No. 020 - The Godhead
Protestants have little understanding of the Godhead. The cause of the ignorance is reflected in the oft-heard boast of the Protestant, that he is a “Judaeo-Christian.” The boast is false, for the Christian Faith of the Scripture has nothing to do with the religion of the Talmudic Jew. Indeed, the appellation “Judaeo-Christian” is an oxymoron--a contradiction in terms. Sorting out the matter takes a bit of explanation.
The God of the Talmudic Jew. To begin with, the popular notion that the Jew and the Protestant worship the same god is false. The god of the Talmudic Jew is a single entity, a monolith, with but a single manifestation. The focus of the Jew is upon oneness, manifested by the mantra of the Jew, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” The Scripture recognizes the Son of God as an entity distinct from the Father, but the Talmudic Jew has set aside the Scripture to follow his own traditions, which were developed during the seventy years of the Captivity in Babylon. The Scripture declares that Talmudic Jew, not recognizing the Son, does not know the Father; thus, the Talmudic Jew does not worship the God of the Christian.
The God of the Church of Rome. The Scripture reveals that Papistry is the invention of the Talmudic Jew. The godhead which the Jew created for Papistry is not the god of the Jew. The godhead of the papal Church of Rome is comprised of Father, Son, and Spirit, but also, in an ill-defined manner, incorporates the “Virgin Mary” in the role of “Mother of God.”
The God of the Protestant. The Protestant considers himself a Christian; but he is mistaken. At every juncture, the Protestant Faith is in conflict with the Christian Faith of the Scripture. As evidenced by the appellation “Protestant,” the Protestant Faith is a derivative of Papistry. Nevertheless, the godhead of the Protestant differs significantly from the godhead of the Church of Rome. In particular, the Protestant does not deify the human mother of the Incarnate Christ. Importantly, the godhead of the Protestant is characterized by mysticism; it is a monolithic entity with three manifestations, Father, Son, and Spirit. The Protestant calls this mystical entity the “Trinity.”
The God of the Christian. The Godhead of the Christian is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God and Father of the Lord, Christ Jesus. The Scripture teaches that the Godhead is a family, comprised of Father and Son. The Spirit of God, though in some passages personified, appears to be an empowering or enlightening force which is common to the Father and the Son.
Before his incarnation, God the Son, Christ Jesus, was the husband of the physical nation of Israel, in the covenantal relationship of marriage known as the “Old Covenant.” Entrance into the relationship being by physical birth into the line Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, the covenant embraced both the Justified and the Unjustified, but could offer no benefit beyond the grave. Upon the death of Christ Jesus, the marriage was irreversibly dissolved. Upon the resurrection of Jesus, he entered into a new marriage relationship, known as the “New Covenant.” Israel again was the bride, but only such of Israel who are justified by faith, for, in the eyes of the Lord, the true Israel--the “Israel of God”--is comprised only of the Justified of the line Abraham-Isaac-Jacob. These Justified, some labeled “Jew” and others, “Gentile,” together constitute the Body of Christ, the Church.
No. 021 - The Two Realms of Existence :: The Natural & The Spirit
No. 022 - Misconceptions Concerning Omniscience