Welcome to this series of presentations called The Nature of God. These presentations are the result of an extensive journey to prove whether or not Yeshua is God.
The content of these presentations is what YHVH has shown me over a long period of time. I know that for many people, they see something radically different. With so much information to process, it is extremely difficult to get to the matter of what came first, and how late a doctrine really developed. We can’t just take what people say as truth because we don’t always know what they have based their information on. We need to examine their sources, but not everyone shares their references. Having said that, I’d like you to give me a chance, so you can see what I see because there really may be something here that you’re not aware of.
The conclusions I’ve reached on this subject are based on the many things that I’ve looked at, such as the meaning of certain Greek and Hebrew words in the Scriptural text; general context; literary structure; basic and advanced Greek Grammar; Early Church Fathers (who I don’t always agree with); history of the Ecumenical creeds; Scriptural patterns; titles for God; the anthropomorphism of the arm of YHVH; the text itself, and things God has personally shown me; as well as how I see how everything fits together. If I utilize outside sources, I will always do my best to share those with you in the reference sections.
Some people say that the doctrine of the Trinity was not formed until the fourth century. However, the understanding concerning the nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which was passed down to the Early Church Fathers, was around much earlier than that.
I could not prove when the doctrine of the Logos really began. It seems that the single word, logos, had somewhat different meanings for different groups of people. The term logos was something talked about among philosophers, but what people like Philo talked about did not perfectly align with what John and the rest of Scripture seemed to present concerning the Logos. Philo was a Hellenistic Jew who seemed to be merging philosophy with the Judaism of his day. Therefore, we must be cautious with how we utilize his writings. The Targum Onkelos, which is a translation and commentary in nature, only clues us in to what was taught in the synagogues about the Logos in the first century, but this is highly significant when John identifies Yeshua as the Logos. Ultimately, Yeshua is the Logos, who the Targum Onkelos identifies as God, and who Hosea and the Torah equate with the Angel of YHVH and YHVH of hosts.
Regardless of whether or not people agree on the nature of God, everyone should be willing to examine and calmly discuss and explore this hotly debated topic. I have read a variety of posts on this subject in a Facebook group, and I’m shocked by the type of hate-filled comments people post on this subject. People obviously have deeply held opinions that they don’t bother to fully defend well — if at all. We can’t zero in on a few verses to support our claims and exclude others, but I’m aware that people do just that. Since that is the case, in the end, people may have to agree to disagree. It is my hope and prayer that this can be done in a kind and loving way.
Whatever the truth may really be, in the end, we must keep God’s commandments and the faith of Yeshua, which was always based on the written Torah.
As we look at all of this information, we need to decide what the weight of evidence reveals to us concerning the nature of God, and I’m aware that people may choose to walk away with different conclusions.
The following presentations will show:
- A particular angel, often called The Angel of YHVH, was frequently equated with God. He is set apart from other ordinary angels.
- What the Christian creeds are and why they were developed.
- The English translations for John 1:1-2, Titus 2:13, and 2 Peter 1:1, which identify Yeshua as God, are correctly translated from the Greek.
- The first century understanding of who the Logos is according to the Targum Onkelos. It is assumed that this would have been the apostle John’s understanding as well, and his writings, as they pertain to the Logos, would connect Yeshua to that Logos.
- The identity of the arm of YHVH, and the Ancient Near East understanding of a king’s messenger being like the king himself.
- An alternative understanding for the differences between the genealogies of Yeshua found in the gospels.
- A suggested picture of the nature of God as revealed in blood cells, which is a result of my own ruminations on God’s nature.
Angel of YHVH — This pdf looks at the angels in the Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures. In addition, it focuses on The Angel of YHVH who was often equated with God. It questions the idea that The Angel of YHVH is merely representing God, as messengers often represented their kings in the Ancient Near East, instead of being a visible extension of YHVH Himself. Last edited 5/23/2020.
The Ecumenical Creeds — This presentation shares the texts of the Nicene Creed, Apostles’ Creed, and Athanasian Creed, and it also shares some of the reason for the Nicene Creed’s development, as well as the shocking results that took place after it was written. Last edited 2/13/2020.
The Nature of God, One But Different — This presentation takes us on a journey that includes a review of the Shema; definitions of Unitarianism, Binitarianism, and Trinitarianism; reasons people give for claiming Yeshua is not God; quotes from Early Church Fathers regarding the nature of God; the anthropomorphism — the arm of YHVH; the pattern of the nature of God; and Scriptures throughout the Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures regarding the nature and titles of God. Last edited 5/3/2020.
Understanding John 1:1-2, Is Yeshua God or a god? — This presentation is divided into three parts. Part 1 looks at the chiasm of John 1:1-2. Part 2 looks at advanced Greek grammar and syntax for John 1:1-2, specifically Colwell’s Construction, as well as how Theos is used in the rest of John chapter one. Part 3 looks at the Logos in the Apostolic Scriptures, the Tanakh, and the Targum Onkelos. Last edited 11/27/2019.
Our God and Savior Yeshua Messiah — This presentation reviews the Granville Sharp Rule from Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament to demonstrate that the English translations of Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1, which equate God with our Savior Yeshua Messiah, are valid. The construction presented in this rule is found in 80 other instances in the Apostolic Scriptures. Last edited 11/29/2019.
Genealogy of Yeshua — This presentation looks at the reason Eusebius gives for the differences in the genealogies of Yeshua found in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. Last edited 11/30/2019.
God’s Nature in the Blood — This presentation recaps the picture of God described as an egg in Understanding John 1:1-2, Is Yeshua God or a god? Then, it presents how God’s nature is revealed in peripheral blood cells — red cells, white cells, and platelets. It closes with the purpose of blood — for atonement. Last edited 1/30/20.