The Lorna Campbell’s Judaic Christian ministry believes in both the Old and new Testaments of the HOLY BIBLE. A lawyer of the Pharisees, asked Jesus: Master which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus (Yeshua) answered, “thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”, (Matthew 22:36-40). By the words of Christ we are to love “thy God”. In order to love him (thy God) let us know who we are talking about. Whenever the Holy Scriptures are read, spoken of, taught or referred to: the person of God is always in focus. One of the ministries objective is to proclaim the word of God in the most simple and understandable way.
In Holy Scriptures the true God is revealed to us in three distinct persons: God the father; God the son (Jesus- Yeshua) and God the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament the distinctions are not clearly made. In the New Testament, the distinctions are vividly clear, for clarity we can safely say, that the word” GOD’ is a title that the true God and father of all creation used for himself; he gave it to his son Jesus (Yeshua); he also gave it to the Holy Spirit. There is only one other case stated in Holy Scriptures where he put this title on anyone else. This was Moses in the book of the Exodus, “and the Lord said unto Moses, see, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet”, (exodus 7:1). God the Father was with the son and the Holy Spirit before the earth was created. There would not be space in this setting to tell all the attributes of God the father written in the Holy Scriptures.
However, we can mention a few; father, loving, merciful, caring, forgiving, good, protective and loves to make covenant with his people. In the Old Testament God the father made the declaration to Israel that he is their father through Malachi his prophet, saying “A son honoreth his Father and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the Lord of host unto you, O Priests that despise my name, and ye say, wherein have we despised thy name? (Malachi 1:6).The prophet Malachi afterward reaffirms it when he said have we not one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers” (Malachi 2:10).
Isaiah the prophet upon hearing the plan God had for Israel’s peace spoke in gratitude saying “Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, o Lord art our Father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting” (Isaiah 63:16). Later Isaiah requesting help from God in prayer said, “But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay and thou art the potter; and we all are the work of thy hand”, (Isaiah 64:8). God the Father is also revealed through the words of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy when he gave his farewell address to the children of Israel saying “Do ye thus requite the Lord, o foolish people and unwise? Is not he thy Father that hath bought thee? Hath he not made thee and established thee”? In the Old Testament the Father Children relationship is clearly revealed with Israel as a nation.
In the New Testament Scriptures, the three (3) persons of the Godhead are extremely distinct. The Father relationship is with all men as stated by Jesus in his answer to Nicodemus in the Gospel of John saying “for God (the Father) so love the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him (the Son) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God, sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
This was reaffirmed by Paul in his letters to the Galatians and the Colossians saying, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). Also “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all and in all” (Colosssians 3:11). As it is written in the Gospel of Matthew, all three members of the Godhead were active when Jesus (the son) was baptized by John, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from Heaven (the Father) saying, This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). Throughout the New Testament Scriptures the three (3) persons of the Godhead gave witness of: the Son; the messiah; the Divine that takes on humanity; the everlasting Lamb of God; the Redeemer; the Savior; the High Priest; the Judge; the Mediator and the Glorious King.
God the son (JESUS CHRIST) is the center of all the activities in the Holy Scriptures both Old and New Testaments. Jesus Christ (the son), was active in the creation of the world with the Father and the Holy Spirit as written: in the book of Genesis; in the Gospel of John and in the Epistle of Paul: “In the beginning God (the Godhead) created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) moved upon the face of the water” (Genesis 1:1-2). “In the beginning was the word (son), and the word (Son) was with God (the Godhead), and the word (Son) was God” (John 1:1-2).The same (Son) was in the beginning with God (the God head). All things were made by him (the son): and without him (the Son) was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3). “God who at sundry, times and in divers manners, spake in time past, unto the fathers, by the prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom (the Son) also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2). John wrote in the book of revelation, “And I saw Heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and true and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written that no one knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture, dipped in blood: and his name is called THE WORD OF GOD” (Revelation 19:11-13) After Man (Adam) was created, God placed him (Adam) in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. The Lord God commanded the man saying, “of every tree of the Garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis2:16-17). The Lord saw that Adam was lonely and gave him a wife (Eve). Satan who was thrown out of Heaven for his rebellion against God’s government, decided to cause rebellion among God’s new Creatures (Adam and Eve). He seized the opportunity and deceived them into disobeying the command of God. Because the command of God was transgressed, the curse that was given with the command was activated the newly created earth was now cursed because of man.
The commands of God when transgressed, condemns the doer, but it cannot pardon him. Thank God the Father for Jesus (Yeshua), who was allowed to freely offer himself as the atonement for the transgression (sin). Through Jesus Christ a door of hope swung open unto sinful man as stated by Christ himself “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). Also written in the letter to the Hebrew saying “but we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with the glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:9-10). Paul also wrote in his letter to the Colossians, “for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). Jesus offering up himself as the sacrificial Lamb; the Father approving it, the Holy Spirit in readiness to execute, the plan of redemption was set in motion.
Before the fulfillment of the sacrifice of the true Lamb was to be accomplished, a type of Lamb had to be offered, hence the sacrifice of animals were given. Christ as the Son of God was divine therefore he could not die, so he took upon himself all our nature (fallen humanity) because of the love that God had for man which is written in the Gospel of John spoken by Jesus saying “Therefore doth my father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18). Jesus made it clear that his Father commanded him to lay down his life (his divinity) to take on humanity and to lay down that life of humanity to save the sheep of his fold (Jew and Gentile).
After the plan of salvation was approved, Jesus Christ became: the focus of all expectations; the fulfillment of all promises and covenants and the hope of glory which is life eternal. God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead was with God the Father and God the Son during the creation of the world as it is written in the book of Genesis, “And the earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) moved upon the face of the water" (Genesis 1:2). In the process of time when the wickedness of mankind increased the Lord said “My Spirit (Holy Spirit) shall, not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3).
Throughout the Holy Scriptures all three (3) persons of the Godhead operated together as one [GOD (in the Hebrew ELOHIM which denotes plurality)]. Scriptures also shows each person of the Godhead operating individually as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit saying “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove (convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment . . . Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come. He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:7-13). The Holy Spirit was the promise of Comfort by Christ to his Disciples and those who afterwards believe in him as written in chapter 14 of Johns Gospel saying “If ye love me and keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another comforter (the Holy Spirit), that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him because he (the Holy Spirit) dwelleth with you and shall be in you” (John 14:15-17). “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name. He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). It is the same Holy Spirit: that gave the Son of man to the world (through conception): that give gifts unto men; that inspires men to write the Holy Scriptures; that descended on Christ at his baptism enduing him with power; that raised Christ from the dead; the Spirit that dwells in every believer.