From the Beginning

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Jas 1:5).

“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Prov 2:3 & 5-6).

“And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 

And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 

And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 

Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee” (1 Kg 3:7 & 9-12).

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Prov 9:10).

 

The Trinity

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Cor 8:6).

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8).

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (Jn 16:13).

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3).

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one (1 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 Jn 5:7).

The Trinity does not make since to us, it even seems farfetched and impossible, and for us it is.  Yet, nothing is impossible for God.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37). 

The Trinity is one of them things which we are not to comprehend fully:

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Act 1:7).

But we are to accept it in faith.

  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:1 & 6).

 

Angels

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Col 1:16).

“…an innumerable company of angels” (Heb 12:22).

‘And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying” (Lk 2:13).

“And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.  And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (2 Kg 6:17).

“Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord” (2 Pet 2:11).

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20).

“Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire” (Ps 104:4).

Archangel Gabriel. A fresco from the Tsalenjikha Cathedral by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus. 14th century

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” (Lk 22:42-43).

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb 1:14).

 

Power

“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take p thy bed, and go unto thine house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto man” (Matt 9:6 & 8).

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt 28:18).

“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify they Son, that they Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Jn 17:1-3).

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received from my Father” (Jn 10:17-18).

“Then saith Pilate unto him, Speaketh thou not unto me?  Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.  Therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin” (Jn 19:10-11).

Resurrection

“And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again.  And they were exceeding sorry” (Matt 17:22-23).

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed” (Matt 27:50 & 59-60).

“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it” (Matt 28:1-2).

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not: for I know that, ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come; see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you” (Matt 28:5-7).

Crucifixion

“For the life of the flesh is the blood: And I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul (Lev 17:11).

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5-6).

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by  his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through the faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Rom 3:23-25).

“And for this cause, he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Heb 9:15).

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Heb 9:22 & 28).