The Cross Of Christ Is The Heart And Soul Of Christianity

(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New King James Version).

The central message of Christianity and of the gospel is the cross of Jesus Christ. Christianity rises and falls on it. It was the crux of the Apostles’ message, and the one thing they fought and died for. Jesus Christ and him crucified was the only message Paul was determined to transmit to the people he ministered to. Our justification, sanctification and glorification are all tied to this message and how we relate to it. The greatest and most damnable heresies the Apostles combated and contended against had to do with perversions of the message of the cross or its outright repudiation. Because it’s a matter of life and death and has eternal consequences with respect to the soul’s destiny, we need to understand the message of the cross clearly. Only by having a clear revelation of the cross of Christ will we be able to appreciate the sacrifice made for us at Calvary. This article intends to scripturally review the message of the cross and rally Christians back to it.

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

1 Corinthians 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;

1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,

1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The preaching of the cross is the gospel message, the good news of salvation from sin and death, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the message that salvation can only be found in one place and in one person- the cross of Jesus Christ! This is the central message of the Bible. All the prophets of old pointed to it, and all the Apostles pointed back to it, as the fulfilment of God’s promise to mankind to provide a way of escape from the curse of sin and death. Christ’s life gave us a wonderful example of God’s love, holy living and righteousness. He was the perfect and sinless man, full of grace and truth. However, without his death on the cross, his life would not have been of eternal benefit to us. Without his propitiatory and substitutionary death on our behalf on the cross of Calvary, no person would have been saved, and all of Adam’s race would have ended up in hell and the lake of fire!

It was not the gracious words of Christ that purchased our salvation. It was not his inspiring and motivational speeches that ransomed our souls from death. His life and and his teachings would have made us live long and good and prosperous lives, for he was a great teacher and a great motivator and inspirer. His healing power definitely cured diseases, cast out demons and raised the dead, even though they still died again, after a full lifespan. However, without his death on the cross, we all would have died and gone to hell, in spite of the good lives his inspiring words would have enabled us to live. So, we see that his death was more important to us than his life. His death and resurrection are the basis of eternal life and Christianity.

1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

1 Corinthians 15:2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

Right from the book of Genesis, we see the pattern of salvation clearly laid out. When Adam and Eve sinned, God shed an innocent lamb’s blood to cover their sins temporarily, while clothing them with the skin. All throughout the Old Testament, sacrificial animals were offered in place of sinful man as atonement for sin. God thus made it abundantly clear that without the shedding of blood, there can’t be any remission for sin. The penalty for sin is death, as God forewarned Adam and Eve, and every soul ever since has deserved to die, for we were all born sinners. Yet, the mercy of God has always triumphed over his judgement, providing a way of escape for sinful man, through the death of innocent substitutes. All these animal substitutes pointed to the perfect Sacrifice God would provide as a remission of sin- his only begotten Son. Those sinless and unblemished animals foreshadowed the perfect Lamb of God who would come to take away the sin of the world by the sacrifice of himself. Christ was the embodiment and fulfilment of all the sacrifices for sin in the Old Testament. Only his voluntary, substitutionary and propitiatory death could satisfy God’s righteous demands and secure mankind’s salvation.

Hebrews 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

Hebrews 9:20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”

Hebrews 9:21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

Hebrews 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Hebrews 9:23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

Hebrews 9:25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—

Hebrews 9:26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’

John 1:31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

John 1:32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

John 1:33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

John 1:34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

John 1:35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.

John 1:36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

1 Peter 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1 Peter 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

1 Peter 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

Matthew 26:27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.

Matthew 20:26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

Matthew 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Salvation is therefore based on what happened on the cross of Christ at Calvary, and the resurrection that followed three days after. Without Calvary, there would have been no resurrection, and without the resurrection, we all would have been doomed to an eternity in hell! The sacrifice of Calvary justifies and sanctifies us, and is the basis of our glorification. Without the cross, we’re nothing but hell-bound, Satan-enslaved, sin-loving damned souls. It’s the great exchange that took place at Calvary that made the difference between dead men and living souls. On Calvary, the sinless and perfect Lamb of God, the righteous and holy one, took upon himself our sins and gave us his righteousness instead. He died in our stead, so we could have life and have it abundantly. It wasn’t motivational speaking that freed and loosed us from the bondage of sin and made us accepted before God. It wasn’t humanistic psychology that rehabilitated and cured us of the addiction to sin. You may wash and make over a pig and bedeck it with jewelries, but until the nature of a pig is taken out of it, it will remain a pig, though polished and refined. It will go back to wallowing in the mire with time. Only the cross of Christ could reach down to our very soul and transform us into new creatures, by the power of his blood and Spirit. Philosophers may consider it foolishness to think sinful man can be made righteous by just believing and placing faith in the death and resurrection of another. But, that’s the wisdom of God. He chose the foolishness of the message of the cross to save those that believe! Hallelujah!

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 12:23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

John 12:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

John 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

John 12:27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

John 12:28 Father, glorify Your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

John 12:29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

John 12:30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

John 12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

John 12:33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Galatians 3:14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

2 Corinthians 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Salvation is not about what we can do on our own to please God, for the best of our righteousness is but filthy rags before him. It’s not how much we can pray, fast, give alms or try to avoid sin. Salvation is a free gift of grace. It’s not by any works we’ve done or we can ever do. The message of salvation starts and ends with the cross of Christ. Salvation is of the Lord! He paid the price for our redemption on Calvary, without a single contribution from any man. He single-handedly ransomed our souls from death and hell on the cross. All we’re required to do is just believe what he’s already done for us, accept him as our Lord and saviour and live eternally! But, will proud man, used to working hard before earning his wages, accept such a humbling free gift? Can those of us used to boasting about our abilities and about what we can do, humbly accept the fact that it’s not about what we can do but what God has already done for us through Christ Jesus? No wonder the idea of the cross was a stumbling block to the Jews who were used to the works of the law for justification, and foolishness to the Greeks used to philosophical jangling as a way of numbing the desires of the thirsty soul. But to everyone who believes, both Jews and Greeks, the cross is the power of God unto salvation. God indeed chose salvation through the cross to humble men and remove boasting far from us. The fact that we contributed nothing to our redemption reduces our pride to zero. The fact that we have no bragging rights in salvation humbles us and shuts up all mouths before God. And when our mouths finally open, only praise and worship to the one who sits upon the throne, and to Lamb, should proceed from hearts full of praise and gratitude.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Isaiah 64:7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

Ephesians 2:5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Ephesians 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Romans 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Romans 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Romans 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Romans 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Romans 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

Romans 4:7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;

Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

Romans 10:5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above)

Romans 10:7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Revelation 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 5:7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Revelation 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

Revelation 5:12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Revelation 5:14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

The message of the cross does not glorify any man but the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished works at Calvary. Every blessing and favour we will ever get from God comes through the cross of Jesus Christ. Our glory lies in the cross, as our justification and sanctification are dependent on it. The cross crucifies and mortifies flesh, and releases upon us the Holy Spirit with his fruits and gifts. The message of the cross is unattractive to vain-glorious and self-seeking men, as it cuts off the ground from under our pride. It also reminds us of the need to carry our own crosses daily and follow the Master, as we carry on his life and sacrifice for others. The cross is an enemy to the flesh, as well as being its deathbed. Hence, carnal men hate the cross, despise it and persecute it fiercely. However, the redeemed of the Lord glory in the cross, for it’s the symbol of their salvation and glory.

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Luke 9:24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Luke 9:25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Luke 9:26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Any message that glories man or his abilities to motivate or improve himself outside of the cross of Christ is anti-Christ and satanic. Any message in the church that does not place the cross of Christ at front and center of Christianity can only be from the enemies of Christ. Any blessing that doesn’t come through the cross of Christ is devilish, for every good and perfect gift of God comes from above and reaches us through the cross of Jesus Christ. Anyone therefore who’s ashamed of the cross of Christ has neither experienced its total saving power, nor the blessings that come through it. The cross of Christ brings God and man together, and totally undoes all the effects of the fall and the curse of sin and death. Therefore, we should only glory in the cross of Christ by which the world is crucified to us and we to the world. We’re nothing outside of the cross of Christ!

Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

Colossians 1:22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

Colossians 1:23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

Philippians 3:18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Philippians 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

In conclusion, the message of the cross is the only authentic gospel message, which provides for man’s total redemption and reconciliation with God. Unfortunately, this message has been replaced in many Christian circles by humanistic psychology, motivational speaking and self-reformation programmes, as the methods of human improvement and acceptable behaviour. Only the blood of Christ can loose and free the soul of man from the bondage of sin and make us accepted in God’s sight. Only the blood of Christ can justify, sanctify and glorify the sinner (and we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory!). Any attempt at self-reformation through the works of the flesh will only produce self-righteousness, which is considered as filthy as menstrual rags before God. To be saved, sanctified and glorified, we must embrace the cross of Christ and carry it daily! It’s in the cross of Christ that we’ll ever become all that God wants us to be.

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Rivalry And Competition Among Christians And Churches Do Not Serve The Interests Of Jesus Christ!

Christianity is fragmented into hundreds of denominations involved in endless dogfights about who’s right and who’s not. The way most Christians and Christian organisations behave towards other Christians not in their groups makes one wonder whether there’s a different Lord and Master for each denomination. And so, we find groups focused on poaching members from one another, and celebrating and gloating over it as success in ministry! Thus, while some organisations and denominations grow numerically in strength (and others decrease proportionately), there occurs no net growth in the Kingdom of God. What are the implications of this inter-denominational rivalry on the health and growth of the body of Christ? Whose interest does love of denomination, rather than love of Christ and of the brethren, serve? Let’s examine these issues in the light of the Bible.

Philippians 2:19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.

Philippians 2:20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.

Philippians 2:21 They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel (ESV).

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul mentioned a disturbing scenario among the people associated with him in ministry: with the exception of a few people like Timothy, other ministers were more concerned about their personal interests in ministry than about the interests of Christ and his flock. A minister is supposed to be a servant engaged in the service of the Lord. He’s supposed to be serving in the Lord’s vineyard, tending it for the Lord, to the best of the abilities God has given him. The Church is God’s building, and ministers are fellow-labourers with God, in the construction of this magnificent edifice. It’s therefore most disloyal to find ministers more interested in their own agenda than that of the Lord. The Church is God’s property. Any man overseeing any portion of it is just a caretaker. For a caretaker to look out for himself more than for the owner of the property is the greatest betrayal of trust! It’s simply the height of mischievous deviousness and sleight cunningness. However, God sees and keeps records of all actions and intentions, and will reward every man according to his faithfulness in ministry.

1 Corinthians 3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

1 Corinthians 3:4 For when one says, I follow Paul, and another, I follow Apollos, are you not being merely human?

1 Corinthians 3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

1 Corinthians 3:8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—

1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

1 Corinthians 3:14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.

1 Corinthians 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire (ESV).

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

Romans 14:11 for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Romans 14:12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God (ESV).

Most of the rivalries we see among churches stem from ministers putting their interests before those of the Lord and his people. When men are more interested in making a name for themselves than in projecting the Lord’s name and his glory, they’ll actively work to undermine the interests of Christ and the oneness of his body. Such wolves will do anything to divide the brotherhood in order to draw away men after themselves. Men who seek to make disciples for themselves, rather than for the Lord, will not hesitate to bring in damnable heresies into the church, even denying the Lord that bought them. When ministers and ministries are motivated by fame, greed, covetousness and power, their goal will be to build bigger organisations (with greater financial potentials) by all means, even if it means ‘stealing’ members from other churches. Membership may increase in such organisations, but the body of Christ doesn’t experience any increase! The Lord’s interest has not been served in such a case.

The Acts 20:18 And when they came to him, he said to them: You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,

The Acts 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

The Acts 20:20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,

The Acts 20:21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Acts 20:22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,

The Acts 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.

The Acts 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

The Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

The Acts 20:26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you,

The Acts 20:27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

The Acts 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

The Acts 20:29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

The Acts 20:30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

The Acts 20:31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

The Acts 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

The Acts 20:33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.

The Acts 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.

The Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The Acts 20:36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all (ESV).

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

James 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

James 3:15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

James 3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (ESV).

Until every Christian sees every other Christian as a brother or a sister and members of the same body, there will be unhealthy rivalries and competitions that tend to engender strife and further polarise believers. Until ministers and churches see every other minister and church (that meet the basic qualifications to be called ‘Christian’) as fellow labourers and partners in the Gospel, poaching members from other churches will be considered church growth and expansion, even if the kingdom of God does not experience any net gain. When we see ourselves as rivals and competitors in the body of Christ, we will not be our brothers’ keeper. Instead, when we see believers from other groups in trouble or stumbling, we will gloat and rejoice and just walk pass. In fact, we might even help to quickly dispatch any such wounded soldiers, just to prove that we alone are approved of God! As it is presently, we’re no better than the Priest and the Levite in the story of the good Samaritan! As long as it’s not our members and those of our group, we hurry pass another Christian in danger and look the other way. We love only those from our group and look out only for our narrow interests!

Luke 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luke 10:26 He said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it?

Luke 10:27 And he answered, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 10:28 And he said to him, You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.

Luke 10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Luke 10:30 Jesus replied, A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.

Luke 10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.

Luke 10:34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Luke 10:35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.

Luke 10:36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?

Luke 10:37 He said, The one who showed him mercy. And Jesus said to him, You go, and do likewise (ESV).

But, we’re commanded not to look out only for the things that concern us and our groups; we’re enjoined by the Scriptures to look out also for the things that concern other Christians. Surely, the Lord can’t be happy when some of his children who are doing well neglect and trample underfoot other less fortunate ones? If he readily leaves 99 sheep who are doing well to go after one sheep in danger, then it should be clear to us all that if one part of the body suffers the entire body suffers! When another group of Christians are rejoicing and celebrating, we should rejoice with them. When a denomination is making exploits for the Lord, all others should rejoice with it. When a Christian or a Christian group is suffering persecution or hardship, all others should rise up to support them. When Jewish Christians at Jerusalem suffered some hardship due to persecution and famine, Gentile Christians in other parts of the world rose up to make contributions to support them. That’s the Spirit of Christ in action! That’s the Christian brotherhood on display! We celebrate together and we mourn together. We’re not a bunch of rivals or competitors, but one brotherhood, though we be in different groups or denominations. We have one Lord, one faith, one hope, one Spirit, one baptism and one God! We’re one, for Christ is not divided!

Philippians 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Philippians 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (ESV).

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (ESV).

1 Corinthians 12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

1 Corinthians 12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?

1 Corinthians 12:20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1 Corinthians 12:22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

1 Corinthians 12:23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,

1 Corinthians 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,

1 Corinthians 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together (ESV).

The Acts 11:27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.

The Acts 11:28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius).

The Acts 11:29 So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

The Acts 11:30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul (ESV).

God has gifted every member of his body some talents and some measure of faith. He alone is to decide how and where those gifts and talents are to be deployed for his glory and for the greater good of his Kingdom. The Lord may separate someone from a group or a denomination with the intent of using that person to reach other groups of people elsewhere that may not be easily reached by the parent denomination. As long as someone leaves our group to still serve in other parts of the Lord’s vineyard, we should not treat them as rivals or enemies. They are still our fellow labourers and partners in God’s Kingdom. Unless we delusionally believe the Kingdom of God starts and ends with our group, we shouldn’t hesitate to extend the right hand of fellowship to such ‘breakaway’ believers. Before we deploy all arsenals and propaganda to fight and destroy such people, let’s consider that they could be heeding God’s calling to separate themselves for the work he’s called them to do! To resist, oppose and fight them then means resisting, opposing and fighting the will of God! God doesn’t have to clear with us before calling and separating people from our group to start a new work somewhere else. The church and all the members belong to him, and he can choose to use anyone anyway it pleases him!

The Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

The Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.

The Acts 13:3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

The Acts 13:4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus (ESV).

Galatians 2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.

Galatians 2:2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

Galatians 2:3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.

Galatians 2:4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—

Galatians 2:5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Galatians 2:6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.

Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised

Galatians 2:8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),

Galatians 2:9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Galatians 2:10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do (ESV).

Genuine love of the brethren precludes rivalry and bitter competitions. A kingdom-focused ministry and vision sees every other Christian as a brother/sister, and every other ministry and minister as partners. If we’re all serving the same Lord and Master and working for his glory, we shouldn’t be having all these bickerings and dogfights. The Master’s interests should override all personal interests. We’d collaborate, team up and join forces to defeat the forces of darkness and achieve the Master’s purpose and goal. The Lord’s cause will trump every other cause. We’d be glad to see other labourers in the vineyard, because we can’t do the work alone. The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. We’d be praying the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers into his harvest, rather than fighting and maligning the few other labourers available. If we’re truly seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness, we’d rejoice when a lost sheep is brought back to the fold through other ministers in other denominations, because the whole of heaven is rejoicing. We’d be glad to help and support people at the frontline fighting the Lord’s battle and winning souls, even if we don’t know them and they’re not from our denominations. We’d be glad to offer help where it’s needed, rather than compete with others in a particular area already suffused with an abundance of gifts, while other fields are lacking labourers. We’d not seek to fish from other people’s fish ponds or from already caught stocks in their freezers, because that won’t increase the Kingdom! If we’re serving the Lord’s interest and praying for the expansion of God’s Kingdom, every other ministry engaged in soul-winning becomes a partner that we should support with everything we have. Every Christian, no matter their denominational colour or stripes, becomes a brother or a sister to rally around and defend/protect in times of crises. We’d cease speaking ill of other ministers and other Christians. When we hear of scandals involving other Christians and ministers, we’d weep and mourn and never rejoice or celebrate, because there is nothing to rejoice over a fellow soldier wounded or killed in battle! It could have been us! Rivalry is a fruit of the flesh and carnality, and works against the Holy Spirit and his mission for the Church!

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

Matthew 9:38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (ESV).

Romans 15:17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.

Romans 15:18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,

Romans 15:19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

Romans 15:20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,

Romans 15:21 but as it is written, Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand (ESV).

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

Galatians 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

Galatians 5:21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (ESV).

Galatians 1:21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

Galatians 1:22 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

Galatians 1:23 They only were hearing it said, He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.

Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God because of me (ESV).

Gifts and ministries in the body of Christ are designed to complement one another, and not for competion! As no part of the body is complete on its own and cannot therefore be independent or self-sufficient, no gift and no ministry can stand on its own. God intends for us to collaborate and depend on each other’s ministries for the success of the body of Christ. Members of the five-fold ministry need each other to express the complete revelation and power of God! If, rather than acknowledge our individual limitations and the need to collaborate with others, we insist on competing with one another as rivals, we’ll build up stunted organisations and ill-equipped individual believers. A church that relies only on the ministry of an apostle, a pastor, a prophet, an evangelist, or a teacher is in trouble, because such a church cannot produce believers who are balanced and grounded in all aspects of the Christian life. Rivalry will prevent a pastor from inviting a prophet to come and bless his church with his prophetic gift. It will prevent a prophet from inviting a teacher to come and ground his people in the Word. The result will be half-baked Christians only knowledgeable in the area of calling of their in-house ministers. That’s a disservice to the body of Christ! Selfish interests and rivalries will only breed malnourished Christians! There’s a reason Christ gave the five-fold ministry to the church! If one type of ministry could have done the job, there wouldn’t be any need for five different types of preaching ministries in the church!

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

Ephesians 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Ephesians 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Ephesians 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Ephesians 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Ephesians 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (ESV).

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Romans 12:4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,

Romans 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

Romans 12:7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Romans 12:8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor (ESV).

1 Corinthians 12:20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1 Corinthians 12:22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

1 Corinthians 12:23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,

1 Corinthians 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,

1 Corinthians 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?

1 Corinthians 12:30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (ESV).

1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up (ESV).

In conclusion, rivalry and competition in ministry is a work of the flesh inspired by the devil to hamper the growth, development and unity of the body of Christ. It only serves the interest of selfish and self-seeking ministers and not those of Christ or his church. The gifts and ministries in the body of Christ, like members of a human body, need to complement one another, not compete in factious rivalry. A house divided against itself cannot stand. For the body of Christ to actualise its potential and swiftly accomplish its mission, we need to reach out across denominational divides and cooperate and share gifts, experiences, resources, and other blessings of Christ. It is as we cooperate and collaborate that we will find the unity and strength to accomplish our mission in an effective and timely manner! United, we’ll stand and chase away every foe; divided, we’ll suffer unnecessary self-inflected losses to the forces of darkness. But, when we put aside our differences and stand together as one body, knitted, strengthened and nourished by what every joint and ligament supplies, we’ll be an unstoppable force and an invincible army, and a formidable battle ax in God’s hands! The gates of hell cannot prevail against such a church! May God give us such a church in Jesus’ name! Amen!

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Don’t Despise Fellow Christians From Other Denominations: We May Be In Different Divisions, But We’re In The Same Army!

The Christian faith has experienced a lot of divisions over the centuries, resulting in the formation of the hundreds of denominations we see in Christendom today. For both essential and non-essential issues of the faith, Christians have left groups they started out with, to establish new ones, sometimes under contentious and acrimonious circumstances. Some of these divisions have left deep, festering wounds in the body of Christ, which have frustrated efforts at unifying the body. Should belonging to different denominations make Christians enemies to one other? Is it possible to achieve unity of the Spirit in the body of Christ despite denominational differences? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—

Ephesians 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (ESV).

There is only one Church of Jesus Christ, and it’s not any of the denominations on earth! The Church is the mystical body of Christ, made up of all born again Christians of all ages, irrespective of their denominational affiliations. Some members of the Church are currently in heaven with the Lord (the Church triumphant), while the rest are still here on earth, toiling, labouring, living and witnessing for the Lord (the Church militant). One day, all will be physically united with the Lord to ever remain together with him, throughout the eternal ages to come. That’s the promise of the Lord.

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: (AKJV)

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also (AKJV).

So, Christ’s body (the true believers of all ages and from all denominations) is one and not divided. There may be hundreds of Christian denominations, but there’s only one body of Christ (both corporal and mystical). The sooner we realise and understand that the body of Christ is not any particular denomination or group (by whatever name it’s called), the better for us and the body of Christ! Let this truth sink in!

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (AKJV).

Anyone who believes Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour, repents of his sins and lives for Christ, is a child of God. By placing personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, we become born again. That’s how we become members of the mystical body of Jesus Christ. That’s the most essential tenet of the Christian faith! Whatever denominations we come from, whatever group we belong to, as long as we personally place faith in Christ’s finished works on Calvary as the only basis of our salvation and redemption from the curse of sin and death, we are saved! And every other saved and sanctified child of God everywhere else is a brother/sister! We may be separated by denominations, but we’re united by the blood of Christ! We have one Lord, one Spirit, one faith, one hope, one baptism and one Father!

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (AKJV).

Galatians 3:26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (AKJV).

Despite the oneness of the body of Christ and the common blood and Spirit running through every genuine believer, most Christians strenuously strive to undermine the unity of the body of Christ. Most prefer to emphasise their denominational allegiance, rather than their Christianity. Most take pride in belonging to a particular denomination, rather than in belonging to Christ. Most of us glory in men of God and the organisations they’ve founded, rather than in the Lord and his Church, which is his body! What a shame! How disappointed must the Lord be with us! How grieved must the Spirit be, to see us doing all we can to help Satan in his ministry of opposing and dividing the Church of Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,

1 Corinthians 3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

1 Corinthians 3:4 For when one says, I follow Paul, and another, I follow Apollos, are you not being merely human?

1 Corinthians 3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

1 Corinthians 3:8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (ESV).

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;

1 Corinthians 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;

1 Corinthians 3:23 And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s (AKJV).

I appreciate the fact that there are real differences in certain beliefs among the various denominations, for which disagreement is absolutely necessary. I acknowledge that there are differences in administration, in attitudes towards certain grey areas, in how we praise and worship God, etc, that may never be reconciled. Also, there are socio-cultural differences that may make us gravitate more readily towards certain groups of people. I agree also that certain breakaways were (and still are) essential, in order to preserve certain truths of the gospel. These are all legitimate reasons to form groups and associations that allow us to express ourselves more freely in the worship of God. Just like we have people with different cultures and backgrounds aggregating to form social units and ethnic groups, it’s alright to have various focal groups in the Church. Diversity in the body of Christ can be a wonderful spice of the spiritual life!

However, what is not acceptable is to judge and condemn all those not in our cliques and denominations as not Christian enough or not Christians at all. It’s the same as looking at other human beings not belonging to our race and tribe as being less human or non-humans! That’s the spirit of heresy in the Church! It’s akin to racism in the world! You have no right to judge another believer in Christ as not being Christian enough! You have no right to judge another man’s servant as not being good enough for service. Only the Master of us all has the right to do so! Rather than judge and condemn one another for not being Christian enough because we have differences of opinion on lesser or non-essential matters of the faith, let’s strive to encourage one another to serve the Lord better! Let’s support one another as we fight the common enemy–Satan! Rather than turn on each other, let’s concentrate and focus our fire on the adversary, who is Satan the devil!

Romans 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Romans 14:2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.

Romans 14:3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.

Romans 14:4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

Romans 14:6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Romans 14:7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

Romans 14:11 for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Romans 14:12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Romans 14:14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

Romans 14:15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.

Romans 14:16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Romans 14:20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.

Romans 14:22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin (ESV).

Even during his earthly ministry, some of the Apostles of Jesus harbored this divisive denominational spirit of “us” versus “them”, in relation to other believers not in their group.They saw someone else preaching the gospel and casting out demons in Jesus’ name, and tried to stop him, simply because he was not part of their group or caucus! They even had the effrontery to tell Jesus about their selfish interest in trying to stop someone from doing the work of the Lord, simply because he didn’t belong to their denomination! How so much like many of us today! Trust Jesus to straighten them right there! He blasted that denominational spirit away with a scathing rebuke! We all need to hear and receive that rebuke of the Lord today more than ever!

St. Mark 9:38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t one of our group.”

St. Mark 9:39 ” Don’t stop him! ” Jesus said. ” No one who performs miracles in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me.

St. Mark 9:40 Anyone who is not against us is for us (NLT).

Because of different cultural inclinations and the calling to focus on particular groups of unbelievers in the preaching of the gospel, the non-essential contents of the gospel message may be adapted to fit the cultural milieu of the target audience. It may lead to the formation of assemblies of Christians with different attitudes and opinions on the non-essential matters of the faith. This flexibility and adaptability of the non-essentials of the faith can only help to foster the spread of the gospel. Thus, some denominations may be better suited than others in reaching particular audiences or populations for the Lord. We should therefore not despise any denominational group, as long as they hold onto the central message of the cross and preach Jesus Christ and him crucified as the only means of salvation. We should rather give them the right hand of fellowship as they focus on their target population, while we focus on ours! We may not belong to the same Division, but we all belong to the same Army, the Army of the Lord! Let’s support each other to achieve the Lord’s mission, rather than engaging in counterproductive civil wars!

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

1 Corinthians 9:20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.

1 Corinthians 9:21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

1 Corinthians 9:23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings (ESV).

Galatians 2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.

Galatians 2:2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

Galatians 2:3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.

Galatians 2:4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—

Galatians 2:5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Galatians 2:6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.

Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised

Galatians 2:8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),

Galatians 2:9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Galatians 2:10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do (ESV).

Paul and Barnabas, initially partners in ministry, separated because of differences in opinion on administrative matters. They parted ways, but continued to preach the same gospel with different partners in new groups. Despite the separation, I’m sure Paul and Barnabas never saw themselves as enemies or rivals. I’m sure they continued to relate as partners and fellow-labourers in God’s vineyard. Each may have decided it was better to be on his own, but there was no reason why they wouldn’t have continued to see eye to eye. After all, they were still preaching the same Christ as Lord and Saviour. Splitting into two units from one, Paul and Barnabas ended up covering more ground in the preaching of the gospel. Even John Mark, who was the cause of the initial dispute that led to the parting of ways between the Apostles, was later found useful by Paul in the ministry. The cause and cross of Christ should override every individual and group differences. We must all hold high the Lord’s royal banner, irrespective of our denominational inclinations!

The Acts 15:36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.

The Acts 15:37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.

The Acts 15:38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.

The Acts 15:39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus,

The Acts 15:40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

The Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches (ESV).

2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry (ESV).

Finally, when we refuse to accept other Christians who have met the basic requirements of salvation as brothers and sisters, simply because they belong to different denominations, we’re not discerning the Lord’s body. When we refuse to fellowship with other Christians because they do not belong to our denominations, we’re dividing and dishonouring the body of Christ. When we oppose and resist others who are doing the work of the Lord simply because they are not from our group, we’re resisting and opposing the Lord and the gospel. Whatever other people’s motives may be in preaching the gospel, as long as they preach Christ crucified as the only Saviour of mankind, we should rejoice and give them the right hand of fellowship!

Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.

Philippians 1:16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

Philippians 1:17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

Philippians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, (ESV).

In conclusion, denominational divisions have come to stay in Christianity, and we must learn to live with them, as imperfect as they are. Rather than love and hate one another along denominational lines, Christians should rise above denominational divides to embrace, love and fellowship with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Denominations may actually work to foster the spread of the gospel, if we stop seeing ourselves as competitors and begin to consider ourselves instead as partners in the Gospel. Each denomination is uniquely adapted and equipped to reach a particular population. Let’s recognise and discern the oneness of the body of Christ, and extend the right hand of fellowship to each other, as we unite forces to execute the Lord’s mission. We may be in different Divisions of the Church, but we’re in the same Army. We cannot afford to turn on each other in civil wars, for that would be handing Satan victory without his firing a shot! Remember, in heaven, there will be no Catholics, no Lutherans, no Baptists, no Presbyterians, no Methodists, and no Pentecostals! There will be no denominations there! Heaven will be populated by only one group of people–Children of God!

Matthew 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand (ESV).

Is The Angel Of Revelation 10:7 The Final Church Age Messenger?

People in the Endtime Message Movement interpret Revelation Chapter 10 verse 7 to mean a human messenger and the final messenger to the Gentile Church Age, whose ministry is expected to lay bare all the mysteries of God. This messenger, it is believed, will explain all the mysteries of the Bible to the Church through special revelation using his prophetic gift, including the mysteries of the seven thunders in the book of Revelation. He will thus prepare the Church for the Rapture. This last Church Age messenger is also held to be the Elijah of Malachi Chapter 4:5-6, whose ministry will herald the Second Coming of Christ. We’ve already proven in a previous exposition that there is no Elijah ministry promised to the Gentile Church. We will now examine the Scriptures to unveil the identity of the angel of Revelation 10:7, showing from the Scriptures who the angel is and what is the mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of his trumpet.

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Revelation 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

Revelation 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Revelation 10:6 And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets (AKJV).

To understand who this seventh angel in verse seven is, we will have to go back a few chapters to get the complete picture. In the 8th Chapter of the book of Revelation, after the seventh seal on the seven-sealed book was broken, we see seven angels in heaven given trumpets to blow down various judgements of God upon the earth. Each of the seven trumpeting angels lined up in heaven and sounded their trumpets one after the other. With the sounding of each trumpet, various woes were released upon the earth. This is part of the great tribulation that will be experienced on earth during the reign of the anti-Christ, while the Gentile Church would have gone in the Rapture at the close of the Church Age which ended in Revelation Chapter three. From Revelation Chapter 4 until Chapter 19, the raptured Church will be in heaven. All the events happening from Revelation Chapter 4 through chapter 19 are post-rapture events occurring during the reign of the anti-Christ. The Bride of Christ will be in heaven attending the marriage supper of the Lamb during the reign of the anti-Christ. Let’s examine the Scriptures to verify these points.

Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

Revelation 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.

Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunder, and lightning, and an earthquake.

Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast on the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Revelation 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of waters;

Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the middle of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! (AKJV).

From the passages cited above, we see that the seven trumpeting angels are all heavenly beings tasked to unleash various portions of God’s wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth during the great tribulation. One after the other, the angels sounded their trumpets to signal the commencement of various woes on the inhabitants of the earth, each woe following one another closely. The earth will experience God’s judgment at this time in a way never seen before. This is the great tribulation. From what we’ve read so far, four angels have sounded their trumpets and four woes have been released on the inhabitants of the earth. The remaining three angels are about to sound their trumpets to release their own woes upon the earth, and we’re told the three remaining woes would be even more catastrophic than those previously released! The judgment is escalating and becoming more intense! The wrath of God will be released upon sinful and wicked men without admixture, as promised! Indeed, it’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like to horses prepared to battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Revelation 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.

Revelation 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Revelation 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Revelation 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like to serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts (AKJV).

We see the fourth, fifth and sixth angels sounding their trumpets and releasing various woes upon the people on the earth at the time of the great tribulation, specifically targeting people who do not have the mark of God upon them. Men who had taken the mark of the beast will now experience terrible punishment from God. They will experience terrible sufferings, to the extent that they will seek to die, but death would flee far away from them! Yet, such people will not be able to repent and seek God’s mercy, because they had already sealed their doom by taking upon themselves the mark of the beast! Now, it remains the seventh and last of these trumpeting angels to sound his trumpet and release his own peculiar judgement upon the earth. Let’s find him out, for this is where the controversy lies!

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Revelation 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

Revelation 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Revelation 10:6 And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets (AKJV).

There is a little parenthesis here, after the sounding of the sixth trumpeting angel, and before the sounding of the seventh. Another mighty Angel descends from heaven, clothed with the cloud, with a rainbow on his head, his face shining as the sun and his feet like pillars of fire. He has a little open book in his hand. This no doubt is the Angel of the Covenant, Christ himself, for he is also called the Angel of the Lord, as Jehovah’s great Messenger. He’s holding the the seven-sealed book he has unsealed. He’s standing on both the earth and the sea, laying claim to all, as both Creator and Redeemer. He roars like the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that he is, and then seven thunders utter their voices, giving out clear messages which John the scribe hurried to write down, as he was instructed to do at the beginning of the book. However, he was warned by a voice from heaven to seal up those things which the seven thunders spoke and not to write them down! So, John did not write down what the seven thunders said. Though he heard them clearly, but he was forbidden to write them down. And so, there is no record in the Scriptures of what the seven thunders said! Those who claim the last Church Age messenger is to reveal all the mysteries of God, including what the seven thunders said, are ignorant of the fact that what the seven thunders spoke are not even written down in the Bible! God forbade them to be written down. Whatever they are, they are not for us to know. God does not want us to know them and so we should not seek after them. Anything anybody says about the seven thunders is only speculation at best. it’s actually an act of disobedience to seek after what God has said should be left alone. Paul heard and saw many things when he was taken to heaven, but he was forbidden to write them down, and so he didn’t write them. Everything we need for our salvation has been written down for us in the Bible. Whatever is not contained in the Bible is not essential for salvation, and should not be pursued! The secret things belong to God and should be left alone, while the revealed things are for us to know, obey and follow. To seek after secret things that are not revealed in the written Word is to attempt to add to the Word of God, and that’s a serious offence with grave consequences! Let’s speak where God speaks, and let’s be silent where he is silent!

2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;)

2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in my infirmities.

2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he sees me to be, or that he hears of me (AKJV).

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law (AKJV).

John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen (AKJV).

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed (AKJV).

Revelation 22:18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book:

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (AKJV).

Now, let’s get back to the seventh angel and the woes that are to accompany the sounding of his trumpet. The mighty Angel from heaven also made us understand that when the seventh angel would begin to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God should be finished, as he had declared to his servants the prophets. What is this mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet? We will not speculate here, but will follow on to hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet and then see the mystery of God that should be finished, for, whatever the mystery is, it would be finished at the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet. Whatever it is, it’s to happen soon after the seventh trumpet is sounded, for the mighty Angel had sworn that there should not be any delay, from the sounding of the seventh trumpet to the finishing of this mystery!

Revelation 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe comes quickly.

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God,

Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.

Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail (AKJV).

Now at last, after all parenthetical delays, the seventh angel finally sounds his trumpet! And immediately the seventh trumpet is sounded, we see a wonderful scene in heaven. The 24 elders sitting around the throne of God become ecstatic, fall down before the throne and begin to worship God! The mystery is finally finished! The kingdoms of this world have finally become the kingdom of our God and his Christ! The wait is over! What was revealed to all the prophets of old has finally come to pass! The Christ of God is about to establish his kingdom on earth! The kingdom of God, which was spoken of as a mystery in parables, all through the Old Testament and in the Gospels, is about to become reality, the time of its establishment having arrived! Now, that hidden mystery is about to become open reality. It’s now time to judge the wicked and reward the righteous. It’s now time for the meek to inherit the earth. The earth will now be truly the Lord’s! All usurpers are about to be judged and kicked out forever, and the saints will reign with their Lord in power and glory! Hallelujah! That is the mystery of God that would be finished at the sounding of the seventh trumpet! It is not the revelation of the Gospel mysteries or Apostolic doctrines, for those were thoroughly revealed and finished by the Apostles! The mystery of iniquity is ended, and the reign of righteousness is about to start! No wonder those elders had to fall prostrate before the throne, to worship God like never before!

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Matthew 13:12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:

Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Matthew 13:17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.

Matthew 13:34 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them:

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world (AKJV).

In conclusion, we’ve seen from the Scriptures that the seventh angel mentioned in Revelation 10:7 is a heavenly being, the last of the trumpeting angels tasked with pouring out God’s wrath upon the earth during the great tribulation. He is not a human being and therefore cannot be a Church Age messenger. Besides, at the time of appearing of this angel, the Church would already have been in heaven, having gone in the Rapture, which is a pre-tribulation event. Infact, after Revelation Chapter 3, the Church is not mentioned again in the book of Revelation, until the 19th Chapter, when she comes down with the Lord to rule on earth. In the same vein, the mysteries of the seven thunders (which are not written in the Scriptures and which no one knows), and the mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of this angel’s trumpet have no benefit in terms of preparing the Church for the rapture, because the rapture would already have occurred by the time this angel appears on the scene to sound his trumpet. Furthermore, the mysteries of the Gospels were not revealed to the prophets of old, as it was a secret hid in God’s mind, and made known only to the Apostles and New Testament Prophets. Besides, the mystery of the Gospel has been thoroughly and completely revealed by the Apostles, and nothing is to be added to what they brought to us. However, the mystery that was known even to the Old Testament Prophets, and to which they looked up to, was that one day, the meek and the righteous will rule and reign in glory on earth. That is what will happen after the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet.

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 3:2 If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God (AKJV).

Is there An Endtime Elijah Ministry Promised To The Gentile Church Before The Rapture?

Some Christian groups in the Endtime Message Movement teach that there is an Elijah-type forerunner ministry, like that of John the Baptist, promised to the Gentile Church, just before the Rapture. Like the ministry of John the Baptist, this Endtime Elijah is to prepare the way of the Lord, by restoring the Church back to the original Apostolic faith. This Prophetic ministry is to receive and reveal to the Church all the hidden mysteries of God, as well as recover all the lost Apostolic truths. Is there an Ejilah-type pre-rapture forerunner ministry promised to the Gentile Church? Is the Church to expect a man with the spirit and power of Elijah who will prepare her for the Rapture? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, said the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Malachi 4:3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, said the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 4:4 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (AKJV).

The passage from the Scriptures quoted above is the one often cited to back up the promise of an Elijah-type ministry for the Endtime Church. We will carefully examine this portion of the Scriptures to understand what this promise entails, the group to which the promise was made and when this Elijah is to appear. In the fifth verse of the Chapter quoted above, God promised to send back Elijah the Prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Every Bible scholar understands the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” to mean the day of God’s tribulation judgement upon the world, which most scholars believe will occur after the Rapture of the Church. It is after the great tribulation that the Second Coming of Christ is expected to take place. Let’s look at Scripture to corroborate the fact that the great and dreadful day of the Lord refers to the day of God’s wrath to be poured out without admixture upon the world.

Isaiah 34:1 Come near, you nations, to hear; and listen, you people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

Isaiah 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is on all nations, and his fury on all their armies: he has utterly destroyed them, he has delivered them to the slaughter.

Isaiah 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falls off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down on Idumea, and on the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

Isaiah 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Isaiah 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever (AKJV).

Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates (AJKV).

Joel 2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near,

Joel 2:2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations (ESV).

Luke 21:20 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near.

Luke 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the middle of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luke 21:23 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath on this people.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near (AKJV).

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (AKJV).

So, we see from the Scriptures that the great and dreadful day of the Lord, or the day of vengeance of our God, refers to the great tribulation judgement of the Lord upon the nations. It will herald the Second Coming of Christ to the earth, to establish his millennial kingdom, when he will reign for a thousand years upon the earth. It is this Second Coming that will be heralded by the ministry of Elijah the Prophet. Just as the first coming of Christ was foreran by an Elijah-type ministry of John the Baptist, the Second Coming of Christ too will have such a forerunner. The purpose of John the Baptist’s ministry was to prepare Israel to receive their Messiah. It was simply a ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile the people to God and to one another, and to bring knowledge of salvation to God’s people.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

Luke 1:14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,

Luke 1:15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.

Luke 1:16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

Luke 1:17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared (ESV).

Luke 1:76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

Luke 1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,

Luke 1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

Luke 1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (ESV).

Although John the Baptist was not the Elijah of old who was taken up to heaven by a chariot of fire, he had a lot of similarities with Elijah. Both were men who lived secluded and ascetic lives; both were ruthless and fearless in combating evil and unrighteousness; and both confronted ungodly kings head-on. But, it was their zeal for God and his righteousness that stood them apart. Because of these similarities of ministry and personality types, they are said to have the same spirit. So, we see John the Baptist being described as having the spirit and power of Elijah. The Lord Jesus referred to him as Elijah, figuratively speaking, because he exhibited the same spirit and power as Elijah.

Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Matthew 17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

Matthew 17:3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

Matthew 17:4 And Peter said to Jesus, Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.

Matthew 17:5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.

Matthew 17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.

Matthew 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, Rise, and have no fear.

Matthew 17:8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Matthew 17:9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.

Matthew 17:10 And the disciples asked him, Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?

Matthew 17:11 He answered, Elijah does come, and he will restore all things.

Matthew 17:12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.

Matthew 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist (ESV).

In answering the Apostles’ question about the coming of Elijah to restore all things before the coming of Christ, Jesus made it known that although Elijah had come in the form of John the Baptist, another Elijah was still being expected in the future: “..Elijah does come and he will restore all things”. By admitting an Elijah will come who will restore all things when John the Baptist had already come and had finished his ministry, Jesus made us realise that the Elijah ministry in relation to Christ’s coming was two-fold: Elijah coming to forerun the first advent and another Elijah coming to forerun the second advent. So, the first Elijah ministry (John the Baptist) and the first advent have come and gone. Now, we’re waiting for the second advent and the second Elijah ministry to herald it.

Now that we know the two advents are to be heralded by an Elijah ministry, let’s go back to the Scriptures to find out the group of people who were promised both advents, as well as the ministries to forerun them. We should pay attention to the fact that the Old Testament, especially the Law and the Prophets, were written particularly for Israel as a nation, the covenant people of God. All the promises made in those Scriptures were primarily to the Jews as a nation. The Old Testament was simply Jehovah’s Covenant with Israel, Jehovah’s chosen people and nation. It was to them that the promise of Messiah was made. It was for them primarily that both advents were intended, although the rest of humanity was to benefit through them. We’re told that Jesus came to his own- the Jews. It was only when they rejected him and his gospel that the Apostles turned to the Gentiles. Though even in the Old Testament Scriptures it was hinted that God would bring in the Gentiles into saving knowledge through the Messiah, Israel was the main focus. The Gentiles are unnatural branches grafted into God’s tree of righteousness, while Israel is the natural branch of that tree. It was to/ with their fathers that the promises and the Covenant were made. Even Jesus mentioned the fact that salvation is of the Jews. He made it clear to the Canaanite woman (a Gentile) that he was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And his ministry was specifically to the Jews, as a minister of the circumcisions (the Jews), for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to their fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). So, the promise of the first advent and the first forerunner was for the Jews, not the Gentiles. Israel was the one promised a Messiah and a forerunner, not the Gentiles!

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this (ESV).

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Isaiah 40:2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

Isaiah 40:3 A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken (ESV).

Malachi 1:1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

Malachi 4:4 Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction (ESV).

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

John 1:11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (ESV).

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans,

Matthew 10:6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 10:7 And proclaim as you go, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay (ESV).

Matthew 15:21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.

Matthew 15:22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.

Matthew 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.

Matthew 15:24 He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (ESV).

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers: (AKJV).

Romans 9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—

Romans 9:2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

Romans 9:4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.

Romans 9:5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen (ESV).

Romans 11:16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

Romans 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,

Romans 11:18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

Romans 11:19 Then you will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.

Romans 11:20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe.

Romans 11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

Romans 11:22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

Romans 11:23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.

Romans 11:24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

Romans 11:25 Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

Romans 11:26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob;

Romans 11:27 and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.

Romans 11:28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (ESV).

The Acts 13:32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,

The Acts 13:33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, You are my Son, today I have begotten you (ESV).

Having shown exhaustively from the Scriptures that the promises made in the Old Testament Scriptures were specifically to Israel as a nation, let’s go a step further by saying that the Church, though conceived in the mind of God before the foundation of the world, was never mentioned in the Old Testament and no promises were therefore made to it in the Old Testament. The Church came into being only after the death of Christ. The Church is a New Testament creation and has no legal status in the Old Testament. All the promises of the Old Testament concerning the Messiah, his advents and his forerunners were therefore made to Israel as a nation, and not to the Church! The promises to the Church are found in the New Testament, the Covenant it operates under, and not in the Covenant it was not a party to! Christ made the promise of the Second Advent to the Jews he ministered to, not to Gentiles! By the time the Second Advent takes place, the Rapture of the Gentile Church would have taken place! Infact, Christ will be coming back in the Second Advent with the raptured Church, to be Israel’s King, having come in the First Advent as their suffering Messiah. He will be coming back to sit upon the throne of his father David, and rule from Jerusalem as the King of the Jews. But because Israel would have been restored as head over all nations, Christ will also reign over all nations, with his headquarters at Jerusalem. He will be Israel’s King ruling over the whole world!

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (ESV).

The Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.

The Acts 3:14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,

The Acts 3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

The Acts 3:16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

The Acts 3:17 And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

The Acts 3:18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.

The Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

The Acts 3:20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,

The Acts 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

The Acts 3:22 Moses said, The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.

The Acts 3:23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.

The Acts 3:24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.

The Acts 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

The Acts 3:26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness (ESV).

The Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?

The Acts 1:7 He said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.

The Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

The Acts 1:9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

The Acts 1:10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,

The Acts 1:11 and said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven (ESV).

Now, what’s the purpose of the Elijah ministry in relation to both advents of Christ? The Elijah ministry in relation to the advents is to prepare Israel to receive her Messiah and King. It is to prepare the way of the Lord. In the East, it was customary for a king to have a forerunner go ahead of him to the place he was expected to visit, to herald his coming and to prepare the people to receive him. John the Baptist did that concerning the first advent, sensitising the people to the presence of the Messiah on earth, as well as preparing them spiritually to receive him, through his baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Those who accepted John’s baptism and mended their ways, went ahead to receive the Messiah. Those who rejected John’s baptism rejected the Messiah. To accept a forerunner and his message is to accept he that sent him; to reject a forerunner and his message is to reject he that sent him.

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.

Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.

Malachi 3:4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years (ESV).

Matthew 11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

Matthew 11:8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

Matthew 11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Matthew 11:10 This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.

Matthew 11:11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 11:13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

Matthew 11:14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Matthew 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear (ESV).

Matthew 21:23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?

Matthew 21:24 Jesus answered them, I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man? And they discussed it among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, he will say to us, Why then did you not believe him?

Matthew 21:26 But if we say, From man, we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.

Matthew 21:27 So they answered Jesus, We do not know. And he said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 21:28 What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, Son, go and work in the vineyard today.

Matthew 21:29 And he answered, I will not, but afterward he changed his mind and went.

Matthew 21:30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, I go, sir, but did not go.

Matthew 21:31 Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him (ESV).

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me (ESV).

What will be the work of the second Elijah ministry with respect to the second advent? Well, it will be like that of the first forerunner- to announce to Israel that her King is coming! Israel rejected her Messiah and crucified him. They are still waiting for the Messiah to come. The second Elijah’s ministry will be to point Israel to Jesus Christ as her rejected Messiah whom she crucified, and call for national repentance and mourning, for killing their long-awaited Messiah! Just as John the Baptist pointed Jesus out and shouted, ” behold the lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world”, the second Elijah will scream out to the Jews, “behold your Messiah whom you crucifed coming now as your King”! That message, vindicated by a ministry accompanied by signs and wonders, will throw the entire nation into mourning, repentance and conversion. Then ungodliness will be removed from Jacob, and a nation will be born again in one day! That ministry will be after the Church has gone in the rapture, when God will begin to deal with Israel directly again as a nation, after the parenthetical times of the Gentiles have been fulfilled.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

Zechariah 12:11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

Zechariah 12:12 The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;

Zechariah 12:13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves;

Zechariah 12:14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves (ESV).

Zechariah 13:1 On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness (ESV).

Let’s summarise all we’ve been saying thus far: the promise of the ministry of Elijah with regards to Christ’s advents are two-fold, with one Elijah ministry to herald each advent. We also found that the promise of both advents and both forerunner ministries was made specifically to the Jews, and not to the Gentile Church. The spirit of Elijah has nothing to do with the Gentiles, as it’s a spirit of reformation and national restoration of Israel back to her God. Elijah was a prophet to Israel and not to the Gentiles! He doesn’t know the Gentiles and the Gentiles don’t know him either! However, Israel recognises and reveres him as a national icon, like Moses, and they are expecting the ministry of Elijah as a nation, to introduce the Messiah to them. No such promise is given to the Church and no such ministry should be expected by the Church!

John 1:19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you?

John 1:20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, I am not the Christ.

John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No.

John 1:22 So they said to him, Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said.

John 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)

John 1:25 They asked him, Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

John 1:26 John answered them, I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,

John 1:27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie (ESV).

By the way, what’s an Elijah ministry supposed to do in the Church? The Church already knows and accepts Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. The Church has the entire Apostolic message of salvation written down in the Gospels and Epistles of the Apostles. The fullness of the Gospel is completely revealed in the written Word. There are no mysteries of God again to be finished that the Apostles didn’t finish, with regards to salvation. All the Church is required to do is conform to the original Apostolic faith as revealed in the Gospels, Acts and Apostolic Epistles. We do not need any other revelation apart from what the Apostles have plainly revealed to us in the written Word. Infact, to add to what they have written or taught is to attract curses upon ourselves. The Church doesn’t need any special preparation to go in the Rapture, other than to believe the Gospel and be saved and live for Christ. Once you’re born again and you maintain your faith in Christ to the very end, you’ll be saved and you’ll go in the rapture, because you’re part of the body of Christ. No part of his body will be left here on earth when he comes for his own. He will not lose anyone in him!

The Elijah ministry for the second advent will become operational after the rapture, when God’s mercy turns again to Israel and God begins to deal with her again as his chosen nation. Then Elijah will appear with another prophet, as described in the book of Revelation, to turn the heart of Israel back to God and reveal her Messiah to her. Israel will accept Christ then as a nation and will be restored back to her glory and enter the millennial reign as the headquarters of the Messiah’s Kingdom on earth. We see Elijah’s ministry vividly depicted in the characteristics of the the ministry of one of the two witnesses to bring the Gospel to the Jews after the Rapture–calling down fire from heaven upon those who try to harm him, and shutting down heaven for three and a half years so that there won’t be any rain on earth during his ministry. This is vintage Elijah, the prophet of fire and of closing and opening heaven!

Revelation 11:3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.

Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

Revelation 11:5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.

Revelation 11:6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.

Revelation 11:7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

Revelation 11:8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

Revelation 11:9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,

Revelation 11:10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Revelation 11:12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, Come up here! And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them (ESV).

In conclusion, from the Apostolic era to date, God has been raising his servants to contend for the original Apostolic faith. The Holy Spirit, working through the ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, has been setting the Church back on track each time men deviate from the Apostolic truths. No singular man embodies the spirit of restoration in the Church of Christ. No singular person is an Elijah to look up to, to bring the entire Church back to the original Apostolic level. God may emphasise one truth with this servant and another with that servant, but no singular person is called to reveal all the mysteries of God to the Church, beyond what the Apostles revealed and emphasised, for they are the foundation of the Church. The only way to prepare people for the coming of the Lord is to preach the gospel and get people saved, justified and sanctified. No special Elijah ministry is promised to the Church at any time, and no such ministry is needed. There is no Elijah ministry for the Endtime Gentile Church! Therefore, any speculation about any Gentile manifesting the Elijah ministry to the Church, either in the past, present or future, is groundless and unscriptural.

Avoiding Satan’s Trap To Be Partisan In Politics And Lose Focus Of The Great Commission: The Dilemma Of The American Church

The political tension in the United States Of America (USA), as the presidential election gets under way, has reverberated around the world. Christians of every colour and stripe, and from all countries of the world, have been particularly affected by the frenzy of the American election. Believers are being manipulated and arm-twisted by some ministers of the gospel to become involved in a partisan way. Most Evangelicals have thrown their hats (and maybe their hearts too?) into the political fray, and have now made themselves the religious wing of the Republican Party. I’ve heard not a few Evangelical leaders preach from the pulpit to condemn any Christian voting for the Democratic Party. A vote for the Democratic Party is considered by these Evangelical leaders to be a vote against God and against Christianity! According to these ministers of Christ, the very survival of Christianity is on the ballot, and that only the Republican Party can save Christianity. This post seeks to examine the issues at stake in the US Presidential elections, with respect to the Church’s partisan support of political parties and their agenda, and the implications of such for the great commission. We shall also examine the role of political power in the accomplishment of the great commission.

Let me summarise the issues at stake in the US Presidential elections that have Evangelicals all around the world in prayer and fasting mode for Mr Donald Trump’s reelection. Trump is viewed as the defender and saviour of Christianity, and the last man standing between America (and maybe the world?) and hell. Two policy thrusts of Trump’s party make Evangelicals believe voting for Trump’s opponent, Mr Joe Biden, is voting against Christ: the pro-life and anti-homosexual policies of the Republican Party (the Party of Mr Trump). Before I continue, let me quickly state here that the Bible is unequivocal about abortion and homosexuality being sinful. God condemns both practices and every Christian should condemn them too. I’ve written articles on this blog in condemnation of both abortion and homosexuality. So, my position is clear on both issues that energise Evangelicals’ wholesale support of Trump: I condemn both induced abortion and homosexuality as sinful.

Now, having shown that I share the same views with the bulk of Evangelicals on the issues of abortion and homosexuality, I want to show from the Bible why supporting Trump wholesale as the face, defender and saviour of Christianity is both dangerous and unbiblical, and can actually work against the mandate of Christianity. First, let me state that Christianity has only one Saviour, and his name is Jesus Christ, not Donald Trump! The Church is the Church of Jesus Christ, and he has promised to build it in such a way that not even the gates of hell can prevail against it! Christ does not depend on any man to defend his Church! He’s her defender and protector-in-chief. He died to redeem her, and he ever lives to protect her and her interests. Make no mistake about that!

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

Ephesians 5:27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

Ephesians 5:31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

From its inception in the face of total opposition and relentless persecution, the early Church relied and depended entirely on God for protection and preservation of the faith. Encircled almost completely by both violent Paganism and hateful and malicious Judaism, Christianity had to depend entirely on her Lord and Saviour to survive! And true to his Word, the Church miraculously survived centuries of attacks and threats to its existence, to become the most dominant religious faith on earth today. No man will take the glory except the Lord alone! He alone is our all-sufficiency! So, the Church does not need any man to defend her, much less Donald Trump! If someone is protecting and defending another here, it’s actually the Church that’s defending and protecting Trump’s presidency, and not the other way round! It’s Trump who needs the Church to be reelected. Without the vote of Evangelicals, Trump is doomed! And he knows it! That’s why he schemes and virtually arm-twists Evangelicals to support him unquestionably. Now, I’m neither advocating for nor against Trump. I’m just trying to show that the Church of Jesus Christ doesn’t need Trump, or any man for that matter, to protect and defend her. She’s well protected and defended by her Lord and Master. In the history of the Church, it was during moments of backsliding and loss of faith in God that the Church relied on men to protect and defend her interests. And those have been the low and shameful moments in Church history, when men rose up to be patrons of the Church, as well as her controller and manipulator. He who pays the piper dictates the tune! It was not for nothing that the Church later fought to separate Church from State control. Once you make a man the patron of the Church and tie the fate of the Church to the State, it’s only a matter of time before the defender becomes the persecutor. The Church’s history is replete with such moments. But, do we ever learn from history?

Back to the twin evils of abortion and homosexuality. As evil as these two sins are, they are not the unpardonable sin! Legislating against them and banning them from the land, as desirable as that is, does not save those involved in those sins, nor does it prevent their practice. If you legislate against sins, you only drive them underground. The Old Testament is a perfect reminder of how the Law couldn’t prevent men from sinning, nor could it save them! In most of the third world countries for instance, abortion and homosexuality are forbidden by law, but both practices flourish dangerously underground, with those who condemn them in the day being their patrons at night! The goal of the Church is to save men and deliver them from sins, not to legislate against sins and make hypocrites out of men or compel people to serve God by force. We’re to save men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by the wisdom of men, and definitely not by legislation! The Law could not save men in the Old Testament, and it cannot save men in the New! That’s why Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ to save men, following the failure of the Law to do so! Souls are saved by the preaching of the word in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

1 Corinthians 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Besides the fact that abortion and homosexuality are not the unpardonable sins, other sins are not less grievous than these two. Hatred, sowing seeds of discord among brethren, pride, mass murders occasioned by lack of sensible gun control, adultery, sexual assault, lying, scheming, manipulations, lack of love and empathy, which have all been supported or manifested by Mr Trump, are no less evil that the two sins he seeks to prevent by legislation and judicial support. We may categorise sins according to how we choose to cherry pick them, but God doesn’t! There’s no big or small sin, for all sins are deadly! We should not strain at abortion and homosexuality, while swallowing adultery, rape, hatred, division, strife, lies, injustice, discrimination, xenophobia, and mass murder of those already born and living!

Proverbs 6:16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

Zechariah 7:8 Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying,

Zechariah 7:9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother.

Zechariah 7:10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless,
The alien or the poor.
Let none of you plan evil in his heart
Against his brother.’

Zechariah 7:11 “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.

Zechariah 7:12 Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.

How then should the Church relate with those in government, seeing we are not to rely on them to defend the faith, but on God alone whose faith it is, and whose obligation it is to defend the faith? We’re enjoined to pray for those in authority that we may have a peaceful environment to preach the gospel and practise our faith. And where government infringes on our rights to practise our faith freely, we’re to both pray against those government policies and speak truth to power! The Church is to stand politically neutral, as the moral compass of the nation, to point men and women of all creeds, colour, and political and economic philosophies to the cross of Christ. We’re to be free from philosophical and political entanglements of men, so that we can be considered neutral enough to earn their trust and attention, which are essential ingredients for effective evangelism. When the Church is seen as partisan, through wholesale support of a political party (for whatever reasons), it loses its right to be considered an impartial voice for God. Its fate and the fate of the gospel it preaches become tied to the fate of the party it supports at the polls. Enemies of such parties automatically become enemies of the Church! Such a Church loses the independence it needs to have among men, to be able to reach all for Christ! Jesus Christ kept himself free from all men and from all groups, so that he could freely minister to all, both Jews, Samaritans, publicans, Gentiles, Pharisees, Saduccees, Herodians, etc. He was then free to condemn sin in all, because he was not beholden to any group. Paul made himself servants of all men in order to be able to win some for Christ. We should be very careful not to foreclose the opportunities to minister to people of some political philosophies, because of our support for a particular party. Don’t tie yourself to the fate of politicians whose goals are obviously not the same with those of the Church! Don’t be unequally yoked together with unbelievers! Politicians seek only to win the next election and fulfil their personal agenda. They don’t care one bit about the Church’s vision and mission! Don’t be deceived! People will pretend to be friends of the Church just to get our votes. Let’s guard our integrity as the Church of Christ! Let’s not lose sight of our vision and mission! We do not need political power, or even favourable laws, to win men to Christ! What we need is the power of God to convert men’s hearts, and the homosexual will hate his sins and turn to God. If a woman becomes converted, she will not abort her child. America and the rest of the world need a revival to cleanse the land of sins, not a political revolution!

1 Timothy 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

John 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.

John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,

John 2:25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;

1 Corinthians 9:20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;

1 Corinthians 9:21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;

1 Corinthians 9:22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

1 Corinthians 9:23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,

1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

2 Chronicles 7:12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.

2 Chronicles 7:13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

What then is our conclusion? Christians should resist every form of manipulations by their leaders to vote in any particular way. No political party is the voice of God, and no politician in particular is God’s representative on earth. People should pray and then vote, guided by the issues that concern them the most. The primary role of government is to provide the right, fair and equitable socio-economic conditions for people to peacefully pursue their life goals. No human government can be righteous, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Only during the millennial reign of Christ will we experience God’s perfect righteousness in governance. We cannot therefore expect any human government, in a non-theocratic society, to provide the platform and basis for righteousness. Your vote for a human government is not an endorsement of its righteousness or lack of it. It’s simply a statement of who you feel is better positioned to address the socio-economic issues that matter the most to you, in the pursuit of your life goals. It’s not a referendum on your salvation or Christianity or your spiritual views. Let no man therefore threaten you with eternal consequences for your vote. There are none! Your eternal destination is contingent on your faith in Christ alone, not on anything else, including how and who you vote for. Our votes will not change our nation (or the world) to become what God wants it to be. It will not cause God’s will to be done on earth. What will change the world are our prayers and the preaching of the gospel in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit! It’s only a heaven sent revival that will produce the godly society we crave for, not political revolution!

A Refutal Of The Doctrine Of The Serpent Seed: The Original Sin Wasn’t Fornication, Cain Wasn’t A Son Of The Serpent, And The Bloodline Of Cain Aren’t Serpent Seeds Who Are Irredeemable!

(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New King James Version).

The doctrine of the serpent seed, as propagated by some Christian groups, teaches that the original sin in the garden of Eden was fornication between Eve and the serpent, which resulted in the birth of Cain, a seed or son of the serpent. Apart from interpreting the eating of the forbidden fruit to mean engagement in illicit sex, proponents of this doctrine make Cain a literal son of the wicked one, the devil, through the serpent. According to this doctrine, from the line of Cain arose all the wicked and evil men and women (the serpent seeds), who are irredeemable because they are literally of the devil! How does this doctrine fare in the light of the Bible? Did Eve commit fornication with the serpent as the original sin in the garden of Eden? Was Cain a son of the serpent? Are there literal and physical children of the devil who are irredeemable? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

Genesis 2:8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

Genesis 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

Genesis 3:3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Genesis 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Let’s start this teaching by identifying what the original sin in the garden of Eden was. Scripture tells us that God planted a garden in Eden where he placed the first couple. He also caused fruit trees to spring forth from the ground of the garden, including two special trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, both located in the middle of the garden. The man and his wife, Adam and Eve, were forbidden by God to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with death pronounced as the penalty for disobedience. However, the serpent deceived the woman and made her eat the forbidden fruit, which she also gave to her husband. And mankind thus sinned originally and fell from grace, and death entered the human race thereby.

The question is, what was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from, which they disobediently partook of, and which led to the curse of sin and death upon the human race? Some have opined that it wasn’t a literal and physical tree, but that it was figurative of unlawful sex. Such people maintain that to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was to have illicit sex, which Eve did, first with the serpent, and later with Adam. And so, the eating of the forbidden fruit has come to symbolise having illicit sex. Now, let’s start disproving the myth that eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was having illicit sex. We’ll do that by proving that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was as literal and physical as the tree of life. If we can prove the tree of life was literal and physical, then the tree of the knowledge of good and evil too has to be physical and literal, as both trees existed side by side in the middle of the garden.

Genesis 3:22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—

Genesis 3:23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

After eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve had their eyes opened to the knowledge of good and evil. Sin entered into them and into the human race. Now, God had to prevent them from eating of the tree of life, so that they wouldn’t continue living forever in their sinful state! The tree of life was apparently to make man live forever. Had Adam and Eve eaten of the tree of life rather than from the one forbidden, they would have lived forever in a sinless state of innocence on earth. There would have been no knowledge of sin, no sickness, no sufferings and no death in the human race. To show that the tree of life was literal and physical, God had to deploy a cherubim to protect it, as well as prevent access to it by fallen mankind. In the book of Revelation, we see the promise of the tree of life made to overcomers, and we also see the tree of life in paradise, bearing physical fruits meant for food and healing for God’s people, proving the tree of life was a literal and physical tree. Whereas sinful man was barred from partaking of its fruits in the garden of Eden, in paradise, the saints will feed on it! The tree of life is food and medicine for the saints of God!

Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

Ezekiel 47:12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing (ESV).

So, we’ve seen from Scripture that the tree of life is a literal and physical tree with edible fruits, meant for the sustenance of the saints, and will be the main food of the eternal people of God in paradise. If the tree of life is a literal and physical tree with edible fruits, then the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has to be a literal and physical tree too, with equally edible fruits. It was the edible fruit from that accursed tree that Adam and Eve ate, following the serpent’s deception. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil had the ability to make one experientially know both good and evil. It had the ability to make people also do both good and evil. That’s why every descendant of Adam and Eve has the capacity to do both good and evil. All have been corrupted by the effect of the fruit of that tree. All have sinned by Adam’s sin. Where that tree is now and what happened to it after the fall of Adam and Eve is a matter of conjecture. If the tree of life is to be found in paradise and serves to sustain the saints, maybe the tree of knowledge of good and evil could be in hell to sustain its inhabitants? Now, that’s just pure speculation. Such an accursed tree however deserves to be in such an accursed place!

Now that we’ve shown that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, like the tree of life, was a literal and physical tree with edible fruits, let’s show the implausibility of the original sin being Eve having sex with the serpent and siring Cain thereby. Exponents of this doctrine point to the fact that before the fall, the serpent was an upright creature and the closest beast to man, who could speak and reason like man. This beast was considered closer to man biologically than even the apes, and therefore could mate with man to produce offsprings. If illicit sex with the serpent was Eve’s sin, then what was Adam’s sin, since a man having sex with his wife is lawful and blessed of God? Advocates of the serpent seed doctrine teach that Adam’s sin was in not divorcing Eve and burning her, with the serpent, to death, since both had committed adultery. By accepting to sleep with his wife who had committed adultery, Adam was guilty by association! What a doctrine!

I know that it’s possible for a woman (and even a man) to have sex with an animal (a despicable act expressly forbidden by Scripture). However, the Bible was clear that Adam and Eve’s sin was in the eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve ate and then gave to Adam. It was a forbidden physical fruit they ate that led to the fall, not fornication or illicit sex. Now comes the crunchy part! Was it possible for the serpent to have impregnated Eve in the unlikely event that they had sex? That’s not possible, for the simple reason that God’s commandment concerning reproduction is that every species should bring forth of its kind. It’s therefore not possible for one species to impregnate another species and make it conceive! It’s biologically impossible!

Genesis 1:24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.

Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Apart from the biological impossibility of the serpent impregnating Eve to sire Cain, the Bible is very clear as to who was the biological father of Cain. The Scripture did not leave any room for ambiguity or doubt concerning Cain’s paternity.

Genesis 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.”

The verse above is very clear as to what Cain was and who his father was! Cain was a man, not a serpent (for that was what he would have been if the serpent was his father!)! Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain! Nothing can be clearer than the scripture above! Adam was the biological father of Cain, not the serpent! And Cain was a man and not a serpent!

Let’s examine another scripture that proponents of the serpent seed doctrine quote to emphasise the fact that Cain was a literal seed or son of the serpent, and the vicarious seed of the devil. That scripture is found in the first Epistle of John.

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

1 John 3:12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

Cain being of the wicked one is interpreted by advocates of the serpent seed doctrine to mean Cain was physically a progeny of Satan via the serpent, making him the seed of the serpent. Of course we know that’s a gross misinterpretation of Scripture! Judas Iscariot was called a devil, but that didn’t mean he was literally sired by the devil, or that he was physically a devil! People are called children of God not because they were biologically conceived and begotten by God. It’s a spiritual relationship, via the new birth, that makes people children of God. The children of God still have their natural, biological parents, who may not even be children of God themselves! The same way, people who are children of the devil are only so spiritually, and not physically or biologically! They are children of the devil because they are not yet born again and have not experienced the new birth which makes one a child of God. If someone who is a child of the devil today repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, they become born again and become children of God instantly! So, there are no people on earth who are physical serpent seeds that are therefore irredeemable! It’s not God’s wish that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance, simply because God does not delight in the death of the wicked!

John 8:37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

John 8:38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.

John 8:40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.

John 8:41 You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

John 8:42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.

John 8:43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

John 8:45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

John 8:46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?

John 8:47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

1 John 3:12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

1 Timothy 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Ezekiel 33:10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.

Ezekiel 33:14 Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right,

Ezekiel 33:16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Advocates of the doctrine of the serpent seed also argue that omitting Cain from Adam’s geneology, in the Gospel of Luke, further buttresses the point that Cain wasn’t Adam’s son, otherwise he would have been included in Adam’s geneology, as the firstborn. I want to point out here that, that’s a very flimsy argument. There are several firstborns in the Bible who forfeited their rights as firstborn by committing one grievous sin or the other, or simply by divine choice. Ishmael was Abraham’s firstborn, but he did not appear in Abraham’s geneology in both Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels. Instead, the geneology of Abraham to Christ was traced through Isaac, the second son. In like manner, Esau, Isaac’s firstborn, sold his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob, and lost out in the geneology. Reuben, Jacob’s first son, also lost his right as firstborn because he committed adultery with his father’s wife and was cursed thereby. The right of firstborn went instead to Judah. In the same way, Cain lost the right of the firstborn by killing his own brother Abel. He was declared an outcast and a fugitive by God, and lost his place to his younger brother Seth.

Genesis 17:18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”

Genesis 17:19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.

Genesis 17:21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

Matthew 1:2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

Genesis 25:29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.

Genesis 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

Genesis 25:31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”

Genesis 25:32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”

Genesis 25:33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

Genesis 25:34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Matthew 1:2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:

Genesis 49:2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father.

Genesis 49:3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
My might and the beginning of my strength,
The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.

Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—He went up to my couch.

Matthew 1:2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

Genesis 4:8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Genesis 4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

Genesis 4:11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

Genesis 4:12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

A fallout from the doctrine of the serpent seed is that, all wicked and evil men are presumed to come from the bloodline of Cain, and are serpent seeds, while all godly people are from the “pure” bloodline of Adam through Seth. This is a dangerous and unbiblical characterisation of the origin and spread of sin in man. The Bible tells us that sin entered the world through Adam, that all inherited the sinful nature from Adam and that all men are born sinners, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is therefore no godly bloodline of men starting from Adam. Every person (with the exception of Jesus Christ, because of his immaculate conception) was born in sin and came into the world speaking lies! All men are born wicked and are estranged from the womb. We are tainted with the sin nature from conception. No man inherited any righteousness from birth; rather, all inherited sinfulness from birth! There is no pure race of men anywhere! The entire race has been impure, unholy and corrupt since Adam fell, and only an experiential life-saving knowledge of God in redemption can purify anyone and make them righteous and godly!

Romans 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

Romans 3:11 There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.

Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”

Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
with their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;

Romans 3:14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

Romans 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;

Romans 3:17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

Romans 5:16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

The doctrine of the serpent seed sees the sons of God in the book of Genesis chapter six as men from the “pure bloodline of Seth”, while the daughters of men they married were from the “serpentine bloodline of Cain”. And when these two groups intermingled by marriage and mated, they brought forth the giants who were extremely evil and wicked. That’s what those that believe the doctrine of the serpent seed teach. If those sons of God were godly men, and the daughters of men ungodly women, it would mean each time a godly man marries an ungodly woman, the union should produce wicked giants! How dangerously false and unscriptural is this teaching! However, we know from Scripture that those sons of God were fallen angelic beings who left their estate and came on earth to seduce human females (daughters of men), had sexual relations with them and produced giants thereby, who perpetrated extreme violence on the earth. This corruption of the human race and the violence and wickedness it bred led to the destruction of the ante-diluvian world. Those sons of God in Genesis were not the sons of Seth, but fallen angels, for angels too are called sons of God by creation. Besides, if the bloodline of Seth produced only godly breed of men, while the line of Cain produced only wicked men, where then were all the godly men from the “pure bloodline” of Seth at the time of the flood? How come only Noah was found righteous in the sight of God? There is no pure breed or pure bloodline of men anywhere, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Holiness and righteousness are not hereditary! The only thing that all men inherit from birth is sinfulness and wickedness! A righteous man can produce wicked and ungodly children, as we see repeatedly from the Bible! All men are sinners, and every man must find salvation and redemption in God to be considered righteous in the sight of God. Outside of a redeeming faith relationship with God, no man is righteous!

Genesis 6:1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

Genesis 6:2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Genesis 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Genesis 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Genesis 6:7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.

Job 1:7 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Job 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.

Job 38:5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Jude 1:6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;

Jude 1:7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

1 Samuel 8:1 Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel.

1 Samuel 8:2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.

1 Samuel 8:3 But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,

1 Samuel 8:5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

To prove further that the giants did not emanate from the line of Cain, Scripture makes us understand that there were also wicked giants after the flood (the Anakims, Emims, Zamzummims, Og, Goliath, etc)! Now, only Noah (a righteous man) and his family survived the great deluge. So, which seed of the serpent did these post-deluge giants come from, seeing all the wicked men from the “serpentine line of Cain” were wiped out by the flood? Surely, no serpent seed sneaked into the ark to continue the perpetuation of this species after the flood? The fact that evil persists in the world despite the wiping out of the “serpent seeds” in the catastrophic judgment of the great flood shows that there is evil in every man and woman that sprang from Adam! All men and women from the beginning of creation came from one stock: Adam! We all share one blood and one nature, which we all inherited from Adam. No man or woman came from the serpent or any other source! After the flood, the three sons of Noah (Shem, Ham and Japheth) repopulated the earth with their wives. There is therefore no stock of serpent seeds after the flood to account for the wicked and reprobate men and women we find everywhere. There are no literal children of the serpent anywhere, but there is a sinful Adamic nature in every man and every woman, which was occasioned by the fall. It is that nature that must be regenerated by conversion, through faith in Christ Jesus, to make a man or a woman a child of God. Every unregenerated soul is a spiritual child of the devil, and all can become children of God if they so wish.

Genesis 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Deuteronomy 2:10 (The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim.

Deuteronomy 2:11 They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.

Deuteronomy 2:20 (That was also regarded as a land of giants; giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,

Deuteronomy 2:21 a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the Lord destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,

Deuteronomy 3:11 “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit.

The Acts 17:26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

Genesis 9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

Genesis 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

In conclusion, we’ve shown exhaustively from the Scriptures that the original sin wasn’t Eve fornicating with the serpent in the garden of Eden. It was simply the eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a literal and physical tree, with literal and physical fruits, just like the tree of life too was literal and physical. We also showed conclusively from the Scriptures that Cain was the son of Adam, and not the son or seed of the serpent. Furthermore, we proved from the Scriptures that there is no pure bloodline or breed of men anywhere on earth since the fall of Adam (the so-called sons of God); all men are born with a sinful nature and are therefore sinners from conception and birth. All men and women need redemption through God’s provided way, to be saved and to be made righteous and godly. Also, there are no natural serpent seeds among men who are irredeemable. The blood of Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice on Calvary can save all men who put their faith in it. All men can be saved if they believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The doctrine of the serpent seed is therefore devilish, unscriptural and heretical, and should be jettisoned by all who hold onto it.

God bless you!

A Refutal Of The Unitarian Doctrine Of The Oneness Of The Godhead: Why The Father, Son And Holy Spirit Cannot Be One Person With Different Manifestations

The unitarian school of thought believes that God is one person who manifested in different forms as the Father in creation, the Son in redemption, and the Holy Spirit in the indwelling of believers. Also referred to as modalism, unitarianism teaches that the Father was God above us, the Son was God with us on earth, and the Holy Spirit is God in us, one person with three different dispensational manifestations. How does the doctrine of modalism stand in the light of the Bible? Is the Godhead really one person manifesting in different forms, or are there more than one divine persons? This article seeks to answer these questions by a close examination of the Scriptures.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (NKJ).

The text above tells us of three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. Now, the question is, “three what?” We all know witnesses to be persons. For there to be three witnesses in heaven in relation to divinity can only mean there are three divine persons in heaven, not one! You can’t have “three different manifestations of one person” as three witnesses in heaven! To start with, the three manifestations can never occur together, since it’s one person undergoing transformation into the other, so you can’t have all three manifestations occurring simultaneously in heaven. Besides, according to modalists, only the Father manifested in heaven (God above us), as the Son manifested on earth (God with us), and the Holy Spirit manifests in the believers (God in us). Even considering manifestations as witnesses, you can’t have the three manifestations occurring simultaneously as three witnesses in heaven! It’s not only absurd, it’s impossible!

Modalists will be quick to tell you the three witnesses are actually one person, as the latter part of that text says, “…and these three are one”. That doesn’t prove anything, because two or more people can be one in many ways. In marriage for instance, a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two become one. Do the couple in the union cease to be two separate individuals by being described as one? Surely the oneness referred to here is not literal but figurative? Christ also prayed for all believers to be one as he and the Father are one. Now, was he praying for all believers to become one person? Of course not! We all know he was praying for believers to be united in spirit and purpose. Suffice it to say that the oneness being referred to here is not literal, but figurative. It refers to unity of will, purpose and action, amongst others, as we shall see later.

However, some scholars don’t believe the text in 1John 5:7 was in the more authentic early manuscripts, and so advocate that it should not be accepted as inspired. On account of that, a lot of newer versions of the Bible don’t include that verse in their translations. So, we’ll leave this verse and look at other portions of Scripture as we try to refute the unitarian doctrine.

Let’s examine the incarnation story. According to unitarians, God who had manifested as the Father above, left heaven and took on flesh to dwell among men, in order to redeem us, becoming the Son (God with us). So, at that point in time, since it’s only one person playing the various roles, there should be no God in heaven since he was now on earth as the Son. Heaven should be devoid of any Godhead during the incarnation and earthly ministry of the Son, as the Father role had been collapsed, and all the Godhead was now on earth in the Son. Right? Let’s test this theory with Scripture. Let’s jump right to the baptism of Jesus and see what happened there.

Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

Matthew 3:14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

Matthew 3:15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (NKJV).

As soon as Jesus came out of the water at his baptism, heaven opened up and the Holy Spirit descended upon him, while another voice spoke from heaven acknowledging Jesus as his beloved Son! Now, this shatters the modalists’ theory into a thousand pieces! There shouldn’t be anyone left in heaven to call Jesus his beloved Son, since the Father was now the Son and was no longer in heaven. There shouldn’t be any Holy Spirit to descend upon Jesus because it wasn’t yet time for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, since this was the Sonship era. There should be no Father and no Holy Spirit in the picture here! It should be Jesus only, as the only manifestation of God at this point. Yet, we see the Father in heaven speaking to acknowledge the Son on earth, while the Holy Spirit was anointing him. We see the three bearing witness at the same time in one place here : Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three district and separate entities, all acting simultaneously!

Throughout his ministry on earth, Jesus repeatedly talked of his Father in heaven in real time, as someone who was in existence at that point in time. He repeatedly prayed to the Father and even got immediate verbal responses (heard by others too) from his Father in heaven in some instances. Why would Jesus pray to a non-existent Father in heaven, if he alone was the entirety of the Godhead and was now on earth? Who responded to his prayers from heaven? If Jesus was all there was to the Godhead, then he didn’t need to pray to anyone, being all the God there is! If he was all of God manifested in one person, with no other divine person(s) existing anywhere else, there was no need for him to pray or look up to heaven to give thanks. There was absolutely no need for him to keep referring to a Father in heaven! When Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus responded by saying that only the Father in heaven could have given that revelation to Peter. Now, at what point did the heavenly Father give that revelation of who Christ was to Peter? Before or after the incarnation of Christ? Of course it was after the incarnation! This makes the Father and the Son two different persons, because the Father was still existing even after the incarnation of Christ!

John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

John 11:42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (NKJV).

John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

John 12:27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

John 12:28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

John 12:29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

John 12:30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake (NKJV).

Matthew 17:1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;

Matthew 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17:3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

Matthew 17:4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

Matthew 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.

Matthew 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” (NKJV).

John 17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,

John 17:2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

John 17:6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

John 17:7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.

John 17:8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

John 17:9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.

John 17:10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.

John 17:11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

John 17:13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

John 17:18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

John 17:20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

John 17:21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

John 17:25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.

John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (NKJV).

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last (NKJV).

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Matthew 16:14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven (NKJV).

Jesus made it clear that his Father was working in heaven at the same time that he too was working on earth. He said he only did whatever the Father revealed to him from heaven. How can a non-existent Father, whose dispensational time had passed, still be actively working at the time the Son was the only representation of the Godhead anywhere else? How can a non-existent Father be revealing to the Son what to do? If the Son said he had a Father in heaven, why do some people insist there is no Father outside of the Son? Are they more knowledgeable than the Son about his Father? Not only did the Son acknowledge the simultaneous and concurrent existence of his Father in heaven while he was here on earth, he also revealed the fact that he had existed together with the Father before the foundation of the world, before his incarnation. Scripture makes us understand that the Son didn’t just start existing from his incarnation, as the doctrine of modalism would have us believe, since it claimed only the Father existed before the incarnation, as God above us. The pre-existence of the Son (the Word) with the Father before the foundation of the world proves the presence of at least two distinct persons in the Godhead. The Word (the Son) was with with God (the Father) from before the beginning, in eternity past! The Father even acknowledged the fact that it was the Son who laid the foundation of the world and executed the work of creation! How dare we doubt both the testimonies of the Father and the Son concerning their distinct and separate personalities?

John 5:17 But his answer was: My Father is still working even now, and so I am working.

John 5:18 For this cause the Jews had an even greater desire to put Jesus to death, because not only did he not keep the Sabbath but he said God was his Father, so making himself equal with God.

John 5:19 So Jesus made answer and said, Truly I say to you, The Son is not able to do anything himself; he is able to do only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does the Son does it in the same way.

John 5:20 For the Father has love for the Son and lets him see everything which he does: and he will let him see greater works than these so that you may be full of wonder (BBE).

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (NKJV).

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Hebrews 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Hebrews 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Hebrews 1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”?

Hebrews 1:6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “let all the angels of God worship Him.”

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Hebrews 1:10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Hebrews 1:11 They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment;

Hebrews 1:12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”

Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? (NKJV).

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” (NKJV).

Jesus not only told us his Father was a different and distinct person from himself, he equally made us understand that his Father was greater than himself. Though himself a divine person, yet Jesus deferred to the Father as his superior. Jesus is subject to the Father who is not just his Father, but also his God too! If the Father is the same person as the Son, why should the Son say the Father is greater than him? Why should the Son worship the Father? If both Father and Son were the same person in different dispensational manifestations, why did the Apostles in their teachings and writings keep emphasising the separateness of both Father and Son, even after their dispensational manifestations? At the time when the dispensation of the Son had supposedly ended, why is he in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father? Infact, the Son makes it abundantly clear that he’s sharing the throne in heaven with the Father. According to modalists, we’re in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit right now, so there should be no Father and Son anywhere, having finished their dispensational manifestations, as the Holy Spirit alone now carries the full manifestation of the Godhead. Why did the Apostles in their writings keep bringing greetings to the Church from three distinct entities- the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, if the three are but one person? It doesn’t make sense. The only logical explanation is that, they are not one person, but three different divine persons! In the opening chapter of the book of Revelation, we’re told God gave Jesus the revelations in the book to give to his servants. How can God, the Father, be giving revelation to Jesus to give to the Church, if the Father and Jesus are the same person? How can you give something to yourself, or receive something from yourself? It’s absurd and inconceivable!

John 14:28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. (NKJV).

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (NKJV).

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (NKJV).

Titus 1:4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior (NKJV).

Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love (NKJV).

John 20:11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.

John 20:12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

John 20:13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

John 20:14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

John 20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 8:5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?

Psalms 110:1 The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” (NKJV).

The Acts 7:54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.

The Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

The Acts 7:56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (NKJV).

Revelation 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (NKJV).

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

Revelation 1:4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (NKJV).

Furthermore, the Son made it quite clear that his authority was derived from that of the Father, who subjected all things (except the Father himself) under the Son. If the Son is the same person as the Father, would he need to receive authority from a non-existent Father? Also, the Father demands that people honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Why would the Son need to be honoured and recognised separately from the Father, if he’s also the Father? If the Father was the same person as the Son, did it mean then that the entire Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit died on the cross when Jesus died? If we insist the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same person, then we must accept the fact that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit died on the cross as one person! And if all died on the cross, who then raised up the Son from the dead? On the contrary, while dying on the cross, the Son committed his Spirit into the hands of the Father, and three days later, the Son was raised from the dead by the Father, proving the Father and the Son are different persons.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (NKJV).

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,

John 5:27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

1 Corinthians 15:25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

1 Corinthians 15:28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all (NKJV).

John 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,

John 5:23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him (NKJV).

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last (NKJV).

The Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—

The Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

The Acts 2:24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

The Acts 2:32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses (NKJV).

Unitarians argue and say that God was fully manifested in the Son, and that the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily in the Son, so the Son must be all there is to God when he was here on earth. Also, because Jesus said anyone who had seen him had seen the Father, they insist that the Son was also the Father. However, they fail to understand that what was made flesh was the Word, which existed with the Father in the beginning. It was the Word (the eternal/divine Son of God) who became flesh to become the human Son, in addition to being the divine Son as well. The Father and the Holy Spirit have never taken on flesh. Only the Son is both divine and human. Only he is 100% God and 100% man. Saying the fullness of God dwelt bodily in the humanity of the Son is just acknowledging the fact that the Son carried the fullness of the divine nature and divine characteristics. It means he’s the perfect image of the invisible God (Father). A perfect image only means that the source of the image still exists as a different entity from the image. An image, however perfect it is, cannot also be the source it reflects. Thus, the Son cannot be the Father, even though he’s the carbon copy of the Father. Also, because the Son so perfectly reflects the image and likeness of the Father, if you see him you’ve seen the Father, because he looks exactly like the Father, even though he is not the Father! It’s the same way identical twins look exactly like each other, though they are two district and separate persons. If you see one identical twin, you’ve seen the other one, simply because both are carbon copies! It doesn’t mean one of the twins is also the other one too. That’s how it is with Jesus and the Father. If you see Jesus, you’ve seen the Father, because they’re perfect look-alikes! Jesus is the exact image of the Father!

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

John 1:14 The Word Becomes Flesh
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (NKJV).

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (NKJV).

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hebrews 1:2 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;

Hebrews 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; (NKJV).

Finally, let’s conclude by examining this Scripture about the Godhead, from the very beginning, during the creation of man:

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (NKJV).

Who are the “us” and “our” in the passage above, that have the same image and likeness with God, and in whose image man was created? Truly, there are three divine persons that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (Son) and the Holy Spirit. And these divine persons have the same image and likeness, and the same divine substance, and all three are perfectly united in will, purpose and action. All three divine persons are indeed one in nature, image and likeness, as well as one in will, purpose and action. They are perfectly united, with the Father being Almighty, and both the Son and the Holy Spirit subject to the Father who is the head of the Divine Family. The Father is also God to both the Son and the Holy Spirit. Modalism cannot therefore be correct, because the Godhead consists of three persons in perfect unity, and not one person playing three different roles.

Examining The Personality And Divinity Of The Holy Spirit And His Relationship With The Father And The Son

The Holy Spirit is listed among the three that bear witness in heaven, the other two being the Father and the Word (Son). Christians are somewhat divided as to how to view the Holy Spirit. Some see the Holy Spirit as the impersonal force or power of God that effects the will of God and empowers God’s people to accomplish tasks supernaturally. Others, however, see the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person, just as the Father and the Son. What’s the biblical view of the Holy Spirit? What’s the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son? We shall examine the Scriptures for a clearer understanding of the nature of the Holy Spirit and his relationship with the other members of the Divine Family.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (NKJV).

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (NKJV).

The Apostle John tells us in his first general Epistle that there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Spirit. We know the Father and the Word (Son) to be Divine Persons. If the Holy Spirit is classified along with them in this Divine Trinity, then he too must be a Divine Person! Also, we see the Lord Jesus commanding his disciples to baptise converted people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, imputing a name to the Holy Spirit as to a person! There is overwhelming evidence in the Scriptures to believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed a Divine Person, and not an impersonal force or power. The Holy Spirit is variously called advocate, comforter, helper, teacher, counsellor, and intercessor. The Spirit is said to make intercession for us in prayer the same way Christ makes intercessions for us with the Father. Surely an impersonal force cannot pray and make intercession? If he makes intercession for us like Christ, then he must be a person like Christ, for only people pray and make intercessions, not impersonal forces! Also, the Spirit speaks, directs, guides, instructs and leads. He can be grieved, made angry, lied against and insulted. He is also described as having a mind of his own, and gives people utterances and teaches them what to speak. He is called the Spirit of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might and fear of the Lord. Above all, he is capable of having fellowship or communion with people. All these are personal qualities and attributes, and not the characteristics of an impersonal force. Jesus called the Holy Spirit another comforter just like himself, and used the personal pronouns “he” and “him” for the Holy Spirit. If he is like Jesus, then he has to be a person like Jesus too! Jesus isn’t an impersonal force and neither is the Holy Spirit! An impersonal force cannot be described with personal pronouns like “he” or “him”!

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you (AKJV).

Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (NKJV).

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Romans 8:27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (ESV).

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (AKJV).

The Acts 13:1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

The Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

The Acts 13:3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

The Acts 13:4 Preaching in Cyprus
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus (NKJV).

The Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

The Acts 16:7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them (NKJV).

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption (AKJV).

Hebrews 10:28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Hebrews 10:29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? (ESV).

The Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

The Acts 5:4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God (ESV).

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (ESV).

Matthew 10:18 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.

Matthew 10:20 For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you (AKJV).

The Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (NKJV).

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely (AKJV).

The Acts 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek you.

The Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, and get you down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them (AKJV).

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (ESV).

Now, having established that the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost or the Spirit of God, as he’s variously called, is a person and not an impersonal force, let’s go further by establishing the fact that he’s a distinct person from both the Father and the Son. We already saw, from the Scriptures above, the distinction made between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by the Lord, in authorising baptism in the name of the three. The Apostle John already made it clear that there are three that bear witness in heaven- the Father, the Word (Son) and the Holy Spirit. That makes three divine persons in heaven, proving the Holy Spirit is a distinct and separate person from both the Father and the Son. Jesus equally told us that he would ask the Father to send down the Holy Spirit to his disciples, upon his ascension, to take over his place as comforter to his people, another proof of the separateness of the Holy Spirit from both the Father and the Son. Now, let’s look at some other Scriptures that show the separate, distinct and simultaneous existence of the three divine persons. At his baptism, while Jesus was coming out of the water, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in the form of a dove. While this was going on, the Father spoke at the same time from heaven, to acknowledge Jesus as his beloved Son. This is just one of several instances where the three members of the divine family were captured at the same time. There are also descriptions in the Scriptures of the Father sitting on the throne, the Holy Spirit before the throne and the Son appearing in the midst of the throne. The Apostle Paul also spoke of the various roles of each member of the divine family in the adminstration and operation of the gifts of the Spirit, as well as their combined roles in the benediction of God’s people.

Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

Matthew 3:14 John would have prevented him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?

Matthew 3:15 But Jesus answered him, Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he consented.

Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

Matthew 3:17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased (ESV).

Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (AKJV).

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look on like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald.

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (AKJV).

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, see, in the middle of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Revelation 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne (AKJV).

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all (AKJV).

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (NKJV).

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (AKJV).

The Holy Spirit, like the Father and the Son, is divine. He too is God and should be reverenced, honoured and worshipped as God. He too has a divine nature like the Father and the Son. When Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit, it was described as lying to God. The Father is Almighty God, while the Son and the Holy Spirit are God too, but subordinate to the Father. We see the Father sending both the Son and the Holy Spirit on assignments, and we see both obeying him. The Father is head of the Divine Family, with the Son and the Holy Spirit subject to him. All three are however united in purpose. They are not divided but are one. All have the same divine nature, having all proceeded from the Father. All are united in executing and enforcing the Father’s will and eternal purpose. The Holy Spirit is the personification of the Father’s Spirit, just as the Son is the personification of the Father’s Word. At what point the Holy Spirit was brought into existence by the Father, we don’t know, but it has to be in eternity past, before the foundation of the world, just like the Son. We know the Holy Spirit wasn’t self-existing like the Father, who is the only self-existent one. The Holy Spirit was already in existence before creation, in which he participated actively. In the creation of the universe and everything in it, the Holy Spirit was the enforcer of the Father’s will as spoken out by the Son, the Word of God. The Son would speak the word and the Spirit would enforce and bring it to pass. He is thus called the power of God, the hand of God and the finger of God, among other descriptions. He anointed and empowered servants of God in the Old Testament to carry out God’s will and perform miracles and signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit was in heaven with the Father when the Son was on earth during his incarnation. He brought about the immaculate conception of Jesus through the virgin birth. He anointed the Son and empowered him for his ministry and tasks. The Father raised the Son back to life through the Holy Spirit. When the Son ascended back to heaven after his death and resurrection, the Father sent down the Holy Spirit to earth, upon the Son’s request, to indwell and fill believers and to empower them to do God’s works, through the various gifts of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit continues to abide with believers on earth now while the Father and the Son are in heaven. He empowers, comforts, guides and leads believers into all truths and glorifies Jesus. That’s his ministry to the Church! Jesus also made us understand that the only unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. We should therefore be very careful how we speak about the Holy Spirit, for reviling and insulting him constitutes blasphemy against him, which is unpardonable.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (NKJV).

The Acts 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

The Acts 5:4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” (NKJV).

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters (AKJV).

Luke 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you (AKJV).

Exodus 8:16 And the LORD said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Stretch out your rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

Exodus 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

Exodus 8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice on man, and on beast.

Exodus 8:19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he listened not to them; as the LORD had said (AKJV).

Exodus 15:6 Your right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: your right hand, O LORD, has dashed in pieces the enemy (AKJV).

Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

Luke 1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Luke 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Luke 1:29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

Luke 1:30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luke 1:31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

Luke 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

Luke 1:33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (NKJV).

The Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (NKJV).

Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (NKJV).

The Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV).

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you (AKJV).

John 16:7 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 to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more;

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

John 16:13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you (AKJV).

Matthew 12:31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

Matthew 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come (NKJV).

In conclusion, from the overwhelming evidence of Scripture alone, we understand that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, and not an impersonal force. He’s the personification of the Spirit of God, just like Jesus Christ is the personification of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct person from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit, being of the same divine nature as the Father and the Son, is also divine, and deserves the honour, reverence and worship due other members of the divine Family– the Father and the Son. The three are united in purpose and will, with both the Son and the Holy Spirit subordinate to the Father who alone is Almighty, and who is Father and God to both the Son and the Spirit. The Holy Spirit existed with the Father and the Son before the foundation of the world, and was the enforcer of the spoken Word of God in bringing about creation. The Spirit is variously referred to as the finger of God, the hand of God and the power of God, with respect to his role in effecting and enforcing the divine will. He anointed and empowered servants of God in the Old Testament to do God’s works and perform signs and wonders and miracles. He effected the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ, and anointed and empowered the man Jesus to go about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. He was also the instrument of raising the Son from the dead. Upon Christ’s ascension, he sent down the Holy Spirit to his disciples, to fill, indwell, imbue and empower them to carry on with Christ’s work on earth. The Holy Spirit has been on earth since his coming down on the day of Pentecost, and serves as comforter, guide, teacher, leader and intercessor for believers, while the Father and the Son are in heaven. People should take care to honour and reverence the Holy Spirit, because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin.

Is Christianity Monotheistic Or Polytheistic? Examining The Divinity Of Jesus Christ And His Relationship With Jehovah

Judaism, the precursor of Christianity with whom it shares a common God, is unambiguously monotheistic, believing firmly in the one true God, Jehovah. Uncorrupted Judaism considers the worship of any other god (in heaven, on earth or beneath the earth) as idolatrous and an abomination. Thus, the concept of the worship of one God was very clear to the Jews. In contrast, most Christians’ concept of the Godhead is at best confusing, and at worst polytheistic and idolatrous! What does the New Testament teach about the Godhead? Is biblical Christianity as monotheistic as Judaism? We shall examine Scripture to understand clearly the doctrine of the Godhead. The first part of this study will consider the relationship between Jehovah and Jesus Christ, as well as the position of Christ in the Divine Family. Subsequent articles will deal with the divinity of the Holy Spirit and the relationship between the members of the Divine Family –Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might (AKJV).

Moses’ command to Israel concerning the Godhead was clear and unequivocal: Jehovah (the self-existent eternal One) our Elohim (God) is one Jehovah. Jehovah, Israel’s Almighty God, was one, not two or three! To have any other god outside of Jehovah was expressively forbidden for the Jews. Such was considered abominable idolatory, punishable by death! Not only is Jehovah the only true God, he is also an extremely jealous God who does not take the worship of any other god by his people lightly. To do that is to provoke Jehovah’s fierce wrath. And, who can stand before his indignation? Who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? Who can stand the wrath of this fearful God? (Nahum 1:6).

Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:4 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments (AKJV).

The New Testament throws further light on the nature of the Godhead, making clearer certain facts which were not revealed in the Old Testament, though they existed then. From the New Testament, we understand that Jehovah also has a Son who was begotten before the start of creation, in eternity past. The Son is also called the Word of God. Jehovah’s Son is the personification of Jehovah’s thoughts and Words, the very image of Jehovah and the brightness of his glory. The Son is said to be the beginning of the creation of God, the first thing to be brought forth into existence by Jehovah. While Jehovah is eternal and self-existent, the Son was brought into existence by his Father, Jehovah, and is therefore not self-existent (whoever heard of a self-existing son?). This Son of God, we learnt from Scripture, was the agent of creation, creating everything according to His Father’s will. The Son was thus the means by which God brought the universe into existence, and is also the means by which the universe is sustained. These truths are clearly taught in the Scripture.

The Acts 13:32 And we declare to you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made to the fathers,

The Acts 13:33 God has fulfilled the same to us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you (AKJV).

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (AKJV).

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Hebrews 1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Hebrews 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:

Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he said, And let all the angels of God worship him (AKJV).

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians 1:16 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:

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; (AKJV).

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (AKJV).

Though the Son of God was brought into existence by the Father in eternity past and lived with the Father in heaven and shared in his glory, he came down to earth about 2000 years ago to become flesh to dwell among men, in order to redeem fallen humanity back to God. The Son of God who had existed since eternity past with the Father, came in the incarnation to take a body of flesh conceived immaculately through a virgin. He left heaven and came and dwelt among men for 33 years. He lived and fulfilled the law of God as no man had ever done, and eventually died a vicarious death for mankind, to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. While on earth, the Son of God took a human name (Jesus Christ), and became the saviour of mankind.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (AKJV).

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife:

Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS (AKJV).

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (AKJV).

John 17:1 These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you:

John 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:4 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was (AKJV).

Throughout his stay on earth, Jesus, knowing who he was, never saw or addressed himself as Almighty God. He always referred to himself as the Son (Son of man- with regard to his humanity, and Son of God- with regard to his divinity). He always referred to Almighty God as his Father and his God. Jesus never claimed to be Almighty God! If he did, that would make two Almighty Gods, for his Father, Jehovah, is already Almighty God! God equally referred to Jesus as his Son, not as Almighty God. And in all their writings, the Apostles took great care to distinguish between God the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son. Thus, the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ is that of Father and Son. Jesus Christ is subordinate to Jehovah because Jehovah is both his Father and his God.

John 20:15 Jesus said to her, Woman, why weep you? whom seek you? She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have borne him hence, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, Mary. She turned herself, and said to him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

1 Corinthians 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

So, from the overwhelming evidence of Scripture, we see that Jesus Christ never addressed himself as Almighty God, but always as the Son of God. We see also that the Apostles, in their writings, never addressed Jesus as Almighty God, but as the Son of God, for that’s who he is! Jesus never claimed to be Almighty God and never struggled for equality with God. He always emphasised the greatness of God his Father over him (now, which son is equal to or greater than his father?!). Jesus always identified himself as God’s Son, God’s messenger and God’s servant, and never as God’s co-equal or a co-Almighty. His power and authority are derived from Almighty God. He will judge and rule the world based on the authority and power given to him by Almighty God. At the end of his rule to restore order on earth, Christ himself will hand back authority to the Father and be subject to him, that Almighty God, the Father, may be all in all.

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, But whom say you that I am?

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.

John 14:28 You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come again to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.

John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

John 5:21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so the Son vivifies whom he will.

John 5:22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son:

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

John 5:27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:27 For he has put all things under his feet. But when he said all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

Philippians 2:9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

From the foregoing, we see that there is no ambiguity in Jesus’ statements and those of the Apostles, as to the relationship between Almighty God and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not another Almighty God for Christians, in addition to Jehovah. Jehovah remains Christianity’s only Almighty God, as it was in Judaism. Jesus Christ is simply Jehovah’s eternal Son, the long awaited Jewish Messiah and Jehovah’s regent over the world. And because he is Jehovah’s Son and Jehovah’s perfect image and reflection, he has a divine nature or substance, like Jehovah’s, and is to be honored, reverenced and worshipped just as his Father. Jehovah has committed to his beloved Son the salvation of mankind, the government of the world, the judgement of mankind and fallen angels and the punishment of sinners, in order to rid the world of the effects of the fall. Jesus Christ is Jehovah’s regent in the government of the world. He has an exalted position in heaven right now at the right hand of God. He is to be revered, honoured, reverenced and worshiped with the same reverence due his Father. That’s what God decreed. Jesus Christ, as the Saviour of mankind, is the only mediator between God and men. No one can access God without gioing through him. No one can be saved without having faith in his propitiatory death for mankind.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

The Acts 10:37 That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

The Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

The Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

The Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;

The Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

The Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

The Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Acts 4:10 Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole.

The Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

The Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

The Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Now, let’s throw some more light on the divinity of Jesus Christ. As Jehovah’s only begotten Son with the same divine nature as Jehovah, Jesus Christ is also divine. His divine nature as the eternal Son of God makes him of one nature with God, and places him above every other creature, being in the same divine family with his Father. As a divine being from the same divine family as his Father, Jesus Christ is God. He has the nature or form of God and is God. This is the same way the son of a king has a royal nature and is royal. Divinity begets divinity, as humanity can only beget humanity or royalty give birth to royalty. So, by his divine origin, Christ has the nature (form or substance) of God and is divine. He is God. The Father calls him God and we all should see and address him as God. He is not Almighty God, for that title and position is reserved only for the Father, for there cannot be two Almighties, lest we become polytheistic and idolatrous. Though subordinate to the Father, the Son is God. A prince and heir to the throne is royal, though inferior to his father the king with respect to the crown. Nevertheless, the prince and heir deserves all the reverence and honour meant for the throne. As God therefore, Jesus deserves all the worship and reverence due to divinity. The Father expects all to worship the Son even as they worship him, including angels and men! Christ is subordinate to the Father, who alone is Almighty, but he also is God, under the Almighty God.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he said, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.

Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

Hebrews 1:10 And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands:

Hebrews 1:11 They shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment;

Hebrews 1:12 And as a clothing shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall not fail.

Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?

John 5:22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son:

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.

John 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you.

John 20:27 Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God.

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

In conclusion, we see that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who was begotten of the Father from eternity past, and has existed since then. He was the agency through which Jehovah created the universe, and he has remained Jehovah’s regent in sustaining the world and governing it on behalf of his Father. Being of the same divine substance as God his Father (he being in the form of God), he too is divine. He took on human nature through the incarnation, via the virgin birth, to become the saviour of mankind through his propitiatory death on the cross. He ascended to heaven after his resurrection from death, to return to the glory he had in heaven with the Father before his incarnation. He is currently sitted at the right hand of the Father, where he continues to play the role of high priest for mankind. He will come back to earth again to establish a rule of righteousness and to judge sin and restore the earth to its pre-fall state. Thereafter, he will hand over the kingdom to the Father, who will then be all in all. As God’s eternal and only begotten son, Jesus is divine and is to be honored, revered, and worshipped just as the Father. He is not a second co-equal Almighty God with Jehovah. As Jehovah’s Son, Jesus is subservient and subordinate to the Father, and derives his authority from the Father. Almighty God, the Father, is God also to Jesus Christ! Just as the son and heir of a king being reverenced and obeyed as his father doesn’t make two kings in the kingdom, the worship and reverence of Jesus as the only begotten Son and heir of the living God doesn’t mean Christianity has more than one Almighty God. Christianity is still as monotheistic as Judaism, and Jehovah remains its only Almighty God, though the eternal divine Son, Jesus Christ, is God also, and has now been so revealed to mankind, though his existence is from eternity past. Let all therefore worship and honour the Son even as they worship and honour the Father.