Tuesday, April 01 2008
I received an email asking me about the following scripture...
Hebrews 1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The writer of the email stated that they were confused by the language because it is written as if the Son was the creator.
I do have one simple answer and that is...He is the creator and I give you the following...
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Another scripture states....
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
We must understand that the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just that...titles. The Bible states in Matthew 28:19...
Matthew 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
The disciples were obedient to this scripture and throughout the New Testament church they baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no record in the scripture of any baptized in the titles of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The simplest answer that I can give is that my wife calls me her husband (a title), my kids call me dad (a title) and Cornerstone Chapel calls me pastor (a title), but my name is Robert P. Eaby, Jr.
In the minds of the writers of the New Testament (and this is backed by historical data), Jesus was God and titles were used interchangeably. Paul wrote...
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
He also wrote...
1Timothy 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.
Jesus claimed to be God when being tempted by satan...
Matthew 4:7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus claimed to be the Father...
John 14:8Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
John 14:9Jesus saith unto him, 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?
John 14:10Believest 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.
The claim of Jesus of being the Father is supported in the Old Testament...
Isaiah 9:6For 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 oneness of God is integrated throughout the scripture and as Paul wrote to the Romans...
Romans 1:20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
I could write for hours using scripture to prove the oneness of God, but I do not have to reinvent the wheel. I recommend a book entitled The Oneness of God by Rev. David Bernard. It can be found by visiting our bookstore through our website, http://www.cornerstonechapel.cc/, and searching.
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