LESSON 33 THE GODHEAD The subject of the Godhead is one that is shrouded in mystery [1 Timothy 3:16] yet sufficient information is given us in the Word of God so that we can understand certain basic truths about our God which will provide the knowledge we need to know Him as the Creator, a personal spiritual Being, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Infinite in wisdom and love.
The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, but these three are One. We pray to God the Father in the Name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. This seems simple enough, although Christendom seems to make it so difficult and confusing. God created the world by Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s mouthpiece to mankind and the Holy Spirit is God’s power to make things happen. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit which empowers us to pray in the name of Jesus. Outside of the name of Jesus we are not accepted before the Lord, that is why we must do all things in the name of Jesus.
THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF CHRIST
The first aspect of this study will be scriptures that prove that Jesus Christ existed before His incarnation, that is, His coming into the world as a baby and becoming our Saviour.
A. John 1: 1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God”.
B. John 1:14 “The Word was made flesh”
C. 1 John 1:1-3 “That which was from the beginning.....which was with the Father.
D. John 8:58 “Before Abraham was I am”.
E. Exodus 3:14 “I Am that I Am”.
F. Daniel 3:23 “..the fourth is like the Son of God”.
G. Acts 7:37, 38 “...He was in the church in the wilderness.
H. Philippians 2:6 “...Being in the form of God, he thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
CHRIST THE CREATOR
A Hebrews 1:2 “...His Son by whom also be made the worlds.
B. Colossians 1:16 “By him were all things created”
C. Ephesians 3:9 “Who created all things by Jesus Christ”
The above quoted scriptures indicate that Jesus Christ existed before His incarnation; that He was “with the Father” from the beginning; that he was “equal with God”; that he was Creator, for “by Him were all things made that are in heaven and that are in earth”, and that in many instances the “God” in the Old Testament was in reality Jesus of the New Testament.
THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST
The WORD which existed “with God” and which brought into being ALL things was “made flesh” [John 1:1-3, 14]. Paul declares that “God was manifest in the flesh [1 Timothy 3:16]. In Philippians 2:6-11 we read of the humiliation of Christ when He was “made in the likeness of men”. Isaiah 7:14 along with Matthew 1:23 declare that when Jesus was born His name was “IMMANUEL”, meaning “God with us”. In Hebrews 10:5 we read, “a body hast thou prepared me”.
SON OF GOD BECOMES SON OF MAN
Through the incarnation, the majesty and glory of the Eternal Word, the Creator and Lord of the universe [John 1:1-3] was veiled and the Son of God became Son of Man coming in the “likeness of sinful flesh” [Romans 8:3]. He “became sin for us” [2 Corinthians 5:21]. The mystery of the incarnation of Christ is unfathomable – He was Son of God [Matthew 27:41-43; John 5:23; 9:35-37; 10:36; 17:1; Matthew 16:15-17; John 1:32-34; Matthew 3:16, 17; John 20:30, 31; Romans 2:1-4]; and Son of Man: [Luke 19:10; Matthew 9:1-8; Matthew 17:22; 26:2; Mark 9:9; John 6:62; Acts 7:56; Matthew 24:30].
THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST
The scriptures plainly bear out the fact that Christ possessed divinity, that is, “God was in Christ” [2 Corinthians 5:19]. “In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily [Colossians 2:8-10]. He was the “express image of His person” [Hebrews 1:3]. Jesus Himself said, “He that hath seem Me hath seen the Father, for the Father dwelleth in Me [John 14:9, 10]. See also Hebrews 1:6; 1 Timothy 6:15, 16; Revelation 17:14; 19:11-16; Matthew 28:18; Tutus 2:13, 14; John 20:28; Jude 25; Mark 2:5-12.
A number of scriptures speak of “One God, One Lord”, etc. [Isaiah 45:18; 43:10, 11; 44:6; Deuteronomy 6:4]. Oneness in the Godhead is explained in John 17:20-22; 14:10; John 10:30, 38.
The Father and the Son are persons having a “form” – Genesis 1:26; 5:1; 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; 15:49; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3; Daniel 3:25; Philippians 2: 6, 7; Exodus 33:17-23; Deuteronomy 4:12-18. [John 4:24 is explained by 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29; Exodus 3:4-6].
Does History prove that there was a “falling away” from the pure teaching of the Bible?
Note: From “The Growth of the Christian Church” by R H Nichols page 87 we quote: “Thus within the Church there was a great mass of paganism, or pagan ideas about religion and morals, and pagan ways of action, carried over by these people who were Christians only in name and form”. Saint worship is the chief example of this tendency. The saints became to be regarded as something like lesser deities whose interecession availed God. PLACES connected with their lives were considered especially sacred. Pilgrimages to such places naturally followed. To venerate RELICS or material objects connected with the saints, parts of their bodies or properties, and to believe that in them was the power to perform miracles came easily to those in whom superstition still remained” Ibid. Page 61.
“The distinction between clergy and laymen, unknown in the first century, was gradually marked. The office of the bishop was magnified and authoritative power was centralized at the imperial capital, Rome. Ibid. Page 41.
“More liturgies and forms of prayers were produced. Church buildings became larger and more decorative..... Church walls were covered with paintings, and mosaics and embroideries. Dignity and impressiveness was sought in the services as well as stately ritual and solemn music”. Ibid pages 59, 60. “In worship the central feature was the MASS, as the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was now usually called. Christianity became a religion of FEAR, the world was thought to be full of devils who sought to injure men’s bodies and souls. Thus CHARMS became to be worn and an awful sanctity was attributed to church buildings, the Mass, Relics, and the persons of the clergy. Stories were told and believed how disrespect to clergy was followed by calamity and death. Christianity took such a form that was far removed from the simplicity and spirituality and joyful trust of the religion of Jesus” Ibid p. 93.
11. Are we at liberty to believe only certain portions of the Bible, and can we add doctrines that are not in the Bible?
Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18, 19
12. How is the true church described?
Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9
2] HEALING THROUGH DELIVERANCE
For these teachings, you should read the books of Apostle Dr Daisy M Lake: PRAYER – Men ought always to pray; The Blood of Jesus Revealed; The Wonderful Name of Jesus; Why I despise Witchcraft.
Acts: 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
Healing is one of the blessings of the atonement of Christ and the Church should avail herself of this ministry. This is also one of the Ministry gifts and all healing work should be done in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is of utmost importance. The healer is Jesus. Know who you are and stand upon the authority given by the Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 : The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the discerning of spirits, the gift of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, gift of prophecy, the gift of miracles, gifts of healing and gift of faith [nine gifts of the spirit].
The Church should operate in the healing gifts and ministers should follow their preaching of the word with the ministry of healing.
St Matthew chapters 8 and 9 and Mark 5 give many examples of healing. Exercising of faith on both the part of the recipient of healing and the minister is most important since God cannot work outside of faith.
We teach that God’s church is a power house which the devil should respect. Sickness is of the devil and the church has power over the power of the devil:
Luke 10: 18, 19 And he said unto them, I beheld satan as lightening fall from heaven.
Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
DIFFERENT WAYS PEOPLE GOT HEALED
IN THE MINISTRY OF JESUS AND THE APOSTLES
By touching the sick
Matthew 8:3, 14-15 The Leper; Peter’s Mother-in-Law
By speaking the Word
These are just examples. The church should search out all the healing scriptures and act upon them. The church has been given the commandment to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. [Matthew 10:8]
Both the church in the wilderness and the New Testament Church have been commanded to heal the sick.
Exodus 15:26 “And he said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. God does not want anybody sick.
What command did Jesus give to his disciples when he called them unto him?
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Mark 16:17, 18 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Christians can minister healing to themselves because we are the Lord’s children and healing is the children’s bread [Matthew 15:26] or request healing prayer. [James 5:14-15].
1] Talk to sickness and disease and tell them to go.
2] Pray for sick people and know they are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 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.
3] When the sickness [or disease] is too stubborn, you may need to fast and drive out some demons.
Mark 9:24 [read verses 17-29] When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him and enter no more into him.
2] HEALING THROUGH DELIVERANCE
This ministry cannot be taught by man, experiences can only be shared as a guide line. God teaches as the need arises and the Holy Spirit leads through the gifts of the Spirit.
The gifts majoring in this ministry are the Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom and Discerning of Spirits.
Question. Why do people need deliverance from demonic oppression?
Answer. Because sin and satan has majored in their lives.
1] Isaiah 14:9-20 [about the devil]
2] Ezekiel 28: 4-9 [about the devil]
3] Revelation 20:1-3 [about the devil]
4] Matthew 10:1 [the twelve disciples sent out]
5] Matthew 12: 22-29 [Jesus teaching on binding the strong man]
6] Mark 3: 22-27 [ Jesus teaching on binding the strong man]
7] Mark 5:1-20 [Jesus driving out the demons out of the Gadarene demoniac]
8] Luke 10:1-12 [the seventy sent out]
9] Luke 10:17-20 [the seventy returned victorious over demons]
10] Luke 9:1-6 [the twelve disciples sent out]
11] Acts 16:16-18 [the girl with the spirit of divination delivered by the apostle Paul]
12] Acts 8:5-20 [unclean spirits came out of many under Philip’s ministry and Simon the sorcerer discerned by the apostle Peter]
13] Revelation 12:1-11 [satan cast out of heaven and the church overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of her testimony]
14] Matthew 8:16 [Jesus cast out the spirits with his word]
16] Revelation 20:10 [the end of satan and his co-workers]
PUTTING THE SCRIPTURES INTO PRACTICE
Deliver the people, it is the church’s duty. Cast out the demons.
1] Bring the person to Christ if at all possible. They need to be over in Christ’s kingdom.
2] Get him to confess and renounce all known sin.
3] Get him to renounce the devil and all his works and all his demons. He must command the devil and his demons to go, since he is through with him.
4] Ask Jesus to be his Lord and take over from satan. Ask Jesus to heal up any bruised area of his life as a result of being with satan.
5] Find out if his family line had anything to do with the occult, incest, any form of sexual immorality, etc.
6] Renounce and forgive fore-parents [maternal/paternal or both] of any generational wickednesses as at .
7] Bring to fore [ask questions about this] any areas of unforgiveness. These must be dealt with. Everyone must be forgiven. God cannot work where there is unforgiveness.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT THE DELIVERANCE MINISTER KNOWS WHO HE IS IN CHRIST AND STANDS CONFIDENT AND DETERMINED AGAINST THE ENEMY. JESUS HAS ALREADY WON THE BATTLE, WE ARE ONLY TAKING THE VICTORY.
1] The needy/sick one must pray and ask God for help.
2] The minister must pray and ask God for help:
a] The minister must ask God for a manifestation of the spiritual gifts. b] The minister must ask God to allocate angels to help.
BIND THE STRONG MAN:
a] Jezebel [Isaiah 47:8-10; Revelation 2:20]
b] Anti-Christ [1 John 4:3]
c] Death and Hell [Revelation 20:14]
Bind any known spirits. Binding and everything else must be done in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ [Very important – or nothing will happen].
After binding in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, command every spirit to leave in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be very confident. Remember the battle is not ours it is the Lord’s.
Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit at all times and quote scriptures as the Lord leads.
Praises must be going up to the Lord Jesus at all times throughout the ministry. It is His work and He only gets all the glory and praise. Thank Him as you go along.
Have workers pleading the blood of Jesus at all times throughout the ministry. Satan is very much afraid of the blood of Jesus. The ministry may take time. Some unclean spirits are stubborn, but hold your ground, be firm and strong. God will do His work through you. Make sure there is no sin in your life as you move into this work for the Lord.
IMPORTANT: Never go it alone. Remember Jesus sent the disciples out two by two and He himself never walked alone; He took Peter, James and John with Him. We must follow Jesus’ example at all times.There may be the odd occasion when you have to act, but it will need to be a one-off thing and not the normal.
SOME WARFARE SCRIPTURES FOR YOUR USE
Luke 9:1-2 [Power and authority over devils]
Isaiah 49:24-25 [I will contend with them that contendeth with thee]
Isaiah 14: 12-17 [How art thou fallen from heaven...]
Matthew 12:29 [Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house...]
Matthew 16:18-19 [I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom...]
1 Corinthians 10:4 [And they drank of that spiritual Rock.....]
Matthew 4:16 [The people that sat in darkness saw great light..]
John 10:10 [The thief cometh not but for to steal and to kill....]
Psalm 23 [The Lord is my Shepherd........]
Mark 5: 7-8 [Come out of the man thou unclean spirit...]
Ephesians 1:19-23 [..And hath put all things under His feet..]
Matthew 17:14-21 [This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting]
Luke 10:19 [Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents...]
Matthew 18:18-20 [Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in
Heaven. If two of you shall agree.....]
Ephesians 6:10-18 [Put on the whole armour of God.....]
Jeremiah 32:17-19,27 [There is nothing too hard for thee..]
2 Corinthians 2:11 [For we are not ignorant of his devices]
1 Corinthians 2:6 [The princes of this world come to nothing]
Revelation 20:1-4 [And he laid hold on the dragon.......]
Revelation 19:19-20 [...were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with .....]
Revelation 20:10-11 [And the devil was cast into the lake of fire..]
Revelation 19:16 [And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name
Written, KING of kings and LORD of lords.
LESSON 36 CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION
1. What sign did Jesus give as evidence of His Messiahship?
2. Was Jonah actually three days and three nights in the fish’s belly?
3. How long did Jesus say that He would be in the grave?
4. On what day did Jesus rise from the grave?
Note: This visit was made to the tomb “in the end of the Sabbath”. The Sabbath ends at sunset, Leviticus 23:32. Jesus had already risen so His resurrection was in the end of the Sabbath.
5. On every subsequent visit did the disciples find the body of Jesus?
Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-3; John 20:1,2
There were several visits to the tomb by the same persons and others, at different times, and diverse circumstances. Thus the Gospel writers do not contradict each other.
6. Did they believe that He had risen from the dead?
Luke 24:11, 16, 22, 37, 41
7. Do you think then that when the disciples were gathered together on the first day of the week they were celebrating the resurrection as some say?
8. Is it not plainly stated that Jesus was resurrected on the Sabbath and crucified on the Jewish preparation day?
Matthew 28:1-6; John 19:42
9. What day followed this preparation day?
John 19:31; 18:28
10. Was the second day of the Passover a Sabbath, no matter on what day of the week it came?
Leviticus 23:5-10 [Jesus was crucified on the PREPARATION of the PASSOVER SABBATH NOT THE WEEKLY SABBATH John 19:31
11. When did they BUY the spices to embalm His body?
12. When did they PREPARE the spices?
Luke 23: 54, 55.
Note: Mark tells us that they bought the spices AFTER the Sabbath and Luke says they prepared the spices BEFORE the Sabbath. How could they prepare the spices before the Sabbath and not buy them until after the Sabbath if there was only one Sabbath day in that week?
Answer: They bought and prepared the spices AFTER the PASSOVER SABBATH and the day BEFORE the WEEKLY SABBATH, which is our present Friday. This clears up the apparent contradiction and also gives us the day of His crucifixion.
13. When was Jesus crucified, then?
Daniel 9:27; Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:25; John 19:14
14. When was He placed into the tomb?
Matthew 27:45, 46, 50, 57-62; John 19:42
Note: We see now that Jesus died the ninth hour of the preparation of the Passover and was placed into the tomb before the Passover Sabbath began.
15. Therefore, how long was Christ in the grave?
Answer: Jesus was betrayed and crucified on Wednesday, the middle of the week, was placed in the tomb just before Thursday, the Passover Sabbath began; He remained in the tomb exactly three days and three nights according to His own prophecy, and rose “in the end of the [weekly] Sabbath”. Thus He fulfilled all prophecy and became the “firstfruits from the dead”. [ 1 Corinthians 15:20]
16. What about Good Friday and Easter Sunday?
Answer: Both of these festivals are based on erroneous interpretation of scripture and stem from Catholicism. Christ’s death is remembered in the Lord’s Supper and His resurrection in water baptism.
1 Corinthians 11:26; Romans 6:3-11.
17. Is it important that we understand the truth about Christ’s crucifixion and His resurrection? In regard to His crucifixion the only sign Jesus gave to the Jews proving His Messiahship was His three days and three nights in the grave, and since Christ did not rise on Sunday, this removes the main support for Sunday observance and rather establishes the sanctity of the Sabbath.
LESSON 37 CHRIST’S SECOND COMING 1. What promise did Jesus make regarding His return to the earth again?
2. With what words did the angels substantiate Jesus’ words?
3. What ancient prophet spake concerning this event?
Jude 14, 15
4. Did Job understand and believe the second coming of Christ?
5. How does David speak of His coming?
Psalm 50:3; 96:13
6. What expression of hope did Paul make regarding Jesus’ return?
Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:13
7. Who else bore testimony of Christ’s return?
2 Peter 1:16
8. Will Christ’s return be literal and real?
Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:11
9. How many will see Him?
Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:27
10. Will his coming be secret?
1 Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 24:27
11. Will Jesus come alone?
12. What is the purpose of His coming?
Matthew 25:31-34; 1 Corinthians 15:25
13. What represented Christ’s kingdom in the dream of Nebuchadnezar?
Daniel 2:35, 44
14. What does this stone kingdom do to all other kingdoms?
Daniel 2: 35, 44
15. When is this kingdom established?
Revelation 11:15; Daniel 2:35, 44
16. When does Jesus take the throne of his father David?
Luke 1:32; Matthew 25:31-34
17: Was David’s throne in heaven or on earth?
2 Samuel 5:3-5
18. Therefore where does Jesus set up His throne when He comes?
Matthew 25:31; Zechariah 14:4,9
19. Who will reign with Jesus during this time?
Matthew 25:34; Revelation 20:6
20. What glorious event takes place at His coming?
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55
21. How will the saints welcome the Lord’s appearance?
22. Has the exact time of Christ’s coming been revealed?
23. In view of this, what did Christ tell us to do
24. What warning did Jesus give regarding false teaching about his return?