Gods or God? :: by Ron Graham

I am writing this commentary as a rebuttal to those groups which declare, although quite erroneously, that there are many gods. I consider the following to be a fairly short but careful explanation of just how many gods exist.

“‘You are My witnesses,’ says the LORD, ‘And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.” (Isaiah 43:10)

There was no God before Him and there will be no God after Him. God sees all times present; He is not constrained by this time dimension that we live in, but is outside of our time and space domain. When He spoke those words to Isaiah, He knew He would enter His Creation and become a man.

He knew He would be nailed to a cross and die on that cross. As a matter of fact He knew it before He created earth. Consider the above statement once more.

“Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me,” We know God entered into the world and took on humanity hundreds of years after Isaiah, and we should know and understand that Jesus Christ was and is fully man and fully God. I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior,” Isaiah 43:11. God alone is our savior. “I know Jesus Christ is my savior.” This statement in Isaiah is a confirmation of just who our savior is.
“Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it,” Isaiah 43:13. God tells us He was before the beginning of days, that no one can take us out of His hands, and that no one can change His creation. We are told in the book of Colossians that Jesus Christ is our Creator.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist,” Colossians 1:16-17. There’s no doubt Paul the apostle was referring to Jesus Christ in these passages.

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

When we become born again God won’t remember our sins any longer. It’s for His sake, His Glory, that He works this miracle in our lives.

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

This statement out of the book of Isaiah, proclaimed by God, is very similar to a statement out of the book of Revelation which we know is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

“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.” (Revelation 1:8)

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself” (Isaiah 44:24).

Here the LORD our Redeemer is referring to Himself as the Creator of all things.

“I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me. That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;” Isaiah 45:5, 6. “I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.” (Isaiah 45:12)

“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” ( John 1:1-3).

In these three verses John the apostle is telling us that Jesus Christ (the Word) is the Creator of all things. So, if Jesus Christ was from the beginning and He made all things in heaven and on earth, and everything is sustained by Him, wouldn’t that make Him God Almighty?

Let’s remember, John was with Jesus; he spoke with Him, ate with Him, walked with Him, and he touched Him. As a matter of fact Jesus referred to the apostle John as the one He loved.

Well, we’ve looked at a few verses from Isaiah in The Old Testament, and the Gospel of John and the epistle to the Colossians, and Revelation from The New Testament. We see most plainly that there is just one God. Below I’ve added four more verses from the Gospel of John which should for all intense and purposes put a cap on the whole subject of Gods vs. God.

“‘If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?’” (John 14:7-9).

How much plainer can Jesus make it? He and the Father are One, not two or three, but One. Looking to the Trinity to try and find proof of multiple gods doesn’t work, and would be a huge error. The Scriptures couldn’t be plainer. God can manifest Himself in three personages, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Plainly stated God is God and there is no other. According to God’s own words, He is only One God. God is so much more powerful then we humans can ever hope to grasp. God doesn’t fully explain how the Trinity happens, but the fact that the Trinity is alluded to all through the Old and New Testaments is undeniable. The Trinity is God, God is the Trinity.

I could go on and on with this but I think by now you either see it or you don’t. Here’s the last Scripture verse to round out this commentary. It’s Paul’s letter written to Timothy:

“…This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

Did you get that, God our Savior? Who’s our Savior? Jesus Christ. And who is Jesus Christ? God our Savior.

We can’t misinterpret the above verses. We are blessed to have, and to know One God. And that One God IS Jesus Christ incarnate.

God bless you all,

Ron Graham