Sunday, April 21, 2013

Statement of Faith

I believe there is only one God (Rom. 3:30, Gal. 3:20, Isa. 43:10-11, Isa. 44:6-8, Mark 12:29-34, Eph. 4:6), who is the eternal, immeasurable, and omnipotent ruler of all. (1 Tim. 1:17, 1 John 3:19-20, Matt. 19:26, Rev. 19:6, Eph. 3:20) He has neither beginning nor end. (Rev. 1:8, Rev. 4:8, Gen. 1:1) Because I believe these things about God, I reject the belief that He was once a man who was elevated to Godliness, because that would require the confines of human limitations to be placed upon Him, and would negate his eternal omnipotence. As He always was, as He always is, and as He always will be. (Rev. 1:8) Likewise, as a man, he would be a created being, negating the eternal nature of God having no beginning or end. In the same manner, I reject the idea that any mere person may be elevated to the status of godliness. I believe God to be the same in form and power throughout the ages. I reject the idea that God the Father consists of flesh, blood, and humanly materials on the same basis as I reject a once-human state. (Num. 23:19)
            I believe God to be a Spirit (John 4:24), but the language cannot clearly define the meaning. When I speak of God as a Spirit, I do not mean as one entity such as a soul, that occupies one space and time. God is indefinable and unfathomable. By Spirit I mean all-encompassing light, love, goodness, energy, and life. (I John 4:8, Isa. 60:19, John 1:3-5) Not one entity in a singular location, but an entity that is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Because of the all-powerful nature of God, and because He is not confined to a solitary physical body, I believe that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are also God, manifested in different forms and charged with unique tasks, but still branches of the same entity and Spirit that is God.
This is the Trinity: not that three separate Gods exist, or that three separate beings exist, but one God exists in three manifestations, each of the same all-encompassing power and being. (1 John 5:7-8, John 10:30) God the Father, who exerts His presence over the heavenly realm. (Ecc. 5:2, Ps. 115:3, Luke 11:2, Matt. 23:9) Jesus Christ, who as the same Spirit of God also has no beginning or end, and was neither created nor can be destroyed, and by whom as The Word the Earthly realm was created. (Gen 1:1, John 1:1) In order to provide salvation and atonement (that is, freedom from our sins and the bonds of human and worldly sinfulness, and the gift of eternal life in the heavenly realm) The Word was born into a human body, which retained a human consciousness and human functions, desires, and needs along with the Spirit of God manifest as The Word within him. (John 1:14, 1 John 4:9-11) These were not two separate consciousnesses or entities inhabiting one physical body, but the Spirit of God manifest as The Word engulfing the consciousness that was man, so that the two became one. Because of his Godliness, Jesus was able to live fully according to what was commanded in the Old Testament and the Law, and therefore was able to break the bondage of sin and the condemning Law for the world by sacrificing Himself as a blood sacrifice as dictated in the Law was needed for the atonement of sins. (Lev. 17:11, Heb. 9:22, Rev. 1:5, 1 John 4:10, 2 Cor. 5:18-19) The curse of the Law and sins’ grasp on the world being broken, and mortal death being hence conquered, Jesus was fully resurrected from the dead. (Matt. 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Rom. 6:8-11) Because of his perfect and sinless life (1 John 3:5), the Son of Man did not separate from the Word (that is God) upon resurrection, but ascended into the heavenly realm in perfect bodily form. (Acts 1:9-11, Col. 2:9) Because through his sacrifice on Earth He also freed us from that bondage, we too will experience glorified bodies as Christ does in the heavenly realm. (Rom. 6:4-5, Phil. 3:21, 1 John 3:2) In order for this to happen, our hearts must be open and accepting of this truth in faith. (Gal. 3:11, 22-26; John 3:16, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 10:9-10, Eph. 2:8-9)
            The third manifestation of God, the Holy Ghost, manifests itself on Earth. (John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Rom. 8:27) The Holy Ghost is of the same will and power as the Father and Christ the Son, because it is of the same entity and Spirit in a different manifestation. The Holy Ghost is the manifestation of God that directly affects us, dwelling within us to guide us and lead us. (Luke 11:13, Rom. 5:5, Acts 5:32) The Holy Ghost is the presence of God within the Earthly realm until Christ returns to Earth, when the two realms shall become one. The Holy Ghost inspires us and leads us to the knowledge and the will of God. It also inspires us in faith through the understanding and acceptance of that knowledge. (Eph. 1:17-22, John 14:26)