The Person of the Son of God, Jesus Christ — The One God
What does a new believer need to know about the Person of the Son of God Jesus Christ? Our belief and understanding of God will define how we live our lives. Knowing who God is is the most critical part of Christianity.
In this first day of week one we will look at the first item in the following list:
- The One God
- The Second Person of the Godhead: Jesus Christ
- The Eternal Son—The Human Son
- The Eternal King—The Human King
- The Eternal Savior—The Human Savior
- The Eternal God—The Very Human Man
- The Eternal Lamb—The Human Lamb
These seven items will be covered in detail.
In order to begin to understand who Jesus is, you need to first lay a foundation of who God is. In our culture, we refer to God by that name, God. However, in times past (and some places today) God was given as a title. It’s like saying, “That Guy”. The word God was never thought as of a name for That Guy. The one who made the heavens and the earth has a name and Moses knew this.
When Moses first encountered God, he only knew of this God as “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”( Exodus 3:13). Up until this time, this Being that visited men and made promises to them never had a descriptive name. Moses would soon learn that this Being, the one who made it all could not really be contained in a collection of characters that formed a name.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14). Moses knew that this would be difficult for people to understand. Conversation would go something like this: Hey did you know that I AM talked to me the other day through a cloud. I AM said, that He would deliver us from all our troubles.
This expression of who God is was a little difficult for Moses and God instead gave Him a name that he could use to help the people focus on the God of their ancestors.
God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (Exodus 3:15)
This word that you read, the “LORD,” in all-caps is really a word in Hebrew that no one knows the meaning of. It is spelled YHWH. It has no vowels because the people who were entrusted with copying the early Bible (scribes, religious leaders) were afraid to pronounce the name, so they left out the vowels as they copied it. The actual meaning is lost. You can read this article about the Tetrgramman later if you like.
Put into your mind this thought, that whatever that name was, they knew it back then and it was clear to them who He was and how to identify Him.
The most prominent feature of this God was that He was One God. In Moses time (and today) there was a pantheon of gods. Some took care of the earth, others made your livestock fertile and others argued and fought. This idea of Many God’s has been around since the beginning and continues on until this day.
The LORD, on the other hand, wanted Moses and everyone else to know that He was the One God (Deuteronomy 6:4). If there was any confusion about who God was, He made sure that they were reminded of who He is.
Throughout all Scripture, the LORD reminds people that He is One. But what people don’t readily know is that the One God He refers to Himself as being is not Singular. The LORD is not a Singular (alone) God. He is One God, existing as Three Persons.
Huh? How can three be one?
This answer is for another article. But if you are a new believer let me give you the short answer.
God is One. God is Unsearchable (meaning, that you can’t figure Him out). God is Revealed (meaning, only He can show you who He is) and God is True (in Him He cannot lie).
That is the basic understanding that most Christian believe in, when they think of how to reconcile the idea of the One God being Three Persons. Christians do not believe in Three Gods. There isn’t one god, his name is Father, another god, his name is Jesus, and a final, third place god, called the Holy Spirit. The Three are the One God. For a more detailed explanation click to read the article The Tri-Unity of the One God.
700+ Words Later
I never said that understanding God would be brief. Most of what we believe is by faith. Yet, our faith is not without substance. The idea that there are Three Persons existing as the One God may give rise to some debate, at least until we are before Him and see God as He truly is.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
There is so much more to know about God and who He is, but now, we have a revelation from God through the Person of Jesus Christ.
The Next day in Week One is The Second Person of the Godhead – Jesus Christ.