OF THE TRUE CHRISTIANS:
THE FATHER ALONE
THE CATHOLIC AND the Protestants believe in the Triune God (that the one true God is consists of three persons). For them, the Triune God is the God of the true Christians, thus those that reject the doctrine of the Trinity they immediately dismiss as Christians.
Is the doctrine of the Trinity a true Christian doctrine? Is the Triune God the God of the true Christians? Are the Christians are those that believe in the Trinity?
FOR THE TRUE CHRISTIANS, THE
FATHER IS ONLY TRUE GOD
Who is the God of the true Christians? This is what Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 8:6:
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (NIV)
When Apostle Paul said “Yet for us,” he is referring to the true Christians. Thus, when he said “Yet for us,” Apostle Paul means “for the true Christians.” Who is the true God of the true Christians? Apostle Paul clearly said, “Yet for us (for the true Christians) there is but one God, the Father…”
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN
CANNOT BE A TRIUNE GOD
The God of the Christians is only one - not one in three nor three in one,
not a Trinity. This is what the true God declared:
not a Trinity. This is what the true God declared:
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me.” ( Isaiah 45:5 NKJV)
There is no God besides God. The Bible also teaches us that there is no one else like Him:
“Remember what happened long ago; acknowledge that I alone am God and that there is no one else like me.” ( Isaiah 46:9 TEV)
God is God alone and there is no other God, there never was and never will be:
“People of Israel, you are my witnesses; I chose you to be my servant, so that you would know me and believe in me and understand that I am the only God. Besides me there is no other god; there never was and never will be.” ( Isaiah 43:10 TEV)
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN IS THE
GOD AND FATHER OF JESUS CHRIST
The apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ clearly declared that the one true God is the “God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.” This is what Apostle Paul explicitly stated:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 NIV
This is also what Apostle Peter testified:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” ( I Peter 1:3 NIV)
Therefore, the God of the true Christians is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Father alone is the true God.
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIANS IS TO
WHOM JESUS CHRIST MEDIATES MAN
If the true Christians acknowledge that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the only true God, thus who is Jesus Christ for them? These words of Apostle Paul clearly teach that the gtrue Christian acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as their mediator to the One true God:
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5 NIV)
The Bible said, “For there is one God” (the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ).The Bible also stated that there is “one mediator between God and man, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS.”
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIANS
The God of the true Christians is immortal or without death:
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (I Timothy 1:17 NIV)
We all know that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross.
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIANS IS
SPIRIT, WITHOUT FLESH AND BONES
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” ( John 4:24 NIV)
“And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” (Luke 24:38-39 NKJV)
The words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 24:38-39 clearly proves that He could not be God because He has no flesh and bones, while He also teachess that God is spirit, without flesh and bones.
Thus the God of true Christians cannot be both human and God, because if so, He will be both with flesh and bones (as human is), and no flesh and bones (because God is spirit, no flesh and bones).
THE GOD OF THE TRUE CHRISTIANS
IS NOT HUMAN, NOT MAN
Because the true God is spirit, without flesh and bones, the Lord God explicitly declared that He is not human o He is not man:
“I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man- the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.” (Hoseah 11:9 NIV)
While, the Lord Jesus Christ explicitly declared that He is a man:
“As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.” (John 8:40 NIV)
FOR THE TRUE CHRISTIANS, JESUS
IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD,
AND NOT GOD HIMSELF
When the Lord Jesus Christ ask His apostles if who He is, Apostle Peter answered:
“But what about you? he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-17 NIV)
If the Lord Jesus said that the Father is the only true God, and if the Bible explicitly teaches that the Lord Jesus is the son of the living God, thus, it is clear that Jesus is not the one true God.
THE ORIGIN OF THE TRINITY DOCTRINE
Is the doctrine about the Triune God or that there are three persons in one God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) a Christian doctrine? This is what a retired priest admitted:
“Though the exact terms in which the Church has formally defined the dogma of the Blessed Trinity…are not in the Bible, and may, therefore, in a sense be called unscriptural;…” [Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Pohle, Ph. D., D.D., The Divine Trinity: A Dogmatic Treatise, p. 22.]
The doctrine of the Trinity is not in the Bible, and according to a retired priest, “therefore, in a sense be called unscriptural.” If the word Trinity and it’s doctrine are unscriptural, who invented the word “Triinity”?
“The term ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Scriptures,…The invention of the term is ascribed to Tertullian.” [Augustus Hopkins Strong, D.D, LL.D., Systematic Theology, p. 304]
The term “Trinity” was invented by Tertullian in the third century AD. However, although Tertullian was the one who invented the term “Trinity,” but the “trinity doctrine” he formulated was a little different from what the Catholic Church uphold today:
“Tertullian was the first to use the term ‘Trinity’ and to formulate the doctrine, but his formulation was deficient, since it involved an unwarranted subordination of the Son to the Father.” [L. Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 82.]
Tertullian’s “trinity doctrine” was a little different from what the Catholic Church uphold today, because “it involved an unwarranted subordination of the Son to the Father.” This doctrine is called the doctrine of “subordinationism.” However, the Catholic Church teaches that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all equal, coeternal and co-substantial. Thus, this doctrine uphold by the Catholic Church was not their doctrine before the fourth century AD, because only then they formulated the “trinity doctrine” thay uphold today.
“…The Church began to formulate its doctrine of the Trinity in the fourth century. The Council of Nicea declared the Son to be co-essential with the Father (325 A.D.), while the Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.) asserted the deity of the Holy Spirit. Though not with the same precision.” [Ibid., p. 82-83.]
In the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, the Catholic Church declared that the Son is co-essential, coeternal and co-substantial with the Father. The council declared that the Son is equal with the Father. An act of abandoning the doctrine of the theologians before the fourth century AD. History tells us that before the Council of Nicea, all theologians uphold that the Son is subordinate to the Father:
“Before the Council of Nicea (AD 325) all theologians viewed the Son as in one way or another subordinate to the Father.” [Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity, pp. 112-113]
However, although the Son was declared God and co-equal, coeternal and co-substantial of the Father, but the “trinity doctrine” was not yet complete. The declaration of that the Holy Spirit is also called came 56 years late. Only in 381 AD, in the Council of Constantinople, that the Holy Spirit was declared God.
Therefore, the first century Christians and the Bible have nothing to do with the invention of the word and the doctrine of the Trinity. Thus, the “Triune God” did not originate from the apostles, unknown to the first century Christians, and indeed unscriptural.
WHAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST DECLARED
Clearly, the Bible proves that the true Christians firmly believe that there is only one God, the Father. The truthm they only learned from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself:
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:1,3 NIV)
Not only for the true Christians, but also for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father is the only true God. The Lord Jesus also taught to His disciples how important it is to acknowledge the Father as the only true God. He said, “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God.”
Thus, the true Christians are those that uphold the biblical doctrine that the Father alone (the God and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ) is the only true God.