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The No-Name God

A Bible Study by Fred Kenison

 

19  Other Letters


Service to The God

 

 

Hebrews

James

I Peter

II Peter

I John

II John

III John

Jude

 

Summary Highlights of Chapter 19

 

 

Hebrews

 

Hebrews 1:1-2 begins,

"The god having spoken to the fathers in the prophets in many parts and in many ways of old, in last days these spoke to us in son, whom he appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds."

 

Here, the writer plainly tells us that it was the god who spoke through the prophets, but now he speaks to us through a "son whom he appointed heir of all things." 

 

It was also through this son that he made the worlds. This shows that the god is the primary source of the word, and the power behind creation. Jesus, the man, did not exist when the worlds were made, but he did exist as Jehovah, the word of the god.

 

Hebrews 2:5 says,

"For not to angels did he subject the habitable world which is to come, of which we speak."

 

The phrase " world which is to come" refers to the next age, the kingdom of the god. It will not be subjected to angels, but the godís son will be set,

"... over the works of thy hands. Thou didst subject all things under his feet. For in subjecting all things to him, he left nothing unsubject to him. But now not yet do we see all things subjected to him." (Hebrews 1:7-8).

 

This is nearly a verbatim repeat of I Corinthians 15:27-28.

 

Hebrews 2:9 says,

"But we see Jesus, who [was] made little (for a little) some lower than [the] angels, on account of the suffering of death, with glory and with honor crowned; so that by [the] grace of god he might taste death for everyone (everything)."

 

When Jesus died, he tasted of death for everyone, not just believers. This corroborates John 3:16, which stated that he died for the sins of the world.

 

Hebrews 6:10 is a comforting scripture.

"For the god not [is] unrighteous to forget your work and the labor of love which ye did show to his name, having served to the saints, and [still] serving."

 

Whatever people do as a labor of love for the god will not be forgotten by him when our works come into judgment at the second coming of the lord, Jesus, the Christ.

 

This judgment of our works is depicted in several different manners in the scriptures, but all of them may be summed up in the moment when Jesus shouts in the air, and all that are in the graves hear his voice, and come forth (see John 5:28-29). Those whose feet are not "glued to the ground" will rise to meet him in the air, and escort him back to his kingdom on this earth. There, for a thousand years, they will rule and reign with Jesus to bring this evil world into subjection to The Godís son.

 

Hebrews 8:1-2 says,

"Now a summary of the things being spoken of [is], we have such a high priest, who sat down on [the] right hand of the throne of the greatness in the heavens, minister of the holies, and of the true tabernacle which the lord pitched, and not man."

 

Jesus, the glorified man, is now our high priest. He sits on the right hand of the throne of "the greatness," or The God, in the heavens, where he ministers in the holies, or the holy of holies, in the true tabernacle. The phrase "set on the right hand" means that Jesus is now in a place of great power, indicated earlier when we learned that everything was subjected to him by The God.

 

An interesting element of this verse is that this tabernacle is the true one, or the one of which the earthly tabernacle was only a shadow. The high priest of the earthly tabernacle could only enter the holy of holies once a year. However, Jesus sits there continually to mediate between men and The God.

 

The writer of Hebrews expanded on this point in Hebrews 10:19-22.

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness for entrance into the holies by the blood of Jesus, a way newly made and living, which he dedicated for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh; and [having] a great priest over the house of the god, we should approach with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having been sprinkled [as to] the body with pure water."

 

We can now enter into the heavenly holy of holies! Why? Because the shed blood of Jesus wiped away all our sins. We are now a royal priesthood.

 

On earth, only the high priest could enter the holy of holies; the other priests could not. But now, because of Jesusí death, each person is a priest, and each person may enter into the heavenly holy of holies, into the very presence of the heavenly father.

 

Fellowship with The God is the ultimate of salvation, and the method by which our inheritance may be retained. This way was new! Never before were people able to enter into the presence of The God.

 

None of the Old Testament saints had the privilege of entering into fellowship with the god. In Old Testament times, people worshiped before the presence of Jehovah, who became Jesus. Here, we learn that his flesh formed yet another veil, and the way was not yet opened because Jesus had not been crucified. [For a more detailed discussion of these points, see our book, The Hidden Meaning in Hebrews.]

 

Hebrews 11:10 says,

"For he [Abraham] was waiting for the city having foundations, of which [the] artificer and constructor [is] the god."

 

It is The God, himself, who will construct the New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven. Again, the primacy of the god stands out. Nothing has ever happened on this earth, including the creation, except that the god was the first cause.

 

Hebrews 11 describes several great believers, and Hebrews 11:16 says,

"wherefore the god is not ashamed of them, to be called their god; for he prepared a city for them."

 

That city is the New Jerusalem, and those who will dwell there during the next age are all the people of whom the god is not ashamed to be called their god.

 

Hebrews 12:7 says,

"If ye endure discipline, the god is dealing with you as with sons; for who is [the] son whom the father disciplines not?"

 

Here is another attribute, or action, of the Father toward his sons: he disciplines them.

 

The word sons comes from huiois, and in context it means those who through discipline have grown enough to bear responsibilities as mature, spiritual people.

 

If you say that The God has never disciplined you, then perhaps you should pay attention to Hebrews 12:8, which says,

"But if ye are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then ye are bastards, and not sons."

 

Some people will not submit to the discipline of The God, which makes them followers, or sons, of this world, and bastards insofar as their relationship with The God is concerned. The God did not make them to be bastards, they did this themselves by not enduring his discipline.

 

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James

 

James 1:5 says,

"But if anyone of you lack wisdom, let him ask from god who gives to all freely, and reproaches not; and it shall be given to him."

 

James reported that the fountain of wisdom abides in "a" god who gives wisdom freely and reproaches not, providing the petitioner asks in faith, without doubting. We must realize that the natural mind cannot discern spiritual truths because they must be spiritually discerned. We must also turn our minds over to the god in order to gain the wisdom to understand the scriptures.

 

This is part of what Paul meant when he spoke of being a doulos, or slave, of The God, exercising no will of his own (see Romans 1:1). He reserved nothing, neither his body or his mind, and we still study the revelations from the god of which he wrote.

 

James 1:13-14 says,

"Let say no one being tempted, I am tempted from the god. For the god is not to be tempted by evils, and himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted, being drawn away and being allured by his own lust."

 

Many people excuse their sin by blaming The God: "God made me this way! I cannot help it."  This scripture says that The God tempts no one with evil. It also says that when they practice a sin it is because of their own lust.

 

James made it quite clear that people are responsible for their own sins. They love their own lusts and sins more than they love serving the god.

 

James 4:8 gives the cure for sinning.

"Draw near to the god, and he will draw near to you. Having cleaned [your] hands, sinners, and having purified [your] hearts, ye double minded"

 

The focus here is on the mind. The God cannot fully use anyone who is double-minded. Thayer (p. 153) defines double minded as,

"double-minded; wavering, uncertain, doubting; James 1:8."

 

James 1:8 says,

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."

 

Such a person will not receive any wisdom from The God, who demands commitment to himself and to his service. People may strive to serve him in their natural mind, but they will never receive wisdom as long as they persist in being double-minded.

 

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I Peter

 

I Peter 1:3 says,

"Blessed be the god and father of our lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again to a living hope through [the] resurrection of Jesus Christ from among [the] dead."

 

Having a living hope in the future ages requires believing in the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. If he lives, then we shall also live.

 

Ephesians 2:5-6 says,

"Also we being dead in offences, quickened [us] with the christ, (by grace ye are saved), and raised [us] up together, and seated [us] together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus."

 

We were raised up together with Jesus, and seated together with Jesus in the heavenly places. As far as The God is concerned, we are in Jesus, and partake of all his blessings. However, this blessing freely given can be wasted by pursuing the things of the world.

 

I Peter 4:7-11 says,

"But of all things the end has drawn near. Therefore be sober-minded, and be watchful unto prayers; but before all things having fervent love among yourselves, because love will cover a multitude of sins; hospitable to one another, without murmurings; each according as he received a gift, it serving to each other, as good stewards of [the] various grace of god. If anyone speaks, as oracles of god; if anyone serves, as of strength which the god supplies; that in all things the god may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the might to the ages of the ages. Amen."

 

Peter drew a distinction between what The God supplies to people and how it comes to them. Grace is of a god. Oracles are of a god. Strength is of The God. However, all these things arrive to mankind through Jesus, the Christ. And the purpose of all this is that The God may be glorified in what people do.

 

There is some question as to whom the latter part of verse 4:11 belongs: "to whom is the glory and the might to the ages of the ages. Amen."  Does this refer to Jesus, or to The God? We believe that this part refers to The God, and not to Jesus.

 

The word might comes from kratos, which means power. Kratos is associated with The God, and never associated with Jesus, who, as a man, even a glorified man, would be destroyed by kratos. The scriptures referring to Jesus and his power use the word dynamis, a diluted or derived form of kratos, which is disseminated to men by holy spirit.

 

I Peter 5:5 says,

"Likewise, [ye] younger [ones], be subject to [the] elder [ones], and all being subject one to another; bind on humility, because the god sets himself against [the] proud, but gives grace to [the] humble."

 

Here is another characteristic of The God: he sets himself against the proud, but gives grace to the humble. To have The God set against one would be a formidable obstacle to overcome.

 

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II Peter

 

No new attributes, or characteristics, of the god were found in II Peter.

 

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I John

 

I John 1:5-6 says,

"And this is the message which we have heard from him, and announce to you, that the god is light, and in him is not any darkness at all. If we should say that we have fellowship with him, and should walk in darkness, we lie, and do not practice the truth."

 

The light spoken of here is not the same as the light which comes from the sun and the stars. This light is knowledge, the light created on the first day. The sun and the stars were created later. Darkness, as used here, is the opposite to light, or knowledge. Therefore, this refers to those who walk in ignorance. They are walking opposite to the revelation which The God has given through his son, Jesus, the Christ. They have rejected the knowledge of The Godís grace.

 

I John 4:8-10 says,

"He that loves not, knew not the god; because the god is love. In this was the love of the god manifested as to us, that the god has sent his son, the only-begotten, into the world, that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved the god, but that he loved us, and sent his son a propitiation for our sins."

 

The word love comes from agape, which means love based upon an act of the will, not upon emotion. This was demonstrated by the command to love our enemies (see Matthew 5:42-43). We may not even like them, let alone have any positive, emotional feelings toward them, but the scriptures enjoin us to have agape, love, toward them, or wish the best for them.

 

True agape, or love, was demonstrated by The God when he sent his son into the world, allowed him to be crucified for his enemies (mankind), and made him an offering on the mercy seat for our sins. How much do we love our enemies? Or, for that matter, how much do we love The God?

 

I John 4:15-16 explains more about agape.

"Whosoever may confess that Jesus is the son of the god, the god abides in him, and he in the god. And we have known and have believed the love which the god has as to us. The god is love, and he that abides in love, abides in the god, and the god in him."

 

The word abides comes from menei, which means, according to Thayer (p. 399),

"In the mystic phraseology of John, God is menein in Christ, i.e., to dwell as it were within him, to be continually operative in him by his divine influence and energy, Jn. xiv.10: Christians are said meneinen toi theoi, to be rooted as it were in him, knit to him by the spirit they have received from him, 1 John ii.6, 24, 27, iii.6; hence Christ or God is said menein in Christ, or in God, and conversely...."

 

Thayer capitalized a number of items not capitalized in scriptures. We have quoted him as written, but we disagree that the words god, christ, and christian should be used as proper names, because they are not.

 

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II John, III John

 

No new items, or characteristics of The God were found in II John, III John.

 

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Jude

 

No new items, or characteristics of The God were found in Jude.

 

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Summary Highlights of Chapter 19

 

# The judgment of our works is depicted in several different manners in

     the scriptures, but all of them may be summed up in the moment

     when Jesus shouts in the air, and all that are in the graves hear his

     voice, and come forth (see John 5:28-29). Those whose feet are not

     "glued to the ground" will rise to meet him in the air, and escort him

     back to his kingdom on this earth. There, for a thousand years, they

     will rule and reign with Jesus to bring this evil world into subjection to

     The Godís son.

 

# Jesus, the glorified man, is now our high priest. He sits on the right

     hand of The God, where he ministers in the holy of holies in the true

     tabernacle.

 

# The high priest of the earthly tabernacle could only enter the holy of

     holies once a year. However, Jesus sits there continually to mediate

     between men and The God.

 

# Fellowship with The God is the ultimate of salvation, and the method by

     which our inheritance may be retained. This way was new! Never

     before were people able to enter into the presence of The God.

 

# None of the Old Testament saints had the privilege of entering into

     fellowship with The God. In Old Testament times, people worshiped

     before the presence of Jehovah, who became Jesus. Here, we learn that

     his flesh formed yet another veil, and the way was not yet opened

     because Jesus had not been crucified.

 

# Nothing has ever happened on this earth, including the creation, except

     that The God was the first cause.

 

# The word sons means those who through discipline have grown

     enough to bear responsibilities as mature, spiritual people.

 

# Some people will not submit to the discipline of The God, which makes

     them followers, or sons, of this world, and bastards insofar as their

     relationship with The God is concerned. The God did not make them to

     be bastards, they did this themselves by not enduring his discipline.

 

# We must realize that the natural mind cannot discern spiritual truths

     because they must be spiritually discerned. We must also turn our

     minds over to The God in order to gain the wisdom to understand the

     scriptures.

 

# James made it quite clear that people are responsible for their own sins.

     They love their own lusts and sins more than they love serving The God.

 

# The God cannot fully use anyone who is double-minded.  Such a person

     will not receive any wisdom from The God, who demands commitment

     to himself and to his service. People may strive to serve him in their

     natural mind, but they will never receive wisdom as long as they

     persist in being double-minded.

 

# Having a living hope in the future ages requires believing in the

     resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. If he lives, then we shall also live.

 

# Peter drew a distinction between what the god supplies to people and

     how it comes to them.  All these things arrive to mankind through

     Jesus, the Christ. And the purpose of all this is that The God may be

     glorified in what people do.

 

# The God sets himself against the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

 

# We may not even like our enemies, let alone have positive, emotional

     feelings toward them, but the scriptures enjoin us to have agape, love,

     toward them, or wish the best for them.

 

# True agape, or love, was demonstrated by The God when he sent his son

     into the world, allowed him to be crucified for his enemies (mankind),

     and made him an offering on the mercy seat for our sins.

 

 

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