found 8 items matching Matthew 28.18
Colossians 1.15-20: Preexistence or Preeminence [6 pages]
by William Wachtel rated at 1.9 (7 votes so far)
In standard evangelical commentary, two texts from Paul's writings are constantly used to teach the personal preexistence of Christ: Philippians 2:5-11 and Colossians 1:15-20. William Wachtel questions seriously, however, whether any such ideas were in Paul's mind. In Philippians 2:5, for instance, Paul declares he is holding forth the historical example of the man Christ Jesus, not some prehistoric example into which can be read ideas of personal preexistence. Can the same be said to be true of Colossians 1:15-20?
The NT Teaches that God Is One [12 pages]
by Chuck LaMattina rated at 3.5 (16 votes so far)
For many Christians this belief in the Trinity is the acid test for real faith. There is only one problem with this acid test, however. Nowhere does the Bible ever claim that God is a Trinity of persons. As we saw from the last chapter the Old Testament states that there is only one God and one person who is God. The great creed of Old Testament faith was, "Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one!"
Explaining Matthew 28.19 [56:27]
by Steve Katsaras rated at 1.9 (8 votes so far)
This text has widely come to be known as the Trinitarian baptismal formula - baptism into the threefold name. This is perhaps the strongest text found in the Bible that supposedly proves that God is a plurality of persons, spoken directly by Jesus himself! Is this assertion true? Is Jesus advocating 3 divine persons within the one essence of God by introducing this formula? The following is a study of the text using a range of methods to highlight the weight of evidence for/against each argument.
Shaliah: An Introduction to the Law of Agency [15 pages]
by Raymond James Essoe rated at 2.9 (11 votes so far)
A common feature of the Hebrew Scriptures is the concept (some even call it the "law") of Jewish agency. All Old Testament scholars and commentators recognize that in Jewish custom whenever a superior commissioned an agent to act on his behalf, the agent was regarded as the person himself. Without this understanding we may unintentionally misread texts that refer to Jesus as God.
Jesus has a God [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)
Jesus says the words 'my God' several times in Scripture. Thus, Jesus has a God, one that He worships. If Jesus has a God, then can he be God? Does the Father ever call Jesus, 'my God?' Join Sean Finnegan as he surveys the texts in which Jesus says 'my God.'
The Son Was Given Authority [2 pages]
by Shane Derry rated at 2.3 (8 votes so far)
Why was Jesus called Immanuel? Does that mean he is God with us or was he being called this name to remind the message that God was still with his people? Looking at other Hebrew names Shane mounts a convincing case for the second option.
Commentary on Ephesians 1.22 and 23 [1 page]
by John Schoenheit, Mark Graeser, and John Lynn rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
There are some Trinitarians who assert that the last phrase of verse 23 proves the Trinity. Not so, for there is no mention of any Trinitarian concept such as “three-in-one.” This verse clearly teaches that God was the one who “appointed” Christ to be over the Church. Surely if Christ were a co-equal part of God, he needed no such appointment, because by nature he would already have been over the Church.
Commentary on Matthew 28.18 [1 page]
by John Schoenheit, Mark Graeser, John Lynn rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
Carefully reading a verse is the only way to begin to properly interpret it. In this case, it is clear that Christ’s authority was given to him.
These books, written by people from diverse backgrounds, express the simple truth that God is one. Some of them are more scholary while others are more autobiographical. In addition, a few of them are available to read online. If you would like more in depth treatment of christian monotheism, these books are the next step to take. Note: if you know of other books, not listed here, please leave us feedback.