This article was first written in 1984 to expose the fallacies of the doctrineof the so-called Trinity.
Since then certain important Scriptural Truths on the subject have unfolded.
However, the revelation of the ONE GOD (and the Oneness of the Godhead) remains true just the same.
As God leads His Bride into perfection, all the saints of Christ are expected to have
a deeper understanding of God's Truth.
Therefore, the author deems it necessary to revise the original article
for the benefit of the believers of the Truth.
This article is aimed at presenting the readers with an overall objective understanding of the Godhead
the Mystery of God in Christ.
Due to the constraint of space, it does not endeavour to detail every possible argument against the Trinity.
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth"
THE CREATION OF GOD
THE CREATION"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
It is a well known and generally acceptable fact that the heaven and the earth were created in six days. But the earth on which we are now living was a recreationafter some ζons of time since it was first created by God. Prior to the recreation, the earth was in a state of desolation, emptiness, and darkness.
Why was it so? And, what were the causes?
Let's examine the Biblical records of the chronology of events pertaining to the heaven and the earth which God had created. From Genesis 1:1 we believe that God created the heaven and the earth in a period called THE BEGINNING which was millions of years in the past. This is THE BEGINNING of the Creation of the Heaven and the Earth. Prophet Isaiah said that God "hath established it and created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited" (Isa.45:18). And archeological discoveries have proved to us that there was an era when dinosaurs and upright man-like creatures roamed the earth. It was an era which spanned millions of years before "the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep" (Gen.1:2a). It is simply known as the Prehistoric Era.
The earth, being created in a good state and condition, was meant to be an habitation for all creatures to live harmoniously together during that Prehistoric Era.
Now, let us take a further step beyond THE BEGINNING of the heaven and the earth to THE BEGINNING of the angels.
In Job 38:4-7, God exposed Job's ignorance when He questioned him:
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? ...when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Yes, the stars of God (angelic messengers) were there with God when He laid the foundations of the earth. Every Seed-Word son of God was there in the infinite Mind of God shouting for joy. [Note: God often spoke of non-existent things as if they (already) existed (Rom.4:17).]
Every creature created in the image and likeness of God is endowed with the power to choose between right and wrong. None of them is programmed to be a robot. The angels, being in God's image and likeness, had to be tested regarding their choice. And what better place for their testing could there be than the planet earth. The heaven was never meant to serve any purpose other than God's dwelling place.
Satan was already a fallen angel when he entered the Garden of Eden made for Adam and Eve. Evidently, he had been tested at some point of time in ages past and, having failed the test, was cast to the ground as recorded in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-17.
In John 8:44, Jesus said (to the unbelieving Jews):
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
In saying that, Jesus was neither referring to the murder of Abel by Cain, the seed of the Serpent, nor the lie that the Serpent had told Eve. Christ was pointing back to the origin and testing of Satan when he had his own Garden of Eden on this same earth.
In Ezekiel 28, when Prophet Ezekiel was prophesying, He was not only rebuking the king of Tyrus, a man of glory, who loved to glorify and exalt himself, but also Satan, when he said, "Thou hast been in Eden the Garden of God" (v.13). But please note carefully that this Garden of Eden, which was made for that Angelic Prince before his fall, was a garden of precious stones and not a garden of vegetation. Adam's garden was a garden of fruit trees and plants. The word "Eden" simply means "a delight" or "paradise". Everything in that garden of precious stones was made for that anointed cherub; every precious stone was his covering his glory. He was elevated to a position of authority "thou was upon the holy mountain of God" (v.14). He was perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (v.15). He failed his test and fell. Then Lucifer Son of the morning became Satan, the adversary of God.
When the seventy disciples returned to Jesus Christ after their successful mission, they were filled with great jubilation that the Lord cautioned them, saying: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Lk.10:17-18). Yes, Satan exalted himself and he fell from his first estate, and was "cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations" (Isa.14:12).
It is evident that Lucifer, who previously had power and control over this planet earth, has been fighting very hard to regain control of the earth from man, the new ruler, who has been appointed to rule in his stead since the recreation. He has been trying, by all ways and means, to achieve his ambition. His lies and wicked schemes have filled the earth with all forms of violence and sins. O that devil! He is all out to destroy everything that God had created! Yes, he is the god of this evil age!
Yes, Lucifer was perfect when he was created. But he was not contented with his possessions and status. It seemed that he got bored with his position and began to harbour a secret ambition to be like the Most High (Isa.14:14). God knew it and began to deal with him. That was when iniquity was found in him and he began to cause a 'war' among the mammoth creatures of the earth. Kill! Murder! Destroy! Thus, Lucifer became a murderer!
And when God confronted him, he told his first lie. He did not abide in the truth. That's right. "He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him."
The earth was in a state of turmoil and chaos. All the creatures were fighting among themselves and killing one another which wreaked havoc on the environment around them. The wreckages, together with decomposed carcasses, caused a change in the climatic condition of the earth and lands laid waste. Finally, God decided to stop the widespread destruction. All He did was to cause glaciers to cover and freeze the whole earth. Then the fallen angelic prince was stripped of his authority and dominion over the earth.
All the angels that followed Satan's evil leadership fell with him. They left their first estate by choice. Angels that proved loyal to God remained at God's right hand to carry out and execute His plan.
The 'great' educated theologians can never figure out the profound truth that has been hidden in God's Word. God will only reveal the truth to babes and such as would learn. Yes, the Word of the Lord is given unto us, precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little that we may receive the truth.
Even today, there are people (especially those who believe that the earth was only about 6,000 years old) who teach that the dinosaurs existed in Adam's days and that they all perished in the great deluge of Noah's day. That's sheer foolishness! If dinosaurs existed in Noah's day, why were they not in the ark when God had specifically commanded Noah to take with him "two of every sort" of animals before He destroyed the world by the flood? And if they were brought into the ark, why are they not here with us today? (Some preachers speculate that because of their size the dinosaurs lived only for a short while after the Flood due to a lack of food.) In the first place, could "two of every sort" of dinosaurs and gigantic birds (even young matured ones) be carried in the ark? Think about it. The Flood in Noah's day (about 4,400 years ago) was not the cause of the death of the dinosaurs.
Archeology has proved that they existed millions of years ago and not merely 6,000 years ago in Adam's era. If the Flood was the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs and other land creatures, then why the trilobites and certain other arthropods living in the seas could not survive the Flood? How and why did they become extinct in the deluge? The answer is that they were not existing in Adam's era but ζons before that. They perished when God froze the earth after He had passed His judgment on Satan and the fallen angels.
No time limit is recorded in Genesis 1:1 regarding God's creation of the heaven and the earth. The events that occurred are not recorded in that one verse. (Obviously to hide the truth from the wise and prudent men.) The process could have easily covered ζons of time.
Yes, Lucifer had his Eden. Adam had his Eden. And in the Regeneration when our Lord Jesus Christ shall sit on the throne of His glory to reign with His Bride, He will have His Eden (Matt.19:28; Isa.65:18-25). The future "New Heaven and New Earth" that will be created out of the present one is the true Eden (Rev.21:22)..
The Fall of Satan had brought about the dismal condition of the earth as recorded in Genesis 1:2a. There was no light. It was empty and laid waste. "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" and God began to recreate the earth (in six days) to be inhabited once again. This time the animals were created smaller than before.
"And God said, Let us make man in our own image and after our likeness..." (Gen.1:26). And MAN was given dominion over every living thing that moved upon the earth. This is THE BEGINNING of man who was created a little lower than the angels yet was crowned with glory and honour, and set over the works of God's hands.
In Genesis 1:26, God was not talking or counselling with two other Gods, namely the Son and the Holy Spirit, that the Trinitarian theologians would want us to believe because of the word "us". On the contrary, the verse immediately following says, "God created man in His own image..." The use of the singular personal pronoun emphasizes that creation was the work of One Divine Being. (See also John 1:3,10.) Who was God talking to, then? It was none other than His tried and tested angelic beings. (See Isaiah 6:1-8.) In humility, the Great God revealed to them His intentions. Though angels do not create nor do they preach the Gospel, they are interested in the works of God. They are God's servants, and are sometimes referred to as "men" (Gen.18:22; 19:1; Acts 1:10). No one teaches or instructs God, yet God would counsel with angels and men. (See 1 Peter 1:12, Acts 10:1-8; Genesis 18:17-33; 19:1; Psalm 103:20.)
There is no such a thing as the Trinity of God; no such a thing as Three Persons or Beings in One God. The Bible has never taught a United Godhead of 3 Gods or a "3 Gods" Godhead. The Trinitarians teach that and call it a mystery. Sure, it will always be a mystery to them as long as they theorize God according to their own intellect. In the first place this mystery (as they called it) is a mysterious theory produced by finite minds and involving the infinity of the Godhead! And this is the theory of one such Trinitarian (Keith L. Brooks):
"If the doctrine of the Trinity is not accepted, then Christ is not divine and the character of His redemptive work is reduced to nothing. If there is a Trinity...and worship is not accorded to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, then proper adoration is being withheld from two-thirds of the Godhead."
This 'Three-Gods-in-One' Godhead is the biggest stumbling block to the Jews, Moslems and many other Truth-seekers. Yet, many Christians, who are taught to believe in this so-called "mystery", proudly but foolishly defend it by declaring:
"The Trinity is a fundamental article of the Christian religion, and he that denieth it may lose his soul, so he who strives to understand it may lose his wits!"
The teaching of a Triune God is a direct contradiction to the simple Scriptures of Colossians 1:19 and 2:9 which state that in Christ Jesus dwells the FULLNESS of the Godhead bodily. He is ALL THAT GOD IS. There is no such Biblical teaching that He is only one-third of the Godhead. Some even believe that there are three separate thrones in Heaven where the Son will sit (or is now sitting) on the right hand of God. Such people limit the Spirit of God to a form of body of a human being.
St. John bare record that "no man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him" (Jhn.1:18). That's right. No man has ever seen God, neither will any see Him. "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen" (1 Tim.6:16). God is a Spirit. He dwells in an unapproachable light and chose to hide Himself, hence, remaining invisible (Isa.45:15; Col.1:15).
Some may think that Stephen, when he was stoned and dying, did see God because he proclaimed that he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56). The term "the right hand of God" expresses God's Glory and Power. It also denotes mercy, grace, and authority, whereas "His left hand" denotes the judgment of God. Please read Exodus 15:6 and Matthew 25:31-46 for a better understanding. When the Polytheists believe that Stephen had seen God they contradict the very Scriptures they claim to believe John 1:18, 1 Timothy 6:16, Colossians 1:15, etc.
In the Bible, whenever Jesus is pictured standing, He is in the position or office of the High Priest in His intercessory work. This is His office now. However, He will not always be in that office of High Priest. One of these days, He'll be the Judge and King when he sits on His throne of Glory to judge the world.
Therefore, in his vision, Stephen saw Jesus as the High Priest of God Who was invested with the full authority and power of God (Rev.1:13; Matt.28:18). He was the mercy and the grace of God.
The concept of a Trinity is a Babylonian dogma. It was upheld as a foundational doctrine at the Nicene Council convened in 325 A.D. by the Church of Rome which was none other than that "Mystery Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots And Abominations of the Earth". That Romish Church not only split God up into three, but she also made intercessors of the saints just like the pagan Romans did with their ancestors. Apostate Christianity could only provide dark counselling. Sad but true, the doctrines and teachings upheld by the majority of churches are based upon the carnal thinking and reasoning of the preachers and not, as generally believed, on the original words of the Apostles and Prophets.
When the philosophical, theological minds formulated the Trinity, the Scriptures were either overlooked or twisted to suit their traditional imaginations. And what is wrong is accepted as right, and the true knowledge is frowned upon as error.
Consider this: Who was the Father of Jesus? Did not Matthew 1:18 say that Mary "was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (i.e. the act of paternity was performed by the Holy Ghost)? Yet Jesus claimed that God was His Father. Then "God the Father" and "God the Holy Spirit" (terms often used by Christians) are one and the same Spirit, or else Jesus had two Fathers. (Note: There are no such terminologies as "God the Holy Spirit" and "God the Son" in the Scriptures. These terms are used by Apostate Christianity to denote separate Personalities(?) in the Godhead.)
It is clear from Ephesians 4:4 and John 4:24 that there is but ONE SPIRIT. Jesus also said that He and His Father were one, not two. That makes ONE GOD! "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph.4:6). And there is ONE LORD. "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" (1 Cor.8:6). "Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord" (Deut.6:4; Mk.12:29).
God created all things for His own good pleasure (Rev.4:11). Being omniscience He purposed in Himself (Eph.1:9) "all things after the counsel of His own will" (Eph.1:11), not after the counsel of their (Trinity's) will. Revelation 1:8 reads "I AM...WHICH IS, WHICH WAS, AND WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY", and not "WE ARE...WHICH WERE AND WHICH ARE TO COME, THE ALMIGHTIES". That's the revelation of One God, not three. One God counselling with Himself, not themselves. There is but ONE GOD.
THE ETERNAL SPIRIT
Nothing is eternal except the Almighty Spirit, the Supreme One, the All-sufficient One. He is "the high and lofty One that inhabited eternity, Whose name is Holy" (Isa.57:15 cf. Heb.9:14). This "High and Lofty One" is ELOHIM, but He is also known by many other names in the Hebrew tongue. Though ELOHIM appears in the plural form it does not denote a plurality of Persons but rather His Supreme Majesty and Greatness, for in Himself are various attributes being revealed Fatherhood, Creator, Sustainer, Healer, Saviour, etc. Now Elohim relates to His Deity Divine Majesty. In connection with ELOHIM the word YAHWEH (YHWH) is being used. YAHWEH means "The Self-sufficient One" or "The Eternal within Himself Existing One". Yahweh relates Himself to man whom He had created from the dust of the earth, and was the visible appearance of Elohim in a Theophany through a WORD-body. It is ELOHIM Who made Himself known as YAHWEH. Yahweh is the covenant-name in the Old Testament when God set forth to deliver the children of Israel (Ex.6-13) according to the promise He had given to Abraham (Gen.15:13-16). Read Numbers 6:22-27. In the New Testament, when YAHWEH came to manifest Himself in human flesh, He took the name YAHSHUA.
[Note: To show the majesty of their many gods, the pagans also employ the same (plural noun) word "Elohim" for their many idols in their idolatrous worship. Christians whose mind are set on the specific of the Hebrew and Greek words have concluded strongly that the word "Elohim" clearly shows a plurality of Gods in the Godhead. If this is true, consider the words which the Lord spoke to Moses in Exodus 32:8:
"They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god [Heb: elohim], O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'" (New KJV, the original KJV has "gods" for "elohim".)
Obviously God knew that there was only one golden calf. The backslidden Israelites had moulded only one golden calf and worshipped it (Ex.32:4). Can any Christian be so blind as to believe that there was more than ONE golden calf?
Word study is good, but word study does not always lead to a revelation of the Truth. Truth comes only by the revelation of the Holy Spirit as He illuminates His Word.
Consider the teaching that the Second Death is an endless suffering of the wicked in a lake of everlasting fire. The word "everlasting" or "eternal" [Grk: aionios] used in describing the fire has caused many Bible Theologians and Christians to believe that the wicked souls will be burnt forever and ever without end. If the teaching is truly Biblical, then DEATH is not death at all. But how could the wicked live forever without end in the lake of fire? How could the wicked souls live forever without the Spirit of God?
Surely, without the Spirit of the Holy God there is no life, much less living forever. DEATH is DEATH. It is the cessation of life. All wicked "shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Rev.21:8). How long each wicked soul will burn in the lake of fire depends on the righteous judgment of the Holy One of Israel.]
Let me emphasize: Nothing existed in eternity past except the Eternal Holy Spirit ELOHIM. He spoke unto Isaiah, who had it recorded (in several verses in Isaiah chapters 43 and 44), that there was no other God besides Him. And "in Him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
"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. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour" (Isa.43:10-11).
"Eternity" means infinite in time and space. It has no beginning and no ending. It always was, is and will be. So, it's contradictory to call Jesus the Eternal Son of God, for every "son" has a beginning. The term "Eternal Son" is a Trinitarian invention. Jesus was the Begotten Son of God (Heb.1:6). Look at the prophetic words of Psalm 2:7:
"I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."
The word "this day" (or, "today") has no connection to eternity. It speaks of time. But, the Almighty Spirit "inhabits eternity". He has no form or body which limits Him; He is omnipotent and omniscient, which makes Him omnipresent. He is invisible (Col.1:15; 1 Tim.1:17; 6:16), and no man can see Him and live (Jhn.1:18; Ex.33:20). Then how could the Trinitarians believe they will see God, the Father, sitting on a throne in Heaven? How could Joseph Smith (of Mormonism) claim to have seen God the Father and Jesus Christ?
Some of you may question: "Who then did Moses, Joshua, Abraham, and the other saints in the Old Testament time see or talk to, when it was mentioned that they saw God or talked to Him face to face?" (For examples: see Exodus 33:11; 24:9-11; Joshua 5:13-15; Genesis 17:1; etc.)
For the answer, we have to look into many Scriptures and see from various angles. Now, we know that the Scriptures often have compound meaning and that God has a Divine purpose for hiding truth whilst at the same time revealing it. It is evident from the Prophets' and Apostles' usages of certain particular expressions in which the deep things of God lie hidden behind the "letter" of the Word, unsearchable to the natural man. Even Christ Jesus spoke in such a way "that the Scriptures might be fulfilled". (For examples, read John 2:19; 6:53-58; 13:18).
Take a look at Exodus 33:14.
"And He said, My presence (Heb: My face) shall go with thee..."
Now, what does "My presence" (or "My face") mean? Isaiah 63:9 says:
"In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence (or His face) saved them..."
This "Presence of the Lord God" was the very One Who came to visit Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen.3:8).
"The Angel of His presence"that "saved" Israel was their Saviour, and we know that they had but One Saviour. So then those holy men must have seen or talked to the Messiah Who was the Face or Visible Presence of the Almighty, the One Who "shall go before thee", "bare them and carried them" and "redeemed them".
In Exodus 23:20-23, we read,
"Behold, I send an angel (Heb: messenger) before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him, and obey His voice, provoke Him not; for He will not pardon your transgressions: FOR MY NAME IS IN HIM. But if thou shalt indeed obey His voice, and do all that I SPEAK; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. FOR MINE ANGEL shall go before thee, and will bring thee in..."
These verses plainly show that the Almighty God had a MESSENGER Who performed the VERY WILL of God. He literally stood in the stead of God and was God. The children of Israel were warned to obey His voice and not to provoke Him. Obeying His voice meant doing all that God had SPOKEN (through Him) because the NAME OF GOD WAS IN HIM. And there is only one person in the heaven and the earth that has the NAME OF GOD IN HIM. He is none other than Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God!
"I am come in my Father's Name" (Jhn.5:43).
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent Him" (Jhn.5:22-23).
Now, does that mean that before His earthly sojourn Jesus pre-existed? Who was the VISIBLE PRESENCE of God Who bore the NAME OF GOD IN HIM and was the Saviour of Israel?
INVISIBLE SPIRIT, VISIBLE WORD
The different answers to the question regarding the pre-existence of Jesus have caused much confusion among Bible Believers. Besides the Trinitarians, there are also non-Trinitarians who believe that Jesus pre-existed his earthly life. [Note: Sometimes a seemingly correct and logical answer may just turn out to be the wrong answer. For example, it is common for Christians to refer to verses of Scriptures where a Father, a Son and a Holy Spirit are mentioned, and straightaway conclude that God is a Trinity of Three Persons in One. Another example is the use of wrong baptismal formula in Water Baptism. Instead of the formula clearly prescribed in Acts 2:38, the majority of churches would simply follow the command in Matthew 28:19 without a true understanding of its underlying meaning. That's why there are so many different interpretations of the Godhead and many other doctrines of the Bible.]
No, Jesus did not pre-exist as a separate person from God, nor did He pre-exist as a Son of God, at any time before Bethlehem. However, the spirit of the 'Sonship of God was in the WORD. It was an attribute in the WORD, which manifested itself in Jesus Christ. Without the spirit of the Sonship in the WORD, there would be no Son of God. But it is wrong to say that the WORD was Jesus and that He pre-existed. [Note: Please read the last paragraph under the subtopic "Dual Nature" for a similar line of thought in answering the question: Did God die for our sins?] Until about two millennia ago, Christ had been God's great mystery to mankind for ages. The mystery of Father-Son relationship was hidden. Jesus, Who was in the bosom of God, was sent to declare the Father His Father and our Father, His God and our God (cf. Jhn.20:17).
Beloved, we need to properly understand the great mystery which lies hidden in the WORD that was with God. We should not do what some Bible translators and interpreters have done by directly equating the WORD with JESUS. Instead of saying that "the WORD was God", they are saying that "the WORD was Jesus". This is one of the many classical traditional interpretations among the Trinitarians. If this is the true interpretation, the Beloved Apostle John would have written it that way. The erroneous interpretation was deduced from the words recorded in John 1:14: "And the Word was made flesh...". But this verse has no direct reference to the birth of the child Jesus in Bethlehem nor even His conception in Mary's womb; it refers to the WORD being manifested in the life (flesh) of Jesus, in His ministry, right after God incarnated in Him at River Jordan. Remember, Jesus was the Begotten Son of God, not the Eternal Son of God.
One favourite verse some Trinitarians like to use is 1 John 5:7:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
Any serious Bible student will know that this verse was not part of the Holy Scriptures. Earliest available manuscripts do not contain the text. However, foolish arguments do arise among the Trinitarians who try and prove a Trinity in this verse by the phrase "these three are one". But "these three are one" is not "these three agree as one". It does not even hint at a "three in one" God nor about an United Godhead of Three Deities.
[Note: To those who argue that Jesus was a Son before Bethlehem because the Scriptures say, "The Father sent the Son", they would have to justify that John the Baptist was already a man before his natural birth, for the Scriptures also say, "There was a man sent from God whose name was John". Also, to insist that THE WORD which was brought forth in the beginning was the begotten Son of God, we have to justify that Adam was also a begotten son before his birth into the world in a body of dust. Like the spirit of Adam, the WORD BODY is both male and female. Adam, who was both male and female in spirit form, could not be called son. The attributes of the 'son' and 'daughter' of God lying in the spirit of Adam were only manifested when Adam became a living soul. There was first the man and then the man's wife (the woman). Similarly, the attributes of the Son of God and His Church (Spiritual Bride) were only in THE WORD until a body of flesh was formed for IT to dwell in. There was first the Man Christ Jesus and then His Bride (the Church) taken from His side at Calvary. The spiritual man Jesus was the anti-type of the natural man Adam.]
Before a son was born, he had always been a seed in his father's loin. But the son did not pre-exist as a separate person from the father, but as a seed in him. Remember the Almighty Spirit has many attributes, such as that of a Creator, a Healer, a Saviour, a Warrior, a Defender, etc. All these attributes lie in the SEED which carries the FAMILY NAME. To manifest these attributes, God had to set forth a Work to declare His Word and to manifest His Name (Jhn.5:17; 17:3-10). In His own counselling (Eph.1:11), He predestinated and even glorified and called those things which did not yet exist as though they did (Rom.4:17). And Jesus, Who was "THE SEED" in the Great Eternal Spirit, in the bosom of the Father, was later sent forth as the Only Begotten Son of God to fulfill that predestinated Plan of God (Jhn.1:18).
"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." (Jhn.8:42)
"I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father." (Jhn.16:28)
The words "proceeded forth" means "came forth, issued forth, was born". "Sent" means "set apart for a mission or ministry". Every man born into the world came from God, but only a handful was sent of God for a ministry.
Jesus was only mentioned prophetically as "the coming one" in the Old Testament, and always in relation to God as Father, for He was that WORD delivered and manifested at different times and in divers manners unto the Patriarchs by the Prophets (Heb.1:1). He existed only in the Mind of God in the beginning as that WORD and BREAD, which later came down from Heaven as the Son of God (John 6). And when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, born (or made Gal.4:4) of a virgin woman. Jesus was begotten of God but born of a virgin woman. Mary's firstborn son was God's only begotten Son. Jesus was also the "firstborn among many brethren" (Rom.8:29).
Now this Visible Being, the Angel of God, was not another God and Saviour. For God had declared:
"There is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me" (Isa.45:21).
As most Bible scholars understand, this Visible Being that appeared throughout the Old Testament unto the Prophets was none other than the THEOPHANY, a manifestation of God. It was THE WORD of God, THE THOUGHT and MIND of God EXPRESSED and REVEALED in a certain way or form.
Let us take a closer look at this WORD of God in the Scriptures to determine what the Great Eternal Spirit had counselled and purposed in Himself to do.
THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD
In the Barclay translation, the first five verses of the Gospel of John read:
"When the world began, THE WORD was already there. THE WORD was with God, and the nature of THE WORD was the same as the nature of God.
THE WORD was there in the beginning with God.
It was through the agency of THE WORD that everything else came into being. Without THE WORD not one single thing came into being.
As for the whole creation, THE WORD was the life principle in it, and that life was the light of men.
The light continues to shine in the darkness, and the darkness has never extinguished it."
THE WORDwas the very agency by which all things came into existence. Without THE WORD nothing could exist or be created. For "THE WORD was God". The WORD couldn't be anything less since IT was there in the beginning with God. Undoubtedly, LIFE was in THE WORD. It still is. Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (Jhn.6:63).
Since all things came forth from this WORD (the centre theme of Life) Which was the Beginning of the Creation of God, we can simply say that IT was the SEED OF LIFE.We can term IT the MONOGENE OF GOD. And if we know our Bible, we would have noticed that this WORD was expressed unto the Patriarchs by (Grk: in) the prophets throughout the Old Testament "in many separate revelations each of which set forth a portion of the TRUTH and in different ways" (Heb.1:1, Amplified). But God "hath in these last days spoken unto us by (Grk: in) His Son....Who being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His person (Grk: hupostasis substance; essence; real nature. The word "person" is a mistranslation)..." (Heb.1:2-3).
Right, THE WORD of God was revealed unto the Old Testament prophets in different manners and in various ways, not only expressed and heard but manifested and seen by those holy men of God. And in each of those REVELATIONS, THE WORD was revealed in a certain manner and way that would portray or prefigure THE CHRIST (Jesus) Who was to come as the FULLNESS of THE WORD, to fulfill ALL that THE SCRIPTURES (THE WORD) had spoken of Him. Therefore, right in the MONOGENE was the spirit of Sonship (the germ of the SEED) that was later manifested as Jesus, the only begotten Son of God.
"IN THE BEGINNING was THE WORD, and THE WORD was with God and THE WORD was God." John 1:1
The term "in the beginning" does not mean "in eternity" nor "without a beginning". Just as the heaven and the earth, and the angels had their beginnings, "THE WORD" also had ITS BEGINNING. And this "WORD" later became flesh and dwelt among men.
The word "WORD" came from the Greek word LOGOS which means the EXPRESSION OF THOUGHT and not merely the thinking of a thought (Grk: noema) or the reasoning (Grk: dialogismos). One cannot separate man from his mind (Grk: nouns) wherein are his thoughts. So, as long as the Almighty is, His Mind is in Him.
In eternity past, before anything came into existence, there was only the Almighty. He was Self-sufficient. All His THOUGHTS were in His MIND. But they were not EXPRESSED. THE WORD was not manifested. IT was only in His MIND.
A thought is a word unspoken or unexpressed. It's merely in the mind. On the other hand, a word is a thought expressed or spoken. And an expression is a thought in words or acts. THE LOGOS is therefore the THOUGHT plus ITS EXPRESSION (OR REVELATION). Simply, the LOGOS stands for the WORD SPOKEN, as well as THE SPEAKER BEHIND THE WORD.
With this in mind we can see why John wrote "IN THE BEGINNING was THE WORD (THE LOGOS)". Before that period of THE BEGINNING, there was just the Almighty with His Thoughts (not LOGOS). But after He had finished counselling with Himself and purposed in His Mind, He began to express them accordingly "after the counsel (Grk: boule) of His Own will" (Eph.1:11). That was then THE BEGINNING OF THE LOGOS or the expression of His inward thoughts. Elohim began to form a SPIRIT BODY, called the WORD, a body very similar to the angelic beings which later were created. But unlike the spirit body of angels, the SPIRIT BODY which came forth out of Elohim was LIFE ITSELF because it carried the Revelation of the Word of God which is Life. Hence, "In him was life;..." (Jhn.1:4a). And as God began to speak His Thoughts through this Word Body, things began to happen!
[Note: Certain theologians who believe in Two Gods are teaching that the word "God" in the phrase "the Word was with God" (Jhn.1:1) came through as "Yahweh" in the Hebrew language. And because the word "Yahweh" is used instead of "Elohim", they would override the phrase "in the beginning", and contend that the Logos was a separate Spirit Being who co-existed with the Almighty Spirit (Elohim) "in eternity". Like the Trinitarians, they call the Logos the "Second Member of the Elohim Family". (We will see later why such polytheistic doctrines fail to reflect the type of the Tabernacle of Moses.)]