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THE DIVINE TRINITY OF GODHEAD

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THE DIVINE TRINITY OF GODHEAD

When we say there is God, for Christians we have a divergence opinion totally diverse from all other religions.

We believe that there is a self-existent, self-conscious person of infinite perfection, who works all things according to a predetermined plan and a personal being who is the origin of all things. He transcends the entire creation, but is at the same time immanent in every part of it.

We believe that there are three persons in Godhead, to which we refer as The Divine TRINITY (TRI-UNITY)

THE WORD GOD

This means, Deity – Supreme Being- Divine One.

THERE ARE SIX MAIN HEBREW WORDS FOR GOD AND ONE FOR GREEK

-         ELOHIM (2,701 times) plural of Eloah – meaning Gods, The Supreme Beings, The Creators.

-         YEHOVAH (6,437 times) Self-existent one or an Eternal One. This is           the Jewish National name of God.

-         EL (220 times) Strength – The strong, Mighty or the Almighty.

-         ELOAH (56 times) Deity, God, The Divine One.

-         ELAH (76 times) God

-         TSUR ( 1 time) Rock, Refuge

-         THEOS (1,284times) This is one major Greek word for God, Deity or the Supreme Being (God)

SOME OF THE FALLACIES ABOUT THE TRINITY

That there is only one person or one being called God.

That there is a difference in meaning of three human person and three divine persons.

That the term Father, Son and the Holy Spirit refer to three manifestation of one person or one being.

That the father is the only person who is divine, the Son was created by the Father, and the Holy Spirit was created by the Son.

That God consist of three person or three beings in one being

That the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are essential parts of one being, just as a man is made up of body, soul and spirit.

That God is a complex person and so it is folly to seek to explain the Trinity.

That the Trinity is beyond human comprehension and bewilders the most leaned

That the Trinity is not an O.T revelation

That God has no body, bodily parts or passions like human beings nothing of the bodily nature.

That God is invisible reality and cannot be seen by natural eyes.

That God is a universal mind, conscience, Love, Goodness, and power filling all space and matter.

That there is nothing on earth to resemble him

That God cannot be comprehended by the senses but by the soul, for he is above sensuous perceptions

The image of God consists only of moral and spiritual likeness.

That all statements of God having a body with bodily parts are mere figures of speech conveying some idea of God to man.

That Jesus Christ is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

That Jesus is the one God and the Jehovah of the O.T

 

-         All such statements are unscriptural in the extreme and are contradicted          by thousands of plain passages about God (Rom 1:20)

PROOFS OF DIVINE TRINITY OR TRI-UNITY

What we mean by the Divine Trinity is that there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead, each one having his own personal spirit, soul and body. In the same sense each human being, angel or any other being has his own body, soul and spirit. We mean by body, whether a spirit body (Celestial) or a flesh (Terrestrial) body, the house for the indwelling of the personal soul and spirit.

The soul is that which feels and the spirit is that which knows. The Doctrine of the Trinity can be clearly seen, being understood by the visible things that are made, even to his external power and Godhead (Romans 1:20)

What on earth was created in the image and likeness of God? Man (Gen 1:26-28).

This implies that whatever interpretation we apply to man is also applicable to God.

God may have any kind of body not necessarily flesh body – 1 Cor. 15:35-38

I submit the following facts to prove a Divine Trinity of separate persons in the Godhead.

The word ONE means one in unity as well as in number. It means unity in 1Jn. 5:7, Jn. 17:11, 21-23. And yet these three persons, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit are spoken of as one each in number and individuality in the scripture. There is one God the Father, one Lord Jesus Christ and One Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 8:6, Eph 4:3-6. There are three separate persons in Divine individuality and plurality the Father is called God. 1 Cor.8:6 The son is called God Is. 9:6-7, Heb 1:8, Jn. 1:1-2, and the Holy Spirit is called God - Acts 5:3-4. As individual persons each can be called God and collectively, they can be spoken of as one God because of their perfect unity.

The word God is used either as singular or a plural word like sheep.

Everything that could be spoken of God collectively applies equally to each members of the Godhead, as an individual, but there are some things that are said of each person of the deity as to position, office and work that could not be spoken of other members of the Godhead. The father is the head of Christ 1Cor. 11:3, the Son is the only begotten of the Father 2 Jn. 3. The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the father and the Son Jn. 14:16, Acts 2:24.

Names of God prove plurality of person Elohim is the word in Gen1:1 and over 2,700 other places in the Old Testament. It is a plural noun meaning Gods: Gen 3:22

Two and Three persons called God have been seen by the same man at the same time and places as being separate persons. Dan. 7:9-14, Mtt. 3:16-17, Jn. 1:31-34, Acts 7:54 -60, Rev 6:16, Rev 7:9-17.

Two Lords are mentioned in Gen19:24, one on earth and one in Heaven.

Two Lords are mentioned sitting side by side Ps110:1-5. Mtt. 22:44, Mtt 26:64, Acts 2:33-34, Acts 7:54-56, Ro 8:34, Eph 1:20, Col 3:1

Two persons are mentioned and required in order to understand the plain language of Ps. 2, Ps. 89:19, Prov. 30:4, Is. 4:2. Mic. 5:1-5, Jer. 23:4-8, Zeck3:8-10, Zeck6:12-13. In these passages one is anointed becomes the son of, is sent by, is taught by, and becomes the servant of the other, and both are called Lord.

Three self acting person – The Lord God, The messiah, and the Holy Spirit are referred to as blessing, anointing, sending and doing things for one and other in Is 11:2, Is. 42:1-7, Is. 48:16, Is 59:21, Is 61:1-3, Is 63:1-14.

Two persons are referred to many times in the NT. Mtt 11:27, Lk. 23:46, Jn. 1:1-2, Jn. 5:19 – 20, Jn. 14:1 – 9; Jn. 16:15; Jn. 17:3; Acts 2:38 – 39; Phil. 2:5 -11; Eph. 3:5; Col. 1:15; 2 Thess. 2:16 – 17; Heb. 1:1 – 3; Rev. 20:6; Rev. 22:3.

Two or three persons are mentioned in the introductions to NT. Books, Rom. 1:1 – 4; I Cor. 1:3; Jas. 1:1; I Pt. 1:1 – 3; 2 Jn. 3; Rev. 1:1 – 6.

There are three distinct and separate witnesses that bear witness of Christ. I Jn. 5:5 – 11. Both God and man require this many personal and separate witnesses to confirm any point. Mtt. 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1.

The words THROUGH and BY used of Jesus and the holy Spirit but not once of the Father prove God The Father to be a separate person and the Head and director of all things done by and through them. I Cor. 3:23; I Cor. 11:3; Jn. 10:29; Jn. 14:28; Acts 2:33 – 34.

In the last book of the Bible, The Trinity is seen as working together in all things. Rev. 1:4 – 6; Rev. 4:5; Rev. 5:6; Rev. 21:10; Rev. 22:17.

 

NAMES, TITLES, OFFICES OF THE DIVINE TRINITY

NAMES OF GOD THE FATHER

God (Gen. 1:1)

Lord God (Gen. 2:4 – 22)

Most High God (Gen. 4:18 – 22)

The Almighty God (Gen.17:1)

The Everlasting God (Gen. 21:33)

The God of Heaven (Gen. 24:3)

The God of the Earth (Gen. 24:3)

The Lord God of Heaven (Gen. 24:7)

God Almighty (Gen. 28:3)

The Mighty God (Gen. 49:24)

The God of Abraham (Exo. 3:6)

The God of Isaac (Exo. 3:6)

The God of Jacob (Exo. 3:6)

I AM (Exo. 3:13 – 15)

God of the Hebrews (Exo. 5:3)

Jehovah (Exo. 6:3)

God of Israel (Exo. 24:10)

Jealous (Exo. 34:14)

God of the Spirit of all flesh (Num. 16:22)

The God of gods (Deut. 10:17)

The Eternal God (Deut. 33:27)

The Living God (Josh. 3:10)

Lord God of Israel (Josh. 22:16)

Lord God of gods (Josh. 3:10)

Strength of Israel (I Sam. 15:29)

The Rock (2 Sam. 22:3)

God of my Rock (2 Sam. 22:3)

God of the Rock of my Salvation

The Rock of Israel (2 Sam. 23:3)

The God of David (2 Chron. 34:3)

The Righteous God (Ps. 17:9)

Fortress (Ps. 18:2)

Deliverer (Ps. 18:2)

Strength (Ps. 18:2)

Buckler (Ps. 18:2)

The Horn of Salvation (Ps. 18:2)

High Tower (Ps. 18:2)

The Horn of Salvation (Ps. 18:4 – 6)

The God of Glory (Ps. 29:3)

The God of Truth (Ps. 31:5)

JAH (Ps. 68:4)

The Most High (Ps. 91:1, 9)

The Almighty (Ps. 91:1)

Refuge (Ps. 91:2,9)

Holy One of Israel (Isa. 30:15)

The Glorious Lord (Isa. 23:21)

The Creator (Isa. 23:21)

The Lord God of Hosts (Isa. 22:5)

The Lord thy Saviour and Redeemer (Isa. 60:16)

The Mighty One of Jacob (Isa. 60:16)

The Lord of Hosts (Jer. 7:3,21)

The True God (Jer. 10:10; Jn.17:3)

The Great and Mighty God (Jer. 32:18)

The God of all Flesh (Jer. 32:27)

Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9,22)

The God of Judgment (Mal. 2:17)

God of the Living (Mk. 12:27)

The Incorruptible God (Rom. 1:23)

God of Patience and Consolation (Rom. 15:5)

The God of Hope (Rom. 15:13)

The God of Peace (Rom. 16:20)

God of all Comfort (2 Cor. 1:3)

God of Love and Peace (2 Cor. 13:11)

The Living and True God (I Thess. 1:9)

The only Wise God (I Tim. 1:17)

The Blessed and Only Potentate, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords (I Tim. 6:15 – 16)

The Great God (Tit. 2:13; Rev. 19:17)

God the Judge of all (Heb. 12:23)

God the Father (I Peter 1:2; 2 Jn. 3)

The God of all Grace (I Peter 5:10)

The Only Lord God (Jude 4)

Lord God Almighty (Rev. 4:8, 11:17, 15:3,16:7, 21:22)

The Lord and Omnipotent (Rev. 19:6)

The Lord God of the holy Prophets (Rev. 22:6)

 

NAMES OF GOD THE SON

Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15)

Jehovah (The Lord, Gen. 19:24; Ps. 101:, 5)

Shiloh (Gen. 49:10)

The Star of Jacob (Num. 24:17)

Prophet (Dt. 18:15; Lk. 24:19)

Rock of Salvation (Dt. 32:15)

The Anointed (Ps. 2:2)

Days Man (Job 9:33)

The Son (Ps. 2:12; Heb. 3:6)

Sanctuary (Isa. 8:14)

Stone of Stumbling (Isa. 8:14)

Rock of Offence (Isa. 8:14)

Wonderful (Isa. 9:6)

Counsellor (Isa. 9:6)

The Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)

The Everlasting Father (Isa. 9:6)

The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)

The Rod Out of Jesse (Isa. 11:1)

The Branch (Isa. 11:1; Zech. 3:8; 6:12)

An Ensign of the People (Isa. 11:10)

My Servant (Isa. 42:1; Matt. 12:18)

My Elect (Isa. 42:1)

Polished Shaft (Isa. 49:2)

The Redeemer (Isa. 59:20)

The Angel of His Presence (Isa. 63:9)

The Lord our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6)

Plant Renowned (Ezek. 34:29)

Messiah (Dan. 9:25, Jn. 4:25)

The Judge of Israel (Mic. 5:1)

The Desire of all Nations (Hag. 2:7)

The Man that is my Fellow (Zech. 13:7)

Refiner and Purifier (Mal. 3:3)

Son of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2)

Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:1)

The Son of Abraham (Matt. 1:1)

The Son of David (Matt. 1:1; 9:27)

Christ (Matt. 1:17; 2:4)

Jesus (Matt. 1:21)

Emmanuel (Matt. 1:23)

King of the Jews (Matt. 2:2; 21:5)

Governor (Matt. 2:6)

Nazarene (Matt. 2:23)

The Son of God (Matt. 4:3)

Master (Matt. 8:19)

The Son of Man (Matt. 8:20)

Physician (Matt. 9:20)

The Bridegroom (Matt. 9:15)

The Friend of Sinners (Matt. 11:19)

The Beloved (Matt. 12:18)

The Sower of the Seed (Matt. 13:3)

The Son of the Highest (Lk. 1:32)

The Horn of Salvation (Lk. 1:32)

The Day Spring (Lk. 1:78)

Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:11)

Saviour (Lk. 2:11)

Jesus of Nazareth (Lk. 4:34)

Holy One of God (Lk. 4:34)

The Word (Jn. 1:1 – 2)

The Consolation of Israel (Lk. 2:25)

Salvation (Lk. 2:30)

God (Jn. 1:1- 3; 20:25; Heb. 1:8)

The True Light (Jn. 1:9)

Only Begotten Son (Jn. 1:18; 3:16)

Lamb of God (Jn. 1:29; Rev.

The King of Israel (Jn. 1:49)

Teacher (Jn. 3:2)

Saviour of the world (Jn. 4:14)

Gift of God (Jn. 4:10)

The Bread of God (Jn. 6:33)

The Bread of life (Jn. 6:35, 45 – 51

Light of the world (Jn. 8:12)

Door of the Ship (Jn. 10:7)

The Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:1)

The Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn. 14:6)

The Vine (Jn. 15:1 – 😎

Lord and God (Jn. 20:28)

Holy One and Just (Acts 3:14)

The Holy Child Jesus (Acts 4:27)

A Peace and a Saviour (Acts 5:31)

Lord of all (Acts 10:36)

A Propitiation (Acts Rom 3:25; I John 2:2)

Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23)

The Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)

Christ Jesus (I Cor. 1:8; I Tim. 2:5)

The Power of God (I Cor. 1:24)

The Wisdom of God (I Cor. 1:24)

Sanctification (I Cor. 1:30)

Lord of Glory (I Cor. 2:8)

Our Passover (I Cor. 5:7)

Spiritual Rock (I Cor. 10:4)

Christ the First Fruits (I Cor. 15:23)

The Last Adam (I Cor. 16:45)

The Second Man (Adam) (I Cor. 15:45 – 47)

Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)

Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:29)

The Beloved (Eph. 1:6)

Chief Corner Stone (Eph. 1:6)

Head off the Church (Col. 1:18)

First Born from the Dead (Col. 1:18)

Christ our Lord (I Tim. 1:12)

Mediator (I Tim. 2:4 – 5)

The Man Christ Jesus (I Tim. 2:5)

Ransom for all (I Tim, 2:6)

Seed of David (2 Tim. 2:8)

Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour (Tit. 1:4)

Brightness of His Glory (Heb. 1:3)

Express Image of His Person (Heb. 1:3)

Upholder of all things (Heb. 1:3)

Captain of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)

The Apostle and High Priest of our profession (Heb. 3:1)

Forerunner (Heb. 6:20)

Minister of the Sanctuary (Heb. 8:2)

Testation (Heb. 9:16 – 17)

Author and the finisher of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)

Great Shepherd of the Sheep (Heb. 13:20)

Shepherd Bishop of Souls (I Peter 2:25)

Chief Shepherd (I Peter 5:4)

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11)

Day Star (2 Peter 1:19)

Advocate (I Jn. 2:1)

Jesus Christ the Righteous (I Jn. 2:1)

Eternal Life (I Jn. 5:20)

Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5)

First Begotten of the Dead (Rev. 1:5)

Prince of the kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)

Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8,21:6)

The beginning and the Ending (Rev. 1:8)

The First and the Last (Rev. 2:8)

Morning Star (Rev. 2:28)

The Amen (Rev. 3:14)

Faithful and True Witness (Rev. 3:14)

Beginning of Creation – The One who began creating all things through the Father (Rev. 3:14; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:15 – 18)

Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)

The Root of David (Rev. 5:5)

The Word of God (Rev. 19:13)

King of Kings, Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:16)

Root and Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)

Bright and Morning Star (22:16)

NAMES OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

Spirit of God (Gen. 1:2, 41:38; Matt. 3:16; I Cor. 2:11 – 14)

Spirit of Wisdom (Ex. 28:3; Dt. 34:9; Isa. 11:2; Eph 1:17)

The Spirit (Num. 11:17, 25; Ezek. 1:20; Gal. 6:8; Eph. 2:22)

His spirit (Num. 11:29; Ps. 106:33; Isa. 48:16; Rom. 8:11; I Cor. 2:10)

The Spirit of the Lord (Judges 3:10, 6:34, 11:29, 13:25, 14:6,19; Lk. 4:18; 2 Cor. 3:17- 18)

The Spirit of Elijah (2 Kings 2:15; Lk. 1:17)

The Good Spirit (Neh. 9:20)

The Free Spirit (Ps.51:12)

The Spirit of Judgment (Isa. 4:4, 28:6)

The Spirit of Burning (Isa. 4:4)

Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isa. 11:2)

Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isa. 11:2)

Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2; 2Tim. 1:7)

Spirit of the Holy Gods (Dan.4:8 – 9; 18, 5:11)

Excellent Spirit (Dan. 5:12,6:3)

Spirit of the Gods (Dan. 5:14)

Spirit of Grace and Supplications (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29)

The Holy Ghost (Matt. 1:18 – 20, 3:11, 12:31 – 32, 28:19; I Jn. 5:7)

The Spirit of your Father (Matt. 10:20)

The Power of the Highest (Lk. 1:35)

The Holy Spirit (Lk. 11:13)

The Comforter (Jn. 14:16, 26, 15:26)

The Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14:17; 15:26, 16:13; I Jn. 4:6, 5:6)

Spirit of Holiness (Rom. 1:4)

Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2)

Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; I Peter 1:11)

Spirit of Adoption (Rom 8:15)

Spirit of the Living God (2 Cor. 3:3)

Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6)

Holy Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13)

Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation (Eph. 1:17)

Holy Spirit of God (Eph. 4:30)

Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19)

The Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)

The Spirit of glory (I Peter 4:14)

The Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10)

 

 

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On 9/24/2018 at 7:27 AM, issachiteministers said:

 

That Jesus Christ is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

There are three separate persons in Divine individuality and plurality

 

 The first sentence sounds Modalistic, but the second sentence sounds Trinitarian.

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16 hours ago, Faber said:

 

 The first sentence sounds Modalistic, but the second sentence sounds Trinitarian.

That is exactly what it is.  The problem I believe is that the author of this post does not really understand trinitarianism.

 

On 9/24/2018 at 6:27 AM, issachiteministers said:

That the term Father, Son and the Holy Spirit refer to three manifestation of one person or one being.

Wrong!

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On 9/24/2018 at 7:27 AM, issachiteministers said:

 

In the last book of the Bible, The Trinity is seen as working together in all things. Rev. 1:4 – 6; Rev. 4:5; Rev. 5:6; Rev. 21:10; Rev. 22:17.

 

Hello Origin,

 It seems from the above that I cited that they do believe in the Trinity. I Googled the username and it goes to a site which is overseas (Nigeria). Maybe their English ability is not very clear (?) 

 

http://www.issachite.org/

 

 

Not sure... (?)

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22 minutes ago, Faber said:

 

Hello Origin,

 It seems from the above that I cited that they do believe in the Trinity. I Googled the username and it goes to a site which is overseas (Nigeria). Maybe their English ability is not very clear (?) 

 

http://www.issachite.org/

 

 

Not sure... (?)

I guess it could be that they have trouble expressing the content of their theology clearly.  If they are, they are really bad at it.

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10 minutes ago, Origen said:

I guess it could be that they have trouble expressing the content of their theology clearly.  If they are, they are really bad at it.

Boy do i understand that feeling :classic_smile:

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12 minutes ago, Becky said:

Boy do i understand that feeling :classic_smile:

It happens to us all every once in a while.

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      “The main things are the plain things. When I’m teaching in a church context where they actually don’t know much about the Trinity for some reason, I try really hard to make sure I’m not a visiting Trinity salesman who alone has the word of truth. I don’t want them to think, We weren’t even Christians until that guy showed up and talked about the Trinity for an hour.”— Fred Sanders Date: October 17, 2018 Event: TGC 2018 West Coast Conference You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here. Related: Two Reasons the Trinity Matters (Justin Dillehay) How the Trinity Should Shape Evangelism (Erik Raymond) How Is the Trinity Central to the Gospel? (Ligon Duncan, Gavin Ortlund, Scott Swain) Find more audio and video from the 2018 West Coast Conference on the conference media page. View the full article

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    • We Christians have two natures one utterly corrupt the other totally divine

      We Christians have two natures one utterly corrupt the other totally divine   Eph 4:22-24 (Written to Christians) That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man (human nature) which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts… and that you put on the new man (divine nature) which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.   What the old man, human nature really looks like,   The truth about the characteristics of my human nature, this is what the Bible refers to as my flesh, and this was the nature I lived in until I was born again. This nature is inherently selfish, self absorbed, self promoting and self pitying. It’s most dominant characteristic is pride, which man defines as boastful but which God broadens to mean a rebellious independence from Him. This nature secretly envies, covets and lusts after what others have. It lives entirely in the material visible realm, living by faith in God is foolishness. It makes all it’s choices and decisions by physical senses, human intellect and reasoning abilities, therefore it can only be content when all its circumstances are favorable. It falsely assumes that the accumulation of much stuff will result in happiness. Since these desires are seldom achieved it is prone to constant worry and anxiety over the potential lack of things. Even when they are achieved it is prone to worry and anxiety over the loss of those things. This nature, since it can’t find contentment within itself, is touchy and irritable about many trivial things; it is very easily angered and offended by others, and virtually incapable of truly forgiving them. It will bear grudges for a lifetime. It struggles to keep its basic animal wants in check and they often become compulsive or addictive. It tends to be lazy unless motivated by gain or glory, it is deceitful and manipulative. Because its core nature is so rotten it becomes a master at concealing and camouflaging itself with all manner of outward false airs and graces, that mask its true inner motives. If you ask me did God make me with this horrible nature? The answer is no. Where then did I get it? I got it from my parents who in turn ultimately got it from Adam and Eve. And they in turn got it from Satan when they believed his words – that’s how his nature got into them – instead of believing God’s words to them, so that His divine nature could have remained in them. We all, if we’re honest would agree that even if these characteristics don’t always manifest themselves outwardly, they are alive and well in our thoughts,   Eph 2:2-3 In which you once walked according to the course of this world, NKJV/AMP according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh, our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature, obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind. We were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells… Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me… Jer 13:23 Neither are you able to do good—you who are accustomed to doing evil.   As a Christian I will live in and continue to be controlled by this evil human nature, unless:   (1) I consciously and very deliberately choose to live in, that is, for my will continually to be controlled by, my new nature. This nature is my spirit or heart, and it was created in Christ the moment that I was born again. However to live in this new divine nature requires that I remain in continuous submission to God’s Holy Spirit, as He directs all of my steps.   Eze 36:26-28 I will give you a new heart…put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, (God) responsive heart…I will put my (Holy) Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes (words), and you keep my judgments (words), and do them. NKJV Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if…the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. Acts 5:32 …The Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him. Gal 5:16 So I say, walk in (every step directed by) the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.   (2) I consciously and very deliberately allow God to grow my new nature with more of that nature, by daily feeding me more of His words, by His Spirit, which words are that nature. However for this to happen I must continue to live in my new nature and to fully believe with that nature, my spiritual heart, the words that God personally brings to me each day. The genuineness of my belief will always be evidenced by my own words and actions being consistent with those words of God. A mere mental acknowledging or memorizing of His words keeps their life from my heart and makes me falsely assume that I know them.   Jer 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them (believe them in my heart), and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart… ESV 2 Cor 4:16 …The inward man is being renewed day by day (or God intends it to be). Jam 1:21 …Receive with meekness the implanted word (from God), which is able to save your souls (your will from being captive to your flesh and so to sin). 2 Pet 1:4 …There are given us exceedingly great and precious promises (God’s words), that by these you may be partakers of the divine nature…   Unless I choose to do both (1) and (2) above I will remain, that is, my will or soul will remain, under the continuing dominance of my corrupt human nature. This is what the Bible refers to as a Christian who is carnal, born of the Spirit but has returned to his flesh,   2 Pet 2:22 But it has happened to them…“A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”   What our inward man, new divine nature looks like,   If I do consciously and very deliberately choose to do (1) and (2) above I will be living in my new and ever growing divine nature, in which Jesus Christ, by His Spirit and by His words, ever increasingly lives. Let me share with you what this new nature is like:   It is always forgiving just as it is forgiven; it is loving, but with a purer divine love rather than a highly conditional and often impure human love. It is increasingly patient and considerate of others and constantly thinks about their spiritual and eternal welfare. It is humble, in the sense of knowing its total dependence on God, therefore it isn’t envious of what others have, even what they have spiritually; instead it is charitable without any need to be given credit. It is not easily angered but rather seeks peace as it keeps getting stronger in faith toward God and bolder in its witness of Jesus Christ to others. Because it trusts God it is free from worry, it always wants to please God so it doesn’t sin. It is immensely joyful often for no apparent visible reason. This nature is “supernatural” it is the very nature of Christ,   Col 1:27 …God willed to make known…this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. John 15:7-8 (Jesus) If you abide (live) in Me, and My words abide (live) in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 1Cor 15:49 …just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the Heavenly Man (Jesus Christ). KJV   To live permanently in my new nature requires my becoming dead to my human nature,   If I consciously and very deliberately choose to do (1) and (2) above then the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, will guide me to certain specific truths in God’s word. Truths that tell me Christ, by dying to His flesh on the cross, has already provided a way for me to die, in Him, to my flesh. As with the initial gospel truths, this deeper truth of the gospel simply needs to be revealed to my inquiring heart, and then just believed, so as to become mine,   Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Then in order to stay dead to my corrupt human nature I simply need to continue to believe, each day, that I am dead, in Christ, to my flesh. This is taking up my cross daily,   Luke 9:23 Then He (Jesus) said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”.   My human nature will not want me, that is, for my will, to be dead to its sinful influence; nor will the devil; and nor will unconverted people and fleshly Christians around me. But my love for and gratitude to God, my knowledge of just how evil my human nature is, and the powerful growing nature of Christ in me, will both motivate and easily enable me to overcome my enemies and to be made conformable to Christ’s death - which was for me,   Phil 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh…   These two natures of ours, one evil and one good, are in total conflict with each other. The conflict ends when we choose to die to our evil human nature and live with our will under the continuous influence of Christ’s nature within our hearts. This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ, now we will bear much fruit, through our words, into the lives of others. And our heavenly Father will be glorified and our eternity will be secure,   Gal 5:17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, NIV 2 Pet 1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Pet 1:10-11 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Thank you Father, You keep us, You water us every moment, so nothing harms us, and all this by faith!

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