For the next installment of the Oneness in… series, I will examine the book of Ecclesiastes. The book of Ecclesiastes is known as the Book of the Preacher, due to the title being the Greek work for our English word preacher. In its chapters, however, we find key evidence for God being one. Not a trinity of persons, but rather a single all powerful God who manifested Himself as a man for man’s redemption.
[Eccl 12:1 KJV] “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”
[Eccl 12:6–7 KJV] “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
In the twelfth chapter, Solomon makes some important observations. First, that Elohim is our Creator, and that our spirit will return to Elohim, or God who gave our spirit. Our spirit is the breath that was breathed into the clay formed by God in the 6th day, when he formed man of the dust of the ground.
[Eph 3:8–9 KJV] “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”
God created all things by Jesus Christ, even mankind.
[Col 1:12–19 KJV] “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”
Notice closely the words used by Paul, who was taught by the Sanhedrin member, Gamaliel I. …it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus) should all the fulness dwell… What Paul is saying is that Elohim, YHWH, God, the Father, the God of Abraham, chose to dwell in Jesus. God chose to limit His awesomeness in the body of Jesus. Think of the implications of this, that the all powerful, all knowing, all seeing God who formed man of the dust, and chose to breath life in Him, would chose to limit that power in the personage of human flesh, with all the limitations humans have, in the form of man, for our saving. He did it all for our salvation. There was no other God or person of God beside God when the Preacher (Solomon) said …remember thy Creator…
Solomon knew of only one God. Not a hydra god of three heads, or some convoluted god of three persons formed of one substance. That is a creation of man’s. It is not who God is. There is only one God, and He manifested Himself as the man, Christ Jesus, for our redemption.
The Preacher sums his book up by saying:
[Eccl 12:13–14 KJV] “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Fear God and keep his commandments… Note he did not say Fear God and keep their commandments, or Fear God and keep the Holy trinity’s commandments, or even fear God and keep the divine council’s commandments. No, just Fear God and keep his commandments.