God, In Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

Posted by Elaine August 31, 2018 at 12:00 AM AEST

Bible Scriptures explain how God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one:

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 MSG

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one [the only God]! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being]. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 AMP

Jesus’ friend Peter testified to what he heard and saw:
For we have not been telling you fairy tales when we explained to you the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming again. My own eyes have seen his splendour and his glory: I was there on the holy mountain when he shone out with honour given him by God his Father; I heard that glorious, majestic voice calling down from heaven, saying, “This is my much-loved Son; I am well pleased with him.”
2 Peter 1:16-18 TLB

His friend Titus wrote:
God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Titus 2:13 MSG

Lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God:
But Peter said, “Ananias, Satan has filled your heart. When you claimed this was the full price, you were lying to the Holy Spirit. The property was yours to sell or not, as you wished. And after selling it, it was yours to decide how much to give. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us, but to God.” Acts 5:3-44 TLB

An ancient mosaic that ascribes divinity to Jesus Christ is set to go on display for the first time.

The ‘God Jesus Christ’ mosaic stands as one of the earliest-known testaments to early Christian belief in the divinity of Christ. It was found in 2005 through excavations completed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Tel Aviv, exploring the ancient grounds beneath the British-built Megiddo Prison in northern Israel.

The writing, dated to the year 230 AD, bears three Greek inscriptions, one reading: ‘The god-loving Akeptous has offered the table to God Jesus Christ as a memorial’.

Akeptous is reckoned to be a woman who had contributed her table to the local Eucharist celebrations, according to Haaretz.

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The Roman-era Christian mosaic describing Jesus Christ as ‘God’.

The survey uncovered the mosaic among one of the earliest-known Christian houses of worship, part of what was the Jewish and Samaritan village of Othnay.

Dr Yotam Tepper of the University of Haifa, who led the original excavation, said the mosaic was probably part of a prayer hall in the Christian home. Such homes were the centre of Christian community before established Church buildings were introduced in the fourth century, following the conversion of Roman emperor Constantine.

Images of fish – common early Christian symbols – are also present on the mosaic. The ‘Icthys’ (the Greek name for ‘fish’) was a ‘visual pun’ imbued with early Christian doctrine. As an acronym it formed the initial letters for the Greek phrase: ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Saviour’.

The findings are also believed to shed new light on the nature of Roman attitudes to the early church. Traditionally imagined as flatly hostile to the Christian cult, nearby Roman military encampments suggest more tolerance to the new religion.

‘Here the Romans had Christian officers,’ Tepper said. ‘The persecution may have been exaggerated later in the telling. But certainly the tales do not reflect the complexity of the reality, which is that there were Christians in the Roman army.’

The donator of the Christian mosaic appears to be that of a Roman centurion named Gaianus, also called ‘Porophrius, our brother’.

The Megiddo Prison is currently being cleared of inmates to make space for the establishment of the archaeological tourist attraction, which will host the remains of the Christian home, the Roman encampments and seven flour mills from the Ottoman era. From Christianity Today

So not only do we now have personal testimony from Jesus’ friends writing scriptures from the time Jesus was on earth, we have more proof that Jesus was whom He said He was, God, come to earth to save us.