a: to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter
b: to insert (words) into a text or into a conversation"
I tremble somewhat in writing this blog lest someone reading it think that the Bible is full of interpolations. It isn't! However, early on in my walk with God I came to realize that 1st John 5:7 was said by almost all scholars (if not all) to be an interpolation that was inserted by someone probably to establish their personal belief system. Let me quote 1st John 5:7 in it's entirety here: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." When I first read the above verse I immediately thought, no big deal, it says "these three are one," and I believe that God is one so it doesn't disagree with my belief system. When I mentioned this to my brother Joe, who turned to the Lord before me, he promptly asked, "are there three in heaven?" That did shine a different light on the subject. I do not believe there are three persons of God in heaven.
There is a beautiful song we used to sing in church. but because of some of the words I didn't care for it. That song is "Oh What A Saviour," You might ask, what is wrong with that song? Well, the first verse says,
"Once I was straying in sin's dark valley,
No hope within could I see,
They searched through heaven
And found a Saviour
To save a poor lost soul like me."
The first question I had when hearing the song was, "who are they?" I don't believe there is a god in heaven beside the Lord. (See Isaiah 44:8) I think I understand the mystery of the Godhead pretty well. "...God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself..." (See 2nd Corinthians 5:19)
The Bible clearly says in Colossians 2:9-10, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..." I looked up the word "dwelleth" in Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary and found the word has the meaning of;
"G2730 κατοικέω, katoikeō, kat-oy-keh'-o. From G2596 and G3611; to house permanently, that is, reside (literally or figuratively): - dwell (-er), inhabitant (-ter)."
My understanding of that definition is that God has chosen to be housed permanently, or to permanently reside in the Lord Jesus Christ. God won't be found elsewhere. The Bible clearly says in 1st Timothy 3:16 that, "...without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." You may say that I sound like one of those Jesus Only people. Well you may not be far off the mark! You won't find God in anyone but only in Jesus. In John 14:8-9, Philip asked the Lord Jesus, the man Christ Jesus, Jesus the Son of God, "Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us." The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, Who the Bible says was God manifested in the flesh, replied, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" When Philip saw Jesus the Son of God he saw the Father? That sort of sounds like what Jesus said.
But what about the Father? The Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God, said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." The Bible says in John 1:18, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." I know that I am quoting the Apostle John a lot, but let me continue. In 1st John 2:23 John wrote, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." It's no wonder to me that Isaiah said in Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." If ever there was a passage in the Bible where God could have declared Jesus to be the everlasting Son, this was the place. But the prophet, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, said of the Son of God that "...His name shall be called...the Everlasting Father..." Eh?
But what about the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost? Where does He come into play? Jesus said in John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." And Jesus said John 15:26, "...when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me..." (Some will say, there is the Trinity! But the Bible doesn't say, there is the Trinity, only people say that.) The Bible does say in 2nd Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." It is interesting to note that the Bible declares God to be the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ and yet when Mary became pregnant with the Son of the Father, it was the Holy Ghost that conceived in Mary the Son of God. (See Matthew 1:18-20) If God the Father and the Holy Ghost are separate persons in the Godhead, well, we've got a problem.
There is a more modern song that is sung in many of our churches today. It was written by a fellow named Chris Tomlin entitled, "How Great Is Our God." I looked up the lyrics after I heard over the internet Mr. Tomlin singing the song. I have put the song lyrics here for you to look at and judge.
"He's my Lord and my God, He's not just a stranger to me.
When I looked past the veil it was easy to see He's my Lord and
If you don't know the Lord Jesus as your Lord and your God, let me be the first to introduce you to Him!