Who art thou, Lord?

 

ACTS 9:3-5  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest...

This ninth chapter of ACTS gives us the fascinating record of the conversion of Saul, who later became known as Paul the Apostle. His credentials, which are recorded in his epistle to the Philippians are quite impressive, "An Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee." Saul sat at the top echelon of his Jewish society. He was "brought up...at the feet of Gamaliel," who was referred to as Rabban, the great teacher. He had authority from the chief priests to bind and cast in prison all that believed Yeshua to be the Messiah. He was very possibly a member of the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish court. In addition, he was by birth a Roman citizen, an extremely feared and respected position.

There is no question that Saul knew the teaching of the Judean religion as well as anyone. In his epistle to the Galatians he rehearses his conversion and boasts of his zealousness;

GALATIANS 1:14 ... [ I ] profited [prokopto, progressed] in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Saul had it all, wealth, power, respect, education, and a feverish desire to do GOD's will by eradicating this sect called the Nazarenes. He relentlessly persecuted these heretics, sometimes unto their death. Yet he was as wrong as wrong could be. He was so totally blinded by what he had been taught by the establishment that nothing was going to snap him out of it. Nothing, that is short of supernatural intervention, which as he journeyed near Damascus accomplished its purpose.

This experience of Saul's conversion is of such great importance that GOD had it set forth three times in the book of ACTS. The record is truly a remarkable example of the extreme lengths GOD will go to in order to accomplish HIS purpose. The place to where GOD brings this servant's heart was the turning point.  HE got Saul to ask the simple question, 'Who art thou, Lord?'.

Perhaps Saul had been with the other Pharisees when Yeshua blasted them because of their hypocrisy, declaring "they be blind leaders of the blind" (MATTHEW 15:14). Or maybe it was the fearless way Stephen completely laid out Israel's failure to believe GOD even as Saul was endorsing his assassination. Would GOD use these events to make Saul's heart ready? Or perhaps it was those of his own family which had believed before him (ROMANS 16:7). Did GOD use their words to get Saul to consider? Whatever it was, until that one question is asked, this heart is not ready. But having asked it, Saul's heart is made ready for the answer.

Who art thou, Lord?

Who art thou, Lord? Is this a question we are prepared to ask, or as Saul had been, do we already think we have the answer? Are we so certain that we know Him? And do we know Him because we have "went into Arabia" and "searched the Scriptures"? Or do we think we know Him because of the "traditions of our fathers"? Perhaps we have been taught at the feet of some great teacher or theologian? Perhaps we have taught Sunday School or even sat as an elder on the Church Board? If anyone knows the Lord, surely we do, or so we have thought.

But perchance we are wrong? Probably not, but is it possible? What if many of us have been reading into the Scriptures something that is just not there! It has happened before, not once but many times. In fact, over the ages more often have men gotten it wrong than gotten it right. Maybe it is worth at least pondering the question?! "Who art thou, Lord?"

To receive an answer like Saul did, we must first find ourselves in a divinely appointed place. A place where only the word of GOD rules. If we ask as if we already know, as if we've already arrived via another way, we can't possibly go further. But if we are willing to turn away from our traditions, from our preconceived ideas, we may be surprised at what we don't know.

Who was He?

Yeshua (Jesus) was whom GOD Almighty said He was, which is our primary source for truth. All other sources are secondary at best. We find the first reference to the Promised One early in the Book, in GENESIS 3:15 but not many pages can be turned without finding some reference to Him. Immediately after man's disobedience in the Garden of Eden, He was proclaimed the Promised Seed for man's redemption. Then, at the close of the Bible, in Revelation, He was the only one finally found who was worthy to open the Book of the seven seals;

REVELATION 5:1-9 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

"Thou hast redeemed us!" One can spend a lifetime ferreting out all that Yeshua was and is, as GOD intends, but still not know it all. He is the eternal purpose, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He is exactly what GOD in HIS word says He is.

But there is something He is not. He is not necessarily what everyone else in GOD's word says He is. That's right! Be alert in your study to note this all-important point. GOD's word is always true, but the Bible also records many things that are said by others which are not true.

A certain ruler addressed Yeshua as Good Master in LUKE 18:18, and Yeshua was quick to point out that "none is good, save one, that is God." In JOHN 20:28 Thomas called Yeshua, "My Lord and my God." From this Thomas, we have derived the derogatory phrase "doubting Thomas," describing one who is slow to believe. He exclaimed that he would not believe that Yeshua had been risen from the grave regardless of what the Scripture said. Not until he had seen Yeshua and touched Him would he believe. Thomas at best had little faith. It goes without saying that anything Thomas would proclaim should be held suspect, yet there are those who think that simply because Thomas referred to Yeshua as My God that that indeed makes Him GOD Almighty.

This concept named the Trinity is so common today, many don't even give it a second thought. Yet, except for this one possible occurrence with Thomas, no where in the Gospels or ACTS can it be found where any of Yeshua's contemporaries said that they thought He was the one true GOD. Yeshua being GOD Almighty is a concept that was so far removed from reality for Judeans, they could not have even considered it a possibility.

However, for the nations around Israel it was not so much of a ridiculous idea. It was in Lystra where the people said of Paul (Saul) and Barnabas "the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men" (ACTS 14:11). Barnabas they called Jupiter and Paul the called Mercurius. And then on the isle of Melita the people said Paul was a god when no harm came to him after being bitten by a poisonous viper (ACTS 28:6). So actually, the apostle Paul was called god more often then even Yeshua was.

To the pagan Greeks and Romans this concept of a man being god was a common belief, but not so much to the Judeans who primarily got their doctrine from the Bible. They had a strict adherence to the idea that "there is one God; and there is none other but He" (MARK 12:32).

In MATTHEW Yeshua pointedly asked His disciples "whom say ye that I am?"

MATTHEW 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

The nation had long awaited their Messiah (from the Hebrew, mashiah), their Christ (from the Greek, christos). Both words mean, "the anointed one". Prophets, Kings and Priests can all be anointed, but not GOD. HE is the one doing the anointing!

His other disciples also believed Him to be the Son of the living GOD, not GOD the Son! Just three verses after Thomas' so called declaration that Yeshua was GOD, the writer of that Gospel records the very purpose of his writings;

JOHN 20:31  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

So easily he could have written "GOD the Son" if that was his belief, yet he didn't. He affirms that "Jesus is...the Son of God." If the doctrine of the Trinity was not already an established theology today, there is no way one could derive it from the Scriptures. But because it already exists, its perpetuators go to the Bible and find verses scattered about here and there that seem to substantiate it.

There are volumes written on this subject, so much so that much of what is written here is only going to be redundant. But one thing I would ask the reader to consider if he believes the doctrine of the Trinity is plausible. Since it was so ingrained in the Jewish Bible and Gospel believers minds, that GOD Almighty was one, don't you think that HE would have made at least some vague reference to HIM being three in one?

For the Judeans, the Trinity would have been such a shocking concept  to accept; far more so than even a carpenter's son from Galilee turning out to be Israel's redeemer. I just can't believe GOD would spring it on everybody with just a hazy reference here and a questionable verse or two over there. No! HE would have at the very least devoted an entire chapter to it, if not an entire Epistle. Nay, GOD Almighty would have prepared HIS people for it from the very beginning, not thrusting it upon them in such a way as to run contrary with the rest of the Book. But all we find is a handful of verses that when read apart from the rest of the Book may seem to lend support to this doctrine. Otherwise we have a whole Book with hundreds of scriptures that clearly show Yeshua to be the Son of GOD and not GOD the Son; and show GOD to be one, not three!

Any thinking person who is able to read outside of the traditional box can see easily, readily and repeatedly many troubles with any attempt to make Yeshua as GOD Almighty. One simple way is to just read the dialogue between Yeshua and His Father. If Yeshua was GOD Almighty, who did He pray to, Himself? When He kneeled in prayer to GOD just moments before His capture, when He was to be tortured and crucified, He said, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine be done." Was He pleading with Himself?

Tons of Scripture like these show the Trinitarian concept to be impossible; so its promoters have invented an elaborate collection of gibberish to explain it all away. They say that Yeshua wasn't GOD but just the nature of GOD, as a Person of the Godhead. And that Yeshua's Father wasn't GOD but just another nature of GOD. Nature is defined in The American Heritage Dictionary as "The intrinsic characteristics and qualities of a person or thing." So evidently, what they are saying is that, in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of GOD's characteristics was praying to another one of GOD's characteristics? That one characteristic of GOD knew more or was more powerful then another characteristic of GOD? They are teaching that one characteristic of GOD was pleading for help from another characteristic of GOD?

Of course, GOD Almighty has a nature just as you and I have a nature. Our children may have many of the same characteristics we do, which means that they may have our nature, but this doesn't make them part of the same being as us. To say that Yeshua was GOD Almighty because He had some of the characteristics of GOD is nothing more then playing fast and loose with the Scriptures.

How many times in the Bible do you suppose GOD explains the Trinity as the three natures of Himself? How many times do you suppose GOD indicates that HIS only begotten Son is one of the three natures of GOD? How many times do you suppose HE reveals that the Father is one of the three natures of GOD? I can only find one reference to GOD's nature, and that is talking about the disciples being "partakers of the divine nature." I wonder why GOD would be so silent on this most critical aspect of what Trinitarians say that HE is? Perhaps because HE isn't this at all.

Trinitarians teach that "the Trinity is not defined as three Gods in one, but instead three Persons in one God". I ask, where is it thus defined? Where in the Scriptures of truth has GOD set this forth? Tell me and I will believe it.

Many Trinitarians point to the opening verses of the Gospel of John as proof Yeshua was GOD Almighty. Yet because it never actually says that, they must read between the lines and make assumptions that are just not reasonable, which we will consider below.

Many times throughout his writings, John mentions distinct differences between GOD and HIS Son. In CHAPTER 17 of his Gospel the entire chapter is a conversation Yeshua had with His Father.

JOHN 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.

Reading clear verses like these, how anyone can still honestly believe that Yeshua and His Father are two persons or natures of the same GOD is beyond me.

He was asked by His disciples just before His ascension "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" His response was, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in HIS own power" (ACTS 1:6,7). Not even the Son knew. Then we find the apostle Paul declaring in his epistle to the Corinthians how all things have been put under Christ's feet, but with this one exception;

1 CORINTHIANS 15:27  For he [GOD] hath put all things under his [Christ's] feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he [GOD] is excepted, which did put all things under him [Christ].

Yeshua understood this for in the fifth chapter of John's Gospel He affirmed that "I can of mine own self do nothing" and "I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me". These are difficult verses for those who think they know Yeshua to be GOD Almighty.

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Yeshua is co-equal with God the Father, but somehow He must also be under him, not knowing all that the Father knows and needing on occasion to beseech the Father in prayer. Believe it or not, they have contrived a complicated doctrine from all of this absurdity. Of course their creeds, which are mostly inventions of their own minds, further cut across the Scripture. As long as we all just take it on faith, as a truth too vast to fully comprehend, we will forever find ourselves "as children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (EPHESIANS 4:14).

Encyclopedia Britannica attempts to offer this explanation for the Trinity;

Even the Christological formulas, however, do not claim to offer a rational, conceptual clarification; instead, they emphasize clearly three contentions in the mystery of the sonship of God. These are: first, that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is completely God, that in reality "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" in him (Colossians 2:9); second, that he is completely human; and third, that these two "natures" do not exist beside one another in an unconnected way but, rather, are joined in him in a personal unity.

No "rational, conceptual clarification?!" Who art thou Lord?

What is even more irksome than the concept of the Trinity, is from where it originated. If it cannot be traced back to Yeshua or the Twelve Apostles, one would think that surely the great Apostle Paul must have discovered this Mystery. No, as hard as it is to believe, the concept was not assembled until hundreds of years after the last of the Apostles had died, late in the fourth century, after the so-called Church Fathers had "reconciled Church doctrine with paganism" (see The Origins of the Trinity). Yet many Christians believe that the Trinity is the corner stone, the very foundation of the Christian Church!

But the folly is not finished, for the doctrine of the Trinity is more then just that Yeshua is GOD Almighty. The Trinity requires that three be GOD (GOD the Father, GOD the Son and GOD the Holy Ghost); not just one as the Bible clearly states;

DEUTERONOMY 4:35  Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

ISAIAH 45:5-6  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

MARK 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou [Yeshua] hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.

1 TIMOTHY 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

To have their Trinity they also have to somehow make the holy spirit god, and a part of the "all three are one but all three are not one" freak. No wonder the Church leaders tell us we must just take it on faith. Their best explanations are that it's like water, steam and ice or kind of like the four seasons. They're all different but they're all the same. Saint Patrick used the three leaves of the cloverleaf to explain it. What amazing lengths even renowned men will go to in order to make absurdity believable. I can't wait to hear these explanations given before the throne of GOD Almighty with HIS only begotten Son seated at HIS right hand. The two will no doubt look around and back over their shoulders searching for that missing seat where the Holy Ghost is suppose to sit.

It is not uncommon to hear so-called Christian teachers proclaim that if one does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, they can't be saved. Ha! That means none of Yeshua's disciples were saved, except perhaps doubting Thomas. I've always found it quite bold of people to tell the rest of us, who is saved and who isn't. When the mother of Zebedee's children asked Yeshua to grant that her two sons sit beside Him in His kingdom the answer is most revealing;

MATTHEW 20:23  ...to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

If Yeshua, as a person of the Trinity, had not the authority to place someone on His right hand and on His left, what kind of a god was He? He certainly wasn't GOD Almighty! Rather, His Father is GOD and He is the Christ, the Anointed of GOD.

I have also found it amusing to hear some know-it-all declare when he thinks the end of the world is going to be. Yeshua however, after being asked by His disciples about the "sign of His coming" and "the end of the world [era]" summed up His answer with a most interesting statement.

MARK 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

How can Yeshua be one nature of God with the Father being the same God but a different nature, yet not know what the Father knows? The answer usually given by Trinitarians is that when Jesus became man He lost His ability to know certain things that He had known when He was still GOD. Hm.

Another interesting observation is that dozens of times in the Bible, Yeshua is referred to as "The Son of GOD" but not once is His Father ever referred to as "The Father of GOD." Again, these facts should be real headaches for anyone who is honestly seeking an understanding of the Trinity. We set in amazement as some Trinitarians do try to offer answers, just not any that are make much sense.

Then there is the perplexity in EPHESIANS where Paul in the 17th verse of the 1st chapter writes, "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ..." If Jesus is the one true GOD, then who is the GOD of the one true GOD? We will have to resign ourselves from this one and leave it to the "foolishness of man" to sort out.

Another Trinitarian problem arises immediately after Peter cut off the High Priest's servant's ear, just before the arrest of Yeshua. Yeshua tells him to put away his sword and says, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" How does one nature of GOD ask His other nature for angels to help Him out, when He, the other nature of GOD is in a bind? How does GOD get in a bind, and why would He need angels to help Him out? And why would Peter be trying to defend GOD against this servant of the High Priest? When you make up your own theology, you create more problems for yourself then you can ever solve.

Over the centuries, the Orthodox Church has ruthlessly persecuted any and all who did not adhere to its Trinitarian doctrine. In the fourth century, Trinitarians began executing Arians who believed in only one true GOD. In the 16th Century the famed John Calvin was responsible for the arrest of Michael Servetus, who was then slowly burned to death for his belief in the one true GOD. After the apostle Paul's conversion, those who had commissioned him to persecute the believers, commissioned others to persecute him. The hunter had become the hunted, and this is how it often is. The true believers usually are only wanting to learn and teach the truth, to make the captives free. Religion is always wanting to have its lie prevail, so as to keep in chains those that would be free.

Much of what I've been taught by Church doctrine, about GOD, when measured against the Scripture, has proved to be wrong. If we ever expect to know who GOD and HIS Son are, how they think and what are their purposes for our lives, we must cast off the heavy yoke religion would burden us with, and be yoked together with Him, the Son of GOD,

for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. MATTHEW 11:30

 

Dissimilarity of GOD to Christ

 

GOD is not a man, nor the Son of man

NUMBERS 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

1 SAMUEL 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

HOSEA 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

GOD and Yeshua as two distinct individuals

LUKE 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

The growth of Yeshua

LUKE 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Yeshua was tempted, not GOD

JAMES 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

LUKE 4:1-2 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

LUKE 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him [Yeshua] for a season.

HEBREWS 4:15 For we have not an high priest [Yeshua] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Yeshua's limited knowledge

MARK 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Two distinct wills of Yeshua and His Father

MATTHEW 26:39 And he [Yeshua] went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (see also LUKE 22:42).

MATTHEW 26:42 He [Yeshua] went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Yeshua on a lower plane then GOD

JOHN 14:28 Ye have heard how I [Yeshua] said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Yeshua's limited power

JOHN 5:30 I [Yeshua] can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Yeshua's limited authority

MATTHEW 20:23 And he [Yeshua] saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Yeshua was not the originator of GOD's doctrine

JOHN 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Yeshua as sent by His Father

JOHN 8:17-18 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I [Yeshua] am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

Yeshua on GOD's right hand

MARK 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

MARK 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

ACTS 7:55 But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

HEBREWS 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

HEBREWS 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Yeshua as the Lamb of GOD

JOHN 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

 

Here are some examples where the Bible records what various individuals and groups believed Yeshua to be. Notice that not once can the reference "GOD the Son" be found.

 

Yeshua is GOD,

Thomas said it:

JOHN 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

HEBREWS alludes to it:

HEBREWS 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

 

or, Yeshua is the Son of GOD!

 

GOD said it:

MATTHEW 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (see MARK 1:11)

MATTHEW 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. (see MARK 9:7 LUKE 9:35).

 

Mark wrote it;

MARK 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

John wrote it;

JOHN 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

JOHN 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

1 JOHN 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 JOHN 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

1 JOHN 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 JOHN 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

Paul preached it;

ACTS 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

 

Paul wrote it;

ROMANS 1:3-4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

ROMANS 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

ROMANS 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

GALATIANS 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.

 

GOD's angel declared it;

LUKE 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 

John the Baptist bare record of it;

JOHN 1:32-34 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

 

Simon Peter said it and believed it;

MATTHEW 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

JOHN 6:68-69 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

Nathanael said it;

JOHN 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

 

Martha said it and believed it;

JOHN 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

 

The man born blind believed it;

JOHN 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

 

The Disciples in the ship said it;

MATTHEW 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

 

Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch said and believed it;

ACTS 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

 

The Centurion and others said it;

MATTHEW 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

 

Devil Spirits said it;

MATTHEW 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (see also MARK 5:7 LUKE 8:28).

MARK 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

LUKE 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

 

Yeshua said it;

MATTHEW 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

JOHN 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [it is unknown if this was written by the Evangelist or spoken by Yeshua]

JOHN 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

JOHN 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

 

Consider Him

Consider this, that if Yeshua is GOD the Son and His Father is the same GOD, then it would be reasonable to transpose the pronouns whenever they are both used in the same context. Sort of like the axiom that if A equals B and B equals C then A must equal C.

Here are a few to consider;

MATTHEW 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before myself which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before myself which is in heaven.

MATTHEW 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of myself: and no man knoweth me, but me; neither knoweth any man me, save me, and he to whomsoever I will reveal myself.

MATTHEW 12:18 Behold myself, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon me, and I shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

MATTHEW 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved self, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye me.

MATTHEW 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O myself, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as I wilt.

MATTHEW 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O myself, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, my will be done.

MATTHEW 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to myself, and I shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

MARK 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of himself.

JOHN 3:35 I loveth myself, and hath given all things into my hand.

JOHN 7:28-29 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but I that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know me: for I am from me, and I hath sent me.

JOHN 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and I that sent me beareth witness of me.

JOHN 13:3 Jesus knowing that he had given all things into his own hands, and that he was come from himself, and went to himself.

JOHN 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known myself also: and from henceforth ye know me, and have seen me.

JOHN 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in myself, and ye in me, and I in you.

JOHN 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to myself: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto myself, and your Father; and to myself, and your God.

The Yeshua quoted above is obviously very schizophrenic, if indeed that Yeshua is another Yeshua, not the only begotten of the Father, but rather some freak from a doctrine they refer to as the Holy Trinity.