2.2: The Nature of God (Theology)

2.2. The Nature of God (theology). 

Correctly used, the word theology relates to the study of the nature of God. Christian Separatists use the word theology in this sense. 

We believe in the God of the Bible, the one and only, true, eternal God (Isa. 44:6). We believe in the God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ex. 3:14-16), the Creator of all things (I Cor. 8:6), Who is omnipotent, omnipresent, unchangeable, and omniscient (all-knowing). We believe in the One Who is the great I AM, and Who is known by many titles, but has manifested Himself in the three beings of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Mentality of Separation, all of these manifestations being the self-same Almighty Spirit or Mentality of the Living God (Deut. 6:4). 

2.2.1. The One and Only God. 

Christian Separatists affirm that there is only “One God and Father of all, He being above all, and through all, and in all” (Eph. 4:6 AST). We affirm that the God of the New Testament is the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for the Living God is Eternal and Unchanging. 

2.2.2. Character and Attributes of God. 

The Bible teaches that God is immutable, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. His character is one of absolute justice, honor and integrity, and perhaps most important, holiness or separation.

God is absolute and immutable; He does not change. He cannot change, for if He could change He could not be God. God states in Malachi 3:6 and Numbers 23:19 that He does not change. Jacob (James) 1:17 (AST) states:

“Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

“Jesus Anointed: the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 AST).

Therefore, as God does not change, we can conclude that His promises to us do not change, and neither does His standard of righteousness or justice change.

Omniscient. The term omniscience comes from the Latin words omnis, which means all, and scientia, which means knowledge. Thus, it means that God has all knowledge. There is nothing that God does not know, past, present, or future. No person or being can be smarter than God or fool God. God did not have to gain knowledge; He always had knowledge, as He is also immutable, as explained above.

Omnipresent. God is omnipresent, meaning that He is not located in one particular spot but that He is everywhere throughout the entire universe, as it is His whole creation. Strong’s Systematic Theology defines omnipresent as: 

“God, in the totality of His essence, without diffusion or expansion, multiplication or division, penetrates and fills the universe in all its parts.” 

Therefore, it is wrong to limit God to a trinity, as He is capable of manifesting Himself at any time or place and in any form, in infinite places at one time.

Omnipotent. The term omnipotence signifies that God is all-powerful. God can do anything He chooses and is only limited by His own perfections, which means that what He cannot do He would not do anyway and that is the reason why He will not do it. An example that God is limited to His perfections is that He promises salvation to those who turn from their failures and follow His way. As He has promised such forgiveness to Adam’s race, He cannot destroy them (unless they fall from favor through failure). However, it is not God’s will that He destroy those who repent and adjust themselves to His thinking.

As God is omnipotent any rebellion is useless. Satan has already lost the battle as God has total power. There are only two options available to Adamic man - repent or die. The conditions of this world are chaotic; however, God is still in control. The present Babylon will fall and the reign of the wicked will cease, just as it did in 70 AD. Paul states in the Book of Colossians 1:16-17:

 “Because in Him were created all things, the things in the Heavens, and the things on the Earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or masterships, or rulers or authorities; all things through Him and for Him have been created. And He is before all things, and all things are held together in Him” (AST).

Absolute Justice. God is entirely just and correct in all His dealings with the Adamic Race, and He is just in His choosing of the Adamic Race over all the other races on the earth. God acts justly in accordance with His Law and therefore His Justice is related to our failures. It is by the law that we are judged and by the law that we are either punished or rewarded. The law judges us according to our works, and it must be understood that God’s Word is His Law.

The word justice means to merit reward or punishment according to works. It is by our works that we are judged and we are either rewarded or punished. The favor of God also ties in with the subject of justice. All have fallen short of God’s Law and are deserving of destruction; however, by God’s favor we can find forgiveness and be saved. We are saved by favor through persuasion (Romans 5:1-2 AST). We are still rewarded according to our works. Revelation 2:23 (AST) says:

“And I will kill her children with death; and all the Body Politics will know that I am the [One] searching the inner parts and hearts. And I will give to each of you according to your works.”

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37 AST).

It is not possible for Adamic man in his sinful state to keep the law without failure; therefore, God came in the person of Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our failures. 

Holiness. The word holy in the King James Version is mostly translated from the Greek word hagios, which means to be set apart from, to be separated to. The meaning is better revealed in the translation of the word as separated. Many see holiness or separation as the foremost attribute because separation pervades all the other attributes of God and is consistent with all that He is and does. God is separate from all evil and sin and therefore holy. In His holiness or separation, He is the standard. For a person to also be holy they must not only be separated from evil but also separated unto God. God commands us to be separate from evil and lawlessness as He is separate: 

“But according to the Separated One Who has called you, you also become separated in all conduct; because it has been written, ‘Be Separate, because I am Separate’” (I Peter 1:15-16 AST).

Integrity and Trustworthiness. As God is perfect and holy (separated from evil), He does not lie and therefore He can be trusted and is perfectly reliable in His Revelation. John 3:33 states: “He receiving His testimony has sealed that God is true” (AST). Therefore, God will do all that He has promised. We can be sure that God will do what He says He will do for us if we are obedient, and we can also be sure of what He will do to us if we fail. In fact, as man has persuasion, commonly known as faith, God is reciprocally trustworthy.

2.2.3. How God is Revealed to Man. The Bible tells us that in time past, God had revealed Himself to His people in various ways.

“In many parts and in many ways of old, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets; in these last days He spoke to us in the Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all, through Whom indeed He made the ages, Who being the radiance of the reputation and the express image of His essence, and upholding all things by the word of His power, having made purification of our failures, sat down on the right of the Majesty on High, having become so much better than the messengers, He has inherited authority more excellent than them, for to which of the messengers did He ever say, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You’?” (Hebrews 1:1-5 AST).

We understand that the Everliving Eternal did indeed reveal Himself in many different ways to our Adamic fathers. We see Him in the Voice radiating from Mount Zion. We see Him in the Burning Bush; in the Pillar of Fire; as the Fourth Messenger; as Comforter to the Hebrew children that the king had placed in the fiery oven. Then, as the Scripture tells us, at the appointed time, He sent forth His beloved Son Whom He had made in the beginning to be a propitiation for our failures. We are taught by the Scripture that Jesus Christ is the Final Revelation of Almighty God in the bringing forth of His Finished Work of salvation through justification. Thus, the Living God came in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and became “Emmanuel, which is, translated, ‘God with us’” (Matt 1:23 AST). He revealed Himself to Adamic men as Adamic man in the bringing forth of His Finished Work. He therefore has manifested Himself to Christians as the true Vine, the life-giving Bread of Life, the true Water that quenches the thirst of ignorance; perhaps most important, the Living Word or Logos or Pure Reasoning of Almighty God. In His presenting Himself as the Living Word, He commands us to “Eat of Him.” As Separatists, we affirm that this may only be accomplished through the spiritual act of ingesting the Living Word of God from God’s Word, the Bible. 

“Most assuredly, most assuredly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. He partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. He partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood abides in Me, and I in him. Even as the Living Father sent Me, and I live through the Father, also he partaking of Me, even that one will live through Me. This is the Bread which came down out of Heaven, not as the fathers ate, and died; he partaking of this Bread will live to the age.” (John 6:53-58 AST).

Thus, while the fathers ate physical bread, which could not give them eternal life, we can eat of the Bread of Life, Jesus Anointed, through His Word that gives us eternal life. Jesus Himself tells us:

“He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is that one who loves Me, and he that loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will unveil Myself to him” (John 14:21 AST).

We affirm that the Commandments of God are contained within His Word, which has thoroughly furnished us to all good works:

“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in justice, so that the man of God may be perfect, fully furnished for every good action” (II Tim. 3:16-17 AST).

We understand that it is only in the true and living Word of God, in its original autographs of the Greek or a good and literal translation, that that which is reputed of God may be seen or understood. For though men may repute the Living God, it is certain that the only place that God is truly reputed without fault is in His own living Word. Men are to adjust their beliefs according to the just judgments and edicts of the New Testament of the Master Jesus Christ. Therefore, we believe that Christians are obligated by Christian law to “Let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 AST), to “test all things, hold fast to the good” (I Thess. 5:21 AST), and walk, continue, and abide in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. The Master our God calls us with the edict of “Come, let us reason together, says the Master” (Isaiah 1:18 LXX), and we believe this call is to the pure Logos reflected and written in the pure Word of God. We believe that the Separated Mentality of Truth wrote God’s Word and that therefore the Separated Mentality does not contradict the Living Word of God, nor does the Word of God contradict the Separated Mentality. 

We further believe that God has revealed Himself in the manifestation of the Mentality of Separation. Christian Separatists also recognize the common usage of the description of the Mind of God to be “Holy Spirit,” and therefore at times do use this term to reduce confusion when teaching. Christian Separatists understand, however, that Mentality of Separation is a more accurate term to describe this particular manifestation of God. 

“In the Christian Scriptures, the word pneuma, for which mentality is translated, literally means wind or air, from which we derive the English word pneumatic, for example. Thus, both the word mentality and the word spirit are representative of the metaphorical meaning of the word. The word spirit became a common English translation of this word due to the influence of the Latin in the use of the word spiritus. This Latin word is also the derivation of such English words as sprite, which means ghost. Hence, the word spirit too came to carry the meaning of the word ghost, and in the KJV the word pneuma is also translated ghost. The word pneuma is defined in a plethora of ways among the lexicons, but most agree with the meaning of an intelligent, incorporeal being. In view of this definition and taking account of the usage of the word in the New Testament, it was felt that the word Mentality best described the original intent of the authors of the NT” (AST, 2nd Edition, Appendix 17).

2.2.4. The Names of God. 

Christian Separatists understand that the Greek word onoma (ˆnoma), while signifying a name, is more properly understood in the sense of authority, especially when the word is used in reference to the name or authority of God. Phrases such as “in the name of” really signify “by the authority of.” Therefore, Christian Separatists reject the idea of a particular ineffable, sacred name of God. 

The term God is not in itself a name, but is a translatable title. This English term God is of no special significance, and neither is its Hebrew equivalent El, its Greek equivalent Theos, the Latin Deus, the German Gott, or its equivalent in any other language. Christian Separatists understand that the only proper name given for God in the Bible is the name Jesus. 

Christian Separatists reject the false belief that the tetragrammaton YHWH, commonly transliterated as Jehovah or Yahweh, represents a sacred name of God. Based upon the evidence of the Hebrew language and the evidence of the Greek Septuagint, we understand that the term Yahweh or Yehovah, depending upon how the vowels are supplied, is merely a title that corresponds to the Greek Kurios or the Latin Dominus. These words in English are translated as Lord, Master, Owner, or some other equivalent term. Christian Separatists understand that when the term Yahweh is incorrectly used as a name of God, this is done in accordance with the Jewish and Masonic doctrine of the ineffable name, which is not taught in the Bible. Christian Separatists affirm that it would be more correct to use the term Kurios in referring to God than the term Yahweh, for Kurios is the term used in the Greek Septuagint which was recognized as the Scriptures by Jesus and the Apostles. 

2.2.5. God’s Relation with Man. 

Christian Separatists reject the idea of Deism which states that God set the natural world in order and then relinquished control and interactivity with it. Rather, Christian Separatists recognize that through the Only-Begotten God, Jesus the Anointed, God became flesh and His Living Word and the Mentality of Separation continue the presence of God on earth in His believers today. 

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