THE TESTIMONY OF GOD HIMSELF

THE TESTIMONY OF GOD HIMSELF

In the Holy Scriptures, we are confronted first with the testimony of God Himself, secondly the testimony given by the prophets, and thirdly by the apostles. In the Old Testament God revealed Himself in a spiritual body and foretold His Self-Revelation in the body of flesh. In the New we find the realisation of that promise.

It is necessary that one looks at the Jewish way of thinking. Only then can we see God from the original point of view. It was only given to the children of Israel to give testimony about the one true God. The Lord revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the Almighty God. With Moses the Lord spoke face to face (Ex. 33:11). Throughout the Old Testament period, God only chose the Hebrew prophets through whom He spoke.

Because God has the pre-eminence and comes first, He may introduce Himself with His own words:

“And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the lord thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shah have no other gods before me.”
(Ex. 20: 1-3).

“Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightest know that the lord, he is God; there is none else beside him.” (Dt. 4: 35).

“Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the lord, he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is none else.” (Dt. 4: 39).

“Hear, O Israel: The lord our God is one lord:” (Dt. 6: 4).

“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me…” (Dt. 32: 39).

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the lord, and beside me there is no saviour.”
(Isa. 43: 10-11).

“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the lord, and there is none else.” (Isa. 45: 6).

“Yet I am the lord, thy God, from the land of Egypt, and thou shall know no god but me; for there is no saviour beside me.” (Hos. 13: 4).

Now we shall refer to a few Scriptures in the New Testament which confirm the ones in the Old.

“… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord… Well, Master, thou hast said the truth; for there is one God, and there is no other but he.” (Mk. 12: 29+32).

“Seeing it is one God… “(Rom. 3: 30).

“But to us there is but one God… (1 Cor. 8: 6).

“Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.” (Gal. 3:20).

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.” (1 Tim. 1:17).

“For there is one God…” (1. Tim. 2: 5).

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well.” (Jas. 2:19).

“To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 25).

The prophetic scriptures in the Old Testament and the apostolic teachings in the New Testament testify of the same. Not once is a three or two person God anywhere mentioned and also the terminology eternal Son is not found anywhere. The many books about the holy trinity were not necessary at all, if the scriptural doctrine and knowledge would have been taken into consideration. The so-called holy trinity never existed, does not exist today and will not exist throughout eternity. God is always the final and whatever came forth from Him is brought only in relationship with Him: Son of God, Word of God, Spirit of God etc. Son. Word, Spirit etc. have God as the final point of derivation. But God has no such point of derivation because He is the final and the eternal One. He is the point from where all comes and to where all things merge into.

In the New Testament, we find the crowning and light giving state­ment “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him: and one Lord.Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Cor. 8:6). Although two terminologies are mentioned in this Scripture there is always only reference made to the one Creator, even if He once is referred to as God, and then as the Lord.

Thus the three-person-God is being portrait as He since the 4th century exists in the imagination of man. What do you see on these pictures? One or three Persons? One or three beings? One picture shows the Father with the sceptre, the Son with the cross and the Holy Spirit as a dove. The other portraits the Godhead as three equal persons. Both concepts are strange to the Old and the New Testament.

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