We have seen many things develop in the course of this site. We have looked at the ancient origins of the trinity doctrine—and its various links with other triune godheads—whether Hindu, Greek, Babylonian or others. We have clarified and demystified various statements from trinitarian thinkers—and have shown the fallacy of this teaching. We then dispelled the so-called biblical proof texts of the trinity, both explaining them and pointing to many scriptures that show otherwise. We have shown that the Holy Spirit is not a person or another god—but rather the power by which God works. Finally, we have seen that the “Jesus” of modern Christendom is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Now that you understand what God is , the question in this chapter’s title should be at the forefront of your mind: Who and what God?
Throughout man’s history, he has sought the answer to this intriguing question. It has prompted many to deeply research the subject, almost always starting with what say. Willing to throw aside the biblical evidence we have seen, so many cling to ideas and traditions of men. To them, God is whatever they were taught that He is—or whatever they Him to be. This need not be the case with you!
There are two verses in God’s Word that begin with the phrase “In the beginning…”—and . Most are not aware of the important information that can be gleaned from these two passages—and the insight that they provide into the true nature of God.
In order to set the stage for all that is to follow, certain review is important.
states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” We saw that the Hebrew word for “God” is and that it is a collective noun, like , or . For instance, the Hebrew word translated “gods” in is elohim. To the Hebrews, the word referred to either the true Elohim (God) or false elohim (gods). In order to distinguish Himself from the false gods, the true God revealed His name to Israel as YHVH, which means “Eternal.” This was to show Israel that, unlike the false, gods around them, He is the God that is, always has been and always will be.
Also notice again : “And God said, Let make man in image, after likeness…” In this verse, the Hebrew words and are translated as “let Us make” and “in Our image” respectively, due to the fact that the Hebrew word is plural. There has to be more than one Person being referred to here.
We must ask again, “How many Beings comprise God?”
sheds more light on this question. Notice: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” This passage reveals something very important! It states that the Word was “with” God and “was” God. How is this possible? Remember, God is a collective noun—just like your last name. For instance, if Robert Smith has a son named Paul, it can be said that Paul is Smith (his father), and that he Smith (Paul Smith).
But who is the “Word” in ? explains: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” In other verses, Christ is called “God in the flesh.” This, coupled with , clearly shows that the Word !
And since John makes it clear that the Word created all things, it becomes obvious that Christ was present at the creation of man. Just as the New Testament shows the relationship between God and Jesus Christ , the word expresses a family relationship. They are God, but Beings. Together, they had thought out and planned the creation of the universe. Christ, the “Word” (Greek: , meaning “Spokesman”), brought those plans to fruition (as , and show). also shows this: “For it became Him [Christ], for whom are all things, and …”
As we see here, the Bible reveals that there are currently two Beings in the Godhead—the Father and Jesus Christ.
Everything in the vast universe was created by God. As Creator, it could be said that He is in the “business” of creating. And even those things that cannot be seen were created by Him.
Notice this all-encompassing statement: “For by Him were created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, , whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist [are held together]” (). When understood, the entire universe, including every atom within it, is quite literally “held together” by the power of God’s Spirit.
God is all-powerful and, therefore, whatever He commands comes to pass. Notice: “…He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (). Unlike man, if God desires, He can create something in an instant, simply by a thought. As we have seen, the power by which He does this is His Holy Spirit. Now read : “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the moved upon the face of the waters.” The next event to take place was that “…God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (). God spoke, and the power of His Spirit brought it to pass.
Before building something complex, one must first design and plan it, sometimes extensively. For example, imagine the detailed planning required to build a giant skyscraper—taking months, maybe years. The human body is infinitely more complex than any building. How much more planning was required to create the entire universe? Since God has existed for all eternity, He had prior eternity to plan His final product.
Once God had created man, He had to him. There are countless processes required for this to happen. Human beings also need air, food, water, shelter, etc. If you take all of this into account, God is not only man’s Creator, but also his Designer and Sustainer!
The Bible reveals that God’s nature—His character—is absolutely perfect and holy. And He is also immutable and unchangeable: “For I am the L, I change not…” (). Unlike man, when God states that He is going to do something, He does it. His testimony is true and His promises are sure—in fact, His Word declares that He lie! He would never deceive, beguile, delude or confuse.
Notice: “For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the , we might have a strong consolation [comfort], who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, [secure] ” (, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was). This should give great comfort to those who regularly study God’s Word.
God’s way of life is the way—outgoing concern—love, helping, sharing, mercy, peace, happiness—in other words, putting others before oneself. On the other hand, man practices the way—greed, vanity, selfishness, lust, etc. Imagine the chaos—and confusion—if God practiced man’s way! Satan, as the “god of this world,” practices this way—and the world today is the result.
Those who practice the way do not consider the needs of others. Again, imagine if the Father and Christ did this. However, they understand that if they lived the way, nothing would ever be accomplished. They live in perfect harmony, peace and cooperation—knowing that without unity of purpose, they could not work together (). We saw this way of life is embodied in a marvelous . Those who practice it reap great joy in their lives. Those who live counter to it—who break this law—reap misery.
We have shown that there are two Beings in the Godhead. However, much confusion about the Person of Christ still abounds—both about who He really is what He taught. Seemingly, no two denominations agree on what He taught—and there are many differing ideas, even within the trinity doctrine, as to the true nature of Christ’s relationship with the Father. We have already seen that the Holy Spirit is the power by which the Father and Christ work.
When solving a mystery, one must start by getting the . Only when the facts are known is the of a matter easily recognized. But most people (including most professing Christians) do not take the time to discern, to prove, the information they are given. They seem willing to “leave the thinking to the experts,” and these are the people who have created the mass confusion and disagreement so prevalent among today’s churches.
But looking beyond the surface of all the religious-sounding rhetoric, and peering directly into God’s Word, reveals a clear picture. In the process, we will more thoroughly prove that Christ was the God of the Old Testament.
Let’s look at several verses to disprove the trinitarian notion that in Old Testament times, God manifested Himself as the Father, and in the New Testament era, He manifested Himself as Christ. Recall that ancient Israel “…drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: ” (), proving that was the God of the Old Testament.
Now, couple that verse with Christ’s own words in : “And I say also unto you, that you are Peter, and upon this [Christ Himself] I will build My Church.” This proves that this does not mean that the Church was built on Peter, but rather on Christ, with Peter being likened to a small stone.
Also, examine the following Old Testament passage prophesying Christ’s First Coming: “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. , even the Messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, He shall come, says the of hosts” (). From what we have read above, it is plain that Christ was prophesying His coming.
At a council meeting at Avondale School, about the year 1893, there were present Elders Haskell, F.L.H. Baker, G.B. Starr, and their wives, and Sister E.G. White, also W.A. Colcord, who was the editor of the Australian Signs of the Times.
Elder Colcord requested the privilege of reading some articles regarding the personality of Melchisedec. We all listened as he read and were surprised that Sister White listened also, with seeming interest, as she was not accustomed to listening to any argumentative writings.
As Elder Colcord was reading, Sister White interrupted him, saying: “Elder Colcord, I would not publish these articles, if I were you.” “Why not?” He inquired. “Because they are not correct.” She answered.
He then asked, “Who then was Melchisedec?”
She replied, “I will tell you who Melchisedec was. He was the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who took the form of humanity and represented the Lord Jesus Christ to that generation.“
That ended the council on that subject. Elder Colcord offered no argument to refute her position, and we all seemed perfectly satisfied with the statement; in fact, I had never heard an explanation that was satisfactory before.
After the meeting, Elder S.N. Haskell said to me, “Elder Starr, when the Spirit of Prophecy speaks so plainly as that about a matter, it can be proved by the Bible, so let’s look it up.”
We found that description of Melchisedec in Hebrews 7:3 was fully met by the Holy Spirit. “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a high priest continually.“
We found that in Hebrews 9:14 that statement, “The Eternal Spirit.” That would meet, also, “Without beginning of days, nor end of life.”
Then in Romans 8:26, “likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (By man). Thus – These statements make the Holy Spirit a high priest forever. Every specification was met by the Holy Spirit, A HIGH PRIEST FOREVER, but cannot be met by any angel or human being.
Haskell published this matter as reported above in his paper at South
Lancaster, Mass. Thus we have TWO witnesses of the truthfulness of Sister
White’s statement regarding (the person) Melchisedec.
“…A morning talk, given at Battle Creek by Mrs. E.G. White, Jan. 20, 1890, printed in the R & H of 2-18-1890, contains the following statement: ‘It was Christ that spoke through Melchisedec, the priest of the Most High God. Melchisedec was not Christ, but the voice of God in the world, the representative of the Father.‘ John14:17,26 and 16:13-15, tell us who represents the Father in the earth. At the baptism of Christ the Holy Spirit appeared as a dove; on the day of Pentecost, as Cloven tongues of fire. It is not unreasonable (therefore) to conclude that the SAME SPIRIT could appear to Abraham in the person of the King of Salem. (“Priest of the most High God.”)
“It was Christ who spoke through Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God. Melchizedek was NOT Christ, but he was the VOICE of God in the world, the REPRESENTATIVE of the Father [MELCHIZEDEK WAS THE HOLY SPIRIT].” – Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 409.
“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CHRIST’S REPRESENTATIVE, but divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 669:2.
Read the South Lancaster papers by Haskell here – http://www.scribd.com/doc/21265161/Melchizedek-by-Stephen-Haskell
The book of Hebrews sheds light on who fulfilled this role. Let’s read: “For this Melchizedek, King of Salem, Priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him” (). It is important to note that Melchizedek had other titles—King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God.
Paul went into greater detail in and : “To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation , and after that also King of Salem, which is, ; without father, without mother, without descent, having ; but made like unto the ; abides a priest .”
Here, Paul is describing one who existed for eternity. This proves that Melchizedek could not have been a human king. In fact, because it describes Him as not having “beginning of days,” He also could not have been an angel. Only has existed for eternity. This leaves only two Beings able to fulfill the role of Melchizedek—God the Father or Jesus Christ.
removes any doubt: “So also Christ glorified not Himself to be ; but He that said unto Him, You are My Son, today have I begotten You. As He says also in another place, You are a ” (). The Moffatt translation best renders “after the order of Melchizedec” as “with the rank of Melchizedec.” Christ held the of Melchizedec during the time of Abraham—and, as the God of the Old Testament, is the Being who is referred to as Melchizedec in Genesis.
offers even more proof: “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus Christ is the only human being who ever lived a completely sinless life (). Christ showed who the Most High God is when He said, “My is greater than I” ().
When one lets the Bible interpret the Bible, the meaning of any subject comes clear. In just a few verses, we have seen that Jesus Christ was both the God of the Old Testament and the One called Melchizedec. It was impossible for this to have been the Father. It required Christ’s First Coming to show the true of the Father.
As we have seen, the Old Testament shows that there is more than one Being in the God Family. However, this was not clearly understood until New Testament times, when Christ revealed it. We read, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father” () and, things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him” ().
It would be impossible for human beings to have a relationship with the Father if Christ had not revealed Him. In essence, one must go Christ to access the Father.
Thus, as our High Priest, “…He [Christ] entered in once into the holy place, ” (). As shows, “…your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you.” If Christ had not “tasted death for every man” (), you and I would not have an opportunity for salvation. It was His sacrifice that allowed mankind access to the Father and, in turn, the Holy Spirit.
Conversely, no one can have a relationship with Christ without being first “drawn” by the Father. Notice: “ to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him…Therefore said I unto you, that unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father” (, ).
In previous chapters, we have seen that one person must always take the lead for anything to be accomplished. Of course, God understands this. The relationship between the Father and Christ also demonstrates this. The Father—as in a human family—is the Head, with Jesus Christ second. The Father makes the decisions—no doubt through much planning Christ—and Christ puts them into action. This is why it is the Father who one to Christ. It is the Father’s decision to work with a human being, and then Christ effectively “takes over” and works within the person. Notice: “Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever” ().
Finally, Christ also said, in , “Holy Father, keep through Your own name , that they may be one, as We are.” If there were only one member of the Godhead, the Christian conversion process could never be complete. The Father and Christ work together “in bringing many sons unto glory” (), as the next chapter will make plain.
Not understanding that the one who would be the Messiah would come twice, the Jews of Christ’s day rejected His message. They could not accept that the mere son of a carpenter could be the prophesied Messiah (; ; ; ). They were seeking a conquering king who would liberate them from Rome. They were looking for a deliverer, not a Savior. Jesus presented a problem for the Jewish religious authorities. They could not see that He had fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies, even though they were responsible for painstakingly copying by hand for centuries the Old Testament scriptures that foretold His First Coming.
contains a prophecy about One referred to as the “ of hosts.” Notice: “Sanctify the of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a and for a to both the houses of Israel…and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
The New Testament proves that this prophecy is a direct reference to Christ. Notice : “Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion , elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and and , even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
Steeped in Orthodox Jewish teachings of the time, it was nearly impossible for the Jews of Christ’s time to recognize Him for who He really was. Under the oppression of the Romans, the Jews hoped that the coming Messiah would be like the Judges of the Old Testament era—freeing them from oppression.
Even Christ’s disciples did not fully understand His role and purpose, although they had been with Him for three and a half years and had seen Him His Resurrection: “Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (). Certain points were lost on them.
The Jews’ solution to the dilemma posed by Christ’s First Coming was to simply reject Him, reject His message and conspire to have Him crucified! Even present-day Jews refuse to accept Christ as the prophesied Messiah. As Paul showed in Romans 9 through 11, they are as spiritually blind as Christ’s contemporaries, who found it inconceivable that God could become a flesh-and-blood man.
But the undeniable truth from the Bible is that Christ is a member of the Godhead, who emptied Himself of His power and rule and offered Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Notice : “But [Christ] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Christ’s sacrifice makes possible the forgiveness of sin, access to God the Father and, ultimately, allows human beings to fulfill their absolutely !
Some have wondered why, if there are two Beings in the Godhead, the Old Testament does not more clearly address the subject. They point to the fact that the Jews of Christ’s time believed in only a Unitarian Godhead—this being part of the reason that Jewish leaders of the time were unable to accept Christ and His divinity. They considered His statements of being God in the flesh as blasphemy. But the Old Testament contain verses that point to the duality of the Godhead. The Jews could have and should have known.
In the book of Daniel, written nearly six centuries before Christ’s life on earth, we read earlier, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the …” ().
This verse speaks of two Beings: one who is the “Son of Man” who came to the second Being—the “Ancient of Days.” The “Ancient of Days” in can only refer to the One called “the Father” in the New Testament because, of course, the Son of Man who …before Him” is Christ. This verse speaks of the Return of Christ to earth to set up the government of God.
makes it even more plain. It can refer to Christ, as He is the one who will come at the time that “judgment is given to the saints.” This cannot possibly be speaking of the Father. refers to Christ, because this is an “Ancient of Days” who “did sit” at a time when other “thrones” were “cast down” (NKJV: “put in place”). This parallels almost exactly, with the other thrones being those of the resurrected saints.
Also consider. calls the One there who is clearly Christ, “the Everlasting Father”—and yet, we know that Christ is not “the Father.” This verse obviously refers to the fact that Christ is the “Father .” and could not possibly refer to anyone other than Christ. Since we also know Melchisedec is God's Spirit (), and that describes Melchisedec as “having neither beginning of days, nor end of life,” it is not difficult to understand why He could also be considered “everlasting” in days.
In the parable of the nobleman (), Christ made reference to the same event that Daniel saw in his vision. In that parable, the nobleman (Christ) went to a far country (heaven) to be given a kingdom and to return. This was a depiction of Christ’s death and Resurrection, and His Return in power and glory as the “King of kings” ().
We already saw another plain verse in the Psalms, where King David showed the duality of the God Family: “The said to my Lord, Sit You at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool” (). Let’s be reminded that this verse mentions different Lords. One (“The ”) is the Father. The Other (“my Lord”) is the One who would later become Jesus Christ.
Referring directly to Christ, Paul in the New Testament quoted this same verse: “But to which of the angels said He at any time, , until I make Your enemies Your footstool?” (). shows that the Son was also God: “But unto the Son He says, Your throne, let the Bible interpret the Bible., is for ever…” Here Christ is directly called “God.” Remember, we must
Although most Bible students have had this understanding (and many in the first-century Church, among others today, had it, but lost it and fell away), these verses show that both the Old and New Testaments recognize the Father and the Son as two separate Beings!
Whether pertaining to heroes, patriarchs, or incidental references in passing, biblical names have specific meaning and are given for a purpose. For example, Adam was created from the ground, and his name in Hebrew simply means “red earth.” Likewise, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, meaning “a father of many nations.” Also, Jacob’s name (meaning “supplanter”) was changed to Israel (meaning “prevailer with God”).
Another account showing the importance of one’s name is found in . The wife of Nabal acknowledged that her husband had lived up to his name. Interceding on his behalf for his thoughtless and merciless acts, she pleaded, “Let not my lord...regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name and folly is with him” (). The meaning of Nabal is “fool.” The context shows that, by his actions, Nabal fulfilled the meaning of his name.
In these examples, the meanings of the names were emphasized, and this is the case throughout Scripture.
More importantly, the many names of God are also filled with meaning. Shortly after the time of the Exodus, the God who thundered the Ten Commandments was known by the name “YHVH,” a Hebrew word meaning “Eternal” or “Everliving One.” Yet, today, no one knows the exact pronunciation of this name. Some insist that it must only be pronounced as “Yahvah,” while others say “Yehweh,” and still others say “Yahweh.” Due to the fact that the Hebrew written language did not retain vowels, the exact pronunciation cannot be known. (This is but one reason why it is pointless for anyone to insist on using certain “versions” of God’s spoken name.)
The same Personage who addressed Moses called Himself YHVH in : “And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the :” The capitalized name “” is always used where YHVH appears in the Old Testament. This is the One through whom God the Father created the universe (; ) and the One who later became Jesus Christ (; ).
reveals more about the names of God: “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty…” The name translated “God Almighty” comes from the Hebrew term El-Shaddai. Note that this was the name God made known unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet, at the time of Moses, God began to reveal more. continues, “…but by My name Jehovah was I not known to them.” By a casual reading of this verse, one would conclude that “Jehovah” was another—differentrevealed name of God. But a closer examination of this word leads to a different conclusion.
The name “Jehovah” in various Bible translations is a mistranslation. The same Hebrew word translated “” in is mistakenly translated “Jehovah” in . Both of these are YHVH and should have been translated “.”
As explained in the , the term “Jehovah” is said to have been the invention of Pope Leo X’s confessor, Peter Galatin. Other Catholic theologians introduced this mistranslation into most Bible transcriptions. Even the Jehovah’s Witnesses, in their translation of the Bible, acknowledge, “While inclining to view the pronunciation ‘Yahweh’ as the more correct way, we have retained the form ‘Jehovah’ because of the people’s familiarity with it since the 14th century.” Clearly, the name Jehovah is not biblical.
Another name of God is revealed in : “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers has 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 shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you.”
We saw that “I AM” comes from the Hebrew word Hayah (HYH), which means “to exist.” The name “I AM THAT I AM” carries a very profound meaning somewhat beyond the English terms used to express it. It conveys the meaning of the “Self-Existent One,” or the Who Is.”
The name I AM THAT I AM only has meaning in the language that one understands. The true God appeared to Moses and instructed him that He was, in effect, “the God who ,” as opposed to “the many gods who .”
A New Testament example of “I AM” is found in : “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” Here, the term “I AM” means the very same thing as the term used in . Both mean “to exist” and refer to the Self-Existent One. Certainly, Christ existed before Abraham, since He was the One who created all things ().
Thirty-one times in the first chapter of Genesis, the word “God” comes from the Hebrew word Elohim. It means “mighty ones.” The singular term for Elohim is El, which means “a mighty one,” and is also translated “God.” When used with certain other Hebrew words, the term El prefixes a variety of names for God.
Notice these other names of God, each emphasizing different attributes of His nature and character:
Now you understand why it is such a terrible offense to break the Third Commandment: “You shall not take the name of the your God in vain” (). While it is impossible to know the exact way that God’s names were pronounced in Hebrew during Old Testament times, studying them helps one learn about God’s nature, and leaves him able to more fully worship God.
Since those whom God calls must worship Him in spirit and in truth, they must not be at a loss to call upon His name: “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” ().
God is presently known only by those He has called out of this world. But, in the world to come, God’s name will be called upon by all humanity: “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord; and shall glorify Your name” ()!
It should now be clear who the God Beings are. But some may wonder if we can know what these Personages actually look like. Men have concocted every conceivable thought, idea and theory about the form and shape of God. Trinitarians believe that it is not possible for physical man to comprehend what the spiritual Creator of the universe looks like.
Notice the following examples of how the world sees God: “It says in the Bible that we were made in His image but it’s hard to imagine this big man in the sky, as it were. Does He really sit on a throne? Does He have a beard? If He’s omnipresent and omniscient then how can He be confined to a finite area, i.e., a body, an image? The infinite defies the finite, and our earthly perception really limits what we can comprehend. If we were in a room with Him, He probably wouldn’t extend a hand and say ‘how do you do’ like another person. A direct encounter would be nothing like what we might imagine it would be. It might be like finding ourselves inside the sun, or the center of a hurricane or some other overwhelming natural force” ().
Amazing! In the first sentence, the author acknowledges the biblical teaching on the subject of what God looks like. However, in the same sentence, he basically rejects what the Bible says. The writer accepts the biblical teaching that God is omniscient and omnipresent, but what God’s Word reveals about God’s form and shape. It is astonishing that approximately two billion professing Christians simply on this matter!
Another writer views the subject this way: “When the writers in the Bible talk about God, they speak in metaphors. The experience of knowing God is inexplicable in normal human terms—we don’t have the language for it—so they speak of fire and light, of huge thrones and God’s robe filling a gargantuan sanctuary. Mysterious creatures like the seraphim surround God. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. There are as well, God as a father , God as shepherd. But there is no one single picture that can contain who God is. They are just glimpses. Hints. Clues” ( , emphasis ours).
It is true that the Bible uses symbols, anecdotes, metaphors and parables. Yet, Scripture also makes many statements. The book of Revelation is filled with metaphors and symbols of events that will take place in the near future. But always explains what the metaphors mean. He does not leave His servants in the dark about them—or leave them open to human interpretation.
For example, describes a “great whore that sits upon many waters.” Throughout the rest of the chapter, God reveals who and what the great whore is, and, in , He reveals the meaning of the “waters.” This is the pattern throughout the Bible.
We may ask: Would it make sense for God to hide His form and shape in a metaphor and then not explain what it means? Why would the great Creator of the universe reveal the meaning of metaphors and parables in every area except who and what He is, including what He looks like? This makes no sense.
It is interesting that when God means something metaphorically, men seem to turn it into a literal statement. But, when He wants something to be taken literally, men invariably seem to turn it into a metaphor. When people turn literal statements by God into metaphors, they are severely damaging the Word of God—and their own understanding. Whether they know it or not, they are God’s meaning.
How many ever think of it this way?
God admonishes all men who study His Word not to add to or take away from it. He promises severe punishment for those who do (). Notice this concluding warning just to those who alter the book of Revelation: “If any man shall add unto these things, that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” ().
This is a very serious matter—and trinitarians should consider it well. To change the of what God states violates this instruction. None should want to be guilty of such an offense. We repeat yet again: Always permit the Bible to interpret itself. As we saw the scripture states, “The words of the L are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” ().
Recall that in the book of Romans, Paul states, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” ().
The Creation account is an all-inclusive and straightforward record of all that God did, leaving no ambiguities or room for doubt.
reveals that animals were made in a different way and that each was made after “his kind.” Notice: “And God made the beast of the earth after and cattle after , and every thing that creeps upon the earth after …”
Firmly understand! Man is not part of the animal kind. We do not carry the likeness of any “beast of the earth.”
Some sources claim that the Hebrew word translated “image” has a completely different meaning than the word translated “likeness.” However, a closer study shows something altogether different. The Hebrew word for “image” is and it has the following meaning: “image, likeness, resemblance, illusion; a representative figure, an idol.” The Hebrew word translated “likeness” is and it means “likeness, resemblance, similitude; image, model, pattern, shape.” Both words have similar meanings. Therefore, we conclude that if we look like God, then We will see that God has a head, hair, two ears, a mouth, a nose, two eyes, a torso, two arms, two hands, fingers, two legs and two feet.
The book of Genesis plainly reveals to mankind—including all trinitarians who will honestly reassess their belief—what God looks like. But there are other examples throughout God’s Word that tell us more.
As we have seen in this chapter, Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. Thus, if we study Christ, we can be absolutely sure of what God looks like. But is there any proof of what Christ looked like He became flesh?
Notice the account of Moses asking God to show him what He looks like, and God’s answer: “And He said, You cannot see My : for there shall no man see Me, and live. And the L said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand upon a rock: and it shall come to pass, while My glory pass by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and you shall see My : but My shall not be seen” ().
If God is formless—as is often asserted by theologians—why, after Moses asked to see exactly what God looks like, did God speak of a face, back and hands? Because God have a form and shape.
But what does that glorified spirit body look like?
Notice what John records in : “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of Man [Christ], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters…and His countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.”
John was able to see in vision what Moses saw in person! The only difference is that in vision, John was able to see the face of the Eternal. It is obvious that John knew that what he was seeing was a glorified Christ. In his first epistle, John states that when Christ returns, “we shall be ; for we shall see Him ” ().
Some may ask, “If we share all of God’s features, does He have a physical body made of flesh and bone?” has the answer: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” God made man out of the dust of the ground, but He Himself was not created. We have seen that He is eternal, “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” ().
When Christ, the God of the Old Testament, came to earth, He gave up His glorified spiritual body to become a flesh-and-blood human being (). However, until that time, God was not flesh. Notice how Jesus Christ describes spirit beings: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…The wind blows where it [wills], and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (, ).
Others may ask, “What shape and form does the Father have?” Notice what Christ said to His disciples when one of them asked Him this same question: “Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?” (). Christ looked like the Father in , as well as in and . Once again, the Bible has interpreted the Bible!
Now that you understand who and what God is, you must also learn how He is to be . Some say this is unimportant. However, what men say is irrelevant—what matters is God’s Word.
Notice: “But they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (). It possible for one’s worship of God to be completely in vain—futile. God does not accept those who worship Him as they choose. He must be worshipped precisely as He instructs.
Notice God’s very specific warning to Israel—and He warned them as He did: “When the L your God shall cut off the nations from before you…and you succeed them, and dwell in their land; take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. You shall not do so unto the L your God: for every abomination to the L, which He hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods” ().
Many similar verses could be examined to amplify and strengthen God’s plain command given here. (See , ; ; .) All of these passages make it absolutely clear that worshipping God any way other than way is simply not acceptable to Him. Let’s look at this more closely.
First, consider for a moment all that you have read in the chapter, “Another Jesus,” remembering that we talked about how Israel worshipped Baal and Ashtaroth in a process described as God with customs, practices and worship of gods.. It was explained that this is mixing worship of the
We are now prepared for a fascinating look into exactly how the entire nation of Israel disregarded all of the instructions referenced in the passages above, and convinced themselves that they were worshipping God. Here is what they were doing: “They feared the L, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from there” ().
This is a crucial point that must be understood by all those who wish to escape the seductive trappings of the trinity and seek to worship the true God. It is impossible for people to follow their own traditions, and serve gods of their own choosing—and be true Christians at the same time. Regardless of what people permit, the God of the Bible does not permit this!
You are urged to carefully ponder what you have just learned!
Some suggest that Christ’s coming changed everything. Is this true? Let’s examine what the New Testament teaches about worshipping God. We have already seen that Christ rebuked the Pharisees for observing own traditions instead of obeying commandments. Now notice the fuller context of what we quoted several times earlier, regarding what God requires of those who worship Him: “But the hour comes, and now is, when shall worship the Father in spirit and : for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (). What does this mean?
On this occasion, Christ was explaining to a Samaritan woman that the time had come that those who worship God would do this through the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. We saw people need not come together in a literal, physical temple in order to worship God because their was to be the temple of the Holy Spirit ().
Also, since the Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of truth” (; ; ), those who have it—who are being led by it—will be worshipping God . Real Christians strive to follow the truth in every matter. They would never follow the “instructions” of the trinitarian god, whose “Jesus” teaches that salvation is entirely by grace, with no works required. Notice just a few scriptures:
· “For if any be a hearer of the word, and , he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a of the work this man shall be blessed in his ” ().
Those who truly seek to serve the God of the Bible must obey —and ! If they do, the reward will be incredible, and you are now ready to learn what that is.