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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ACTS FOR THE FACTS The Right Keys to God's House

 



"And I will give to thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. "




Have you ever tried to open a door using the wrong keys?

Jesus to Peter in Matthew 18:18 And I say also to thee, that
you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My congregation;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give to thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
And whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatsoever you shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”

20 Then He charged His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ.
(they would preach "Jesus is the Christ" AFTER they were Spirit baptized in Acts chapter 2, and THEN they would tell the world who Jesus is.

The KEYS WERE USED IN ACTS after Jesus ascended to HIS GOD AND FATHER.
Wrong keys:
None preached a trinity.
None preached Jesus is God.
None preached "accept Christ as personal savior".
None preached believe in Jesus and keep the law of Moses.

Many will miss entering in for using the wrong keys.
But it is easy to repent and believe the gospel they preached in Acts.

The true temple is the House of God, which is not a building. The apostles laid the foundation in ACTS. Those are the unassailable FACTS.

SUMMARY:

The Door:
John 10:9 ๐‘ฐ ๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’“; ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ด๐’† ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’, ๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’…, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The keys to the faith and kingdom:
: ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ ๐™š๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™†๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ.

Peter preached the true Christ Jesus in Acts to the Jews and in Acts 10 to the gentiles, thus opening the door.

: AFTER receiving the Spirit,  Peter preached and the keys were in his words.
To the Jews first, Acts 2,3,4,5. And to the first gentiles, Acts 10.

Everything else is a house built on sand.

๐‘ฎ๐’๐’…'๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’• ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘น๐’๐’„๐’Œ: ๐‘ฑ๐’†๐’”๐’–๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ช๐‘ฏ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ป, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’….

The foundation of the temple "not made by hands":
Eph 2:20-21
๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’• ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’‰๐’†๐’•๐’”, ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐‘ฑ๐’†๐’”๐’–๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’๐’†,
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord. NASB95

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Addendum:  Here is the text of Peter's Words to the Jews in Jerusalem, Who Jesus is, and what to do with that knowledge.  
Whereas it should be a model for gospel preaching, it is actually ignored, replaced by false ideas, and the central message even argued against!

22 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man approved of God among you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did through Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know —
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate will and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
24 But God hath raised Him up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
25 For David speaks concerning Him: ‘I beheld the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope,
27 because Thou <GOD> wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou has made known to me the ways of life;
Thou shalt make me full of joy
with Thy countenance.’
29 “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
30 Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn an oath to him that from the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne,

31 David, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ that ‘His soul was not left in hell, neither did His flesh see corruption.’
32 This Jesus has God raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
33 Therefore, being exalted by the right hand of God,
 and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens, but he himself said,
 ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit Thou on My right hand
35 until I make Thy foes Thy footstool.”’
 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”


Monday, February 5, 2024

Last Days Series Deconstructing The common anti christ MYTH.

 





Deconstructing The common anti christ MYTH.



WHO is the antichrist?

Before showing you from scripture who antichrist is, let me say that you may likely believe there will be a man called "THE Antichrist" come along, and declare himself to be God, in a building over in modern Israel. That is what so many of us have heard taught and looked for to speculate and identify who "he" is.

Surprisingly, the scripture actually tells us already that many "antichrists" need to be considered, since the man who first used the word "antichrist" wrote that antichrist would come, and was "even now" in the midst of the church.

So if there are "many antichrists" which one is THE antichrist?

Here is every verse using the word.
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour: and as you heard that antichrist comes, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour.

1John 2:22 Who is the liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, even he that denies the Father and the Son.

1st John 4:3 and every spirit that confesses not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
2John 1:7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh.

Well look here.. WHO is...?
This <the many> is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Who?
1John 2:26 These things have I written to you concerning them๐Ÿ‘ˆ that would lead you astray.

Oh my, the " many deceivers" are "them" who "lead you astray" ?
If you saw the "not in scripture" list on our site, you begin to get an idea of how much leaven there is in Christianity...

SIX IDENTIFYING "antichrist" CLUES ARE FOUND:
1. "These have I written to you concerning them that would lead you astray.
2. "many false prophets", "he that is in the world"
3. "come in the flesh".
4. "Confess not" which means to not speak the same as that Jesus, <the Jesus as they preached in ACTS. Rather "they" come to you preaching out of the flesh.
5. They have the "spirit of error"
6. and does it get any plainer than John 2:22?
1 John 2:22 (NLT) And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ.

Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. (anyone is a plural company)

1 John 2:22 (NKJV) Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son,
Let me say it as:
Who is "THAT Jesus Christ"? It is not "the Apostle's Creed" or a "What We Believe" list, etc.

These are fleshly explanations and definitions and they are words not found in the scriptures themselves.

Anything added to or diminished from God's Word is "leaven".

To "confess" is to speak the same as:
In the Gree word for "confess", "homo-logeo", i.e. "confess" Christ, means to speak the same as, agree, declare the Christ of scripture and not make doctrine from their own formula or explanation.

-the "trinity" being a good example of a term not "homo logeo" in scripture. There are many such terms in the church system on a wide range of precepts.

To DENY IS:
to speak against, disavows, or speak contrary to the Word itself.
You can hear comments like "What Jesus really meant was...", or "that was for them back there. Times have changed", or "that's the way we do it around here", and many other justifications for not accepting what the Word says.
..............................
Therefore we have the "MANY deceivers" among us, in our midst, who do not speak the same as the Word and pervert the gospel, who are the "many" Jesus, Peter, and Paul spoke of, who are "antichrist".
Some are merely repeating what they are taught by others.

Usually in this day of prominent professional ministries with large followings, people "feed" on the ideas and teachings without seriously testing them or praying about whether something is correct or not. I think we have all done this in our journey.
-And so the scriptures are fulfilled regarding "many deceivers", "deceiving and being deceived", "many shall follow their pernicious ways and be "made merchandise of". 1 Peter 5 is of note.

Thus are the wolves, deceivers, fake shepherds, hierlings, and false prophets among those who are Christian, and are mostly hidden in the body as Christ. - just as Judas, the first Son of Perdition was also hidden in the midst of the body of Christ among the twelve apostles..

And because they are not yet revealed, they may preach, do signs and miracles, and proclaim Jesus Christ, but they are as Judas who did those very same works,
but was the antichrist hidden in the body of Christ, among the twelve apostles.

As John wrote:
"many deceivers have gone out into the world", and "These things have I written unto you concerning them that would lead you astray"

Matthew 24:5 For *many* shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ;
and shall lead *many* astray.
-and so the deceivers also "confess Christ", not that they claim to BE Christ.

How else would they be hidden?

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not led astray: for many shall come....
*the "many", whose "end is perdition", is the corporate body of antichrist, the “son of perdition”.

Jeremiah 12:10
Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion under foot, they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not *that* Jesus Christ ...............cometh in the flesh.
(they that speak not the same as that Jesus Christ)

THIS IS the deceiver and the antichrist: Who? He said the "many".

"THIS is THE antichrist", a body, i.e. a great company of deceivers, just as also the "great harlot", the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, and Israel all are corporate bodies of a multitude of people...

What some believe, erroneously creating from the "constructs" in the Babylonish church system, which
include cherry-picked phrases like "man of sin", "son of perdition", "the Assyrian", the "willful king", "he who sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God", or "abomination of desolation".

While some of those may have some relevance to being "anti" Jesus Christ, they are mis-applied to the point of common acceptance without better examination and applied to a mythical one man in a building in modern Israel.

Each one of those can and should be examined without the bias of mis-applying them as "The AntiChrist".

In other related posts, I will deal with what "constructs" are, and we are all familiar with many of them. Most are error and lead away from truth.

A Fake, and just what "the temple of God" is, according to the New Testament scriptures, and very anti-Christ Fake Israel in the Middle East, who are God's chosen people.

As we purge out the leaven together, God bless.​

Saturday, January 13, 2024

1God The LORD said to my Lord


From the 1God Series: LORD and Lord
by rory moore



"WHO are you Lord?"
Are you CURIOUS about kurios?
What is the meaning of "Lord" in the New Testament?
Some think it means "GOD". -well, sort of maybe not so, although sometimes it is applied to the Father...



Let's look closer.  8-16-19

Peter said in Acts 2:36
Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain
=>> that GOD has made him BOTH Lord and Christ<<==,
THIS JESUS whom you crucified.”

The English translated word is "Lord" was translated from the Greek "kurios”.
Definition: Noun, masculine.

--he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
-the possessor and disposer of a thing
-the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
-is a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master
this title is given to: the Messiah.

It is also applied to men, employers (bosses) as in Col. 3:22
Colossians 3:22-24
22 Servants (employees), in all things obey those who are your **masters** on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the ***Lord***.

The SAME WORD used in both places and applied to men and the Savior.

I have seen people in confusion over the word "Lord" and some confuse it with GOD's name in the Old Testament "LORD" which was translated from YHVH.
God the Father is the LORD (YHVH) and some attempt to make Jesus the Father by confusing "LORD (YHVH) and "Lord".

A passage that illustrates what I am saying was given in Ps. 110:1
The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

And quoted by Jesus:
Matthew 22:44 The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Again by Peter in Acts 2:
Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saidhimself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Because "THE LORD" in the original Psalm is GOD, ( YHVH, aka LORD, aka JeHoVaH aka YaHWeH).
We now see who the GOD and Father of our "Lord" Jesus is, and this is consistent with other Old Testament quotes in the NEW Testament.

Here are three examples referring to THE LORD GOD:

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says ***The Lord Almighty.***

Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, says the ***Lord***, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel..

This verse people often confuse in ascribing Jesus the Lord, as "God Almighty":
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

But John was not confused when he SAW in Revelation 4:
2
 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
Rev 4:8 "Holy, holy, holy, ***Lord God Almighty***, Who was and is and is to come!"
and continues:
Revelation 5:5 And I saw in the right hand of HIM that sat on the throne a book written.
vs  <there> 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.
7 And he (the LAMB slain) came and took the book out of the right hand of HIM (The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY)  that sat upon the throne.

Back to Acts and Peter preaching Jesus:
The Lord <LORD/YHVH>, made him (Jesus), both Lord (kurios) and Christ. Acts 2:36

The Lord GOD made Jesus both ruler and Messiah. (Lord and Christ).

I am not trying to convince you but rather I would encourage you to be willing to look and consider the above. 
Once we accept there is a distinction, we can look at who Jesus is when Spirit-filled Peter spoke to the people in Jerusalem that day.



Wednesday, January 10, 2024

GOD, Gods, god, judges What's an eloheim?



GOD, Gods, god, judges ©

 Let’s deal with a stumbling block over the word “GOD”. 
-rory moore 6-10-19



 
This will be the most complex chapter from my forthcoming book
because we must grasp an understanding of words from the original language.

Hebrew and Greek words may have different or more complex meaning than our English translations, and translators must often choose between which definition is used in our English Bible. 

For instance, to English-speaking people, “GOD” is a simple word evoking the idea of God in heaven. But to Hebrews in scripture “God” was/is YHWH, The self-existing, eternal, infinite, One LORD GOD. 

Deuteronomy 6:4 “hear o Israel, the LORD <YHWH> our GOD, is ONE Lord.”  And YHWH is the unquestionable, undivided, Almighty, and supreme God.
Yet we find “gods” and even men likened to or called “God” or “Gods”, and  human judges called “gods”, ALL derived from the exact same Hebrew word!

How do we know this word “God” can be applied to humans?

-Because in scripture it IS applied to men
-Remember the scripture was written in primarily Hebrew and Greek, so we are reading a translation into our language. In the Hebrew and Greek languages, “GOD” is translated from Hebrew “Eloheim” and “Theos” is the New Testament Greek respectively.

An example is Genesis 1 is “In the beginning, GOD <i.e. Eloheim> created the heavens and the earth”.  2,601 times “eloheim”, is rendered: “God” “Gods”, “judges”, or goddess, in the KJV.

Strong’s Concordance defines:
I. 
A.                rulers, judges
B.                 divine ones
C.                 angels
D.                gods
II. (plural intensive, singular meaning) 
A.        god, goddess
B.        A. godlike one
C.        works or special possessions of God
D.        the (true) God
E.         God

III. Definition:
 สผฤ•lรดhรฎym, plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used of the supreme God; occasionally applied to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: angels, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), great, judges, mighty.

In Deuteronomy 10:17 the LORD your *God is the *God of *gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God. *Eloheim of eloheim.

In Mark 12:29; Jesus answered, The first command is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord (YHWH) our God (Eloheim-Theos), the Lord (YHWH)  is one, and to love Him... ( -He and his audience likely read the Hebrew scriptures.)
Both Eloheim (and “theos” in the New Testament) are generic for “God” in our English language. Jesus in quoting Deut. 6:4 in the Greek New Testament shows they are equated.

YHWH is One, The Almighty God of Gods, the Eternal, self-existing, infinite, all-wise, transcendent One with an image and a throne that the witnesses saw.
He is the only God, and Father of Jesus Christ. See their reports

GOD is Eloheim from Strong’s: H430
Gods in the ordinary sense;
of the Supreme God; occasionally applied by deference to magistrates; and sometimes as superlative: -angels, God (gods) 
(-dess,), great, judges mighty.

CONTEXT determines the meaning.

Now let’s look at Isaiah 9:6 His name shall be called the mighty GOD
English can bring confusion as our minds equate the passage, which is obviously a prophecy of the coming Christ Jesus, as GOD. But none of the preachers in Acts, nor Jesus Himself ever said Jesus is The God of heaven, God of Gods, God of the fathers, or YHWH. They could have in Acts as they told people who Jesus is, IF Jesus is GOD.

In Isaiah 9:6 a child born would have a name called mighty God.
This “child born” would also be revealed as “a man of sorrows” and “My servant” in Isaiah 53.


What kind of “mighty God” could a man be
In the Orthodox Jewish Bible:
For to us a yeled is born, unto us ben is given; and the misrah (dominion) shall be upon his shoulder; and Shmo shall be called Peleh (Wonderful), Yoetz (Counsellor), El Gibbor (Mighty G-d), Avi Ad (Possessor of Eternity), Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace).

In Isaiah 9:6 "mighty god" is:
H410  ืֵืœ 'êl  shortened from *H352; 
strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):
- God (god), goodly, great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in “-el.”
Total KJV occurrences: 242.

el is  "god". Not YHVH eloheim or YHVH (LORD) GOD.
 Context determines the meaning.
* "gibbor" "mighty:
The KJV translates Strong's H1368 in the following manner: mighty (63x), mighty man (68x), strong (4x), valiant (3x), .... ones (4x), mighties (2x), man (2x), valiant men (2x), strong man (1x), upright man (1x), champion (1x), chief (1x), excel (1x), giant (1x), men's (1x), mightiest (1x), strongest (1x).

-From “eloheim” in the Hebrew meaning: (very) great, judges, mighty, magistrates”.
Who will judge the world? 
Paul testified this in Acts 17:31  because HE (GOD) has fixed a day in which HE (GOD) will judge the world in righteousness through a Man (JESUS) whom HE (GOD) has appointed having furnished proof to all men by raising Him (Jesus) from the dead.”

Who is highly exalted, exercises all power and authority in heaven and earth?

JESUS
! The "man approved of GOD.." Acts 2:22
And in this he IS the mighty God, Judge, Magistrate, our high priest, KING OF KINGS.

Consistently Jesus said the rulers of Israel were also “eloheim” as He quoted Psalm 82 “ye are GODS” (eloheim). 
-The “gods” of Psalm 82 are simply MEN who, by God’s sovereignty, are permitted to rule over other men, aka, “magistrates”.

Some may disagree, but looking at the references from a relative these facts emerge:
In the Old Testament Strong’s #H430-elohim occurs 2,601 times. 
11     (0.42%) refer to humans either directly or indirectly.
5       (0.19%) are miscellaneous.
235   (9.03%) refer to idols/false gods.
2350 (90.34%) refer to God, the creator and so much more.

Elohim occurs 811 times in the Pentateuch, 736 times (90.75%) it refers to God, and 75 times (9.25%) it does not refer to God.

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? (35)  If He (God) called them gods, to whom the word of God came…..

This same “eloheim,” in Ps. 82:6, is also translated asjudges” in the Old Testament. An example of this is found in Exodus 21:6, “his master shall bring him to the judges …”
And Exodus 22:8  “If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought to the *judges …”,  (*the eloheim.)
This is why Jesus is eloheim (God) because GOD (The Father) has given him authority to judge.

In the New Testament, the Greek word “theos” carries the same understanding and is used in the same manner. 

Here are two examples:
Acts 12:22 The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god (theos,-divine one) and not of a man!”
1Cor 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven OR IN EARTH, (as there be many gods, and many lords

but to us there is but ONE GOD, THE FATHER, and ONE Lord Jesus. 

The GOD and Father of Jesus Christ is also the generic “Theos” so "eloheim” and context helps us better understand which version of “God” is spoken of.

With this in mind, we will resolve the confusion of multiple passages ascribing the word translated as “God” to Christ who has “His God.
Revelation 1:6 and he (Jesus) made us… to be priests to his GOD and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever.
Isaiah 9:6. ..his name shall be called…. The mighty God..  <el gibbor>
Titus 2:13
 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Understanding God and God in Hebrews chapter 1 may now be easier to understand how “God” is used.
5 For to which of the angels did He (GOD-YHWH/ Theos) ever say,
You are My Son, Today I have begotten You
And again,
“I 
will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”?
:6  And when He (GOD-YHWH/Eloheim/Theos) again brings the firstborn into the world, He (GOD-YHWH/Theos) says
And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
:8 But of the Son He says,
Your throne, O God (i.e. theos (eloheim) mighty one, judge, magistrate), is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God (YHWH/Theos), Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions
.”

These are places Jesus Christ is referenced and the word “God” is in context:
-John 1:1 In the beginning was the *word (*means something said/ thought expressed ), and the word (what God said) was with God (Eloheim/TheosYHWH),
and the word (what God said) was God (Eloheim/ Theos).
(14 And the word (something God said) became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

-Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.
-Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.

John 20:28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas was not calling Jesus YHWH or “Father” when he used “Lord”.
The word “God” that Thomas likely used is “theos”, “Lord” is “”kurios,
meaning “master, sir, your honor”.

-His words could refer to the One True God that Jesus referred to in the same chapter, or as an exclamation to God in heaven, (as we ourselves do),
-or he could have said “GOD!” with understanding from his Hebrew culture that meant “God” as an exalted man, a mighty one, ruler, king, magistrate,  “potentate”.

And in John 20, another statement is made that must be reconciled with Thomas’ exclamation.
(17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and sayI ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”

Once we grasp that a man or men may be called “God” in the sense of the meaning of eloheim and theos as a ruler, judge, mighty one, the English word confusion is resolved because the same word is translated in different terms.

We see the word “God” our mind goes to God in heaven, but it is not always so.
The same word “eloheim” is used as:
“In the beginning GOD created…”
“ye are Gods
“he shall appear before the judges..”
“his name shall be called the mighty God
“Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians”
Again defined:
Gods in the ordinary sense; of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates (judges-rulers); and sometimes as a superlative: -angels, exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly),  (very) great, judges, mighty.

Rather than diving into all the “BUT’s”, please read "I SAW", where the prophets saw by vision the heavenly throne and image.  Then apply the witness testimonies to passages such as John 1, John 8, etc. and ask the Lord to reconcile them.  The One on the throne who spoke and expressed His words and thought, “In the beginning…”

You may begin to realize how we erred in our conclusions and in so doing, made  scripture say something it does not. Acts confirms what the disciples testified.  Those Jewish writers that delivered the scriptures understood the Hebrew word ”eloheim” (i.e. “God”), different than we do.

An example is the word “truck”. In general terms it may be an 18 wheeled diesel tractor trailer, a pickup, a  4-wheel drive truck, a dump truck, a standard 2-wheel drive, a flat bed, a tow truck, or a tiny old Datsun.  They are ALL “trucks”.
But when specifying “my truck is a silver Toyota Tundra Crew cab 2-wheel drive”,
context makes clear which kind of truck.

In like manner, “God” (eloheim-theos) is understood by the Hebrew writers as a broad term that becomes clear in context when applied to either The LORD God, the Supreme Eternal, glorious Father, or to men, goddess, judges, magistrates, rulers, and the exalted man, the Lord Christ Jesus.

Wherefore GOD has made this same Jesus BOTH LORD AND CHRIST”. -Peter in Acts 2.

Let’s touch on John 1:1 “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.
God's word was “with” God, not as a person, but the Father's eternal wisdom, thought, and expression. In the beginning God spoke, His word and His thought-expression was the beginning of all creation. 
Gen. 1: and GOD **said**:  LET THER BE…”.

 Thus Jesus, the “last Adam”, being foreknown of God, as "the Lamb slain *from the foundation of the world* was, in the fullness of time manifested.
The word (what God said) conceived and made the child, the "last Adam", our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God..
1 Peter 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you. 

As with us: Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.
 
And again, Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Do you see Christ was “foreknown” and “slain” from before the foundation of the world? -not as a second God-person, but as God’s eternal “foreknowledge”? 

And God’s works were finished before the world’s foundation? “although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

Here is a clincher in John 17:24 : that they may behold my glory, which You have given me: for You loved me before the foundation of the world. Again this is witnessed by the visions in chapter 12 of One “God ALONE”.

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