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The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that God exists in three persons – “God the Father”, “God the Son” and “God the Holy Ghost”.
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“God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity” – so goes the famous Doxology. And this doctrine is considered by mainstream Christianity to be orthodoxy, or, in other words, the Triune Godhead is the only acceptable way to believe in God.

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According to this doctrine, every time a reference is made to God in discourse (without any additional qualifiers such as “the Father” or “the Son” or “the Holy Ghost”) we are to understand that all three persons of the Triune Godhead are being indicated implicitly. In other words, the implication of the term “God” is “the Trinity” (as the Godhead is called by Trinitarians): “God the Father”, “God the Son”, and “God the Holy Ghost”.
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Therefore, for those who hold this doctrine, the scripture must also be evaluated using this implied “equivalent value” (in the manner of the Substitution Property of Equality in Mathematics) in order to properly understand its fundamental meaning and grasp its true significance.
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In other words, virtually everywhere the word “God” occurs in the scripture it should be replaced with or understood to signify “the Trinity” – or “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost”.
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It doesn’t take very much intellectual industry to realize that this line of reasoning soon collapses under its own weight, proving once and for all that the Trinity Doctrine is based on a logical fallacy and is ipso facto False Doctrine!
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Take the following verses, for example:
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Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth” becomes
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“In the beginning ‘the Trinity’ created the Heavens and the Earth”… or
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“In the beginning ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ created the Heavens and the Earth.”
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John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” becomes
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ‘the Trinity’, and the Word was ‘the Trinity’” … or
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, and the Word was ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’”.
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Deuteronomy 6:4
“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our God, YHWH is One” becomes
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“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our ‘Trinity’, YHWH is One” … or
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“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, YHWH is One”.
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Isaiah 45:5
“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” becomes
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“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no ‘Trinity’ beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” … or
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“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me”.
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Genesis 17:1
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” becomes
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“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty ‘Trinity’; walk before me, and be thou perfect” … or
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“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’; walk before me, and be thou perfect”.
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Genesis 32:30
“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” becomes
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“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen ‘the Trinity’ face to face, and my life is preserved” … or
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“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ face to face, and my life is preserved”.
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Psalm 100:3
“Know ye that YHWH he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” becomes
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“Know ye that YHWH he is ‘the Trinity’: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” … or
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“Know ye that YHWH he is ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture”.
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Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” becomes
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ‘the Trinity’, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For ‘the Trinity’ shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” … or
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.
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Matthew 4:6
“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” becomes
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“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of ‘the Trinity’, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” … or
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“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”.
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It becomes abundantly clear from these and countless other similar examples found literally on every page of the Bible that the Trinity Doctrine’s definition of God is logically flawed and therefore theologically untenable!
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Pastor Tim D. Cormier
June 29, 2019

 

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Genesis 1:26-27
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The Hebrew word for God in v. 26 and v. 27 is ELOHIM.

This is a plural word, but the plurality applies to the DOMAIN of God and not to the ESSENCE of God.

In other words, He is God OVER ALL.

This plurality of ELOHIM, however, is really not the reason why God says “let US make man” in v. 26.

(Bear in mind that the OT of our Bible is the entire Hebrew Bible, and while a large percentage of modern “Christianity” has fallen for the false doctrine of the “Trinity”, the Hebrew people–whose religion is Judaism–have never succumbed to this insidious heresy. Remember the SHEMA: YHWH our ELOHIM, YHWH is ECHAD [ONE]. And Gen. 1:26 has always been in their Bible since Moses first wrote it down.)

The Hebrew rabbis have traditionally dealt with this verse in three ways.

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(1) God was talking to the angels and taking counsel from them, asking for their input. Why did an infinite God require anyone else’s advice? The commentator Rashi explains based on the Midrash that it was an act of humility. Since man in some ways resembles the angels, they might feel jealous that such a lofty creature resides upon Earth. God thus took their opinion into account and conferred with them beforehand. As Rashi continues, this teaches an important lesson in humility – that the superior should always seek the advice of his underlings before making a decision which impacts upon them (Midrash Genesis Rabbah 8:7, Rashi, Targum Yonatan).

(2) God was addressing the earth – instructing it to bring forth man’s body. “Let us” implies that both God and the earth would create man – the earth would produce man’s body (in a process obviously controlled by God), and God would directly breathe in man’s soul (Nachmanides).

(3) God was addressing all of creation, asking each part to contribute its various strengths and qualities to man’s creation – for man is the pinnacle of God’s creation and contains the elements of everything within him (Vilna Gaon).

END-QUOTE

source:
http://www.aish.com/atr/Let-Us-Make-Man.html

 

Personally, I tend to lean toward the third explanation: God was addressing all of creation — Let US make man — since all creation sprang from God. He is the FATHER or SOURCE of all things, and to this fact the scriptures attest many times.

 

However, Gen. 1:27 leaves NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER as to the “number” essence of ELOHIM:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

“IN HIS OWN IMAGE” — this speaks of a SINGULAR ELOHIM! God is ONE and He has but ONE IMAGE!

We learn from the NT that Jesus Christ is in fact the IMAGE of the INVISIBLE GOD….

Col. 1:13-15
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Hebrews 1:1-3 
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

 

The SINGULARITY of ELOHIM is further born out by the fact that ADAM was ONLY ONE PERSON.

CONCLUSION

 

Genesis 1:26-27 in no way indicates a PLURALITY of PERSONS in ELOHIM. Rather, it confirms the SINGULARITY of ELOHIM, and is in perfect agreement with the SHEMA of Deuteronomy 6:4.

Hear, O Israel! YHWH our ELOHIM, YHWH is ONE!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

The Miracle of Christmas

Listen to this message preached by Pastor Cormier by clicking here: https://chirb.it/F64Hc3

Christmas Day, December 25, is the day that has been designated as the day to commemorate the birth of Christ. It is celebrated all around the world by Christians and non-Christians alike. Through the years it has largely become more of a commercialized holiday encrusted with many traditions, some very ancient with roots reaching all the way back to many hundreds of years before Jesus was born, and others that are more recent developments. Because of the many non-Biblical customs and traditions – some of which are pagan – that have become associated with and interwoven into the celebration of the Birth of Christ, the subject of Christmas has been a very controversial one for many centuries, and many, whose piety is regarded to be extreme, have completely condemned the observance of this holiday. But there is something supernatural, something miraculous about the message of Christmas that has been overlooked by many and which demands to be heard.

 

In the entire history of the world, the Birth of Christ was the single most important event that had ever happened up to that point. Not only was it significant because it was the Incarnation of God—when the Word (that was in the beginning with God and that indeed was God) was made Flesh and “tabernacled” among us, but it was also significant because it signaled the fact that “the fulness of time was come” (Gal. 4:4), and as a result it set in motion the chain of events that would usher in the final (“last”, eschatos) days of mankind on the earth as we now know it:

 

  • the life and earthly ministry of Jesus;
  • the death (“crucifixion”) of Jesus;
  • the burial of Jesus;
  • the resurrection of Jesus;
  • the ascension of Jesus;
  • the subsequent birth of the mystical Body of Christ, the NT Church in Acts 2
  • and the work of the NT Church on earth in preparation for the Return of Jesus for His Saints.

 

Thus, the Birth of Christ is the enigmatic pronouncement of the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is both the culmination of over four thousand years of preparation for and anticipation of the Coming of the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of all mankind, and the fulfillment of many prophetic utterances made by various OT writers who clearly spoke of this day.

 

Numbers 24:17
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

This is a clear prophecy of the Coming Messiah!

 

 

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel [Messiah]; whose goings forth [origin] have been from of old, from everlasting [eternity].

When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem seeking the newborn “King of the Jews”, Herod’s scholars pointed to this prophecy to direct them to the place where Jesus was born [Matthew 2:6].

Matthew 2:1-6

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. [They knew that the prophesied Coming King of the Jews would be the Messiah!]

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

  • Bethlehem Judah, the City of David, where Boaz redeemed and married Ruth, where Jessee and David were born.
  • Bethlehem Ephratah, the House of Bread and Fruitfulness, birthplace of the Bread of Life.
  • Bethlehem, location of the Well of Bethlehem, whose waters were poured out upon the ground by King David in a prophetic metaphor of the Coming Messiah and King of Israel out of whose belly would flow rivers of living water!
  • Bethlehem, whose surrounding fields were home to Temple Sheep, guarded by shepherds, to whom the Angel(s) appeared the night Jesus was born proclaiming these tidings:

Luke 2
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ Messiah the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew cites this passage in Matthew 1:22-23 as he relates how the angel told Joseph what to name the child to whom Mary was about to give birth.

Matthew 1:22-23
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

Isaiah 9

1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

This verse is cited by Matthew in Matthew 4:12-16 as proof that Jesus is the subject of this prophecy!

Matthew 4:12-16

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

 

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Some have called the story of the Birth of Jesus “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” And, to some degree, that is indeed exactly correct!

 

Yet, in some circles, it appears to have become the Greatest Story NEVER told! Beneath the accumulated centuries of tarnish by traditions and the litter of debris deposited by carelessness and neglect, the beautiful true story of the Birth of Christ still gleams with the Glory of Heaven – even though it has become eclipsed by fables, legends and outright lies.

 

But you must never underestimate the Miraculous Power of the Word of God!

 

Even while Jesus walked the earth in the Days of His Flesh, the truth of His Nativity was concealed from his contemporaries. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” is the cynical query of Nathaniel before his conversion in John 1.  “Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan?” exclaimed the unbelieving Jews in John 8:48.

 

But ignorance of the facts does not alter or eliminate them. Concealed Truth is just as real and vital as Revealed Truth. However, Truth must be Revealed to us in order to have power in our lives.

 

Consider this….

  • Ancient pagans practiced baptism long before John came baptizing and preparing the Way for Jesus.
    [http://www.bible.ca/ef/topical-baptism-a-prechristian-history.htm]
  • Ancient pagan cults held prayer to be a sacred ritual.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26
    And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.]
  • Ancient pagan religions built altars and offered sacrifices to pagan deities.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26]
  • Ancient pagans employed various worship devices, including music and singing.
    [Daniel 3:4-54 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: ]
  • The very pagan emperor of the Roman Empire, Constantine, very stupidly declared The Day of the Sun [Sunday] to be the Christian Sabbath – apparently in honor of the pagan Sun god.
    [https://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/constantine-decrees-sun-day-as-day-of-rest/]
  • The ancient mystic Tau [sign of the Cross] was employed in various ancient pagan religions as a sign of life.
    [https://www.thesimpleanswers.com/2012/02/18/the-christian-cross-is-pagan/]

 

But the TRUTH will still make you free if you will take the time to KNOW IT!

 

We reject the paganism associated with each of these items and embrace them in their true form as associated with Apostolic Christianity.

 

And in the same manner we reject the paganism and the lies surrounding the Birth of Christ and its celebration, choosing rather to joyfully remember the real meaning of the Day Christ was born.

 

The Miracle of Christmas…

The Miracle of Christmas is this: in spite of all the rubble of centuries of lies and legends, the Gospel Truth still shines from the story of the Birth of our Saviour!!

 

Listen to the beautiful story of the Gospel as it is narrated in these beautiful Christmas songs and you, too, will be blessed by the Miracle of Christmas!

 


O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 

Oh, sing, choirs of angels

Sing in exultation

Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

 

O come, o come Emmanuel

To free your captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice o Israel

To you shall come Emmanuel

 


O Little Town of Bethlehem

 

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And Peace to men on earth

 


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th’ angelic host proclaim,

“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored:

Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,

Offspring of the favoured one.

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

Hail, th’incarnate Deity:

Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Hail! the heaven-born

Prince of peace!

Hail! the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Risen with healing in his wings

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die:

Born to raise the son of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King !”

 


Joy To The World

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glory of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

 


Oh, Holy Night!

 

Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! Oh, praise His Name forever

His power and glory evermore proclaim

Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born


 

May the Blessings of Christ be with you this Christmas!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

 

Out of WHOSE Belly?

John 7:37-39 KJV

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 

The traditional interpretation of this passage has puzzled and confused me for many years. In the past, it was not at all clear to me what Jesus meant when He said “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

 

To what scripture was Jesus referring when He said “as the scripture hath said”? And why did He say that when someone believed on Him (and thus, by implication, received the Holy Ghost) they would have “rivers of living water” flow out of them?

 

Here’s the way most everyone explains what Jesus is saying in these verses:

 

  1. “If anyone thirsts let him come to Me (i.e., Jesus) and drink” – this part is fairly obvious and does not present any confusion. “Thirst” here represents a spiritual desire for the things of God. Jesus is clearly stating: that which humanity lacks spiritually can only be supplied by coming to HIM (i.e., Jesus) and “drinking”, i.e., receiving, what HE (i.e., Jesus) will give.

 

  1. “He that believes on Me (i.e., Jesus)” – whoever puts their trust in Jesus as their Messiah and Savior; the traditional understanding of this phrase links it to what follows – “as the scripture has said”;

 

  1. “as the scripture has said” – he that believes on Jesus in the manner prescribed by what has been written already in scripture; in other words, we must believe on Jesus precisely as the scripture instructs us to believe on Him in order for our belief to be valid;

 

  1. “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” – referring to the believer – “out of the believer’s belly”, implying that when someone believes on Jesus they will have multiple outlets of the Spirit flowing from within them in very large volumes, apparently for the purpose of filling others (?);

 

  1. “(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” – the process of “drinking” from Jesus and subsequently experiencing the “outflow” of “rivers of living water” is explained as being a prophetic fore-view of Pentecost and the era in which we now live when men experience salvation by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

The trouble I have accepting the traditional interpretation of this passage is it results in rivers of living water flowing out of the belly of the believer – ostensibly for the purpose of satisfying the thirst of others.

 

This, however, does not fit with what we know about salvation as revealed in the rest of scripture. The rivers of living water actually flow from Christ – He alone is the source of the waters of life with respect to actually filling believers with the Holy Ghost. When someone receives the Holy Ghost they are not then able to give it to others. Jesus is the only one who can give someone the Holy Ghost!

The answer lies in the way the KJV has punctuated the text.

 

Consider the following rendering of this passage:
In the last day, that great day of the Feast,

Jesus stood and cried, saying,

If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink – he that believeth on me;

as the scripture hath said,

out of His [i.e., Christ’s] belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(But this spake he of the Spirit,

which they that believe on him should receive:

for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;

because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 

Jesus actually put a restriction on who actually would be able to come unto Him and drink – only someone who believed on Him.

 

Then, Jesus refers to the OT prophecies concerning the time when the Lord would “pour out” His Spirit – “out of His [i.e., Christ’s] belly shall flow rivers of living water”. Of course, it makes perfect sense that Jesus would point out that those who THIRST should come to HIM and DRINK because RIVERS OF LIVING WATER WERE GOING TO FLOW OUT OF HIM, precisely as the scriptures had foretold!

 

Scholars say that there is no OT passage of which this is an exact quotation, but the thought is certainly expressed in scriptures like these:
Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Joel 2:28
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;

 

Clearly, the thought being conveyed is that rivers of living water were going to come from Messiah; yet the traditional interpretation of this passage has rivers of living water flowing from the belly of the believer.

 

Apparently, the traditional view of this passage has conflated it with the words of Jesus to the Samaritan Woman at the Well in John 4:14:

 

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

However, it should be noted that there is quite a difference between a well and a river; and the water from the well is for the individual believer, not for others to come to and drink. On the other hand, the rivers of living water that flow from Jesus are for “whosoever will”:

 

Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS

The Jews had a tradition where the priests would pour water out as they ascended the temple steps during the 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles prior to the last “great day of the feast”. It was in this context that Jesus stood and cried, “If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink.”

Prophetically, there seems to be a connection between the priests pouring out water on the temple steps and the scripture where the Lord declares “I will pour out my spirit in the last days”.

I am not trying to suggest that believers will not have “a well of water” as Jesus stated in John 4. But I don’t believe Jesus used the word “river” in John 7 to indicate what he had previously identified as a well in John 4.

I understand Jesus to be inviting believers to drink from the living waters that were soon to be flowing from him when he poured his Spirit out. This does not mean believers will not have the Spirit in them like a well springing up. I just don’t see how that idea has any contextual alignment in this passage. The thought Jesus is conveying is not what will result in the lives of believers but how believers will receive what he is going to pour out.

 

Conclusion

Here is a summary of what I understand this passage to be expressing:

Jesus invites those who thirst to come to Him and drink if they believe on Him, because He is the source of rivers of living water, according to the scriptures. And the whole “drinking of living water” experience is what happens when someone receives the Holy Ghost.

 

Final Thoughts on LIVING WATER….

There are 2 distinct passages in Jeremiah [2:13 & 17:13] where the LORD identifies Himself as “the fountain of living waters“.

 

Also, Jesus told the Woman at the Well in John 4:10 that He would give her living water.

 

And there is also a reference in Rev. 7:17 where the Lamb (Jesus) will lead them to living water.

 

With all these explicit scriptures using the term “living water(s)” and applying it to the Lord, would it not be in the realm of possibility that Jesus’ words in John 7 could be construed in that sense?

 

Jesus said in John 4:14…. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 

So, in the same passage (John 4) Jesus says he will give living water, and for those who receive it it will become a well springing up into everlasting life. I see a subtle but marked difference in these two expressions—“living watervsa well springing up into everlasting life”.

 

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

 

Non-scientific Proof that the Flat Earth Model is Incorrect

 

The belief that the earth is flat, with all the objects in the heavens revolving around it, has been trending at an astonishing rate in the last few years. This Flat Earth hypothesis, also known as the Geocentric Earth Model hypothesis, claims to be more Biblically aligned than the Globe Earth Heliocentric Model (i.e., the Earth and other planets of our Solar System actually revolve around the Sun), and thus boasts that it alone properly portrays true Divine design. In so doing, all who subscribe to the Globe Earth Model are consequently consigned to the evolutionary side of the theological tug-of-war between Biblical Creationism and the Theory of Evolution, as far as the Flat Earth proponents are concerned.

 

There is, however, a monumental discrepancy between the spiritual symbolism and implications of the Flat Earth Model and what the Scripture actually teaches concerning the relationship between God and Man as well as the influences of Good and Evil on Mankind. In the Cosmic Model portrayed in Scripture, the Sun rules the Earth by Day, while the Moon rules the Earth by Night.

 

And God made two great lights; the greater light (i.e., the Sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (i.e., the Moon) to rule the night: he made the stars also. –Genesis 1:16

 

We know that Satanic forces are “the rulers of the darkness of this world,” according to Ephesians 6:12, while God Himself is “the Sun of Righteousness” of Malachi 4:2, “the Day Star” of 2 Peter 1:19, and “the Bright and Morning Star” of Revelation 22:16 – “the most high God [who] rules in the kingdom of men” (Daniel 5:21). Furthermore, it is clear from the Scripture that the Earth represents Man, the Adamic race, for “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground” according to Genesis 2:7.

 

Thus, in the language of symbols, the Flat Earth Model puts MAN at the CENTER of existence, with everything spiritual or heavenly revolving around MAN. Therefore, the Geocentric Model spiritually represents an Ego-centric world, where everything centers around SELF, the MAN who reigns supreme in his finite world of self-centered hedonistic secular humanism. Furthermore, GOD, the Greater Light representing the ultimate force for GOOD, revolves around MAN–the Earth that is the Center of this hypothetical model.

 

By contrast, on the other hand, the Globe Earth Model, in the language of symbols, puts GOD at the CENTER of existence, with everything natural or earthly revolving around GOD. Thus, the Heliocentric Model spiritually represents a God-centric existence, where everything centers around GOD, the ONE who reigns supreme in his Creation. Furthermore, MAN’s existence centers around and completely depends upon GOD–the absolute focal point of all Creation.

 

Theologically, the Flat Earth Geocentric Model hypothesis is an egregious affront to the Creator of the Heaven and the Earth, because it subliminally promotes and serves the created Man more than the God who created him.

 

For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen. –Romans 1:20, 25

 

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

“Answer not according” vs “Answer according”

 

Proverbs 26:4-5
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own conceit.

 

On the surface, this pair of proverbs appears to be giving us two different instructions, each of which opposes and contradicts the other. But upon closer inspection and with more careful analysis, the true wisdom of these proverbs becomes apparent. And while they are not saying precisely the same thing, they are definitely not telling us to do one thing in one breath and the exact opposite in the next – contrary to superficial appearances.

 

“Answer not … according … lest thou also be like unto him.”

If you reply “in kind” then you have lowered yourself to the level of your antagonist – something that should be studiously avoided at all costs.

 

“Answer … according … lest he be wise in his own conceit.”

Your answer must be as skillfully loaded with wisdom as your opponent’s words were with folly so his designs will be fully defeated, thus preventing him from feeling smug and superior.

 

In this manner, BOTH proverbs can be understood as supporting each other and worthy of being carefully heeded.

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
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Philippians 3
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ….

1 Corinthians 9
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake….

In games of strategy, such as chess, there are times when individual pieces must be sacrificed for the sake of strategic advantage. This is also true in life itself, at times.

 

At the moment of “sacrifice” it may be seen as a defeat or a loss in the particular battle being fought. However, it is often the case that such a defeat plays a strategic role in influencing the overall success in the outcome of the campaign of war being waged.

 

We must learn to use “losses” and “defeats” in our daily battles and struggles as ways and means to produce victory in the spiritual war in which we are engaged!

 

Thinking in terms of interpersonal relationships, it is hard for us to concede defeat in a battle of wills, but there are times when it is a sure sign of superior strength — both spiritually and emotionally — to give ground in the short term in order to gain ground strategically in the long term.

 

Here’s a hypothetical example: a coworker may have a way of doing or saying things that are extremely annoying and offensive. It would be perfectly within your rights to say something to them or even file a complaint with HR, but you patiently and graciously endure his or her obnoxious behavior in order to have a chance to witness to them and share with them the gospel.

 

In such a case, it could be said that you lost a battle in order to have a chance at winning the war.

 

This concept speaks to the concessions and compromises we make in areas of our personal rights and freedoms in order to gain a benefit or advantage in a greater context or a broader scope.

 

The expression “choose your battles” arises from this idea: some things just aren’t worth the price you have to pay to get them.

 

You might win an argument but lose a friendship, for example. Then you would have won a battle but lost the war.

 

And that is why we “choose our battles” — some battles are not worth winning.

 

A word to the wise is sufficient….

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

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