The Son of God as Almighty God in the Old and New Testament--Incarnation Versus Cross

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In order for the plan of Salvation to be feasible and Divinity as God the Father not die, it was of absolute necessity that the Father and the Son should exist from eternity for the following reasons:

  • God knew the end from the beginning. He knew sin would ensue. He had the plan of Salvation involving the sacrifice of His Son from eternity.
  • There could not be any period of time during which God was dead.
  • The wages of sin was death--even eternal death.
  • According to the Everlasting Covenant, the Lawgiver, the Testator, had to die.
  • Not only had the Testator to die, but He had to die eternally, for the wages of sin is eternal death.
  • Since divinity cannot die, the penalty of eternal death was to be in the form of the Son dying to His first estate of PURE DIVINITY ONLY PERSON, to assume another third person of FULL DIVINITY (OF THE SAME SUBSTANCE AS THE FATHER--THE ONE ETERNAL HOLY SPIRIT) combined with humanity forever.
  • Three days of entoumbment is not the penalty for the wages of sin. The wages of sin is eternal death. Even if divinity should have died on the cross, it would not have paid the eternal wages of sin by only three days entoumbment. Therefore, any schema about the Godhead that does not provide for a form of eternal death to the life and soul of the Son's original estate of Being, is invalid--against the Everlasting Covenant, anti-christ, and a non-Atonement and a non-fulfilling of the Sanctuary Service. Thus, the trinity doctrine is antichrist because it does not provide for this sacrifice, and it attributes the Holy Spirit to another life other than that of the Son of God's life as it met this prescribed sacrifice--eternal death by being laid aside as a gift to us.

Three persons to the Godhead, are absolutely requisite to this scenario of the plan of salvation. Otherwise, there could be no form of eternal death of any person party to the Godhead. The reason that three persons do not constitute three God's, is simple. The three persons consist of--the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.

1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Eph 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Jesus offered Himself through the eternal Spirit--the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT. Only God could do that, because only God and God only was ETERNAL SPIRIT, SUBSTANCE, ESSENCE. The Son offered (sacrificed) Himself two times-once at the time of His Incarnation and again on the Cross. These two sacrifices were different in their purpose.

The Incarnation Sacrifice--A Complete Sacrifice Without the Cross

"The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

How did the Incarnation alone reach the prescribed limit as a sacrifice? By Christ laying aside (in effect dying to), His first estate of Being, which was PURE DIVINITY ONLY, as "a crowing, greatest good gift" to us for the purpose of overcoming and sanctification. This was the gift of His Divine Nature, which is proffered to us:

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

This gift was not available under the Old Covenant. The Old and New Covenants were very different. One pointed to the Cross sacrifice, and the other to the Incarnation sacrifice. Again, what is the difference? What is the distinguishing feature between both sacrifices?

As stated, the Incarnation of Christ, at which time His first estate Divine Nature (Mind, Holy Spirit life) was laid aside as a regenerating, sanctifying, overcoming power for us. So what happened in the sacrifice on the cross? On the cross two major things accrued which did not accrue at the Incarnation sacrifice in heaven.

1. The Son of God was tested by Satan while having the weight of the sins of the world laid upon Him.

2. The Son of God died the second death by again, and for the last time, commending His Holy Spirit life and soul (essence and substance) to the Father, as a bequeathed gift to us. At this juncture it was impossible for Christ to return to His first estate of Being, and refuse to partake of the cup on the cross. Before this point, He could have done so and the plan of redemption would have failed, as regards the salvation of souls on this earth. The universe would have survived because of the Incarnation and its separate sacrifice of "REACHING THE PRESCRIBED LIMIT AS A SACRIFICE." In other word's, the Son met the prescribed terms of the Everlasting Covenant by dying to His former life (by laying it aside forever). That satisfied the demands of the Everlasting Covenant. Other non-sinning worlds would have survived because a way had been provided that no man need ever sin again. But what about man who had sinned. What about us on this earth?

In order for redemption for us to take place, there was an additional sacrifice that had to be made on the part of the Son of God. He had to take our sins upon Himself and be tested in order to prove Satan wrong in saying that it is impossible for man to keep God's law. Christ proved that Satan was wrong; that humanity could keep the commandments and that God was subject to His own law. This is what redeemed us on this earth. Our sins were paid for by Christ taking them on Himself and overcoming them in human flesh, proving that if any man accepted the gift of His first Incarnation sacrifice, namely His Divine Nature--His mind placed in the heart, he could overcome sin. Such a person would be safe to save and sin would never break out again. Without the Incarnation sacrifice of His life and soul for us, as a regenerating gift, His death on the cross would have been to no avail, because there would been no cure for sin. That is why Ellen White said:

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.
In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....
The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....
It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

Could The Humanity of Christ Have Failed

Ellen White said that the humanity of Christ could have failed the test, and indeed, if He could not have failed, the entire controversy between Christ and Satan would not be valid. If it were impossible for Christ's humanity to be tempted and fail, Satan would have justly cried foul, and the entire salvific process would have been a meaningless charade.

How we may Hasten Christ's Return--Our Part in the Salvific Process

Jesus Christ is waiting for a bride to prepare herself by adorning herself with His righteousness by partaking of His greatest good crowing gift, His Divine Nature Holy Spirit life. We may personally hasten the day of His coming by so preparing ourselves. He is waithing for us--His bride, to prepare herself.

The Son of God as God Almighty in the Old Testament

  • Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  • Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
  • Gen 48:3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
  • Exd 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

If no man has seen God, then the Almighty God that appeared to Abram must have been the Son of God. The same applies to the following text involving Jacob:

  • Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

According to Scripture, it is the Holy Spirit of Christ which shows us all things.

Ellen White says that the name of Christ was also Jehovah:

"Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the source and sustainer of all, is alone enetitled to supreme reverence and worship." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7A, p. 439.

"Jehovah is the name given to Christ. 'Behold, God is my salvation,' writes the prophet Isaiah; 'I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day ye shall say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.' 'In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: we have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, May 3, 1899, p. 2. SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 7a, p. 439.

The Son of God as Almighty God From the New Testament

  • "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song OF THE LAMB, saying Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almigty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints." Rev. 15:3.

The song is sung of the Lamb--great and marvellous are thy works--LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Obviously, this refers to the Lamb as being the Lord God Almighty, because the Father was not the sacrificial Lamb.

        Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

  • Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Who is to come? Jesus.

  • Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Again, it is Christ Jesus who is to come.

  • "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, B> and WAS DEAD; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death." Revelation 1:17, 18.

First and last refers to Alpha and Omega. Was the Father ever Dead?

  • Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
  • Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
  • Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
  • "In [Rev. in context] ch. 22:13 the phrase 'Alpha and Omega' refers to Christ, as is evident from v. 16. The Father and the Son share these timeless attributes." SDA Bible Commentary., Vol. 7, p. 734.

This is common sense because they both are of the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, which is eternal. What is true of one is true of the other. Like both share the name Jehovah God, according to Ellen White and Scripture. Both share the name "I AM." Both are one God because of being OF ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT essence and substance. The Trinity doctrine is correct to that point. It is incorrect in defining the identity of the Holy Spirit.

In the Old Testament we have God identifying Himself when speaking to Moses from the burning bush:

  • "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 3:14 KJV)

In the New Testament Jesus calls Himself "I AM"

  • "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 18:5-6 KJV).

As soon as Jesus said "I am" they went backward and fell to the ground! Jesus is the I am,

"This book, the Revelation, begins and ends with a prediction of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should set ourselves to meditate frequently upon the second coming of Christ, and keep it in the eye of our faith and expectation. John speaks as if he saw that day: "Behold, he cometh, as sure as if you beheld him with your eyes. He cometh with clouds, which are his chariot and pavilion. He will come publicly: Every eye shall see him, the eye of his people, the eye of his enemies, every eye, yours and mine. He shall come, to the terror of those who have pierced him and have not repented and of all who have wounded and crucified him afresh by their apostasy from him, and to the astonishment of the pagan world. For he comes to take vengeance on those who know not God, as well as on those that obey not the gospel of Christ. [6.] This account of Christ is ratified and confirmed by himself, v. 8. Here our Lord Jesus justly challenges the same honour and power that is ascribed to the Father, v. 4. He is the beginning and the end; all things are from him and for him; he is the Almighty; he is the same eternal and unchangeable one. And surely whoever presumes to blot out one character of this name of Christ [the Alpha and Omega] deserves to have his name blotted out of the book of life. Those that honour him he will honour; but those who despise him shall be lightly esteemed." Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible."

Ellen White and Scripture Agree That Christ Jesus is the Alpha and Omega

"The Alpha and Omega.--When the students of prophecy shall set hearts to know the truth of Revelation,they will realize what an importance is attached to this search. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Genesis of the Old Testament, and the Revelation of the New." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, 1092.

EGW Says the Spirit of God is the Holy Ghost

144,000 one hundred-forty-four thousand not just Jews -- "I [Ellen White in context] have received yours [Bro. Chapman's letter] dated June 3. In this letter you speak in these words: 'Elder Robinson does not wish me to leave, but urges that I enter the canvassing field until such time as the conference can afford to employ me in some other capacity, but states positively that I cannot be sent out to present the truth to others until some points held by me are changed or modified in order that the views regarded by us as a people should be properly set forth. He quotes as a sample, 'My idea in reference to the Holy Ghost's not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ, but the angel Gabriel, and my belief that the 144,000 will be Jews who will acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. On all fundamental points I am in perfect harmony with our people; but when I try to show what seems to me to be new light on the truth, those in authority, none of whom have seemingly ever made a personal investigation of the matter, refuse to look into the Bible, but brand me as a fellow with queer ideas of the Bible.'" Written by Ellen White to Brother Chapman from Petoskey, Michigan, June 11, 1891, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, p. 175.

In the above statement it is implied that Ellen White did not want Brother Chapman to be sent out by the Conference to present the truth to others until some points held by him were changed in order that the views regarded by us as a poeopld shold be properly set forth. One of those ideas was in reference to the Holy Ghost not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ. Ellen White taught that the Holy Spirit (Ghost) was the Spirit of Christ

Ron Beaulieu