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The nature of God, the Son of God, the Spirit of God, including Apostolic Monotheism, Trinitarianism, Unitarianism, Arianism, & Modalism.

UNITY & THE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS (IV), FELLOWSHIP & THE MISSION

UNITY & THE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS (IV), FELLOWSHIP & THE MISSION

From the previous posts in this series, we have shown that the primary “fundamentals” of the mature Abrahamic Faith are two points: (1) That there is one eternal, immortal, all-powerful, and all-sovereign God, who is the Father alone, and (2) that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. A secondary “fundamental” is the Hope of the resurrection, the restoration of the whole creation, and the promised land inheritance. As Paul declared, “We were saved in this hope”…

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Unity & the Christian Fundamentals (III), Progressive Revelation of 2 Mysteries through Paul

Unity & the Christian Fundamentals (III), Progressive Revelation of 2 Mysteries through Paul

The Apostle Paul wrote of two distinct, yet interrelated, “mysteries” that were concealed in the Old Testament Scriptures, yet were progressively revealed to the Apostles over several years after Pentecost. Neither of these two mysteries were fully comprehended by the Apostles at the beginning of their evangelistic outreach. It should not come as a surprise that Jesus sent out His Apostles to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom without their training and knowledge being complete. He told them that their…

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Unity & the Christian Fundamentals, (II) The Meaning of “One God”

Unity & the Christian Fundamentals, (II) The Meaning of “One God”

The Shema (Deut. 6:4), “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” appears in the last of the books of Moses, composed at the very end of the forty-year wilderness wandering. Yet the basis for the Shema appears in the first of the Ten Commandments. Exod. 20:2-5a NKJV  2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 “You shall have no other gods…

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Unity & the Christian Fundamentals, (I) The Two Creeds of Pristine Christianity

Unity & the Christian Fundamentals, (I) The Two Creeds of Pristine Christianity

Up until the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, Christians were considered a “sect” (a subdivision) of the monotheistic Abrahamic Faith. The Abrahamic Faith consisted of those who embraced the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His covenants, promises, and commandments (Acts 24:5,14; Acts 28:22). The other “sects” of the Abrahamic Faith were the Pharisees (Acts 15:5; Acts 26:5) and the Sadducees (Acts 5:17). Lesser known sects were the Samaritans (John 4:19-26) and the Essenes (Josephus, Wars, Bk. II, ch. 8). The…

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