non-existent. Take a well observed look at the double right, or left turn lanes at any given traffic light. There will always be one lane where a majority of vehicles will be in, although they can always merge into the lane they may want after they proceed through the intersection. Afterwards, the roads are their domain. People recognize that the power which the other drivers have, in the less congested lane, are more powerful than what they are only because they decided to follow the others. You would think the opposite, contrary to common thought. You’d think that there would be more power with more numbers. When reading the Holy Scriptures I’ve found the greatest works, and miracles performed by God are through the small quantity of participants in which they allow our Lord God to exhibit His power by His Holy Ghost through a select, countless few that He has chosen; “For many are called, but few are chosen.”, Matthew 22:14.
Now we come to that fork in our lives, just as the minister, and begin to understand, to live is Christ, and to die is gain: Philippians 1:21-26, 21 ” For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.” There is a great charge given to us. It is a grand, and noble assignment to encounter. Whenever we respond, the entire host in heaven rejoice. At any given moment when we follow the Holy Spirit’s urgings to preach, teach, and pray for a soul, angels, as well as us, look upon that soul in anticipation, from the sidelines, to see if the reverence of that one’s heart is turned towards our Lord Jesus Christ. We are left in a state of anticipation of the decision which is ultimately God’s as to the destiny of the souls we reveal the gift of salvation provided to all who believe.
The law’s failure and fulfilment
The law of God is perfect. You cannot add anything to it, nor take anything from it, without spoiling it. There is nothing wrong but the law condemns it, and there is nothing right but the law approves it. The soul of it is contained in one word, “love”; but it comprehends every form of duty which springs out of our relationship to God or man.
I. WHAT THE LAW CAN AND CANNOT DO.
It cannot save a lost soul. The law, as originally given to Adam, would have produced in him a perfect life. But we have fallen, and this has made the law weak for the accomplishment of God’s purpose of justification. The law of England protects honest men, and deters many from committing crime; but it is practically powerless in the case of some habitual criminals. The defect is not in the law, but in the person with whom it has to deal.
1. It sets before us a straight path. Up the mountain side I see the way to the summit. But I have fallen into an abyss, and cannot stir. Now that path, like the law, cannot help me to follow it. Still, it is useful to know the way.
2. It shows us our deflections and stains. It is like the looking glass, which cannot take away a single spot, but can only show where it is.
3. It upbraids us for our sin, but it cannot forgive.
4. It gives no inclination to do the right, but often creates the contrary inclination (chap. Romans 7.). There are some things men would not think of doing if they were not forbidden.
5. It does not lend us any aid towards the fulfilment of its commands.
6. When we have broken the law it brings no remedy. Of mercy the law knows nothing. On one occasion some workmen were quarrying some rocks; and having made all ready for a blast — drilled the holes, filled them with gun cotton, and connected the fuzes — they warned everyone away from the place of danger. Then the fuzes were lighted, and the workmen withdrew; but, to their horror, they saw a little boy, attracted by the lights, running towards them. Those strong men shouted to the boy, “Go back! go back!” But of course the boy, having the same nature as the rest of us, only went the more quickly into the danger. Still the men cried, “Go back! go back!” They were like the law, powerless; not because their voices were weak, but because of the material with which they had to deal. But the mother of the boy heard the call, and seeing his fearful peril, dropped on one knee, opened her arms wide, and called, “Come to mother! come to mother!” The boy stopped, hesitated a moment, then ran to her embrace, and so escaped the danger. What all the shouts of the strong men could not do, the gentle voice of the mother accomplished. Their voices were like the law, which says, “Go back! go back!” Her voice was like the sweet sound of the gospel, “Come to Jesus! come to Jesus!” Note —
II. GOD’S GLORIOUS METHOD.
1. He sends. He does not wait for us to come to Him.
2. He sends His Son. He had but one, His Only-begotten; but that He might “bring many sons unto glory,” He sent that one.
3. He sends Him in the flesh. “Verily He took not on Him the nature of angels.” There He is, bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh.
4. He sends Him in the likeness of sinful flesh. His flesh was like sinful flesh, but it was not sinful flesh.
5. He sends Him on account of sin.
6. He sends Him to be a sacrifice for sin. Our sin was laid on Him; and when God came to visit sin He found it laid on Christ, and He smote it there. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust.”
7. He thus condemns sin in the flesh. Christ’s death condemned sin. You may find strong words with which to censure sin, and no words can be too strong. But sin was never so condemned as when Jesus died. This blot must put out, not the candles and the moon and the stars, but the sun himself. This poison is so virulent that the immortal must die. Now is sin condemned as the vilest thing in the universe. It has forced the hand of Divine justice to smite down even Christ Himself instead of guilty men.
III. GOD’S GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT.
1. In Christ the righteousness of the law is fulfilled, it is vindicated. I, guilty by God’s law, am condemned to punishment. But I am one with Christ. He stands for me. He takes the sin as though He had committed it, and suffers what I ought to have suffered; and so God’s law is vindicated. Thus the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in every believer, because his accepted Substitute and Surety has borne the punishment. “Then there is an end of the law,” says one. Stay, if a man disobeys, and is punished, he does not thereby escape from the duty of obedience. The law is always our creditor for a perfect obedience. Now, there could not have been such obedience rendered to the law even by sinless Adam as the Christ rendered to it. I take, today, the perfect obedience of my Lord, and appropriating it by faith, I call Him, “The Lord my righteousness.”
2. The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the Christian by the grace of God. When we believe in Christ we not only receive pardon, but also renewal. I speak for all who love Christ. You do long to obey Him. Ay, and you do obey Him. You have laid aside the works of the flesh. You love God, and you love your neighbour. And though not perfectly, yet in a large measure, the law is fulfilled in you. I would try to live as if my salvation depended upon my works alone; and yet I do so knowing all the while that I am justified by faith, and not by the works of the law. Thus present obedience is actually rendered.
3. This righteousness is fulfilled through Christ. The obedience to the law is fulfilled in us out of gratitude to Christ.(1) What the law could not do, the dying Christ has done. His sacrifice makes us hate evil. Naming the name of Christ, we “depart from iniquity”; for we realise that it was not Roman soldiers and rabble Jews alone who nailed Him to the tree, but it was our sins that did it.(2) Gratitude to Christ also incites us to the good. Shall He do all this for me, and I do nothing for Him? If Be gave His life for me, then I will give my life to Him. He has bought it; He deserves it; and He shall have it. I will no longer live to the flesh, since in the flesh Christ condemned my sin. Thus the holy law is cheerfully fulfilled.
4. This righteousness is fulfilled in the energy of the Spirit; “in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” God not only works for us, but He also works in us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” The Spirit applies the work of Christ to the soul. Why should not everyone receive, by the Spirit, this new life at this moment? Then it will grow, for we “walk after the Spirit”; we do not stand still. As we obey the law of God, we shall receive more and more of His power; for it is written, that He is “given to them that obey Him.” He first teaches us to obey, and then, when we obey, He dwells with us in greater fulness; and then “the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us.”
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
The impotency of the law through the flesh
Prof. J. A. Beet.
The voice of Sinai was powerless to save, because our flesh was too weak to throw off the bondage of sin. Just so a rope is powerless to save the drowning man who has not strength to grasp it. Whereas even such might be saved by the living arms of a strong man. If the flesh could do what the mind approves, the law would be able, by revealing the badness of the rule of sin, to dethrone it, and thus save us. But the flesh cannot drive out its dread inhabitant. Consequently the law, which cannot breathe new strength into the flesh, but only knowledge into the mind, is too weak to save us.
We are charged to season this world with the stinging salt of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. God has given us the grace to convict us of our sins, and the living standards of conduct producing the fruit of the salt of grace working in us will be evident for all to see. The revealed truth of Hell provokes us to blossom into an exotic flower with the pleasant fragrance of heaven emitting out of every pore on our bodies. Our minds are seared, as branded, with the reality of misery, and extinction. Just like with anything alive being burned the agony of the pain will overtake the entirety of the creature, then the expiration, followed by the total destruction of whatever might be left. Mark 9:41-50 It is repeatedly said of the wicked, Their worm dieth not, as well as, The fire is never quenched. Doubtless, remorse of conscience and keen self-reflection are this never-dying worm. Surely it is beyond compare better to undergo all possible pain, hardship, and self-denial here, and to be happy for ever hereafter, than to enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasure for a season, and to be miserable for ever. Like the sacrifices, we must be salted with salt; our corrupt affections must be subdued and mortified by the Holy Spirit. Those that have the salt of grace, must show they have a living principle of grace in their hearts, which works out corrupt dispositions in the soul that would offend God, or our own consciences.
( Commentary by Matthew Henry )
” When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
The consciousness of our faith, coupled with works is now understood,
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
A Working Faith Necessary
What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?…
If a man would have an evidence that the sun hath just risen within our hemisphere, though it be not within his view as yet, he will see it better by looking west than by looking east; for, before he can see the body of the sun, he may see the light of it shining upon some high tower or mountain; and so by looking west he will see the sun has risen, or is rising in the east. So, when the world would have an evidence of your being a believer, they will not look to your faith, but to your works, and the rays and beams that flow from faith. And to look towards your works is to look away quite contrary to your faith; for as faith and works are contrary in the matter of justification, so faith renounces all works in point of dependence, though it produces them in point of performance. There. fore, seeing the world will not look to your heart, which they cannot see, but to your life, and will not look to your faith, which God only sees, but to your works which the world may see; Oh, take care that it be a working faith: “Show me thy faith by thy works.”
Even I had to learn that principle. I had, like many others, needed to make major changes in my thinking. I had, and I know the minister thought the way that I had, in conjunction with the many books, documents, and commentaries on the, ” once saved always saved “, belief system. To come to the saving knowledge that you’ve been lied to, rips at your very heart and soul. Suddenly, in an instance, remorse and sadness fills your heart; I have sinned against our Creator, and many of my family and friends, well, as a matter of fact, I might have misled some of them, if not all of them. My prayer is that they were all allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven. Romans 10:13 was a strong verse by which I relied on besides many others. I, the minister, and so many more were beguiled into believing if we just gave a sincere contrition, as in the way the Roman belief system teaches, we could return to the way we were living as long as we confess the sin that we commit to a priest of that belief system. A real change in a man’s actions weren’t necessary as long as one believed God would save us from the Lake of Fire.
Every church that had been birthed from that system has carried with them many of the same beliefs, although with subtle changes.
1510 Trinity, the
Dictionary of Bible Themes
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The characteristically Christian doctrine about God. It declares that there is only one true God; that this God is three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each of whom is distinct from, yet interrelated with, the others; and that all three persons are fully, equally and eternally divine.
The Romans allowed this triple systematic approach to describe the Deity of our one God just as the Israelites did, adopting the identical worship of our Lord God and Redeemer as the ancient Babylonians. The assumption that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three are three persons is absurd, and not supported by Holy Scripture, ever! To say that each are ” eternally divine “, is Blasphemy. This explanation says the Creator of all things are three separate persons. Which God- person did what?
Saint Augustine, one of the early fathers of the Roman Church, explains the trinity in a way that would attempt to tempt God, Himself. In one instance he claims Our Lord Jesus Christ is the true God and Eternal life, and just a few lines latter he disputes entirely what he just claimed, but, yet, we are told to follow such a doctrine of men: ” And if the Son is not of the same substance with the Father, then He is a substance that was made: and if He is a substance that was made, then all things were not made by Him; but “all things were made by Him,” therefore He is of one and the same substance with the Father. And so He is not only God, but also very God. And the same John most expressly affirms this in his epistle: “For we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know the true God, and that we may be in His true Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
And therefore so much the more is it not necessary that the words, “Who hath immortality,” should be understood of the Father alone, omitting the Son; when they are said thus: “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: whom in His own time He will show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.” In which words neither is the Father specially named, nor the Son, nor the Holy Spirit; but the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; that is, the One and only and true God, the Trinity itself.
Isaiah speaks by the anointing of the Holy Spirit denouncing the worship of God in a way that the Babylonians did, Isaiah 66:17. [ In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians there were three persons, and to symbolize that
doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle,
just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. In both cases such a comparison is most
degrading to the King Eternal, and is fitted utterly to pervert the minds of those who contemplate it, as
if there was or could be any similitude between such a figure, and Him who said, ‘To whom will you
liken God and what likeness will you compare unto Him?’
THE TWO BABYLONS ; BY : ALEXANDER HISLOP
The Papacy has in some of its churches, as for instance, in the monastery of the so-called Trinitarians
of Madrid, an image of the Triune God with three heads on one body.
* Parkhurst, sub voce ‘Cherubim.’ From the following extract from the Dublin Catholic
Layman, a very able Protestant paper, describing a Popish picture of the Trinity recently published in that
In India, the supreme divinity, in
like manner, in one of the most ancient
cave-temples, is represented
with three heads on one body, under
the name of ‘Eko Deva Trimurtti…One
God, three forms.’
In Japan, the Buddhists worship
their great divinity, Buddha, with
three heads, in the very same form,
under the name of ‘San Pao Fuh.’
All these have existed from ancient
times. While overlaid with idolatry, the recognition of a Trinity was universal in all the ancient
nations of the world, proving how deep-rooted in the human race was the primeval doctrine on this
subject, which comes out so distinctly in Genesis.
* , note ‡: The threefold invocation of the sacred name in the blessing of Jacob bestowed on the sons of
Joseph is very striking: “And he blessed Joseph, and said, ‘God, before whom my Fathers Abraham and
Isaac walked, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, and the Angel, which redeemed me from
all evil, bless the lads’” (Gen. 48:1-16). If the angel here referred to had not been God, Jacob could never
have invoked him as on an equality with God. In Hosea 12:3-5, ‘The Angel who redeemed’ Jacob is expressly
called God: ‘He (Jacob) had power with God. Yes, he had power over the Angel and prevailed; he wept
and made supplication unto him; he found him in Bethel and there he spoke with us, even the Lord God of
Hosts, the Lord is his memorial (name).’
When we look at the symbols in the triune figure of Layard, already referred to, and minutely examine
them, they are very instructive. Layard regards the circle in that figure as signifying ‘Time without
bounds,’ but the hieroglyphic meaning of the circle is evidently different. A circle in Chaldea was
zero, and zero also signified the seed. Therefore, according to the genius of the mystic system of
Chaldea, which was to a large extent founded on double meanings, that which to the eyes of men in
general was only zero, ‘a circle,’ was understood by the initiated to signify zero, the seed. Viewed in
this light, the triune emblem of the supreme Assyrian divinity shows clearly what had been the original
patriarchal faith. First, there is the head of the old man, next, there is the zero, or circle, for the
seed, and lastly, the wings and tail of the bird or dove, showing, though blasphemously, the unity of
Father, Seed or Son, and Holy Spirit.
While this had been the original way in which Pagan idolatry had represented the Triune God, and
though this kind of representation had survived to Sennacherib’s time, yet there is evidence that, at a
very early period, an important change had taken place in the Babylonian notions in regard to the divinity
and that the three persons had come to be, the Eternal Father, the Spirit of God incarnate in a
human mother, and a divine Son, the fruit of that incarnation
This is but one example of the many falsehoods coming from the Mother of Harlots. Her children have accepted this, and other doctrines of men that are foreign to God. He is not the author of confusion, nor will He shroud Himself in a way that bewilders most in the modern world. If you’re confused how to describe our Lord Jesus Christ, think about it, look in the mirror, how many of you do you see? I sure hope you only observe one image reflected looking back at you. We’re taught to test the spirits, I John 4:1, and how else can that be done except you ask the spirit questions. Ask that image if it is you, if it is then you can be confident that it is your reflection. Next, behind your physical body is the real, invisible you. You are a spirit and God is the Father of all spirits. For reference, ant matters of understanding, your spirit is the father, and your body, ( the temple of the spirit ), and is the right hand of your spirit, which obeys everything it is commanded to do by you, is the son, and the words that proceed from your mouth are your, let’s say, small cased, “ holy ” spirit. In John 6:63 we are told that the words of Jesus are the very Holy Spirit and they are life.
I am not suggesting you change your entire belief system, nor am I suggesting that this an issue concerning salvation, however, it is of an importance when it comes to our worship of our One Lord God and Redeemer. You see? Those three are just one God. In I John 5:6-12, we are told that Eternal life and that life is in His Son, and whoever has the son has eternal life. In John 1:1, this verse is a complete explanation of the mystery of the Godhead. In Genesis we are told the Word moved over the face of the water; take a bowl of water and as close as you can get, speak over it and watch it move.
Back to the original question, ” ARE WE FOLLOWERS OF GOD? “