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Insulting Grace

Hebrews 10:29 
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

 

Did you know that it is possible to insult God?

In Hebrews 10:29 we learn that some have “done despite” unto the Spirit of Grace by treating the Holy Things of God lightly and by disregarding their true significance and personally ignoring the Plan of God for the Redemption and Salvation of humanity.

The original Greek term that is here translated “done despite” [enybrizō] literally means “to insult”.

 

Consider the following….

 

  • It is an insult to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ when someone refuses to believe Jesus died to pay the penalty for their sins and will not repent of their sins.

 

  • It is an insult to the Burial of Jesus Christ when someone refuses to acknowledge that Jesus was buried to take away the reproach and defilement of sin and will not be buried with Him by water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

 

  • It is an insult to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ when someone refuses to rejoice in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and came out of the grave after three days and three nights with a glorified body and Eternal Life and will not seek to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost that Jesus promised to give to all who obey Him.

 

NOMINAL CHRISTIANITY vs APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY

 

Nominal Christianity, with its “Easy Believism” and lack of separation from the world, is an affront to Apostolic Christianity as preached and practiced by the Early Church in the book of Acts! They preach “Grace” while they are in fact an insult to the very Grace they preach by their lack of obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Titus 1:16

 

Jesus said,

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” [Luke 13:24]

 

The Apostle Peter said,

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” [Acts 2:38]

 

The Apostle Paul asked,

“Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” [Acts 19:2]

 

 

How about you?

Are you insulting the Grace of God by rejecting the Apostolic Message?

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier

 

1 Corinthians 6:11

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

 

3 Components of Conversion

 

  1. Justification – the act of being justified or made righteous; also translated righteousness.

 

Justification removes the Guilt of Sin by Faith in Jesus Christ through Repentance.


Righteousness
is imputed by God through FAITH ALONE, which FAITH is demonstrated or manifested by the act of REPENTANCE.

 

 

  1. Purification – the act of being purified or washed; to be ceremonially cleansed by ritual washing.

    Purification removes the Defilement of Sin by the Blood of Jesus Christ through Water Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

  2. Sanctification – the act of being sanctified or made holy; also translated holiness.

    Sanctification
    removes the Dominion of Sin by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through the infilling and in-dwelling of the Holy Ghost (Spirit of Holiness).

 

We are declared to be RIGHTEOUS when we REPENT and are FORGIVEN. At that point the GUILT OF SIN has been removed. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be qualified for or eligible to be baptized.

 

Jesus went to John to be baptized “to fulfill all righteousness” [Matt. 3:15] – he “knew no sin” but flesh [“the likeness of sinful flesh” Rom. 8:3] had to be ceremonially “cleansed” because righteousness requires it.

Evidently, Abraham was declared by God to be RIGHTEOUS (i.e., JUSTIFIED) at least 14 years before he was bound to God by a COVENANT and received the SEAL of circumcision in his flesh.

 

Romans 4

1What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
According to Col. 2, when we are buried with Christ in Water Baptism we receive the Seal of the New Covenant by the circumcision of the flesh of Christ.

 

Colossians 2:9-12

For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

 

It is not enough to be JUSTIFIED. RIGHTEOUSNESS demands PURIFICATION – the ritual removal of the DEFILEMENT of SIN, which is the REMISSION or SENDING AWAY of SIN. Not only does the Blood of Jesus pay the debt of our sin, it cleanses us from our sin when we are buried with him in baptism [Acts 22:16; Rev. 1:8; Acts 2:38]. The household of Cornelius received the Holy Ghost after hearing the preaching of Peter. But they were COMMANDED to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ by Peter. Without PURIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION cannot be fully achieved. Without PURIFICATION, there is no COVENENTAL BINDING of “circumcision made without hands.” Without PURIFICATION we do not receive the power to become the Sons of God by the invoking of the NAME of Jesus Christ in Water Baptism [John 1:11-13; 3:3,5,7].

 

It is not enough to be JUSTIFIED and PURIFIED. To be “meet for the master’s use” [2 Tim. 2:21] we must also be SANCTIFIED. Without HOLINESS (SANCTIFICATION) no man shall see the Lord [Heb. 12:14]. The HOLY SPIRIT is also the SPIRIT of HOLINESS [Rom. 1:4]. According to 2 Cor. 7:1, we are to “perfect” HOLINESS – or, in other words, allow SANCTIFICATION to be fully completed in our lives. SANCTIFICATION is not a milestone; it is a process or a journey. It is a continuing and an ongoing WORK of the SPIRIT in the life of Child of God.

 

In summary, Peter’s command in Acts 2:38, while simply stated, is actually the theological premise for Paul’s statement in 1 Cor. 6:11.

 

  1. REPENTANCE – results in JUSTIFICATION of the one who repents.
  2. BAPTISM – results in PURIFICATION of the one who is baptized.
  3. HOLY GHOST – results in SANCTIFICATION of the one who receives.

 

 

Additional musings…

 

Concerning PURIFICATION, few things are clearer from the teachings of the OT LAW than the supreme importance placed by YHWH on the rituals of ceremonial cleansing. We even see this in the life of Jesus, when he cleansed a leper — and then commanded him to go show himself to the priest. Even though the leper had already been miraculously “cleansed” of his leprosy (i.e., healed from the disease), he remained ceremonially defiled and thus virtually a social pariah until he presented himself to the priest, who was tediously instructed in Leviticus 14 as to the rituals necessary to ceremonially pronounce him to be clean and ritually remove his defilement.

It is striking to notice that before Jesus Christ was publicly known, John the Baptizer had to first come. The symbolism of this is quite telling.

Furthermore, Jesus did not begin his public ministry until he had first presented himself to the Baptizer and demanded to be baptized — to fulfill or COMPLETE RIGHTEOUSNESS.

It is worth pointing out that John the Baptizer’s own record shows that God specifically sent him to baptize people, but he was supposed to be looking for a particular person who would be clearly identified as the LAMB of God (i.e., the SON of God) only by the process of WATER BAPTISM!

John 1
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Notice that it was only after the CEREMONIAL PURIFICATION of Jesus that John the Baptizer had visual confirmation of his true identity — he saw the Spirit descending from heaven in the manner of a dove (fluttering down). This is obviously the symbolic prototype of the initiation of SANCTIFICATION.

It puzzles me that many of those who claim to be CHRISTIANS (i.e., DISCIPLES of CHRIST) are not more eager to truly follow Jesus in WATER BAPTISM and receiving the GIFT of the HOLY SPIRIT.

It is abundantly clear from Paul’s words and actions in Acts 19:1-7 that 1) we can reasonably expect ALL BELIEVERS to RECEIVE the HOLY SPIRIT, and 2) we can just as reasonably instruct ALL BELIEVERS to be WATER BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ!

Even if the theology underlying the PRECEPT is not fully understood, the PRACTICE should be implemented through imitation.

Heb. 12:14 states that without SANCTIFICATION (hagiasmos, HOLINESS) no man shall see the Lord. I disagree with the statement that SANCTIFICATION is merely an expression of our faith in Jesus. It is the consecrating work of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Clearly the 12 disciples in Acts 19 had already BELIEVED and thus were already JUSTIFIED. But it is just as clear that Paul instructed them to be PURIFIED by WATER BAPTISM into Jesus Christ, and then he prayed for them that they should be SANCTIFIED by the infilling of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Any other teaching than this is not apostolic and is ANATHEMA.

 

Parting shots….

 

Question: Can someone owe no penalty for their sin, be at peace with God, and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them and still be lost?

Short answer: YES.

I believe the context of Acts 19 demands that the 12 Ephesian disciples had already believed on Jesus Christ. I don’t believe a man with the spiritual perception and discernment such as the apostle Paul possessed would not have presumed that these men were already believers without valid grounds. There are at least 9 places in the NT where John’s disciples are referenced, and they are always explicitly so named. It is highly probable that these in Acts 19 were converts of the ministry of Apollos when he was at Ephesus, prior to his encounter with Aquila and Priscilla. According to Acts 18:25, he “was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”

Saul is another example of someone who believed and was JUSTIFIED but was not cleansed.

Acts 22:16 “… arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved….” [Mark 16:16] This is proof that that JUSTIFICATION is not all that the candidate for SALVATION needs. Here is another way of understanding this statement of Jesus:

He that is JUSTIFIED and PURIFIED will be SANCTIFIED!

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
04/09/2014

Magnifying the OFFICE

Concerning CASUAL DRESS in the Pulpit

Romans 11:13

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

 

Like the Corinthian church, sometimes modern apostolics are “out of order.” Somebody needs to please explain to our modern “enlightened” brethren the reason why we have certain dress codes for pulpit ministry–we magnify the office!

The OT priests had very rigid dress codes when they came to minister in the tabernacle. They did not dress like the common people; they were very distinct. It was all part of the HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD concept.

“Nevertheless, Christ is preached….”

For this I am thankful. But pity the poor saints brought up under a ministry that does not place the right value on Holy Things. We are taught some things by precept, others by example.

 

Qualified to be God’s Mouth

Jeremiah 15:19

Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth….

 

Casual dress in the pulpit is but another offshoot of the practice that gave us a casual form of address for the man in the pulpit–where the pastor is Tom or Joe or Bill. And the driving force behind it all is an insidious plot of Hell, well calculated to reduce the Power of the Pulpit by bringing it down to the level of the common man and effectively neutralizing (“neutering”) the voice of the preacher.

Modern Pentecost is mass-producing Gilded Geldings, men who are MASTERS OF THE STAGE but who are SPIRITUALLY IMPOTENT–castrated eunuchs, political puppeteers, dancing and prancing their way to their weekly paycheck.

Decorum. Protocol.

Go learn what that means….

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
10/19/2014

A Singular Quandary for Trinitarians

quandary

[ˈkwänd(ə)rē]

NOUN
  1. a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

I recently came across the following statement :

“Modern science is based upon the principle, ‘give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.’ And the one free miracle is the appearance of all the matter and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it, from nothing, in a single instant.”
— Terence McKenna.

 

Of course, after this statement was made the scientists objected to the term “from nothing”.

 

They don’t believe everything came “from nothing” — that would be preposterous!

 

Rather, they now insist that the Big Bang arose from “the Singularity”.

 

In the Singularity was everything! All time, all space. All thoughts that ever were and will be. It is both an eternity and no time at all. The Singularity contained every law, all matter and energy, and the spark of Life as one.

 

So, basically, they don’t just want ONE free miracle, they want TWO!

 

The first: everything that ever would be, compressed into a SINGLE POINT infinitely small but infinitely dense. This SINGULARITY somehow miraculously and mysteriously just appears out of nothing and nowhere at some point before time existed.

 

The second: the BIG BANG — the event that marked the beginning of time, and in which everything in the SINGULARITY is released in a burst of light and energy.

 

Everything that happened subsequently was spontaneous and random “evolution” – from the formation of all matter and the laws and forces that govern it, to life itself in all the myriad forms in which we observe its existence – from the microscopic, to the Plant Kingdom, to the Animal Kingdom, and to Humanity itself.

There was no cause and no purpose and no design; no intelligence, no rational sequence, no destiny, no reason; no good, no evil, no right, no wrong, no moral, no immoral; no controlling influence, no guidance, no direction….

 

Of course, they laugh us to scorn for believing in a Creator God who Intelligently Designed everything that now exists, who existed before time, and who spoke the universe into existence in a burst of light and energy.

 

1 Timothy 6:20

… avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.

 

Post Script

I do note with some irony that even the atheist in his denial of any Supreme Deity allows for only a SINGULARITY…. which in a weird way almost puts him slightly ahead of the Trinitarian!

😁😁

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Bristol, Tennessee

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

 

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.

QUOTE

(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

 

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