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Father and Son

Hi Pastor John, 
I was reading Gospel tract, “The Father and Son”.  I have a question regarding to this.

“All else was created by the Son: the heavens, the earth, humans and heavenly beings, animals and plants – everything, everywhere – was created by the Son. When, in Genesis 1:26, the Father said, “Let us make man in our image,” the “us” in that verse was the Father speaking to His Son, who then created man according to the will of his Father. By his Father’s power and wisdom, the Son created everything – except himself.”  

Did Jesus created everything except himself? What I understood that God was the creator but the Son was not co-creator. I believe that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Kindly help me to understand the excerpt in this tracts?  

Thank you, 

Leika

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Hi, Leika. 

The son credited the Father with creating all things because all things were created by the Father’s will, wisdom, and power.  “Of myself,” Jesus said, “I can do nothing.” 

However, with his Father’s wisdom and power, and according to his Father’s will, Jesus can do anything.  And the central revelation of this New Testament is that (1) the Son of God was with the Father from the beginning and (2) the Son was the Father’s agent in creating all things. 

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV

[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

John 1:1-3 KJV

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

So, the Son created all things except, of course, himself.  He created all things at the Father’s command, and he gives all glory and credit for creation to the Father.  At the same time, the Father points us to His Son, whom He has made the head of all things.  And He demands that we bow before His Son.  Otherwise, we will spend eternity in the horrible place of torment called the Lake of Fire. 

I hope this makes clearer what you have read in our gospel tract on the Father and the Son. 

Thank you for the question. 

Pastor John

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Pastor John,

It is clearer now.  Now, when someone will ask me about the Father and the Son when I give them the tracts, I can give clear answer to them. 

He kept all hidden for “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,”  but “He has revealed it to babes.”  Paul said, “to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, even of the Father and Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” and the Book of Psalms shows that “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SON!” 

Thank you,

Leika

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The Son is everything to the Father and to us.  He is the Mediator between God and man.

Pastor John

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I believe in that, Pastor John.  The Father sent His Son so that the Holy Spirit (His divine nature) will be available to us.  I believe that the disciple and prophets were ignorant before the Father sent His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Indeed!  “The Father so love the world that He gave His only beloved Son.” 

Thank you,

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Jesus has given you a good understanding.

Pastor John

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The Old Covenant which are the laws, were written in the stone (Old Testament). The new Covenant which the laws are written in our hearts (New Testament).

“The holy Spirit also bears witness to us, for after having said, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16), and “This is an everlasting covenant”, as what said in Jeremiah 32:40-41:

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them and cease to do them good, and I will put my fear in their heart so that they do not turn away from me. And I will rejoice over them, to do them good, and in faithfulness will I plant them in this land with all my heart and with all my soul.” 

This is the new thing in the book of Isaiah: “Behold, I will do a new thing! It is about to spring up! Will you not understand it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

I love studying the Scripture, Jesus gives understanding indeed!

Thank you,

Leika

 

 

 

 

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When and Why Did God Give Satan Rule over Earth?

Hi, Pastor John. 

In reading December 9th’s excerpt from the Father and Son book, these questions came to mind:

Question #1:

When did God give Satan the Earth to rule?”

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We are not told, but I assume it was after Adam ate the forbidden fruit, thus trusting and submitting himself to Satan and his word instead of trusting and obeying God’s.

On the other hand, even before Adam sinned, God could have entrusted care of the earth to Satan as a good thing.  There is no reason why God could not have done that, as part of His organization of His creation. 

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Question #2:

The question of why God gave Satan rule over Earth also came up for me.  Was God tired of human sin? 

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Whenever God did that, it was for the good of people, especially those who belong to Him.  Sinners who follow Satan’s lead behave better than do sinners who will not submit to any authority.  Satan loves order, and those who are like him love it, too. 

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Question #3:

Why didn’t God just give Satan another creation of his to rule? 

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…and just leave us in peace?  That is how people think of Satan, but it is not how things really are.  The human race would probably be even worse off than it is now if Satan wasn’t around, trying to keep people is some kind of decent order. 

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Question #4:

Did Jesus send back the Holy Spirit as a compromise to his Father’s curse of Earth through sending Satan to rule?

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No, he send back the Spirit to save us from our sin, just because he loves us.  Satan wishes he was important enough to be the reason God sent us his Spirit. 

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Wow, that single excerpt from the Father and Son book brought up a lot of questions for me 🙂 

Lots of love, 

Allison 

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I think it is wonderful that you are thinking on spiritual things.  Jesus has answers for us if we just ask, as you have done.  And his answers will set us free from the diseased thoughts of Christian superstition.  I am so thankful for that! 

Lots of love back to you and Brad! 

Pastor John

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John 16:7

Hi Pastor John,

I noticed in our translation of John 16:7 that is says “…for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go I will send Him to you.”  I didn’t notice before that it says “him” when speaking of the comforter.  But the comforter is not a him, it’s an ‘it’. That would support the trinity!  SO it makes me wonder why it says him, and not it?

I love our translation!

Jenny

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Hi Jenny.

As I explain in my Pneuma Study, the word “comforter” is a masculine word in the Greek language, and so, “he” is the appropriate pronoun to use when referring to it.  However, the word “Spirit” is a neuter word in the Greek language, and so, the apostles always used “it” when referring to that word.

Thank you for writing.  I am glad you are enjoying our translation.

Pastor John

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Wrestling an Angel

Pastor John, 

In Genesis when Jacob was wrestling with an angel how exactly was he “wrestling”?

Was it a literal physical fight or more spiritual or sicknesses?

Michelle

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Hi Michelle:

Jacob was physically wrestling the angel.

Pastor John

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Hey Pastor John,

I was thinking about the world during the time of the Bible and I want to know what you think. At what point do you think that the American Indians occur in biblical history? I have heard that they have similar stories of the flood in their folklore. Do you think that they were there after Pentecost time or before? And if after, could it be possible that they would have heard of Jesus or Holy Ghost? I’m wondering because there isn’t much that I have heard/read mentioned in the Bible that talks about other places in the world. It’s a funny question I guess but I still have been wondering for a while. 

Much obliged,

Jon Sellers

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Hi, Jon!

Just about every culture in the world has had a flood story because the true story was passed down by the eight survivors, and then, through the years, their descendants changed the flood story, changing some facts, adding some things and omitting some others.

As far as American Indians are concerned, I don’t know when they began living in North America.  That’s a question men have debated for a very long time.  But no man really knows.

Hope that helps.

Pastor John

 

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What Does ‘Zion’ Mean?

Pastor John, 

What does the word “Zion mean”?

Leika

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Hi Leika. 

The original meaning of the word, “Zion”, is unknown.  It appears at times to be associated with fish or fish nets, figurative or otherwise (e.g., Eccl. 9:12; Ezek. 12:13; 19:9), and at other times to mean something like “stronghold” (e.g., 1Sam. 22:4; 2Sam. 5:7). 

In time, especially in Psalms and the prophets, the small area within the very ancient city of Jerusalem that was known as “Zion” became synonymous with Jerusalem itself e.g., Ps. 48:12; 51:18).  And the term “Zion” is also used in Psalms and the prophets as a prophetic reference to the assembly of God’s people, or even to the people them selves (e.g., Ps. 74:2; 87:5; Isa. 60:14; 62:1-2). 

Pastor John

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Matthew 28:16-20 “The Great Commission”

Hi pastor John, 

What does “great commission” mean in Matthew 28:16-20?

Thank you,

Leika

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Hi Leika.

There is no “great commission” in Matthew 28:16-20.  That is a phrase Christians invented and applied to those verses to use as a tool of manipulation, to pressure people to donate to their evangelistic enterprises.

In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus is only ordaining the ones with him then, the ones to whom he was then speaking – his disciples – to preach and to spread the gospel.  He was not speaking to you.  If Jesus ever tells you or me to go preach and to spread the gospel, then we should go do that, too.  In the meantime, we have no authority to do so, and we are under no obligation to support Christians who claim to have a commission to spread the gospel just because they read those verses in Matthew.

Only those whom Jesus personally anoints and sends have authority to preach and to spread his gospel.  Now, if Jesus DOES anoint and send a man, that is indeed a “great commission”.  But such a commission belongs only to those whom the living Jesus sends.  No scripture has the power to anoint and send men to preach the gospel of Christ.  “The scripture kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Let us pray that Jesus will anoint and send many men to preach his gospel.  It is very much needed.  Whenever he does that, the difference is enormous between those holy men and the Christian missionaries who claim to have a “great commission” to evangelize, based on Matthew 28.

Thank you for the question, Leika.

Pastor John

 

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