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Overview When the Bible makes reference to the Holy Spirit it refers to the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ dwelling in and activating His people, influencing the world's moral direction. When, in the last of the last days, Jesus Christ's Holy Spirit is withdrawn from the world (2 Thessalonians 2:7) and the devil is allowed to reign freely, the world will have no moral direction. The purpose of The God-Man is to magnify the name of Jesus Christ and to explore the contradiction between multiple personalities in the Godhead and the absolute deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The answer to a simple question puts things in proper perspective. Ask yourself: At the resurrection, when we get to heaven, will we see three personalities, three separate persons with three bodies? Or will we see One God on the throne? The book of Revelation tells us that the One we will see is Jesus Christ, God who revealed Himself in bodily form.
Publishers Description When the Bible makes reference to the Holy Spirit it refers to the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ dwelling in and activating His people, influencing the world's moral direction. When, in the last of the last days, Jesus Christ's Holy Spirit is withdrawn from the world (2 Thessalonians 2:7) and the devil is allowed to reign freely, the world will have no moral direction. The purpose of The God-Man is to magnify the name of Jesus Christ and to explore the contradiction between multiple personalities in the Godhead and the absolute deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The answer to a simple question puts things in proper perspective. Ask yourself: At the resurrection, when we get to heaven, will we see three personalities, three separate persons with three bodies? Or will we see One God on the throne? The book of Revelation tells us that the One we will see is Jesus Christ, God who revealed Himself in bodily form.
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Studio: Pentecostal Publishing House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher WINEPRESS PUBLISHING #1453
ISBN 0976918803 ISBN13 9780976918806
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More About Robert Spearman
After serving four years in the United States Air Force, Robert Spearman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. In his growing up years he flirted with drugs, atheism, agnosticism, Sufiism, leftist liberalism, etc. But, having discovered that the pursuit of drugs and intellectual man made doctrines was ?the vapor of vapors, the futility of futilities, the vanity of vanities, and the chasing after the wind, ? he converted to Judaism. Yet, he found that Judaism was not the fulfillment he was looking for. Then, at mid-life, Jesus Christ revealed Himself to Robert. In 1980, at age 50, he trashed his secular books and has devoted 25 years to the study of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. The God-Man is one man's endeavor to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
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An Interesting Read, But Flawed Logically Feb 25, 2007
This book holds a great deal of historical interest for me because I once found the arguments it presents to be convincing and, as a result, once held to the same beliefs as the author. Those beliefs have their roots in the "Oneness" theology of the United Pentecostal Church (the UPC), as significantly modified by a former Boeing engineer named Don Barnett, and taught by him, in a series of classes known as "The Unfolding Revelation of God" (UROG) to the members of an independent Pentecostal church he founded and pastored in the Seattle area, named Community Chapel and Bible Training Center. It existed from 1967 until 1988. The author and I were both members of that church in the 80's. During that time it had nearly 3000 members, as well as a thriving Christian school and Bible college.
Though I did not know Robert well, I do remember him from those days as being quiet and studious; he makes a good author and I'm glad to see he has succeeded in publishing a book. I've not seen him since that time because the Chapel, as it was known, collapsed in 1988 in a sordid sexual scandal involving the pastor, scattering the members in many different directions both geographically and theologically.
However, a lot of information remains available on the Web about the church and its theology (as one can find, if interested, by searching on the name "Community Chapel and Bible Training Center" with any Web search engine). Many of its ex-members remain fierce adherents of the "Oneness" beliefs they learned there, although, now lacking a central teaching authority, they've developed into several doctrinal branches and few can agree on precisely how far their present beliefs line up with the Chapel teaching on the nature of Christ anymore, even though the original tapes of the three-course Chapel Bible college class on UROG have been made available at an ex-Chapel Web site.
The essence of the original UROG teaching in relation to Jesus was the rejection of his pre-existence as "God the Son," because the Bible not only never uses that term but also says "God is one," and logic therefore dictates that three persons cannot exist in the Godhead. UROG claimed instead that the Son of God's existence began with his conception in the womb of Mary by God. Jesus' "nature of deity" was simply God, who began dwelling in him at that moment, united with him as no other man had ever been or ever would be. The Father and the Son were separate persons, but were a "person of deity" dwelling in perfect union in a "person of humanity."
This was meant to be a refinement of the traditional teaching of the United Pentecostal Church, which claims Jesus is the only person in the Godhead. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are, in UPC teaching, simply successive modes of existence for the single person in the Godhead, Jesus. That was the view that is often caricatured with the famous "God in a Bod" label. The question that always sinks this theology for thoughtful inquirers, and probably the question that also led Don Barnett to refine it into UROG theology, is "Well, then, to whom was Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane?" Don Barnett's answer was that Jesus, a person of humanity, was praying to the one God, the person of deity who not only dwelled inside of Jesus in perfect union with him but who remained omnipresent as well.
UROG teaching was also meant, of course, to be a corrective to historical, Trinitarian theology (that I myself, by the way, now hold to), which maintains that the Bible clearly teaches a distinction between three inseparable persons in the Godhead. In Trinitarian teaching, Jesus is one of these persons, the Son, who assumed human nature through union with a man from the moment of conception. Jesus is therefore one person with two natures; not a person who sometimes speaks and acts "as God" and other times "as man," but as one person who always speaks and acts from a truly united nature as both man and God.
However, a difficulty exists for ex-Chapelites who want to hold on to the original form of their doctrine - the doctrine they learned at the Chapel - because some other, very vocal ex-Chapelites, and even the founder of the Chapel, Don Barnett, have become convinced since the Chapel's demise that even the Chapel teaching was "too Trinitarian" in picturing a Jesus who had a dual nature of humanity and deity. They have perceived (correctly, I believe) that it in fact presented a Jesus who is not himself God by nature but who is only a man with God dwelling in him. Therefore they now explicitly say Jesus is not God and have rejected the "dual nature" doctrine.
After reading this book, I believe it represents a reaction against that development by a former Chapel member who is now an adherent of UPC theology. It is obvious he is very strongly upholding the original "dual nature" doctrine of the Chapel in which Jesus is said to be both fully man and fully God, consistently giving the reasons that it is because Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by God, and God dwells in him (and also consistently emphasizing Jesus could not be personally the Logos, the Son of God, who existed in the beginning with God and as God). But it also seems he is trying to reconcile this view of Jesus nature with traditional UPC doctrine, for he frequently makes references to God assuming "a body" (instead of "human nature"); he also makes statements like, "There is only one person of God and that is the person of Jesus Christ" (p. 110) that are strongly reminiscent of formal UPC doctrine. In general, I feel that the author's synthesis, like its UPC and UROG parents, fails to make an intelligible case out the Biblical statements on the subject.
The distillation of passionate faith, and traces a long journey of understanding through Christ Sep 13, 2006
After a spiritual quest for truth that led him to atheism, agnosticism, Sufism, and Judaism, author Robert Spearman embraced Jesus Christ in midlife, and devoted twenty-five years to the study of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. The God-Man presents Spearman's exploration of the seeming contradiction between multiple personalities in the Godhead and the divine nature of Lord Jesus Christ. The traditional trinity expresses God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and that Jesus Christ had two natures - fully God and fully Man - when he walked the earth. The God-Man explores the question as to whether these views are fully compatible, and whether multiple personalities in Godhead defy the concept of absolute deity in Christ. Spearman finds the answer in the book of Revelation, that the One we will see at the time of Resurrection is Jesus Christ, God revealed in bodily form. God-Man is the distillation of passionate faith, and traces a long journey of understanding through Christ, and the quest to understand and worship both His natures. A singularly visionary testimony.