Who is the God of Jesus

 


When Jesus was asked which was the most important commandment in Mk 12:29 (NASB)

‭‭‬‬‬‬“Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD

He answered by quoting the ’Shema’ Deuteronomy 6:4 (Rotherham Emphasised bible)

Hear, O Israel: Yahweh, is our God,—Yahweh alone.

Which identifies his god to be Yahweh, the God of Israel, as we saw last time. This is not surprising considering that he was a Jew from Galilee.
How else is Yahweh referred to, Isaiah 64:7 NJB (other translations Isaiah 64:8)

And yet, Yahweh, you are our Father; we the clay and you our potter, all of us are the work of your hands.

He is called ‘Father’

See also Jeremiah 31:9 NJB

In tears they will return, in prayer I shall lead them. I shall guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble. For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born son.

And Malachi 1:6 NJB
‘The son honours his father, the slave stands in awe of his master. But if I am indeed father, where is the honour due to me? And if I am indeed master, where is the awe due to me? says Yahweh Sabaoth to you priests who despise my name.

Isaiah 63:16 NJB
After all, you are our Father. If Abraham will not own us, if Israel will not acknowledge us, you, Yahweh, are our Father, ‘Our Redeemer’ is your name from of old.

Jesus constantly prayed to Yahweh and addressed Him as Father

John 12:28 NASB
“Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.””

John 17:1 NASB
“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,

and throughout chapter 17
Jesus told parables referring to the Father

John 15:1 NASB
“”I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Jesus taught his disciples to pray to ‘Our Father’

‭‭‬‬Matthew 6:9 NASB
“”Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
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What did Jesus tell the woman at the well?

John 4:20-24 NASB
“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.””
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Jesus came preaching and doing works in the name and authority of the Father

John 5:43 NASB
“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”
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John 10:25 NASB
“Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.
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John 12:13 NASB
“took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.””
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Is the Father greater than Jesus?

John 14:28 NASB
“You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
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The risen Jesus clearly called the Father “My God” – and your (our) God and Father

John 20:17 NASB
“Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'””
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The Father is still the God of Jesus after he ascended to the Father’s throne.

Romans 15:6 NASB
“so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 1:3 NASB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

Ephesians 1:3 NASB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”

Ephesians 1:17 NASB
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

Jesus still has a God, the Father, in the book of Revelation

Revelation 1:6 NASB
“and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
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Revelation 3:2 NASB
“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.”
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Rev 3:12 NASB
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”
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 Summary

So we have seen clearly from scripture that Jesus worshipped, prayed to and preached about his God and Father Yahweh, and taught us to do likewise. He tells us to worship our Father in spirit and in truth, for these are the ones whom the Father seeks to worship Him.

Who does the God of the bible say he is?

God, in the bible, reveals Himself explicitly with copious, unambiguous statements. Some of these are:
• God is one
• God is holy
• God is almighty
• God is creator of all that exists
• God cannot die
• God is all knowing
• God cannot lie
• God is not a human being
• God is good
• God is love

I am on a voyage of discovery of what the bible actually says and not what human beings say. My intention is to let the bible speak for itself.

For reasons of clarity, I am quoting scripture from the “New Jerusalem Bible” (unless otherwise stated) which translates the Hebrew name “YHWH” as “Yahweh”, which in many English translations is translated as “LORD”.

I have discovered the following.

There is only one God

1Kings 8:6
so that all the peoples of the earth may come to know that Yahweh is God indeed and that there is no other

Deuteronomy 6:4 Rotherham Emphasised bible
Here, O Israel: Yahweh, is our God,—Yahweh alone.

2 Samuel 7:22
That is why you are great, Lord Yahweh; there is no one like you, no God but you alone, as everything that we have heard confirm

Deuteronomy 4:39-40
4:39 ‘Hence, grasp this today and meditate on it carefully: Yahweh is the true God, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other.
4:40 Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children after you may prosper and live long in the country that Yahweh your God is giving you for ever.’

Isaiah 45:5
I am Yahweh, and there is no other, there is no other God except me. Though you do not know me, I have armed you
45:6 so that it may be known from east to west that there is no one except me. I am Yahweh, and there is no other

Exodus 15:11
Yahweh, who is like you, majestic in sanctity, who like you among the holy ones, fearsome of deed, worker of wonders?

God is holy

Psalm 99
99:3 let them praise your name, great and awesome; holy is he
99:4 and mighty! You are a king who loves justice, you established honesty, justice and uprightness; in Jacob it is you who are active.
99:9 Exalt Yahweh our God, bow down at his holy mountain; holy is Yahweh our God

Hosea 11:9
I will not give rein to my fierce anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again, for I am God, not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I shall not come to you in anger

Exodus 15:10-11
Thou didst blow with thy wind they were covered by the sea,—They rolled like lead, into the waters so wide. Who is, like unto thee, among the mighty O Yahweh? 11 Who is, like unto thee, Majestic in holiness,—To be revered in praises, Doing a marvellous thing?

Revelation 4:8 BBE (The bible in basicEnglish)
And the four beasts, having every one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and inside: and without resting day and night, they say, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, Ruler of all, who was and is and is to come.

Revelation‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“”Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE Y OU, F OR Y OUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.””
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Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to rest on evil, you cannot look on at oppression. Why do you look on at those who play the traitor, why say nothing while the wicked swallows someone more upright than himself?

Isaiah 6:3
they were shouting these words to each other: Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth. His glory fills the whole earth.

Psalm 89:35
I have sworn by my holiness, once and for all, never will I break faith with David.

Psalm30:4
Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness.

1 Peter 1:16 NASB
“because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.””
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God is Almighty

Genesis 17:1 NASB
“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.

Job 42:1
This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh:
42:2 I know that you are all-powerful: what you conceive, you can perform
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Psalm 33:6
By the word of Yahweh the heavens were made, by the breath of his mouth all their array.

Psalm 99:2
Yahweh is great in Zion. He is supreme over all nations;

Daniel 2:20
This is what Daniel said: May the name of God be blessed for ever and ever, since wisdom and power are his alone.
2:21 It is he who controls the procession of times and seasons, who makes and unmakes kings, who confers wisdom on the wise, and knowledge on those with discernment,

John 19:11
“Jesus answered, “The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.””

Revelation 15:3
They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “Great and wonderful are the things you do, Lord God All-Powerful. Right and true are your ways, Ruler of the nations.

Psalm 4:1
Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and splendour,

Psalms 104:2
wearing the light as a robe! You stretch out the heavens like a tent

Psalm 135:6-7
Yahweh does whatever he pleases in heaven, on earth, in the waters and all the depths. He summons up clouds from the borders of earth, sends rain with lightning-flashes, and brings the wind out of his storehouse.

1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Wealth and riches come from you, you are ruler of all, in your hand lie strength and power, and you bestow greatness and might on whomsoever you please.
In the Hebrew Scriptures God reveals himself to us as the creator of all that exist.

God created all things

Isaiah 17:7
That day, a man will look to his Creator and his eyes will turn to the Holy One of Israel
He created the whole earth

Isa 40:28
Did you not know? Had you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, he created the remotest parts of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming

The subject of all Psalm 102 is Yahweh NJB

Yahweh laid the foundations of the earth

102:25 Long ago you laid earth’s foundations, the heavens are the work of your hands.
102:26 They pass away but you remain; they all wear out like a garment, like outworn clothes you…..

Isaiah 42:5
Thus says God, Yahweh, who created the heavens and spread them out, who hammered into shape the earth and what comes from it, who gave breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it:

2 Sam 7:22
That is why you are great, Lord Yahweh; there is no one like you, no God but you alone, as everything that we have heard confirm says God, Yahweh, who created the heavens and spread them out, who hammered into shape the earth and what comes from it, who gave breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it:

Isaiah 48:13
My hand laid the foundations of earth and my right hand spread out the heavens. I summon them and they all present themselves together

Isaiah  51:13
You forget about Yahweh your Creator who spread out the heavens and laid the earth’s foundations; you have never stopped trembling all day long before the fury of the oppressor when he was bent on destruction. Where is the oppressor’s fury now

Jeremiah 32:17
“Ah, Lord Yahweh, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. To you nothing is impossible.

Zechariah 12:1
A proclamation. The word of Yahweh about Israel (and also about Judah). Yahweh, who spread out the heaven and founded the earth and formed the human spirit within, declares

Isaiah 45:11-12
Thus says Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel and his Maker: I am asked for signs regarding my sons, I am given orders about the work I do.
45:12 It was I who made the earth and I created human beings on it, mine were the hands that spread out the heavens and I have given the orders to all their array.

Isaiah 45:18
For thus says Yahweh, the Creator of the heavens — he is God, who shaped the earth and made it, who set it firm; he did not create it to be chaos, he formed it to be lived in: I am Yahweh, and there is no other.

God cannot die

1Tim 6:16 ERV
God is the only one who never dies. He lives in light so bright that people cannot go near it. No one has ever seen him; no one is able to see him. All honour and power belong to him forever. Amen

God doesn’t change

Psalm 102:26
They pass away but you remain; they all wear out like a garment, like outworn clothes you change them;
102:27 but you never alter, and your years never end.

Hebrews 1:10 ESV
And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

1 Timothy 1:17 ERV
“Honor and glory to the King who rules forever. He cannot be destroyed and cannot be seen. Honor and glory forever and ever to the only God. Amen.”

God is all knowing

Psalm 139:2-4
A word is not yet on my tongue before you, Yahweh, know all about it

Psalms 147:5
Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

Isaiah 46:9
Remember the things that happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
46:10 From the beginning I revealed the future, in advance, what has not yet occurred. I say: My purpose will come about, I shall do whatever I please;

1 Chronicles 28:9
‘And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with an undivided heart and willing mind; for Yahweh scrutinises all hearts and understands whatever plans they may devise. If you seek him, he will let you find him; but forsake him and he will cast you off for ever

Ezekiel 11:5
The spirit of Yahweh fell on me, and he said to me, ‘Say, “Yahweh says this: I know what you are saying, House of Israel, I know how insolent you are.

Hebrews‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do

God cannot lie

1 Samuel 15:29
(The Glory of Israel, however, does not lie or go back on his word, not being human and liable to go back on his word.)

Numbers 23:17-19
So Balaam went to him and found him still standing beside his burnt offering and all the chiefs of Moab with him. ‘What did Yahweh say?’ Balak said to him.
23:18 Balaam then declaimed his poem, as follows: Stand up, Balak, and listen, give ear to me, son of Zippor.
23:19 God is no human being that he should lie, no child of Adam to change his mind. Is it his to say and not to do, is it his to speak and not fulfil

Hebrews 6:18 ESV
“so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”

Titus 1:2 NASB
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

God is faithful

Deuteronomy 7:9
From this you can see that Yahweh your God is the true God, the faithful God who, though he is true to his covenant and his faithful love for a thousand generations as regards those who love him and keep his commandments,

2Timothy 2:13 NASB
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
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Lamentations 3:22-23
Surely Yahweh’s mercies are not over, his deeds of faithful love not exhausted;
3:23 every morning they are renewed; great is his faithfulnes

Hebrews 10:23 NASB
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;”
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Psalms‬ ‭119:138‬ ‭NASB
“You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.”</>
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1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
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God is not a human being nor is he a son of man

1 Samuel15:28-30
and Samuel said to him, ‘Today Yahweh has torn the kingdom of Israel from you and given it to a neighbour of yours who is better than you.’
15:29 (The Glory of Israel, however, does not lie or go back on his word, not being human and liable to go back on his word.)
15:30 ‘I have sinned,’ Saul said, ‘but please still show me respect in front of my people’s elders and in front of Israel, and come back with me, so that I can worship Yahweh your God.

Numbers 23:19 NRSV
God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it

Hosea 11:9
I will not give rein to my fierce anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again, for I am God, not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I shall not come to you in anger.

 God is good

Psalms‬ ‭52:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.”
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Psalms‬ ‭119:68‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.”
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Nahum‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.”

‭Romans‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
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God is Love

1 John‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
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Ephesians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,”
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John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
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Deuteronomy 7:7-8
‘Yahweh set his heart on you and chose you not because you were the most numerous of all peoples — for indeed you were the smallest of all-
7:8 but because he loved you and meant to keep the oath which he swore to your ancestors: that was why Yahweh brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the place of slave-labour, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Summary

I found in my voyage of discovery of the bible that Yahweh is the only true God – there are no others. Yahweh is holy, the creator of everything that exist, he is Almighty, all knowing, he cannot lie and is present everywhere. Yahweh is not a human being, he cannot die, he is faithful and he is love.

Yahweh promises that He will let you find Him if ….

1 Chronicles 28:9
28:9 ‘And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with an undivided heart and willing mind; for Yahweh scrutinises all hearts and understands whatever plans they may devise. If you seek him, he will let you find him; but forsake him and he will cast you off for ever.

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