Four Absolute Truths

by Elder Gregory Riggen
Pastor New Life Pentecostal Church
Olathe, KS.

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: (Mark 12:28-29).

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16).

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20).

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age in which the mantra seems to be “There are no absolutes.” Such a statement, however, is ridiculous. To say that there are “no absolutes” is, in and of itself, a statement of absolutes! Thus, the statement proves itself to be false.

My friends, make no mistake about it — there are indeed absolutes! In fact, the Word of God is FILLED with absolutes.

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).

 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).

Among these absolutes, there are four that are essential to us, especially with regard to our relationship with God. These four truths deal with what the Bible has to say about the Doctrine of the Godhead.

Although there are those who claim the Godhead is a “mystery which cannot be fully understood” and must simply be “accepted by faith,” the Scriptures declare something altogether different. We will examine the Word of God concerning this matter in a moment.

Let me begin by saying that I agree it is impossible to know and understand EVERYTHING about God. There is a reason for this.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

I have said on many occasions that I am GLAD there are some things about God we don’t understand and can’t figure out. If we COULD,  it would mean God is no smarter than we are! Although there are some things we cannot fathom, there are SOME things we can — and SHOULD — yea, MUST — understand about Him.

As we discuss these truths, please consider carefully and prayerfully each verse. Remember also, that God does not work on Democratic principles — it matters not what “the majority” believe; it ONLY matters what God says!

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; (Romans 3:4).

Here, then, are Four Absolute Truths concerning the Godhead.

First, there are No Equals. By this, I mean that there is NO commandment equal to or greater than the commandment to believe in ONE GOD!

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: (Mark 12:28-29).

This is THE preeminent doctrine in the Bible. All other doctrines are based upon this one. Everything we know and understand about God MUST be built upon this fact — the God of Israel is the ONLY Lord there is!

The Bible is REPLEAT with scriptures that state that God is ONE — not one in plurality, as some have claimed, but ONE in number. Think about it: how much must we twist our logic to say that “one” actually means “three”? Is there EVER a time in which we read “one” and understand to mean ANY kind of plurality? Of course not! The Bible NOWHERE says God is a “Trinity” or that He is “three separate and distinct persons.” Rather, the Bible ALWAYS says that God is ONE.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6:4).

Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? (Malachi 2:10).

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: (Mark 12:32).

 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith (Romans 3:30).

 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one (1 Corinthians 8:4).

 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one (Galatians 3:20).

 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:5-6).

To try to make more than one out of God is a clear violation of the Scriptures. Furthermore, doing so is to do Him a horrible disservice.

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any (Isaiah 44:8).

To believe in more than one God is to presume to know more than God knows.

Dear Readers, if we neglect the FIRST and GREAT commandment (to believe there is only one God), HOW can HOPE to please God in ANYTHING we do?

Second, there are No Exceptions. By this, I mean that the doctrine of the Oneness of the Godhead is not open for debate or left for personal opinions.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16).

There IS “no controversy” within the church. All TRUE believers AGREE on this doctrine.   There are no exceptions. If controversy exists, it ONLY exists OUTSIDE the realm of the true church.

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him (1 Corinthians 8:5-6).

Pay attention to what Paul said: “to US” — to those in the church — “there is but ONE GOD!” Although OTHERS may believe in more than one, to US there is ONLY ONE!

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19).

We’ve already seen that God stated HE knows of no other God. Now we see that the devil ALSO believes in only one!

Let me state emphatically that this is NOT just a matter of “semantics.” If we are in the church we MUST accept the doctrine of ONE GOD!

Third, there are No Excuses. By this, I mean that NO ONE has a valid reason for a lack of understanding concerning this subject.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20).

This verse of Scripture clearly declares that EVERYONE should comprehend this doctrine. The Godhead is NOT “a mystery beyond comprehension.” Rather, it is something EVERYONE can — and SHOULD — understand.

In the Book of Colossians, Paul stated that he had an earnest desire that “everyone” have a “full…understanding…” of the Godhead.

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:1-3).

Pay attention to the words of the Apostle: “For I would that ye knew — the FULL ASSURANCE OF UNDERSTANDING, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God.” What is “the mystery of God”? We’ve already read the answer, but let us look at it again.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16).

The “mystery of God” is that the Eternal, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God was “manifest” (made known) “in the FLESH.” When did this happen?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).

 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 (John 1:14).

In spite of what one song says, God didn’t “search through Heaven” for someone to pay the price for redemption. In fact, He didn’t have to search AT ALL — HE paid the price HIMSELF!

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16).

It is important that understand that, when we talk about the Son of God, we are talking about “that which was born of Mary.” Mary was not the “mother of God.” She was the mother of the Son of God – the fleshly body in which God the Eternal Spirit manifest Himself.

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).

Thus, “God was IN Christ” — not “with” Him or “beside” Him, but IN Him!

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Please note that although “God” is mentioned AND “Christ” is mentioned, the Bible says he was “reconciling the world unto HIMSELF,” not “themselves.” That is why Isaiah called Him both the Father AND the Son.

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 (Isaiah 9:6).

That is why Jesus told Phillip what he did about the “seeing the Father.”

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:8-9).

That is why Jesus PLAINLY stated there was NO DIFFERENCE between Him and the Father.

I and my Father are one (John 10:30).

Finally, there is No Other Way to Be Saved. Make no mistake about it: what we believe concerning the Godhead IS a determining factor in our salvific experience.

In John 8, Jesus spoke with a group of Jews. They asked Him a VERY pointed question.

Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also (John 8:19).

In response, Jesus said that when you know Him, you know the Father! He did NOT say you know “about” the Father. He said that knowing Jesus IS knowing the Father!

Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:21-24).

It is because of this passage that I say this belief affects our salvation. Jesus state that the ONLY way to avoid “dying in your sins” is to believe that He IS Who He said He was. Whom did He say He was? Look again at verse 24.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24).

You will notice in your Bible that the word “he” is italicized, meaning the translators put it there because they believed it helped clarify the scripture. However, Jesus did NOT say, “If ye believe not that I am HE;” rather, He said, “If ye believe not that I AM!” He was making a clear claim to be the “I AM” Who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush.

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you (Exodus 3:13-14).

Jesus used this same terminology in the Garden of Gethsemane when the soldiers came to take Him.

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground (John 18:3-6).

Notice that there was so much power in His use of the phrase “I Am” that it knocked his captors to the ground!

When Jesus spoke those words to the Jews in John 8, His accusers tried to pin Him down further, hoping no doubt to have undeniable grounds to charge Him with blasphemy.

Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him (John 8:25-26).

Somehow, though, they just didn’t get it.

They understood not that he spake to them of the Father (John 8:27).

Hear the conclusion of the matter, also found in John 8.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

If you DON’T want to “die in your sins,” and if you DO want to be “free indeed,” you need to accept the truth — there is only ONE GOD, and His name is Jesus!

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