The Great Controversy

 

Earlier in our study we learned about Satan becoming jealous of the relationship between God and His Son, he felt that he should have been involved in all the plans and decisions. Lucifer was next in authority to Jesus, he was a covering cherub in the very presence of God, and we saw earlier that in heaven we have God, His Son, and then the angels, and Lucifer was the highest of these angels.

1 Timothy 5:21 "I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality."

But Lucifer decided that he should also have the worship due only to the Father and His Son, He was jealous of their relationship, and he will take worship any way he can...

Isaiah 14:12-14 "12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

Notice that five times Satan says "I will" - He wanted God's place, He wanted all of heaven and earth, he wanted ultimate power and control, and he will do whatever it takes to give people a wrong impression of God. John tells us:

John 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

So right from the beginning Satan has set out to destroy God's name and His character. He wants the worship due to God alone, and by having people think there is a third deity in heaven he can then claim their worship, thorough deception.

To understand just how Satan bought this about, we recommend you watch our video presentation "the gods of Babylon", which will explain the origin of the trinity doctrine, and how today Satan, through tradition, has caused most churches to ignorantly worship him through some form of trinity. However when we look at what the Bible has to say, we see that there is no trinity in heaven.

Why would Satan challenge the Son of God if "Son" only meant his humanity or being a child of God in the general sense like you or I? Satan's challenge was an assault on His true person, who He was before he came to earth. Because for one to claim specifically to be God's Son was to claim a unique relationship with God that no one else has.

In John 5:18, the Jews wanted to kill Jesus because He said God was his Father, making himself equal with God (in nature.) This meant a special relationship, Father and Son, that no one is able to have except the true Son.

In John 10:30 Jesus claimed "I and my Father are one." In verse 33 the Jews pick up stones because they understood this as blasphemy. In verse 36 Jesus explains what He meant by saying, "because I have said, I am the Son of God."

We need to be careful who we give our worship to, because God gives a very solemn warning in the very last chapter of the Bible:

Revelation 22:18-19 "18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

Over and over again we see only the Father and His Son. Nowhere in God's word do we find the trinity mentioned. Nowhere in His word do we find "God the Holy Spirit". Nowhere in God's word do we find "God the Son".

What we do find is God the Father His beloved Son, to whom He gave His full power and authority, and we find Their Spirit dwelling in man.

You can search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In fact in the very last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus, where it takes us into heaven, into the very throne room of God, into His Heavenly Sanctuary, there again you will find only two, Jesus and the Father, surrounded by the angels, and the 24 elders.

1 Corinthians 11:3 "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God."

Just two - the Father and His Son.

Jesus constantly refers to His Father; they have this inseparable bond, this amazing love for you and me. We see two in this divine relationship, not three. When the Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit it is always spoken of as the Spirit of God or as the Spirit of Christ, nowhere does it speak of "God the Holy Spirit". People read this into it when they have their trinitarian spectacles on.

We saw at the beginning that we were made in Their image, in the image of the Father and Son, and that the Holy Spirit was the breath of life that they breathed into us, this life giving force.

Only two - the Father and His beloved Son.

 

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