God is One
I was visiting a forum board where they were discussing the Trinity. One of the Christians presented some Scripture from the Old Testament to show that God was plural or more than one. He was promptly told that if he presented those Scriptures to Moses in an attempt to use them to prove God was plural he would have been put to death.
That’s probably correct. The Jews were the only people in the ancient world who worshipped one God. All the other nations at that time were polytheists, believers in more than one God. To use the Holy Scriptures to try and prove that God was more than one would be a great blasphemy that warranted the death penalty in those days.
This forum board conversation stuck with me. Should we associate the word “plural” with the One True God? Are we alienating the Jews and Muslims from coming to Jesus by using inappropriate terminology?
We know that the Bible recognizes that there are “Three” – one Spirit, one Lord Jesus and One God the Father. - There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, (Jesus) one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. – Ephesians 4: 4-6.
Jesus said God the Father is Spirit - God is a Spirit, (singular) - John 4:24.
God is one Spirit. Whenever we have more than one spirit we have more than one God and we are transgressing into polytheism.
God is one Spirit and we are told that the Holy Spirit is “The Spirit of our God,” (Matthew 10:20, I Corinthians 6:11, 3:16).
We are also shown from the Word, that God the Father has a person. The soul is the person of anyone and God tells us that He has one. In the Hebrew the word for soul is Nephesh.
Behold! My servant whom I uphold, My elect One in whom My soul (nephesh) delights! - Isaiah 42:1.
Be instructed, O Jerusalem, lest My soul (nephesh) depart from you, lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited - Jeremiah 6:8.
Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul (nephesh) - Jeremiah 32:41.
The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul (nephesh) hates - Psalm 11:5.
Therefore, God is Spirit, He has a person/soul, and Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature – Colossians 1:15.
He who has seen Me has seen the Father – John 14:9.
Humans are made in the image of God. “Let us make man in our image” – (Genesis 1:26). We also are constructed with spirit, soul and body/image (I Thessalonians 5:23). So my question is – are we plural? Do we think of ourselves as more than one? How do we prefer to describe ourselves? Are we three that are one or one that is three? We don’t generally think of ourselves as being more than one do we? Even though we are constructed of three distinct components, we are one.
I can see the Apostle Paul coming to Moses. Then they both turn to look at us. Moses is smiling as Paul says, “God is one” – Galatians 3:20.
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