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Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord

18 Jul

This morning I started out thinking I was going to write about something else, something completely unrelated to Mormonism, but as soon as I started to prepare my notes they began to go in a completely different direction. This isn’t really about Mormonism, but it’s related, so I felt this was still an appropriate venue for this subject. It’s about Monotheism and the deity of Jesus Christ and I am only going to post 3 key verses of scripture from the New Testament that relate to the first of all commandments: 

Hear O Israel: The LORD our God is One LORD. (Deu 6:4)

I’ve written on this subject before, but I really don’t think this can be stressed too much, especially as it relates to Mormon Doctrine concerning the Godhead.

One God One Lord 4

I have colored the words in the verses, in the image above, to correspond to the Greek and Hebrew words being used in each verse, so we can look at how they related to each other. These passages tell us:

The Lord (Jehovah) our God (Elohim) is one Lord (Jehovah)!

Thou shalt worship the Lord (Jehovah) thy God (Elohim), and him only shalt thou serve!

To us there is ONE GOD (Elohim), the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and ONE LORD (Kurios) Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

So what does all of this mean?

Jesus Christ is LORD!

He is the manifestation of God in the flesh: Emmanuel, God with us.

God (Yahweh/Jehovah) Himself is the REDEEMER/SAVIOUR of His people. (Isa 43:10-12; Isa 45:20-21; Hos 13:4)

Mankind is redeemed/saved from sin and death by the Spirit of God that dwells IN THEM, of which Jesus serves as the perfect pattern and our blessed assurance.

He is the pattern Son and the one into whose image we are to be conformed as sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

He is the Head of a many-membered body.

This is why all power and authority was given TO HIM; why all things were put into HIS HANDS; why the Spirit was given TO HIM WITHOUT MEASURE; why He had the power to lay down His own life and take it up again; why He has preeminence over ALL MEN, being THE HEAD of the body of Christ, whose Head is God; why we are called by HIS NAME, just as He is called by the Father’s name.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just about one individual man named Jesus, though in all things He will always have the preeminence. It is about the ONE NEW MAN “created” IN CHRIST, the only begotten Son of God. It is about one Son bringing many sons to glory, as the captain of their salvation.

This is why we are to know NO MAN after the flesh, not even Christ. We are to see ALL MEN as ONE MAN through Christ Jesus! We are to see ALL MEN as GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON… ONE MAN: ONE HEAD, ONE (many-membered) BODY. One man whose Head is God: the ONE God and Father of all.

We are ONE, just as they are ONE, because we are all joined together by ONE SPIRIT, which is THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

God is Spirit! And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit!

We are God’s offspring and because we are united in, by and through the ONE SPIRIT that IS GOD there can be ONLY UNITY in the Kingdom of God, where God is ALL IN ALL.

We are ONE! One with God and one with each other!

I wanted to keep this as simple as possible, trying to stick with just the three passages of scripture highlighted in the image. However, the temptation is to list every verse that immediately comes to mind with regard to this topic, so I did end up going beyond the three I wanted to focus on, though I did curb my desire to add so much more.

I also had to fight the temptation to make this all about Mormon Doctrine, in particular, though this is a blog dedicated to Mormon topics. This topic, however, reaches beyond Mormonism, as I believe so much is missed (by Mormons, by Jehovah’s Witnesses, by anyone else with an incorrect understanding of the Godhead) when we do not fully understand who Jesus Christ is as the mediator between God and man. If we do not properly understand their oneness, we cannot possibly understand our own.

Let God be true, but every man a liar…

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Godhead, Sons

 

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3 responses to “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord

  1. Christadelphians

    April 4, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Being a lord or Lord does not mean being the God of gods. The Eternal Gdo, Whom no man can see, declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son. Jesus is not God but the sent one from God and the mediator between God and man.

    You should be one with Christ and one with God, but that does not make you to be Christ, like Jesus is also not the God, you would also not be God in your oneness with God and with Christ Jesus.

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  2. mormondoctrinefails

    May 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Hello,

    You say “Jesus is not God,” yet the scriptures declare otherwise. But maybe the problem is that you (seem to) equate the title “God” with a person (for lack of a better word) or with a personal name, as if it can only be applied to God, the Father, because that is His name. It is not. The Father’s name is not “God,” it is YHWY. So when you say: “Jesus is not God” or not “the God,” you are absolutely correct, if what you really mean is Jesus is not YHWY or Jesus is not God, the Father. However, you are incorrect if you believe that only the Father can bear the title of “God,” for the scriptures themselves bear witness to the fact that God (the Father) himself calls those unto whom His word comes “gods.” And while we oftentimes use a big “G” or a little “g” to try and make some sort of distinction between the “one true and living God” (the Father) and those (MEN) unto whom the Word of God comes, whom even the Father Himself calls “gods” (making Him the ultimate “God of gods,” as even Jesus has a God), the word is exactly the same. Would you disagree?

    So, if those unto whom the Word of God comes can be called “gods,”why believe that Jesus, who is the Word/God “made flesh,” cannot also be called “God” or even the “God of gods,” since He (A MAN) has been given the preeminence over ALL MEN? Do the scriptures not declare that he shall be called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us”? Was it not “the Father” (the one true and living God) who was in “the Son” doing the work? Is this not why it is through “the Son” that we are able to “see” God, he being “the image” of the invisible?

    Indeed, it is true that Jesus is the one sent by God (the Father) to be the mediator between God and man. But it is also true that Jesus is “The Word” (which was WITH GOD and WAS “GOD”) “made flesh.” Therefore, Jesus can rightfully be called “God.” That does not, however, make him the Father. Nor am I claiming that it does. Again, God is a title, one that is given even to men.

    Jesus is not “God, the Father.” He is “the Son of God.” Amen. I agree. His oneness with the Father doesn’t make him the Father, not does our oneness with Christ or God make us “THE Christ” or “THE God,” as you put it. I never suggested that it does. If you think I said otherwise, then I think you must not have properly comprehended what I wrote. Or maybe I wasn’t as clear as needed to be in order to get that point across. I hope my response will give you the clarification you seem to need. Let me know if it does not and I will try again.

    I apologize for not seeing the comment sooner.

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