- Is God a trinity of
persons, that is, is the Godhead composed of three separate and distinct
No! There is only one Lord in the Godhead.
46:9,10; I Cor.
Is Jesus Christ
No! He is not God, but is the Son of God.
He did not pre-exist in any form, as a God, an angel or anything else.
He was present before his birth only in God�s plan and had been
promised by God to the race of mankind. Thus
any reference to Christ having existed before his birth relates only to him as
a pattern and to whom all types and shadows pointed.
He was the �WORD� or promise and was made flesh when what had been
only a looked for promise became a reality at the time of his birth.
He was born, not reincarnated from Deity to humanity.
I Cor. 15:21 shows that resurrection as well as salvation should and
would come through a member of the race of man since death and condemnation
had come through a member of the race of man. PROOF:
- What is the Holy
Spirit? Is it a third person in
The Holy Spirit is God�s power, which emanates from him much in the
same manner as the sun�s rays emanates from it.
PROOF: Compare Psa. 33:6
with Jer. 32:17. See also Job
26:13; Job 33:4; Psa. 104:30. See also Acts 2:17 and ask how one person would pour out
another person if the Spirit is a person.
Also Acts 10:38. How could
one anoint another person with a third person?
Was Jesus Christ the
son of man also?
Yes! This was necessary
since the redeemer was to be of the same race as the one who brought
condemnation and death to mankind. Since the mother of Jesus was a member of the race of man,
Jesus was a descendant of man through his mother Mary. Jesus had no earthly father, having been miraculously
begotten by the power of God in a virgin.
Thus he was the son of God as well as the son of man.
Rom. 1:1-4; Matt. 16:27; Luke 1:35.
Notice that the angel in Luke 3:32 speaks of Jesus as the offspring of
David and in verse 35 as the �the son of God�.
Mary was a descendant of David, therefore her child would also be a
descendant of David. See also
- What terrible thing
passed upon the race of man as a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve?
Gen. 2:17; Gen 3:17-19; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:18; I Cor. 15:21-22.
- Is man then, mortal or
immortal? Does he possess an
He is mortal, so is his soul or mental capacity.
PROOF: I Tim. 6:16; here
it shows that only God had Immortality (to give).
He will give this gift of Immortality to those who are worthy on the
day of Judgment. Rom. 2:6-7; II
Peter 1:4; See Job 4:17.
- When a man dies, is he
conscious or unconscious? Does
he go to heaven at death?
Man in the death state is totally unconscious and does not go to heaven
or any other place except the grave. Psa.
6:4, Eccl. 9:5-10, Eccl. 3:17-21, Isa. 38:18-19.
PROOF: Against heaven
going: John 3:13; Dan. 12:2-3; John 5:28.
- How can mankind come
out from under the sentence of eternal death (Adamic condemnation)?
Answer: By being
baptized INTO Christ and bringing the blood of Christ to bear upon oneself.
Immersion completely in water is necessary since the act of baptism
represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, Rom. 6:3-5.
A person will still die, but death is not eternal for those baptized
into Christ as it is for those who die outside of Christ.
The blood of Christ saves OUT OF DEATH, not FROM DEATH.
It guarantees a resurrection. PROOF:
Rom. 6:3-5; John 3:3-8; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:26-29.
- What does baptism do
for the believer?
It transfers him from the Adamic state (in Adam) and a sentence of
eternal death, to a state of �in Christ� where one is promised a
resurrection. At baptism a person
is �born again� of water, or literally �out of water� and is now a new
creature. Everything which stands
against us is canceled out at baptism and we start anew.
From this point on a person is on probation for everlasting life and
II Cor. 5:17; I Cor. 15:21-22; Gal 3:26-29; Col. 2:11-13; II Cor. 5-10.
- Will the earth be
No! The earth was promised to Abraham and his seed (Christ) for an everlasting
inheritance. This could not be if
it were destroyed. PROOF:
Gen. 13:14-15; Ecc. 1:4; Rev. 5:9-10; Isa. 45:18.
- Did the promise to
Abraham that he would inherit the land along with his seed mean that all of
the nation of Israel would receive it forever?
That is, every person ever born in Israel?
No. The promise was two-fold. First
it was meant that the natural, fleshly seed of Abraham (the Israelites) would
possess the land as long as they were faithful and obeyed God�s laws and
commandments. Secondly, the promise declared that Abraham and his seed
(Christ, Gal. 3:16) would inherit the land forever.
This promise was not dependant upon whether Israel kept the law or not.
Abraham�s faith and obedience assured the promise would have
fulfillment. All who inherit
along with faithful Abraham must be faithful and obedient if he himself wishes
to have an inheritance, but there are faithful men of past times enough to
make up the body of Christ which will inherit the land forever.
The fulfillment of the promise does not depend on our being faithful
individually, but our inheritance of the promise when it is fulfilled depends
upon our faithfulness. Israel�s
inheritance as a nation was interrupted when they disobeyed.
PROOF: Rom. 4:13-16; Gal.
- What was the covenant
which God made with David?
That God would raise up a seed to sit on his Throne and that the throne
and kingdom over which it would rule would be forever.
PROOF: II Sam. 7:4-19;
Psa. 89:3, 26-37; Acts 2:30; Luke 1:31-35.
- Who was this seed who
would take the throne forever?
Jesus Christ. PROOF: Luke
1:30-35; Acts 15:14-17; Acts 2:30.
- Who will reign with
Christ in his Kingdom?
All the saints who overcome the world and the things of the world.
They will be rewarded with Immortality and will reign with Christ over
all the mortal inhabitants that are left on the earth.
PROOF: Matt. 19:27-28; Rom
2:6-7; Rev. 2:7,10,11,17,26; Rev. 3:21; Rev. 5:9-10; Matt. 25:31-46.
- Was Jesus of the same
nature as we are?
Yes! He was made flesh and blood so that he might destroy the works of
the devil, that is, the fruit or wages of sin.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom so he had to obtain
salvation from this human nature just as we do.
PROOF: Heb. 2:14; compare
with Rom. 8:2-3; Rom 6:23; I Cor. 15:55.
See also Heb. 4:15.
- Did the sacrifice of
Jesus also cover his inherited condition which he inherited from his mother
who also was the condemned race of man?
Yes! In Lev. 16:18 the alter which was among Israel is mentioned.
Heb. 13:10 shows that Christ was the anti-type of this alter; that is
the alter represents him. In Lev.
16th chapter, an atonement which had to be offered for the flesh
and blood nature of Christ whom, the alter represented.
Heb. 7:27 shows that Christ offered first for himself and then for the
people. He was flesh and blood, a
nature which was condemned and had to be atoned for.
He obtained eternal redemption, Heb. 9:12 (omit the added word �for
- Must we obey God in
order to inherit eternal life?
Yes! PROOF: Matt. 19:17;
II Cor. 5:10; John 5:28.
- What is the Gospel?
The things concerning the name of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.
This is the power God unto salvation unto everyone that believeth.
PROOF: Rom. 1:16.
Compare Mark 16:15-16 with Acts 8:12.
- Is it necessary to
believe the truth? Can we
believe just anything and still obtain salvation?
No! We must believe the
truth. We must have the true
facts concerning the first principles of the Gospel.
PROOF: Gal. 1:6-19; II
Thes. 2:8-13; Mark 16:15-16.
- What is the
relationship of those who do not believe the truth and are not baptized unto
They are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the
covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.
They remain in the grave if they die before Christ�s return.
PROOF: Eph. 2:11-12; Prov.
- Will Jesus return to earth?
John 14:1-4; Acts 1:10-11; Acts 15:15-17.
- What will Christ do
when he returns?
He will put down the nations which are warring against Jerusalem.
He will also raise the dead and call the living saints to judgment
along with the resurrected dead. The
wicked among the gathered saints will be condemned to destruction. He will give eternal life and dominion to those who are
worthy. They will rule with Jesus
and the Apostles over the mortal inhabitants of the earth since only the
household of Christ is judged at the return of Christ, not the whole world. PROOF: Ezek. 38,
39th chapters; Joel 3rd chapter; Psa. 37th
chapter; and Rom. 2:12,14.
- What will the return
of Christ mean to Israel? What
blessing will his return offer them?
It will mean the long awaited time of blessing for them as a nation.
The whole twelve tribes of Israel will be regathered and ruled over by
Jesus and the apostles. They will
inherit the land forever under Christ. PROOF:
Ezek. 37,1-14,21-22; Amos 9:8-15; Matt. 19:28; Acts 15:14-17.
- What is hell?
Hell is simply the grave. The
Hebrew word �Sheol� is translated in many instances, once in Jon. 2:2
where Jonah cried to God �out of the belly of hell�.
He was in the belly of a fish. It
is also translated grave in Gen. 37:35 where righteous Abraham said he would
go. We do not think he would go there if �Sheol� is the place
of eternal torment that theologians say it is.
The same is true of the Greek word �Hades� of the New Testament.
It is translated �grave� (I Cor. 15:55) as well as �hell� in
many instances. Hades or
�hell� is said to be cast into the lake of fire in Rev. 20:14.
Here Hades and the lake of fire are shown to be two different things.
Fire is a symbol of destruction and casting �hades� into the fire
symbolizes destruction of death and the grave.
PROOF: Rev. 19:20; Rev.
20:10-14; Rev. 20:8.
- What is the devil?
What is Satan?
The devil is most generally our own fleshly, lustful nature.
It is many times personified or made to seem as an individual in
Scripture in order to more effectively show the dangers of this lust.
Satan means simply �ADVERSARY�, either good or bad.
Compare I Chron. 21:1-3 with II Sam, 24:1-3 and it will be seen that
God was called �Satan� because he opposed Israel.
This was Satan in a good sense. Again
in Numbers 22:22 we find an angel who was a Satan to Balaam because he opposed
him. The word �Adversary� in
this place is from the Hebrew �Satan�.
Jesus was made flesh and blood that he might destroy him that hath the
power over death, the works of the devil.
I Cor. 15:56 tells us that along with Rom. 6:23 that sin is what brings
death. See especially James 1:14.
Therefore, sin our own lustful, sinful tendencies is what is our main
opposer or Adversary. Paul in
Rom. 8:3 uses almost the same phrase as he used in Heb. 2:14 and this time he
calls it �sin in the flesh�. That
is, Christ came in �flesh and blood� nature in order to triumph over that
nature and destroy that lustful nature which brings death, by putting on
Immortality. That way, he condemned it or destroyed it in himself and will
finally destroy it in all the righteous who will put on Immortality.
Temptation comes from mans own lust, not from a supernatural devil,
James 1:14. Paul in Rom. 9:25
shows that when he does evil, it was because of �the law of sin which was in
his members�. See verse 23.
The Roman government many times was the devil or Satan to the early
true Christians when they opposed them. THERE
IS NO PERSONAL SUPERNATURAL DEVIL.
- What is repentance?
Repentance is a change of mind, of ways.
When a person becomes aware of the truth and the wishes of God, he must
become sorry for any wrong deeds done before this time and completely turn
from them, change his mind about false beliefs and cleave wholly to the truth
of God and live a faithful, righteous life.
We will be judged according to the works done after we repent and
submit to baptism. II Cor. 5:10.
- What class is subject
Only those in covenant relationship with God will be raised or judged
at the return of Christ because only those who have been on probation for life
and rulership with Christ have anything to be judged for.
See Rom. 2:12-14. Those
who fall back will not be rewarded. The
rest of mankind who do not make a covenant relationship with Christ and God,
and live until the reign of Christ will be brought into subjection and will go
up to Jerusalem once a year to worship and learn God�s way.
PROOF: Psa. 50:5; Rom.
6:23; Isa. 2:2-5; Zech. 14th chapter.
There are three classes 1. Just, 2.
Ungodly. Read Psa. 1:1-5
and all three classes are mentioned. Verses
4-5 declare that only the ungodly will not stand in the judgment.
Those who die before the return of Christ and have not made a covenant
through belief and baptism will die and remain dead forever.
PROOF: Rom. 2:12; Prov.
21:16; Isa. 26:13-14; Jer. 51:39,57.
- What happens after the
1000 years rule of Christ on the earth?
The last of the rebellious and wicked are destroyed (Rev. 21:6) and all
that is left is cleansed. God
will then dwell with mankind and be with them.
He will remove all tears, death, sorrow, and crying from the earth and
mankind. The dominion will then
be God�s and he will be all in all. PROOF:
Rev. 21:3-4; I Cor. 15:24-28.
- What benefits do we
have as new brethren of Christ?
- Christ our advocate
to God through Christ.
in time of trouble.
for yourself, spouse and children.