Isa 46:9 Remember the former things long past, for I AM God, and there is no other. I AM God, and there is no one like Me.
The Most High, Everywhere Present, and Sovereign Eternal Spirit of Holiness is the One True God of the Bible. He is present in Heaven, present on earth, and fills the universe, all at the same time. He is one Majestic Deity.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit.
Psalm 139:7 Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your Presence?
Jeremiah 23:24 … Do not I fill Heaven and earth?
It is because of His blinding, glorious brightness that He cannot be seen. It is because He is unknowable that He must reveal Himself.
I Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I Timothy 6:16 (King of kings) who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light that no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting.
Ezekiel 20:5-9 Thus says Yehovah, “In the day when I chose Israel …. and made myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up My hand …. to bring them forth from the land of Egypt, …. I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations …. in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt …. ”
John 14:21 He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
(see also Numbers 12:6 & Luke 2:15 & I John 1:5)
So to be known by mortal creatures of intelligence, He made for Himself:
1. A knowable PLACE (Heaven) (Revelation 21:10 & John 14:2 & Matthew 5:19)
2. An understandable NAME (Yehovah or Yahweh) (Isa 12:2)
3. A recognizable FORM (Father/Son) (Philippians 2:6)
In the Bible God calls Himself One. “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5 “Hear O Israel, Yahweh our God….is One (echad).” Deuteronomy 6:4. While echad means one, it also includes a unity of oneness. For example when a group of people agree together, it is said they are of one (echad) mind. The disciples in the upper room were of one (echad) accord.
But when it comes to God, we are not talking about many gods being in unity, we are talking about the many ways this one God reveals Himself to men. (see Exodus 3:2 & Numbers 14:14 & Acts 2:2-4)
The most difficult thing for mortal man to understand about the One True Omnipresent God is His invisible, spiritual, Presence in every place at the same time, both in Heaven (the spiritual realm) and on Earth (the physical realm). The Spirit should be understood as the Essence, the Substance, of the Almighty Invisible God. Mortal men tend to compare the Most high God to physical men, both by their idols and their imaginations. And they are blinded to any knowledge of the One True God by their multiple one-place-at-a-time god-persons.
But suppose we do want to know this One True Unknowable God. Where do we begin our search? We search the Bible. There we find in Romans 1:20 that the visible things God created prove that there is an invisible Creator. If we are to believe in the Invisible God, (Colossians 1:15) “…..we must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11:6 The Bible says faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) So we will let the Bible give us the faith to believe in this One True God, Who is the Eternal Spirit, whom even the heaven of heavens cannot contain. (II Chronicles 2:6)
Psalm 104:1-4 Yehovah …. Who covers Himself with light …. Who makes the clouds His chariots, Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makes his angels spirits, His ministers a flaming fire.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and truth.
Colossians 1:15 (Son) Who is the image of the invisible God ….
(see also Isaiah 66:1 & Hebrews 9:14)
Suppose you were endowed with brightness that blinded people. How would you befriend them? You would reduce your bright glory—and that is exactly what the Eternal Spirit did in order to appear on the Throne of Heaven visible to saints and angels. Our Father in Heaven is not another god, or another spirit. He is the Eternal Spirit Himself, appearing in reduced glory so He can be seen and known. He is the One True God. He can appear in more than one place at one time and still be only one God.
The knowable place then, is the Holy City of God, New Jerusalem, Heaven. We need an eternal PLACE to go to when this mortal life is finished. So Yehovah willingly condescended to a PLACE (Heaven), in FORMS known to us as the Father and the Son. In His Throne of Heaven manifestation He gives Himself the knowable name of YHVH — Yehovah or Yahweh.
Hebrews 1:5 Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Psalm 83:18 That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah art the Most High over all the earth.
Isaiah 42:8 I am Yehovah, that is my name …
Isaiah 63:16 …. Thou, O Yehovah, art our Father, our Redeemer; Thy name is from everlasting.
(see also Exodus 24:9-11 & Psalm 68:4 & Isaiah 12:2 & Revelation 22:1, 3)
He has revealed Himself as Father and Son together from the beginning. At creation the Father and Son were making man in their image (form, likeness). (Genesis 1:26) The Son was in the form of God and did not think it robbery to be equal with God. (Philippians 2:6) Daniel tells us that one like the Son of Man came to the Ancient of Days. (Daniel 7:13)
I John 1:3 …. and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ ….
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
But the Eternal Spirit’s revelation continues; He must also reveal Himself to mortal beings on earth. This He did by reducing his glory even further and making for Himself a special physical body. (Hebrews 10:5) This body could not be corrupted in the grave, and this body contained blood that can still wash the sins from every humble, seeking soul. In this earthly manifestation He called Himself Yeshua or Yahshua (God is Salvation). The physical, earthly body of Yeshua/Jesus, a recognizable form, hides from many the revelation of His Divinity. Colossians 2:9 tells us that in the Messiah (Christ) all the fullness of the Divine Nature was dwelling in bodily form.
Psalm 98:2 Yehovah has made known His salvation…
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I AM Yehovah; and besides Me there is no Savior.
Colossians 1:15 (Son) … the image of the invisible God.
Hebrews 1:1-3 God ….. in these last days spoke to us by His Son ….. brightness of His glory, express (perfect) image of His nature, upholding all things by the word of His power.
Hebrews 9:14 …. the blood of Messiah (Christ), who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself …
(see also Genesis 22:8 & Matthew 1:23 & II Timothy 1:9, 10 & I Peter 1:18-20)
So the Eternal Almighty Spirit is the same Spirit Who revealed Himself as Father in Heaven, and the same Spirit Who visited Earth in a body. He was Father in Heaven and Son on earth at the same time. While Yeshua was on earth He talked about, and prayed to His Father who was in Heaven, and said many times they were one. (two manifestations of one Spirit)
Matthew 5:16 Father who is in Heaven — 6:1, 9, 14 & 12:50 & 16:17 & 23:9
Matthew 10:20 Spirit of your Father that speaketh …
John 5:23 All men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who honors not the Son honors not the Father Who sent Him.
2 Corinthians 5:19 …. and God (the Spirit) was in Messiah (Christ) reconciling (restoring) the world to Himself.
I Timothy 3:16 Yehovah/God was manifest in the flesh …
But the story did not end there. This same Eternal Spirit reduced his glory even further to live in His saints. Now “if that same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead dwell in you, He shall quicken your mortal body”. Romans 8:11
John 14: 20, 23 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you … .. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him.
I Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Colossians 1:26-27 Even the mystery that has been hid from ages and generations, but now is made manifest to his saints, …. that is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
(see also Romans 8:9 & I Corinthians 2:12)
There was a time on the Mount of Transfiguration when the Eternal Spirit revealed his glory through Yeshua/Jesus is a reduced brightness that still allowed the disciples to see Yeshua/Jesus. (Matthew 17:1-2) But normally Yeshua walked among men as an ordinary man. The purpose of God’s manifestation on earth as the Son was to make it possible for mankind to dwell with God in the City of Heaven, and enjoy His Presence. (Revelation 22:3-4 & Psalm 16:11) And there, our glorified bodies will shine as Yeshua did on the Mount of Transfiguration.
This shows that the Eternal Spirit in reducing amounts of glory is revealed in the Father and in the Son, and in the saints. The Eternal Spirit is not a third-rate-human-like-god-person. He is the Only True God, as described in the beginning of this article. There is no other Most High God. Colossians 1:15 and I Timothy 1:17 tell us He is invisible. Since we cannot comprehend God the Spirit, He has given us a Father and Son concept of Himself. As we have said, He reduced his glory to be seen in Heaven in form like a man. But it is really we who are like the Father, not the Father like us. And in order to look like God we must have true holiness.
Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore and be holy: for I AM Yehovah your God.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, that is your reasonable service.
(see also Heb 12:10)
The Eternal Spirit also revealed Himself as a flame of fire in a burning bush to Moses, as a pillar of fire to the Israelites in the desert, and as a whirlwind to Job, as a dove when Yeshua was baptized, as tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost, and as a blinding light to St Paul on the Damascus road. The glory that the Eternal Spirit reveals in His manifestation as Father and Son in Heaven, gives light to the whole City. He also appears as the River that flows through the City, and as the fruit on the Tree of Life that bears twelve manner of fruits. “O taste and see that Yehovah, (the Eternal Spirit) is good.” Psalm 34:8
God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) Do not be satisfied with physical ideas of God. We have a real and eternal inheritance in Heaven. See you there!