This is Us!
A contingent of faithful Christians have long believed that Jesus and his early Jewish followers held that the Father alone is the one true God of the universe (John 17:3). That contingent has believed that God is eternally one individual – not two or three “persons” as came to be taught by Gentile Christians after the Bible was written. Those same faithful Christians have believed that the spirit of God is not another “person” in addition to the Father, but rather the spirit of the Father himself (Matt. 10:20). It is the Father in motion, in presence and power, interacting with his creation.
Those same Christians have loved and served Jesus – not as being God – but as God’s Messiah. To them, Jesus is the true human son of God. By a miracle of God’s spirit, he was born of a virgin (Luke 1:35). For this reason, God is literally this man’s Father – and this man is literally God’s human son. Jesus died for the sake of the rest of us – but God raised him from the dead and seated him at his own right hand in heaven (Eph. 1:20). God has made Jesus to be a Prince and a Savior, Lord and Christ to us all (Acts 5:31 and Acts 2:36).
21st Century Reformation is about many wonderful things. However, it is most essentially about God who is eternally one individual – the Father of us all. It is about the spirit of God being our Father himself in action. And it is about loving and serving Jesus as being who he and the first Christians said he was: God’s Christ, the true human son of God, our Savior, the one of us whom God has made to be Lord of all.
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King (Isa. 43:15). Who would not desire to hear God speak? If he spoke to us, what would he say? What would he want us to know? Perhaps he would tell us that he loves us. Perhaps he would say that he wants us to love one another. These are matters of great importance. Both are true. Yet he would likely surprise us. There is something even more fundamental he wants us to know. He wants us to know who he is. He wants us to know him. To know God as he really is, we must understand that he is [...]
EDITOR’S CHOICE – VIDEO
Teaching from the 22nd chapter of Job, Joel Hemphill tells his audience that to know God our Father is to know the greatest being in the universe (2 Samuel 7:22). Our Lord Jesus said that the Father is even greater than he is (John 14:28). The goal of Jesus is to bring us to the Father (John 14:6; Hebrews 7:25).