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1 Cor 1: 22-23  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishnessThe-Weakness-of-the-Cross-3_24_31-608x430

1 Cor 1: 24-29 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ……But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Why did God do what he did through the suffering of one man on a Roman Cross?

In this world Might and achievement is reckoned by the force of ones armies and the willingness to die for a cause.  For some it is in striving for great riches and wealth. In Islam those who die in Jihad are honoured with immediate paradise whilst those who don’t get to live in a conscious existence in the grave.  For others heroism and bravery is commended and cowardness is disgraces.  Bravery above weakness.  Yet God in his wisdom cuts through all this, and through weakness achieves the impossible.  He brought salvation to mankind.

The scriptures say that Gods foolishness is still wiser and his weakness stronger.

  • Now if salvation could be achieved through wisdom and intellect, then only the wise would get in and the foolish and uneducated would not.
  • If Salvation was based on strength and valour then the weak would be at a disadvantage.
  • If salvation would be found among the healthy, then the sick would loose out.
  • If salvation could be found among the rich, the poor would loose out.
  • If salvation was achieved through works, then only those with the strength of ones might be able to achieve salvation, and those who don’t loose out.
  • If salvation was based upon my goodness, then the bad have no chance.

Sadly for many in their pride are unwilling to humble themselves, they still cling to the notion that might is right.  They clamber in the belief that their efforts will be recognised and earn a reward called salvation, But its all dross and futility.

They battle strive and struggle in the belief that there are points to be mad,e and their salvation is earned as a reward. For many they can climb upon their intellect, look down upon those who don’t, and boast in their pride  believe they have made the grade whilst others cannot.

 God however cut through all this red tape and made salvation infinitely simpler.  As Paul said to his jailer, whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  Faith as simple as trusting is all that is needed.  It does not matter if you are rich poor brave a coward, Healthy or sick.  God made the playing field equal.  Whoever comes will be saved.

You see Gods way strips me of my boasting.  I have nothing that I can hold onto that says I am better that that other person.  I have nothing that says I have earned my place along side God best.    In fact I am totally disarmed.  All my wisdom, intellect, treasures, gifting , pride, and even my  strength is laid bare before him.  As Paul said he counted it all but dross.  Even in my weakness there is still no pride because one in his weakness he chooses to endure the cross in weakness.  All I can do is look and live.  All I can do is fall down and cry out for mercy.  All I can do is place myself into the hands of the one who died and rose from the tomb.  Throw away any confidence in me and place all my confidence in him. 

Gal 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

Its not my might but his.  Its not my goodness but his,  its not my bravery by his,  its not by my riches by his infinite riches.  It is not even by my love , but because he loved me before I knew there was a love to be loved by.

Rom 5: 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.In the end Jesus did not die just for his friends, but  for his…… ENEMIES!

Deut 6: 4 The Jewish Shema   “ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD”

 Hear , O Israel  Yehovah  our ‘elohiym  is ‘echad  Yehovah

(Jehovah is also pronounced Yehovah.  Jehovah being an anglo saxon version of Gods name. There is no “J” pronouncment in the Hebrew language.)

 ECHAD:

 The word ECHAD  is a compound unity .  That is  a noun which demonstrates oneness of unity.  Genesis 2: 24  “one flesh” one” is echod.  but they were still two people who are seen as being one flesh.  Number 13: 23  “one” cluster of grapes.  Single cluster of grapes consisted of more than one grape.

  Jer 32: 38-39 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one  (echod) heart, and one  (echod) way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

 So we have a group of people who will receive echod heart and way. 

  YACHID :

  Gen 22: 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only  (Yachid) [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 The word “Yachid” means only one and only one.

  Psa 22: 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling (yachid) from the power of the dog.  Prophesy is in relation to Christ.  But again this speaks of one and only one.  There could only be one Yachid saviour in this case.

 Judges 11: 34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she [was his] only child;( Yachid) beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

 Yachid is One pen, one rubber or one toy.  Echad is plurality within that oneness.  One box of pens , one box of toys, or one pile of rubbers.

 Now why in the light of the Hebrew word for “ONE” do we not have echod being used instead of instead of yachid?

 Isa 48: 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

 Is 54: 5 For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

 Gen 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.

 Rev 1: 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Exod 6: 3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

 IDENTIFIED AS GOD ALMIGHTY:

 JESUS IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS THE ALMIGHTY and so does his father.  Two people in their own right, but they are both recognised as being one God Almighty. 

 Is 42: 8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 So if the father was yachid singular then we would not expect him to share his glory with anyone

 IDENTIFIED AS HAVING THE SAME GLORY:

  John 17: 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 Yet Jesus speaks about the glory which he had with the Father before the world was.  That was before the world and even angels were thought off.

 John 17: 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

  Here we see him asking the Father that those who follow him might behold his glory.  Unless we have a trinity of the Godhead this prayer of Jesus would in fact be a sin, because he would be asking the Father to give his praise to another.

 John 16: 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

 All must mean “ALL”.  The promise is that what belongs to the father is rightly belonging to Jesus.

 CREATOR AND SUSTAINER:

 God as CREATOR AND SUSTAINERS of all has the right to be worshipped and praised. Yet we are told that the one who upholds all things is in fact Jesus.

 Heb 1: 2- 3  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;   Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (See  Gen 1: 1- In the beginning God)

 Now to be recognised as the sustainer of all things it must mean is does not need sustaining.  He is therefore the central cause of all things and not the object of creation.

 IDENTIFIED AS THE I AM

 So the relationship with the father is very much intertwined.  This is more than a plurality of majesty as some try and point out.  This is a plurality within the Godhead of personalities.  Working as one with one purpose and one plan.  The revelation we have shows we have more than one personality within the Godhead.

 John 8: 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 John 8: 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 Jesus knew exactly what he was saying and the Jews knew exactly what he was saying.  The one who stood before them was the I am that I am.  The self existent one that was always there and always would be.  Had Jesus been anything less like an angel or a created being then there would be no way he would be able to intercede for all men.  On earth he was limited, but in heaven he is limitless.

 Exod 3: 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 There can be no doubt that the testimony of Jesus and the Testimony as given in the Old Testament are the same.

 FATHER SENDS THE SON AND THE SON SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever

 HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BE LIKE JESUS AND YET NOT JESUS

 Have a difference in meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort;” heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.” Christ promised to send “another Comforter” (allos, “another like Himself,” not heteros), Jhn 14:16. Paul says “I see a different (AV, “another”) law,” heteros, a law different from that of the spirit of life (not allos, “a law of the same sort”), Rom 7:23. After Joseph’s death “another king arose,” heteros, one of quite a different character, Act 7:18. Paul speaks of “a different gospel (heteros), which is not another” (allos, another like the one he preached), Gal 1:6, 7

 So again we have this comparison:  The Holy Spirit is not the son and yet he would also be like the son.  If Jesus was but a mortal man how could the Holy Spirit be like Jesus?  The interesting thing is that in all cases a spirit is confined to one place, but this spirit is omnipresent and is he able to abide equally in every believer at the same time,  Just as  Jesus is able to stand at the right hand of the father and interceded on behalf of millions of believers at the same time.    He is not struggling trying to juggle his time between believers but is able to give each and every one his full attention.

 John 10: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

 John 10: 29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.

 We might snatch a person out of the hands of a mere man, but we can never be snatched out of the hands of an omnipresent God.  If Jesus was not God then he was a mere man, and what he says could not be accomplished by a mere man.  Jesus makes  it very clear 

 I GIVE eternal life” Only God has that provision.

No man is able to PLUCK them out of MY HAND”  Only God can hold every believer at any time and at all times.    Jesus even goes to qualify that his hands and that of his fathers are one.  “and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”

 Remember that the father will not share his glory, yet what Jesus says here is stating just that.  Also remember that Jesus send the Holy Spirit, no mere man can send God anyway,  He establishes his authority and power to send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus, and thus proving the place that the son has with the father.  Jesus also makes it clear that he is not the father and he is not the Holy Spirit.