"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The true God is the one, who has created the whole universe with everything that exists. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Those who have no omni-powers are not God. God is three persons in one Spirit. The persons are God, Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. God has created the soul of man in his image. So, he wants men to be holy and righteous.
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
We are going to study, who God is, and, how God created man. John 4:24 says God is a Spirit: that is, he is one Spirit. He is the only God according to Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 King 8:60, Mark 12:32 & 1 Corinthians 8:4. His Spirit has Omni-powers, so, he is Omnipotent, Omnipresent & omniscient. God is Omnipotent according to Job 42:2, Psalm 147:5 & Revelation 19:6, is Omnipresent a/c to Psalm 135:6, 139:7&8. God is omniscient according to Job 26:6, 34:21&22, Psalm 139:4. He can do any thing and nothing is impossible to him. God has created everything that exist. God is the beginning and the end, so he is eternal. God gives laws and controls everything including sun, planets, stars, tsunamis, volcanoes, storms, animals, fish, and they all obey him. God is awesome. Exodus 33:20 says no man can see God and live. But, a few preachers say that they have visited God. They are liars and God tells the truth. Hebrews 12:29 says God is consuming fire. But, people make gods and worship them, because they are ignorant of who God is. If a god does not have any one of the above attributes, he is not God.
God has soul and body according to Judges 10:16, Jeremiah 5:9&29, 9:9, Matthew 12:18, & Hebrews 10:38. A soul is a person. Bible says that the person of God is in mystery fellowship. Ephesians 3:9 says the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Here, this mystery fellowship is hid in God. If he has fellowship, there must be two or more persons in him. This mystery is even from the beginning. Nobody will know a mystery unless it is revealed. The verse says: God created all things by Jesus Christ: So the clue is, to begin the study with God, creation & Jesus Christ. Both Genesis and Gospel of John, have started with God, beginning & creation. So, let us study both.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Here, God, is 1 person. So, creation of heaven and the earth is by one Omni-power Spirit body of God. Verse 2 says the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. But nobody supposed to be there in the beginning, because God is the only one existed. How the Spirit of God was there with God? So, God, being one, and nobody else supposed to be there, we may assume that the Spirit of God is part of God. So, they were together as one. Verse 3 says God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Here, God tells Let there be light: and light appeared like magic. Who created the light? It was not the spirit of God. Ephesians 3:9 says... God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: So, God has used Jesus Christ, who was the Word, to create. So, God said it and the Word created it. The Bible refers the Word also as God. So, there are three persons in God and they are all God. In creation, same scenario continued. God was telling God the Word to create a/c to verses 6, 9, 14, 20 and 24. God the Word, has created them according to verses 7, 10, 16, 21 & 25.
Now let us study it from the gospel of John. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. That is, all things were created by 'God the Word,' who is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:9 also confirms the same thing. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This confirms that the Word, was also God and he was with God from the beginning. Vs 2, The same, was in the beginning with God. Here, the same, refers to the God in verse 1, that is Most High God and God the Word together as one, were in the beginning with God, that is with another God. Genesis 1:2 says, they were with the Spirit of God. So, the Spirit of God is referred as God in John 1:2. So, there were, God, Word of God, and the Spirit of God, altogether 3 persons did exist in One body of God, who is Omni-power Spirit and all are God. This is the mystery of God.
Most High God is the head among the three persons in God. He is also known as the Highest. He tells others what to do and they do it. The terms, 'the Most High' & 'the Highest,' are not the names of God, but the position or status. So also, the Father is not the name of God. It is relationship to Jesus and Jesus taught his disciples to call him Father. But, when the Jews call God as the Father, since they do not obey God, Jesus told them that their father is the devil in John 8:44. It applies to Christians also, who do not obey God. So, Father is not a name, but it is relationship between God and those who obey him. So, most high, highest, father are words we use to identify him. But they are not personal names given to him. So, he is just God. So, the OT names of the three persons in God are, God, the Word, and Spirit of God. In the NT, their names are, God, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.
Jehovah’s witnesses teach Christians that the name of the Most High God, is Jehovah. Christians believe it. But, a/c to scriptures, Jehovah is the name of 'God the Word.' If you like to know the verses write to me and I will send you the scriptures with details. At Psalms 83:18 name Jehovah is used as the most high over the earth, refers to the savior of the world, who is Lord Jesus Christ, who was the Word. But Jehovah's witnesses misinterpret this verse to teach that it is God the Father. But, God the Father is the Most High over the entire universe, but not just to the world. But Jesus Christ is most high to the world, the savior of the world and will judge the whole world.
God created all things by Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. God sent Jesus Christ to become a man according to Hebrews 10:4-9. God gave him authority to Judge according to John 5:22. God sent the Holy Ghost to be in charge of the spiritual nourishment of the church and to teach all truth according to John 14:26 & few other scriptures. God is the head of all. Jude 1:4 says the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. John 17:3 says this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. These verses say that God is the only God. They did not say this about Jesus Christ. So, God the Father, is the prominent person in God, and a personal name is not given to him. So the name of his soul is God and the name of his Spirit also is God. So, he is God. So the mystery could be that, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost share the body of God, who is the head of all. So, God, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, all have one common Spirit body. If we see God as a person, God is three persons. If we see God as Spirit, God is one Spirit. So God is 3 but 1. God is one of his kind in the entire universe. There is no other God, but him.
When I began to study this, it was hard to understand. Then, I think, that God gave me an example. It is this. When someone do a work, his brain, including his nerves which spread through his body, activates the work. His muscles are doing the work. His heart pumps blood through veins that spreads all over the body to enable the work. The job is done by all the three, but they are not three, but one person. If you pinch any part of his body, you will find, nerves, blood, and muscles. All three are there, but they are one. Here, God is the brain, he commands the work, Jesus Christ is muscles, he does the work, the Holy Ghost is the heart, he gives power. They do all things as one omni-power Spirit. 3 in 1.
But, this 3 in 1 has one exemption. God the Word has become a man, lived as a man for 34 years and then he became God again. When he was a man, there were only two persons in God. So, God was 2 in 1, at that tome only. But, when he has become God again, God is 3 in 1. One more important point that we have to notice. 'Spirit of God' is the name of a soul in God. He is inside the omni-power Spirit, who is the body. So, one spirit is soul and other Spirit is body. Christians get mixed up in this and in one more thing. The name 'holy spirit' is referred to the spirit of man, but not to the Holy Ghost. But, almost all Christians think that holy spirit is the Holy Ghost. No, he is not. The holy spirit is a part of man, but the Holy Ghost is God. If you doubt, verify with the scriptures. Not even in a single verse, the name holy spirit is referred to God or to the Holy Ghost, in the Bible. It is the fault of bible teachers. They all are totally ignorant, they all say holy spirit for the Holy Ghost. Let us correct it. Holy spirit is spirit of man.
Now, let us see about the creation of man. Genesis 1:26 God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: etc. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Verse 27 says, that God created man, in his own image, then it says, in the image of God, it appears as repetition, but it is not. In my language bible it is implied his own image refers to his exact image, and the image of God refers to just an image. Verse 26 says our image and our likeness, here, our image is actual and our likeness is just resemblance. So, God made one exact and the other resemblance. So, the soul of man is exact as his soul, the spirit of man resemble his Spirit. God's Spirit fills the space and shines like sun. Spirit of man is as a candle light. Since, the soul of man is exact as the soul of God, it can posses the attributes of God, that is holiness and righteousness. So, God tells man to be holy and righteous like him. The spirit of man, is not exact as God's Spirit. So, he does not have the attributes of God's Spirit. So, God did not tell man to create anything, as he did. There is one more thing in the creation of man. Verse 27 says in the end, male and female created he them. Genesis 2:7 says the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground. God is Spirit. He is not dust, neither male, nor female. So, the body of man is not in the, image or likeness, of God. It is from dust. The body has life because of the blood according to Genesis 9:4&5, Leviticus 17:11&14, and Deuteronomy 12:23. God housed the soul that he has created in his own image, inside the body from dust, and called it a man. Genesis 2:7 says, LORD God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. When God breathed the spirit of man or the holy spirit into him, he became a living soul. So, until man receives the holy spirit, man is spiritually dead, but he is physically alive. So, man is born as body and soul. When God quickens him, that is, when God gives him spirit, he is born again, born of the spirit, and becomes a living soul, with body, soul and spirit as in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. When this man dies, his body goes back to dust according to Genesis 3:19 & 1 Corinthians 15:50. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. This spirit is glorified and will come with Jesus Christ to receive his soul from rest, that is Abraham's bosom. He inherits heaven as son of God or as bride of Christ according to 1 John 3:2 with this glorified spirit as his new body. Now, this man will resemble Christ, with a soul and a glorified spirit body. If a man is not born again, he will not have the spirit. When he dies, his body goes to dust, his soul will be in hell, but not in rest. When Jesus Christ comes, having no spirit, his soul will be naked according to 2 Corinthians 5:3. He will be thrown into the lake of fire a/c to Rev 20:14. So, Jesus Christ says in John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. In verse 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. So, we must be born of the spirit, and walk according to the spirit, which is born of water, in order to go to heaven. Romans 8:9 says if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. So, if we do not have his spirit, we do not belong to Jesus Christ. Do you have the Spirit of Jesus Christ? If you don't have his spirit, and if you want it, will you obey God and become his son. Then if you ask him the spirit, he will give it to you a/c to Luke 11:13. Then, the spirit will become your glorified body on that day. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Will you see him? Will you be like him?
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