Understanding the Oneness of God

By

Dr. T.B. Neil Ph.D., D.D., RFM, CFLE

Genesis Institute
P.O. Box 5634, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G6 Phone: (780) 743-8648 Fax: (780) 743-8647 E-mail: genesis.institute@shaw.ca

© Copyright 2002, Dr. T.B. Neil, Alberta, Canada All rights reserved under international copyright law. Contents and/or cover may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without the express written consent of the author. Contents may not be changed and remain the property of Genesis Institute. Printed and bound in Canada by PageMaster Publication Services Inc

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE ............................................................................................................ iv REVELATION OF HIS NAME Chapter one ....................................................................................................... 1 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM Chapter two ..................................................................................................... 13 SIGNIFICANCE OF TONGUES Chapter three................................................................................................... 47 THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD Chapter Four.................................................................................................... 75 HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRINITY DOCTRINE Chapter five ..................................................................................................... 95 THE SHEMA Chapter Six .................................................................................................... 115 BIBLIOGRAPHY............................................................................................... 150

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PREFACE
God of Monotheistic Theology Theos means God, logos means Word, the theology of God is Monotheism. God is the word and the word is God and was manifested in flesh. God spoke to Adam face to face; to Moses He showed his backside; Israel viewed Him through a vail; and the church sees Him through a glass darkly. Revelation is a disclosure God gives Himself. In Genesis 1:1 the compendium statement is both introductory and conclusive as it introduces God it denies: • Oneness, for He is alone and without equal or companion • Agnosticism, for the heavens declare him alone • Atheism, for the Godhead is clearly seen in Him • Materialism, seeing God is a Spirit • Pantheism, seeing He was before all things and by Him all things consist • Fatalism, seeing His eternal purpose stands • Polytheism for God is One and His omniscience knows no of other gods • Evolutionism, seeing that God created all things for his own pleasure • He alone is uncreated The compendium statement of Genesis 1:1 demands a deity or first cause; the monotheistic God, Jesus is the cause in Genesis 1:2 Cosmological Validation For every cause there must be a corresponding effect (Ro 1:20) Teleological Validation For every design, a designer is demanded (Ps 19:1-3) Ontological Validation The cosmopolitan concept of worship demands an object for worship (Ro 1:19; Co 2:8-10) Moral Consequences The condemnation by guilt demands a conscience representing higher laws based on rationale rather than instinct (Ro 1:14-18). The incarnation did not occur so as to justify existence of God that is invisible. Its eternal purpose was to provide a sacrifice for Adam’s first sin. The immaculate, Holy God alone was capable to do that job for the book of Job said not even angels are pure in His sight or credible to appease God’s demand for reparation. The response to the need was the incarnation. The Lord Himself became our Christ.

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♦ Divinity ♦ Creator

(Spirit of Christ)

is

Jesus Is God
is

is

“Christ” with us

2nd Adam

♦ Redeemer with Us

Christ in Us

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The Relationship of the Name Monotheistic and Oneness proponents use the name of God correctly in the New Testament plan (Ac 2:38; 4:12). Revelation of the name was progressive. First God told Abram His name was Almighty, which was given to meet Sarah’s womb’s need. Then God gave the name, I AM, followed by YHWH to Moses and Israel to meet the Old Covenant and Testament relationship between Himself and the newly found nation of priests. Jews modified the Tetragrammaton YHWH consonant name to a vowel sounding name by addition of A (from Adonai or Lord) and E (from Elohim) to get YAHWEH. El in Elohim means strength and ohim means faithfulness. Therefore, this monotheistic God called, YAHWEH, or Jehovah is strong, faithful, and a covenant God. He is alone. Usage of the name, Elohim, always has the usual Hebrew ending for all masculine nouns in the plural and accompanied by the verb and adjective in the singular. Oneness may be mistaken to be trinity in attributes or misconstrued to be representative of collectivism. Monotheism does not have this defect or lend itself to speculative conjecturing. The verb tense “I AM” is singular in Exodus 3:14. The plurality Trinitarian resorts to in Elohim linguistically conforms to verb and adjective in the singular, which is referring to two credible usage of the plurality, alluded to in the following: Plurality in majesty or the royal “We” (Jn 14:23; Ge 1:26) Plurality in intensity or force and power (Ge 33:20) Consistency in arithmetical agreement is maintained in: Isaiah 44:24 Elohim alone Isaiah 44:6, 8 No Elohim like me 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 None, but one Elohim Begging the Question Why do Trinitarians stop at three persons? Why does Oneness stop at three modes of manifestations? One claims there are three persons in the Godhead, the other claims that there are three modes of manifestation of one person. Both ignore the fact that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not manifestations, but are offices and improper names or titles of the same identical person, who is without distinction and not persons. Tritheism makes distinction between persons as follows: • • • Father is the first person Son is the second person Holy Spirit is the third person

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Synthetic oneness makes distinctions of modes: the Father mode, the Son mode, and the Holy Ghost mode, but the Apostle John said that these three are one, not meaning three distinct entities, but meaning one person who at all times simultaneously is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. One word covers all three, Christ for Father is the spirit of Christ, Son is the flesh of Christ, and Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. That gives us Jesus alone. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are interstitially integrated, ionically and covalently. Ezekiel called it the wheel within the wheel. They are inseparable. He that hath the Son has both the Father and the Son. If modality is correct, then it is logistically attainable to have one mode present in the absence of the others. The same is reasoning for the persons' concept. However, monotheism says no. Jesus said that if I do not go away, the comforter cannot come. He said this because He is the comforter. This does not mean that his presence does not hinder another person from coming. He that hath the Son hath the Father and the Holy Ghost simultaneously. Wherever Jesus is simultaneously He is Father, he is Son, and He is Holy Spirit. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are telescopic in that He goes in and out of Himself. He exalts and humbles Himself. He hides Himself and makes Himself visible when He chooses. He is Son over His own house. He never says, My Father and I, but I and My Father are one. Monotheism says Amen. The vernacular and nomenclature of Oneness is flawed and the synthetic thinking of Trinitarianism is arithmetically and logistically flawed. Only monotheism is mathematically, theologically, and logistically sound and tenable. The "Oneness" name has its origin in 1901 and 1910 in the USA. Trinitarianism has its origin in the 2nd Century AD with Tertullian, but Monotheism started from the declaration of God, which is not argumentative or suggestive, but declarative. So Oneness arrived at the right conclusion of Jesus being the Almighty God, but by process whose origin is linked with the Trinitarian's process (ie, modalism). That is why we are losing many of our many ministers to Trinitarianism because they are confused between the difference. Monotheism is immiscible and distinguishable from all other doctrines.
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Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

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I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 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. See Isa 44 The Lord our God is One.

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