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Kingdom Thoughts Newsletter
“But you,” he said to them, ”who do you say that I am?”
This question, posed to the disciples on that occasion two thousand years ago, has been resounding through the annals of time until now. It is the very foundation of the discipline we now know as Christianity. This discipline, whose faith or belief system is based entirely upon the act of a personal relationship with God through Christ or Messiah, was established precisely on the answer to this question.
The answer given by Simon Peter, or Shim’on Kefa, as the Lord Yahshua referred to him on that occasion, (they spoke Hebrew) was: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” The Lord then calls him blessed for having received this knowledge as a revelation from above and not from any earthly source.
It is interesting to note what he says next. “Upon this Rock, I will build my body of believers, (translated as "church") and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” In order to understand it better, we must first obtain full comprehension of the terms used here. If we do not understand the words we read, the knowledge we seek escapes us because the ambiguity or dimness of our understanding leaves us with only shadows instead of light.
First of all, let us consider what he meant by “this Rock.” This is a reference to the understanding verbalized, or put into words, by Kefa or Peter whose name also means “a piece of rock.” His declaration is concise yet extremely deep. He calls the Master “Christ or Messiah” which means anointed. He is declaring that he believes the Master to be the promised Deliverer of Israel by calling him Messiah.
He also calls Him “the Son” of the Living God. Here is where Scripture later allows us to look deeper into the significance of Kefa’s declaration. Consider this for a moment: In the popular theological theory of the Godhead, it is stated that God is one in three persons or a “trinity.” When we speak of persons, we are forced to recognize a certain degree of individuality for each person, or else concede that the term “persons” does not adequately describe whomever we speak of at the moment.
Those who have propagated the description of God as being three persons in one, since the inception of the doctrine as the accepted belief at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, have done the people of God a disservice beyond measure. If a woman, being a mother, wife and daughter were to be described as three persons, we would immediately seek to correct the descriptor by letting him or her know that although she functions as these three, she none-the-less remains one person. I believe we have a slang term known as “putting on different hats” to describe this.
Why is this important? It is the basis for understanding the importance of Kefa’s statement and its relativity for us. Let us examine the popular “trinity” doctrine a little closer for just a moment. If the Godhead is made up of three persons, then the Father must be one person, the Son must be one person, and the Holy Spirit must be one person. The trinity doctrine says they are one in essence and purpose, and that all three make up the Godhead. The word rendered by the King James Version Bible as Godhead, is the Greek Word Theotes, and it actually means, Divinity, which signifies the substance of God. John 4:24 tells us what the substance of God is: “ God is a Spirit…” The essence or substance of God is therefore Spirit. Colossians 2:9 says, “for in Him (Messiah) dwells the fullness of Divinity or The Spirit in bodily form.”
If we put the trinity doctrine to the test, here’s what we get: The second person of said trinity was engendered by the third person of the same but calls the first person father. So, who is his father? We can put on a pious face and proclaim that some things are a mystery that won’t be revealed until the Lord comes, or we can face facts and realize that something emits a rather unpleasant odor about this. God did not leave us without a witness about this very subject. Colossians 1:15 says,” He is the image of the invisible God.” Hebrews 1:3 says, “… (Messiah) being the brightness of His (God’s) glory and the express image of His (God’s) Person…” in speaking of the Son in relationship to the Father.
Let us take it one step farther and inquire as to the Holy Spirit. When we connect two very important verses together, we find the solution to the so-called mystery. God says to us, “be holy for I am Holy,” and we have just seen that He is a Spirit. I think we can safely say that He is a Holy Spirit. In fact, I think we would be way out in left field if we didn’t concede the fact that there is only one Holy Spirit and He is the One. Now we can understand why there is no conflict when we cleanse our minds of that erroneous concept known as the trinity. This is what Kefa was expressing when he declared his belief of who the Master was. That is why Messiah says to Peter, “You are a piece of the Rock on which I will build my brotherhood of believers.” All believers, both Jews and Gentiles, will be founded on this Rock of understanding. That is why the gates of hell cannot prevail against us. We know whom we have believed! Kefa calls us “living stones” in his first letter and declares that each one of us combines with the others to form a temple for the inhabitance of God.
That is why the entrance to the Kingdom of God is a door by the name of Yahshua and the reason there is no other name given to man under heaven by which we must be saved as recorded in Acts 4:12.
My question to you is: Have you entered the Kingdom through the door, or have you attempted coming in without obeying? Please do not be deceived! What you believe can make the difference between life and death. Please choose life!
Francisco Gomez Luna