3.3. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Gal. 3:26, John 6:29)
3.4. God The Father is distinct and separate from both the Son of God (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost. (Mat. 3:16, 17:5, Mark 1:10-11)
I can’t think of any better way to explain 3.3, other than to just list the verses.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 (KJV)
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29 (KJV)
As I’ve mentioned before, it is 3.4 where some mess up! Oneness Pentecostalism has the most problems with this. All other descriptions of the Trinity they usually don’t have a problem with, until you get to this one. “No, they are all the same!” they insist. And many Christians even fall into their most blatant example.
“I’m a son to my father, a husband to my wife, and a father to my children. That’s a trinity.”
No, that’s called Modalism. It can be further split and defined into some areas such as Patripassionism, claiming that God the Father actually suffered on the Cross.
God the Father is God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit. As I’ve attempted to explain before (badly), The Lord Jesus voluntarily places Himself under God the Father. The Holy Sprit witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ, preferring to never bring attention to Himself. And God the Father has Exalted the Lord Jesus Christ above all others. They are all separate, but the same. They are all God. There is only one God, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
“Well, I don’t understand that!!!”
Nu… and you can comprehend and understand God??? If you can understand God, then it’s not the God of the Bible.
To paraphrase David Cloud, at some point we have to bow the knee and admit that we as finite humans cannot understand the complexities of God. God is astounding. He is everywhere at once, all powerful, all knowing.
“Well, I don’t agree.”
It doesn’t matter what you think. This is what the Bible says. You must accept it to be saved. Literally, to deny this is to deny Christ.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:16 (KJV)
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5 (KJV)
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1:10-11 (KJV)
I chose these three verses to show specific times where the Bible refutes Oneness Pentecostalism. You see in Matthew 3:16 and Mark 1:10 God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all on the earth at the same time.
Then Matthew 17:5 shows the Lord Jesus speaking from earth, and God the Father answering from Heaven.
Again, our job is not to examine the Bible to see if it confirms our beliefs, but rather, we must read the Bible and accept what it teaches.
- Correct Doctrine 7 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Correct Doctrine 9 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Correct Doctrine 5 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Correct Doctrine 6 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Trinity Doctrine vs Oneness Pentecostalism Doctrine – Berean Perspective Podcast (rootedinchrist.org)
- Correct Doctrine 8 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)