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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
existing early copies of it. The apostle John in his three
epistles and the Revelation speaks of "the Father, and
... Son"
(I
John 1:3), but never of "the Father and the
Word," except in this uninspired part of
I
John 5:7-8.
There was a real reason why the archdeceiver Satan
wanted that spurious verse added in the Latin Vulgate
from which it crept into the Authorized Version. The
Trinity doctrine completely does away with the gospel of
Jesus Christ. His gospel is the MESSAGE he brought man–
kind from God the Father, the good news of the coming
KINGDOM OF Goo! That is the ONE thing above all Satan
wants to defeat. This will become plain as we proceed.
One world-famous evangelist said: "When
I
first
began to study the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the
Trinity was one of the most complex problems
I
had to
encounter.
I
have never fully resolved it, for it contains
an aspect of mystery. Though
I
do not totally
understand it to this day,
I
accept it as a revelation of
God.... To explain and illustrate the Trinity is one of
the most difficult assignments to a Christian."
Much is also made of the fact that in a number of
places in modern translations the masculine pronoun
he
is carelessly used in connection with the Holy Spirit.
But not always-sometimes the Holy Spirit is referred
to as
it
in these very same translations. For example, in
the passage describing the first coming of the Holy
Spirit for the founding of the Church of God on that
memorable day of Pentecost.
Holy Spirit Poured Out
The Holy Spirit came from heaven, audibly, sounding
like a mighty wind, "and
it
[the Holy Spirit] filled all the
house where they were sitting." Next, the Holy Spirit
appeared-wAs
VISIBLY SEEN-manifested-"And there
appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and
it
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