Summary: The Trinity
The Trinity 15
The Deity of Christ 4
Christ in the OT
When Julia, my granddaughter, was just beginning to eat solid foods she would eat anything you put in front of her. But like most children she has become rather fussy about she will eat. It used to be you would put her dinner in front of her and she would have it gone in short order.
Now a-days she fusses about what she has. Her little eyes scan the room for something else she can have beside what is on her plate. As a child she would much rather eat candy and cupcakes than carrots and meat. Dinner time, at our house anyway, is a lot about trying to get Julia to eat her food.
As a pastor, I sometimes feel the same way about you. I think of the words of Jesus to Peter in John 21. Jesus gives the command for Peter to “feed His sheep”. Elsewhere in the Scripture, in 1 Peter, pastor or elders, are called shepherd the flock of God, that the Chief shepherd will be glorified.
So I have this command as a pastor/teacher to feed the sheep of Christ, that is you. But sometimes I get the feel, that like Julia, you do not want to eat what is given. Sometimes I am feeding you carrots and meat, but you would rather have candy and cupcakes.
I recognize that sometimes my sermons are not all that entertaining. Sometimes my sermons are not filled with comments that make you feel good inside. Sometimes I know that some of what I say you may not even understand. But friends, I am not here to entertain you, I am here to feed you and sometimes it may be stuff that you don’t want to eat.
I strive to feed you truths that will help each one of you to grow. Admittedly that is not always an easy task. And what might help one person to grow in their faith, may go over the head of another. And what might make others grow, may seem rather basic to others.
So I sincerely try to make sure that all of you get fed spiritual food. Spiritual food that will help you to grow in your walk with Christ. Just as Julia will not grow unless fed properly, we will not grow unless fed properly.
With that said we are continuing in our study into the Triune nature of God. That is to say that “Within the one being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
The teaching on the Trinity I believe is spiritual food that every Christian must partake in. Over the last two weeks we have been looking at the deity of Christ and his preexistence as the eternal Son of God. This week we will look at the second of the six categories we are looking at in regards to the deity of Christ and that The Deity of Christ in the OT.
There are several Bible passages that show us that Jesus Christ was Yahweh or LORD (capitals) of the OT. We are going to be looking at a few of those today. So we are going to be jumping around a lot this morning in our Bibles. This also I will add is not a comprehensive list, there are many more than we will get to today and next week. I do want to give to you some of the more obvious ones.
I give you these verses not so much to be used as a list to try and win arguments with those who deny the Jesus Christ is God, but for your own edification, that you can see that it is the clear testimony of the Bible that Jesus Christ is God. We must understand that apart from the working of the Holy Spirit, people will not believe in the deity of Christ, in fact it will be foolishness to them.
As we are told in 1 Cor. 2:14; “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
So I stress that this is not a list of proof texts for debate, but verses for your own learning and growing in your walk with Christ.
I am going to put up most of the verses, but some of them will be to long for that so I will just give the reference. Turning to the verses however will help one to be more familiar with the Bible.
I want to start by looking at a couple of verses in the OT. First Numbers 14:22; “none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,”