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God's Plan for this World and You

 

THE view of planet earth, seen from outer space, is very beautiful indeed. Confirmation of this has come from the astronauts who have gazed upon it. The earth is the fairest jewel in God's creation and it is the chosen place in the whole universe where He has promised to reveal His Kingdom in all its glory. That is why it is so beautiful.

 

The earth, of all the planets in the solar system, is the one that is perfectly suited to all forms of life and the one that orbits at exactly the right distance from the sun to provide comfortable conditions for the human race.

 

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WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Don't let this be you or your family!

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

Our Commitment to all True Bible Teaching Seekers is that all our teaching will be supported by consistent and clear Bible Passages.

 

The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

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The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.


Find out what the Bible is actually saying and where interpretation can go wrong.

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

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True Bible Teaching fundamental beliefs are:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)

 

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The OFFER of LIFE or DEATH

God's Offer of LIFE or DEATH

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

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. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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The Existence of God - What Does It Mean To YOU

"He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" In the BEGINNING GOD(Hebrews11:6). The object of this article is to help those who want to come to God, having first believed "that He is"; therefore we will not concern ourselves with the evidence that confirms faith in God's existence.

Examining the intricate structure of our bodies (cp. Psalms 139:14), the evident design in a flower, gazing up into the vastness of space on a clear night, these and countless other careful reflections on life surely make atheism incredible. To believe that there is no God surely requires more faith than to believe He exists. Without God there is no order, purpose or ultimate explanation in the universe, and this will therefore be reflected in the life of the atheist. Bearing this in mind, it is not surprising that the majority of human beings admit to a certain degree of belief in a God - even in societies where materialism is the prevailing 'god' of people's lives.

But there is a vast difference between having a vague notion that there is a higher power, and actually being certain of what He is offering in return for faithful service to Him. Hebrews11:6 makes this point; we

"must believe that (God) is

                  AND

that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him".

Much of the Bible is an account of the history of God's people Israel; time and again the point is made that their acceptance of God's existence was not matched by their faith in His promises.  They were told by their great leader Moses "know therefore...and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep  therefore his statutes, and his commandments" (Deuteronomy 4:39,40).

Thus the same point is made - an awareness within us that there is a God does not mean that we are automatically acceptable to God. If we seriously agree that we really do have a creator, we should "keep therefore his...commandments". It is the purpose of this series of studies to explain what these  commandments are and how to keep them.  As we search the Scriptures to do this, we will find that our faith in God's existence is strengthened:

"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

Likewise, Isaiah 43:9-12 shows how an understanding of God's prophecies about the future makes us know "that I am he" (Isaiah 43:13) - i.e.  that God's Name 'I am that I am' is perfectly true (Exodus 3:14).   The apostle Paul came to a town called Berea, now in Northern Greece.   As usual, he preached the gospel ('good news') of God; but instead of the people just accepting Paul's word for it, "they received the word (of God, not Paul) with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed" (Acts 17:11,12). Their belief was due to their open-minded, regular ("daily") and systematic ("those things") searching through the Bible. The gaining of a true faith was therefore not due to God suddenly making them have it by some kind of spiritual heart surgery, unrelated to God's word. So how can people of the world who walk into a Billy Graham crusade or Pentecostal revival meeting walk out again as 'believers'? How much daily searching of Scripture has gone on in these cases? This lack of a truly Bible-based faith doubtless accounts for the hollowness which many such 'converts' find in their later Christian experience, and why so many turn away from the evangelical movement.

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for your own systematic searching of Scripture, so that you too may "therefore" believe. The connection between hearing the true Gospel and having a true faith is often highlighted in the record of the Gospel's preaching:

-   "Many of the Corinthians hearing believed and were

    baptized" (Acts 18:8)

-   People "hear the word of the Gospel and believe" (Acts 15:7)

-   "So we preach, and so ye believed" (1 Corinthians 15:11)

-   The "seed" in the parable of the sower is the word of God (Luke8:11); whilst in that of the mustard tree it is faith (Luke17:6), seeing that faith comes from accepting "the word of faith" (Romans 10:8), "words of faith and good doctrine" (1 Timothy 4:6), into a heart that is open to belief in God and His word (Galatians 2:2 cp. Hebrews4:2)

-   The apostle John says of the written record of our Lord's life   that  "he  saith  true  (i.e. the  truth)  that  ye  might  believe" (John 19:35). And so God's word is called "truth" (John 17:17) that we might believe.

The personality of God

It is a majestic, glorious theme of the Bible that God is revealed as a real, tangible person, with a bodily existence.   It is also a fundamental tenet of Christianity that Jesus is the Son of God. If God is not a corporeal (bodily) being, then it is impossible for Him to have a son who was the "image of His person" (Hebrews1:3). Further, it becomes difficult to develop a personal, living relationship with 'God', if 'God' is just a concept in our mind, a wisp of spirit somewhere up in the emptiness of space. It is tragic that the majority of religions have this unreal, intangible conception of God.

God being so infinitely greater than us, it is understandable that many people's faith has balked at the clear promises that ultimately we will see God.   Israel lacked the faith to see God's "shape" (John  5:37), clearly showing that He does have a real form.   Such faith comes from knowing God and believing His word:

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).

"His (God's) servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name (God's name - Revelations 3:12) shall be in their foreheads" (Revelations 22:3,4).

Such a wonderful hope, if we truly believe it, will have a profound practical effect upon our lives:

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews12:14).

We should not swear, because "he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon" (Matthew 23:22).   This is nonsense if God is not a bodily being.

"We shall see him as he is (manifest in Christ).   And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:2,3).

In this life our understanding of the Heavenly Father is very incomplete, but we can look forward, through the tangled darkness of this life, to at last meeting Him. Our physical seeing of Him will doubtless be matched by our greater mental comprehension of Him.  Thus from the absolute depths of human suffering, Job could rejoice in the totally personal relationship with God which he would fully experience at the last day:

"Though after my skin (i.e. death) worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another" (Job 19:26,27).

And the apostle Paul cried out from another life of pain and turmoil:

"Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Old Testament Evidence

These promises of the New Testament build on a considerable Old Testament backdrop of evidence for a personal, corporeal God. It cannot be over stressed that it is fundamental to appreciate the nature of God if we are to have any true understanding of what Bible based religion is all about. The Old Testament consistently talks of God as a person; the person-to- person relationship with God of which both Old and New Testaments speak is unique to the true Christian hope. The following are strong arguments in favour of a personal, corporeal God:

- "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26). Thus man is made in the image and likeness of God, as manifested through the Angels.   James 3:9 speaks of "...men, which are made in the similitude of God."  These words cannot apply to man's mental image, because by nature our minds are totally distanced from God and in many ways fundamentally opposed to His righteousness: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8,9). Therefore the image and likeness which we share with God must be a physical image. Whenever Angels have been seen on earth they are described as having the form of men - e.g. Abraham entertained Angels unawares, thinking that they were ordinary men. Our creation in the image of God surely means that we can infer something about the real object of which we are but an image. Thus God, whom we reflect, is not something nebulous of which we cannot conceive.

- The Angels themselves are a reflection of God. Thus God could say of Moses ,"With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently...and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold" (Numbers 12:8). This is referring to Moses' instruction by an Angel which carried the name of the Lord (Exodus 23:20,21). If the Angel was the similitude of the Lord it follows that God is in the same form as the Angels - i.e. in human shape physically, although with an infinitely higher nature than flesh and blood. "The Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend" (Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:10). The Lord was manifested in His Angel, whose face and mouth reflected that of the Lord Himself.

- "He (God) knoweth our frame" (Psalms 103:14); He wishes us to conceive of Him as a personal being, a Father to whom we can relate. This would explain the many references to God's hands, arms, eyes etc. If God were a wisp of essence somewhere in the heavens - which has to be our conception of God if we reject His being personal - then these references are misleading and serve no teaching purpose.

- Descriptions of God's dwelling place clearly indicate that "God" has a personal location: "God is in Heaven" (Ecc.5:2); "He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from Heaven did the Lord behold the earth" (Psalms 102:19,20); "Hear Thou in Heaven Thy dwelling place" (1 Kings 8:39). Yet more specifically than this, we read that God has a "throne" (2 Chronicles 9:8; Psalms 11:4; Isaiah 6:1; 66:1). Such language is hard to apply to an undefined essence which exists somewhere in Heavenly realms.

God is spoken of as "coming down" when He manifests Himself.   This suggests a Heavenly location of God.   It is impossible to understand the idea of 'God manifestation' without appreciating the personal, bodily nature of God.

- Isaiah 45 is full of references by God to His personal involvement in the affairs of His people: "I am the Lord, and there is none else...I the Lord do all these things...I the Lord have created it. Woe unto him that striveth with his maker...I, even my hands have stretched out the heavens...look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth". This last sentence especially shows the personal existence of God - He desires men to look to Him, to conceive of His literal existence with the eye of faith.

- God is revealed to us as a forgiving God, who speaks words to men. Yet forgiveness  and  language can only come from a person:  they are mental acts. Thus David was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), showing that God has a mind (heart), which is capable of being replicated to some limited degree by man, although man by nature is not after God's heart. Passages like, "It repented the Lord that He had made man...and it grieved Him at his heart" (Genesis 6:6), reveal God as a feeling, conscious Being, rather than an abstract puff of Spirit in the atmosphere. This helps us to appreciate how we really can both please and displease Him, as a child can a natural father.

If  God Is Not Personal...

If God is not a real, personal being, then the concept of spirituality is hard to grapple with. If God is totally righteous but is not a material being, then we cannot really conceive of His righteousness manifested in human beings. Both apostate Christendom and Jewry have the notion that God's righteousness enters our lives through a nebulous 'holy Spirit' that somehow makes us into God's mental image, and acceptable to Him. Conversely, once we appreciate that there is a personal being called God, then we  can work on our characters, with His help and the influence of His word, to reflect the characteristics of God in our beings.

God's purpose is to reveal Himself in a multitude of glorified beings. His memorial name, Yahweh Elohim, indicates this ('He who shall be mighty ones', is an approximate translation).  If God is not a corporeal being, then the reward of the faithful is to have a non-physical existence like God. But the descriptions of the reward of the faithful in God's coming Kingdom on earth show that they will have a tangible, bodily existence, although no longer subject to the weaknesses of human nature. Job longed for the "latter day"  when  he would have a  resurrection  of his body  (Job 19:25-27); Abraham must be one of the "many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth (who) shall awake...to everlasting life" (Daniel 12:2) so that he can receive the promise of eternal inheritance of the land of Canaan, a physical location on this earth (Genesis 17:8). "Saints shall shout aloud for joy...let them sing aloud upon their beds...and execute judgment upon the heathen" (Psalms 132:16; 149:5,7). A failure by both Jew and Gentile to appreciate passages like these, as well as the fundamentally literal, physical import of the promises to Abraham, has led to the wrong notion of an "immortal soul" as the real form of human existence. Such an idea is totally devoid of Biblical support.     God is an immortal,  glorious being, and He is working out His purpose so that men and women might be called to live in His future Kingdom on this earth, to share His attributes, expressed in a bodily form.

The faithful are promised that they will inherit God's nature (2 Peter 1:4).   If God is not personal, then this means we will live eternally as immaterial spirits.   But this is not Bible teaching.   We will be given a body like that of Jesus (Philippians 3:21), and we know tht he will have a literal body in the Kingdom which will have hands, eyes and ears (Zechariah  13:6;  Isaiah 11:3).   The doctrine of the personality of God is therefore related to the Gospel of the Kingdom.

It should be evident that there can be no sensible concept of worship, religion or personal relationship with God until it is appreciated that God is personal, that we are in His image physically, albeit a very imperfect image, and need to develop His mental image so that we may take on the fulness of His physical image in the Kingdom of God. So much more sense and comfort can now be gained from the passages which speak of God as a loving Father, chastening us as a Father does his son (e.g. Deuteronomy 8:5). In the context of Christ's sufferings we read that, "It pleased the Lord to bruise Him" (Isaiah 53:10), although he "cried unto God: he heard my voice...and my cry came before him, even into his ears" (Psalms 18:6). God's promise to David of a seed who would be God's son required the miraculous birth of a human being; if God were not personal, He could not have had such a son.

A correct understanding of God is a key which opens up many other vital areas of Bible doctrine. But as one lie leads to another lie, so a false conception of God obscures the system of truth which the Scriptures offer.  If you have found this section convincing,  or even partly so, the question arises: 'Do you really know God?' We will now further explore Bible teaching about Him.

God's Name And Character

If there is a God, it is reasonable to think that He will have devised some means of telling us about Himself. We believe that the Bible is God's revelation to man, and that in it we see the character of God revealed. This is why the word of God is described as His "seed",  1 Peter 1:23) because if it reacts with our mind, a new creature is formed within us which has the characteristics of God (James 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore the more we apply ourselves to God's word and take the lessons to ourselves, the more we will become "conformed to the image of His son" (Romans 8:29) who was in character the perfect image of God (Colossians 1:15). In this lies the value of studying the historical parts of the Bible; they are full of case studies of how God has dealt with men and nations, always displaying the same basic characteristics.

In Hebrew a person's name often reflected their character and/or information about them. Some clear examples:

'Jesus'= 'Saviour' -  because "he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

'Abraham'= 'Father of a great multitude' - "for a father of many nations have I made thee" (Genesis 17:5)

'Eve'= 'Living' - "because she was the mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).

'Simeon'= 'hearing' -  "Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, He hath therefore given me this son" (Genesis 29:33).

In Jeremiah  48:17, knowing the people of Moab is paralleled with knowing the name of Moab.   The Psalms often parallel God Himself with His Name, His word and actions (Psalms  103:1;  105:1:  106:1,2,12,13).

It is therefore to be expected that God's names and titles will give us much information about Himself. Because there are so many aspects of God's character and purpose, He actually has more than one Name. A detailed study of the name of God is advisable after baptism; further appreciation of God's character as expressed in His name is something which should go on during all our life in the Lord. What follows is therefore very much an introduction.

When Moses wanted a deeper knowledge of God to strengthen his faith during a very traumatic period of his life, an Angel "proclaimed the name of the Lord: The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,  and abundant in  goodness and truth,  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty" (Exodus 34:5-7).

This is clear proof that the names of God comprehend His characteristics. His possession of them is proof that God is a personal being - it is nonsense to reason that a puff of spirit can have these traits of character which can also be developed in us humans.

God has chosen one particular name by which He would like to be known and remembered by His people; it is a summary, an epitome, of His purpose with men.

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt, and needed to be reminded of God's purpose with them. Moses was told to tell them God's Name, so that this would help motivate them to leave Egypt and start the journey towards the promised land (cp. 1 Corinthians 10:1). We too need to understand the basic principles concerning God's Name before we are baptized and start our journey towards God's Kingdom.

God told Israel that His Name was YAHWEH, meaning "I am that I am" or, more correctly translated, 'I will be who I will be' (Exodus 3:13-15). This name was then slightly extended: "God said moreover (i.e. in addition) unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD (Yahweh) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob...this is My name for ever, and my memorial to all generations" (Exodus 3:15).

God's full name is therefore "The LORD God".

The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, and our English translation inevitably misses out a lot of detail when it comes to translating the Hebrew words for 'God'. One of the common Hebrew words translated 'God' is 'Elohim', meaning 'mighty ones'. God's "memorial", the Name by which He wants us to remember Him, is therefore

YAHWEH ELOHIM

meaning

HE WHO WILL BE REVEALED IN A GROUP OF MIGHTY ONES.

It is therefore God's purpose to reveal His character and His essential being in a large group of people. By obedience to His word we can develop some of God's characteristics in ourselves now, so that in a very limited sense God is revealing Himself in the true believers in this life. But God's Name is a prophecy of the time to come when the earth will be filled with people who are like Him, both in character and by nature (cp. 2 Peter 1:4). If we wish to be associated with the purpose of God and to become like God to die no more, living for ever in complete moral perfection, then we must associate ourselves with His Name. The way to do this is to be baptized into the Name - i.e. Yahweh Elohim (Matthew 28:19). This also makes us the descendants ("seed") of Abraham (Galatians 3:27-29) who were promised the eternal inheritance of the earth (Genesis 17:8; Romans 4:13) - the group of 'mighty ones' ('Elohim') in whom the prophecy of God's Name will be fulfilled.

The Angels

All that we have considered so far in this article is brought together by a consideration of the Angels:

- physical, personal beings

- carrying God's Name

- channels through which God's Spirit works to execute His will

- in accordance with His character and purpose

- and thereby manifesting Him.

One of the most common Hebrew words translated 'God' is 'Elohim', which really means 'mighty ones'; these 'mighty ones' who carry God's Name can effectively be called 'God' because of their close association with Him. These beings are the Angels.

The record of the creation of the world in Genesis 1 tells us that God spoke certain commands concerning creation, "and it was done". It was the Angels who carried out these commands:

"Angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word" (Psalms 103:20).

It is therefore reasonable to assume that when we read of 'God' creating the world, this work was actually performed by the Angels. Job 38:4-7 hints this way too. Now is a good time to summarize the events of the creation as recorded in Genesis 1:

Day 1  "God said, Let there  be light: and there was light" (v.3)

Day 2  "God said, Let there be a firmament (sky, expanse) in the midst of

             the waters, and let it divide the waters (on the earth) from the

             waters (in the clouds)...and it was so" (v.6,7)

Day 3  "God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together

            (forming seas and oceans)...and let the dry land appear; and it was

            so" (v.9)

Day 4  "God said, Let there be lights...in heaven...and it was so" (v.14,15)

Day 5  "God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving

            creature...and fowl that may fly...and God created every living

            creature" (v.20,21) - i.e. "it was so"

Day 6  "God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature...cattle, and

            creeping thing...and it was so" (v.24).

Man was created on that same sixth day. "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26).  For the present, we want to note that "God" here is not just referring to God Himself in person - "Let us make man" shows that 'God' is referring to more than one  person. The Hebrew word translated 'God' here is 'Elohim', meaning 'Mighty Ones', with reference to the Angels. The fact that the Angels created us in their image means that they have the same bodily appearance as we have. They are therefore very real, tangible, corporeal beings, sharing the same nature as God.

'Nature' in this sense refers to what someone is fundamentally like by reason of their physical structure.   In the Bible there are two 'natures'; by the very meaning of the word it is not possible to have both these natures simultaneously.

God's Nature ('Divine nature')

Cannot sin (perfect) (Romans 9:14; 6:23 cp. Psalms 90:2; Matthew 5:48; James 1:13)

Cannot die, i.e. immortal (1 Timothy 6:16)

Full of power and energy (Isaiah 40:28).

This is the nature of God and the Angels, and which was given to Jesus  after his resurrection (Acts 13:34; Revelations 1:18; Hebrews1:3). This is the nature which we are promised (Luke 20:35,36; 2 Peter 1:4; Isaiah 40:28 cp.v 31).

Human nature

Tempted to sin (James 1:13-15) by a corrupt natural mind (Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23)

Doomed to death, i.e. mortal (Romans 5:12,17; 1 Corinthians 15:22)

Of very limited strength, both physically (Isaiah 40:30) and mentally (Jeremiah 10:23).

This is the nature which all men, good and bad, now possess. The end of that nature is death (Romans 6:23). It was the nature which Jesus had during his mortal life (Hebrews 2:14-18; Romans 8:3; John 2:25; Mark 10:18).

It is unfortunate that the English word 'nature' is rather vague: we can use it in a sentence like 'John is of a generous nature - it just isn't in his nature to be  mean;  but he can be  rather proud of his car,  which is  just human nature, I suppose'. This is not how we will be using the word 'nature' in these studies.

Angelic Appearances

The Angels being of God's nature, they must be sinless and therefore unable to die - seeing that sin brings death (Romans 6:23). They must have a literal, physical form of existence. It is for this reason that when Angels have appeared on earth they have looked like ordinary men:

- Angels came to Abraham to speak God's words to him; they are described as "three men", whom Abraham initially treated as human beings, since that was their appearance: "Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree" (Genesis 18:4)

- Two of those Angels then went to Lot in the city of Sodom. Again, they were recognized only as men by both Lot and the people of Sodom. "There came two Angels to Sodom", whom Lot invited to spend the night with him. But the men of Sodom came to his house, asking in a threatening way "Where are the men which came in to thee this night?". Lot pleaded, "Unto these men do nothing". The inspired record also calls them "men": "The men (Angels) put forth their hand" and rescued Lot; "And the men said unto Lot...The Lord hath sent us to destroy" Sodom (Genesis 19:1,5,8, 10,12, 13).

- The New Testament comment on these incidents confirms that Angels are in the form of men: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for some (e.g. Abraham and Lot) have entertained Angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:2).

- Jacob wrestled all night with a strange man (Genesis 32:24), which we are later told was an Angel (Hosea 12:4).

- Two men in shining white clothes were present at the resurrection (Luke 24:4) and ascension (Acts 1:10) of Jesus. These were clearly Angels.

- Consider the implications of "the measure of a man, that is, of the Angel" (Revelations 21:17).

Angels Do Not Sin

The Angels being of God's nature, they cannot die. Seeing that sin brings death, it follows therefore that they  cannot sin. The original Greek and Hebrew words translated 'Angel' mean 'messenger'; the Angels are the messengers or servants of God, obedient to Him, therefore it is impossible to think of them as being sinful. Thus the Greek word 'aggelos' which is translated 'Angels' is also translated 'messengers' when speaking of human beings - e.g. John the baptist (Matthew 11:10) and his messengers (Luke 7:24); the messengers of Jesus (Luke 9:52) and the men who spied out Jericho (James 2:25). It is, of course, possible that 'angels' in the sense of human messengers can sin.

The following passages clearly show that all the Angels (not just some of them!) are by nature obedient to God, and therefore cannot sin:

"The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all ( i.e. there can be no rebellion against God in Heaven). Bless the Lord, ye His Angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do his pleasure" (Psalms 103:19-21).

"Praise him, all his Angels...his hosts" (Psalms 148:2)

"The angels...are they not  all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them (the believers) who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:13,14).

The repetition of the word "all" shows that the Angels are not divided into two groups, one good and the other sinful. The importance of clearly understanding the nature of the Angels is that the reward of the faithful is to share their nature: "They which shall be accounted worthy...neither marry...neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the Angels" (Luke 20:35,36). This is a vital point to grasp.  Angels cannot die:  "Death...does not lay hold of Angels" (Hebrews 2:16 Diaglott margin) If Angels could sin,  then those who are found worthy of  reward at Christ's return will also still be able to sin. And seeing that sin brings death (Romans 6:23), they will therefore not have eternal life; if we have a possibility of sinning, we have the capability of dying. Thus to say Angels can sin makes God's promise of eternal life meaningless, seeing that our reward is to share the nature of the Angels.   The reference to "the Angels" (Luke 20:35,36) shows that there is no categorization of Angels as good or sinful;  there is only one category of Angels.

If Angels could sin, then God is left impotent to righteously act in our lives and the affairs of the world, seeing that He has declared that He works through His Angels (Psalms 103:19-21). They are 'made Spirit' by God in the sense that He achieves all things by His spirit/power, acting through the Angels (Psalms 104:4).   That they should be disobedient to Him is therefore an impossibility.   The Christian should daily pray for God's Kingdom to come on earth, that His will should be done here as it is now done in heaven  Matthew 6:10).   If God's Angels had to compete with sinful  Angels inheaven, then His will could not be fully executed there, and therefore the same situation would obtain in God's future Kingdom.   To spend eternity in a world which would be a perpetual battlefield between sin and obedience is hardly an encouraging prospect, but that, of course, is not the case.

Angels And Believers

There is good reason to believe that each true believer has Angels - perhaps one special one - helping them in their lives:-

- "The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them" (Psalms  34:7).

- "...these little ones which believe in me (i.e. weak disciples - Zechariah 13:7 cp. Matthew 26:31)...in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father" (Matthew 18:6,10).

- The early Christians clearly believed that Peter had a guardian Angel (Acts 12:14,15).

- The people of Israel went through the Red Sea, and were led by an  Angel through the wilderness towards the promised land. Going through the Red Sea represents our baptism in water (1 Corinthians 10:1), and so it isn't unreasonable to assume that afterwards we, too, are led and helped by an Angel as we journey through the wilderness of life towards the promised land of God's Kingdom.

If the Angels can be evil in the sense of being sinful, then such promises of Angelic control and influence in our lives become a curse instead of a blessing.

We have seen, then, that Angels are beings...

- with God's eternal nature and bodily appearance

- who cannot sin

- who always do God's commands

- and who are the channels through which God's spirit-power speaks and works (Psalms  104:4).

But...?

Many "Christian" churches have the idea that Angels can sin, and that sinful Angels now exist who are responsible for sin and problems on the earth.   The Bible does not directly teach this anywhere but let us present following points:-

- It is possible that there was a creation previous to our own, i.e. that recorded in Genesis 1. It is also conceivable that the present Angels came to have an awareness of "good and evil" (Genesis  3:5) through having been in a similar situation to what we are in this life.   That some of the beings who lived in that age did sin is not to be ruled out;  but all this is speculation which the minds of men love to indulge in.    The Bible tells us what we need to know about the present situation, which is that there are no sinful Angels;  all Angels are totally obedient to God.

- There can be no sinful beings in Heaven, seeing that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil" (Habakkuk 1:13). In similar vein, Psalms 5:4,5 explains: "Neither shall evil dwell with Thee. The foolish shall not stand" in God's Heavenly dwelling place. The idea of there being rebellion against God in Heaven by sinful Angels quite contradicts the impression given by these passages.

- The Greek word translated "Angel" means "messenger" and can refer to human beings, as we have shown.  Such human "messengers" can, of course, sin.

- That there are evil, sinful beings upon whom all the negative aspects of life can be blamed is one of the most commonly held beliefs in paganism.   In the same way that pagan ideas concerning Christmas have entered what passes for 'Christianity', so, too, have those pagan notions.

- There is only a handful of Biblical passages which can be misunderstood to support this idea of sinful Angels now being in existence.   These are considered in "In Search of Satan", available from the publishers.   Such passages cannot be allowed to contradict the wealth of Bible teaching to the contrary which has been presented.

 

Digression 1: "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24)

In Study 2 we define more precisely what God's Spirit is. We can summarize the reasoning presented there by saying that God's Spirit is His power or breath by which His essential self, His being and character, is revealed to man through the actions which that Spirit achieves. Thus "God is Spirit", as John 4:24 should be properly translated (see R.S.V., N.I.V.), because His spirit reflects His personality.

God is described as being many things, e.g.

"Our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29)

"God is light" (1 John 1:5)

"God is love" (1 John 4:8)

"The word (Greek 'logos' - plan, purpose, idea) was God" (John 1:1).

Thus "God is" His characteristics. It is clearly wrong to argue that the abstract quality of love is 'God', just because we read that "God is love". We may call someone 'kindness itself', but this does not mean that they are without physical existence- it is their manner of literal existence which reveals kindness to us.

The Spirit being God's power, we frequently read of God sending or directing His Spirit to achieve things in harmony with His will and character.  He  is  even  described  as   creating   the  spirit   (Amos 4:13 A.V.margin). To say that God is His Spirit in a purely literal sense is a tautology - it effectively denies the existence of God.

Examples of God directing His Spirit are numerous, showing the separation of God and His Spirit:

"He (God) that put His Holy Spirit within him" (Isaiah 63:11)

"I (God) will put My spirit upon him (Jesus)" (Matthew 12:18)

"The Father give(s) the Holy Spirit" (Luke 11:13)

"The Spirit descending from Heaven" (John 1:32)

"I (God) will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh" (Acts 2:17).

Indeed, the frequent references to "the Spirit of God" should be proof enough that the Spirit is not God personally. These differences between God and His Spirit are another difficulty for those who believe that God is a 'trinity' in which God the Father is equated with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. If this were true, and if God is supposed to be non-personal, then it would follow that Jesus was and is not a literal being.

Very importantly, a non-personal God makes a nonsense of prayer - to the point where prayer is a dialogue between our consciousness and a concept of God which just exists in our own mind. We are continually reminded that we pray to God who has a physical location in Heaven (Ecclesiasites 5:2; Matthew 6:9; 5:16; 1 Kings 8:30), and that Jesus is now at God's right hand there,  to  offer  up  our prayers  (1 Peter 3:21;  Hebrews 9:24).  If God is not personal, such passages are made meaningless. But once God is understood as a real, loving Father, prayer to Him becomes a very real, tangible thing - actually talking to another being who we believe is very willing and able to respond.

 

Digression 2:  The use of God's Name

We have seen that God's Name and that of His Son Jesus has very deep meaning. When we speak of 'God' we are touching upon every aspect of His wonderful purpose of love and truth. That God's Name should be used in vain as a mild expletive or expression of exasperation, is therefore one of the most insulting things a man can do to his Maker. For this reason everyone who wants to please God and honour Him will make every effort not to use God's Name lightly. In many societies world-wide such blasphemy has become a standard part of modern language; to break out of what may have been the habit of a lifetime will not be easy. A heartfelt prayer for God's help in this will surely not go unheeded by Him. Those within our  sphere of  control and influence, e.g. children,  could also be reminded of the seriousness of blasphemy: "For the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain" (Deuteronomy 5:11).

 

Digression 3:  God manifestation

What follows will not be easy for some to grasp fully at first reading, but the importance of the subject will become more evident the more one studies the Bible.  We include this subject here so that you will leave this article having fully considered the Bible's basic revelation about God Himself.

The name of God can be carried by anyone through whom He chooses to 'manifest' or reveal Himself. So men and Angels as well as Jesus can carry God's Name. This is a vital principle which opens up so much of the Bible to us. A son especially may carry the name of his father; he has certain similarities with his father,  he may have the same first name - but he is not one and the same person as the father. In the same way a representative of a company may speak on behalf of the company; he may telephone someone on business and say, 'Hello, this is Unilever here';  he is not Mr. Unilever, but he carries their name because he is working on their behalf. And so it was with Jesus.

Angels Carrying God's Name

We are told in Exodus 23:20,21 that God told the people of Israel that an Angel would go ahead of them; "My Name is in Him", they were told. The personal name of God is 'Yahweh'. So the Angel carried the name of Yahweh, and could thus be called 'Yahweh', or 'The LORD', in small capitals, as the word 'Yahweh' is translated in the N.I.V. and A.V. We are told in Exodus 33:20 that no man can see the face of God and live; but in Exodus 33:11 we read that "The LORD (Yahweh) spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend" - i.e. in a relaxed, friendly way. It could not have been the LORD, Yahweh, Himself in person, who spoke to Moses face to face, because no man can see God Himself. It was the Angel who carried God's Name who did so; and so we read of the LORD speaking face to face with Moses when it was actually an Angel who did so (Acts 7:30-33).

There are many other examples of the words 'God' and 'LORD' referring to the Angels as opposed to God Himself. One clear example is Genesis 1:26 "And God (the Angels) said, Let us make man in our image".

Men With God's Name

One of the passages which is most helpful in demonstrating all this is John 10:34-36. Here the Jews made the mistake which many so-called 'Christians' do today. They thought that Jesus was saying he was God Himself. Jesus corrected them by saying, "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If He called them 'gods'...how say ye of (me)...'Thou blasphemest' because I said, I am the son of God?'" Jesus is really saying 'In the Old Testament men are called 'gods';  I am only saying I am the Son of God; so why are you getting so upset?' Jesus is actually quoting from Psalm 82, where the judges of Israel were called 'gods'.

As has been shown, the full name of God in Hebrew is 'Yahweh Elohim'- meaning 'I will be revealed in a group of mighty ones'. The true believers are those many mighty ones in a limited sense in this life, and will be so more fully in the Kingdom. This is all beautifully shown by a comparison of Isaiah 64:4 and 1 Corinthians 2:9. "Men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for him". Paul quotes this in 1 Corinthians 2:9,10: "It is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit". The passage in Isaiah 64 says that no one except God can understand the things He has prepared for the believers; but 1 Corinthians 2:10 says that those things have been revealed to us; so we are in a sense 'God': not God Himself in person, but a manifestation of God as a result of having been baptized into His name and knowing the Truth.

Jesus And The Name Of God

It is not surprising that Jesus, as the Son of God and His supreme manifestation to men, should also carry God's Name. He could say "I am come in my Father's Name" (John 5:43). Because of his obedience, Jesus ascended to Heaven and God "gave him a Name which is above every name"- the name of Yahweh, of God Himself (Philippians 2:9). So this is why we read Jesus saying in Revelations 3:12, "I will write upon him (the believer) the name of my God...and I will write upon him my new name". At the judgment Jesus will give us God's Name; we then will fully carry the name of God. He calls this name, "My New Name". Remember, Jesus was giving the book of Revelation some years after his ascension into Heaven and being given God's name, as explained in Philippians 2:9. So he can call God's name "My new name"; the name he had recently been given. We can now properly understand Isaiah 9:6, where concerning Jesus we are told, "His Name (note that) shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father...". This is a prophecy that Jesus would carry all the names of God - that he would be the total manifestation or revelation of God to us.   It was in this sense that he was called 'Emmanuel', meaning, 'God is with us', although He personally was not God.


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"1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

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We are sanctified in our understanding of God's word of Truth ie. set apart as special unto God and Christ, without this we cannot be saved.  Just as Israel were not saved when they strayed from their TRUE knowledge of God.

God's special people the nation of Israel were destroyed for lack of knowledge as we read in Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

In Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.

In Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
 

The Apostle Paul has warned us that some would not be in the Faith (ie. the true knowledge of God and Christ)...

1 Timothly 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
And again by the Apostle Peter...

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And in 2 Thessalonians where the Apostle Paul tells us that some would fall away from "the Truth" he says that this would be becaused they had lost their love of the Truth and had chosen rather to believe a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

"10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

And so the Apostle Paul counselled us all to Work out OUR OWN SALVATION...

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.


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