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Let Me Tell You WHO GOD IS!
WHO is GOD?
Who is GOD? WOW. What a concept to try to wrap our human brains around! I’ve read all kinds of interpretations of the trinity and some of the scriptures cause confusion as to exactly how we are to interpret the entity of God Himself. People tend to humanize Him and have gone so far as to believe He is three separate persons. We imagine God the Father on the throne; His Son, Jesus Christ sitting at His right hand, and who knows where the Spirit of God sits? On His left? One doctrine actually believes all three have flesh and bone.
I'm sure you can perceive my frustration (the Spirit in me is frustrated), and thus the title of this hub, "Let me tell you WHO GOD IS". Let’s clear up the confusion. Before we proceed, I'd like to share that I am a saved "Gentile" and wrote this hub in January 2010. Recently, I came upon a Messianic Jewish website, AhavatYeshua and read their "statement of faith", confirming this teaching. I emailed them to ask if they would read this teaching and let me know if they felt I was off base in any way. They not only read it, but posted a link to this hub on their website! Praise God! I pray you will be enlightened and blessed beyond measure!!
GOD IS THE HOLY SPIRIT
First of all, the Bible tells us that God is [a] spirit:
John 4:24 (KJV) “God is a spirit [pneuma]: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
Now, beginning at creation, we read in Gen 1:2 “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Job 33:4 states, "The Spirit of God [El] has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life."
Throughout the Old Testament, God manifested His Spirit in the form of clouds by day and fire by night.
Ex 13:21-22 “And the LORD [Yehovah] went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”
Is 43:3 tells us that God is holy and is our Savior: "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
When the angel visited the Virgin Mary, she was told the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and she would be found with child of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost [pneuma: Spirit] shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Now, how can the Holy Spirit father the Son of God, if He is not God Himself? He is the power of God and is God, amen!
Mat 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost [pneuma: Spirit].”
GOD is Omnipresent
God is omnipresent. He is not limited to one place. He was both the Father and the Son (God coming to us in the flesh) and yet remained Spirit outside of the person of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus was both Son of Man and Son of God, and as a Man prayed to the Spirit, the Father.
What scripture proves to us He is both the Father and the Son? Is 9:6 "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
God's Spirit is omnipresent: Ps 139:7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
God as the Son: Phil 2:6-7 “Who, although He existed in the form [morphe] of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form [morphe] of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
GOD Speaks His WORD
Some assume Jesus received the Holy Spirit upon water baptism. Being born of the Spirit, He did not receive the Holy Spirit, for in Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead [theotés: Deity] bodily (Col 2:9). God, Who is the Holy Spirit, manifested Himself in a bright cloud and spoke, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased.” Jesus didn’t speak here; a voice from the heavens spoke.
Mat 17:5 “While he [John the Baptist] was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said [and as recorded in Mat 3:17 “a voice out of the heavens said”], ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased!’"
So, we also know Jesus is called the Word of God, Who was in the beginning with (actually 'pros' meaning to) God (elohim) and was God (John 1:1). Obviously, God spoke on His own and not through the Son when Jesus was baptized; so understand that Jesus was not God’s Son in the beginning, but His very Word.
Consider that when you plan to speak, you breathe. With that breath (pneuma) you speak. Likewise, the breath of God spoke His Word and created all things. 1 Cor 2:11 confirms "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God." The spirit of man is in him, as the Spirit of God is in Him (not next to 'par' Him)!!
John 1:3 “All things came into being through Him [His Word], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
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.”
The IMAGE of GOD in the SON
"Only begotten" means God did not physically birth any other offspring prior to or after His incarnation through the Virgin Mary. The first man was created from the earth; his wife was fashioned from his rib and his offspring came into being by the sexual union of man and wife from then on.
Now, we’ve identified that the Holy Spirit is God. We now have the Son of God (God with us), Who is actually the only human image of the invisible God.
Col 1:15 “Who [Christ Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.”
John 14:6-10 “Jesus said to him, 'I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.' Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”
FIRSTBORN of The SPIRIT
How can it be that Jesus is the "firstborn of every creature"? Jesus Christ was born of the Holy Spirit and the water of Mary's womb and is called the "last Adam" in that He is the firstborn of the NEW creation. 1 Cor 15:45 states, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." Look at John 3:5: “Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” Well, all men since Adam and Eve’s first son have been born of water (mother's womb). Mankind could not be born of the Spirit until he was made holy. The Holy Spirit of God cannot dwell in a "temple" (body) of sin. The Law of God is that sin leads to death. Jesus said in John 3 that in order to be saved, we must be "born again" = "born of the Spirit".
All mankind dies because of Adam and Eve’s sin. Our own death does not propitiate for our sin. We are unclean.
Is 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
God alone is holy. God came to us by His Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary to DIE FOR US. He shed His holy blood on the cross at Calvary to take away our sin! Acts 20:28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Likewise, Jesus Christ was the firstborn from the dead (as in bodily resurrection).
Col 1:18 “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”
Rev 1:5 “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—“
Who raised Jesus from the dead? Three persons did not accomplish this, but ONE. Now that you understand that Jesus is God in the flesh, Who is the Holy Spirit, the Bible does not contradict:
John 2:19-21 “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’…"He was speaking of the temple of His body.”
John 10:17 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again."
Acts 10:40 “God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible.”
Rom 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
BORN OF and ADOPTED by GOD
Based on Rom 8:11, how can the Spirit of God dwell in us? We know that Jesus was the firstborn of God and told us we must be born of the Spirit, too. Surely, Nicodemus did not understand this concept and asked if we must go back into our mother’s womb to be born again.
Why do we have to be born again? Aren’t we all God’s children because we are His creation? Yes and no. God predestined His sacrifice for our sin from the foundation of the world, in that anyone who believes in Him will be saved (Old and New Covenants). His salvation does not discriminate between persons. While we are His creation, the sin of Adam and Eve resulted in mankind's enslavement to the evil one, the devil. The devil thought he’d won and certainly didn’t know God's plan to make the WAY to adopt His creation back into His family (elohim).
1 Cor 2:8 “…none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua - YHVH Saves) are the children of the devil:
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.”
Mat 13:38 “The field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one.”
So, how do we know we are "sons of the kingdom"? We must acknowledge we are sinners in need of a Savior. We must believe God came in the flesh in His Son (God's image), Jesus Christ, Who gave His life to shed His holy blood for us. We must believe that He was raised from the dead and will likewise raise us. We are saved through faith in Him!
Rom 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord [Kurios - Greek for Yehovah], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1 Cor 12:3 "...no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord [Kurios - Yehovah],' except by the Holy Spirit."
Eph 2:8 “For by grace are you saved through faith”
Acts 2:38 “Peter said to them, ‘Repent [change your mind about the devil’s lies and believe in the salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ], and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Rom 8:15 “For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’"
Praise God! John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
GOD's Powerful RIGHT HAND
Understand that God came to us in the image of Jesus Christ, His Son. Earlier we read that the Spirit of God is also the POWER of God. The Bible tells us that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, indicating there are two persons; however, there is only one God.
What does “right hand” mean? Because God is Spirit, He does not have a visible body. In fact, the Bible tells us He is invisible. So, how can God have a literal “right hand”? This is representative of His power!
Let’s look at Ex 15:6 “Your right hand, O LORD [Yehovah], is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”
Ps 89:13 “You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.”
Heb 1:3 “And He [Jesus Christ] is the radiance of His [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Heb 1:8 “But of the Son He [God] says, 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.'”
Look at the alignment, the mocking of Jesus in Mat 27:29: “They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before Him in mockery and taunted, ‘Hail! King of the Jews!’”
"I WILL Come To YOU"
Thus far, we know that God always was; He is “I AM”. He came for a season, for a REASON. As the Son, once He fulfilled His purpose, He returned to His Spiritual state ~ except that now, He can indwell each of us who believe!
Remember Is 9:6? The Son is called "Wonderful Counselor"! Who is the Counselor, but the Spirit of God?
Jesus stated in John 15:26 “…that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds [comes forth] from the Father,” and yet in John 16:28 Jesus stated, “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to [pros] the Father." Then again in John 14:18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans [Fatherless]; I will come to you.”
Did you know that the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are one in the same? What is the Greek word for 'more of the same'? It is 'allos'. This word is used when Jesus said, "I will send you another [allos] Comforter" (John 14:16). The Greek word for 'another' as in 'different' is 'eteron'. As with the Son of Man, God is now both with us and in us, when we are born again. Likewise, we pray to Him as Jesus did.
In John 14:17 Jesus said, “…that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with [par] you and will be in you."
Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Truly, those who do not understand that the Holy Spirit is God and is Christ in us, they have the “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.”
Likewise, those who only acknowledge the Father without the Son do not have the Father!
1 John 2:23 “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”
Did you know that the Spirit of God, which is also the Spirit of Christ makes intercession for us? Are they separate? No.
Rom 8:9 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Rom 8:26-27 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Rom 8:34 “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the ‘right hand’ of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Heb 7:25 “Therefore He [Jesus Christ] is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He [Jesus Christ] always lives to make intercession for them.”
Enlightenment comes when we understand Jesus told His disciples in John 16:26 (pre-crucifixion), "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father."
Let's go one step further by observing the passage found in 1 Cor 15:24 "then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet." See, as long as man is flesh (sinful) he needs a Mediator, an intercessor. When all sin is abolished and the Enemy cast into the fire, the resurrected saints will no longer have need of a Mediator. God (elohim/theos) will be "all in all" (1 Cor 15:28), just as it was in the beginning before the fall. In the meantime, look at Col 3:10-11 "[you] have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him--a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is "all, and in all".
WHO GOD IS.
God is Spirit, Who came to us through the Virgin Mary as the only begotten Son of Man/Son (image) of God for the purpose of shedding His holy blood on the cross for our sin. While His flesh died, His Spirit never ceased to exist; and by His Spirit, His physical body was raised from the dead on the third day, the firstborn of the new creation.
Is 43:11 "I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me."
Is 45:21 "And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me."
When we believe this and allow His Spirit to save us, come into us and dwell in us and use us to spread the gospel for His glory, we KNOW we have eternal life. We are a new creation! The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are NOT three SEPARATE entities or persons, especially not of flesh and bone. He is ONE GOD. Isn’t this incredible?
While God is now in us by His Spirit, just as He indwelt Jesus Christ, we are not little 'gods' (divine by our OWN nature), but we are now in God (elohim) and He in us. We are still sinful flesh, saved by the holy blood of the Passover Lamb (Jesus Christ). One day the corruptible flesh will be separated from our saved soul/spirit. We will be resurrected with new, incorruptible bodies and live forever with and in our LORD God. Because of our faith in Him, we are adopted into His family now; Jesus Christ being the firstborn. And when we see our glorified Jesus, we will see the face of God! AMEN.
For more on the Identity of Christ, I invite you to read my hub Who Do You Say That I AM?
For more on the image of God, I invite you to read my hub God: Let Us Make Man In Our Image?
For a wonderful, Spirit-inspired parable to better explain God and His gospel, I invite you to read my hub The GOSPEL In A GLASS. Be blessed!
- THREE That Testify?
Have you read 1 John 5:7-8? This is what it says in the NAS, For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. Yet, if you read the same verses in the KJV we get a lot more: