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Title Abbreviations for Books of the Bible

Genesis - Ge
Exodus - Ex
Leviticus - Le
Numbers - Nu
Deuteronomy - De
Joshua - Jos
Judges - Jud
Ruth - Ru
I Samuel - 1sa
II Samuel - 2sa
I Kings - 1ki
II Kings - 2ki
I Chronicles - 1ch
II Chronicles - 2ch
Ezra - Ezr
Nehemiah - Ne
Esther - Es
Job - Job
Psalm - Ps
Proverbs - Pr
Ecclesiastes - Ec
Song of Solomon - So
Isaiah - Isa
Jeremiah - Jer
Lamentations - La
Ezekiel - Eze
Daniel - Da
Hosea - Ho
Joel - Joe
Amos - Am
Obadiah - Ob
Johah - Jon
Micah - Mic
Nahum - Na
Habakuk - Hab
Zephaniah - Zep
Haggai - Hag
Zechariah - Zec
Malachi - Mal
Matthew - Mt
Mark - Mr
Luke - Lu
John - Joh
Acts - Ac
Romans - Ro
I Corinthians - 1co
II Corinthians - 2co
Galatians - Ga
Ephesians - Eph
Philippians - Php
Colossians - Col
I Thessalonians - 1th
II Thessalonians - 2th
I Timothy - 1ti
II Timothy - 2ti
Titus - Tit
Philemon - Phm
Hebrews - Heb
James - Jas
I Peter - 1pe
II Peter - 2pe
I John - 1jo
II John - 2jo
III John - 3jo
Jude - Jude
Revelation - Re

 

The Trinity, or the Triune Godhead

 

A Hidden Jewish Concept Brought to Light by Christianity.

More than being able to see when the days of the week changed, the words of Genesis 1:1 are very interesting to the believer who is unsure about the Trinity. 

Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The Hebrew word used for God in the phrase "God Created" is a plural noun. "In the beginning, Gods created . . ." 

According to Strong's Concordance:

God: 430

~yhla 'elohiym (el-o-heem');  Noun Masculine, Strong #: 430

  1. (plural)
    1. rulers, judges
    2. divine ones
    3. angels
    4. gods
  2. (plural intensive - singular meaning)
    1. god, goddess
    2. godlike one
    3. works or special possessions of God
    4. the (true) God
    5. God
KJV Word Usage and Count
God 2346
god 244
judge 5
GOD 1
goddess 2
great 2
mighty 2
angels 1
exceeding 1
God-ward 1
godly 1

 

As evidenced in Strong's, believers in a monotheistic (one-God) religion don't want to use the obvious plural meaning (by saying, "Gods") for fear of confusing outsiders who might, without deeply studying the topic, think the Judeo-Christian "Gods" indicate a polytheistic (multiple-gods) religion.  The fact is, however, that the "Gods" of Judeo-Christianity are totally different from the gods of the Greeks and Romans and other religions because the Gods of the Greeks and Romans were not just individuals but divided in character and objectives, and they even fought among themselves.

Since the Jewish religion is monotheistic, the only explanation for "Gods" is the triune God made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all of whom exist in the Father, emanate from the father, and have the mind (objectives) and character (morals) of the Father (are one with the Father).  They are evident throughout Scripture as explained briefly by Easton's Bible Dictionary.

 "The work of creation is attributed (1) to the Godhead (Genesis 1:1,26); (2) to the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6); (3) to the Son (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17); (4) to the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalms 104:30). The fact that he is the Creator distinguishes Jehovah as the true God (Isaiah 37:16; 40:12,13; 54:5; Psalms 96:5; Jeremiah 10:11,12). The one great end in the work of creation is the manifestation of the glory of the Creator (Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11; Romans 11:36)."

When I earnestly began looking for an explanation of the Trinity, I was told an easy way to view it was like a lit candle. The wax and wick constituted the Father, the light represents Jesus, and the smoke would be the Holy Spirit.

That's a fairly apt analogy except that some outside force has to light a candle. I thought the electric light might be a better comparison. The Father is the electricity, the Son is the bulb that lights up, and the Holy Spirit is the heat generated by the bulb. This, of course, is simply a short, uncomplicated explanation for a very complicated concept.

Our heavenly Father is the life force of every living thing. The Bible tells us he is Spirit, thus the Holy Spirit emanates from him to our spirits.

Ge 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Thus the Holy Spirit was present at creation.

The Son was the physical manifestation of the God to whom other creatures would be able to relate.

The only time the Godhead has been separated was during the life of Christ. The son laid down his honor and glory in heaven and became a human. When "he who knew no sin became sin" and died on the cross, he was for those few hours, separated from the Father. Though he was fully human while he was on earth, he had been filled with the Holy Spirit, by whose power he performed the miracles that he performed. This is why he was our example.

1pe 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
1pe 2:22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";
1pe 2:23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
1pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed.

Because Christ was fully human, he could not have lived the life he did without the infilling of the Holy Spirit, for all humans are sinful. He, by the power of the Holy Spirit, never gave in to his sinful nature, but unlike the rest of us, followed the Holy Spirit without deviation and lived a sinless, faultless life. If Christ were not fully human, but lived here in his own power as the son of God, he could not have been tempted by Satan, nor would he have needed the ministrations of angels.

Mt 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Mr 1:13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

 

Nor would the temptations we experience have touched him.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But as a man, united with God through the Holy Spirit, Jesus did experience our trials and tribulations, and set an example of relying solely on the Holy Spirit to overcome this world that we are called to follow while we are here on earth. 

Then the son of returned to heaven, forever physically changed from what he had been, united with mankind but once again spiritually united with the Father.

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The Names of God, the Supreme Being:

This is a compilation from the Open Bible New King James Version Index and Strong's KJV Concordance.

God

elohiym, a plural, masculine noun

Genesis 1:1 plus 2345 other places; Also translated god, judge, GOD, goddess, great, mighty, angels, exceeding, God-ward, and godly.

Lord God

Yehovah elohiym or Jehovah God, meaning "the existing One"

Genesis 2:4 Lord appears 6510, and God appears 2345 times. Yehovah also translated GOD 4 times and JEHOVAH 4 times (and "variant" once).  

Most High God

elyown el

Genesis 14:18-22

Almighty God

 

Everlasting God

 

God Almighty

 

I Am

 

Jealous

 

Lord Your God

Eternal God

 

Living God

 

God of hosts

 

Holy One of Israel

 

Mighty God

 

God of Heaven

 

Heavenly Father

 

King Eternal

 

Only Potentate

 

Father of Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

What God is Not.

Nu 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?


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