Summary: We believe that the Bible tells us everything we need to know about a Triune God.
June 26, 2016
Text: Deuteronomy 6:4
Subject: The Inspired Word of God
Title: There is One True God
We have been in our series about how the bible is the inspired Word of God for a few weeks now. If we truly read and understand the bible as inspired, then we must walk away with valuable information that can change our lives.
Today we want to go off on a new tangent from the inspired Word of God. If this is God’s word then we need to see what God then, says about Himself. Who is He? What is His purpose? What does He want from us? And all of questions are answered in the scriptures.
Now the world has many different ideas about who God is. From a secular viewpoint God is one of many ways to get to heaven. Many see God as the author of the chaos that is in the world today. So many equate the creator God with the god of Islam. We worship the same God right? That is what the god of this world would have you believe. But it is not true. And we will talk about that more in coming weeks. The truth is that many people believe in a god of their own creation and expect him to live up to their expectations.
But, there is one key verse in the bible that we should all know.
Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIV2011)
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
I believe this is God’s word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine…
I will appropriate it to my life today…
I want to break that verse down and really study what it means so we can get a clearer picture of the God of the bible.
The very first word in that verse is “Hear”…
shama` (shaw-mah') v.
1. to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience…
Do you think that the Lord thought that what He was about to say through Moses was important?
4 Hear, O Israel… this message is intended for all and not just for Moses.
The LORD… Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw') n/p.
1. (the) self-Existent or Eternal
2. Jehovah, Jewish national name of God
There is no doubt about who it is Moses is speaking of… He is the great I AM. He is the Creator God. He is the Miracle worker. And He is the One who always was and will forever be.
our God… Now I want you to get this… the word translated as “God” here is the Hebrew elohiym (el-o-heem') n-m.
1. gods in the ordinary sense
2. but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God
The LORD our God… This is the plural of the word used for a deity…He is self-existent. He is creator. And He reveals Himself as a God in three persons… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
the LORD is one! echad (ekh-awd') adj.
1. (properly) united, i.e. one
There is one God. How can God be united with Himself? Because there are three persons in the godhead! We see this expressed in the term “trinity”.
Although the words trinity or persons are never used in the New Testament in reference to God the reality is clearly spoken of many times.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
John 14:16-17 (NKJV)
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Let’s go back to the beginning… Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)
26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Now look at the shift in terms between verses 26 and 27
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
How do we explain the transition from Us and Our in verse 26 to He created them?
In my mind it is easy to explain. The godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are acting as One God to create man.