“Behold I have put My words in your mouth. … Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them. Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you.”
– Jeremiah 1:9b, 17b-19a
“Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
– Exodus 3:11b-12
“‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the LORD. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the LORD.”
– Jeremiah 23:24
“Why was there no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer? Is My hand so short that it cannot ransom? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, I dry up the sea with My rebuke, I make the rivers a wilderness”
– Isaiah 50:2a
God, if we would take You at Your word, our lives would go much better. The Fall never would have happened.
Even so, You are never thwarted. Even so, You are merciful, gracious, compassionate, persistent, and love us with everlasting, steadfast love. You are worthy to be worshiped!
God, so often we overestimate ourselves and underestimate You. One day we will see clearly; You will be exalted, and we will fall on our knees. I await that day with joy. All we need to do is trust You, rely on You, seek You, love You, and obedience and fruit will grow.
Thank You for never letting go of me, even when I didn’t/don’t believe what You say, as if You – who are Truth – are false. I’m sorry. I repent. I have sinned just like Eve, my mother. You, Jesus, could save me in no other way except by dying for me, and You did because You love and desire me. Thank You.
Very good text up to the last phrases where you wrote a very misleading or a text with a wrong order or missing words “You, Jesus, could save me in no other way except by dying for me, and You did because You love and desire me. ” That phase gives the impression as if you take Jesus as your god instead believing that Jesus is the way to the Only One True God, the God of Abraham, Who is an eternal all-knowing Spirit Being no man can see.
In case it is not a fault of some missing words I do hope you shall come to believe in the God of Jesus and shall come to appreciate what Jesus really has done..
Hi Marcus, thanks for your comment! I actually do believe that Jesus is God. I believe in the concept of the Trinity, which is that God is ONE yet somehow 3 at the same time: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. As for the divinity of Jesus, the main verses for me include John 1:1, 14, which say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” For further reference is Hebrews 1:1-3, which says, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and somehow, in a way I cannot explain, is also God Himself. According to John 1, in the beginning He was both with God and was God simultaneously. I cannot explain the Trinity, but I believe it. Thanks again for commenting!
In case you think Jesus is God, why does the not telling lies God says so? You may not forget or overlook what both Biblical charters say about each other. Also do not forget that the Bible tells us that God is no liar and that He is an all-knowing eternal Spirit Being that no man can see and to whom no man can do something.
Jesus was born, had to learn everything, was seen by many people (who did not fall death) , plus was tempted, bullied tortured and even killed (all things God can not). Jesus did not know a lot of things and also declared that his heavenly Father is the only God we should worship. Jesus also praised that God about whom he said He (God) is greater than him (Jesus) and without Him (God) Jesus could do nothing.
In case Jesus is God then he would always have done his own will and would have been a schizophrenic praying to himself and even asking why he would have abandoned himself (something which is impossible)
Thanks again for your comments! I have to admit, I’m not sure what you mean by “both Biblical charters” unless you mean the Old Testament and the New Testament, in which case I agree we must take both into account because God never contradicts Himself. I also agree that God never lies and cannot lie, that He is all-knowing and eternal, and that God the Father is invisible spirit. I do not agree that “no man can do something” to God; I do not know of any verse that verifies that. On the contrary, I think we affect God not because we are capable of it on our own power but because He has – to an extent – made Himself vulnerable to us. I see evidence for this in that He allows His emotions to be affected by us and allows our prayers to “change” His mind. He is a very relational God, and relationships are all but impossible on deep levels without some levels of mutual vulnerability.
As far as Jesus’ divinity, I see it no clearer than in Philippians 2:5-7, “…Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” This, I believe, also explains why Jesus would say that God the Father was greater than he and that without God the Father he could do nothing – because He, in a way I cannot explain, emptied himself and became like one of us even though he was and is God.
As far as the Old Testament is concerned, even at the very beginning of creation, God referred to Himself in the plural. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…'” One could suppose that He was speaking to the angels, but there are no correlating verses suggesting that mankind was created in the image of both God and angels.
As far as Jesus being tempted, it occurs to me that in English we use the word “tempt” in two different ways. One means “to try to compel someone to do something” and the other means “to want to do something.” James 1:13 asserts that, “…God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” I believe we can reasonably and accurately rephrase that to say, “God never has a desire to do evil, and He never tries to compel anyone to do evil.” Both meanings of “to tempt” are used in that single verse. When Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert, the Bible says he was, “tempted by Satan.” In other words, Satan tried to compel Jesus to do evil. But Jesus refused because he was not tempted (he had no desire in his heart to do evil, just like James 1:13). It is accurate to say that Jesus was tempted (by Satan), yet was not tempted (by evil/to sin).
When it comes to Jesus being killed, even that is evidence for his divinity, for he stated in John 10:14-18, “I am the good shepherd… and I lay down My life for the sheep… No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” Elsewhere in Scripture (like John 7:30), it mentions how his enemies tried to kill him but could not because he was not ready to die/it was not his time. When it was the right time, he laid down his own life; no one took it from him. He had and has authority over life because he is God.
If a human were to pretend to be a trinity, he/she certainly would be deemed mentally ill in some way. But what is impossible for us is not necessarily impossible for God. I think you would agree we cannot and should not shrink Him to our limitations. When Jesus prayed to God the Father, he was not displaying multiple personality disorder. Somehow Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and God the Father are three and separate. In a way I do not understand and cannot explain yet fully believe because of Scripture, those three are also in some way One. I fall back on the verse in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
One last thing, in Mark 10:18 and in Luke 18:19, it gives an account of when a rich, young ruler asked a question of Jesus Christ, and he called Jesus, “Good Teacher.” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” Was Jesus therefore saying that he is not God and that he is not good? I don’t think so. I think the young man, like yourself, did not believe that Jesus is God yet did believe that Jesus is good. Jesus contradicted that belief with the assertion that IF Jesus is not God, then Jesus is not good. We can believe many things about Jesus, but according to his own words, we cannot believe both that he was/is not God and yet is good. He is either both, or he is neither. And if he is neither God nor good, we are still in our sins, for surely God would not accept the sacrifice of a man who was not good. But I believe He is both God and good.