Word of Truth Ministries

         " The Doctrine of God "

                              Lesson I

A. Definitions

1. Monotheism ~ belief in One God

2. Atheism ~ denies existence of any God

3. Agnosticism ~ believes the existence of God is unknown and probably unknowable

4. Pantheism ~ believes God is nature or the natural forces of the universe

5. Polytheism ~ belief in more than one God                                    

a. Ditheism ~ belief in 2 Gods                                                                 

b. Tritheism ~ belief in 3 Gods

B. Christendom holds 4 different views about the nature of God

1. Trinitarianism ~ belief in 3 seperate, distinct "persons" in Godhead (Father,Son,Holy Ghost)

2. Binitarianism ~ belief in seperate, distinct "persons" in the Godhead (Father & Holy Ghost) & (Son). Still believe Father and Holy Ghost is a "person"

3. Monotheism ~ believes in one God but denies full deity of Jesus Christ

C. Trinitarianism ~ 2 groups

1. Believes in 3 "persons" in "unity". Has vague definition of this unity and normally states that man cannot comprehend the true nature of God.

2. Believes in the individuality of the 3 "persons" in the Godhead almost to the point of making them 3 seperate "gods".

D. Binitarianism

Believes Father and Holy Ghost are same person and Jesus a seperate "person".

E. Deuteronomy 6:4 Shem ~ Jewish statement of faith.

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

F. Old Testament

1. Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

2. 2Samuel 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

3. Psalms 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

4. Isaiah 43:3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

5. Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.                                                                                                      Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

6. 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.

7. Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

8. Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

9. Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

10. Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

11. Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

12. Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

13. Isaiah 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

14. Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Over 50 times in the Old Testament it calls Him the Holy One !

G. New Testament

1. Romans30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

2. 1Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

3. Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

4. Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

5. 1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

7. 1John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

8. Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Scripture Memorization

1. Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

2. 1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

                         Lesson II ~ Part I

                      " The Nature of God "

I. God is a Spirit ~ John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

a. Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

b. Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

c. Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live ?

II. Define Spirit ~

a. Webster: supernatural, rational being usually invisible but able to manifest itself to humans ~ having a non~material substance.

b. Hebrew ruwach: wind, breath, life, or being with no substantial physical nature.

c. Greek pneuma: breath, current of air, breeze, spirit, soul, angel, demon, or God.

d. Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

e. Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

f. John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

g. John 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle ? 

h. Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

i. 1Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

j. Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

k. 1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

l.  Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Note: Unless God chooses to manifest himself in some visible form, no man can ever see God !

III. God is Omnipresent (Every where present)

a. Mark 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

b. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

c. Acts 17:27-28 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

d. Psalms 139:7-13 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

e. What does it mean when the Bible says God came from or is in Heaven ?

f. When God comes to earth, is heaven then empty.

IV. Does God have a "Body" ? No, God is a spirit and spirits have no "Body".

A. Anthropomorphisms ~ interpretations of the non~human terms so the human can understand !

1. Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

2. Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest ?

3. Isaiah 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

4. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

5. Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

6. Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.                                               Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

7. Psalms 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

V. God is Omniscient (All~knowing) 

a. Psalms 139:1~6 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

b. Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

c. Act 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

d.1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

e. Like Omnipresence, Omniscience belongs to God !

VI. God is Omnipotent (All Powerful)

Question: How many can be All~Powerful ?   Answer: Only One ! 

a.Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Genesis 35:11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

b. Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

c. 1Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

d. Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

e. Job Chapters 38~41 God explains to Job He is Omnipotent ! Read for yourself ?

f. Self~imposed limitations:                                                                                                1.Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

2.Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:                                                                                                                     God can not lie or contradict His Word

VII. God is Eternal

a. Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.                                                                                                       

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.

1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God is Eternal, immortal, and everlasting

b. 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.                    

                                            Frist and Last

Question: How many can be frist and how many can be last ?             Answer: Only One !

VIII. God is Immutable (Unchanging)

a. Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

b.Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. God "repents" because men change their lives

c.Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Sometimes "repents" means it grieves God.

 

 

                           Lesson II ~ Part II

                                              Review

In lesson II ~ part I, we learned some facts about the nature of God ~ Let's name them.                                                                       

God is:

A. A Spirit ~ John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

B. InvisibleJohn 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

C. Omnipresent ~ Everywhere Present

D. Omniscient ~ All Knowing

E. Omnipotent ~ All Powerful

F. Eternal ~ Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

Eternity (Beginning to End) ~ 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.

Internal ~ 1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

G. Never Changing ~ Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Part II

I. God has individuality, personality, and rationality !

A. He has a WILL ~ Romans 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will ?

B. He has REASONING  ABILITY ~ Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

C. He has a SPIRIT ~ Romans 11:33-34 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! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor ?

D. He has HEART for we were created in His Image and we have EMOTIONS ~ Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

1. LOVE                                                                                                               

2. DELIGHT                                                                                                          

3. PITY or PASSION

4. HATRED of Sin

5. ZEAL for Righteousness

6. Slow to Anger, but can be Provoked ~ 

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.                                                                                                                

7. He can be GRIEVED ~                                                                     Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.                                                            8. He can be BLESSED

Psalms 103:1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

II. Moral attributes and qualities

A. God is LOVE1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

B. God is LIGHT ~ 1John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

C. God is HOLY ~ 1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

D. God is MERCY ~ Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

E. God is GENTILE ~ Psalms 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

F. God is RIGHTEOUS ~ Psalms 129:4 The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.

G. God is GOOD ~ Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ?

H. God is PERFECT ~ Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

I. God is JUSTIsaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

J. God is FAITHFUL1Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

K. God is TRUTHFULJohn 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

L. God is GRACE (GRACIOUS) ~ Psalms3:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 

Note: No human can fully comprehend God !                                                                                                         Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.                                                                                                           Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This is one reason God made Himself a body (Christ). He wanted to manifest (show forth) His nature, His Love, His Mercy, HIs long-suffering, His Power, His Forgiveness in a way that we humans could begin to comprehend Who and What God really is !

                            Lesson II ~ Part III

We must go by what scripture says. Not by popular religious belief (Denominations or Organized Religion).                    2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  Scripture:                                                                                                         John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

                              Theophanies

Definition: A manifestation or appearance of God to man.

 
According to McClintock and Strong: "God reveals himself only in Christ (Matt, xi, 27). The theophany is therefore more accurately defined as a Christophany, or an epiphany of God in Christ; and all nature is a storehouse of signs of the divine presence, which uniformly point to Christ (Rom. i, 20; Col. i, 16)" (Volume X, p. 333).
 
Application to this study:
The fact that Almighty God, the Spirit of God, Father of Jesus Christ, appeared to man is well documented in the Old Testament. On several occasions he temporarily clothed Himself in flesh during these appearances, or theophanies. The difference between the following theophanies and Jesus Christ, is that when the spirit of Almighty God became Jesus Christ it was no longer temporary, but He became a man until 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 shall be fulfilled.
 
I. God appears to Abraham
A. Genesis 17:1-4, 9-10, 15-16, 22
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, " I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers." 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 9 Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 15 God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her." 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.
B. Genesis 18:1-3, 10
The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3 He said, " If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 10 Then the LORD said, " I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
 
II. God wrestles with Jacob
Genesis 32:24-30
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, " I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 The man asked him, "What is your name ? " "Jacob," he answered. 28 Then the man said, " Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." 29 Jacob said, " Please tell me your name." But he replied, " Why do you ask my name ? " Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, " It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
 
III. God appears to Moses in the burning bush
Exodus 3:2-6
There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, " I will go over and see this strange sight-- why the bush does not burn up." 4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses ! Moses ! " And Moses said, " Here I am." 5 "Do not come any closer," God said. " Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." 6 Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
 
IV. The Commander of the army of the LORD appears to Joshua
Joshua 5:13-15
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, " Are you for us or for our enemies ? " 14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant ? " 15 The commander of the LORD's army replied, " Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
 
V. The presence of the LORD with the three children in fire
Daniel 3:22-25
The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire ? " They replied, " Certainly, O king." 25 He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.

                     Who Is Jesus Christ ?

When this question is personalized, it becomes the most important question one will ever be asked or answer.  Who is Jesus Christ to YOU ?  Jesus said, " I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10, NKJV).  In 1 John 5:11-13 we are told that if we have the son in our life we can KNOW that we have eternal life.  Jesus is the only way for us to live an abundant life here on earth, or receive eternal life in fellowship with God.  Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins so that we could be sinless in the eyes of God.  If we do not receive the free gift of eternal life by experiencing the forgiveness achieved by Jesus, then we will receive the punishment we so justly deserve.   Jesus must become the Lord of our lives.  Imagine your life as an automobile—Jesus must be behind the wheel of your life.  The verses below show the attributes of Jesus, but if he has not forgiven your sins, been invited into your life and involved in a personal relationship with you, there is little purpose in reading on.  

You can change your life at this very moment.  Admit your sin, repent of it before God.  Believe in the atonement of Jesus on the cross and receive the gift of eternal life which Jesus died to freely give you.  Invite Jesus into your life to live through you and thank him for doing so. 

If  you made this decision, please contact pastorkwpledger@gmail.com, we would like to hear from you. So, we may, continue studies in Christ Jesus with you.

                                                         He is God Almighty

Isaiah 9:6 -- For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 7:14 -- Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Prophecy).

Matthew 1:23-- "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-- which means, "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14 prophecy fulfilled).

Comment:
Jesus was declared to be the Mighty God and Everlasting Father long before he was ever conceived in the womb of Mary.  The  Everlasting Father became the child and son born in the manger.  Therefore Jesus truly is Immanuel, God with us.  Jesus is Almighty God become a man.

Isaiah 40:3 -- A voice of one calling: " In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God (Prophecy).

John 1:23--John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, " I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord'" (Isaiah 40:3 prophecy fulfilled).

Comment:
The word LORD, spelled with all capital letters is the name of God, Jehovah. In prophecy, John the baptist was to prepare the world to receive God  Almighty.  In reality, John prepared the world for Jesus, preaching the message of repentance.  John did not make a mistake, he knew that Jesus was Jehovah God joining the human race.

Isaiah 45:23 -- Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear (Prophecy).

Philippians 2:9-11 -- Prophecy fulfilled: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Isaiah 45:23 prophecy referring to Jesus).

Comment:
Isaiah 45:23 quotes God to say that " every knee will bow...every tongue will swear." In the previous verses God stated: "...there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me...there is no other."  In Philippians, Paul, a Pharisee, uses this same language to refer to Jesus. He understood scripture's description of God as a solitary spirit, a lone sovereign. He also knew that applying  this scripture to Jesus was the same as calling him the only true God. In essence, Paul was saying that Jesus was the only God and Savior, become a man.

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.

Isaiah 48:12--Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Revelation 22:13, 16-- I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Comment:
God declared through Isaiah that he was the " first and the last," but Jesus went further with his declaration by claiming to be the " Alpha and Omega, first and last, beginning and end." How many        " firsts and lasts " are there ?  The only accurate explanation is found in the fact that Jesus is Almighty God incarnate. 

Jesus is the image of the invisible God

Hebrews 1:3 -- The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:4 -- The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Colossians 1:15 -- He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Comment:
According to John 4:24, "God is spirit."  Luke 24:39 tells us "a spirit has no flesh or bone."  All scripture confirms that God, in the Old Testament, was invisible.  " No man has seen God " (John 1:18);  but Jesus is described as the "exact representation of God, the image of God, and the image of the invisible God."   The spirit of God that never permanently occupied a body or form before, took on the form of a man by becoming the person of Jesus Christ.  He was no longer invisible, untouchable, without form, now he dwelt among us.  Both God Almighty and man:  born in Bethlehem as Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to save us from our sin

Matthew 1:21 -- "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

John 1:29 -- The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 3:17 -- For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Hebrews 7:27 -- ...He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

I John 1:7 -- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

I John 3:5 -- But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

Comment:
The name of Jesus in New Testament Greek is "Iesous" (e-ay-soos').  The origin of Jesus' name is found in the Old Testament names "Joshua, Jehoshuah, or Jehoshua," pronounced Yehowshuwa` (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah); or Yehowshua. These names mean Jehovah-saved, Jehovah saves, Jehovah saviour. The name of Jesus was not decided upon in an arbitrary fashion as most children's names are.  Jesus' name was decided based upon his mission in life, and his mission was determined from the foundation of the world—He was to save us from our sins (Revelation 13:8) with one sacrifice for all time.The significance of the name of Jesus does not end with his mission in life. It is also found in the fact that Jesus is Jehovah. The one true God, who " stretched out the heavens alone, and spread out the earth by himself " (Isaiah 44:24), came to earth to save us by living as Jesus Christ.  " God did not send someone else to save the world...he came himself."

Jesus is the Son of God

Psalm 2:7 -- I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father (Also Hebrews 1:5).

Matthew 1:18 -- This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

John 3:16 -- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:28--...If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Matthew 3:17 -- And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Matt 26:63-64 -- But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."  "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.

Romans 1:4 -- ...and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Comment:
The sonship of Jesus was predetermined in the mind and plan of God from eternity, but he did not really exist until he was born in Bethlehem. When a homebuilder looks at blueprints of his future home, they see the plans for the bathroom and say, " There's the bathroom."  They can see it in their mind's eye, but it doesn't exist yet.  The plan of Jesus' birth, life, sacrifice, and death was similar. You might say, God had a blueprint of salvation that was so real to him he could see it as though it already existed. Romans 4:17 tells us " God...calls things that are not as though they were."  Psalm 2:7 (quoted above) in the KJV states "this day have I begotten thee." Jesus was God's son, his only son—he had a birthday which means there was a time when he did not exist. The spirit of God is eternal, without beginning or end.  Man is not eternal.  As a man, Jesus  had a beginning. The humanity of Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins at Calvary. The spirit of the risen Christ, humanity and divinity together will never end. Since the first Christmas day, Jesus will always be God, and God will always be man. 1 Corinthians 15:28 describes a time when " God will be all, and in all."  The sonship of Jesus as mediator to the human race will no longer be necessary when there is no more sin, no more death, no more sorrow. Jesus will always be God's only begotten son. 

Jesus is both the creator and descendant of David

Isaiah 11:1--A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Matthew 1:2-26--See this text for the lineage of Abraham to David, and David to Jesus.

Matthew 22:41-46--While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42"What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?"  42  "The son of David," they replied.  43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him `Lord'? For he says, 44"`The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." ' 45If then David calls him `Lord,' how can he be his son?" 46No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Romans 1:3 -- ...regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David....

Revelation 5:5
Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."

Revelation 22:16 -- "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."

Comment:
When Jesus declares he is the " Root and Offspring of David," he is exposing two facts:   (1) David is descended from Jesus and (2)  Jesus is descended from David. How can this be ? Jesus, the human, did not exist actually before David, but the spirit of God did. The "Root" is the Spirit of God. The Spirit that spoke the worlds into existence out of nothing. The same Spirit that selected David as king and then blessed his kingdom. It was that Spirit which overshadowed Mary to become the father of Jesus. The Spirit of God then took on the identity of Jesus, by living in him. Jesus' human ancestry is traced back to David and Abraham. His bloodline comes directly from God. Jesus is the Spirit of God from the Old Testament who became a man in the New Testament, thereby the " Root and Offspring of David."

He is the King of Kings and Lord of lords

Daniel 2:47--The king said to Daniel, "Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery."

1 Timothy 6:13-15--I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 17:14 -- They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Revelation 19:16--On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Comment:
Misunderstanding these scriptures leads to an inaccurate perception of God.  In any kingdom, there can only be one " King of kings." You may say, " That is true in a human kingdom, but it could work in a divine Kingdom." God Himself leaves no room for plurality within His sovereignty. He declares " I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself "(Isaiah 44:24). To create a doctrine to solve problems of scriptural interpretation only creates problems, not solutions. The question raised from these texts is:  How can the King of kings of the Old Testament be alone as God, and yet Jesus rightfully claims the same title in the New Testament ?  The answer is found in the fact that the King of the Old Testament is also King in the New Testament.   There is no division of power, no delegation of authority, no savior dispatched from heaven. God did not send someone else to save the world, He came Himself. God did not send a prince into the kingdom, the king put on the robe of a prince and came into the kingdom.You may ask, how can this be ?  Read on below.

Jesus’ Father, the Spirit of God, was living within him.

John 10:30 -- Jesus said, " I and the Father are one."

John 10:38 -- But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

John 14:8-10 -- Philip said, " Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus answered: " Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time ? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father' ? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me ? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

John 14:20 -- On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

2 Corinthians 5:19 -- ...God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (NKJ).

Colossians 1:19 -- For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him

Comment:
Have you ever asked yourself the question:  When Jesus prayed, who was he praying to ?  Why did Jesus seem to have such a subordinate role if he was God Almighty ? (After reading this, I encourage you to visit the Sir Isaac Watt's article "A Solemn Address to the Deity."                                                                  http://www.the-highway.com/tdfarchives/archive10.html  
He had very similar questions.) Jesus was born a male child of the human race. He required food, water, warmth, and nurturing to survive and flourish. Jesus became tired; he slept; he wept.  He was tempted in every aspect possible.The humanity of Jesus was as fragile and susceptible to failure as any other human being.  The difference between Jesus and us, is Jesus had total access to the Spirit of God living in him.  John the baptist described Jesus by saying: " For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit " (John 3:34).  It was the Spirit of God living in Jesus that gave him the power to do miracles, to know the thoughts of men, to be " God with us." The humanity of Jesus prayed to the Spirit of God in him for strength, insight, wisdom, knowledge, direction, and power. The Spirit in Jesus was no longer just a temporary manifestation of deity on earth. The humanity of Jesus was the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).  The flesh and blood was necessary for the propitiation of our sins (Romans 3:25, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10); for without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). The importance of Jesus being a man does not end there.  Jesus is also our advocate, defending us when we stand before God in judgment when the accuser attempts to steal us away from God (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25,1 John 2:1). The humanity of Jesus should encourage every downtrodden, brokenhearted, defeated individual because in Jesus, we have someone who understands what we are going through. Jesus will always be a man, but he won't always need to be a mediator, an atonement for sin, an intercessor. See above reference to 1 Corinthians 15:28 under "Jesus is the Son of God." God will always reside in Jesus, therefore Jesus will always be God.
 
Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost,
the Comforter

Isaiah 44:3--For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Isaiah 59:20-21--"The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the LORD.  21 "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD.

Joel 2:28-29--I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

Matthew 3:11 -- "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Mark 1:7-8 -- And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Luke 3:16--John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Luke 24:49--I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

John 1:33 -- I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 2:1-18--When the day of Pentecost came...All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them...Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd...this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Comment:
In the Old Testament, God was speaking when he promised the out pouring of the Holy Spirit.  Isaiah 59 uses the Hebrew Tetragrammaton for the proper name of God--LORD. Yet in the New Testament, there can be no controversy that Jesus will be the one who pours out the Holy Spirit. Jesus even refers to the promise of the Father in Luke 24:49 that he will pour out. When considered in perspective of Jesus being Jehovah God in the flesh, there is no conflict between the Old and New Testaments. Any other interpretation, requires the formulation of a doctrine to reconcile the Bible with itself. 

Jesus is the Holy Ghost / Comforter

Matthew 28:20--And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

John 14:16-18 -- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Romans 8:9-11--You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you

Comments:
One must exercise caution to remember that the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit, not a separate entity.  The words "Holy Spirit" are "pneuma hagion" in the Greek.  Translated it means "holy breath." It was the holy breath of God that hovered over the waters in creation (Genesis 1:2).That same holy breath of God overshadowed Mary, the mother of Jesus, and then lived in his son. The holy breath of God raised Jesus from the dead. The spirit of the risen Christ referred to in these verses is the same holy breath of God. Only now, the spirit has taken up permanent residence in a man. Jesus told his followers in John 14:18 "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you" (KJV). He identifies himself as the comforter, which is one and the same as the Holy Spirit. In Romans, Paul refers to the Spirit of God living in you, and in the next phrase emphasizes the importance of having the Spirit of Christ in you.  The connection should be simple. 

Jesus will be on the throne when we arrive in heaven.

Matthew 19:28--Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne...

Revelation 3:21--To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Revelation 4:2-3--...there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.

Revelation 7:17--For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.

Revelation 19:4--The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne.

Revelation 22:3-4--The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Comments:
According to the Bible, how many thrones are there in heaven ? It is clear by the constant use of the singular word throne, that there is only one throne. How many will be seated on the throne. Matthew refers to the Son of Man. Is that one ? When Jesus speaks in Revelation 3:21, he tells us the he will be seated with his Father. Is that two ? It must be understood that the Father and Jesus are one (John 10:30) because the Father lives in Jesus.There is one God, one savior, one Father, one LORD, one throne, one King of Kings and Lord of lords...Jesus.

Jesus is everything to us:  He is God, savior, mediator, propitiation for sin, advocate, and comforter.  Soon, he will be our rescuer, King and ruler.

                             Tetragrammaton

                                    LORD

(THE) LORD; KJV, "Jehovah" (je-ho'va; Heb. YHWH, LXX; usually ho Kurios). The name of God most frequently used in the Hebrew Scriptures but commonly represented-- we cannot say rendered-- in the KJV and NIV by LORD.
Pronunciation. The true pronunciation of this name, by which God was known to the Hebrews, has been entirely lost, the Jews themselves scrupulously avoiding every mention of it and substituting in its stead one or other of the words with whose proper vowel points it may happen to be written, usually the name Adonai. They continued to write YHWH, but read Adonai. Where God is called "My Lord Jehovah" (Heb. Adonai YHWH), Elohim was substituted to avoid the double Adonai. When the vowel points were added to the Heb. text the rule, in the case of words written but not read, was to attach to these words the vowels belonging to the words read in place of them. Thus they attached to YHWH the points of 'adonay; hence the form Yehowah and the name Yeh'v'h. The strong probability is that the name Jehovah was anciently pronounced Yahweh, like the Iabe of the Samaritans. This custom, which had its origin in reverence, and has almost degenerated into a superstition, was founded upon an erroneous rendering of <Lev. 24:16>, from which it was inferred that the mere utterance of the name constituted a capital offense. According to Jewish tradition, it was pronounced but once a year by the high priest on the Day of Atonement when he entered the Holy of Holies; but on this point there is some doubt.
For the LeClerc-Haupt-Albright view that Yahweh was originally a causative finite verb see Yahweh.
Import. The passage in <Exo. 3:14> seems to furnish designedly a clue to the meaning of the word. When Moses received his commission to be the deliverer of Israel, the Almighty, who appeared in the burning bush, communicated to him the name that he should give as the credentials of his mission: "God said unto Moses, I am that I am [Heb. 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh]: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I am hath sent me unto you" (KJV).
In both names 'ehyeh and YHWH, the root idea is that of underived existence. When it is said that God's name is He Is, simple being is not all that is affirmed. He is in a sense in which no other being is. He is, and the cause of His being is in Himself. He is because He is. But compare the etymology that Yahweh means "He causes to be"-- "He creates" (P. Haupt and W. F. Albright's view). See Yahweh.
When Made Known. The notice in <Exo. 6:3>, "By my name Jehovah was I not known to them" (KJV), does not imply that the patriarchs were completely ignorant of the existence or the use of the name. It simply means that previous to their deliverance from Egyptian bondage they had no experiential knowledge of such redemption. Under Moses they were to experience such deliverance and have the redemptive power of God made real to them and the redemptive name of God vouchsafed to them. Previously, as shepherds in Palestine, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had known God as El Shaddai ("the Almighty," <Gen. 17:1>, KJV), proving His power, but not in redemption as such.

                               Lesson IV ~ Part I

Colossians 2:6~10 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality.                                                                                                             

Review ~ Established Facts:

1. There is One God and He has One name.    

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

2. God is a SPIRIT !  

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

3. God is INVISIBLE, unless He chooses to manifest Himself !                                                                                            John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.                                                                                                    

1John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.                                                                                                

1Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.                                                                                          

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Having established these facts, we now will establish that Jesus IS God !

Old Testament

I. 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.

II. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel . 

Matthew 1:22~23 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.

III. Isaiah 11:1,10 and Revelation 22:16                                                                                                               Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:                                                                                                

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.                                                                                                    

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.                                                                                                         

He is the SON of David in the FLESH, and the ROOT of David in the SPIRIT !

Psalms 110:1 and Matthew 22:34-46 ~ Jesus is both the root and the branch of David !                                                                                                         Psalms 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.                                                                                     

Matthew 22:34~46 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law ? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool ? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son ? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

IV. Isaiah 35:4~6 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.                                                       

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

V. Isaiah 40:3 and Matthew 3:3

Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.                                                                

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

VI. Micah 5:2 and Matthew 2:1,3-6                                         

His going forth was from old, fromeverlasting !               

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.                                                 

Matthew 2:1~6 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Note:                                                                                                      2Corinthians 4:3~6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

New Testament

I. John 20:24-31 Thomas called Jesus LORD and God  

John 20:24~31 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

II. Acts 20:28 and I Peter 1:18-19                                             

Acts 20:28 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.                                                                                                

1Peter 1:18~19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

III. Titus 2:11-14                                                                           

Titus 2:11~14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

IV. Temple of God                                                                                  

1Corinthians 3:16~17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you ? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Ephesians 3:14~19 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.                                                                                         

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1Corinthians 6:19~20 What ? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own ? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.                                                                                         

2Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.                                                                                       

1Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things ?

V. Colossians states plainly that Jesus is God.

1. Image of invisible God ~                                            Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

2. He is Creator ~ 

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:           

John 1:1~3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

3. He is eternal ~  

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.                                                                   

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

4. He is head of church ~ 

Colossians 1:18 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.

5. He is preeminent ~  

Colossians 1:18 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.

6. All fullness of Godhead ~  

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

7. Reconciled us to God himself ~ 

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

8. In Him all treasures of wisdom and knowledge ~   

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

9. Our faith is in Him ~  Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

10. Walk in Him ~  

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

11. Rooted and built up in Him ~ 

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

12. All fullness of Godhead dwells in Him bodily ~  

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

13. We are complete in Him ~                                                       

Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

14. He is the head of all principality and power~   

Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The Old Testament and New Testament agree: Jesus Is God !

                         Lesson IV ~ Part II

John 1:1-3,14 and I John 5:7-8

I John 1:1 Word = Gr. LOGOS = thought or IDEA, like a builder having a house paln in his mind. Logos can also be used as the HOUSE after it is built. He has " fathered " the " idea " by building it !

A. Thu, logos or HOUSE, is not only the thought about a house, but the house itself ! The WORD became flesh !

B. John 1:1 The logos is the manifestation of the thoughts, idea's, abilities, and intentions of the builder and the Word is God manifest in the flesh !

C. God became Flesh ~                                                                              

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.                                                                                           

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.                                                                                                               

John 1:14 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.                                                                                 

1Timothy 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.

II. John 1:15 ~ John the Baptist said Jesus was BEFORE him, although Jesus was born (made flesh,manifested) 6 months after John.

III. John 1:29 ~ John calls Jesus the LAMB of GOD.

A. Peter stated in I Peter 1:18-20 that we are redeemed by the blood of CHRIST as a LAMB.                                                   

1.Ordained (thought or idea) before the foundation of the world                                                                                                                  

2. Manifest (made flesh) in these last times.

B. Revelation 13:8 says he was the LAMB slain from the foundation of the world. How ? In the mind of the creator !

C. I John 3:5 says Jesus was MANIFESTED to take away our sins.

D. I John 3:8 says the SON of GOD was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.

IV. John 3:14-17 and Numbers 21:5-9 ~ Serpent on A POLE was THE idea or plan to save Israel from the fiery SERPENT.

A. John 3:16 ~ The plan of God deliver us from the curse of flesh                                                                                                                                                 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

B. II Corinthians 5:17-19 ~ GOD was "in" Christ reconciling the world unto HIMSELF.

C. I John 5:7-8 God manifested as ~                                      

1John 5:7~8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

1. FATHER in CREATION !                                                                     

2. SON or WORD in redemption !                                                         

3. As Holy Ghost, the indwelling Spirit that empowers us to live for God.                                                                                                           

4. I John 5:8 ~ Three bear witness in earth ~                                   

a. Spirit = Holy Ghost                                                                             

b.Water = Baptism                                                                                       

c. Blood = Repentance                                                                                

D. Acts 2:38                                                                                                

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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