Thursday, September 1, 2016

What does the Bible say?

How Is God Our High Tower?

David said, “The Lord is…my high tower” – Ps. 18:2. He wrote this love song of thanksgiving when the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul – II Sam. 22. David used the word “my” nine times claiming the wonderful things of God (Ps. 18:1-3). The Lord is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength in whom I will trust, my buckler (or shield), the horn of my salvation and my high tower. “My” is a possessive pronoun. May we lay hold of God and claim Him in all our ways. May we review God wonderful goodness toward us as David did and then tell Him about it, thus blessing the Lord while also comforting our hearts. The Hebrew meaning of the words “high tower” (Strong’s Concordance) is a high lofty place of refuge, a high fort or tower, inaccessible. That is what the Lord does for us when we lay hold of Him as our high tower. He raises us up in our spirits above trying circumstances (trials, trouble, sorrows, disappointments) to a heavenly place of peace and rest in Him. In that place of victory over our tribulations, Satan cannot touch us. The situation may still be present, but the Lord has raised us up above it when we believe and claim Him as our High Tower.

Can The Trinity be found in The Old Testament?

Yes, in many places, in fact in the very first verse of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Hebrew word for “God” here is ELOHEEM which is plural. And in verse 26 of chapter one, “And God (ELOHEEM) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” In the New Testament, I John 5:7 says, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy ghost: and these three are one.” Genesis 1:1-3 proves this, V. 2 says, “…the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (the Holy Ghost); V. 3, “And God said (the Word), Let there be light: and there was light.” I found it interesting how the Hebrew reads in Deut. 6:4, Moses said, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD (Jehovah) our God (ELOHEEM) is one LORD (Jehovah).” There are three distinct personalities or Spirits and they are ONE. We read in John 1:1-3 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Then in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

How Was Man Made in The Image of God?

God made man a trinity, three natures in one person (body, soul, and spirit); while God is a Trinity of personalities in One nature. Also man was made ruler, given dominion over the earth. Genesis 1:26-28, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” But man fell, he disobeyed God and became a sinner forteiting his dominion to Satan. Gen. 3:17-19 & 23.
Rom. 5:19 “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Rom. 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Col. 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” Read II Pet. 3:9.                    
 E J. Davis