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What Trinitarians Should Understand About the Doctrine of the Trinity

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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The Miracle of Christmas

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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

Who is Melchizedek?

Who is Melchizedek?

The identity of Melchizedek has been a subject that has mystified scholars for many centuries, and it is still the cause of no small amount of debate and controversy to this day — even among Apostolics.

 

Some believe that he was a THEOPHANY — God in a visible human form interacting with man in the OT. Others believe he was a CHRISTOPHANY – the pre-incarnate Christ in a visible human form interacting with man in the OT. Some believe he was GOD Himself. And some believe he was JESUS Himself!

 

The list goes on and on…. Some believe he was a celestial being, not quite human and not quite angel, created especially by God for this role. Some believe he was a pagan priest-king who had a momentary state of “righteousness”. Some are convinced that he was the Patriarch Shem, the son of the Patriarch Noah.

 

Personally, I believe that he was an otherwise unknown priest-king living in the land of Canaan who had a special relationship with God about which we are only given the tiniest of glimpses in the Word of God.

There are three writers who spoke of Melchizedek in the Bible:

Moses wrote of him in Genesis 14.
David wrote of him in Psalm 110.
– And Apollos (presuming he is the author) wrote of him in Hebrews 5, 6 and 7.

God is never lacking in vocabulary, but He sometimes is silent. And at times His choice of words is intended to conceal Truth — Prov. 25:2 — that will only be revealed by our diligent searching it out.

 

There are a few things about Melchizedek that are fairly obvious and are stated unequivocally in scripture.
From Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7:

  1. He was the King of Salem [by interpretation, “King of Peace”]
  2. His name means “King of Righteousness”
  3. He was the priest of the Most High God [ELYON EL]
  4. Upon meeting Abram, he [Melchizedek] did three things:
    1. he gave Abram and his men food and drink
    2. he blessed Abram
    3. he blessed God
  5. After this, Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of all the spoil taken in battle

 

Careful analysis of the scripture shows that this is the first reference in the Bible to a PRIEST [first mention].

 

It is also the first reference in the Bible to ELYONMOST HIGH [first mention].

 

And it furthermore is the first reference in the Bible to TITHES [first mention].

 

Clearly stated in Hebrews 7:4 and 7:7 is the fact that Melchizedek was greater or better than Abram.

4 Now consider how great [this man – Gr. houtos] he was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tithe [tenth] of the spoils.

7 And without all contradiction the less [Abraham] is blessed of the better [Melchizedek].

[Notice that the Greek text in v4 does not actually call Melchizedek a “man”, i.e., a human. See Blue Letter Bible for Heb. 7:4.]

 

There are also a few things about Melchizedek that are fairly obvious but which we only learn by what the scripture DOES NOT state:

  1. His father is not given
  2. His mother is not given
  3. His genealogy is not given

 

Note: these three facts are startling when it is observed that every other great or significant person in the Hebrew Bible is clearly qualified as such by showing their lineage through genealogical records, many times showing both father and mother.

 

The Greek text of Hebrew 7:3 is simply pointing out this fact….

ἀπάτωρ — apator: without father, i.e., there is no record of his father provided

ἀμήτωρ — ametor: without mother, i.e., there is no record of his mother provided

ἀγενεαλόγητος — agenealogetos: without genealogy, i.e., there is no record of his genealogy provided

 

The SILENCE of scripture in this regard must not be overlooked or understated, neither should its significance be underestimated.

 

  1. His birth is not given
  2. His death is not given

 

These facts do not mean that he was not born and that he did not die. They were omitted from scripture to define a higher ORDER of priesthood. When he comes on the scene, he is a priest; when he exits the scene, he is still a priest.

 

It cannot be conclusively argued from this text alone that Melchizedek was not mortal [i.e., not having both a human father and a human mother]. Rather, the wording of this passage is intended to convey the overwhelming shortcomings of Melchizedek with regard to the Aaronic/Levitical requirements for priesthood. He did not meet the requirements to be a priest after the order of Aaron! Therefore, we are pointed to the prophetic utterance of David in Psalm 110:4 speaking of Christ —

“Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

 

What is important to note is THE ORDER OF THE MELCHIZEDEKIAN PRIESTHOOD.

  1. The MELCHIZEDEKIAN Priesthood does not descend from Levi
  2. The MELCHIZEDEKIAN Priesthood is not TEMPORARY
  3. Rather, the MELCHIZEDEKIAN Priesthood is ETERNAL
  4. The MELCHIZEDEKIAN Priesthood is SUPERIOR in all respects to the Aaronic Priesthood
  5. The MELCHIZEDEKIAN Priesthood demands that the PRIEST also be KING, as opposed to the prohibition against the KING being a PRIEST in the Aaronic Priesthood by virtue of the fact that the KING must come from the tribe of JUDAH instead of LEVI

 

What the interjection of the story of Melchizedek is intended to do is to teach us the DIVINE ORDER OF THE MELCHIZEDEKIAN PRIESTHOOD — by stating some things quite clearly and by obviously leaving some things out of the sacred record.

 

I personally believe that God was dealing with the Amorite Kingdom that was in the land of Canaan at the time of the story we read in Gen. 14.

 

Genesis 15:13-16

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

 

NOTE: Abram’s descendants were not allowed to come into the possession of the Promised Land for 400 years! During this time, God was OBVIOUSLY dealing with the Amorite inhabitants of the land because they had a KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS who was also the KING of PEACE [Salem is believed by many scholars to be Jerusalem].

 

Notice the language of scripture when drawing a comparison between Israel and the Amorites, the people that were in the land before them….

 

1 Kings 21:26

And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

2 Kings 21:11

Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

Amos 2

9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.

 

 

I believe Melchizedek was a literal, flesh and blood mortal man — very ancient and very venerable. Apparently, he knew and recognized Abram, and Abram knew him and recognized his spiritual superiority! It is clear that the Patriarch Shem was alive at the time of this encounter. I cannot rule out the possibility that Melchizedek was Abram’s great-great-great-…-great-grandfather Shem! But nothing I have found in scripture demands such an identification.

 

I have trouble reconciling the language of scripture used when referencing theophanies with that which is used when referencing Melchizedek.

 

If Melchizedek was the LORD [i.e., a theophany] in Gen. 14, why doesn’t Moses come out and say so explicitly?

 

The LORD appeared to Abra(ha)m in other places (before and after Gen. 14) and the Scripture plainly tells us so!

 

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Genesis 18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day….

 

In conclusion, I believe the point of Melchizedek is less about HIS IDENTITY and more about HIS ORDER – the ORDER of MELCHIZEDEK. This phrase occurs 7 times in scripture!

What the writer of Hebrews is attempting to show is how Jesus Christ – of the tribe of JUDAH, according to the flesh – is eligible to be our High Priest, even though he is not descended from LEVI. Not only is his priesthood validated but so also is his kingship, seeing he is “a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek!”

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Bristol, Tennessee

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