Jesus, one with Father – Part 4: El Elyon, Most High God & Elohim, God “Builder of all things”
As I read the biblical book of Hebrews chapters 1-3, I noted the revelation of Jesus as El Elyon, (creator, possessor of the whole universe, the Most High God) was evident through the writer’s account. I could also see him as Elohim, the (God;”builder of all things”). I have written a discourse in this regard below incorporating other scriptures to affirm points I make, but Hebrews chapters 1 to 3 are the key scriptures.
A. EL ELYON (CREATOR, POSSESSOR OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE, MOST HIGH GOD)
1. Jesus and God are one;
“His Son is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of God’s being. He holds everything together through his powerful words. After he had cleansed people from their sins, he received the highest position, the one next to the Father in heaven.” (Heb.1:3 NOG)
In Hebrews Chapter one, God referred to Jesus as himself (Heb. 1:8) and also in another sentence as belonging to Him (Heb.1:9).
8 But God said about his Son, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter in your kingdom is a scepter for justice. 9 You have loved what is right and hated what is wrong. That is why God, your God, anointed you, rather than your companions, with the oil of joy.” (Heb. 8-9 NOG)
The above confirms what Jesus spoke about his deity, that
-Jesus and God are one (John 10:30)
-if his disciples have known & seen him, then this means they have known and seen the Father (John 14:7,9).
Paul said of Jesus “…God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity…
(2 Corinthians 5:19 NOG).
2. Jesus’s Character and what he does is descriptive of God’s character and what He does: Jesus’s character as one who loves righteousness and hates sin or iniquity is descriptive of that of God. (Heb.1:9)
3. In Hebrews chapters one and two, we read about the author of Hebrews reference to Jesus as creator and saviour in a manner that brings to mind the names of God; Adonai ( the Sovereign God of all) & El Elyon (Most high God, creator, Possessor of the whole universe):
God also said “Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth. With your own hands you made the heavens.(Heb.1:10 NOG)
“10 God is the one for whom and through whom everything exists. Therefore, while God was bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was the right time to bring Jesus, the source of their salvation, to the end of his work through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10 NOG)
The scriptures in Hebrews particularly Hebrews 1:3 and 2:10 resonate what is written in many biblical verses identifying Jesus as God, the creator, Saviour who manifests His presence and glory as the Light of the world to overcome a dark evil world.
Christ Jesus is God “Incarnate”, meaning that as the Son of God, Jesus took on bodily form but he did not stop being deity (John 1:1,14). He said of himself “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of the things I do. (John 14:11 NOG)
Other scriptures are as follows;
“The earth and everything it contains are God’s. The world and all who live in it are his. (Psalm 24:1 NOG)
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark.” (John 8:12 NOG)
“1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. 5 The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.” (John 1:1-5 NOG)
Jesus said of himself “All of God lives in Christ’s body, and God has made you complete in Christ. Christ is in charge of every ruler and authority.” (Col. 2:9-10 NOG)
B.ELOHIM (GOD; “THE BUILDER OF ALL THINGS)”
“Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Jesus, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God’s house. Jesus deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house. “ (Heb. 3:1-3 NOG)
Moses was faithful “ when he served in God’s house…” and “Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him” however “Jesus deserves more praise than Moses “ as he is the builder of the house of which Moses and his people are a part. (Heb.3:1-3). Jesus is the builder of the kingdom of God or the Church “House” because He is God.
“After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God.Moses was a faithful servant in God’s household. He told the people what God would say in the future. But Christ is a faithful son in charge of God’s household. We are his household if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.” (Heb. 3:4-6)
What should one do to belong to the House of Jesus, or God. vs 6 “if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.”
What does this mean? We are encouraged to
1. Be steadfast in faith or confidence as well as proud in having Jesus as our Lord and saviour.
2. Not live in unbelief which bears the fruit of disobedience or rebellion;
But rather to obey God’s voice so as to enter into His rest which is His plan for all believers.
Most of the Israelites who had left Egypt did not enter the promised land, but rather died in the wilderness because they hardened their hearts in unbelief and therefore disobeyed God (Heb. 3:15-19 ). We are advised that if we hear God’s voice, unlike these Israelites, we must not harden our hearts and rebel but rather we should receive His words with faith (Heb.3:7-11).
It is faith that compels us to obey. It is evident that God’s rest is not just about having His peace or a trouble free life but it is about allowing Him to guide us in our “wilderness” life-paths so as to “enter Canaan” or receive His promises.
My sincere prayer is that these Devotionals on Jesus’ oneness with Father God will enrich your Christian faith. Also that it would whet your appetite for further revelation and insight into the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as you abide in him and seek to know him more and more.
“7However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.8Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ. 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
“that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; 11if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:7-12 WEB)
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 14/12/2015
(posted on 14/12/2015 & 24/03/2016)
2 thoughts on “Part 4 of 5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose; Oneness with the Father”
Wise words. Thank you, Deborah.
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Thanks Mary, you are welcome