The High Trinity
And The Deity Of Jesus Christ
Is Jesus God Almighty, the Second Person of the Trinity?
Jesus and the Trinity
The Messiah, the son of Maryam, was only a Messenger, before whom other
Messengers came and went.
- Muslim Qur’an (Surat al-Ma’ida, v. 75)
The Qur’an teaches that Jesus was one messenger among many, all of whom were superseded and supplanted by Mohammed in AD 610. The Bible, in contrast, says Jesus was more than just a messenger and prophet, but was God Himself. Numerous scriptures testify to this great truth, some of which have already been mentioned. Below are some additional statements made by Jesus that He is God.
In John 10:30, Jesus tells His fellow Jews: “I and my Father are one.” The Jews, offended at this, ‘took up stones to stone Him’ (v. 31). “For a good work we do not stone You,” they bellowed, “but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (v. 33). If the Jews just misunderstood Jesus, why didn't He correct them?
Jesus said in John 14:11, “… know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Jesus not only claims to be God in this passage, but expresses a plurality of Persons within the one God.
Jesus warned the Jews, “… if you believe not that I AM, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Again, in virtually all translations "he" follows "I AM" (i.e., "I Am he"). Recall that 'he' is in italics, which means it was added, not translated. To understand what Jesus is saying, we must go back 1,500 years (in the Old Testament) to the time Jehovah thundered from Mt. Sinai.
And Moses said unto God, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them,
‘The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you,’ and they shall say to me, ‘What is his name?’
What shall I say unto them?”
And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.” And he said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children
of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:13-14).
Why would Jesus, if he was just a good man as liberals claim, apply these words to Himself were he not God?
A few verses later, when the religious leaders declared Abraham to be their father—and coldly casted doubt on Jesus’ virgin birth (v. 41)—He uttered again: “Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM” (v. 58). The Jews once more tried to stone Him (v. 59).
But what about the Roman guard? Was Jesus unknown to them? Absolutely not! For 3 1/2 years Jesus’ teachings and miracles were open and public; they were “not done in a corner” (Acts 26:26), nor were they performed “in secret” (John 18:20). Jesus was known to Jew and Roman alike. Whatever happened in Gethsemane that night, everyone knew this was no ordinary Man.
Jesus also never refused worship: After He quieted the storm in Matt. 14, “… those who were in the boat worshiped Him…” (v. 33). In Matt. 8:2, a leper came “and worshipped him… ” In John 9:38 a blind man “worshiped Him.” Jesus rebuked none of them.
People prayed to Jesus after His Ascension. Stephen, “calling upon God” as he was about to be stoned, cried out: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). The Apostle Paul “pleaded with the Lord” three times to take away his “thorn in the flesh” (II Cor. 12:8).
In Isaiah 43:11 (in the Old Testament) Yahweh declared: “I, even I, am the LORD, and besides me there is no saviour.” Titus (in the New Testament) equally speaks of "God our Savior" (1:3), but in the next verse aludes to "Jesus our Savior."
Every Apostle and New Testament author understood Jesus to be God incarnate and Judge of all the earth: Jesus was the “forgiver of sins” in Acts 5:31, the “Judge of the living and the dead’” in II Tim. 4:1 and “the first and the last” in Rev. 1:17, 2:8, 22:13, all designations and titles exclusive to Yahweh of the Old Testament.
Jesus’ blood was referred to as God’s blood in Acts 20:28. Thomas said to Jesus, “my Lord and my God,” in John 20:28. John wrote “in the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Apostle Paul called Jesus “our great God and Savior” in Titus 2:13, and “God over all” in Rom. 9:5.
Should there be any lingering doubts, consider the following two bookend passages from the book of Revelation: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev.1:8). This is God speaking. In the last chapter, these same words are repeated almost verbatim: “And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me... I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13). Here Jesus is speaking (“I Jesus” - verse 16). How can anyone miss it?
Christianity teaches that the Creator of the universe entered His very Creation, by human birth, a merging of the human and Divine. This is an extraordinary thing to think about considering who the Creator of the universe is: a Being far beyond human comprehension, with unlimited power, infinite knowledge and everywhere present, inside and outside the universe, including time itself. To ponder that this mighty Being entered humanity in weakness and human frailty, yet without sin, is beyond human capacity to comprehend, The Old Testament foretold it, and the New Testament now discloses it, proclaiming it to the world. It all being true, who would be so bold to deny that an enormous, wondrous change has taken place in our world, in the universe and even Heaven? We ignore this at our own peril.
Is Jesus’ Incarnation Permanent?
“For there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.”
- I Tim. 2:5
Here John describes an exalted, glorified, celestial Christ, much unlike the post-resurrected terrestrial Christ. And yet, John sees Him with a body: with feet, hands, hair, eyes, and a fearful countenance (God cannot be seen otherwise - John 1:18). At this point we cannot ignore an almost unthinkable possibility: Is Christ’s Divine/Human fusion (hypostatic union) permanent and eternal? (This writer has been a Christian for over 35 years and has never heard this subject mentioned, let alone discussed.)
To our surprise (and perhaps delight) there are a number of Biblical passages indicating that Christ still exists, in some curious way, in bodily form: 1. Colossians 2:9 says, "For in him dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (written 60 years after Jesus' ascension). 2. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that he saw and spoke with the same Jesus as the other Apostles (I Cor. 15:5-8). 3. At the Ascension in Acts 10:11, an angel told the disciples: “… this same Jesus who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner [in bodily form] as ye beheld him going into heaven.” 4. And according to the book of Hebrews, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (13:8). These passages, written some 20-60 years after Jesus' ascension, pictures Him with a 3-dimensional, glorified, fleshly Body.
(Important Note: There is no record, insofar as your author is aware, of any God in any other religion, that entered the human race by human birth in a permanent Incarnation. The Christian religion is absolutely unique and singular in this respect, giving it the highest excellence and towering supremacy over all other religions.)
Incorrect Examples of the Trinity
“God draws no distinctions between Himself and us. He opens up the union of the very godhead, and
brings us into it!”
- Paul Crouch, ‘Praise-A-Thon
Trinity Broadcasting Network, Nov. 1990
In various Bible studies over the years, most of us have probably heard most, if not all, of the commonly accepted (but flawed) examples of the Trinity (but none more ridiculous than the one above).
another reflection of Modalism: one person with three ‘modes’ or functions. 5. Some teach that our ‘body, soul and spirit’ (I Thess. 5:23) is somewhat like the Trinity. The three do make up the whole, like the Trinity; but unlike the Trinity, none of the three alone equals the whole. Also, one is subordinate to another—the body to the spirit (James 2:26)—which corresponds to subordinationism, not Trinitarianism. 6. The triangle is another example. Like the Trinity, if one of the three is removed, the whole (the triangle) disappears. But unlike the Trinity, a triangle has 2 threes: 3 sides and 3 points, and none of them alone equals a triangle (the whole). 7. Visible light is
It should be clear at this point that a reasonable understanding of the Trinity is crucial for sound Biblical understanding, a coherent theology and reasoned Christology. Without it, there is confusion, error—and almost always—heresy. Jesus cannot be Who He says He is if the Trinity does not exist, and hence cannot be our Savior. To avoid confusion and error, a good place to start is always knowing what the Trinity is not:
- If the equality of the Three is missing, the result will be subordinationism, the view that one of the Three is
subordinate to another.
- If the unity of the Three is missing, the result will be something akin to tritheism, or polytheism.
- If the diversity of the Three is missing, the result will be modalism, or a close equivalent (three modes or
functions instead of three Persons).
Trinitarianism, in your author’s opinion, should be vigorously (but properly) taught and defended in our churches; the age in which we live demands it. The Divinity of Jesus is a prime target of today’s anti-Christian opposition, the same that arose in the days of the Apostles (I John 2:18, 22; 2 John 1:7), and will persist until the end (I John 4:3). Remember, the Jews in Jesus’ day would have stoned our Savior because of His claim to Deity. And not recognizing their Messiah, missed Him (like so many do today), and are now lost forever.
Many of us, unfortunately, were forced to learn Trinitarianism on our own (since it's not taught). A church of Christ preacher I once knew (a dear friend), for a long time could not bring himself to believe Jesus was God in the flesh, and therefore did not teach it. For years he thought the matter through (with Bible in hand) and fortunately came to believe our Savior was Almighty God, and vigorously taught it the rest of his life.
Barton W. Stone, an important figure in the early Restoration Movement, was another who had similar doubts about the Trinity, and stated so in his writings.2 Unable to comprehend a Triunity of Persons within a single Being, and without a stated declaration of it in Scripture, he rejected it and remained a non-Trinitarian all his life. (Very curiously, though, Stone did accept the authenticity of I John 5:7 (KJV, NKJV),3 a passage used today by a minority of scholars and teachers to prove the existence of the Trinity.)
Although the Trinity and hypostatic union of Christ are impossible for fallen men to completely grasp, we believe a sufficient understanding is possible; after all, we are made in His Image, and He “has not left Himself without witness” (Acts 14:17).
What About I John 5:7?
As a side note regarding I John 5:7, mentioned above, it is generally assumed in most religious circles that this verse is a forgery and was wrongly inserted into a small number of manuscripts, then translated into a few of our Bibles. Though I John 5:7 is omitted in most Bibles, it's usually mentioned in a footnote. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarians, Oneness Pentecostals and other non-Trinitarians are quick to jump on this verse to debunk the doctrine of the Trinity. Pop agnostic professor Bart Ehrman refers to I John 5:7 as "the most obvious instance of a theologically motivated corruption in the entire manuscript tradition of the New Testament.” 4
The fact that I John 5:7 appears in a few translations and is omitted in others probably casts doubt in many minds as to God's supernatural preservation of the Bible. 'Can God not protect the scriptures,' they decry? Though both sides of this issue make some interesting points, it is your author’s opinion that the authenticity of I John 5:7 should not be so easily dismissed.
John’s passage, commonly referred to as the Comma Johanneum, reads in the 1997 New King James Version as follows:
“For there are three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit;
and these three are one.”
This verse, if authentic, gives direct Biblical proof of the Trinity. John’s passage also appears in the 1611 KJV and earlier Roman Catholic versions. It does not appear in the ASV, NIV, NASB, RSV and most others. Since Vatican II, the New Vulgate has even excluded it.
The most common arguments for its exclusion are as follows:
- It was never quoted in the early church councils: e.g., Nicaea, AD 325; Constantinople, AD 381; and Chalcedon,
AD 451 (though it was seen [per the Porson theory] in a marginal note at the Council of Carthage, AD 4845).
- Nor was it quoted by Tertullian, AD 160-225 (though he seemed familiar with it 6); Clement of Alexandria,
150-215 (according to a MS fragment, he too was familiar with it7); Jerome, 347-420; Origen, 184-253;
Augustine, 354-430; Athanasius, 297-474 (though he used the phrase, “the three are one,” in his disputation with
Arius); or Cyprian, 200-258 (though he loosely quotes it in his Unity of the Church).
Arguments for its inclusion are:
- Priscillian of Avila directly quotes it in AD 350,9 and again in 380.10
- It was referred to at Carthage in 484.11
- It was cited three times in a work labeled De Trinitate (c. 400), and once in the Contra Varimadum, (c. 450).12
- Cyprian (early 3rd Century), in his Responsio contra Arianos, writes: “There are three that bear witness in
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, and these three are one.” 13
- Fulgentius of Ruspe referred to Cyprian’s quote in the 6th Century, mentions it in his Contra Fabianum
Fragmenta and De Trinitate ad Felicem. 
- Ambrose Ansbert (middle 8th Century) refers to it in his commentary on Revelation.15
- Aurelius Augustine’s uses it in 389.16
- Idacius Clarus cites it in 350.17
Also, scholars generally agree, the absence of the Comma is an ‘argument from silence’ and thus historically weak. At the very least, these sources indicate that even if I John 5:7 was a forgery, the doctrine of the Trinity was well known and accepted among the early theologians. Perhaps I John 5:7 was nothing more than a popular saying in those days, somehow finding its way into a few early manuscripts now extinct, or later texts we now possess (e.g., Textus Receptus). On the other hand, we cannot rule out the strong possibility that these citations were genuine and authentic, and derived from one single source—the pen of the Apostle John.
The Best Evidence for the Trinity Outside the Bible: 'The Trinitarian Universe
1) The universe is eternal and has always existed
2) The universe is not eternal and created itself
3) The universe is not eternal and was created by something, or Someone
Option 1: The Universe is Eternal and Has Always Existed
There are a number of reasons why the universe cannot be eternal. For one, scientists have known for at least a century that the universe has been expanding. Simple logic will tell us that an expanding universe extrapolated backward in time indicates a universe contracting toward a point of beginning. This is very uncomfortable for the atheist and evolutionist, for it demonstrates some kind of ‘first cause’—a something or Someone—to whom they might be accountable. Since the universe is so highly structured and complex, it indicates a ‘Someone’ with enormous intelligence and forethought. (And since the universe is so incredibly vast, containing thousands of billions of galaxies, and trillions upon trillions of stars, a ‘Someone’ with boundless, unimaginable power.)
Astronomer Robert Jastrow, certainly no creationist, did not miss this vital point.
“…the idea of a Universe that has both a beginning and an end is distasteful to the scientific mind…”
- Until The Sun Dies, p. 31
One of the first attempts at proving an eternal universe was the now defunct Steady State Theory, proposed by eminent astronomer, Fred Hoyle. He suggested that new matter was somehow continuously created, forcing the universe to expand, yet maintaining a steady density. The theory was ultimately rejected as it violated two of the premier laws of science: The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
The First Law states that neither matter nor energy is being created or destroyed, the total always remaining constant. The Second Law, stemming somewhat from the first, says that though all energy remains constant, all energy is degenerating, dissipating and running down. Obviously a universe ‘running down’ cannot be eternal (an eternal universe would have already run-down). The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics are huge thorns in the side of our secular establishment, whoppers closely guarded and concealed from public view.
The Oscillating Universe was another theory vying for acceptance, which says the universe has been expanding and contracting forever: a big bang, a big crunch, a big bang, and so on. It too was rejected, due to its inability to be observed and tested. For as all honest scientists know, without observation and verification, pet theories often devolve into science fiction.
Dr. John Wheeler, a well-known cosmologist, asserted that an oscillating universe is a physical impossibility:
“Never out of the equations of general relativity has one been able to find the slightest argument
for a ‘re-expansion’ of a ‘cyclic universe’ or anything other than an end.“
- Genesis And Observership, p. 15
Observational science thus rejects the Steady State and Oscillating Theories. Belief in either is gullible religion, plain and simple (i.e., faith, hope and trust).
Option 2: The Universe is Not Eternal and Created Itself
Right-thinking people regard self-creation as utter fallacy or delusional. The “Law of Cause and Effect” shatters such a notion. Causality is simply the relationship between an event (a cause) and a second event (an effect), the second event consequential to the first, and the first superior to the second. Simply stated: every material effect must have a sufficient cause prior to, and superior to, itself. The idea that the universe came into being without a cause is akin to a universe of spooks and goblins, a world modern science has virtually eliminated.
Yet, some try to get around this by arguing that matter is composed of atoms (containing 99.99% empty space), and that the universe could have come into being from a tremendously compressed infinitesimal point, a primordial atom containing all space, time and matter. But if true, where did that primordial atom come from? The First Law of Thermodynamics prohibits anything, no matter how small, from coming into existence by itself. And the Law of Causality says it must have a cause greater than, and prior to, itself. George Davis, the founding father of chemical engineering, adamantly repudiates the idea of a self-creating universe:
“No material thing can create itself.”
- Scientific Revelations Point To A God, p. 71
Russian physicist Andrei Linde reminds us of an important link between causality and the physical laws that govern the universe:
“If there was no law, then how did the universe appear?”
- Quoted in Overbye, New York Times [on-line]
“Before The Big Bang, There Was… What?“
In other words, where did those physical laws come from? Has there ever been a law without a lawgiver?
Then, there are those who argue that the new science of ‘quantum physics’ might breach the Law of Causality. Not so, says creationist and Ph.D physicist, Jonathan Sarfati:
“Quantum mechanics never produce something out of nothing... Theories that the Universe is a quantum fluctuation must presuppose that there was something to fluctuate…”
“If God Created The Universe, Then Who Created God”
Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal, 12:21
If the universe is not eternal and did not create itself, the only remaining option is:
Option 3: The Universe Was Created By Something Or Someone
Regarding this Something or Someone, 1) If there was ever a time when absolutely nothing existed, nothing would exist now, because nothing always produces nothing. 2) Since something does exist, something must have always existed, otherwise we would not be here discussing it. 3) This Something can only be one of two things: matter or mind. 4) Since matter is not eternal (as we’ve seen19), this Something can only be Mind. 5) And according to the Law of Cause and Effect,
1) This Mind must be greater than the universe
2) This Mind must have existed prior to the universe
This can be none other than God Himself.
But which God? The God of the Bible, the god of the Hindus, the Muslims, the Mormons? Can we know?
Yes we can, and with absolute certainty. There are three phrases in the very first verse of the Bible that places Yahweh apart from all other gods, and Christianity from all other religions. Read it carefully:
“In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.”
- Genesis 1:1
The late Dr. Henry Morris, engineering professor and father of the modern Creation movement, stated in his Defender’s Study Bible that Gen. 1:1 is the only religious text in the world that acknowledges the three major components of the universe:
1) TIME (“the beginning”)
2) SPACE (“the heaven”)
3) MATTER (“the earth”)
Also, he writes, these three components of ‘time, space and matter’ make up a trinity, reflecting the very nature of its Triune Creator:20
1) TIME 2) SPACE 3) MATTER
And, like the Trinity, if either of them ceased to exit, the universe itself would cease to exist. Furthermore, in each of these three components there exists a further Trinity:
(If either of these were missing, time would not exist.)
(If either of these were missing, space would not exist.)
3) MATTER (the atomic structure of):
(If either of these were missing, matter would not exist.)
As we look more closely, we find even more symmetry:
THE CREATOR THE CREATION
1. FATHER (invisible) 1. TIME (invisible)
HUMAN (Visible) MASS (Visible)
2. SON (two natures) 2. MATTER (two natures)
DIVINE (Invisible) ENERGY (invisible)
3. HOLY SPIRIT (invisible) 3. SPACE (invisible)
Notice under Creator, there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Under Creation there are also three components: time, space and matter. The Son, the second of the Three (under Creator) has a dual nature—human and Divine. Matter, the second of the Three (under Creation) likewise has a dual nature—mass and energy. In both instances one is visible and the other invisible. (Some might contend that energy is visible at rare times, such as a spark of electricity. But Jesus’ Divinity was visible at rare times too, for example, His blinding appearance at the Mount of Transfiguration, an extraordinary display of His Deity [Mat. 17:1-2]). The remaining elements—Father/Spirit and time/space—are always invisible.
(Note: Motion [re "The atomic structure of matter" above] is not included in the illustration for the following reason: Motion is an essence of matter, but only in the micro [subatomic] world, not the macro. The natural state of matter in our everyday world [macro] is always static [at rest unless moved by an external force]. Interestingly, matter and motion in the micro/macro worlds provides another interesting analogy: God, being Omnipresent [everywhere present] in His Trinitarian fullness [macro], does not move from place to place. But Jesus Christ, in His Incarnate state as a man [micro], did move from place to place.)
How fascinating that the Triune nature of our Creator—including the dual nature of Christ, Divine and human—is fully reflected in our universe. How can such a coincidence be explained? Only by a Divine Creator, with forethought, design and purpose. Our Trinitarian universe precludes any semblance of any other gods with the God of the Bible. As the Psalmist declares:
“Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like
unto thy works.”
- Psalm 86:8
Yahweh's Old Testament self-disclosure (though only partial) was seen in a number of places, as we seen. E.g., as Isaiah proclaimed, “From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there. And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit” (48:16). Once again, the three Persons of the Trinity are evident (the Sovereign LORD, His Spirit and the One speaking). In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus was Yahweh's ultimate self-disclosure—and Yahweh's final warning to mankind:
“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers through the prophets in many times and many ways, in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.”
- Heb. 1:1-3
Trinitarianism took centuries to unfold and develop. With meticulous reasoning and clear terminology the Trinity became well accepted and firmly established (and the heretics were vigorously routed).
We examined several of heresies, such as polytheism and tritheism. As to the anti-trinitarian claim that tritheism appeared first and digressed into Trinitarianism, we found that it was Trinitarianism which came first and then digressed into tritheism.
We learned that Jesus’ Divinity is firmly rooted in Scripture, and belief in it a prerequisite for salvation (John 8:24). We also learned that Jesus’ Incarnation is permanent (and likely eternal), solid confirmation that the Second Person of the Trinity is now our Resurrected, Glorified Brother forever, a fact inconceivable to the earthly, carnal mind.
A number of Trinitarian prototypes were examined, all of them flawed. Though some did shadow the Trinity more than others, none were perfect.
Lastly, we discovered that our space/time/material universe is trinitarian in type and order, a confirmation of two incontrovertible truths: the Creator is the cause of the universe, and the Cause is Trinitarian. To deny either is to deny the undeniable.
Although the Trinity is a deep and fathomless mystery, it is neither illogical nor irrational. The Infinite God should be unfathomable and indescribable. Jehovah is the true God, not a human invention or pagan concoction. As God speaks again through Isaiah,
“To whom would you liken Me and make Me equal and compare Me, that we would be alike?”
- Isaiah. 46:5
The Trinity goes beyond all human understanding. The Eternal One is Divine and Heavenly, we are but dust and mire. Apart from Revelation we labor in vain to even partially comprehend God.
But a far greater—and frightening—issue remains: the Day of Reckoning fast approaching (Rev. 20:11-15). The Bible says we are all guilty of sin (Gal. 3:11) and stand condemned before a Holy God (I Cor. 6:9), and are doomed to everlasting punishment (Rev. 20:15). With such a fateful destiny, what are we to do? Is there any hope? Is there any remedy?
Yes, there is! Though God is totally and absolutely Just (Psalm 7:11), calling every sin into account with flawless Justice and upright Retribution (Rom. 1:18), He is very Loving and Merciful (I John 4:8,16), desiring that every sin be forgiven. But dare we hold to the latter, and ignore the former, as many do today. Even though the unyielding tension between Divine Justice and Divine Mercy is real (Justice precluding Mercy), Jesus eased that tention, providing Mercy, Forgiveness and Redemption. The 'Lamb of God' satisfied God's Justice on the Cross, Hence, those “who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).
By giving “His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45), Jesus,
“demonstrated God’s righteousness... that He might be Just and the One who Justifies
those who have faith in Jesus.”
- Rom. 3:26
The sages of old prophesied many times, in many places, that Someone—Someone very special—was coming to redeem man from his desperate, hopeless predicament. Job, living a short time after the Flood, saw this Someone afar. In his marked suffering, Job's great hope was that this Someone—whoever He was—would redeem, not only him, but all of mankind (those who believe and obey), from their fallen, cursed state. Hinting of his own resurrection, Job gave this witness:
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my
skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God...”
- Job 19:25-26
In his resurrected state, Job would see his Redeemer—God Himself, in visible form.
Later, the prophet Isaiah shed more light on Job’s great Hope: “Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high” (Isaiah 52:13). Yet strangely, He would be “marred beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals (v. 14 - the Savior's beating and crucifixion). Yet, He would “startle many nations, kings shutting their mouths at him” (far away lands told of Christ's Divinity, crucifixion and resurrection). And many nations, “which had not been told them will see; and that which they had not heard, will understand” (v. 15 - gentile nations receiving and believing the Gospel—re Christ’s church, which He continues to build today)
As Christianity advances into the 21st Century, careful attention should be given to the countless advantages we have in spreading the Gospel, defending the Faith and building the church; many of these advantages the early Christians could never have dreamed of. While it is true the 1st Century church had advantages we don't: e.g., Apostolic oversight, the miraculous gifts of the Spirit (prophesies, miracles of healings, miracles of judgment, raising the dead etc) and the Messianic anticipation of the Jews (and possibly the Greeks and Romans; cf. "the fullness of times" - Gal. 4:4). However, the church of the 21st Century has advantages they didn't: 2,000 years of hindsight and retrospection, New Testament warnings fulfilled and a Bible in every home. We also have benefits from modern science and technology, rapid transportation and instant communication all over the globe.
Concerning New Testament warnings fulfilled, in the 1920s the German School of Higher Criticism swept most Western denominations and seminaries. Biblical inerrancy and Divine inspiration were thrown to the wind, the Bible seen merely as a product of myth and superstition. This may, perhaps, be a fulfillment of II Tim. 3:5: "Men will hold to a form of religion but will deny its power." Certainly, religious men have denied and fought against true Christianity since the church began, but today this denial (and the resultant corruption) is growing worldwide.
The Apostle Paul warned that in the later days many would “depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons" (I Tim. 4:1). In no other religion is this more evident than the Mormon Church, now the 4th richest church in the world and one of the fastest growing.21 The strange doctrines of Mormonism follow from Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith (occultist, swindler and Freemason), and the alleged Golden Plates, discovered and translated allegedly with the help of an angel called Moroni. Upon translation the plates were returned to the angel—and are now gone forever—conveniently averting any analysis or examination.
Jesus said in Mat. 23:9, “call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in heaven.” Who today calls their bishops, priests, monks and Popes Father? None other than our Catholic neighbors, and have been doing so since the Middle Ages.
The New Age Movement is a further modern coterie of ‘deceitful spirits" (this one on a vast, international scale). The ‘New Age Movement’ is nothing but ‘old age paganism,’ and today marks the religious arm of the New World Order. The New Age is deeply imbedded with Eastern religions, otherworldliness, astrology, devilry and evolution; and, since the late 1900s, has been foolishly—and dangerously—embraced by all Western democracies. At other times referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius,' it is ‘now upon us,’ we’re told, having arisen from the ashes of the destructive, CIA infiltrated and funded, ‘60s counterculture.
The New Age Movement has also made many inroads into American churches: Protestant, evangelical and Catholic, liberal as well as conservative.
These facts, and many others, confirm the Bible is from God.
“See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring
into being I announce them to you." - Isaiah 42:9
Those who reject the Gospel today, despite the many evidences and proofs that Christianity is the only true religion, will be petrified and speechless on that Great Day. They will have only themselves to blame.
The terms of forgiveness are as follows:
- Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:24; Acts 16:31).
- Repent of your sins (Acts 3:19; Luke 13:5).
- Confess Jesus publicly (Mat. 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10).
- Be immersed (baptized) into Christ for the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Matt.
- And live faithfully until death (Rev. 2:10; James 1:12).
“His commands are not burdensome.” - I John 5:3
(Very Important: Immersion into the Lord Jesus Christ is the only commandment in the Bible given in the Name (Authority) of all three Persons of the Trinity (Mat. 28:19), giving this command the highest importance. The “sinner’s prayer” and “alter call,” doctrines taught in virtually all churches today, are fabrications of erring men and are nowhere to be found in the New Testament.)
Our Savior came to earth two thousand years ago, as was predicted. He walked the earth—among friend and foe—claiming to be the One history had promised from the very beginning (Gen. 3:15). He professed He was “from God” (John 6:46), yet claimed He was “One with God” (John 10:30), and backed it by the things He did (v. 38). This Man, who claimed to be God Almighty, can only be understood in light of the ‘HIGH TRINITY.’
1. Wikipedia; entry, Triple Point
2. Wikipedia; entry, Barton W. Stone
3. Wikipedia entry: Comma Johanneum
6. Tertullian; De Pudicitia 21:16
7. Clement of Alexandria; Eclogae propheticae 13.1, Ben David, Monthly Review, 1826 p. 277
8. Wikipedia; entry, Comma Johanneum
9. Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, Academia Litterarum Vindobonensis, vol. xviii, p. 6
10.Maynard; A History of the Debate over 1 John 5:7-8, p. 39
11. Brown; Anchor Yale Bible Commentary, Epistles of John, 1982 p. 782
12. Ibid. pp. 782-783
13. Wikipedia; entry, Comma Johanneum
16. De Trinitate (a defense of Trinitarianism against Sabellianism)
17. Patrilogiae Cursus Completus, Series Latina by Migne, vol. 62, col. 359
18. May, Thompson, Harris; The Big Bang Theory--A Scientific Critique, http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=9&article=1453&topic=57
19. Thompson; So Long, Eternal Universe; Hello Beginning, Hello End: https://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=12&article=310
20. Defender’s Study Bible; footnote to Gen. 1:1
21. The Richest; http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/world/the-10-richest-religions-in-the-world/
“What I say unto you, I say unto all... Watch!” - Jesus (Mark 13:37)