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God And Father Of Messiah

By Elie Nessim, July 25 1998 Printer Friendly Version

The GOD and Father of our LORD YESHUA HaMashiach
Our text from Ephesians chapter 1 verse 3 refers to Messiah in His human nature. That term Messiah shows Him as our Redeemer, becoming one of us as our Immanuel, and in that sense, GOD is His GOD; and GOD is His Father.

When He rose again from the dead, and He appeared to Mary, He said, 'Go and tell My brethren I ascend to My Father and your Father; to My GOD and your GOD.'  Now this is just the point where our people say, 'How could He have been GOD if He calls GOD 'His GOD'?'  and they think, 'That's it, I've got you nailed!'  No you haven't, because in Psalm 22 we find the Messiah crying out to GOD and saying, 'My GOD, My GOD, why hast Thou forsaken Me?'  Well of course, our people would say, 'That proves it!  He must be inferior to GOD if He refers to Him like that.'  But wait a minute, don't be in such a hurry.

Psalm 45, let's go back to Psalm 45 and we'll see there that one person who is called, 'GOD' speaks to another person who is also called, 'GOD'.  Psalm 45.  GOD is speaking here to the Messiah.  It's still the same Psalm of the 'Heavenly Bridegroom'.  Psalm 45, verses 6 and 7: 'Your throne, O GOD, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.'  That is the Messianic King that is being addressed, and GOD is calling Him 'Elohim', 'Your throne, Elohim, is forever and ever.'[Verse 7]: 'You love righteousness and hate wickedness, therefore GOD, your GOD, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.'  Now what's the answer to that?  The picture is obvious there that there's One who's the Messiah, Who is called 'GOD', He is Divine.  But there is another One Who is also called 'GOD' Who has anointed Him and sent Him to be the Messiah.  Anointed Him with the 'oil of gladness more than His companions'.

We find then, there are two Deities here, two persons in the Godhead; and They are both called 'GOD'.  So there is no objection then that can be raised against this verse here, where GOD is called, 'the GOD of our LORD, YESHUA Ha'Mashiach'.  He is also called, 'the Father' of our LORD YESHUA, the Messiah.  The answer to that also is found in the Psalms; in Psalm 2 GOD says to the Messiah, 'Thou art My Son; today I have begotten Thee.'  And to make it very clear that 'the Son' is Divine, we read further on toward the end of that 2nd Psalm, verse 12: 'Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish in the way when his wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in him.'

GOD pronounces a curse on those who put their trust in men.  He says the only true object of trust is GOD.  So when GOD says, 'Blessed are all those that put their trust in the Son,' He is saying they may trust Him; they must trust Him, because He is Divine!  That's the only reason.

So He is called 'the GOD of Messiah'; we find that in Psalm 45; He is called 'the Father of Messiah'; we find that in Psalm 2.  And those are not the only two.  I just picked out two.  There are more, but I just don't want to wade into a whole sea of proof texts. 

'Blessed be the GOD and Father of our LORD, YESHUA Ha'Mashiach.'  He is called, 'our LORD' as I said earlier on, because He is our Saviour and because He is our Husband.  We saw Him as our Bridegroom in Psalm 45.  He is also called our Saviour.  When we looked at Isaiah, Chapter 54, the Messiah is speaking to His redeemed people, and He says, 'For your Maker is your husband – the LORD of Hosts is His Name, and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the GOD of the whole earth.'

Now in those four statements in verse 5 of Isaiah 54, we see there the Redeemer; the Messiah is our Maker, He is called ADONAI Tzva'ot, the LORD of Hosts; He is called our Go'el, which means our near kinsman; Redeemer means near kinsman, one that is close to us, and so He was because He became one of us; and He is called the GOD of the whole earth.  Not only the GOD of Israel, but the GOD of the whole earth!  He is the universal, Messianic King; and He is the LORD of Hosts.  For those reasons, YESHUA, our Messiah, is called our LORD.  He is our Saviour, our Redeemer, our Husband, our GOD

When Thomas saw Him in the upper room, and saw those holes in His hands and in His feet, he said, 'My LORD, and my GOD!'  He was saying very plainly, 'Yes, You are my LORD; yes, you are my GOD.'   Manifest in the flesh, but that is only what GOD had foretold in Isaiah that His Name would be called Immanuel, GOD with us.

'Blessed be the GOD and Father of our LORD YESHUA, the Messiah, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah.'  The verb is in the past.  It is an accomplished reality.  Not only the good wish here, but the actual blessing has been bestowed. 

Now you and I only experience it in the process of time; it's not something that we experience in the past, but as we are born; as we come of age; as we are saved; we enter in to the experiences of those blessings.  But the Bible here says that from eternity, GOD had already blessed us!

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