Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Lawgiver

The apostle James (James 4:12) and the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 33:22) both referred to the Lawgiver.  “Lawgiver” is a name of the Lord.

Jesus is the Lawgiver – our only Lawgiver.  When we view Jesus as our example and forerunner, we should imitate Him.  When we view Him as our Lawgiver, however, we should only obey Him.  It is not our role to give laws to others.

The Lawgiver says that we should love one another – that we should seek the good of others instead of seeking our own good.  Let’s be law-abiding citizens in His kingdom.

Honor the Lawgiver and demonstrate the goodness of His laws by their effect on our lives when we obey them.

Call on His Name

Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Runner and the Forerunner

In Hebrews 6:20 Jesus is said to be “a forerunner for us.”  Later on in that letter (12:1-2) we are exhorted to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” who was seated in heaven at the conclusion of His successful race.  We see therefore that Jesus was a runner, but also a forerunner of other runners.

Thus, we are runners following in a path blazed by a forerunner.

Hebrews 12:1-2 also calls Jesus “the author and perfecter of faith” – thus emphasizing His path-breaking role on our behalf.  (One English translation substitutes “leader” for “author,” another substitutes “founder,” and another substitutes “pioneer” – all fit.)

Indeed let us run in the slipstream created by the One who loved us and gave Himself up for us.

Call on His Name

Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Beginning of the Creation of God

In the book of Revelation, one of the names by which Jesus refers to Himself is “the Beginning of the Creation of God” (Revelation 3:14).  God was determined to have a new creation which would reign supreme over the sin that had marred the original creation.

God spoke of this new creation  through the apostles (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1), and through the prophets long before (Isaiah 42:9; 43:19; 65:17; 66:22).

This new creation covered everything – including Himself.  That’s why Jesus is “the beginning of the creation of God.”  God was creating everything new through Jesus Christ, who would be the head in the new order.  For this reason the apostle Paul called Jesus “the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18).  Paul went on to say in that passage that the purpose was so that Jesus “might come to have first place in everything.”  In another letter, Paul said that God’s plan was to have “an administration suitable to the fullness of times: that is, the summing up in Christ of all things in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:10).

In short, God was doing a “reset” of creation through Christ.  Christ would be over all, through all, and in all.  This would only make sense if God Himself is Christ…and He is!

Call on His Name

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There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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God Clothed Himself with Christ

God clothed Himself with Christ that He might walk among us – that He might walk a mile in our shoes, as it were.

God’s spirit was hidden in Jesus of Nazareth.  Said another way, Jesus of Nazareth was animated by the spirit that is God.

A human being is the union of a spirit and a body, the result of which is a soul.

Our bodies clothe our spirits – even from ourselves.  For what human can distinguish between spirit and soul?

In the case of Jesus of Nazareth, the spirit was the spirit of Him who had made heaven and earth.  We could not see His spirit just as no human can see the spirit of another human.  Yet, His behavior was entirely distinctive.  And His resurrection from the dead to an indestructible life added indelibly to that distinction.

Finally, in the revelation of Jesus Christ, we see that He was…and is…God.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Apostles Were Looking for Something More Permanent Than What They Were Building

The apostles of Jesus Christ built up the church in New Testament days.  However, they were doing so anticipating the arrival of something more permanent very soon.

The letter to the Hebrews only counseled assembling together (that is, church) in view of preparing for the impending day of eternity (Hebrews 10:25).

The apostle Peter wrote about how to prepare for the impending eternal kingdom which would replace the temporal kingdom that was the church (2 Peter 1:11).

That eternal kingdom came, just as the Lord had promised.

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now

Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church

“Blessed Be Your Name” – Chorus

This video clip of Blessed Be Your Name includes the lyrics.  The song is sometimes called by first line of its refrain, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

We should not only bless His name, we should call on His name.

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Where There Is No Word of God There Is No Fear of God

When and where the word of God is not proclaimed or acknowledged, the fear of God grows weak.

On the other hand, when and where the word of God is declared without equivocation, it gives rise to the reverence of God.

The lesson for us to learn therefore is to lift up the word of God (whether as speakers or listeners) that we might fear Him as we should.

See Psalm 119:38 and Isaiah 57:11.

Our society today is practically deaf to the word of God and for this reason there is so little fear of God.

Where You Would Expect to See the Trinity, You Don’t

Trinitarians are fond of quoting 2 Corinthians 13:14 as a proof text for the trinity doctrine.  It is hardly that.  This verse simply mentions the Lord Jesus Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit all in the same sentence.  That’s hardly a basis for justifying the trinity doctrine.  If anything, it’s a basis for understanding them separately, not combined in an incomprehensible construct of multiple “persons” in a singular “being.”

Interestingly, there are other passages which speak of three divine entities which trinitarians probably wish they could point to in the way they do to 2 Corinthians 13:14, but such passages won’t even serve those purposes.

For example, in the middle of His diatribe against the Pharisees, Jesus mentions in one breath the Teacher, the Father, and the Leader (Matthew 23:8-10).  I’m sure the trinitarians wish He’d said the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (though, as we saw above, even that wouldn’t prove anything).  The additional problem for Trinitarians in Matthew 23:8-10 is that Jesus is referring to Himself in all three cases, and Isaiah bears Him witness: Jesus is the Teacher (Isaiah 30:20), the Father (Isaiah 9:6), and the Leader (Isaiah 55:4).

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Trinity Is Not Only Unbiblical – It’s AntiBiblical

It’s not just that the Bible doesn’t support the doctrine of the Trinity.  It’s that the Trinity doctrine contradicts the Bible.

Most notably, the doctrine of the Trinity is at odds with the Bible’s emphasis on Christ.  Where the Bible is constantly drawing attention to Christ, the Trinity is constantly saying that the Son must share the spotlight with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  For example, the Bible quotes the Father as saying, “Listen to My Son” (Matthew 17:5), the Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself but only of Jesus (John 16:13-14), and yet Jesus says that His own words are the determining factor in the outcome of a person’s life (Luke 6:46-49).  There is no doubt that in the Bible, all eyes point to Christ.  Trinitarians, by contrast, are uncomfortable letting Jesus so singularly stand out.

Discard the convoluted and idolatrous trinity doctrine.  Let’s forsake our sins and worship Jesus Christ our Lord!

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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