The Oneness Of God In Christ
By: Rev Charles Burnett-Morrow
This Bible Study consists primarily of Scripture. There are some notes and items of explanation, but the Word of God is so clear on this matter that I believe it is able to stand alone.
10 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. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
II CORINTHIANS 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed F13 unto us the word of reconciliation.
I TIMOTHY 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Monotheism: The foundation of Judaism and Christianity
Monotheism There is only one God, the God of the Bible, the Creator of all that exists, that stands outside the universe and is not a part of it. Only three modern religions share this viewpoint, and all of them are based on the revealed religion of ancient Israel.
The book of Genesis begins by assuming that there is only one true God, and that assumption is maintained throughout the OT. Both the OT and NT begin with or assume the reality of God, not as some speculative premise, but as universally manifest in nature, man's reason and conscience, and divine revelation. (see Deut. 4:35, 39; 5:7; 32:39; Exod. 20:3; Josh 24:15; 1 Kgs. 18:21; Hos. 4:12; Isa. 2:8, 20; 17:8; 31:7; 45:21; Jer. 10:5, 10; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Cor. 8:4).
The central core of the Christian faith is either absolute truth or it is nonsense. Being absolute, the truths which it proclaims also claim to be eternal. If they were not absolute, if they were not eternal, they would not be worth believing. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand, is relative, relative to what at any given moment happens to have been found out about the natural world. A religion which is in constant process of revision to square with science's ever-changing picture of the world might well be easier to believe, but it is hard to believe it would be worth believing.Philosopher [C.E.M. Joad, The Recovery of Belief, 1955]
PLEASE NOTE: The majority of this study shall consist only of the Scriptures, primarily taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. God's Word requires no interpretation or explanation. God's Word speaks plainly and clearly, and it is only through the efforts of men that it becomes cloudy and unclear. My commentary will appear in black text. Scripture verses appear in blue text. God bless you as you read... In Jesus name... Pastor Charles Burnett-Morrow, Author.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Emphasis on One Supreme God
10 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. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
...I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:
So which is it? Is God "the first and the last, or is the Lord Jesus Christ? God and Christ are one and the same!
Isaiah 45:4-7; 21-22
4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. 5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 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. 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
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.
1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
2 Samuel 7:22
Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
1 Kings 8:60
That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
1 Kings 22:19
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his (singular) throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. (Where was Jesus? Shouldn't He have been on the right hand?)
No mention of a eternal "Son of God" sitting at His right hand. How can God withhold from His people throughout the entirety of the Old Testament the fact that He has offspring, even though He has no means of or need for procreation. Why would He go to such great lengths to emphasize over and over the fact that He is our one, supreme, and solitary God.
2 Chronicles 18:18
Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his (singular) throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. So, who created the world? God, or Jesus?
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne (one throne), high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
New Testament Emphasis On One Supreme God
“In the beginning was the Word… and the word was God.” Not a part of God, or a person of God...
“Word” = “Logos; expressed thought, idea, plan. From the beginning of creation God had an idea, thought, plan which He spoke. This plan was with God from the very beginning, and God Himself was this idea, thought, plan from the very start.
“He was in the world and He created the world and the world knew Him not…”
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
I Corinthians 8:6
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.
Now of course, according to God's Word, from the very foundation of Judaism, God and the Lord are ONE AND THE SAME! Divinity is not flesh and blood, i.e.- "God is not a man..." but the Divine took on human nature. Thus we have but one spiritual Father, who is God and one Lord (flesh and blood Redeemer/Saviour) which is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Himself nothing less than God Himself in human form!
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble.
I Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
The position of mediator is allocated to the MAN Christ Jesus, or to His humanity. When employees of a foundry seek to mediate a contract with their employer, they find one amongst themselves who understands their positions, desires, limitations, and abilities and send him forth to represent them in the bargaining. The man Jesus Christ is our mediator, the one who negotiates and mediates on our behalf. Mediation is now complete. There is no longer any need for further discussion as Calvary settled the matter. So this verse is by no means suggesting that the mediation continues, but rather it suggests only that the man Jesus Christ was and is our only mediator. He was the only man in human history qualified and capable of mediating a fair deal for our salvation. Many make the mistake of thinking that this verse speaks of ongoing mediation, but if this were true, then Calvary would not have been sufficient and it's affects complete and final.
Messiah is to be God Himself!
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The same one we call "Prince of Peace"" and "Wonderful" is also called The mighty God, and The everlasting Father. Jehovah God made it clear throughout the Old Testament that He alone is God and beside Him there is no other. This being true, then obviously the Messiah was to be God Himself in human form born of a virgin.
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
The Lord Himself is saying to David that He, the Lord Himself, will one day sit upon the throne of David!
Both God and Saviour are identified as One and the same.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
1 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
1 Timothy 2:2-4
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 4:9-11
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 11 These things command and teach.
God our Saviour & Christ our Saviour, in same sentence!
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised (Remember "Logos" = expressed thought, PROMISE, idea, plan) before the world began; 3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Well, which is? God our Saviour, or Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour? When you know that these are merely two aspects of one great God, you know that both statements are true.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
2 Peter 1:1-2
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and (Greek: "kai = "even") of Jesus our Lord,
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
We shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ, but we shall give account of ourselves to God. Yet nowhere in Scripture is it ever suggested that God and Christ shall be present at the judgment. We are only told that we shall stand before Christ (the physical visage which God prepared in the womb of Mary so that humankind might look upon Him and recognize Him as the one whom they had pierced).
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The truth of God in Christ comes only by divine revelation. I can share Scripture, but God Himself must reveal this truth to you, my dear reader.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Purchased with God’s own blood…
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Who is "He?" God! God purchased with His own blood!)
II Cor 5:19
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
God will share His glory with no other…
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Jesus said when the Son of man (human form) returns "in the glory of His Father."
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The term, "Son of man" is speaking of His human form and appearance. Notice He does not use the title "Son of God," which speaks of His divine nature and true identity.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Again, the Greek word "kai" is here used and interpreted as "and." Are God and our Father two separate persons? Perhaps this would have read more correctly had "kai" been translated as "even" instead of "and." Then it would have read, "...God, even our Father..."
(The man Jesus Christ) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, (not persons, but person. SINGULAR!) and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: (Not seated at the right hand of a person of God, but rather the majesty, as He is awaiting the completion of salvations plan, to wit, the redemption of the church, after which He shall assume the throne of God, as God, to forever sit and reign as our God and King! Hallelujah!)
1 Peter 5:11
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter 1:17
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, (but God does not give His glory to another. Unless perhaps that other is really Himself in another manifestation, and in this case, a physical manifestation as the "Son of God.") when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Remember, God will give His glory to no other. Nor will He take credit for that which is done by another. God is glorified in His own actions and deeds. It is His own creation which glorifies Him and brings Him honor and praise.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
So which one is it that gets the glory, majesty, power, and dominion? Here Jude calls for God to get it. But in earlier Scriptures we saw that Jesus Christ is to receive all these things.
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even") his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(Are "Lord" and "Saviour" in 2 Peter 3:18 and "God" and "His Father" in Revelation 1:6 two different persons? Absolutely not. Here the Greek word Kai is correctly translated as "even" rather than "and" thus signifying that the two terms being used are both applied to the one person. Such is the case in many New Testament translations of the word "kai.")
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him (singular) that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
To whom are the angels declaring this? The Father, or the Son? They use the title, "Lord." Jesus Christ is Lord! Now who created the world? The Bible says in Genesis one that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth..."
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him (singular) that sitteth upon the throne, and (Greek: "and" = "kai", also translated as "even")unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Again, now we see "the Lamb" being worthy to receive all the things which are supposed to go only to God. But when God Himself became the Lamb, He earned these things. Before they were His by mere right. But after Calvary they were His by reason of His having earned them.
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
So which is, is the glory of God the light or is the Lamb? Simple. They are both seeing as the two are one and the same.
God is the Lamb. Remember Abraham's prophetic declaration to his son Isaac:
"And Abraham said, my son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering..." God IS Himself the Lamb!