As the views being defended in this article are carefully considered by the reader, I hope that this fact will be strongly impressed upon his or her mind: God has never said that we would know the truth by the number of sincere and intelligent people who believe it or have believed it. Nor has he said that we would know the truth by how long it has been believed. Truth is true - and falsehood false - irrespective of how many people believe or disbelieve it, or for how long they have believed or disbelieved it. Truth is not determined by majority rule and opinion, by the sword, by tradition or by time.
How can I give you up Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man – the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.
The only exceptions to God's use of singular pronouns are found in Gen 1:26; 3:22; 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8. But these are most likely examples of God speaking to, and on behalf of, the angelic members of his heavenly court (Job 38:4, 7; Deut 33:2; Josh 5:13-15; 2 Sam 5:24; 1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Kings 6:8-17; Psalm 148:1-5; Jer. 23:18; Isa 6:1-7; Dan 7:10; Neh 9:6).
Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
The LORD said to Moses, "Come up tome on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction."
"And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!'
"And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.'
"Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?' And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, 'Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.'
"And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.'
"Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!' And the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' and the elders fell down and worshiped.
But (it may be objected), Jesus is called the "one Lord." But is not the Father also called "Lord" (Greek: Kurios)? And if the Father is also "Lord," may not Christ also be understood as "God?" It is certainly true that Jesus' God, the Father, was understood by both Jesus and his apostles as being "Lord" (e.g., Mt. 4:7, 10; 22:37; Luke 1:68; 20:37; Acts 2:39; 3:22; 4:24; 17:24; Rev 1:8; 4:8, 11; 21:22). In Luke 1:31-32, for example, we read,
"Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet."'' David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?" And the great throng heard him gladly.
We're also told that Jesus "became" superior to the angels and "inherited" a name that is more excellent than theirs (Heb 1:4). Jesus' God, however, does not have to become superior to the angels or inherit a name that is more excellent than theirs. Nor did Jesus' God ever have to be made Lord, or given all authority in heaven and on earth, or given an exalted name by another being. Why? Because Jesus' God is the Supreme Being. By virtue of his divine nature and self-existence, he is (and always has been) infinitely superior to all created beings, and has always possessed all authority in heaven and on earth. Unlike Jesus, Jesus' God doesn't have to be given authority or made Lord.