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The Divine Name, ‘I Am that I Am (I will be what I will be).’ – What does it mean?
Should Christians Vote?
The Holy Spirit: a power or a person?
Jesus Christ: a god manifestation, or God manifest?
Sinai -- Is it the mountain of judgement?
Jesus: A man who became God, or God who became man?
Is Jesus equal with his Father?
What is the Gospel? Can it be Perverted?
Can Young Children be Saved?
Why was Jesus Baptised?
Is Jesus a Son of God?
Did Jesus exist prior to His birth in Bethlehem?
Did Jesus Have Our Nature?
How Did Jesus Condemn Sin in the Flesh?
How did Jesus Die for Sin?
Did Jesus Have to Die?
Was Jesus a Substitute or a Representative?
Does Water Baptism Save?
Did Jesus Become God?
Do We Become God?
Are All Believers Raised Mortal or Immortal?
Will All be Raised?
Is Jesus Michael?
When Are We Born Again?
Did Jesus Need to Die for Himself?
Is the Holy Spirit a Power or a Person?
Does the Holy Spirit indwell believers today?

The Divine Name, ‘I Am that I Am (I will be what I will be).’ –
What does it mean?
Totally false: ‘The name is multitudinous, embracing “ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands.” J. Thomas, Phanerosis p.67

Bible Truth: The divine name of Exodus 3:14, ‘I AM,’ or ‘I will be,’ indicates the eternal unchanging nature of God. What God is, he has always been, and will forever be.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Rev 1:8

God does not mutate or multiply. He does not become other than he is.

“…for he that cometh to God must believe that he is .’ Heb 11:6

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Should Christians Vote?
False: ‘They do not vote.’ Robert Roberts (Christendom Astray p.300)

The Bible: ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.’ Rom 13:1-3 RSV

Voting is both an obligation and privilege. Democratic societies allow us the right of election. Christians should use their vote to help elect those who stand for high principles and worthy policies. Those who promote family values and advocate freedom of worship should be among our first choices.

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The Holy Spirit: a power or a person?
False: ‘…”the holy spirit” is the special power, or exclusive force, which emanates from the One Eternal Spirit.’ (J Ullman ‘The First Principles’ p.23)

Truth: ‘Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’ 2 Cor 3:17

‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’ John 4:24 NKJV God is not impersonal power!
'And the angel answered and said to her,"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ Luke 1:35-36 NKJV Note how the Holy Spirit is distinguished from ‘the power of the Highest.’
‘Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.’ Rom 8:9

Warning: ‘Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.’ Matt 12:31-32

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Jesus Christ: a god manifestation, or God manifest?
False: ‘The Son is the manifestation of the Father in a man begotten by the Spirit.’ (Robert Roberts, Christendom Astray, p.90)

Truth: ‘That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us)’ 1 John 1:1-2 ‘

Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?’ John 14:22

Jesus isn’t ‘a god manifestation.’ He is His own unique manifestation. He manifests Himself. He is God manifest: The Bible says: ‘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 Tim 3:16

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Sinai --- is it the Mountain of Judgment?
These speculative words are the chapter heading in a publication entitled, ‘Events Subsequent to The Return of Christ.’ P.27

It says: ‘The scenes are suited to the sounds of the fearful trumpet that was once heard there, and the equally anxious feelings that will be induced by the setting up there of the judgment seat of Christ.’

What does the Bible say about Mt Sinai?

‘For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.’ Heb 12:18-24

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Jesus Christ: Man become god or God become man?
A correct answer to the above question is vital to your salvation!

False: Writing of Christ, Dr. John Thomas said: 'He (God) turned the body into Spirit, and made it "one in nature" with Himself --- the Spirit-Son of the eternal Spirit, equal in power and glory --- GOD.' Phanerosis p.93, Logos publications.

No one ever has or ever will become God. The Bible says: ‘Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour’. Isa 43:10-11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…..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 1:1-2,14

Note: ‘The Word was God.’ The Word didn’t become God.

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Is Jesus equal with his Father?
Barry Steele falsely stated: 'It is very evident that Jesus Christ has never been nor ever will be co-equal with his Father...' Barry Steele, Yankalilla Regional News July 2005 p.37

Mr. Steele was asked to explain his statement in consideration of the following quotes taken from Christadelphian pioneers.

Writing of Christ, Dr Thomas said: 'He (God) turned the body into Spirit, and made it "one in nature" with Himself --- the Spirit-Son of the eternal Spirit, equal in power and glory --- GOD.' Phanerosis p.93, Logos publications.

On page 94 Dr Thomas claimed the same for believers -- "like him" in body, as they have been in faith and practice --- Spirit, because born of the Spirit, and therefore God because, Spirit is God.' p.94

'Christ having died, God raised to a glorious existence, even to equality with Himself.' R.Roberts Christendom Astray p. 100, 1958

'When raised from the dead and glorified, he was exalted to "all power in heaven and earth"; his human nature was swallowed up in the divine; the flesh changed to spirit. Hence as he now exists, 'In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9) He is now the corporealisation of the life-spirit as it exists in the Deity.' C.A.94

'When created and anointed, this new creation was Eternal Power manifest in flesh; and when resurrected and glorified, that flesh was transformed into Spirit, or Deity -- a substantial corporeal entity, called by Paul a "Quickening Spirit," and "the Lord the Spirit." Eureka Vol 1: p.408 Logos publications.

'In other words, he (Christ) partakes of the Divine Nature; so that what he now is - is what the Deity has always been.' Eureka Vol 1 p.95

Barry Steele says that ‘Jesus Christ has never been nor ever will be co-equal with his Father...' Yet, Christadelphian pioneers say that he became equal to the Father. Mr Steele was contacted in early August of 2005 and again on 13th September.
To date, no reply has been received.


What does the Bible say about the equality of Jesus with His Father? --

‘Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.’ John 5:18

‘Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.’ Phil 2:6

‘To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.’ Isa 40:25

Jesus didn’t ‘become’ God as Christadelphian pioneers taught. He ‘was God.’ See John 1:1 He said, ‘I and the Father are one.’ John 10:30

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What is the Gospel? Can it be Perverted?
False: "The gospel is styled 'the one faith', because it is made up of things which require faith to receive them." (Robert Roberts C.A. p. 228)

Truth: "Moreover, bretheren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have beleived in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Cor 15:1-4.

"For Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Cor 1:17-18. "We preach Christ crucified" v23.

Warning: "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so we say again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Gal 1:3-9.


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Can Young Children be Saved?
What is the future state of those who die young?

Robert Roberts writes: ‘Those who are excluded from eternal life --- includes those whose misfortunes prevent them from believing – such as idiots and very young children.’ Christendom Astray p.54

What a horrible trauma for those who tragically lose a child--- and how unscriptural!
Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 19:14

Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the midst of the sea.’
Matthew 18:5-6

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.’
Matthew 18:10

‘Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’ Matthew 18:14

Note: ‘Little ones’ explicitly refers to little children.

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Why was Jesus Baptised?
--- did he need to be?

John’s was a baptism of repentance and Jesus had nothing to repent of. John the Baptist said, ‘I have need to be baptised by Thee and Thou comest to me?’ Jesus said, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting to fulfil all righteousness.

Jesus was plunged into the same river as sinners – indicative of his mission. 1 Tim 1:15 --- and illustrative of the Bible principle of transference and imputation.

The baptism of Jesus marked the commencement of his ministry and signified it’s fulfilment in death and resurrection.

As he emerged from the water a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, ’ and the Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove – a symbol of purity and peace.

The baptism of Jesus shows us the beautiful relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in whose name believers are to be baptised. Matthew 28:19


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Is Jesus a Son of God?
Is His Sonship Unique?

False: ‘Jesus was simply claiming to be what every messenger of God was, a child of the most High God.’ R. Kidd, P.8 The Bible Magazine Vol 12. Issue No 2.
‘The Supreme Power has not only a Son, but a multitude of sons, and all of them partaking of His nature, or spirit substance, hypostasis.’ J. Thomas, Phanerosis p.57

Truth: Jesus is never called ‘a son of God’ in the New Testament. It is essential for your salvation to believe in ‘The Son of God.’ ‘He that believeth in him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.’ John 3:18.

Jesus once said to his disciples, ‘But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven…. And upon this rock will I build my church.’ Matthew 16:16-17 cf Matthew 3:

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Did Jesus exist prior to His birth in Bethlehem?
What are the origins of Jesus Christ?

False: ‘Yet the Bible clearly shows that Jesus had no existence prior to his birth in Bethlehem.’(Herald of The coming Age, Vol 32 No3)

Truth: The author of that statement must have a different Bible. In John Chapter 6 Jesus referred seven times to his coming down from heaven, ‘I came down from heaven.’ Jesus knows where he came from! He said so himself. John 8:4, 13:3 The Jews perfectly understood his words. They said, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?’ v 42

In John 6 Jesus contrasts himself to the ‘manna’ which was said to be ‘from heaven.’ But, he said, ‘For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven…’ v 33 To clarify it further he said, ‘What and if ye shall see the Son man ascend up where he was before.’ V62

Where did Jesus ascend to? ‘God….set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.’ Ephesians 1:20-21 That’s where he ascended to – that’s where he was before!

Jesus testified in John 16:28: ‘I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world and go to the Father.’ Note the disciples response in the next two verses. Now turn to John 17:5. ‘And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Belief in the eternal pre-existence of Christ is essential to salvation. See John 8:23-24

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Did Jesus have our nature?
Did the Son of God have the same inclinations to sin that we do?

John Thomas says of Jesus: ‘His body was as unclean as the bodies of those for whom he died.’ (Elpis Israel p128)l
Listen as Thomas describes the human nature of whom, he says, Christ was: ‘Such a nature is incurable. It is essentially turbulent, rebellious, and prone to evil; and can only be controlled by the power of divine principles, or an iron despotism. When either of these are relaxed, it becomes presumptuous, and hostile to authority in doctrine and government.’
Eureka Vol 5. p339.
If Jesus was as corrupt as we are how did he avoid sin? How did he get through boyhood and adolescence without a single sinful thought when Thomas says, himself, that such a nature is essentially turbulent, rebellious, and prone to evil? God views the thought as the sin. Matthew 5:27-28
The Bible says that Jesus is ‘holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.’ Heb 7:26 Of his conception we read: ‘The Holy Spirit 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. Contrast that with our nature. See Psalm 51:5.

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.’ 1 Peter 1:19

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How did Jesus condemn sin in the flesh?
How could he condemn sin and why can’t we?

John Thomas writes: ‘Sin could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus, if it had not existed there.’
If sin existed in the body of Jesus he would have been condemned by it. On the contrary, he condemned sin. Sin could not condemn him, how?
The Bible supplies the answer: ‘For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.’ Romans 8:3-4

Thieves cannot condemn stealing, a liar cannot condemn lying or murderers condemn murder. Only the sinless condemn sin. God sent his own son in the ‘likeness’ (not in) sinful flesh. He victoriously condemned sin in flesh that was pure and perfect.

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How did Jesus die for sin?
How could he be responsible for the sin of others?

He volunteered to die for us. See Heb 10:4-9
'I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.’ Gal 2:20. His death was totally undeserved. He was the Father’s well beloved Son. Mark 1:11 No other could do what God’s own Son did. He died for our sins. 1Cor 15:3 How could the sinless die for our sins? --- by imputation and transference. See 2 Cor 5:19 ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.’ Cf Romans 4:8 When Jesus suffered and died there was a two way imputation --- our sin imputed to him ---- his righteousness imputed to the believer. Romans 4:22-24 This is beautifully summed up in 2 Cor 5:21 ‘For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.’

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Isaiah 53:5

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Did Jesus have to die?
Jesus was crucified - but would’ve he died from old age or illness?

Jesus didn’t have to die.

Before his disciples he was miraculously transfigured ‘-his raiment became shining, exceedingly white as snow: so as no fuller on earth can white them.’ Mark 9:3 They were ordered to tell no one about it until after the resurrection. Mark 9:9. See 2 Peter 2:16-18.

At anytime Jesus could’ve abdicated his mission on earth and returned to his former glory. His death was voluntary in every sense of the word --- thus highlighting his great love for us.

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Was Jesus a substitute or representative?
In his death he was a substitute in that he died for others. When the Bible says, ‘Christ died for us,’ (Romans 5:8) the word ‘for’ is so significant. In the context it means ‘instead of.’ If I wash the dishes ‘for’ my wife I do them instead of her. Christ died in our place - ‘for’ us – instead of us.

Jesus is now our representative in his work as our high priest in heaven. Heb 7:24-26 He represents us to the Father.

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Does water Baptism Save?
What Happens at Immersion?

It is unfortunate that baptism is portrayed as something magical. Dr John Thomas writes of the act of baptism, ‘The fluid into which he is plunged must be tinged of a bright scarlet colour. ---- It is not supposed that this tinge is obvious to the natural eye, but the eye of faith can see the crimson dye flowing from the pierced side of Jesus into all the baptismal waters. If a man confess Jesus to be the Son of God, and apprehended his blood shed for the remission of sins, and he be immersed in the waters of the Potamic, Mattiaponi, Pamunky, or James rivers, the eye of faith can see those waters dyed around him by the blood of Jesus.’ (Dr Thomas: His life and Work.p.26)

This is akin to the Roman Catholic dogma of ‘transubstantiation,’ in which the elements of bread and wine are supposedly changed into the body and blood of Christ even though retaining their natural appearance.

In the Bible baptism follows our acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We are saved and then baptised – not baptised and then saved.

See Acts 10:47-48 where Peter said: ‘Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptised, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord.’

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Did Jesus become God?
If Jesus wasn’t God what is he now?

Writing of Jesus, Dr John Thomas says: ‘For He (the Father) turned the body into Spirit, and made it “one in nature” with himself –– the Spirit-Son of the Eternal Spirit, equal in power and glory –– GOD.’ Phanerosis p.93 Robert Robert writes: ‘God raised him from the dead to a glorious existence, even to equality with Himself.’ Christendom Astray p.100

Jesus did not become “GOD.” He became man. He was ‘in the form of God’ – he was ‘equal to God’ – ‘But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.’ Phil 2:7

See Hebrews 13:8

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Do we become God?
What is man’s ultimate state?

The Bible refutes the extravagant speculations of John Thomas who says: ‘—“the manifestation of the sons of God,” who all become “like him” in body, as they have been in faith and practice –– Spirit, because born of the Spirit, and therefore God.’ Phanerosis 94.

‘BEHOLD THEN THE CONSUMMATION! Mortal and corruptible beings like ourselves become Elohim, mighty in strength, and framers of new worlds, of which the planet we inhabit, even in its present state, is a grand and glorious specimen.’ Elpis Israel p187

Man will never be God. He is not destined to create other worlds. That is the serpent’s lie (Gen 3) and the very essence of Mormonism. In the great consummation of Rev 21 we read: ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.’ Rev 21:3

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Are believers raised mortal or immortal?
Will we rise in the same state that we died?

The Bible addresses the issue in 1 Corinthians 15. Consider the following statements: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.’ V.22 --- dynamically alive in resurrection power. ‘But some will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? --- that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be ---- so also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.’ From verses 35-44

Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.’ Verses 51-52

The resurrection of saints contrasts to that of Lazarus who was raised mortal. The saints, both dead and living, are to be instantaneously changed (in the twinkling of an eye) by the omnipotent power of Christ.

Paul reiterates this elsewhere – see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Phil 3:20-21

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Will all be raised?
What is the point of raising everyone?

The prophet Daniel said: ‘And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and contempt.’ ‘Many’ implies ‘all.’ See Romans 5:19

This is confirmed by Jesus who said, ‘Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming when, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.’ John 5:28-9

‘It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment.’ Heb 9:27

‘In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.’ Romans 2:16

‘And I saw the small and great stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.’ Rev 20:12- 13

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Is Jesus Michael?
Can we associate Jesus with a supreme angelic being?

When people like John Thomas state: ‘Jesus --- is Michael the great Prince of Israel,’ they speak against the Bible. Michael is chief of angels, sometimes called ‘The Angel of the Lord.’ (Jude 9, Zechariah 3:1-3). In Revelation chapter 12, Michael and Christ are clearly distinguished. See verses 7 and 10. Also Hebrews 1:5-8 disassociates Jesus from every angelic order. It is ‘The Lord Himself’ who will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

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When are we born again?
Is rebirth present or future?

In a booklet entitled, ‘Christ’s Death and your Salvation,’ (Vol 35, No2, Herald of the coming Age) we read, ‘Birth of the spirit relates to the change of nature at Christ’s return.’ P15

The Bible says: ‘If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.’ 2 Cor 5:17

In John 3:3 Jesus said, ‘Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.’ When asked to explain it he said, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ Verse5

‘Born of water.’ This probably refers to natural birth as Nicodemus asked, ‘Can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’Verse 4 . (In the womb one is surrounded in water) - and Jesus’ reply, ‘That which is born of flesh is flesh.’ Verse 6 It could be a reference to baptism although the term, ‘born of water’ isn’t found elsewhere.

Jesus explained that the new birth is beyond comprehension: ‘The wind blows where it wills, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Verse 8

Believers are, now, ‘partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that it is the world through lust.’ 2 Peter 1:4

Have you had the wonderful experience of being born again?

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Did Jesus need to die for himself?
If so how could he save others?

Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.’ John 10:15

‘Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh my life from me I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received from my father.’ John 10:17-18

The fact is that Jesus didn’t have to die. His death was voluntary in every sense of the word. The transfiguration shows us that Jesus at any moment could re- enter his former glory. See Mark 9:2-12

Hence the apostle Paul referred to ‘The Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’ Gal 2:20

‘And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.’ Dan 9:26

Christ died for sinners --- not for himself!

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Is the Holy Spirit a power or a person?
Is the Spirit something like electricity?

The Bible clearly distinguishes the Holy Spirit from power: ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee.’ Luke 1:35

Again in Acts 10:38: ‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.’

'Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almighty'. Zecheriah 4:6

The Bible says that God is Spirit. (John 4:24) God is not impersonal force.

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Does the Holy Spirit indwell believers today?
Or was the Holy Spirit withdrawn?

Jesus said: ‘And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.’ John 14:16

‘For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as our Lord God shall call.’ Acts 2:39

‘Now if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.’ Romans 8:9

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