The One Big "G" God

Is there only one God found in the Bible?  The answer is yes.  The Bible tells us in Mark 12:32 it reads, “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.”  Also, in James 2:19 it tells us, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”  If the scriptures tell us that there is only one God then why is it that there are preachers in the world today preaching that there is more then one?  Why is it that there are people that pray unto the sun, the moon, stars up above, and idols of all shapes and sizes?  And why do some believe that they themselves are their own gods?   The answer to these questions is a sad one.  Many people have been deceived by false teachings, traditions that have been past down through generations, and still others just don’t believe what the Bible teaches at all.  This is where the Church comes in to help educate people into the knowledge of who God really is.

 

 

 

 

    Now look back at the title of the page, “ONE BIG “G” GOD.”  May sound funny but looking into the scriptures we find that when Israel spoke of God they would always spell it with a capital “G”. And when they spoke of a false god or idol they always used a smaller case “g”.  Let me show you some examples:

 

Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

 

Exodus 23:24-25

24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

 

    Why does the spelling of the words mean anything anyway?  The spelling is so important because of the last two verses that were given. To receive the blessing of God you need to make sure you worship the correct God.  When we look at the meanings of the words you find that the big “G” God refers to LORD that created everything and the other spelling refers to some false god that has been made by man.  These false gods are also called idols and God does not like idolatry worship. 

    With so many false gods in the world today how do you know if you are serving the right one?  Well the scripture tells us a simple way of picking Him out.

1 Timothy 3:16 reads, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 

    As you have read, Paul tells us that this was a great mystery and just how right he really was.   May sound hard to figure out but let’s break the verse down and reveal who this big “G” God really is.

    First look at the phrase, “God was manifest in the flesh”.  The word manifest means to appear.  So the scripture could say “God appeared in the flesh” and this would be a correct statement.  Two passages of scriptures I would like for you to read the first is in John 1:1 for it says the following, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And the other is John 1:14 it reads, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  Notice the “and we beheld his glory” part of the second verse.  The word beheld means to look upon or received him as.  So, this person that we are looking for is one that the world looks upon as being the begotten of the father.  That answer is found in 1 John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”  This person as I am sure you know is Jesus Christ.

    Let’s now look closely at the second clue we have about this person.  We find according to the scriptures that He was, “justified in the Spirit”.  The word justified means free from blame.  How does Jesus Christ fit this clue?  Let’s look at a statement that Peter makes in Acts chapter 3.

 

Acts 3:12-16

12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

 

 

    If you recall the story a lame man had just been healed and the Jews were trying to find out how this healing was done. Peter comes out and speaks plainly to them by telling them that by the name of the one whom they had killed was how this man was healed. Peter was reminding the Jews that Pilate had found no fault in Him yet they still wanted Jesus Christ to be crucified. Through Peter we find the name of this justified one.

    Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

    So once again this man of mystery comes to Jesus Christ.  But did Jesus Christ fulfill the remainder clues that Paul speaks of in 1st Timothy?  The next part of the mystery that we have is that God was “seen of Angels.”  Now that seems like a foolish question because from a child we are taught that the Angels are subject unto God so the real question is, “Did the angels ever come to Jesus Christ?”  The answer is yes.  In Matthew 4:11 it tells us of one such encounter: “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”  And we find in the first verse of this chapter that this person that the devil left was Jesus Christ.  In Revelations chapter 5 verses 11 & 12 it shows us thousands of angels see Jesus Christ.

Revelation 5:11-12

11 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;

12 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.

    You might be asking where is Jesus Christ?  He is the lamb that was slain.  In John 1:29 it reads, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  So, yes Jesus Christ was seen by many Angels.

    The next hints we have is that “God preached unto the Gentiles and believed on in the world.”  In the short time three and half years that Jesus Christ preached many people came unto Him and heard His messages.  They would come from far away places just to hear Him preach about the Kingdom of Heaven.  One such person that heard His messages and believed in Him was a woman from Canaan.  The Bible tells us in Matthew chapter 15 verses 22-28 that she had a daughter that was vexed with a devil.  When she came unto Jesus Christ and makes her request to heal her child Jesus gives her a surprise answer.

 

Matthew 15:22-28

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

 

    This Canaanite woman at first was told to go away for she wasn’t worthy to have her request answered.  Jesus Christ even refers to her as a dog.  This doesn’t sound like the Jesus the world talks about so much does it?  The fact of the matter was that she was a Gentile and as the scriptures tells us that Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of Israel.  So, why did God answer her prayer?  The answer is because of the faith that this Gentile woman had in Jesus Christ.  Some where in this woman’s life she had heard the messages that Jesus Christ had taught and believed that He could heal her daughter.  So, once again Jesus Christ fits the bill for this Big “G” God. 

 

    Now, for the last passage of scripture, “God was received up into glory.”  Where in the Bible did Jesus Christ ascend up into glory?  In the beginning of the book of Acts we find Jesus Christ speaking with His disciples telling them that they should tarry in Jerusalem until they receive the Power of the Holy Ghost.  After Jesus Christ gives His final commandments we find this strange event happening in front of His disciples. 

Acts 1:8-11 

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

    One last look at the scripture that Paul wrote unto Timothy:

 

1 Timothy 3:16 reads, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 

    With all of the evidence that we have before us it should be easy to see that Jesus Christ is the Big “G" God that Paul speaks of, because Jesus Christ did come in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by tens of thousands of angels, not only preached unto the Gentiles but they also believed in Him.  And last but not least He was received up into glory right in front of His own disciples. 

 

    One last thought: since Jesus Christ is the big “G” God of the Bible then my question is this, “who are you praying unto?”  In the final moments before he ascended up into glory He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they receive the power of the Holy Ghost.  In chapter two of Acts Peter and the rest of the disciples do receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and the power that comes with it. My question to you is simple do you have the Holy Ghost?  If not Peter gives us a way to receive this power that is found in the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto 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.

    I pray that you will serve the true Big “G” God in the Bible and follow His teachings and not be swayed by false teachers and preachers. 

 

May Jesus Christ bless you and your family.

The Church of Jesus Christ

2797 Bryant Street

Portage, Indiana 46368

Phone: (219) 763-1049