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Bible Writers Theology
The Only True God
by Bishop Teklemariam Gezahagne
Hear O Israel,The Lord Our God,The Lord is One.
Bible Writers' Theology v. 1 is a comprehensive study of God and His manifestation in the flesh as Jesus Christ, the God-man.
There has been much controversy in Pentecost over the contents of this book. But before you even think of joining the conversation, you must read this book. Bible Writers' Theology is an in-depth study that will help you to understand the holy God we serve. You will definitely close this book with the revelation that the Lord our God is One.
Excerpt from the chapter "There is But One God"
The deity of God from eternity has been one in entity, character, and being - never two, three or more. This one God has manifested Himself to His people as the invisible Father, Word, and Spirit. The conscience of every human bears witness that there is only one God, and His existence is from eternity to eternity. The clearest theme of scripture is always uncompromising monotheism, or the belief in one God. The Bible simply states that God is absolutely and indivisibly one. In the Bible, we find no essential distinctions or divisions in His eternal nature. All forms of polytheism - 0the belief in more than one God - are refuted. Even the terminology ‘oneness of God’ came from Trinitarian background to mean the unity of three or more distinct persons. To define the one true God and His single personality, it would not be biblical to use such terminology.
Bible Writers’ Testimony of One God
The Bible writers believed in only one God who is the creator, Father, Word and Spirit. In short, the Bible speaks of only one God. Both the Old and the New Testament believers use the phrase “the Lord alone” to identify the Single God so whenever they worshiped the only true God, they testified that He is only one:
“Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host...”
“O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the Cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.”
“...thou art great, O LORD GOD: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
II Samuel 7:22
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.”
“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.”
“And the LORD appeared unto Abram...And there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”
Here we see that only one Lord appeared to Abram and that the patriarch made one altar for the one God. That same true God revealed Himself to Jacob on the way to Haran:
“...I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac; the land whereon thou list, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.”
When Jacob returned to Bethel, God said unto him,
“Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God... and he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him ...And God appeared unto Jacob again... and blessed him. And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name... I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee... And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee... And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him... and he poured a drink offering there on... And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.”
Genesis 35:1, 7, 9-15
Isaiah, in a vision, saw only one God:
“...I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up...”
The One God is Word
The doctrine of the one true God can be stated in two affirmations:
As Word, there is one God with no distinction of persons.
As Spirit, this same God has no distinction of persons.
This is truly uncompromising and irrefutable monotheism. God is absolutely Spirit and Word, indivisibly one person. There are no essential distinctions in His eternal nature and divinity. Indeed His people know Him both as Word and Spirit. This fact is stated very clearly in the scriptures. The gospel of John expresses this beautiful truth in a unique fashion, speaking of His Word and of His Spirit. In the Old Testament, God’s word “dahbar” in Hebrew, was not a distinct person. It was the essence of God as it related to His acting or creative power. We frequently read in the Bible expressions like:
“And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: Ye heard the voice of the words...”
“In the beginning was the Word...”
“...The worlds were framed by the word of God...”
“...The voice of the LORD God walking in the garden...”
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made...”
“...The word of the LORD came unto me...”
“...Do not my words do good to him that walketh up-rightly?”
“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
In various contexts, we see God suggesting his creative power, prophetic utterances, and admonitions. But these do not imply that God and His Word are separate entities. For Jewish thinkers and scholars, God’s Word is a part of Him and can never be separated from Him, having independent existence and personification. This is in line with the doctrine of the one true God, which is present throughout the Old Testament.
Date Added: 2011-02-08