1.0.2c Carnal Reformed Protestant Covenant ‘Theology’ stripped of “SENTIMENTAL WORKS” is QUITE GOD-HONORING.

I believe we have seen that
‘Protestant Reformed Carnel-Covenant ‘theology’

BLOWS IT & is Non-Bilblical, with regard to
The “Sentimentality” Over-Layed onto Bible Truth.

And that “Sentimentality” is?

It is understandably “Sentimental” to feel,
as a human being, and to then say,
“I want my baby SAVED”.

O.K.

Got it.

That is “Sentimental” enough.

That is the “flesh”.

Everyone understands.

The Eternal Reality of The Bible is Spiritual,
however, not “Sentimental”.

God Says and God IS WHO GOD SAYS HE IS
and NOT what “Sentimental”
individual human beings
THINK He might be………….

A human being is lost in their Natural State of having been born in a sinful condition.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR.

When you Understand:
JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR,

WE SHOULD LOOK TO JESUS FOR SALVATION.

God is the One Who Said
our “works are as filthy rags”.

For a HUMAN BEING to “COME UP WITH”
some hairy idea about “WORKING TO GET THERE”,

such as, “WE ARE ALL WORKING TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE”, is INFINITELY INCORRECT.

Eternal Salvation is not of “works”, but “OF GOD”.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR.

Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’ is closely connected
with “five-point” Calvinistic theology,
though not to be equated with such.

Again, do we teach ‘a man named Calvin’,
or THE HOLY SCRIPTURES of GOD?

If I were you,
I’d teach ‘One-Hundred and Twenty-Five Point’
theology, for starters, if you want to Teach.

So, let’s see what else this name,
Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’ has to say for itself.

THEIR REMAINING THEOLOGY IS BIBLICAL.

They don’t know what a ‘church’ is and The Westminster Confession of Faith goes into a ‘church’ being ‘cathiloc’, which means ‘universal’.

And that a ‘church’ is ‘invisable’.

Sure, that is a confusion with what The Kingdom of God is and just means, they don’t know what a ‘church’ is, by Bible definition.

A ‘Called Out Assembly’ is a church,
whether that ‘church’ is a civil congragation,
or a religious organization.

A ‘Local, Particular, Congregation
of Called Out souls, who have Assembled together’, is the Bible definition of a ‘church’,
in every verse it is mentioned, without exception.

There are ‘civil churches’ mentioned in the Bible.
where the same Greek word is used.

“Invisable” ?, “Universal” ? “Catholic” ???

I’ve never seen that in the Bible,
although I understand some of the verses
that cause them to jump and say
they automatically slap you
into some other bunch of other meanings,

Nope.

Let God Be God.

The Bible Teachings concerning
THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT
is an Extrodinary Privilege to Receieve.

Some of the prominent features
of Carnal-Covenant theology
THAT ARE ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS
of POSITIVE ETERNAL TRUTH, include:

(1) the idea of a common “Covenant of Grace,”

(2) emphasize on the singular
collective “people of God,”

(3) unity and uniformity of God’s people
and the Bible.

A single, over-all,
Everlasting “Covenant of Grace”
is postulated by ‘Carnal-Covenant theology’
AND IS NOT ‘CARNAL’.

ADDING A “SACRIMENT”,
or “ORDINACE” OBSERVANCE TO “GOD’S COVENANT of GRACE” IS CARNAL.

The mention of an “Everlasting Covenant”
in Genesis 17:7,13,19
serves as the basis for this single,
unified covenant,
within which a series of subordinate covenants
are said to build upon one another
so as to culminate in the “New Covenant.”

Even so, the Old and New Covenants
are not viewed as two separate covenants,
but only as
two forms of the one “Covenant of Grace.”

ONE ETERNAL AGREEMENT
PROMISED by THE TRIUNE GODHEAD,
from ETERNITY PAST.

The progressive sequence
of subordinate covenants includes

(1) the Covenant of works (Gen. 1,2)
in the Garden of Eden
with the promise of perfect environment,
MADE TO ADAM, WHEN HE DID NOT POSSESS ‘SIN’, But was Capible of Sinning and did.

(2) the Adamic Covenant (Gen. 3)
with the first Promise of a Savior,

(3) the Noahic Covenant (Gen. 6-9)
with the Promise
to never to destroy the Earth by flood again,

(4) the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12-35)
with the promise of multitudinous “seed,”

(5) the Mosaic Covenant (Exod. 19-24)
with the promise of grace,

(6) the Davidic Covenant (II Sam. 7:1-16)
with the Promised throne of David, and

(7) the New Covenant (Heb. 8:8)
which fulfills the Promise of Jeremiah 31:31
and God’s Ultimate Purpose for an “elect people”

BROUGHT INTO a Covenant Relationship
with Himself,
AT SOME POINT IN TIME, THROUGHOUT HISTORY,

WHEN THEY HEAR of THE MESSAGE
of THE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST

and THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD ENABLES THEM
TO SPIRITUALLY BELIEVE,
by Bringing their LOST SOUL,
from Spritiual Deadness
and Darkness and Blindness,
to LIGHT, and SPIRITUAL BELIEF..

This Revelation from God
and emphasis on “Covenant”
Serve to cast God’s dealings with man
into a legal, judicial, contractual framework
THAT IS ONE-SIDED.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR.

GOD THE FATHER PROMISES SALVATION.

THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES SALVATION EFFECTIVE
within the SOUL of The Newly Created
SPIRITUAL BELIEVER.

Is God the ultimate “legal contractor”
who keeps adding clauses to the contract?

No. One Promise. One Eternal Agreement.

Different Administrations
of The One Eternal Covenant of Grace.

Does the whole framework of legality
diminish the dynamic and Ontological Essence
of God’s Function?

GOD’S FUNCTION is Expressed
in His Eternal Covenant of Giving Grace,
of Salvation Through The Substitutionary Sacrifice of His Perfect Son.

GOD’S FUNCTION is BASED on HIS LEGAL PROMISE.

Does the covenantal and legal framework
lend itself to external behavioral legalism?

Not unless you start ADDING
the “works” of Ordinances
and ANY OTHER ‘BEAD COUNTING’
or ‘FLOWER SELLING’ ACTIVITY of FALLEN SOULS.

A second prominent feature of Covenant theology is the focus upon the “people of God.”

God, the Father, Chose a “people” for Himself;

The Son Agreed to Pay the penalty for their sin;

The Holy Spirit Agreed to Apply
the Benefits of the Son’s Work
to the “people of God.”

THAT IS EXACTLY TO CASE, BIBLICALLY,
from EACH and EVERY PASSAGE of SCRIPTURE.

Does this not divide the Godhead
into work assignments?

The Agreement, or Eternal Covenant Promise
Among the Persons of The Godhead, by Office,
is The Whole Coucil and The Manifold Wisedom
of The Triune Godhead.

Divinity is never ‘divided’.

Does God need a “people” so necessarily
as to become contingent on man for such?

Man is a sinful God-Hating, enemy of God,
after The Fall of Adam into a Natural State of Sin.

Noone would ever ‘Come to God’,
unless God Chose them and Drew them
to Himself, by The Almighty Power
of God The Holy Spirit.

“Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD
Appeared to him from afar,

Saying, “I Have Loved you with an Everlasting Love; Therefore I Have Drawn you with Lovingkindness.”

Does the sociological collectivism
of an identified “people”
overshadow the individual response to God in Faith?

You Must Be Born Again.

Once an Individual lost soul is BORN AGAIN and ADOPTED into The Family of God, the rationalization of sociological collectivism
is interesting, but Salvation of The Soul
is DIRECT BY GOD.

Does the Application of “Benefits”
adequately explain the Life and Work
of Jesus Christ?

The Blessing of Grace to an Individual Soul,
by The Eternal Salvation of Jesus Christ, The Savior,
is ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD.

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1.0.2b Carnal Reformed Protestant Covenant ‘Theology’. “BAPTISM” DOES NOT COUNT FOR YOU, or YOUR BABY’S, “RELATIONSHIP to GOD”.

Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’;
is my term for this Flesh-Inspired Intrusion
upon a Proper Interpretation
of THE REVELATION to MANKIND,
by OUR CREATOR GOD.

‘Revising’, or ‘Reforming’ ideas about The Bible
would be a good thing,

if God Hadn’t ALREADY HAD HIS WITNESS
in HIS CHURCHES THROUGHOUT HISTORY
that EXISTED
FROM THE MOMENT JESUS FOUNDED THEM
and
PROMISED HE WOULD BE WITH THEM, ALWAYS.

Jesus’ churches have Existed
since Jesus Founded them

and ‘The Roman Catholic’ System of Religion
was Invented 100% as a COUNTERFEIT
of JESUS’ Divinely Founded church Organization.

So, ‘going FROM Roman Catholicism’,

‘BACK TO THE TRUTH’ IS NOT NECESSARY.

THE TRUTH HAS BEEN HERE ALL ALONG,
without Satan’s Counterfeit.

Bible Study IS WHERE GOD’S TRUTHS ARE.

The Bible just CAN NOT BE BOUND
to A MAN-MADE SYSTEM
that has been used by Satan
to ROB The BLESSINGS of GOD’S TRUTHS
and REVELATIONS,
under the ‘trick’ of ‘a need to Reform’, in this case.

Of course, ABANDONING
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC COUNTERFEIT
of THE CHURCHES JESUS BUILT
IS FULLY and ABSOLUTLY ADVISABLE.

However, GOD Did Not ‘Start’
with something ‘Roman Catholic’,
to ‘REFORM”
and….?

Neither should we.

That’s like listening
to the Predetermined Lies
of The Intensionally Deceptive
Mockingbird Project media

and then working back with,

‘O.K., that was their best, World-Class,
C.I.A. Psychological Warfair,

now let’s try to see what’s wrong with it
and why it is a Bunch of Lies….’

Why?

Why? the FAKE MIDDLEMAN???

GIVE ME WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON, FIRST.

THEY WOULD JUST MESSING ME UP
and WASTING MY LIFE.

I don’t need to watch Satan ‘Social Engineer’ me,
through their service for him…..

Same with The Bible and Truth.

GO GET IT.

THE BIBLE IS UNDERSTANDABLE
and T E A C H A B L E……

So, YOU WILL KNOW WHAT GOD HAS SAID.

“HEREIN WE DO KNOW”.

“I John 5:13; I have written these things to you
who Believe in the Name of the Son of God,
so that you may know that you have Eternal Life.”

“John 1:12
But to all who did Receive Him,
to those who Believed in His Name,
He gave the right to become children of God–”

“John 5:24
Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever Hears My Word
and Believes Him Who Sent Me has Eternal Life

“and will not come under Judgment.
Indeed, he has crossed over from Death to Life.”

“John 20:31
But these are Written so that you may Believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

“and that by Believing
you may have Life in His name.”

“1 John 1:2
And this is the Life that was Revealed;
we have seen it and Testified to it,

“and we Proclaim to you The Eternal Life
that was with the Father and was Revealed to us.”

“1 John 2:25
And this is the Promise
that He Himself Made to us: Eternal Life.”

“1 John 3:23
And this is His Commandment:
that we should Believe
in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ,
and we should Love one another
just as He Commanded us.”

“1 John 4:9
This is how God’s Love was Revealed among us: God Sent His One and Only Son into the World,
so that we might Live through Him.”

“1 John 5:11
And this is that Testimony:
God has Given us Eternal Life,
and this Life is in His Son.”

“1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God
has Come and has Given us Understanding,

“so that we may Know Him who is True;
and we are in Him Who is True-
-in His Son Jesus Christ.
He is the True God and Eternal Life.”

Our concern is when ‘people’ have ‘Created’
other over-lying ‘Peramators’,
or ‘Drawing Conclusions’, in one area that…..?

“Cause the need for Another Gospel” ?!?!?..

…..”To Make it Work”,
within those specific artificial ‘Parameters’.

See?, it can be DECEPTIVE.

Not good.

Can’t do that.

We already know.

AND WE ALL USE THE SAME BIBLE.

LET’S LOOK AT IT.

Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’
is also referred to as “Reformed theology”
and occasionally as “Federal theology.”

Reformed theology
is not equivalent to Reformation theology.

In their protestation
against the theology of Roman Catholicism,
Martin Luther and John Calvin, among others,

developed distinctive theological interpretations, so that Lutheran theology and Calvinistic theology, which call ‘Reformation theology’
both existed
prior to Reformed or Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’.

It was not until the seventeenth century
that a systematized theology
based upon the idea of “covenant” developed.

So, THIS ‘SYSTEM’ is a Late-Arrival,
which should be the tale-tale sign
of any Man-Made INVENTION,
regarding Man-Made ‘Religion’.

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) from Scotland,
and Johannes Cocceius (1603-1669) of Holland, were both instrumental in the establishment of Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’.

It became firmly entrenched
in Reformed Protestant theology

after the Church of Scotland
(Note: Not THE church that Jesus Built)
accepted the Westminster Confession in 1647,

which incorporated the idea of federal
or Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’
into a creedal statement for the first time.

The socio-political climate
in which these ideas germinated is important.

In the seventeenth century,
the European societies were breaking free
from the old feudalistic system of governance.

There was strong emphasis
on national sovereignty
and on social contracts or “covenants”
to defend national freedom.

Immediatly, here we begin to see
the prevailing ‘climate’
and thinking of these Individuals

was ‘geared’ toward accepting ‘Covenants’
as a Great Thing
that could serve to Help and Preserve them.

Societal and moral law was emphasized
to maintain these new social structures,
which should have never been blead over
into The Spirit and Liberty of God’s Freedom.

These sociological and cultural factors
lent themselves to the development
of a corresponding political theology
which emphasized law
and covenant and sovereignty.

So, ‘political’ concepts
are permitted to ‘color’ God’s Word
and their approach to Understanding
what God Has Revealed, in The Holy Scriptures.

Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’
has been conducive to political enmeshment throughout its history,
as is evidenced by the contemporary resurgence
of “theonomy” and “reconstructionism.”

Theonomy is a view of Christian ethics
associated with Christian Reconstructionism

(making The World into a Christian Society,
as if that is what God Revealed would Happen,
when God Revealed:

HE WILL RE-CREATE
a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH, not us).

Theonomy is most noted for its attempts
to show how the ethical standards
of the Old Testament
are applicable to modern society,
including the Standing Laws of the Old Testament, as well as its general ethical principles.

Again, forcing a Fleshly idea of ‘Laws are Good’,
FROM GOD’S INTENSION
for those Laws in The Old Testament Economy

and His FIRST Administration,
in The Old Testament,
of HIS ONE OVERALL,
ETERNAL, COVENANT of GRACE,

‘onto’ Individual and Societies,
in God’s NEW TESTAMENT ECONOMY and
His SECOND, “NEW” TESTAMENT
and ADMINISTRATION, by The Triune Godhead,
of THE ONE ETERNAL COVENANT of GRACE.

That is simply a Flawed, Short-sided, error.

Theologians and authors
identified with Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’
include Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758),
Charles Hodge (1797-1878),
Philip Mauro, Albertus Pieters, Oswald Allis, William Cox, Anthony Hoekema, Herman Ridderbos and John Murray, as well as many others.

These fine teachers have many fine teachings.

THIS IS WHERE Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’
BECOMES AN ISSUE,

BY ‘CREATING’ ANOTHER GOSPEL
WITHOUT TO USE of GOD’S WORD,

FROM: The Westminster Confession of Faith:

http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

“Chapter XXVII.

“I. Sacraments are holy signs
and seals of the covenant of grace,[1]”

As a ‘Proof’ of The Westminster Confession of Faith,
we have Romans 4:11 given;

“[1] ROMANS 4:11

“And he received the sign of circumcision,
a seal of the righteousness of the faith
which he had yet being uncircumcised:

“that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised;
that righteousness
might be imputed unto them also.”

This is a Bible view of Romans 4:11
outlined in context:

from http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/romans/4.htm

The case of accounting anything
to another for righteousness,

is illustrated by two sorts of persons,
who have different things accounted to them,

and in a different manner;

to the worker, the reward is reckoned of debt,
and not of grace, Romans 4:4,

“Romans 4:4; Now to him that worketh
is the reward not reckoned of Grace, but of debt.

but to the Believer that works not,
his Faith, as Abraham’s was,
is counted for Righteousness;

5 But to him that worketh not,
but Believes on Him that Justifies the ungodly,
his Faith is Counted for Righteousness.”

whence it follows,
that not the worker is justified by his works,
but the believer by the righteousness of faith;

and this is confirmed by a testimony of David
in Psalm 32:1,
by which the apostle proves
the imputation of righteousness without works,
in which the happiness of men consists,
in Romans 4:6,

“Romans 4:6; Even as David also
describeth the blessedness of the man,
unto whom God imputeth righteousness
apart from {without} works,”

and shows, that this happiness
does not belong to circumcised persons only,
but to the uncircumcised also;

“Romans 4:7; Saying, Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered.

“Romans 4:8; Blessed is the man
to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

and therefore is not by circumcision,
but by faith, Romans 4:9,

“Romans 4:9; Cometh this blessedness, then,
upon the circumcision only,
or upon the uncircumcision also?

Because we say that Faith
was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.”

and which he proves
by observing the time when Faith
was reckoned to Abraham for Righteousness;
not when he was circumcised,
but before, Romans 4:10,

“Romans 4:10; How was it then reckoned?

When he was in circumcision,
or in uncircumcision?

Not in circumcision,
but in uncircumcision.”

the use of which circumcision to him
was to assure him,
that he should be the father
of uncircumcised Gentiles that Believed,

to whom Righteousness should be imputed,
as to him when he was uncircumcised,
Romans 4:11,

“Romans 4:11;

And he received the sign of circumcision,
a seal of the righteousness of the faith

which he had yet being uncircumcised,
that he might be the father
of all them that believe,

though they be not circumcised,
that righteousness
might be imputed unto them also;”

who are described by their imitation of his faith, which he had,
and exercised before his circumcision,
in Romans 4:12;

“Romans 4:12; And the father of circumcision
to them who are not of the circumcision only,

“but who also walk
in the steps of that Faith of our father, Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.”

….

Now, secondly;

The Westminster Confession of Faith
‘presents’ Genesis 17:7-10,

along with Romans 4:11, above,
as their ‘proofs’ of “Chapter XXVII.

“I. Sacraments are holy signs
and seals of the covenant of grace,[1]”

“GEN 17:7 And I Will Establish My Covenant

between Me and you and your seed after you
in their generations for an Everlasting Covenant,
to be a God unto you, and to your seed after you.

…”10 This is My covenant, which you will keep,

between Me and you and your seed after you;
Every man child among you will be circumcised.”

This chapter 17 of Genesis

from http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/genesis/17.htm

treats of a Covenant Made, by God, with Abram,
sometimes called the Covenant of Circumcision,

and the time when God Appeared to Abram,
and Promised to Make
the Covenant of Circumcision, and did,

in Genesis 17:1;

the particulars of the Covenant of Circumcision, both with respect to himself,
whose name was now changed,
and to his posterity, Genesis 17:4;

the token of the Covenant of Circumcision, circumcision, the time of its performance,
and the persons obliged to it,
in Genesis 17:9;

So, we have The Westminster Confession of Faith

COMBINING;

“ROMANS 4:11

“And he received the sign of circumcision,
a seal of the Righteousness of the Faith…”

WITH;

“GEN 17:7 And I Will Establish My Covenant

between Me and you and your seed after you
in their generations for an Everlasting Covenant,
to be a God unto you, and to your seed after you.

…”10 This is My covenant, which you shall keep,

between Me and you and your seed after you;
Every man child among you will be circumcised.”

TO ‘CREATE’;

I. Sacraments are holy signs
and seals of the covenant of grace,[1]”

That is their Beginning Statement;
and their ‘Premise’.

However, as you continue reading
the remainder of their Point I, above,

and the following Point II, III, IV, etc., below,

DO THEY SOUND LIKE THE BIBLE DOES, HERE…:

“Romans 4:6; Even as David also
describeth the Blessedness of the man,
unto whom God Imputed Righteousness
apart from {without} works,”

and shows, that this happiness
does not belong to circumcised persons only,
but to the uncircumcised also;

“Romans 4:7; Saying, Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered.

“Romans 4:8; Blessed is the man
to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

The Westminster Confession of Faith
Point Ib:

“immediately instituted by God,[2]

( THIS? ): Sacraments are holy signs
and seals of the covenant of grace,[1]”

Point 1c: “to represent Christ and His benefits;
and to confirm our interest in Him:[3]

(CONFIRM OUR INTEREST IN HIM?)

Point 1e: “as also, to put a visible difference
between those that belong unto the Church
and the rest of the world;[4]

Point 1f: “and solemnly to engage them
to the service of God in Christ,
according to His Word.[5]

The Westminster Confession of Faith
goes on to their sub-section II, of Chapter XXVII:

“II. There is, in every sacrament,
a spiritual relation, or sacramental union,”

WHERE DID THIS “RELATIONSHIP” COME FROM
THAT IS “SPIRITUAL”??

THAT HAS TO DO WITH “A SACRAMENT”,
or “Ordinance”, like Circumcision, or Baptism ?????

WE DIDN’T SEE IT HERE, IN THE BIBLE:

WE DO SEE THE OPPOSITE:

“Romans 4:6; Even as David also
describeth the Blessedness of the man,
unto whom God Imputed Righteousness
apart from {without} works,”

and shows, that this happiness
does not belong to circumcised persons only,
but to the uncircumcised also;

“Romans 4:7; Saying, Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered.

“Romans 4:8; Blessed is the man
to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

DO YOU SEE A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS SPIRITUAL. BETWEEN the “WORKS”, by an Individual,

when Participating in a “Sacrament”, or Ordinance,
like Circumcision, or Baptism, in THE BIBLE ???

Again, The Westminster Confession of Faith
goes on to their sub-section II, of Chapter XXVII:

“IIa. There is, in every sacrament,
a spiritual relation, or sacramental union,”

IIb: between the sign and the thing signified:
whence it comes to pass,

that the names and effects of the one
are attributed to the other.[6]

????????????????????????????????????

“A UNION “? “A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP” ?

“Between the SIGN
being “Circumcision”, or “Baptism”,

and the thing signified;

THAT IS THE BLOOD SACRIFICE of JESUS CHRIST
signified by Circumcision,

and

THE DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
of JESUS CHRIST signified by “Baptism”.

“A RELATIONSHIP, SPIRITUALLY,
BETWEEN “THE SIGN” being Performed, by Circumcision, or Baptism

and the Actual

THE BLOOD SACRIFICE of JESUS CHRIST
signified by Circumcision,

and

THE DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
of JESUS CHRIST
signified by “Baptism”.

“A UNION” ?????

WHAT ?????

NOW, LOOK:

Again, The Westminster Confession of Faith
goes on to their sub-section III, of Chapter XXVII:

“III. The grace which is exhibited in
or by the sacraments rightly used,
is not conferred by any power in them;

neither does the efficacy of a sacrament
depend upon the piety or intention of him
that does administer it:[7]

but upon the work of the Spirit,[8]

I’M SORRY, But Did you Know,
“The Work of The Spirit” takes place
and is “conferred” by ‘the sacraments rightly used?’

I didn’t and don’t and never will.

The writings of men
THAT ARE NOT BIBLICAL
MUST BE DISMISSED OUT of HAND.

Good bye.

…And that The Holy Spirit “confers WHAT?
by ‘the sacraments rightly used’ ????

The Westminster Confession of Faith
in their sub-section III, of Chapter XXVII,
that we are reading, says:

“III. The grace…. ”

I’m through.

That’s BLASPHEME.

You can read and reference the remainder of their “Confession”, but I have NO USE FOR IT.

……………………….

The Westminster Confession of Faith
goes on to their sub-section III, of Chapter XXVII:

“and the word of institution,
which contains,
together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers.[9]

“IV. There are only two sacraments
ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel;

that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any,
but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained.[10]

“V. The sacraments of the Old Testament
in regard to the spiritual things
thereby signified and exhibited, were,
for substance, the same with those of the new.[11]”

Forget them….

“Romans 4:4; Now to him that works*
is the reward not Reckoned of Grace, but of debt.

but to the Believer that works not,
his Faith**, as Abraham’s was,
is Counted for Righteousness;

“5 But to him that works not,
but Believes on Him that Justifies the ungodly,
his Faith is Counted for Righteousness.”

* an individual’s “work”, by an ACTIVITY
on The PART of MAN,

such as The Administration of an Ordinance,
like “Circumcision”, or Baptism” are:

“works … not Reckoned of Grace, but of debt”.

works … not COUNTED of Grace, but of debt.

** The Believer Has FAITH in The Actual

THE BLOOD SACRIFICE of JESUS CHRIST
signified by Circumcision,

and

THE DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
of JESUS CHRIST
signified by “Baptism”

and:

“Believes on Him that Justifies the ungodly,
his Faith is Counted for Righteousness.”

when they:

“Believe on Him that Justifies the ungodly,
his Faith is RECKONED for Righteousness.”

….

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR “BAPTISM”
TO COUNT FOR YOU, or YOUR BABY’S,

“RELATIONSHIP, SPIRITUALLY”
and a “UNION” with GOD,

as if You Place Yourself, or a Loved One,
into Some “Covenant Agreement” He Has Made,

THEN THAT IS AN ETERNALLY FATAL MISTAKE.

“Romans 4:4; Now to him that works
is the reward not Reckoned of Grace, but of debt.

but to the Believer that works not,
his Faith**, as Abraham’s was,
is Counted for Righteousness;

“5 But to him that works not,
but Believes on Him that Justifies the ungodly,
his Faith is Counted for Righteousness.”

Strong’s Concordance

logizomai: to reckon, to consider

Original Word: λογίζομαι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: logizomai
Phonetic Spelling: (log-id’-zom-ahee)

Short Definition: reckon, count, decide

Definition: reckon, count, charge with; reason, decide, conclude; think, suppose.

HELPS Word-studies

3049 logízomai
(the root of the English terms “logic, logical”) –

properly, compute, “take into account”;
reckon (come to a “bottom-line”),
i.e. reason to a logical conclusion (decision).

“Come now, Let Us Reason Together,
Says the LORD:

” though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;

“though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”

Isaiah 1:18.

“I John 5:13; I have written these things to you
who Believe in the Name of the Son of God,
so that you may know that you have Eternal Life.”

“John 1:12
But to all who did Receive Him,
to those who Believed in His Name,
He gave the right to become children of God–”

“John 5:24
Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever Hears My Word
and Believes Him Who Sent Me has Eternal Life

“and will not come under Judgment.
Indeed, he has crossed over from Death to Life.”

“John 20:31
But these are Written so that you may Believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

“and that by Believing
you may have Life in His name.”

“1 John 1:2
And this is the Life that was Revealed;
we have seen it and Testified to it,

“and we Proclaim to you The Eternal Life
that was with the Father and was Revealed to us.”

“1 John 2:25
And this is the Promise
that He Himself Made to us: Eternal Life.”

“1 John 3:23
And this is His Commandment:
that we should Believe
in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ,
and we should Love one another
just as He Commanded us.”

“1 John 4:9
This is how God’s Love was Revealed among us: God Sent His One and Only Son into the World,
so that we might Live through Him.”

“1 John 5:11
And this is that Testimony:
God has Given us Eternal Life,
and this Life is in His Son.”

“1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God
has Come and has Given us Understanding,

“so that we may Know Him who is True;
and we are in Him Who is True-
-in His Son Jesus Christ.
He is the True God and Eternal Life.”

John 6:44
“No one can come to Me
unless the Father Who Sent Me Draws him,
and I Will Raise him up at The Last Day.”

Deuteronomy 4:37
“Because He Loved your fathers,
therefore He Chose their descendants after them.

And He Personally Brought you from Egypt
by His Great Power,”

Deuteronomy 7:8
“but because the LORD Loved you
and Kept the Oath
which He Swore to your forefathers,

“the LORD Brought you out by a Mighty Hand
and Redeemed you from the house of slavery,
from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

Psalm 25:6
“Remember, O LORD,
Your Compassion and Your Lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.”

Hosea 11:4
“I Led them with cords of a man,
with Bonds of Love,

And I became to them
as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed them.”

Malachi 1:2
“I have Loved you,” says the LORD.
But you say, “How have You Loved us?”

“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have Loved Jacob;

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1.0.2a Everyone has some “reasoning about God”. ‘Theology’ means ‘GOD LOGIC’.

Everyone has some “reasoning about God,”


Adapted from:

“Dispensational” Theology,
“Covenant” Theology,
and
Christocentric Theology

A Comparison of Theological Systems

Noting the Overemphasis
on Continuity or Discontinuity
in the Major Theological Systems

and why, I, Alan Gross,
have NO USE for the First Two listed above…

©1999 by James A. Fowler. All rights reserved.

FULL ORIGINAL DOWNLOAD HERE:

http://www.ntslibrary.com/Online-Library-Dispensational-Covenant-Christocentric-Theology.htm

Everyone has some “reasoning about God”.

Everyone engages in Theology.

Everyone has a Theology.

The word “theology”
is derived from two Greek words,

‘theos’ is Greek meaning “God,”
and ‘logos’ is Greek meaning “word”

with the extended meanings of ‘logos’
being “reasoning” or “logic.”

GOD REASONING. GOD LOGIC.

Theology refers to “reasoning about God.”

Everyone has some “reasoning about God,” including the atheist
who rejects the “god” he has ‘reasoned’ about

(with a mind effected by sin, I might add from a Natural Sprirtual State of ‘Blindness’, or ‘Dead’)…

Christians embrace ‘reasoning about God’
and have a ‘God Logic’ attraction towards Theology.

Theology is intellectual and “Spiritual.”

Granted, there has been much theology
that has been nothing more
than academic exercises in “God-talk,”

but this ACTIVITY of THE CARNAL FLESH,
USING A MIND that is ‘REASONING’
UNDER THE PRINCIPAL of A FALLEN SINFUL NATURE

does not negate the legitimacy of genuine Theological consideration
which seeks Biblical Documentation
and Spiritual Understanding.

“DIVINE INTERPRETATION” is what I call it, when God Gives us His Words
to Campare with ALL of HIS BIBLE WRITTINGS,

to Understand WHAT GOD
WOULD HAVE US to UNDERSTAND.

THAT IS WHY,
in analyzing the Theological systems
that predominate today,
it is important that we remain
as objective as possible,

AND CONSTRUCTING
a FLAWED ‘SYSTEM’ of ‘Theology,
is EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO AVOID…

We do not want to misrepresent
what others believe.

We do not want to set up “straw men,”
which any wind-bag could blow down.

We do not want to engage
in ballistic brick-throwing
and unloving polemics against Christian peoples who hold differing Theological opinions.

But, THERE CAN ONLY BE
ONE INTERPRETATION OF ANY BIBLE PASSAGE.

Two, or Three ‘SYSTEMS’ ARE NOT GOING to EXIST
that ‘Each’ Give us GOD’S DIVINE INTERPRETATION.

That is Irrational.

That is Just as Irrational as saying,
“there are 4 ‘ways’ that people
look at The Book of Revelation”.

If so, 3, if not ALL 4, ‘ways’ are OFF.

Genuine and sincere Bible-believing Christians subscribe to varying Theological systems.

The sooner they get rid of, dismiss out of hand, and otherwise HAVE NO USE FOR a Flawed ‘Theological System’,

THE SOONER THEY’LL SEE
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.

Never do we want to “write someone off” and deny
that they are our Christian brother or sister because they organize their “belief-system” differently that we do,

provided they profess that Jesus is the Christ
and Have Received Him by Faith,

but THEY ARE THE WINNERS,
WHEN THEY SEE WHAT GOD SAYS.

Christian unity
is not uniformity of thought or ideology.

“IF THEY ARE NOT AGAINST US, THEY ARE FOR US”.

We seek a unity of Love
despite diversity of opinion, understanding, Interpretation or Theological explanation.

Our unity is in Christ,
not in theological constructions

AND, THEREFORE,
A “GOD The FATHER-CENTERED,
JESUS CHRIST-CENTERED,
HOLY SPIRIT-CENTERED”
Theological Construct” Sounds God-Honoring.

WHAT DOES
“GOD The FATHER,
JESUS CHRIST, GOD The SON, WHO is GOD,
and
GOD The HOLY SPIRIT”

SAY in THE BIBLE ????????

Have you ever heard of such a thing ???

I can agree that certain ‘System’ bring results
that ‘make sence’, within that ‘System’,
however,
if the ‘System’ is BUILT ON, or BASED ON,
or BEGUN, by assuming some ERROR,
then, it isn’t giving us RESULTS FROM GOD.

‘Smile America God Loves You’
is a bumper sticker, from a ‘Bible Convention’.

Psalm 5:5;
“The foolish will not stand in Your sight;
You Hate all workers of iniquity”
is from The Bible.

Problem?

Starting out with the first one

‘Smile America God Loves You’

may lead to the second one:

Psalm 5:5;
“The foolish will not stand in Your sight”.

The Problem is Infinite.

“What so and so fellow” came up with
as some bright idea
IS TO BE DISMISSED, OUT of HAND.

I defininently DO NOT CARE
“HOW MANY LINER NOTES THEY WROTE” !!!!!

In this study we will be considering
the two predominant Theological Systems
in conservative Christian Theology today

SO WE CAN FORGET THEM.

SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE THEIR FLAWS
and AVOID THEM, LIKE THE PLAUGE.

SATAN HAS INVENTED THEM
to ROB CHRISTIANS of THEIR BLESSING of GOD

TOOOO LOOOONG.

They have ‘names’ that I have modified,
to good use.

( Carnal-Covenant ‘theology’,
which is Correct in every Verse of The Bible,
until God’s Covenants,
which are PROMISES of GOD,

have someone Add ‘an ordinance’,
or religious ‘rite’, (cercumcision / baptism ),
as a way to ‘Get’ into God’s Covenant (?)

Then, we have an Eternally Fatal Flaw.

The Eternal Destination of the Soul is at RISK.

And, secondly, there is what I call,
DisspenFlesh-tional ‘theology’.

The number of different ‘gospels’
and ‘Returns of Jesus’
and vast bodies of Scripture it asks you to ignore

and the whole-cloth, man-made,
inventions of sin-cursed imagination
that have to be completely added out of thin air,
in DisspenFlesh-tional ‘theology’
are utterly ridiculious.

Not ‘utterly ridiculous’ from Satan’s perspective.

The Bible is taken away from and added to,
until it is one simple little ‘Christmas story’,
in many ways.

‘Jesus’ is taught ferociously by God-called
MEN of GOD, using these ‘Systems’,
but HOW MANY ‘JESUS-ES’ ???

Do unborn children that die go to Heaven?

Do divorced individuals
have a unforgivable sin? and no ‘Savior’?

Is Jesus Coming Back to Walk Around on Earth
Talking to a Bunch of Jews and other People that eventually tell Him to Get Lost?

Have you ever been to a Funeral
where the deceased didn’t go ‘to a Better Place’?

Then, the obvious false gospels of having a ‘baby’
in contact with water, in some fashion.

Where do these ideas come from, besides Satan and his influence on the reasonings of a person’s mind that is under the curse of the Fall of their Greatest Great Grand Dad, Adam?

They get pulled out of False Systems,
many of which may be Added into Bibles,
as liner notes, etc.,

of which Mr. Scofield, for one,
has learned A WORLD of DIFFERENCE,

upon his Entrance into Eternal Glory.

Don’t WE WANT THE TRUTH of GOD’S WORD, NOW?

Be Honest.

That’s the Rule.

We Must Simply Have
the Enabling of The Holy Spirit.

We Can Be HONEST WITH GOD’S WORD
AND BLESSED
AND PREACH JESUS to A LOST WORLD,

WHEN WE HAVE THE ETERNAL HONESTY
OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT ENABLING US.

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1.0.1e There IS a GOD. The True Reason for the General Acceptance of the Doctrine of the Existence of God.


Adapted from
Abstract of Systematic Theology
by
James Petigru Boyce, D. D., LL. D.

Full .PDF Download:
http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/SystematicTheology-Boyce.pdf

THEIR IS A GOD.
part 5

Aware of The GODHEAD 1.0.1e

There has been ALMOST UNIVERSAL
BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD,
WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

We suggest that:

1. This almost universal concurrence of men
in the BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD,
WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY,
ought to be ascribe primarily to tradition.
……

(2.) That Belief in the Existence of God
has been almost Universal
among in Individuals of mankind

has come down through all the ages,
shows that Belief in the Existence of God
has come in contact
with all the best thoughts
of the wisest of mankind.

That, in the study, of the Existence of God
the wisest and best,
even among the heathen,

have approached,
in their noblest conceptions,
of the Existence of God,

to what we believe we have Received
through the Revelation of God,

affords a convincing argument,
not only in favour of this noblest conception,
of the Existence of God,

but of the Divine Word which Reveals
the Existence of God.

The least that can be said is, that,
after being subjected
to every variety of thought,
and philosophical speculation,

this traditional belief,
in the Existence of God,

has maintained itself as Truth,
and convincingly withstood every objection
that has been brought
against it.

(3.) The variety of forms
in which ‘The Existence of God’
has appeared from these traditions

shows some universal cognition
of one or more Fundamental Truths
which has led all men
to believe in the Existence
of some kind of Divinity.

The variety of forms
in which ‘The Existence of God’
has appeared from these traditions

also teaches that,
through the knowledge
of no other additional Truth
than such as is afforded by the light of nature,

some have attained more correct ideas approximating to Bibe Revelation,
though in very different degrees,
of that True Knowledge
which is ONLY Attainable
through the Revelations of Holy Scripture.

(4.) Examples of these simplest Truths
are seen to be a common possession
of the higher heathen ideal,
and of Divine Revelation,

regarding the Continuance
or Maintenance of Life
in adverse circumstances
and the struggle for existence.

(5.) There is thus manifested, also,
the existence of that Knowledge of God in all men, which enforces the duty of Worship and Reverence, and Causes Accountability
to ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD.

(6.) The continuance of this belief
among those whose self-interest, because of sin, would naturally have led them to reject it,
is a strong proof of the sincerity
with which it has been held.

III. IS THE KNOWLEDGE
of THE EXISTENCE of GOD INNATE?

The Knowledge of the insufficiency
of mere tradition
to Prove the Truth of any Doctrine
leads us to seek some other ground
of this universal belief of mankind, in The Existence of God.

Tradition has been pointed out
as the ‘primary source’ of this Faith.

But Tradition is primary, in point of time only,
not as the ‘Real Cause’
of the general acceptance of the doctrine,
of the Existence of God
amoung all ages of Mankind,
as a Fact or State of a Divine Being

Neither does the belief in a God
arise from any of the various arguments
which have been devised for its support.

All men reach conviction on this subject
before they ever hear any discussion about it.

To the mass of men
the ‘arguments’ have been utterly unknown.

While these arguments are, therefore,
to be presented as ‘confirmatory proof’,
we must seek some other cause
for this continued general belief of man, in the Existance of God.

The True Reason
for the General Acceptance of the Doctrine,
of the Existence of God
amoung all ages of Mankind

is in the constitution of the human mind
that it naturally accepts as True
the idea the Existence of God,
as a Being, or Entity,
that the human mind has Attained of God,

and that human mind,
thus constituted
to accept the Existence of God as True,

then rests upon brief in His Existence,
as a Fact that ought not to be doubted.

1. This is generally expressed
by the statement that the idea of God is “innate.”

But the expression seems to be unfortunate.

(1.) There are no innate truths
in the ordinary acceptation of the word innate.

The mind possesses
no ideas independent of all suggestion,
or inward contemplation.

No ‘Truth’ becomes ‘Truth to the mind’,
until it is ‘perceived to be Truth.

(2.) If the idea of God were innate in the mind,
as this word is commonly understood,
that idea of a Divine Being Existing, as God,

would be as perfect in one man’s mind
as that idea of a Divine Being Existing, as God,
present in any other person’s mind.

However, there are evidently various degrees
of that idea of a Divine Being Existing, as God,
present in different people’s minds.

These different ideas
of a Divine Being Existing, as God,
present in different people’s minds,

therefore, must arise
from the different measures
of cultivation and thought,

as well as from the different circumstances
by which the elements
which compose those different ideas
of a Divine Being Existing, as God, suggested,
present in different people’s minds.

(3.) Inasmuch as the idea of God,
possessed by most men in Christian lands,
is the result of the Teachings of the Scriptures,

or at least
of the philosophical studies of men of thought,

and is therefore
one of the loftier conceptions of God,

when the innateness of such an idea
is urged as a reason for belief in God,
we are naturally met by the avowal,
on the part of many, if not all,
that they have no such innate idea.

(4.) Any ‘idea’ of God which we have
is not an idea of ‘CONCEIVING of GOD’,
as God Exists in His Divine Nature, HIMSELF,

but
any ‘idea’ of God which we have
is of certain ‘Relationships’
Existing between THE ONE and ONLY,
TRUE and LIVING, CREATIVE GOD,
and man,

or certain ‘Relationships’
Existing between THE ONE and ONLY,
TRUE and LIVING, CREATIVE GOD,
and the Universe,

or of THE ONE and ONLY,
TRUE and LIVING, CREATIVE GOD’S
Rrelation to certain facts
which we perceive
in connection with man and, or, the Universe.

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1.0.1d THEIR IS A GOD. Part 4. The most ignorant of men have been able to Grasp BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD.


Adapted from
Abstract of Systematic Theology
by
James Petigru Boyce, D. D., LL. D.

Full .PDF Download:
http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/SystematicTheology-Boyce.pdf

THEIR IS A GOD.
part 4

Aware of The GODHEAD 1.0.1d

There has been
ALMOST UNIVERSAL
BELIEF in
The EXISTENCE of GOD, WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

Belief in the Existence of God
has been almost universal
among in Individuals of mankind.

1. This almost universal concurrence of men
ought to be ascribe primarily to tradition.

Belief in God has been handed down
from parent to child
through out all past generations.

Some theologians are
unwilling to recognize this fact
or to accept it as
a cause of the universal belief in God.

Some have sought that cause
in the idea of God as innate in the mind.

Others have simply
rested upon other arguments
for God’s Existence,

and taken the universal consent of mankind
as evidence that this is not an idea
unnatural to them,

since
they have yielded ready assent
to the proofs of it commonly given.

But a recognition of the traditional teaching
will not weaken the argument that;

Belief in the Existence of God
has been almost universal
among in Individuals of mankind.

Even if a recognition of the traditional teaching
‘does’ weaken the argument that;

Belief in the Existence of God
has been almost universal
among in Individuals of mankind,

a recognition of the traditional teaching
is a fact which must be acknowledged.

In favor of
a recognition of the traditional teaching

that Belief in God has been handed down
from parent to child
through out all past generations

as the primary source
of this general belief in the Existence of God

it may be said,

(1.) That this is the natural manner
in which every child among us
learns about God.

Any given child’s own questionings,
or of their parent’s convictions
of the importance of this knowledge
cause this General Belief
in the Existence of God

to be imparted to a child at an early period,

and by this General Belief
in the Existence of God

being imparted to a child
by direct teaching of the fact
of the Existence of God, alone
without proof, of ‘the Existence of God’.

Next, this General Belief
in the Existence of God

as almost universal
among in Individuals of mankind,
may be seen to have derived by;

(2.) Information obtained by travellers,
and especially by Christian missionaries,

which teaches us that our own customs
agree with those of heathen nations,

as they also do
with those of Christendom in general.

(3.) This Information obtained by travellers,
and especially by Christian missionaries,
accounts for the fact, that,

while the belief has varied
at different times and places,

this General Belief
in the Existence of God

is held in the same form
by almost every one within a single nation
at a single period.

(4.) The uniformity, too,
in which this General Belief
in the Existence of God has continued
among any one people for many generations,
is also proof of traditional origin
of a General Belief
in the Existence of God

as having been handed down
from parent to child
through out all past generations

as the primary source
of this general belief in the Existence of God.

(5.) The general existence of belief
in the Existence of God.
may be found in a purer form
the nearer we approach
the origin of the race.

This shows that belief in a God
was the primeval belief of man,
and has thence been handed down
from father to son,
until it has reached our own age
and ourselves.

(6.) This accounts also for the fact that,
when that faith has been corrupted,

it has continued in the corrupted form

until some new mental or spiritual force
has arisen to introduce change,
and to give new shape to the belief
for some time to come.

2. For the belief in the Existence of God.
to be thus dependent
on this traditional teaching
is of great value
as proof of the truth of this Doctrine of:

ALMOST UNIVERSAL
BELIEF in
The EXISTENCE of GOD, WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

(1.) The ALMOST UNIVERSAL
BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD,
WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY’S
general prevalence

shows that this doctrine is suitable to all mankind.

BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD,
is a Doctrinal Teaching that,
though worthy of the wisest thought,

is NOT dependent upon
philosophical conceptions,
or abstract,
or logical reasoning for its acceptance.

The most ignorant of men
have been able to grasp

BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD.

It is like that
Teaching of the Great Master,

Whom
“the common people Heard gladly.”

There has been something,
in BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD

or connected with
BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD

that has made all men believe
in The EXISTENCE of GOD.

What this
BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD is
will be hereafter shown.

But the fact that this simple teaching,
of BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD,

from father to son,
throughout all the ages,

has been enough to make it dwell
as a powerful and controlling influence
in the hearts of the masses of mankind,

is a strong proof not only of its
Truth of The EXISTENCE of GOD,

but also that
BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD

Has Come from God,

Whose Universal Gifts
are of this Simple Nature,
Suitable to All.

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1.0.1c There is a God. Part 3. There has been ALMOST UNIVERSAL BELIEF in The EXISTENCE of GOD.


Adapted from
Abstract of Systematic Theology
by
James Petigru Boyce, D. D., LL. D.

Full .PDF Download:
http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/SystematicTheology-Boyce.pdf

THEIR IS A GOD.
part 3

Aware of The GODHEAD 1.0.1c

There has been
ALMOST UNIVERSAL
BELIEF in
The EXISTENCE of GOD, WORLD-WIDE, THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

Belief in the Existence of God
has been almost universal
among in Individuals of mankind

Although, the same Ideal of Perfection
Being a Characteristic in the Existence of God
has not been found everywhere.

Some have gone no farther
than to be moved
by the Sense of the Supernatural,
and to Believe in a Power
to which they are subject,
and
upon which they depend.

But at least this much
is to be found in the lowest,
forms of fetish worshippers.

Others have
multiplied the numbers
and forms of those
towards whom they have
felt this sense of dependence,
and have accepted
the existence of many gods.

Yet, among these polytheists,
( who ‘believe’ in many gods)
the traces of the One God
have not entirely disappeared,
for they have
referred the ‘many’ gods themselves
to One Originating Source.

Some, following too closely
the analogy of man’s nature,
have believed God
to be
the ‘animating soul’ of the world.

The Highest Spiritual
Conception of God
has been found only
in those Nations which have been
recipients of GOD’S REVELATION,
THE HOLY BIBLE.

But the most ancient records
show that, in the earliest times,
the knowledge possessed by all
was comparatively simple and pure.

So universal has been this belief,
in the Existence of God,
that but very few
of the millions of the Human Race
in all its Ages
have denied the Existence of God.

It has been questioned
whether these few have been deceived
as to their actual convictions,
or
have been insincere
in their avowal of Atheism;

because it has seemed
so impossible for man
not to believe in a God.

A greater number still
have been skeptical;
sometimes led
by wishes born of depravity
and sin,

but, also, sometimes misled
by philosophical speculations,
and apparently earnestly desirous
to know the Truth.

But the firm conviction
of Mankind in general
that this belief, in the Existence of God,
is unavoidable
in any man in his normal condition,

and that the absence of a belief,
in the Existence of God, is due
to some crushing out
or erasure of his
necessary moral capabilities,
is seen,

not only in the general horror
which men have for those
who profess Atheism,

but in the denial to such men,
in the most Civilized Societies,
of the right to testify
in the Courts of Justice.

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Bible Book 43: John 1:2; JESUS CHRIST is ‘WISDOM’, which is the Same as Saying, ‘JESUS is THE WORD’.

John 1:2

“The Same was in the Beginning with God.”

PROVERBS 8:

verse 1 “Does not ‘Wisdom’ Cry Out”

( with ‘Wisdom’ Being ‘Jesus’,
THE WORD WHO BECAME FLESH
and Dwelt Among us,

Spoken of here in Proverbs 8, as “I, WISDOM”,
THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,

The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

1 “Does not Wisdom Cry Out,
and understanding put forth her voice?

2 “She ( ‘understanding’)
stands at the top of high places,
by the wayside where the paths meet.

3 “She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city,
at the coming in at the doors:

4 “To you, O men, I”

( “I”, ‘WISDOM’, THE WORD WHO WAS with GOD),

“Call, and My Voice is to the sons of man.

5 O you simple, understand Wisdom”;

( ‘WISDOM’, THE WORD WHO WAS with GOD,
in The BEGINNING ),

“and ye fools,
be of an understanding heart.

6 “Hear, for I”

( WISDOM)

” Will Speak ”

( as THE ETERNAL WORD of GOD )

” of Excellent things,
and the Opening of My Lips ”

( the Very Lips of JESUS )

” Will Be of Right things;

7 “because My Mouth”

( JESUS CHRIST’S Actual. Physical Mouth )

” WIll Speak Truth,
and wickedness is an abomination to My Lips.

8 ” All the Words ”

( of THE ETERNAL WORD of GOD )

” All the Words of My Mouth are in Righteousness”;

( All The Words of, “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

9 “They are all Plain to him that understands,
and Right to them that Find Knowledge.

10 “Receive My ( JESUS’ ) Instruction”

( Receive JESUS’ Instruction, of WISDOM”,
from THE ETERNAL WORD,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“and not silver,
and Knowledge rather than choice gold;

11 “because wisdom is better than rubies,
and all the things that may be desired
are not to be compared to it.

12 “I, Wisdom,

( WISDOM and The WORD, JESUS,
ARE THE SAME.

“I, WISDOM” is THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“Dwell with Prudence,
and Disclose Knowledge of Learned Thoughts.

13 “The Fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
pride and arrogance and the evil way
and the perverse mouth do I Hate.”

( “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON

HATES EVIL, PRIDE, ARROGANCE
and perverse mouths )

14 “Counsel is Mine and Sound wisdom;
I Am Understanding, I Have Strength.

“WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

15 “By Me kings reign, and princes decree justice.”

( by “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

16 “By Me princes rule and nobles,
even all the judges of the earth.”

( by “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

17 “I Love them that Love Me,
and those that Seek Me early Will Find Me.”

( Find “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

18 “Riches and Honor are with Me,
yes, Durable Riches and Righteousness.”

( Riches and Honor are with “WISDOM”,
THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

19 ” My Fruit is Better than gold,
yes, than fine gold,
and My Revenue than choice silver.”

( “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

20 “I Lead in the Way of Righteousness,
in the midst of the Paths of Judgment,”

( I, “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

21 “that I May Cause those that Love Me
to Inherit Substance, and I Will Fill their treasuries.”

( I, “WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

22 “The LORD Possessed Me
at the Beginning of His Way,”

“WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“before His Works of Old”

( from ETERNITY PAST).

23 “I was Set Up from Everlasting,
from the Beginning, or The Earth ever was.”

( WISDOM, THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

24 “When there were no depths
I Was Brought Forth,”

( “I, WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“when there were
no fountains Abounding with water.

25 “Before the mountains were Settled,
before the hills was I Brought Forth, ”

( “I, WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
ETERNAL JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

26 “while as yet He Had Not Made The Earth,
nor the fields,
nor the first parts of dust of the world.

27 “When He Prepared the Heavens,
I was there;”

( WISDOM, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON )

“when He Set a Compass on the face of the deep,

28 “when He Established the clouds above,
when He Strengthened the fountains of the deep,

29 “when He Gave to the sea His Decree
that the waters
should not pass His Commandment,
when He Appointed the Foundations of the Earth

30 “then I Was by Him,
as One Brought Up with Him,
and I was Daily His Delight,
Rejoicing before Him, Always,”

“WISDOM”, THE ETERNAL WORD,
JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY,
The Second Member of The Triune Godhead,
God The SON

WAS “REJOICING BEFORE HIM, ALWAYS”)

31 “Rejoicing in the Habitable part of His Earth;
and My Delights were with the sons of men. ”

( Jesus’ Delights
HAVE ALWAYS BEEN with the sons of men,
God’s Chosen Children, from Eternity Past.)

32 “Now therefore Listen to Me,
O you children,
because Blessed are they that Keep My Ways.”

( LISTEN to THE ETERNAL WISDOM of THE WORD of GOD, JESUS CHRIST and KEEP JESUS’ WORDS )

33 “Hear Instruction and be Wise,
and refuse it not.

34 “Blessed is the man that Hears Me,
watching daily at My Gates,
waiting at the Posts of My Doors.”

( BLESSED ARE JESUS’ SHEEP, who Hear Jesus’ Voice and they Follow Him, in Watching and Waiting and Serving The Lord God, “WISDOM” )

35 “Because whosoever finds Me Finds Life,
and Will Obtain the Favor of the LORD.”

( JESUS IS … =… EQUALS… = ETERNAL LIFE.
whosoever finds JESUS,
The Eternal Word and Wisdom of God,
FINDS ETERNAL LIFE….)

36 “But he that sinneth against Me
wrongs his own soul;
all they that Hate Me love death.”

John 1:2

“The Same was in the Beginning with God.”

This SAME JESUS WAS in The BEGINNING with GOD,
and WAS WITH GOD
and IS GOD.

These words of John, in verse 2 of John chapter 1
are a repetition of what is said before,
in John 1:1;

“In The Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

and this repetition of;

“The Same was in the Beginning with God.”

is Made to Show
the Importance of the Truths Delivered;

in John 1:1;

“In The Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

The Important Eternal Truths Delivered;

in John 1:1, above. are namely,

The Eternital Existence of Jesus Christ,

Jesus Christ’s Distinct Personality,
as Revealed to us, as The SON of GOD,

and Jesus Christ’s Proper Deity;
as
The Second Member of
The Eternal Triune Godhead

This Statement, by John, in verse 2,

“The Same was in the Beginning with God”

which John repeated to express
the Importance of the Truths Delivered
in verse 1;
is also MADE HERE,
to ALSO BE JOINED to EACH of
the POSITIVE STATEMENTS of ETERNAL TRUTH,
in verse 1

“in The Beginning”,
is to be Joined to each of the above statements,
IN VERSE 1,

as we see in John 1:1;

“In the Beginning”

is JOINED to John 1:2

“The Same was in the Beginning”

NOTICE the WORDS, “In The Beginning”

JOINED to VERSE 1,
CREATING A BRACKET AROUND The ETERNAL STATEMENTS of TRUTH,

first in Verse 1;

John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

and Joining in
Around the second portion of John 1:2;

“The Same was in the Beginning with God”,

….

JOHN 1, verses 1 & 2 may be understood,
as God Saying to us;

John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word,
and In the Beginning the Word was with God,
and In the Beginning the Word was God.

John 1:2

“The Same was in the Beginning with God”.

….

JOHN 1, verses 1 & 2
Proves JESUS CHRIST’S Eternal Existence,

and not only
JESUS CHRIST’S Eternal Existence,

but JESUS CHRIST’S Eternal Existence
with God The Father.


JOHN 1, verses 1 & 2
also Proves JESUS CHRIST’S Eternal Deity,

as JESUS CHRIST
is also Made to Carry On
the Thread of the Discourse,
concerning the Word,
and not God the Father.

In the following verses, of John chapter 1,
JESUS Expresses to us,
not only JESUS CHRIST’S Co-Existence in Nature,
WITH GOD The FATHER,

but JESUS CHRIST’S Co-Operation
in the Works of Creation,
as they are mentioned next in John chapter 1.

FOOTNOTES:

F6 Apud Euseb. Prepar. Evangel. l. 11. c. 19.
F7 Stromat. l. 1. p. 274.
F8 Ib. p. 303.
F9 Ib. Paedagog. l. 2. c. 1. p. 150.
F11 Valer. Maxim. l. 8. c. 7.
F12 Apuleius de dogmate Platonis, l. 1. in principio.
F13 Apud. Euseb. Prepar. Evangel. l. 13. c. 12.
F14 Hesych. Miles. de Philosophis. p. 50.
F15 Prepar. Evangel. l. 11. c. 9.
F16 De Leg. Alleg. l. 2. p. 93. de Plant. Noe, p. 217. de Migrat. Abraham, p. 389. de Profugis, p. 466. quis. rer. divin. Haeres. p. 509.
F17 Targum Jon. in loc.
F18 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 54. 1. & Nedarim, fol. 39. 2. Pirke Eliezer, c. 3.
F19 De Allegor. l. 2. p. 99, 101. & de Somniis, p. 599.

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Bible Book 43: John 1:1 b,c; JESUS CHRIST is Wisdom, which is the Same as Saying, ‘THE WORD’ and is with God The Father in the Providential Government of the World.

John 1:1:

“In the Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

By “the Beginning” is here meant,
The Beginning of the World,
or The Beginning of The Creation of all things;

“In the Beginning was the Word”,
is Expressive of the Eternity of Jesus Christ,

Jesus Christ was in the Beginning,
and Jesus Christ was the Maker of all creatures,
and therefore Jesus Christ must be Before them all:

and it is to be Observed,
that it is Said of Jesus Christ,
that in the Beginning;

Jesus Crist was not Made,
as the Heavens and Earth were Created,

and Jesus Crist was not ‘Made’
the way the things in the Heavens and Earth
were Made;

nor was Jesus Christ merely Thought of,
as Being in the Purpose and Predestination of God,

but

Jesus Christ Really Existed as a Divine Person,

just as The Lord Jesus Christ did from all Eternity;

as Appears from
Jesus Christ being Set Up,
BY GOD THE FATHER,

to Be in The Office of GOD THE SON
from Everlasting;

Jesus Christ is seen here
as Really Existed as a Divine Person,
just as The Lord Jesus Christ did from all Eternity;

just as Jesus is seen Really Existing
as a Divine Person, in The Office of GOD THE SON,

from all the Elect being Chosen in Jesus Christ,
and Given to Him, BY GOD THE FATHER,
before The Foundation of the World;

Jesus Christ is also seen here
as Really Existed from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
as a Divine Person,

from The ETERNAL Covenant of Grace,
which is from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
THAT WAS MADE WITH JESUS CHRIST INVOLVED.

We see clearly, that Jesus Christ Really Existed
from ALL ETERNITY PAST,

from the Blessings and Promises of Grace,
Being Put and Placed
into the Hands of Jesus Christ, FOR SAFEKEEPING,
at the Earliest ‘Time’, which was in ETERNITY PAST;

Jesus Christ may also be seen to have
Really Existed from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
from Jesus Christ’s Nature as God,

and Jesus Christ’s Relation to His Father,
in HIS Office as
THE ETERNAL SON of GOD THE FATHER.:

ANCIENT WITNESSES of GOD, IN HISTORY,
WHO DIDN’T JUST ‘APPEAR on The SCENE’
with ‘Some New FALSE TEACHING’,

but, were men in History sometimes even WITHOUT a TESTAMONY of SALVATION
and many who were
BORN AGAIN SERVANTS of GOD,

Either way, Philo the Jew
often calls this Logos, or Word, The Eternal Word,

The Most Ancient (or ETERNAL) Word,
and The Word More Ancient
than any thing that is made F16.

The Eternity of the Messiah
is acknowledged by the ancient Jews:
( Micah 5:2 ) and is a full proof of it;

which by them F17 is thus paraphrased;

“out of thee, before me,
will Come Forth the Messiah,
that He may Exercise Dominion over Israel;

Whose Name is said from Eternity,
from The Days of Old
(which is another way to say, ‘from Eternity Past’).”

When speaking regarding this Logos, or Word,
The Eternal Word,
Jarchi only mentions ( Psalms 72:17 )
which is rendered by the Targum to say of Jesus,

On the place,
before the sun ( was Created)
His Name was Prepared;

and it may be translated,

“before the sun His Name was Yinnon”;
that is, the Son, namely the Son of God;

Also as an Ancient Witness
Aben Ezra interprets it, (Nb arqy),

“He will be called The Son”;

and to this agrees what the Talmudisis say {r},
that the Name of the Messiah
was Before the World was Created;

in proof of which they produce the same passage.

“And the Word was with God:

“The Word was with God”

In other words, The WORD
was Not with men or Angels;

because The Word, JESUS CHRIST,
Who is THE WORD = THE VOICE of GOD,
was before either men or Angels;

“The Word was”
Not Just ESSENTIALLY considered “with God”,

but

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
as The Second Person
in The ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD

was PERSONALLY Considered,
TO BE WITH GOD THE FATHER;

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST, GOD THE SON,
“was with God”, His Father:

Also, we may comfortably say,
BIBLICALLY SPEAKING,

that

“The Word was”
not “with God” ‘only’ in the Socinian sense,

where “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was only thought by them to be ‘known’
to God The Father,

as if “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was ‘not known’ to any number of others
before the ministry of John the Baptist;

Because,…(?)

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST, was known
and Spoken of by the Angel Gabriel
before John1:1;

and “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was known to Mary and to Joseph;

and “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was known to Zacharias and Elisabeth;

as well as to the shepherds,

and to the wise men;

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was already Made Known
to Simeon and Anna,
who saw JESUS CHRIST in the Temple;

and, of course, JESUS CHRIST was known
to the Prophets and Patriarchs in all ages,
from the Beginning of the World:

but this phrase,

“In the Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God”,

Denotes the Existence of the Word with the Father,

and

The ETERNAL Word, JESUS CHRIST’S Relation
and Nearness to God The Father,
AS CO-EXISTENT FOREVER,

EVEN IF YOU and I HAD NEVER EXISTED.

“In the Beginning was the Word,

and

the Word was with God”,

Denotes The ETERNAL Word, JESUS CHRIST’S Equality with God The Father,

and

“In the Beginning was the Word,

and

the Word was with God”,

particularly Denotes
The Distinction of Jeus Christ’s Person
IN THE TRIUNE GODHEAD, as GOD THE SON,

from God The Father,

as well as JESUS CHRIST’S
Eternal Being with God The Father;

because JESUS Was Always with God The Father,

JESUS WILL FOREVER BE WITH God The Father;

JESUS was with God The Father
in The Council and Covenant of Grace,

and in The Creation of the Universe,

and JESUS is with God The Father
in The Providential Government of the World;

JESUS was with God The Father as the Word
and Son of God in Heaven,

while JESUS as man, was here on Earth;

and JESUS is now with God The Father,
and WILL ALWAYS BE:

and as John here Speaks of the Word,
as a Distinct Person from God the Father,

so do the Targums, or Chaldee paraphrases;

in Psalms 110:1; “the Lord said to my Lord”,

is rendered,

“the Lord said to His Word”;

where JESUS is Manifestly Distinguished
from Jehovah, GOD THE FATHER
that Speaks to JESUS;

and in Hosea 1:7 The Lord Promises to

“Have Mercy on the House of Judah”,

and

“Save them by The Lord their God”.

The Targum reads like this;

“I Will Redeem them
by the Word of The Lord their God”;

where

The Word of the Lord,
Who is Spoken of as a Redeemer and Savior,

is Distinguished from The Lord,
GOD THE FATHER
Who Promises to Save by Him
GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST.

This Distinction of Jehovah, GOD THE FATHER
and HIS Word, GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST

may be observed in multitudes of places,
in the ANCIENT Chaldee paraphrases,
and in the writings of Philo the Jew;

and this phrase, of

“the Word” being “with God”,

is in the Targums expressed by, (Mdq Nm rmym),

“the Word from before The Lord”,

or

“which is before The Lord”:

saying, JESUS,
Has Always Been in God The Father’s Presence,

and that JESUS is The Messenger Angel,
THE WORD, THE VOICE SPEAKING,
of God The Father’s Presence;

Also Onkelos paraphrases in Genesis 31:22;

“and the Word from Before the Lord,
Came to Laban”

and in Exodus 20:19, thus,

“and let not the Word from Before the Lord
Speak with us, lest we die”;

Because it is also read in the King of Spain’s Bible;

and Wisdom,

which is the Same with the Word of God,

is said to be by God The Father,
or with God The Father,

in Proverbs 8:1-36 & 30:1-33 )

agreeably to which John here speaks.

John makes use of the word God,
rather than Father,

because the Word is commonly called
the Word of God,

and because of what follows;

John 1, verse 1, says; “and the Word was God”;

The Word was God/ not Made a God,
as JESUS is Said to be Made flesh, afterwards;

nor was The Word constituted or appointed a God,
or a God by office;

but JESUS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN
Truly and Properly God,
in the Highest Sense of the word,


JESUS AS GOD, WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN
Truly and Properly God,
in the Highest Sense of the word,
appears from the Names
by which JESUS is Called;

JESUS IS CALLED Jehovah, God,

our, your, their, and my God,

God with us,

the Mighty God,

God over all,

JESUS IS CALLED the Great God,

the Living God,

the True God,

and JESUS IS CALLED Eternal Life;

JESUS IS CALLED GOD from His Perfections,

and the Whole Fulness of the Godhead
that Dwells in Him,

as Independence, Eternity, Immutability, Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence;

and JESUS IS CALLED GOD
AND JESUS IS GOD
from His Works of Creation and Providence,

His Miracles,

the Work of Redemption,

His Forgiving sins,

the Resurrection of Himself
and others from the Dead,

and JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD
AND ALWAYS WILL BE GOD
by the Administration of the Last Judgment;

and from the Worship Given Him,

as Prayer to Him,

Faith in Him,

and the performance of Baptism in His Name:

Nor is it any objection
to the Proper Deity of Christ,
that the article is here wanting;

since when the word ‘GOD’ is applied to the Father,
‘an article’ is not always used,
and even in this chapter, as we see in;

John 1:6; “There came a man
who was sent from God. His name was John”

( from ‘God’, not from ‘The God’).

John 1:13; “children born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God”

( born of ‘God’, not born of ‘The God’).

John 1:18; “No one has ever seen God,
but the one and only Son, who is Himself God
and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known”

( seen ‘God’, not seen ‘The God’).

and which shows, that the word “God”,
is not the subject,

but the predicate of this proposition,

as we render it:

so the Jews often use the word of the Lord
for Jehovah, and call Him God.

Thus the words in ( Genesis 28:20 Genesis 28:21 ) are paraphrased by Onkelos;

“if “the word of the Lord” will be my Help,
and Will Keep me then “the Word of the Lord”
Will be, (ahlal yl) , “my God”:”

again, ( Leviticus 26:12 ) is paraphrased,
by the Targum ascribed to Jonathan Ben Uzziel, thus;

“I Will Cause the Glory of My Shekinah
to Dwell among you,
and My Word Will “be your God”, the Redeemer;”

once more, ( Deuteronomy 26:17 )
the Word is rendered by the Jerusalem Targum
after this manner;

“ye have made “the Word of the Lord”
King over you this day, that He May be your God:”

and this is frequent with Philo the Jew,
who says, the Name of God is His Word,
and Calls Him, My Lord, The Divine Word;

and Affirms, that the most ancient word is God F19.

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Bible Book 43: John 1:1 a; “In the Beginning was”… The Lord Jesus Christ.

John 1:1: “In the Beginning was the Word…”

Adapted from: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/john-1-1.html

John 1:1: “In the Beginning was the Word…”

By Using ‘the Word’ here, God will have us to Understand HIS DIVINE INTERPRETATION,
of ‘the Word’ to not reference ‘The BIBLE,
or ‘the written Word of God’,

but of the VITAL, ESSENTIALLY IMPERATIVE,
LIVING Word of God, The Lord Jesus Christ.

It is Clear that God would have us to Understand ‘the Word’ here, to be His Reference
to The LIVING Word of God, The Lord Jesus Christ, from all that God Continues to Reveal
in this Passage, all the way from John 1:1, here, down to John 1:14
( and, of course, in the Entirity of The BIBLE, “in The Volume of The Book, it is Written of Me”,
i.e., THE BIBLE is WRITTEN about Jesus Christ.

This ‘Word’ was in the beginning,
This ‘Word’ was with God,
and This ‘Word’ is God;

This ‘Word’ is God and The Creation of all things is Ascribed to THIS WORD, JESUS.

This ‘Word’ is God because God Says HE,
JESUS is The Life and Light of men;

The ‘Word’, is Revealed to be ‘Jesus’,
from Jesus’ Coming into the World.

The ‘Word’, is Revealed to be ‘Jesus’,
by JESUS CHRIST Bestowing the Privilege of Adoption on believers;

and The ‘Word’, is Revealed BY GOD HIMSELF,
to be ‘Jesus’, from JESUS ASSUMING HIS HUMAN BODY, in His Incarnation;

and also The Lord God Almighty
Makes a Particular Application
of all GOD JUST REVEALED, in John 1:15-18*,
to GOD’S SON, JESUS CHRIST.

John 1:15;

“John bore witness of Him and cried, saying,
“This was He of Whom I spoke,

`He that Comes after me is Preferred before me, because He Was Before me.'”

“16 And of His Fullness have we all Received,
and Grace for Grace.

“17 Because the Law was given by Moses,
but Grace and Truth Came by Jesus Christ.

“18 No man has seen God at any time;
The Only Begotten Son,
Who is in the bosom of the Father,
He has Declared Him.”

In the Beginning was The Lord Jesus Christ.

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below these initial references….

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JOHN 1:1 con’t:

And likewise from what this evangelist elsewhere says of him, when he calls him the word of life, and places him between the Father and the Holy Ghost;

and speaks of the record of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus, as the same thing;

and represents him as a warrior and conqueror, ( 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:2 1 John 1:7 ) ( Revelation 1:2 Revelation 1:9 ) ( 19:11-16 ).

Moreover this appears to be spoken of Christ, from what other inspired writers have said of him, under the same character;

as the Evangelist Luke, ( Luke 1:2 ),
the Apostle Paul, ( Acts 20:32 ) ( Hebrews 4:12 ) and the Apostle Peter, ( 2 Peter 3:5 ).

And Who is called the Word, not as man;
because as man He was not in the beginning with God, but became so in the Fulness of time;

nor is the man God;

besides, SPEAKING of ‘Jesus as a man’ as such, he is a creature, and not the Creator, nor is he the Life and Light of men; again, SPEAKING of ‘Jesus as a man’, only regarding His human body THE GOD ELECTED and ‘PREPARED’ for Jesus Christ,
the Divine Son of God, WHO IS GOD, The Second Person in THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD.

We endeaver to WORSHIP THE ONE and ONLY,
TRUE and LIVING, CREATOR of THE UNIVERSE,
as HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF, by becoming
AWARE of The GODHEAD.

Moreover, JESUS CHRIST was the Word,
before Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of God,
WHO IS GOD,
The Second Person
in THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD was MADE a man, BY IMACULATE CONSEPTION,

and therefore

THE HUMAN BODY GOD PREPARED for THE ETERNALLY DIVINE LORD JESUS
may simply not be referred to as ‘something to do with The DIVINE NATURE’.

THE HUMAN BODY GOD PREPARED for THE ETERNALLY DIVINE LORD JESUS TO ASSUME,
WAS SIMPLY HUMAN.

Nor can any part of the human nature be so called ‘GOD’ or DIVINE;

The flesh can never be called ‘GOD’ or DIVINE,
because Jesus Christ,
the Divine Son of God, WHO IS GOD,
The Second Person
in THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD,
was Made flesh; THE ETERNAL WORD was MADE to ASSUME a None-Divine Nature of Flesh

AND, THEREFORE JESUS’ human soul WAS NOT ETERNALLY GOD. Jesus’ FLESH Was CREATED, PREPERED by God The Father.

THE ETERNAL Self-Subsistence, Deity,
and The Creation of all things,
can never be ascribed to that ‘human nature body of Jesus, which is finite FLESH;

HOWEVER, JEHOVAH JESUS CHRIST is The Word
as the ETERNAL DIVINE NATURE Son of God,
WHO IS GOD,
The Second Person
in THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD

is Evident here from what is Attributed to Him,
and from The Word being said to be GOD, DIVINE, INFINITE and ETERNAL.

as in ( John 1:14 to John 1:18, above )

and from those places,
where the Word is explained by the Son,
to be GOD, DIVINE, INFINITE and ETERNAL,

by comparing
“1 John 5:5; Who is He that Overcomes the World, but He that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

with

“1 John 5: 7 Because there are Three
that Bear Record in Heaven:
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost;
and These Three are One.”

and “Matthew 28:19; Go therefore
and teach all nations,
baptizing them in The Name of the Father,
and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost.”

And JESUS CHRIST is called GOD
from His DIVINE ETERNAL Nature,
being Begotten of the Father;

Because as the Word, whether silent or expressed, is the birth of the mind, the image of it,
equal to it, and distinct from it;

so Christ is the Only begotten of the Father,
The Express Image of GOD THE FATHER’S Person, in all things JESUS is EQUAL to THE FATHER, except by ‘Office’.

And JESUS CHRIST is REVEALED to us
as a Distinct Person from GOD THE FATHER:

and JESUS CHRIST may be called, “GOD”,
because of some Action, or Actions,
Associated with Jesus,
or Ascribed to Jesus.

THE LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST
Spoke for,
and on the Behalf of the Elect of God,
in The Eternal Council
and Covenant of Grace and Peace.

THE LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST
Spoke all things out of nothing, in Creation;
for with regard to those Words so often mentioned in the History of the Creation,

in “John 1:3;

All things were Made by Him,
and without Him
was not anything Made that was Made.”

Also Jesus was Spoken of as The Promised Messiah, throughout the whole Old Testament Admidminstration of The ONE Eternal Covenant of Grace and Peace.

Jesus Christ is also Spoken of as
The Interpreter of His Father’s Mind,

as well as JESUS Being Spoken of in Eden’s garden,
when

“they heard The Voice of the LORD God, Walking in the garden in the cool of the day.

And Adam and his wife hid themselves
from The Presence of the LORD God
amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the LORD God Called to Adam
and Said to him, “Where are you?”,

in Genesis 3:8&9.

DEAR FRIENDS THAT IS JESUS,
THE WORD,
SPEAKING to OUR GREASTEST GRAND DAD, ADAM.

Just as Jesus is Always Spoken of as
The Interpreter of His Father’s Mind
well as in the days of His flesh,
DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY

and now

THE ETERNAL, ALMIGHTY, DIVINE WORD,
JESUS Speaks in Heaven for the saints.

Where are you?

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10.0.1 There is “LIFE” AFTER DEATH, by BEING ‘A SAINT’ in THIS LIFE.. “to all who did Receive Him, He Gave them Power to become ‘saints’, as the children of God”

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” to all who did Receive Him,
He Gave them Power to become the children of God,
to those who Believe in His Name. John 1:12.”


Adapted from: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/john-1-12.html

John 1:12

“But as many as Received Him”

“as many as Received Him” is explained, in the latter part of the text, by Believing in His Name;

Because Faith is a Receiving of Jesus Christ as The Word,
and The Son of God, as the Messiah, Saviour, and Redeemer;

Faith is Receiving Grace out of JESUS’ Fulness,
and Receiving Every Blessing from Him,
as a Justifying Righteousness,
Pardon of sin,
and an Inheritance among them that are Sanctified;

Although MOST Souls of mankind generality rejected Him,
there were some few, ‘MANY’ that Received Him:

And it is THOSE WHO RECIEVED HIM:


“to them Gave He Power to become the sons of God;

AND “the sons of God”
were ELECTED FROM ETERNITY PAST and so were CALLED BY THE NAME, “the sons of God”, FROM ETERNITY PAST;

(in distinction from the children of men,
or of the world; see ( Genesis 6:2 Genesis 6:4 ) . …

To be the sons of God is a Very Special Favour,
a Great Blessing, and High Honor:

( HOWEVER, saints indeed are not in this high a sense the sons of God as Christ is;

nor in so low a sense as angels and men in common are;

nor in such sense as civil magistrates;

nor merely by profession of religion;

much less by natural descent; )

but ‘SAINTS’, WHO ARE SPOKEN OF IN THE BIBLE
To be the sons of God ARE ADOPTED CHILDREN
by Adopting Grace:

and in Adopting Grace, Christ, The Word, has a Concern,

JUST AS all The Three Divine Persons of THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD have.

AWARE of The GODHEAD.

GOD THE FATHER:

The Father Predestinated men to the Adoption of children,

AND GOD THE FATHER Secures this Blessing for ‘SAINTS’, WHO ARE SPOKEN OF IN THE BIBLE, as the sons of God, in The ETERNAL COVENANT of His Grace,

AND GOD THE FATHER INCLUDES them among the children, and Assigns them a Goodly Heritage:

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:

The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, and Who is therefore called The Spirit of Adoption, Discovers
and Applies this Blessing to ‘SAINTS’,
WHO ARE SPOKEN OF IN THE BIBLE
as the sons of God WHO ARE ADOPTED CHILDREN by Adopting Grace, BY The Spirit of Adoption …
The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD,

The Spirit of Adoption … The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD Witnesses to their Spirits that they are the children of God:

GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST:

JESUS CHRIST, WHO is GOD,
The Word, or THE SON of GOD,
not only Espoused their persons,
and in time Assumed their nature,
and by the Redemption of them
Opened a Way for their Reception
of the Adoption of children;

but JESUS CHRIST, WHO is GOD,
The Word, or THE SON of GOD,
ACTUALLY BESTOWS upon them the “Power”,
as it is here called,
of becoming the sons of God:

by which is meant,

(not a power of free will
to make themselves the sons of God,
if they will make use of it);

The “Power” signifies the Honor and Dignity Conferred on ‘SAINTS’,
WHO ARE SPOKEN OF IN THE BIBLE
To be the sons of God
that ARE ADOPTED CHILDREN
by Adopting Grace:

: so Nonnus calls
“the Power to become the sons of God”,
“the heavenly honour”;
as indeed, what can be a greater?

“the Power to become the sons of God” is more Honorable than to be a son or daughter of the greatest potentate on earth:

and “the Power to become the sons of God” is expressive of its being a Privilege;

Because “the Power to become the sons of God” is an undeserved and distinguishing one, and is Attended with many other Privileges;

“the sons of God” are such
who make up God’s Household and Family,
and are Provided for by Him;

“the sons of God”
HAVE Liberty of Access unto GOD HIMSELF;

AND “the sons of God” ARE Christ’s free men, and are Heirs to an Incorruptible Inheritance.

This Privilege TO BE “the sons of God”
excels all others,
even Justification and Remission of sins;

and TO BE “the sons of God”
is an Everlasting PRIVILEGE:

and TO BE “the sons of God”
also intends the Open Right
which Believers have to this Privilege
ENJOYED BY “the sons of God”,tAs well as their very REAL Claim TO BE “the sons of God”:

hence it follows,

“even to them that Believe in His Name”;

that is,”even to them that Believe in” Himself,
in Christ, The Word:

the phrase
“even to them that Believe in His Name”;
is explanative of the former part of the verse,
and is a descriptive
and manifestative character of the sons of God;

Because though the Elect of God,
by Virtue of THE ETERNAL GIVING Electing Grace,
and The ETERNAL Covenant of Grace,

ARE UNTO EVENTUAL SALVATION IN TIME
THE ELECT “CHILDREN OF GOD” ARE SPOKEN OF AND REFERRED TO AS “the children of God” before THEY ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE Faith, IN TIME, WHICH THEY MUST DO;

Because, the Elect of God WERE Considered
“the children of God”
in the Gift of them to Christ,
BEFORE He Came into the World, IN TIME,
to Gather them Together,
and Save them;

and so, antecedent to the Spirit of God,
being Sent Down, IN TIME,
AS THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION,
TO ADOPT THE SAINTS OF GOD INTO JESUS
AND THE FAMILY OF GOD,
BY COMING TO LIVE,
AS THE DIVINE PRESENCE OF GOD, into their hearts, WHICH IS “THE NEW BIRTH”
to Make “His Name” Known to them;

WHILE, IT REMAINS, “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN” AND PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE BELIEVING AND TRUSTING IN JESUS CHRIST TO SAVE YOUR SOUL,

SO, THEREFORE: no man can Know his Adoption,
nor enjoy the Comfort of it,
or claim his Interest in it,
until he Believes, IN “His Name”.

” to all who did Receive Him, He Gave them the ( SPIRITUAL ABILITY by THE NEW SPIRITIUAL BIRTH by THE ALL POWERFUL HOLY SPIRIT of ADOPTION ) POWER to be children of God, to those who Believe in His Name. John 1:12.”
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