What you believe matters. Your life truly follows what you believe.

 

David Bernard

Preaching at General Conference about who God is. Tremendous preaching about God and our faith.

Raymond Woodward

Explaining how God was in Christ. Powerful Sermon.

Moving Into Your Mission

images We want to move men and women into a faith-based relationship with Jesus Christ and to become a valuable part of a Christian community of believers.  In order to accomplish this,  we will create an environment that moves people from faith to Christian living, then to serving in His kingdom with their God-given talents through our Christian Life and Service Seminars we call New Life Seminars

 

Christian Life And Service Seminars:

100 Level:   Leading people to Christ and membership.

200 Level:  Growing people to spiritual maturity

300 Level:   Equipping people with skills to minister



Global Mission

Global Mindset
We are a global minded church.  We invest in our local area, our state, North America and World Wide missions endeavors. Our local endeavors create a base with which we can reach our world.  Our local ministry efforts include: Jail Ministry We have a thriving weekly ministry into the local county corrections facility.

We have several chaplains that meet every Wednesday evening at the local jail to support Christian services and minister one on one to the local incarcerated population.   Life Achievement Services Life Achievement Services is a para church non-profit organization based out of Life Tabernacle Church which has goals to train and develop the life skills necessary to succeed at life. The target audience is teens and young adults who have struggled with rules and relationships, and need the skills necessary to build a life at peace with the greater community and within themselves. We do this through a variety of popular life skills materials, such as Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, and 40 Days to the Work You Love.

One Way Club

Our State wide efforts refocused on ministry to the spiritual needs of our state. They include Indiana Missions events such as Church In A Day. CIAD builds churches for smaller congregations and startup churches throughout the country. We focus on building them in Indiana, mostly in rural communities, and the edges of larger population centers.  Ministry events connected with the Indiana Camp And Conference Center in Ingalls, IN, which ministers to children and teen throughout Indiana, and even many from other states who come to the campgrounds in the summer for Spiritual Retreats, camps and events.  Youth Events – We help host a variety of events for youth 12-25 throughout the state through fundraising, and hosting events, both fun and spiritually based.  North American ministry Our North American ministry efforts are channeled through a variety of ministry efforts.

We support ministry to a variety of minority groups through fundraising efforts.

Global Ministry

We have worked in a variety of countries to minister to the needs of the local community. We have helped build a church in Peru, and held crusades there, taking young people from our church to Peru to experience life from a different vantage point.  We have been involved in teaching in a Seminary in Ethiopia, crusades in Chile and Peru, and in a variety of other countries through funding, technical support and prayer covering.



Speaking in Tongues?

Speaking in Tongues:  Is it Biblical?  Is It For Today?

Old Testament Prophecy Concerning Specifically Speaking in Tongues.

Isa 28:9-13

(9) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. (10) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:  (11) For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. (12) To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

(13) But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”

Let’s start out by saying, NO ONE should use one scripture to validate a doctrine or practice.  Neither should they use one scripture to invalidate the same.

Many, today find themselves faced with this question that was asked in the days of scripture. Their answer will vary based upon what they have been taught. So often how they have been taught has more to do with tradition than the pattern and message of scripture.

What is it that has absolute authority concerning salvation? Is it man, an organization or tradition? Or would you agree with me that truth finds its beginning and ending in the body of writings we call–the Bible?  If the scripture is the authority and supersedes all other’s opinions, traditions or preferences, we must ask this question, “What saith the Scriptures?”

This was sparked in my heart when someone asked me this question, “Why, based on scripture, do you believe that people should speak in tongues?”  From that question, I attempted to answer this solely upon what the scriptures state.
An Overview

Let us start at the source of the promise and foretelling of the promise of the Holy Ghost.

Just as Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, He told His disciples,  “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…” Mark 16:17

So as the disciples were leaving this experience (as recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke), the ascension, we find the disciples went to Jerusalem to wait until they received the promise that was foretold by John the Baptist and Jesus, Himself. “…he cometh after me shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with Fire…”  Matt 3:11

This promise, recorded in the beginning of the Book of Acts,  is the sequel of the life of Christ as demonstrated in the Church. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

So they, the disciples, were in Jerusalem waiting on the Lord. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all in one place and in one accord. And it happened. The promise of the Father, the Holy Ghost, The Comforter, The Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Christ, and The Spirit of Resurrection, “…filled all the house where they were sitting and there appeared cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon on each of them.  And they were ALL filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Acts 2:2-4  This caused such uproar, that men from all over the world who were in Jerusalem for the feast gathered to see this spectacle that happened at the Feast of Pentecost.   Men of Judah were all heard to speak in languages of their native lands and they said, like they do today, these people are drunk.

Peter stood up and said, “ For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…”  Acts 2:15-18  He went on to convince them that this was further evidence that Jesus was more than just a prophet–but the Messiah they had crucified. When they were convicted in their   hearts, they asked the question, “Men and brethren what shall we do?”Acts 2:37   And Peter standing up with the other disciples (including Matthew and Luke) began to share for the first time the New Testament message of Salvation.  Peter, who had the keys to the kingdom of Heaven; Peter, whose revelation was the very Rock that the Lord said He was going to build His Church upon; and, Peter, the same, stood and told them what they had to do to be saved.”  “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38

So, let it be established in your minds that the Gospel message of Salvation is for those of us in the New Testament. It is the message that was preached by every apostle recorded in the History Book of the New Testament, Acts.

Many people take the salvation message to sinners from passages written to saints.

Matthew through John are books about the Life of Christ. Jesus, Himself, always pointed to the day when He would not be with them and the experience He would give them. Jesus was born under the Law and died under the law. The New Testament did not come into full effect until Jesus died and His words were fulfilled, and the promise came as it is described in the Book of Acts. So dispensationally speaking, Matthew through John are books written in the Old Testament. The New Testament and Covenant was not realized until Jesus had died.

The Book of Acts lets us know what the apostles preached to those that needed to be saved, what happened to those that needed to be saved, and what they told them to do.

The Epistles were all letters written to people that were ALREADY saved. So, the context of each one is written to a church or church leader.  These teachings were based upon the foundation of salvation. To read Romans and apply these teachings to people who are just coming to Christ is failing to “…rightly divide the word of truth.”  2 Tim 2:15

The only true guide to know what we should do and preach and practice in the church and ministry is to follow the guide that the Church is built upon– the apostles, the prophets, and Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone.

On the birthday of the Church, Peter preached that they should all repent, be baptized in Jesus Name, and that they would receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  Peter pointed out to the converts that the birth of the Church was three distinct experiences/ processes in salvation. These three steps coincide with the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is  His death, burial and resurrection symbolized by us in repentance, water baptism and the Spirit Baptism.

The PROOF You Say?

Philip went to Samaria and preached, and notice what happened.

“And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” Acts 8:5-8

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)” Acts 8:12-16

In Summary

They believed, were baptized and had great Joy!  They did not and had not yet received the Holy Ghost. They sent for the apostles to ensure that they had received the Holy Ghost. How did they know they had received the Holy Ghost after the apostles laid hands on them? Let’s study further.

Peter Goes to Cornelius

In Acts 10: 1-6, we read that a certain man, a devout man, who gave much to the poor and prayed always, still had more that he needed to do. It was so important that God sent him an angel who told him to send for Peter who would tell him what he “ought” to do.

Peter came with other apostles and preached Christ unto them, and while he preached the Holy Ghost fell upon his entire household, and the apostles were amazed. Do you know why?

“And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord…” Acts 10:45-48  So again, we see this sequence of events as demonstrated in Acts 2, Acts 8 and repeated in Acts 10. A seeking of the Lord, a baptism in Jesus Name, and an obvious sign and proof of Spirit baptism is demonstrated by speaking in tongues. For they knew they had received it as well, or just like the Jews had because they heard them speak in tongues.

And finally as if that was not enough, we have another interesting story that teaches this same principle.  In Matt  18:16,  “…in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established.”

“Baptist” Converts Urged to Receive the Holy Ghost!

In Acts 19, Paul meets disciples of John.  He asks them a question, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” They answer and say, “What Holy Ghost, we have never heard of it.” He goes further and finds they have not been baptized using the New Testament plan of baptism.  And,  they were all re-baptized as every other convert was at that time, “In the Name of the Lord Jesus,” and then laid hands on them and the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

So I will ask you the same question, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” I will tell you that if you are like those living in Samaria, who believed and had been delivered and blessed by their faith in Jesus, but you have not received the Holy Ghost as demonstrated in Scripture, “You don’t know what your missing.”

Some would say that there is too much emphasis on speaking in tongues. To put it simply, the Bible puts its significance.  Acts is a history of the first, few decades of the Early Church and in it are recorded those things that were deemed necessary for understanding the operation of the apostles and the Church.

On Pentecost, the birth of the Church, was when they all received the promise of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, The Spirit of Truth, and it was signified by speaking in tongues.  IT happened again in Samaria; It happened again for Cornelius and his household; and, It happened again for the disciples of John.

They all showed a desire to serve God in repentance. They were all baptized in Jesus Name. They all received the Holy Ghost. The proof was in the outward sign of Spirit inspired speaking in tongues.

I think the question for you is, “Why don’t you speak in tongues?”  Can you show any reason why you should not, and why your church should not display the proof of a truly New Testament Church?

So often I am asked to defend what I believe and practice when it is in scripture and,  all the while, people ignore great and significant portions of scripture.

“Despise not prophesyings.” 1 Thes 5:20

”Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak in tongues.” 1 Cor 14:39

In fact the scripture teaches that we should DESIRE spiritual gifts. That if we speak in an unknown tongue, though our understanding is unfruitful and others cannot understand us, there are some very good things accomplished by it.

What happens when a person speaks in tongues without an interpreter?  The Paul writings to the Corinthian Church to help them and us in the proper administration of the Gift gives us some insights of this unspeakable gift.

When you pray in the spirit, or speak in tongues, you:

  • Speaketh unto God
  • Speaketh mysteries
  • Your spirit prays
  • You are edified, or built up.

So, the real question to all of you.  Have you received the Holy Ghost since Ye Believed?

I think it is fair to ask, “If it was obviously a commonly held practice throughout the history of the early church as demonstrated throughout the book of Acts, why don’t you speak in tongues?”  We know Jesus foretold of it in Mark.  We even find thorough teaching on the right and wrong way it should be done in the Epistles. This establishes the legitimacy of the practice, and that these spiritual experiences should be encouraged, rather than discouraged.

Paul went so far to say, “I speak in tongues more than you all.”  The New Testament Church did it, accepted, encouraged it, boasted concerning it and instructed that no one should forbid it.  Is it not a perfectly Biblical conclusion that we should not only practice this blessed activity, but pursue it.

Who should have the greater burden to justify their teaching? Those that teach and encourage this Biblical experience, or those that view it through the spectacles of skepticism.

These texts do provide proof of the fact that:

When someone received the Holy Ghost, they spoke with tongues

Holy Ghost Baptism was not automatic with faith and believing, but was a separate experience that they EXPECTED to happen.  If it did not happen, they sent for the apostles to lay hands on them so that they would.

Further, Paul even asked the “Baptist” if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed and what followed was rebaptism in Jesus name.  Paul went further and laid hands on them that they might receive this experience that was demonstrated by speaking in tongues.

These are not interpretations. This is not my private interpretation. This is a historical and Biblical fact.

The doctrine of proof springs from the Biblical record, more than a specific teaching that says, “THOU SHALT SPEAK WITH TONGUES.” Granted, Jesus did say that those that believed on His name would, “Speak with new tongues.” For the casual observer, that would seem to be enough clarification for the things that followed.

Tongues – A Sign of the Holy Ghost or a Spiritual Gift?

Speaking in tongues is both a sign and a spiritual gift, in addition, to an aid to prayer and communication to God.

Speaking in tongues provides all three of these.  Everyone that has experienced speaking in tongues does not necessarily possess the Gift of Tongues. Similarly, everyone has faith, but not everyone has the Gift of Faith, anyone can pray for the sick for healing, but not everyone possesses the gifts of healing.

The spiritual gift is a more advanced level of a spiritual manifestation that is common in the life of a believer. Any of the descriptions of the nine spiritual gifts (the word of wisdom,  the word of knowledge,  faith, gift of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of Spirits, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues) may operate in a person’s life on some level, but someone that has one as a gift operates in a much higher level of confidence and faith.

Speaking in Tongues Is

  • A sign for a person to know that God has taken control of their tongue, that unruly member, as an outward sign of Spirit Baptism.
  • It is the Comforter, given to all to help in prayer to God through the spirit. This aids us in the area of praying when we do not know the answer, but the spirit maketh intercession for us.
  • It is also a Gift of the Spirit. The purpose of this is coupled with the Gift of Interpretation.  It would bring edification to a public meeting. These two gifts combined are equal to the Gift of Prophecy.

Here is another question, “Why are so many people scared of Spiritual Gifts?” Not only do they disobey scripture in forbidding speaking in tongues, but they despise prophesying.
Again, they disobey the scripture in that they despise prophesying. The scripture teaches that one should prophesy and two should judge which teaches us that it must be checked to be in keeping with scripture.  It is possible for someone to be “prophesying” and miss it  and get it wrong; therefore, we must check it and see if it is right and if it indeed happens.

The Question for You

Have you received the Holy Ghost by evidence of speaking in tongues, since ye believed?  If not, I will ask you, “Why don’t you speak in tongues and prophesy when the Bible straightly charges you to desire spiritual gifts, and rather that ye prophesy?” Would it not be in keeping with our desire to fulfill scripture by speaking in tongues and desiring spiritual gifts?

Who should you listen to concerning this very important experience? Those that make place and promote the use of it, or those that quench the Spirit and make no room for the work of the spiritual gifts?

I do not intend any offense, though I am sure it does offend. That is not the purpose. The purpose is to shine the light on this Biblical and blessed experience of the Holy Ghost and the baptism in that name that is above every name.

What is right? Scripture and the teaching of it or a theologian that says that is not applicable?  I have no doubt that you have faith in Jesus and have great joy from this, but like all of the other examples cited, you need to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost that is evidenced by speaking in tongues.

The problem with much of the Christian world is that they take one scripture to the exclusion of one.  For Example:

John 3:3and John 3:16, is the same setting, but it doesn’t fit their theology. We should have no problem qualifying either, for they are both part of the whole.

Jesus tells Nicodemous the first thing, “…except  a man be born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”   He goes further and says thirteen versus later, “He that believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Having faith and obeyed in repentance, as per Bible record, does not equal water and spirit baptism. Jesus said it was necessary to see or enter the kingdom of Heaven.

The focus is not tongues, but the focus is spirit baptism. However, when the spirit baptizes you, there will be an ecstatic utterance.   “Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover, also my flesh shall rest in hope:” Acts 2:26

It is not my place or anyone to judge another man’s experience. However, it is incumbent upon me to lead people into fullness. If the Bible shows a pattern that I, myself, and countless others also have experienced, why would I not encourage them to “desire” a good thing God has for them?

I have seen people speak in tongues that were not very Christ like, conversely, I have seen some wonderful people who have not spoken in tongues that were some of the best people in the world. As a Christian leader, why would I not want you to pursue and grow in the spirit and receive a fullness of faith as experienced in the Bible?

What is the consequence? Best-case scenario, your missing out on a Biblically encouraged, demonstrated and commanded experience for all believers. Worst-case scenario is that it is a sign of spirit baptism, and if you have not received the baptism of the spirit, you are not born again as instructed by Jesus in John 3.  Jesus said, “Ye cannot see,” and “Ye cannot enter” the kingdom of God.

Coupled with what we know happened in Acts, to me, I believe it gives us a compelling case.  At the very least, we should encourage people to ask for and pursue this Biblical and Promise of the Holy Ghost.

Salvation Is By Grace, Through Faith
However, to allow grace to work and faith to be activated, people must obey the declaration and the requirements for salvation to a lost generation. This man, who Jesus declared had the revelation, and would be the very ROCK that the Church would be built upon, was the same man who Jesus gave the keys to the Kingdom.  This same man declared and gave us the keys to the Kingdom in his message to the first converts to the New Testament Church.   “Then Peter Said unto them, Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.”  Acts 2:38

The message of salvation is beyond ascent or accepting.  Though this is an important part of it, we must endeavor to obey to the best of our knowledge what the Bible says. It is not proper to take one scripture to the exclusion of others. They all are powerful scriptures, however, they do not invalidate the other when dealing with New Testament scriptures.

They Sing in Harmony the Song of Salvation

I don’t mean to come off in a negative way when I am very positive. I feel pretty passionate about the fact we should not have to defend practicing what the Bible plainly teaches. Sure there are Bible scholars that make excuses for the deficit in Biblical operation of spiritual gifts, but that does not make them right.

Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since Ye Believed?

If you have not received the Holy Ghost with the outward manifestation as Jesus promised, it is demonstrated over and over in the book of Acts, and is encouraged in the Epistles.  It is time to start making preparations for the greatest blessing you have ever received.  To be buried with Him in baptism and be filled with His Spirit, this will change your life.

 

Scriptural References

1 Cor 14:1-2

(1) Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.  (2) For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

 

1 Cor 14: 14-19

(14) For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.  (15) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with -he understanding also. (16) Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?  (17) For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.  (18) I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:  (19) Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Matt 28:19-20
(19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:16-17
(16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

1 Cor 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

 

Acts 19:1-6
(1) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,  (2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. (3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. (4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. (5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Acts 10:44-48
(44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

(45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  (46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,  (47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? (48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 8:15-17
(15) Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  (16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) (17) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:37-39
(37) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

 



Who is Jesus Christ?

GOD

 

We believe Jesus Christ is “God manifest in the flesh and all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and we are complete in Him.” Jesus contained the essence of God, “All the fulness of the Godhead, bodily, and …we are complete in Him…!” Col 2:9-10)

 

Jesus is not another separate personal being “in” the Godhead. Jesus is Himself, “The Almighty One.” And it is, of course, impossible for more than one “Almighty” to exist. Jesus is God, the only Lord and Saviour, “…manifest in the flesh…” The defining reference for Jesus Christ is, “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” (referring to the spiritual nature of Christ, which was God).

 

1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

 

Matt 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

Is 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

God As Man:

 

Jesus, the Son, was “the great God” come as man. He did not reveal a tri-personal, shared Godhead, or multiplicity of persons. In fact, He never used the concept of multiple persons. As perfect man Jesus was the visible, exact expression of God’s person – the supreme reaffirmation of the oneness of God.

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

Heb. 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

Isaiah 9:6 Calls Jesus “…The mighty God” and “The everlasting Father…”. Some want to describe Him as a separate person, different from the father or the Holy Spirit. John 4:24 declares “…God is a Spirit…”, so there is only one spirit of God described in scripture. God is never described as three persons.

 



God’s Nature

We believe God exists as the Bible details and instructs us. Therefore, we believe in one eternal, all knowing, all powerful God who created the world and came into the world as the man Jesus Christ to save the world from their sins.

He is not a disconnected deity, but one who is in intimate contact with each of us in our lives. He wants to have a relationship with us. We can know Him as a saviour and a friend.

Scriptures declare God is one

God’s oneness, or monotheism, is the central doctrine of the Old Testament.

 

The Nature Of God

Scripture declares we are made in the image of God. So we can see his nature when we look at how we are created.

A man or woman has many sides, and you see those sides revealed depending on your relationship with that person. As your relationship changes or grows, you begin to see understand and know that person better.

Deut. 6:4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Rev. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Is. 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Our nature revealed in our relationships:

Everyone has both a mother and a father, you may have sisters and/or brothers, your may either be an employer, employee, or homemaker. You probably also have friends, extended family, and other relationships.

A family has relationships that are not duplicated in casual friendships. The relationship of husband and wife is unique, and no other relationship equals that type of commitment. You don’t have the same relationship with your wife that you have with your coworkers, or your neighbors. You first date a member of the opposite sex, then you become engaged, finally you make a life long commitment for marriage.

 

God’s nature revealed

God created the earth, so he has a father relationship with all mankind. He robed Himself in flesh and came to the earth as our saviour or lover. When we accept his love, he enters into a covenant relationship with us and His Spirit enters into us as an earnest of our future marriage when he carries us into heaven. We see all the sides of God as we draw nearer to Him for salvation. He reveals more of Himself to us as our relationship grows. He did not come to earth to reveal Himself as a committee of persons, each having separate, individual roles and responsibilities, but as one Spirit, drawing men into a closer relationship with the one true God, revealed in Jesus Christ.



Our Core Beliefs



Salvation Through Christ

Salvation Through Christ

Peter’s words mirror Christ’s life model to the first converts at the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost.

Christ’s   –     Death          –     Burial              –     Resurrection

Us  –            Repentance  –  Water Baptism  –     Infilling of the Holy Spirit
    In Jesus Name

 

In order to bring salvation to men, Jesus died, was buried and rose again. When we come to Him, we come through the same process that he brought salvation to us. Peter preached it in the first sermon of the New Testament church on the day of Pentecost, when the New Testament church was born. In response to the question “What must we do?”, he preached in Acts chapter 2, verse 38 “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Repentance

Repentance is dying out to your old life. The British use the term repent like the US Army uses “about face.” It is a turning from your old life bound by sin to a new life of following Christ and His example. The scripture declares that we should “bring forth fruit meet for repentance.”

 

Baptism In Jesus Name

The apostles baptized new converts in Jesus name for remission of sins. Romans says we are “baptized into Christ.”

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

Acts 8:15-16 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

© 2006 David K. Bernard

 

I.      The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16-17)

A.            The power of God unto salvation

B.            We receive this saving power by faith

1.      Present faith

2.      Continuous faith (a relationship, a way of life)

II.      Salvation by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-10)

A.            Salvation originates in God’s grace (Titus 2:11)

1.      Unmerited favor, undeserved blessing, free gift, God’s work in us

2.      We do not earn, merit, deserve, or buy salvation

B.            We receive salvation through faith

1.      Our positive response to God’s grace

2.      True faith means trust, reliance, commitment

3.      It is more than mental assent or verbal profession

4.      Jesus said, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19)

5.      The power of salvation is in the object of our faith (God and His Word), not in our faith itself, for false religionists have faith

C.            Good works are the result of true faith

III.      Obedient Faith

A.            Obedience to the gospel is necessary to salvation (John 14:15Romans 6:17Hebrews 5:911:7-8)

B.            Those who do not obey the gospel will receive eternal judgment (II Thessalonians 1:8I Peter 4:17)

C.            Saving faith includes obedience (Romans 1:510:1616:26)

1.      If we truly believe God we will believe His Word

2.      If we truly believe His Word we will act upon it

3.      Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes

4.      Faith is real only in the act of obedience

5.      Examples of insufficient faith: Matthew 7:21-27John 2:23-2512:42-43James 2:19

D.            Definition of saving faith

1.      Accepting the gospel of Jesus as the sole means of salvation

2.      Applying the gospel personally by obedience

IV.      The Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4)

A.            The bad news: our need for the gospel

1.      All humans are sinners (Romans 3:1023)

2.      The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)

3.      God’s law requires a blood sacrifice to atone for sin (Hebrews 9:22)

4.      The blood of animals could not take away our sins (Hebrew 10:4)

B.            The good news: statement of the gospel

1.      Jesus died for our sins, paying the penalty for us

2.      He was buried in the tomb (finality of death, reality of resurrection)

3.      He arose again on the third day, winning victory for us

4.      Summary: Jesus is our perfect sacrifice of atonement to take away our sins (Matthew 26:28)

V.      Our Response to the Gospel (Acts 2:37-39) (Background: Acts 1:1-152:1-47)

A.            The message of all the apostles (Acts 2:1437-38)

1.      Repentance

a.            Death to sin (Romans 6:2)

b.            Definition: turn from sin to God

c.            Confession of sin to God, decision to forsake sin, and godly sorrow for sin (Proverbs 28:13II Corinthians 7:10)

2.      Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

a.            Burial with Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4)

b.            For the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)

c.            By immersion in water (Matthew 3:16Acts 8:38)

d.            By invoking the name of Jesus (Acts 2:388:1610:4819:522:16)

e.            Rebaptism if necessary (Acts 19:1-5)

3.      The gift of the Holy Spirit

a.            Resurrection (new life) in Christ (Romans 8:29-10)

b.            Part of salvation (John 3:35I Corinthians 12:13)

c.            Speaking in tongues is the initial evidence (Acts 2:410:4619:6)

(see also Acts 8:5-209:17-18I Corinthians 14:18)

d.            Can receive various spiritual gifts, including tongues, subsequent to this experience (I Corinthians 12, 14)

B.            This experience is for everyone today (Acts 2:38-39)

C.            Jesus taught this experience and linked it to saving faith (Mark 1:1516:16John 7:38-39) (see also Acts 11:15-17)

D.            How to receive God’s saving grace, to exercise saving faith, to obey the gospel, to apply the gospel personally

1.      We die with Jesus by repentance

2.      We are buried with Jesus by water baptism in His name

3.      We are resurrected with Jesus by the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we receive by:

a.     Repentance of all sin

b.     Opening our heart in faith

E.    We should receive everything the Lord has for us today

 

 

References

Bernard, David K. Essentials of the New Birth. Hazelwood, Mo.: Word Aflame Press, 1987.

–––––. In the Name of Jesus. Hazelwood, Mo.: Word Aflame Press, 1992.

–––––. The New Birth. Hazelwood, Mo.: Word Aflame Press, 1984.



Oneness of God – By David Bernard

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

The fact that Jesus is God is as firmly established in Scripture as the fact that God is one. The Bible teaches that Jesus is fully God and fully man. In this chapter we will discuss the former; in Chapter V the latter.

In the next few sections we will present and discuss scriptural proofs that Jesus is God, numbering them for the reader’s convenience.

The Old Testament Testifies That Jesus Is God

1. Isaiah 9:6 is one of the most powerful proofs that Jesus is God: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The terms child and son refer to the Incarnation or manifestation of “The mighty God” and “The everlasting Father.”

2. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be called Immanuel, that is, God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23).

3. Isaiah described the Messiah as both a branch out of Jesse (the father of David) and as the root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1, 10; see also Revelation 22:16). According to the flesh He was a descendant (branch) of Jesse and David, but according to His Spirit He was their Creator and source of life (root). Jesus used this concept to confound the Pharisees when He quoted Psalm 110:1 and asked, in essence, “How could David call the Messiah Lord when the Messiah was to be the son (descendant) of David?” (Matthew 22:41-46).

4. Isaiah 35:4-6 shows that Jesus is God: “Behold, your God. . .he will come and save you.” This passage goes on to say that when God comes the eyes of the blind would be opened, the ears of the deaf would be unstopped, the lame would leap, and the tongue of the dumb would speak. Jesus applied this passage of Scripture to Himself (Luke 7:22) and, of course, His ministry did produce all of these things.

5. Isaiah 40:3 declares that one would cry in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” John the Baptist fulfilled this prophecy when he prepared the way for Jesus (Matthew 3:3); so Jesus is the LORD (Jehovah) and our God.

6. Micah 5:2 proves that the Messiah is God. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah. . .out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Thus the Old Testament clearly states that the Messiah and Savior to come would be God Himself.

The New Testament Proclaims That Jesus is God

1. Thomas confessed Jesus as both Lord and God (John 20:28).

2. According to Acts 20:28, the church was purchased with God’s own blood, namely the blood of Jesus.

3. Paul described Jesus as “the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13; NIV has “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”).

4. Peter described Him as “God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:1; NIV and TAB both have “our God and Savior Jesus Christ”).

5. Our bodies are the temples of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17), yet we know Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17).

6. The Book of Colossians strongly emphasizes the deity of Christ. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9; see also 1:19). According to these verses of Scripture, Jesus is not just a part of God, but all of God is resident in Him. If there were several persons in the Godhead, according to Colossians 2:9 they would all be resident in the bodily form of Jesus. We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). Whatever we need from God we can find in Jesus Christ alone. (For further discussion of Colossians 2:9 and other proofs of Christ’s deity in Colossians, see Chapter IX.)

We conclude that the New Testament testifies to the full deity of Jesus Christ.

God Was Manifest in the Flesh as Jesus

The statement that Jesus is God necessarily implies that God took on human flesh. This is in fact what the Bible says.

1. “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16; see verse 15 for further confirmation that God is the subject of verse 16). God was manifest (made visible) in flesh; God was justified (shown to be right) in the Spirit; God was seen of angels; God was believed on in the world; and God was received up into glory. How and when did all of this happen? In Jesus Christ.

2. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . .And the Word was made flesh. . .” (John 1:1, 14). Literally, the Word (God) was tabernacled or tented in flesh. When did God tabernacle or robe Himself in flesh? In Jesus Christ. Both verses of Scripture prove that Jesus is God—that He is God manifest (revealed, made known, made evident, displayed, shown) in flesh.

God is a Spirit—without flesh and blood and invisible to man. In order to make Himself visible to man and in order to shed innocent blood for our sins, He had to put on flesh. (For more on the purposes of the Son, see Chapter V.) Jesus is not another God or a part of God, but He is the God of the Old Testament robed in flesh. He is the Father; He is Jehovah who came in flesh to bridge the gap between man and God that man’s sin had created. He put on flesh as a man puts on a coat.

Many verses of Scripture declare Jesus Christ to be the God of the Old Testament robed in flesh for the purpose of self-revelation and reconciliation.

3. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (II Corinthians 5:19).

4. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [spoken, revealed] him” (John 1:18).

5. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. . .the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. . .” (Hebrew 1:1-3).

6. Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15; II Corinthians 4:4).

7. He is God veiled in flesh (Hebrews 10:20). As Abraham prophesied, probably without understanding the full meaning of his own words, “God will provide himself a lamb” (Genesis 22:8). God indeed provided a body for Himself: “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me” (Hebrews 10:5).

8. Jesus was the builder of the house (God the Father and Creator) and also a son over his own house (Hebrews 3:3-6).

9. He came to His own creation and to His own chosen people but they did not recognize Him or receive Him (John 1:10-11).

The Word

John 1 beautifully teaches the concept of God manifest in flesh. In the beginning was the Word (Greek, Logos). The Word was not a separate person or a separate god any more than a man’s word is a separate person from him. Rather the Word was the thought, plan, or mind of God. The Word was with God in the beginning and actually was God Himself (John 1:1). The Incarnation existed in the mind of God before the world began. Indeed, in the mind of God the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world (I Peter 1:19-20; Revelation 13:8).

In Greek usage, logos can mean the expression or plan as it exists in the mind of the proclaimer—as a play in the mind of a playwright—or it can mean the thought as uttered or otherwise physically expressed—as a play that is enacted on stage. John 1 says the Logos existed in the mind of God from the beginning of time. When the fulness of time was come, God put that plan in action. He put flesh on that plan in the form of the man Jesus Christ. The Logos is God expressed. As John Miller says, the Logos is “God uttering Himself.”‘ In fact, TAB translates the last phrase of John 1:1 as, “The Word was God Himself.” Flanders and Cresson say, “The Word was God’s means of self disclosure.” This thought is further brought out by verse 14, which says the incarnated Word had the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, and by verse 18, which says that the Son has declared the Father.

In Greek philosophy, the Logos came to mean reason or wisdom as the controlling principle of the universe. In John’s day, some Greek philosophers and Jewish theologians influenced by Greek thought (especially the Jewish thinker, Philo of Alexandria) regarded the Logos as an inferior, secondary deity or as an emanation from God in time. Some Christian heresies, including an emerging form of Gnosticism, were already incorporating these theories into their doctrines, and therefore relegating Jesus to an inferior role. John deliberately used their own terminology to refute these doctrines and to declare the truth. The Word was not inferior to God; it was God (John 1:1). The Word did not emanate from God over a period of time; it was with God in the beginning (John 1:1-2). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was none other than the Word, or God, revealed in flesh. Note also that the Greek word pros, translated “with” in verse 1, is the same word translated “pertaining to” in Hebrews 2:17 and 5:1. John 1:1 could include in its meanings, therefore, the following: “The Word pertained to God and the Word was God,” or, “The Word belonged to God and was God.”

Jesus Was God From the Beginning Of His Human Life

God was manifest in the flesh through Jesus Christ, but at what point in His life did God indwell the Son? The Bible unequivocally declares that the fulness of God was in Jesus from the moment when Jesus’ human life began.

1. Matthew 1:23 says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” He was “God with us” even at his birth.

2. The angels worshiped Him at His birth (Hebrews 1:6), Simeon recognized the infant as the Christ (Luke 2:26), Anna saw the babe as the redeemer of Israel (Luke 2:38), and the wise men worshiped the young child (Matthew 2:11).

3. Micah 5:2 ascribed deity to the Messiah at His birth in Bethlehem, not just after His life in Nazareth or His baptism in Jordan.

4. Luke 1:35 explains why Jesus was God at the beginning of His human life. The angel told Mary, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Jesus was born of a virgin, His conception being effected by the Holy Ghost. Because of this (“therefore”), He was the Son of God. In other words, Jesus is the Son of God because God, and not a man, caused His conception. God was literally His Father. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. . .” (John 3:16). To beget means to father, sire, procreate, or cause. Jesus was begotten by God in the womb of the virgin Mary.

Isaiah 7:14 also links the virgin conception with the recognition that the Son thus born would be God.

In other words, at the moment of conception, God placed His divine nature in the seed of the woman. The child to be born received its life and the fatherly side of its nature from God at this time. From the mother’s side it received the human nature of Mary; from the father’s side (God, not Joseph) it received the nature of God. Jesus obtained His divine nature through the conception process; He did not become divine by some later act of God. The virgin birth of Jesus establishes His deity.

Some believe that Jesus received the fulness of God at some later time in His life, such as at His baptism. However, in light of the virgin birth and Luke 1:35 this cannot be so. Jesus received His nature of deity as well as the nature of humanity at conception. The descent of the Holy Ghost like a dove at the baptism of Jesus was not a baptism of the Holy Ghost; Jesus already had all the fulness of God within Him (Colossians 2:9). Rather, His baptism, among other things, occurred as a symbolic anointing for the beginning of His earthly ministry and as a confirmation to John the Baptist of His deity (John 1:32-34). (For more on the baptism of Jesus see Chapter VIII.)

The Mystery of Godliness

The fact that God became flesh is one of the most wonderful and yet one of the most incomprehensible things about God. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh. . .” (I Timothy 3:16). Jesus is like no other man that ever has been or will be. He has two natures; He is fully God and fully man. (See Chapter V.) Most problems in people’s minds concerning the Godhead come from this great mystery. They cannot understand the dual nature of Christ and cannot correctly separate his two roles. They cannot comprehend how God could take on the form of a baby and live among men.

It is true that we cannot comprehend fully how the miraculous conception—the union of God and man—took place in the womb of Mary, but we can accept it by faith. In fact, if we do not believe that Jesus is come in the flesh we have an antichrist spirit (II John 7), but if we do accept this doctrine of Christ we will have both the Father and the Son (II John 9). Both Father and Son are revealed in Christ (John 10:30; 14:6-11).

The mystery of God in flesh was a great stumbling block to the Jews. They never could understand how Jesus, being a man, could also be God (John 10:33). Because He claimed to be God they rejected Him and sought to kill Him (John 5:18; 10:33).

Even today, many Jews cannot accept Jesus for this reason. In a conversation, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi told us he could never accept Jesus as God.4 He felt that since God is an omnipresent, invisible Spirit He can never be seen by man and cannot be visible in flesh. His reasoning reminded us of the Jews in Jesus’ day. Like this rabbi, they tried to limit God by their own preconceived ideas of how God should act. Furthermore, they did not have a thorough knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures that proclaim the deity of the Messiah.

While it is humanly difficult to understand how the infinite God could dwell in flesh, yet the Scriptures declare it to be so. We reminded the rabbi of God’s appearance in the form of a man to Abraham in Genesis 18. He admitted this was a problem for him, but he tried to explain it in terms of an anthropomorphism or figurative language. Then we referred to other verses of Scripture such as Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Jeremiah 23:6, and Micah 5:2 to show that the Messiah would be Jehovah God. The rabbi had no answer except to say that our translations of these verses of Scripture were possibly incorrect. He promised to study them further.

There never has been a mystery as to “persons” in the Godhead. The Bible clearly states that there is only one God, and this is easy for all to understand. The only mystery about the Godhead is how God could come in flesh, how Jesus could be both God and man. But the truth of this mystery has been revealed to those who will believe. The mystery of Jesus Christ has been kept secret since the world began, but was revealed in the New Testament age (Romans 16:25-26; Colossians 1:25-27). A mystery in the New Testament is simply a plan of God that was not understood in the Old Testament but which has been made known to us. We “may understand. . .the mystery of Christ which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Ephesians 3:45).

We can know the mystery of God and the Father, which is Christ (Colossians 2:2; see also the NIV and TAB). In fact, Paul explained this mystery by saying that in Jesus Christ dwells all the wisdom, knowledge, and fulness of God (Colossians 2:3, 9). The mystery of God has been revealed to us by God’s Spirit (I Corinthians 2:7-10). This revelation comes to us through God’s Word, which is illuminated by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:7-10). The light of Christ, who is the image of God, has shined in our hearts (II Corinthians 4:3-4). There is therefore no biblical mystery about the Godhead and certainly no mystery about the number of persons in the Godhead. The only mystery is Christ, and He has been revealed to us! The mystery of God and the mystery of Christ converge in the Incarnation. It is simply that the one God of Israel came to the earth in flesh. This mystery has been revealed and God’s Word declares that it has been made known to us today.

Jesus is the Father

If there is only one God and that God is the Father (Malachi 2:10), and if Jesus is God, then it logically follows that Jesus is the Father. For those who somehow think that Jesus can be God and still not be the Father, we will offer additional biblical proof that Jesus is the Father. This will serve as more evidence that Jesus is God. Actually two verses of Scripture are sufficient to prove this point.

1. Isaiah 9:6 calls the Son the everlasting Father. Jesus is the Son prophesied about and there is only one Father (Malachi 2:10; Ephesians 4:6), so Jesus must be God the Father.

2. Colossians 2:9 proclaims that all the fulness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus. The Godhead includes the role of Father, so the Father must dwell in Jesus.

3. In addition to these two verses, Jesus Himself taught that He was the Father. Once, when Jesus was talking about the Father, the Pharisees asked, “Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John 8:19). Jesus went on to say, “I said therefore unto you, if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).

We should note that he in the verse is in italics, which indicates that it is not in the original Greek, being added by the translators. Jesus was really identifying Himself with the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14. The Jews, who did not understand His meaning, asked, “Who art thou?” Jesus answered, “Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning” (John 8:25). However, “they understood not that he spake to them of the Father” (John 8:27). In other words, Jesus tried to tell them that He was the Father and the I AM, and that if they did not accept Him as God they would die in their sins.

4. In another place Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Some try to say that He was one with the Father much as a husband and wife are one or as two men can be one in agreement. This interpretation attempts to weaken the force of the assertion Jesus made. However, other verses fully support that Jesus was not only the Son in His humanity but also the Father in His deity.

5. For example, Jesus stated in John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” In other words, if a person sees Jesus as to His deity, he sees the Father.

6. In John 14:7 Jesus told His disciples, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” Upon hearing this statement, Philip requested, “Lord, shew us the Father, arid it sufficeth us” (John 14:8). In other words, he asked that Jesus show them the Father and then they would be satisfied. Jesus’ answer was, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake” (John 14:911). This statement goes far beyond a relationship of agreement; it can be viewed as nothing less that the claim of Christ to be the Father manifested in flesh. Like many people today, Philip had not comprehended that the Father is an invisible Spirit and that the only way a person could ever see Him would be through the person of Jesus Christ.

7. Jesus said, “The Father is in me, and I in him”(John 10:38),

8. Jesus promised to be the Father of all over-corners (Revelation 21:6-7).

9. In John 14:18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” The Greek word translated “comfortless” is orphanos, which Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines as “bereaved (`orphans’), i.e. parentless.” Jesus was saying, “I will not leave you as orphans” (NIV and TAB), or “I will not leave you fatherless: I will come to you.” Jesus, speaking as the Father, promised that He would not leave His disciples fatherless.

Below are some comparisons which provide additional proof that Jesus is the Father.

10. Jesus prophesied that He would resurrect His own body from the dead in three days (John 2:19-21), yet Peter preached that God raised up Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24).

11. Jesus said He would send the Comforter to us (John 16:7), but He also said the Father would send the Comforter (John 14:26).

12. The Father alone can draw men to God (John 6:44), yet Jesus said He would draw all men (John 12:32).

13. Jesus will raise up all believers at the last day (John 6:40), yet God the Father quickens (gives life to) the dead and will raise us up (Romans 4:17; I Corinthians 6:14).

14. Jesus promised to answer the believer’s prayer (John 14:14), yet He said the Father would answer prayer (John 16:23).

15. Christ is our sanctifier (Ephesians 5:26), yet the Father sanctifies us (Jude 1).

16. First John 3:1, 5 states that the Father loved us and was manifested to take away our sins, yet we know it was Christ who was manifested in the world to take away sin (John 1:29-31).

We can easily understand all of this if we realize that Jesus has a dual nature. He is both Spirit and flesh, God and man, Father and Son. On His human side He is the Son of man; on His divine side He is the Son of God and is the Father dwelling in flesh. (See Chapter V for more on the Son and Chapter VI for more on Father, Son, and Spirit.)

Jesus is Jehovah

The verses of Scripture demonstrating that Jesus is the Father do not exhaust our proof that Jesus is the one God. Below are twelve verses of Scripture specifically proving that Jesus is Jehovah—the one God of the Old Testament.

1. Isaiah 40:3 prophesied that a voice in the wilderness would cry, “Prepare ye the way of the LORD” (Jehovah); Matthew 3:3 says John the Baptist is the fulfillment of this prophecy. Of course, we know that John prepared the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since the name Jehovah was the sacred name for the one God, the Bible would not apply it to anyone other than the Holy One of Israel; here it is applied to Jesus.

2. Malachi 3:1 says, “The LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant.” This was fulfilled by Jesus, whether the literal Temple or the temple of Jesus’ body is meant (John 2:21).

3. Jeremiah 23:5-6 speaks of a righteous Branch from David—a clear reference to the Messiah—and names Him “The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (See also Jeremiah 33:15-16.) In other words, Jesus is “Jehovah Our Righteousness.”

4. Isaiah says, speaking of Jehovah, “His arm brought salvation” (Isaiah 59:16), and “his arm shall rule for him” (Isaiah 40:10). Isaiah 53:1-2 describes the Messiah as the revelation of the arm of the LORD. Therefore, Jesus the Savior is not another God, but an extension of Jehovah in human flesh to bring salvation to the world.

5. Isaiah prophesied that the glory of the LORD would be revealed to all flesh (Isaiah 40:5). Since Jehovah said He would not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11), we know He could only fulfill this prophecy by revealing Himself. Indeed, we find in the New Testament that Jesus had the glory of the Father (John 1:14; 17:5). He is the Lord of glory (I Corinthians 2:8). When Jesus comes again, He will come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38). Since Jesus has Jehovah’s glory, He must be Jehovah.

6. Jehovah said, “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak; behold, it is I” (Isaiah 52:6). Yet we know that Jesus is the One that declared the Father, manifested the Father’s name, and declared the Father’s name (John 1:18; 17:6; 17:26). Jesus declared the LORD’s name (Psalm 22:22; Hebrews 2:12). Thus, He must be Jehovah.

7. The LORD said, “That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:23). Paul quoted this verse of Scripture to prove that all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-11). Paul also wrote, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Philippians 2:10).

8. Zechariah offers convincing proof that Jesus is
Jehovah. In the passage beginning with Zechariah 11:4, “the LORD my God” said, “So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.” In Zechariah 12:10 Jehovah stated, “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced.” Of course, it was Jesus who was sold for thirty pieces of silver and who was pierced (Matthew 26:14-16; John 19:34). Zechariah 12:8 says with reference to the Messiah, “the house of David shall be as God.” Zechariah also wrote, “The LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” and describes Him battling against many nations and stepping foot on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:35). Of course, we know Jesus is the One coming back to the Mount of Olives as King of kings and Lord of lords to war against the nations (Acts 1:9-12; I Timothy 6:14.16; Revelation 19:11-16).

9. When Paul, the educated Jew, the Pharisee of Pharisees, the fanatic persecutor of Christianity, was stricken on the road to Damascus by a blinding light from God, he asked, “Who art thou, Lord?” As a Jew, he knew there was only one God and Lord, and he was asking, “Who are you, Jehovah?” The Lord answered, “I am Jesus” (Acts 9:5).

10. Although Moses dealt with Jehovah God, Hebrews 11:26 says that Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ to be greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. So Moses’ God was Jesus Christ.

11. Psalm 68:18 depicts a scene in which Jehovah ascends on high and leads captivity captive, yet we know Jesus ascended and led captivity captive. In fact Ephesians 4:7-10 applies this prophecy to Jesus.

12. Revelation 22:6 says, “the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel” to John, but verse 16 says, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you.”

There are yet many more passages of Scripture identifying Jesus with the one Jehovah God. Below is a list of verses that describe Jehovah in certain ways paired with verses that describe Jesus in the same ways. Thus, these verses of Scripture all prove that Jesus is Jehovah.
Jesus is Jehovah (I)

The Jews Understood

That Jesus Claimed to be God

The Jews did not understand how God could come in flesh. They did not understand Jesus on one occasion when He told them He was the Father (John 8:19-27). However, on many other occasions they did understand His claim to be God. Once when Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath and credited the work to His Father, the Jews sought to kill Him—not only because He had broken the Sabbath but because He said God was His Father, making Himself equal with God (John 5:17-18). Another time Jesus said Abraham slain (Jesus) is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing (Revelation 5:12). Revelation 20:11-12 tells us the One on the throne is the Judge, and we know Jesus is the Judge of all (John 5:22, 27; Romans 2:16; 14:10-11). We conclude that Jesus must be the One on the throne in Revelation 4.
Revelation 22:3-4 speaks of the throne of God and of the Lamb. These verses speak of one throne, one face, and one name. Therefore, God and the Lamb must be one Being who has one face and one name and who sits on one throne. The only person who is both God and the Lamb is Jesus Christ. (For discussion of the Ancient of Days in Daniel 7 see Chapter VII. For discussion of the Lamb in Revelation 5 see Chapter IX.) In short, the Book of Revelation tells us that when we get to heaven we will see Jesus alone on the throne. Jesus is the only visible manifestation of God we will ever see in heaven.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Book of Revelation contains many other powerful statements concerning the deity of Jesus. God’s purpose in having John to write the book was to reveal or unveil Jesus Christ, not merely to reveal future events. In fact, all of John’s writings strongly emphasize the oneness of God, the deity of Christ, and the dual nature of Christ. John wrote the Gospel of John so that we would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31). Accepting Jesus as the Son of God means accepting Him as God, because the title “Son of God” simply means God manifested in the flesh. (See Chapter V for further discussion.) John identified Jesus as God, the Word, the Father, and Jehovah (the I am). All of John’s writings elevate the deity of Jesus; the Book of Revelation is no exception.

Revelation 1:1 tells us the book is the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Greek for revelation is apokalupsis, from which we get the word apocalypse. It literally means an unveiling or an uncovering. Certainly the book is a prophecy of things to come, but one of the main reasons for this prophecy is to reveal Christ—to show who He really is. The serious Bible student should seek to understand the predictions in the book; but, more importantly, he should seek to understand the reason for these predictions. He should seek to understand the revealing of Jesus Christ in these future events.

The Book of Revelation presents Jesus both in His humanity and in His deity. He is the Lamb slain for our sins but He is also the Almighty God on the throne. Below is a list of some of the ways in which the book presents Christ.

Jesus in the Book of Revelation

Jesus, the omnipresent Spirit of Jesus could not be so confined. While Jesus walked this earth as a man, His Spirit was still everywhere at the same time.

Jesus is also omniscient; for He could read thoughts (Mark 2:6-12). He knew Nathanael before He met him (John 1:47-50). He knows all things (John 21:17), and all wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him (Colossians 2:3).

Jesus is omnipotent; He has all power, is the head of all principality and power, and is the Almighty (Matthew 28:18; Colossians 2:10; Revelation 1:8).

Jesus is immutable and unchanging (Hebrews 13:8). He is also eternal and immortal (Hebrews 1:812; Revelation 1:8, 18).

Only God should receive worship (Exodus 20:1-5; 34:14), yet Jesus received worship on many occasions and will receive worship from all creation (Luke 24:52; Philippians 2:10; Hebrews 1:6). Only God can forgive sin (Isaiah 43:25), yet Jesus has power to forgive sin (Mark 2:5). God receives the spirits of men (Ecclesiastes 12:7), yet Jesus received the spirit of Stephen (Acts 7:59). God is the preparer of heaven (Hebrews 11:10), yet Jesus is the preparer of heaven (John 14:3). Therefore, we find that Jesus has all the attributes and prerogatives that belong to God alone.

Moreover, Jesus displays all the other characteristics God has. For example, while on earth Jesus displayed godly emotions such as joy, compassion, and sorrow (Luke 10:21; Mark 6:34; John 11:35). The Bible also testifies that He has the moral attributes of God. Below is a list of some moral attributes of Jesus which correspond to those of God.

Jesus Has the Moral Nature of God

1. love Ephesians 5:25
2. light John 1:3-9
3. holiness Luke 1:35
4. mercy Hebrews 2:17
5. gentleness II Corinthians 10:1
6. righteousness II Timothy 4:8
7. goodness Matthew 19:16
8. perfection Ephesians 4:13
9. justice Acts 3:14
10. faithfulness Revelation 19:11
11. truth John 14:6
12. grace John 1:16-17

Conclusion

Jesus is everything that the Bible describes God to be. He has all the attributes, prerogatives, and characteristics of God Himself. To put it simply, everything that God is Jesus is. Jesus is the one God. There is no better way to sum it all up than to say with the inspired Apostle Paul, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:9-10).

The above article, “Jesus is God” is written by David K. Bernard. The article was excerpted from chapter four of Bernard’s book The Oneness of God.