Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | January 30, 2011

There Is One God

I took 10 pages of notes from Sunday School all the way to Sunday morning worship. I attempted to condense them as much as possible to give you the key points in today’s lesson from my Pastor. The point of this lesson is to share with you the importance of knowing that we worship only ONE God, what the One God’s name is and how we can refute any other teaching concerning multiple God’s or persons/personalities that make up the Godhead. This lesson will help you in your daily witness and give you a clear understanding through scripture the basic foundational belief that the bible is built upon, that being, worship of one God.

The Word of God gives us wisdom and understanding. When we look to the Word, we find truth in and through its holy pages. There, however, have always been a counterfeit, namely pagan traditions and teachings that consistently have taught things that are contrary to God s Word.

The Oneness of God is a vital subject. There is no subject more important than who God is. If we are going to walk in the knowledge of Christ, we must know how many God’s there are. Before we find out who God is, let’s first gather an understanding of the major belief systems that exist throughout the world today.

Polytheism: Is the belief in many gods.

Monotheism: The belief in One God.

Atheism: Believe there is NO God at all.

Trinitarianism: Believe in 3 persons or personalities (and some believe in 3 God’s) which all 3 are co-equal and co-eternal. All 3 are supposed to operate as 1 God. So to the Trinitarian, they will tell you they believe in one God, however their knowledge is that the 1 God is 3 persons, namely Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Separate yet equal and all eternal.

Let’s start to build a very simple foundation.  Deuteronomy 6:4 clearly states the foundation of what the bible is built upon. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” So to add to scripture and say there are 3 is incorrect. When Jesus was asked what is the  first commandment, Mark 12:29 says “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord So here it is plain from scripture, there is no possible way that there can be 2 God’s or even 3 God’s in the Godhead. There is clearly only one. We has Oneness Pentecostals DO believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, however the bible does not teach that they all are “persons” but that they are 3 manifestations of One God (One Person). Jesus is the Father in creating the world, the Son in redemption, and the Holy Ghost in the heart of the believer/the church.

Even though we just read from scripture that there is only one Lord, there is a popular belief in some if not most church’s today that there are 3 persons in the Godhead. That is false! Trinity is not even found in the bible so let’s throw that word out all together. We who know the truth are to be able to refute that with scripture. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not 3 separate persons. They are not co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal. If Jesus is co-equal and co-eternal with God and the Holy Spirit, why did he say in John 14:28 “for my Father is greater than I. “Please revisit the whole “co-equal” statement in the Trinitarian doctrine. If Jesus said that the Father is greater, than that means Jesus considered himself lesser than the father. However, when we get a clear understanding of scripture, we know that Jesus is 100% human (the lesser of the Father) and 100% God/divine which now we can see that Jesus according to the Spirit is the great Father, however the flesh of Jesus (human) is lesser than the Father (since flesh cannot be equated to divinity). Romans 1:20 shares with us that the Word of God is very plain and that there should be no excuse to try and complicate it.

Isaiah 44:6 says I am the first and I am the last, beside me there is no other God. Clearly from scripture, this tells us that God is one. We find out that Jesus is the God of Isaiah 44:67 because Jesus says himself in Revelation 1:8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” Which , stands for the present. Which was, stands for the past. Finally which is to come stands for the future. This scripture is proof that when Isaiah was prophesying, he was referring to Jesus, the Almighty God, both past, present and future God who is our Savior.  

Isaiah 43:10 says before me there was no God formed before me or after me.

Isaiah 43:11 besides me there is no other Savior. We find out who this Savior is in Luke 2:11 when the Angel said that the Savior is Christ the Lord. So here we have an Old Testament prophecy being fulfilled in the New Testament and finally find out the Name of the Savior. It’s Jesus Christ. Isaiah 44:8 asks us a question, is there a God beside me? There is no God I know not any.

 Isaiah 44:24 says that God stretched forth the heavens alone!! What does alone mean? If three really exist is it even possible for the someone to be alone and by them self? Absolutely not. God created the heavens all by himself with no other help from a second or third person in the Godhead. Isaiah 45:5 says I am the Lord and there is none else (God never used the word “we”).

Malachi 2:10 says have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Zechariah 14:9 says there shall be one Lord, and his name one! Isaiah 9:6 says his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. We find out the name of God in Matthew 1:21 which says thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people. Jesus Christ is NOT the second person of the Godhead or trinity. He is the only one that is in the Godhead.

I want you to take a look at this scripture for some infallible proof about God’s name. When someone attempts to tell you that Jesus Christ is not God (only the Son) take them to these scriptures. We all can agree that the name of Jesus was not revealed in the Old Testament. It is revealed only in the New Testament. However Jesus can be found in every book of the Old Testament (just not by Name). Turn with me in your bibles to Exodus 23:20-21 “Behold, I send an Angel 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.”  Observe closely Saints, the name of God is going to be found in an Angel. Now turn to Matthew 1:20-21 to see when this Angel finally revealed God’s name. “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. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Let me sum this up for you. The Lord said in Exodus 23 that His name was in an Angel. We find the Angel in Matthew 1:20-21 revealing the Name of God which is Jesus, the one who will save his people from their sins. How awesome is this to know. So when someone says to you “Well how do you know what God’s name is”? Tell them God himself said that his name would be found in an angel and the angel released this name in Matthew 1:21.

James 2:19 shows us that there is one God and that even the devil trembles at the one God.

John 1:1 says the Word was God. Then John 1:14 says the Word was made flesh. The flesh is a reference to Jesus.

John 4:24 says that God is a Spirit. Right there is proof that there is no way God is a “person”. God is a spirit. You can’t see a spirit. However in order to see God (with your own natural eyes) he had to be revealed in flesh. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says God (which again is a Spirit not person) was IN CHRIST!!!!! So now we can see God with our eyes. Why? Because He manifested Himself in flesh.

52 times throughout the bible, God is mentioned as the Holy One (not holy 2 or holy 3).

Ephesians 4:4-6 states the following, there is ONE body, ONE spirit, ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all.

The message of the church is still Jesus and Him crucified. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. The Son of God came to offer salvation and redemption and hope. Jesus is the substitute, the sacrifice who was sinless. Revelation 4:2 tells us how many thrones are in heaven and who is sitting on this throne. Remember, there are not 3 thrones, nor is there 1 throne with 3 persons playing “musical chairs”. Behold a throne was set in heaven and ONE sat on the throne. CLEAR! 1 Throne, 1 sitting on the throne and that’s Jesus.

In conclusion, the central theme of the Bible is that there is only ONE LORD. To add 2 more to this 1 Lord (to make it three) contradicts scripture. When you look at the Old Testament, whole nations were deceived into worshipping multiple gods. Even in the New Testament church, the new Christians tolerated teachings from the surrounding pagan nations. Christianity is exclusive in that we are commanded to follow and worship only one God. God knew that His people were going to be faced with the challenges of pagan tardyons, that’s why he drilled it into our heads throughout the bible to let us know not to fall for those erroneous man made doctrines. There is but only one. The bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it. I will leave you with this scripture, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:8-9

Remember, Jesus is the Almighty God! It’s all in Jesus!


Responses

  1. Dude – – you need to receive some type of trophy or something for conveying what you’ve written down in your church notes and “deciphering” them out for us to read, learn and enjoy on your blog! *big attaboy*

    Several years ago, the COGIC was holding a District Conference, and somehow a pal of mine, the hosting pastor, and the “big name” conference speaker had lunch offsite of the conference hotel and no one knew where we were. This was my opportunity!!! I could not let an opportunity such as a luncheon with someone as “high up” in the COGIC take place without talking about all the fullness of the godhead resting in Jesus Christ. During our discussion he said, “You Apostolics have such a Jewish picture of the godhead.” Hello? Is not original Christianity the fulfillment of Judaism? God is not new. Yes – He took on flesh and in that manner He became the Son of God, but as God – – as Spirit which is holy – – He always has been.

    I queried of him, “When you get to heaven, how many thrones are you going to see?”

    “One.”

    “And Who will be on that throne?”

    “JESUS”

    So all this time we Apostolics have been pushed to the extreme, slapped around, reviled, made fun of, been the butt of jokes, etc. . . and trinitarians still can’t get around Revelation.

  2. ROFL @ the comment “we apostolics have such a jewish view of the Godhead”. My follow up question to him would have been “If the 3 persons in the trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, wouldnt that have been the central theme/doctrine of the Children of Israel……” Either way it goes, hands down, there is no possible way you can tell me there are 3 persons but somehow still declare that there is one throne and Jesus will be on this throne. Either you believe in 3 or you dont. And thats what kills me about the mere denominational name Church Of God In Christ. I love that organizational name. To me the name is Apostolic in nature. God is truly In Christ (yet you deny Jesus as being the Almighty God and reduce Him to the role of the Son only). The mystery is not in the Oneness theology, the mystery is in the trinitarian doctrine, a mystery I’ll never understand (reason being it just does not add up with the scriptures).

    P.S. I went and purchased a new notebook Saturday night because I knew my Pastor was going to take us SLAMMMMM INNNNN when he preached Sunday morning concerning the Oneness. While the Saints rejoiced, I sat there and held out from going crazy as I wrote almost every word verbatum that came out of his mouth…..determined to type it up and give it to my readers. I recognize that everyone does not have a Pastor who teaches on this on a regular basis, sooooooo, I’ve just made all of my readers honorary members of my church and feed you what I get every Sunday lol.

  3. Please emailme back to my email I might not fine this page again. I beleive In one God always have never questioned untill we changed prechers we Got our self a apostolic Pastor and he said we were trinity I did not even know anything about one and trinty I stated getting confussed as soon as he took over explaning the the one verces trinty all i know is Jesus is clearly the way to salvation and clearly he say in his word I and my father is one and clearly he that denies the son denies the father and vice verse. But now my pastor is saying Act 2:38 is the only way of Gods planned salvation Repent (1) be Baptized (2) in the name of Jesus for the remisson of your sins (3) and you shall recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I got the Holy Ghost in a regular pentcostal church but I needed to be baptized in the name of Jesus I have been baptized in the father son and the holy Ghost a long time a go. Just earlier this year in the name of Jesus. Im fine with this. But my husband just Got saved in this Apostolic church if he never gets the Holy Ghost evedence spreaking in other tongoues will he go to hell dose that contrdict what Romans 10 says. he also has been baptized. Dose all churches like Baptist, Methidest, Holyiness, regular pentocostal, assemliesss of God will they Go to Hell? Do all believe in three Gods sitting on the throrne I belive the bible always have it plainly states God is one I never question God as far as is plan of salvation its through Jesus but my Pastor says it only through Acts 2:38

  4. I love every bit of this! Praise God even in the library I could enjoy his word, song, and praise. Thank you also for the scriptures you included.

    By the way the three voices that voiced the scriptures during your song of praise wow!!!!!!!! God through his holy spirit, through every wire of technology can not compare what he dose in us.
    God bless! Never forget your gift of praise is for the Lord,


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