What Jesus Did as a Man Depicted What the Father Was Doing as God

In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we see portrayed before us what was going on the behind the scenes with God.

Jesus appeared, walked among us, died, and was raised from the dead to live forever.

Behind the scenes, God died to Himself and became incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth.  Through the resurrection, ascension, and coronation of Jesus, God regained the stature He had sacrificed on our behalf.

Christ is a type of God.  And Christ is God.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Last Will and Testament of God the Father

The Old Testament constitutes the last will and testament of God the Father.  It is the word of God, having been written by holy men in many portions and in many ways, all through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:14-15; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

In this “last will and testament” God was leaving everything He had as an inheritance to His Son (Hebrews 1:2).  Who was the Son?  It would be God Himself who would take on the role of Messiah.  As if to confirm His dying wish, a voice came from heaven over Jesus of Nazareth in the presence of His disciples: “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!”  (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35).  This angelic announcement was part of that last will and testament, and was part of the plan that had been arranged by God long before His incarnation.

Oh, the glory of the wisdom of God: to bequeath to Himself all that He had.  No one knew what He was doing at the time – each step was revealed only after He accomplished it.  He was not announced as Messiah and Lord until after He’d been raised from the dead, and He was not announced as God until the kingdom of heaven came at the Second Coming.

The last will and testament is inviolate.  The estate has been settled.  Jesus Christ has inherited all and is ruling over it eternally.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) – a perfectly reasonable statement if He is God.  And He is.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God Set His House in Order That He Might Be Raised from the Dead…Better Off

2 Samuel 17:23 says that when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he set his house in order, and died.

When Hezekiah became mortally ill, Isaiah went to him and said, “Set your house in order for you shall die.”  (2 Kings 20:1)

It is common in literature that “setting one’s house in order” is the thoughtful act of someone who knows he’s about to die.

When God saw that His counsel to Adam and Eve was not followed, He set His house in order, and prepared to die.  Of course, it took quite a while for this setting in order to occur because it took thousands of years to get to the point when He could descend to the earth undetected and live a human life as Jesus of Nazareth.  For one thing, all the Scriptures had to be written which would record the history and promises necessary for the Messiah to find His calling in them.  Moreover, God knew all along that His counsel would not be followed and His entire creation was designed to solve a problem which had existed prior to that creation (see Essays on the Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven).  God was taking His time with a plan that would have dramatic and eternal consequences for every living being.

In setting His house in order, God was not preparing for His end but rather His new beginning.  (Similarly, He has made death so for us: Everyone Is Going to Heaven).  He became the Messiah – but kept it a secret from everyone until the Second Coming revealed it.

God set His house in order…because He had His eye on a better order in the future.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Concerning Christ There Is Much to Say

Hebrews 5:11 says “Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have  become dull of hearing.”

In our age, we might put it this way: “Concerning Christ there is much to say, but it is hard to explain, because the Trinity has made Christians dull to hearing more about Christ.”

Seek Christ!

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Clear Out the Old to Make Room for the New

In 1 Corinthians 5:7 Paul invokes Leviticus 26:10 by telling the Corinthians to “clear out the old to make room for the new.”

What is the old we must clear out?  The conception of God as someone interested in circumcision, animal sacrifice, and all sorts of other cultural rules that seem out of place in our society.

What is the new for which we are making room?  The conception of God as demonstrated to us by Jesus Christ who gave generously of Himself to everyone around Him, living not for the approval of man but for the love of His fellow man, and the approval and glory of God.

One of the problems with the trinity concept is that it tries to retain the old and the new in one package.  And it just doesn’t fit.  We have to clear out the old to make room for the new.  Otherwise, we’re just inundated…and therefore confused.

Worship the new.  Worship Jesus Christ.  And become new yourself in the process.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

“They Sang a Hymn to Christ as to a God”

Ancient Roman Pliny the Younger (61 AD to 112 AD) wrote that Christians “were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god.”  That sounds right.  Christ is God.

Do you sing to Christ as God?  (Or do you sing to a trinity as God?)

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Who Begat You?

From a spiritual standpoint, who begat you?

Jesus begat you.  You were born of Him, made in His image.

How do I know this?  God created everyone.  God gave everything He made as an inheritance to Jesus (Hebrews 1:2), including all humanity (Hebrews 2:13b).  Jesus is God, having been the Creator originally and then having become the Redeemer through the Incarnation.  He never lost track of you through this process.

Turn to Him who begat you.  Be like Him!  Love Him.  Adore Him.  Live for Him.

Turn from your sin, which is to say, turn from your selfish living and live for Him who begat you.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Please the One Who Enlisted You

In 2 Timothy 2:4 Paul exhorts Timothy to please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  Of course, the one who had enlisted them both was named by Paul in the previous verse:  Jesus Christ.  Thus Jesus is the one whom we should please, not one of three whom we should please, as it were. (Trinitarians, take note.)

Have you noticed that all the instructions in the New Testament are from Jesus and not from the Father?  When the Father does speak He’s saying, “Listen to My Son!”  (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35).  As for the Holy Spirit, He never says anything on His own behalf anyway.  In the Old Testament He was speaking on behalf of the Father and beginning with the day of Pentecost, He’s been speaking on behalf of Jesus ever since.  Therefore, it should not be too much problem pleasing the one who enlisted you seeing that the Father and the Holy Spirit are telling you to do the same thing: please Jesus!

Since there’s only One to please, concentrate there.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God Is Dead; Long Live God!

You’ve heard the expression, “The king is dead; long live the king!”  It refers, of course, to the fact that the king of a country has died, and another king has taken his place.

This offers a parallel to what happened when God the Father died as King of the heavens and the earth and made Jesus Christ the new King of the heavens and the earth.  Of course, in this case each King is the same person because it was God the Father who became Jesus Christ.

All the power of God is now invested in Christ.  We should worship and serve Christ as God…because He is God.  God has transformed Himself in an entirely new presentation of Himself: Jesus Christ, Lord of all.

The King is dead; long live the King – Christ the King!

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God the Father Gave Birth to God the Son…but How?

God the Father gave birth to God the Son by becoming the Son.  That is, God gave up His life as God to live life as a human being.

As it says in Philippians 2:7, He “emptied Himself.”

God the Father became Jesus of Nazareth that He might be raised from the dead as the Son of God (Romans 1:4) so that He might become Father to all once again (2 Corinthians 6:16; Isaiah 9:6) – only this time with humans being destined for heaven at death instead of Hades (Sheol):  Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God the Father Is Who Jesus Was Before He Became Jesus

God, the Father of all creation, gave up His life as God and became Jesus of Nazareth.  Therefore, God the Father is who Jesus was before He became Jesus.  (This is part of the transformation of God that was described in yesterday’s post.)

Therefore, the God that was Father to Jesus is the God of the past.  Jesus is the God of the present and of the eternal future.  He is our Father…now and forever.  And He always was…because God the Father is who Jesus was before He became Jesus.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Transformation of God

God created the heavens and the earth.

Man sinned.

God set in motion His plan for redemption, which He had conceived even before He created the heavens and the earth.

That plan involved many elements but revolved around the calling of a man named Abram (later renamed Abraham) and the formation of his descendants into a nation whose national records would include the Scriptures (what we have come to call the Bible).

Unbeknownst to anyone, God left His throne that He might be implanted in the womb of a virgin named Mary as an embryonic human being.  He was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth.  He had a ministry in Israel that lasted approximately three years.  As Jesus of Nazareth, He relied not upon His status as God but rather upon the Scriptures which had made many wonderful promises to the descendants of Abraham, and especially to a particular descendant who would come through the line of Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and David.  Through the Scriptures Jesus of Nazareth learned many things, including the fact that He was Israel’s Messiah which meant that He was the recipient of all of those promises.  Said promises included the narrative arc that He would be rejected by His own people, killed, and then raised from the dead three days later.

After being raised from the dead, Jesus was taken up into heaven and seated at the right hand of God.  In the great coming of the kingdom of God, His true identity was revealed: He was the God who had created heaven and earth.

This transformation of God was a work so great that the prophets said it would not be believed by some even when described (Acts 13:41; Habakkuk 1:5).  And indeed today there are many even in the so-called church of God who do not believe it.  The foolish doctrine of the trinity was concocted after all the apostles had passed away precisely because those who concocted it did not realize that Jesus has fulfilled His promise to come again.

Don’t be one of those who refuse to believe in the transformation of God.  Be one of those who because he believes in the transformation of God, also comes to see the transformation of himself.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God Laid Down His Life for the Creation…That He Might Take It Up Again

Jesus is a type of God.  Therefore, what we see Jesus the human saying in John 10:11 and 18 applies to God.

Jesus was the good shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep.  No one took His life from Him.  Rather, He laid it down of His own accord.  He had authority to lay it down, and He had authority to take it up again.  All this symbolized what God Himself was in the process of doing.

God was the good shepherd of all creation.  No one took His life from Him.  Rather, He laid it down of His own accord.  He had authority to lay it down, and He had authority to take it up again.  Do you see this?

God ceased to be God so that He might become a human being named Jesus of Nazareth.  He became Jesus of Nazareth so that He might be raised from the dead to become Lord of all creation once again.  Through His resurrection, ascension, and Second Coming, Jesus Christ became the God of all creation.  This Jesus Christ is the same as the God who had preceded Him.  God is one.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Treat Jesus Christ as if He’s God Almighty…Because He Is

Regard Jesus Christ as if He were God Almighty…because He is God Almighty!

The reason there aren’t more people acting like Jesus in the world today is because there aren’t more people regarding Him as God.

He was certainly the sacrifice for our sins, but if that’s all He is to you then you are probably living the same way you used to.  Fall on your knees and truly worship Jesus and you will repent of your sins and live more like Him.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

There Is No God But the Son of God

There is no God but the Son of God.  Let us worship Him with reverence (Psalm 2:11), and do homage to Him lest we fall under the judgment of our own sins (Psalm 2:12).

God the Father ceased to be…that He might become the Son of God for our sake.  Thus, the Son of God is our Father.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Jesus Is Lord and Father, and the Holy Spirit Is Our Connection to Him

The Lord was known by many names in the Old Testament – including Shepherd (Psalm 23:1), Teacher (Isaiah 30:20), Leader (Isaiah 55:4), and so on.  Among His many names was also “Father.”  See Psalm 103:13; Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; and Malachi 1:6.  Thus when Jesus was made Lord (Acts 2:34-36 quoting Psalm 110:1), He inherited the names Shepherd, Teacher, Leader, and all the rest – including Father.

Of course, Jesus was perhaps most notably prophesied to be Father by Isaiah 9:6 – the same verse that calls Him Prince of Peace.  For some reason, trinitarians rejoice at calling Him Prince of Peace but recoil at calling Him Father.  By contrast, Isaiah had no such problem.

Therefore, Jesus is Lord and Father to us, and the Holy Spirit is our connection to Him.

The Holy Spirit was the gift of God to the righteous under the old covenant, and He is the gift of Christ under the new covenant.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

“The Lord” in the Old Testament Is “the Lord Jesus Christ” to Us

“The Lord” in the Old Testament means to us today “the Lord Jesus Christ.”  This was not immediately in  view when the documents were written.  This is because their original context was the nation of ancient Israel, the physical descendants of Abraham.  “The Lord” to them was the One who had spoken to, and befriended, their ancestor Abraham.

However, Jesus of Nazareth, being a descendant of Abraham Himself, inherited all the promises of God and rose from the dead to become Lord of heaven.  As such, He inherits all the Old Testament promises and prophecies regarding “the Lord.”  From that time forward, He Himself would be “the Lord.”  For this reason, Peter on the day of Pentecost declared that Jesus was the name of “the Lord” (Acts 2:21, 38-40), and Paul called the coming day of the Lord “the day of Christ” (Phil 1:10; 2:16).

God became Jesus of Nazareth that He might personalize the Scriptures to us, that He might make Himself ever so much more understandable than He otherwise would have been.  For this reason let us look all the more for Jesus in the Scriptures, and truly let Him be Lord to us.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Trinity Divorces Jesus from Too Many Scriptures

If the trinity doctrine divorced Jesus from even one scripture, it would be worthy of condemnation.  How much more when it divorces Jesus from many scriptures!

For example, all references to “the Lord” in the Psalms have been intended to refer to Jesus ever since He was made Lord when He was seated at the right hand of God according to Psalm 110 and as verified in Acts 2:34-36.  Yet trinitarians so often teach that references to “the Lord” in the Psalms are references to “the triune God,” or sometimes “the Father” as distinguished from Jesus.  This robs these scriptures of the meaning God has given them through Christ.  Such teaching recalls Jesus’ words about the religious leaders who didn’t enter the kingdom of God themselves, nor did they allow others who were entering to go in (Matthew 23:13).  Such leaders shut off the kingdom of God from people by restricting the meaning that Jesus gives Scripture by virtue of His resurrection and His lordship.

Wherever in Scripture a trinitarian sees the trinity, you can be sure it’s a place where our Lord Christ is being obscured.

When Jesus is separated from the scriptures, His life becomes less relevant to us – something so grandiose and ethereal that we wouldn’t think about imitating it.  Yet imitation was uppermost in God’s mind when He came to live as one of us.  If He didn’t intend to inspire imitation, what did He intend?

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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All Things Are Open and Laid Bare to the Eyes of Jesus

Hebrews 4:13 says that “all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”  Who is “Him”?  Who could it be but Jesus our Redeemer, without whom we have no place in God at all!

(If the verse had referred to the trinity then it would have said “them” instead of “Him” since all persons have eyes.)

Therefore, “the eyes of  Him with whom we have to do” are the eyes of Him who turned the other cheek when being slapped, who did not revile in return when being reviled, who did not complain when His life and dignity were stripped unfairly from Him.

This is the One who eyes are watching us.  We must never give Him less than our best, for this One surely never gave us less than His best.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

There Is No Other Lord But the Son of God

Jesus was declared “the Son of God” with power by His resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).

He was declared “Lord” with power when He was seated at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:34-36).

He was declared “Mighty God” and “Eternal Father” with power when He came in glory with His holy angels (Matthew 24:30-31).

Truly the Son of God has inherited all things from His Father (Hebrews 1:2; Isaiah 22:24).  And He was the One who gave Himself the inheritance.

There is no Lord but the Son of God.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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There Is No Other Lord But This One

Jesus is the only Lord.  There is no other Lord but He.

There was a time when we were uncertain about Jesus’ identity.  The gospels portray Him as a human being, and without any doubt He clearly was.  But He was more.  And  revealing His identity as God was what the Second Coming was all about – revealing that Jesus had been God in the flesh.

Since this is the case, let’s be done with vain imaginings like the trinity which postulates a three-headed god.  Rather let us bow our knees to the one name that is above all names: Jesus Christ our Lord (Philippians 2:9-11).

Obey Him.  Imitate Him.  We can only do this by living a life of repentance towards Him.  Do not fear, however: He will forgive us (Psalm 130:4; 1 John 1:9).

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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This Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 begins speaking of the Lord who is “my shepherd.”  Who is this Lord?  It is Jesus of Nazareth, raised from the dead, never to die again – son of David, Son of God.

God intended that this psalm be personalized between you and Him.  If you can’t see the resurrected Jesus as the only rightful recipient of your praise in this psalm, you are not reading it rightly.  God became Jesus of Nazareth that your perception of His character might be accurate.

Christ is Lord!  Let us follow our Shepherd, forsaking our sin and living for His glory.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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This Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Psalm 27 begins speaking of the Lord who is “my light and my salvation.”  Who is this Lord?  It is Jesus of Nazareth, raised from the dead eternal – son of David, Son of God.

God intended that this psalm be personalized between you and Him.  If you can’t see the resurrected Jesus as the only rightful recipient of your praise in this psalm, then you are not reading it rightly.  God became Jesus of Nazareth that your perception of His character might be accurate.

Christ is Lord!  Let us live in His light, forsaking our sin and living for His glory.

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Who Is the Lord?

When you read the Bible and you come across a verse that reads “the Lord,” to whom does it refer?  It refers to He who was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9; Micah 2:13), He who was the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5).  This was anticipated by Jesus in Matthew 22:41-46, and declared as accomplished by Peter in Acts 2:34-36, though it had been a mystery hidden in God until that time (Romans 16:25-27).

We live in the day of Christ Jesus which was prophesied by Paul (Philippians 1:6).  Do not be like Pharaoh who claimed insufficient knowledge of the Lord to obey Him (Exodus 5:2).  Jesus is Lord!

See also Reading Psalm 1 in Light of Jesus and His Kingdom – Part 1 of 2.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Jesus Demonstrated the Dependability of the Scriptures

When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, a voice came from heaven and declared, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17).  Immediately thereafter Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.  Jesus knew He would be so tempted  because Satan always comes to take away any word of God which is sown (Mark 4:15) – how much more so profound a word as this!

The wilderness gave Jesus the opportunity to focus on resisting the temptation without distraction.  As His chief form of resistance, Jesus relied not on Himself, not on His memory of the voice from heaven, and certainly not on the testimony of His contemporaries – rather, He relied on the Scriptures, quoting specific, relevant passages in response to each tempting offer Satan made (Matthew 4:1-11).

Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus continued to rely upon the written word of God for His direction (Matthew 26:54).  Afterwards, even His disciples recognized that He had been following the paths carved out by the writings of Moses and all the prophets that followed (John 12:16).  Of course, His disciples had help in this regard because after He was raised from the dead, Jesus explained to them all the things concerning Himself in the sacred writings (Luke 24:25-27; 44-48).  The disciples then realized that Jesus had been following a predetermined plan (Acts 2:23) which had been written well in advance (Acts 3:22-24).

Given all the dependence Jesus showed on the Scriptures, should we entertain any doubts about trusting their relevance or reliability?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The New Testament Church was Shiloh – The Church Afterward Was Ichabod

Jeremiah warned the people of God about their laxity regarding sin by invoking the lesson of Shiloh (Jeremiah 7).

In earlier times, the ark of God rested in Shiloh but the people of Israel ignored the laws handed down to them by Moses.  They kept up a certain amount of ritual, but tolerated corruption in those who represented them before the Lord (1 Samuel 2:27-34).  God withdrew Israel’s protection and the ark of the covenant was taken from Shiloh by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:16-22).

This foreshadowed the experience of the New Testament church.  As the early church grew, it became lax in its zeal for righteousness.  Its leaders gave in to the corruption that so often comes with power.  By no means was everyone in the church corrupt.  When the Lord came, He plucked out those whose hearts were true to Him and gave them His light in their hearts to guide them.  The rest were left in their darkness to continue in the institutionalization of the church.  For this reason it is Ichabod (that is, “the glory has departed” – 1 Samuel 4:21-22).

Thus you may think of the church as Ichabod ever since.  Yes, the light of Jesus flickers here and their through church history whenever and wherever His word is preached.  However, it never takes long for the forces of corruption to infect such movements and siphon off their energy as they attempt to institutionalize that which cannot ever be put under the control of men: the Spirit of God.

What are we to do?  Seek the Kingdom of God Instead of Church!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Apostles Were Mighty Men of David

If David was a type of Christ (and he surely was), then his “mighty men” were types of the apostles.

The mighty men of David, who made Him strong in His kingdom, were enumerated in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.  These stalwart men gave David strong support in his kingdom.

Certainly, the apostles gave strong support to Christ as He prepared for His kingdom.  Through the sacrifice of their lives we have the New Testament, in which (combined with the Old Testament) are the keys to that kingdom.

Christ is reigning as king now.  Will you be a mighty man to give Him strong support in that kingdom?  Or are you one of those who says there is no king in Israel and everyone should do what is right in His own eyes?  (Judges 21:25)

The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Antigod Is Not the Problem – Antichrist Is

John warned of the spirit of antichrist (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).  He did not warn of the spirit of antigod.  Why is this?

John made the answer clear.  He said that anyone who did not stick with the teaching of Christ would not have God (2 John 1:9).  Did you catch that?  He who has Christ receives God.  He who passes by Christ to get to God does not get there.

John also said that he who has the Son has the life and he who didn’t have the Son didn’t have the life (1 John 5:12).  John’s point was that God has given us eternal life and that this life is in His Son (1 John 5:11).

Satan’s strategy in this age is to go against Christ…because that’s where God is.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

If the Lord Has Come, He is Here!

If the Lord has come, and He has (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again), then He is here in our midst.

If He is here in our midst, why do we act as if He is not?

Why do we sin as if it doesn’t matter?  Why do we get angry?  Why do we fret and fume?  Why do we entertain thoughts in our minds that we would be ashamed for anyone else to see?

Seeking the kingdom of God means forsaking our sins and imitating His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Let us, today and always, practice the presence of Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

When Did Christ Leave the Church?

Christ left the church when He came in the glory of His kingdom (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).

The apostles saw the church as a means of preparing people for the coming of the kingdom of God.  Once the kingdom came, that time of preparation was over.  The perfect had come, the partial could be abandoned (1 Corinthians 13:10).

Jesus still attends the faithful preaching of His word – whether in a church or out of it.  Wherever and whenever someone believes, He sends His Holy Spirit.  But He is no longer adding believers to the church – He is seeking believers for His kingdom.  This means He is seeking those who will remain true to Him and Him alone.

Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is

How to Be in the One True Church

P.S. When did Christ leave His word?  Christ never leaves His word.  His word endures forever.  That’s why whenever Christ is proclaimed – even in the church – people who believe it are saved.  Christ is true to His word, and His kingdom will never end.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

A Deterioration from Prophets to Attendees

Christianity began as a mass movement of prophets.  Within a generation, it became far less – from a visible and organizational point of view, that is.

Moses had longed to see a day when all of God’s people would receive the Holy Spirit and, as a result, prophesy (Numbers 11:29).  The first day of Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection was just such a day (Acts 2).  This outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all believers continued throughout New Testament times, and prophecy was a mark of the meetings of believers (1 Corinthians 14:31).

However, as the movement grew, corruption set in.  Jesus had predicted there would be tares in the midst of the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30).  For this reason all the apostles were alerted that there would be apostasy in the church before their generation passed away (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).  And indeed some of the apostles lived long enough to bear witness to that apostasy (1 John 2:18).  “The great harvest” of the Second Coming was when the wheat would be separated from the tares (Matthew 13:30).  And indeed that harvest was reaped.

At this point, the Holy Spirit was taken from the church (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7) and all that was left were meeting attendees.  This is what Jeremiah prophesied when he spoke of Shiloh (Jeremiah 7:12), which was the scene of Israel’s loss of the ark of the covenant (1 Samuel 4), for which the name Ichabod was coined (meaning “the glory has departed”).

Thus what began as a mass movement of prophets ended up as a system of synagogue attendance (synagogues being renamed “churches”).

Fear not, however, because the Lord’s torch has always been kept burning by those who believe in Him.  His Holy Spirit cannot be institutionalized, but will seek out and find all those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.

We must repent of our sins and live holy lives if we are to know the fullness of the presence of the Lord.  This has nothing to do with church or even other people.  It has everything to do with your own personal piety in the sight of the One who see everything.  Live for Him and you will find life.

For more, see Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.