Universe, Earth and we’re for God’s purpose, chapter 8

10/7/19, God’s 7th month, Tishrei 7, 5,780 until sunset.

To: People desiring to be atOne with God the Father, God the Son and Heir with Abraham.

The numbers seven and three are used by God, to designate an end or completion seemingly. It’s no accident that this third of three holy seasons in this seventh month foreshadows the end of demonic confusion on God’s earth. The beginning of Sabbath rest for lands, demons put away, time of peace, righteousness and a second death for evil doers will be a reality. Jesus revealed evil’s demise to John.

(Rev 21:6-8; He ‘Jesus’ also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers ’overcomes’ will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.)

When Jesus returns, the righteous in His view will be resurrected to eternal life, they’ll literally be atOne with Him, nations and their people will adhere to the king of kings. Circumcision of heart covenant will become a reality. Jesus had Paul explain.

(Rom 2:26-29; Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.)

Theology example; We should look at several translations and compare scripture to scripture on subjects. John 5:7 for example

NET (John 5:7; The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, someone else goes down there before me.)

KJV (Joh 5:7; The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.)

King James’ theological comma’s are decidedly against their authenticity at John 5:7 and other places. For a detailed discussion, see Net Bible - John 5:7 - TCGNT 647-49. Skip down to “Bible proof” unless you’re interested in a deeper study.

Our discussion will briefly address the external evidence. KJV’s longer reading is found only in nine late manuscripts, four of which have the words in a marginal note. Most of these manuscripts (221 2318 [18th century] {2473 [dated 1634]} and [with minor variations] 61 88 429 629 636 918) originate from the 16th century; the earliest manuscript, codex 221 (10th century) includes the reading in a marginal note, added sometime after the original composition. The oldest manuscript with the Comma in its text is from the 14th century (629), but the wording here departs from all the other manuscripts in several places. The next oldest manuscripts on behalf of the Comma, 88 (12th century) 429 (14th) 636 (15th), also have the reading only as a marginal note (v.l.). The remaining manuscripts are from the 16th to 18th centuries. Thus, there is no sure evidence of this KJV reading in any Greek manuscript until the 14th century (629), and that manuscript deviates from all others in its wording; the wording that matches what is found in the translation was apparently composed after Erasmus’ Greek translation was published in 1516. Indeed, the Comma appears in no Greek witness of any kind (either manuscript, patristic, or Greek translation of some other version) until a.d. 1215 (in a Greek translation of the Acts of the Lateran Council, a work originally written in Latin).

This is all the more significant since many a Greek Father would have loved such a reading, for it so succinctly affirms the doctrine of the Trinity. The reading seems to have arisen in a 4th century Latin homily in which the text was allegorized to refer to members of the Trinity. From there, it made its way into copies of the Latin Vulgate, the text used by the Roman Catholic Church. The Trinitarian formula (known as the Comma Johanneum) made its way into the third edition of Erasmus’ Greek translation (1522) because of pressure from the Catholic Church. After his first edition appeared, there arose such a furor over the absence of the Comma that Erasmus needed to defend himself. He argued that he did not put in the Comma because he found no Greek mss that included it. Once one was produced (codex 61, written in ca. 1520), Erasmus apparently felt obliged to include the reading. He became aware of this manuscript sometime between May of 1520 and September of 1521. In his annotations to his third edition he does not protest the rendering now in his text, as though it were made to order; but he does defend himself from the charge of indolence, noting that he had taken care to find whatever manuscripts he could for the production of his text. In the final analysis, Erasmus probably altered the text because of politico-theological-economic concerns: He did not want his reputation ruined, nor his Novum Instrumentum to go unsold.

Modern advocates of the translation and KJV generally argue for the inclusion of the Comma Johanneum on the basis of heretical motivation by scribes who did not include it. But these same scribes elsewhere include thoroughly orthodox readings – even in places where the Translation/Byzantine manuscripts lack them. Further, these advocates argue theologically from the position of divine preservation: Since this verse is in the translation, it must be original.

(Of course, this approach is circular, presupposing as it does that the translation = the original text.) In reality, the issue is history, not heresy: How can one argue that the Comma Johanneum goes back to the original text yet does not appear until the 14th century in any Greek manuscripts (and that form is significantly different from what is printed in the translation; the wording of the translation is not found in any Greek manuscript until the 16th century)? Such a stance does not do justice to the gospel: Faith must be rooted in history. Significantly, the German translation of Luther was based on Erasmus’ second edition (1519) and lacked the Comma. But the KJV translators, basing their work principally on Theodore Beza’s 10th edition of the Greek New Testament (1598), a work which itself was fundamentally based on Erasmus’ third and later editions (and Stephanus’ editions), popularized the Comma for the English-speaking world. Thus, the Comma Johanneum has been a battleground for English-speaking Christians more than for others.

Bible Proofs. Spirit likened to wind.

(1) The word “trinity” in not in the bible. (2) The Holy Spirit was “poured out” on Pentecost (acts 2:18 and was “poured out” upon Gentiles (Acts 10:45) There is no indication that God, an angel or a person was ever “poured out.”

(Acts 2:2: “and suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rushing of a powerful wind, and filled the whole house..”) No appearing of Jesus or an angel ever filled a house. Acts isn’t the only place the spirit is likened to the wind. Explaining to Nicodemus about being born again, Jesus is quoted as saying; (John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above. The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

At Acts 2, Doctor Luke describes the Holy Spirit’s appearance as, “cloven tongues.” Again, no individual angel or deity ever appeared as tongues of fire. (Acts 2:3) Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit. (Matt 1:18-20) If the Holy Spirit were a person that would make the Holy Spirit Christ’s father.

The Holy Spirit is the power God uses to accomplish His work. Sometimes the scripture does personify a thing or quality as if it were a person: “Wisdom cries outside; she utters her voice in the streets.” Proverbs 2:3-4; The use of “she” and “her” does not make wisdom or understanding a person. Nor can the use of “he” in the KJV make the Holy Spirit a person. The Net Bible translation of this Proverbs text translates the KJV, “she” as “it.” Verses 3-5, “indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding – if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God.

Christ said, “I and My father are one.” (John 10:30, 17:21-22) Never mentioning the Holy Spirit as being one with Him and His father. God ‘s ultimate purpose for creating mankind was to add many to His Family.

Daniel 7:13; “the Son of man… came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him” Daniel a loyal servant of God spoke of only two members of the Godhead. AND Psalms 110:1; “the Lord said to my lord, Sit at My right hand …’ David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) spoke of only two members of the Godhead.

In most of Paul’s letters he gave salutations from God the Father and Christ - never including the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit were a person and a member of a triune Godhead, Paul would have sent greetings from the Holy Spirit as well. In three of Paul’s letters, God the Father and Christ are referred to as persons - but the Holy Spirit is not referred to as such. (See Colossians 1:3, 1Thess 1:1, & Hebrews 1:1-2) Also study Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1: & 2: for truth regarding Jesus’ deity.

Matthew 28:19; reads; Go… “Baptizing them into the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The use of the Holy Spirit here in no way makes it a person. In John’s vision of the throne of God, (Rev 4:5) Jesus reveals only the Father and the Son. John did not see a third person designated as “God, the Holy Spirit.”

Worldly religions teach the doctrine of the trinity, “God teaches the family.” God is an open family - not a closed triangular trinity. Converted begotten believers IN can literally be born into the family of God at the first resurrection.

(Psalms 82:6-8; “I thought; ‘you are gods; all of you are sons of the Most High.’ Yet you will die like mortals; you will fall like all the other rulers.” Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth! For You own all the nations.”

A common form of rabbinic argument. The reason the Old Testament judges could be called gods is because they were vehicles of the word of God, But granting that premise, Jesus deserves much more than they to be called God. He is the Word incarnate, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world to save the world (John 10:36).

In light of the prologue to the Gospel of John, it seems this interpretation would have been most natural for the author. If it is permissible to call men “gods” because they were the vehicles of the Word of God, how much more permissible is it to use the word “God” of Him who is the Word of God? Thus John records Jesus at John 10:34.

(John 10:34-39; Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” Then they attempted again to seize Him, but He escaped their clutches.”

Believers IN, friends of Jesus

John 15:14-17; “You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name “nature” He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”

The World’s Hatred

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”

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