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!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why Jesus the Messiah our Lord IS NOT GOD ALMIGHTY!

To begin with the Lord Jesus Christ  himself proclaimed that he is a man:

John 8:40 NKJV
“But now you seek to kill me, a MAN who has told you the truth which I heard from God....”

According to this verse, the Lord Jesus not only made an explicit statement that he is a Man, but also showed that he is distinct from God. He said, “a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.” This distinction between him and God is shown in many statements of the Lord Jesus, for example:

John 17:1,3 NKJV
“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You…And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God...”

Mark 15:34 NKJV
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?’”

Seeing that Jesus is “a man;” the Bible also states that God is not a man — God explicitly said that he is not man:

Hosea 11:9 NKJV
“I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.”

It is clearly written in the Bible that God is not man — And because the Lord Jesus Christ explicitly said that “he is a Man,” thus, he is not God.


It's That Simple!!

Jesus said in John 4:24 that the one God is Spirit; He also said a spirit does not have flesh and bones:

Luke 24:38-39 NKJV
“And he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

Although the Lord Jesus Christ is not God, however, he is the Son of God, the Lord Messiah, the Savior of the world and God’s greatest Prophet.
(Matt. 16:16, Luke 2:11, John 4:25-26,42; Deut. 18:15,18-19; Acts 3:20-26 )

The true God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ because this is what he himself taught:

John 17:1,3 NKJV
“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

This is eternal life that we accept the truth written in the Bible as taught by Christ himself that the Father is the only true God.

THE FATHER ALONE IS THE TRUE GOD


Why the Lord Jesus Christ is not God? Because there is only one true God, the Father!
The Lord Jesus Christ is not the Father but the Son of the One True God, the Father.

2 John 3
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

This refutes especially the belief held by Oneness proponents.
Both Jesus (John 17:3) and the Apostle Paul said that the Father alone is the true God:

1 Corinthians 8:6 NKJV
yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him;
and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

Thus, the apostles explicitly wrote that the true God is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

Ephesians 1:1-3 NKJV
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Colossians 1:1-3 NKJV
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

1 Peter 1:3 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

This is what the apostles taught and wrote because this is what they heard from the Lord Jesus Christ himself:

John 20:17 NKJV
Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father,
and to My God and your God.'"

Rev 3:12 NKJV
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”

Thus, we ought to firmly believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is not God because Jesus clearly has a God; who is his Father, the only true God.

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS

As shown above Jesus said he is a man (John 8:40) and God said He is not man!
(Hosea 11:9, Num 23:19, Job  9:32, 33:12)

However Jesus is not simply a “mere” man as opponents to this simple biblical truth, like to say.
Rather he is the supernaturally conceived, virgin born, sinless, human Son of God, whom the one God made both Lord and Christ and set him at His own right hand to be Head of the Church as well as King in God's Kingdom. This glorified, now immortal human is the mediator between the one God and humanity.

So what did the Apostles testify concerning the man Christ Jesus?
 
Acts 2:22 NKJV
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves also know”

Acts 2:36 NKJV
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Acts 5:30-31, Holman Christian Standard Bible
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted this man to his right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

1 Timothy 2:5, NKJV
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”

Jesus is that man seated on the right hand of God prophesied of in the Hebrew Bible (OT)
e.g. Psalm 110:1 and

Psalm 80:17 NKJV
“Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You have made strong for yourself.”

Heb. 10:12 NKJV
But this Man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,


So there is Two in Heaven: 
The Father and Jesus the Christ our Lord.


One is GOD — the other is NOT!





THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN JESUS THE CHRIST AND THE ONE GOD THE FATHER

Numerous verses of the Bible clearly state that the Father alone is the true God and that Jesus is the Son of the one God, the Father (2 John 3) and is therefore distinct from God:

John 14:28 NKJV
“You have heard me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for my Father is greater than I.”

Matthew 16:16-17 NKJV
“Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

1 Thess. 1:9-10 NKJV
“For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

The Bible clearly teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the living and true God.

GOD IS IMMORTAL WHILE JESUS DIED ON  THE CROSS

The Bible explicitly states that the Lord God (YAHWEH God) is immortal:

1 Timothy 1:17 NKJV
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

1 Timothy 6:16 NKJV
who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”

In contrast, the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross:

John 19:30,33 NIV
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.”

Rev 1:18
“I am he who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen...”


GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING WHILE THERE IS SOMETHING JESUS DOESN'T KNOW!

God knows everything:

1 John 3:20 NKJV
“For if our hearts condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”

Yet the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) doesn’t know the day or hour of his second coming:

Mark 13:32 NKJV
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

JESUS IS NOT GOD RATHER HE IS THE SERVANT OF GOD!

Acts 3:13 NKJV
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.”

Acts 3:26 NKJV
“To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”

Acts 4:24-31 NKJV
24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said:
Lord (YAHWEH), You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
25 “who by the mouth of Your servant (same Greek word used in 3:13,26; 4:27,30) David have said:
‘Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?

26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the LORD 
 (YAHWEH) and against His Christ.(Psalm 2:1-2)

27 For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed...

Surely these verses depicting a prayer to God speak for themselves. The Apostles are clearly praying
to God and in this prayer they regarded the resurrected, glorified Jesus as the One God, YAHWEH's servant!
The one God, YAHWEH, is clearly the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; it is then just as equally clear that Jesus is the Servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

JESUS IS THE CHRIST OF GOD

Luke 9:20 NKJV
“He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, ‘The Christ of God.’

Christ is God? No! Clearly here is yet another distinction between God and Christ.

JESUS IS GOD’S APOSTLE AND GOD'S HIGH PRIEST

Hebrews 3:1 NKJV
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,”

Hebrews 5:1,4-6,10 NKJV
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not glorify himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”
(Psalm 2:7)
6 As He also says in another place:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”; (Psalm 110:4)
10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”


Thus, claiming Jesus is God is like claiming that God’s Apostle is also God; and God’s
High Priest is also God. Two Gods? Rather, Jesus was called by the one God from among the human race (i.e. Jesus is just as human as the first man Adam was!) to be both an Apostle and High Priest to God! The book of Hebrews is clear.


ACCEPTING JESUS AS GOD WILL RESULT IN ABSURDITIES

God cannot be the author of confusion and absurdities. The Bible explicitly said that “God is not the author of confusion” (cf. 1 Cor. 14:33 KJV). What God wants is all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth:

I Timothy 2:3-5 NKJV
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”

Here is a list of apparent absurdities if one continues to maintain that Jesus is God :-

  • A “SERVANT GOD”?

Accepting Jesus as God will result in accepting that the Almighty God is a “servant” of another God! Absurd! Rather the Bible explicitly states that Jesus is the servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: Acts 3:13 NKJV

And according to Jesus himself, the true God is greater than all:

John 10:29 NKJV
“my Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand.”

And Jesus also said that “A servant is not greater than his master”:

John 15:20 NKJV
“Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also.”

  • A “SUBJECTED GOD”?

If Jesus is God, then “God is subject to another God” because the Bible said after all things are put under Jesus, he himself “will also be subject to Him who put all things under him”:

1 Corinthians 15:27-28 NKJV
“For ‘He has put all things under his feet.’ But when He says ‘all things are put under him," it is evident that He who put all things under him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to him, then the Son himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”

A God subject to another God? A God under another God? This is absurd and unacceptable to true Christians! Rather the one God of the Scriptures is above all and has no equals.

Ephesians 4:6 NKJV
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

What is the truth? Jesus is not God, rather he is the Son of God: that after all things are put under him, the Son himself will also be subject to the One True God who is above all, namely, the Father.

Other absurdities appear if one teaches that Jesus is God. Since the one God is the Father, these absurdities especially apply to Oneness proponents. Absurdities such as:
  • JESUS HEARD THE TRUTH FROM HIMSELF?
Jesus clearly said that he heard the truth from God:
John 8:40 NKJV
“But now you seek to kill me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God...”
  • JESUS PRAYED TO HIMSELF?
There are numerous verses of the Bible that show Jesus praying to God. This is one of those verses:

Mark 15:34 NKJV
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, ‘my God, my God, why have You forsaken me?’”

If Jesus is God, then is he praying to himself? When he called “my God, my God” is Jesus referring to himself? Absurd!

Now, if one says that Jesus is God and yet he is not praying to himself but to another; then you have God praying to another God? What an absurdity.

Rather, the Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the One True God, the Father. Which is the way, all followers of Christ ought to pray!
  • GOD WAS CRUCIFIED AND DIED ON THE CROSS?
 Jesus died on the cross. This is a fact accepted by all who profess they are Christians.

Thus, insisting that Jesus is God is insisting that God was crucified and died on the cross!! So, then we have a three-day period in the history of the universe that God was dead? Absurd indeed.

What is the truth? The truth is the man Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and died on the cross; and the one God, the Father, raised him from the dead
(Acts 2.22-24,32; 1 Cor 15:15; Gal 1:1).
  • GOD IS SITTING AT HIS OWN RIGHT HAND?
The Bible clearly said that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God:

Colossians 3:1 NKJV
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

If Christ is God, then God is sitting at his own right hand! Absurd, isn’t?

Then, what is the truth? The Lord Jesus is sitting on the right hand of the One True God, the Father.



CONCLUSION: WHAT IS THE TRUTH THEN?

What is the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, clearly written in the Bible that must be accepted by those who want to attain salvation?

1 Timothy 2:3-5 NKJV
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.



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