A response to a Onenesss Pentecostal believer…

 

This post in in reponse to coments from my prior post found here:

https://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/2006/12/05/a-few-questions-for-onenesss-pentecostal-believers-2/#comment-1067

Richard (newlifeupci.org),

I reviewed your friend’s questions relating to the nature of God. These questions assume that there is a God but ignore fundamental passages in Scripture that admittedly are paradoxical in respect to human understanding.

Speaking to your friend, should I assume that you are genuinely seeking truth and will not present a host of additional arguments if we discover that the Bible already answers the questions which are posited? Also, do you agree that we will not fully be able to comprehend the nature of God this side of eternity nor possibly ever? To what degree do you allow any given Biblical passage to speak for itself to finally rest in what it says whether you completely understand it or not? For who has the mind of God? Who can understand exactly how He spoke commanding the universe into existence from nothingness….let alone understanding His nature!

First, question #9 is highly suspicious. Certainly you’ve done some comparison between historic Christian doctrine and that of oneness theology? For if you have any experience at all amidst the pages of God’s Word then you’ve already read where Scripture plainly declares that the Spirit of God created the world (Gen. 1:2), the Father created the world (Heb. 1:2), and the Son created the world (Col. 1:16). John 1:1,14 is an even more precise apologetic when it states that- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (at the same time)……”and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This passage takes us from before the foundations of the world up to the life of Christ. The inescapable conclusion remains, even thought it is far from comprehendible, that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit created the world. One God yet three distinct persons! Jesus Christ the Son was born of a virgin, He became flesh, yet remained God’s Son as from the beginning: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The fact remains that we do not fully comprehend the nature of God, yet our finite understanding does not negate the eternal Word of God.

Are you with Scripture so far?

Question #12: Are there two sons? No! Wasn’t Christ a “real” person cloaked in human form yet also in nature, the same Almighty God whom no one could look at and live? If so, then aren’t these two God’s using your same argument? Think of the trinity as a compound unity. Scripture declares that Adam and Eve became “one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Yet they remained two individuals. No one would argue for a moment that Adam and Eve were in fact one person who shifted identities and sex depending on the cronology of their stories! The evidence that Luke, an eyewitness to the Lord Jesus Christ provides cannot be overstated. Luke wrote: “When Jesus Christ was baptized, the Holy Ghost descended in bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said “This is my beleved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21,22). Check John 14:26 and 15:26 where Jesus mentions the three persons of the Deity, indicating their unity in respect to purpose, will and basic nature. The great commission commands us to baptize in the name (singular) of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Christ was resurrected by means of the Father (Acts 3:26), the Son (John 2:19) and the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:11). Their remains a distict relational thread throughout Scripture between the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Truthfully, the remainder of your questions stem from your misunderstanding of the nature of God. I would invite you to get alone with God’s Word and pray that He would reveal the truth about the nature of His Son. Be patient and test all things with His Word.

Please also check out this post for additional information:

https://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/2007/05/26/a-mighty-god-indeed/

Blessings to you! Please keep on touch and let me know how the conversation with your friend goes.

Jim Richardson

 

 

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