138. My Vision on The Primacy of the Godhead in Giving The True Gospel

 

August 4, 2017


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"I am the resurrection, and the life' (John 11:25). He who had said, 'I lay down my life, that I might take it again' (John 10:17), came forth from the grave to life that was IN HIMSELF. Humanity died; DIVINITY DID NOT DIE. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death. He declares that He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 301.

 

The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers.” Gospel Workers, 315.


 

In the night hours of Friday, August 4, 2017, I was given a vision on the primacy of the Godhead in giving the true gospel. The true gospel is about everything that God has done and is doing to restore and redeem man back into the image of God that man was created in. I was shown that the first prime duty of any teacher of the gospel is to the truth about the Godhead, and that no man will ever appreciate the gospel of the highest good, crowning gift of our Saviour, without a clear understanding of everything that sacrifice involves. I was shown that no person will aspire to be part of the 144,000 without a true knowledge of the full sacrifice of Christ.


The truth about the Godhead is the truth about the most basic, highest good, crowning gift that God bestows on man. Since the truth of the Godhead involves the highest good, crowning gift of God to man, that is the reason the truth of the Godhead is the prime requisite to the giving of the true gospel. It follows that no true gospel can proceed from any error on the Godhead. That being true, it also follows that a good place to begin in relating the gospel to others is with a solid presentation on the Godhead and the highest good, crowning gift that heaven can bestow. Toward that end, I was shown important elaborations on the following points which my regular readers will be familiar with, but they may not be familiar with the elaborations I was shown.


Ellen White says that a good place to begin in witnessing is on a subject that others are not very familiar with. A good place to begin when relating the gospel to anyone, is by asking the following questions:

·       How many persons does Scripture say there are in the Godhead? Answer: Three.

·       How many ETERNAL persons does the Trinity Doctrine say there are in the Godhead? Answer: Three.

·       Was/is the Incarnated humanity of Christ eternal? In other words, did the humanity of Christ exist from eternity?  No.

·       John 14 deals with the Godhead. Does it mention the humanity of Christ as coming to us? Answer: No. It says only the Holy Spirit of Christ, the Comforter and the Father, BOTH, come to us.

·       Did Jesus tell His disciples that it would be better if He went back to heaven to have the Father send His Spirit, because He could not be everywhere at once in His human state on this earth? Yes. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7.

·       If the Divinity of Christ did not die on the Cross, because Divinity cannot die, what life was sacrificed in order that we might have eternal life? Answer: "He (Christ) suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which WAS His." Desire of Ages, p. 25 1 Cor. 11:24-265, cf. John 6:53, 54, Titus 3:5, 6.

·       What life WAS HIS before His Incarnation into humanity? Answer: His Holy Spirit Divine Nature. That life was/is eternal. That is where we derive eternal life from.


Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

 

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

 

They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit—the Spirit of Christ” (9T p. 289)

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is; there is Liberty.” (2 Cor. 3:17)

 

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit, Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

 

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

 

"I am the resurrection, and the life' (John 11:25). He who had said, 'I lay down my life, that I might take it again' (John 10:17), came forth from the grave to life that was IN HIMSELF. Humanity died; DIVINITY DID NOT DIE. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death. He declares that He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 301.

 

"He (Christ) suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which WAS His." Desire of Ages, p. 25 1 Cor. 11:24-265, cf. John 6:53, 54, Titus 3:5, 6.

 

We know from Scripture that the wages of sin is death, eternal death, and that in receiving the life which was Christ’s we receive eternal life. Here is the elaboration I was shown on this statement: How could one receive eternal life, WHICH WAS HIS, if He did not indeed possess eternal life; if, as many believe he was “begotten” in a way that did not involve eternal life?

 

The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy both teach that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit soul of the life of Christ, the Divine life of Christ that did not die on the cross, because divinity cannot die. John 14 clearly establishes the fact that it is not the person of Christ in His humanity that comes to us, but the person of His Holy Spirit.

 

One Spirit Eternal Spirit

 

John 14 makes it plain that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter who comes to us. Is the Holy Spirit a person? The Bible says that God is a Spirit and that there is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT. So the Holy Spirit must be a person of the Godhead. It says that Jesus offered Himself without spot to God THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

 

The Bible also says that there is ONE GOD, ONE SAVIOUR, AND ONE SPIRIT and that they BOTH come to us! Does that sound like a contradictory misstatement? Notice:

 

Jhn 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 

 

Questions:

·       Who is speaking in John 14:23 (above)? Answer: Jesus.

·       Who is the Comforter? The Holy Spirit of Jesus, also found in John 14.

·       Was/is Jesus a person? Yes.

·       Was/is Jesus’ Holy Spirit a person? Yes.

·       What was His Divine Nature Person called before His Incarnation? Answer: His Holy Spirit Divine Nature.

·       Was the Holy Spirit eternal? Yes, the Bible says there was/is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

·       Why does John 14:23 say “…WE WILL COME UNTO HIM, AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM?” Answer: Because there is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, and the Father and the Son share that ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

·       Do you see how errant folk are when they teach that Christ was not eternal, when Scripture identifies Him as the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and that BOTH Christ and the Father come to us because they BOTH consist of SPIRIT, the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT?

·       If John 14 won’t convince one of the eternal nature of Jesus, the Son of God, don’t waste further time with such persons, because if the Bible won’t convince them, neither you nor Ellen White will persuade them.


A Colossal Mistake of Many Seventh-day Adventists


Some individuals, even ministers like Stephen Bohr, use an Ellen White statement from Story of Redemption, p. 13, in an effort to “prove” that authority had been conferred upon the Son by the Father, and that His authority was not equal to that of the Father. This is most unfortunate and totally errant.

 

The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that He might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son. The Son was seated on the throne with the Father, and the heavenly throng of holy angels was gathered around them. The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ, His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son He had invested with authority to command the heavenly host. Especially was His Son to work in union with Himself in the anticipated creation of the earth and every living thing that should exist upon the earth. His Son would carry out His will and His purposes but would do nothing of Himself alone. The Father's will would be fulfilled in Him.” –The Story of Redemption, p. 13.

 

THE REST OF THE STORY. The full weight of evidence changes the story completely:

 

"There had been NO CHANGE in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer's envy and misrepresentation and his claims to equality with Christ had made the necessary a statement of the TRUE POSITION of the Son of God; BUT THIS HAD BEEN THE SAME FROM THE BEGINNING. Many of the angels were, however, blinded by Lucifer's deceptions." Patriarch and Prophets, p. 38.

 

It was Lucifer's misrepresentations that made it necessary to restate the Father's instructions to worship His Son. But in all actuality, THERE HAD BEEN NO CHANGE IN THE POSITION OR AUTHORITY OF CHRIST--THE TRUE POSITION HAD BEEN THE SAME FROM THE BEGINNING. It would be well for all to read all of Patriarchs and Prophets p.38.  

                                                                                 

More proof:

The Story of Redemption, p. 13

Patriarchs & Prophets, p. 38

The Great Controversy, pp. 415 (bottom of page) and 416 (all of page).

Revelation 3:21 and other verses in Revelation on the Alpha and Omega  

 

When any person teaches only the first half of the truth on Story of Redemption, p. 13, they make Ellen White a false prophet for stating the following:

 

Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore.” {RH, April 5, 1906 par. 6}

 

I asked my angel how Ellen White knew that Christ was God in the highest sense, and that He was with God the Father from ALL ETERNITY. What you have read in this vision is the answer I received, but it is all encapsulated in John Chapter 14, for all who will see it.


The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father.” {RH, April 5, 1906 par. 7}

 

It was the humanity of Christ that was/is subservient to the Father, and without the Father Jesus said He could do nothing. Jesus said that the Father did the works that were done by Him. Likewise, the Holy Spirit of Jesus (which is the same Spirit as that of the Father) is who does the works in us lest any man should boast. Persons without spiritual discernment are continually referring to the subservience of the humanity of Christ to the Father, as PROOF that He was inferior to the Father, when His Holy Spirit Divine Nature was/is equal to the Father in the highest sense, because of the living fact that they both possess the same essence and substance, the one eternal Spirit, which makes them ONE GOD.

 

The following statement proves that Christ officiates as His Priest in the Temple of Heaven as the dwelling place of God, and His throne is established in righteousness and judgment, for all judgment is committed to Christ.

 

In the temple in heaven, the dwelling place of God, His throne is established in righteousness and judgment. In the most holy place is His law, the great rule of right by which all mankind are tested. The ark that enshrines the tables of the law is covered with the mercy seat, before which Christ pleads His blood in the sinner's behalf. Thus is represented the union of justice and mercy in the plan of human redemption. This union infinite wisdom alone could devise and infinite power accomplish; it is a union that fills all heaven with wonder and adoration. The cherubim of the earthly sanctuary, looking reverently down upon the mercy seat, represent the interest with which the heavenly host contemplate the work of redemption. This is the mystery of mercy into which angels desire to look--that God can be just while He justifies the repenting sinner and renews His intercourse with the fallen race; that Christ could stoop to raise unnumbered multitudes from the abyss of ruin and clothe them with the spotless garments of His own righteousness to unite with angels who have never fallen and to dwell forever in the presence of God.” The Great Controversy, p. 415.

 

The Bible and Ellen White Divest the Two Natures of Christ Into Two Independent Persons

 

It will be manifestly interesting to your students learning the gospel you present to them, that the Bible divests Christ into two independent persons, just as Ellen White portrayed in her “cumbered” statement. Notice:

 

"And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." John 3:13.

 

Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus while on earth. Yet He speaks of the Son of Man being in heaven! Why? Because His Holy Spirit Divine Nature Person was in heaven. Ellen White is saying the same thing in other words in the following statement:

 

"Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit.” E.G. White, Manuscript Releases Volume 14 (No’s 1081-1135) MR No.1084.

 

How did Ellen White know that the Holy Spirit “soul of His life” Divine Nature Person of Christ and His humanity person were INDEPENDENT OF ONE ANOTHER—as two different personalities—TWO PERSONS, accruing as such after the Incarnation?

 

"By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. 'God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.' [John 3:16]. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only Begotten Son to become one of the human family forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. 'Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder.' God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of Peace.' [Isa. 9:6]. The I Am is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who is 'holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,' is not ashamed to call us brethren. [Heb. 7:26 2:11.] In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite love." The Desire of Ages, 25.

 

The ADOPTED person to the Godhead is the humanity of Christ, which did not exist until the Incarnation, before which there were only TWO ETERNAL PERSONS. The Incarnation gave birth to A THIRD PERSON, in the humanity of Christ, which person was not eternal. So the Trinity Doctrine’s teaching that there are THREE CO-ETERNAL PERSONS to the Godhead, is totally errant, and totally obfuscates the heavenly Sanctuary/Atonement sacrifice, whereby a THIRD PERSON was adopted into the Godhead. This is the worst abomination of Satan’s lies, because it sweeps away the entire Christian economy:

 

"The spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God [the Godhead], followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give John to give to His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to be given special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin, and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk.1, p. 204.

 

Every erroneous teaching on the Godhead is a spiritualistic theory that sweeps away the whole Christian economy. Test and try them for yourself, or ask me and I will show you how this is true. The end-result of every error does total despite to the Heavenly Incarnation Sanctuary/Atonement that produced a THIRD PERSON.

 

Christ a Man Priest Forever

 

22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

24But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

28For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. Hebrews 7:22-28.

 

Christ and the Father of one and the Same Substance and Attributes


The Bible leaves no room for uncertainty! In Christ dwells all the fulness of the Godhead, the head of all principality and power. Hence, both the Father and the Son must be of ONE SUBSTANCE (SPIRIT), and possess the same attributes.

Col 2:8  “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. 

 

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

 

Col 2:10   And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power

 “The Jews had never before heard such words from human lips, and a convicting influence attended them; for it seemed that divinity flashed through humanity as Jesus said, “I and My Father are One.” The words of Christ were full of deep meaning as He put forth the claim that He and the Father were of one substance, possessing the same attributes.The Signs of the Times, November 27, 1893,

p. 54. {7ABC 437.3}


"In Christ Jesus is a revelation of the glory of the Godhead. All that the human agent can know of God to the saving of the soul, is the measure of the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, to which he can attain; for Christ is He who represents the Father. The most wonderful truth to be grasped by men is the truth, “Immanuel, God with us.” Christ is the wisdom of God. He is the great “I Am” to the world. As we contemplate the glory of the divine character as revealed in Christ, we are led to exclaim, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” This wisdom is displayed in the love that reaches out for the recovery of lost and ruined man." {ST July 3, 1907, par. 5}


"But who that is not infinite can understand the infinite? Christ declares, “No man knoweth the Father but the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son shall reveal him.” It is recorded of Epictetus that when his hearers said to him, “You have uttered many excellent things of God; but we cannot as yet understand what he is,” he truly and nobly replied, “Were I able fully to set forth God, I should either be a god myself, or God himself would cease to be what he is.” The greatness of God cannot be measured or comprehended. And that doctrine that denies the absolute Godhead of Jesus Christ, denies also the Godhead of the Father; for no man knoweth the Son but the Father." {ST June 27, 1895, par. 3}


"Shall our faith ever falter again? What stronger evidence could God have given us that Jesus is the Son of God? What greater evidence could be given of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ than that which has been given by those who were eyewitnesses of his Majesty? Will those who claim to believe in Christ as a personal Saviour, dishonor God by doubting that he to whose guardianship they have committed their souls will keep that which has been committed to his trust against that day? Jesus is a risen Saviour. He came forth from the grave to vindicate his previous claims, to confirm the faith of his followers, to establish the truth of his Godhead before men, to make doubly sure the assurance that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." {ST May 30, 1895, par. 8}


Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power and authority with the Father.”—The Great Controversy, 495. {7ABC 437.4}


To save the transgressor of God’s law, Christ, the One equal with the Father, came to live heaven before men, that they might learn to know what it is to have heaven in the heart. He illustrated what man must be to be worthy of the precious boon of the life that measures with the life of God.”—Fundamentals of Christian Education, 179. {7ABC 437.5}


Two Natures Blended in Christ—“Through being partakers of the divine nature we may stand pure and holy and undefiled. The Godhead was not made human, and the human was not deified by the blending together of the two natures. Christ did not possess the same sinful, corrupt, fallen disloyalty we possess, for then he could not be a perfect offering.”—E. G. White Manuscript 94, 1893. {3SM 131.1}


Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was One with the eternal Father,—one in nature, in character, in purpose,—the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). His “goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).—Patriarchs and Prophets, 34. {7ABC 437.2}


"For centuries the Jews had vainly endeavored to show wherein the promise of God given by Haggai had been fulfilled; yet pride and unbelief blinded their minds to the true meaning of the prophet’s words. The second temple was not honored with the cloud of Jehovah’s glory, but with the living presence of One in whom dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily—who was God Himself manifest in the flesh. The “Desire of all nations” had indeed come to His temple when the Man of Nazareth taught and healed in the sacred courts. In the presence of Christ, and in this only, did the second temple exceed the first in glory. But Israel had put from her the proffered Gift of heaven. With the humble Teacher who had that day passed out from its golden gate, the glory had forever departed from the temple. Already were the Saviour’s words fulfilled: “Your house is left unto you desolate.” Matthew 23:38. {GC 24.2}


"Amazed at his dullness of comprehension, Christ asked with pained surprise, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip?” Is it possible that you do not see the Father in the works He does through Me? Do you not believe that I came to testify of the Father? “How sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” Christ had not ceased to be God when He became man. Though He had humbled Himself to humanity, the Godhead was still His own. Christ alone could represent the Father to humanity, and this representation the disciples had been privileged to behold for over three years." {DA 663.5}


"In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church." {DA 671.2}


"But although Christ’s divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, suffering, and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been entrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done." {ST May 10, 1899, par. 11}


The Preexistence of Christ Pre-existence of Christ preexistence of Christ Everlasting Father


The Pre-existent, Self-existent Son of God—Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God.... In speaking of his pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him.—The Signs of the Times, August 29, 1900. {Ev 615.2}


If you and I were as one brought up together, we would have co-existed from eternity. This is especially true in regard to Christ who possessed the same essence/substance of God, SPIRIT, THE ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

"Jesus Christ is revealed as the Fullness of the Godhead, the infinitely merciful Saviour of sinners, the Sun of Righteousness, the merciful High Priest, the Healer of all human maladies and diseases, the tender, compassionate Friend, the constant, ever-present and helpful Companion, the Prince of the House of David, the Shield of His people, the Prince of Peace, the Coming King, the Everlasting Father, the culmination and fruition of the desires and hopes of all the ages." {DA 17.7}


Divinity Not Dying and The Testator’s Death Meeting the Prescribed Limit of a Sacrifice


The only “prescribed limit” for a sacrifice IN HIS INCARNATION, is death of the Testator. So the Incarnation was a sacrifice involving death to something. By His Incarnation ALONE, Christ reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice. He became our redeemer on the Cross, by being faithful unto the death of His humanity in resisting temptation to sin and taking all our sins upon Himself. But the death of His humanity for three days did fulfill the prescribed limit of a sacrifice per the Testator’s Covenant, for while the Testator liveth, the testament is of no strength, no count, and the humanity of Christ lived again after three days of death. That three days of death could not atone for our wages of sin which are eternal death.

"The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.


"I am the resurrection, and the life' (John 11:25). He who had said, 'I lay down my life, that I might take it again' (John 10:17), came forth from the grave to life that was IN HIMSELF. Humanity died; DIVINITY DID NOT DIE. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death. He declares that He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 301.


The Sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb, is all about the Everlasting Covenant made with man, and was/is the propitiation of that Covenant.

Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Testator—Both Christ and the Father give law on Sinai (Search those words)

 

Christ and the Father, standing side by side upon the mount, with solemn majesty proclaimed the Ten Commandments..." E.G. White, Evangelism, p. 616.

 

     "The most fatal delusion of the Christian world in this generation is, that in pouring contempt on the law of God they think they are exalting Christ. What a position! It was Christ who spoke the law from Sinai. It was Christ who gave the law to Moses, engraven on tables of stone. It was his Father's law; and Christ says, "I and my Father are one." The Pharisees held the reverse of the modern position, but were in just as great an error. They rejected Christ, but exalted the law. And it makes little difference which position is taken, so long as we ignore the true one,-- that faith in Christ must be accompanied by obedience to the law of God." {ST, September 4, 1884 par. 13}

 

Ellen White contributes to this matter by testifying that both the Father and the Son were on Mt. Sinai giving the Law. She is right because Moses spoke face to face with the Son, but only saw the backside of the Father.

 

Deu 5:4 http:www.blueletterbible.orgkjvDeuDeu005.html The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

 

Read Deu. 5:2, 3, 4 and  6, to see that THE LORD OUR GOD made a covenant with us in Horeb, where is Mt. Sinai. Verse 3 says: The Lord our God made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. Verse 4: The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire. Verse 6 says: I am the Lord THY GOD, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

 

So Ellen White was right on! Moses saw God the Father's backside and spoke FACE TO FACE with the Son, as Lord God, on the Mt. Sinai in Horeb. Here Jesus is called LORD and GOD, AND ACCORDING TO SOME THERE IS ONLY ONE LORD AND ONE GOD. That is true, but BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON ARE ONE GOD AND ONE LORD, because they both possess the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM ONE GOD. Most Jews and even many Gentiles seem to have great difficulty in seeing this truth about ONE GOD.

 

Yes, God the Father was IN CHRIST, reconciling the world to Himself, but it was not the Father who died, but the Son died as the Testator of that Covenant. Therefore, if Christ was not equal to God the Father in the Old Testament pre-Incarnation phase of His Being, then there has been no ratified Covenant--no Atonement.

 

Who Was the Lawgiver--Testator of the Covenant? Father and/or Son? Both gave the law from Mt. Sinai

 

The purpose of this section is to prove that since God Almighty and His Son (both) were the Testator of the ten-commandment law as given on Sinai, the Son had to be equal with the Father in order to Atone for any breach in the Everlasting Covenant and/or the Law of God. Ellen White said that both the Father and the Son were on Mt. Sinai giving the law:

 

"In union with the Father, Christ proclaimed the law amid the thunders of Sinai..." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, 11-12-94, pr. 07.

 

It was Christ who, amid thunder and flame, had proclaimed the law upon Mount Sinai.” E. G. White, The Mount of Blessing, 175.

 

"The Angel of the Covenant. The ark is called "the ark of the covenant," Num. 10:33; Heb. 9:4, because in it was placed the covenant, the "tables of stone" that God gave to Moses. Ex. 25:16; 31:18. Christ is called "the Messenger of the covenant," Mal. 3:1, or "the Angel of the covenant" PP 252, because when He gave the law at Sinai, He was God's messenger, doing the will of the Father." Sarah E. Peck, The Path to the Throne of God, p. 171. (Sarah Peck was a close friend and confidant of Ellen White.)

 

His Father's Law

 

"Amid the awful glory of Sinai, Christ declared in the hearing of all the people the ten precepts of HIS FATHER'S LAW." E.G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, P. 366.

 

In order that the Son die as the Testator of the Law, it was absolutely necessary that He be equal to the Father, because the Father was also Testator of that Law--It was His law. Because they both were Testator to that Covenant--that law--that Testament, then it was necessary that the one who died for transgressions of that law to be equal to God the Father. Why? Because the Covenant demanded death of the Testator. Who was the Testator? God the Son who was equal to His Father. The Father/Son relationship is used to signify the close liaison between the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT as possessed by both the Father and the Son.

 

If Jesus Christ was not the Testator of that Covenant, and equal to the Father who was also the Testator of that Covenant, then He [Jesus] was not qualified to pay the penalty for any violation--transgression of that Covenant, because only the Testator could so do. The wages of breaking that Covenant is eternal death for us--for man. The Testator must pay that ransom in some form of eternal death in order to ransom or redeem us from violation of that Covenant.

 

"The enemies of the present truth have been trying to open the door of the holy place, that Jesus has shut, and to close the door of the most holy place, which He opened in 1844, where the ark is, containing the two tables of stone on which are written the ten Commandments by the finger of Jehovah." E.G. White, Early Writings, p. 43.

 

The teaching that the law was obliterated at the Cross, is like saying that Christ did not have to die FOREVER to being the Testator of the Everlasting Covenant. The fact that He must die FOREVER to meet the prescribed limit of the Covenant, is proof that the law could not be done away with. As Ellen White said, the proof that Christ died for man’s violation of the law, is proof that it could not be destroyed. The law is being fulfilled on an eternal continuum by the human priesthood of the Testator, death of the Testator to His pre-Incarnation Being of existing as DIVINE HOLY SPIRIT ONLY or GOD ONLY, with no trace of humanity before the Incarnation.

 

The Bible and Ellen White conclude that Christ was Jehovah as well. The closest I can come to explaining this mystery is that Scripture says that God is a Spirit and that there is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT. Christ and the Father shared the same eternal Spirit. John 14:23 says: “We will come to you” in the context of the Holy Spirit coming to us. Christ emptied Himself of His Holy Spirit Divine Nature and proffered the gift to us for regeneration back into the image of God. How He could do that and still be fully Divine is a mystery I cannot explain, but the thing that makes them ONE GOD is the ONE SPIRIT they share, to wit:

 

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

 

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Ephesians 2:18

 

Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

A Spirit means ONE SPIRIT.

 

THE ETERNAL SPIRIT” means ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

 

That is what constitutes God as being ONE GOD. Theoretically, any number of persons who possessed the essence and substance of God’s ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, would be God, but only two persons were required to possess that essence and substance, the Father and the Divinity of the Son. But the humanity of Christ does not possess all that essence and substance, but was still adopted into the Godhead in the person of the human nature of His Son.

 

"By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. 'God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.' [John 3:16]. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only Begotten Son to become one of the human family forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. 'Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder.' God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of Peace.' [Isa. 9:6]. The I Am is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who is 'holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,' is not ashamed to call us brethren. [Heb. 7:26 2:11.] In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite love." The Desire of Ages, 25.

 

The Law was written by the Finger of Jehovah, Christ, but it was given by both on Mt. Sinai, says Ellen White. Also, we must consider that the Law says to worship only God--"Thou shalt have no other god's before me." Thus, the Father and the Son are ONE, else we would err in considering the Father as being God Almighty and by worshipping Christ and not the Father also. So both were Testators of the Everlasting Covenant. The Father's part in the Testator agreement was the "giving" of His only beloved Son, in Atonement for confessed and forgiven sin.

 

Ellen White says that divinity did not die on the cross. The parties to the Testator Covenant were both DIVINE. Divinity must die in some form to fulfill the specifications of the Testator Covenant. There is no way that a FULLY HUMAN MAN could die for our sins, because no fully human man was the Testator of that Covenant. There is no way that three days in a tomb would ever satisfy the Testator Covenant, even had the FULLY DIVINE divinity of Christ died on the cross. Does Ellen White deal with this problem? She certainly does in the following statement:

 

"The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

 

What is the prescribed limit of the Testator Covenant? That the Testator die. What death did the Testator die? Our death. What was our death penalty for transgression of the law? Eternal death. Did Christ make any sacrifice that satisfied this eternal death payment for us? Yes He did. In His Incarnation, He laid aside His Holy Spirit life and soul--His PURE DIVINITY state of Being FOREVER, and another body was prepared for Him. In that other body, He was still FULLY DIVINE, but He was now combined with humanity FOREVER. This was the Son of Man IN A NEW SENSE, says Ellen White, a new person, a third person to the Godhead.

 

Exd 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

 

Psa 68:8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: [even] Sinai itself [was moved] at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

 

Hbr 9:16 For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

 

Hbr 9:16 For [1063] where [3699] a testament [1242] [is], there must also of necessity [318] be [5342] (5745) the death [2288] of the testator [1303] (5642).

 

Lexicon Results for diatheke (Strong's 1242) [TESTAMENT]

 

Greek for 1242

Pronunciation Guide

diatheke {dee-ath-ay'-kay}

TDNT Reference Root Word

TDNT - 2:106,157 from 1303

Part of Speech

n f

 

Outline of Biblical Usage

 

1) a disposition, arrangement, of any sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last disposition which one makes of his earthly possessions after his death, a testament or will

2) a compact, a covenant, a testament

a) God's covenant with Noah, etc.

Lexicon Results for diatithemai (Strong's 1303) [TESTATOR] Greek for 1303

Pronunciation Guide

diatithemai {dee-at-ith'-em-ahee}

TDNT Reference Root Word

TDNT - 2:104,157 middle voice from 1223 and 5087

Part of Speech

v (verb)

 

Outline of Biblical Usage

 

1) to arrange, dispose of, one's own affairs

a) of something that belongs to one

b) to dispose of by will, make a testament

2) to make a covenant, enter a covenant, with one

Her 9:17 For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

The Law of God

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Rom 7:22 For [1063] I delight [4913] (5736) in the law [3551] of God [2316] after [2596] the inward [2080] man [444]:

Greek for 2316 [GOD] Pronunciation Guide

Theos {theh'-os}

TDNT Reference Root Word

TDNT - 3:65,322 of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity

Part of Speech

n m

 

Outline of Biblical Usage

 

1) a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities

2) the Godhead, trinity

a) God the Father, the first person in the trinity

b) Christ, the second person of the trinity

c) Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity

3) spoken of the only and true God

a) refers to the things of God

b) his counsels, interests, things due to him

4) whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resemble him in any way

a) God's representative or viceregent

1) of magistrates and judges

 

Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deu. 7:9.

 

Clearly, God Almighty is author of the Testator Covenant. Jesus is also God Almighty, because He had to be in order to die for that Covenant, because only the Testator could atone for any breach in that Covenant.

 

I and my Father are one. John 10:30.

 

What Does God (Jehovah) Declare Himself to be?

 

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God. Isa. 44:6.

 

In what scripture does Christ adopt the same expression?

 

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Rev. 22:12, 13.

 

Questions:

 

How many first and lasts are there?

 

Who is coming quickly--the Father or His Son?

 

It is true that the Son of God voluntarily took a subservient role as a servant while on this earth. Some make the mistake of applying that status to Him forever, and try to make the Father greater than the Son. That is a mistake. Some would inquire: Is not the very description of Father demonstrative that the Father is first in eminence? No. Not in the case of God. The Father and son relationship is presented that way to show the closeness of the relationship--the love relationship, such as Abraham's love for His only son Isaac.

 

Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

Now from the New Testament:

 

Hbr 8:10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

 

Hbr 10:16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

 

The moral of this study, friend of mine, is that if God the Father had any part in the Everlasting Covenant as Testator of that Covenant, and He did--He delivered that Law with His Son on Mt. Sinai, and He gave His only begotten Son for the breach in that law--then any person who should die for any violation of that Covenant had to be equal with the Father, because He was a co-Testator and the Testator had to die. That is the double-edged sword of this study.

 

Why the Godhead is so Important

 

The Incarnation Atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster! That is why the Godhead SHOULD BE the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers. This is the reason God has instructed me with much to say about the issue of the Godhead. When every error on this issue results in sweeping away the entire Christian economy, one does not have to wonder why this subject swallows up every other when it comes to the full truth of the gospel. But what about Ellen White’s statement that righteousness by faith will swallow up every other subject at the final end-time?

 

There is an SDA “reformer” by the name of Laval Picard, a French Jew who was formally trained as an SDA minister and claims to be the forerunner (Elijah). He specializes in the message of righteousness by faith, quoting Ellen White in saying that issue would swallow up all others at the end-time. He told me on an SDA forum that he would never believe what I was teaching on the Godhead. He did not have the spiritual discernment to see the inseparable liaison between the righteousness of Christ and the truth about the Godhead, for the truth about the Godhead is the ultimate elaboration on the righteousness of Christ, to wit:

 

The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers.” Gospel Workers, 315.

 

"One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other, Christ and His righteousness." Review and Herald, Dec.23, 1892. On Sabbath, May 11, 1889, just a few months after the Minneapolis Conference, Mrs. White, while preaching, asked this question: "Well, then, what is our position? It must be a position of living faith... That living faith is essential for our salvation, that we should lay hold upon the MERITS of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour, upon Christ our righteousness." (emphasis mine)


One cannot speak of the righteousness of Christ without mentioning His merits since it is through His merits that His righteousness is brought into the life.

 

"We cannot explain this faith that lays right hold upon the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour to bring Christ's righteousness into the life. Clothed with the robe of His righteousness and not your own righteousness, you will not depend upon what you can do or what you will do" for "Christ's righteousness accomplishes everything." Faith and Works, p.64-66.


'Therefore, one interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other, the merits of Christ, for "The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour: which appropriates His merits to ourselves." Desire of Ages, p. 347.


Does not this signify that the merits of Christ and His righteousness are to be the focus of our message? Just as the law and the gospel are inseparable according to Ellen White, so the truth on the Godhead is inseparable from the righteousness of Christ.


"Justice demanded the sufferings of man; but Christ rendered the sufferings of a God. He needed no atonement of suffering for Himself; all His sufferings were for us, all His merits and righteousness were open to fallen man, presented as a gift."  E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol.7, p. 913.


As we, moment by moment, claim this most precious gift by faith, we may know that the Father accepts us, forgives us, justifies us and loves us as He loves His only begotten Son. This is how faith is counted for righteousness. And the pardoned soul goes on from grace to grace and from light to a greater light!


May God give us eyesalve that we may discern with astonishment the utter worthlessness of creature merit. Let us trust in the merits of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!


"Shall  selfishness come into your heart? And will those who set not before them the pattern, Jesus, extol your merits? You have none except as they come through Jesus Christ." SDA Bible Commentary, Vol.5, p.1128.


Let us talk about and extol the merits of our Redeemer and the light of His countenance will shine upon us!

 

To die to self is the key but it is something not one of us can accomplish. To forget self is the same as being emptied of self, right? Notice these wonderful words:

 

"But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work for us. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart, for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere where the rich currents of Thy love can flow through my soul.

You want to be like little children, hanging upon the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour and then you will be fortified. How? The angels of God will be around you as a wall of fire; the righteousness of Christ will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rearward." Ms 9, 1891.


Hanging upon the merits of Jesus. Casting yourself wholly upon the merits of the Redeemer! As we do this, Christ accomplishes everything. He imparts all the powers, all the grace, all the repentance, all the inclination, all the pardon of sin, by imparting His righteousness to us! See Faith and Works, p. 24, 27.


He empties us of self and fills the vacuum with the graces of His Holy Spirit!


"You cannot save yourself from the tempter's power, but he trembles and flees when the merits of Christ are urged." 5 T 317.


The following statement contains the whole counsel of God concerning the matter of salvation:


"We are accepted through Christ's merits alone; and the acts of mercy, the deeds of charity, which we perform, are the fruits of faith; and they become a blessing to us; for men are to be rewarded according to their works. It is the fragrance of the merit of Christ that makes our good works acceptable to God, and it is grace that enables us to do the works for which He rewards us. Our works, in and of themselves, have no merits. When we have done all that it is possible for us to do, we are to count ourselves as unprofitable servants. We deserve no thanks from God. We have only done what it was our duty to do, and our works could not have been performed in the strength of our own sinful natures." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol.5, p. 1122.

 

I repeat for important emphasis:

 

The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers.” Gospel Workers, 315.

 

The next time you listen to your favorite YOU TUBE person claiming he was born to serve and prophecy, measure his discourse by the truth or not which he lends to the foundation of the gospel, the Incarnation atonement made by the Godhead of the Testator, around which all other truths cluster, versus the abominations of the church, not that this should not be done as well.

 

Measure your favorite SDA pastor by his teaching on the Godhead, claiming that Jesus was inferior to the Father, and that Godly authority was only conferred upon Him by the Father, when Ellen White said the opposite and that Jesus was God in the highest sense! All such are not teaching according to the Testimony of Jesus, the Spirit of Prophecy.

 

The greatest abomination of the church is the Trinity Doctrine which totally obfuscates the Incarnation sacrifice of Christ for the atonement for our sins, by teaching that there were/are three CO-ETERNAL persons to the Godhead, when there are only two CO-ETERNAL PERSONS, and a third who is not CO-ETERNAL, but became a THIRD PERSON adopted into the Godhead via His humanity at His Incarnation. To say that there are three CO-ETERNAL persons is to bypass the Incarnation by which a THIRD PERSON accrued, thus sweeping away the entire Christian economy, as does all spurious theories of man on the Godhead.

 

In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

 

Ronald William Beaulieu


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