How are we supposed to free ourselves from the spiritual emptiness and the degenerate life and find a genuine life? I was so lost and befuddled before, but now I’ve found the answer.
Is God a Trinity or the One True God? – Knowing God
I had ever seen these scriptures, but I indeed didn’t understand them. It seemed that I really did not possess the faculty of understanding the truth. Later, the sister read another passage of Almighty God’s words to us, “What is the Holy Father? What is the Son? What is the Holy Spirit? Is Jehovah the Holy Father? Is Jesus the Son? Then what of the Holy Spirit? Is not the Father a Spirit? Is not the substance of the Son also a Spirit? Was not the work of Jesus the work of the Holy Spirit? Was not the work of Jehovah at the time carried out by a Spirit the same as Jesus’? How many Spirits can God have? According to your explanation, the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one; if so, there are three Spirits, but to have three Spirits means there are three Gods. This means that there is no one true God; how can this kind of God still have the inherent substance of God? If you accept that there is only one God, then how can He have a son and be a father? Are these not all simply your notions? There is only one God, only one person in this God, and only one Spirit of God, much as it is written down in the Bible that “There is only one Holy Spirit and only one God.” Regardless of whether the Father and the Son of which you speak exist, there is only one God after all, and the substance of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit you believe in is the substance of the Holy Spirit. In other words, God is a Spirit, but He is able to become flesh and live among men, as well as to be above all things. His Spirit is all-inclusive and omnipresent. He can simultaneously be in the flesh and throughout the universe. Since all people say that God is the only one true God, then there is a single God, divisible at will by none! God is only one Spirit, and only one person; and that is the Spirit of God. … This concept of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is most absurd! This segments God and splits Him into three persons, each with a status and Spirit; how then can He still be one Spirit and one God?” (“Does the Trinity Exist?”). After reading these words, the sister fellowshiped some more with us. I was startled after hearing that. I thought, “Yes, don’t we always say God is the only one true God? Does ‘the only one’ not mean one God? It surely means one God, one Spirit. Have I not segmented God in my heart? God is one God yet I have split Him into three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But on second thought, since God is only one, then why is there the idea of the Father and the Son in the Bible?
Thinking about this, I asked the sister with a seeking heart, “What Almighty God says is extraordinarily good and makes me suddenly enlightened. The idea of the Trinity is really man’s notions and imaginations, but I have one more question. The Bible documents, ‘And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, see, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting on him: And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Matthew 3:16-17). ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will’ (Matthew 26:39). Since God is only one, why then is there the idea of the Father and the Son?”
Soon afterward, the sister let me read several passages of Almighty God’s words, “There are still those who say, did not God expressly state that Jesus was His beloved Son? “Jesus is the beloved Son of God, in whom He is well pleased” was certainly spoken by God Himself. That was God bearing witness to Himself, but merely from a different perspective, that of the Spirit in heaven bearing witness to His own incarnation. Jesus is His incarnation, not His Son in heaven. Do you understand?” “When Jesus called God in heaven by the name of Father as He prayed, this was done only from the perspective of a created man, only because the Spirit of God had clothed Himself as an ordinary and normal man and had the exterior cover of a created being. Even if within Him was the Spirit of God, His exterior appearance was still that of an ordinary man…. However great the authority of Jesus on earth, prior to the crucifixion, He was merely a Son of man, governed by the Holy Spirit (that is, God), and one of the earth’s created beings, for He had yet to complete His work. Therefore, His calling God in heaven Father was solely His humility and obedience. His addressing God (that is, the Spirit in heaven) in such a manner, however, does not prove that He is the Son of the Spirit of God in heaven. Rather, it is simply that His perspective is different, not that He is a different person. The existence of distinct persons is a fallacy! … After Jesus went away, this idea of the Father and the Son was no longer. This idea was only appropriate for the years when Jesus became flesh; under all other circumstances, the relationship is one between the Lord of creation and a created being when you call God Father. There is no time at which this idea of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can stand; it is a fallacy rarely seen through the ages and does not exist!” (“Does the Trinity Exist?”). After reading God’s words and hearing the sister’s fellowship, I understood the idea of the Father and the Son mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible came into existence because of the work of God incarnate. The reason why there was not the idea of the Father and the Son in the Old Testament of the Bible is that God did not become flesh in the Age of Law, but instead it was God’s Spirit that did the work. In the Age of Grace, because God was to do the redemptive work and the Spirit couldn’t do the work of crucifixion directly, it is necessary for God to become flesh to complete the work. Therefore in our view, there is a distinction between the Spirit in heaven and the incarnate God on earth. In reality, what the Lord Jesus expressed then were the thoughts of God’s Spirit, that is, the thoughts of the Father, and was the expression of the Father. At that time people, however, just didn’t know the Lord Jesus is God Himself and is the Father. Thus the Lord Jesus humbly hided Himself and called the Spirit in heaven by the name of Father from the perspective of a created being, that is, from the perspective of we human beings. His calling God in heaven by the name of Father doesn’t mean that God and He are Father and Son, nor that He is a created being, much less that He is a man who is completely the same as us. This is because the Lord Jesus’ substance is God and He is the Father. As for the voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son,” this is God’s Spirit (the Father) bearing testimony to His own flesh by calling the flesh Son. And that God incarnate called the Spirit within Him by the name of Father from the perspective of the flesh is the humility and obedience of Christ and is also to set an exemplar of truly worshiping God for man. So there is the idea of the Father and the Son.
Through Almighty God’s words, I was more and more clear about the idea of the Father and the Son in the Bible. So it is because of the needs of God’s work and the different perspectives from which He spoke, that the addresses are different. Still, They are one Spirit in substance. Then the sister read another passage of Almighty God’s words to me, “The Spirit within Jesus, the Spirit in heaven, and the Spirit of Jehovah are all one. It can be called the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the sevenfold intensified Spirit, and the all-inclusive Spirit. The Spirit of God alone can carry out much work. He is able to create the world and destroy it by flooding the earth; He can redeem all mankind, and moreover, conquer and destroy all mankind. This work is all carried out by God Himself and cannot have been done by any other of the persons of God in His stead. His Spirit can be called by the name of Jehovah and Jesus, as well as the Almighty. He is the Lord, and Christ. He can also become the Son of man. He is in the heavens and also on the earth; He is on high above the universes and among the multitude. He is the only Master of the heavens and earth! From the time of creation until now, this work has been carried out by the Spirit of God Himself. Be it the work in the heavens or in the flesh, all is carried out by His own Spirit. All creatures, whether in heaven or on earth, are in the palm of His almighty hand; all of this is the work of God Himself and can be done by no other in His stead. In the heavens, He is the Spirit but also God Himself; among men, He is flesh but remains God Himself. Though He may be called by hundreds of thousands of names, He is still Himself, and all the work[b] is the direct expression of His Spirit. The redemption of all mankind through His crucifixion was the direct work of His Spirit, and so too is the proclamation unto all nations and all lands during the last days. At all times, God can only be called the almighty and one true God, the all-inclusive God Himself. The distinct persons do not exist, much less this idea of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! There is only one God in heaven and on earth!” (“Does the Trinity Exist?”). The words of Almighty God are very clearly said. God is the only one true God and the all-inclusive God Himself. The idea of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit doesn’t exist at all. In heaven and on earth there is only one God! We shouldn’t split God into three persons. Through Almighty God’s words and the sister’s patient communication, the religious notions which I had held for many years were finally reversed so that I have welcomed the Lord Jesus’ return and followed God’s footsteps. Thank God! All the glory be to Almighty God!
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