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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #24 “The Deity of the Messiah” (A Study of Romans 9)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 9 each day this week.

What an incredible statement about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, “who is God over all”! Here’s the Greek of that statement, for those who are into such things:

ὧν οἱ πατέρες, καὶ ἐξ ὧν ὁ χριστὸς τὸ κατὰ σάρκα, ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων, θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας· ἀμήν.

My literal translation would be: “of whom the fathers, and out of whom the according to the flesh Christ, who is over all things, God blessed for ever; amen.”

The New World Translation (the one used by Jehovah Witnesses) renders this verse: ”  To them the forefathers belong, and from them the Christ descended according to the flesh. God, who is over all, be praised forever. Amen.” Notice what their translation does: it adds the word “be.” In other words, they want the clear use of “God” to refer to Someone other than Christ, i.e., Jehovah!

A good article defending the translation of Christ as “God blessed for ever” can be found here. Aren’t you thankful for the full deity of the Lord Jesus?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2021 in Romans 9

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Omnipotence)

Calvin here illustrates the fact that many humans act like they are somehow divine, that others should virtually worship them, that they have ultimate power. But only God is God — and He is far more than simply omnipotent power. He is love and mercy and kindness and forgiveness. Aren’t you glad?

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2020 in deity

 

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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Relationship with God the Holy Spirit — He Is Fully Divine!

We are suggesting that some Christians overemphasize the Holy Spirit, and also that many of us overlook Him. As the so-called “Shy Member of the Trinity,” the Holy Spirit is personal and deserves to be treated as a Person!

In our previous post, we suggested that because the Holy Spirit is personal, He can be prayed to. A major part of my thesis in these posts is that we can have a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit which includes praying to Him. I don’t believe the Bible forbids the believer from directing his or her prayers to the respective member of the Godhead who is most intimately connected to a certain ministry.

Today’s thought is that because the Holy Spirit is fully God, we can worship Him! We don’t worship Him in place of the Lord Jesus, of course. But if He is God, He can and should be worshiped!

The deity of God the Holy Spirit can be shown from the Scriptures in several ways. He possesses the “attributes” (characteristics) of deity in His omnipresence (see Psalm 139), His omniscience (see Romans 8:26-27 and I Corinthians 2), and His omnipotence (see Genesis 1; Acts 1:8; Romans 15).

However the narrative of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 shows the deity of the Holy Spirit. As a couple they wanted to give some money to the apostles, but lied to the Holy Spirit and the church in doing so. Peter makes it clear to Ananias that they had lied to God the Holy Spirit and Ananias is struck dead for his deception! His wife Sapphira comes in later and is given the opportunity to tell the truth, but she lies as well and is put to death by the Lord! “You have not lied to men, but to God,” Peter says. This he says just after he has said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?” Conclusion: They lied to God the Holy Spirit. And the Trinity would not tolerate such a serious sin at the beginning of the church.

[An Explanatory Note: When we use the expression “The Forgotten Third” we are not suggesting that the Holy Spirit if 1/3 God. No, that would be heresy. He is fully God, just as are the Father and the Son. The term “Third” is referring to His Person in the Godhead, not His divinity.]

A Challenge: IF the Holy Spirit is fully divine, we may worship Him. Write out a prayer of worship to God the Holy Spirit this morning, thanking Him for one of His ministries to you today.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2019 in The Holy Spirit

 

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Commanding Everything! Time for a Great Commercial!


If only everything in life listened to you! Yeah, that would be great, would it not?
No! Because we are not GOD! And catering to a person’s desire to have everything obey him (even something as simple as “Find the cat!”) is tantamount to defying man, right?

Technology can be great — but man still needs a Savior, right?

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in deity

 

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Colossal Truths from the Letter to the Colossians! You Can NEVER Over-Worship Jesus! (1:15-19)

We are reflecting on several prominent themes in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Yesterday we noticed Paul’s labor of prayer in 1:9-14. How wonderful it would be to have an army of prayer warriors praying such meaty prayers for you! How about praying that kind of prayer for others?

Let’s move on to another theme in Chapter One. And that is, the Person of the Lord Jesus. We read —

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Ch. 1)

Has it dawned on you, Christian, that you can never over-worship the Lord Jesus?! Never! Because of His full deity, He materializes the invisible God. His incarnation (becoming flesh) provided the means by which He showed us the Father in all His perfections. All creation focuses on the Lord Jesus. In Him all things were created; all things have been created through Him and for Him! He pre-existed all things. And “in Him all things hold together”! When things fall apart in my life, I need to reflect upon my Savior who holds all things together!

As the Head of His body, the church, He is to have”the supremacy” in everything! How pathetic are aberrant views of the Lord Jesus. The Jehovah Witnesses say Jesus is Jehovah God’s highest creation. If that were true, then Paul is penning blasphemy — for what creature deserves to have “the supremacy” over everything! In the Incarnate Christ God “was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Jesus Christ

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 82)

Psalm 82

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God presides in the great assembly;
    he renders judgment among the “gods”:

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?[b]
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
    They walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

“I said, ‘You are “gods”;
    you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die like mere mortals;
    you will fall like every other ruler.”

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance.

"We're all gods, right?" (Shirley MacLaine)

“We’re all gods, right?”
(Shirley MacLaine)

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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