Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
There may be another Homer, there may be another Virgil, there may e another Dante, there may be another Milton, but there will never be another Jesus. Whatever surprises there may be in store for the world, Jesus will never be surpassed. He is the goal of all goodness, the summit of all thought, the crown of all character and the perfection of all beauty. He is the incarnation of all tenderness, the focalization of force, the manifestation of might, the personification of power, the concentration of character, the materialization of thought, and the living illustration of all truth. He is the prophecy of man’s possibility.”
“We behold Him, and in Him we see the realization of all human expectation: a leader greater than Moses, a priest greater than Aaron, a king greater than David, a commander greater then Joshua, a philosopher greater than Solomon and a prophet greater than Elijah. He walks like a man. He talks like God. His words are oracles, His acts miracles. The crown of divinity rests on His brow. The scepter of universal dominion clings to His hand, the eternities flash in His eyes. Eternal rectitude is written in His face; the smile of Jehovah transforms His countenance.”
“He is the express image of His father. Children cluster at his feet. Womanhood instinctively places the crown of purity on His brow. The winds obey Him. A glance from His eye and the crystal waters blush to amber wine. The dead forget themselves and live. The lame leap for joy. Ears which never heard thirst for the very sound of His voice and sightless eyes deny their past and open their drooping lids to the beauty of His presence. Pain, palsied at His touch, vanishes.”
“The name of Jesus stands alone. God has given Him a name which is above every name. No creed can contain Him, no catechism can expound Him, flesh of our flesh, very God of our very God. To be a Christian is to live in Christ. Unto Him be glory, dominion and power for ever and ever. Amen.” (Author Unknown)
- We believe there is only ONE God:
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
The New Testament declares that there is only ONE GOD:
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Do you know who is sitting on that throne? Do you know His name?
- He was and always will be ONE GOD:
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
- The name of Jesus tells us who Jesus is:
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
JESUS simply means “Jehovah is salvation”. Who saves us? Jesus saves us, Jehovah saves us.
- His name “Emmanuel” tells us who Jesus is:
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
- Jesus is called “the great God”
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Unless there are two Gods coming it is clear that our Saviour Jesus Christ is the great God which seems to be no surprise when we consider Isaiah 9:6 below.
Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:
Jude 14 …. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints
- Jesus is called “the mighty God, the everlasting Father”
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Is this just poetry, is it to be understood in a mystical sense or does the Bible mean what it says?
Re 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
But according to Isaiah 9:6 the everlasting father is the one we know as Jesus.
- Other Scriptures call Him God:
Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Ps 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Lu 20:42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Ac 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Matthew 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
- Thomas identified Jesus was God:
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
- He is called the “Lord God of the holy prophets”
Revelation 22: 6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
- The Scriptures declare Him to be the “Lord of glory”
1 Corinthians 2: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Who is the Lord of glory if not our God?
- God was manifest in the flesh:
1Titus 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
This can only be referring to Jesus Christ or do we believe this is theological poetry?
Of interest on this point I note that the antitype of this mystery is the mystery of iniquity:
2Thess 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of
The mystery of godliness is God becoming man. The mystery of iniquity is man becoming god.
- Who is the judge: God The Father or Jesus?
Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
John 5: 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
Apparently there is only one Judge and we do not need to guess what His name is!
- God was in the beginning and created all things:
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth:
John says the exact same thing as Genesis 1:1 but he calls God “the Word” (Note capital “W” for “Word, this is referring to deity):
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
A The Word is God (vs 1 )
B The Word created all things (vs 3)
C The Word became flesh (vs 14) – can only mean Jesus.
A = B = C. Jesus is God unless the math is wrong here.
Who spoke in the beginning?
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
According to John 1 it was Jesus who spoke in Genesis 1 “The Word was with God and the Word was God.”
- There is only one creator:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Colossians 1:16 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:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
- The Bible teaches only one owner of everything:
1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
John 17:10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you
- Jesus said He was “I am he” – He called Himself “I AM”.
Please ensure that you note that that the “he” is in italics in the KJV:
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Hang on a minute who did Jesus say he was? Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
John 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
John 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Ex 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
And now the Jawbreaker:
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
- The Jews understood Jesus was making the claim to be God:
John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
(Unless we believe there are two saving hands; Jesus equates His hand with the Father’s hand)
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Why do we not understand what was plainly evident to these Jewish leaders and why do some saints, like the Jews, get so angry when you say that Jesus is God?
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
So is LORD our Saviour or is Jesus our saviour or, perhaps is the LORD Jesus Himself? The LORD must be Jesus
- Did God die? God cannot die, but as a man Jesus Christ definitely did:
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
How do we reconcile the God/Man Jesus Christ? Answer: I have no idea! But just because we can’t reconcile it does not mean God can’t. Don’t forget the one who is the first and the last said He died:
Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
- God hath purchased with his own blood?
Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- God Himself was the lamb:
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Note that it is not “God will provide for himself a lamb” but “God will provide himself a lamb”. WOW!
- “Lo, this is our God”. Who could this be?
Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
“Lo” means look carefully.
“in that day” refers to the first advent of Christ.
“this is our God” refers to Jesus
“this is the LORD” which is the tetragrammaton and also refers to Jesus.
Isaiah 25:9 is an explicit reference to Jesus.
- Whose commandments are we required to keep?
Leviticus 22:31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the Lord.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Now Jesus said we are to keep “my commandments”. Jesus equates to LORD’s commandments as His own:
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
- There can be only one first and last:
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God
Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
- There can be only one true God:
Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king…
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
- There can be only one Lord of lords:
For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful’
- Who can provide an answer to Isaiah’s question?
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
The answer to this question is in Revelation 19:
Revelation 19: 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords
- The Bible speaks of only one Shepherd:
Psalm 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Ezekiel 34: 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
God said He was the Shepherd and that He personally would bring, feed, seek and deliver. Then Jesus said that He was that Shepherd and He personally did what He said he would to by the mouth of the prophets:
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Ps 23 = Ezekiel 34 = John 10 = 1 Peter 5 unless I can’t do my sums.
- The Bible speaks of only one Rock:
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Deuteronomy 32:4 = 1 Corinthians 10:4 unless I can’t do my sums.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever
- There is only one throne in Heaven that the Bible speaks of:
Acts 2: 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
- In whose name are we saved?
Acts 4: 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Scripture is clearly empathic – Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved, now note the following:
Romans 10: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
In Romans Paul is quoting from Joel:
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the *LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
*LORD – The Tetragrammaton, Jehovah, YHVH, I AM,
The name of the “LORD” is the name of Jesus.
- What does it mean to “sit on the right hand of God”?
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
I trust that you will know that the Bible speaks of only one throne in heaven or do we believe in three thrones (Father in the middle, Son of the Right and Holy Spirit on the left? Is it possible for the Holy Spirit to be on the left?).
As there is only one throne we must understand ”sit on the right hand of God” as carrying the thought that Jesus is now situated in the place and position of authority, that is what the right hand signifies.
- Jesus is not in the Godhead the Godhead is Jesus:
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily
Again Jesus is not in the Godhead the Godhead is Jesus. What Godhead ”bodily”- I think it is referring to the body of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
- Three in one or One manifested in three distinct offices?
Both are possibilities in my mind but which one makes more sense having regard to all the Scriptures including the Scriptures that present the plurality of God? The individual saint should make up his own mind.
- It is a definitive Scriptural requirement that a church leader hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience:
1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 ¶ Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14 ¶ These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Nowhere in the Scriptures do we find the matter taught of The Father as the First person, the Son as the Second Person and the Holy Spirit as the Third Person. I
We do not deny the Father or the Son or the Holy Ghost. We believe that the Scripture teaches that they are one and the same.
The way God has ordained it is that knowledge and revelation of His person is progressive in its unveiling to His people. We would be wrong to believe that we have Him all sorted:
- Revelation 10:7 But in the days ofthe voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mysteryof God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.