Archive for January, 2012

Jesus = Creator

January 27, 2012

In recent messages, we’ve been noticing passages that directly and clearly say Jesus is God (Deity). Another way to prove the same thing is to notice passages teaching that Jesus was the Creator (along with God the Father). Read the following three verses along that line:

· Colossians 1:16 … his dear Son: … For by him were all things created, … all things were created by him, and for him

· Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (see also verse 10)

· John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (see also verse 10)

And this fact would explain why the pronouns for God in Genesis 1:26 are plural (“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …”), meaning in the beginning of time God the Father created the worlds through his Son Jesus Christ; they did it together.

Conclusion: Jesus is Deity, as only Deity could create the universe.

The Son Is Called God By The Father in Hebrews 1:8

January 20, 2012

Hebrews 1:8 reads “But unto the Son he (God the Father) saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever …”

· NKJV But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God is forever and ever …

· ASV but of the Son he saith, Thy throne O God

· NASV But of the Son He says, Thy Throne, O God

· NIV … about the Son he says, Your throne, O God

God the Father calls his Son God here, and where this is quoted from in Psalms 45:6. Notice also from this verse that the Son existed and is called God long before he was physically born to Mary.

Conclusive conclusion: Jesus is Deity.

Plurality In The One God

January 13, 2012

We’ve discussed previously how that Jesus is God (deity) even though he is not God the Father. Even the Old Testament taught a plurality in the one God. Notice the following passages:

· Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (plural) created the heaven and earth – the Hebrew word for God here is in the plural, indicating (from the very first verse in the Bible) that the one God is made up of more than one entity.

· Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness – Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, and John 1:3 teach that Jesus was involved in the creation, thereby showing Genesis 1:26 has to be talking about the Father and Jesus. Both then are deity.

· Genesis 3:22 the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us – again showing plurality in the one Godhead.

· Deuteronomy 6:4 The Lord our God (plural) is one Lord – the Hebrew word for “one” in this verse is “echad” meaning “united” (like “one flesh” in Genesis 2:24), not “yachid” which might have indicated absolutely one (as in “for an only son” in Jer 6:26).

Just like the yoke can be called egg and the white can be called egg, and there still only be one egg, the Father is called God (Heb 1:9) and the Son is called God (Heb 1:8), and there is still only one God.

Romans 1 Firmly Condemns Homosexuality

January 6, 2012

Romans 1:24,26-27 reads, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”

Since the following terms are used to refer to homosexuality in this passage, you would naturally think the passage is condemning such practice, wouldn’t you?:

• uncleanness

• dishonour

• vile

• change the natural use

• against nature

• leaving the natural use

• unseemly

• error

Homosexuality is condemned in this section of scripture along with: fornication, wickedness, murder, deceit, haters of God (verses 29-31). If a preacher denied that homosexuality in this passage is a sin, would he also deny that these other mentioned practices are sins?

Isn’t this an open and shut case?