|* Is God Real?
By looking all around us, we can see that His creation proves He is real. Just as a building had to have builders to build it, a book had to have an author to pen it, and a painting had to have a painter to paint it, so too did creation have to have a creator to create it. Someone had to be the Creator as all that we se around us didn't "just happen," and that someone is out Father: ELOHIM, if you say otherwise, you then believe that nothing created everything. So, let's turn to His Word to prove that He is real.
In the bible, His Holy Written Word, in the introduction to Genesis (and the whole bible) Genesis 1:1 through 2:3, ascribes everything to the "Living God:" creating; making; acting; moving and speaking. There is no room for evolution without a flat denial of Divine Revelation, One must be true, the other false. God (or He) "created" occurs 6 times in this introduction; God "moved" occurs once; The words "The LORD said," "the LORD spake," and/or "Thus saith the LORD" appear in over 430 verses in the bible. Jacob wrestled with God in Genesis 32.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." -> So, with whom is Father, ELOHIM speaking in this verse when He says "let Us make man in Our image, Our likeness?" Who is the "Us" and "Our" in this verse? It is God (Elohim - singular) speaking with His angels (elohim - plural). Elohim occurs over 2,700 times in the bible. It's first usage connects it with creation, and gives it its essential meaning as the creator. It indicates His relation to mankind as His creatures. Elohim is God the Son, the Living "Word" with creature form to create and with human form to redeem; begotten of His Father before all worlds; born of His mother "in the world." We are the "us" in this verse, so you see, God was speaking with us.
What Does He Look Like?
Quoting the verse from above, let's begin in:
Genesis 1:26 And God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." -> What is Father saying here? He is saying that, He Himself will come to this age (He wouldn't cause us to do something He Himself wouldn't do also) as the embodiment of the flesh, as Jesus. He (Jesus) will look exactly as He (Father) looks in heaven. Likewise also, we look exactly as we looked while in heaven (in our spiritual bodies) before we were "born from above" as Jesus states we must be, in order to be able to enter back into the Kingdom of God in John 3:3.
Let's now move to Genesis 8.
Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD: and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar [8:21] And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in His heart, "I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done." -> As we can see by reading this verse, Father has to have a mind to be able to think to Himself, a nose to be able to smell smells, he also has a heart, and since as we learned from the reply to "Is God Real" above, over 430 times in His Word; Father speaks, so that means He has to have a mouth and vocal cords.
We can also see from this verse that He has emotions and feelings. It is from Him that we get our emotions and feelings as He instilled into us the same attributes of Himself.
Now, lets turn to Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." -> The name Immanuel in the Hebrew language means: "God with us." And as it is restated in Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. [1:21] And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. -> Jesus in the Greek is "Iesous" which is taken from the Hebrew "Yeshua" meaning "YHVH'S Saviour." [1:22] Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, [1:23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. -> ..
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Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, -> The "sixth month" spoken of here is the sixth month of Elizabeth, Mary's cousin's, pregnancy. Elizabeth was the wife of Zecharias, the Priest from Luke 1:5-25, whom this same angel, Gabriel visited while he, Zacarias, was performing his priestly duties. Gabriel prophesied that they too would conceive, and they were to call their son "John," as in "John the baptist."
Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
Luke1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luke 1:31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS."
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John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. -> This in and of itself is a Truth, for this is the defining Truth of Christianity - we were all created by the same Creator - ELOHIM, and though when we all die in the flesh, as declared in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 as soon as we depart this flesh life; we return to the Father Who created us, however, we do not have eternal life unless we accept His Son - Christ Jesus and repent of our sins in His name. Everything else - matters not, there is no other "religion" which can save us and give us eternal life - only through The Son.
Jesus, I AM=This affirmation "I AM"--used by Father Himself when answering Moses as to Who Moses should tell the Israelites sent him to save them out of their bondage to the Egyptians in Exodus 3:14 "I AM THAT I AM - 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh" in the Hebrew - I will be what I will be--is used by our Lord twenty-five times in the Book of John alone.
The truth="And" the truth - to emphasize the Lord's statement.
The life=A characteristic word, used by Jesus thirty-six times in this Gospel of John, and means "the way which leadeth to eternal life." We can compare this with I John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. -> Your Father, your Creator wants you to live with Him forever because He loves you and He created you in His image. It is only through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that we can obtain forgiveness for our sins and then have eternal life with Him. He is waiting for you to ask His forgiveness so that He can forgive your sins and accept you into His family; however, it completely dependent upon you, for you must make the choice and the decision to turn to Him, to love Him. It is for this reason He has given all His children “free-will,” to prove to Him whether you love Him and accept Him and all that He has done for you, and there-by have eternal life; or reject Him, and at the of the 1,000 year Millennial Reign, be cast into the Lake of Fire. [5:12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. -> This is it in a nut-shell. You can accept the Son, Jesus Christ – God in the flesh, and there-by have eternal life with your Father, your Creator; or, you can deny Him and therefore be considered Spiritually dead until the day of Judgment, and at that time will be physically dead as well, as your spiritual body will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Eternal Life or death, there are no fence sitters. [5:13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -> Which confirms and re-emphasizes this verse: John 14:6. The proof is in the pudding so to speak: either accept Him and have eternal life with Him; or reject Him, and your soul will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there are no fence walkers or sitters, it's "either - or."
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known My Father also: and henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him. -> This verse is quite easy when you apply common sense and think it through. As we read above, John told us in the first verse in this Gospel that Jesus and the Father are one, John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.. Jesus is the Word of God, He is the Logos, that is "the devine expression, (that is) Christ." We also know from both the Old Testament and the New that there was One prophesied about Who would come to be the Saviour of the world. The prophet Isaiah, prophesied in the Book named for him, as he was speaking to Ahaz who was wearying Father, that Father Himself would give Ahaz and the world a sign: Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.. Matthew, in his gospel confirmed this, for as we read in Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.. when Father trnslates something from His Word, we have no rigth to try and further break it down and translate it to what we want it to mean. Then again, we read further concerning Father and Jesus being one in John 10:30 I and My Father are one..
John 14:8 Phillip saith unto Him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. -> Here is the definition of "walking by sight" and not "by faith." Jesus just said to His disciples, "If ye had known me...ye know Him and have seen Him. Obviously Phillip, like Thomas, was a non-believer, at least by faith, they both needed to "see" to believe. Much like those who celebrate Jesus' resurrection every year, Jesus told us He would resurrect, so why do we need to celebrate it, I don't, as I believe by faith.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and ye hast thou not known Me, Phillip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? -> Listen carefully to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in this verse, don't be listening to any other man, not even myself as I can never speak it as well as our Father. Jesus said, "he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; how saith thou then, Shew us the Father?" The problem today is that we, having been conditioned for so long from sitting in that church pew listening to a man (no gender involved) speak their "sermons," that it is now become awlful hard to put off from us those traditions, those things which we've been taught for those 10, 20, 30, 40 or more years while sitting in that building listening to the same old dogma.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. -> "Believest thou not that 'I AM' (ehyeh asher ehyeh) in the Father." Here our Lord even uses the sacred name which Father told Moses to use when Moses asked Him Who he should tell the Israelites sent him to lead them up out of their bondage to the Egyptians.
Dwelleth=In the Strong's Concordance in the Hebrew this word is Hebrew word number G3306 - μένω - menō, pronounced - men'-o, and means: A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): - abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.. This is the "brother" if you will, to word that Jesus uses when He says in verse v14:2 that "in His mansion Father's house are many mansions (mon-ay')." They both have the same meaning "to abide or to rest," and if you aren't in Christ, you have no rest.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very work's sake. -> Jesus is saying that if you cannot accept that I am in the Father, and He is in Me; that we are one in the same, then just believe in Me for the sake of the miracles that you have seen me perform. They watched as Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, after having been dead and in the tomb for four days (the other miracle in that act which is not spoken of is that when Jesus said “Lazarus, come forth” Lazarus did so still wrapped in his grave clothes, he feet were bound and therefore he couldn’t walk, he floated out to Jesus), as well as witness the blind man being healed. They witnessed the cripple man receive a healing at the pool at Salome, and in His first miracle, they tasted of the six pots of water which He turned to wine at the marriage ceremony in Cana. They tasted many times, as Jesus fed thousands of people on a basket lunch of a small boy. Jesus is telling His disciples if you cannot understand when I tell you I and My Father are one, then believe Me for the sake of what you have observed.
Miracle after miracle; they saw the works that only our Heavenly Father could do, including His control of the winds, the calming of the sea, and the fig tree immediately wither away after He spoke to it.
Genesis Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the LORD
Exodus - the burning bush; the Israelites telling Moses that they were afraid to look upon Father and,