*** Be sure to read Part One before proceeding.
Now let’s continue to consider more scriptures which have been deliberately forged to teach the wrong doctrine about Jesus Christ.
This counterfeit is illustrated very clearly and distinctly in two verses of Scripture in I John 5. In fact, these two verses are the most controversial verses regarding the subject matter regarding trinitarianism. As I was, you will be amazed at what the forgers of the Word did to try and prove the validity of the trinity.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. -- I John 5: 7 and 8
In these two verses, the words beginning with “in heaven” of verse 7 and closing with the word "earth" in verse 8 are not in any text until the 16th century. Furthermore, I John 5: 7 was omitted completely by the English committee and the American committee in the Revised Version of 1881-1885 and the American Standard Version in 1901. Yet, both the American and the British Bible Societies, knowing the ancient texts and manuscripts do not substantiate the insertion, have continued to insert the error in the King James Version as genuine Scripture. This is deliberate immorality concerning the Scriptures and, as I said in Part One, is blasphemy, private interpretation (guesswork), and, in reality, is a counterfeit straight from hell.
Now let me give you the accurate rightly divided Word of the true God of I John 5: 7 and 8 removing the text that was added by the translators. Watch this.
For there are three that bear record, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. – Rightly divided I John 5: 7 and 8 according to the closest to the original text.
Amazing, isn’t it? The added words are found in only four Greek manuscripts before the 16th century. All early manuscripts again read:
For there are three that bear record, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. ………………THUS SAITH THE LORD!
The weak excuse given for the insertion of this passage in the text is that some copyist wrote it in the margin only as a comment, and the scribe who copied that particular manuscript mistook it for omitted matter and copied the comment into the text. For the Bible societies, both British and American, to print these verses for many years after it was known not to be true is an immoral act. The trinitarians demanded the insertion of I John 5: 7 and 8 because it speaks about "these three are one," and then they could speak of three persons in one.
Storr and Flatt's Biblical Theology (second edition, page 301) states the following of phrases such as "three persons" in the creeds regarding the trinity: " ... among the advocates for their expulsion ... were a number of the first divines of the age, not excepting Hunnius and even Luther himself. Yet, to prevent the charge of Arianism or Socinianism, which he [Luther] knew his enemies would eagerly seize the least pretext to prefer against them, Luther yielded to Melancthon's wishes, and in the Augsburg Confession the doctrine of the trinity is couched in the old scholastic terms."
This indicates clearly that Luther and other men of the Reformation period did not want this trinitarian terminology in the creed because they did not believe its implications of three gods, but in order to escape the charge of heresy which was leveled against Arius and Socinius they reluctantly included it. I'm surprised by a great man's action; but that is man.
Now we are now going to study Philippians 2: 5 an 6 which also has aroused much curiosity regarding the identity of Jesus Christ.
The American committee translated Philippians 2: 5 and 6 in the following manner:
Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped.
These words are significant-"counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped [a thing to be understood].”
Let’s go to Philippians 2: 5 and 6 as it is written in the King James Version.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery be equal with God: -- Philippians 2: 5 and 6
Now we can study how the American committee translated these verses and also how the King James Version translated the same verses.
It must be understood, regarding these verses in Philippians that equal does not mean identical, as the trinitarians believe. The word "equal" in Philippians 2: 6 is the Greek word isos, from which is derived the English word "isosceles." An isosceles triangle has two angles which contain the same number of degrees. Even though equal, the angles are not identical.
The word "equality" in the American committee translation (see above) of Philippians 2: 6 is explained by the Judeans as brought to light in John 5.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him [Jesus Christ], because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. -- John 5: 18
According to Biblical culture, a son is referred to as being equal to his father. When Jesus Christ said that God was his Father, he put himself as equal with God. It did not make him God, but it gave him many of the same privileges. Similarly, a son born into the family of a king has many of the same basic privileges as his father, yet the king represents the greater of the two. The father is always greater than the son, yet their privileges are many times equal because of the father's power and position to make them so for his son. God is superior to Jesus Christ.
In John 5: 19, Jesus goes on to explain "equal with God."
Then Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. -- John 5: 19
Thus, "equal" by no stretch of the imagination can mean Jesus Christ was God. For one man to claim to be the son of another does not imply that he is identical to his father; therefore, Jesus' claim to be the Son of God never implied that he was identical to God. Truthfully, the Judeans never said that Jesus made himself equal with God. That's what the translators said, and the English translation is an intended forgery and morally offensive to the integrity of the Scriptures. The word isos, equal, is translated "equal" four times in the King James Version. It's translated "agree" twice, "as much" once and "like" once. It took a deliberate forging of the Scriptures at this point, to make the word isos mean “equal.”
What the Judeans were arguing was that Jesus, by making himself the Son of God, made himself agree with God, or like God, in the sense of the figure, simile. The Judeans, believing that Jesus Christ was an imposter and not the Messiah, became very disturbed.
The Judeans never even considered the possibility of Jesus Christ being God. They knew the Messiah would not be God, thus a man claiming to be God wouldn't have agitated them for they would have recognized such a person as being mentally ill. But a person claiming to be the Son of God was disturbing because according to Judaic doctrine that was a possibility. They simply rejected Jesus as that promised Messiah.
In Philippians 2: 6, the word the trinitarians have placed great stock in is the word "form," which is morphe in the Greek. This word, with its variations, is used in the following scriptures:
Mark 16: 12 . . . . "he appeared in another form unto two" [morphe]
Romans 2: 20 . . . . "the form of knowledge," [morphosis]
II Timothy 3: 5: "Having a form of godliness," [morphosis]
The word metamorphoomai appears in Matthew 17: 2, Mark 9: 2 and Romans 12: 2. From metamorphoomai we derive our English word "metamorphosis."
Thus, the "form of God" in Philippians 2: 6 has to mean, by genitive of origin, "who being in an external appearance, given to him by God." This expression means he was the "Son of God." "Who being the Son of God" would be a beautiful translation according to Biblical usage and understanding. It is the same, in essence, as "I and my Father are one," or "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father."
The Scripture in Philippians 2: 8 also adds to the truth that Jesus Christ was not God, but he was the son of God. There is one word in this Scripture that we are going to study that you should find most interesting and exciting. Let us go to Philippians chapter 2, verse 8.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. – Philippians 2: 8
The word "fashion" in Philippians 2: 8 is the Greek word schema, which means "scheme." Scheme is a plan, a blueprint. When Jesus Christ was found in fashion like a man, it was the plan, the blueprint, the scheme of God Almighty.
Wherefore God also hath [has] highly exalted him [Jesus Christ], and given him a name which is above every name: -- Philippians 2: 9
How could God highly exalt Jesus Christ if Jesus Christ is God?
Looking at the scheme or blueprint, let us note what Hebrews says.
Who being the brightness [effulgence] of his glory [God’s glory], and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; -- Hebrews 1: 3
The word "express" is not only superfluous; it is not in the text. "Image" is the Greek word charakter, meaning "the thing impressed," or the "stamp" -- Jesus Christ. He was the effulgence of God's glory, the stamp of God, meaning God's Son because he was conceived in the womb of Mary by God's creative ability. The accuracy of God’s Word still amazes me to this day. It is the only truth in the world today – everything else is a fact. Facts can be argued and men argue them all the time. The Word of God can only be witnessed to because it is truth. You can scratch the word “express” from the above Scripture since it was added by the translators and again it is not in any Greek or Aramaic text.
The word "person" in Hebrews 1: 3 is the Greek word hupostasis, which means" standing under.” It is that which is underneath, substructure, that which is out of sight, but is still there. Jesus Christ being the effulgence, the brightness of God, is in essence like "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father." Jesus Christ is the image, the impress, the stamp of God, God's only begotten Son. Jesus Christ is the "image" of God because God was underneath. God was standing under. God is the substructure under Jesus Christ and that, again, agrees with the Word which states that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.
God is not a person; God is Spirit.
God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -- John 4: 24
Of course, the main subject of this verse is pertaining to speaking in tongues. However, the point is made that God is not a person, but God is a Spirit. Jesus Christ was a person – he was a man just like every other man. The difference was that he had a pure blood stream because he was conceived of Holy Spirit. Everything that we do every single day has spiritual implications. We deal with spiritual matters all of the time. This makes it difficult for us to renew our minds to God’s Word because we are so used to functioning by the five senses. It takes an intentional effort to renew our mind to God’s Word, but it is so well worth it and the benefits are beyond explanation and expectation. Let’s get back to our subject.
Now let’s take a look at another forgery to try and prove trinity using the wrong translation of the word “person”. Let us go all the way back to the book of Job in the Old Testament and examine a Scripture.
Will ye accept his person [panim – face]? will ye contend for God? – Job 13: 8
In Job 13: 8, the word "person," in the King James Version, should be translated "face." Panim is the Hebrew word. More than 300 times, panim is translated "face" in the King James Version. Panim is the face of God, what God's face stands for. It is the figure of speech, condescensio. I have explained this before but I will do it again. God is Spirit so he does not have a face. It is a figure of speech to mark an important point in the Word of God. This is how God marks importance in His Word by using figures of speech. Panim was translated “person" in the King James Version in Hebrews 1: 3 above because it was, and is, a deliberate forgery to put the trinity into Scripture. Finally, let us examine Luke 18: 18 and 19.
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. – Luke 18: 18 and 19
A ruler came to Jesus and said, "Good Master." Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God." This declares plainly that Jesus Christ was not God. Jesus never claimed to be God. In the last phrase of John 14: 28, Jesus Christ said: “... for my Father is greater than I." Endeavoring to make Jesus Christ God does not add to the glory of God at all, but manufactures a second god set over against the true God who said:
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
END OF PART TWO