Who is God; who are false gods; whom do Christians worship; and how?
"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.
If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his
seed in us, and we will overcome all
sins. Please find the transcript of this
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.
Please find the transcript of this message below.
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Let us see who God is and what is he according to the bible. If your God does not meet the attributes of God in the bible, then your God is not God at all. "Numbers 23:19 God is not a man." So, if your god is a man, then he is not God. Almost all Hindu gods are human; and so, they are not gods. Jesus of Nazareth was also a man approved of God, according to Acts 2:22. "... Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, ..." And so, he was not God while he was a man, even though he did miracles. "John 4:24 God is a Spirit: Revelation 19:6 ... Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." So, if your God is not a Spirit, and if he does not have Omnipower, that is, if he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and if he has not created the world and heavens, then he is not God. So, only the one, who created all things is God. "Ecclesiastes 3:11 ... God maketh from the beginning to the end." So, not only he created in the beginning, but he keeps creating everything. "Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." God has existed even before the beginning and he will exist even after he will destroy all things including the world and the present heavens. He is the only one God and there is, and there will be no other God. This is according to the bible.
If we verify the definition of God with other gods, it will be proved that the God of Christians is the only true God, and all others are fake gods. The Bible says that God is a Spirit: This Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. If you like to refer to other scripture verses and details, please refer to this link: "Omni-Powers." Then, God has three Souls according to scripture. A soul is a person. So, God is 3 persons in one Spirit. These persons have different names. As his Spirit has power attributes, his souls have character attributes. However, God is God, because of his power attributes of his Spirit. Since the souls are in this Spirit, they are also God. If not for his Spirit, his souls will not be God. However, the Most High God, who is God the Father, is one with the omnipotent Spirit and he is not separable from the omnipotent Spirit. So, there is only one true God, who is the omnipotent everlasting Spirit. If you need more details, use this link: "God is the Only God."
Scripture gives caution not to worship the "another Jesus." False preachers will preach another Jesus through another gospel. And another Jesus, who is Satan, will give another spirit to lead us to eternal death. "2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." The true gospel says that we must present ourselves as a chaste virgin to Christ; that is, we must become holy and pure to be his bride. But another Jesus will invite us as his bride with all our sins, as you are without one plea. But, it will take us to hell. If you like to study details, please look at the link: "Another Jesus."
Jesus cautioned his people, about false preachers as false Christs. "Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Christ is the resurrected Son of God, who is in the Spirit. When he was a man, he was going to be Christ. When he died, he was made Christ as in Acts 2:36. "Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Only Jesus is Christ. However, since Christ is son of God, and we call God as our Father, preachers take advantage of it to claim intimacy with God as Father, and themselves as sons. Here Jesus refers them as false Christs and as false prophets. They are supposed to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, for salvation. But these preachers advertise themselves for prominence, fame, and money. Some of them have powers to show signs and to do miracles. They may even get power from Satan to deceive people. The only way Christ has come is, as in Acts 3:26. "Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." He is in the Spirit, fills himself throughout the world, nobody can see him, and he is omnipresent. If you like to study the details, please look at the link: "False Christs."
Christians are confused about who antichrists are. 1 John 2:18&19, "18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." So, there were many antichrists even in the first century. Verse 19 says that they went from one church, to start another church. But verse 22 says that they will deny that Jesus is Christ and deny the Father and the Son. They could be cults like "Jehovah Witnesses" and "Mormons." They call themselves Christians in order to deceive Christians. 1 John 4:3 and 2 John 1:7 say that antichrist will not admit that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. John 1:14 says "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." That is, God became a man. Christians do not deny that; and so, Christians are not antichrists. However, Satan is the spirit of antichrist. This spirit takes over the people in cults and makes them antichrists.
"Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;" These two scriptures say that neither God the Father, nor Jesus Christ, who made the world and all things therein, will dwell in churches or buildings, to be worshipped. Scripture also says that Satan will be worshipped in our churches (temples, worship places). Let us see the scripture. "2 Thessalonians 2:3 ... and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." Here it is not the sinning man, but the embodiment of sin itself, which is Satan, and he is the son of perdition, and he shows himself as Jesus Christ and receives the worship of Christians. Satan sits in Hindu temples and Muslim masques also. Despite the scriptures tells this very clearly, we worship in churches for the past thousand and more years by tradition; but not by following scripture. Buildings are to be used for fellowship and scripture studies; instead, we use them to worship. But Satan sits in the churches, showing himself that he is Jesus Christ. Christians worship him thinking that he is Jesus Christ. They do it by ignorance without knowing scriptures. If you like to study details, please look at the link: "Ignorance."
God is with his disciples, in their hearts of Truth. We just saw from Acts 7:48&49, and 17:24&25, that God will not be in church buildings to be worshipped. Then, if God is not in church buildings, where is he? "2 Corinthians 6:16 ... for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." His disciples are his temple and he dwells with his followers. Now, how do we worship God? Worship is to bend our knee and to surrender ourselves to God and to do his will. We may do it ceremonially and we may do it practically by our lives. Jesus explains the true worship in John 4:21-24. "John 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." That is, worship is not in a place, but in the spirit. We must be born of the spirit, our spirit must guide us into the Spirit of God, and we must submit to the truth of God, which is the will of God. This is worship. If we worship God this way, our sins will be purged according to Hebrews 10:2. It says,.. "the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins." Then we will be without sin and will be with God for ever in eternity to come in his kingdom. God is not in buildings. So, we must worship the true God in Spirit and in truth.
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