Christian Churches of God
The God We Worship
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This paper is concerned with identifying the entity that is the one true God of the Old and New Testaments and who should be the object of worship of humanity.
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The God We Worship
The basic difference between the people of God and mainstream Christianity is the understanding of the God we worship. The authority of The One True God extends to a council of elders, which includes Jesus Christ as the lamb and high priest. All are subordinate to this God Almighty who created all things.
God Most High or God The Father
The Supreme Deity of the universe is God. He is the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens, the earth and all things therein (Rev.14:7). He alone is immortal (1Tim.6:16). He is our God and Father and the God and Father of Jesus Christ (Jn. 20:17). He is the Most High God (Gen.14:18; Mk. 5:7) and the One True God (Jn.17:3; 1Jn.5:20).
Jesus The Son of God
Jesus is an image of the Invisible God. He is the first begotten and the beginning of the creation (Rev. 3:14). He is the only born son as a human (Luke. 1:35). He is The Messiah sent from God The Father to be our Saviour and redeemer (Eph. 1:7) He is not the object of worship or the God who commands.
The two signs of the seventh day Sabbath and the Passover, together with the understanding of The One True God are the seal of the people of God (Rev. 7:3; Isa. 8:16). This seal guards against idolatry (Deut.11:16).
The Law of God
The law of God is unchangeable and good as it proceeds from the nature of The Almighty God (Mk. 10:18). The people of God keep the law through the faith of Jesus Christ and because of their love of God (Rom. 9:32). The heavenly host, including Christ, partake of this divine nature and goodness (Heb. 13:8).
Christ is able to save those who approach God through him, so the people of God also partake of this divine nature if they have the spirit of God dwelling in them. They become part of the priesthood of Melchizedek, of which Christ is High Priest (Heb. 2:17). The people of God have always believed the first commandment (Ex. 20:2), worshipping no other elohim (Hebrew for god), other than God The Father (See the paper The Elect As Elohim (No. 1)). They always understood the subordinate relationship of His son Jesus Christ. The New Covenant establishes the laws of God in our minds and writes them on our hearts, so that our way of life reflects our love and service to The One True God. The law of God is followed for the benefit of the physical as well as the spiritual creation. Nowhere in the Bible does God exist as a multiple being (i.e. the trinity), nor is Jesus Christ asserted as being equal to the Father.
Within the sons of God or Elohim, is the rank of Morning Star. Satan held this rank (Ezek. 28:2-10). Originally he was known as Lucifer or Light Bringer, the morning star of this planet (Isa. 14:12), to be its guardian and teacher. Satan rebelled against God The Father, and he challenged Christ in the desert (Mark 4:1-10). He was judged and Christ will take over his position as ruler of this earth on his return. Christ was to be the star that comes out of Jacob (Num. 24:17). The morning stars were present at the completion of this planet (Job. 38:7). One was to become human (Rev. 22:16), who we know as Jesus Christ. He was anointed above his companions (Ps. 45:7) and will take up his position as Morning Star of this planet at his second coming. The people of God will share these duties with him (2Pet. 1:19, Rev. 2:28). There are multiple sons of God. The human elect are also included with the heavenly host as sons of God (Rom. 8:14-17). Christ and the sons of God are made one with God The Father through the Holy Spirit.
Satan rebelled against God, seeking to establish his will equal to or superior to God. He got a third of the other sons to follow him (Rev. 12:9). After their final battle they are cast out of heaven to cause the tribulation on earth. Christ on the other hand was subordinate to the Father, and because of his humble obedience will be exalted to the highest position under God. When Christ was a man on earth, Satan tempted him several times, promising him the rulership of the planet if he would worship him. In each temptation the aim was to undermine the obedience of Christ to God. Christ, never at any stage of his ministry claimed to be The God, nor did Satan or his demons assert this, but always referred to him as the Son of God. It was for this reason the Jews put him on trial (Matt. 27:43). It wasn’t until after Christ’s death that the lie that Christ was God in the same way and equal to God the Father was established. This falsehood lead to him being worshipped. To worship and hold Christ as supreme God is to break the first commandment and is idolatry. To consider Christ equal to God is also the doctrine of antichrist (1John 4:1-3). To understand that Christ is the son of God is a revelation from The Father (Matt. 16:16-17, Matt. 11:27).
Proverbs 30:3-5, shows the name of The God (Eloah), and that he has a son. The New Testament states clearly The Father is the object of worship (John 4:23). The purpose of Christ’s crucifixion was that mankind could receive eternal life, not that Christ could become an object of worship.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the power of God. It is the force which empowers Christ and hence all the sons of God, giving them the divine nature. It operates from before baptism drawing people to God through Christ (Heb. 7:25). It is given at baptism and dwells in those who keep God's commandments (1John 3:24); a comforter that leads God's people into all truth. The Holy Spirit isn’t a third aspect of a triune God, but the means by which God can finally become all in all (1Cor. 15:28) and how we’ll become elohim at the resurrection. The spirit conveys to God our thoughts and very being. It is routed through Christ as our mediator and High Priest before God. It enables Christ to help teach and comfort us and to exercise the power and nature of God in our lives. The spirit is the means by which we worship God (Phil. 3:3). The fruit of the spirit is love to God and fellow mankind. It gives us gifts from God so we can benefit others. The spirit can be quenched by being neglected through no contact with God in prayer and Bible study. It is given without measure and admits of gains and losses in the people of God.
Christ was the first begotten of all creation (Rev. 3:14). All things were created through him and for him. But it was The Father who generated him and willed that the creation exist and subsist in Christ. So Christ can’t be God in the sense that The Father is The God who alone is immortal. Christ, like all the creation derives his life, power and authority by command of God The Father. God is the rock (1Sam. 2:2) from which all others are hewn. God is the rock or foundation on which Christ builds his church. Christ is the chief cornerstone in the temple of God. God is putting all things under the authority of Christ, who will subdue all to the will of God. There is One True God Eloah and all other elohim exist at His will and in obedience to His authority. Christ's job is to bring all powers, thrones and dominions in heaven and on earth under the subjection and will of God Most High. Even if a church has the physical sign of the Sabbath and Passover it still would be apostate if it holds God as a trinity, or Christ as equal with God.
God alone should be the center of your being. Worship Him only.