By Kenneth Allan Clark.
Copyright 2004 by Kenneth Allan Clark.
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The purpose of this book is help believers and non-believers understand two of the most basic foundational truths of the Christian faith. 1: there is only One God, The Holy Trinity. 2: the Deity of Jesus Christ. These are two truths that our enemy the devil is very actively attacking at this time.
By revealing the truth and preaching the truth,
1: We bring release to those who are blinded and held captive by the lies of the devil.
2: We bring comfort and peace of mind to those who have already been snatched from the kingdom of darkness, who in their heart may believe, but their mind many may still remain troubled and confused as to what is truth.
3: We proof the saints against the lies of the devil.
This book is not meant to be an exhaustive study of God the Holy Trinity or of The Deity of Jesus Christ. There are already more than enough exhaustive studies available written by others far more gifted than I in this area. My gifting is more in the area of explaining Biblical truths in a way that Christians who are young in the faith can understand, even in a way that those outside of the faith, who are seeking truth, can understand.
Author Kenneth A. Clark.
Today under the heading of what the world calls Christianity there are many denominations and independent churches, most of which hold to a belief in what we call the basic fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. However there are also a few denominations and independent churches that call themselves Christian churches that do not hold to all the basic fundamental Christian beliefs. Christians that hold all the basic fundamental beliefs usually refer to those churches that do not hold to all these beliefs as a cult. Also Christians do not usually consider the members of these cults to be Christians. Among the most commonly challenged basic fundamental truths are 1: The Holy Trinity, the One and Only God: and 2: the divinity of Jesus Christ.
Although there are others, two of the most well known churches that Christians call cults, (because they do not believe one or both of these truths) are The Mormons and The Jehovah Witnesses. Some members of these churches may say, “Yes! We do believe in The Holy Trinity.” And “Yes! We do believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ,” but what they believe falls far short of the basic fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith.
Although we as Christians “do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12), at times these battles do spill out into our natural world. At such times it is not unusual for others to ask, “Why can’t the Christians simply accept these cults like they accept all other Christian churches? After all you are all follows of Jesus Christ, aren’t you?”
To answer this questions we need to go back to very beginnings of the Christian faith as found in the Jewish Bible. Why? Because at the beginning of the Church age the followers of Jesus Christ considered themselves to be Jews. The Jewish Bible was their Bible and they preached that Jesus Christ was the long promised Messiah from the Jewish Bible (What we now call the Old Testament). The early followers of Jesus Christ never denied that they were Jews, but to make a difference between those Jews who believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah and those who did not believe, early Christians called themselves believers. It was not until later when non-Jews began to enter the Church in large numbers, that believers were first called Christians.
But what do we believe? Firstly, we believe that there is only one God. There is no other like Him. There never has been any other like Him, nor shall there ever be any other like Him. Secondly, although we believe that here is only One God, we also believe that God consist of three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. When we call God the Holy Trinity, we have in mind that God is both the One and only God and God is three persons; which is a truth most non-Christians struggle to understand.
They ask, “How can, one being be three persons?” Sometimes the key to understanding deep spiritual truths are not found in human logic but in child like faith. First we choose to believe, then God the Father through God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will give to us understanding of the secrets of the kingdom of God.
Mark 10:15 Surely I say unto you, Who ever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall by no means enter into it.
How do I begin to teach children about The Holy Trinity, the truth that God is one being yet three persons? First, I pray that God will give to you the understanding of the secrets of the kingdom. Secondly, I draw a picture of a ship at sea, with a few icebergs in the sea and a few clouds in the sky. Then I ask them how many things are surrounding the ship? Most pointing to the sea, the ice and the clouds, will answer three. I then ask, “Are sure there are three? Are not the clouds, the sea, and the ice all one thing, water? So the sea, the clouds and the ice are three, but they are also one.”
Now you all know that in many ways water is nothing like God. God can love, think, see, talk to us, be happy, be sad, be joyful and many other things that water cannot be or do. So we can say in some ways God is like water and water is like God, but in other ways God is nothing like water and water is nothing like God.
Is God like man? After all did not God say, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”(Gen. 1:26)? Man like water, is in many ways like God, but in many ways man is not like God. What about the three in one nature of God and the three in one nature of man? Even in this we can say that man is like God, but man is not like God. We call the three in one nature of God, The Holy Trinity, while we call the three in one nature of man a trichotomy.
First let us look at the three in one nature of man.
When God created man, God formed man by bringing two substances together and miraculously bringing into being a third, the soul of man within the body of the other two. God did this by taking some dust of the earth to make man’s body; then God breathed into that body of dust, in so doing implanting into man a spirit. While at the same time man miraculously became a living soul (Gen 2:7). So man is a soul who lives in a body of dust and has a spirit that comes from God. God having first brought together the three parts of man, God can also separate the three parts of man. This happens when God withdraws His Spirit from man to Himself. At that time the body begins to return to the dust from which it came, while man’s being (his soul) is carried away by the angels to man’s long home (Job 34:14; Ecc 12:5 & 7; Luke 7:22).
Although the Bible refers to man as consisting of body, soul and spirit, the Bible never refers to man as consisting of three beings or three persons. The only part of man the Bible ever refers to as a living being or person is the soul of man.
The three in one nature of God.
Whereas man has a beginning, and in that beginning God formed and created man by bringing three substances (or essences) together, God has no beginning. God has always been, is and will always consist of one essence (or substance). God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are One. God cannot be divided into three separate parts or three separate beings. Never the less, God is three persons, and the Bible does refer to each member of the Godhead (The Holy Trinity) as a person (John 14:15 – 24).
If we go back to our picture of water, we can see the sea, the ice and the clouds, which we know consist of one substance or essence. We can see three separate manifestations of water, yet these three manifestations of water are not separated. For in the air between the three manifestations of water, there is water in the form of moisture (moisture that we often cannot see) that holds this great body of water around the world together as one body. Not as one being, but as one indivisible substance that surrounds the whole world; a substance that can be manifested in many forms, in many places, all at the same time.
God like water consist of one substance or essence, One God that cannot be divided and in an unseen form God covers the whole world. God like water can also be manifested to mankind in many forms in many places throughout the world, all at the same time. But unlike water, God is a living being who consist of three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
I repeat, Man is like God, yet man is not like God. Water is like God, yet water is not like God. But in both Man and water, there are likenesses with God that can help us understand what God is like.
Names of God.
In the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, God uses many names to describe Himself. Two of the most common ones translated into English as God are:
1: El, meaning Mighty One. The name El is used to emphasize the oneness of God.
2: Elohim, meaning God, gods or objects of worship. Elohim is not only used more than any other word to describe God; it is also used more than any other word to describe the many pagan gods. The name Elohim is used to emphasize the plural nature of God.
Strictly speaking God has only one name, Jehovah. While the other names of God describe who He is. Example, We can read God Jehovah, as Jehovah is God. In the same way we can read Jesus Christ, as Jesus is the Christ. There are two main Hebrew words that can be translated as Jehovah.
1: Yahweh, which is read by the Jews as elohim (the plural word for God and pagan gods).
2: Adonai, meaning my Lords, which also emphasizes the plural nature of God. Both of these words are usually translated into our modern English Bibles as the LORD God. (See The New Bible Dictionary and Young’s Concordance.) However the Jehovah Witness Bibles usually translate both these words as Jehovah. The Jews believed that the name Yahweh was too holy to write down or say. So they would only write down the letters YHWH and when they read the scriptures they would read it as elohim.
Many ask, “If the name of God is Jehovah, why don’t we call God Jehovah?” To this I would answer; God has many names. The Jews, who knew they were the children of God, called God by many names, but this one name, the name Jehovah they believed it was so Holy, they would not use it. Why? I don’t know. I only know that just as my Father in the sky is known by many names, my earthly father was also known by many names. But on most occasions there was only one name that I was allowed to call my earthly father. To my brothers, my sister and I, he was Dad, and we were the only ones who were allowed to call him either father or Dad. Sometimes when talking about my Dad to others we would call him father or Mr. Clark.
Then my earthly father, like my Father in the sky also had a given name. His given name was Albert. Although others often called my Dad, Albert, you could say to my brothers, my sister and I, Dad’s name of Albert was so special and holy, that we his children were never allowed to call our Dad, Albert, accept on very rare and special occasions. If we ever dared to call our Dad, Albert on any other occasion, we could expect the wrath of Dad to come upon us.
As a child of God, God my Father expects me to call Him Father whenever I talk to Him. When I’m praising Him or telling others about Him, I use many of His other names that describe Him. But do I ever call God my Father, Jehovah? My natural father’s personal name was Albert, but I rarely ever called my Dad, Albert. God my Father’s personal name is Jehovah, but I rarely ever call God my Father, Jehovah. Jesus Christ taught us to pray, “Our Father in the sky.” If you really believe that God objects to you calling Him Father, and that He expects you to call Him Jehovah. Then either you are not a child of God or you have rejected God as your Father, and no longer have the right to call God Father.
It is of interest to note, that Isaiah (63:16 & 64:8) acknowledges God as our Father, as does Jeremiah (3:4). Then in Jeremiah chapter 3:19, God rebukes the Jews for not calling Him Father. And just before Jesus Christ called a group of Jews, the children of the devil (John 8:44), the Jews said, “We have only one Father – God.”
The Holy Trinity in the Bible.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God brooded like a bird upon the face of the waters.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In John 1:1 We are not only told that the Word (Jesus Christ) was with God, we are also told that He was God.
The Hebrew word used in Genesis chapter 1 verses 1 and 2 is elonhim, the plural name for God and gods. So right at the beginning of God’s word, God uses a plural name to describe Himself. Also right at the beginning we find that not only was God the Father and Word (God the Son) present, but also the Holy Spirit who was moving over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:26 And God said; “Let Us make man, in Our image, after Our likeness - - - - - - - - - - -27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Again in verses 26 & 27 it is the plural name for God that is used. Also in verse 26 God uses the plural nouns ‘Us’ and ‘Our’ to describe Himself, while in verse 27 God uses the singular noun ‘Own’ to describe Himself. So here God is referring to Himself as both one and more than one.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
The Hebrew words translated here as LORD, God and LORD are, Yahweh, Elohim and Yahweh. So it would not be incorrect to translate this verse as, “Jehovah our Gods is one Jehovah.”
Isaiah 44:6 This says LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God.
In this verse, the Hebrew word Yahweh is twice translated as the LORD; so it would not be incorrect to translate this into English as the LORD JEHOVAH. In so doing, what this verse is saying becomes much more clearer.
“Thus says the LORD JEHOVAH, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer LORD JEHOVAH, Lord of the hosts.”
Clearly, we have two people speaking. 1: THE LORD JEHOVAH, who is the king of Israel. 2: We have THE LORD JEHOVAH, who is THE LORD JEHOVAH’S Redeemer? We have two persons speaking and they both have the same name, they are both THE LORD JEHOVAH, and their message to us is “I am the First and the Last; beside Me there is no God.
In other words, both “the LORD, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the LORD of hosts,” are saying, “besides Me there is no God. As God never lies, this means that both persons are the one and only God.
Among the other evidence we have in the Old Testament for the Holy Trinity, is God Jehovah’s appearing to Abraham, just before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as three men (Genesis 18:1 & 2): Then (in verses 16 – 20) God Jehovah, says that He Himself will go down to Sodom and then He will know if the outcry against Sodom is true or not. So God Jehovah Himself goes down to look at Sodom. How does God Jehovah go down to Sodom? God Jehovah goes down in the form of two men (also called angels in chapter 19) while the third of these three men, who appeared to Abraham, remains before Abraham, and this man is also called God Jehovah. If God did not want us to believe that He was One God but three persons, why would God manifest Himself to Abraham as three persons?
THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST.
Jesus Christ is God.
Mankind, right back to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, was promised a coming Saviour who would deliver mankind from Satan and the law of sin and death. As time went on, God revealed that this coming Saviour will not only be The Son of Man, but He will also be God Himself come to earth in the flesh. One of the ways that God reveals this to us is through the names that God calls our Saviour.
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Look and see, a virgin shall conceive and give birth to a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (“God with us.” Matt 1:23)
God Himself has promised us that He would give us a sign and this would be the sign; a virgin (a woman who had never lain down with a man) shall conceive and give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “God with us.”
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Jesus is the personal name of our Saviour, while Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace are names that God uses to describe who Jesus Christ is. Jesus Christ is Wonderful, He is my Counselor and He is the Prince of Peace. But God went way beyond that and calls Him, Mighty God. God alone is the one and only Mighty God, and God calls Jesus Christ, Mighty God. Jesus Christ is the All Mighty God, come to earth in the flesh. God also calls Jesus Christ, Everlasting Father. Again, there is only one Everlasting Father, who is none other than God Himself who is from everlasting to everlasting.
In Matthew 23: 9 Jesus says, “Do not call anybody on earth your father; for One is your Father, who is in the sky.” Other than our natural father, the only other person who we are to call father is God our Father who is in sky. Yet God called Jesus Christ Everlasting Father. Why? Because they are both the One and only Mighty God.
There is only one God and there is no other like Him.
Isaiah the prophet heard the Word of The Lord our God in the days before the fall of Judah and Jerusalem in 586 B.C. At that time, many of the Jews had turned from God to the worship of idols. In the book of Isaiah (among other things) God rebukes the Jews for worshiping other gods (that are not really gods at all, but idols made from wood and rock); telling them over and over that He is the One and only God. From Isaiah 44:6 to 46:9; nine times we are told that there is no God apart from God, there is none like God.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there no other, there is no God beside me: I girded you, though you have not known me:
In chapter 44 God rebukes the Jews because they are worshiping other gods, and because of this sin, the Jews are about to be taken in to captivity. Then in Isaiah 45:5 God says, “I am the LORD, and there is no other, there is no God besides Me.” The word we translate as God here is elohim, the plural name used to describe both God and the many pagan gods. God is not just saying there is no God (big G) besides Him, He is also saying that no god (little g) besides Him. We cannot say that God is the only big G God and that Jesus Christ is only a little g god. The Jews are about to be taken in to captivity because they worshiped many gods. The Jews had been worshiping many gods, and God is saying No! I am the only God, there is on other (big G) God besides Me, there is no other (little g) god or gods besides Me.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Jesus is not just another (big G) God or another (little g) god, for there is only One God. To say that Jesus is another God or god cuts right through the teachings of the Old Testament, but to say God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are One God, is to agree perfectly with The Old Testament.
God is the first and the last.
Isaiah writes the words of God,
“I, the LORD, am the first; and with the last I am he” (41:4). “Understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no saviour” (43:10 – 11).
Before the beginning of time there was no one but God, He is the first and the last, and not only is there no other God besides God, there is no saviour other than God. But God the Son also (three times in Revelation chapter 1) claims to be the first and the last.
The Holy Trinity, God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were the first. All three existed as One Being and as One God, all shearing in the same power and glory before there was any other living being or anything else.
They are still all One, and if it were possible for all things to come to an end and disappear, (which it is not, because God has promised the righteous eternal life) God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit would still be here, and they would still be One God and three persons. God is the first and the last. Jesus Christ is the first and the last, because He is God.
THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
The right to become the children of God.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John, begins
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him nothing that was made, was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The Word is Jesus Christ, who in the beginning was not only with God He was God. In Jesus is life, and in the life of Jesus Christ is the light of men, light that shows men the way to God. But darkness cannot comprehend this. Who is darkness? Fallen mankind without God is darkness. Darkness, fallen man, cannot comprehend that Jesus Christ is both God and the way to God. A veil of darkness remains over the eyes of fallen man that the light of Word cannot penetrate. For this reason we need help from someone to find our way to God, someone who can comprehend God and God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, someone who contains the light of Christ within them, who can be that light of Christ who can show those in darkness the way to God through Jesus Christ. Someone who will proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to those who are in darkness, to those who are poor, poor because they do not know God or God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
So it was that God sent John the Baptist to preach the good news to the poor. What was the good news that John preached? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, He preached the coming of the Christ (God’s anointed Saviour), he preached that while he baptised in water, the Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire, and he preached the final judgement upon all who fail to believe and repent.
Note: Repentance is to turn from sin to righteousness; repentance is turning from a life of pleasing yourself, to a life of pleasing God; repentance is choosing that from now on you will live your life according to God’s will and not your own.
The preaching of the good news (the gospel).
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness of the Light (the coming of Jesus Christ) that all men through him might believe.
(Words in brackets added.)
Paul writes, “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)
The message that John and Paul preached 2,000 years ago, and the message I preach today, is foolishness to the people of the world, for their eyes are veiled in darkness and they cannot comprehend the truth. The truth that God himself came to earth as a man, to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of mankind and rise from the dead on the third day, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in the name of Jesus Christ to all nations (Luke 24:47) is foolishness to them.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which enlightens every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the authority (or the right) to become the children of God, to them that believe in his name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we have looked closely at his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John testified of him, and cried out saying; this is he of whom I spake, He that comes after me, is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace.
We can rightly paraphrase verses 8 to 13 as:
John 1:8 John the Baptist was not the Light, Jesus Christ is the Light, but John was sent to bear witness of Jesus Christ 9 who was the true Light to every man was coming into the world of mankind. 10 Jesus Christ was in the world of mankind, and although mankind was made through Him, mankind did not know Jesus (who was with God in the beginning and is God [verse 1]). 11 Jesus Christ came to His own people (the Jews), and the Jews did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him (as God come to earth in the flesh), to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to all who believe in His name 13 Children who were born, not of blood, nor of flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.
As many as receive Jesus Christ as God come to earth in the flesh, to them God has given the right to become the children of God. This promise is to all who believe in His name. Luke writes “repentance and remission (the forgiveness of sins) shall be preached in His name to all nations (Luke 24:47).”
Believe in His name. According to the Gospel of John, the name or the names of Jesus that we are to believe in are.
1 The Word (John 1:1 & 12).
2 The Son of God & The King of Israel (John 1:49 – 50).
3 The Son of Man (John 3:14 – 15).
4 The only begotten Son of God (John 3:16 – 18 & 36).
5 The Christ, The Saviour of the world (John 4:41 – 42).
6 The Son (John 6:29 & 40).
7 The Christ, the Son of the living God (John 6:69; & 11:26 – 27).
8 My Lord and my God (John 20:27 – 29).
9 The Christ, The Son of God (John 20:30 – 31).
The Gospel of John starts with the declaration that Jesus Christ was not only with God in the beginning, but that He is God and that he who receives Him and believes in His name will receive the right to become a child of God. Then after giving us many other names of Jesus Christ that we are to believe in, The Gospel of John, all but ends with Thomas declaring that Jesus Christ is both his Lord and his God.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 Truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; 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.
How to identify a deceiver and an anti-christ.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John begins with the declaration that the Word (Jesus Christ) was with God in the beginning and that the Word was God (John 1:1). Then goes on to declare that the Word (Jesus Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). To John, the starting point of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that Jesus Christ is God, and that He (God) became flesh and dwelt among men.
John was later to write in
2 John 7 For many deceivers have entered into the world, who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
John taught that Jesus Christ was God come to earth in the flesh. This is the solid foundation of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Anybody that does not teach this doctrine is a deceiver and an anti- christ.
2 John 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have toiled, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
Look to yourselves. It is not just sound doctrine that protects you from wrong teaching, but your own personal daily reading of and study of the Bible. In Acts 17:11, Paul commends the Bereans not because they believed his teachings, but because they examined the Scriptures to check his teachings against the word of God, then they believed the Scriptures.
If we make it our practice to daily read and study the Scriptures, and also like the Bereans check against the Scriptures all things we are taught, we will not lose those things which we have toiled, but that we receive a full reward.
2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
Putting it in other words. He who does not believe that Jesus Christ is God come to earth in the flesh or does not accept Jesus Christ as both their Lord and God, does not have God. While he who both believes and accepts Jesus Christ as both his Lord and his God, has both the Father and the Son.
2 John 10 If anyone comes unto you, and brings not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither greet him or bless him: 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
Note: the Greek word translated as ‘greet’ in these two verses is ‘chairo’. This word is translated in the King James Version as ‘God speed’. Basically this word means to declare a blessing or God’s blessing upon someone.
If anyone one comes to you sharing a doctrine that denies that Jesus Christ is God who came to earth in the flesh, they are committing an evil deed. We are not to welcome them into our home, nor are we to declare a blessing upon them, for if we do we are sharing in their evil deeds.
What of those who have either read God’s word or have heard the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, yet they will not believe or receive Jesus Christ as God who came to earth in the flesh? Answer; Jesus spoke to a group of Jews who would not believe or receive Him as God who came to earth in the flesh and Jesus calls them children of the devil (John 8:44).
To receive and believe that Jesus Christ is God who came to earth in the flesh, gives you the right to become a child of God. To have read God’s word (even if it’s only the Old testament) or to have heard of Jesus Christ claim to be God who came to earth in the flesh and then you choose to reject Him as your Lord and God, makes you a child of the devil in that you choose remain bound and captive to the will of Satan.
You have the choice, either you publicly acknowledging Jesus Christ as both your Lord and God, and you will be saved and born again as a child of God into the kingdom of God. Or you choose not to; in which case you will remain held in captivity by Satan and the powers of darkness. Not to choose one way or the other, is to choose to reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
There are others who believe, yet they either reject or deny Jesus Christ as their Lord and God before man. Some because they fear men more than God, others because they love the pleasures of this world more than the eternal rewards that God gives to His children, while other are ashamed of Jesus and His words.
To these people Jesus Christ says
Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, whosoever shall acknowledge me before men, him shall the Son of man also acknowledge before the angels of God: 9 But he that denies me before men I shall disown before the angels of God.
Mark 8:38 Therefore, whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
When our earthly body dies, it is the angels of God who take us either to paradise or the pit of Hell. If we are still alive at the time the resurrection from the dead, it is the angels of God who either take us to meet with Jesus Christ or cast us into the lake of fire.
Our eternal salvation can very much depend on whether we will acknowledge or deny Jesus Christ has our Lord and God before men. Thankfully Jesus Christ is only too willing to forgive us. Peter denied Jesus Christ before men three times, but when he repented Jesus accepted him back into the fold and soon Peter was boldly acknowledging Jesus Christ before men.
BOLDLY DECLARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
Reaching out to a lost world with the love of God.
As believers in Jesus Christ we are all called to preach the good news boldly to all people of all nations, for God has given us all the ministry of reconciliation to reconcile people of all nations back to God (Mark 16:15; 2 Cor. 5: 17 - 21). Whether it is reaching out to our neighbors or to our enemies, God’s word is very clear; we are to love them as our selves. (Lev 19:18 & Luke 6:35) By love, God means that we are to do good to our neighbours (even if they are our enemy), not expecting anything back from them in return.
There are times when our neighbours and our enemies need our help just to get through the trails of today, but beyond that their eternal souls need to be redeemed (saved) from the pit of hell. They need to know that God loves them and that God in His love and mercy has provided a way by which they can be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If you believe in the Son of God, you will not be condemned for your sins. But if you do not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, you are already condemned.
John 20:29 Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
What did Thomas believe? He believed that Jesus Christ was God come to earth in the flesh, and that God Himself died for the sins of all mankind and then on the third day came back to life and rose from the grave. Seeing the resurrected Christ, Thomas believed and received Jesus, declaring “My Lord and my God.” In so doing Thomas fulfilled the conditions given (in John 1:12) for receiving the right to become a child of God. To which Jesus Christ replies, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.”
John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.
If you want to know more about how you can be taken out of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of God, and be born again has a child of God? Then take the three following steps.
Step 1: Repent, turn from pleasing yourself and living your life according to your own will, and choose that from now on you will live your life to please God and according to His will.
Step 2: Fall on your knees before God, and pray this prayer aloud, “Father God, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, I admit that I have sinned by not living my life to please you, nor have I lived my life according to your will. Please forgive me, please accept me and make me your child, deliver me from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ. Father please protect and guide me. Father I love you and I love your word, please teach me to love You, to love Your word and to love Your ways even more, in Jesus name amen.”
Congratulations! If you have just prayed this prayer aloud and meant it, you are now a child of God, and He has now delivered you from out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. Regardless whether you feel any different or not, you are different and both yourself and others will notice a big change in your life as you continue to grow up as a child of God into a nature man or woman of God.
Step 3: Find a Christian church that believes in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus Christ is God come to earth in the flesh, to suffer and die for your sins so that all who receive Him as their Lord and Savour and believe in His name may have eternal life. Ask them to baptize you (by fully emerging under to water) as both a public sign of your repentance from sin to righteousness, and of your acceptance of Jesus Christ, as both God come to earth in the flesh, and your Lord and Saviour.
At your baptism of repentance into Christ, God the Father declares you to be a son of God (Galatians 3:26 – 29), and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38 – 39).
God bless you as you enter into your new life as a child of God.
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