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Chinese Corona Virus ~ COVID 19 Prevention & Protocol

COVID 19 Prevention 

As a Christian, I believe that when God created us, He created us with a powerful immune-system for just such times as we are experiencing today. Just as God has given us 10 Commandments ~ 10 Moral Laws, that, if we choose with God’s help, to live by them, they will mold our characters for Heaven, so He has given us 8 Health Laws, that, if we choose with God’s help, to live by them, they will build our immune-system and make us healthy. Practicing those 8 Laws of Health will be the best COVID 19 Prevention possible.  And, if somehow we still succumb to the virus, following these 8 Laws of the Health will give us the best chance of recovery.

So, What Are These 8 Laws of Health?

The easiest way to remember them is to remember the acronym NEW START.

N ~ Nutrition
E ~ Exercise
W ~ Water

S ~ Sunshine
T ~ Temperance
A ~ Fresh Air
R ~ Rest
T ~ Trust in God

We’ll touch briefly on them here, and cover them in more detail in another post.

Nutrition ~

When God created man, He gave Him a certain diet….and the closer we replicate that diet, the healthier we will be.  At Creation, our diet consisted of FRUITS, GRAINS & NUTS/SEEDS.  VEGETABLES were not added until AFTER Adam & Eve sinned.  The sooner we get back to this diet, the better we will be prepared when we come in contact with the various diseases.

Exercise ~ 

Exercise has much to do with physical, mental and spiritual health. One of my favorite sayings is that I intend to WEAR OUT instead of RUST OUT.

Water ~ 

You can live along time without food, but you won’t last long without water.  Many people are suffering from health problems caused directly from dehydration. Taking in adequate pure water and bathing daily are absolute necessities for those wanting to be healthy.

Sunshine ~ 

There is nothing like getting your Vitamin D straight from the sun!  According to PubMed.Gov  Vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with increased risk for COVID-19.  The sun, like water, is a purifier of the body.

Temperance ~ 

There is an old wives tale that says, “Moderation In Everything”. That couldn’t be further from the TRUTH.  The TRUTH is, we should be MODERATE or TEMPERATE in using the things that are good and healthy for us…and we just completely CUT OUT those things that are unhealthy and bad for us. That is TRUE TEMPERANCE.

Fresh Air ~ 

You can live a LONG time without food, and you could even live days without water, but you cannot survive even minutes without AIR.  The lungs need FRESH, CLEAN, INVIGORATING Air in order to carry your blood through your body and to cast of the waste and impurities that your body is constantly throwing off. Open your windows, day and night, and let the fresh air pour into your house.

Rest ~ 

The hours before midnight are worth twice what the hours after midnight are worth, when it comes to sleep. Your body heals and repairs itself while you sleep.  “Burning the candle at both ends” always catches up and when it does, you will pay. God has made our bodies to do best when we are on a routine. Go to bed at the same time every night, get up at the same time every day. This is the hardest of the 8 Laws of Health for me.  I go to bed early every night…but sometimes it’s very difficult to turn my mind off and go to sleep. If I don’t get enough sleep for a couple nights, I can bank on getting sick.

Trust In God ~  

Before you can trust in God, you must know Him.  The world is dying, literally dying, because they do not know God.  The suicide rate is higher than ever.  People see no light at the end of the tunnel.  We have a little booklet called, Steps to Christ, that has led many people to a wonderful knowledge of God and a blessed relationship with Him.  If you would like a copy, please email us at [email protected]  Give us your name & address and we’ll mail you a free copy.  This little booklet will bring you into a wonderful relationship with Jesus and walk you through the steps and teach you how to Trust in God. Learning to put our Trust in God is a critical part of the COVID 19 Prevention & Protocol.

COVID 19 Protocol ~ 

I am not a Doctor, I’m just an Herbalist :).  So, like you, I have searched to find people I trust, and the following COVID 19 Protocol is a compilation of the Protocols from several Doctors I trust. I’m a big believer in Proverbs 11:14 ~ Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”  I have alot of confidence in Dr. Neil Nedley, MDDr. Zelenko MD and Dr. Peter McCullough MD.   

(Because I’m an Herbalist and my husband and I have a Mail-Order Health business, I’ll provide links to the products we carry that are recommended here, in case you do not have a source already.  And if there is ever anything that you are looking for that you do not see on our site, please don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll try to get it for you. )

Dr. Neil Nedley, MD ~ 

Dr. Nedley has a very good video, you can view it here.  He lays out a strong Protocol to AVOID coming down with COVID 19. I boiled down his recommendations to this ~

Dr. Nedley also highly recommends that people check out Dr. Schevelt’s site for COVID 19 updates ~

Dr. Zelenko, MD ~ 

Dr. Zelenko is the Doctor who found out how much Hydroxychloroquine could help those sick with COVID 19, and alerted President TRUMP to that fact. He had made a wonderful video (that has since been removed) about how he has had tremendous success helping his patients and even himself when he came down with Chinese Corona Virus.  It’s over an hour. If you can find it, it’s well worth the time. Shows how the FDA and the AMA hate his work because his Protocol is so effective and so CHEAP.  They want to make alot of $ selling drugs.

Dr. Zelenko’s PREVENTION PROTOCOL ~ 

This is Dr. Zelenko’s PREVENTION PROTOCOL ~ and in case his site is taken down, I’ve pasted it below.

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Prophylaxis is an action taken to prevent or protect against a specified disease. Greek in origin, from the word “phylax”, meaning “to guard” and “watching.”

Low Risk Patients

Young healthy people do not need prophylaxis against Covid 19. In young and healthy people, this infection causes mild cold-like symptoms. It is advantageous for these patients to be exposed to Covid-19, build up their antibodies and have their immune system clear the virus. This will facilitate the development of herd immunity and help prevent future Covid-19 pandemics. However, if these patients desire prophylaxis against Covid-19, then they should take the protocol noted below.

High Risk Patients

Patients are considered high risk if they are over the age of 45, or if they are younger than 45 but they have comorbidities, that is, they have other health conditions that put them at risk. These patients have between a 5 to 10% mortality rate if they are infected with Covid-19. These patients should be strongly encouraged to take prophylaxis against Covid-19 in accordance with the protocol noted below.

Protocol for Low and Moderate Risk Patients:

Elemental Zinc 25mg 1 time a day Vitamin D3 5000iu 1 time a day Vitamin C 1000mg 1 time a day Quercetin 500mg 1 time a day until a safe and efficacious vaccine becomes available If Quercetin is unavailable, then use Epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) 400mg 1 time a day.

Protocol for High Risk Patients:

Elemental Zinc 25mg once a day Vitamin D3 5000iu 1 time a day Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200mg 1 time a day for 5 days, then 1 time a week until a safe and efficacious vaccine becomes available If HCQ is unavailable, then use the Protocol for Low and Moderate Risk Patients.

Dr. Zelenko’s HOME TREATMENT PROTOCOL ~ 

Below is Dr. Zelenko’s HOME TREATMENT PROTOCOL in case you do come down with Chinese Corona Virus. And again, in case his site is taken down, I’ll paste the Protocol below ~

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Fundamental Principles

Treat patients based on clinical suspicion as soon as possible, preferably within the first 5 days of symptoms. Perform PCR testing, but do not withhold treatment pending results.

Risk Stratify Patients

  • Low risk patient – Younger than 45, no comorbidities, and clinically stable
  • High risk patient – Older than 45, younger than 45 with comorbidities, or clinically unstable

Treatment Options

Low risk patients

  • Supportive care with fluids, fever control, and rest
  • Elemental Zinc 50mg 1 time a day for 7 days
  • Vitamin C 1000mg 1 time a day for 7 days
  • Vitamin D3 5000iu 1 time a day for 7 days

Optional over the counter options

  • Quercetin 500mg 2 times a day for 7 days or
  • Epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) 400mg 1 time a day for 7 days

Moderate / High risk patients

  • Elemental Zinc 50-100mg once a day for 7 days
  • Vitamin C 1000mg 1 time a day for 7 days
  • Vitamin D3 10000iu once a day for 7 days or 50000iu once a day for 1-2 days
  • Azithromycin 500mg 1 time a day for 5 days or
  • Doxycycline 100mg 2 times a day for 7 days
  • Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200mg 2 times a day for 5-7 days and/or
  • Ivermectin 0.4-0.5mg/kg/day for 5-7 days Either or both HCQ and IVM can be used, and if one only, the second agent may be added after about 2 days of treatment if obvious recovery has not yet been observed etc.

Treatment Options

  • Dexamethasone 6-12mg 1 time a day for 7 days or
  • Prednisone 20mg twice a day for 7 days, taper as needed
  • Budesonide 1mg/2cc solution via nebulizer twice a day for 7 days
  • Blood thinners (i.e. Lovenox, Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Aspirin)
  • Colchicine 0.6mg 2-3 times a day for 5-7 days
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Home IV fluids and oxygen

TRY TO KEEP PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL

Dr. Peter McCullough has alot of excellent information out there ~ check out this video for starters ~ He has written many papers on Chinese Corona Virus and is in step with Dr. Neil Nedley and Dr. Zelenko.

Disclaimer:  I’m not a Doctor and nothing said here should be taken as Medical Advice.

More Reputable People, Daring to Speak the Truth ~ 

Here is another VOICE that is well worth listening to ~ Alex Brenenson

 

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Alcohol, Smoking & Chewing Tobacco

An estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually,15 making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.16 https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

We have talked about the importance of a healthy diet & exercise throughout this catalog, but we haven’t spent much time on Alcohol, Smoking or Chewing Tobacco. I think we’d be negligent if we didn’t encourage those who drink and smoke and chew to break away from these health destroying, expensive and terrible vices. I know I’m going to step on some toes here, but I hope that in that process, if you are a user of any of these things, that your conscience will be pricked and you will desire to be set free from their bondage, and that someday not far down the road, you won’t be angry with me, but instead, you will thank me for shining the spot light on these things and helping you to see that our bodies truly are “the temple of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 6:19) and that God says that if we destroy our bodies, He will destroy us. (1 Corinthians 3:17.)

ALCOHOL ~ the 3rd leading cause of preventable death

What claims 50 times more lives than all the illegal drugs combined? What destroys 1 in every 4 families in America? What kills over 200,000 Americans each year? Is it crack? Is it cocaine? Could it be heroin?

No, the undisputed heavy-weight champion of the drug world and number one killer of Americans is ALCOHOL!

THANKS TO ALCOHOL . . .

  • There are over 18 million alcoholics in America
  • Cirrhosis of the liver kills over 30,000 each year and rising
  • 50 percent of the people on welfare are due to killer alcohol
  • 80 percent of all fire deaths are due to killer alcohol
  • 65 percent of the drownings
  • 22 percent of home accidents
  • 77 percent of falls
  • 36 percent of pedestrian accidents
  • 65 percent of all murders
  • 40 percent of all assaults
  • 35 percent of all rapes
  • 30 percent of other sex crimes
  • 30 percent of all suicides
  • Over 80 percent of all arrests are linked to killer alcohol!

Alcohol destroys the liver and damages the brain. There is no “safe” amount of alcohol to drink. The ONLY safe practice is to NOT drink at all.

SMOKING ~ the 1st leading cause of preventable death

My mother-in-law started smoking when she was 9 years old. When Al & I got married, she was smoking 3 packs a day. 25 years later, she died from COPD.  The MEDIA is so deceptive, they show these handsome manly men in their smoking ads but they never show you pictures of men on their deathbed, hooked up to oxygen machines which is how many die who smoke.

       

I very much doubt that there are many people who need to be convinced of the harm of smoking these days, so we’ll spend a little time on the habit of CHEWING now.

CHEWING ~ The Risks: Chewing Tobacco vs. Cigarettes 

Some people who have been persuaded to give up smoking have ended up placing the tobacco directly inside their mouth instead—in the mistaken belief that smokeless tobacco (a.k.a. spit tobacco, chew, chaw, dip, plug, etc.) is less toxic and dangerous. In 2016, about 3% of American adults used spit tobacco.  This percentage is likely to increase as more public establishments enforce smoking bans across the country, alongside the rise in vaping, which can also have many harmful side effects.

Users can get their tobacco fix by “dipping” snuff (a fine tobacco, either moist or dry is held
between the bottom lip or cheek and gum) or chewing (a wad of leaves, either shredded, twisted or in brick form, is placed between the cheek and gum). If you hold an average-sized plug in your mouth for 30 minutes, you’ll end up with as much nicotine as if you had smoked four cigarettes.

What are the health risks of chewing tobacco as compared to smoking?

Smokeless tobacco includes more than 28 cancer-causing substances, including the tobacco-specific carcinogen nitrosamines. Some products also contain more than 3,000 chemicals. But that’s not all: Because tobacco often has an unpleasant taste, smokeless brands tend to be loaded with sugar, and that leads to tooth decay. The gritty material in the tobacco leaves wears down the surfaces of the teeth, stains the enamel and scratches the soft tissues in the mouth, allowing the nicotine and other chemicals to enter the bloodstream directly. As an added bonus, your gums will likely recede, and you’ll develop oral lesions, a black hairy tongue and bad breath. Some smokeless tobacco products also contain salt that can raise blood pressure in vulnerable persons and may cause kidney disease.

I haven’t even mentioned cancer yet: Long-term snuff users have a 50% higher incidence of cancer of the mouth and pharynx, as well as more malignancies of the larynx and esophagus.

And here’s something you may not have considered: Tobacco chewers must spit—and thereby spread their germs to the rest of us. (About one in three Major League baseball players chew, and if you’ve ever watched a ballgame, you know it’s not pretty.)

The bottom line? If you chew, you have not kicked the nicotine habit. https://parade.com/47772/parade/the-risks-chewing-tobacco-vs-cigarettes/

 

Some people will cry, “Moderation in everything!” That is one of the biggest lies ever.  I hope no one reading this thinks it’s OK to use cocaine moderately.  And the same thing goes for meth & heroin.  Well, alcohol & nicotine are drugs, too, and for some who use them, they are just as hard to quit as are the harder drugs, sometimes even harder. All of these drugs affect the mind, and it is through the mind that God reaches us and communicates with us. We need to do all we can to keep the mind in the clearest and best condition possible.

 

If you are addicted to alcohol or tobacco or other drugs, don’t be discouraged. Take heart! God wants to free you from your addiction and make you healthy, physically, mentally & spiritually. Ask for the free book we offer called, The Ministry of Healing. There is a chapter in it that will bring great hope & encouragement to you. “The good resolutions made in one’s own strength avail nothing. Not all the pledges in the world will break the power of evil habit. Never will men practice temperance in all things until their hearts are renewed by divine grace. We cannot keep ourselves from sin for one moment. Every moment we are dependent upon God.” Ministry of Healing, 179.

 

Before my husband was a Christian, he was an alcoholic and heavy drug user. He’s been free from the slavery of addiction now for over 40 years. He knows that the ONLY SAFE COURSE is 100% total abstinence. He has written a book titled, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, HEAR HIM…”  and chapter 13 is on Health, I hope you find it a blessing.

 

I hope and pray that this section of the catalog has not made you angry, but rather has inspired you to break free and help others break free, too.

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Map of Obesity in America Compared to Political Map of US

Let’s look at Obesity in America. It’s not CUT & DRIED or 100% ACCURATE, but I think it’s pretty clear if you look closely at the MAPS, you will see that the HEALTHIEST STATES are for the most part DEMOCRAT States. Yellow & Green are the LEAST OBESE States & Orange & Red, predominantly the Republican States, are the MOST OBESE States.

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POLITICAL MAP of the US

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To me, this is especially sad, because I believe that Christians should fall into the Republican side of the equation (if for no other reason than just the PRO-LIFE issue alone.) Sadly, I think that this is an accurate representation on Christianity as a whole, today. Most Christians are not very interested in Health. Most Christians don’t believe they have a real responsibility to take care of their bodies. Most Christians eat and drink whatever they desire and as much of it as they desire. Self-control and being temperate is hardly thought about in mainline Christianity. How sad it must make God to see that those who don’t even claim to be His children take better care of their health than those who do claim to be His children.

Christians should be the healthiest people in the World!  They should be a living testimony to everyone around them, just like Daniel was in Babylon, as to how healthy one can be when they follow the Health Laws God has given us in His Word.

If you would like more information on how to get healthy, please visit our site and ask for a FREE CATALOG.

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Are You Afraid to Be In the Minority?

Are you afraid to be in the MINORITY?  Those in the MAJORITY have never been on the right side. All through Bible times, to the present, this has been the story….repeated time and time again. Noah, Moses & Aaron, Elijah & Daniel were in the Minority. Martin Luther and all the Reformers were in the Minority.

Jesus warned us Himself that “the MANY” (MAJORITY) will walk the road to hell…and only “a FEW” (MINORITY) will walk the narrow and difficult road to Heaven.  “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14.

Don't Be Afraid to Be in the Minority

Afraid To Be In the Minority

Is “fitting in” and “not sticking out like a sore thumb” really important to you? Are you afraid to be different, afraid to stand alone? Do you want everyone to “like” you? Are you afraid to “rock the boat”? If this describes your thinking, I hope and pray you will see the importance of changing your thinking because it’s this kind of thinking that is going to KEEP you on the BROAD ROAD heading to hell.

There is a CROSS

….that comes with being a Christian….and one of the aspects of that CROSS that we are called to carry, is to “come out from among them and be separate.”  We are called to distance ourselves from the things of the world that would separate us from Jesus.

Jesus said, “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or WHATSOEVER ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. And obviously, the examples Jesus Himself used was what we EAT and DRINK, Those are issues that many consider to be not worthy of worrying about. Clearly Jesus didn’t think that way.  Really, what He was saying was this, “If I’m asking you to be careful in the areas of what you eat and drink, that are the basics of life,  you must know I’m asking you to be careful in everything else, that would cause you to separate from Me…”

Whether it be the MUSIC we listen to, the CLOTHES we wear, the FOOD we eat, the FRIENDS we hang out with, the BOOKS we read, the SITES we visit, the LANGUAGE we use, how we spend our FREE TIME, how we treat our PARENTS, our CHILDREN & our MATES, all of these things tell whether or not we are walking the Narrow Way with Jesus or the broad way with the World.

The Bible says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5. NOW is the time to find out whether or not we are in the faith! We don’t want to put off finding out until Probation closes and it’s too late! Don’t delay!  Jesus is Coming soon!

I hope you have been inspired and would like to read more :).  Check out my husband’s book here ~

And if you would like to learn a little more about us ~ 

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This Is HOW Animal Products KILL You

My favorite author wrote this over 100 years ago, before people understood that this is HOW animal products kill you, they clog your arteries and give you heart attacks and strokes.

The effects of a flesh diet may not be immediately realized; but this is no evidence that it is not harmful. Few can be made to believe that it is the meat they have eaten which has poisoned their blood and caused their suffering. Many die of diseases wholly due to meat eating, while the real cause is not suspected by themselves or by others. Ministry of Healing, pg. 315.1

This is what heart blockages are caused from….CHOLESTEROL…that forms PLAQUE which only comes from the MEAT/DAIRY that people eat.

This Author was over 100 years ahead of the Scientists & Doctors…she wrote much on the subject of HEALTH and everything she wrote has always been proven true by Science.

Her name was Ellen White. She had an accident when she was very young and her schooling ended at 3rd Grade. It is amazing what God can and will do with a person if they surrender their life to Him.

This is how animal products kill you

Cheese is something many find really hard to give up…if you love cheese, you should try the CASHEW CHEESE recipe we have.  It’s delicious and easy to make and so healthy for you!

Filling our arteries up with cholesterol is just ONE way that eating animals can KILL you.

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Daniel’s Example Is For Us Today ~ Don’t Compromise the Truth to Appease

Don’t Compromise the Truth….

“And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat,
and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years,
that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.” Daniel 1:5.

How many times I’ve heard Christians say that, “We must be careful not to offend someone by not eating whatever they offer to us.” If there were ever a time when it would have been right to compromise and eat what was set before him, Daniel had that opportunity. Think about it. He was told to eat whatever food & drink the King set before him, food that he knew was UNHEALTHY and on top of that, it had been offered to Idols. Remember, Daniel was young and he was a slave. He and his three friends and many other Jewish youth had just been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar’s army. Then they were hauled off to Babylon, and were put into a rigorous 3 year educational program. The King was providing them with what he considered the BEST food he could give them. It would have been very easy for Daniel and his three friends to justify eating that food and drinking the alcohol set before them. Their mothers had taught them, “Don’t compromise the truth.” They knew the risks they were taking by doing the right thing and not compromising the diet that had been handed down to them from God Himself. They knew that much was at stake, perhaps, even their lives.

But they also knew

….that if they compromised here, they would be on a slippery slope that only went one direction ~ down. And they knew too, that if they stood firm, that they could ask for God’s blessing and protection. They trusted God enough to believe that even when their lives were in danger, they should obey Him, and let the chips fall wherever they would fall. And God blessed Daniel and his three friends wonderfully! At the end of the 3 years, when they went for their final exams, Daniel and his friends were found them not just twice as intelligent as their peers, no, he found them 10 TIMES more intelligent!

“Whenever the king consulted them in any matter
requiring wisdom and balanced judgment,
he found them ten times more capable than any
of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.” Daniel 1:20

So too, today, we should do the right thing don’t compromise the truth, and don’t be afraid to offend our friends or family. Be as diplomatic as possible, but know where the line is and refuse to compromise where we should not compromise.

I’ve found personally

…that it is rare that people are offended, if you kindly explain your convictions. Instead of compromising, use these opportunities as WITNESSING OPPORTUNITIES, where you can share the TRUTH with those in darkness. The only times I’ve had people be offended were times when they were Christians who KNEW BETTER and were angry with me for not joining them in their disobedience.

These Old Testament stories have wonderful lessons for you and me TODAY!

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The TRINITY~

The Highest Subject

Few doctrinal subjects have generated more passionate debate among Christians than the theme of the trinity. Churches have split and wars have even been fought over the issues that surround the nature of the Godhead.

Perplexity over God’s nature is not new. Since creation, man has diligently sought to understand and explain Him. In the book of Job, Zophar uttered the cry of each human heart when he declared, “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?” (Job 11:7).

John Wesley adds, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the triune God!”

The study of God is without rival—the highest subject any mortal can ever even attempt to approach or contemplate. Because God defines Himself as everlasting and the ultimate power, presence, and knowledge, this field of study is deeper, wider, and broader than any other.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). Finite human minds will never be able to fully understand everything about the eternal God, anymore than we can jump to the stars with our feeble legs. Therefore, we need to approach this mystery shrouding His person with a large measure of barefoot reverence and deep humility. Like Moses, when he came into God’s presence, we must take off our shoes, “for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). By laying aside our preconceived ideas, opinions and sectarian training, we can go directly to God’s Word and learn what He has chosen to reveal about Himself. But remember, only God can fully understand God, so even after the most diligent research, we may still have some unanswered questions that will prove to be a fruitful field of study even throughout the eons of eternity.

One Big Problem

“But wait,” someone says. “If the Bible teaches that there is only one God, then how can God be composed of three persons?” Scripture unequivocally declares that there is only one God. For more than 3,000 years, Jews have repeated Deuteronomy 6:4. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” This sacred passage is called the shema (named after the Hebrew for its first word) and has been held in high esteem and memorized by devout Jews for centuries.

Isaiah records the testimony of God concerning Himself. “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. … Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:6). Jesus also taught about “the only true God” (John 17:3) and Paul wrote, “There is one God” (1 Timothy 2:5).

While most believers agree with this core truth, a heated debate over its deeper implication has raged throughout church history. Does this mean that there is one person who has three different titles? Or are there three separate persons who mysteriously morph into one being? Is Jesus merely a good man, a creation to redeem us, and only the Father is God? Still others hold that the Father and Son are indeed God but the Holy Spirit is only the impersonal force that does their bidding. Each of these conflicting ideas has attracted its loyal followers. Let’s examine the basis for these views and compare them with the Bible.

Only Jesus?

In the 3rd century, Sabellius, a Libyan priest living in Rome, taught that God is a single person with different titles—known as modalism. Thus, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit represent different hats or titles that God wears, depending on how He wishes to communicate with man at the time. It’s akin to water, which can take on the form of a solid, liquid, or gas.

However, they are not three roles played by one person. The church recognized Sabellius’ ideas as contrary to Bible teaching, and he was quickly excommunicated. Yet he still has adherents today in what is commonly known as the “Oneness” or “Jesus Only” doctrine. The Jesus Only teaching claims that Jesus Christ is not only the Son, but also the Father and the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 9:6, in which the Messiah (or the promised Son) is called “The everlasting Father,” is used to provide biblical support for this belief.

The Oneness doctrine, however, overlooks the fact that the Son came to earth to reveal the true character of God the Father to a world groping in spiritual blindness. Jesus prayed to His Father in Gethsemane, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world” (John 17:5, 6). Jesus is the only one who could reveal the Father, because He is the express image of the Father (Luke 10:22; Hebrews 1:3).

Thus when the disciples asked Christ what the Father was like, He could say, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus so mirrored the character of the Father that He perfectly reflected Him, hence the title “The Everlasting Father.” Another reason Jesus is called the Everlasting Father is because this world and everything in it was created through Christ. So in a very real sense, Jesus is our father (Hebrews 1:2; John 1:3).

Isaiah 9:6 is the only place in the Bible where Jesus is called the Father. Keep in mind that Jesus also calls Himself the Son of man, our brother, our shepherd, our friend, and our priest. To build a doctrine on one Scripture is as foolish as building a house on top of a single fence post. The Bible physically separates the Father and the Son repeatedly. While Christ was on earth, He referred to His Father in heaven. “My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). He always directed His prayers heavenward to the Father and stated that the Father had His own individual will; “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Then after He died and rose again, He ascended to “the right hand of God” (Romans 8:34). This indicates the Father has a separate presence.

In fact, Jesus said that He wasn’t the Father more than 80 times. While always remaining one in purpose and origin, Jesus and the Father are clearly separate and distinct persons. And on more than one occasion, the Father spoke to Jesus from heaven. “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:17 NKJV). Either Jesus and the Father are two separate individual persons, or Jesus was an expert ventriloquist. 

Is Jesus Fully God?

Another group questions whether Jesus actually possesses all the characteristics of the Eternal God. They stem from Arius, a 4th century Alexandrian priest, who had a different take on God. He taught that prior to making anything else, God created a son who was neither equal to, nor coeternal with, the Father. According to this idea, called Arianism, Jesus Christ is a supernatural creature, but He is neither fully human nor fully divine. Still others embrace a more immature version of this doctrine, holding that back in the dawn of time, God the Father had some form of cosmic intimate relations with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the product. They reason, “How else can you call Him the Son?”

However, these concepts are totally contrary to the teaching of the New Testament in which Jesus is revealed as the Eternal Creator and not a created being (John 1:1–4). As we compare Scripture definitions for God with the Bible record of Jesus, we see the characteristics of Jehovah are also ascribed to Jesus. Note these powerful examples:

He is self-existent (John 1:1–4; 14:6); only God is self-existent (Psalm 90:2).

Jesus defines Himself as eternal. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

He is, and has, eternal life (1 John 5:11, 12, 20).

He is all-powerful (Revelation 1:8).

He created all things (John 1:3). “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NKJV).

The Father even calls Jesus God. “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8).

Jesus is able to forgive sin (Luke 5:20, 21); The Bible says only God can forgive sin (Isaiah 43:25). Jesus accepted worship that according to the Ten Commandments is reserved only for the Almighty (Matthew 14:33). “And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, ‘All hail.’ And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him” (Matthew 28:9). Upon seeing the risen Savior, the converted skeptic, Thomas, confessed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26–29).

Even the angels worship Jesus. “And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (Hebrews 1:6).

The Scriptures also teach that only God knows the thoughts of a man’s heart (1 Kings 8:39). Yet Jesus consistently knew what people were thinking, “for he knew what was in man” (John 2:25). “Nathanael said to Him, ‘How do You know me?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you’” (John 1:48 NKJV).

Through the Spirit, Jesus is omnipresent. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NKJV). “For I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:10 NKJV).

He has power to give life, and even resurrected Himself. “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

Therefore, by considering the primary definitions of God, and seeing that Jesus fits every one of those definitions, obviously, Jesus must be eternal God.

His Enemies Knew

Even Jesus’ enemies understood and recognized His claim of equality with the Father God. When He boldly proclaimed, “I and my Father are one,” Jewish leaders were outraged and sought to execute Him. They understood unequivocally that Jesus was claiming to be God Himself. “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:30, 33).

The Jews even attempted to stone Christ when He assumed the self-existent title of Jehovah used at the burning bush. Jesus said to them, “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’ Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by” (John 8:58 NKJV).

The Jews understood that Jesus claimed equality with God, when He said “‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.’ Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, … but said also that God was his Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:17, 18).

There are only three conclusions one can derive from reading these passages. First, Jesus was insane when He made these outrageous claims. Second, He was a liar. These are unacceptable options. The third possibility is that He uttered a sublime truth. For a Christian who accepts the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, the third option is the only tenable one. Otherwise, a liar or delusional man could not be righteous enough to be our Savior.

Medieval Error?

Probably the most widely held Christian view of God is known as the “trinity.” This popular belief teaches that the Godhead consists of three distinct persons who have existed together from eternity past and are named the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Each one possesses original, underived, and unborrowed life. They are all equally God and are one in nature, character, and purpose. They are not three “gods,” but one God in a combination of the three distinct persons.

Some have implicated trinitarianism as heresy because they claim the wayward medieval church was the culprit to first introduce it. In fact, to distance themselves from the Catholic version of the trinity, many Protestant leaders from the 19th century preferred the more biblical term “Godhead” when referring to the triune God

However, just because an apostate church believes in the trinity, or any other doctrine for that matter, does not automatically make it unbiblical. The converse is also true. A position is not accurate just because some of the early church leaders advocated it. Even the Apostles misunderstood the nature of Jesus’ first coming. Doctrinal validity must be based on biblical authority and not upon whom advocates it or rejects it.

The Old Testament was written long before the existence of the Christian church, apostate or true, and it teaches there are three persons in the Godhead. In Isaiah, the Redeemer, which is Jesus Christ in the New Testament (Galatians 4:4, 5), declares the “Lord God and His Spirit” are responsible for sending Him on His mission of redemption (Isaiah 48:16, 17 NKJV).

Some think that because the word “trinity” (derived from the Latin word trinitas, meaning “threeness”) is not found in the Bible, the concept of a triune God cannot be right. However, even though the word “millennium,” meaning one thousand years, does not appear in Revelation 20, we use it to describe earth’s 1,000-year rest after Jesus’ return. A teaching is not any less true simply because an extra-biblical word is used to define what is clearly a biblical teaching. This goes for the trinity, second coming, investigative judgment, and a host of other concise terms for doctrines. 

One God, Three Persons

The names of God reveal attributes of His nature. God has a long-established habit of using various names to describe a person’s character. Jacob earned his name that means “swindler” when he practiced deception to steal his father’s blessing away from his brother Esau (Genesis 27:35, 36). At his conversion, Jacob wrestled with the angel and insisted on the blessing of God. Then his name was changed to “Israel,” which means “a prince with God” (Genesis 32:26–28).

Likewise, the names for God found in Genesis and elsewhere tell us volumes about our Creator. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The Hebrew word here for God is Elohim. It is a plural noun that is used more than 2,700 times in the Old Testament. This means that inspired authors preferred to use Elohim about 10 times more than the singular form “El” when they described God. Even in the Old Testament book of Daniel, we see a picture of the Father and the Son as two separate persons. “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him” (Daniel 7:13). The Son of man, Jesus, is seen coming before the Ancient of Days—who is, obviously, God the Father.

The New Testament writings are sprinkled with this concept of one God with three united, fully divine persons. The apostle Paul wrote that there were three divine persons: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4–6).

Paul frequently referred to the three separate persons of the Godhead. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). “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?” (Hebrews 9:14).

Revelation opens by introducing the three persons of the Godhead. “From the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:4–6 NKJV).

In addition, we clearly see three distinct persons at the baptism of Jesus. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16,17).

If Jesus is the only person in the Godhead, where did the voice come from that declared, “This is my beloved Son”? Did He trisect Himself into a voice from heaven, the dove wafting down through the sky, and His body on the bank of the river? No. This was not simply a clever act of holy smoke and mirrors, but rather a regal reunion revealing the truth of the trinity. And on top of this, it is through the shared authority of these three persons that we are commissioned to baptize. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

Unity or Quantity?

Most of the confusion regarding the number of beings composing the Godhead springs from a simple misunderstanding of the word “one.” Simply put, “one” in the Bible does not always mean numerical quantity. Depending on the Scripture, “one” can often mean unity.

We see this principle established very early in Scripture. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24, emphasis added). “One flesh” here does not mean that a married couple melt into one human after their wedding, but rather they are to be united into one family. Jesus prayed that the apostles would be one, saying, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:22, 23).

We need to keep in mind that when Moses said, “The Lord is one,” Israel was surrounded with polytheistic nations that worshiped many gods that were constantly involved in petty bickering and rivalry (Deuteronomy 6:4), whereas the God who created is composed of three separate beings who are perfectly united in their mission of saving and sustaining their creatures. As the Spirit is executing the will of both the Father and Son, it is His will also.

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). Granted, it is a brain exercise to grasp that one God (“He”) is also, and equally, “They.” Like one rope with three united strands, the three persons of the Father, Son, and Spirit make up the one God.

God Manifested in Nature

Though there is nothing in this world that adequately illustrates God, Paul declares the “invisible things of him from the creation of the world” can help us understand “his eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20). The truth that God is a “tri-unity” of two invisible persons (Father and Spirit) and one visible person (Jesus) is evident even in creation.

The universe is composed of three structures: space, matter, and time. Of these three, only matter is visible. Space requires length, height, and width to constitute space. Each dimension is separate and distinct in itself, yet the three form space—if you remove height, you no longer have space. Time is also a tri-unity of past, present, and future. Two are invisible (past and future), and one visible (present). Each is separate and distinct, as well as essential for time to exist. Man is also a “tri-unity,” having physical, mental, and spiritual components. Again, two are invisible (mental and spiritual) and one visible (physical). Cells compose the fundamental structural unit of all living organisms. All organic life is made up from cells that consist of three primary parts: the outer wall, the cytoplasm, and the nucleus (like the shell, white, and yoke of an egg). If any one is removed, the cell dies.

In each of these examples, the removal of any one component results in the demise of the whole. In like manner, the Godhead contains three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is God (Ephesians 4:6; Titus 2:13; Acts 5:3, 4), yet there is one God. The removal of one person destroys the unity of the whole.

Even the gospel story illustrates the interdependency of threes. The sanctuary had three places: the Courtyard, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. There are three stages of salvation: justification, sanctification, and glorification. In Isaiah 6:3, the angels around God’s throne cry “Holy, Holy, Holy” three times—once for the Father, once for the Son, and once for the Holy Spirit.

The Source of Misunderstanding

Almost all of the Scriptures used by those who reject the trinity to portray Jesus as a “lesser god” spring from a basic failure to understand the incarnation. Jesus, God the Son, laid aside or veiled the full dimension of His divinity when He came to earth. How else could He live as God among men?

“God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).

We also clearly see that before and after His incarnation, Jesus beams again with undimmed divine glory. “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5). “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour” (Hebrews 2:9).

If God the Son had not veiled His glory when He came to earth, man could not have endured His brilliant presence, much less learned from His example.

Who Outranks Whom?

Let us now venture a little deeper onto sacred ground. As we consider the mysteries of the Godhead, we notice that there seems to be an order of authority concerning the three persons in the trinity. Keep in mind that while all three are the same in properties and attributes, and equal in power and glory, it appears that the Father is recognized as the ultimate authority. “And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:23). “But I would have you know, that … the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). The Son constantly receives His glory, power, throne, and prerogatives as Judge from the Father (John 3:35; John 5:22). Indeed, it was God the Father that “gave” the Son. In fact, while it might not be wrong, we are never told to pray to Jesus or the Spirit – but instead to the Father in the name of the Son. Yet just because the Father seems to have supreme authority, it does not in any way diminish from the divinity of Jesus and the Spirit. That would be like saying that a corporal is less of a soldier than a sergeant.

Among the three members of the Godhead, we do not see a clamouring for preeminence, vying for recognition, or revealing in power. Instead, the exact opposite is true. In fact, the Father, Son, and Spirit always seem to be trying to outgive and glorify each other. The Father wants to glorify the Son. The Son lives to glorify the Father, and the Spirit lives to glorify the Father and Son (John 17:1, 5; John 16:14; John 13:31, 32).

A Friend or Force?

It would be a mistake to leave this sublime subject without addressing an additional distortion to the teaching of the trinity. Another class of sincere Christians believes that while the Father and Son are truly distinct persons, they only see the Holy Spirit as a cosmic force or essence—an impersonal power conduit or vehicle to do the bidding of the Father and Son.

We can appreciate why the Holy Spirit seems to be the hardest member of the Godhead to visualize and define. Sometimes He is called the Holy Ghost, which leaves people with a “spooky” image. The Scriptures compare Him to everything from wind and fire, to a dove, water, and even a defense attorney!

But as we consider the various features of the Holy Spirit, we can quickly see He has all the credentials of a separate and distinct, intelligent, individual being.

The Holy Spirit leads and guides. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13 NKJV). It’s true that a map or GPS can lead you, but no one calls a map “he.” It would have been very easy for Jesus to simply say, “When it comes,” but Jesus called the Holy Spirit “He” more than 15 times. Why would God go to so much trouble to personify His own inherent power to the extent that it possessed emotions, thoughts, and speech independent of Himself?

The Holy Spirit also comforts. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). I have never seen a lonely child run to a vacuum cleaner for an embrace—only intelligent beings can offer comfort. Jesus promised before His ascension that He was sending another helper; paraclete is the Greek word that signifies a multi-sided personal ministry as counselor, consoler advocate, helper, comforter, ally, and supporter (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15). These are all traits that usually belong to a person or friend. If the Holy Spirit is merely God’s active force, then John 16:7, 8is nonsense: “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has comes, He will convict the world.” It is obvious from this text that the Holy Spirit would be more personally present after Jesus ascended. If the Holy Spirit is mere energy, there is simply no explanation or logic to why He would not come unless Jesus left.

The Holy Spirit can even be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). Cars have many unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies. At times, they might even seem to have a “personality.” But motor vehicles cannot be grieved. Nor can they speak, as the Holy Spirit does. “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot’” (Acts 8:29). Computer programs exist that can reproduce speech, but they cannot create inspired thought. The Holy Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).

We also read in Revelation 1:4, 5, a prayer for grace and peace from the Father, the Spirit, and Jesus Christ. We must ask, would John have put the Spirit between the Father and the Son if he had not regarded the Spirit as a divine intelligence in the same sense as they are?

If the Holy Spirit is simply some divine force, then why is it even more offensive to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, and even more fatal, than speaking against the Son? “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31, 32NKJV). By definition, blasphemy is “a contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing against God.” By this simple deduction, the Holy Spirit must be God! This is also why Peter said that to lie to the Holy Spirit is to lie to God (Acts 5:3, 4).

The Holy Spirit can be a witness (Hebrews 10:15). In any court of the world, only living beings can be called witnesses. Finally, the Holy Spirit is said to have His own mind (Romans 8:27).

We can clearly see the Holy Spirit is not simply a force, but the third divine person of the Godhead. Though a spirit, He has all the characteristics of a person and individual. The Spirit is plainly portrayed as a being who speaks, teaches, guides, makes choices, witnesses, comforts, and can be grieved. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV).

Love at Calvary

The truth of the triune God can also be found in the gospel itself. In essence, when we consider John, we read that God the Father so loved the world that He sent God the Son that we might be born of God the Spirit (John 3:8, 13, 16, 17).

But it is especially on Golgotha’s hill that the doctrine of the trinity explodes with meaning and becomes more than denominational jousting. Before earth’s creation, the triune God discussed the potential of man’s rebellion and fall. Through the lens of divine foreknowledge, He saw the terror that sin’s rape of the world would cause. And there, before man was formed, it was decided that Jesus would leave the throne of heaven and become humanity’s substitute. Jesus was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:19, 20).

If Jesus was merely a created super-being, then His death for man’s redemption is no better than an angel dying for us. If Christ is not deity itself, then any angel or sinless created being could have served the purpose. This would have virtually sustained Satan’s charge that God is selfish by demonstrating that He is only willing to sacrifice His creation and not Himself.

A Tearing at the Trinity

Another point to consider is that sin causes separation from the Creator (Isaiah 59:2). The iniquities of the human race were placed upon the Son of God (Isaiah 53:6). When Jesus hung on the cross, suffering for our sins, every fiber of His being was torn as the eternal relationship with His Father and Spirit was ripped apart. In agony He cried out, “My God [for the Father], my God [for the Spirit], why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). If there had been only one person in the Godhead, there would not have been this excruciating pain of separation to wring the life out of the heart of Jesus.

The real risk in the redemption plan, besides the loss of man, was the breakup of the Godhead. Had Jesus sinned, He would have been working at cross-purposes with the Spirit and His Father. Omnipotent good would have been pitted against omnipotent evil. What would have happened to the rest of creation? Whom would the unfallen universe see as right? One sin could have sent the Godhead and the universe spinning into cosmic chaos; the proportions of this disaster are staggering. Yet the Godhead was still willing to take this fragmenting risk for the salvation of man. This reveals the depth of God’s amazing love.

Conclusion

Augustine, that great man of God, was once walking on the shore of an ocean while greatly perplexed about the doctrine of the trinity. As he meditated, he observed a little boy with a seashell running back and forth from the waters edge, filling his shell, and then pouring it into a crab hole in the sand. “What are you doing, my little man?” asked Augustine.

“Oh,” replied the boy, “I am trying to put all the ocean out there in this hole.” Augustine had learned his lesson.

As he passed on, Augustine said, “That is what I am trying to do; I see it now. Standing on the shores of time, I am trying to get into this little finite mind things which are infinite.” Likewise, let us be content to let God know some things that we cannot yet know.

It would be pompous and preposterous to pretend that we understand everything about God. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). If we could completely unpack Him like cracking some genetic code, He would cease to be God.

Nevertheless, there is much about God that is revealed for our blessing. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever” (Deuteronomy 29:29). What is revealed is that this teaching of the trinity must be important to God. The ministry of Jesus both begins and ends with an emphasis on the three persons in the Godhead. The Father, Son, and Spirit are present at Jesus’ baptism and when He ascends to heaven. Jesuscommanded His followers to baptize in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The testimony of Scripture indicates that the Godhead can neither be separated into three Gods nor merged into one person. This three-in-one not only created us, but they love us and devised an amazing plan to save a lost world from sin to restore us to His presence in paradise.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14).

SHALOM ALEICHEM!!!!

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STUDY #3 OF 3—ROMANS 7:23 COMPARED WITH ROMANS 8:1, 2

Where is truth?

“…me IN CAPTIVITY to the law of sin.” {Romans 7:23}

“…me FREE from the law of sin.” {Romans 8:2}

Once again, as when comparing Romans 6 with Romans 7, we find Paul’s testimony in Romans 8:2 the exact opposite of his testimony in Romans 7:23; with both passages using the same terminology. But what makes this comparison even more significant is the statement Paul makes in-between those two verses. Note closely his words:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are…” {Romans 8:1}

He then goes on to describe, in the rest of verse one and verse two, the person who is now no longer condemned. The person is

#1—“in Christ Jesus”
#2—“walks not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
#3—“made free from the law of sin”

His use of the word “now” in verse one would certainly seem to indicate that there was condemnation, or is condemnation, to the person who is in the opposite condition from that which he goes on to describe, part of which is being “made free from the law of sin.” So, if “there is therefore now no condemnation” to the person that is “free from the law of sin,” then it would seem to be equally true that there is condemnation to the person that is not “free from the law of sin,” which is how Paul describes his condition in Romans 7:23—”me in captivity to the law of sin.”

Here are two more thoughts to consider:

  • One of the fruits of being “in Christ Jesus,” is being made “free from the law of sin.” Conversely, if one has not been “made free from the law of sin,” but instead is in “captivity to the law of sin,” then the opposite would seem to be true: he is not “in Christ Jesus.”

  • Similarly, Romans 8:2 says, “the Spirit…hath made free from the law of sin.” Conversely, the person who is not “free from the law of sin,” but instead is in “captivity to the law of sin,” must not have “the Spirit.” (Paul goes on to say, “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9)

  • Once again, no matter which of Paul’s writing you compare with Romans 7, whether it’s Romans 8, or Romans 6, or any of his other letters, the conclusion seems unavoidable, the Paul of Romans 7 has a completely different testimony than the Paul of any other part of the Bible.

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STUDY #2 OF 3—ROMANS 7 COMPARED WITH PAUL’S OTHER WRITINGS

Where is truth?

Comparing what Paul says in Romans 7 on COVETOUSNESS
with what he says elsewhere on COVETOUSNESS

“I would not have known what it was to covet if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”   But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire.” {Romans 7: 7 & 8 NIV}

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“I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous…with such an one no not to eat.” {1 Corinthians 5:9-11}

So, according to the belief that Paul in Romans 7 is describing his christian experience, Paul is telling the Corinthian believers that they shouldn’t even eat with a brother who is covetous, while he himself is having “every kind of covetous desire.” For me, I can only see two options: Paul was either a huge hypocrite, or the belief that Romans 7 describes Paul’s christian experience is incorrect. I don’t know about you, but I’m forced to believe the second of those two options.

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“I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.”  {Acts 20:33}

So, if Paul the apostle had “coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel,” who was doing all that coveting in Romans 7?

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“The covetous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” {1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 & Ephesians 5:5}

#1–The Paul of Romans 7 was coveting.
#2–The covetous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
#1 + #2 = The Paul of Romans 7 shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Comparing what Paul says about being SPIRITUAL

“The law is spiritual; but I AM UNSPIRITUAL.”  {Romans 7:14 NIV}
“If a man be overtaken…YE WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL, restore such an one.”  {Galatians 6:1}

I can’t understand how anyone could possibly believe that while there were “spiritual” people in the church of Galatia, Paul the great apostle was “unspiritual.”

Comparing what Paul says about SIN being the MASTER

“I am sold into slavery, with SIN as MY MASTER.” {Romans 7:14 NLT}
SIN is NO LONGER YOUR MASTER.” {Romans 6:14 NLT}
“Now you are free from SIN, YOUR OLD MASTER.” {Romans 6:18 NLT}

Again, I just can’t see how someone could believe that sin was no longer the master of the Roman christians, but sin was still the master of the great apostle Paul.

Comparing what Paul says about being “slaves to sin”

I AM unspiritual, sold as A SLAVE TO SIN.” {Romans 7:14 NIV}
“YOU USED TO BE SLAVES TO SIN.” {Romans 6:17 NIV}

“IN THE PAST YOU WERE SLAVE TO SIN.” {Romans 6:20 NCV}

This is just the last point repeated–only stated in a different manner. And just reinforces what I said after the last point.

Comparing what Paul says about DOING EVIL

“The evil which I would not, that I do.” {Romans 7:19}
“Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil.” {Romans 2:9}

#1–The Paul of Romans 7 was doing evil.
#2–Tribulation and anguish upon every man that does evil.
#1 + #2 = Tribulation and anguish upon the Paul of Romans 7

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STUDY #1 OF 3—ROMANS SEVEN FROM VARIOUS TRANSLATIONS

Where is truth?

Romans 7:14 from three different translations:

“I am sold into slavery with SIN as MY MASTER.”   {Romans 7:14 NLT}
I AM unspiritual, sold as A SLAVE TO SIN.”     {Romans 7:14 NIV}
“I am not spiritual. SIN RULES ME AS IF I WERE ITS SLAVE.”    {Romans 7:14 NCV}

Romans 7:17 from three different translations:

“I can’t help myself.”  {Romans 7:17 NLT}
“It is no longer I myself who do it.”  {Romans 7:17 NIV}
“I am not really the one doing these hated things.”  {Romans 7:17 NCV}

(To me, that sounds like someone who’s possessed.)

Romans 7:24 from three different translations:

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me..?”   {Romans 7:24 NIV}
“What a miserable man I am! Who will save me…?”     {Romans 7:24 NCV}
“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin?”  {Romans 7:24 NLT}

Is this what Christianity has to offer a lost, dying world?
Thank God, we have something better to offer the world than this.