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Getting to Know Jesus Better
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3).
"and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come" (1 Thess 1:9-10).
"Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love" (2 John 3).
"Christ came to preach the gospel to the poor. He reached the people where they were. He brought plain, simple truth to their comprehension. How simple His language! Even the poorest, the unlearned and ignorant, could understand Him. Not one needed go to a dictionary to obtain the meaning of the high-sounding titles or words that feel from the lips of the greatest Teacher the world ever knew. While the priests, the rulers, and the expounders of the law were considering themselves as the only teachers of the people, He told these learned rabbis that they were both ignorant of the Scriptures and of the power of God"(RH July 19, 1887).
Clearing up a Misconception About Christ
Simply put, Jesus is the Son of God. Period.
"From the beginning [=before the incarnation!], God and Christ knew of the apostasy of Satan, and of the fall of man through the deceptive power of the apostate. God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten Son, “that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And from the beginning, Jesus as the Son of God was the target of misrepresentation:
"This fact the angels would obscure, that Christ was the only begotten Son of God" (Lt 42-1910.3).
This is the heart of the Great Controversy!
"Christ was the only begotten Son of God, and Lucifer, that glorious angel, got up a warfare over the matter, until he had to be thrust down to the earth" (Ms 86, Aug. 21, 1910).
"Satan was well acquainted with the position of honor Christ had held in Heaven as the Son of God, the beloved of the Father. And that he should leave Heaven and come to this world as a man filled him with apprehension for his own safety" (RH March 3, 1874).
I therefore include several presentations on this topic, including:
The Truth About the Trinity
A humble appeal to the Church - an earnest plea with God's people
"That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:6).
A Practical Proposal
I simply propose a reversion to the pre-1980 wording of our fundamental beliefs, esp. #2-5. As a supportive Seventh-day Adventist, I believe in God the Father, His literal Son Jesus Christ, and their Holy Spirit.
3-in-1 (trinitarian) language exceeds the revelation of Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.
My goal when it comes to theology: "As simple as possible, as difficult as necessary" (Eberhard Jüngel).
A Personal Perspective
How I got into this topic to begin with . . .
[coming late 2018/early 2019 - please check back!]
A highly condensed summary of my studies on the Trinity, on 1 page. Print landscape, double-sided, short-edge binding. Word Format.
Microsoft Word document [109.1 KB]
A highly condensed summary of my studies on the Trinity, on 1 page. Print landscape, double-sided, short-edge binding. PDF Format.
Adobe Acrobat document [235.4 KB]
A highly condensed version of the key texts and quotes on the Trinity [Format: Word, older, large print version]
Print landscape, double-sided, short-edge binding
Adobe Acrobat document [559.4 KB]
A copy of a pre-1980 Baptismal Certificate
JPG image [2.6 MB]
The 1980 deliberations of the General Conference, before the term "Trinity" was voted into our Fundamental Beliefs.
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