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Oneness to One - Page 7


Of course Peter is quoting David from Ps. 110:1. This passage from the Old Testament is the single most quoted and referenced in the New Testament. Yet, this "flagship passage" of our brothers in New Testament times was all but hidden from my Oneness faith. I cannot recall a single occasion when this most quoted of all verses by God's people in the New Testament was selected to be the "text" for a message by any of my Oneness ministers.

And this is also wonderful: Peter is not telling the people on the day of Pentecost a story of "God" or an “angel-like” being coming to earth. There is no one "coming down" in Acts 2 to become a "God-man" or an “angel-man.” There is, however, someone "taken up." There is no story of God or an “angel-like” being who voluntary debases himself by coming to earth. There is the story of a man who has - by God - been exalted to the right hand of God in heaven.

Lost Verse No. 6: Acts 2:36 - "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."

Incredible! Jesus is "Lord" - because God has made him Lord. He is the "Christ" - because God has made him to be the Christ. It is short of the mark to honor Jesus Christ as "lord," without also honoring God for making him lord. And notice again, it is not just a "flesh-part" that is made lord. It is "Jesus" himself who is made lord by God. Likewise, God has made Jesus to be the Christ - his anointed one. God has no need to be anointed by anyone. It is he who anoints Jesus (Acts 10:38). Jesus is Lord and Messiah only because God has made him to be these things.

Hence this rhetorical refrain:

If God had not made Jesus to be lord - would he be Lord?
If God had not made Jesus to be Christ - would he be the Christ?
If God had not raised Jesus from the dead - where would he be?

Lost Verse No. 7: Acts 2:38 - (with v. 37) “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, 'Brothers, what should we do''? Peter said to them, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

Acts 2:38 - our cardinal Oneness verse. Verse of verses! Why would I categorize this verse as one of those lost to Oneness theology? It is because, if we fail to grasp the underpinnings of faith in Peter's declarations leading up to Acts 2:38; if we divorce verse 38 from its context, then this verse is also effectively lost. How shall we rightly preach or obey from the heart, words we don't truly understand?

Let us take a look at what Peter was saying in this landmark verse in light of the things that we now know formed the basis for his directions in Acts 2:38. Peter directs people to do two things. And, he gives the order in which they are to do them.

 

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