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God Followers

1 Corinthians 1:11-12

My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ. (NIV84)

Well, my friends, whom to you follow? Do you follow Paul?; perhaps Peter?; is it Mohammed that you follow?; is Buddha your spiritual guide?; call yourself an Animismist?; a Hindu?; perhaps you follow Christ too? If you are like most people anywhere in the world today you follow the international religion, that is, the religion of money that goes by the name of Capitalism. I would imagine that you don't think that Capitalism is a religion.

Religion:

One of the systems of faith and worship.

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, fifth edition, 1944.

Capitalism is just as much of a system of faith and worship as any other religion. Capitalism is the religion of our day. It has more adherents than any other religion on the planet and is the fastest growing.

Exodus 34:14

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (NIV84)

A person cannot worship money God at the same time.

Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Jesus Christ) (NIV84)

Most of the other religions are considered quaint by the populous. The adherents of these "quaint" religions are mostly true believers in the Capitalism religion but are holding out a surface faith in the traditional so as to appease their guilt. They give lip service to Allah or God, but their heart's desire is in money and the things of this world. Those few that do forgo the world's pleasures are considered historical curiosities.

We live in an existence where there is such things as what is real and what is imagined. All of us are frequently wrong about what we believe to be true. We are mostly ignorant about mostly everything.

1 Corinthians 8:2

The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. (NIV84)

My friend, I am asking you to forget that you are reading an article from a "Christian site". I am asking you too, to forget that my source if information is the Bible. Please just push your preconceptions aside and look past your prejudice understandings. If you don't open your heart and consider that you might be wrong then then you will not be teachable and then possibly you will have made a big mistake. Consider carefully the above passage.

But, it is easier to say that I follow God than to actually do so. How does one follow one that cannot be seen? How can you follow in the footsteps of a being that is invisible and leaves no footprints? This is a difficulty, is it not? It is just this God's unknowability that makes claims to know God so hard to put to the test, as it were. Do you understand what I am saying?

Acts 17:24-27

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (Paul of Tarsus) (NIV84)

You must look for God, that is, seek him, if you are to have much hope in finding him, but the truth of the matter is, that God must reveal himself to you if you are to know him. This is why Paul says that you must "reach out for him". You are like a blind man that calls out, "Is anyone here?" and then waits for a response. You must reach out in love, hope and faith, and the God who responds to these three reaches out and draws you near him. The way of attracting God's attention is very much the same as the way a young woman might present herself to a young man and make her intentions known to him. But, let us not delve into the hows of attracting God, but let us further explore the method of following God; okay?

The first step in following God is to know him. You must be able to see him, or see his passage at least, to follow him. It is not enough to look at the world, that is, his creation, and then know how to follow. We cannot follow him through the creation. Neither you nor I nor anyone living can create anything from nothing. You cannot follow God in this way; you just can't. It is way beyond you; way, way beyond! Light years and eons beyond. Okay? That is not the path. You must find a doable path. Actually you must follow the path that God laid down expressly for you to follow. That is the only way.

The Bible compares a life with God as a party with a big wedding banquet. Let's look at this story.

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4 "Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

5 "But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.

13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen. (NIV84)

As I said before all those that are chosen for the guest list must be invited. The man without wedding clothes was not invited so he was thrown out. Now, my point is that the wedding hall was filled with people of every kind; both good and bad; men and women; Jews and non-Jews; black and white.

I am a Seeker-After-God; are you? God is who he is. God is God whether anyone knows him or not. God will not change to meet other's expectations of him. He will not change to suit the times or whatever is currently politically correct. God will not bend to become more popular. This is the meaning of his name; I AM.

Exodus 3:14

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' (NIV84)

I am a Seeker-After-God; are you? Is it your heart's desire to know the truth about God? Is it your heart's desire to be found within God's will? My friend, if you believe that God is, and is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him, that is, you believe that it will benefit you to seek out a true knowledge of God, then I have some important information for you. If you don't believe this, then this paper is not for you. I am only speaking to Seeker's-After-God.

Seekers come in both the male and female variety. Seekers come in black, they come in brown, they come in white, and every shade in between. Seekers come from the United States of America, and the United Arab Emirates; from South America and and from the far north above the Yukon, from the distant east to the distant west.

Seekers also call themselves by many names. Some call themselves Roman Catholics, others Moslems, Southern Baptists, Jews, Protestants, and some also call themselves scientists and lawyers and school teachers. But, behind those names remains a conviction to know the Truth. Behind those names are those that look past the doctrines in the hope of seeing and knowing the invisible God, personally.

One thing that all Seekers have in common is the belief that the answers to their questions exist. They seek because they believe. They are believers at heart.

Isn't that an interesting passage? It seems to contradict my definition of a Seeker, but does it? A Seekers never stops seeking. It is the person that cannot be taught that knows nothing. The above passage is followed by this passage.

1 Corinthians 8:3

But the man who loves God is known by God. (NIV84)

The man that Loves God knows that he doesn't know everything. He or she loves God and trusts that God will bring him or her along. Love reaches out to God in faith and in hope. The man who loves God seeks to please him. The relationship between God and a seekers is very much the same as that of a child and his or her parents. A child doesn't know the fullness of their parents, and doesn't even think about it, but nonetheless trusts in and believes in, his or her parents.

The world is filled with lies. The truth is like a diamond hidden within the earth. One must search it out. One must desire it and seek it and work for it. But, the need or desire to have all of your answers answered immediately just invites deception. The relationship between God Almighty and Jesus the Christ is one that cannot be fully explained or understood as long as we live on the earth, but nonetheless we press on for that which we can know.

The Truth cannot be found in the church/synagogue/temple or holy place. The Truth is found in God alone. Jesus told us that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and that the world is his domain.(John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11) My friend, don't look for spiritual truth in a fallen world. That is the error of those that follow the world's religions. They think that through religion the Truth can be found.

The Truth can only be reliably found in one place, that is, by meeting God face to face, as it were.

The Holy Scriptures are God

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NIV84)

The Word was God. This is very important. If the Word is God then God can be seen and known in and through the Scriptures. If you want to see God for yourself, then look intently into the Holy Scriptures. Easy!

For the most part God can only be seen face to face in the Scriptures.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV84)

What Scripture do you suppose Paul was referring too? Do you think that Paul was talking about his own letter to Timothy? Not likely. It is not likely that Paul was talking about any of the New Testament books. It is very likely that he was talking about what we now call the Old Testament; the same books that the Jews hold to be holy, and the Moslems too I am told. I am not saying that the New Testament letters are not Scripture. I firmly believe that they are. I only mean that Paul held that the Old Testament was God-breathed and able to train a man in Godly righteousness.

Matthew 5:17-18

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. ... " (Jesus Christ) (NIV84)

Jesus just said that not one word of the Old Testament would fail to come to pass. Not one word! Question: When will the Law and the Prophets be abolished? Answer: The Law and the Prophets (books) will be abolished after "everything is accomplished." Has that happened yet? No, it has not.

Revelation 19:11-16

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (NIV84)

Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords is also named the "Word of God". This agrees with John 1:1, doesn't it? We can say this another way; if the Bible became a living person then that person would look exactly like Jesus of Nazareth. This statement cannot be fully understood, but is nonetheless true. I don't know how the Bible could have become a human being. I don't really have to know how it could be true. It is enough that I know that it is. That way I can understand the relationship between God and the Scriptures and Jesus in incarnate image of God Almighty. Now, my seeker-brother, don't get offended by this last statement. I will prove to you, before this article if finished, that the Holy Scriptures do in fact, clearly, show that Jesus Christ is God Almighty in human form. Stick with me, if you will, and let me show you; okay?

The King of kings

Isaiah 43:15

I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King. (NIV84)

 

Isaiah 44:6

This is what the LORD says--Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (NIV84)

 

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV84)

The Bible clearly says that Israel's Creator, the LORD, The LORD Almighty, the Redeemer, is King. That the Old Testament says that Jehovah is Israel's King is undeniable.

Matthew 27:11

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"

"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. (NIV84)

And here we see that Jesus says that he is the king of the Jews. But, what of the Old Testament? Does the OT reveal to us that Jesus is the king of Israel?

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV84)

When we see the word "see" in the Bible, used in this way, we can know that the Bible is talking about a Sign that would come. The Sign was for the people so that a person with wisdom could recognized what was going on. Anyone with a true knowledge of the Scriptures that was in Jerusalem at the time that this occurred would be able to recognize that Jesus was the promised King that was to come. So we see that the OT showed us the Sign and Jesus testified that he was in fact the king of Israel.

The Son of David would be the Coming King

2 Samuel 7:11-14

'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. (NIV84)

There is so much in this short little passage. God promised David that a descendant of his flesh would come to succeed him as King. Notice that the promised descendant would be a reigning king and that his kingdom would endure forever. This requirement of a king that reigns forever is pretty distinctive. Who, in all the history of man, can claim to be this man? Who can claim to be alive forever? Remember now, this man must be a direct descendant of David and be able to reign forever. Both are required in this prophecy. I say this because many people assert that the man Mohammad was taken up to heaven alive, and they assert that he was the one that we must listen to. But it is clear to all that Mohammad was not a descendant of king David, and so Mohammad is not the one that would reign forever.

Please understand that this prophecy is not talking about David's literal son Solomon. The prophecy says, " When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body". Solomon was raised to king while David yet lived, therefore Solomon is not the eternal king promised. Jesus of Nazareth, a direct descendant of king David, the man attested to by signs, miracles, and wonders, is the one that fulfills this prophecy.

The One Who Was to Come

Luke 7:20-23

When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'"

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me. (NIV84)

John the Baptist asked, (through his disciples), if Jesus was the Promised One and Jesus replied by telling them to go back to John and report to him what they saw. Did he answer them? Yes he did, indirectly anyway. Jesus knew the Scriptures and he knew that John knew them too. So Jesus just told the disciples of John to report to John only what they saw. He said this because it was prophesied that the Coming One would do these things. Isaiah 61:1

The Prophet

Exodus 20:18-21

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."

20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. (NIV84)

Notice that the people remained at a distance. The people could not hear the word of the Lord unless it was related to them by Moses, because they were too afraid of God to seek him directly.

Deuteronomy 18:15-19

The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."

17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. (NIV84)

When the people saw God from a distance they were terrified. They believed that God's glory would incinerate them. They were so afraid of God that they begged Moses to speak to God for them. They promised to listen to Moses if only they didn't have to hear God themselves. So God agreed with this. God told Moses that this was a good idea. God told Moses that he would speak to the people through Moses and later he would send another prophet like him that would speak the words of God to the people.

Now please notice also that Moses didn't say that there were more prophets to come; he said a Prophet, meaning one prophet, not many; one. Moses was telling us that there would be a single special Prophet that would come and that he would speak the Words of God directly to the people. This passage (or prophecy) is the basis for man's expectation of "The Prophet" who would come.

Look at this ... Priests and Levites from Jerusalem asked the prophet John (the Baptist) this ...

John 1:21

Are you the Prophet?"

He answered, "No. (NIV84)

The Priests and Levites from Jerusalem were waiting for the Prophet that Moses told them to wait for. They thought that John might be the promised Prophet, but John told them that he was not the Prophet and neither was he the Christ, (which are one and the same person.)

So, we see that a prophet was expected; a man that would speak the Words of God; a man like Moses. Was this man Jesus? Was Jesus the Prophet that we must listen too? That really is the question, isn't it? If Jesus is the One that God said that we must listen to, then we had better listen to him.

Now I said that I would use the Old Testament to answer the question about who Jesus is, and I will, but I must also quote from the Gospels because they are the only record that we have concerning the life of Jesus. The Gospels are not really part of the New Testament anyway. I know that they are physically in the book that people call the "New Testament", but they aren't really part of it. The Church Age didn't really begin until after the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, that is, at the start of the book of the Acts of the Apostles, or just Acts as it is usually called. The word "testament" means covenant, (or contract, as it were), and the new covenant didn't go into effect until the day of Pentecost, that is, about fifty days after the Passover, the day after Jesus death. So, because the Gospels are really historical books and are not strictly books of the New Covenant, I will, from time to time, quote from them.

John 1:19-34

Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."

21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"

He said, "I am not."

"Are you the Prophet?"

He answered, "No."

22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.'"

24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

26 "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God. (NIV84)

Do you see in verse 23 that John quoted from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah and called the one that he was paving the way for, "Lord"? That word "Lord" is Jehovah, that is God. John was literally saying, "Get ready for the Coming of God!"

In the second section that I highlighted we see that John identified Jesus, as the "Jehovah," that he was sent to pave the way for. John ends this discourse with, I have seen and I testify that this [Jesus] is the Son of God.

Matthew records this at the baptism of Jesus ...

Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (NIV84)

And some time later Matthew records these words spoken by God from Heaven concerning Jesus ..

Matthew 17:1-5

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (NIV84)

Listen to him! says God concerning Jesus. Jesus is the one that Moses said that we must listen to. God himself testified to this. My friend, who else could have testified concerning this?

The Son of God

We saw earlier that both God in Heaven and John the Baptist testified that Jesus was the Son of God, but let us look again into the Old Testament prophecies concerning this.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV84)

Isaiah tells us of the duel nature of the promised King, government will be on his shoulders. The coming king would be both the son of man and the son of God, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given ... The child is born to Mary, and the son given by God.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV84)

The child that was promised would be born to a virgin, and the child's name would be God with us (Immanuel). Jesus the son of Mary (conceived Jesus as a virgin) is the son of David, and the son of God, (the father of the conception).

Now, I want to go back and look at the prophecy in Isaiah chapter nine a bit more, now that we have established that Jesus is the only one that was both a descendant of David and through the virgin birth also God's son, so therefore Isaiah is talking about Jesus.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, (son of Mary, e.g. David) to us a son is given, (Son of God) and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV84)

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Now I want to insert Jesus' name in this to make his names clear.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he [Jesus] will be called Wonderful Counselor, [Jesus will be called] Mighty God, [Jesus will be called] Everlasting Father, [and Jesus will be called] Prince of Peace. (NIV84)

This is very clear. I have not stepped beyond the spirit of this prophecy. Jesus is the only one that fulfills this. Jesus is clearly Mighty God and Everlasting

Father. Wow!

God Is One

Deuteronomy 6:4

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (NIV84)

 

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