Shalom! My name is Adam Pastor

Welcome to ADONI MESSIAH which means
"My Lord Messiah" -
a fitting epithet to who Jesus (or Yeshua) is!

Here, I attempt to present the Apostolic Truths according to the Scriptures, that there is
One GOD, the Father, namely, YAHWEH,
and One Lord, GOD's only begotten Son,
Yeshua the Messiah.

And that one day YAHWEH will send His Son back to Earth to inaugurate the Everlasting Kingdom of GOD



Enjoy!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

HELL! by Angela Hays Moore

On facebook, I saw someone post this photo.



My comment was the following:   "If one defines hell as the grave, as the Bible does... then I would say I am going to hell. =) 

I think a better question to ask is,
will you spend eternity dead or alive?"



You see, God doesn't promise eternal life and immortality to EVERYONE, He only promises it to those who believe in His Son and the Good News of His coming Kingdom, where Jesus will rule and reign as King.  


If you are being tortured in hell for eternity, as Plato originated this belief, and now most modern churches will teach you - then you are technically ALIVE for eternity.  Yes, tortured, miserable, burning... but still alive, and that would be eternal life and immortality.  This teaching is in complete opposition to what the Scripture teaches us.


So, if you would like more information on this topic - here's more details on it:

Does God torture sinners in a burning Hell...or not? HELL is quite an interesting topic that many believe in, yet actually know very little about. My Grandmother once told my mom not to let my Grandfather know what 'hell' REALLY was, because she liked to use this concept to scare him into going to church with her. 

HELL

Let's start in the book of Genesis! Genesis 2:7 Adam was formed from the dust of the ground. God then breathed his spirit of life into the man and Adam became a living soul or a living being.



In Genesis, the animals or other living creatures were also called living souls


Neither Adam nor any of the animals were created with an ‘immortal soul’ – a part of them which could not die. Thus any church which teaches that men and women have an immortal soul which survives death is trading on a falsehood – and a serious one, since it was in fact the devil and not God, who told the first couple that they would not die, even when they disobeyed. God said that when and if they disobeyed Him, they would surely be on the way to death. And indeed they died. The descendants of that first human pair (Adam & Eve) also die (that's us). There is nothing more certain, it has been said, than death and taxes.


Many believe in the traditional, but false theory of “hell” where there is an endless torture of sinners based upon the false teaching of this immortality of the soul. But, as we just discussed in Genesis 2:7, man became a living soul or a living being. The Bible doesn’t say we ‘HAVE’ a soul. We ARE a soul, a living being! Nowhere does the Bible say our soul will live on after we die. The Bible says that immortality or the ability to live forever and ever without dying, is a gift. It’s a conditional gift – based on repenting from our sins, being baptized, believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom, and living an obedient life.


Man does not have a conscious, immaterial nature which continues to live after death. Man is unconscious in death. A person must be alive to experience torture and pain. If such a burning hell existed and a dead person were placed in it, he would not know anything about it, because ‘the dead know not anything.” Ecclesiastes 9:5. 


A living man can experience pain through the function of his nervous system and brain, parts of his body which are buried in the grave after death. The dead unbeliever cannot feel any torture if his brain & nervous system do not function. 

The Bible mentions "everlasting punishment" (Matt. 25:46), but not "everlasting punishing." The wicked will be destroyed for all eternity in the second death. They will be "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord" (2 Thess. 1:9). 


Some Facts about HELL:


1. Scripturally speaking, the word "hell" wasn't in the original manuscripts.
Hell is an English word derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “helan” which means “to cover” or “to hide out of sight.” The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew language; the New Testament was originally written in the Greek. In order for the Bible to be read in the English language, it was necessary for Bible scholars to translate the Bible from Hebrew & Greek into English.


The English word “hell” was used by these translators to translate Hebrew & Greek words that were originally used by Bible writers to refer to the grave. The men who originally wrote the Bible, of course, never heard of the word ‘hell’ since this is an English word and the English language was not spoken in Bible times. In order to understand the nature of the Bible hell, we must determine the meaning of the words used by Bible writers.


The Hebrew word for grave is sheol.

The Greek word for grave is hades.


Old Testament writers, like Moses, Job, David, Solomon, Isaiah, recorded the fact that dead men are buried in sheol.


New Testament writers, like Matthew, Luke, Paul and John, taught that the dead are buried in hades.
Sheol and hades mean the same thing. Both refer to the grave. You can compare Acts 2:27-31 and Psalm 16:10. 

In the Revised Stand Version of the Bible today…the words sheol and hades are not translated but left in their original words. This practice avoids confusion which has resulted from the modern unscriptural meaning which has been associated with the word ‘hell.’


2. WHO goes to hell? Everyone who is dead is in the Bible hell, the grave. 
He/She will remain in hell, the grave, until the resurrection. The bible declares that both the righteous and the wicked are in sheol or hades. So, everyone you know who has died…did they go to hell? Well, Scripturally speaking, they sure did!


Scriptures: Jacob – Genesis 37:35
Job – Job 14:13; Job 17:13
Hezekiah, a godly man - Isaiah 38:10
Jesus – Acts 2:27, 31

They did not go to a burning hell. They died and were buried. 
They were in the grave, the Bible hell. Impress all your friends with that knowledge! 


3. WHAT Hell is like: The fact that the Bible hell is the state of death or the grave, is evident from the descriptions of sheol or hades. 
a. It is down in direction – Genesis 37:35; Numbers 16:33; Isa. 14:15
b. It is in the ground – Numb. 16:30, 33
c. It is beneath us – Isa. 14:9
d. Men are described as being able to dig into hell – Amos 9:2
e. Man cannot experience suffering while he is dead – Job 3:17.


4. Duration of HELL: The grave, the Bible hell, is the temporary resting place of the dead until resurrection. The Bible hell is not eternal. Christians will be raised from the grave at the first resurrection. Whilst the rest of the dead will be raised from the grave at the last resurrection. At the last or general resurrection, hell (the grave) will be completely emptied. Revelation 20:13

Notice that the rest of the dead will be judged AFTER they are resurrected out of hell. Does this mean that God tortures people in a burning hell for thousands of years and then finally resurrects them so that He can judge them? 


Hell is simply the grave, or the state of death. 


The wicked do not receive their eternal punishment at the time of death. They die and are unconscious in the Bible hell until this last resurrection. In this last resurrection, the dead return to life in their mortal, physical bodies. After their judgment, the wicked will be punished by being destroyed. The wicked will not return to hell or the grave after their final judgment. They will receive their eternal punishment by being destroyed in the lake of fire, the second death. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:14, 15


Gehenna Fire

Outside the walls of Jerusalem in the day of the apostles, was a burning rubbish heap named
“the valley of Hinnom” or “Gehenna.” 

Gehenna was the city garbage incinerator for ancient Jerusalem.
Rubbish, refuse, and dead animals were thrown into this valley to be consumed in the fire. The fire continued burning as long as there was material for it to consume. The rubbish itself was consumed, but the fire continued to burn as it consumed additional rubbish. There is no fire in the valley of Gehenna today. It was extinguished centuries ago. The valley is no longer used as an incinerator.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, criminals who died after crucifixion were cast into this Gehenna fire to be destroyed. It was thought that crucified ones did not deserve a decent burial. Many Bible Scholars feel that Jesus would have been cast into this burning rubbish pile to be consumed, if Joseph of Arimathea had not gone to Pilate and begged permission to bury the dead Jesus in his own tomb.

Gehenna Fire was regarded as symbolic of judgment and destruction. Jesus used Gehenna fire as an illustration of the final destruction of the wicked. Gehenna fire refers to the lake of fire, which is the second death. (Rev. 20:14,15).


The Greek word Gehenna occurs in 12 verses in the N.T. – 11 times by Jesus, and once in James. The English translators used the word ‘hell’ to translate the word Gehenna. Sheol & hades sometimes translated “hell” refers to the grave. Gehenna, however, does NOT refer to the grave, but to the lake of fire, which will be the agent for the final destruction of the wicked. These translations into the English word ‘hell’ has added much confusion to this subject!!


Matthew 5:22

     

Shall be in danger of hell fire

Matthew 5:29

     

Whole body be cast into hell

Matthew 5:30

     

Whole body be cast into hell

Matthew 10:28

     

Destroy soul and body in hell

Matthew 18:9

     

Two eyes cast into hell fire

Matthew 23:15

     

Twofold more the child of hell

Matthew 23:33

     

Escape the damnation of hell

Mark 9:43

     

Having two hands to go into hell

Mark 9:45

     

Having two feet cast into hell

Mark 9:47

     

Two eyes cast into hell fire

Luke 12:5

     

Hath power to cast into hell

James 3:6

     

Tongue is set on fire of hell


In all these twelve verses the word "hell" is from the Greek word Gehenna. ... Notice in these verses that man’s ‘whole body’ ‘eye’ ‘hands’ and ‘feet’ are mentioned being cast into Gehenna fire. Men who believe in the immortality of the soul and the torture of the wicked in a burning hell today, cannot use these verses to support their false theory. According to their theory, the sinner’s body is buried in the grave, and only his disembodied soul (a soul without a real body) goes to the burning hell. 


Scripturally speaking, Gehenna hell fire refers to the future lake of fire in which the wicked in their mortal bodies will be destroyed by being consumed.


Destruction of the Wicked

Contrary to the teaching of the endless torture of the wicked, the Bible clearly teaches that the wicked will be completely destroyed. This truth proves that men does not have an immortal soul. If the wicked were immortal, they could never be destroyed. According to the Bible, the wicked will die, be consumed, be burned, be devoured, cease to exist, perish, be destroyed and suffer destruction.



Psalm 37:20

     

Into smoke shall they consume

Malachi 4:3

     

Wicked shall be ashes under feet

Psalm 37:38

     

Transgressors shall be destroyed

Psalm 73:18

     

Casteth them into destruction

Psalm 92:7

     

Shall be destroyed forever

Psalm 145:20

     

The wicked will he destroy

Proverbs 10:29

     

Destruction workers of iniquity

Isaiah 1:28

     

Destruction of the transgressors

Matthew 7:13

     

Way leadeth to destruction

Philippians 3:19

     

Whose end is destruction

2 Peter 2:12

     

Shall utterly perish

Matthew 3:12

     

Will burn up the chaff

Malachi 4:1

     

Shall burn them up

Obadiah 16

     

Be as though they had not been

Psalm 37:10

     

The wicked shall not be

Proverbs 10:25

     

So is the wicked no more


The wicked will be destroyed in the lake of fire. The wicked will be consumed in the fire, but the fire will continue to burn until it has consumed all the wicked. The fire itself is unquenchable. No one can extinguish the fire in order to escape its destruction. The fire is called “everlasting” and “unquenchable” because it cannot be put out until its work of destruction is completed.


The wicked may experience various degrees of suffering while dying the final death in the lake of fire, but all the wicked will be totally destroyed.


Source: Systematic Theology, Alva Huffer.

The above article was taken from

Some editing has been done on this article.


What God Do You Love and Obey? by Sandra Hooper

A person wrote to me who would defend the trinity doctrine. After reading many posts I have shared, this person went back and studied the scriptures and came to the conclusion that the trinity doctrine is a lie.

One of my statements that got the person really thinking was when I posted the following:

Hmm. The Bible teaches the Trinity? Let’s see how John 3:16 would read if we replace God with Trinity.
“For THE TRINITY so loved the world that THE TRINITY gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
That didn’t sound right. Let me try it again and this time I will replace God with Jesus since the Trinitarian belief is that Jesus is God.
“For JESUS so loved the world that JESUS gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Hmm. That doesn’t seem to work. Let me try John 1:1
“In the beginning was THE TRINITY, and THE TRINITY was with TRINITY, and THE TRINITY was TRINITY.”
Scratch that. Let me replace it with Jesus.
“In the beginning was THE JESUS, and THE JESUS was with JESUS, and THE JESUS was JESUS.”



Like the person above, what got me to seriously investigate this matter was when I saw the picture to the left and this statement below when Jesus said to Peter,
“Whom do men say that I am?” Did Peter answer Jesus with this response?
“Thou are the Logos, existing in the Father as His rationality and then, by an act of His will, being generated, in consideration of the various functions by which God is related to his creation, but only on the fact that Scripture speaks of a Father, and a Son, and a Holy Spirit, each member of the Trinity being coequal with every other member, and each acting inseparably with and interpenetrating every other member, with only an economic subordination within God, but causing no division which would make the substance no longer simple.”
And Jesus answering, said, “What?”


Peter’s simple answer was,
Thou art Christ, THE SON of the living God.

And how did Jesus respond to Peter?

Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. Mat 16:17

A person wrote a comment in part which she said concerning my last post
(If Jesus is God, What Does this Say About God?),

It is with love I want express caution by saying “Be careful.” Honestly, at first glance, this post makes me shudder. While the Holy Spirit has given me much new revelation (new to me) that is completely contrary to what is preached and believed as truth in much of the church today, in my opinion it is a bold statement to say that Jesus is not God. No, He is not the Father, and no, He is not the Spirit but John 1:1-3 does say “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him, not one thing was created that has been created.”

It is true and a bold statement to say that Jesus is not God. Why? Because that is what has been ingrained in our minds and taught for centuries and it is the belief of just about all mainstream Christianity as we know it today. It is not Bible truth, and one would be surprised to find out how many trinitarian scholars and commentators would admit that this teaching cannot be found in the Bible, even by the Catholic Church itself! But yet many are deceived to think the trinity teaching is the total absolute truth! We have been told a lie for so long that once we do get a grip of the truth, that that truth is said to be the lie! One’s salvation hangs in the balance whether one accepts the trinity doctrine or rejects it. Where is that ever stated in scripture?
Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbel, once said,
“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

This is true of the trinity doctrine. Many people have embraced the lie that it is hard to shake it loose. For instance, even though the person admits about Jesus, “No, He is not the Father, and no, He is not the Spirit but John 1:1-3 does say…” 

Notice we always get the word BUT after saying what is true and then turn around to make it as though it isn’t true to defend what we believe is true and not true at the same time! This is the result confusion of the trinity doctrine – to take a few passages and read into them what it does not say because of a theory that was accepted 400 years AFTER Christ.

Jesus is not God. Does this mean that we degrade Jesus? Not at all! God the Father has given him all authority and Jesus spoke concerning the Father, to make us realize who the Father and only true God is and the Father’s plan for us.
The person continued to write,
Believers ought to be concerned with one thing first and foremost: to be in relationship, intimate relationship, with the One true God,
And how is this possible when mainline Christianity is denying the very words of Christ himself who tells us who is the only true God (John 17:3)? They keep repeating the lie that Jesus is that one true God when God the Father, Jesus, nor his disciples ever taught this! They are not believing the one true God of the Bible, but rather the trinity god made up by man. They must twist a few passages of scriptures to fit this theory. Jesus never taught the trinity doctrine, he never taught that there are three separate persons in one God, making them one being, he never taught that he and God were of the same substance or essence, he never taught that he is equal with God, he never taught that he was 100% man and 100% God, he never taught that he was “God the Son,” he never taught that he was the only true God, he never even taught that he was the original creator of heaven and earth and mankind! (Matt. 19:4) Jesus did not preexist before he was born! The scriptures says he was begotten, and each one must ask, “When was he begotten?” In eternity? How? How can an eternal son of God be begotten? Jesus has a “genesis” and this can be found in Matthew and Luke’s writings. Jesus did not literally exist as a person before he was born, but he was in the mind of God – in God’s plan/purpose as was the corporate Church (which we did not yet exist). God alone is the one who created the original universe by Himself! (Isa. 44:24)

What “god” do you love and obey? The true God of the Bible or are you in love with the god of the trinity?

Many have been fed the lie that God is a trinity, three persons in one essence/being. This being is referred to as the one what, rather than who He is.
Scriptures declare that God is one, the Father of the lord Jesus, the Messiah
(Rom 15.6; 2 Cor 1.3; 11.31; Eph 1.3; 1 Pe 1.3; Rev 1.6.)

As someone has well stated,

Jesus would be highly upset that his quotation of Deut. 6:4 in Mark 12:29 is not passionately quoted and adhered to by his followers. Some Christians have the wrong “P” by studying under Plato, they should instead study under the Holy Prophets…Some Christians have the wrong ” A” by studying under Athanasius, they should instead study under the Apostles. Some Christians have the wrong ” C” by obeying Constantine’s Creed, they should instead obey Christ's Creed, the Father is greater than all (including himself in John 14:28).Is anyone prepared to answer Yahweh and his son on judgment day? (2 Cor. 5:10) How you will you explain that you went against direct quotations from Yahweh and his son regarding who God is? (Deuteronomy 5:7;6:4; Isaiah 42:8; Zechariah 14:9; Mark 12:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:” Mark 12:29
“And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” John 17:3
The following video deals with John 1:1-3.
All I ask is that we seek the Scriptures that will lead us to know who is the only true God and concerning His Son, the human Messiah whom He has anointed and speaks through.


The above article was taken from
What God Do You Love and Obey?


Saturday, June 28, 2014

TWO ARTICLES

Here are a couple of succinct articles that I came across whilst surfing the Net. I am confident you will find them most edifying!
(Some editing has been performed upon each of the articles) :-



1) Church leaders ought to re-examine God’s true identity

The scriptures are pretty simple on this matter. They teach that there is ONE true God. For example, at John 17:3 Jesus said: “…that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” ONLY means ONE.
Therefore, Jesus was saying that God is ONE. Then by using the word AND, Jesus was clearly showing that he was a separate person from his Father, hence, he (Jesus) was NOT the only true God.
Note at John 17:1 that Jesus “lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour is come…” So Jesus, on earth, was praying to the Father in heaven. ... Also, John 20:17 makes it clear that Jesus has a God. There Jesus said to Mary: “I ascend unto my Father … and to my God …” Why would Jesus have a God if he himself was God?
Jesus himself NEVER claimed to be God, but said that he was “SON of God.” – John 10:36.

The scriptures consistently teach that Jesus is God’s SON, NOT God; Luke 1:32; John 3:16; Romans 1:3 etc. Consistently too, the Scriptures use the expression, “God the Father” or “God our Father” such as at Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2, 3; Galatians 1:1, 3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2 etc.
However, never once is the expression, “God the Son” used in the Scriptures. Rather, we read the expression, “Son of God.” Eg: at John 20:31; Acts 9:20; Romans 1:4; 2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 John 4:15 and 5:5, 10; Revelation 2:18 etc. The expression, “Son of God” is completely different in meaning from “God the Son.”

Yes, God and His Son are one in unity, but not one in being the same person; John 10:30.
A number of church leaders (pastors, reverends, pointers etc) are fully aware that Jesus is not God but God’s Son, but they appear to be too fearful to come forward and make the truth of God’s identity known, perhaps fearing that they will lose their positions. I’ve personally spoken with a religious leader who confessed that the Trinity is a man-made doctrine, as well as with others, who said that they know that Jesus is not God.
Christ said that the truth shall set a person free; John 8:32. I am therefore humbly appealing to church leaders to come together and reexamine the matter of God’s identity with an open mind.
Tell the people the truth; that God alone is God, the Father, the Almighty, Most High (Exodus 6:3; Psalm 83:18) and that Jesus is the Son of God. Make yourselves free by making the truth known.
A matter of serious concern

2) God wants all to know the TRUTH about Him & His Son.

Please note the following:
Is Jesus Christ Really the Almighty God?
John 20:17= If Jesus is God, the Father [as taught by Oneness believers], why did he say that he was ascending to the Father? Was Jesus going to himself? Or was he going to someone else, the Father, in a different location, heaven? (Matthew 6:9) Moreover, why does Jesus have a God if he himself is God? Jesus indicated that he had the same God as Mary Magdalene; hence, Jesus worshipped the same God who Mary Magdalene worshipped. Also, if Jesus was God in the flesh as some people say, then are we saying that there were two Gods at that time? i.e. Jesus being God on the earth, and the Father being God in heaven? Jesus certainly would not have misled Mary Magdalene or any other person. Furthermore, what did Jesus mean when he cried out, “My God, my God…” as recorded at Matthew 27:46? ... Interestingly, while the Son addressed the Father as “my God,” NEVER ONCE will we find in the Scriptures that the Father addressed the Son as “my God.” Moreover, NOWHERE in the Scriptures will we see the expression, “God the Son.” Rather, we will see the expression, “son of God.” (John 1:34; Galatians 2:20) Also, we see the expression, “God the Father,” (2 Timothy 1:2; 2 Peter 1:17) and rightly so because the Father alone is God, the Almighty.
Additional Thoughts:
  • Psalms 83:18 refers to God as the MOST HIGH, thus meaning that God is the HIGHEST.
    Luke 1:32 refers to Jesus as the “SON of the HIGHEST”. It does NOT say that Jesus is the HIGHEST, but the SON. (Matthew 16:16, 17)
  • Acts 2:32 & Acts 3:15 show clearly that God resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus, while dead, could not have resurrected himself according to Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10. God, who was alive then, who never died, but is always alive, resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:28 shows that Christ will subject himself to the Father after he has accomplished all of his Father’s Will, and that God will be the SUPREME one over all for all eternity. This includes being over and greater than Jesus Christ as well, something that Jesus has NO problem with. Jesus has always displayed a submissive role. ( John 6:38; John 7:16; John 8:28 etc) Also, Jesus clearly stated that his Father is GREATER than him. (John 14:28)
  • John 17:3 shows that the Almighty God is the ONLY true God; ONLY means ONE. In that verse, Jesus Christ is mentioned as being a SEPARATE person, sent forth by the ONE true God. Since the true God is ONE, and Jesus Christ is mentioned as a separate individual, then Jesus Christ is NOT the ONE true God or part of the ONE true God.
Therefore, the clear indication throughout the Scriptures is that Jesus Christ is NOT the Almighty God; rather, he is God’s SON. God is the FATHER of Jesus Christ.


Sunday, June 01, 2014

The God of Jesus by Brother Kel

The God of Jesus by Brother Kel

Jesus was a Jew born under the Law.1 The grace of God was upon him and he grew in wisdom and grew in favor with God.2 As a Jew under the Mosaic Law, Jesus was required to observe the Law and keep that covenant just like any other Israelite.3 Jesus later declared that he considered the Shema to be the foremost commandment of the Law,4 “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God the Lord is one and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might.”5 We also know that Jesus interpreted the words from the Shema, “the LORD is one” to mean the LORD is one single “He”6 and nobody else, "He is God and there is no other but Him."7 But he did not need to explicitly state this to us, as he did, since we also know that he obeyed the Shema commandment by recognizing only one person as his God and that one single "He" was his Father alone and nobody else. 

It should also be obvious that Jesus also walked in truth so we can be sure he did not obey this commandment in one way while secretly and deceitfully interpreting those words to mean something else. The Shema says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord OUR God, the LORD is one.” The Shema commandment referred to the God of all Israel, every single Israelite; and Jesus was one of those Israelites. Since Jesus was an Israelite under the Law, his God was necessarily identical to the God of every other Israelite; his God was also "OUR God," the exact same God as the rest of his Israelite brethren since the Shema says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Hence, since Jesus of Nazareth's God was nobody else but his Father, we can be absolutely certain that Jesus interpreted the Shema to mean his Father alone, and nobody else, was the one God of all Israel, the God of every single Israelite including he himself. It is for that reason that Jesus interpreted and obeyed the Shema commandment in a unitarian manner just as every other Israelite did. His testimony concerning the Shema demonstrates to us precisely what those words mean.

The Scriptures also show us that the Father of Jesus and the Father of Israel were the one and same Father8 and the Jews believed that their God was their Father.9 Jesus also testified they were quite correct concerning the identity of their God when concerning the worship of the Father in Jerusalem, saying, "we worship what we know for salvation is from the Jews."10 He did not believe his Jewish brethren were ignorant about who they were really worshiping. His God was one single person, his Father, and since Jesus of Nazareth's God was necessarily identical to the God of Israel in order to obey the Shema commandment along with his Israelite brothers, we can be absolutely certain that Israel's God was only the Father just as the God of the Israelite Jesus was only the Father. "He is one and there is no other but Him." The one true God of Israel was Jesus of Nazareth's Father who gave Israel the Shema commandment, the commandment which Jesus himself obeyed by loving only his Father with all his heart, all his soul, all his might.

It is quite impossible to say Jesus obeyed the Shema commandment unless his God was identical to the God of every other Israelite. If Jesus' God was not a three-person-being, and Israel's God was a three-person-being, Jesus the Israelite could not have recognized the God of the Shema as "OUR God" and could not have obeyed this commandment. If we suppose, for the sake of argument, that a three-person-God actually existed, and this Triune being was the God of Israel, Jesus would have been required to refer to "his God" versus "their God" since his God was not a Triune being and since his God, the Father, is not a Triune being. A one-person-God and a three-person-God are not the same God. The Israelite Jesus would have been recognizing a different God than every other Israelite. 

 But there was only one true God for Israelites, and as an Israelite among Israelites, he was required by the Law to recognize and serve the exact same God as every other Israelite. For this reason, we can be absolutely certain that his God, and the God of all Israel, was not a three-person-being. Therefore, the testimony of Jesus himself demonstrates to us beyond any doubt whatsoever that the one true God, the God of Israel, was his Father alone, the only person Jesus recognized and served as his God and "OUR God," the God of Israel. It is absolutely impossible to reasonably suppose Israel had been serving a three-person God, whether in ignorance or not, while Jesus served a one-person God when the God of Israel was for Jesus "Yahweh OUR God." And that should not surprise anyone since there is no three-person-being mentioned absolutely anywhere in the entire Scriptures.

Jesus of Nazareth's Father who called him out of Egypt was the same Father as the Father of Israel who called His firstborn son Israel out of Egypt.11 Yahweh his Father declared that nobody else is God when He said, “I, I am He, and there is no God besides Me.”12 It was the Father to whom David said, “there is none like You and there is no God besides You,” in response to the Father’s promise to David concerning Jesus, “I will be a Father to him and he will be a Son to Me.”13 It was the One who spoke out of the fire who promised to raise up the prophet, his servant-son Jesus.14 Therefore, Moses was necessarily talking about the Father of Jesus when he said, “Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard and survived?..... Yahweh, He is God and there is no one else besides Him.”15 The Scriptures testify abundantly and clearly that everyone but the Father is excluded and nobody else is the God of Israel but the Father alone. 

 The Father of Jesus, the God of Jesus, was the God of Israel, ... and nobody else. "He is God and there is no other but Him." We are called to serve our Lord's God and no other.
  • For us there is one God, the Father, and for us there is one Lord Jesus Christ.16 
  • We have one God; we also have one Lord. 
  • The one God, the Father, is the God of our one Lord, Jesus Christ. 
  • Our one Lord's God is the Father.17 
  • The one Head of every man is our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The one Head of our Lord Jesus Christ is his Lord and God.18 
  • There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.19 
  •  We must leave our idols behind to serve a Living and True God and to wait for His son who will deliver us from the coming wrath.20

Notes
1. Galatians 4:4.
2. Luke 2:40,52.
3. Matthew 4:4. See Deut 4:1-2; 5:2; 8:3.
4. Mark 12:28-34.
5. Deuteronomy 6:4-5.
6. Mark 12:32,34.
7. Deuteronomy 4:35; Mark 12:32.
8. Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15.
9. John 8:41,54. See Exodus 4:22-23; Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; Malachi 2:10.
10 John 4:21-22.
11. Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1.
12. Deuteronomy 32:6,20,39.
13. 2 Samuel 7:11-22.
14. Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Acts 3:22-26.
15. Deuteronomy 4:33-39.
16. 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6.
17. Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; Colossians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3.
18. 1 Corinthians 11:3.
19. 1 Timothy 2:5.
20 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10.


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