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MOST Christians Do Not BELIEVE Jesus.

HOW MANY IS GOD? – ACCORDING TO JESUS

According to Jesus, God is strictly one Person, not three. Christians who value Jesus as the supreme revealer of truth should consider his classic words, uttered in a final prayer. “You, Father, are the only one who is truly God” (John 17:3). He defined salvation as belief in that One and only true God, and in himself as the Messiah (John 17:3).

It is a serious hijacking of the words of Jesus if one adds to Jesus’ creed. For Jesus, his Father is “the one who alone is truly God, the only one who is truly God, the one true God” (see also John 5:44 and Mark 12:29).

Those utterances are more than clear. They are without a hint of ambiguity. Yet they have been abandoned by the church bearing the name of Jesus. The church has for centuries, since post-biblical times, defined God as three Persons. Jesus defined God as one Person, the Father. There is a very great difference. That difference calls for extensive rethinking and reform. We cannot risk fragmenting God. Jesus believed and taught strict unitary monotheism. He had never heard of the Trinity – or if he had he rejected it. So should his followers.

Centuries later, after church councils had invented iron-clad creeds and imposed them on the faithful, Augustine came face to face with Jesus’ definition of God as the “only one who is truly God.” What was he to do? The church by then had lost Jesus’ creed. It propagated everywhere belief that God was three Persons. That innocent sentence in John 17:3 stated that God was a single person, not three persons. Here is Augustine’s “solution.” He wrote: “The proper order of the words is:
‘that they may know You and Jesus Christ, the only true God’” (Homilies on John).

One can have the words of Jesus on this great issue or the words of the post-biblical creeds. It is hard to see how one can have both at the same time. Following Jesus means believing his teachings. Jesus’ teaching about how many Persons are the One God is really not difficult: You, Father, are the only true God.”
Jesus is the Lord Messiah (Luke 2:11; Ps. 110:1), the Son of God (Matt. 16:16), but not the One True God. The word “one” should be clear to all.

If anyone has any questions about this, let him consult the thousands upon thousands of singular personal pronouns used for God in the Bible. “I,” “Me,” “Mine,” “Myself,” “Thee,” “Thy,” “Thine,” “Thyself,” “He,” “Him,” “His,” “Himself.” All these words, as well as God’s proper name Yahweh, followed by singular verbs (6700 times), ought to convince the open-minded that God is one Person, not more. And monotheism – belief that God is one – is, according to Jesus, of critical importance (Mark 12:29).

Jesus, the Son of God, is the perfect human reflection of the One God, his Father. But he is not God. He is the sinless second Adam and the “prophet to be raised up from the house of Israel” (Deut. 18:15-18). Created and begotten in the womb of his mother under the power of God’s spirit, he is designated “Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The idea that he is “eternally begotten” not only has no recognizable meaning in language, but it is false to Scripture. “Eternal generation” contradicts the important biblical fact that the Son of God was begotten “today,” not in eternity (Ps. 2:7; …)

Blessings everyone

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LORD in the OT, Lord in the NT

I used to teach that Jesus being called Lord meant that he was YHWH the all caps LORD of the OT. I would take Paul’s conversion where he is encountered by the Lord in Acts 9 and say here Jesus identifies himself as YHWH. Paul as a Jew knowing God was one LORD, ask who are you Lord? And Jesus responds I am Jesus who you are persecuting. It all sounds good and seems like truth from the outside but it only seems that way because we were withholding information that would help us understand who Paul actually encountered.

1) All caps LORD in the OT is actually the name of God, YHVH …

2) Lord in the NT is Kyrios, It is not the name of God. The Term is used of someone of authority and used also for God depending on the Context.

So yes Paul asked who are you Lord, but not who are you YHVH?
He realized he had encountered someone of great power and authority. He did not believe it was God; considering he thought he was doing God a service and he was sure he knew God.
Rather he was asking who this person of great power was, well Jesus answers
“I am Jesus!” What a turning point for Paul considering he was persecuting all those who would preach or call upon that name.

The Bible tells us that after this glorious and powerful encounter he went about preaching Jesus is the Son of God, not YHVH (Acts 9:20).

The Bible tells us that Jesus is Lord but not that he is LORD meaning YHVH because
Acts 2:36 tells us that God (YHVH) MADE Jesus both Lord and Christ.
No one makes GOD ‘LORD’; nor does YHVH make another YHVH. For YHVH is One!

The clearest passages that show Jesus being called Lord does not mean he is
YHVH the Almighty are the greetings of the Apostles. They say
Blessed be the God and Father of our “Lord” Jesus the Anointed.

We can understand that Jesus although he is Lord he has a God over him. The theme of the New Testament comes from its most quoted Hebrew text…

Psalms 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD (YHWH) says to my lord (adoni, human Lord): “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

This same Jesus has God raised from the dead and made him both Lord and Christ!

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Regards Micah 5:2

“So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As I was reading today I noticed Matthew quotes from Micah 5:2 and he does not quote the entire verse. Now we know there were not chapter and verse divisions but I thought it was interesting where Matthew stops. Let’s look at Micah 5:2

““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.””
‭‭Micah‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It’s amazing to me that many will quote this verse today properly pointing it to Christ but they want to focus on the last phrase, “Whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting.” They do so trying to prove Jesus was somehow God. Yet Matthew feels no need to quote that part that is not his focus.

You see when it says “Whose goings forth are from Old, from everlasting”, It’s not trying to say the Shepherd is an eternal being. It’s telling us that this was God’s purpose and plan from everlasting, it’s good as done even though it had not yet been accomplished.
I believe the reason why Matthew does not say the last phrase is because the prophecy had been fulfilled in Christ, there was no need to make this statement of God’s predetermined will. Matthew was simply saying Jesus was that promised shepherd and Ruler based on his fulfillment of that prophecy.

If you must continue don’t just read verse 2 but continue on to see who this shepherd and Ruler is. It does not portray him as God himself but rather the servant of God.

“Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; Then the remnant of His brethren Shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of YHWH, In the majesty of the name of YHWH His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth;”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He (Jesus) will stand in the strength of YHWH and in the majesty of the name of YHWH 👉His God👈. My brothers and sisters let us take the prophets at their word and believe this is fulfilled in Christ. Christ is our ruler, however he rules in the strength and majesty of His God and our God, YHWH.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Regards 1 Timothy 3:16

A common example of wrestling scripture making it to say what it does not say is 1Timothy 3:16 (NASB):
By common confession, great is The mystery of **godliness**.
The KJV reads“God”, (NASB says “HE”)
who was revealed (manifest) in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.
Yet 1 Tim. 3:16 does not say Jesus is GOD
(the Father, or “God incarnate”, i.e. God became a man).
God “manifest in flesh” is the Father’s Godly NATURE, character and authority in a man, i.e. =>> “the mystery of godliness”.
This passage does not say God became flesh but “godliness” was “manifest in flesh“, literally meaning “made known in flesh” -in a man.
Godliness” is used NINE TIMES in 1Timothy, and the other eight are applied for believers to manifest, and does not make us God.
  • He was justified in the Spirit. God justifies, He needs no justification.
    Romans 8:33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies”
  • Seen of angels. What did angels see?
    John 1:51… you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending =>on the Son of Man.
  • Preached to the gentiles, believed on in the world.
    The message they gave was that Jesus was the Christ, the one promised by God,
    the Christ. And Christ is a “man approved by GOD” Peter told them in Acts 2:22
  • Received up into Glory.
    This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. Acts 1:11.
Thus only a few verses prior Paul said so clearly in 1Timothy 2:5 (NASB)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.
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WHO ARE YOU Lord?

God the Father said who Jesus is:

Matt 3:17… THE FATHER SAID IN A VOICE FROM HEAVEN ” This is my beloved Son ”

Those that had heard from him said:

  • Matthew 27:43 KJ21 He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, if He will have him. For he (Jesus) said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
  • NASB He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

When asked WHO He is AFTER His resurrection, Jesus said:

Acts 22:8

NASB And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’

When Saul met him on the road to Damascus,

Acts 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

When Paul testified to King Agrippa who Jesus is, he told him what Jesus said who Jesus is:

  • Acts 26:15 And I said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute.
  • NASB And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

John the Baptist said who Jesus is:

John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Nathanel said who Jesus is:

John 1:49 Nathanael answered, Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel.

Jesus said who Jesus is:

John 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, you blaspheme;

==>> because I said, I am the Son of God?

Martha said who Jesus is:

John 11:27 She said to him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

John said to believe who Jesus is:

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

The angel Gabriel said who Jesus is:

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born from you shall be called the Son of God.

His disciples in the storm-tossed boat said who Jesus is:

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth you are the Son of God.

Simon Peter said who Jesus is:

Mat. 16:6 And Simon Peter answered and said,
you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Paul said who Jesus is:

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,
that he is the Son of God.

The overcomers confess who Jesus is:

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes
that Jesus is the Son of God?

The glorified Christ says to the church who Jesus is:

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write;

These things says the Son of God,
who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass…

There are 48 instances where JESUS is “the Son of God”,
but there are ZERO instances of anyone, including Jesus, stating “Jesus is God”.

Shall we juxtapose with the things people teach and believe were never written in scripture? “purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump.”

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Things To Ponder – 1

Things I found in Scripture. You can ponder them.
  • Jesus called God the Father ” MY GOD” ==> 14 times.
  • and
  • He called God, “MY FATHER” ===> 40 times.
  • He said the Father was in heaven ===> 30 times.
  • He said the angels behold the FACE of His Father.
  • He said ” I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.”
and the apostles wrote 7 times:

THE God and Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ”

  • Romans 15:6 that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify **the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus** Christ.
  • 2 Cor 1:3 Blessed be **the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus** Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
  • 2 Cor 10:31 The God and Father OF the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for evermore knows that I lie not.
  • Eph 1:3 Blessed be **the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ**, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:
  • Eph 1:17 that **the God OF our Lord Jesus Christ**, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;
  • Colossians 1:3 We give thanks **to God the Father OF our Lord Jesus** Christ, praying always for you,
  • 1Peter 1:3 Blessed be **the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ** who according to his great mercy begot us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

“My God”:

  • Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, **MY GOD**, **MY GOD**, why hast thou forsaken me?
  • Mark 15:34 Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, **MY GOD** , **MY GOD**, why hast thou forsaken me?
  • John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them,
  • I ascend to MY FATHER and your Father, and **MY GOD** and your God.
    ((Where is the Father??)
  • Revelation 3:2 Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before ** MY GOD**.
  • Revelation 3:12 He that overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of
    **MY GOD**, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of **MY GOD**,
    and the name of the city of **MY GOD**, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from **MY GOD**, and mine own new name….
Jesus Christ, whom HE said is “a man”, and whom the apostles said He is “a man”, has God the Father (YHVH) as His God:

HIS GOD:

  • Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.
  • Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the Lord, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
  • Micah 5:4 And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the Lord, In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth.
  • Rev. 1: from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. to him that loves us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood; 6 and he made us a kingdom of priests ==>>> to his God and Father;