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A chronological Bible Study at the Roosevelt, Buffalo, NY
Thursday evenings at 6:00pm in the Community Room, with Elder Norman Sweet
The Lord God
Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
As todays Christians we view the world from the pinnacle of Grace. A high and lofty position which enables us to see things from the top down and from inside out. It’s an advantage that we in America and the West in general could take for granted and make ourselves susceptible to Satanic deceit.
Unlike those of previous Dispensations, we have the Cross to look back on, while all others had the Cross to look forward too, not even realizing a Cross stood between them and their deliverance. They looked for a Sword and when God sent a cross, they missed it.
They based their faith on a promise that a debt would be paid, our faith is based on a debt paid and a promise made, that the new owner will return to claim his purchased goods. The indwelling presence of the owner is proof of the completed transaction.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
He is in us and we are in him. He is the Word of God, the same Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. He paid the penalty for our sin and stands as the mediator between us and the father even now. It is he who is yet working on us and in us to prepare us for the day of presentation to the father. For this reason, we can be confident, that he which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Today’s study is entitled the Lord God. The title points to a unique place in scripture. The introduction of what is generally referred to in Theology as a Theophany. Theophany is from the Greek language and it literally means the appearance of Deity to a human. In keeping with our last study, it’s a further defining of the distinctions in the Trinity.
When studying the Bible, we must always be careful to Observe, Interpret and Apply. Earlier I paraphrased the Apostle Paul from Philippians 1:6; ‘he which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’. In this we see two members of the Godhead clearly, the other is eluded too by the word, work.
All work of the Father is done by the Son with the power of the Spirit. The pronoun, He, is a direct reference to the Father. In previous studies, I sought to show how the English term, God, in the King James, when coupled with the verb, to create from nothing, is always a reference to the father. It doesn’t occur in the New Testament except by inference in Romans 4:17.
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
The distinction between the Father and the Son is made in Philippians 1:6 by the pronoun He and the name Jesus Christ. The work is the fulfilment of the Father’s purpose. It is being done by the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. As believers, our goal should be to enter into the Rest of the Father. That Rest can only be achieved through submission to the Son.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
We see, by the end of verse eighteen, that being in the Father’s Rest isn’t an absence from work but a call to ministry. The writer of the book of Hebrews refers to Christ as the Master Builder and the Church as the Project. The Church of today is compared to the House of Israel.
Hebrews 3:1-2 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (2) Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Notice the writer of Hebrews refers to us as, ’Partakers of the heavenly calling’. We are called to a Profession, not a job, to Minister, not to work or labor. It is only when we properly interpret the meaning of the closely related words that we get the understanding.
Observation, Interpretation and Application, Precept upon Precept, Line upon Line, here a little and there a little.
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Israel’s failure to submit to the word of God, as spoken by the Prophets, resulted in them being punished by a people with stammering lips, a people with a language they did not understand. The word of God would not change. Precept would be upon precept. The Divine standard established by the Word of God would continue from Eden to Calvary and beyond.
The key to entering into God’s rest is found in two words, ”In Christ”. Christ gave the Jews a chance to see who he really was in John chapter five when he compared his work to the work of the father.
The Old English word, ’Hitherto’ is a combination of two Greek words, meaning, ‘until’ and ‘now’. To complete the interpretation of the verse, you answer the question, ‘when is now’? Verse Sixteen of John chapter five gives us the answer.
John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
The word Sabbath, translates, ‘Rest’ but it coincides with the seventh day. On the Sixth Day of creation the Father rested and the Lord God when to work. His work was to do the will of the Father. The will of the Father is stated in Romans 8:29. A clue is given in the last two words of verse 28.
Romans 8:28-29 …his purpose. (29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Just to make sure you are observing carefully, let’s interpret the meaning of the term ‘firstborn’. The new Word for Word translations discard the King James use of the term ‘Only begotten Son’ in John 3:16, and use instead, the literal translation, ‘one and only Son’. For those you who are new to a deeper search of the scriptures, look beyond the fact that the Word for Word translations are easier to read and claim to be based on a broader base of source material. To effectively translate anything from one language into another, the Translator must have knowledge of the culture and the trends current in that culture at the time of writing. Here are two terms from American culture gone by for example. “The Cat’s meow” and “That cat’s Cool”. Neither phrase has anything to do with felines but you wouldn’t know that from the words alone. The point is, Jesus is not God’s one and only Son, he is God’s only begotten Son. The two are of the same essence, and they share a likeness that we can only imitate. What we can share that is the same, is a cessation from labor and an entering into Divine Rest.
The term, ‘Firstborn’ is used not to enhance the difference between us and Christ as sons but enhance the similarities between us and the Word made flesh. It was necessary that the Son of God become like us so that we could become like him. For that reason, he was born of a woman and tempted in every way such as we are but without Sin.
The Lord God, the Son of God and the Word of God are one in the same person. The Mission is the same, to usher us into Divine Rest.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
To enter into God’s Rest, we must be yoked with Christ, actually it says we must have the Yoke of Christ. The words, ‘my Yoke’ implies ownership, possession or that position which is under authority. The Son’s work on Earth is completed fifty days after Calvary.
John 20:21-22 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (22) And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
This is the fulfilment of the promise Jesus spoke of in Acts one.
Acts 1:4-5 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The Disciples, along with everyone else who responds to the call to come unto him, Jews and Gentiles alike, would be yoked with the Holy Spirit and their labor under the yoke of the world or their labor under the yoke of the law would be broken.
The Blessing of God is Purposeful, Positional and Conditional. God’s Purpose is that we be conformed to the image of his only begotten Son, to accomplish this, we must be positioned in submission to Christ and we must meet the conditions of the Covenant, much as the Jews were held accountable to Covenant conditions in The Old Testament.
Leviticus 26:2-13 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. (3) If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; (4) Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. (5) And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. (6) And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. (7) And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. (8) And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. (9) For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. (10) And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. (11) And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. (12) And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. (13) I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Father, we thank you for caring enough about us to suffer humiliation and experience human death. You suffered abuse at the hands of the very creatures you created, not so that you could gain anything of value, but so that we could gain everything of value. Help us appreciate what you have done for us. Help us to have a mind that’s stayed on you and a willingness to abandon the things of this world, that we might lay hold of you. Help thou our unbelief, in Jesus name, Amen.rm, ‘Firstborn’ is used not to enhance the difference between us and Christ as sons but enhance the similarities between us and the Word made flesh. It was necessary that the Son of God become like us so that we could become like him. For that reason, he was born of a woman and tempted in every way such as we are but without Sin.
Father, we thank you for caring enough about us to suffer humiliation and experience human death. You suffered abuse at the hands of the very creatures you created, not so that you could gain anything of value, but so that we could gain everything of value. Help us appreciate what you have done for us. Help us to have a mind that’s stayed on you and a willingness to abandon the things of this world, that we might lay hold of you. Help thou our unbelief, in Jesus name, A