Welcome to Our 12 Bible Lesson Series


My personal passion is to help people grow spiritually by His grace, through faith in His Word. The purpose of this 12-lesson series is for people to be rooted and grounded in the principles of God’s Word through systematic Bible study. The better understanding, we have of God’s plan for making true disciples, the better disciples we will become.

12-Lesson Series

  1. The Sin Problem
  2. Understanding Justice, Mercy, and Grace
  3. Justification by Faith – How and When Does It Happen?
  4. The Promised Seed of Abraham – Key Lesson
  5. Baptism in Jesus Name
  6. Sanctification
  7. Our Identity Crisis
  8. Getting To Know Him
  9. Spiritual Warfare
  10. Spiritual Warfare – Part 2
  11. Called to Be Witnesses
  12. Let’s Go on Unto Perfection


I have written a paper concerning the Oneness of God entitled In the Beginning Was the Word. It is a scriptural based alternative to the Trinity.

I will be adding a new lesson each week. Please check back regularly or follow my blog to get updates when I add new entries.



Understanding Justice, Mercy, and Grace

Lesson 2

In the previous lesson,  “The Sin Problem”, we learned that the entire human race inherited the sin nature of Adam because of his disobedience. The class agreed that it is not our fault that we were all born with a sin nature and an overpowering tendency to sin; but it is our problem, and we must deal with it, or else suffer terrible consequences.

 Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.


 Divine Justice

 Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.  

 Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For the purpose of explaining Divine Justice we’re only going to
consider the first part of this scripture.

Last week we learned that Sin is not merely the breaking of a law, but it is transgressing against the very nature of an infinitely good, pure, and Holy God, thus creating a personal attack on God Himself.  

 Albert Barnes
1798–1870) in his commentary on Rom 6:23 had this to say about it: 

“Death is thus called the wages of sin, not because it is an arbitrary, undeserved appointment, but because it is its proper desert. Not a pain will be inflicted on the sinner which he does not
deserve. Not a sinner will die who ought not to die.”


Another way to look at it is this: Because of the extreme seriousness of the crime – of a creature inflicting a rebellious attack on its Creator- the most extreme penalty is justly warranted. – DWE


Notice I use the words “justly warranted.”  


Abraham’s conversation with God while trying to get Him to spare Sodom and Gomorrah shows
us that he believed God to be  a just and righteous judge: 

Gen 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the
Judge of all the earth do right? 

Divine Justice can then be summed up as- God acting in accordance with His own sense of rightness in meting out the appropriate judgment for specific transgressions. – DWE 

Some people look at various biblical examples of God’s wrath being poured out upon wicked, profane, and rebellious sinners in the Old Testament and wonder why He seemed to be so much harsher than He is in the New Testament age. 

The answer can be found in Isaiah 53, prophetically speaking of the crucifixion of Jesus 700 years before it happened: 

Isa 53:3-6 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isa 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities 

The crucifixion of Christ was the most violent expression of God’s wrath and justice this world has ever seen, and the most amazing thing about it is – the victim of the cross, the Lamb of God, Jesus, never committed a single sin!

 If you ever wonder if God really loves you, consider the Cross. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most significant event that ever happened on planet earth!  He paid the death penalty for everyone who ever lived, so that you and I can freely receive the mercy and grace of God. 


Mercy is when God chooses to withhold His righteous judgments for man’s transgressions against Him. 

Exo 33:17-19 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  (18)  And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. (19) And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be
gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 

Here God informs us of His sovereign nature. He is the supreme ruler of the universe and everything that’s in it, and as such can do whatever He chooses, but the best part is that his sovereign decisions are rooted in His infinite love, goodness, wisdom, and power!  

 Psa 136 has 26 verses and every one of them ends with the phrase, “for his mercy  endureth for ever. 

Nowhere can we find a better example of God’s love and mercy than what He did for us at
Calvary’s cross!


Grace is God’s supernatural way of demonstrating His love, guidance, and enabling power
to believers, so that we can live holy, godly lives.

“Without God man cannot – without man God will not.”  God has chosen to work in partnership with man in spreading the Gospel message. 

God’s grace and sanctification are both necessary for a healthy Christian life. These two components can be thought of as dependence and discipline; reliance and effort. 

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 

We need to learn to depend on God and His grace, and not on our own feeble efforts.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We are saved by the operation of God (grace) through, or by means of our faith.

Our good works are, then, the result, not the cause of our salvation: 

Eph 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.   (10)  For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 

2Co 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 

Our next lesson will be “What is Justification by Faith and When Does it Happen?” I believe this is very important for us to understand the concept of  justification and I also believe it will help us to have a greater appreciation and assurance of our position or standing in Christ. 


The Sin Problem

Lesson 1

Gen 6:5: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 These verses illustrate the depraved condition of man after the fall of Adam. I once heard a man complaining that if he could have known before he was born, that he would be entering into this world with a spiritual death sentence hanging over his head caused by the disobedience of his distant ancestor, Adam; and also, that there was a possibility that he might wind up spending forever in a place called Hell, he would have declined the invitation to be born. It simply wouldn’t be worth the risk!

The fact is, however, that none of us were given a choice about our birth, and we all come into this world faced with the problem of a sin nature which we inherited.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered  into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 Jeremiah declares mankind’s sin to be a heart issue:

 Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Sin is not something that we have to learn – it’s more like an instinct.  For example, a two-year old child runs through the house and knocks a vase off of a table and it falls to the floor and shatters.  Mom hears the noise, rushes in and sees what happened. She asks her tiny daughter, “Did you knock momma’s vase over? The child puts on her most angelic face and with a look of pure innocence slowly shakes her head from side to side and points accusingly toward their pet poodle. 

This same kind of behavior goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the LORD God asked Adam, “Did you eat of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you shouldn’t eat?  And Adam said, “The woman you gave me, she gave it to me and I ate it.”

And the LORD God said unto the woman, “What is this that you have done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

It seems that it just comes naturally for humans to always blame others rather than accept the
responsibility for their own actions. 

I’d like to ask you a question. Is it our fault that we were born with a sinful nature; having such
an overpowering tendency to sin?

I believe the answer is: No! It’s not our fault…. but it is our problem!  It is our problem in same way that new born babies of drug addicts come into this world as drug addicts themselves. 

One thing we need to understand about Sin is that it is not merely the breaking of a law, but transgressing against the very nature of an infinitely good, pure, and Holy God, thus creating a personal attack on God Himself.  Breaking God’s law, then, blocks any possibility of a relationship between us and Him.

God’s plan, ordained from eternity, was and is being carried out in time, and involves many necessary steps to bring it to completion. This plan was carried out with divine precision, in such a way as to make it possible for this infinitely pure and holy God to be united with wicked and sinful man.

We might wonder why God is so concerned with something as wretched and wicked and rebellious as man.The psalmist David had the same question:

 Psa 8:4-5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

 Albert Barnes (1798–1870) had this to say about this passage:

We may ask the question here, Why was man so honored as to be united to the Deity? Why did
the God appear in human form? What was there in man that should entitle him to
this honor of being united to the Divinity, and of being thus exalted above the
angels?’ The wonder is not yet solved; and we may well suppose that the angelic
ranks look with amazement – but without envy – on the fact that “man,” by his
union with the Deity in the person of the Lord Jesus, has been raised above
them in rank and in glory.

When we consider how much God hates sin, it is amazing to me that He has such unconditional love for sinners that he willingly submitted Himself to the agonizing and shameful death of the cross.

 Rom 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


In my next post, we’re going to take a close look at the role that God’s Mercy and Grace played in taking us out of Adam and putting us into Christ!






This Great Salvation

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(Heb 2:1 KJV)  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (drift away from it) 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;



Many years ago I heard a disturbing account about a Oneness preacher who, during his message, asked those who were absolutely confident of their salvation to stand and come to the front.  Remarkably, no one got out of their pew!  Since hearing this story I have had numerous conversations with my brothers and sisters in the Lord and found that many have feelings of guilt, condemnation, and a sense of unworthiness and concerns about their spiritual security.  This has prompted me to spend a good bit of time and study preparing this message and by the grace of God and the power of His Spirit I want to go back to the basics of God’s word in order to clarify some things that we desperately need to understand.  I want to share with you this evening some scriptural principles about the plan of salvation that I believe just might cause some of you to shift your focus from you and your efforts, to God and His amazing grace!!!!!   My title for this message is:


This Great Salvation

The most important aspect of the process of salvation can be found in:

(Heb 10:38 KJV)  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Since justification comes through faith, it occurs when a person fully exercises saving faith, which includes obedience to the gospel.


(Rom 10:16 KJV)  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?


(2 Th 1:7-8 KJV)  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:


So then, the full work of justification comes by faith at each step in obeying the plan of salvation.  i.e. faith as one repents, faith as we are baptized in Jesus’ name, and faith to believe God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The following scriptures support that this
is God’s plan: (Acts 17:30 KJV)  And t he times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:


(Acts 2:38 KJV)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Cor 6:11).

This passage could be understood as “washed in the name of the Lord Jesus”, and “sanctified by being filled with the Holy Ghost.” Another passage illustrating how
God saved us is:

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”  (Titus 3:5 KJV) 

Now after we have obeyed God’s plan, we are justified in God’s eyes. And what is Justification? “Justification is the act by which God declares the sinner to be righteous. The sinner doesn’t actually become righteous within himself at this point, but God considers him as righteous, without regarding his past sins.”

“God’s grace is the source of justification, Christ’s blood (death, burial, and resurrection) is the basis or ground for justification, and faith is the condition upon which we receive justification.”

God does not impute sin to those who are justified by obeying the Gospel:

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Another scripture that teaches that God does not charge sin to our account is:

(Psa 32:1-2 KJV)  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

In other words, Jesus makes us an offer we dare not refuse.  By exercising our faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection He took our sins upon himself and imputed His righteousness to our account.  What a great transaction!!!

Now hear me closely.  If Jesus would not impute our sins to us when we first came to Him, why would He impute our sins to us now? God knows full well that we still have a carnal nature and we mess up every once in a while. The question is did you repent? When you sincerely repent and turn from your sin, God forgives you and you remain justified in His sight.  Here again, the reason God is able to maintain your right standing in His eyes is because of your faith that God will forgive you when you confess your sins and turn from them.  God always responds to faith. 

 (1 John 2:1 KJV)  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  

Next we need to see how Grace and faith work together in our lives.


Grace and Faith

 (Eph 2:8-9 KJV)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 


(Titus 2:11 KJV)  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;


**Not only does the grace of God teach us how to live, it also enables us to do so.**   

One aspect of grace is defined by Joseph Thayer as, “The merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence upon souls…strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.”

The grace that saved us when we believed and obeyed the Gospel is the same grace that will keep us saved until that day when we finally receive our inheritance Thank God for His wonderful grace!

(1 Pet 1:4-5 KJV)  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(Phil 2:13 NRSV)  for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

(Eph 3:20 KJV)  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,



Even though sin is not imputed to us Paul prayed:

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”   (1 Th 5:23 KJV) 

Sanctification literally means separation. It is equivalent to holiness, which means separation from sin and consecration to God. Sanctification is the process of becoming righteous – actually becoming more and more  like Christ.


(1 Th 4:3 KJV)  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…

Continuing Faith

We are not saved by a single act of faith at one point in time.  Colossians 2:6 says, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Just as we received Him in faith, so must we continue to exercise faith in Him. Salvation is not just a past tense experience; it is a present tense relationship that will lead to eternal salvation. We must live daily by faith in order to be saved in the end. It is much easier to see the close relationship between faith and works when we realize this fact.


Col 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled {22} In the  body  of  his flesh  through death, to present you holy and  unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: {23} If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye  have  heard, and which was preached to every  creature  which  is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

1 Tim 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:  for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to  continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.


Unsaved, Elect, or Reprobate?

The unsaved are those who those who for one reason or another have not obeyed the gospel message and been justified in the sight of God.  The Elect are all those who in the foreknowledge of God will ultimately be saved.  The reprobate are those who, according to Adam Clarke “…deliberately, for fear of persecution or from any other motive, renounce the profession of the Gospel and the Author of that Gospel, after having received the knowledge of the truth so as to be convinced that Jesus is the promised Messiah, and that he had sprinkled our hearts from an evil conscience; for such there remaineth no sacrifice for sins; for as the Jewish sacrifices are abolished, as appears by the declaration of God himself in the fortieth Psalm, and Jesus being now the only sacrifice which God will accept, those who reject him have none other; therefore their case must be utterly without remedy. This is the meaning of the apostle, and the case is that of a deliberate apostate – one who has utterly rejected Jesus Christ and his atonement, and renounced the whole Gospel system.


How Can We Neglect So Great Salvation?

(Heb 2:3 KJV)  “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…”

The great commentator Albert Barnes in his commentary of our text said:

“If we allow this great salvation to be neglected, and do not embrace the wonderful gift of eternal life that God has offered us, the sense is, that there is no other way of salvation, and the neglect of this will be followed by certain destruction.

It is not merely if we commit great sins. Not, if we are murderers, adulterers, thieves, infidels, atheists, scoffers. It is, if we merely “neglect” this salvation – if we do not embrace it in continual faith.

By neglect of education children grow up in ignorance; by neglect a farm grows up to weeds and briars; by neglect a house goes to decay; by neglect of sowing, a man will have no harvest; by neglect of reaping, the harvest would rot in the fields. No worldly interest can prosper where there is neglect; and why may it not be so in religion? There is nothing in earthly affairs that is valuable that will not be ruined if it is not attended to – and why may it not be so with the concerns of the soul?


Just as we are justified by our faith, we can lose this great salvation by having an unholy, irreverent, unthankful spirit that will, through neglect and unconcern eventually lead us into unbelief.  The writer of Hebrews used the types and shadows of what happened to the Israelites on their 40- year journey from Egypt to the promised land to admonish the

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?  18  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.


(Their primary sin was the sin of unbelief that caused them to depart from the living God and His wonderful salvation!) Ultimately it is always unbelief that causes anyone who once was saved to be lost!

 To summarize what the scriptures have taught us tonight: We shouldn’t live in constant dread and fear of the wrath of God like we’re trying to walk a tight rope wire across the Lake of Fire.  God simply wants us to know that we need to be on guard against neglecting this great salvation and drifting into a state of unbelief.

As long as we walk humbly before God with a repentant heart, we can rest secure in this great salvation not because of what we’ve done or not done, but because of His wonderful, amazing Grace! Amen!   



If we could grasp what Paul is actually saying in Romans 8 it would liberate us from  the fear that many of us have of failing God:


Rom 8:1-4 (NASB) 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


(Gal 5:13 KJV)  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another.


Have You Believed And Obeyed the Gospel

Have You Believed AND Obeyed the Gospel



Have You Believed And Obeyed
the Gospel?

Brother Don Eames




(Mark 1:14-15 KJV)  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.


(Rom 1:16 KJV)  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.




There’s an old saying that says, “The devil is in the details”, and it is often used to point out that if we don’t pay attention to all the details, we’ll have the devil to pay!  There are multitudes of preachers in pulpits, and on radio and television, and internet sites that don’t seem to have much of a passion for details, and as a result they serve up a salvation message that I call Piccadilly style: You know how that goes, “I’ll take some of this, but don’t like that!” It’s as though they want to make the “Plan of Salvation” even more simple than it really is.  They’ve boiled it down to a concise statement: “All it takes is simple faith plus nothing and minus nothing!”


What I want to demonstrate through scripture is that when it comes to salvation “God is in the details” and if we ignore them, we won’t have the devil to pay, we’ll have a Holy God to answer to.



Have You Believed And Obeyed
the Gospel?


First of all, what is the gospel? It literally means: “Good News”, but Paul explains it fully in 1 Cor 15:1- 4:


1 Cor 15:1- 4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By
which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

(That is the gospel in a nutshell)!


So the first thing we must do is to obey what Jesus told us to do: “…repent ye, and believe the gospel.  According to what we just read, that means we must believe that Jesus die for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead on the third day.


Paul explains that the full Gospel message had to be fulfilled, i.e. the death, burial, AND resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ:


1 Cor 15:12-22  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of the that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.



These scriptures tell us that if Christ were not resurrected from the dead we could believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as much as we want, but we wouldn’t be saved.


As Paul adds, “if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”

This means also that if Christ wasn’t resurrected, even the precious blood of the Lamb of God couldn’t atone for our sins, and those who had “fallen asleep” in Christ had perished. Verse 19 says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” “In this life only” means “on this side of the grave”


As I said a few moments ago, it takes all three elements of the gospel: the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ to procure our salvation; not just the shedding of His blood and His death.


Rom 4:20-25 (Speaking of Abraham) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered (unto His executioners) for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.

And before we can be justified in the sight of God, we must first believe in the fact that God raised the man Christ Jesus from the dead.


(Rom 5:9-11 KJV)  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Restoration to God’s favor).


The question arises, “How do we access the atonement, the sanctification and the justification that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection procured for us?


This is where obeying the gospel comes in ……



Obeying the Gospel



(Phil 2:5-7 KJV) 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.


Paul gives us the key to understanding how we are to follow His example by humbling ourselves and being obedient to the doctrine he describes in Romans Chapter 6:



(Rom 6:1-5 KJV)  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness* of his death, we shall be also in the likeness* of his resurrection:


*homoioma, hom-oy’-o-mah; from G3666; a form; abstr. resemblance:–made like to, likeness, shape, similitude.


IMPORTANT*** – Paul is telling us that Just as the man Christ Jesus had to experience all three elements of the gospel: the death, the burial, and the resurrection in order to complete what was required by God to purchase the salvation of mankind, so we too have to experience the likeness or similitude of dying, being buried, and being resurrected to walk in newness of life.

Then in Romans 6 verse 17 Paul summarizes by expressing his thanks that we obeyed the doctrine that was delivered to us:


Rom 6:17 (KJV) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 


Now we can look at the “details” of the doctrine which we “obeyed from the heart” or should obey. (These are important “details”, and remember “God is in the details”). 


1 Cor 6:9-11 (NIV) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed**, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.



**628. apolouo, ap-ol-oo’-o; from G575 and G3068; to wash fully, i.e. (fig.) have remitted (reflex.):–wash (away).


What do you suppose Paul is referring to when he says, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God?


He’s referring to baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ AND receiving the Spirit of our God, just as Peter preached in Acts 2:38 on the day of Pentecost!


Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)


In Titus 3:5, Paul clarifies some “details” concerning how God saved us:


 (Titus 3:5 KJV)  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by (means of) the washing*** of regeneration (new birth), and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


***3067. loutron, loo-tron’; from G3068; a bath, i.e. (fig.) baptism:–washing.


Obviously Paul taught exactly the same doctrine as Peter since Acts 2:38, 1 Cor 6:11, and Titus 3:5 are all describing the same process!


Titus 3:5 makes it clear that when we obey the command to be buried with Jesus in baptism, this is not considered a work of righteousness!!


Next let’s look at the story of Peter preaching the gospel to the first gentiles and see what happened. (Imagine if you can, listening to the words of the Apostle Peter as he preaches to these people):


Acts 10:42- 46 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (Jesus).  (Just as he commanded the people on the day of Pentecost)!


Now let’s see to whom God will give the Holy Ghost: (Fill in the blank)


Acts 5:32 KJV And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.


What does the Bible have to say about those who don’t obey the gospel?


(1 Pet 4:17 NIV)  For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?


(2 Th 1:7-8 KJV)  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:





What does the Bible really means when it says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved? The fact is, that to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” means to believe He is who He says He is, accomplished what the gospel message says he accomplished, AND  that we should obey whatever He commands us to do!


The renowned Greek scholar Joseph Henry Thayer in his Greek Lexicon defines Bible faith as “a conviction, full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah – the divinely appointed author of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God, conjoined (joined together) with obedience to Christ.”


Genuine Bible faith always inspires obedience to God’s plan and purpose!



In the Beginning Was the Word


In the Beginning Was the Word 

Bro Eames,

Thank you for your scholarship and considerable reflection about the most important topic there is, Jesus Christ. I love that you utilize the key texts and dissect them in terms of meaning and context. I believe that you have a keen insight with regard to Yahweh as the language of God coming close in the Old Testament, for that is certainly present. I might quibble with this or that point on your Christological hymnic analysis (but Bro Bernard and Bro Segraves and I all have a little different perspective on this hymnic material), yet I cannot but be very appreciative about your motive and discerning modality without discerning hypostatic distinction.


Again, thank you for sharing with me. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and scholarship. I am proud of you!


Bro David S Norris



Dear Brother Eames,

I have just finished your paper, “In the Beginning Was the Word.” Please forgive me being so slow.

I found your paper an excellent exposition of the Oneness.  The portion on the Holy Spirit is, to me, a well-presented classic explanation of the Oneness position.  I enjoyed reading that part, but of course was most intrigued by your discussion of the Logos and the Lord God being the same mode or manifestation of the Father as He emerged into time, thus preparing to become the creator. With your permission, I’d like to share your finished paper with a few friends and see what they think.

God bless, and thanks for letting me read the paper,

Brother Jones


In the Beginning Was the Word

Donald W. Eames




Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I the Son of man am?”


When Peter immediately responded, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”, Jesus said: “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Mat 16:17)


Attempts to answer this question which Jesus asked so long ago have continued to be made by philosophers, theologians, presbyters, bishops, and innumerable others. The first centuries following the deaths of the apostles saw men like Arius, Apollinarius, Nestorius, Eutyches, Athanasius , and others, striving to develop a universally acceptable Christological dogma that could accomplish the Roman Emperor Constantine’s desire for civil and ecclesiastical unity throughout the Roman empire. Finally, in 325 AD, the Emperor summoned all the bishops of the empire to meet in council at Nicea; and after heated and lengthy discussions, a deacon named Athanasius proposed that his creed be accepted by the council, and largely due to having the favor of Constantine, it was. Thus, the initial version of the Trinity dogma was formulated, and after some fine-tuning by subsequent councils, it became the orthodox dogma of the Roman Empire and has grown to be the nearly universal standard for Christianity.

If we consider some of the Christological models that have been proposed by various Christian groups in their attempts to explain the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a monotheistic manner, it will become obvious that the key issue that divides their various constructs is how each of them identifies or explains the Logos of John’s prologue. For example, to Arius and his Unitarian followers the Logos was created ex nihilo and was not therefore an eternal being. He was however in Arius’ view, the creator of the universe and everything in it, and second only to God Himself. Another view is expressed by some modern Oneness Pentecostals that “God’s Word (Logos) was the expression of God’s mind, thought, and purpose, which was God Himself.”

A third view held by the Trinitarians is that the Logos was the second person of a tri-personal God.

The primary objective of this paper therefore is to explore the possibility of discovering an alternative to the orthodox model of the Trinity, and to that end our focus will be to formulate a reasonable and coherent explanation of the nature of the Logos and how it can be possible for this enigmatic entity to be distinct from God in one sense and in another sense actually be God Himself.

The developers of the Trinity dogma reasoned that in order for the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior to be true God He must be an eternal being, and therefore must have co-existed with God the Father in eternity. From this assumption the question arises, is this the only way in which the Lord Jesus can be an eternal being? The answer is no; for it can be shown that there is more than one way to be eternal. The first which comes to mind is to have no beginning and no end; and this is the approach we shall follow in this paper.

The Transcendence of God

Since God created all things, He necessarily exists beyond or apart from that which comes into being from and through Him. Furthermore, since time, space, matter and energy are all part of the created order we can thereby deduce that in His transcendent state of existence He must be, timeless, beginning less, immaterial, and without spatial location. This clearly describes God in eternity. It would also be reasonable to believe that had He not willed to create, there would obviously be no space time universe nor any of His own temporal manifestations such as the man Christ Jesus.

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

In attempting to understand more about the transcendent God’s ultimate purpose in creating all things, we can utilize scriptural inferences and look for clues that will help us determine the answer to G. W. Leibnitz’ classic question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Or, as renowned atheist Stephen Hawking put it, “Why does the universe bother to exist?”

What was God’s ultimate objective in creation? And what steps were necessary for Him to accomplish His divine plan which He decreed from eternity? One such clue can be found in Rev 21:3 KJV:

“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.”

From this verse it seems that dwelling with a people whom He has made acceptable to Himself was His ultimate goal, and everything from beginning to end tells the story of what He had to be or do in order to achieve this goal. Furthermore, the process had to be executed precisely as He ordained because of His otherness, purity and holiness as compared to the abject condition of the objects of His great love, humankind.

In proceeding through His plan distinctions will arise, but by allowing God’s inspired word to guide us, these distinctions can be explained accurately and harmoniously. We should also be careful not to attribute any qualities oractions to the wrong mode of God’s being. For example, the Bible doesn’t say that the Eternal Father was the Creator, nor does it say that the Father was made flesh; it says the Word created all things and that the Word became flesh. There are underlying reasons why God did and said things the way He did, and we are not at liberty to make changes.

The Immanence of God

The immanence of God refers to His existing and interacting in time among His own creation.

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard described God’s transition from being eternal and infinite to becoming temporal and finite in the person of the man Christ Jesus as The Absolute Paradox:

The thesis that God has existed in human form; was born, grew up, etc. is certainly… the absolute paradox…But  the absolute paradox, precisely because it is absolute, can be related only to the absolute difference by which a human being differs from God; it cannot be related to relative bickering between one human being and another about whether one is a little smarter than the other… But that the by-nature eternal comes into existence in time, is born, grows up, and dies is a break with all thinking. – Sørin Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments Volume 1, Princeton University Press, 1992, pp. 217, 579


Paul expresses a similar view, though not in the form of a thesis, but with divinely inspired certainty:

1 Tim 3:16 NASB By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

Both Kierkegaard and Paul are referring to the mystery of the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ, but the Bible reveals that God initially became immanent prior to the incarnation, upon the completion of His 6-day creation; and it is this pre-incarnate immanence that will be the primary emphasis of this paper.

Surprisingly, many great minds haven’t yet discovered that God manifested Himself in an intermediate mode of existence between eternity and His birth in Bethlehem; that is, the mode in which He was enthroned in heaven as the Logos or YHWH.

The Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation makes it clear that the LORD God (YHWH Elohim) walked in the Garden of Eden and spoke to Adam and Eve from the very beginning of creation, also appearing to their descendants on many occasions in the form of the Angel of the LORD. On one occasion the LORD Himself and two of His angels, all in the form of men, conversed and dined with Abraham and Sarah. (Genesis Chap. 18). Some will say that such a visible, tangible manifestation of the LORD should be thought of as a Theophany or temporary manifestation of the essentially invisible God. Although it is true that God in His transcendent mode of being is timeless and invisible, we will later demonstrate scripturally that He did indeed have an intermediate permanently visible mode of existence as YHWH Elohim in which He appeared to His Angelic host and to others as He saw fit.

Distinctions to Be Examined

  • God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth, and all living things. (Gen 1:1)


  • The LORD God (YHWH Elohim) created and made everything (Gen 2:4); and,
  • The Word or Logos made all things. (John 1:1-3)

Obviously there aren’t multiple Creators, so all three of these designations must refer to the same being. If this is true, why did John choose to use the term Logos instead of God or LORD God? One possibility is to let his readers know that there was some sort of distinction between the eternal God (Elohim) and His creative Word or Logos, and that this distinction began to exist “in the beginning” of time, yet prior to the “beginning” referred to in Gen1:1 . This view differs from the idea proposed by some scholars that God became temporal concomitantly with creation by virtue of His new relationship with it. It is significant to our study that from Gen 1:1 through Gen 2:3 describing the 6 days of creation, the Creator is simply designated God (Elohim), and not until Gen 2:4 after the completion of His 6 day creation and having entered into His Sabbath rest is He called LORD God:


Gen 2:4 KJV These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they
were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.


What this suggests is that during the interim period of time netween God’s Transition or emergence from eternity to begin His temporal mode of existence until the completion of the six days of creation, John calls Him the Logos; but upon His Sabbath rest the day after forming Adam and establishing His covenant with him, the Logos is called by His newly acquired covenant name YHWH Elohim (Lord God).

This brings us to another example of distinctions existing between God and Lord Jesus Christ which we find repeatedly in all of Paul’sepistles, and are to be found in his greetings to the various churches and pastors. The general form of the greeting is: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ…”


Upon review of these passages it seems clear that the distinctions are the same as those of John’s prologue; namely, God in His timeless mode versus LORD God as He began to exist in a temporal mode in order to be the Creator of all things.

Happily, Paul confirms in the following scripture that the distinctions are both modal and functional:

1 Cor 8:6 NASB yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

In other words, Paul explains that there is only one God whom he designates as “the Father” who presumably corresponds to the beginning less, eternal, immaterial source or wellspring of all creation, and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom (in his pre-incarnate state as Logos or LORD God) He created all things.His pre-incarnate state as His ;;;llHe
created akll things H “`

In summary, what we are attempting to demonstrate by means of scriptural inferences in this paper is that God (Elohim) is the One who transcends space and time; and the Logos or LORD God is the same unipersonal being in a temporal existence. If this is true it would follow that the distinction between the two designations is indeed modal and not personal in nature.

In the following scripture Jude also seems to confirm the idea that God has existed both timelessly and temporally:

Jud 1:25 NASB to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.


In the next section of this paper we are going to examine the Christological hymns of Philippians 2:6-11, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:2b-4, and John 1:1ff, in order to glean additional scriptural disclosures about the nature and relationship of our God and LORD.

As we study each of the following passages it should help us as Christians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the great love He had for a people yet to be created and how this love motivated Him to do whatever He deemed necessary to achieve His ultimate goal of being our God and dwelling with us forevermore.

Although these passages are known as hymns, they are indeed the inspired word of God and will provide a valuable test of our thesis.

The first passage to be studied is Phi 2:6-11

Phi 2:6 NASB who, although He existed in the form (morphe) of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men; 8 and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Comments: the Christological information found in this passage was used by Paul to emphasize his main point; namely, that his readers should have the mind of Christ and be of a humble and loving spirit toward one another. To emphasize this point he informs his readers of the incomprehensible degree of humiliation the LORD Jesus Christ was willing to undergo on our behalf. Paul explains in verse 6 that in His pre-incarnate mode of being, Christ existed in the form*, Greek morphe of God and it is significant that the word “existed” in this verse is the Greek word huparchon, present active participle of huparcho which literally means to begin under or to make a beginning.

Some Trinitarian scholars insist that huparchon is “timeless”, and therefore not pointing to a time when the pre-incarnate Christ began to exist. Therefore they maintain that He was co-eternal with God the Father; but Joseph Barber Lightfoot, renowned British scholar (1828-1889) commenting on the word, writes:

“The word ( Huparchon denotes ‘prior existence,’ but not necessarily ‘eternal existence.’

Marvin Vincent (1834-1922) in his comments on the word’s usage in our passage writes:

“Huparchon has a backward look into an antecedent condition, which has been protracted into the present. Here appropriate to the Pre-incarnate being of Christ, to which the sentence refers. In itself it ddoes not imply eternal, but only prior existence.” (Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament, volume III, page 430).


Finally, the New Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon lists the following (page 638) for Huparchon:

a. To begin below, to make a beginning; to begin

b. To come forth,


Paul’s use of Huparcho instead of the substantive Greek verb einei “to be” strongly suggests that the Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate existence had come into being in a temporal, visible form (morphe)* and that He had an antecedent existence which necessarily would be a-temporal, or timeless and immaterial. Obviously, the only being whom this describes is the transcendent God Himself!

*Morphe G3445 – Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon makes this passage very clear: “Who, although (formerly when he was logos asarkos; i.e., pre-incarnate Word) he bore the form (in which he appeared to the inhabitants of heaven) of God . . . yet he did not think that this equality with God was to be eagerly clung to or retained….

The second passage to be studied is Col 1:15-17:

Col 1: 15 NASB He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Comments: If we allow these 3 verses to speak for themselves, they paint a beautiful Christological portrait. We know that God in His timeless mode of existence in eternity was immaterial or invisible, but in verse 15 we discover that the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ was the first to emerge from eternity and created all things as the firstborn; Greek, prototokos. (See also Rev 3:14). We also learn from verse 15 that when He came forth from eternity He took upon Himself a visible image. (This conforms to what Paul said in the Philippian passage regarding the morphe or form of God). Verse 16 declares that all things have been created by Him and for Him. The words for Him appear to signify, for His exclusive purposes as He may choose. Verse 17 states that He is before, Greek pro all things, which agrees with His being the firstborn. That is to say, He existed chronologically prior to everything and everyone else.

As we mentioned earlier, there are apparent reasons why God chose to do things the way He did, and one of the reasons was to come into existence from eternity to become the Logos or temporal cause of the effects which would ensue during the six days of creation. Another was to become enthroned above the cherubim as King of kings and LORD of lords for the purpose of ruling over His creation.

The third passage to be studied is Heb. 1:1-4:

Heb 1:1-4 NASB God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 


In the previous two passages of Philippians and Colossians Paul provided his readers with sufficient scriptural clues to deduce that the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ came forth from eternity as the temporal and visible manifestation of the eternal Father and as such created all things. The author of Hebrews and the verses here under examination agree with Paul that the pre-incarnate Christ was the Creator, and adds that He is the radiance or effulgence of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature or substance. This agrees well with the previous passages of Phil 2:6 and Col 1:15 in which Paul uses the words form and image respectively to describe the LORD God’s glorious visible

A Word from Isaiah

In addition to the former passages there is an additional very prominent passage from the book of Isaiah that is similar in form to a Christological Hymn and it is in perfect harmony with what we have discovered to this point:

Isa 43:10-13 NASB You are My witnesses declares the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. 12 It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, and I am God 13 Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”


In this passage the speaker is the LORD (YHWH) and He is addressing the Israelites as His chosen witnesses for the purpose of helping them understand whom they are serving. He makes it clear to them that He is the only being worthy of their servitude and devotion. When He declares, “Before Me there was no God formed” he is confirming what we have learned from the Christological hymns; namely, that He is the firstborn of all creation, dwelling in a glorious visible form and since He will live and reign forever, there could be no other God after Him. Again He declares that He alone is the self-existent JHWH (whose very name speaks of existence). Then He emphatically informs them in verses 11-13, that He alone is their Savior, and declares that He is God even from eternity. This leads us to the same conclusion we reached earlier, that the same unipersonal being that existed in eternity in a timeless manner as God (Elohim), became the Logos at the first moment of time. Once again, what this tells us is that the distinctions between God and LORD are modal and not personal in nature. That is, the same being has had two modes of existence, timeless and temporal.

A Closer Look at John Chapter One

John 1:1-3;14;18 NASB 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being; 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth; 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

In Gen 1:1 we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….”; but John’s prologue gives us additional information not found in Genesis, and although both passages use the phrase, “In the beginning…” it is obvious that John is informing us of a time prior to the general creation of Genesis when He adds the words, “was the Word’, implying that the Word already existed prior to the creation of all things. As we noted earlier, there is one creator with different designations; therefore, what we know about Paul’s firstborn we know about John’s Logos. It follows then that the being to whom Paul refers as the firstborn in Col 1:15, is identically the same as the Logos of John 1:1. Furthermore, as we learned from the “Christological hymns”, God willed to come forth from eternity as the Logos or JHWH Elohim in order to be the temporal Creator, sustainer and ruler of all things.

The next verse of John 1 that we want to examine is John 1:14 NASB:

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth;

The Greek word translated became is egeneto from ginomai -Strong’s 1096 gínomai – properly, to emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another.

“…and we saw His glory” as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth; (This is referring to the incident on the Mount of Transfiguration where Peter, James, and John saw Jesus in all His radiant glory).

The final verse to be considered from John 1 is verse 18 NASB:

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained (Greek, exegesato) Him.

The translations that use the “Received Text” read, “The only begotten Son”, but the eminent Greek scholar A.T. Robertson (1863-1934) had this to say about this variant:

The only begotten Son (o monogenh uio). This is the reading of the Textus Receptus and is intelligible
w monogenou para patro in verse John 1:14 . But the best old Greek manuscripts (Aleph B C L) read monogenh qeo (God only begotten) which is undoubtedly the true text.

Obviously, the reason no one has seen God at any time is that in His transcendent mode of being He is immaterial and therefore invisible. The phrase, only begotten God is simply another way of describing the Logos of John 1:1. So we can say that at the precise moment that the Logos came forth from eternity, time began and the Logos, who was God Himself, began a temporal mode of existence as YHWH Elohim (LORD God). Furthermore, since the Logos became flesh and the Logos is YHWH, we can truly say that the man Christ Jesus is YHWH incarnate!

How God Made the Heavens

Psalm 33:6; 9 NASB By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host; 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

Heb 11:3 NASB By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.


Our finite intellects cannot begin to comprehend the wisdom and power of a being such as our God who can simply say, “Let there be….” and a seemingly infinite universe springs into being from absolute nothingness.

The Significance of the “I AM”

By using logic and scriptural inferences we have deduced that the transcendent God of eternity had no beginning, existed timelessly, immaterially (as unembodied Mind/spirit), and had no spatial location; but from that state of being He willed that there would be creation. The first item on His agenda was to emerge from timeless eternity to become “the only begotten God” or “firstborn of all creation”. Furthermore, since all things were created through His spoken word, specifically by using the verb to be (Hebrew hayah, it seems reasonable that the mechanism He could have used to come forth from eternity might also be His spoken word. Moreover, since it was the unipersonal God Himself who came forth from eternity what could be a more appropriate use of His creative word than declaring, “I AM!” This no doubt would provide a powerful explanation for the “I AM” sayings of Jesus and for God’s answer to Moses’ question, “Who shall I say sent me?”

It is this author’s conviction that when these words were first uttered time began and the Logos came forth bearing a glorious, resplendent, visible form along with all the emblems which might be expected to characterize His supreme Lordship such as throne, scepter and angelic host within a heavenly city called New Jerusalem. This first event in time can rightly be thought of as the original triumphal entry into His heavenly abode.

At this point some might yet argue against the eternality of such a being. But let’s consider this thought for a moment: since it was God the Father Himself who emerged from eternity, He had no beginning and as the Logos or LORD God” He will have no end, thus meeting one of the definitions of an eternal being.

The following passage gives additional support to our thesis that the distinction between LORD and God is modal not personal since the 24 elders address the “One” who sits upon the throne as both Lord and God, first ascribing creative acts to “our Lord” and the will to do so to “our God.”

Rev 4: 8-11 NASB “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

In other words, the 24 elders apparently understood that the one glorious being sitting upon His heavenly throne had created all things in His temporal mode of being as Lord, and from eternity as God the Father He had willed to create all things.

Since we have now demonstrated that the distinction between God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ can be explained without resorting to a plurality of persons in the Godhead, we will now attempt to show that the Holy Spirit is not an additional divine person. The first clue that the Holy Spirit is not a separate person can be found in the same place we discovered the distinction between God and Lord; namely, the greetings of Paul’s epistles. Certainly a man of God like Paul who possessed such an abundance of spiritual revelation (2 Cor 12:7) would have added the Holy Spirit to his greetings if it had been warranted; but the Holy Spirit is conspicuously missing from all of them. At this point we should explain that the reason the Spirit is not mentioned separately is because He is included as an inherent aspect of both God and Lord and therefore is not a separate entity. Furthermore, in another passage, Paul makes it very clear how the Godhead is constituted:

1 Cor 8:6 NASB yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

To Paul and his fellow believers the only being which could truly be called God is the beginning less source of everything else that exists, and that being is called the Father. They also believe that there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through or by whom all things exist. Again, we find in this passage no mention of the Holy Spirit. Surely if Paul had known that the Holy Spirit was an additional person in the Godhead, this passage would have provided the perfect opportunity for him to say so.

God is both Spirit and Word

Isa 66:1 NASB Thus says the LORD, Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?


Jeremiah 23:24 NASB Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.


These two scriptures reveal both aspects of His being. As LORD or Logos He sits enthroned in heaven and as Spirit He is omnipresent.

In verse 2 of the first chapter of Genesis we find the first mention of the Spirit of God; “the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”, and in verse 3 we find God’s creative Word executing His first command: “Let there be light, and there was light.”

This harmonizes with the following scriptures which declare the two aspects of God’s essential being; namely Spirit and Word:

John 4:24 NASB God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 1:1 NASB In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Literally, God was the Word).

There are numerous places in the Old Testament where we find instances of the Spirit of God coming upon individuals who either prophesy or are otherwise supernaturally enabled to perform mighty works for God.

We agree with Trinitarians that the Holy Spirit is not simply an impersonal force but obviously exhibits characteristics of personhood. However we will attempt to reveal through scripture His true personal identity.

In the New Testament we find many scriptures which make interchangeable references to Jesus, Holy Spirit, and Father. Here are examples:

Luke 21:14-15 NASB 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. (Jesus)

Luke 12:11-12 NASB When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. (Holy Spirit)

Mat 10:19-20 NASB But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Father)

Who Raised Jesus from the Dead?

Gal 1:1 NASB Paul, an apostle not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead. (Father)

Rom 8:11 NASB But if the Spirit of Him whoraised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Spirit).

John 2:19-21 NASB Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (Jesus)

The Holy Spirit Identified

In the next passage Paul explains that there is only one Spirit and one Lord, and in the passage following it he reveals that the Lord is that one Spirit.

Eph 4:4-6 NASB There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

2 Cor 3:17- 18 NASB Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

In yet another passage Paul declares that the Lord Jesus Christ became a life- giving Spirit:

1 Cor 15:45 NASB So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

At this point one might ask the question, “If the Lord is the Spirit, why did Jesus speak of the Comforter or Helper in the third person?”

Let’s read all the passages in question:

John 14:16-18 NASB I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 15:26 NASB “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.

John 16:7-8;13 NASB “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 13“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;


In order to properly answer this question we need to understand that the word Comforter or Helper is used only 5 times in the New Testament and only in the Gospel of John. The reason we mention this is that in John’s Gospel we find Jesus referring to Himself in the third person on two other occasions when it is very obvious that He is speaking of Himself:

John 5:25-28 NASB “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27 and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,

John 4:10 NASB Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

Furthermore, in John 14:17-18 Jesus finally identified the Spirit of truth as himself by saying, “You know Him because He abides with you and shall be in you.” Jesus made it obvious that He was abiding with His disciples in the flesh, but would, at some future time, come to them in spirit form as “another helper/comforter” and would be with them forever as the Spirit of truth. This promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost as the disciples tarried in the upper room. As Peter explained:

Acts 2: 32 NASB This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

A related passage is found in John 7:37-39 NASB where Jesus prophetically declares a time when believers would receive an outpouring of the Spirit, but John informs us that this wouldn’t happen until Jesus was glorified:

John 7:37-39 NASB “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet (given), because Jesus was not yet glorified.  

In these two passages both Peter and John are speaking of the outpouring of the Spirit and both of them inform us that there was a prerequisite for this happening. Peter informs his hearers that Jesus had to have been exalted to the right hand of God, and John refers to this as being glorified.

Andrew Murray (1828-1917 had this to say concerning what the man Christ Jesus did to make it possible for humans to be worthy vessels of the Spirit of Promise:

…From His nature, as it was glorified in the resurrection and ascension, His Spirit came forth as the Spirit of His human life, glorified into the union with the Divine, to make us partakers of all that He had personally wrought out and acquired, of Himself and His glorified life. In virtue of His atonement, man now had a right and title to the fulness of the Divine Spirit, and to His indwelling, as never before. And in virtue of His having perfected in Himself a new holy human nature on our behalf, He could now communicate what previously had no existence,-a life at once human and Divine. From henceforth the Spirit, just as He was the personal Divine life, could also become the personal life of men. Even as the Spirit is the personal life principle in God Himself, so He can be it in the child of God: the Spirit of God’s Son can now be the Spirit that cries in our heart, Abba, Father. Of this Spirit it is most fully true, ‘The Spirit was not yet, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” – Murray ,Andrew, The Spirit of Christ, Chapter 5, p 54, 1888.

Throughout this paper we have endeavored to explore the possibility of discovering an alternative to the Trinitarian dogma that is logical, coherent and scripturally sound. A close examination of all the scriptures and comments which have been presented here clearly reveals that we have attained our goal; and in the process we have discovered a likely scenario that is a simpler hypothesis. Furthermore, according to the principle of simplicity, the simplest of several hypotheses is most
likely to be true.

Tit 2:11-13 NASB For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.

In His Service,

Donald W. Eames



















In the Beginning was the Word

I am an 85 year old former Atheist who studied Geology and Paleontology in the 1950’s at Louisiana State University.  As a result of my studies, I became convinced that there was a natural explanation for the origin of the universe and life itself.  But after many years and one failed marriage that produced a son, Douglas , I remarried in 1970.  By 1975 my wife, Jane and I had two beautiful daughters, Jenny and Laurie. Since my wife had been raised in a Christian family, and had attended Sunday school, she wanted our daughters to do the same.  After some reluctance on  my part, I yielded to her wishes, and our daughters began to attend a Christian pre-school.  They also began attending Sunday services as well.  Within a few months I began to question why I didn’t seem to have the faith that the gospel message of Christianity was true. Finally I asked my wife if I could look at her Bible, and I immediately opened to the Concordance in the back and looked for the word Faith. Continue reading “In the Beginning was the Word”