Day 7: Apostolic Beliefs: Oneness

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Hey y’all! So sorry for the two days I missed! I finished my final on Monday and called my mom to talk to her. She could hear that I was kind of getting homesick (and I think she missed me too! Haha) so we decided really short notice that I would go home for the two day break I have between my summer classes. We do not have internet at my house so therefore I was unable to post anything for those days I was home. Now, feeling refreshed, I am back at my apartment and ready to get back to daily posts!

To make up for those lost days I thought I would start a series about specifics of what Apostolic Christians believe! I hope you can learn a little bit more about us if you are new to this denomination of Christianity and I hope it gets you searching your beliefs and your Bible! 🙂

[DISCLAIMER: These are MY beliefs and I understand that we may differ in our Christian doctrines. I would appreciate if you could keep an open mind and be respectful. While I am open to discussions as long as they are religiously tolerant, I would not be rude to you about what you believe and I ask for the same courtesy. Thank you!]

The first thing I chose to talk about is one of the main tenants of Apostolic beliefs: Oneness. (This is where terminology is confusing because through research I have technically found that “Pentecostals” are Trinitarians, “Apostolics” are Oneness; yet people tend to group all of us together and collectively call us “Pentecostals.” Even Apostolics do this, my pastor frequently uses the term Pentecostal for us, even though we are in actuality Apostolics. Just a short lesson on word usage for you! In my blog, I use Pentecostal and Apostolic interchangeably, but I am really talking about those that believe in Oneness.)

Oneness is a belief/doctrine that there is only ONE God rather than the Trinitarian belief in three separate people who are God the Father, his Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Trinitarians believe that these three coexist and are equal, however they are completely separate people. For example, they say that the Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit, the Son is not the Holy Spirit or the Father, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son; yet separately the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

We Apostolics believe that there is one God who is manifested as a Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit. God is all of these things. Much as you can be a daughter and a mother at the same time, or a father to someone and a son of someone at the same time, so too is God.

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I will now go through some Bible verses (all in King James Version) to back up this claim of Oneness, and refute the trinity. This will be long but I will try to explain each one briefly. 🙂

Deut 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” ~This is just obvious! God is ONE!

Mark 12:29 – “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” ~Jesus even says that He is one!

Isaiah 45:18 – “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” ~The Lord created everything, and there is NO ONE else. Yet again, God is ONE.

John 17:3 – “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” ~Hm, a little bit trickier, but it says there is ONE TRUE God, who sent Jesus Christ, which I take to mean who sent his form as Jesus. Not so tricky after all.

1 Cor 8:6 – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” ~Now the Bible stated earlier that there was one God who created everything, and it says here that Jesus created all things, therefore we can see that Jesus is that one God.

Eph 4:6 – “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” ~Another plain one, God is ONE.

1 Tim 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” ~There is ONE God and he took the form of Jesus to connect with us humans.

Jude 1:4 – “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~There is only the Lord God, and then the Bible calls Jesus Lord, therefore there is only the Lord who can be both God and Jesus.

Jude 1:25 – “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~This says there is only one God who is our Savior, and the Bible also called Jesus our Savior, so God and Jesus are one.

John 4:24 – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” God takes the form of a Spirit.

1 Tim 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” ~God was manifest as Jesus and the Spirit! God is ONE!

John 14:10 – (Jesus said) “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” ~Jesus admits that He IS the FATHER! Jesus is the Father and the Father is Jesus. Both are manifestations of God. God is ONE.

Isaiah 44:6 – “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.” ~God is the first and last, the only, there is no God other than Him!

Isaiah 43:10 – “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” ~There is no God formed after Him, therefore Jesus IS HIM.

Matt 1:20 – “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” ~Jesus IS the Holy Ghost, this goes against the Trinitarian idea of three separate persons!

Matt 1:23 – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” ~Even Jesus’s name shows that He is God.

John 1:10 – “He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” ~This says that Jesus made the world, and one of the above verses says that only God made the world, therefore Jesus is God and He is ONE.

Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Other names for Jesus are God, Son, and Father. He may have different names but He is ONE!

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I could seriously keep going with verses but I know you are probably tired of reading them! In conclusion, God is not three people but there is ONE God who has three manifestations. God is the Savior, and his saving name is now revealed to men as Jesus, so Jesus is the name of God not another person.

If the trinity were really the answer wouldn’t the Bible have specifically made some reference to it? The word “trinity” is not in the Bible even just ONCE! The doctrine was made up at the Council of Nicaea around 300 years after Jesus died. Just because humans decided something definitely does not mean it is correct! I don’t know about you, but I am trying to go by what the Bible tells me!

What I hear quite often is “but what about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19?!” This is so simple! Matthew 28:19 says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” This verse says “in the NAME” which is SINGULAR!!! If these were three separate persons of God, then it would have said “in the nameS of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” but it does not! It says there is ONE NAME. Well, we know from all of the above that there is ONE GOD with ONE NAME and that name is JESUS. The name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the Son is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus! (This is why we Apostolics baptize ourselves “in the name of Jesus!”)

This definitely became longer than I had imagined it would, but I really hope you look into the Bible verses I listed and research this for yourself. I wanted you to know that this is what I believe and that I have strong reasons for this and I feel it is the correct path, but I really want you to make your own decisions about this and examine what you think is the truth. I hope this blesses you. I know it did me.

Thank you God for helping me to grow strongly in you so that I am able to back up my beliefs! I hope that You may use me to reach out to others and share Your truth. In Jesus’s name!

❤ Passionate Pentecostal

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6 responses »

  1. I am so thankful to have finally found an open-minded person who believes that Jesus is God the Father!

    Trust me when I say I have dozens of questions about this belief but I would preferably like to start out with my main question.

    Exodus 3:15 – And God saith again unto Moses, `Thus dost thou say unto the sons of Israel, Jehovah, God of your fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this [is] My name — to the age, and this My memorial, to generation — generation. (YLT)

    Okay, so in Exodus 3:15, The Supreme God (Elohim) gives his name out as Jehovah (Yahweh) and says this name is going to be his name unto the ages implying that it won’t change and there won’t be a new name.

    Revelation 3:12 – He who is overcoming — I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, and without he may not go any more, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, that doth come down out of the heaven from my God — also my new name. (YLT)

    Yet here, Yeshua says he has a different name from his God and has a new name. How is it possible that Yahweh who wouldn’t change his name, changed his name and has a God?

    • Firstly, thank you for commenting! Sorry it has taken a while for me to reply back, I kind of dropped the ball with the blog because my senior year started, but I plan on coming back and posting!
      Secondly, I will do my best to try and pose an answer to your question, but I am definitely not an expert! Haha Well, your question is definitely a good one and I have spent quite a while sitting here pondering it and researching. (As a sidenote: I use the King James version of the Bible and it uses the term “the LORD God” in Exodus 3:15, also Exodus 3:14 says that his name is “I AM” and verse 15 may be referring to that name, not sure if that is too relevant but I felt like mentioning it!)
      I think I have a grasp of what I want to say but I doubt I will be able to write it out in an understandable way, but I will try! In Rev 3:12 I think it is the “God (who) was manifest in the flesh” (Tim 3:16) (aka: in the trinity this would be Jesus the “son” of God, but in oneness I think of this as the fleshly form of Jesus/God) who was speaking the words and he was referring to “my God” as the spirit of God within him as he is human. Does that make sense to anyone other than me? Haha I am trying! I definitely don’t think it means that God has a God! It is just him in his earthly form referring to himself in his “fatherly” nature.
      As for the new name issue, I think the Rev 3:12 is referring to the name that God with give His people as mentioned in Rev 19:12 “he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” This new name is obviously unknown to us and is only known by God right now, so I feel that his new name will only be revealed after this world has ended and his reign begins. My thought is that this new name is just another one that his choosen people will use after death, and his name mentioned in Exodus 3:15 is the name that people will refer to him by on earth.
      I hope I am right, but if anyone reads this and has another idea please feel free to comment and help both Daniel and I out!! Daniel, I hope I have answered your question if even a tiny bit! I really, really tried! 🙂

  2. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” (Deuteronomy 6:4, KJV 1900)
    In order to be sure one is gaining through exegesis what God is saying instead of reading into a verse, word or concept what we want it to say it is wise to consider how the word is used in other instances and if what we think it means is justified by its usage.
    With this thought in mind I will look at some further examples of the word Hebrew word ehad’s usage which is translated as one in the Shema.

    “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, KJV 1900)

    They are two people yet called one! Same word, used by the same writer. This example of prior usage, a prime example of the law of first mention which can be what sets the tone for a correct understanding in later passages, by the writer of the Shema has great meaning. It proves this was not a word that underwent a cultural change in meaning via the passage of time.

    “And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle.” (Exodus 36:13, KJV 1900)

    Multiple items combined to create the tabernacle and when coupled together it becomes one. It is not one until they are all joined.

    These types of examples could go on more however it is plain to see that the use of the word ehad, or one, is not necessarily tied to the concept of a single one but is often used in a manner congruent with the theological concept some refer to as a complex unity.

    The Lord alone shall be your God and you shall have no other was the issue of that day when many gods were competing for the attention of the Israeli’s. The reality of this thought is seen clearly in Moses response to the golden calf.
    love, earl

  3. As some thoughts directed to Jesus’s words in Mark 12:29 seem fair and necessary to your article let us be wise and consider this verse first.

    “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, there am I: And now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, Which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:16–17, KJV 1900)

    We find that the person in reference was there from the beginning. This is referring to Jesus. He is the first and the last as it is written in Revelation chapter 1 the one who was dead and is now alive. Then Isaiah writes that another person, the LORD GOD sent him (Jesus). Obviously in no way could one misconstrue the simplicity of that statement as having the intent of referring to ones self. It is clearly a different person being alluded to. Then we have Isaiah saying there is yet a third being involved in this conversation, His Spirit.
    In light of the clarity of this verse alone and with knowledge that perfect understanding of Scripture rightly divided was a defining trademark of Jesus ministry on earth one must assume that Jesus knew of Isaiah’s revelation of the godhead and understood perfectly its clear implication. One could never take as his intent the thought that when Jesus said ‘the Lord He is one’ in Mark 12 it was in fact Jesus arguing against a Trinitarian belief. If he was it would have in fact been a testimony that error was in Scripture thanks to Isaiah. That however was not the issue at all. The issue was that the Lord constantly had to warn the Jews, and ultimately all He would call, to not go after foreign gods. He is a jealous God and His demand for love comingled with utter loyalty has always been at the forefront of how He taught those he wanted as what MUST be foremost in properly interacting with Him. This is the purpose of the first commandment!
    “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:29–30, KJV 1900)

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