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Home – United Pentecostal Church International.The UPCI adheres to a “Oneness” concept of the Godhead, in contrast to traditional Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant understandings, which incorporate Trinitarian dogma. Hence, an understanding of Oneness is critical in any analysis of UPCI doctrine.

While Trinitarians say that there is one God in whom exist eternally three “persons” who each share co-equally one and the same divine essence or nature, Oneness teaching asserts that God is a singular spirit who is one , not three persons. “Father“, “Son” and “Holy Ghost” are merelytitles reflecting the different manifestations of the One True God in the universe. The Father and the Holy Ghost are one and the same,[3] says this doctrine; “Father” refers to God in parental relationship, while “Holy Ghost” refers to God in activity.[4] According to the UPCI’s understanding of the Godhead, these two titles do not reflect separate persons in the Godhead, but rather two different ways in which the one God reveals Himself to humanity.

According to the Oneness understanding, the “Son” did not exist in any form prior to the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth, other than in the foreknowledge of God.[5] In Jesus, God took on human flesh at a precise moment in time, while remaining fully and eternally God: “for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (John 1:1–14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9). Thus the Father is not the Son (this distinction is crucial), but is in the Son as the fullness of His divine nature (Colossians 2:9).[citation needed] For the UPCI, Jesus is the one true God manifested in flesh as evidenced by St. John Chapter 1:1–14. This refers to the Word being God (verse 1) and “the Word was made flesh” (verse 14). For this reason, it prefers “Son of God” to “God the Son”.

Although the UPCI belief in the union of the divine and human into one person in Christ is similar to the Chalcedonian formula, Chalcedonians disagree sharply with them over their opposition to Trinitarian dogma. Chalcedonians see Jesus Christ as one single person uniting “God the Son” (a being whose existence is denied in Oneness theology), the eternal second person of the traditional Trinity, with human nature. UPCI believers, on the other hand see Jesus as one single person uniting the Father Himself—the one and only true God—with human nature to form “the Son of God”.

The UPCI believes their conception of the Godhead is true to early Christianity’s strictmonotheism. The UPCI’s understanding of God is similar to Sabellian modalism, although it cannot be exactly characterized as such. It is thus the most serious difference between it and other Pentecostals and Evangelicals such as the Assemblies of God.

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