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Fundamentals of the Christian Faith

Fundamentals of the Christian Faith

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An examination of the entire Bible to discern its fundamental teachings, and preparation of study outlines to assist in presenting these teachings to others. Please visit http://breachrepairers.webs.com for info on how to have a preaching, teaching, and healing ministry, and would like to donate to my ministry "Repairers of the Breach." Also look for timely messages that will help you prepare for the 2nd coming of Christ at my vimeo account http://www.vimeo.com/user4272376. God Bless you, as we prepare for the nearness of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
An examination of the entire Bible to discern its fundamental teachings, and preparation of study outlines to assist in presenting these teachings to others. Please visit http://breachrepairers.webs.com for info on how to have a preaching, teaching, and healing ministry, and would like to donate to my ministry "Repairers of the Breach." Also look for timely messages that will help you prepare for the 2nd coming of Christ at my vimeo account http://www.vimeo.com/user4272376. God Bless you, as we prepare for the nearness of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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Purpose of the Study: to show that the God of the Bible is a unity of three coeternal persons—The
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. {Trinity=Tri+divinity; triune=tri+une(one)}. God is not a rigid
singularity but a suggestive plurality.

Center it: Each member of the Godhead plays a specific role in your salvation.

Know it/Mark it:

Note: many early Adventists rejected the Trinity as a false doctrine of the Catholic Church. They held to
the idea that if it’s catholic, it’s probably wrong.

OT Foundation:
Gen 1:1, 2, 26-28
Gen 11:1-9, esp. 7 (6:3)
Gen 18:1-4, 16-33; 19:1-5, 12-25, esp. 24
Num 6:22-27 *this is a hint, not a proof
Isa 6:1-5 (9:6) *this is a hint, not a proof
Deut 6:4
Jesus Christ

John 10:30-33; 8:56-59
o 5:17, 18; 10:15; 17:5, 11, 20-22

John 1:1-3, 14
Mt 1:21-23 (Mt 22:41-46)
Hebrews 1:1-9

Holy Spirit
Mt 3:13-17
Mt 28:18-20
John 14:16-18
John 16:8
Rom 8:16, 26, 27
Eph. 4:30
1Jn 4:8, 16 <*a-mode>
o 1Cor 13:5

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OT Foundation:
Gen 1:1, 2, 26-28 (3:22)

o We are introduced to God as a plurality. The spirit of God moves
o God refers to Himself plurally (“let us,” “in our”). “Elohim” from the Hebrew in verse
26 is in the plural form. It follows with “let them.” It takes a plurality to represent a
plurality. Mankind, not just man, is formed in the image of God.
o 3:22 – “Man has become like one of us”
Gen 11:1-9, esp. 7 (6:3)

o In v.6 – the people (many) are one (because of unified thought and purpose). In

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verse, more than one is one.
o v.7 – God says let “Us.” In this verse one is more than one.
o In 3 and 4, the people are always saying, let US do this. In v.7, God responds
o 6:3 – God has a spirit that does something that humans do. It is personified; it

strives.
Gen 18:1-4, 16-33; 19:1-5, 12-25, esp. 24
o 1-4 – Abraham hospitably invites the strangers to rest with him. “Lord” here is “sir.”
o v.17 – “LORD” here is “YHWH” (the tetragrammaton)
o v.22 – The men leave, the LORD stays to talk with Abraham
o v.25 – the “Judge of all the earth” is God. From the Hebrew we know this is the JW’s
Jehovah (who they claim no one has seen).
o v.33 – the LORD goes His way.
o 19:1 – the other two are clarified to be angels.
o v.24 – after the angels have taken Lot and his family out of S and G, the LORD rained
down from the LORD out of the heavens. There are two Jehovahs/Yawehs/LORDs
in this text—one who was at Abraham’s tent, the Judge of all the earth, who then left
for S and G, and one who is in heaven.

Num 6:22-27

o This is a threefold blessing. This suggests that God is plural

Isa 6:1-5 (9:6)

o The angels say holy three times
o The Son is called “mighty God” and many other terms we attach to God.

Deut 6:4

o This is considered the most sacred text by Jews. “The LORD is one.”
o The same Moses who wrote this wrote all the “Let Us” that we read in Genesis. It is
the same Moses who transcribed many people being one. This text is better
translated that the Lord is God alone. The number in Hebrew is not a counting
number but an ordinal number—that is, the LORD is first.

Jesus Christ

John 10:30-33; 8:56-59

o Jesus claims to be one with the Father (can reference Gen 2:24-where two become
one flesh)

o Before Abraham was, I AM (he claims to be the “I AM” of Exodus). The Jews wanted

to kill Him for that.
o 5:17, 18; 10:15; 17:5, 11, 20-22
10:15 – as the Father knows Him, He knows the Father. Our parents have
known us for our entire lives, but we have not known our parents for their
entire lives. The only way that Jesus can know and be known by the Father
in the exact same way is that they are coeternal.

John 1:1-3, 14

o The Word was with God and was God from the beginning. He was both God and with
God. They are distinguishable but not divisible.

Mt 1:21-23 (Mt 22:41-46)

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o Side note on Matthew 22:

The three big questions that Jesus faced just days before the greatest ordeal
in His life (the trial and the cross) are the same questions that we will face
before the second coming of Christ—our relationship with the government
(v.15-22), the state of the dead (v.23-33), and our relationship with the law
(34 onwards).
o 41-46 – Why was Jesus’ question so tricky? Because they didn’t understand that the
Messiah would be God Himself Incarnate.

Hebrews 1:1-9

o Shows the preeminence of Jesus over the angels.
o v.6 – the angels are commanded to worship Him.
o v.8 – the “he” in all the verses is God (the Father), and in this verse he says to Jesus,
“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:”

Holy Spirit
Mt 3:13-17

o v.16 – the Spirit comes down while the Father is in heaven and the Son is on earth.

Mt 28:18-20

o Baptism in the Trinity

John 14:16-18

o v.16 – the Father is sending ANOTHER Comforter/helper (para-kletos: para=beside,
kletos=to walk). This means that there must have been a first one. Who was the first
one? Jesus. Only a person can fill a void left by a person. Building contractor
illustration. 6 mo. contract, sending new contractor. The replacement contractor
must be able to do the things the first one did. In the same way, the Spirit must be
able to do the things that Jesus did.
o v.17 – “him, him, him, and he.”

John 16:8
Rom 8:16, 26, 27

o The Spirit is doing something. Compare w/ Rom. 7:25 “I myself” – meaning
personality. This is the same term used in 8:16 “Spirit itself.” It is “ ”

(autos).The Spirit intercedes.
o The Spirit has a mind and a self, just a Paul did (Rom 7:25)

Eph. 4:30

o It can be grieved. A force (like gravity) cannot be grieved.

1Jn 4:8, 16 <*a-mode>

o God is love—personified. In order to love, there must be others to love; therefore,
God, being love must be plural in order to be able to love. God is, in His nature, a
family.
o 1Cor 13:5

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