IS JESUS CHRIST GOD: 1 John 5:20 is another bible verse used to teach that Jesus Christ is God. It’s pertinent to note that scriptures exist that can be used to back up any/every false teaching. Misinterpretation is all that is required.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
1 John 5:20 talks about two people; Jesus and God. The verse then ends with a sentence in which no name is mentioned, “This is the true God, and eternal life.” Since no name is mentioned, it could refer to either Jesus or God. Trinitarians therefore draw the conclusion that since the last name mentioned before the last sentence is the name ‘Jesus Christ,’ he must be the one referred to as the true God.
However, we see that this isn’t true both in the study of language and its usage and also scripturally. When a concluding sentence refers to someone or something without mentioning the name, the last noun before the sentence being looked at doesn’t determine who/what is being referred to. Context does. A good example lies in Acts 7.
Acts 7:18-19 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.
The second (last) sentence starts with the unclear expression “the same…” Just like 1 John 5:20, this portion talks about two people (Joseph and a King) and the last sentence talks about one of them without mentioning a name. The last noun in the first sentence of 1 John 5:20 is the name ‘Jesus.’ The last noun in the first sentence of Acts 7:18-19 is the name ‘Joseph.’
However, following context, we know that the last sentence in Acts 7:18-19 refers to the king and not Joseph. Although the name ‘Joseph’ was the last noun before the last sentence which isn’t specific, we know that it refers to the King since Joseph wasn’t the one who exploited the Israelites and treated them cruelly. In the same way, context alone must be used to interpret 1 John 5:20. Acts 7:18-19 clearly proves that using the last noun before the last sentence to determine who a verse is referring to can’t be reliable.
Contextually, the one true God in 1 John 5:20 refers to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the same verse, Jesus is called God’s Son twice. In the same verse, John also makes it clear that Jesus, as the Son, gives us understanding to know the one true God. Therefore, its absolutely impossible that the same writer would be calling Jesus God in the same verse.
The verse itself is a proof that Jesus is God’s Son, not God himself. Thus, The expression, “This is the true God, and eternal life” refers to God, the father mentioned in the verse and not Jesus his Son.
Let’s use other writings of John to confirm what has been said about 1 John 5:20
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
This was Jesus speaking as recorded by John (notice the similarity between John 17:3 and 1 John 5:20). Here in John 17:3, Jesus makes it clear who the one true God is; the one who sent him (his father).
If Jesus himself said God sent him, why then do we say on the contrary that he is God?
1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God SENT his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Scriptures explain scriptures. They always do, in unarguable clarity. It is readers who often get things mixed up.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son, sent by God to die for the sins of humanity, thus reconciling them back to himself.
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Agaga Fredrick Abangji is a writer, reporter, content writer, believer in Jesus Christ, and a creator of religious literature. A student of Bingham university – Nasarawa state, studying mass communication.
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.
Let Us Assume that: 1) The cause of this pandemic is the 5-G technology.
2) The only answer to the pandemic is a vaccine to be administered with a chip.
3) The chip will be the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast.
4) Anyone whether he is a believer or not, who takes the vaccine (with the chip) which is mark of the beast will be automatically lost forever!
5) Any one who refuses to take the vaccine will die from the virus or from hunger but he will be saved whether he is a believer or not!
Such a person will not even be allowed to buy or sell because he doesn’t have the mark of the beast but he will be saved forever! .
So, the only way out of the pandemic is to take the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way to survive now!
What is the Implication of all these?
If the above 5 points are correct it means that:
Salvation now is purely based on receiving or refusing the mark (the vaccine).
Even if one is a believer but takes the mark he will be lost. So, salvation now is purely based on what we do with the mark! If you take the vaccine you shall be lost. If you reject the vaccine you shall be saved!
Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus is no longer valid. Christ died in vain. Jesus is no longer the message.
The vaccine is now the message!
Do you understand now?
Rev. Joshua Izugbara Nwokedi is The Senior of The Living Ambassadors Church Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria. He is an author of several books. Visit https://izugbara.org/for his books and Articles