Connecting Point Ministries

July 29, 2017

Come let us Grow Together: The Word was with God

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Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

John 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

How was this Word with God? What is this Word that was with God and was God?

Some people teach that this Word was with God as a second divine person of a Triune Godhead, in which He is known as God the Son. Is this what the Apostle John was trying to relay to us? Was the Apostle John trying to relay to us a Hellenistic concept of the Word? Or was the Apostle John following after the concept of Jewish tradition?

The Catholic encyclopedia states that for the Apostle John, “the Word is for him the Word of God, and thereby he holds with Jewish tradition…. He perfects the idea and transforms it by showing that this creative Word which was from all eternity was in God and was God, took flesh and dwelt among men.” see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09328a.htm

Take notice that the early Catholic church recognized, “that this creative Word which was from all eternity was in God” How was this Word with God? What is the definition of this Word?

3056. logos, log’-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; spec. (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

The logos is something said (including the thought) and also the reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive of what was said. Thus the Word that was with God and was God is (the thought, plan, and mind of God.) This is how the Word was in God as the early Catholic church recognized that the Apostle John was implying.

However, the early Catholic church then drew the conclusion that this Word was the eternally begotten Son of God or what they have called God the Son. Is this what the Apostle John was trying to relay to us? That our one God was three distinct divine persons of one substance? That somehow God the Son is eternally being begotten? Which is a contradiction of words? Is the terms Word and Son interchangeable terms? The answer to these questions is no. This is not what the Apostle John was trying to relay to us.

So what was the Apostle John trying to relay to us? The nutshell answer is exactly what the Apostle John told us. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

We must remember that God is a Spirit. (Jn 4:24) The eternal Spirit of God is the Word that was with God and was God; as the thought, plan, and mind of God. Not as three divine persons that somehow make up one God. The Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) is this eternal Spirit of God. This Word that was with God and was God is the thought, plan, and mind of God that was with God.

The eternal Spirit of God, or the Father, beget His only son to redeem mankind from their fallen state of sin. This action of conception took place through the Word, the thought, plan, and mind of God, by His eternal Spirit which is the Holy Ghost. (Lk 1:30-35)

So the Word and the Son are not interchangeable terms. The Word is eternal as the thought, plan, and mind of God. The eternal Spirit of God has an eternal purpose in Christ. (Eph 3:11)

This plan of God was set forth as creation by the eternal spirit of God, which is the Word of God, when God spoke the world into existence. This same Word, which is the thought, plan, and mind of God, was made flesh some 4,000 years later when the eternal Spirit of God hovered over the virgin Mary and she conceived child of the Holy Ghost.

This conception was when the son of God was begotten as the scripture says, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psa 2:7b) Thus the Word is eternal, but the son of God was begotten upon the conception of the virgin Mary by the eternal Spirit of God through the Word of God. The thought, plan, and mind of God in action.

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May 3, 2017

The Oneness of God

Filed under: God, Jesus — Tags: , , , , — cpministries @ 9:13 pm

Genesis 1:26
26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Who was with God in the beginning and who was His image?

Adam was made in the image of God.  The image of God is the man Christ Jesus.  Adam was made after the image of the second Adam Christ Jesus.  How do we know?

Colossians 1:12-15
12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

So Adam was made after the image of Jesus Christ.  So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” the image and the likeness of which God was referring to, was the man Christ Jesus, of whom was not yet born after the flesh, but was in the mind of God!!  For God had an eternal purpose in Christ Jesus.  This purpose was in the thought, the plan, and the mind of God before the foundation of the world!!

Ephesians 3:9-11
9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

So God had an eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord before the foundation of the world and Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.  We also have learned that all things were created by Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1-3
1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Again we are told the worlds were made by God’s Son who is Jesus Christ.

3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Notice carefully that Jesus is the expressed image of God’s person!!  God is a Spirit!!

John 1:18
18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

So no man has seen God at any time.  This is because God is s Spirit.

John 4:24
24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Jesus in Luke 24:39 said, “a spirit hath not flesh and bones,”

So Jesus is the image of God’s person!!  God does not have 3 bodies nor is He 3 distinct persons.

So how did the Son of God, Jesus Christ, create the worlds in the beginning with God?  And who is the “Us” that God was referring to when He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”?

We have already learned that the image and likeness of God that the man Adam was made after was actually the man Christ Jesus that was manifested in these last days to destroy the works of the devil and to condemn sin in the flesh.   (See 1 Jn 3:8, Heb 2:14, Rom 8:3)

So how did the Son of God create the worlds in the beginning with God?

The answer is found in the first chapter of John.

John 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

So the question becomes what is the Word that was with God and was God.

Strong’s Concordance – 3056. logos, log’-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

So then, the Word that was with God and was God is by definition something said (including the thought) and also the reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive of what was said.  Thus the Word that was with God and was God, was the Wisdom of God that was with God, because Wisdom proceeds out of the Word of God!

So the Word is the thought, plan, and mind of God that was with God and was God.  It was by this Word that the worlds were created.  This Word 4,000 years later became flesh as the Son of God (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,).

We must remember that God calls those things which be not as though they were according to Romans 4:17.  This is how the Son created the worlds in the beginning with God.

So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, He was counseling with Himself in the Wisdom of God.  Thus it was Wisdom that was with God in the beginning, not a second individual in the godhead known as God the Son.

Ephesians 1:11
11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

James 1:18
18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

This word of truth that was with God and was God was the thought, plan, and mind of God that was with God and was God.

So does this agree with scripture that Wisdom was with God in the beginning?

Proverbs 2:6
6  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

So out of the Word of God, which is the thought of God, the Lord gives wisdom.

In proverbs chapter 8 King Solomon speaking of Wisdom says.

Proverbs 8:12, 22-23
12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
22  The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

So who was with God in the beginning?  I wisdom was.

Job also tells us the same.

Job 27:11-12
11  I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12  Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

Look around and see the Wisdom of God in His Creation!

Psalms 33:6
6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 136:5
5  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Jeremiah 51:15
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, He was counseling with Himself in the Wisdom of God.  Thus it was Wisdom that was with God in the beginning, not a second individual in the godhead known as God the Son.

Luke 11:49 reads…
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

It was the Wisdom of God which spoke this.  For God is Wisdom!!

To sum this up: Our God is One as the scriptures teach us.  However, God is not One substance made up of three distinct persons.  God is a Spirit who manifested himself in the flesh to redeem mankind from their sins.  Jesus Christ is the expressed visible image of the invisible God.

Jesus Christ also revealed to us the Father’s name in the New Testament.

John 5:43
43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

If Jesus came in his Father’s name and His name was Jesus, then Jesus was the name of His Father.

Jesus tells us in John 17:6…

John 17:6
6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

And again in….

John 17:26
26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

How then did Jesus declare and manifest the Father’s name?

By the miracles that He performed as the Son of God and also by His own name.  The name of Jesus means, “Jehovah-saved” or “Jehovah is Salvation”.

So Jesus revealed to us the name of the Father in His own name.  Also we learn that the Holy Ghost comes to us in the name of Jesus.

John 14:26
26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

So the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.  Jesus is the name of God revealed to us in the New Testament.

Therefore it is of the utmost importance that when you are baptized that you are baptized in the name of Jesus.  For the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.

The Apostles understood this because Jesus opened their understanding to this.

Luke 24:44-47
44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

So the Disciples had full understanding of the scriptures.

46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

What is His name?  Jesus.

48  And ye are witnesses of these things.
49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

This referring to the Holy Ghost that was about to be poured out upon the believers.

When the day of Pentecost was fully come and the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the believers, the people present asked what they must do to be saved.  The Apostles who had full understanding of the scriptures and who were just told to preach repentance and remission of sins in Jesus name told all the people present what they must do to be saved.

Acts 2:38-39
38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

This fulfilled what Jesus spoke to His disciples in Matthew 28:19

Matthew 28:19
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus!!

Acts 4:10-12
10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

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January 5, 2017

The Image of God the man Christ Jesus

Filed under: God, Jesus — Tags: , , , , — cpministries @ 12:39 am

Genesis 1:26
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

What is this image and likeness of God that man is made in?  For this answer we will also be discussing the “us” that was in reference as well.

Ephesians 1:11
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

God works all things after the counsel of his own will.  Thus the “us” of Genesis of whom God was speaking was his own self.  But in the mind of God or the Word of God he was speaking of the image and likeness of his own self that man would be made in the image of.  God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) and the image of which God was referring was the image of the man Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:14-17
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

The image of God is the man Christ Jesus of whom the first Adam was made in the image of.  God calling those things that be not as though they were in counseling with his own self spoke the world into existence through His Word of whom he is.  Which said Word is the thoughts, plan, and reasoning in the mind of God which he brought forth when he uttered the world into existence.

Thus the Wisdom of God that proceeds out of the Word of God was that which was with God in the beginning.  Thus the Son of God of whom was begotten at the moment of conception of the virgin Mary by the Spirit of God created the worlds by the Word of God of whom he is in the beginning.  Not as an eternal Son of which is taught by the Trinitarian doctrine, but rather as the Word of God which is the eternal Spirit of God.  Thus the terms ‘Word’ and ‘Son’ are not interchangeable terms.

The last Adam of whom the first Adam was made in the image of came to restore sonship of which was lost by the first Adam in the Garden of God.  This Word that was with God and was God as the thoughts, plan, and reasoning in the mind of God was made flesh to redeem mankind back unto himself.  Thus the Word of God is eternal as the Spirit of God, but the Son of God was begotten when the fulness of the time was come as the scripture says in Galatians 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” and in Psalms 2:7, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” and in Hebrews 1:5 “I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son”.

The Lord knowing his eternal purpose in Christ brought forth this plan through his Word of whom he is and when he created man he created him in the image of Jesus Christ the last Adam.   Thus God in the counsel of his own will said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” as he was thinking of the Christ that was to be brought forth when the fulness of the time was come of whom man would be made in the image of.

Thus the manifold wisdom of God was brought forth that the Almighty God would take upon himself the seed of Abraham upon the conception of the virgin Mary by the Holy Ghost to redeem mankind back unto himself and upon his death as the scriptures says in Ephesians 2:15-16 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby”.  And in so doing destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.  And upon his resurrection took back the keys of hell and of death.

Thus the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ (Col 2:2) was fulfilled which eternal purpose was in the Word of God as the eternal purpose he purposed in Christ to redeem mankind back unto himself when the fulness of the time was come which allowed restoration of sonship to his chosen vessels which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles.

And so the eternal Word of God, which is the thoughts, plan, and reasoning in the mind of God will continue to be brought forth as we await the catching away of the saints, the coming of the great day of God Almighty wherein his Word will ride in victoriously conquering those who opposed him, and then he will rule and reign for 1,000 years upon the Earth.  Which Word of God will eternally unfold as there is no end as the scriptures has said in Ephesians 3:21 “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

I would now like to read to you the scriptures that I have expounded upon as well as the Greek definition of the Word or the Logos.

Ephesians 1:11
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

John 4:24
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

3056. logos, log’-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; spec. (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

Thus the logos is something said (including the thought) and also the reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive of what was said.

Proverbs 2:6
2 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Genesis 1:1, 26
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Colossians 1:14-16
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Romans 4:17
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Remember the reason that I am not expounding upon these scriptures is because these scriptures were expounded upon in the beginning of the lesson.  This is to reinforce to you the scriptures being used to support what was spoken in the beginning of the lesson.

Hebrews 1:1-3
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

1 Corinthians 15:45-47
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Romans 5:14
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Matthew 1:20-23
20 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.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Psalms 2:7
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Hebrews 1:5
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

Galatians 4:4-5
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Ephesians 2:13-18
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Ephesians 3:9-11
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Hebrews 2:14-17
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Revelation 1:18
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Colossians 2:2
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

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