An Easy Commandment
by Tony Alamo
Is it a hard thing for you to believe that JESUS, a MAN, was also GOD? Well, it isn’t hard for me to believe! People spend a great deal of time working crossword puzzles, yet they don’t spend any time at all searching the Scriptures to verify the things that GOD says so they may have immortality. Why? I guess that it seems too good to be true. The TRIUNE GOD is, according to HIS WORD, FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT. These three are one GOD.1
In the book of Genesis, these three, which are one GOD, said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness” (Genesis 1:26). This TRIUNE GOD wanted us to be in HIS likeness, like HIM in every way. For us to be like GOD in every way, the third part or person of the TRIUNE GOD would have to be living in us; we would have to be GOD’S living place!2 Because we are made out of dust, it would be impossible for us to be like GOD, unless HE HIMSELF, by HIS SPIRIT, was living in us. HE was in us, in the beginning. Since GOD created us out of the dust and put HIS SPIRIT so we could have HIS power in us, HE blew HIS eternal living breath into our nostrils and made us living souls, it only stands to reason that we should pay strict attention to what HE says. The ONE who did all this, the ONE who made us look like HIM, and for a short time be like Him—we even shared HIS LIFE, HIS BREATH, and HIS IMMORTALITY with HIM. We are mere dust. The ONE who then gave us an easy-to-keep command to obey, and if we wouldn’t obey HIM, HIS IMMORTALITY in us would immediately depart from us forever!
To obey HIS own WORD, which HE HIMSELF does, makes us like HIM, in HIS own likeness, just like HIM! To disobey HIS own WORD is not at all like HIM, because HE esteems HIS own WORD to be higher than HIS NAME!3 “THOU hast magnified THY WORD above all THY NAME” (Psalm 138:2). As a loving warning to Adam, HE said, “Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). In other words, HE said if you disobey HIM, HIS likeness, HIS ways, HIS Holiness, and our “having eternal life,” shall depart from you and you will positively die! The life-giving, eternal SPIRIT of GOD ALMIGHTY, will depart from you because of your sin (you don’t want to be like ME), you will die, and an eternity in Hell will be the place you die forever, and be forever!
“To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23). “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). This is such a simple command to obey! This is why it was so easy to obey! If people won’t obey something this easy, they will never keep any other command. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11).
It is the same thing today! The history of the man, the world, and the universe has been told by our CREATOR, so why don’t you silly savages, pieces of dust, believe the one who created you? Because you don’t believe HIM, now you have only temporal life. Everyone dies, just as GOD said we would.
The devil deceived Eve, and Revelation 12:9 tells us that he has deceived the whole world! “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
If GOD, in the beginning, was able to put HIMSELF, HIS likeness, in man by HIS SPIRIT, HIS LIFE, and HIS IMMORTALITY, why is it so hard for people to believe that HE could put HIS LIFE, HIS only begotten SON, in a virgin’s womb and be GOD in the FLESH (John 1:14), as well as the last Adam or second Adam? “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in CHRIST shall all be made alive…So it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [CHRIST] was made a quickening SPIRIT [a life-giving SPIRIT]” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45). 4 The first Adam failed GOD and all humanity, but the second Adam, or the last Adam, would not fail HIMSELF, the TRIUNE GOD, and would not and did not fail humanity—I mean all the humanity that believes the WORD of GOD!
The SPIRIT of GOD lived in JESUS, as it once lived in Adam, before Adam sinned. The HOLY SPIRIT lived in JESUS, but JESUS never sinned. Therefore, the LIFE of GOD is still in JESUS—in JESUS alone. JESUS is our LIFE, our eternal LIFE! “I am the WAY [to Heaven], the TRUTH [of LIFE], and the [eternal] LIFE. No man cometh unto the FATHER [can enter Heaven] but by ME” (John 14:6). “JESUS said…I am the RESURRECTION, and the LIFE: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
We are the BRIDE of CHRIST, but only if HIS LIFE by the HOLY SPIRIT is in us!5 We become one within HIM, the FATHER, the SON, the HOLY SPIRIT, and all of us who are HIS bride!6 We are the New Jerusalem, the BRIDE of CHRIST!7
Do you want to have eternal life in Heaven and to be a member of HIS BODY, HIS BRIDE, to be HIS image and likeness forever? If so, then say this easy prayer:
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
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If you want the world saved, as JESUS commands, then don’t rob GOD of HIS tithes and offerings. GOD said, “Will a man rob GOD? Yet ye have robbed ME. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed THEE? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed ME, even this whole nation [and this whole world]. Bring ye all the tithes [a ‘tithe’ is 10% of your gross income] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [Spiritual food] in MINE house [souls saved], and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of HOSTS, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of HOSTS. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of HOSTS” (Malachi 3:8-12).
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An Easy Commandment footnotes:
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
12. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5, Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:10-12 return
13. Deut. 4:29, 13:4, 26:16, Josh. 1:8, 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, James 1:22-25, Rev. 3:18 return