Category Archives: Deity of Christ

War of the Worlds


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There is a war going on out there, OUTSIDE.  Bill O’Reilly calls it the “culture war,” and that is a factor. (Pun intended.)  But the war is HUGE, a matter of life and death.  It is a war for the souls of men.  It is a War of the Worlds.  The war is raging throughout the earth because the earth is the last battleground.   But this war has an ending, and we can know who wins. (Read Revelation)  The final battle  will determine the outcome, but the outcome has already been determined by the only One who can win.

 

For now, the two kingdoms are clashing.  But the “domain of darkness” will soon be overcome by the Kingdom of Light. (Col 1:12-13)  Light always forces out darkness.  God spoke, then light appeared.  This very God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Holy Bible, the ONE TRUE God whose name is YHWH, YAHshua, Jesus Christ,  He reigns now and forever!  His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom!  Jesus Christ is LORD!  Our prayer should be His prayer, “Thy Kingdom come!  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matt 6:10)  Sadly, the world is, for the most part, in rebellion to their Creator, the King of the Universe.  God’s will will be done on the earth. The Kingdom of Light, His dominion reigns!

 

 

THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT

The LORD, has defined His Kingdom as one “of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 14:17)  Sounds like a perfect place!  Do you anticipate heaven’s perfect reign on the earth?  Will you be a part of His righteous kingdom?  Will you enjoy its peace?  Will you enter it’s joy?

 

More to come….

FORTHRIGHT


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The Sky over the Little White Church

LORD, make us forthright!

Forthright: “going straight to the point”; “proceeding in a straight course”; archaic meaning: “a straight course or path” (definitions from the “Dictionary” app.)

I really like the archaic meaning of the word “forthright”: “a straight course or path”. Today I was quite forthright with the lady who came to my door to tell me about “another Jesus” and a “different gospel” (2 Cor 11:4). The Spirit came upon me and I was kind, but quite forthright about the forthright!

Maybe we like to beat around the bush too much. Perhaps we need to be more forthright. Did Jesus Christ ever beat around the bush? Yes, He spoke in parables but He was also very forthright! Because it is the TRUTH that sets the oppressed free! (John 8:32)

I’m going to pray for the Church to be forthright in all these implications:

THE POINT IS JESUS CHRIST!

1. (adj.) “going straight to the point” – The point is Jesus Christ! We must be FORTHRIGHT about WHO Jesus Christ is! He is Immanuel, “God with us”, Redeemer, Alpha & Omega, the Everlasting Father, the Mighty God! (Isa 9:6) If you’re preaching He is just an enlightened person or a great philosopher or a mere angel, or a man who became a god, you’re preaching “another Jesus”! You don’t know the real Jesus Christ! The Scriptures are plain that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh. (John 1:14) Any other concept is from the spirit of antichrist (1 John 2:22-23).

For further Scriptures on the Deity of Christ:

What’s in a Name?

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Revelation of Christ    (The Revelation names of the LORD in song)

PROCEEDING IN A STRAIGHT COURSE

2. (adj.) “proceeding in a straight course”. May the Church proceed in a straight course, keeping their focus on Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law** that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7)

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and you gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)

A STRAIGHT COURSE OR PATH

3. (noun; archaic) “a straight course or path”. God has given us the FORTHRIGHT. He has given us:

There is ONLY ONE WAY! Jesus Christ is the WAY, the FORTHRIGHT!

 

**NOTE ON “LAWS”

The Old Testament contained both “immutable laws” and a lot of “regulations”. These regulations regarded dietary restrictions and religious observations BUT have been specifically changed, superseded, and/or fulfilled in the New Testament.

Artwork by Carolyn Anne Venable (c) 2012

What’s In A Name?


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My precious granddaughter’s name is “Hephzibah”. It’s a beautiful name but it isn’t simple and it isn’t convenient. When people first hear it, they want it re-pronounced, spelt, and explained. But the meaning is lovely: “my delight is in her”. Would every child know that their parents delight in them! God placed this name in Scripture (Isaiah 62:1-5) to let the people of God, the Israel of God, the Church, the Bride of Christ know that God will call us by a “new name” which expresses His delight in us as we grow ever closer to our wonderful LORD!

Names hold great significance in the Scriptures. Reading through Genesis, one will find over and over passages that explain why a child was thusly named. We read that God even changed people’s names. He changed Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah, adding His own Hebrew letter in there, (the English ‘H’). What a daily reminder of the covenant God had made with them! He also renamed Jacob, “Israel” meaning “Prince of God”. (Gen 32:28)

It is most important to know the Almighty God’s name. “God” is not a name, it is what He is, Creator and Supreme Being. But God reveals His name so that we can be in relationship with Him. To Moses, He revealed His name to be YHWH, “I AM THAT I AM”, always existing, not having a beginning. (Exodus 3:14) Elsewhere it is shortened to YAH, “I AM”. (Isa 26:3-4) Other passages reveal this “YHWH” in many of His relational aspects through many covenant names, “YHWH who heals”, “I AM Shepherd”, “YHWH Shalom” and others. Each name reveals a characteristic of our Almighty Creator that He welcomes His people to know Him as. But within the very name “YHWH”, He reveals Himself as the Self-Existent One and LORD. In the King James version, this name is represented by “LORD”, all letters capitalized. (I don’t know why they just didn’t keep “YHWH”!)

God declares “I, YHWH, that is my name; and My glory I will not give to another…” (Isa 42:8) “I, even I, am YHWH and besides Me there is no Savior! (Isa 43:11)

Yet also in the Book of Isaiah is the wondrous revelation of God’s incarnation:

“For unto us a Child is born, a Son is given…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6)

That promised Child will be called “Jesus”  (“Yeshua” or “Yehoshua” in Hebrew)  meaning “Jehovah saved”. (Luke 1:31) This is the Promised Messiah, promised from the fall of man, to deliver man, to save him from sin, to redeem him from the curse, to bring him back into proper relationship with His Creator!

“Yeshua” or “Jesus” is the name that God has exalted to be “above every name”! (Philippians 2:9) If that verse means what it says, which I believe it does because God cannot lie, it means that the name of “Yeshua” (“Jesus” in English), is even above God’s other covenant names! Of course, you can’t know God as Shepherd, if He is not first your Savior. You can’t know God as SHALOM (Peace), if He is not first your Savior. And so Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father except through Me” for one must know the Almighty God first as the Savior Jesus Christ, and only then can we receive “the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15) If you don’t have a relationship with YAH the Savior, who sanctifies you, how can you come into the Presence of the Holy Father?

Jesus, during His earthly ministry, declared “Before Abraham was, I AM.” What a blasphemous statement for anyone to make, if it were not true. But it is the truth! God Himself came down to earth* and put on human flesh, to die the death due us for our sins. If you accept Him as “Yeshua”, as “Jehovah saves”, then you may know Him as His other names including “Emmanuel”, “God with us”.

This is the Good News: that God Himself descended to us as Yeshua the Messiah to lift us back up to Him! “And thus we shall always be with the Lord!” (1 Thes 4:17) HalleluYAH!

Call on the name above every name, knowing that His name reveals Him as both God and Lord! Call on the name of Yeshua! Call on the name of Jesus Christ!

PS: A “different” “Jesus” cannot save you! Only YHWH saves! If you think you can have salvation in a “Jesus” who is not also “YHWH” and LORD, you are misled! A self-proclaimed “church” that does not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ is not preaching the Good News, but another gospel which is really no good news and so a misnomer! (2 Cor 11:3-4) (Gal 1:6-7) (2 Cor 11:14)

* Nothing is too difficult for God! Do you not believe that God is omnipresent?

STRONG’S CONCORDANCE REFERENCES: “Jesus”  = Greek 2424 derived from Hebrew 3091 meaning “Jehovah saved”.   H3068 = Jehovah;  H3050 = contraction for H3068 = Yah = “iah” =”jah”.

Paul’s Epistle to the Romans


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I have to admit that often I skim over the salutations of the epistles to get to the “meat”.  But what precious nuggets are even in the greetings!  What an appetizer we have here!

Romans 1:1-4

A major doctrine of authentic* Christianity is that Jesus Christ was both human and divine, both man and God.  This is supported throughout Scriptures but here is yet another expression of this truth:

“concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David, according to the flesh and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness….”

Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, “God with us”!

* I make a distinction of “authentic” here because there are some cult-like denominations using (abusing?) the name of Christ that do not hold this standard foundational doctrine.  As the letter to the church of Sardi stated, “you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Rev 3:1)