Understanding the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Understanding the Trinity is actually very easy and I will explain it to you today. I will also explain the false teachings out there on what the Trinity is not, so you can understand what you are possibly believing in and change to the correct understanding of what the Trinity is.
The Trinity is ONE God existing in three separate Persons. Now realise this just because we say three Persons does not mean there are three separate Gods, there is only ONE God. Now the world Trinity is not found in the bible, it is only a word used to describe the “trinue” Godhead, that being three co-external, co-existent Persons who make up ONE God. So it’s not the word Trinity that is of importance, it’s what it represents that’s important.
The following is what God’s Word says about the Trinity:
1) There is ONE God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5).
2) The Trinity consists of THREE SEPARATE PERSONS. See here: (Genesis 1:1,26;3:22;11:7; Isaiah 6:8,48:16,61:1; Matthew 3:16-17,28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
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Please read ”Eternal Security – NOSAS Versus OSAS Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 before reading part 5
LOUIS: Continue to refrain from sin
The believer must practice righteousness if he is to remain a child of God. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?…Do you not know that to whom you present yourself slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience to righteousness?…” (Romans 6:1, 15-16, 21, 23). This passage treats sinning not as an accident but as an act of self-surrender. It says that if we yield ourselves to sin, it will bring death; they will again be the servants of sin, which will end in eternal death (Romans 6:16, 21, 23a; James 5:20).
TOM: Here again we may ask: To what degree should the saints not sin (practice righteousness) in order to maintain their salvation – 60%, 75%, 90% or 100%? God is only satisfied with a 100% performance and anyone who claims to have such a wonderful track record has no need of a Saviour. They do not need Jesus Christ. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8). Am I encouraging Christians to sin? Absolutely not. We should hate sin as much as God hates it. Nonetheless, the bible never says that a saint should practice righteousness. A saint’s righteousness is a Person, not a deed that I do, and this Person wants to live his righteous life in and through each and every one of his saints. (1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Galatians 2:20). If I, as Paul says, no longer live, how can I practice righteousness? In fact, when I live and strive to practice righteousness it is then when I fall into all kinds of unrighteousness. Paul describes this dilemma in a saint’s life in Romans 7.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (Romans 7:19)
You can’t miss noticing the many I’s in this verse. It is full of I’s and no Jesus. That’s what happens when the “I” gets in the way.
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John MacArthur’s Unanswerable Questions?
Thought I might post one of the profoundest (and most hilarious) things one of the most high profile preachers of this century said this century. Read here.)
John MacArthur said the following when a little kid asked him one of the most important questions there is to be asked, and for that matter, ought to be asked by every sound thinking adult who knows how to use his brains effectively.
[A very young Child]: I listened to your sermon last Sunday, and I was wondering, why didn’t God choose everybody to be saved? [Tom’s comment: “Kids seem to listen more intently to sermons than adults.”)
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GOD TV Is Undoubtedly The Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
2 Peter 2:3
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
And in their covetousness (lust, greed) they will exploit you with false (cunning) arguments. From of old the sentence [of condemnation] for them has not been idle; their destruction (eternal misery) has not been asleep.
If these indictments of false prophets and their abominable exploitation of people are true, why are people so frightfully gullible to listen to them, believe them and support them? Once again, we should be astonished at the awesome accuracy of Bible prophecy because here again it provides us with the answer.
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Hoe Om Mense Met Liefde Hel toe te Stuur (love)
(English translation below.)
Toe Jesus vir Petrus vra: “Het jy my lief, meer as hulle hier?” het Hy na regte vir Petrus geleer wat ware liefde is en hoe om dit van ‘n valse en helse soort liefde te onderskei. Ja, glo dit as u wil, daar is so-iets soos ‘n helse liefde, en as ons so kyk na die kerkdebat wat nog steeds in persberigte en webblogs woed, dan is dit nie so moeilik om hierdie helse liefde uit te ken en raak te sien nie. Ware liefde (kom ons noem dit ‘n goddelike liefde want dis maar eintlik wat dit is) is om, soos Jesus vir Petrus gesê het, sy lammers en skape op te pas en hulle die regte geestelike voedsel te gee. Wie ookal hieroor met my wil stry moet gerus maar weer gaan leer wat Jesus bedoel het toe Hy gesê het HY IS die Goeie Herder. ‘n Goeie Herder is tog immers ‘n herder wat sy lammers en skape oppas en hulle teen wolwe en ander wilde diere beskerm. Koning Dawid was deeglik vertroud met die rol wat ‘n herder elke dag in die lewens van sy lammers en skape moes speel. Luister ‘n bietjie hierna:
Daarop sê Dawid aan Saul: U dienaar het vir sy vader die kleinvee opgepas, en as daar ‘n leeu of ‘n beer kom en ‘n stuk kleinvee uit die trop wegdra, dan gaan ek uit agter hom aan en verslaan hom en ruk dit uit sy bek uit; en as hy my aanval, gryp ek hom aan sy baard en verslaan hom en maak hom dood. U dienaar het die leeu sowel as die beer doodgeslaan, en met hierdie onbesnede Filistyn sal dit gaan net soos met een van hulle, omdat hy die slagordes van die lewende God uitgedaag het. (1 Samuel 17:34-36)
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Kilroy was Here or was it Leonard Sweet?
Leonard Sweet, a leading figure in the Emergent Church (although he denies having any ties with them any longer – read here and here), is touring South Africa and telling the pastors of the Dutch Reformed Church in particular that they must adapt or die. Stephan Joubert, one of his most ardent protégés of E-Church fame is sponsoring Sweet’s visit. He appeared as guest speaker at the Mosaïek Kerk in Fairlands, Johannesburg, and the Pierre van Ryneveld DRC in Pretoria on May 28 and will be giving his final lecture in the large auditorium of the Moreleta Park DRC on Saturday, June 1.
This is how Neels Jackson of the Afrikaans newspaper, Beeld, reported on Sweet’s appearance at the Pierre van Ryneveld DRC. Leonard Sweet said:
“If the Protestant Christendom does not learn the language of the present culture, its future is dark.
Sweet said that the Christendom [note: he does not say Christianity] is the largest on earth. The Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox and Pentecostal group are growing.
The one tradition that is not growing is Protestantism. Sweet warned that 2017 would turn out to be a funeral rather than a feast for Protestantism.”
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