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And the Word Was God

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, AND THE WORD WAS GOD” (John 1:1). This final clause in the first verse of John is the definitive point for the Word. It says very clearly that the Word was God. It is a point that traditional Christianity receives as literally true. Therefore, we understand this verse as saying that, in the beginning (of God’s creative acts), the Word was already existing. Moreover, the Word was with or toward God (the Father), and this Word was God indeed. The verbs in each of the clauses within this verse are the same. The verb is was, and in each case the verb is in the imperfect tense. This means that the activity of the Word was continually so. That is, the Word existed continually or already “in the beginning.” Likewise, the Word continually existed “with God,” and, finally, it was continually so that the Word was always God. In other words, as the NEB puts it in John 1:1, “what God (the Father) was, the Word was.” (Parenthesis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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And the Word Was with God

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“In the beginning was the Word, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD…” (John 1:1). This means that the Word was alongside of or near God. Whatever or whoever the Word is, it or he was already existing alongside God before the beginning (of time or our history). The word translated with (alongside) is pros (G4314) in the Greek and governs the accusative case. In John 1:1 it means with God, as in Matthew 13:56 where the Greek word indicates that Jesus’ brothers and sisters were with the people of Nazareth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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In The Beginning Was the Word

Many people do not believe in the pre-existence of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is, they do not believe he lived before his human birth. They attempt to support their understanding of God by explaining away many of the direct Scriptural indications of Jesus’ pre-existence. I don’t mean to suggest dishonesty on their part, but I am saying that their understanding is wrong. One group who holds to this understanding is the Biblical Unitarians (BU hereafter). I don’t mean to select them as a group who are especially heretical and opposes of truth. The fact is I do not consider the idea that Jesus is God a litmus test for being a Christian. I believe one could believe Jesus is not God and still be saved. On the other hand, any doctrine that is untrue and is believed hurts one’s understanding of God and what he has done. Therefore, I plan to write a series of blogs on John’s Prologue and consider the point of view of the BU, showing why it is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus is the Image of God

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The entire Biblical Unitarian (hereafter BU) argument regarding Philippians 2:6-8 is contradictory. They begin by saying form (morphe G3444) concerns something outward that is expressed and is able to be witnessed or seen, such as our figure or our facial expression or our glory (majesty). They say morphe (G3444) does not refer to Jesus’ divine character or what would be called essential essence. Yet, though this is their claim, they argue against themselves by saying morphe (G3444) refers to Jesus being the image of God. In what possible way was Jesus the Image of God, unless it was in his essential essence or character. This is what Hebrews 1:3 means, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus Stripped Himself of his Glory!

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The King James begins Philippians 2:7 with “But made himself of no reputation,” while the NASB reads, “but emptied himself.” Other versions follow these two. The Biblical Unitarian (BU hereafter) argument says of the Greek word kenos (G2756):

The Greek word that is in question is, kenos, which literally means, “to empty.”  For more than a thousand years, from the church councils in the fourth century until the nineteenth century, the orthodox position of the Church was that Christ was fully God and fully man at the same time in one body.  This doctrine is known as the “dual nature of Christ,”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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Equality with God

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The next clause in Philippians 2:6 shows Jesus “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.” The Biblical Unitarian (hereafter BU) viewpoint is that this clause speaks against the Trinitarian doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus was in the Form of God

Paul’s letter to the Philippians contains one of the strongest proofs of Jesus’ eternal existence as God before he became man. The Biblical Unitarian (hereafter BU) approach to this Scripture is unusual but contradictory, because their interpretation does not adhere to the Scriptures or even to their own logic. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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The LORD Said Unto My Lord

Some of those who hold a low view of Jesus try to say that Psalm 110:1 is proof positive that Jesus is no more than a man. They conclude this, because they claim their Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon (BDB) says that the form of adonai (H136) used does not pertain to God anywhere in the Bible. They conclude that it has to do with men only and therefore Jesus cannot be God. Notice the Scripture: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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Can I Know Christ’s Life Dwells in Me?

I think we’ve all seen the commercial were three or four men sit around the campfire one evening drinking beer and one says to the others: “It doesn’t’ get any better than this!” To which many might say: “Oh, really?” After all, not everyone likes beer or even likes camping for that matter. However, the implication of the commercial is “This is life!” Could anyone really sum up life in a commercial? I think we can all agree, if we are really serious, that one could not do such a thing. Life, after all, is rather abstract. Is it not? It is not as tangible as a bottle of beer. It is not something we could place in our hands and say: “Here, this is life!” Nevertheless, we all know life through our own consciousness. We know life exists, because we are able to witness that we live. We may not be able to fully explain it or put it into a bottle and say: “That’s life!” but we can all agree that life is real, because we are conscious of our own existence. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Born Again, Religion

 

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Do I Deal in Potential or the Past?

One of the enemies of Christianity in the 2nd century, the philosopher, Celsus, had to begrudgingly admit that Christians did, in fact, love one another. It may wonder some to know what he would say about today’s Christianity and the cliques we love to be a part of. Was it easier for the first Christians to love one another? Were they more spiritual than we are, today? To be perfectly honest, loving one another didn’t come any easier in ancient Christianity than it does today. The fact is, it may have been more difficult.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Am I a Stepping Stone or a Stumbling Block?

In Romans 14 and part of 15 Paul is intent on telling us that we shouldn’t be critical of one another, but to become as Christ. He didn’t come to please himself, but for the very purpose of suffering under the insults of those who seem to be against God. If I am living my Christian life in such a way that I am an impediment to another’s progress in Christ, I have become a stumbling block to my brother. It is not what I know that really counts with God, but whether or not I am willing to be walked on, if necessary, for the sake of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Taboo or not Taboo!

Sometimes it is difficult for many Christians to stay out of the realm of God—that is to keep from assuming responsibility that is his alone. We often tend to judge our brethren for doing or believing what we don’t, or, if our brethren judge us for the freedom we embrace in Christ, we tend to roll our eyes, despising them for doing so. Paul shows us in Romans 14 that these are merely two faces on the same coin. It is a game we have learned to play only too well.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Love—the Only Necessary Law!

Paul begins chapter thirteen of Romans by saying everyone of us need to submit to the authority of the government. But, if Love is the only law we need to have, what does love have to do with paying taxes, or obeying the local traffic laws? Does this make sense? Yes, in fact, it makes very good sense. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Is it God’s Will?

Most Christians are concerned about this very question. “Is it God’s will?” Some sincerely want to know, while others may be just curious, but how can we know for certain what the will of God is? The plight of the Christian is often pictured in the Bible as a wilderness situation and there are simply no paths in the wilderness. One needs to find direction by some other means than experience, either ours or that of someone else. When no one has gone this way before, how do we know which way to go? In a natural wilderness one would look to a compass or the sun by day and the stars by night, but in a spiritual wilderness, how do we know which direction God wants us to go? Notice what Paul says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Can You Trust God If He Wasn’t In Charge?

It is the opinion of some scholars that Paul inserts a parenthesis between Romans 9 through Romans 11 and begins writing of other matters to support what he has already written. In chapter nine Paul shows that because God rejected Ishmael that the children of the flesh do not inherit the promises of God. The children of the promise inherit. Abraham wanted a son and devised a plan whereby he would have a son. He married Sarah’s slave, Hagar, and through her gave birth to Ishmael. Ishmael was Abraham’s child according to his will, according to the flesh. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2010 in God, Religion

 

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