Honest to God

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 Honest to God

The “gospel truth” about who God is
]d'x,a h'wh.y .Wnyeh{l/a h'wh.y lea'r.fIy ][;m.v
Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad
Hear, O Israel, A
DONAI is our God, ADONAI is one.” (Deut. 6:4)

We believe in one, and only one, true and living God as declared in the Sh’ma (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 6:4), Who is Echad (one, a compound unity), an infinite and intelligent Spirit Who is the source of all being and meaning, and Who eternally, simultaneously, and distinctly exists as God the Father (Abba), God the Son (HaBen Yeshua), and God the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), one in essence and attributes, yet three in distinct Person, work, and purpose; each of Whom possess all the attributes of absolute Deity and is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, indivisible, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, personal, and perfect in wisdom, power, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, truth, mercy, and love (Yesha'yahu [Isaiah] 43:10-11; Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 48:16-17, B'resheet [Genesis] 1:1-2, Sh'mot [Exodus] 3:6, Mishle [Proverbs] 30:4, Ephesians 4:4-6).

We believe that Abba is all the fullness of HaShem invisible (Yochanan [John] 1:18); that HaBen is all the fullness of HaShem manifested (made visible in any form] (Yochanan [John] 1:14-18); and that Ruach HaKodesh is all the fullness of HaShem acting immediately upon the creature (1 Cor. 2:9-10). [1]

He is the Creator of heaven and earth, of all living beings, and of everything both visible and invisible (B'reshet [Genesis] 1:1-31, Colossians 1:15-17). Although He is limitless in power, authority, time, matter, and space, He has chosen, in His infinite wisdom, to reveal His nature to humanity in perceivable and comprehendible manners.

Scripture records God revealing Himself in the following manners:

   • as fire (when declaring the covenant with Avraham he passed between the two halves of the cow; B'resheet [Genesis] 15:17);

   • as the form of a man not born of a woman (when He approached Avraham with the two angels, B'resheet [Genesis] 18);

   • as a burning bush (when He spoke to Moshe, Sh'mot [Exodus] 3:2);

   • as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night leading Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness (Sh'mot [Exodus] 13:21-22); 

   • as Captain of the LORD's armies (Y'hoshua [Joshua] 5:13-15);

   • as a cloud of light and smoke that filled the Tabernacle (S'hmot [Exodus] 40:34-35) and the Temple (Yechezk'el [Ezekiel] 10-4; Revelation 15:8)

   • as the fourth Man in the furnace  (Daniel 3:25);

   • as the Angel of the LORD (see also Judges 13, especially Judges 13:21-22); 

   • as the promised Messiah being a Man made of flesh and born of a woman (Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 7:14, Galatians 4:4; John 1:1-3,14).

Although there are numerous examples of God revealing Himself to humanity in various ways and forms, of those ways and forms, He has chosen to refer to Himself in the following primary contexts: as the Father (HaAv), as the Son (HaBen) Y'shua, and as the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit/Breath). What makes these primary contexts important is not only the fact that God used these forms to reveal Himself to humanity, but in doing so, He refers to Himself in these primary contexts as the one and only true and living God.

Adonai and His Word are eternal. That is: He, His Word, and His Will has always been, and will always be, the same. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 1:1-3,14)

[1] Paraphrased from Boardman, cited in Great Doctrines of the Bible, by William Evans. Chicago: Moody Press, 1912, 1949, p. 28. [RETURN]

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