Why Callest Thou Me Good? (3)
(…continues from part two…)
3) The Jews, not ready to accept the Messianic stance of Jesus, angrily told Him that He was less than fifty years old. The answer Jesus gave them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58), underscores the veridicality of His eternal existence. The verbal ‘was’ is not, grammatically, an inflection of ‘am’. The auxiliary ‘was’ is the Greek ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee), defined as: ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being.’ On the other hand, ‘am’ is always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary. It is eimi (i-mee’): ‘to be, to exist, to happen, to be present.’ The original theological conceptualization of eimi is the absoluteness of existence. God is never an Entity of past or future in the right sense of existence. To ascribe days of existence to Jehovah is to make a spurious calculation of His supposedly ‘experiential evolution’ in growth. He does not, like objects of creationism, experience growth. The definition of Eime takes its understanding from Exodus 3:14 of “I AM THAT I AM” Divine given sobriquet. It is a covenant name of ‘I Will Be That I Will Be’ to you with whom I am in covenant with. What ‘I Am that I Am’ now is what I Am all the days of intelligent beings and other things.
Eime conceptualizes absolute existence of Him Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, the inevitability of Almightiness. The ‘I Am’ being of Jesus’ revelation of Himself floods His Person with the illumination of His Deity. “Before Abraham, your forefather ginomai (came into Adamic being) I Am (I already existed – before time).” In other words the LORD of creation says, “I Am the existence and everything comes from Me.” Is it not understood that everything God created was good? If Christ did create all, is it true or not that He is good? Of Jesus Christ it is couched, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:3-4). The Word and the Eternal Father have eternality of coexistence.
Forty-eight times in the Old Testament the occurrence of ‘Almighty’ is applied only to God, the Creator. It comes the first time in Genesis 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” The last Old Testamentary use is found in Joel 1:15 “Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” And every one of its Hebraic use is Shadday (shad-dah’-ee): ‘most powerful, Shaddai, the Almighty (an epithet of Jehovah).’ From Hebraic etymological understanding shaddai stands for mountain or breast, hence, Shaddai is ‘the many breasted One’, very rich in substances and possessing the capability to feed, sustain and meet all desires of every need and want. Almighty has ten occurrences in the New Testament. Seven times as “Almighty;” once as “the Almighty;” once as “of Almighty,” and once as “omnipotent.” All the New Testamentary occurrences point to God alone.
Why would the risen Jesus, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting;” apply to Himself “the Almighty” epithet of Divinity? It is simply because He has the same divine essence of His Father and of the Holy Spirit. Is Jesus Christ not the “Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace, on whose shoulder holds the eternality of universal government? In all realms of time: past, present and future He who is Almighty has the capability to take care of all He created both ex nihilo (without existing material) and those He created from existing materials. How can God the Father be good and Jesus, His eternal, express ‘Word’, will not be good? Selah!
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” is found in Colossians 2:3. In apposition to Christ is “in whom” of the preceding second verse. This verse clearly authenticates the Omniscience of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:15, 17 & 19 15) “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” build up the fact of His Omniscience. The marked pondersome awe of God’s wisdom is the Pauline couch of Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Were Jesus to be just an ordinary item of creationism, how could His being serve as the repository for this jaws dropping depth of unsearchable riches of wisdom and knowledge? He must be the eternality of God’s wisdom to so exist. 1Corinthians 1:22-24 “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23) But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24) But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
“I Am the good Shepherd.”
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be concluded…)
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