Apr 22, 2012 - Doctrine    No Comments

God Desires a Family

Kennard, a servant of Elohim the Father and Yeshua the Son.

Moses, under the inspiration of Almighty Elohim wrote the following:

“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 God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”   (Genesis 3:22-23 KJV)

Notice God identified Himself as “us” instead of “myself” or “me.”

Why did God describe Himself as “us” and “our” which is plural (more than one)?

The word for “God” in English Bibles is translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim.”

It is pronounced:  \ˌe-lō-ˈhēm, e-ˈlō-ˌhim\

According to Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Definitions the word “Elohim” means:

1) (plural)
1a) rulers, judges
1b) divine ones
1c) angels
1d) gods
2) (plural intensive – singular meaning)
2a) god, goddess
2b) godlike one
2c) works or special possessions of God
2d) the (true) God
2e) God

According to the Complete WordStudy Dictionary Lexicon “Elohim” means:

ֱאֹלִהים

’elōhiym: A masculine plural noun meaning God, gods, judges, angels. Occurring more than 2,600 times in the Old Testament, this word commonly designates the one true God (Gen_1:1) and is often paired with God’s unique name yehōwāh (H3068) (Gen_2:4; Psa_100:3). When the word is used as the generic designation of God, it conveys in Scripture that God is the Creator (Gen_5:1); the King (Psa_47:7 [8]); the Judge (Psa_50:6); the Lord (Psa_86:12); and the Savior (Hos_13:4). His character is compassionate (Deu_4:31); gracious (Psa_116:5); and faithful to His covenant (Deu_7:9). In fewer instances, this word refers to foreign gods, such as Dagon (1Sa_5:7) or Baal (1Ki_18:24). It also might refer to judges (Exo_22:8-9 [7-8]) or angels as gods (Psa_97:7). Although the form of this word is plural, it is frequently used as if it were singular-that is, with a singular verb (Gen_1:1-31; Exo_2:24).

Based on the above information, you should understand Elohim is plural and can mean:

  • God
  • gods
  • angels
  • rulers, judges
  • divine ones
  • one (true) God

 Elohim is One

It is true Elohim is one Elohim.  However, how is Elohim one?

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” (Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)

ֶאָחד

’eḥāḏ (echad): A numerical adjective meaning one, first, once, the same. It may mean simply one of various things: e.g., place (Gen 1:9); soul, or person (Lev4:27); a person from among many (Gen 3:22; Gen 42:19; 1Sa 26:15). It has the idea of unity or integrity as when it designates one justice for all (Num 15:16) or actual physical unity (Exo 36:12). The Lord is one (Deu 6:4). It expresses agreement or unity among persons (Exo 24:3) or physical unity (Zep 3:9). It may serve as an indefinite article, one man (1Sa 1:1), or to indicate the first of something, e.g., the first day of the month (Gen 8:5). The word is pluralized to mean several, few, or a while (Gen 11:1; Gen 27:44). (The Complete WordStudy Dictionary)

The word echad means a “unity” or “composite unity.”  Scriptures where the word “echad” is used:

  • ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  (Genesis 2:24 KJV)
  • “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”  (Genesis 11:6 KJV)
  • “Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.”  (Judges 20:1 KJV)

Echad also means there is no other Elohim but the Elohim of the Bible.

A marriage and a group of people should be unified.  Likewise, Elohim is unified as one.

Yeshua stated the following about Elohim being one:

“I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:30-36 KJV)

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 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.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”  (John 14:9-11 KJV)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  (John 14:12-13 KJV)

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.    That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are oneI in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”  (John 17:21-23 KJV)

The Father and Yeshua are one in unity.  However, they are two separate beings. (Revelation 5:1-8; Daniel 7:13-14; I Corinthians 8:6). Additionally, Elohim desires for His followers to be one in unity just like the Father and the Son.

Let’s carefully analyze  the following scriptures located in Revelation chapters 4 & 5 to prove the Yah the Father and the Messiah are two separate beings.

“And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” (Revelation 4:2-3 KJV)

The “one sat on the throne” is the Yah the Father proved by the following scripture:

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” (Revelation 5:1-7 KJV)

The one who took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne is the Messiah.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:8-14 KJV)

Notice the blessing, honor, glory and power is to Yah the Father and the Messiah.

The Messiah sits at the right hand of the Father.

יהוה said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (Psalm 110:1 The Scriptures)

“Then indeed, after the Master had spoken to them, He was received up into the heaven, and sat down at the right hand of Elohim.” (Mark 16:19 The Scriptures)

who, having gone into heaven, is at the right hand of Elohim, messengers and authorities and powers having been subjected to Him.” (1 Peter 3:22 The Scriptures)

“But he, being filled with the Set-apart Spirit, looked steadily into the heaven and saw the esteem of Elohim, and יהושע standing at the right hand of Elohim, and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Aḏam standing at the right hand of Elohim!”  (Acts 7:55-56 The Scriptures)

“To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21 The Scriptures)

“And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb.” (Revelations 22:1)

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

“Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18 CJB)

“Indeed, all I have is yours, and all you have is mine, and in them I have been glorified.” (John 17:10 CJB)

The above scriptures prove Yah the Father and the Messiah are two separate beings and share their possessions. Yeshua prayed that His assembly learn how to share their possessions with each other and be united like the Father and Himself (John 17:20-23; Acts 4:32).

Yeshua is the image of God the Father (Colossians 1:13-16).  He looks like God the Father-just like any human son looks similar to his human father.  Messiah stated the following about God the Father:

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  (John 17:3 KJV)

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”  (John 14:28 KJV)

“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”  (John 20:17 KJV)

” . . . that the Elohim of our Master יהושע Messiah, the Father of esteem, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17 The Scriptures)

“As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.”  (John 6:57 KJV)

I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord–but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.” (John 5:30 AMP)

“If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world. Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day. This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. [Deut. 18:18, 19.] And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions.” (John 12:47-50 AMP)

The book of Hebrews reveals the following:

“But of the Son he (the Father – emphasis mine) says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.  And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands.” (Hebrews 1:8-10 KJV)

The above scripture is quoted from on Psalm 45:

“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Psalm 45:6-7 KJV)

“For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah יהושע,  who, being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality (being similar that God is His Father – John 5:18) with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men. And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake. Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of יהושע every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that יהושע Messiah is Master, to the esteem of Elohim the Father. ” (Phillipians 2:5-11 The Scriptures)

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NASB)

“Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son, So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.” (John 5:22-23 AMP)

The above scriptures reveal:

  • Yeshua is the image of God.
  • God the Father is greater than Yeshua.
  • God the Father is Yeshua’s God.
  • Yeshua lives because of God the Father.
  • God the Father calls His Son God.
  • We should honor Yeshua as we honor the Elohim the Father
  • Every knee should  bow before Yeshua the Messiah to the esteem of Elohim the Father.

 

The Messiah is second in command.  He has a God He obeys.  And, that God is the Father.  Remember, Elohim is plural and can describe a composite unity based on other scriptures that the Hebrew word echad is used.  Echad also means there is no other Elohim but the Elohim of the Bible.  Yeshua is the Word of God and is Elohim because He is a part of Elohim-His Word.  Yeshua is THE Word of Elohim (Revelation 19:13; John 1:1-3, 14). However, He is not Elohim the Father.  He is Elohim the Son.

“For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6 KJV)

The Great Potential of Mankind

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.  Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.  When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.”  (1 Corinthians 15:21-28 KJV)

Elohim desires to dwell in all of mankind.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

“Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.  “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” (Revelation 21:1-7 KJV)

The ultimate plan of Elohim for mankind is to produce many sons of Elohim through the Messiah who is the 1st Son of God.  Yeshua is the only resurrected human who has immortality.

“That you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time–He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:14-16 KJV)

“It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?  You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.  At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.  But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”  (Hebrews 2:6-10 KJV)

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11-13 KJV)

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  (Romans 8:29 KJV)

“But we are citizens of heaven, and it is from there that we expect a Deliverer, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.  He will change the bodies we have in this humble state and make them like his glorious body, using the power which enables him to bring everything under his control.” (Philippians 3:20-21 CJB)

“So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.”  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.  The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.  As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenlyNow I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.  But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.  “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O  DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” (1 Corinthians 15:42-55 NASB)

“For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” (Matthew 22:30 KJV)

“And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”  (Luke 20:34-36 KJV)

Angels are also called sons of God (Job 1:6; 38:7 KJV).

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”    (1 Corinthians 6:2-3 KJV)

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” (Revelation 2:26-27 KJV)

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”     (Revelation 3:21 KJV)

Some Christians and Believers have been taught God the Father and Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah is one person. God the Father and Yeshua Messiah are two separate beings with the title of Elohim.  Yeshua is Elohim because He is the Word of Elohim and God Himself considers Him Elohim (Psalm 45;6-7; John 1:1-3, 14).

Additionally, Yeshua is the Word of God and is Elohim because He is a part of Elohim-His Word. Yeshua is THE Word of Elohim (Revelation 19:13; John 1:1-3, 14). They have a plan to create an extended family by helping human beings reach their full potential:  sons of God.


 

 

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