The following is an outline that I had to do for an assignment to use if we were going to explain the Oneness of God to someone who has not heard of this doctrine:
- The Names of God.
- In Hebrew, the name of God is YHWH; sometimes represented in the Bible by LORD or GOD in all capital letters (Deut. 6:4, Is. 33:22, Ezek. 28:6).
- Jehovah is the English translation of YHWH. We see several compound names for God throughout the Old Testament, such as Jehovah-jireh, God our provider (Gen. 22:14) and Jehovah-shalom, God our peace (Judges 6:24).
- Jesus is the redemptive name of God in the New Testament. Jesus encompasses and supersedes all of the names of God in the Bible (John 14:14, Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, Phil. 2:9-10, Col. 3:17).
2. “Let us make man in our image.” (Gen. 1:26)
3. “[Jesus] is seated at the right hand of God.” (Col. 3:1)
- Several verses state that Jesus is at the right hand of God (Heb. 1:3, Heb. 12:2, 1 Pet. 3:22, Acts 7:55-56).
- “The right hand” denotes that Christ possess all of the power, authority, glory, and preeminence of God (Ex. 15:6, Matt. 26:64-65, Acts 2:34). This position also describes Jesus’ current role as mediator (Rom. 8:34, Heb. 8:1).
- The One on the throne and the Lamb of Revelation 5 is symbolic of the Incarnation and Atonement. The Lamb is actually located “at the center of the throne” (Rev. 7:17).
4. God is our Creator-Savior, God is One.
- The omniscient Creator told man how to live. Knowing that the temptation of sin would corrupt His creation from the beginning, His Word was with Him (John 1:1). The Word was made flesh (John 1:14) and would redeem us as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8).
- The incarnate body of God (Jesus) showed man how to live, paid the penalty for sin, and, through His Spirit, provided hope, joy, and peace (Rom. 15:13). Man committed the first sin and only a perfect man could restore the original relationship with God (1 Cor. 15:45).
- In Jesus Christ is the One God incarnate (Matt. 1:23). In Him we have healing, deliverance, victory, and salvation (Col. 2:9-10). The fulfillment of salvation is realized by the One who never gave up on His beloved creation (1 Cor. 15:53-55).