Does the following sound familiar?—Spring is in the air! Flowers and bunnies decorate the home. Father helps the children paint beautiful designs on eggs dyed in various colors. These eggs, which will later be
hidden and searched for, are placed into lovely, seasonal baskets. The
wonderful aroma of the hot cross buns mother is baking in the oven waft
through the house. Forty days of abstaining from special foods will
finally end the next day. The whole family picks out their Sunday best
to wear to the next morning’s sunrise worship service to celebrate the
savior’s resurrection and the renewal of life. Everyone looks forward to
a succulent ham with all the trimmings. It will be a thrilling day.
After all, it is one of the most important religious holidays of the

Easter, right? No! This is a description of an ancient Babylonian family—2,000 years before Christ.

Whats the truth behind this holiday called Easter? Is it of GOD, or of something else? If you offer it on the alter of GOD, will the FATHER's fire of approval fall on it as it fell on Elijah's offering, or will there be silence as like the Prophets of Jezebel?

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Throughout the Bible God has used many names for his people to identify him. We will look at a few of these and see if they might tie into the words of Jesus.

The Bible begins with a reference to God. "In the beginning God…" This is the Hebrew word "Elohim." There are about 2,570 references to God as Elohim in the Old Testament. Elohim refers to
God's creative and governing powers, his omnipotence and sovereignty.

God is also referred to by the Hebrew word "El." This means God Almighty. There are around 250 such references.

It is in Exodus 6:3, that God first introduces himself as Jehovah. This is the way he is referred to most frequently, around 6,823 times this name is used. Although its actual reference only appears four times in the
KJV it is often indicated by the all upper-case letters "LORD." This
name is interpreted as the Self-Existing One. This name is often used in a
compound manner. We will look at some of these as they give insight to
attributes of God.

JEHOVAH-JIREH, the LORD will Provide. Gen. 22:8, 14

JEHOVAH-RAPHA, the LORD that Healeth thee. Ex. 15:26

JEHOVAH-NISSI, the LORD is our Banner (victory). Ex. 17:15

JEHOVAH-M'KADDESH, the LORD our Sanctifier. Ex. 31:13, Lev. 20:8

JEHOVAH-SHALOM, the LORD our Peace. Judges 6:23 &24

JEHOVAH-RAAH, the LORD is my Shepherd. Ps. 23:1

JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU, the LORD is our Righteousness. Jer. 23:6

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, the LORD is There (ever present). Ez. 48:35

These are all references made to JEHOVAH in the Old Testament. However, in the New Testament a very special thing happens. The Book of Matthew opens with a clue as to what this is. Matt. 1:23. Behold a virgin
shall be with child, …and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us." Who was this child that would be born of a
virgin? This child would be JEHOVAH in flesh!

This child that was born in Bethlehem would fulfill over three hundred Old Testament prophesies. One such prophecy was he would be proceeded by a messenger (Isaiah 40:3*) "The voice of him who cries in the
wilderness: Prepare the way of Jehovah; make straight in the dessert a highway
for our God." * Indicates verse is from the Hebrew-Greek Interlinear Bible
(Hendrickson) All other references are King James.

This prophecy tells us Jehovah is coming! This was fulfilled in Mark 1:2 & 3. But if John is the messenger, then Jesus is Jehovah! Is this possible? What would this imply, if it is true?

If Jesus is Jehovah, then he would surely have the same attributes. Let us compare the various attributes of Jehovah to Jesus.

The first was provider. We can even be more specific if we look at what happened in Gen. 22. Abraham is on his way to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God. In verse 8, Abraham makes a prophetic statement that at the
time was a word of faith. "God will provide himself a lamb…" In the
Book of John we find Jesus beginning his ministry. John 1:29, "Behold the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." God did provide
Abraham a sacrifice at that time, and God provided himself a Lamb for our
sacrifice in Jesus Christ. In Phil. 4:19 he promised "to supply all your
need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

The next attribute was that of healer. Jesus most definitely fulfilled this aspect. Matt. 4:23. "And Jesus went about… healing all manner of disease among the people." The greatest is the
healing of a sinful heart.

It is Jesus that gives us victory. "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 15:57. 1 John 5:5, "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that
believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" Yes, our victories are only
through Jesus.

Jesus is our sanctifier. Heb.10:10. "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of Jesus Christ once for all." Also in Heb. 13:12, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the
people with his own blood…"

When the angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:14, they said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Jesus is that perfect peace. "Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you."
John 14:27

In John 10:11-14, Jesus tells us he is the "Good Shepherd." Verse 16 tells us there is just ONE shepherd. Matt. 26:31, he is the shepherd that is smitten and the sheep (disciples) scatter. Heb. 13:20,
"…our lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep…" See also 1
Pet. 5:4

Since our righteousness is filthy rags (Isa. 64:6), we most definitely need the righteousness Jesus provides. Jesus fulfilled all righteousness, Matt. 3:15. Rom. 3:22, "Even the righteousness of God which
is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all who believe." "For
he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor. 5:21. See also Phil. 3:9.

The last comparison we will look at now is "the LORD is there." Col. 1:19, "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;" The prophesy we already considered from
Isa. 7:14, "…and shall call his name Immanuel." God with us! Truly
God dwelt with his people in a special way. "…we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For
the life was manifested, and we have seen it…)" 1 John 1:1-2 Jesus was
God manifest in the flesh. "And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end
of the world." Matt. 28:20. He is still with us today!

After such a dissertation as this you may feel that we have lost track of our original question. This is not the case. We are simply viewing the person of Christ from a different angle. Most people see Jesus as the second
person in a trinity. Others feel he is the mighty God, second to the Almighty
God. I do not feel such claims can be fully substantiated in Scripture. God has
emphatically declared his oneness throughout the Bible. Almost 10,000 times in
the Old Testament he is referred to with no hint of having collateral persons
with him. The problem people seem to have is they try to separate God into the
manners he has manifested himself. And although there are many ways God has
manifest himself, they seem to focus on the primary manifestations of our
dispensation. Specifically, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Hopefully, somehow
minds that have been blinded will be opened. "In whom the God of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Cor.

As you recall from Gen. 1, we are made in the image of God. You possess a body, soul, and spirit. Yet, how many persons are you? One! How many names do you go by? You have one primary name. God is a Spirit. If we
could compare it would be as though our spirit existed before we took on
flesh. For we know the Spirit of God existed before he manifest himself in
flesh. Jesus was the body God dwelt in. And he does have one primary name. The
name Jesus!

There is one more compound form of Jehovah we will look at. That being JEHOVAH-JESUS or Jehovah is Salvation. In the Old Testament Jehovah was very explicit in proclaiming his oneness. Isa. 44:24*. "So says
Jehovah, your Redeemer and your Former from the womb; I am Jehovah who makes all
things; stretching out the heavens; I alone, spreading out the earth. Who was
with me?" He is very emphatic in letting us know who gets the credit. Isa.
42:8*. "I am Jehovah; that is My name; and I will not give my glory to
another, nor My praise to engraved images." Not only did he make all
things, he alone is the Savior. There is none before or after him. Isa.
43:10-11*. "You are my witnesses, says Jehovah; and My servant whom I have
chosen; that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me
there was no god formed; neither shall any be after Me. I, I am Jehovah; and
there is no Savior besides Me." Jehovah is the only Savior!

Let's consider something. You are going to make a image of yourself. This image is to represent You. What are you going to name it? Tom? Bill? Bob? Of course not! You will give it YOUR name! God prepares a body to
dwell in (Heb. 10:5). What will he name it? Notice this is the "express
image of his person." Heb. 1:3. Jesus tells us in John 17:26, "and I
have declared unto them thy name…" This is in reference back to the
Father mentioned at the start of verse 25. Do you know the name of the Father?
Jesus declared it. He not only declared it. He manifested the name! John 17:6,
"I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the
world…" Is there a difference between declaring and manifesting? To
declare means: "To state officially, formally, or authoritatively. To make
clear." There are some similarities to the meanings. Manifest:
"Clearly apparent, esp. to the sight; obvious. To show plainly;
reveal. To be evidence of; prove." So Jesus showed plainly the Father's
name! Is there still a question in your mind what the name is? There shouldn't

Sometimes we are confused by the terms Father and Son. They are used because the Spirit Fathered a Son, his own body. Col. 1:15, "Who is the image of the invisible God." Look at Isa. 9:6, the prophecy
concerning Jesus. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Councellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of
Peace." This includes some of the attributes of Jehovah, governing, and
peace. But notice this Son is The Mighty God, The
everlasting Father! Wow! It was prophesied the son would be the Father!
How can Jesus be the Father? The eternal Spirit simply took on flesh (or wore
flesh) fulfilling prophecy.

Let's look at what Jesus had to say about this. "…no man cometh to the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." John
14:6-7. Jesus said that His disciples knew the Father and had seen him!
He went on to say in verse 9, "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, Shew us the Father?" When you see Jesus, you see the
Father. When you know Jesus, you know the Father? John 8:24-27*,
"Therefore, I said unto you that you shall die in your sins. For if you do
not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins. Then they said unto him, Who
are you? And Jesus said to them, Altogether what I also say to you. I have many
things to say and to judge concerning you, but One sending Me is true,
and what I heard from Him, these things I say to the world. They did not know
that He spoke to them of the Father."

Jesus said he is the I AM! So Jesus is Jehovah! Jesus said in John 10:30, "I and my Father are one." So the name of the Father, Jesus plainly revealed is Jesus!

One of the most obvious verses that shows Jehovah is Jesus is found in Acts 9:5. "And he (Saul) said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus…" Knowing Saul's educational background and his
realizing the supernatural aspect of this encounter, there is no doubt this
question is actually, Who art thou Jehovah? Answer: Jesus!

If Jehovah is the only Savior, then why was it said of Saul that he would bear the name of Jesus before the Gentiles? Why be a witness to Jesus, (Acts 1:8)? Because Jesus is Jehovah!

As one reads through the New Testament, the importance of Jesus name is repeated over and over again. "And whatsoever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the
Father by him." Col. 3:17. Listen to the importance the Apostle Peter
placed on the name when he said, "Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved." You will not find another name in the entire Bible that is given
equal or more honor and glory than Jesus name. There is an interesting verse in
Zechariah 14:9*, relating to God's name. "And Jehovah shall be king over
all the earth. In that day there shall be one Jehovah, and his name one."

After all the verses we have looked at do you wonder what that one name will be?

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and in earth, and things under the earth; And that every
tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father." Phil. 2;2:9-11

One day all will acknowledge Jehovah, the Father, the Eternal Spirit, the One True God, who took on flesh, by his fleshly name. "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the
flesh…" 1 Tim 3:16. This manifestation of God was without a doubt Jesus

"Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." 1 John 2:23. Why is this? Because the name of the Father was manifest plainly. If
Jesus is not the name of the Father, then the name of the Father is NOT
in the New Testament! But the name of Jesus is found 942 times in the
New Testament. The name God chose for himself for eternity. For Eph. 1:20-23

"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is
named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put
all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the
church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all."

Someday all will know and will see. The one who's name is above every name, (even other names God has used). The one who loved us so much he would die for us. We will see him face to face. The only face God ever had or
will have, the face of Jesus Christ! For he manifested the Father's name!
Trevor: to answer your question about Jesus praying? Who was praying to who?
Do the prayers of Christ indicate a distinction of persons between Jesus and the Father? No. On the contrary, His praying indicates a distinction between the Son of God and God. Jesus prayed in His humanity, not in His deity. If the prayers of Jesus demonstrate that the divine nature of Jesus is different than the Father, then Jesus is inferior to the Father in deity. In other words, if Jesus prayed as God then His position in the Godhead would be somehow inferior to the other "persons." This one example effectively destroys the concept of a trinity of co-equal persons.

How can God pray and still be God? By definition, God in His omnipotence has no need to pray, and in His oneness has no other to whom He can pray. If the prayers of Jesus prove there are two persons in the Godhead, then one of those persons is subordinate to the other and therefore not fully or truly God.

What, then, is the explanation of the prayers of Christ? It can only be that the human nature of Jesus prayed to the eternal Spirit of God. The divine nature did not need help; only the human nature did. As Jesus said at the Garden of Gethsemane, "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41). Hebrews 5:7 makes it clear that Jesus needed to pray only during "the days of his flesh." During the prayer at Gethsemane, the human will submitted itself to the divine will. Through prayer His human nature learned to submit and be obedient to the Spirit of God (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:7-8). This was not a struggle between two divine wills, but a struggle between the human and divine wills in Jesus. As a man Jesus submitted Himself to and received strength from the Spirit of God.

Some may object to this explanation, contending that it means Jesus prayed to Himself. However, we must realize that, unlike any other human being, Jesus had two perfect and complete natures - humanity and divinity. What would be absurd or impossible for an ordinary man is not so strange with Jesus. We do not say Jesus prayed to Himself, for that incorrectly implies Jesus had only one nature like ordinary men. Rather, we say the human nature of Jesus prayed to the divine Spirit of Jesus that dwelt in the man.
Trevor To answer your question about Jesus praying to the Father? Who was praying to who?
The choice is simple. Either Jesus as God prayed to the Father or Jesus as man prayed to the Father. If the former were true, then we have a form of subordinationism or Arianism in which one person in the Godhead is inferior to, not co-equal with, another person in the Godhead. This contradicts the biblical concept of one God, the full deity of Jesus, and the omnipotence of God. If the second alternative is correct, and we believe that it is, then no distinction of persons in the Godhead exists. The only distinction is between humanity and divinity, not between God and God.

For most trinitarians they do not understand how Jesus had two natures one divine and one human.
You totally miss the fact that the Bible says that JESUS is sitting at the right hand of GOD the Father right now, making intersession for us according to Romans 8:34! Is He still doing that in His humanity as well? If you don't believe me, believe the Bible:

New International Version (©1984)
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

New Living Translation (©2007)
Who then will condemn us? No one--for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God's right hand, pleading for us.

English Standard Version (©2001)
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

International Standard Version (©2008)
Who is the one to condemn? It is the Messiah Jesus who is interceding on our behalf. He died, and more importantly, has been raised and is seated at the right hand of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us.

King James Bible
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

American King James Version
Who is he that comdemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

American Standard Version
who is he that condemneth? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Bible in Basic English
Who will give a decision against us? It is Christ Jesus who not only was put to death, but came again from the dead, who is now at the right hand of God, taking our part.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Darby Bible Translation

who is he that condemns? It is Christ who has died, but rather has been also raised up; who is also at the right hand of God; who also intercedes for us.

English Revised Version
who is he that shall condemn? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, or rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Weymouth New Testament
Who is there to condemn them? Christ Jesus died, or rather has risen to life again. He is also at the right hand of God, and is interceding for us.

World English Bible
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Young's Literal Translation
who is he that is condemning? Christ is He that died, yea, rather also, was raised up; who is also on the right hand of God -- who also doth intercede for us.

Was it not Stephen that also seen Jesus standing at the right hand of GOD's throne? Does that mean that He seen Him in His humanity also?
Trevor: i agree with everything the bible says. I am not missing your point. I just don't believe in Man Made Doctrines. Ok let me explain to you what I feel these passages of scripture are actually saying. Since I read your posts please do the same for mine and read. ok?

The Right Hand Of God

Numerous passages in the New Testament tell us Jesus sits on the right hand of God. Peter used this expression in Acts 2:34, quoting Psalm 110:1.

According to Acts 7:55, Stephen looked up into heaven while being stoned to death and "saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God." What does this phrase mean? Does this mean that there are two physical manifestations of God in heaven, God and Jesus, with the latter perpetually stationed on the right hand of the former? Is this what Stephen saw?

A physical interpretation of "the right hand of God" is incorrect. First, no man has seen God at any time, nor can a human see Him (John 1:18; I Timothy 6:16; I John 4:12). God is a Spirit and as such He is invisible (I Timothy 1:17). He does not have a physical right hand unless He chooses to manifest Himself in a human form. We know Stephen did not literally see God apart from Jesus. If he saw two persons, why would he ignore one of them, praying only to Jesus? (Acts 7:59-60). If he saw separate physical manifestations of the Father and the Son, why did he not see the Holy Ghost as a third person?

A careful reading of Acts 7:55 will support the statement that Stephen did not see God apart from Jesus. Verse 55 does not say Stephen saw the Spirit of God, but tells us he saw "the glory of God" and Jesus. In verse 56 Stephen said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." The only visual image or person Stephen actually saw was Jesus Christ.

Other problems arise if we take "the right hand of God" in a physical sense. Is Jesus sitting on the right hand of God as recorded in Acts 2:34, or is Jesus standing on the right hand of God as recorded in Acts 7:55-56? Is Jesus sitting on top of God's outstretched right hand or is Jesus sitting next to God's right hand? Is Jesus in the Father's bosom? (John 1:18). What about Revelation 4:2, which describes one throne in heaven and One who sits on that throne? Does the Father sit on the one throne and does Jesus sit beside it? What about the fact that Jesus is the One seated on the throne? (Revelation 4:2, 8 with 1:8, 18).

Obviously, then, the description of Jesus on the right hand of God must be figurative or symbolic. Indeed, this is evident from numerous references throughout the Bible to the right hand of God. In Psalm 16:8, David wrote, "I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." Does this mean the LORD was always bodily present at David's right hand? Psalm 77:10 says, "I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High." Did the psalmist promise to remember the number of years God had a right hand? Psalm 98:1 declares of the LORD, "His right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory." Does this mean God defeated His enemies by holding back His left hand and crushing them with a physical right hand? Psalm 109:31 states that the LORD "shall stand at the right hand of the poor." Does He physically station Himself next to poor people all the time? The LORD declared in Isaiah 48:13, "My right hand hath spanned the heavens," and in Isaiah 62:8 the LORD swore by His right hand. Did God reach out a giant hand and literally cover the sky, or did God put His left hand on His right hand and swear by it? Jesus cast out devils by the finger of God (Luke 11:20). Did He pull down a giant finger from heaven and punch devils out of people?

Of course, the answer to all of these questions is "No." Therefore, we must understand "right hand of God" in a figurative, symbolic, or poetic sense and not in a physical, bodily sense. This being so, what does the phrase signify?

In the Bible, the right hand signifies strength, power, importance, and pre-eminence just as it does in the English phrases, "He is my right hand man" and "I would give my right arm for this." Trinitarian scholar Bernard Ramm says, "God's almightiness is spoken of in terms of a right arm because among men the right arm is the symbol of strength or power. Pre-eminence is spoken of as sitting at God's right hand because in human social affairs the right hand position with reference to the host was the place of greatest honor." [24]

Some biblical examples to show this association of the right hand with power are interesting and instructive. Exodus 15:6 proclaims, "Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power." Psalm 98:1 and Psalm 110:1 associate the right hand of God with victory over enemies. When the Bible speaks of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, it means Jesus has all the power and authority of God. Jesus Himself made this clear in Matthew 26:64: "Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." (See also Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69.) Jesus thus claimed to have all the power of God; by this implication He declared Himself to be God. The Jews understood these claims and because of them the high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:65). Apparently, the high priest knew the symbolic meaning of the right hand in the Old Testament, and he therefore realized that Jesus was claiming to have God's power and to be God. First Peter 3:22 further demonstrates that "right hand" means Jesus has all power and authority: "Who is gone to heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him." Similarly, Ephesians 1:20-22 uses this phrase to say Jesus has pre-eminence over all principalities, powers, dominions, and names. This passage also links the right hand with the exaltation of Christ. In this connection, Acts 5:31 states, "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." (See also Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:33-34.)

Acts 5:31 indicates that the right hand of God or the arm of God sometimes specifically refers to God's power in salvation. Many other verses of Scripture speak of the right hand of God as representing the deliverance and victory God gives to His people (Exodus 15:6; Psalm 44:3; Psalm 98:1). Isaiah 59:16 says, "His arm brought salvation." It appears, therefore, that the description of Jesus on the right hand of God connotes that Jesus is the expression of God's saving power. This concept harmonizes with the association of the position of Jesus on the right hand of God with His mediatorial role, particularly His work as our intercessor and high priest (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 8:1).

With this understanding of the right hand of God, we still may wonder why the Bible sometimes says Jesus "sat down" on the right hand of God (as in Hebrews 10:12) instead of simply saying He is at the right hand of God (as in Romans 8:34). It is probable that this particular phrasing indicates that Jesus received complete glorification, power, and authority at a certain point in time. This exaltation began with His resurrection and was completed at His ascension. At that time He freed Himself from all human limitations and physical restraints. This is the opposite of the self-limitation to which Jesus submitted in the Incarnation as described in Philippians 2:6-8. He completed His role as a human walking on this earth.

No longer does Jesus submit Himself to human frailty and weakness. No longer is He the suffering servant. No longer are His glory, majesty, and other divine attributes hidden from the casual onlooker. He now exercises His power as God through a glorified human body. He now displays and will display Himself as the Lord of all, the Righteous Judge, and the King of the whole earth. That is why Stephen did not see Jesus Christ as the ordinary man He had appeared to be while on earth, but he saw Him with the glory of God and the power of God. Similarly, John saw Jesus revealed as God in all His glory and power (Revelation 1). This exaltation, glorification, and unveiling of Christ culminated at His ascension. Mark 16:19 says, "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God."

The phrase "sat down" indicates that the sacrificial work of Christ is not continuing but is complete. "When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes… But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool" (Hebrews 10:11-13).

In summary, we would encounter many inconsistencies if we were to interpret the description of Jesus on the right hand of God to mean a physical positioning between two Gods with separate bodies. If we understand it as symbolic of the power, strength, authority, pre-eminence, victory, exaltation, and saving ability of Jesus as manifested in flesh, then we eliminate the conflicting concepts. Furthermore, this interpretation is consistent with the use of the phrase "right hand of God" throughout the Bible. The "right hand" reveals the omnipotence and absolute deity of Jesus and vindicates the message of one God in Christ.

Returning to our original question, what did Stephen actually see? It is apparent that he saw Jesus. Isaiah 40:5 says with reference to the coming of the Messiah, "And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Jesus is the revealed glory of God. Stephen saw the glory of God when he saw Jesus. He saw Jesus radiating the glory that He possessed as God and with all the power and authority of God. In short, he saw the exalted Christ. He saw Jesus not merely as a man but as God Himself, with all glory, power, and authority. That is why he called on God by saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" (Acts 7:59).
i dont mean to upset the apple cart----umm----but the new testament is a doctrine made by men ...based on how they inter--ruptted the scriptures....
this is the same thing people do one is saying what deus is saying to them--in their spirit---
everyone needs a book for a reference ---
that not god that deference to a written doctrine...
Kl Not to believe what is written in the New Testament is not to believe Jesus Christ at all!
My new testament says in
2 Peter 1:20-21 (King James Version)

20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Timothy 3:16 (King James Version)

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
tell what language did jesus speak
what land did he live in
what color were people of that land
what are laws of a nazarite
define hair like wool
then...we can talk this JESUS OR yORE OR euro

I can answer all of those questions, but I doubt that you can handle the answers. Here they are anyway!

"what language did JESUS speak"? Hebrew/Aramaic. What language are you speaking? Was it not GOD that created all languages? Does that mean that by speaking English, we are speaking the language created by GOD? Whats the problem then?

"what land did he live in"? Israel, of course. Where do you live right now? Does this land become any less holy because its not Israel? By your definition, Mt. Sinai isn't holy at all, but GOD was on that mountain and He told Moses "take off thy shoes, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground". Its holy because GOD created it, period!

"what color were people of that land"? Depends on the people you are speaking of. Since when did the pigment of skin make one more holy than the other?

"what are laws of a Nazarite"? Before you get an answer to that, tell me this: who here is a Nazarite? You aren't even a Nazarite according to Old Testament standards!!! As the identification of the Messiah with Jesus is not accepted within Judaism, the Talmudic term for Christians in Hebrew is Notzrim ("Nazarenes"). Therefore, to be a Christian is to in fact take up the Nazarite vow.

"define hair like wool"
Lets go straight to the verse itself, so you can look just a bit more foolish.

Revelation 1:14 "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"

You that cling to being "Black Jews" often cling to this verse, totally ignoring the fact that it says "WHITE like wool". It spoke of the color of the wool, not the texture.
the lang of roman was latin fool--jesus spoke latin nut
the people were high brown look at the art from that era even the romans were swarthy..
stupid a nazarite is found in the book of numbers try the vows and live to be over a 100
(unless ur a a child of god and then the world will slay u sooner)
rev is not the verse the is in the old testament fool---book of ezek. and isiah...
what mess of a messiah have u been taught...

the above answers indicate that u went to school to leaRN ABOUT urself---
i went direct to god to learn about me...
my team mate are those that created me..
Bethlehem (Arabic: بَيْتِ لَحْمٍ‎, Bayt Laḥm (help·info), lit "House of Meat"; Hebrew: בֵּית לֶחֶם‎, Beit Lehem, lit "House of Bread;" Greek: Βηθλεέμ Bethleém) is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, approximately 10 kilometers (6 mi) south of Jerusalem, with a population of about 30,000 people

paletstine fool not israel...

the false profit
"what land did he live in"? Israel, of course. Where do you live right now? Does this land become any less holy because its not Israel? By your definition, Mt. Sinai isn't holy at all, but GOD was on that mountain and He told Moses "take off thy shoes, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground". Its holy because GOD created it, period!
Revelation 1:14 "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"

You that cling to being "Black Jews" often cling to this verse, totally ignoring the fact that it says "WHITE like wool". It spoke of the color of the wool, not the texture....i always thought color indicated texture---considering u have been washed white as snow u are free from texture?

i an a hebrew not a two faced judas...
i know u have never been taught the differnence.

i dont cling to any book i just use the bible to exposes crooks...

Daniel 7:8-10 (King James Version)

8I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

9I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

10A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.


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