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As a Christian, we only believe in one God. There is only one God! •yes, Christians do believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are actually only part of one huge God. This may seem a little confusing, and it should. Many things in the Bible are too complex for the human brain to understand, so don't feel bad!
Ephesians 4:5; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, Ephesians 4:6; One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are all titles for the one true God. Just like I have three children: so I am a father. I have a mother: so I am a son. I have the Holy Spirit: which dwells in me. 1. God always was. Gen: Chapter 1, verse 1. God "hovered" over Mary a virgin without touching her and created a baby boy. God got in this boy and lived in this boy until the day He was crucified. So Jesus the son of God had two lives. One human,(from Mary His mother) and God living in Him. At times Jesus acted from His human side, He cried, He bleed, He fell down, then at times he act from the God in Him. He walked on water as God. He healed the sick as God. He turned water into wine as God. He raised the dead as God. He died as a human, and when God, remember God is a spirit, St John 4: 24; left the body of Jesus, because Jesus had took on the sins of the world, Jesus the human, cried out why. God cannot stay in or on a place that is full of sin, Jesus was full of the sins of the whole world; past, present and future. God cannot die, remember God is a spirit, so God had to take on a human body, Jesus Christ. After Jesus died as a human, God got in that body again and raised it up to a body that was not human, but all God in a human body. He walk through walls, there was no blood in Him this time, "for flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Flesh and bone. He ascended and promise to send back Himself in a spirit form; we called that form the Holy Ghost. When we received it we are equipped to be like Him and it helps us to become a good Christian. There will be a sign when the Spirit of God comes into our life. We will have strength to be good and strong, and we will speak in a strange language. St. Mark 15: verse 16, 17. God was in Christ. And now the spirit of God and the spirit of Christ are the same. We know Him though His walk down here as Jesus Christ, but He was God in the human flesh. Read St. John chapter 1: verses 1 to verse 18. God bless
The Bible clearly tells us there is only one God - 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 3:30, Romans 10:12, and Exodus 20:1-3 are only a few places where this is mentioned. The thing that confuses people is the idea of the Trinity, which is also mentioned many times in the Scriptures. There is one God, but three persons that make up that one God: the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Son. The Trinity is basically "one God in three Persons."
The answer is no. To demonstrate, I will reference ancient Judaism and their understanding, before and more particularly right around the 1st century. Of course, it is imperative to remember the below interpretations came from truly faithful Jews, who recited and believed in with all their heart, the shema (Deut 6:4). Here is a good question for any Jew or presuppositional Unitarian: During the first temple period, how was God: 1) sit enthroned in heaven While at the same time: 2) appearing locally above the ark While at the same time: 3) filling the universe with His Spirit The ancient rabbis struggled with the above, and long before Yeshua ever came they looked at verses like Gen 19:24, texts like 1 Samuel 3 and Daniel 7:9-14, verses that speak of ‘the name’ of YHWH as if a person, or verses that anthropomorphised the ‘glory of YHWH’, verses where people saw, were physically touched by and spoke to ‘the Word of YHWH’ and many, many more and came to the conclusion there were ‘2’ powers in heaven, both YHWH. That is, both with attributes that only belong to YHWH, that is, they were of the same essence. They did not know who the second power was (Prov 30:1-5), and there was A LOT of speculation. But in second temple Judiasim particularly, it was not anathema to believe in 2 powers in heaven as they both were YHWH, the one God. This can be found in the Targum interpretations and paraphrases of Hebrew Scriptures most appropriately as ‘the Memra of Adonai’ (the Word of YHWH). This ended though, in the first century AD... After the first century, this view became anathema... I wonder what happened? That’s right, Yeshua came, and claimed to be that second power (Mark 14:62). This is why many first century Jewish believers in Messiah were so quick to pray to Yeshua (Acts 7:59, 9:13-14, 1 Cor 1:2 and more), to worship him (Rev 5:8-14), and preach that the Jews had crucified ‘the Holy and Just One’(Acts 2:23-27, 7:52). The apostles didn’t get this out of thin air, it’s in the scriptures and everywhere in the culture of the time. We are monotheists in the same way the ancient Jews were monotheists. There is much to say, but YHWH is One. And YHWH is our God, YHWH alone. YHWH is the sovereign creator, sustainer, promise keeper, healer, holy and just, and the life giver. You will find in the Hebrew Scriptures, two designated as such, and more subtly, a third, namely, His Spirit. This is revealed further in the New Testament, but everything, everything, is there in the Old. Yeshua is the word of the YHWH, the glory of YHWH, the name of YHWH and the presence of YHWH, for where His Word comes, surely, God is there.
At Sunday School, I learned in the Bible, how we humans were formed. “In the beginning....”Genesis 1:1-31. But the most important part being Genesis 1:26-28. God made man and woman. Then it speaks about how they were to come together to form a family. Genesis 2:23-24. So, it became obvious to me that God knew each of us, for it was He that formed us. Now, because many men and women forgot God, over many, many centuries, John 1:11, God decided to send part of Himself, that is, His Son Jesus Christ, to this earth, to right/strengthen the way for us human families, to go back to Him as His eternal friends. John 3:16. Then Jesus says, “Unless one is born of water and The Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” John 3:5 Further more, it says “Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called, these He also justified, and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:30. My own personal knowing is this: I knew God before I knew that I needed Jesus as my Saviour and that He would send to those who knew of Him, a helper, which is The Holy Spirit. Now, with Jesus in my heart, and having the help of The Holy Spirit, I am still hearing from God For God is Three in One. God the Father, The Son Jesus Christ or The Word as some know Him, plus The Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:7.
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