"Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:27-29
I have heard so many people talking about God lately, but which god are they talking about? Are they talking about the God of the Bible, the god of Islam, the god of the New Age movement, one of the gods of Mormonism or perhaps one of the 330 million gods of Hinduism? Even the Ecumenical movement, also known as the movement to join all “Christian” churches together as one united church, has a problem. Some of these churches and denominations have fallen into gross apostasy and no longer worship the God of the Bible, but a made up god of the Ecumenical movement, New Age movement mysticism, the Progressive Revelations of Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Islam, and the often apostate non-orthodox nature of the Emerging Church movement and other movements of rampant apostasy. So, who are they talking about when they say God?
We live in a world of public prayer to a god of many religions, in a society that doesn’t mind you praying to your god. You can pray to start meetings, or start sporting events or festivals as long as you are praying to a god. The problem comes, and the disgruntled masses arise, as soon as you pray in Jesus name. You would have thought you provided a filthy curse at the end of your prayer, at the reaction of some. So, why is that? Why do people cringe at the name Jesus? Well, because if you are praying to an anonymous god, it can be any god and that god can serve your purposes, your dreams and desires, your thoughts and ideas. You can be the god of your god. Not so with Biblical Christianity. You have the Bible to follow, in accordance to God’s divine morality and precepts. Most people don’t want that – they want to be the god of their god – worshiping that god as they see fit, with they themselves as the ultimate authority and moral compass.
I don’t want to be the god of my god. I want to serve the true God, Jesus. The God of the Bible has many names assigned to Him, by Himself and divinely inspired men. No other name given to God has more impact on this world than the name Jesus. Jesus is God! Just that tiny statement often infuriates and disgusts people. They want to correct you, dismiss you or even kill you. The Devil flees at the name Jesus, demons flee at the name Jesus, supposed aliens flee at the name Jesus, criminals have stopped dead in their tracks at the name Jesus, and there is no more powerful name than the name, Jesus.
Because of all these things, I’m going to try to stop using the almost generic word god. Jesus is my God and I want to try to use his name more often, not only for my sake, but for the sake of others. But first, I must define which Jesus, so they will know exactly who I serve and who I worship. I serve the Biblical Jesus, God the Son, one person of the 3 persons of the Holy Trinity that equals one God (1x1x1=1). When I pray, I will always pray in Jesus’ name – God’s precious holy name is, Jesus. In this confused and dying world, having a little clarity will be refreshing. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus the blessed name of my God, in accordance with the Bible, which is Jesus’ revelation to us from the beginning.
“In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word [Jesus] was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him [Jesus]; and without him [Jesus] was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3 ([Jesus] emphasis added).