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#1 pete

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 01:39 PM

I think in our bid to defend against Trinity, we consciously undermine the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We spend every bit of effort to show the clear line between God and the son...But Bible made it clear that God and Jesus are now one especially since after the resurrection.

 

There are 2 extremes:

 

1. Those who overemphasise the divinity of Christ or the Trinitarians,

 

and

 

2. Those who dwell much on the humanity of Christ, his nature and sacrifice, eg. the Christadelphians.

 

Although God is the almighty, God has promoted Jesus to a great height that it is no longer a sin to worship Jesus as God.

 

"But to the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice."


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 03:27 AM

I think in our bid to defend against Trinity, we consciously undermine the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We spend every bit of effort to show the clear line between God and the son...But Bible made it clear that God and Jesus are now one especially since after the resurrection.

 

There are 2 extremes:

 

1. Those who overemphasise the divinity of Christ or the Trinitarians,

 

and

 

2. Those who dwell much on the humanity of Christ, his nature and sacrifice, eg. the Christadelphians.

 

Although God is the almighty, God has promoted Jesus to a great height that it is no longer a sin to worship Jesus as God.

 

"But to the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice."

 

Hi, Pete. :)

 

The point of emphasis is to be correctly placed upon the man who was Jesus for the reason that apart from the righteous image of God which Adam lost to us being re-established no man could be set right with God.

 

Jesus was the replacement for our human father Adam who had corrupted himself away from that holy image of God and it's righteousness.

 

That truth comes to us in far more of the scriptures than just Paul's words at 1 Corinthians 15:45.   If we would bear this thought in mind as we read we will see that.

 

It is very important to understand that we cannot be set right with God and yet continue to sin.  1 John 1:5-6 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth..."  (Compare  1 John 3:6)
 

 

Yet we today find that the many have actually turned God's grace as shown to us in his Son into a sort of acceptance of sin preaching that God's love is unconditional so that he loves us just as we are.

 

Now, one person might be OK with that because they understand that God's loving us while we were "yet sinners" implies that he loved us so that we could cease being sinners, he recognizing that many of us sin merely because we do not know his righteousness and so we act in ignorance.

 

But another person sees that as God will love us even if we do not cease from sin in response to his mercy.  That then places them in the following catagory:

 

Romans 2:

4  "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11  For there is no respect of persons with God."

We are making a serious mistake if we fail to recognize that His love for us despite our ignorance is summed up here, as follows:

Acts 17:30-31 "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

 

So that showing by grace of an unconditional love which covered over sin was only temporary for the purpose of setting us on the road to recovery from our ignorance of his righteousness and the sin which was allowed by that ignorance.

 

Trinity defenders have composed some very appealing delusions of ideas which can if we let them cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is holy and sin has no place in his presence.   His love is showing grace to us that we might choose willingly to leave away from sin, preferring his presence by his righteousness in our lives as more valuable than the momentary ilusive pleasures of sin.


Edited by Simple, 27 September 2015 - 03:32 AM.


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 05:10 PM

 

I think in our bid to defend against Trinity, we consciously undermine the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We spend every bit of effort to show the clear line between God and the son...But Bible made it clear that God and Jesus are now one especially since after the resurrection.

 

There are 2 extremes:

 

1. Those who overemphasise the divinity of Christ or the Trinitarians,

 

and

 

2. Those who dwell much on the humanity of Christ, his nature and sacrifice, eg. the Christadelphians.

 

Although God is the almighty, God has promoted Jesus to a great height that it is no longer a sin to worship Jesus as God.

 

"But to the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice."

 

Hi, Pete. :)

 

The point of emphasis is to be correctly placed upon the man who was Jesus for the reason that apart from the righteous image of God which Adam lost to us being re-established no man could be set right with God.

 

Jesus was the replacement for our human father Adam who had corrupted himself away from that holy image of God and it's righteousness.

 

That truth comes to us in far more of the scriptures than just Paul's words at 1 Corinthians 15:45.   If we would bear this thought in mind as we read we will see that.

 

It is very important to understand that we cannot be set right with God and yet continue to sin.  1 John 1:5-6 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth..."  (Compare  1 John 3:6)
 

 

Yet we today find that the many have actually turned God's grace as shown to us in his Son into a sort of acceptance of sin preaching that God's love is unconditional so that he loves us just as we are.

 

Now, one person might be OK with that because they understand that God's loving us while we were "yet sinners" implies that he loved us so that we could cease being sinners, he recognizing that many of us sin merely because we do not know his righteousness and so we act in ignorance.

 

But another person sees that as God will love us even if we do not cease from sin in response to his mercy.  That then places them in the following catagory:

 

Romans 2:

4  "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11  For there is no respect of persons with God."

We are making a serious mistake if we fail to recognize that His love for us despite our ignorance is summed up here, as follows:

Acts 17:30-31 "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

 

So that showing by grace of an unconditional love which covered over sin was only temporary for the purpose of setting us on the road to recovery from our ignorance of his righteousness and the sin which was allowed by that ignorance.

 

Trinity defenders have composed some very appealing delusions of ideas which can if we let them cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is holy and sin has no place in his presence.   His love is showing grace to us that we might choose willingly to leave away from sin, preferring his presence by his righteousness in our lives as more valuable than the momentary ilusive pleasures of sin.

 

 

I think the humanity of Christ and his sacrificial work is well understood.

 

Now, Jesus has the name of his father. He can now be addressed as 'God' which doesn't mean that he is equal to God. But the Bible is clear that even the angels worship Jesus now.

 

So the question is, how can Christadelphians 'worship' Jesus?

 

Can we pray to him? Can we thank him for the work he did? How do the angels worship Jesus?


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:53 AM

 
You are right it is often difficult to find a proper balance when it comes to scriptural doctrines, as some are, according to Peter "hard to understand".
Thankfully we have God's word to set things straight assuming we accept it as the ultimate authority influencing our beliefs.
 
I would like to point out that in Hebrew and Greek there are a number of words with different meaning often transliterated "worship". Some translations  completely overlook at times the distinction and nuances intended. 
 
A few examples:
 
ʽa·vadh′: Serve
hish·ta·chawah′ :Bow down,or do obedience
sa·ghadh′: Prostate oneself
la·treu′o: Rendering sacred service
pro·sky·ne′o: Obeisance to a king 
eu·se·be′o: Venerat, revere or Godly devotion
se·ba′zo·mai: revere; venerate; worship
the·o·se′bei·a: combination of “God” and “service (like Gottesdienst)
qan·naʼ: exclusive devotion; jealous
 
From this incomplete list , we can see how misunderstanding could occur with a translations using the generic transliteration "worship" .
For instance in Daniel 2:46 Nebuchadnezzar was paying homage "sa·ghadh"(prostrating himself) to Daniel.
 
Another example is (Genesis 19:1) . . .When Lot caught sight of them, then he got up to meet them and bowed down (hish·ta·chawah) with his face to the earth. . .
 
The expression "qan.na' however is used only in reference to the creator and to no one else.
 
(Exodus 20:5) . . .You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion (Heb., ʼEl qan·naʼ′; Gr., The·os′ ze·lo·tes′).
 
In Hebrews 1:6 the angels render obeisance (pro·sky·ne′o)  to the resurrected Jesus Christ. Many translations of this text here wrongly render pro·sky·ne′o as “worship,” while some render it by such expressions as “bow before” (AT; Yg) and ‘pay homage’ (NE). 
 
No matter what English term is used, the original Greek remains the same and the understanding of what it is that the angels render to Christ must accord with the rest of the Scriptures.
 
Jesus himself emphatically stated to Satan that “it is Jehovah your God you must give your worship [form of pro·sky·ne′o], and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.
 
 in Psalm 97:7 or Hebrews 1:6 the renderings “bow before” and ‘pay homage’ (instead of “worship”) are in harmony with the original language, either in Psalm 97:7 or Hebrews 1:6, for such translations convey the basic sense of both hish·ta·chawah′ and pro·sky·ne′o.
 
Jesus upheld this dictate(to worship only God) numerous times but  nowhere is Jesus’ exclusive devotion to his Father exemplified more than in what is written of him at 1 Corinthians 15:24,28, where it says that, after his heavenly Kingdom rule he (Jesus) will put down all authority...and subjects himself to Him so that “God may be all things to everyone.”
 
As regards to prayer, ” The entire Scriptural record testifies that Jehovah is the One to whom prayer should be directed to (Ps 5:1, 2;) and that he is the “Hearer of prayer” (Ps 65:2; 66:19) .
Jesus confirmed this point saying we should pray to the father (Mt 6:9). Not a single scripture support praying to anyone else.
 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

I think in our bid to defend against Trinity, we consciously undermine the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We spend every bit of effort to show the clear line between God and the son...But Bible made it clear that God and Jesus are now one especially since after the resurrection.

 

There are 2 extremes:

 

1. Those who overemphasise the divinity of Christ or the Trinitarians,

 

and

 

2. Those who dwell much on the humanity of Christ, his nature and sacrifice, eg. the Christadelphians.

 

Although God is the almighty, God has promoted Jesus to a great height that it is no longer a sin to worship Jesus as God.

 

"But to the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice."

 

Why is it our goal to "defend against Trinity"?  There are at least two manifestations (most believe three) of God:  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Scripture is clear that the Father and the Son are ONE, equal, and eternal.  The Spirit may be a third "personality", or He may be simply the part of God that He allows to live in us.  Either way, God is still ONE, even if He has multiple manifestations.  We know that Jesus and the Father are separate, because Jesus (on Earth) prayed to the Father (in Heaven).  Yet Jesus said, "I and the Father are one."  Jesus also said, "Before Abraham was, I AM."  Both of these are claims to be equal to God.  Now if Jesus claimed to be equal to God, but was not, then He was not our perfect sacrifice (which would be required to remove our sins), so we cannot be forgiven, and must still wait for our redeemer.  But if Jesus was equal to God, then His claim to be equal to God was not a sin, He was our perfect sacrifice, and you are sinning by refusing to account to Him the glory due Him as ONE with God.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:08 AM

Could God die on the cross?

 

Did Jesus claim equality with God, what do the quotes you have posted really mean and in context?

"I and the Father are one." ? 

 

"Before Abraham was, I AM." ?

 

Do these quotes actually claim "equality" or is something else being said ?



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:49 PM

Could God die on the cross?

 

Did Jesus claim equality with God, what do the quotes you have posted really mean and in context?

"I and the Father are one." ? 

 

"Before Abraham was, I AM." ?

 

Do these quotes actually claim "equality" or is something else being said ?

 

What does it really mean to die?  When God told Adam and Eve that they would die if they ate the fruit of the Tree, what did He mean?  Obviously, since we both believe that He cannot lie, He was not referring to physical death, because they did not fall over dead when they ate the fruit.  So what did He mean?  He meant separation from Himself.  Death (spiritual death) is nothing more than separation from God; physical death is the separation of our spirit from our body.  Yes, the God / Man in the form of Jesus could die a physical death.  He also suffered spiritual death because He became sin for us, and the Father turned His back on Jesus while Jesus was on the cross.  So, YES, God could die on the cross.

 

What do the quotes I have listed mean in context?  They mean that Jesus claimed to be equal to God the Father.  He came from a position of equality with God (Phil 2:5-7), humbled Himself to the point of becoming a human and dying on the cross, and rose back to the Father where He now sits with the Father on the Father's throne again equal to God (see many passages in Revelation).

 

You do realize that for Jesus to be our saving sacrifice, He had to be PERFECT, without spot or blemish, without sin, faultless.  But if He was not God, and at any time He even came close to claiming to be God by saying something like "before Abraham was, I AM", then He would not have been sinless, and His sacrifice would have been worthless, we would not be saved, and would still have no hope of seeing Heaven.  But Jesus didn't claim equality with God only once.  He claimed equality with God at least 3 or 4 times, publicly, openly.  The people tried to stone Him for His claims at least 4 or 5 different times in Scripture (forgive me, I have never counted all the times the leaders wanted to stone Him), so they recognized His claims for what they were, real claims to be equal to God.  They only saw Him as a man, and if all He was was a man, then He should have been stoned to death.  But He really was/is God, so His claim is not unwarranted or sinful.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 01:49 AM

Please refer to this thread rather than repeated comments in various threads (thanks):

Questions for Christadelphians

 

When the Scripture, the Word of God is devoid of teaching Trinity - on the contrary - it teaches God is God alone, his son is Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of God and not God the Son.

In the Daily Readings (scheduled for tomorrow):

John 20:17 Jesus replied,26 “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

26 tn Grk “Jesus said to her.”

 
Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Jn 20:17). Biblical Studies Press.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:27 AM

Could God die on the cross?

 

 

The flesh that the Word was made to, died on the Cross and was buried, and which was at the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. While JESUS as God, at the very same time 'live', and ministered to the spirits who were imprisoned from Noah's time.

 

Did Jesus claim equality with God, what do the quotes you have posted really mean and in context?

"I and the Father are one." ? 

 

"Before Abraham was, I AM." ?

 

Do these quotes actually claim "equality" or is something else being said ?

 

 

According to Scripture doctrine, JESUS claimed to be equal with GOD and that is why the Jews wanted to kill Him for blasphemy.  But Scripture say that He never make Himself equal to GOD, because He was made lower than the angels for awhile, when He was made man and the flesh and blood became the sin bearer of.the world. Nevertheless,, inwardly He is still the LORD from Heaven, the Word who was made flesh, in 'spirit'..



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

 

Please refer to this thread rather than repeated comments in various threads (thanks):

Questions for Christadelphians

 

When the Scripture, the Word of God is devoid of teaching Trinity - on the contrary - it teaches God is God alone, his son is Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of God and not God the Son.

 

Those are you own preception quoting from some of the Scriptures within the New Testament, in order to support your denominational dogma of your forefathers passed on. And God the SON is clearly there in the same Scriptures, you are 'shortsightedly'  ignoring.

 

In the Daily Readings (scheduled for tomorrow):

John 20:17 Jesus replied,26 “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

26 tn Grk “Jesus said to her.”

 

 
That is again, when He was made lower than the angels for awhile, as fellow man sinners, and uttering to man, honoring GOD..
 
 
 

 



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:37 AM

 

I think in our bid to defend against Trinity, we consciously undermine the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We spend every bit of effort to show the clear line between God and the son...But Bible made it clear that God and Jesus are now one especially since after the resurrection.

 

There are 2 extremes:

 

1. Those who overemphasise the divinity of Christ or the Trinitarians,

 

and

 

2. Those who dwell much on the humanity of Christ, his nature and sacrifice, eg. the Christadelphians.

 

Although God is the almighty, God has promoted Jesus to a great height that it is no longer a sin to worship Jesus as God.

 

"But to the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice."

 

Why is it our goal to "defend against Trinity"?  There are at least two manifestations (most believe three) of God:  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Scripture is clear that the Father and the Son are ONE, equal, and eternal.  The Spirit may be a third "personality", or He may be simply the part of God that He allows to live in us.  Either way, God is still ONE, even if He has multiple manifestations.  We know that Jesus and the Father are separate, because Jesus (on Earth) prayed to the Father (in Heaven).  Yet Jesus said, "I and the Father are one."  Jesus also said, "Before Abraham was, I AM."  Both of these are claims to be equal to God.  Now if Jesus claimed to be equal to God, but was not, then He was not our perfect sacrifice (which would be required to remove our sins), so we cannot be forgiven, and must still wait for our redeemer.  But if Jesus was equal to God, then His claim to be equal to God was not a sin, He was our perfect sacrifice, and you are sinning by refusing to account to Him the glory due Him as ONE with God.

 

The problem is that most go beyond what is written as you just did when you said, quote, "Scripture is clear that the Father and the Son are ONE, equal, and eternal." Unquote.

 

I understand that you do not realize you have gone beyond and that you have done so rather innocently.  But lets reason together for a moment on the things you said prove that Jesus and God are equal.

 

First you say, quote, "Yet Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." unquote

 

And you think that means Jesus is equal to God.  But the same thing is said about us:  John 17:20-21  "And not in regard to these alone do I ask, but also in regard to those who shall be believing, through their word, in me; that they all may be one, as Thou Father art in me, and I in Thee; that they also in us may be one, that the world may believe that Thou didst send me."  (YLT)

 

Now let us talk about those two verses:  Even if we do not think that says we are one with God in the same bindinjg that Jesus is one with God, we yet have a problem with seeing Jesus' being one with God making him equal to God.  How so?  In that even if we viewed ourselves being one as a separate thing from Jesus' being one with God, the verse plainly says that we are one, quote, "as Thou Father art in me, and I in Thee."  So by finding out how we are one, we are finding out how they are one.  And even if you believed as I do, that we are one with both Jesus and God, then our being one with God would also have to make us equal to God.  And that is ridiculous.  Besides that, Jesus himself said that the father is greater than he. (John 14:28)

 

Here is a text commonly twisted by Dualty and Trinitarian appologists: John 3:31  "He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all." (KJV)

 

They of course say that this means Jesus is above all and therefore must be God.  But did Jesus really claim that there?  Speaking in relation to those he came to he was indeed above all.  And he had attached that thought to coming to earth from above.  So we should properly see what he said as relating to this earth rather than to the place he came from.  So let me fill in the common gaps of thought for us:  ""He that cometh from above is above all [he came to]: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all that are earthy [for he is from the heavenly and speaketh of the heavenly]."

 

I would be happy to explain more about that.  All you or anyone need do is reply to this post and ask.

 

Now lets discuss your claim, saying that both the already spoken of quote and the following quote constitute Jesus claiming to be equal to God, "Jesus also said, "Before Abraham was, I AM."

 

I would refer you to:

Digression 25: "Before Abraham Was, I Am" (Jn.8:58)

http://www.christade...ahamwasiam.html

 

 

You may also wish to read:

Digression 3: God Manifestation

http://www.christade...ifestation.html


Edited by Search_B, 01 January 2018 - 07:59 AM.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:35 PM

Now I want to share something which is rarely appreciated becaue we live in a world where extremes are the norm.

 

In this worlld the two extreemes are (1) Jesus is equal to God and therefore God, and (2) Jesus is not equal to God and therefore not God.

 

I am hoping to find more reasonableness here among Christadelphians than I have been able to find anywhere else.  So I am asking you to please dispense with emotion so that your minds will remain clear enough to think about what I am about to share.  For I am sure this understanding came to me by the holy spirit.  And I do not mean sure in the self-decieved way that so many in Christendom are so sure of the holy spirit being their source.  Stay your emotions so that you can think and see if what I say is not true.

 

I spoke to the extreme expressed in number (1) in my post number 11.  When equal means that which is expressed in number (1), we are not equal in that way.  However, there is an equality with God which his word shows us exists in between those two extremes.

 

We have not understood all about Philippians 2:5-6 “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: ...”

This is another of the many verses abused to support the idea that Jesus is “God the Son” rather than what he truthfully is, “the Son of God.”

However, we are told there to let the same mind be in us as in Jesus, and that mind of Jesus is there claimed to be, “thought it not robbery to be equal with God...”

Eve was deceived so that she, “thought it not robbery to be equal with God”:

Genesis 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

The serpent was being used of Satan who himself is a rebellious angel who, “thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Comparing the king of Babylon to that fallen angel, Isaiah speaks:

Isaiah 14:12-14
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet, ministers of Satan, of whom there are many, masquerading as ministers of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) willingly ignore that, as they find ways to twist and rationalize everything their way, refusing to listen to ones the holy spirit has really taught and debunking translators who disagree with the KJV rendering.

The American Standard Version has that verse translated more nearly correct: Philippians 2:6 “who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,”

That wording is yet a bit ambiguous. But we can easily reason that verse 5 tells us to have the same mind and that therefore it must be understood in some manner which can also be directly applied to ourselves as imperfect humans. As worded in the KJV, should we “not think it robbery to be equal to God”, like verse 5 tells us to do? Clearly then there is a problem and we find that problem in how they translated verse 6 and the ASV rendering solves that problem.

The more correct rendering is the ASV. The word, “robbery”, in the KJV is translated, “grasped” in the ASV. Now think:

 

Do we have equality with God in our grasp so as to be able to let go of it? After the serpent deceived her, Eve thought that she did. And we act in manners all the time which we do not even realize are like trying to be God's equal.

Now, to everyone's surprise I am sure, the holy spirit has informed me that in our fleshly sinful state we do wrongly have that extreme in number (1) in our hand grasping a wrong kind of equality with God but Jesus does have an equality with God which he did let go of, just not in the way Trinity believers teach.

Christ does indeed have an equality with God. But that in no way makes him literally God. His equality is as a Son to a Father. What father of you considers his son to be inferior? That is all this equality refers to.  And Jesus is our model that we can all become sons of God and sharers in God's divine nature and if sons of God then no longer viewed of God as inferirors.  For no man among us would so view his obeddient well trained sons as inferiror.  And we are not more righteous than God.

When Eve reached out and grasped a level of equality that allowed her not to have to obey God (just as the angel who became Satan did), then she was grasping at what did not belong to her to grasp at. From Philippians 2:5-6 we learn that Christ, while having the equality a son does to a father, would never do that to his Father. And we can have that humble mindset as he has, knowing that we too will become as sons to God. Sons whom God does not consider inferior to himself, even as indicaated in Philippians 2:5, now that we understaand it.

What a beautiful picture.


Edited by Search_B, 04 January 2018 - 09:50 PM.





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