The Evangelical Movement Has Forgotten About Jesus

I am a child of the evangelical movement.  I believed in Jesus after someone confessed to me, “I have accepted Jesus Christ has my personal Lord and Savior.”  I examined the claims reading the Bible and acknowledged Him myself.

Nevertheless, the evangelical movement has strayed far from this simple and powerful message.  The message has been corrupted into “I have accepted the church as my corporate Lord and Savior.”  This is a sad state of affairs.  Let us return to Him from whom we have deeply defected (Isaiah 31:6).

Read A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Father Died and Left All to the Son

God, whom the New Testament calls “the Father,” died and left everything that was His as an inheritance to His Son, Jesus Christ.  For this reason, the New Testament says that the Son was to be heir of all things (Hebrews 1:1-2).

This transference of property was documented in the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, which can be considered the last will and testament of the Father.  The Son of God, according to the stipulations of the will, received as sole heir all that had been the Father’s.  The Son thus became Father to all creation, according to Isaiah 9:6.

Of course, when the Father “died” He became the Son, for even with humans death is not an end but a transition.  There is only one God.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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“I Will Put My Words in His Mouth” – Deuteronomy 18:18

God said that He would one day raise up a prophet like Moses from among the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 18:18).  That prophet was, of course, He Himself – in the person of Jesus Christ.

God said to Moses, “I will put My words in His mouth” (Deuteronomy 18:18).  This foretold how the Scriptures of the prophets would be transformed from a fleshly perspective to a spiritual perspective.  Jesus would become “Lord” and thereby all the commandments and promises of the Lord in the Old Testament would be reinterpreted through Him (Read Reading Psalm 1 in Light of Jesus and His Kingdom – Part 1 of 2 and the three posts that follow on that blog for a fuller explanation of Jesus becoming “Lord.”)

For example, in Joshua 1:5 the Lord promises Joshua, “I will not fail you or forsake you” in his leadership of the nation of Israel.  Through Jesus, these words become a promise to all humanity, for the Messiah is for all nations.

Therefore, we should not read the words of the Lord in the Old Testament except as coming from the mouth of Jesus (see The Bible Is the Book of Jesus).  To do otherwise is to miss their eternal meaning.

There is no dichotomy between the Father and the Son.  There is no trinity.  Christ is Lord…and Christ is God.  He is our Father, just as He was the Father of Israel in the Old Testament.  Let us serve Him all the days of our lives.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The Transfer from Father to Son…Who Became Father

Jesus said “all things have been handed over to Me by My Father” (Matthew 11:27).  Indeed, the Father designated the Son as “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

The reason that all things were being transferred from the Father to the Son was that the Father was becoming the Son (Matthew 1:23).  God was a quarterback who could throw a football so far that only He could run fast enough to catch it.  Thus, He gave up His life as God and became a man.  Through His resurrection from the dead He returned to heavenly status and eventually to His role of God and Father (Isaiah 9:6).  This occurred at what is called the Second Coming of Christ.

Thus, all things were transferred from the Father to the Son…and then the Son became the Father – the role which had belonged to Him from the beginning.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

Study Christ

Christ is the great work of God on behalf of humanity.  This is where God would have us focus our attention, for He Himself was in Christ reconciling humanity to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Study Christ to “show yourself approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15).  In Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3; Isaiah 33:6).  Learn Christ and you learn God (John 14:9).

There is no greater pursuit in life than the study of Christ (Philippians 3:7-11).  Make Him your lifelong quest.

(Study tip: the more you act like Him, the easier it will be to know Him; the less you act like Him, the less fruitful will be your study of Him.)

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

You Cannot Serve Three Masters

You cannot serve three masters.  You can’t even serve two (Matthew 6:24).

Choose this day whom you will serve.  As for me, I will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).  Trinitarians call Christ the second person of the trinity, but the Scriptures tell me to put Jesus Christ first in my heart (Colossians 1:18).

Pick one Lord and serve Him!  His name is Jesus and there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The Trinity Cannot Be the Cornerstone

The Trinity concept is so important to some Christians that they make it the cornerstone of their faith.  When they do this, they are acting in complete disregard for the Bible which makes clear that Christ is the cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6).  Thereby, the doctrine of man (the Trinity) pushes out of view the doctrine of God (the Christ).  This is the sort of practice Jesus strongly criticized (Mark 7:7-8).

If Christ is the cornerstone of your faith, you cannot embrace a doctrine which moves Him to second place (i.e., the trinity doctrine says Christ is the second person of the Trinity).

If the trinity concept is the cornerstone of your faith then you have been led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).  Return to Him from whom you have wandered (Isaiah 31:6).

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

Christ Is the New Beginning

The apostle Paul wrote that Jesus Christ was “the beginning, the first-born from the dead” (Colossians 1:18 NASB).  This was so God in Christ “might come to have first place in everything.”

There is a clear progression in the previous three posts, leading to this one:

When God Said He Was Making All Things New He Began with Himself

God Died and Was Raised as Christ

When Jesus Said, “I Am the Resurrection,” He Said a Mouthful

Christ Is the New Beginning

We are to worship Christ as Lord – for in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells (Colossians 2:9).  There are no other gods to have before Him or beside Him.  This is why Paul was unafraid to call Him “the beginning.”

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

When Jesus Said, “I Am the Resurrection,” He Said a Mouthful

To continue from yesterday’s post – God Died and Was Raised as Christ –  consider now Jesus’ declaration, “I am the resurrection.”

Jesus is the resurrection of God, and therefore the resurrection of everything else as well.  Do you think Jesus too small a figure to encompass all that?  Consider His parable of the seed which first produces a blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head (Mark 4:26-29).  Jesus came as an infant, then an adult, then as a resurrected man, and finally as God (coming full circle).

God gave up His life as God to live as one of us so that He could ultimately redeem us and be God over us once again.  Therefore, when He tells us to lose our lives for His sake, He telling us to do something He Himself has done.

Jesus Christ is the resurrection of God.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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God Died and Was Raised as Christ

God the Father made all the preparations necessary for the Messiah to reign.  All of Messiah’s sufferings and all of His glories were laid out in the Scriptures of the prophets.  With this predetermined plan in place, God descended from His lofty throne to be conceived in the womb of a humble woman of Palestine who was betrothed to a humble man of Palestine – both descendants of King David of Israel.  God Himself would be the Messiah.

From that point on, the written word of God as inspired by the Holy Spirit through God’s prophets determined the outcome.  The sufferings of Christ would cease with His resurrection, which would be only the beginning of His glories.  Those glories will never end and all creation will worship Him for all eternity.

There is a continuity to God through this story and the Trinity idea blocks it from view.  See Christ as the resurrected God (John 12:24) – not just Christ from His glories onward, but Christ in the totality of His sufferings and glories.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ