II CORINTHIANS 5:18-19
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
1 TIMOTHY 3:16
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.
We frequently say that man possesses a soul, but in reality, man is a soul which occupies a body. He is in fact, created in the image of God, and God does not have a body, that was, until the appearing of the man Jesus Christ, who was God manifest in the flesh. He had to become what we are so that we might return to what He is - a living soul. Body, Soul, and Spirit are not three separate persons, but rather three manifestations of ONE person, although these three manifestations may, at the will of God, be separated one from the other.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
I CORINTHIANS 15:44-47
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
The Name of Jesus:
The very name, "Jesus" literally translates, "Jehovah is become our Saviour." Jesus Christ was and is Jehovah God come to earth to become our Saviour. This is why the Old Testament is full of passages stating that God is alone in the heavens, that He alone is our God, and He alone is our Saviour. Even as the angel declared to Joseph the name that was to be attached to the child which Mary was carrying, the deity of that child was revealed through His name...
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (The name Jesus speaks of Jehovah's role as Saviour, thus, the angel states, His name shall be called Jesus - FOR He shall save His people from their sins.) 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 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 (NOT, "God the Son) with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
If the name of Jesus is not the revealed name of God Himself, for the purpose of bringing salvation to humanity, why does the Bible clearly state...
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:44-48 (GENTILES - Which puts to rest the lie that Jesus name baptism was only for the Jews.)
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
I CORINTHIANS 1:12-13
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Jesus Christ, Worshipped as God…
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation (not, "was made of no reputation, but rather, "made Himself of no reputation), and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself (was not humbled, but humbled Himself), and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 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.
We know from Deuteronomy 6:4 that only Jehovah God is called Lord. When we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, we acknowledge His divinity and God's great provision for us in revealing Himself to us in the singular, complete person (body, soul, and Spirit - ALL being Divine in nature, as no man had ever or will ever be a "Son of God" in this fashion) of the Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing, we bring glory to God the Father by acknowledging the divinity of the man Jesus Christ, who was none other than God Himself wrapped up in a human form.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Worship God only…
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 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.
THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SECOND ADAM…
I Corinthians 15:45-47
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. (The Holy Ghost, Spirit of Christ. Not a third person of the trinity, but rather another manifestation of ONE GOD, which is Jesus Christ!)
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
No man can know the invisible God of heaven except that he first come to the Son, the man Jesus Christ. For in Him lies the revelation of God!
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Who dwelled with the disciples? The Lord, of course. Now He is stating, that after the Holy Ghost comes, He (the Lord) would no longer dwell with His people but rather IN His people. Why? Because the Holy Ghost is none other than the Lord Himself in a different, non-physical, spiritual form.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
"testify" does not merely mean "speak of" or "tell about" me, but rather literally means that He (the invisible Holy Ghost) shall establish a reputation, or a testimony, for me.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
1 John 4:1-3
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
John wrote more on the topic of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ than any other Biblical writer. Perhaps this was God's reason for allowing John to be the recipient of the Revelation of Christ Jesus while exiled on the aisle of Patmos. John clearly makes the distinction that anyone who claims that Jesus Christ is not God manifest in human form is anti-Christ in their doctrine. The doctrine of the "trinity" reduces the Lord Jesus Christ from absolute God, and the "fullness of the Godhead bodily," to a mere second figure in the Godhead, subservient to the Father. But He was not second to any, He is and will always be the one true God of Israel and Father of us all.
1 John 5:6
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Does this verse speak of three different spirits? Not at all. They are all one and the same, even the Spirit of Christ, which we otherwise call "the Holy Ghost."
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
How many spirits? One Spirit! Therefore, it cannot be possible that the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ be anything but one and the same Spirit.
1 Peter 1:10-12
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Father & Son are One and the same…
The Holy Ghost (invisible presence of God – like the wind unseen, although the effects of it’s presence and movement may be seen and felt) overshadowed Mary and she bare a Son. Who was Jesus Father? The Father, or the Holy Ghost? They are indeed one and the same, as is the Son one and the same (quantifiably) with the Father.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 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.
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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THREE MANIFESTATIONS OF ONE GOD
AND THREE "PERSONS" CONSTITUTING THREE GODS
I Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness (the things of God): God was manifest in the flesh, (manifest; says nothing of persons, but rather manifestations) justified (perfect, after all, His Spirit was none other than the Spirit of Almighty God) in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
At creation, before the fall/disobedience in the garden, man shares God’s nature as “a living soul” Genesis 2:7
God shares man’s fallen/sinful nature as flesh and blood.
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:"
5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
The only way humanity COULD be saved was through the physical death of a man “in the image of God” who was sinless and perfect as was Adam at creation. The second Adam, Jesus, did indeed qualify as He was “the very image of God,” as well as the revelation of God to humanity. Man could kill the body, but they had no power to destroy the soul-man (living soul/spirit). Jesus said “Do not fear those who can destroy the body, but rather the one who can destroy (bring to ruin) the soul.”
The soul without Spirit is dead. We are all dead in our sins until the Holy Ghost, following faith and obedience to the Gospel breathes new life into our soul. Man is born dead. Not physically, but spiritually. He possesses a soul and will physically die lost without God, thus constituting “the second death.” Rev 20:14
THE TRINITY DOCTRINE REDUCES CHRIST, IT DOES NOT EXALT HIM!
1 John 5:6-9
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
When John speaks of the Spirit, water, and blood; he specifically states that these three merely AGREE IN ONE. But when he speaks of the three manifestations of God - Body, Soul, & Spirit - he clearly states that THESE THREE ARE ONE. THEY DO NOT AGREE, BUT RATHER THEY ARE QUANTITIVELY ONE! You will notice that John refers to three manifestations of the one singular Godhead. Even as man is body, soul, and spirit; God is the Father (in creation), the Word (in redemption/Notice that John does not use the term Son here!), and the Holy Spirit (in regeneration). But when it is all said and done, these three are ONE! The apostles always emphasized the ONENESS of God, never the so-called three-ness, or three persons, of the fictitious "trinity." Many people are not even fully aware of what exactly the "trinity" doctrine teaches, for this reason I am providing this link to a page which gives the full, official definition of the "trinity" as published and embraced by the Roman Catholic church CLICK HERE.
Notice that John's emphasis is on the ONENESS of God, not the three aspects of His person. For instance, John might have said, "God has caused Himself to appear in heaven as Body, Soul, and Spirit; but these three are one." John does not employ the term "Son of God," but rather the term, "Word." The term "Word" CLEARLY and EXPRESSLY refers to the human, flesh and blood manifestation of God's own expressed thoughts or ideas (Greek: "Word" = "Logos" Expressed thought, plan, or idea). The man Jesus Christ was the physical realization of God's PLAN, THOUGHT, and/or EXPRESSED IDEA from the very beginning of creation. God did not respond to Adam's fall, He had fully known and anticipated it before light had spoken into existence or a single cloud was formed. The man Jesus Christ, God Himself robed in flesh for the purpose of winning our affections and adoration by reason of His substitutionary death at Calvary, was in God's thoughts, plans, ideas from before the foundations of the earth were even laid.
The emphasis of Scripture is ALWAYS on the ONENESS of God, not His so-called "triune" nature. The doctrine of the trinity attempts to separate and divide the three manifestations of our one God, making them individual persons. In truth, this creates three Gods, no matter how cleverly and creatively you try to word it. This then is why there is so much confusion amongst those who fill the pews of "trinity" churches. Like myself growing up as a child, there were too many contradictions in this doctrine and it clearly created an image in my mind of three individual DIVINE BEINGS. This is heresy! The doctrine of the "trinity" is the sole reason why Jews as a whole refuse to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. This doctrine has repulsed Jews and turned them away from the Gospel since it's adoption by the early Roman Catholic church in the fourth century, centuries after the apostles of Christ were dead and no longer able to defend the truth of one God in Christ! Interestingly, the entire early Christian church was comprised mainly of Jewish believers at the beginning. The reason? Because the apostolic doctrine and position of the "Oneness of God in Christ" agrees with Jewish teaching concerning both God and the Messiah, and retains the fundamental truth of ONE GOD. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
"For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
II Corinthians 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.
Christ does not dwell in the Godhead, but rather the Godhead (full and complete nature and person of God) dwelleth IN HIM! There is a marked difference! Christ is not in God, but rather God was in Christ Jesus! He alone is the only begotten Son of God - the only man ever born of God Himself. He is the fullness of God; Body, Soul, and Spirit. The Soul and Spirit of God dwell within the man Jesus Christ. The man Jesus Christ does not dwell in God's soul and Spirit.
On the cross of Calvary, as the soldiers pierced His side, the Lord Jesus Christ is said to have shed forth BLOOD and WATER. Blood comes from the Father, the water content originates with the mother. Hence He offered up both His divinity and His humanity, something no earth born man could do. Only God, in the person of the Son of God (a man born expressly of God alone as His Father) could accomplish what was necessary at Calvary as the perfect, unblemished, unspoiled sacrifice! Hallelujah to the Lamb of glory!
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
In the last book of the Bible, John's Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is only ONE THRONE that is ever mentioned, and there is no mention of one sitting beside the other. The one singular throne is called the throne of "God and of the Lamb." The reason, because God and the Lamb are one and the same.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 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.
Revelation 22:1, 3-5
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne (singular) of God and of the Lamb. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Never do we read the word, "them," but rather only Him. Notice how the light source of heaven is at once said to be the glory of God, and in the next breath it is said to be "the Lamb." Why? Because the Lamb IS THE GLORY OF GOD! The Lamb is God's crowning achievement and accomplishment!
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (Not that God loves, but rather that He is love.)
1 Peter 1:16
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (Not that God does holy things, but rather that He is holy.)
The trinity doctrine attempts to point to the Old Testament use of the pronouns, "us" and "our" in Genesis chapter one to suggest God has triune nature, however, there is nothing in this language that eludes to or suggests "three" (3) in any way. But, allowing Scripture to answer itself, rather than supposing some ridiculous assumption, the Bible clearly shows us that God indeed has a plural nature. But this does not mean that He has three persons which constitute the Godhead. This is an erroneous and heretical assumption. In fact, God has a seven-fold nature, not triune. Every aspect of His person and nature are perfect and complete. This is why the Word of God states that "God is love" and "Be ye holy, for I am holy." God does not possess love, but rather love in it's purest and most complete form is a part of God's very nature, as is holiness, and justice, etc. The error is in trying to suggest that God is three persons, rather than acknowledging that God has manifested Himself in three specific manifestations: We call them Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - But these three are ONE! Man was at first created in the image of God, a living soul. After man fell, he was demoted to an existence similar to that of the animals with flesh and blood. It then became necessary that God Himself assume our fallen nature (Body, Soul, & Spirit) so that He might reconcile the world unto Himself.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 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.
When man confesses Jesus Christ to be Lord, a title reserved for none other than God Almighty Himself, we honor and bring glory to God the Father through this declaration of recognition of the identity of the Son.
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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
My friend, our God and Christ are one!