Was Jesus Christ Originally Created?
the "FIRSTBORN of Every
When was Jesus first "BORN" of God the Father? Is
He part of a "divine Trinity"? Was the Logos ALWAYS
part of "God"? Or did the Father at some point CREATE
or bring into being the "Logos"? What does the Bible
REALLY teach about God and Christ? Did the Logos
have a "beginning"?
William F. Dankenbring
There are several Scriptures in the Bible which Trinitarians find very difficult, if not totally impossible, to explain. These Scriptures, when carefully analyzed and examined, totally destroy and refute the doctrine of the Trinity. But at the same time, they also destroy and refute the doctrine of a "Dual" Godhead, or what some have termed a "Binitarian" Godhead of Two members!
According to the Trinity doctrine, there is One God who is expressed in Three "Persons" -- who are all combined into "One" actual Being-- not three different Beings! These three are supposed to be "co-equal, co-eternal," and "uncreated." They are supposed to have no bodily form whatsoever (it would be "anthropomorphic" to think of them as in human form, as the Bible so often declares!).
Another common theory is that originally there were Two Beings in the Godhead -- who existed all eternity. According to this theory, these two Beings -- the Father and the Logos, or Son -- were themselves "co-equal, co-eternal," and uncreated. They are two Beings, yet act in unison as One. They have shape and form, and it is they who said, "Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness" (Genesis ).
In What Way Is God "ONE"?
But are either one of these
concepts really true? Does the Bible
teach a Trinitarian or a Binitarian
Godhead? In the Old Testament, God
reveals Himself to
"The LORD our God, the LORD is one."
What does it mean that the LORD is "One"? The Hebrew word for "one" in this verse is echad and has a very interesting meaning. The Companion Bible says of this word:
"One. Heb. 'ehad -- A COMPOUND UNITY (Lat. unus ), one made
up of others; Gen.1:5, one of seven; , one of four; , one of
twenty-four; , one made up of two; , one of the three: 49:16,
one of twelve; Num.13:23, one of a cluster. So Ps. 34:20, etc. It is
not yahid, which is (Latin) unicus, unique -- a single or only one . . ."
Thus we know there is ONE GOD -- but what does that really mean? Polytheism, the worship of many gods, is pagan and demon worship. The pagans worship many gods!
The apostle Paul tells us something very interesting about the true God, however, in contrast to pagan gods. He wrote:
"For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth,
(as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but ONE
GOD, THE FATHER, of whom are all things, and we in him; and ONE
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him" (I Cor.8:5-6).
Now this is very interesting. Here we see that ultimately God the Father is the ONE TRUE GOD. Jesus here is not referred to as "God," but as the "Lord." Yet we know that He also is God, because, in Hebrews we read of Him:
"[Jesus] Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by
INHERITANCE obtained a more excellent NAME than they. For
unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art MY SON,
this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a FATHER,
and he shall be to me a SON? . . . But unto the SON he saith, Thy
throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever . . ." (Heb.1:4-7).
Jesus also, then, is "God." But it should be obvious that He is not as great as the Father! Just as a Son is under the authority of his Father, so Jesus learned everything from His heavenly Father, and is like Him -- but under Him!
Jesus Himself acknowledged this fact. He said, "I came down
from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the WILL OF HIM that SENT me" (John ). Jesus said in another place, "I am not come of myself, but he that SENT me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him: for I am FROM him, and he hath SENT me" (John -29).
Notice again. In another place, Jesus said, "I proceeded forth and CAME from GOD; neither came I of myself, but he SENT me" (John ). Jesus here clearly shows that the Father exercises supreme authority, and SENT him to do a job -- to be our Saviour! In another place, Jesus said plainly, "For my Father is greater than I" (John ).
In His final prayer for His disciples, Jesus said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know THEE the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom THOU hast sent " (John 17:3). Jesus worshipped the Father, prayed to the Father, and loved the Father, and obeyed the Father! Clearly, in the God Realm, the Father is GREATER than the Son!
After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus appeared to Mary, and said to her:
". . . Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto MY
FATHER, and YOUR FATHER; and to MY GOD, and YOUR
GOD" (John ).
Do you see? Jesus looked upon the Father as HIS "God"! That is, He WORSHIPPED the Father! Now if He was a co-equal part of the Trinity, this would make no sense at all. Would One equal part of the Trinity WORSHIP another Part which was only EQUAL? You worship that which is GREATER in authority and power -- you don't worship EQUALS! Jesus calls the Father His own GOD!
Clearly, there is something direly wrong with both the "Trinity" doctrine, and also the doctrine that the "Word" or "Logos" is EQUAL with God the Father and existed from all eternity, "co-equal" and "co-eternal"!
What is the answer to this mystery? What is the TRUE ORIGIN of the Logos, or Word, of God? What is His real relationship to God the Father!
Here is the astounding truth! Here is the TRUE REVELATION of the Word of God!
"The FIRSTBORN of Every Creature"
In the book of Colossians we find an incredible passage of Scripture which bears upon this question, and the true nature
of the pre-existence of the One who became "Christ." The apostle Paul wrote of Christ Jesus, and His pre-existence before His supernatural human birth of the woman Mary:
"[The Father] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son . . . Who
is the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRSTBORN
OF EVERY CREATURE: For BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS
CREATED, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: ALL THINGS were created BY HIM and FOR him:
And HE is before all things, and by him all things consist. And
he is the HEAD of the body, the CHURCH: who is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead that in all things he might have the
When we read this passage in context, it seems to clearly suggest outright that the One who became Jesus Christ was originally made, created, or fashioned in "the IMAGE of the invisible God" -- and that He was "the FIRSTBORN of every creature" or creation of GOD the Father!
The word translated "firstborn" in Colossians 1:15 is prototokos, derived from protos, meaning "foremost" in "time, place, order or importance," and is translated "before, beginning, best, chief, first, at the beginning." It is the superlative of pro, which means "in front of, prior to"; and tokos derived from tikto and teko, meaning, "to produce, (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.) -- bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered" (see Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, #4416, 4413, 5088).
Now, for this Scripture to be LITERALLY TRUE, and for the One who became Christ to have been the "FIRSTBORN" of every creature, He would literally have to have become the 'FIRSTBORN" BEFORE ANY OTHER CREATURE WAS BORN OR CREATED! He would have to have been FIRST! The Greek word translated "creature" in this verse is ktisis (Strong's #2937), and means "original formation, " "building, creation, creature, ordinance." Thus when we examine this verse carefully, we find that Jesus Christ BORN FIRST, before every other "original formation," "creature," and "creation" and "ordinance" (or law) of heaven and earth!
That is, after God the Father, He came FIRST, and was "FIRSTBORN"!
This statement is made, in Colossians 1:15, right before the following phrase: "For by HIM were ALL THINGS CREATED . . . all things were created by him and for him" (v.16). Thus, after the Logos, or One who became Christ, was born, or "created," He participated in the creation of EVERYTHING ELSE in the Universe!
Thus we read in John 1 the following clarification of His creative role:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. The same was in the beginning WITH God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made" (John 1:1-3).
In the book of Hebrews, Paul adds this insight:
"God . . . hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he
appointed HEIR of all things, BY WHOM ALSO HE MADE THE
WORLDS; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express
image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
. . . sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Heb.1:1-3).
The Logos, then, was and is the "brightness" of the glory of God the Father. He is the "Heir" of the Father. It was by Him that the Father "made the worlds" -- the Universe! And now He sits at the Father's right hand in heaven!
What do these things tell us? Before we attempt to put the picture together, notice a few more clear and fascinating Scriptures!
"The Beginning of the CREATION of God"
In the book of Revelation, in the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus Christ said to the Church in Laodicea:
"These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, THE
BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD" (Rev.3:14).
The Greek word translated "beginning" here is arche and means "A COMMENCEMENT, or (concrete) chief (in various applications of ORDER, TIME, PLACE or RANK); beginning, corner, first, magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule." Adds Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon --
"1. BEGINNING, ORIGIN; a. used absolutely, of the BEGIN-
NING OF ALL THINGS . . . b. in a relative sense, of the BEGIN-
NING of the things spoken of . . . 2. The person or thing that
COMMENCES, THE FIRST PERSON OR THING IN A SERIES,
the leader . . . 3. that by which anything begins to be, the ORIGIN
. . . 4. THE EXTREMITY of a thing . . . 5. the first place, princi-
pality, rule, magistracy . . . "
The basic, underlying meaning of this word is simply "BEGINNING," or "FIRST," that which "COMMENCES" OR BEGINS -- as the first automobile in history, the first airplane, the first wheel, the first planet, the first fire, the first house built, etc. Notice how this word is most commonly used in Scripture:
Matthew 19:8 "from the beginning it was not so."
Matt.24:8 "these are the beginning of sorrows."
Matt.24:21 "since the beginning of the world to this time . . ."
Mark 1:1 "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Mark 10:6 "But from the beginning of the creation . . ."
Luke 1:2 "us, which from the beginning were eye witnesses"
John 2:11 "This beginning of miracles did Jesus"
Col.1:18 "Who is the beginning, the firstborn of every creature"
Rev.1:8 "the beginning and the ending"
From these verses, it seems very clear that Jesus Christ AS THE LOGOS, was the very FIRST ACT OF PRODUCTION OR CREATION, the very FIRST CREATION of the Father -- His FIRSTBORN SON BY A SEMINAL ACT OF CREATION!
How the Father, the original ONE GOD, brought into being the Word, Logos, or Son, we are not told. Apparently, He took "part" of Himself, of His eternal spirit, and fashioned it into the "Logos." However, when He made Him, He made Him to be VERY GOD -- even as He, the Father, is very God -- only lesser in authority! In the beginning, there was ONE GOD. Then, in another subsequent time of "beginning," God "reproduced" Himself, and created a SON! Thus the Logos was indeed the "first BORN" of all creation -- the BEGINNING of the Creation -- the First Step in God's Creative Plan!
Thus there was ONE God. And then ONE became, by process of reproduction known only to God, TWO divine Beings, in complete unity and harmony and purpose! As Jesus said to His disciples,
"Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not know me,
Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . . Believest thou
not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I
speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth
in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the
Father in me" (John 14:9-11).
Jesus explained further in His final prayer for His disciples,
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe
on me through their word; THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that THEY ALSO MIGHT BE
ONE IN US . . . And the glory which thou gavest me I have given
them; THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE: I
in them, and thou in me, THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT
IN ONE . . . " (John 17:20-23).
WHAT IT MEANS, GOD IS "ONE"!
Do you see? God, the Father, is ONE GOD -- He is "ONE." The Hebrew expression connotes the meaning of "ONENESS." When the Father created the Logos, they became "ONE." And now, Christ, the Son of God, is bringing "MANY BRETHREN" INTO THIS DIVINE "ONENESS"!
The apostle Paul wrote, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the IMAGE OF HIS SON [who is in HIS own image! -- Heb.1:1-2], that he might be the FIRSTBORN among MANY BRETHREN " (Romans 8:29).
Do you get it? Even as God the Father made the Logos His Son, and brought Christ into the world, as His Son, to die for our sins, He is now in the process of creating MANY MORE SONS -- just like Himself -- DIVINE -- who will all SHARE IN HIS "ONENESS" -- the Oneness of "GOD"!
Now do you see?
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we ARE the
CHILDREN OF GOD: And if children, then HEIRS; HEIRS OF
GOD, and JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also GLORIFIED TOGETHER " (Rom.
In the beginning, there was ONE God -- the "Father." In process of time, He created a FIRSTBORN SON -- THE LOGOS -- to share with Him in all creation, with whom He made the Universe! Possibily He took part of Himself, and fashioned that part --
that divine seed -- into a complete copy, an IMAGE of Himself!
Thus the ONE God now became TWO Beings, but completely UNITED as "ONE," or "ONENESS." Originally, there was ONE Being who was "God." He became "Two" by process of self-reproduction! Think for a moment. Does it really make sense that in the first "beginning" there were TWO Beings who were both "God"? If there were TWO, then they would both have to be EQUAL -- co-eternal, co-equal. But as we have seen, MANY Scriptures prove that Jesus or the Logos, is less powerful and under the authority of the One known as the "Father," and He Himself worships the Father and calls Him His "God"! Clearly, in the first beginning, there was ONE God -- and He later brought into being the Logos, or Word, who came forth from Him (John 6:46; 7:29; 8:42; 9:4; 10:29; 17:8).
Does it really make any sense that in the beginning there were TWO? Simple logic impels us to the conclusion that in the beginning there was originally ONE, and in a later "beginning," there were "Two." This is the real meaning of John 1:1, for in the original Greek language we read, literally:
"In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God" (John 1:1).
The Englishman's Greek Interlinear correctly reveals there is no article "the" in the original Greek in John 1:1. The actual Greek language here is, "In beginning was the Word." The absense of a definite article indicates that the indefinite article "a" would be the appropriate translation here!
Similarly, in the Old Testament, in Genesis 1:1, we find the same thing in the original Hebrew. The text reads: "Bereshit bara Elohim ha shamayim va ha eretz."
Literally, this means, "In [a] beginning, God ["the Mighty Ones"] created the heavens and the earth." The lack of a definite article "the" for "beginning" has given rise to many different English translations, including the following:
"When God began to form the universe . . ." (Moffatt).
"When God began to create heaven and earth . . ." (Tanakh).
"When God began creating the heavens and the earth . . ." (Living Bible).
The Divine Name Elohim
Who is this God who created the heavens and the earth?
The Hebrew word is "Elohim," a fascinating word. Says the Critical-Experimental Commentary on this verse and the word "Elohim":
"The Hebrew word Elohim, from its derivation and use,
'mighty' . . . A remarkable peculiarity, however, distinguishes this word;
for it is A PLURAL NOUN accompanied with a SINGULAR VERB,
which is the construction maintained for the most part throughout the
Hebrew Scriptures of the Old Testament, though it is also found in
various passages associated with plural adjuncts, and in such a connection
it irresistibly suggests the idea of more objects than one. This interchange
of singular and plural forms, as well as the frequent combination of both in
the same sentence, constitutes a peculiar idiom unparalleled in any other
language, and it demands particular attention . . . The use of it originated
from no imperative necessity. It arose from no grammatical defect; for the
word existed in the singular form . . . Nor was it occasioned by any poverty
of language; for the Hebrew vocabulary is richer and more copious in names
for the Deity than any other cultivated language . . .
"The choice of Elohim, therefore, in preference to all other names for the
Divine Being, must have been dictated by some special reason of great
utility and importance. Applied as it commonly was to false deities, and
liable, from that constant and familiar use, to suggest or foster polytheistic
ideas, the introduction of such a term as the designation of the true God into
a book which was designed to give a death-blow to idolatry . . . seems
altogether unaccountable except upon the ground that it was conducive to
the promotion of the same high end; and therefore we are led to conclude by
its use here in the PLURAL FORM is obscurely taught, at the opening of
the Bible, a doctrine clearly revealed in the later portions of it -- viz., that
though God is one, there is a PLURALITY OF PERSONS IN THE GOD-
HEAD, who were engaged in the creative work " (p.1).
However, in the primordial beginning, there was ONE God, El, or "the Mighty One." Later, He took part of Himself and fashioned a companion -- a SECOND member of the God Family or Kingdom, thus ONE became TWO -- yet they were still ONE in
Unity function, and total harmony. Thus the SINGULAR EL became the PLURAL ELOHIM! Therefore, the two of them, acting as ONE GOD, and in every way truly ONE, require a SINGULAR VERB!
The Book of Proverbs
A clear allusion to this fact of divine unity of plurality is found in the book of Proverbs. Here the second member of the Godhead is revealed, as the "Wisdom" of God. Notice this remarkable Scripture witness!
"The LORD possessed me in the BEGINNING of his way, before
his works of old. I was set up [established] FROM EVERLASTING,
from the BEGINNING, or ever the earth was. When there were no
depths, I WAS BROUGHT FORTH [CREATED, BORN]; when there
were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were
settled, before the hills was I BROUGHT FORTH [CREATED, BORN]
. . . When he prepared the heavens, I WAS THERE . . . when he appointed
the foundations of the earth: THEN I WAS BY HIM, as one brought up
with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with
the sons of men" (Proverbs 8:22-31).
God the Father thus brought into being the Logos, or "Wisdom" of God, the "Word." He "brought him forth," or created Him!
A Divine Lesson from the Creation of Man
Similarly, when God made man, He first made Adam. Adam came first -- and he was alone. So God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Gen.2:18). Does this show us that God decided, originally, that it was not good for Himself to remain alone -- and so He made the Word, or Logos, to be "an help meet [fitting] for Him"?
Notice what God did next: "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a WOMAN, and brought her unto the man [and I would bet that when Adam saw her, he flipped!] And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones,
and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [Isha] , because she was taken out of Man [Ish] " (Gen.2:21-23).
"After His Kind" --"Image and Likeness"
Was the Logos orginally "taken out of" the Father, even as Eve was taken out of Adam, from his rib? Did God similarly create the Logos in time primordial? "With God, all things are possible" (Matt.19:26). "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).
Trinitarians, of course, will deny this. They will cry, "Impossible!" They will shout, "Heresy!" But it is they who are the real heretics, who deny the plain Scriptures of the Word of God! Why should it be thought impossible that GOD, who can do all things, can also therefore REPRODUCE HIMSELF?
The whole story in Genesis chapter 1 is that God CREATED the world, and life -- and that all life reproduces "AFTER ITS KIND" (Gen.1:11-12, 21, 24-25). Then God made MAN -- but He made mankind DIFFERENT.
"And GOD said, Let US [the Father and the Logos!] make MAN in
OUR IMAGE [physical shape, with a body fashioned to look like God's
own body, only flesh instead of spirit!], AFTER OUR LIKENESS [that
is, character and personality, spiritual maturity, wisdom, intelligence,
creative ability! -- potentially!]: And let them have DOMINION [rulership,
government, authority!] . . . . So God created man IN HIS ON IMAGE,
IN THE IMAGE OF GOD created he him; male and female created he
The Essence of GOD
Do we understand? The essence of God, His Supreme Characteristic, is ultimately, ONENESS. God is "ONE." Even though He can reproduce Himself, the result is still ONENESS. God the Father and the Logos act as ONE. They are in each other, and think alike, and are in complete harmony and cooperation.
Even so, God has called us to become ONE WITH HIM. He desires that we share in His ONENESS. He is like a PERFECT FAMILY, with total LOVE as the supreme characteristic, expressing itself in TOTAL UNITY and HARMONY.
When God created Eve for Adam, He said, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall CLEAVE unto his wife: and they shall be ONE [ECHAD] FLESH" (Gen.2:24). Remember, the Hebrew word echad means a "unity," a "togetherness," "oneness." Two individuals, two parts, become an integrated, harmonious WHOLE ONE.
God is in the process of making all of us, who yield to Him, and obey Him, and keep His commandments -- ONE -- ONENESS WITH HIM!
As Paul wrote, "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is NAMED " (Ephesians 2:14-15) -- that is, the Family named "GOD"!
"There Is None Like Me"
God says -- that is, the Father, and the Logos, speaking and acting AS ONE, as a UNITY -- "Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour" (Isa.43:10).
God says further, "Thus saith the LORD, the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God " (Isaiah 44:6). "Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God [beside me]; I know not any" (Isa.44:8). Do these Scriptures nullify everything I have written so far?
Again, we read: ". . . and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:21-22). Does this mean God CANNOT "add" to His Family?
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none like me" (Isa.45:9).
What about these verses? Do they somehow negate all that we've discussed so far? Do they somehow "prove" the Trinity doctrine is right? Or the Binary God doctrine? Do these verses state categorically that God is One Person with Three Personalities? Wouldn't that make Him a Schizoid God with a Split Personality, reminiscent of the movie "The Three Faces of Eve"?
Let's be fair, and honest. These verses only state the obvious -- that the FATHER is SUPREME GOD -- and there is no other "God" beside Him, who exists, or brought himself into existence, or who can compare or compete with God the Father! But the Father has chosen to REPRODUCE HIMSELF in the LOGOS, so now the Two of them, Two Divine Beings, called "Elohim" in
Genesis, which translates literally as "THE MIGHTY ONES," acting together, as ONE WILL and ONE MIND, constitute the ONE GOD WHO, AS "ELOHIM," created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Therefore, in this case, the Plural form Elohim takes the singular verb, bara -- for God is a UNITY, echad, "ONEness"!
Therefore, there was no God formed before God the Father (Isa.44:10), nor apart from Him, nor shall any "God being" come into existence apart from Him or be formed after Him! But in saying this, God obviously excepts Himself and His own Divine Family Plan! He can do as He wishes! No "God" being will ever be formed apart from His own plan, energy, and activity!
When God the Father reproduces Himself, and makes more members of the divine God Family, they all enter into HIS ONENESS. They become PART OF HIM -- PERFECTLY ONE WITH HIM AND CHRIST, even as they are ONE! AS Jesus prayed, "That they al may be ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they ALSO may be ONE IN US" (John 17:21), "that they may be one, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE" (verse 22), "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be MADE PERFECT IN ONE" (John 17:23). Notice! He said -- "PERFECT IN ONE"!
Therefore, when this happens, we become literally PART OF GOD! Therefore, we become part of the One, the Supreme Essence and Personality, who says, of Himself, and INCLUDES us as His CHILDREN, as part of Himself, when He says it:
"I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be
after me. I, even I, and the LORD . . ." (Isa.43:10-11).
When God and Christ say, "I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God" (Isaiah 44:6; compare Rev.1:8, 11, 18; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13), the reference is to BOTH of them as a UNITY, as ONE. But in Isaiah 41:4, God says, "I the LORD, the first, and WITH the last; I am he"! Notice! He said He is here "WITH the last"! Does this not indicate that in process of time, He will EXPAND His own family, and the Godhead? In this way, CREATION WILL CONTINUE FOR EVER!
Do you comprehend? There is NO LIMIT to God! And as He reproduces and develops His ONENESS throughout His Divine FAMILY, the whole CREATION will grow, and surge, and expand, and increase, in glory, and majesty, and beauty, and height, and depth, and breadth, and length, and IN ALL DIMENSIONS known and unknown!
There is NO LIMIT to God. He can, as He chooses, go on MULTPLYING and EXPANDING and increasing His Kingdom, FOREVER, adding to CREATION!
Beside Him, and His progeny, His offspring, apart from His ONENESS -- there is no other God, none at all! He says, "Is there a God beside me? [and by extension, "beside my family"? "Beside those whom I make a part of ME"?] yea, there is no God [beside me, and my Oneness]; I know not any" (Isaiah 44:8).
The True "Never-Ending Story"
God is not like the pagans, and the Greeks, and the Trinitarians, imagine. He is not some monolithic never-changing ethereal spirit. He is LIVING! And one of the key characteristics of ALL LIVING THINGS is that they GROW, and they REPRODUCE!
The supreme law biology known as the great law of biogenesis states simply that "LIFE REPRODUCES LIFE" -- or that it requires LIFE to bring forth LIFE! Living things cannot be produced from dead or inanimate objects! Only LIFE produces LIFE! This truth has been demonstrated time and time again in the test tubes of science and scientific laboratories. The second law of biogenesis states that "living things only reproduce after their own kind."
God is LIFE! That is one of His supreme characteristics! He is therefore reproducing life, and He is reproducing after HIS OWN KIND, in his image and likeness!
This is a NEVER-ENDING STORY! This is a NEVER-ENDING SAGA!
Do we really grasp it? Do we really comprehend it?
The Trinity doctrine limits God. It denies Him the ability and opportunity to REPRODUCE Himself, as all living things on this planet do! It denies His Plan, revealed in the Scriptures! It limits Him to some sort of "Three-in-One" Triangle, which nobody can understand or make any sense of! It defies logic, common sense and human intellect and experience!
No human corporation, with three "Presidents," will get anywhere! And where would the United States of America be if it had THREE "Presidents" instead of one? Confusion! Chaos! The whole thing boggles the mind and marinates the brain!
God is NOT and never was a "Trinity" -- nor does He ever intend on limiting Himself to a "Trinity"! Rather, He is the SUPREME BEING who is building a Creation, and part of that Creation is the reproduction and multiplication of Beings like Himself, with the very same character, humility, love, and UNITY of mind and purpose, who will rule with Him over an ever-expanding and growing UNIVERSE -- THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
The Incredible Adventure
Isaiah wrote of the Plan of God:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the govern-
ment shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE
SHALL BE NO END . . . " (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Did you get that? "NO END" to the INCREASE of His authority, His Kingdom, His Peace and Prosperity -- NO END TO THE GROWTH, EXPANSION, AND MULTIPLICATION! The Hebrew word for "increase" here is marbiyth and literally means "a multitude, offspring, interest on capital, greatness, increase, multitude" (Strong's, #4768). Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines it as "multitude, magnitude, very great part, progeny, interest, usury," and is related to the root of the Greek/Latin/English word for "fetus," "fecund," "fecundity," "fertility." In other words, the FAMILY OF GOD WILL CONTINUE EXPANDING, GROWING, REPRODUCING, MULTIPLYING AS THE KINGDOM OF GOD EXPANDS AND GROWS! The Hebrew word for "end" in this verse is kates and means "extremity, border, end, finite" (Strongs, #7093). Coupled with the word "no," the expression means there will be NO BORDER, NO END OR TERMINATION, NO LIMIT OR FINITE ENDING to the Family of God -- it will be INFINITE, and will grow throughout INFINITE ETERNITY!!
Can your feeble brain and mine comprehend such an awesome, incredible, marvelous thing? And just think of it! We are called and chosen of God to be a wonderful, integral part of it!