We all grew up with the trinity doctrine that there is a ‘GOD the Father’, ‘GOD the Son’ and ‘GOD the Spirit’.
I could never quite grasp the concept of three-beings-in-one as one GOD. It also left me confused as to whom I should pray… Should I pray to the Holy Spirit to help me out of a situation, or to the Son to forgive my trespasses, and what should I pray to the Father, if at all? I asked these questions but was made to understand that it was not right to ask them and was told that I was rebellious because of these questions. The Scripture teaches us that no one can serve two masters (Matt 6:24), as he would automatically give more glory to the one than the other. I can testify to this… At times I gave more glory to the Son, although he said that no servant (referring to himself) was greater than his Master. Jesus Christ also said that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. I interpreted that a kingdom could not be divided or have more than one Head, yet we divided GOD? Today, the church is divided because we divided GOD, thereby depriving GOD of power, as in unity lies strength.
This subject is probably one of the most sensitive subjects to discuss because the doctrine of the Triune God is the generally accepted doctrine amongst Christian denominations.
Whenever one would differ from the teaching of a Triune God one would immediately be classified with religions like Islam, Buddhism and Judaism – religions that do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of GOD, therefore not accepting him as the only sacrifice for sin.
On the other hand, when you do believe in Jesus Christ as the only sacrifice for sin and that he was born of a virgin and that he is the anointed Son of GOD, although not ‘GOD the son’, you are easily classified as a cult or a sect.
With this study, our aim is to not dig too deep into this doctrine theologically, because many theologians even disagree on this matter.
Ever since the Roman Catholic Council of Nicaea accepted a Triune God doctrine, by means of a vote, many Biblical translations and written works have been done from a Triune perspective. However, when we look at the studies and works of many theologians who lived in the years 120-325 AD (before the Council of Nicaea) we clearly see that many of them did not believe in a Trinity doctrine and differed with one another on several aspects.
Looking at what Jesus Christ and the Apostles taught in the Bible we cannot find such a doctrine, but rather the opposite (almost on every page of the New Testament).
In Christ in Me International we do not believe as the mainstream teaches. We believe in the one true GOD – the FATHER of Jesus Christ our Lord. You may ask, what about the Holy Spirit then? Well GOD is SPIRIT (John 4:24) and HE is holy. HE is not a SPIRIT with a Spirit. HE IS SPIRIT.
GOD expresses HIMSELF in diverse ways and sadly, because of some of these expressions, different identities have been attributed to GOD than that which is the one absolute truth. Here are a few simple examples:
There are various scriptures in the Bible that indicate and explain the Person of GOD, HIS identity and who HE is.
- GOD is Word (John 1:1)
- GOD is Spirit (John 4:24)
- GOD is Father (1 Cor 15:24)
From the above, we used to conclude that GOD was three. But the scripture also says:
- GOD is Light (1 John 1:5)
- GOD is Love (1 John 4:8)
According to this, there is already a five-in-one GOD?
- GOD is Judge (Ps 75:7)
- GOD is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29)
- GOD is King (Ps 47:7)
- GOD is sun and shield (Ps 84:11)
- GOD is Creator (Isa 40:28, Isa 43:15, Rom 1:25-27)
Is there now a ten-in-one GOD?
We misinterpreted the diverse ways that GOD expresses HIMSELF – to illustrate HIS fullness of functions – and we made it HIS identity. Thus, GOD became so divided, just naming a few make HIM at least a ten-in-one GOD. We combined and confused GOD’s Person with HIS functions.
Let us look at a familiar example in the natural. A man may have a wife and a son, making him a husband and a father (and since he was also born from a mother and a father, he is also a son). This, however, does not make him three individuals because of his different functions.
Scripture teaches us that the most important commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is one“ (Mark 12:29 NKJV). This is quoted by Jesus from Deuteronomy 6:4.
Why do we divide GOD into three Beings or Persons when there are so many scriptures stating that GOD is one? The more we divide GOD the more we allow ourselves (even as the church) to be divided and to make allowance for differing from others under the pretence that GOD is divided (thus many denominations worldwide instead of one church). The common assumption is that we are ‘allowed to’ differ in opinion from one another because GOD (as three) differed from one another – for example, Jesus (the Son) praying against the will of his FATHER in Gethsemane. Was GOD then divided in HIMSELF? NO, because GOD is only one
Scripture also states that GOD cannot be tempted by evil, yet Jesus was tempted by the devil. Scripture is clear that there is only one GOD and FATHER of us all; there also should only be one church, one calling, one Spirit, one faith and one baptism (Eph 4:4-6). As Christians we seem to think that it is acceptable to differentiate between different church denominations; we may see these “one’s” Paul is referring to as “diverse” because GOD is “diverse”. It is commonly accepted to look from different angles at the same GOD, and still hit the mark. By accepting and allowing this, we are dividing GOD, going up against HIS most important commandment.
Let’s look at the general way this doctrine is explained.
This picture makes it very clear that both the FATHER and the Son, as well as the Holy Spirit are GOD, yet that the FATHER is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the FATHER.
With this in mind, it immediately causes a great confusion when just looking at the following two scriptures:
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Thus, according to Trinity doctrine, Luke 3:22 says that ‘God the Son’ receives ‘God the Holy Spirit’ but according to John 14:10 it is ‘God the Father’ who lives in the Son, but God is not the Spirit?
There are no scriptures in the Bible that refer to a Trinity. The word “Trinity” does not even appear in the Bible. There are only two scriptures in the Bible that might seem to refer to a Trinity until you look at it without the ‘glasses of a Triune doctrine’.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Take note: It does not say “make disciples in our name”. It also does not say “make disciples in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit”, referring to “three Gods”. Furthermore, it also does not say “baptize them in the names (plural) of …“
Here it clearly refers to one name. “Name” refers to “authority and character” in the Greek language. Let us look at the following example, there could be thousands of employees working at Sanlam but when one of them wants to sell a policy to anyone, he comes in the name of Sanlam – the authority of Sanlam, one name and one authority. Similarly, when a traffic cop pulls me off the road, he does so in the name of the government, with that authority.
The other scripture that seems to point to a possible Trinity doctrine is…
1 John 5:7
7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
Notice the two expressions used here… “are one” and “agree as one”. “Are one” means it is the same thing, whereas “agree as one” means that there are three different things that speak of the same thing. The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit is one being… GOD HIMSELF.
‘But the Word is Jesus Christ’ you may say. This is not what Scripture teaches us. The Word is GOD and it lived in Jesus Christ first.
The two general ‘go to’ scriptures that are used to try and ‘prove’ that Jesus is GOD, are John 1 verses 1 and 14.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
It is very important to understand that the word ‘Word’ in John 1 is the word logos (G3056) which is definitely not the word ‘Jesus’ translating to Iēsous/ Ἰησοῦς (G2424), meaning “Jehovah is salvation” according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.
John 1:1, 14 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, G3056 and the Word G3056 was with God, and the Word G3056 was God.
14 And the Word G3056 became flesh and dwelt among [also translated as “in”] us, and we beheld His glory, [the Word’s glory, GOD’s glory] the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
This word “logos” is the same Word that we are born again from.
1 Peter 1:23
23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word G3056 of God which lives and abides forever.
What about the virgin birth (thus supernatural conception) of Jesus?
The fact that Jesus, as son of man, was supernaturally born from Mary’s womb is not a valid argument with which to try and prove his divinity. Adam and Eve were also created supernaturally, even more supernaturally than Jesus. In Jesus’ case, he was at least born from the womb of a woman. Adam was created from the dust of the earth and Eve from Adam’s rib bone – and that did not make them GOD.
Even the prophecy over Jesus’ life in Isaiah 7:14 (that Jesus would be born of a virgin and would be called Immanuel, ‘GOD with us’), has no reference to Jesus being GOD. Jesus as Jesus Christ would eventually become the first man in whom GOD’s SPIRIT would dwell and through whom GOD would reveal HIMSELF in the earth. As was the case with Jesus Christ, each of us that is born of the SPIRIT of GOD can now also be called Immanuel, GOD with us.
The reference in Isaiah 9:5 that Jesus will be called: “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace” also does not indicate that he is GOD.
Remember, Trinitarians teach that the Son is not the FATHER and the FATHER is not the Son, but Isaiah 9:5 says that Jesus would also be called the Everlasting FATHER… These are ‘spirit terms or functions’ that prophesied on what Jesus Christ would be called because of the indwelling of GOD’s SPIRIT after his baptism. It also applies to all of GOD’s Sons who would follow.
GOD is SPIRIT (John 4:24), HE does not have a Spirit, HE is SPIRIT… the Holy SPIRIT.
The moment when GOD’s SPIRIT becomes one with your spirit, is the moment when you are born again, and GOD becomes your FATHER and you become a Son of GOD because of HIS SPIRIT that is now joined with yours. As Jesus Christ was born of GOD, so every reborn Child of GOD is also born of GOD.
GOD is very clear when HE refers to Jesus Christ in the Bible – HE refers to him as HIS beloved Son. HE never introduced Jesus to us as GOD or a ‘co-God’. Jesus Christ also never introduced himself to us as GOD or ‘GOD the Son’. Jesus always referred to GOD as his FATHER.
If by any chance it might have been true that Jesus Christ was GOD, one would think that GOD (or Jesus himself then) would have introduced himself to us in that way. This is not the case. To try and prove that Jesus is GOD, one needs to drastically distort the Scriptures and form unmotivated linguistic arguments.
The question still remains, why would GOD withhold such a great and important truth from us, if indeed it was the case?
Christ in Me International teaches that:
- GOD is not a Triune GOD
- that Jesus is not GOD
- and that “in my name” means “in my authority”
…all of which were official views of many of the early church historians.
Please consider the following statements:
- Jesus never referred to himself as GOD, but to reiterate, he always called GOD his FATHER.
- There are more than forty scriptures in the Bible where Jesus Christ refers to GOD as his FATHER, but no scripture wherein he refers to himself as GOD.
- There is also no reference to him as ‘GOD the Son’, by himself or by any of the apostles.
- Jesus Christ teaches us that GOD is one GOD – our FATHER.
- Although Luke 3:22 says that the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form upon Jesus Christ, Jesus never refers to it as the Holy Spirit dwelling in him but always as the FATHER abiding in him.
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me…
It has never been the mind of the Apostles that Jesus Christ is GOD. They always referred to GOD being the FATHER of Jesus Christ (Rom 15:5-6, 1 Cor 8:6, 2 Cor 1:2-3, 2 Cor 11:31, Eph 1:3, Col 1:3, 1 Pet 1:3).
Jesus Christ, therefore, does not teach us that the Holy Spirit is another God living inside him, but rather that it is the One True GOD – GOD who is SPIRIT (John 4:24), who is also his FATHER – who lives in him.
Please also see the following very simply stated arguments:
- Jesus prayed. Does GOD pray? If so, to whom would GOD pray? And why would Jesus need to pray if he was GOD?
- Jesus prayed to the FATHER, he did not worship himself.
- Jesus died on the cross (GOD cannot die).
- Jesus did the will of his FATHER, not his own will.
- Before he received the SPIRIT at his baptism, Jesus never did any miracles, nor did he tell any parables, according to the Bible. He only started with this from the day he received the SPIRIT of GOD. From there only, being anointed by GOD, he was able to do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Acts 10:36-38).
- If Jesus is GOD, then I am also GOD. Romans 8:29 says that Jesus was the firstborn of many sons to come. GOD is definitely not my brother; HE is my FATHER. Everyone who is born again (Jesus included), is born of the same Seed/Word/Logos (1 Pet 1:23).
- GOD says in Genesis 1:26 that man must reign on the earth. GOD will go against HIS own Word if Jesus is GOD on earth, for man was appointed to reign on earth.
- No one born from a woman was greater than John the Baptist. “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11). This included Jesus, for he himself was also born from a woman as a son of man.
- When Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus did not say to him that he (Satan) should worship him (Jesus). Jesus said to him: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’ “ (Matt 4:10).
- GOD is not a man nor a son of man. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). (Also see 1 Sam 15:29, Hos 11:9.)
- Jesus needed to learn obedience, he needed to grow to perfection and was called by GOD as High Priest… He was not born that way. 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 5:8-10).
- If Jesus was GOD, then why was he given commandments from the FATHER? Why would GOD be giving commands to HIMSELF? 49 ”For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak” (John 12:49-50).
- Jesus never claimed the glory he possessed was his own but always acknowledged that he received it from the FATHER. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one (John 17:22). Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You (John 17:7).
- So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God (Mark 10:18). Take note, Jesus the son of man said this.
- And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt 27:46). GOD cannot forsake HIMSELF?
- Jesus was made (not born) Lord and Christ by GOD. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
- Does GOD have a father? It may sound silly to ask something like this, but the answer is a definite ‘NO’, because GOD is the FATHER. Take note, Jesus had a FATHER… GOD.
In response to arguments about John 1:18 that Jesus is GOD, please consider the following clarification:
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
No one has ever seen GOD, because GOD is SPIRIT and not flesh… which immediately makes the claim that Jesus was GOD null and void, since he was seen. Although the Bible says that GOD, in the time of Adam and Eve, dwelled in the garden and that they experienced HIM there, I assume that they never physically saw HIM. So also, was the case with Moses (and the other prophets), who still could not see GOD even though GOD spoke with him face to face, for GOD is SPIRIT and Moses was a fleshly man.
Jesus, the son of man, at the age of thirty was anointed by GOD at his baptism when the Holy SPIRIT descended on him and stayed on (in) him. (Acts 10: 36-38).
Here Jesus became the first, and in that time, the only Son of GOD on the earth, born from the Bosom/Word/Logos of GOD.
This indwelling of GOD‘s SPIRIT in Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word/Logos of GOD. This is where the Word/Logos of GOD, since the fall of Adam, became flesh again. From this “understanding“, from the Logos of GOD, from the same understanding of who and what GOD is –Jesus Christ started to reveal the FATHER in his actions and in his conduct.
Jesus was flesh and blood, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, the forty-first generation (according to the genealogy register of Matthew 1). He, baby Jesus, was in the womb (bosom) of Mary and never in the bosom of the FATHER. (GOD is SPIRIT and Jesus is flesh.)
When Jesus at his baptism was anointed by GOD, when he was made Christ, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36) – he became the first, and at that time, the only Son of GOD on the earth, known as Jesus Christ, the forty-second generation (according to the genealogy register of Matthew 1).
A Son of GOD is someone whose spirit, like Jesus’ spirit, becomes one with GOD‘s SPIRIT, whom GOD anoints, who is made a Christ by GOD. No one without the SPIRIT of GOD can be a Son of GOD.
Jesus Christ was the first Son of GOD – the first of many Sons of GOD, brothers of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29) in whom the Word of GOD would also become flesh… These are the revealed Sons of GOD (Rom 8:19) on whom creation eagerly awaits… Sons who are born from the bosom of the FATHER, who accurately declare and reveal HIM over all the earth, those in whom the Word/Logos of GOD become flesh.
Why is it important not to believe that Jesus is GOD?
For as long as the Church believes that Jesus is GOD, the Church will be without identity and will continue living as immature children without authority and therefore will remain unable to answer to our FATHER‘s dream – the earth to be filled with HIS glory.
Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child [nepios], does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all.
The word ‘child’ in Greek is nēpios and means: “an infant, little child, a minor, not of age, untaught, unskilled”. Whereas a mature Son of GOD is someone who grows up under proper education (under tutors and governors) into his divine/heavenly identity. From this position and authority, he is able to manage his FATHER’s ‘business’, in other words, to bring GOD’s dream into fulfilment.
As long as Jesus is exalted in our minds as ‘GOD the Son’ and we do not come to know him as ‘the Son of GOD’, the first of many sons of GOD, we will spiritually remain children and never grow into mature Sons of GOD. This will prevent GOD’s dream from coming into fulfilment on the earth.
We need to understand that we are equal in value to our older brother Jesus Christ, but different in function. If Jesus remains ‘GOD’ in our minds he will always be ‘more’ valuable than us, he will always be GOD’s only Son in our minds and we will therefore always remain spiritually immature children (nepios) that differ nothing at all from those who are slaves. We will never be able to possess our inheritance and become lords of all.