JUST WHO OR WHAT IS AN ĎANTIí?
We are in a war against liberalism. Liberalism has launched
its forces against the truth of Gods word and against the
blood-bought church of our Lord. No true Christian can afford to be
neutral or silent when such a war is raging.
Liberalism is the effort to cast off the
obligations God has placed on us. It looks at the law of Christ
(Rom. 8:2; I Cor. 9:21) and declares it is not a law, just a
love-letter. It looks at the demand that sinners be baptized for
the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) and questions whether they really
have to be baptized, and whether or not they really have to be
baptized for the purpose of having their sins forgiven. Liberalism
allows people to remarry who have no such right from God (Matt.
19:9). Liberalism allows practices in worship instrumental
music, hand-clapping, special singing groups, drama presentations,
etc. none of which are authorized by God (Col. 3:17).
These are serious matters, and the war is taking its toll
in lost souls. But in the midst of such a war, we need to remember
there are other ways to depart from Gods law than just through
liberalism. God has given a pattern (Col. 3:17; Rom. 6:17; II Tim.
1:13). That pattern (and all patterns) includes things we must do,
things we must not do, and options.
Liberalism is the effort to take the
binding things of the pattern and unbind them
to take the things we must or must not do and put them into
the category of options.
Anti-ism, on the other hand, is the effort to
bind things God has not bound, to take the options in Gods
pattern (which is the New Testament) and put them into the category
of obligation. Liberalism seeks to loose the law God has bound.
Anti-ism seeks to make laws that God has not bound. As one preacher
used to say if you drive off the bridge or back off the
bridge, youre still off the bridge.
Why is it called anti-ism? Because it is against
it is against the freedom God has allowed. And make no
mistake about it anti-ism is just as sinful as liberalism.
II Peter 2 deals with false teachers who were largely given
to liberalism. One phrase in verse 19 is descriptive of liberalism
While they promise them liberty. This is
the hallmark of liberalism, to give liberty where God
has given obligation.
EXAMPLES OF ANTI-ISM
In I Timothy 4, Paul deals with false teachers. In verse
3 he mentions two specific false doctrines that represent a
departure from the faith: 1) forbidding to marry, and 2)
commanding to abstain from meats. Marriage (so long as
one is free to marry) and the eating of meats are options (I Cor.
7:2; Rom. 14). To forbid these things is to be anti or
against the things God has allowed. In I Timothy 4:1, Paul says
these attempts to make laws God has not made are doctrines of
In Matthew 15, Jesus deals with people who were both
liberal and anti. The scribes and Pharisees wanted
to condemn the disciples for not washing their hands before they
ate. This was not a law of God, it was a law of men. Men had no
right to make such laws and Jesus condemns them for teaching the
commandments of men (v.9). But he also condemns them for
making the commandment of God of no effect (v.6). Their sin
in this matter was in disregarding or unloosing the law God had
bound on them. They were obligated by Gods law to honor (take
care of) their father and mother. They found what they thought was
a loophole, and so freed themselves from the obligation God had put
them under. Liberalism and anti-ism both come from a lack of
respect for Gods pattern and from a misunderstanding of the
pattern concept. So, they are not mutually exclusive. One can be
both liberal and anti at the same time.
In the last several decades, the church has been plagued,
sometimes more severely than others, by those who want to bind
things God has not bound. Following is a partial list of some
things some brethren are against because they try to turn
options into obligations:
1. Anti Bible classes This teaching declares
that dividing into classes divides the assembly and is not
authorized by Gods word. This is heresy setting up a law
that small groups of Christians cannot come together and study the
Bible (Bible study). Paul taught both publicly and from house to
house (Acts 20:20). We learn by example that brethren in the first
century met together on the first day of the week to worship (Acts
20:7; I Cor. 14) and from that example we learn we must assemble
together for worship also. However, in addition to worshiping
together, it is also appropriate that we study the Bible in smaller
groups (cf. II Tim. 2:15). Who would declare that it is sinful for
brethren to study the Bible together?
2. Anti women teachers This doctrine says that
women cannot teach children or other women. For the answer to this
false doctrine see Titus 2:3-4.
3. Anti multiple cups in the Lords supper
This teaching demands that only one cup be used in partaking of the
Lords supper. (Interestingly enough, my father attended a
congregation where they opposed multiple cups, but they actually
had two cups, one for each side of the aisle.) This heresy places
emphasis on the word cup (singular) and fails to
recognize that it is actually the contents of the cup that is being
referred to. Paul quotes Jesus as saying, this cup is the New
Testament in my blood (I Cor. 11:25) an obvious
reference to the contents rather than the cup. In the next verse,
Paul refers to drinking the cup. This is a physical impossibility
unless he is referring to the contents of the cup.
4. Anti located preachers This teaching says it
is a sin for a preacher to work with a congregation that has elders
or to work with a congregation for an extended period of time. The
obvious error of this is seen in Acts 20 when Paul declared to the
Ephesian elders (v.17) that he had taught them publicly and from
house to house (v.20), and that he had worked with them for three
5. Anti Bible colleges This heresy teaches it is
solely the work of the church to teach the truth (the scriptures)
and that Bible colleges try to take over this work. Of course, Paul
taught in a school in Ephesus for two years (Acts 19:9-10). If Paul
taught in a school, it surely would have been proper for him to
have a school and teach in his own school. And, why would it have
been improper for him to invite some other faithful brethren to
teach in his school also? However, while it is scriptural for a
school to exist, there are at least two other concerns that need to
be addressed. The first is whether or not church funds should be
used to support a christian college. To say that a Christian college is scriptural in its existence is not to say that
it is scriptural to support that work from the Lords treasury.
A hot dog stand is scriptural in its existence, but it should not
be supported by church funds. A place for young people to receive
an education from Christian teachers in a Christian environment is
a good concept. But it is no part of the work and mission of the
church to give people a liberal arts education. Training preachers
is the work of the church, but the liberal arts education of our
children is not. The second issue of concern about Christian
colleges is that in recent years, Christian colleges and
universities have led many into the error of liberalism. They have
been and continue to be the source of so much digression and
apostasy today. This reminds us that the church can not and must
not count on any secular institution to do its job. Such schools
are the work of the home, not the church. We should not blindly
follow any man or school. The Lords church is not dependant
upon the schools. We must remember that the Lord died for the
church, not the schools! They could all close their doors and the
church of our Lord would still be the beautiful bride of Christ.
The church certainly is sufficient to do the work God designed it
6. Anti Cooperation This doctrine teaches that
a church cannot take money from its treasury and assist another
congregation in doing the Lords work. Taken to its logical
conclusion, this doctrine asserts that one congregation could not
use the baptistery of another congregation because it was paid for
out of the church treasury. Furthermore, one church could not give
another church song books or even Bibles! We find congregations
cooperated with each other in the New Testament (Rom. 15:26). Paul
(by inspiration) wrote to the church in Corinth (as he taught other
churches) and instructed Christians to give a weekly contribution
into a treasury (I Cor. 16:1-2). A good portion of this money (if
not all of it) was taken to the elders of the church in Jerusalem
for distribution (Acts 11:30; see also II Cor. 9:12-13).
Furthermore, when Paul left Philippi, he traveled to Athens and
then to Corinth (Acts 16-18). He later wrote the Philippians that
no other church had supported him (communicated giving and
receiving) except the congregation in Philippi (Phil. 4:15).
However, he wrote to the Corinthians that while he was with them,
he robbed other churches (plural) in taking wages from them, but
not from Corinth (II Cor. 11:8). If no one but Philippi
communicated with him in giving and receiving, but he was getting
wages from other churches, Philippi must have been receiving
contributions from other congregations and forwarding them to Paul.
This is a clear example of church cooperation.
7. Anti childrens homes. The argument is made that
the responsibility to care for orphans (James 1:27) is the
individual responsibility of each Christian, and therefore the
church cannot be charged with such care. This is clearly wrong, for
the same verse enjoins taking care of widows, and the church can be
charged for widows (if they are widows indeed I Tim. 5:9-16).
If the church can be charged for the care of widows, then it can be
charged for the care of needy children. There are too many
different flavors and brands of this anti doctrine to explain or
reply to them all here.
8. Anti aid to non-Christians. This doctrine says that
the contributions made in the New Testament were for the saints
(Christians) only. They conclude from this that it is wrong to take
money from the church treasury to help those who are not
Christians. But, Galatians 6:10 says, As we have
therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
They argue that Galatians 6:10 commands individuals, not churches,
to help all men, and that the contribution is for the saints. This
too can easily be proven false. For one, the instructions given in
Galatians was for the churches of Galatia (Gal. 1:2).
And, two, the contribution commanded in I Corinthians 16:1-2 was
used for Christians and non-Christians. Paul says in II Corinthians
9:12 that the contributions had supplied the want of the
saints and in verse 13 refers to the distribution unto
them (saints), and unto all men (non-saints).
There is a pattern for us as Christians (II Tim. 1:13). We do
not want to throw off that pattern in any way. When we examine
something, we must be careful not to take away freedom that God has
extended, and we must be careful not to preach or practice freedom
in that which God has bound or not extended.
Are anti brethren part of our brotherhood? Some groups
still seem to consider themselves so, while others seem to consider
themselves a separate brotherhood. One thing is clear, if they are
binding where God has not bound, they are false teachers, and if
rebuke and admonitions are given and rejected, Gods faithful
people will take note of them and avoid them (Rom. 16:17-18).
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BAPTISM AND SALVATION #3
Garland M. Robinson
THE RECIPIENT OF BAPTISM
Those who are to be baptized are alien sinners.
Baptism is for those who have sinned and stand separated from God
(Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Matt. 9:13; cf. Isa. 59:2). Baptism is the step
at which the Lords blood is applied to wash sins away (Rom.
6:3-6, 17-18; Acts 22:16).
THE ONE BAPTISM
The only ones who have sinned are those who have reached
the age wherein they are accountable for their sins. This rules out
infants, small children and adults who are mentally incapable of
comprehending the significance of sin and the Lords atoning
sacrifice for sin.
Those who are to be baptized are those who are TAUGHT
(Matt. 28:18-20; John 6:45; Acts 8:35-39).
Those who are to be baptized are those who BELIEVE
in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world
(Mark 16:16; Acts 8:37; 18:8).
Those who are to be baptized are those who have
REPENTED of their sins (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; 17:30).
Those who are to be baptized are those who have
CONFESSED FAITH in Christ (Acts 8:37; Matt. 10:32; Rom.
Some try to claim authorization for infant baptism,
however, they do so to their own destruction for they stand without
any Bible authority. The only ones in the Bible who were ever
baptized were those who were responsible for their transgressions.
Those who are mentally incompetent cannot believe, repent or
There are at least five baptisms mentioned in the New
Testament: 1) Johns baptism (Luke 3:16), 2) the baptism of the
Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16), 3) the baptism of fire (Matt. 3:11), 4)
the baptism of suffering (Matt. 20:22-23) and 5) the baptism in
water of the great commission (Acts 8:36-39).
WHAT FOLLOWS BAPTISM?
Ephesians 4:5 says there is ONE baptism. How then can we
reconcile these five baptisms? The answer is to look at the design
of each of them.
1) Johns baptism was an immersion in water
for the forgiveness of sins. It was limited in that it would only
last until Christ should die on the cross (Mark 1:4; Acts 19:3-5).
It was looking forward to the time of Christ.
2) Jesus promised Holy Spirit baptism to the
apostles (John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 2:1-4), which in turn, guided
them into all truth. Theres no record of it being received by
members of the church in general. It was not for salvation and
would serve no purpose for today.
3) Jesus is the administrator of the baptism of
fire which is to punish the wicked in hell at the end of time
(Matt. 3:11-12; Rev. 20:11-15). No one wants this baptism!
4) The baptism of suffering is spoken of by our
Lord. He talked about suffering for the sins of the world. He would
be tried, tested, ridiculed and crucified (Matt. 20:22-23).
5) Water baptism (of the Great Commission) was
to be administered by the disciples upon all sinners who had
repented of their sins and desired to be saved (Acts 2:38). It was
commanded to be done as long as the world stands (Mark 16:15-16).
The purpose of it is for the salvation of ones soul (Mark
16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21).
Of these five, which baptism is the one baptism
of Ephesians 4:5? This one baptism is not
Johns baptism for it was superseded by Christs
baptism. It is not Holy Spirit baptism for it was not
promised to everyone and was only received by a few. It is not
fire baptism because it is reserved for the wicked after
this life is over. It is not the Lords baptism of
suffering because that was limited to Him alone. Water
baptism is the only one that was to be practiced throughout
the end of the world as commanded in the Great Commission. Jesus
told his disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature. Those who believed and repented of their sins
were then to be baptized (immersed) in water for the forgiveness of
their sins (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16).
By the time the book of Ephesians was written in 63 A.D.,
only ONE baptism was known, NOT TWO, THREE, FOUR or FIVE! The
one baptism is to be administered to every sinner who
repents and wants his sins washed away in the blood of Christ (Rev.
1:5; Acts 16:22).
The ONE BAPTISM then is WATER BAPTISM which was commanded
by Jesus to be administered to all who believe in Christ and repent
of their sins as stated in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20;
Mark 16:16). Will you obey today?!
There are certain things that follow or come as a result of
those who have been baptized. After water baptism...
BAPTIST BAPTISM AND BIBLE BAPTISM
One walks a newness of life (Rom. 6:4). There is
a new relationship with Christ. One does not continue living a life
of sin (Rom. 6:6-18). One become a new creation (II Cor. 5:17). Old
things are put off. That ye put off concerning the former
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the
deceitful lusts; Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man
truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another
(Eph. 4:22-32). But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man
with his deeds (Col. 3:8-9, see also vs. 10-12). We now have
a new name (Isa. 62:2; Acts 11:26).
We recognize we are a member of the body of Christ.
We are born into Gods family (John 3:3,5). We have God as
our Father (Matt. 6:9) and Christ refers to us as His brethren
(Heb. 2:11). We are heirs with Him (Rom. 8:17). We are important as
a member of the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:12-31).
We worship God faithfully. Those who were
baptized in the first century ...continued stedfastly in the
apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread,
and in prayers (Acts 2:42). Their worship consisted of:
Singing (Eph. 5:19), Praying (Acts 12:5), Giving
(I Cor. 16:1-2), Preaching (Acts 20:7) and the
Lords supper (I Cor. 11:23-26).
Satan will try to draw you away from God (I Peter
5:8; Acts 5:3; II Cor. 2:11; Eph. 6:11,16). There is no subject in
the Bible that is any clearer than this subject (Gal. 5:4; I Cor.
10:12; Acts 14:22; Mark 4:14-19). Some in the New Testament sinned
and placed themselves in great jeopardy (II Tim. 4:10; Rev. 2:5,16,
21-21; 3:3,19; Acts 8:12-13,18-24). You need to determine right now
you are not going to forsake the Lord. Do not let Satan draw you
away from God. Later, when family reunions, or company comes, or
ball games, or vacations, or anything else, you wont have to
decide whether to go or not that was already decided the day
you were baptized (cf. Matt. 6:33).
We seek those things that are above (Col. 3:1-3;
2:12). We seek things above because our affections, attachment, and
fondness are on things above (Matt. 6:19-21; Luke 12:32-34). The
reward is great (Col. 3:4; Phil. 3:17-21; Heb 11:13-16). Have you
made a reservation (Heb. 13:14; I Peter 1:4)?
The difference between Baptist baptism and
Bible baptism is all the difference in eternity! Bible
baptism is that which is explained in the Bible. Baptist baptism is
that which is explained in the Baptist Manual. Baptist baptism is
practiced, not according to the Bible, but according to Baptist
doctrine and tradition.
WHO WILL DENY THAT...
Baptist baptism is administered to those who confess that
God for Jesus sake has already forgiven them of their sins. It
is for individuals who want to become a member of the Baptist
Church. Baptists say it has nothing to do with salvation. It is
simply an outward sign of an inward grace.
Bible baptism on the other hand, is always administered
to individuals in order to be saved. It is the act by
which one leaves the lost state and enters the saved
state. Notice these many verses on the subject given by
heaven, not men.
Acts 22:16 Arise, and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins.... It is done in order to have ones sins
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved.... One is baptized in order to be saved. It
comes before salvation.
Acts 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins....
It is for the forgiveness of sins. It comes before forgiveness of
I Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even
baptism doth also now save us.... Baptism saves. What more
must God say?
Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his
death. Baptism puts one INTO Christ where the saved receive
the benefits of his death where salvation is (II Tim. 2:10).
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is
crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed.
Sins are destroyed in baptism.
Romans 6:17-18 ...Ye have obeyed from the heart
that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free
from sin.... Baptism makes one free from sin.
Baptist baptism makes one a Baptist. Bible baptism makes
one a Christian (Acts 2:41), a member of the Lords church
(Acts 2:47). The Lord will save his church and none other (Eph.
5:23). Obey the Gospel today, REPENT (Acts 17:30) and be
BAPTIZED (Acts 22:16) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts
Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopals, Methodists,
Baptists, etc., etc., all say... He that believeth and is
NOT baptized shall be saved. But Jesus said... He
that believeth and IS baptized shall be saved...
(Mark 16:16). Which do you believe?
The Bible says, ...arise, and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins... (Acts 22:16). One is baptized in water in
order to have his sins washed away! Why do people try as best they
can to get around it? Someone, anyone, please answer,
Also, The like figure whereunto even baptism doth
also now save us... (I Peter 3:21). How can anyone refuse a
plain statement from inspiration? Baptism saves us!
When one is baptized we find ...that our old man is
crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed...
(Rom. 6:6,17-18). Without baptism, there is no forgiveness of sins!
In Acts 2:38, Repent, and be baptized...for the
remission of sins.... Why dont the denominations believe
No, the Bible does not teach that baptism is the ONLY
condition of salvation but it sure teaches it is AN ESSENTIAL
PART! Without water baptism one cannot contact Christs
blood (Rom. 6:3-6,17-18). And, without the blood, there is no
remission of sins (Heb. 9:22; Eph. 1:7). Are you ready to stand in
judgment and give an answer why you did not believe, repent
and be baptized? (see Acts 2:38)
When one is scripturally baptized, he/she is delivered from
the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of Gods
dear Son (Col. 1:13). They then fix their eyes on Jesus (Heb.
How can anyone belittle the importance of water baptism?
It is the turning point from the old man of sin to the new life in
Why do you wait dear sinner, arise and be baptized and
wash away thy sins (Acts 22:16).
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Throughout the ages God has required that man repent.
Before God forgives, man must repent. John the baptizer preached
repentance, ...Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand (Matt. 3:2). Jesus preached repentance, I tell
you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
(Luke 13:3). The apostles preached repentance. Paul said,
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent (Acts 17:30).
The apostle Peter taught, 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 (II Peter 3:9).
THE NEED FOR REPENTANCE IS EQUAL TO THE NEED FOR BAPTISM
Perhaps we sometimes emphasize baptism to the point
of excluding proper teaching concerning repentance. It is necessary
to place as much emphasis upon the need to repent as we place upon
the need to be baptized for remission of sin, because without
either, no mans sins are remitted.
Peter, in his great sermon on the day of Pentecost, said,
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). We have often
expressed the co-ordinate conjunction and in order to
express the importance of baptism to the remission of sins. And,
baptism IS just as necessary as repentance. But how about turning
this argument around. Repentance IS just as necessary as baptism.
It seems to have been the case (in some situations) that in order
to get someone to understand the necessity of baptism, we might
have left off the same emphasis upon repentance. This will cause a
response that nearly guarantees the quick falling away of the one
just converted. Again, the need for repentance is as important
(equal to) the need for baptism. Acts 3:38, Repent and be
Baptized. The co-ordinate conjunction AND
means each side carries EQUAL weight. Repentance AND baptism. The
need for baptism is once, but the need for repentance is continual.
WHAT IS REPENTANCE?
We take note of what the apostle John said,
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:7-9).
Continuing faithful to God requires a faithful walk (v.7). However,
man is occasioned to stumble in sin (v.8). The blood of Jesus is
always available to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (v.9).
However, there is/are conditions. One must repent of and confess
his sins (v.9). One might quickly argue that the term
repent is not found in this verse. It is not stated, but
it is necessarily understood because confession of sin without
repentance of sin accomplishes nothing. Peter told Simon the
sorcerer to, Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and
pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven
thee (Acts 8:22).
Repentance is NOT sorrow for sin. Many
mistakenly think this is what repentance is about. It is true that
there can be no repentance without being sorry for our sins. But,
one can be sorry about their sins for a long time and still not
repent of those sins. In I Corinthians 7:10 we find that there are
two kinds of sorrow: For godly sorrow worketh repentance
to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world
worketh death. There is godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.
Mankind must take notice that it is only godly sorrow that
works or brings man to genuine repentance. Just being
sorry (worldly sorrow) does not bring about forgiveness of sin, but
will cause a man to die in his sins. Repentance is a changing of
wills, a changing of attitude, a changing of ways. It requires the
leaving off of the sins for which one confesses and asks
Without faithful living, one will not receive the
crown of eternal life (Rev. 2:10). Repentance is a necessary part
of that faithful walk before God.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS AND HIS DEITY
Roger D. Campbell
Jesus, known as the Christ, is named in
the text of the Greek New Testament 972 times [Smiths
Greek-English Concordance, p.2424]. Jesus is mentioned in the very
first verse of the New Testament (Matt. 1:1), as well as in the New
Testaments very last verse (Rev. 22:21). It is no secret that
Jesus, plus the salvation that is available to mankind through Him,
are the focal points of the entire message of the Bible.
People today often ask questions about Jesus. Some ask
them simply out of curiosity. Others ask about Him with a sincere
desire to learn the truth. Yet another category of people asks
questions about our Lord in such a way that it is obvious that
their questions are intended to cause confusion, reflect on the
reliability of what the Bible says, or else cause people to waver
in their commitment to accept exactly what the Bible record states
about our Savior.
The New Testament clearly teaches that Jesus is God,
meaning that He possesses the characteristics of the Godhead.
Jesus deity is set forth in a number of passages, including
the fact that Jesus accepted what Thomas said about Him. Thomas
proclaimed, My Lord and my God (John 20:28). Hebrews 1:8
records that the Father called Jesus God. Satan, however,
has always tried to cause men, women, and children to doubt the
reality that Jesus really was Emmanuel, meaning God with
us (Matt. 1:23). In this article I want to consider three
questions that are sometimes asked about the Son of God and His
How could Jesus be God in the flesh? How could a
divine Being become a human? A: The Bible says that the Word
was God (John 1:1). To whom or what does the Word
have reference? John 1:14 says, And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as
of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
This verse identifies the Word as being the
only begotten of the Father, who is Jesus (John 3:16). Thus,
the three statements in John 1:1 about the Word (that He
was in the beginning, that He was with God, and that He was God)
are in reference to the Christ. Since the Word was God, coupled
with the fact that the Word was made flesh, then it must
be the case that God was made flesh.
The Bible says, God was manifest in the
flesh...believed on in the world, received up into glory (I
Tim. 3:16). This points to the incarnation of Jesus. The Bible also
says of Jesus, And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled
himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross (Phil. 2:8). Despite such plain declarations, some in
the first century denied that the Messiah came in the flesh. The
Holy Spirit calls such deniers antichrists (II John 7; I
John 4:3). Such denials, though, cannot change what really took
place. As we noted earlier, when Jesus lived in the flesh, He was
God with us (Matt. 1:23). Thus, though He was in a human
body, He was still God.
We are amazed that Jesus could be both the Son of
man and the Son of God, yet the Bible says that He
was both. We are amazed that Jesus could have an earthly mother and
a heavenly Father, but that is what the Bible teaches. We are
amazed that the Christ could have a human body, yet still be God.
However, because of our confidence in the message of the Bible, we
accept it all by faith. If someone says, There is no way that
the true God could ever be in a human body, then that person
either (1) has not read the Bible, or, (2) does not accept what the
Bible says. In this matter, one must lay aside his/her own
pre-conceived notions and accept Gods truth (John 17:17).
God is eternal, without beginning and without end.
Jesus died. If Jesus is God, then that means that God died. How
could God die? A: God the Father did not, and could not, die. But
the same is not true for God the Son. Why? Jesus did die:
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures
(I Cor. 15:3). Jesus willingly became a man. In doing so, He
temporarily made Himself a little lower than the angels (Heb. 2:9).
In what sense was He lower than angels? Simply by virtue
of the fact that He came to live in this world of sin and in the
end be put to death. Angels do not endure such. Why did Jesus
temporarily take on a position that was lower than the created
beings known as angels? In order to suffer death for all humanity
Because Jesus was made in the likeness of men
(Phil. 2:7), then it was necessary for Him to go through physical
death like all other men do (Heb. 9:27). Looking at it another way,
because Jesus came to be the Savior of fleshly people, then He
Himself took on the form of flesh and blood (Heb. 2:14,17). When
Jesus died, He did not cease to exist. The part of Him that died
was His physical body, which was in the grave for three days.
However, His spirit continued to live, even when His body was in
the tomb (Acts 2:24-27).
If Jesus is God, then why did He say that the Father
is greater than He is? A: John 14:28 says, I go unto the
Father: for my Father is greater than I. In I Corinthians 11:3
it is also written, ...the head of Christ is God. As we
already noted, Jesus, in coming to the earth and living as a man
and in the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7), was willing temporarily
to be made a little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death (Heb. 2:9).
By coming to earth, Jesus willingly took on a lower
position than the Father in that God the Father never personally
came to live in the flesh. However, while in the flesh, Jesus was
still the I AM (John 8:58)! When talking about His divine
nature, Jesus said, I and my Father are one (John 10:30).
When speaking about His human nature/existence, Jesus said that the
Father was greater (John 14:28). The President of the United States
of America might temporarily be in a higher position of authority
than you and I are, yet he is still a human being. His temporary
change in authority does not cause him to stop being a man
his humanhood remains. In the same way, Jesus coming
to earth did not cause Him to stop being Deity or to lose His
Commenting on what is said about Jesus in John 14:28, the
late Guy N. Woods wrote:
While here, and in the flesh, he was in a
subordinate position to the Father; this would no longer
be so when He had returned to His former glory (Phil.
2:5-11). It is important to recognize that all
statements in the sacred writings such as His Father was
greater than He, He came not to do His own will, but the
will of His Father, He proceeded from the Father and not
the Father from Him, His Father knew some things He did
not, etc., are all to be understood as referring to His
incarnate state in which He voluntarily accepted a
position of subordination; and not to His eternal state.
His nature is the same as the nature of the Father and
He is of the same essence [A Commentary on the Gospel
According to John (Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate,
1981), pp. 318,319].
Let us never be ashamed of the truth that the Bible
reveals about Jesus. Let us never waver in our commitment to Him,
and let us never run away from questions that people from time to
time ask about Him. Jesus came into this world as the Savior of
sinners. He will one day come again to be the Judge of every
person. May each of us be prepared for that great day.
The way to prepare for the day of judgment is to become
a Christian hear the Gospel, believe its message, repent of
all sins, confess faith in Jesus, and be baptized for the remission
of sins. Following baptism, a person must be steadfast in his/her
service to the Master (I Cor. 15:58).
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THEN AND NOW
Jerry C. Brewer
Under the heading of, College Presidents State Their
Views On Speculative Teaching, in the Oct. 11, 1934 issue of
The Gospel Advocate, E. H. Ijams, president of David Lipscomb
College wrote, In view of existing conditions and the spread
of hurtful doctrines in certain quarters, I ask that David Lipscomb
College officially reaffirm its loyalty to every Bible principle of
moral Character and Christian doctrine. As a safeguard for the
future, I suggest that it be the policy of the board to close the
doors of the institution against anyone who would teach or
encourage the spread of unscriptural doctrines or hurtful
speculations originating in the opinions of men rather than in the
revelation of Gods word.
In the same article, James F. Cox, president of Abilene
Christian College wrote, No atheist, sectarian, hobby rider,
nor any one who is not a loyal, constructive supporter of pure New
Testament Christianity, will ever be on its faculty so long as I am
president. ...We believe, too, that Christian colleges should let
the brethren know how their faculties are relative to
As the saying goes, That was then, this is now.
Seven decades have come and gone since those men expressed their
devotion to New Testament Christianity on behalf of their schools.
Where are their schools now?
Its patently obvious that Royce Money who
now heads Abilene Christian would never subscribe to brother
Coxs statement. In fact, Money bent over backwards to
fellowship the Christian Church denomination as he co-delivered the
opening address at ACUs annual lectureship with Don Jeanes,
president of the Christian Churchs Milligan College.
And, L. Randolph Lowry III, Lipscomb
Universitys president would certainly not subscribe to brother
Ijams closed door to anyone who would teach...the
spread of unscriptural doctrines. If he did, John Mark Hicks who is
Minister of Adult Education at Rubel Shellys
denomination, Woodmont Hills in Nashville would not be on DLUs
faculty. Hicks was one of the speakers at the Tulsa Workshop in
March of this year with Max Lucado, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio,
Texas, Mark Henderson of Oklahoma Citys Quail Springs
Family of God, and Victor Knowles, editor of the Christian
Church magazine, One Body.
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Hoffs were looking into obtaining health insurance when an eight
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responsible for the bills for all the tests, surgery,
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special contribution on the fifth Sunday of April. This totaled
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Christ; P.O. Box 12, Flat Rock, MI 48134. The elders will send
written acknowledgments for all contributions. The churchs
telephone number is (734) 782-2886. [EDITORS NOTE: I
personally know brother and sister Hoff. He is a fine Gospel
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