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Jesus ~ Yahweh ~ I AM…

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If we would allow ourselves to try to understand what our relationship with God was like before the fall of man, what would we see? If we could see that any change God made to reality as it was then, I think we would have to agree that such change would make God vulnerable, in that, he quite naturally accepts responsibility for all that occurs for the things he did. Therefore, when creating mankind God became, or more accurately, God made himself responsible for us—his creation. I believe this is one of the many things that John reveals to us in the Prologue to his Gospel (John 1:1-18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, seeing God

 

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No One Has Ever Seen God!

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The Prologue of John ends with verse-18 of the first chapter of his Gospel. This is his introduction to the life and ministry of Jesus our Savior. John says that no man has ever seen God, but if this is so, how can we conclude that Jesus is God, since so many in the first century CE have seen Jesus? Obviously, John is speaking in terms of God in his glorious form or spiritual essence (John 4:24). If this were not true, then how would we explain Abraham walking and speaking with God in the plain of Mamre (Genesis 18), or how would we explain Moses with God on Sinai? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Mercy and Truth Came to us by Jesus

What John has given us at this point is an entirely different worldview than was held either by Judaism or the pagan world. What Moses gave us was that there is a single cause for all that is. Polytheism believes there were many forces (gods) that collided and produced the world in which we live. In fact, mankind and our physical world are but a reflection of that of the gods. We don’t even belong to the real world, according to the worldview held by the great empires of the ancient world. Judaism alone taught “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and that he is the single cause of all that is. Because he is the single cause, it is possible to have a single Lawgiver who is in control of everything, and far from being a mere emanation of the gods, we are real, part of a real world and answerable to our Creator for what we do. This was the Law that came through Moses and the God he introduced to Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus—The Fullness of God!

From time to time I need to recall that it is not God’s intention to bless me specifically. In all actuality God, the Father doesn’t give me anything. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t mean to imply God doesn’t love us or intend to provide for us, but he doesn’t do anything specifically to or for anyone. He so loved the world—all of us in general—that he gave his only begotten Son, and there in lay all that we shall ever need from God! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus Existed Before John!

John was sent by God to identify Jesus and to prepare the way before him. The Scriptures seem to show John was to comfort the common people, encouraging them and lifting them up because they were oppressed. On the other hand he was to confront the oppressors, those who ruled the Jews and eventually this cost him his life. It seems the Jewish leadership had a bone of contention with John concerning his baptism (John 3:25), because his baptism of repentance probably seemed to them to compete with the ceremonial cleansing performed in the Temple according to the Law of Moses (cp. Luke 2:22). Immediately after the dispute with the Jewish leaders, John was cast into prison (cp. John 3:24; John 4:1-3), so it is very possible that it was through the Pharisees’ conspiring with the Herodians that John was arrested (cp. Mark 3:6; 12:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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God Was Manifest in the Flesh

I cannot leave John 1:14 with merely one posting. There is so much more here than is apparent with a mere reading of the words. Probably such should have to be the case, if one wished to claim that the Creator of the universe and all that is in it was coming into the world. How does one say that in an effective and clear manner? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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How Can Darkness Comprehend Light?

If the world, including God’s people, lived in darkness at the time of Jesus, how could God expect anyone to comprehend who Jesus really was? Is darkness able to comprehend light? Can both exist together? Reason alone would tell us that darkness exists where there is no light, and where light exists, there can be no darkness. This is a paradox. Is it not? History shows that men did believe Jesus, but not all. Nevertheless, how could any have believed in him, if the tools of understanding whereby we could recognize our Savior were taken away by a wrong worldview? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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The True Light Was Coming

John introduces the next section of his prologue by speaking of John the Baptist. He was the one sent by God to announce the coming of Jesus. The famine of the word of God lasted so long that when John began to speak of the coming of the Messiah, folks began to reason that John was the Messiah (John 1:19-20) or that Prophet who was to be like Moses (John 1:21, 25). Nevertheless, John confessed that he was no such person as these, but was sent by God to tell the truth and correct falsehood that would cause people to miss the coming of the Light (John 1:23). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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If One’s Light is Darkness…

If the Word is God, and God created the world and all that is in it, from whence comes evil? Did the Word / God create the evil we see in this world? No, he did not. Paul says that sin or evil entered into the world through man (Romans 5:12) and through sin came death, which was passed on to all mankind. In the second part of his prologue, John tells us that within the Word was life and this life was man’s light. That is the Word was the Light of the world. Notice the Scripture: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Is Jesus Truly God?

Perhaps John 1:1 is the most controversial verse in the entire Bible. It is particularly significant in the theology of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Biblical Unitarians. Not only so, it is of great interest to many who do not claim to be Christian. John’s Prologue is certainly a portion of Scripture that attracts the attention of many people, and for good reason. Its meaning gives definition to the Deity and presents a worldview that is inconsistent with all other worldviews. I recently offered a study on John’s Prologue, which can be found in the HERE . I wrote it with a bent toward answering the objections of the Biblical Unitarians. This time I wish to simply read through it for what I see there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 NASB  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (emphasis mine)

Herein is the climax of the preceding verses. The Word became flesh. In the Greek the verb became (G1096ginomai), is in the aorist middle tense. This means that the action is not continuous. That is to say, the Word was not continuously becoming flesh throughout Jesus’ life. It means that whatever the Word was became flesh once and for all. The aorist middle tense also represents the subject as acting upon himself, as in the case of Judas in Matthew 27:5, where he went out and hanged himself. In that verse hanged would be in the aorist middle tense, and Judas did this to himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

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Jesus said that, as long as he was in the world, he was the light of the world (John 9:5). In other words, the world was in darkness, but he was light in that darkness; he revealed truth in a world based upon falsehood. People don’t realize that as far as spiritual truth is concerned, the natural man is blind. Spiritual understanding does not come by reading a book or by being trained in a religious school. We are able to understand spiritual matters only because we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 2:9-11). This is done as Christ is revealed to us by our heavenly Father. Knowing this will help us understand the next few verses of John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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In Him Was Life

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There should be no question that John 1:4 continues to testify of the Word and who he is. At no point do these verses in John’s prologue refer to the Father except in his relation to the Word. All of the pronouns refer to the Word. It is important to see this, so I’ll quote the first four verses here,

John 1:1-4 EMTV  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  he was in the beginning with God.  (3)  All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be which has come to be.  (4)  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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All Things Were Made by Him

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Without the Word of God, nothing was brought into being. The Biblical Unitarian[1] (BU hereafter) argument says that nothing was brought into being without the plan, and all things were made through (dia G1223) the plan. If God had a plan, did he write it down and place it beside himself? Something similar to this would have to be true, for the Scriptures to even begin to support their argument in  John 1:1 where it says, the logos (plan) was with God. The argument in verse-3 is that nothing was created that was not brought into being through (dia G1223) this plan. So, is the plan inside the mind of God or is it placed beside God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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And the Word Was God

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, AND THE WORD WAS GOD” (John 1:1). This final clause in the first verse of John is the definitive point for the Word. It says very clearly that the Word was God. It is a point that traditional Christianity receives as literally true. Therefore, we understand this verse as saying that, in the beginning (of God’s creative acts), the Word was already existing. Moreover, the Word was with or toward God (the Father), and this Word was God indeed. The verbs in each of the clauses within this verse are the same. The verb is was, and in each case the verb is in the imperfect tense. This means that the activity of the Word was continually so. That is, the Word existed continually or already “in the beginning.” Likewise, the Word continually existed “with God,” and, finally, it was continually so that the Word was always God. In other words, as the NEB puts it in John 1:1, “what God (the Father) was, the Word was.” (Parenthesis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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