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The Trinity in Genesis?.


God‘s great and incommunicable name Jehovah is always in the singular and is never used plurally; the reason of which is because it is expressive of his essence, which is but one. It is the same with “I AM that I AM.” But the first name of God we meet with in Scripture, and that in the first verse of it, is plural; “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), and therefore must design more than one, at least two, and yet not precisely two, or two only; then it would have been dual. But it is plural, and cannot design fewer than three.

Now Moses might have made use of other names of God in his account of the creation; as his name Jehovah, by which he made himself known to Moses and to the people of Israel; or Eloah, the singular of Elohim, which is used by him (Deut. 32:15, 16) and in the book of Job frequently. So, it was not a lack of singular names of God, nor the barrenness of the Hebrew language, which obliged him to use a plural word. It was no doubt of choice and with design; and which will be more evident when it is observed that one end of the writings of Moses is to root out the polytheism of the heathens and to prevent the people of Israel from going into it. Therefore, it may seem strange that he should begin his history with a plural name of God. He must have some design in it, which could not be to inculcate a plurality of gods, for that would be directly contrary to what he had in view in writing and to what he asserts (Deut. 6:4).

 

And then the historian goes on to make mention of the Persons of the Trinity, who, besides the Father, included in this name, are the Spirit of God, that moved upon the face of the waters, and the Word of God (Gen. 1:2), which said, “Let there be light, and there was light”; and which spoke that, and all things, out of nothing; see (John 1:1-3). And it may be further observed, that this plural wordElohim is, in this passage, in construction with a singular verb, bara, rendered “created”; which some have thought is designed to point out a plurality of persons and the unity of the divine essence: but if this is not judged sufficient to build it upon, let it be further observed, that the word Elohim is sometimes in construction with a plural verb, as in Gen. 20:13; Gen. 35:7; 2 Sam. 7:23, where Elohim is said to cause Abraham to wander from his father’s house; to appear to Jacob; and to go forth to redeem Israel – all which are personal actions.

Adapted from A Body of Doctrinal Divinity, Book 1, Chapter 27, by John Gill.

John Gill

{ Day 197 }.


Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. —Psalm 100:2-3

God is a God of gladness. Not only does He have unfathomable mercy, but God also possesses powerful pleasures beyond our comprehension. His rejoicing emotions are infinite in measure and eternal in duration. Experiencing God is like riding a roller coaster that never ends but gets better with each curve. He smiles with delight and enjoyment when He gazes on each one of us. This strikes many people as strange. They are accustomed to relating to a God who is mostly mad or mostly sad when they come before Him. They imagine that He is either mad because they have rebelled, or sad and grieved all the time because His people are not dedicated enough.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, show me Your gladness. Let me see You smile with delight as You gaze upon me. Let me experience the exhilaration of joy that comes from living my life in Yours.

When the Father finds us in the struggle of our
weakness, in some shabby place of sin and
self-loathing, He lifts us out of it with
great enjoyment.

By MIKE BICKLE.

All there is to it…


By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.'”
Matthew 5:33

In Jesus’ day, he spoke to a culture very much like ours that had a way of swearing an oath of honesty in order to trick people. For example, “I swear I didn’t do it.” It’s a song and dance.

At that time, it was believed that if you swore in the name of God, you were bound to the truth. So, what people would do is to make it sound as if they were swearing to God but they really weren’t. Instead, they would, swear their oaths on heaven or on Jerusalem. That way, they could break their promises and say, “But, ahhh, I didn’t swear on the name of God.” You see? It was trickery. People in Jesus’ day would swear they were honest people, though only dishonest people need that type of validation.

It was similar to crossing our fingers when we were kids. If we had our fingers crossed behind our backs where no one could see them, we were pretty much allowed to say whatever we wanted. Then, when we were caught in a lie, we’d say, “I’m sorry, but I didn’t lie because I had my fingers crossed behind my back.”

Jesus, instead, wants us to be people that are so true and so honest that we don’t need to swear oaths of honesty because our yes is an honest yes and our no is a firm no. That’s all there is to it.

Prayer: Lord, how refreshing it is to know that honesty is always the best policy. The burden of dishonesty has been lifted as I learn to be pure in my truthful responses to others. No oaths, no swearing, just a simple yes or no. Amen.

Reflection: When have you sworn an oath of honesty when you weren’t being honest at all? How would that circumstance have turned out differently if you had just told the truth?

Biblical Names of God.


Scriptural Names for God and Jesus

Studying the names of God is one of the most uplifting Bible adventures a Christian can explore. You will learn about God’s character, his nature, and how completely he cares for you.

This list presents the biblical names of God and Jesus and where they are located in Scripture. With 102 names of God represented, the list, though not exhaustive, is quite extensive.

Are you ready to dive in?

Biblical Names of God

  • Advocate – 1 John 2:1
  • Almighty – Revelation 1:8
  • Alpha – Revelation 1:8
  • Amen – Revelation 3:14
  • Angel of the Lord – Genesis 16:7
  • Anointed One – Psalm 2:2
  • Apostle – Hebrews 3:1
  • Author and Perfecter of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2
  • Beginning – Revelation 21:6
  • Bishop of Souls – 1 Peter 2:25
  • Branch – Zechariah 3:8
  • Bread of Life – John 6:35,48
  • Bridegroom – Matthew 9:15
  • Carpenter – Mark 6:3
  • Chief Shepherd – 1 Peter 5:4
  • The Christ – Matthew 1:16
  • Comforter – Jeremiah 8:18
  • Consolation of Israel – Luke 2:25
  • Cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20
  • Dayspring – Luke 1:78
  • Day Star – 2 Peter 1:19
  • Deliverer – Romans 11:26
  • Desire of Nations – Haggai 2:7
  • Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23
  • End – Revelation 21:6
  • Everlasting Father – Isaiah 9:6
  • Faithful and True Witness – Revelation 3:14
  • First Fruits – 1 Corinthians 15:23
  • Foundation – Isaiah 28:16
  • Fountain – Zechariah 13:1
  • Friend of Sinners – Matthew 11:19
  • Gate for the Sheep – John 10:7
  • Gift of God – 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • God – John 1:1
  • Glory of God – Isaiah 60:1
  • Good Shepherd – John 10:11
  • Governor – Matthew 2:6
  • Great Shepherd – Hebrews 13:20
  • Guide – Psalm 48:14
  • Head of the Church – Colossians 1:18
  • High Priest – Hebrews 3:1
  • Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 41:14
  • Horn of Salvation – Luke 1:69
  • I Am – Exodus 3:14
  • Jehovah – Psalm 83:18
  • Jesus – Matthew 1:21
  • King of Israel – Matthew 27:42
  • King of Kings – 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Lamb of God – John 1:29
  • Last Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:45
  • Life – John 11:25
  • Light of the World – John 8:12; John 9:5
  • Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Revelation 5:5
  • Lord of Lords – 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Master – Matthew 23:8
  • Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Messiah – John 1:41
  • Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
  • Morning Star – Revelation 22:16
  • Nazarene – Matthew 2:23
  • Omega – Revelation 1:8
  • Passover Lamb – 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Physician – Matthew 9:12
  • Potentate – 1 Timothy 6:15
  • Priest – Hebrews 4:15
  • Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
  • Prophet – Acts 3:22
  • Propitiation – I John 2:2
  • Purifier – Malachi 3:3
  • Rabbi – John 1:49
  • Ransom – 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Redeemer – Isaiah 41:14
  • Refiner – Malachi 3:2
  • Refuge – Isaiah 25:4
  • Resurrection – John 11:25
  • Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6
  • Rock – Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Root of David – Revelation 22:16
  • Rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Ruler of God’s Creation – Revelation 3:14
  • Sacrifice – Ephesians 5:2
  • Savior – 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
  • Second Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:47
  • Seed of Abraham – Galatians 3:16
  • Seed of David – 2 Timothy 2:8
  • Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15
  • Servant – Isaiah 42:1
  • Shepherd – 1 Peter 2:25
  • Shiloh – Genesis 49:10
  • Son of David – Matthew 15:22
  • Son of God – Luke 1:35
  • Son of Man – Matthew 18:11
  • Son of Mary – Mark 6:3
  • Son of the Most High – Luke 1:32
  • Stone – Isaiah 28:16
  • Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4:2
  • Teacher – Matthew 26:18
  • Truth – John 14:6
  • Way – John 14:6
  • Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
  • Word – John 1:1
  • Vine – John 15:1

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The Trinity in Genesis?.


God‘s great and incommunicable name Jehovah is always in the singular and is never used plurally; the reason of which is because it is expressive of his essence, which is but one. It is the same with “I AM that I AM.” But the first name of God we meet with in Scripture, and that in the first verse of it, is plural; “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), and therefore must design more than one, at least two, and yet not precisely two, or two only; then it would have been dual. But it is plural, and cannot design fewer than three.

Now Moses might have made use of other names of God in his account of the creation; as his name Jehovah, by which he made himself known to Moses and to the people of Israel; or Eloah, the singular of Elohim, which is used by him (Deut. 32:15, 16) and in the book of Job frequently.

So, it was not a lack of singular names of God, nor the barrenness of the Hebrew language, which obliged him to use a plural word. It was no doubt of choice and with design; and which will be more evident when it is observed that one end of the writings of Moses is to root out the polytheism of the heathens and to prevent the people of Israel from going into it. Therefore, it may seem strange that he should begin his history with a plural name of God.

He must have some design in it, which could not be to inculcate a plurality of gods, for that would be directly contrary to what he had in view in writing and to what he asserts (Deut. 6:4).

And then the historian goes on to make mention of the Persons of the Trinity, who, besides the Father, included in this name, are the Spirit of God, that moved upon the face of the waters, and the Word of God (Gen. 1:2), which said, “Let there be light, and there was light”; and which spoke that, and all things, out of nothing; see (John 1:1-3).

And it may be further observed, that this plural wordElohim is, in this passage, in construction with a singular verb, bara, rendered “created”; which some have thought is designed to point out a plurality of persons and the unity of the divine essence: but if this is not judged sufficient to build it upon, let it be further observed, that the word Elohim is sometimes in construction with a plural verb, as in Gen. 20:13; Gen. 35:7; 2 Sam. 7:23, where Elohim is said to cause Abraham to wander from his father’s house; to appear to Jacob; and to go forth to redeem Israel – all which are personal actions.

Adapted from A Body of Doctrinal Divinity, Book 1, Chapter 27, by John Gill.

By John Gill

Biblical Names of God.


Scriptural Names for God and Jesus

Studying the names of God is one of the most uplifting Bible adventures a Christian can explore. You will learn about God’s character, his nature, and how completely he cares for you.

This list presents the biblical names of God and Jesus and where they are located in Scripture. With 102 names of God represented, the list, though not exhaustive, is quite extensive.

Are you ready to dive in?

Biblical Names of God

  • Advocate– 1 John 2:1
  • Almighty– Revelation 1:8
  • Alpha– Revelation 1:8
  • Amen– Revelation 3:14
  • Angel of the Lord– Genesis 16:7
  • Anointed One– Psalm 2:2
  • ApostleHebrews3:1
  • Author and Perfecter of our Faith– Hebrews 12:2
  • Beginning– Revelation 21:6
  • Bishop of Souls– 1 Peter 2:25
  • Branch– Zechariah 3:8
  • Bread of Life– John 6:35,48
  • BridegroomMatthew 9:15
  • Carpenter– Mark 6:3
  • Chief Shepherd– 1 Peter 5:4
  • The Christ– Matthew 1:16
  • Comforter– Jeremiah 8:18
  • Consolation of Israel– Luke 2:25
  • Cornerstone– Ephesians 2:20
  • Dayspring– Luke 1:78
  • Day Star– 2 Peter 1:19
  • Deliverer– Romans 11:26
  • Desire of Nations– Haggai 2:7
  • Emmanuel– Matthew 1:23
  • End– Revelation 21:6
  • Everlasting Father– Isaiah 9:6
  • Faithful and True Witness–  Revelation 3:14
  • First Fruits1 Corinthians 15:23
  • Foundation– Isaiah 28:16
  • Fountain– Zechariah 13:1
  • Friend of Sinners– Matthew 11:19
  • Gate for the Sheep– John 10:7
  • Gift of God– 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • GodJohn 1:1
  • Glory of God– Isaiah 60:1
  • Good Shepherd– John 10:11
  • GovernorMatthew 2:6
  • Great Shepherd– Hebrews 13:20
  • Guide– Psalm 48:14
  • Head of the Church– Colossians 1:18
  • High Priest– Hebrews 3:1
  • Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 41:14
  • Horn of Salvation– Luke 1:69
  • I Am– Exodus 3:14
  • JehovahPsalm 83:18
  • Jesus– Matthew 1:21
  • King of Israel– Matthew 27:42
  • King of Kings1 Timothy6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Lamb of God– John 1:29
  • Last Adam1 Corinthians 15:45
  • LifeJohn 11:25
  • Light of the World– John 8:12; John 9:5
  • Lion of the Tribe of Judah– Revelation 5:5
  • Lord of Lords – 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • Master– Matthew 23:8
  • Mediator– 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Messiah– John 1:41
  • Mighty God– Isaiah 9:6
  • Morning Star– Revelation 22:16
  • Nazarene– Matthew 2:23
  • Omega– Revelation 1:8
  • Passover Lamb– 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • PhysicianMatthew 9:12
  • Potentate– 1 Timothy 6:15
  • Priest– Hebrews 4:15
  • Prince of Peace– Isaiah 9:6
  • Prophet– Acts 3:22
  • PropitiationI John2:2
  • Purifier– Malachi 3:3
  • Rabbi– John 1:49
  • Ransom– 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Redeemer– Isaiah 41:14
  • Refiner– Malachi 3:2
  • Refuge– Isaiah 25:4
  • Resurrection– John 11:25
  • Righteousness– Jeremiah 23:6
  • Rock– Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Root of David– Revelation 22:16
  • Rose of Sharon– Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Ruler of God’s Creation– Revelation 3:14
  • Sacrifice– Ephesians 5:2
  • Savior– 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
  • Second Adam– 1 Corinthians 15:47
  • Seed of Abraham– Galatians 3:16
  • Seed of David– 2 Timothy 2:8
  • Seed of the Woman– Genesis 3:15
  • Servant– Isaiah 42:1
  • Shepherd– 1 Peter 2:25
  • Shiloh– Genesis 49:10
  • Son of David– Matthew 15:22
  • Son of God– Luke 1:35
  • Son of Man– Matthew 18:11
  • Son of Mary– Mark 6:3
  • Son of the Most High– Luke 1:32
  • Stone– Isaiah 28:16
  • Sun of Righteousness– Malachi 4:2
  • Teacher– Matthew 26:18
  • Truth– John 14:6
  • Way– John 14:6
  • Wonderful Counselor– Isaiah 9:6
  • Word– John 1:1
  • Vine – John 15:1

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Held In High Honor.


In places of distinction and high esteem, there is a mandated and expected standard of behavior, dress, and decorum. Some restaurants require a dress code. Some offices, ceremonial or not, require specific salutations. For example, although an individual may no longer be the current United States President, they will always be referred to as Mr. President. That’s holding them in high esteem.

This idea of high esteem even makes its way into homes. Were you privileged to either live in a home or have family members that required you to remove your shoes before you entered their home? Or even some rooms that were considered off limits during every day activity? These rooms, homes, carpets, and furniture pieces were held in high esteem.

To hold in high esteem is to give something its reasonable honor, to regard it with respect and dignity. It means literally to have a high opinion of something. God understood this reality so well that He required His chosen people to understand it as a law. In Exodus 20: 7 (Message), God speaks saying, “No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.”

I want to be very honest with you. There have been times that out of habit, I have used God’s name in silly banter. In my every day conversation I have invoked God’s name without holding it in high honor and esteem. There have been times that I have respected a person with a title or a room with white carpet or even a physical possession like a car, clothes, or shoes more than I have esteemed God for who He is.

It is not until you have an opportunity to let the truth of these scriptures sink in that the Holy Spirit has opportunity to convict you of this truth: We must set the standard for holding God in high honor.

When God’s real power is revealed, even unbelievers will pause to reverence His power and glory. In Acts 19: 11-20, the power of God was revealed so powerfully that, “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly” (NIV). This is the truth of what happens when, not unbelievers, but those that have become ambassadors of God hold Him in high esteem.

We understand the notion of rolling out the red carpet, reserving the best seats for VIPs, making sure that the facilities, vehicles, and staff are all primed and ready to receive special guests when they arrive. We painstakingly go through every fine detail to make sure that it’s a high standard for these very important people. This sort of consideration MUST be extended to our Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Banner, Healer, and Shepherd. He’s literally the “I Am,” who has no beginning nor ending. It will take some thinking before we speak and act, but if we don’t hold him in high honor, there is no one else who will. Watch your silly banter or irreverent use of God, His name, or even His work. He’s so much more than what we’ve reduced Him to. In truth, He’s the greatest VIP.

Scripture Of The Week: “No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.” – Exodus 20:7 (MSG).

By Overseer Christopher J. Harris.

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