You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
The context of Old Testament Scripture, (the Hebrew Scriptures, the written Torah or Tanakh,) makes it clear that Jesus Christ, as fully revealed in the New Testament, is the Prophesied One, the Hebrew Christ, Savior, or ‘Messiah,’ Who was still expected during the Old Testament dispensation. Jews and other Zionists have no excuse to reject Jesus as the prophesied Hebrew Christ, or to reject the Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Col. 2:9.) Old Testament Scripture is riddled with proof the Christ was exactly fulfilled as foretold in Old Testament Scripture. The Old Testament testifies to the truth that the Hebrew Christ became a Man that day when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesus is merely the Koine Greek Name of the Only Christ of the whole Bible. We do not have to call Jesus by “Hebrew” names to be spiritual or saved; He perfectly understands all languages. The ‘Sacred Name,’ Messianic Judaism Movement in all its variations was established to derail Jesus’ believers and rob them of the Only True Christ that ever lived. Jesus is the Only One Who ever fulfilled all the Old Testament’s prophecies through His conception, birth, life, miraculous works, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, teaching and prophesies. There is absolutely no doubt that He is the Christ of both the Old and New Testament Covenants!
Jesus is God Who became a mere Man for the purpose to save and redeem all personally believing humanity from death, darkness, bondage, and eternal hell. Col. 1:15-17, 2:9, confirmed, “He is the [physical] Image of the invisible God… For by Him all things were created in heaven and earth, visible and invisible… All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist… In Him dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…” Heb. 1:1-14, “… God has in these last [New Testament] days spoken to us by His Son… through Whom also He made the [universe.] Who, being the brightness of His glory and the express Image of His Person… by Himself purged our sins… Let all the angels worship Him… [He created them all to be His servants.] Your throne, O [Jesus] God is forever and ever…”
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Isa. 63:7-15: “[Revealing Himself to His people, the Hebrew God] became their Savior… [God became a man; indwelling the human body of the Lord Jesus Christ, Heb. 1:1-14; Col. 2:9.]
In all their affliction He as afflicted… (v. 10,) But they rebelled [rejected Him as Savior, Jn. 1:10-11,] and grieved His Holy Spirit...” Ps. 51:11, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me…”
Isa. 11:1 was fulfilled in Mt. 3:16-17, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse… [Jesus the Christ, born from the tribe of Judah, and from the royal family of King David.
In His complete humanity,] The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, [the Man Jesus, when He came up out of the water at His baptism, was anointed by the Holy Spirit.] The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord…”
Micah 5:2-9, “[From] Judah shall come forth... The One to be [the Spiritual King] in Israel…” Fulfilled in Jn. 18:36, when Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not from here. [It has no such origin or source.] If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.”
Isa. 48:16-22 described the Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, “The Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me. Thus says the Lord your Redeemer [Christ Jesus,] the Holy One of Israel: I Am the Lord your God…”
Jesus God Himself is the prophesied and promised Savior or Savior of Old Testament Hebrews, who gave Himself as a holy sacrifice for every believing person, (Jn. 3:16-17.) Isa. 32:9-15, “[Jesus will withdraw Himself from the Israelites] until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high… [which was fulfilled at Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension! Acts 2:1-4; 16-21.]”
Jesus is Old Testament Melchizedek. Melchizedek is High Priest according to the eternal, Divine Order of Melchizedek, Who met Abraham returning from war, (Gen. 14:18-20.)
He is also the eternal King of Salem or King of Peace, “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made [to look] like the Son of God, [Jesus, or God Himself, by ‘taking on flesh’ or becoming a complete human man…]” (Heb. 7:1-9.)
Jesus’ virgin birth: Is. 7:14. “The Lord Himself will give you a sign… The virgin shall conceive…”
Jesus’ birth, and Old and New Testament Names as God: Is. 9:6, “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the [reign] will be upon His shoulder. And His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”
In the New Testament, in Rev. 1:8 and 15:3, Jesus is also called “The First and the Last… The Lord God “Almighty!” (Rev. 1:8.)
The flight to Egypt: Hos. 11:1; Mat. 2:15, “Out of Egypt I called My Son…”
Jesus’ ministry of miracles: Is. 35:4-6, “...He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened… the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped… lame shall leap… tongue of the dumb shall sing…”
Jesus’ redemptive suffering, death, and burial — fully fulfilled in the New Testament. Isa. 53:3-12, “He [shall be] despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief… surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows… He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. And by His stripes, we are healed. For the transgressions of My people, He was stricken, and they made His grave with the wicked - but with the rich at His death…” (Fulfilled, Mt. 27:57-60.)
Jesus’ last words to the Father: Ps. 22:1, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” - fulfilled in Mt. 27:46.
Not one of His bones were broken: Ps. 34:20, fulfilled in Jn. 19:33.
His side was pierced: Zech. 1210, fulfilled in Jn. 18:34.
Darkness came over the earth when Jesus died: Amos 8:9, fulfilled in Mt. 27:45.
Jesus had risen from the dead: God did not abandon Him in the grave, Ps. 16:10, fulfilled in John 20 and other passages, and described throughout the New Testament.
Jesus ascended into heaven: Ps. 68:18; fulfilled as described in Acts 1:8-9.
THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL BUT FORGOTTEN (OR OPPRESSED) NEW TESTAMENT TERM, “THE GODHEAD”
The word ‘trinity’ as well as its true meaning and intention is not found anywhere in the context of the Scriptures.
It might be news to Scripture-twisting Modulists, (Pentecostal Oneness or Jesus-Only members in all their various forms,) and Unitarians such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it is a fact that both the Old and the New Testaments are permeated with the clear understanding that Jesus the Son of God is not a creature of God as the angels are, or a mere human being that died and was left in His grave. Neither is the Holy Spirit a characterless “title,” a mere “manifestation” or “attribute” of God’s “presence” (such and wind and fire,) but God Himself! So, Who Is the True, One God of the Bible really, Whom Scripture defines as “the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?”
The first sincere believers, who lived as contemporaries of Paul and other early disciples, ‘naturally’ accepted the truth concerning the One God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Whom New Testament Bible writers called “The Godhead,” or “Godliness,” (1 Tim. 3:16.) Nevertheless, Paul knew there would always be legalistic, (meaning, ‘salvation must be achieved ‘progressively’ through the observance of church ritualism and manmade dogma,’) argumentative, and manmade views, which would withstand and pervert the true Being, Name, Character, and Word of God to lead the believers of Christ astray.
No Bible writer ever tried to dissect or ‘clarify’ the One God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as Roman Catholic Christians did in later years. The term and meaning of the dogma as well as the word ‘trinity,’ (as taught in Roman Catholic doctrine where “mother” Mary is the feminine Holy Spirit, etcetera,) does not exist in Scripture.
In the whole of the New Testament, the One God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is simply known as “The Godhead.” Consequently, in my earnest attempt to understand more about the One God of the Scriptures, and without resorting to any manmade doctrines, which try to explain the unexplainable Being of God in human terms, the only Scriptural yet greatly ignored expression of the “Mystery of Godliness,” (1 Tim. 3:16,) which I could find, are the following.
“The Godhead,” (Col. 2:9-10,) “God is Spirit,” (Jn. 4:24,) “Eternal Power and Godhead,” (Rom. 1:20,) “Divine Nature,’ (Acts 17:29,) and “In Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” (Col. 2:9.) I could not find any other Scriptural ‘description’ of the Being of the Bible’s One God of Father Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s Being is indeed a great mystery and can only be understood in the context of 1 Tim. 3:16, “God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles [and Jews,] believed on in the world, received up in glory.” Furthermore, when we look at the indescribable wonders of creation, we get a glimpse of The [Inexpressible] Godhead, the Creator of heaven and earth. However, as God is so much higher than any of His created beings, we still see “dimly, as in a mirror, and understand as a child, for we know in part and prophesy [or, in this case understand and explain only] in part,” (1 Cor. 13:9-12.) As long as our human, flesh-bound minds remain incapable of comprehending the unfathomable “mystery of godliness,” our tongues too, will remain unable to clarify the “The [Scriptural] Godhead” of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
· In Rom. 1:20, Paul attempted to bring some insight into the New Testament’s “Mystery of Godliness,” or God’s Infinite Being. He wrote, “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen.” This means, God’s unseen existence, and supernatural and limitless power are unlimited qualities, which can be only be attributed to the Almighty God. “Godliness” can be somewhat understood by looking at the incredibly meticulous wonders of His creation. In addition, by understanding that God is all-powerful, super-intelligent and omnipresent, we also begin to understand His “eternal power and Godhead.” [His Being,] so that [those who reject the Scriptural Godhead] are without excuse…”
· Paul declared explicitly in 1 Tim. 3:15-16, “Without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness, [or the mystery of God’s Being, which was obscured in prophesy during the Old Testament dispensation, but which was clarified and fulfilled in the New Testament through the human man Jesus Christ, because] God was manifested [revealed or shown] in the flesh…” Thus, the human man Jesus is the “express image of [God’s] Person [or of God Himself…]” - (Heb. 1:3.) In modern terminology, we can say that the Man Jesus is an exact Photograph of the previously unseen, Old Testament God because Jesus is, always was, and always will be God Himself.
· In Col. 2:8-10, Paul continued to teach on the “mystery of Godliness,” or the Divine Being of the God, Who was revealed in the flesh when He became the Man Jesus Christ. He warned, “Beware [watch out,] lest anyone cheat you through philosophy, [manmade ideas, beliefs, and church doctrines] and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, [or inherited “church father” interpretations;] according to the basic principles of the world, [widely accepted theories, assumptions, and Christianized pagan dogmas] and not according to Christ. For in Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] all the fullness of The Godhead bodily; and [sincere disciples of Jesus] are complete in Him, [for you do not need any other ‘mediator’ or so-called way of enlightenment, salvation, redemption, and blessing except Jesus,] Who is the Head of all principality and power,” (Col. 2:8-10.)
· Thus, according to contextual Scriptural truth, the expression, “The Godhead” allows us some human understanding of “the image of [the unfathomable] God, in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.” The Risen Jesus Christ, God Himself, is the “Image of God,” Who lives eternally as the inseparable, inseverable, omnipresent, and omnipotent Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! And this is not distorted Jesus-Only dogma. This is Scriptural truth.
· As a result, heaven or the throne of The Omnipresent Godhead, Who indwelt or took on the full form of the man Jesus, could never have been “empty” while Jesus lived as a human being here on earth, while He was atoning for all of humanity’s sin on the cross, or while He walked the earth after His resurrection; awaiting His ascension. Now, the “fullness of the Godhead” still “dwells bodily” in Jesus’ resurrected and glorified human body in heaven, (1 Cor. 15:40-58.) The inseparable Godhead is ever-present. He is present everywhere in the whole universe all the time — yet He indwelt and constantly indwells the Man Jesus Christ!
When we view The Godhead in the light of the contextual truth of the entire Bible, we can never separate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from one another into three different “divine persons,” “substances,” “manifestations,” entities, or gods, and declare that either is God without the other, or that either functions or exists individually or apart from the other.
The following examples are all used to ‘explain’ the unexplainable Godhead, thus, we were all taught to say, “We cannot separate Divine Union or ‘Agreement’ between the three separate and distinctly different, Divine Persons called the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the trinity, these three distinctly different Persons are One as explained in the composition of the sun. The Planet of the sun is not the Heat or the Light, neither is the Heat the Planet nor the Light; neither is the Light the Planet nor the Heat. Yet, the planet, heat and light form the sun. [Note that the light, heat and planet of the sun are not ‘in agreement!’ Completely inseparably or together, the planet, heat and light Is the sun!] Water is ‘one,’ yet it manifests itself in liquid, ice, and vapour. [Same as the example of the sun. These are not different ‘substances;’ together, liquid, ice and vapour is water.] Time is ‘one,’ yet it manifests as past, present and future. Electricity is ‘one,’ but it manifests as motion, light, and heat. The universe is ‘one,’ yet composed of three basic elements space, matter, and time.”
All this sounds ‘logical,’ but all these examples are really illogic in the futile attempt to explain the inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as merely being in ‘agreement with one another.’ The Godhead is Creator of all these things, and we can know for certain that God can never be compared to any of His creatures or anything in His creation! Neither does The Godhead merely “manifest” (or show) Himself as the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, as Pentecostal Oneness or Jesus Only say. In Scriptural truth, The [unexplainable] Godhead, or One God IS the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Without endorsing the false teaching of Unitarianism, (which denies The Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,) the entirety of Scripture makes it clear that The Godhead is inseparably One God — for “God is Spirit,” (singular, not ‘Spirits,’ plural;) “Without record of father or mother or any ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life,” (Jn. 4:21-24; Heb. 7:3.) [See the answers to the Muslim accusation that Christians worship three gods in a trinity, and the serious question, If Jesus is God and omnipresent, how could He forsake Himself on the cross?]
Additionally, Jesus did not “become the Son of God at His human birth,” as H.W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God alleged. God the Father drew a line through all the ages to “give” or actually ‘become’ the Savoir of humanity to all those who would sincerely believe in Him, accept Him as their personal Lord and Savoir, and follow Him as His disciples, (Col. 2:9-10; Jn. 1:12-13; Mt. 7:21-24.)
It is an irrefutable, contextual, Scriptural fact that God Jesus, Who Always Will Be the Son of God, in both Rev. 1:8 and in Rev. 22:18, “applied God the Father’s title (and Name) to Himself,” (Spirit Filled Bible,) and Personally declared, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, Who IS, Who Was, and Who Is To Come, the Almighty [God!]” - (Rev. 1:8.)
Jesus, the visual “image” of God in the form of a mere man, also declared, “I Am... [the meaning of Old Testament YHWH, the Hebrew of “I Am Who I Am. [Say] I Am has sent me to you,” (Ex. 3:14.)] “I Am the bread of life…” (Jn. 6:25.)
“I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father [in heaven] but by Me,” (Jn. 14:6.)
“I Am the door [to the Father in heaven and to everlasting life] if anyone enters in by Me he shall be saved,” (Jn. 10:9.)
“I Am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me, [though he might physically die,] yet he shall live,” (Jn. 11:25.)
“I Am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall never walk in darkness but shall have the light of life,” (Jn. 8:12.)
Without the certainty of everlasting life in Christ and of personal accountability after death, it is pointless to serve a god or deny oneself sinful pleasures. However, the God of the Scriptures is real and His Word is true. We must remember, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this the judgement…” (Heb. 9:27.)
Is it possible to say, strictly according to the contextual truth of Scripture, what “a complete man,” whom “God made in His likeness,” looks like?
Certainly, but to know that humans merely resemble the appearance of God, is as far as our finite human abilities can help us to understand the Indescribable Image of the Infinite God, (1 Cor. 13:9-12.)
“Let Us make man in Our image” is God’s revealed will for us to know what God looks like according to Scripture.
The writer of Gen. 1:26-28 stated that God made man in His “Image,” or to resemble His “Likeness.” Nevertheless, God did not make humans as gods or as clones or replicas of Himself! Therefore, humans can never compare to God’s almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Godhead and Divine Character. For flesh-bound humans to be made in God’s ‘Image’ means, God made man to resemble His “appearance, representation, look, reflection, expression, imprint, or figure.”
Scripturally, a person or an individual human being consists of: A supernatural human spirit and a human soul; mind, or consciousness, [consisting of an intellect, will and emotions,] living in a human body,” (1 Ths. 5:23; Heb. 4:12.)
In fact, the entire truth of contextual Scripture relates to a person as a single, physically undividable, tri-part being.
If we were able to see the spirit, soul, and body of a human being, we would find that each part of that person is of a different substance, material or matter; yet each part is the same person in a different form, which looks exactly alike. That is to say, if Anne’s supernatural human spirit would appear and speak to someone, it would be Anne, resemble Anne and sound like Anne, although it would not be of the same substance as her human body, (1 Cor. 15:35-58.) In fact, as the human spirit of Anne is such an inseparable, integral part of Anne while she remains physically alive, her human spirit is Anne herself, just as her soul or mind is Anne herself, and her body is Anne herself. Thus, if Anne’s spirit should speak to someone, it would be Anne herself speaking supernaturally to that person.
Furthermore, although the human spirit and human soul are such inseparable, integral parts of the person, according to Scripture, it is not impossible or pure madness to speak to one’s own human spirit and one’s own human soul, (mind, will and emotions,) as illustrated in Lu. 12:1921, “And I will say to my soul, Soul, (or mind,) you have much goods lay up for many years…” Job 7:11, “I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul…” Ps. 42:11, “Why are you cast down, oh my soul, why are you disquieted within me?”
When a human dies, because he is human, his or her supernatural human spirit is separated from the body and soul (or mind/brain) and goes directly to the Lord, Who is Spirit, while the person’s soul (or mind) and body await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the grave, to be reunited with his human spirit, and thus to be resurrected in a “glorified” body, similar to Jesus’ own resurrected, glorified, human form body. (Lu. 16:19-31; 1 Ths. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:35-58.)
Let us note that none of the passages, which explain the composition of “the perfect man,” describe a “person,” “individual,” or a single human being as: 1) Two or more persons such as twins, who can supposedly be ‘one’ or in complete union with one another as being one person. Two or more different persons will always remain two or more separate individuals, humans, or entities, no matter how much they agree with one another. 2) A single “person” with more than one personality or character, as that would be a mad person, individual, or human being.
Can we, (apart from the fact that we can look at man as a natural ‘likeness’ of God,) know what God looks like?
To see anything more or something other than what God Himself has revealed in the context of Scripture, would be arrogant idolatry and pure witchcraft! Nevertheless, rejecting all doctrines that do not match the entire truth of Scripture, we can say that God and His human creations do resemble one another — now, after the fall in Eden, at least in outward appearance. Consequently, this is how God portrays Himself throughout the context of Scripture:
· Dan. 3:25, “[The Old Testament king said of the three men, whom he threw in the fire,] “I see four men there, and the fourth is like the Son of God!” Jesus God’s Son in the Old Testament Dispensation — “Everlasting Father;” “Mighty God and Almighty God” in Rev. 1:6-8; 15:3, appearing in the furnace in the ‘image’ of a human being!
The following visions of God, as given to Old Testament Daniel and New Testament John, are exactly the same, and again, The Godhead is revealed to us in the form of a single human being.
· “[Daniel wrote,] ...The Ancient of Days [was seated on a throne,] His garment was white… The hair on His head was [white like] pure wool… [and John affirmed in Revelation,] His feet were like fine brass… His voice was as the sound of many waters…” (Dan. 7:9, 13, 22; Rev. 1:12-18.)
· The writer of Heb. 1:1-4 stated, “[Jesus God’s Son in human form] is the brightness of [God’s] glory and the express image of [God’s] Person.” The Scriptures tell us, the Man Jesus is the exact Image of God. Should we wish to know what God looks like, we can simply look at the human being called Jesus!
· Col. 2:9-10, “In Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…” Someone said, “The Man Jesus Christ Himself Is the sum or total of [The Godhead] in His entirety!”
· Heb. 7:3 testifies to this immovable fact, “[Melchizedek, king of Salem is] without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made [to look] like the Son of God, [the Man Jesus…]”