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The Preconceived Notions of the Trinity Doctrine in John Chapter 1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. – John 1:1-2
Many will read this Scripture passage above with a preconceived notion that 'the Word' is a separate person as God. This notion does not hold true when the first chapter of John is examined more carefully and put into context. Not only does the text not teach this at all, but contradicts too many other verses in Scripture.
Old Testament Evidence
First, before we get into the finer details, we must set a precedent of who God (Yahweh) is. Yahweh of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament and is affirmed by reading the confirmations that are stated in Scripture over and over again.
To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD (YAHWEH) is God; THERE IS NO OTHER BESIDES HIM. – Deuteronomy 4:35
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD (YAHWEH) our God, THE LORD (YAHWEH) IS ONE. – Deuteronomy 6:4
“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and THERE IS NO GOD WITH ME – Deuteronomy 32:39
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD (YAHWEH),“and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I AM HE. BEFORE ME NO GOD WAS FORMED, NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY AFTER ME. I, I AM THE LORD (YAHWEH), and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD (YAHWEH), “and I AM GOD. – Isaiah 43:10-12
Thus says the LORD (YAHWEH), the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD (YAHWEH) of hosts: “I AM THE FIRST AND I AM THE LAST; BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD. – Isaiah 44:6
I am the LORD (YAHWEH), and THERE IS NO OTHER, BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD , and THERE IS NO OTHER, BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD – Isaiah 45:5
…for I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER; I am God, and THERE IS NONE LIKE ME – Isaiah 46:9
“You shall HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME. – Exodus 20:3
Have we not all one Father? HAS NOT ONE GOD CREATED US? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? – Malachi 2:10
For you are great and do wondrous things; YOU ALONE are God. – Psalm 86:10
New Testament Evidence
For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us THERE IS ONE GOD, THE FATHER, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. – 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
ONE GOD and Father of all, WHO IS OVER ALL and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:6
And this is eternal life, that they know you THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. – John 17:3
The Old Testament Scriptures that came before the Gospel of John make it clear that there is only one person, the Father whose personal name is Yahweh.
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘WHAT IS HIS NAME?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” - Exodus 3:13-14
God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘YAHWEH the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. - Exodus 3:15
That they may know that you ALONE, whose name is Yahweh, are the Most High over all the earth. – Psalm 83:18
The personal name of God is revealed in Exodus and Psalms; it is Yahweh, not Trinity
Seeing John 1 through a Different Lens
Now that we have established who Yahweh is by Biblical precedent, we can proceed to the context of John chapter 1.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:1-3
When reading these verses with an understanding that Yahweh is one person instead of a plurality of persons, the meaning changes. It would be a presumption based on the many of the confirmed verses in Scripture that John 1:1-3 speaks of God being more than one person.
Additionally, the English translators capitalized 'the Word' in the text to make it appear that it is a person (proper noun), but in the original text it is not capitalized. This is a deception because nowhere in Scripture in context portrays Yahweh as a plurality of separate persons. Once this presumption is taken away, John 1:1-3 takes on a whole new meaning.
The verses speak of one person, Yahweh the Father. In the beginning was His word and His word was with Him. There is no 'Word' as a separate entity with a personality. Yahweh was His word and His word was with Him. The word that is 'with God' and 'was God' does not prove that there is another person, but 'was God' is Yahweh. The 'Word was with God' does not imply that 'the Word' is separate or a different person who is also God at the same time, but is Yahweh's divine word.
The verses in John 1 cannot be used as proof' text in the light that the Scriptures repeatedly says over and over that, 'I alone am Yahweh.' To infer something that is not there changes who God is.
ALL THINGS WERE MADE THROUGH HIM, and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:3
If you believe that 'the Word' is a separate entity, but still Yahweh, then it would be a preconceived notion that God is more than one person and that this separate entity, 'the Word' made all things.
The truth is that Yahweh, the Father created all things by His word (logos) which he spoke created everything.
BY THE WORD OF THE LORD (YAHWEH) the heavens were made – Psalm 33:6
For HE SPOKE, AND IT CAME TO BE; he commanded, and it stood firm. – Psalm 33:9
The Father is Yahweh and 'the word' that proceeds from His mouth is the power and authority of the Father. His divine words don’t have their own separate entity or personality, but 'the word was God,' is Yahweh, not a separate person.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:4-5
The life and light that was created from the divine word of Yahweh was Christ.
The subject of the text in John 1:1 makes it clear that it was 'in the beginning.' This would mean that the 'light' in verse 5 was created by God.
And GOD SAID, “LET THERE BE LIGHT,” and there was light. – Genesis 1:3
And GOD SAID, “LET THERE BE LIGHTS in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. – Genesis 1:14
Here we see Yahweh speaks His word to create light. The Father created light. To say that Christ is Yahweh because he is the 'light' would be a quandary because God is eternal and not created like light is. Christ said, 'I am the light of the world' (John 8:12).
Christ was created by the word of Yahweh. By the word of God, he became the light of the world.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, TO BEAR WITNESS ABOUT THE LIGHT, THAT ALL MIGHT BELIEVE THROUGH HIM. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. – John 1:6-9
John the Baptist was sent from Yahweh to bear witness of Christ, a man begotten (born) of Him.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and HIS OWN PEOPLE DID NOT RECEIVE HIM. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD, WHO WERE BORN, NOT OF BLOOD NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD. – John 1:10-13
Christ was created by Yahweh by His word. Yahweh, the Father sent His Son into the world unto the people of Israel, but most would not receive Him.
All who would believe in him and his message given to him from his Father would become new creations becoming sons of God, begotten of the Father.
Light of the World
The problem becomes apparent when people make Christ to be eternal Yahweh and also the created “light” at the same time. It's a contradiction. If Christ said to his followers that they are lights of the world, then by the same logic that would make them Yahweh too, but it is common sense that all created beings are not eternal.
Christ is the Son of God who was created and sent to do the the will of the Yahweh representing the "image" of his Father.
“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14
Let your LIGHT SHINE before others, so that they may see your GOOD WORKS and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
Every believer who has the Spirit of Christ in them become lights of the world, just as the Son of Yahweh, Christ our Saviour became the light to the world. John the Baptist bore witness of the light that would come. The finished work of Christ makes a provision for all men to become lights in the world being born again, begotten of the Father and becoming fellow brothers and sisters as sons of God by the testimony, example and words of Christ.
All those who believe on the name of Christ are granted by the power of the Father to become sons of God.
It would not make sense if being 'the light' and being a 'son of God' means being fully God in the flesh because it would only follow that those who follow Christ are fully God in the flesh being God also.
Christ was a man in whom the Spirit of the Father dwelt. The Father also dwells within followers of Christ. What this means is that all who have the Spirit of God within them and live and speak by the same Spirit are also 'the word made flesh.'
Fullness: The Spirit of God Dwelling in Christ
And THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
The 'word became flesh' is the Father speaking through the example and teaching of Christ. It does not mean that God came to earth and became Christ. Yahweh did not put a baby in Mary and become that baby in the flesh becoming all God and all man at the same time. The Father cannot be contained in one single body of any man as clearly confirmed in Scripture.
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? BEHOLD, HEAVEN AND THE HIGHEST HEAVEN CANNOT CONTAIN YOU; HOW MUCH LESS THIS HOUSE THAT I HAVE BUILT! – 1 Kings 8:27
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD (YAHWEH). DO I NOT FILL HEAVEN AND EARTH? DECLARES THE LORD. – Jeremiah 23:24
But who is able to build him a house, since HEAVEN, EVEN HIGHEST HEAVEN, CANNOT CONTAIN HIM? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? – 2 Chronicles 2:6
GOD IS NOT MAN, that he should lie, OR A SON OF MAN, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? – Numbers 23:19
Yahweh cannot be contained, but many falsely believe that He dwelt fully in Christ making him to be 'God the Son,' instead of the Son of God.
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER. – Mark 13:32
If Yahweh lived fully in flesh form on the earth, then why would an all knowing 'God the Son' not know the day or the hour of his second coming?
The Trinitarian will continue to say that 'Jesus is God' by pointing to this following verse.
For in him the whole FULLNESS OF DEITY DWELLS BODILY – Colossians 2:9
As already stated with Scriptural evidence, Yahweh cannot be contained. The context of this verse is about having the fullness of His Spirit, just as all believers in Christ have the same fullness of spirit too. The very next verse reveals this.
AND YOU HAVE BEEN FILLED IN HIM, who is the head of all rule and authority. – Colossians 2:10
For FROM HIS FULLNESS WE HAVE ALL RECEIVED, grace upon grace. – John 1:16
If Yahweh left heaven and became fully man, then why does it state in the proceeding verses that no man has seen Him?
NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN GOD; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. – John 1:18
If Christ is the supposed 'Creator' come to earth in fleshly form, then why would he say to his followers that they would do even greater works than him?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me WILL ALSO DO THE WORKS THAT I DO; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE will he do, because I am going to the Father. – John 12:14
If Christ is the 'Creator' in the flesh, then it would follow that we can do greater works than he who created everything. That makes no sense.
No one can do greater works than He who created everything including the 'works;' therefore, Christ cannot be the Creator of all things.
Unfortunately, many are blinded by their Trinitarian indoctrination. When one is conditioned to read Scripture through a Catholic lens rather than through spiritual discernment. They miss the true meaning and message that is contained in the first chapter of John.
They fail to understand that the body of Christ was the temple where the Holy Spirit dwelt and we who are his followers are also the temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells. The indoctrinated will be eager to prove in their man-made doctrines that God came to the earth as a God-man with their vast assortment of cherry-picked verses used out of context. They are blinded to the Good News that Spirit of Christ dwells in all believers. Christ in us! (Colossians 1:22)
Christ, who walked the earth was a mortal man, not Yahweh incarnate. To believe this denies the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all believers.
All true believers have Yahweh's Spirit within them to the same extent or degree that the Father was in Christ. All those who 'see' Christ, 'see' the Father, just as those who 'see' the followers of Christ, 'see' Christ.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BROTHERS, YOU DID IT TO ME.’ – Matthew 25:40
Christ is the 'image' of the Father and whoever sees Christ 'sees' Yahweh. Since all true believers are in the image of Christ, whoever sees them 'sees' the Father also.
Those who are in the image of Christ are also in the image of God because Christ is the image of the Father. He who sees the least of Christ’s brethren has seen Christ, just as those who see Christ have seen the Father. We can take this a step further and say that the least of Christ’s brethren have the Father dwelling in them and those who see them see the Father.
The Spirit of the Antichrist
Christ dwells in all true believers and so does Yahweh. Christ and the Father are one in Spirit which was promised to make their home in us. The one Spirit that is in unity with the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit. Scripture attests that all believers have only one Spirit within them.
Making God a triune entity of three different persons makes the Holy Spirit a separate person from the Father and the Son. To make the Holy Spirit a separate person from the one Spirit of the Father and Son denies the Father and the Son for another spirit.
The Father and Son will not dwell in anyone that denies that they are not one in Spirit.
Christ said, 'I and the Father are one. (John 10:30)
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. - John 17:20-21
Do you see the problem with making God a three person entity called a Trinity?
This makes the Holy Spirit not to be the one uniting Spirit of the Father and the Son, but a separate spirit.
The deception of the antichrist spirit makes the Spirit of Yahweh and the Son separate by making neither the Father nor the Son united in one Spirit.
There are only two alternatives with this false belief and that is confessing that you must have three separate spirits within you (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) or confess that you only have one spirit within you that is separate person from the Father and the Son. This is a denial of Christ abiding in you since the separate spirit cannot be of the Father or the Son.
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? THIS IS THE ANTICHRIST, HE WHO DENIES THE FATHER AND THE SON. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. IF WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING ABIDES IN YOU, THEN YOU TOO WILL ABIDE IN THE SON AND IN THE FATHER. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. - 1 John 2:22-25
Scripture attests the every believer has the one Spirit that abides in the Father and the Son. The Father and Son are of one Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is not the uniting Spirit of Christ and the Father, then it is an antichrist spirit that denies both the Father and the Son.
How we perceive Christ is of utmost importance. The consequences of believing in a Romanized Catholic triune antichrist god with the twisted version of the Father and Christ will bring dire consequences. The Catholic Church and all her harlots believe in the same Trinity doctrine.
The English translations and corruptions of Scripture may appear to be saying that 'Jesus is God' and that God is also three separate personalities, but when these supposed proof verses are put under closer scrutiny, the preconceived indoctrinated notions do not hold up.
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