Beliefs

WhoIsGod

According to numerous verses throughout the Bible, God is referred to in specific ways. All of them confirming Who His is and His character. So to begin, He is:

* The Alap and The Tau – Hebrew \
* The Alpha and Omega – Greek    /  The Beginning and The End.
“The One Who is, Who always was, and Who is still to come, the Almighty One.” (Revelation 1:8)

* El Shaddai – LORD God Almighty (Genesis 17:1-1st use)
“This name signifies a God Who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our Sustainer.”

* El Elyon – The most high God (Genesis 14:18-1st use)
“This name expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence.”

 * Adonai – LORD, Master (Genesis 15:2-1st use)
Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh and Jehovah. To avoid violating the commandment, “Thou shalt not take
the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exoodus 20:7) Adonai was used.

* Yahweh – LORD, Jehovah (Genesis 2:4)
“Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, it’s
actually spelled “YHWH” without vowels.

* Jehovah-Nissi – The LORD my banner (Exodus 17:15-1st use)
“This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement and a focal point.”

* Jehovah-Raah – The LORD my Shepherd (Psalm 23)
“This name indicated the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are
combined – Jehovah Raah – it can be translated as “The LORD my friend.”

* Jehovah Rapha – The LORD who heals (Exodus 15:26)
“Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional need of His people.”

* Jehovah Shammah – The LORD is there (Ezekiel 48:35)
“This name is symbolic for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem,
leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration.”

* Jehovah Tsidkenu – The LORD our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)
“Upon reading the meanings of both words and when these two words are combined; it looks to mean “The Existing
One/LORD becomes known to be righteous.”

* Jehovah Mekoddishkem – The LORD who sanctifies you (Exodus 31:13)
Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. This name, when combined,
translates to “The LORD who sets you apart.”

* El Olam – The Everlasting God (Genesis 21:33)
“The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days.”

* Elohim – God (Genesis 1:1-occurs over 2000 times)
“God, Judge, Creator”

* Qanna – Jealous (Exodus 20:5)
“The fundamental meaning relates to a marriage relationship. God is depicted as Israel’s husband; He is a jealous
God, wanting all our praise for Himself and no one else.” Look at it this way; if you are married, are you
comfortable and permissive that your spouse be with another person? Absolutely not! We feel “jealous” to keep
those affections between us. Why? Because as a married couple we are to love, and be loved, by each other only.
God is similar in that way because of His intense love for us. He doesn’t want us sharing ourselves with
things/people that will take away that intimate bond/relationship.

* Jehovah Jireh – The LORD will provide (Genesis 22:14)
This symbolic name was given by Abraham to Mount Moriah to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice
of Isaac by providing a substitute for the fast approaching sacrifice of his son.”

* Jehovah Shalom – The LORD is Peace (Judges 6:24)
“To become known as peace of absence from strife.”

* Jehovah Sabaoth – The LORD of hosts (1 Samuel 1:3)
“Translated as: “The LORD of Armies”.  This name represents His universal sovereignty over every army, both
spiritual and earthly. The LORD of Hosts is the King of all Heaven and earth.”

* El Roi – God of seeing (Genesis 16:13)
“He is a God who lives and sees all.”

* El Gibhor – Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
“The name describing the Messiah, Christ Jesus, in this prophetic portion of Isaiah. As a mighty and powerful
warrior, The Messiah, the Mighty God, will accomplish the destruction of God’s enemies and rule with a rod of iron
(Revelation 19:15).

WhatIsTheTrinity

Maybe you’ve heard the term The Holy Trinity when referring to God, or maybe this is completely new to you. Either way, with the help of gotquestions.org I am going to give it my best to make it more understandable.

* Each member of the Trinity is God:
The Father is God (John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2).
The Son is God (John 1:1, 14; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20).
The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16).

*  The individual members of the Trinity have different tasks. The Father is the ultimate source or cause of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11); divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); salvation (John 3:16-17); and Jesus’ human works (John 5:17; 14:10).  The Father initiates all of these things.

The Son is the agent through whom the Father does the following works: the creation and maintenance of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17); divine revelation (John 1:1, 16:12-15; Matthew 11:27;Revelation 1:1); and salvation (2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42). The Father does all these things through the Son, who functions as His agent.

The Holy Spirit is the means by whom the Father does the following works: creation and maintenance of the universe (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30); divine revelation (John 16:12-15; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); and Jesus’ works (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). Thus, the Father does all these things by the power of the Holy Spirit.

WhyDidJesusCome

In one sentence this can be answered: To die for our sins, but I want to explain further.

Out of obedience to the Father (John 4:34) Jesus came down from Heaven to earth to be born from a virgin, live without sin, grow, and experience being human. He did this so He could feel first-hand what we feel: joy, sadness, pain, etc. All of this was to restore the relationship God has always wanted to have with us, but because of sin entering humanity (Genesis 8) that intimate, direct connection, was broken.
To show us how serious the consequence was for sin, God ordered that blood needed to be shed and He used an animal (typically sheep) that was without any blemishes (imperfections). This was to prepare the way for Jesus’ sacrifice. As the Bible explains; Jesus lived a perfect life completely without sin, yet by way of crucifixion, He died a sinners death. There was no other way that would completely restore our intimate relationship with God that sin had broken/taken away (1 Peter 3:18).
Because of Jesus, there is no longer animal sacrifices and holy rituals needed to bring us into God the Father’s presence. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the full price for our sins. In the words of Jesus, “It is FINISHED!”
(emphasis mine)

WhatIsSalvation

When we choose to place our faith in Jesus Christ, we are deemed NOT GUILTY of our sins and are spared the just consequences: death (Romans 6:23). Death in the Bible equals hell; which means eternal suffering and separation from God. Simply put: Salvation is the eternal reward we receive when we choose to have faith in Christ’s sacrifice as the only way to be forgiven of our sins and our relationship with God the Father be restored.

HowDoIReceiveSalvation

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. (Romans 3:22-26 – emphasis mine)

If you have chosen to accept Christ as your Savior I want to say a huge:

CONGRATULATIONS

* First step after rejoicing is to get yourself a Bible. If you are in need and cannot afford one, click here to be taken to the Bible Request form.
* Secondly, get connected to a local Bible teaching church and seek out baptism. The Bible teaches us that baptism is an outward showing of our inward faith in Christ.
* Last, but not least, study your Bible and spend time in prayer with our Father.

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Source Credits: Names of God – https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm
“What is the Trinity” – http://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html