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Deuteronomy 6: “Thou shalt love the Lord   tecostals” and others, monotheists who
        thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy   embrace variations of the ancient heresy
        soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first   of “Sabellianism” – that God is one per-
        and great commandment” (Mat 22:37-38,   son who only appears in different forms.
        emphasis added, KJV). Moreover, He did   Beware the “ice-water-vapour” analogy!
        not stop there, continuing to say, “And   At the other end of the spectrum are those
        the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love   who believe in three (or in the case of
        thy neighbour as thyself. On these two   Mormons, more) separate Gods. Beware
        commandments hang all the law and the   the egg “shell-albumen-yolk” analogy!
        prophets” (Mat 22:39-40 KJV).        Indeed, not accepting the doctrine of the
          This expert handling of the Law master-  Trinity, Muslims accuse Christians of being
        fully introduces the second sense in which   tri-theists – believing in three gods, not
        we speak about the oneness of God. The   one. Somewhere in between are modern-
        Lord Jesus showed that the statement   day Arian equivalents, such as so-called
        that God is one must also be understood   “Jehovah’s  Witnesses,”  who  teach  the
        qualitatively. That is, it affirms the absolute   heresy that Christ is a lesser created deity.
        Indivisibility of God and describes the     However, as the Lord Jesus affirmed,
        perfect, harmonious consistency of all His   the truth of the oneness of God is not only
        person and works. By inference, to claim   inexhaustibly profound but intensely prac-
        love for God, as the Shema demanded,   tical. As the three persons of the Godhead
        while harbouring hard thoughts about my   are entirely one in holy will and purpose,
        neighbour is contrary to the unity of the   so are we to be one with them. Just as the
        Law. Highlighting that this is not only the   Godhead does not exist in fragmented
        “great” commandment but the “first” of   parts, so there is no room for hypocritical,
        a consistent series – part of a whole – the   compartmentalised inconsistency in the
        Lord affirmed that the Law is one because   life of a believer. Indeed, our relationships
        the Lawgiver is One.                 with each other must be characterised by
          This perfect consistency is all the more   the lowly, loving mind of Christ if our
        wonderful when we consider the bibli-  profession of love for God is to be more
        cal revelation that God is three distinct   than the hollow ring of hypocrisy.
        personalities existing as one harmonious   Finally, on the eve of His crucifixion, He
        Whole. That three are One in eternal es-  prayed for His disciples “… that they all
        sence, importance, will and purpose, yet   may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and
        absolutely distinct in person and function   I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
        is  clearly  implied,  often  affirmed,  but   that the world may believe that thou hast
        never explained in Scripture. It is truth to   sent me … that they may be made perfect
        be received by faith, to be enjoyed and to   in one; and that the world may know that
        build upon. Indeed, we must beware all at-  thou hast sent me, and hast loved them,
        tempts to explain or illustrate the mystery   as thou hast loved me” (Joh 17:21-23 KJV).
        of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy   In reality, the mutual love of the body of
        Spirit – as all are inevitably inadequate and   Christ is incontrovertible proof of our unity
        often lead to error.                 with Christ and His claim to be one with
          For example, at one end of the spectrum   the Father who sent Him.
        of error are those, such as “Oneness Pen-  Let’s live it out!

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