Alone ~ 20151011 ~ Pastor Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the
Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org
God Alone; Audio
have been studying what God says about himself in his word. God
wants to make himself known to us. He wants us to enjoy him, to
enjoy relationship with him. He knows the one thing that will
satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart and that is himself.
Because he loves us he wants what is best for us, and he is pursuing
our happiness in him.
Attributes Indicate Uniqueness
we will look at the uniqueness of God, at the fact that there is
exactly one God. The things we have looked at this far all point us
in that direction. That God is self-existent, that he is dependent
on nothing outside of himself, that he is independent of everything
outside of himself points us to his uniqueness. There is no other
being that exists that was not created by this God. There is no
other being that is truly independent, that has being in himself.
God alone can say 'I AM.'
absolute perfection of God, the fact that he cannot improve and that
he will never decline in his perfections, that he is unchanging and
unchangeable is utterly unique. There is no other being that is not
either growing or declining. God is the only one who can say 'I am
the same yesterday and today and forever.'
being who created time, who is himself outside of and independent of
time, is absolutely unlike any other being. Of everything else, we
can think back to a time before it existed and think forward to a
time when it will pass away and be no more. Of none other can it be
said 'from everlasting to everlasting you are God.'
the infinite Creator of all space, who spoke the universe into
existence, who is outside of space, who contains all space within
himself, who is fully present at every point of the space he
created, excludes the possibility of any other being who is present
one who spoke matter into existence, who created all things visible
and invisible, who is himself invisible; there is no material being
or spirit being that exist that he did not bring into existence. He
is unique in that he is before all things, and in him all things
and many of his other attributes indicate that there is no one like
him. He is utterly unique, separate, distinct, alone in his absolute
Am God Alone
Bible is explicitly clear on this issue. God is passionate about
this issue, we could say even jealous. In the passage in Deuteronomy
4, where Moses speaks of the invisible, immaterial nature of God,
Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard
the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.
where Moses uses this as the ground for an admonition against
“Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no
form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst
of the fire, 16 beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved
image for yourselves, ...
goes on to say:
Deuteronomy 4:35 To
you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there
is no other besides him.
know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is
God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no
is God, there is no other besides him. Absolutely, comprehensively,
there is no other God. In heaven above, on the earth beneath,
anywhere you can imagine, there is no other.
Deuteronomy 5 the commandments are rehearsed, the first of which is:
Deuteronomy 5:6 “‘I
am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out
of the house of slavery. 7 “‘You shall have no other
gods before me.
other gods are to be tolerated in the presence of the one true God,
whose presence is everywhere. Then in chapter 6 we are told:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your might.
is God alone. Therefore your love and affections must go to YHWH
alone. No other god is worthy of your affections.
Other God But One
whole of scripture concurs that there is only one God.
Genesis 1:1 In the
beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
the very beginning, there is only one God. As we have seen, this is
clear throughout the Torah. We see the same when we get to the time
of the kings.
1 Samuel 2:2
“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none
besides you; there is no rock like our God.
2 Samuel 22:32 “For
who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
concludes his prayer dedicating the temple
1 Kings 8:60 that
all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there
is no other. 61 Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the
LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments,
as at this day.”
2 Kings 19:15 And
Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the God of
Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone,
of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.
we get to the Psalms we see
Psalm 18:31 For who
is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
Psalm 86:8 There
is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works
like yours. ...10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you
alone are God.
Psalm 95:3 For the
LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
point is hammered home most persistently by the prophet Isaiah, who
is warning God's people, because their hearts are going astray after
Isaiah 42:8 I am
the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor
my praise to carved idols.
Isaiah 43:10 “You
are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant
whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand
that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any
after me. 11 I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no
savior. 12 I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was
no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares
the LORD, “and I am God. 13 Also henceforth I am he; there is
none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it
is the I AM, the self-existent one. He has no competitors. There is
no god before him, and there will be no god after him.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus
says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of
hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there
is no god. 7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him
declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people.
Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8 Fear not,
nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And
you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no
Rock; I know not any.” 9 All who fashion idols are nothing,
and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses
neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.
is no God besides the LORD. God asks 'who is like me?' There is no
other being who shares his characteristics, who comes close to his
perfections, who compares with his attributes. Who is like the LORD
Isaiah 45:5 I am
the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me, 6 that people may know, from
the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none
besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. 7 I
form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create
calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.
Isaiah 45:18 For
thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed
the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it
empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and
there is no other.
...21 Declare and
present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this
long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And
there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides me. 22 “Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
(remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no
other; I am God, and there is none like me,
the great Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar recognized the uniqueness
of Israel's God.
Daniel 2:47 The
king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God
of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you
have been able to reveal this mystery.”
Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that
speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for
there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”
prophet Zechariah looks forward to the final days when:
Zechariah 14:9 And
the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD
will be one and his name one.
God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and no one compares to him.
God in the New Testament
is also the clear teaching of the New Testament. When Jesus was
questioned about the greatest command, he responded:
Mark 12:29 Jesus
answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The
Lord our God, the Lord is one.
is God alone, and the one God must be adored. Jesus said:
John 17:3 And this
is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and
Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
is only one true God. There is exactly one God.
teaches in Romans 3 that both Jews and non-Jews will be saved in
exactly the same way. He argues from the universality of God.
Romans 3:29 Or is
God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes,
of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify
the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
Romans 10:12 For
there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord
is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
Romans 16:27 to the
only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Galatians 3 he says;
Galatians 3:20 Now
an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.
Ephesians 4:5 one
Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Timothy 1:17 To
the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 2:5 For
there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 6:15
which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed
and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable
light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and
eternal dominion. Amen.
James 2:19 You
believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons
Jude :25 to the
only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory,
majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and
is exactly one God. No more, no less.
back at Deuteronomy 6
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You
shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your might.
says it often, that he alone is God. This is eminently practical,
because it affects the way we live. We are warned in verse 12:
then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the LORD your
God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall
swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples
who are around you— 15 for the LORD your God in your midst is
a jealous God— lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled
against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.
other gods are to be feared. No other gods are to be served. No
other gods are to be followed. No other gods are worthy of any
respect. YHWH is a jealous God. He will not tolerate divided
allegiance. He alone must have our undivided devotion.
what of these other gods? Isn't there only one God? Why does it
mention other gods if no other gods exist but one? What is there to
be jealous of if there are no competitors?
the end of Deuteronomy, in chapter 32, we are told
the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with
Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, stout, and sleek; then
he forsook God who made him and scoffed at the Rock of his
salvation. 16 They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
with abominations they provoked him to anger. 17 They
sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had
never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom
your fathers had never dreaded. 18 You were unmindful of the Rock
that bore you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
...21 They have
made me jealous with what is no god; they have provoked me to
anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with
those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish
now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I
kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that
can deliver out of my hand.
God contrasts himself with foreign gods, strange gods, which he
calls 'abominations', 'idols' and 'demons that were no gods'. Here
we gain some insight that clears up the confusion of saying that
there is no other God and yet referring to other gods. Those other
gods are false gods, empowered by demons. With this Paul agrees. In
1 Corinthians 8-10, where he wrestles through the complex issue of
whether it is permissible for a believer to eat food that had been
sacrificed to idols.
1 Corinthians 8:4
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that
“an idol has no real existence,” and that “there
is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called
gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many
“gods” and many “lords”— 6
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all
things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
are so-called gods. There is no God but one. Other gods have no real
existence. But in chapter 10, at the conclusion of his argument, he
1 Corinthians 10:19
What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything,
or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans
sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do
not want you to be participants with demons.
people worship anyone or anything other than the one true God, they
are participating with demons.
is not jealous in the sense that he feels threatened. He is not
afraid that another god will prove to be better that he and so he
will lose his followers. God is jealous in that he loves us and
knows what is best for us. If we are led astray to give our
affections to another god who proves in the end to be a false god,
our hopes are misplaced, and we will lose out in the end. God is
jealous for us. He wants to protect us. This passage in Deuteronomy
closes with this:
For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this
word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the
Jordan to possess.”
issue is not merely academic. This is not an irrelevant piece of
theology. This is intensely practical. This has implications for all
of life, for what we do, for how we spend our time, for how we spend
our money. We are worshiping beings. We were made to worship, and we
worship all the time. Not merely Sunday mornings, but every day. The
question is not if we will worship, but what we will worship, who we
will worship. Is our worship directed toward the one true God, the
eternal, immortal, invisible, self-existent one, or is it toward an
image that we have created in our imagination, is it toward a
created thing rather than the Creator of all things, who is blessed
forever? That we understand God properly, that we recognize him for
who he says he is, that we worship him alone, is no empty word, but
our very life.
John 17:3 And this
is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus
Christ whom you have sent.
Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org