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The Uniqueness of God

August 12, 2011

Christianity, along with it’s roots in the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
is strongly based on monotheism – the belief that there is only one God.

The Shema
The Shema. It is the cornerstone passage of
scripture for the Jew. The Shema is to the Israelite what John 3:16 is for the
Christian. It’s called the Shema because that’s the first word of the passage in
Hebrew.

“Hear (Shema: hear, listen, obey), Oh Israel (One who contends with God) : The Lord (YHWH singular) our
God
(ELOHIM plural) is One
(alone) Lord (YHWH singular)
– Deuteronomy 6:4

This short passage sums up monotheism. And yet it also hints at the Triune
nature of God as well. In the middle of the Shema is the word Elohim which means
God and in the plural.

In the Hebrew, the word ‘ehade means “one, same, single, first, each, once”
and is sometimes translated as “alone”. In the Septuagint (the Greek translation
of the Hebrew scriptures in use during the first century), the phrase is
translated into Greek by the Hebrew scholars as “Kurios eis eisten” meaning “the
Lord exists as one”.

What I love about the Shema is the second portion, where Moses explains our
appropriate response to God’s uniqueness:

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength.

– Deuteronomy 6:5

Because the one God of the Universe has made himself to be our God, we can do
no less than to love Him with all our being. Our whole lives should sing a
response of worship. Jesus even quoted the Shema response as the greatest
commandment in all of scripture (Matthew 22:37)

God searches for anyone like Him, and finds none
In
Isaiah chapter 44 God declares His uniqueness.

This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer,
the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no
God.
Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out
before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is
yet to come– yes, let him foretell what will come.
Do not tremble, do not be
afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses.
Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not
one.”

– Isaiah 44:6-8

Wow! the Lord, claiming to be Israel’s Redeemer, says: “I am the first and
the last.” This is title Christ applies to Himself at the end of time,
displaying the Deity of Christ.

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink
without cost from the spring of the water of life.

– Revelation
21:6

God says: “Is there any God besides me? No.” Now, keep in mind that this is
the omniscient, all knowing, God who says that He knows of no one besides
Himself who is like God. YHWH, who created time, who fore-loved us before time
was even created, whose thoughts are higher than ours like the heaven is higher
than the earth, He claims there is no other like Him.

And then Gods taunts those who have the audacity to say they think they are
like a god, or will one day be like a god sometime in the future. God is already
there in the future. He created the future. And He already knows: “you aint no
god.”

Isaiah goes on to record God’s testimony:

For this is what the LORD says– he who created the
heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did
not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited– he says: “I am the
LORD, and there is no other.

And there is no God apart from me, a
righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.
“Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no
other.

– Isaiah 45:18,19,22

Not only does God claim there is no other God besides Him, but that He is the
only Righteous God and Savior. There is no other.

So can Jesus be our savior and not be God? No way. There is none other in
whom we find a savior but YHWH. The uniqueness of God testifies to the Deity of Christ.

Other Old Testament passages testify to God’s
Uniqueness

But the LORD is the true God; he is
the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the
nations cannot endure his wrath.

– Jeremiah 10:10

New Testament Teachings
The teaching that there is but
one God is also clearly taught through the New Testament.

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons
believe that — and shudder.

– James 2:19

So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know
that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but
one.
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as
indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”),
yet for us there is but one
God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is
but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we
live.

– I Cor 8:4-6

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

– 1 Timothy 1:17

For there is one God and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men — the
testimony given in its proper time.

– 1 Timothy 2:5-6

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