The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 1

  Muslims claim either that Jesus never said He was God in the Bible, or that He is never called God in the Bible. This series of posts will not address those erroneous claims, as they are rebutted elsewhere on this blog.

  Rather, these graphics will show how names that Allah claims for himself in the Quran were already in the Bible in reference to Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, 500 years before Muhammad invented Islam, or are better displayed in Him than in anyone else.











  As with some other Islamic teachings, these facts leave one wondering why it is that the source of the Quran, who Muslims believe to be Almighty God himself, was unaware of just what Jesus and the Bible teach about Who God is as seen in the Person of Jesus, the one and only Son of God, Who is eternally God.


  Jesus is Lord!

  The research and graphics for this series of posts come to us courtesy of Jule N. Crown, who is a true jewel in Jesus' crown. God bless you, sis!

  Sources for the above:

  Allah's 99 names: http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/99names.htm

  Images: http://www.voqonline.com/99name.html

  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 2

  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 3

  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 4


  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 5


  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 9


  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 10




Jesus the Source of Life?

John 11

  Many in the world today continue to question whether Jesus is God, even as people did during His time here on earth. Some acknowledge Him as a great healer, some as a good teacher, but many still see Him as just a man. A good man, they say, but just that. Just a man. 

  But what did Jesus Himself say? We have covered Jesus' more direct claims to deity in other articles. Here we will tackle one of His not quite so direct and yet just as startling pronouncements.  

  We catch up with our story after the death of Jesus' good friend, Lazarus. Lazarus' sister Martha is understandably distraught and takes her pain to Jesus but, sadly, she is like the many who failed to grasp Who it was they were with:

John 11

21 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 


22 Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.”


  Martha can only think that Jesus might have healed her brother had He gotten to him in time, while recognizing Jesus' powerful "connection" to God. But Jesus needs to show her He is much more than she believes Him to be, and so He tells her what He is about to do:

23 “Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her.


24 Martha said, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”


  She missed it. She truly thinks He is only just a healer! And so Jesus speaks much more bluntly: 

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.


  Jesus has dropped His bombshell. 

  He doesn't point her to an "external" God. 

  He doesn't tell her to put her faith in Someone else. 

  He says, "Believe in Me." 

  He says He is the resurrection and the life. 

  Why can Jesus say that? 

  Because as He said in the preceding chapter, "The Father and I are one." John 10:30

  Jesus continues:

26 Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world.”

  Bingo! A theologically correct answer, but Martha still didn't get it. 

  Moments later, when Jesus called for the stone to be rolled away from Lazarus' tomb, Martha reminded Him that it had been four days since Lazarus had died, and that decay would have set in. 

  As the King James so unforgettably puts it: 

  "Lord, by this time he stinketh." John 11:39

  To which Jesus replies,

40 “... Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”

  And she did. All the people around Him did.

  Jesus raised Lazarus back from the dead, giving life and health back to what just minutes before had been a rotting corpse.



  Just a few chapters back, Gospel writer John had recorded these words from Jesus:

21 And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to anyone He wants to. John 5

  Just as the Father raises the dead... 

  so the Son also gives life to anyone He wants to. 

  Do those sound like the words of a mere man to you?


Jesus is Lord!


  See also:


  Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/05/jesus-resurrection-and-life.html

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-yhwh-god.html

  Jesus is the First and the Last

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-is-first-and-last-with-dss-p98.html

  Who Does Jesus Think He Is?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-does-jesus-think-he-is.html

  Jesus is God in John 10

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-is-god-in-john-1036.html



Who Was Judas' Double?

  No reputable historian in the world today disputes the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This because what was recorded in the Gospels was affirmed by secular sources as well, such as Jewish and Roman historians.

Three Crosses

  Even the Jewish Sanhedrin, the religious leadership which ordered Jesus to be killed for blasphemy, documented His execution in their Talmud. Historians consider this as particularly strong proof of the facts since they consider the Sanhedrin as a "hostile" source of information. Hostile because admission of the act puts them in a bad light.

  Even Islam's favorite agnostic scholar, Bart Ehrman, agrees that Jesus died on the cross:

  "In any event, Tacitus's report confirms what we know from other sources, that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate." -- Bart Ehrman, "The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings."

  In spite of all the available historical evidence, Muslims continue to refuse to believe that Jesus died because that is what their religion teaches them. It is clear that their prophet Muhammad, who came more than 600 years after all these events transpired, was ignorant of King David's Messianic Psalm 22, as well as of the prophesies of the Suffering Servant Messiah in Isaiah 53. Muhammad's idea of the job description of The Prophet of God was obviously not based on the Biblical record.

  But because Muslims take the word of their non-eyewitness prophet, they have been forced to come up with alternative explanations for the historical facts surrounding the crucifixion. And these alternatives put them in some rather awkward positions which defy logic.

  One such problem is this one: if Jesus was not crucified, then who was put on the cross in His stead?

  Most Muslims believe that it was Jesus' betrayer Judas. They say that Allah somehow caused Judas to look like Jesus on the cross. But remember, this double had to look and sound enough like Jesus to fool Mary, Jesus' mother, and His best friend, John the Apostle.

  As with many other things in Islam, this departure from the truth has left Muslims on a collision course with some extremely inconvenient historical facts.

  In Acts 1, Jesus returns to heaven, leaving the Apostles to continue His work and spread His Gospel.

  Peter has gathered Jesus' disciples in what is known today as "the Upper Room" in Jerusalem to discuss who it is who will replace the traitor Judas as the twelfth apostle. Peter said,

16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David spoke in advance about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.

17 For he was one of our number and was allotted a share in this ministry.”

  Gospel writer and historian Luke expounds:

18 Now this man acquired a field with his unrighteous wages. He fell headfirst and burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out.

19 This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that in their own language that field is called Hakeldama (that is, Field of Blood).

  Visit Jerusalem today and you will see Akeldama, the Field of Blood, although a Catholic church now stands on that site. Akeldama is a 2,000 year old historical site.

Hakeldama
Akeldama, Jerusalem
(picture from Wikipedia) 

  But Akeldama is where, once again, Islam and historical fact part ways. 

  As Luke noted for us, Judas' death and the place where he died was well known to "all the residents of Jerusalem." The Field of Blood was so named because Judas had died there.

  So now Muslims are stuck with another problem. If "Allah" replaced Jesus on the cross with Judas, who was the man who replaced the Judas who hung himself and died at Akeldama?

  Muslims claim that Allah is a just god, but following their logic on the crucifixion, Allah put Judas in Jesus' place on the cross.
  
  Which means that Judas died for Jesus' alleged crime of blasphemy.

  And then Allah cloned someone else altogether to look like the Judas who hung himself and died in the Field of Blood. According to Muslims, that man, whoever he was, was also killed to cover the "cloning" of Jesus with Judas.

  What a mess!

  But it only gets worse for Muslims from there. Three days later, Judas, now looking like Jesus, somehow raised himself from the dead, rolled what was possibly a 2-ton stone upward and away from the entrance to the tomb, and then, unarmed and naked, singlehandedly defeated the guards stationed outside.

  If you think that is preposterous, you are not alone.

  It is always far better to stay with Bible truth because it is solidly based on eyewitness testimony rather than Muhammad's double hearsay which comes 600 years after the fact. Through the centuries, Gospel truth has also repeatedly  proven itself to be historical fact.

  That is why it is far better to put your faith in the truth of God's Word, the Bible.

  A creed is a doctrinal statement which is worded in a way as to be easy for believers to memorize. Scholars believe the verses below to be based on one of the earliest Christian creeds. The original on which this Bible passage is based is believed to have been written within mere months of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection:

 3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received:
    that Christ died for our sins
    according to the Scriptures,

 4 that He was buried,
    that He was raised on the third day
    according to the Scriptures,

 5 and that He appeared to Cephas,
    then to the Twelve.

 6 Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time;
    most of them are still alive,
    but some have fallen asleep.

 7 Then He appeared to James,
    then to all the apostles.

 8 Last of all, as to one abnormally born,
    He also appeared to me.
    1 Corinthians 15

  Let us close by reminding ourselves why all this took place:

  "... God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!" Romans 5:8

Jesus is Lord!

  See also:

  Did Jesus Die on the Cross?


  The Munich Talmud: Jesus' Charge Sheet Discovered

  


An Eye for An Eye?

  As we said in a previous article, Muhammad "quotes the Bible (Exodus 21:23-25, cf. Sura 5:45) only partially and only once in his entire Quran." The passage from Exodus 21 says:
  "If there is an injury, then you must give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound." Exodus 21:23-25

  This command from YHWH God was issued by Him to ensure that no penalty for a crime ever exceeded the crime itself, which was common in that part of the world in Moses' day. YHWH's whole point was that justice must be fair. This was called in Latin, the Lex Talionis, or law of retaliation.
  Quoting from Matthew Poole's Commentary:
  "This is called the law of retaliation, and from hence the heathen lawgivers took it and put it into their laws. But though this might sometimes be practised in the letter, yet it was not necessarily to be understood and executed so; as may appear,
1. By the impossibility of the just execution of it in many cases, as when a man that had but one eye or hand was to lose the other, which to him was a far greater mischief than what he did to his neighbour, whom he deprived but of one of his eyes or hands. And this is a sure and righteous rule, Punishments may be less, but never should be greater than the fault. And how could a wound be made neither bigger nor less than that which he inflicted?
2. By comparing this with other laws, wherein a compensation is allowed in like cases, as Exodus 21:18,30. And when it is enjoined that no satisfaction shall be taken for the life of a wilful murderer, Numbers 35:31, it seems therein implied that satisfaction may be taken for lesser injuries. And indeed the payment of such a price as the loss of an eye, or hand, or foot required, though it might not so much satisfy the revenge of the party so injured, yet it was really more to his benefit. This law therefore was only minatory, but so as it was literally to be inflicted, except the injuring party would give such satisfaction as the injured person accepted, or the judges determined."

  In an article on Muhammad's version of the Lex Talionis, Dr. James Arlandson writes:
  "... the vast majority of Rabbis throughout the formation of Talmudic literature argued for a non-literal interpretation of Exodus 21:23-24. The assailant could instead pay compensatory damages. For example, Rashi (so named after the initials of his name and title, Rabbi Shelomo Yizhaki, d. 1145), summarizes earlier traditions: "If one blinded the eye of his fellow-man, he has to pay him the value of his eye," which is calculated on the wounded man’s being hypothetically sold as a slave before his injury. "In the same way all other cases [of the law of retaliation] are to be dealt with, but it does not mean the actual cutting off of the offender’s limb—just as our Rabbis have explained" in . . . B Kamma 83b, which is a tractate and chapter in the Talmud (Pentateuch with Rashi’s Commentary, trans. and annotated by M. Rosenbaum and A. M. Silbermann, Jerusalem: Silbermann Family, 1972, (1930) vol. 2, p. 113)."
  Add to that the fact that nowhere in the Bible do we find a literal implementation of the Law throughout all of the 1,700 years of Bible history covered therein from Moses to Jesus and the Apostles. So it was clear to Jews that punishment for the theft of a sheep, for example, meant replacement with another sheep of the same value. 
  Most unfortunately, however, the passage appears to have been taken literally and, to make things worse, it was even exceeded by Muhammad in his Quran:
  “[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they earned [i.e. committed] as a deterrent [punishment] from Allaah. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” Quran 5:38
  Muhammad threw out YHWH God's fair and just law and instead created his extremely harsh and cruel Shariah Law. Under it, a hand would be cut off for even the most minor of thefts:
  “May Allah curse the thief who steals an egg and has his hand cut off, or steals a rope and has his hand cut off.” Al-Bukhari
  Muhammad also seems to have been totally oblivious to the fact that Jesus, the Holy and Righteous One Who will judge the living and the dead on His return, had raised the bar on the Mosaic Law:
Matthew 5 38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also."
  Jesus is not talking here about an individual's right to justice or self-defense. The context in which He is speaking is that of the Jewish civil law. Jesus is telling believers that they are not to take revenge on those who have done them wrong. They are not to repay evil with evil. 
  Once again, this is obviously not what Muhammad taught Muslims, as anyone who reads news reports knows full well. Turning once again to Dr. Arlandson:
  "In 2000, the law of retaliation (Arabic word is qisas) required an eye to be removed (scroll down to 2.5):

   ... [I]n August 2000, the Saudi Arabian media reported that Abdel Moti Abdel Rahman Mohammad, a 37-year-old-Egyptian national was subjected to forcible surgical removal of his left eye at King Fahd Hospital in Medina. The operation was carried out as a judicial punishment of Qisas after he was found guilty of disfiguring Shahata Ajami Mahmoud, a 53-year-old Egyptian, by throwing acid at his face and damaging his left eye.


  In 2003, in Saudi Arabia a man had two teeth extracted under the law of retaliation.


  In May Awda al-Zahrani, a Saudi Arabian national, reportedly had two of his teeth extracted as a judicial punishment for having caused similar injury to someone during a fight. One press report suggested that the teeth were extracted by a dentist.

  In 2003, a court in Pakistan sentenced a man to be blinded by acid after he carried out a similar attack on his fiancée.


  The court in the town of Bahawalpur, Punjab province, sentenced Mohammad Sajid under the Islamic Qisas law that matches crime and punishment.


  Sajid blinded and mutilated his fiancée after her parents called off the couple's engagement."


  And on and on and on the story goes.

  Will someone please explain again to the Muslim victims of this unjust and oppressive Shariah law how Muhammad is a mercy to mankind? Clearly, this was not a man who was following the traditions of the prophets of the God of Israel.

  Even now, 1,400 years later, Muhammad's misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the one and only Bible verse he copied from the Old Testament has Muslims chopping off limbs and putting out seeing eyes, all in the name of pleasing their god.

  Sadly for all of those lost in the darkness of Islam, it is as Jesus said:

  "... if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:14c

  Come to Jesus and let Him open your eyes!
Healing
  
  See also:

  Bible Commentaries on the proper application of Matthew 5:38

  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/5-39.htm

  The Law of Retaliation in the Quran and Early Islam

  http://answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/retaliation.htm

  Why Did Allah Need to Borrow Material from Jewish Rabbis?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-did-allah-need-to-borrow-material.html



Why Did Allah Need to Borrow Material from Jewish Rabbis?

  Muslims believe that Allah, the god of Islam, wrote the entire Quran himself and then passed it on to the angel Jibril, who then passed it on to their prophet Muhammad. But if the almighty god of Islam did, in fact, write the Quran, why did he have to "borrow" some of his material from Jewish Rabbis?
  While New Testament authors cite the Old Testament at least 263 times in their writings, Muhammad quotes the Bible (Exodus 21:23-25, cf. Sura 5:45) only partially and only once in his entire Quran. This is certainly strange for a man who claimed to be following the traditions of the prophets of the God of Israel, Who had said a lot of extremely important things over four and a half millennia.
  Instead, Muhammad appears to have taken his teachings from a variety of sources, the large majority of them unreliable. He borrowed from Arabian fables. He borrowed from Christian heretical sources such as the Gnostic Gospels. But he also borrowed from the Jewish Talmud.
  One particular Quranic ayah (verse) has gained popularity among Muslims who find themselves having to defend their faith as a "religion of peace" on the Internet. It is known to them as Surat Al-Mā'idah ayah 32, which says:
  “... if anyone killed a person... it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind." Qur'an 5:32 (Khan) 
  But what many Muslims do not know is that this quotation comes from the Jewish Talmud and predates Muhammad by over 300 years.

Mishnah

  Here is the original passage from the Mishnah:

  "Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5; Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a
  The Talmud is a collection of the opinions of thousands of Jewish rabbis and their discussions on issues of Jewish law, history and other such topics. It is not by any means considered -- even by Jews -- as inspired by God in the same way that He inspired the Bible.
  Hence, the question. Why did Allah borrow a quotation from Jewish rabbis instead of quoting the Bible which, presumably, he had written? As intelligent as some men might be, the Bible is clear about God being far wiser than anyone who has ever existed.
  So why did Allah need to plagiarize from the Jewish Talmud and other sources to fill up his Quran? 
  That's one more of many things about the Quran and Islam that make you go, "Hmmmm..." 
  Jesus is Lord!

  See also:

Was Jesus Wrong About the Mustard Seed?

  Was Jesus wrong when He said the mustard seed was "the smallest of all the seeds?"


  In Matthew 13, Jesus says:

31 “... The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 


32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.” (see also Mark 4:30-32)

  Critics of the Bible have jumped on this, saying that Jesus was wrong because the mustard seed is not the smallest seed on earth. They are correct that it is not because, in fact, the world's smallest seed is that of a species of orchid.  

  But most critics usually ignore a very important principle of Bible interpretation, and that is: context, context, context. 

  Like all excellent communicators, Jesus always addressed His audience in ways that they would most readily relate to. He was not there to give a science lesson using knowledge available to readers in  the 21st century because that was not His purpose. Rather, He was teaching members of an agricultural society in 1st century Israel, and in such a way that they would remember His words most easily. 

  That is why Jesus gave them an example that any of them would find in their vegetable gardens, since the mustard seed is, in fact,  the smallest seed found in garden variety plants found in Israel. After all, it would not have done His followers very much good for Jesus to speak about orchids when His audience was composed not florists or garden hobbyists, but of farmers, fishermen and tradesmen. 

A Corn Bunting amid mustard flowers, 
in southeastern Turkey
(picture and caption from Wikimedia)

  Continuing on the issue of the context of this passage, Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries (http://www.aomin.org) reminds us that this discussion is taking place in a Jewish environment when he points out that the mustard seed was the smallest of the seeds that Jewish law allowed. In short, the mustard is kosher. This can be seen in the Jewish Oral Traditions known as the Mishnah, or "Oral Torah:"

  Mishnah 3.2. Cucumbers and cucumber-melons do not constitute kil'ayim one with the other. R. Judah said they do constitute kil'ayim. Garden-lettuce and wild lettuce, or endives and wild endives, or leek and wild leek, or coriander and wild coriander, or mustard and Egyptian mustard, or the Egyptian and the bitter-apple, beans and beans in carob-shaped pods do not constitute kil'ayim one with the other.
  
  And so we see that Jesus was not just correct about the mustard seed being the smallest of seeds allowed to His Jewish listeners, but that He was also a very skilled communicator, well aware of which examples were best to use for His audience.

  Jesus is Lord!

  Thanks to Dr. White for this little nugget of information.


  See also:


  The Problem Of The Mustard Seed by John A. Sproule  

      
https://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/ntesources/ntarticles/gtj-nt/sproule-matmustard-gtj-80.pdf

  Episode of "The Dividing Line" with Dr. James White, June 11, 2014 

  http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2014/06/11/review-of-portions-of-the-ten-bruggencatedillahunty-debate-response-to-max-andrews/

  Jewish Mishnah 3.2 regarding Kil'ayim (prohibitions)  

  http://www.emishnah.com/PDFs/Kil'ayim03.pdf



How Many Gods Do Christians Believe In?

  How many gods do Christians believe in?

  As we have explained in previous articles, a few of which are linked to below, Bible-believing Christians believe in one and only one God. Orthodox Christianity never strays from the clear teaching of the Scriptures.


  Let us remind ourselves of what it was that Moses taught Israel:


  “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One." Deuteronomy 6:4


  Which we can transliterate to:

  "Shema Yisrael YHWH Elohim (plural, and can be translated as "gods") echad YHWH."


  Or, literally,


  "Hear, Israel, YHWH our God(s) One YHWH."


  And there is the little hint thrown in by YHWH to Moses, whether Moses was aware of it or not. God deliberately chose the Hebrew word "echad," which means "to be one in unity," rather than "yachid," which refers to a numerical oneness.


  Some say that the Jewish Sh'ma (Deuteronomy 6:4) subtly shows us the Trinity in that it calls on the name of God thrice:


  YHWH -- God -- YHWH.


  The Lord -- our God -- the Lord.


  But there is yet another hint of the complex unity of God as early as the very first chapter of the Bible. Take a look:


  26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”


27 So God created man in His own image;

     He created him in the image of God;
     He created them male and female." Genesis 1

  Who is God speaking to when He says (italics mine), "Let Us make man in Our image?"


  We know from other Scriptures that God alone is the creator and so He could not have been addressing His angels. Since the royal "We" would not be invented for another 2,600 years, we know that YHWH is not using what is known as "the plural of majesty," either.


  Thus, we can infer that we are being let in on a conversation within the Triune Godhead in which the Father, the Son and the Spirit decide to create man. But as though to remind us that God is one, the very next verse, verse 27, returns to a singular noun after the Hebrew word "Elohim," which is a plural noun meaning three or more Eli, or "god."


  Elohim (plural) says, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..."


  And then Moses writes:


27 So God created man in His own image;

     He created him in the image of God;
     He created them male and female.

  Elohim (plural) created man in HIS own image (singular).


  Elohim didn't create us in Their own images, but in His own image.


  Here once again, the adage remains true, "The New Testament reveals what the Old Testament concealed."


  The Christian doctrine of God is perfectly in line with what Moses taught in the Old Testament. When Jesus is asked, “Which command is the most important of all?,” His reply is:


  “This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One." Mark 12:29


  Previous to this, Mark had already recorded the appearance of all Three Divine Persons at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.


 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.


10 As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove.


11 And a voice came from heaven:

     "You are My beloved Son;
      I take delight in You!" Mark 1

  Jesus is in the River, the Spirit alights on Him in the form of a dove, and the Father speaks from Heaven. All Three are present as separate and distinct and yet, what does Jesus say at the end of Matthew's  Gospel? They all share One Name (italics mine):


19 "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28


Jordan Baptism

  God is a complex unity: Three Persons in One Divine Being. 

  One in equality. 


  One in eternality. 


  One in divine essence.


  Since the complex unity of God is precisely that, complex, Christians are sometimes hard put to respond when asked to explain the Trinity. 

  Some well-meaning Christians try to explain it by comparing the Almighty God to water. They say water is like the Trinity because first, it can be found in the form of a liquid. Then, once it is frozen into ice it becomes a solid, and when it is boiled and converts to steam, it is now a gas. But the water analogy fails because water can only take one of these forms at a time. It cannot be all three things at once. It is either a solid, a liquid or a gas. It is not all three things at one time, as the Triune God is at all times.


  What these Christians may not be aware of is that what they are propounding in the water-ice-steam analogy is a heresy called Modalism. Also called Sabellianism, Modalism is the heretical belief that YWHW consists of only one Person. It is called Modalism because the belief is that the one God made Himself manifest in various modes in the Bible. But, as we have seen above, this is not what the Scriptures teach.


  There is nothing and no one who can compare with YHWH, and so it is a waste of time to try to reduce Him to a frail and erroneous analogy or equally inadequate mathematical equations, such as 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 or 1 + 1 + 1 = 1. 

  YHWH in the Bible repeatedly shows Himself to be a much more complex Being than the human mind can comprehend. 


  As the Scriptures tell us again and again (italics mine): 


  "For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?

   Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord?" Psalm 89:6

  "This is why You are great, Lord God. There is no one like You, and there is no God besides you, as all we have heard confirms." 2 Samuel 7:22 


  When it comes to describing the greatness of our amazing and almighty God, words will never suffice!


"Yahweh, there is no one like You
You are great; 
Your name is great in power." 
Jeremiah 10:6 

  See also:

  The Lord Our God is One!


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-lord-our-god-is-one.html  


  The Jewish Concept of the Complex Unity of God


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-jewish-concept-of-complex-unity-of.html


  Hear O Israel... Jesus is Lord!


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/04/hear-o-israel-jesus-is-lord.html


  Lightning photo is by James Collier


  http://swns.com/news/mother-nature-awesome-stunning-collection-weather-photographs-showing-elements-full-force-27177/swns_stunning_weather_04/





Jesus the Savior

  Who does the Bible say is the Savior of mankind?

  God Himself leaves no room for doubt. He said:

  "I, I am Yahweh, 
   and there is no other Savior but Me." 
   Isaiah 43:11

  "I have been Yahweh your God
   ever since the land of Egypt;
   you know no God but Me,
   and no Savior exists besides Me.
   Hosea 13:4

  Even the mighty King David knew to Whom he needed to turn:  

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my mountain where I seek refuge.
My shield, the horn of my salvation, 
my stronghold, my refuge,
and my Savior..."
2 Samuel 22:2-3 


  But did you know that the word "Savior" in Hebrew is יָשַׁע, transliterated "yasha`," from whence comes the name Yeshua, or Jesus?

  Yeshua means "YHWH Saves." 

  Which fits right in with what the angel had told Joseph about Mary and the Child she was carrying in her belly (italics mine),

  "She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 


  Now pay careful attention to the words of Mary's cousin Elizabeth, who excitedly said this when the already pregnant Mary came to visit her:

43 "How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me! 

45 She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!” Luke 1

  Did you hear what Elizabeth just said? Elizabeth expressed a deep honor that the mother of her Lord, the baby in her womb, had come to her, and then identifies that very same Lord as the God Who had promised Mary the Child! 

  But it was not just Elizabeth who understood Whose Presence they were enjoying. Even the babe in Elizabeth's womb, the soon-to-be-born John who would later be called the Baptist, even he recognized Who had come to visit along with Mary.

  In the midst of this spiritually electrifying atmosphere, Mary responds to Elizabeth in the only way possible: 

46 And Mary said:
     My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!" Luke 1

  To a mind unfamiliar with the complex unity of the God of the Bible, this would make no sense. But there is no contradiction in the minds of Mary, Elizabeth or even the Gospel writer Luke. As the Apostle John explains in his Gospel:

1 In the beginning was the Word,
   and the Word was with God, 
   and the Word was God.

   ...

14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. John 1

  "The Word Who was God" had humbled Himself and taken on a human body to become the One Who would save His people from their sins. The Savior God was now also incarnate in a human womb.  

  Some months later, God sent a messenger to bring a wonderful report to some lowly shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem:     

10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 

11 Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David." Luke 2

  "Messiah the Lord." Once again, confirmation from a heavenly messenger that the Savior was, in fact, the Lord YHWH (see article linked to below).

  Our final confirmation comes from the Lord Jesus Himself, Who said,

16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 


17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." 


  Today, 2,000 years later, Jesus is still saving souls and transforming lives. 

  Has He saved yours yet? 

  All you need to do is ask Him, and He will do it!

  As for me and my house:


"... we look forward with hope
to that wonderful day 
when the glory of our great God and Savior,
Jesus Christ,
will be revealed." 
Titus 2:13



  See also:

  Messiah The Lord YHWH!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/03/messiah-lord-yhwh.html

  Who Said That God Would Come to Earth As a Man?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-said-that-god-would-come-to-earth.html

  There is Only One God and Savior!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/03/there-is-only-one-god-and-savior.html



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