One God

The Jewish people have always believed there is only one God:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4).

This verse of scripture is the first line of the Shema. The Shema is the centerpiece of the daily morning and evening prayer services and is considered by some the most essential prayer in all of Judaism. An affirmation of God’s singularity and kingship, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment. [My Jewish Learning.com]

The definition of "one" in Strong's is:

echâd, ekh-awd'; a numeral from H258; properly, united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first:—a, alike, alone, altogether, and, any(-thing), apiece, a certain, (dai-) ly, each (one), eleven, every, few, first, highway, a man, once, one, only, other, some, together,

The word "echad", describing God is used many times in the OT.  The Jews know there is only one God and that God is one. Paul also emphatically states that God is one when talking about our Mediator, Jesus Christ:

Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one (Galatians 3:20).

Jesus, quotes the first verse of the Shema when a scribe asks Him which is the first commandment of all:

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: (Mark 12:28-29).

Shortly after the exchange with the scribe, Jesus taught in the temple that He is this one God:

And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “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 (Mark 12:35-37 ESV).

Jesus was saying that the Lord and Christ, the son of David are one in the same - Jesus Christ.

Jesus stated in other scriptures that He is the one and only God. Here are a few of those verses:

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24).

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).

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14).

One God from the Epistles

The Apostle Paul interchanged the name of Jesus and God almost at will. Everybody knows, and most assuredly Paul, that the Gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many scriptures that Paul called it the Gospel of God:

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:16).

Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely (2 Corinthians 11:7)?

But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention (1 Thessalonians 2:2).

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God (1 Thessalonians 2:8,9).

The Apostle Peter also used the same phrase:

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God (1 Peter 4:17).

Who is our Saviour? Of course, Jesus Christ. Again Paul interchanges Jesus and God with regard to our Saviour:

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour (1 Timothy 2:3).

But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour (Titus 1:3).

Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things (Titus 2:10).

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared (Titus 3:4).

In this verse, the Apostle Peter uses both God and Saviour as adjectives describing Jesus:

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1).

In the book of Jude, we see that Jude called Jesus God as well:

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen (Jude 25).

If somehow you are still not convinced there is only one God, and that His name is Jesus Christ, I suggest that you study the following pages on this website:

  1. Jesus is God
  2. Names of Jesus
  3. Bible Prophesies Fulfilled in the New Testament

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