April 29th Leviticus chapters 8-10

Today starts a new section of the Law: The consecration of the priests, then in chapter 10 a narrative begins instead of a list of things that must be done by the priests.  Today we will look at chapter ten.

This seems to be severe punishment for the two sons of Aaron.  They were instantly killed for what seems so trivial.  But if you will notice in the text, this was a direct command that was purposefully and willfully dis-obeyed.  The sons of Aaron tried to turn worship into their own creation, into their own personal way of worship by not following the guidelines that God had set up.  There is also an order of things that were listed and these men did not follow that order.  In using of “strange fire” we see that they did not follow the command to take fire from the alter.  I had to read up on this, because it is very puzzling as to why judgement was so severe and swift. But as we take a closer look as to what happened, we can see the severity of what had happened.  God can only be worshiped in His way.  We cannot make up our own rules to find remission for sin and atonement in Him.  We see now (hindsight is 20/20) the symbolism of all that was happening and the picture of Christ, our sacrifice and high priest.  We can choose to worship in other ways if we like, but it leads to destruction.  Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.” We cannot decide that we will come into God’s presence on our own merit or our own will.  It is only through Jesus Christ.  We cannot mingle in what seems right to us in order to stand in a right relationship with Him.  There must be a certain order of things, things ordained by God.  First we must be drawn by Him.  Romans 3:11 states that “there are none who seek after God” and God must draw that lost person to Himself.  Secondly a person must be broken over their sin and confess their sin.  Jesus states this in the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5.  Then the person approaching God must repent of their sin.  There is no salvation without repentance (a turning from the old lifestyle).  After repentance there needs to be a trust placed in the sacrifice that was given in Jesus Christ.  We cannot deviate, change or “doctor up” these steps of worship.  This would be like changing the first three steps on a set of MapQuest directions.  Friends, if the first steps are not followed, we will never reach the desired destination.  Just like in the life of Aaron’s two sons; it leads to destruction.  

April 28th Leviticus chapters 5-7

As we are looking together in Leviticus it may seem like there is nothing here for the Christian now that Christ has come. But there is much here for us, even today in the twenty-first century. We are going to take notice of two thing from yesterday’s reading and today’s:
When God set up the sacrificial system, that points to His sacrifice, God made the ugliness of sin, and it’s penalty death, a reality check. As we see in the fist few verses of chapter one. First the command is given for the one who is bringing the sacrifice to place their hands on the head of he animal. I believe this has a two-fold purpose; first it is signifying that his sin is symbolically being passed on to that animal. This shows that it more than a mere “payment” for sin, but symbolic that sin equals death and something is losing it’s life. The wages of sin is death, we read in Romans, it is not the loss of property. Secondly it forces the one sacrificing to look directly into that animal’s eyes so, I belive, it becomes a personal and sad matter. There was no covering of the brutality of the killing of the animal or the blood that would be everywhere. It was not like a movie where someone or something instantly dies when it is wounded. The animal’s throat was slit and it bled out. The person would actually watch the life drain from the animal that they had just placed their hands on. This is a very stunning powerful picture of the cost of sin.
The other thing that we notice in today’s reading causes me fear; not only for myself, but for all men. There is a recurring phrase used when speaking of someone offering a sacrifice. This phrase gives me great stress as I look at my life: “if you have un-intentionally…” If you will take notice as you read, there is no sacrifice mentioned for sin that is done intenionally. Is there any wonder why the people in Nehemiah’s day and the people of Josiah’s day wept at the reading of the law. We can so easily forget the call to obedience while living in the era of Grace. As Paul said “Should we continue in sin that grace should abound? Definitely not!” (not a word for word quote).

April 24th Exodus chapters 33-35

In yesterday’s and today’s chapters we see a recurring theme.  God has told the people many times over that He had gifted them with special abilities to make the articles needed for the tabernacle (which is the temple made in tents).  We need to understand that the temple was given as a symbol of the coming Christ.  The mercy seat is where all of worship culminates allowing for the covering of sin.  The tabernacle was set up in stages of worship with the Holy place as “the last stage” if you will.  This is all a picture of the redemptive work of Christ who has “Become our high priest” as it says in Hebrews.  God had given the people all that they needed to build the tabernacle and left it in their hands to do so.  Today we are going to look at the gift that God gave them in labor.

God had gifted certain people for certain gifts in order to build the tabernacle and furnish it.  The scripture says that he stirred the hearts of the people and gave them wisdom; He did this in order to meet their needs for corporate worship, forgiveness of sin, and to be an example for generations to come.  Each person had a unique gift to add to the work that it might be completed; and completed to perfection.  God stirred hearts, people moved and the task was completed.  

It is said that 20% of the church do all of the work and cover all of the expenses in church life today.  There are many people who fill a pew each week, that God has specifically gifted in order to reveal Himself to the world, who simply sit on their hands.  This leads to people who try to take up the slack; but all are not gifted in the same way.  Imagine if the ones who, in these chapters, were carpenters had to stop building in order to spin wool for the priests garments.  I am a wood worker and there are some people who are very impressed when I produce something out of a stump of wood.  In my mind, this is completely natural, and I love to do it.  My friends, if you gave me a needle, thread and material it would be a night mare!  I haven’t the faintest idea what to do with those tools.  When I see people who can make a garment, a quilt or whatever it may be with a thread and needle it boggles my mind.  It almost seems like a miracle to me that someone could do such things with thread.  But I am not wired that way.  We have people in our very church here at Bluffton Baptist who are gifted in certain ways but are left to fend for themselves in doing things that they are not, due to a lack of gifted people who will just not join in the work,  I have to wonder; Is God no longer stirring hearts?  Or have we just learned to ignore the stirring.  The people of Israel had an excitement about worship even though they had no idea that their work was pointing to the Messiah.  Our work’s purpose is plainly laid out.  It is Kingdom work to draw the lost to Christ; is there a more important work on the planet?  I do not write this with any angst, or anger, but bewilderment;  there is a problem when a group of eighty people cannot even muster up about four Bible teachers for a five day vacation Bible school.  Once again, the faithful 20%, even if that is not their gift, will change their hats, step in and teach.  Imagine how much we could accomplish if we each would use our individual gifts for the Kingdom.  But all too often we will have a seamstress with a heart for God in the wood shop trying their best to fill the gap for the dis-obedient.

My friends, If God has given you a gift and has stirred your spirit to use it; would you consider doing just that?  It is the only work that will matter in eternity. 

April 23rd Exodus chapters 30-32

God gave us the old testament and the nation of Israel as Examples as we can see in I Corinthians 10:5-11

 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.  Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;  nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

I know that you are wondering about the last time you saw someone make a golden calf, or as I like to call it a “holy cow”, and worship it.  As we look at what the people did a bit closer it may just hit home a little more.  The people did not rid them selves of the true God, they just added to their so called worship of Him.  In chapter 32 and verses 5-6 Aaron sets up their holy cow and simultaneously calls for a feast to the Lord.  So they never actually abandoned God; they just reverted back to their old life after He had saved them from Egypt.  They wanted God, but they wanted the world.  They didn’t want to give up on the one who helped them in time of need, but at the same time they did not want to give their complete lives to Him.  They began to sync idolatry and true worship as if they were syncing an I-pod. The term “to eat, drink and rose to play”  has deeper meaning than a game of Monopoly in verse six.  The Hebrew language suggests a drunken orgy, which was not uncommon for the nations that surrounded them.  They wanted the world and God.

Aaron, in my view, is a perfect picture of most of the spiritual leadership in Christianity today.  The people cried out to Aaron for what they wanted instead of crying out to know what God wanted.  We have leaders that are tickling the ears of the listener’s today, especially in the United States.  The true un-adulterated Word of God is too narrow, too constricting and too hard; so, folks find someone who will preach, teach and lead in a way that is more in line with their lifestyles.  Then just throw the name of Jesus in it somewhere and call it worship, but it is evil and leads to destruction.  The bottom line is that fact that we have a conscience decision that has to be made, much as the question that Joshua posed to the people “Choose this day whom you will serve; but for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  Elijah put this question to the people in the same way when he asked the people if they would serve God or serve Baal.  Our example, as written in I Corinthians, is quite clear: Are we in, or are we out?  There is no middle ground, no gray areas and no fence walking. 

What are our “holy cows?”  do we have them?  What have we added to the Christian life in order to make it more palatable to our sinful lifestyle.  The golden calf may seem outrageous, but we all have seen folks making things of this world a priority while moving God to the back burner of the stove.  We simply cannot have both; and those who think that they can will be greatly disappointed.  There will be no excuse when we stand before Him.  Our excuses will be worse than Aaron’s when he said “I placed the gold in the fire and a calf came out.”  Imagine that, a calf just popped out of the fire.

April 22nd Exodus chapters 28-29

We are now beginning to get into some of the ceremonial law here in Exodus.  I would be telling a lie if I were to say that this is riveting reading material; but non the less, it is important and filled with symbolism.  Just as in Genesis and in all other books of the Bible that we will soon read together, we see Jesus and our need for Him.  This morning I would like to point out just a few of the symbols given in these verses.

The Ephod:

The ephod was two long pieces of material worn over the shoulders.  On the ephod was to be engraved “The names of the the children of Israel.”  this is showing that the high priest would carry them on his shoulders as he gave sacrifice for them.  We see in Hebrews that Jesus has become our high priest and in strength He carries us to the very throne of God.  We, my friends, do not have the strength to gain that access.  It is only in His strength and care.

The breastplate of judgement:

This was basically a vest. This vest signifies that sin has been judged; and symbolically it is covering the heart.  We are told that we need to put on the righteousness of Christ.  Although sin has been judged; Jesus has paid the price and His righteousness is what is seen in the very presence of God; not our own, for our hearts are covered.

The robe of the Ephod:

My daughter Katie a few weeks ago during a BIble study asked me the purpose of the pomegranate on the bottom of the priestly robe.  I was not embarrassed to say that I really didn’t know.  Due to this passage, I did some studying and found the symbol and meaning of the bells and the pomegranate.  Scholars say that the bells represent the witness of the believer because one could hear him as he was coming and going.  The pomegranate represents fruit in the life of the believer.  We should back up our witness by our fruit.  The hem of the robe had a bell and a pomegranate, bell and a pomegranate all the way around.  The bells also served as a way to know if the high priest was struck dead while in the holy place during the atonement for the nation of Israel that occurred every year.  Long story short; out fruit needs to match our witness.

The other thing that i wanted to mention is the significance of the blood on the right earlobe, right thumb and the right big toe.  This signifies the need to hear the Word, do the Word and to walk in the Word.   God would later tell His people that they were to bind His word on their right hands and on their foreheads meaning that we should know and do His commands.

I believe that there is nothing written in the pages of the Bible that doesn’t somehow speak to us as modern day believers.  I am so glad that we are searching out these details together!  May God bless the reading of His Word in your life.

April 18th Exodus chapters 16-18

We need to be careful as we look at these chapters and the ones that follow.  It is easy for us to judge the people in the wilderness. We can judge their unbelief, disobedience and their lack of thankfulness; but are we not the same as they were?  God had provided freedom, protection, food and we will read very soon that He didn’t even allow their clothes to wear out.  But they were still complaining and disobedient.  It is easy for us to look at those who have passed so long ago and think “I would have never done that.”  It is also easy to realize how undeserving the people were of the mercy they were given along with their daily needs.  Oh but how quickly we (at least I do) fall into the same attitudes.  We live in the lap of luxury, especially here in the States; but when one small thing goes wrong we begin to doubt and become angry with God and His leaders.  If a car breaks down, an unexpected bill comes in or an unpleasant change at work occurs we so easily turn into the whiny, complaining, faithless Israelis in the desert.  

What is so amazing about these circumstances is how God handles them and us.  How easy would it have been to just start “smiting” folks to show them the error of their ways!  But He doesn’t; God tests them and grows them and does not destroy them.  They received nothing from God because of their worthiness.  If they were given what they had deserved the book of Exodus would only be two chapters long and the outline would look something like this:  

I.  God led the people out of bondage    

II.  The people were thankless and disobedient    

III.  Their bones can be found to this day 200 meters outside of Egypt

But God did not give to them according to what they had done; but instead, because of who they were affiliated with.  The mercy was promised to Abraham years prior and God made a decision to use those people to glorify Himself by all means.  In the same way, although we deserve the wrath of God; He is not merciful with us due to our actions or attitudes; but instead He is merciful to us due to our affiliation with His Son.  God has decided in eons past that He would do a work on this planet using those whom have trusted in His son.  Although we make it very difficult most of the time; God, when He makes a promise, He fulfills it by all means necessary.  As we continue to read about the people of the desert, If we will take an honest look, it may just mirror our own lives and the awesome grace, patience and forgiveness of God.

April 17th Exodus chapters 13-15

In these chapters we see the illustration of our salvation.  God, in chapter 13, tells the people to remember this day and to celebrate it each year.  More specifically He tells them to remember that it was Him who had brought them out by His mighty hand.  This was very important to them and it is also very important to us today as we look at our own personal salvation.  As the people remembered each year what God had done by way of feasts and celebrations they could not embellish, or perhaps forget through the generations it was the very hand of God who had delivered.  They had done nothing special, they had not been faithful, or obedient; the people had not been valiant in time of war.  The truth is, the people were afraid, complained and wanted to return to captivity in Egypt.  As the story was told year after year God was given all of the glory for what He had done, not what the people had done.

For those who are genuinely saved there needs to be a reminder of the circumstances of our lives when God drew us to Him.  Romans 5:8 states: “But God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners He died for us.” We were not seeking Him, but He was seeking us.  Romans 3:11 states: There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.” In the process of time in the life of the redeemed it becomes easy to fall into the temptation of judging others.  We begin, just as the nation of Israel did, to believe that we are just a bit better than the folks around us.  Our minds, flesh and the evil one, will allow us to think that we did something to merit our salvation.  My friends, He found us!  In His mercy He beckoned us.  We did not seek Him, understand Him or long for Him until He drew us.  We should have that mindset when we try to reach the lost.  Realizing that we are one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.  I think of my personal story of salvation in amazement.  I was lost and I had no idea!  I see now all of the circumstances and people that God put in my life to draw me to Him.  I pushed the Gospel away because i thought that I knew what I needed but I was completely ignorant of His grace.  But He pursued me as a parent agonizes over a wayward son or daughter; the God of the universe took the time to seek me out.  He sent His disciples to gracefully explain the Gospel to me in patience.  

The Israelis were no more righteous or deserving than the dead Egyptians floating on the shore that day.  But God showed grace to them that they might be bring the line of David who would bring the Savior of the world.  God has shown us unimaginable grace, undeserved grace, amazing grace.  How much more should we show?  How dare I look down my nose to one who has yet to believe!  I was there, right where he or she was, hopeless and unable to come to God alone.  When given the right perspective we tend to love the lost instead of judging and despising them.  

I long to be one of those disciples that God sent to me that i might believe.  My dad told me of the story of one of those men in his life.  My father was lost, un-churched and clueless. But there was a man that kept trying to get him to come to church to hear the Gospel.  At one point my dad told him that he didn’t have any dress shoes and felt uncomfortable going.  The man then said to my dad “If I were to buy you some shoes; would you come to church with me?”  Oh my!!  I may never be able to be like Christ, but if I could just be like that man; how great would that be?  His testimony, along with others won my father to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Where would I be today if it weren’t for that man?  A true look at the Grace of God will give us a heart for the lost. 

April 16th Exodus chapters 10-12

Good morning!  I would like to apologize to those following these posts for the last few days.  I had a situation that has kept me away from a computer and was unable to write our daily post.

The old testament is constantly pointing to the Savior, as we have looked at over the past week.  In today’s reading we see the institution of the Passover and we are going to look at a few things that show that God obviously had a plan for the coming Savior.

God, when sending the death angel in Egypt, gave very specific instructions on what the nation of Israel was to do. We are going to look at a few of these things as they pertain to the future coming Messiah.  First off we see that the people were commanded to strike the tops and sides of the door post with the blood of a lamb.  Now I know that it is obvious that the blood of a lamb is symbolic of the blood of The Lamb; but lets look a little deeper.  John the Baptist told the Jewish leaders at the river that they were not secure in their salvation depending on their heritage as Jews.  John said that God could turn the stones into the children of Abraham.  We see in this picture of Christ some detail that is very important.  Although God sent His son into the world, it was only those who believed in Him that would enter the Kingdom.  The Israelis in Egypt were not saved from death because of their lineage, but instead by the covering of the blood.  If one, in that day, had not trusted the Word of God and had not covered the door with the blood they would have suffered the loss of all first born in their household.  If an Israelite truly believed that the covering of blood would save them, but then did not place the blood over the door, it would have been devastating.  Their faith would not have been a saving faith.  But if they followed through with their belief and trusted enough to cover the door with blood they would have been spared.  The second chapter of James states “But someone will say ‘you have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.”  (emphasis added). So faith is what saves, but true faith requires action.  I personally think that if someone actually believed that the blood over the door would save their families lives that they would indeed have followed through with the command.  This is the showing of faith by ones works.   In the same way, if people actually believe that Jesus Christ died and paid the price of our sin we should be able to trust in what He has done.  The trust in that sacrifice of Christ would lead to action in those who truly believe; and Jesus commanded “repent and be baptized for the remission of sin.”  We see another verse in the book of James that says “You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe and tremble!  But do you want to know Oh man, that faith without works is dead.”  True, saving faith in Christ requires a changed life.  Just as one who perhaps would not place the blood of a lamb at the door in Egypt did not have true, saving faith; the one who does not repent, does not have true, saving faith in the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  In Revelation chapter 20 we see a picture of the final judgement.  In these verses it states that men would give an account for their lives and then it goes on to say “…and he who was not written in the Lambs book of life was cast into the lake of fire which is the second death.”

The other small thing that is neat to read in these passages pertains to the actual death of Christ.  When Jesus was crucified it was just before the Sabbath.  It was unlawful to put one to death on the Sabbath.  Crucifixion was designed to be a slow agonizing death that was actually caused by suffocation.  In order to breathe, the one being crucified would have to push up with his legs in order to exhale because there would be paralysis in the intercostal and the pectoral muscles. The Romans went from cross to cross breaking the legs of the men hanging in order to stop them from gaining a breath insomuch that they would die before sabbath.  When they came to Jesus, He had already died; so they had no need to break His legs.  The lamb at Passover was to be prepared, but, according to Exodus chapter 11, not a bone of the lamb was to be broken.  The Passover was a very stark picture of the true sacrifice that was to come.  

April 11th Genesis chapters 46-47

Jehovah Jireh  (The God who provides)

Sometimes I, and I imagine most of us, wonder at God’s way of providing.  In today’s chapters we see that the famine hit all of the land and the people almost starved to death.  God delivered Jacob and his family through Joseph by moving them to Goshen in Egypt.  But… Would’n it have been much easier, and less painful, to just interrupt the famine.  God is able to control His creation to His liking is He not?  He could have simply sent the rain or stopped the pestilence or what ever it would have taken other than orchestrating all the He did to save Israel.

Let’s try, with our finite minds, for just a minute to try and peer into the mind of God.  God had all along caused the crops to grow in the region that we just read about.  He caused the rain and the seasons to produce food and life; but I have to think; did it go un-noticed?  Did the people (or do people today) see the miracle that is done each season by the hand of God.  Think about it:  We take manure and spread it around in a field (yes fecal matter!) we then mix it up with dirt that we try to stay away from even getting on our clothes.  Then we drop a minute seed into this manure/dirt mix and food magically pops out of the ground!  But they, and we, take that for granted as we eat of it day after day.  God, in this instance, sent a reminder that He is the Jahovah JIreh, He is the one who is doing the providing.  Jesus testified in the Gospels that the man born blind was born in that way insomuch that God could be glorified.  The Bible says that His ways are higher than our ways even as the heavens are higher than the earth.  Sometimes, especially in the middle of a situation, we may want to scream “Why God?” But just as Joseph and his family, we can not possibly know how God is working in our lives to give glory to Himself.  I’m sure glad that Joseph had the fortitude to “hang in there” because if he had not, we would most definitely be living in a different world today.  So today; I don’t know what may be going on in your life, but perhaps it is God Himself orchestrating a plan that He might be glorified in you and your situation.  Hang in there!

April 10th Genesis chapters 43-45

Today we are still seeing Joseph as a type of Christ.  I would like to once again list just a few characteristics of Joseph and his situation that point us to the savior so many years before He had come:

#1.  In chapter 43 the ones who delivered up the (unknown at that time) savior of Israel to death and captivity now find themselves bowing prostrate before him under his complete authority.  –  

     “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

#2.  In chapter 45 Joseph tells the ones who tried to destroy him “God has sent me before you to preserve life”

     Jesus is known as “The first born of the dead”  and    “The resurrection and the life…”

#3.  Joseph told his brothers not to quarrel on the way back to get their father.

     Jesus told His disciples “a new commandment I give unto you; that you love one another as I have loved you, so shall you love one      another.

#4. Joseph explained that it was God’s will that things worked out as they did and sent them to tell their father Jacob.

     Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”  and Caiaphas the high priest testified“It is expedient that one        man should die for the people” 

#5.  Joseph and the number one in command, Pharaoh, prepared a place in Goshen for Israel then called them to come.

     Jesus told His disciples “I go to prepare a place for you…in My Father’s house there are many mansions…”

Some people believe that the scripture is a hodgepodge collection of random books bound together.  But the Word of God is a carefully drafted (by the very hand of God) love story of God beckoning His servants to come to him regardless of what their pasts are.  We will see, as we travel through the bible together each and every book crying out the name and message of Jesus Christ.

 

In Genesis –        He is the seed of woman.
In Exodus –          He is the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus-        He is Our High Priest.
In Numbers-        He is the Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night.
In Deuteronomy- He is the Prophet like unto Moses.
In Joshua –           He is the Captain of our Salvation
In Judges –           He is our Judge and Law giver.
In Ruth  –              He is our Kinsman and Redeemer.
In 1 & 2 Samuel – He is our Trusted Prophet.
In 1 & 2 Kings  –   He is the Lord our King.
In 1 & 2 Chronicles -He is our Reigning King.
In Ezra –                He is our Faithful Spouse.
In Nehemiah   –     He is the Builder of broken down walls.
In Esther   –           He is our Mordecai.
In Job        –           He is our Redeemer.
In Psalms     –        He is the Lord our Shepherd.
In Proverbs        –  He is our Wisdom.
In Ecclesiasties  –   He is our Lover.
In the Song of Solomon -He is our Beloved Fair one.
In Isaiah- He is the Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah – He is the The Balm of Gilead.
In the Lamentations – He is the weaping Prophet.
In Ezekiel – He is the wonderful four faced Man.
In Daniel  – He is the fourth man in the Fiery Furnace
In Hosea – He is the faithful Husband
In Joel – He is The Holy Ghost Baptizer
In Amos – He is the Burden Bearer
In Obadiah – He is Mighty to Save
In Jonah – He is our foreign Missionary
In Micah – He is the Messenger  with Beautiful feet
In Nahum – He is the Avenger of Gods Elect
In Habakkuk – He is God’s Evangelist
In Zephaniah – He is Our Savior
In Haggai – He is The Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage
In Zechariah – He is the Fountain Open in the house of David
In Malachi – He is the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings.

In Matthew -He is The Messiah
In Mark – He is The Wonder Worker
In Luke – He is The Son of Man
In John- He is The Son of God (he is the Word)
In The Acts – He is The Foundation of the Church
In Romans – He is our Justifier
In 1 & 2 Corinthians – He is our Sanctifier
In Galatians – He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law
In Ephesians – He is the Christ with Unsearchable Riches
In Philippians – He is The God that Supplies All of Our Needs
In Colossians – He is the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily
In 1 & 2 Thessalonians – He is Our Soon Coming King
In 1 & 2 Timothy- He is the Mediator between God in Man
In Titus – He is The Faithful Pastor
In Philemon – He is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother
In Hebrews – He is The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
In James- He is Our Great Physician
In 1 & 2 Peter- He is The Chief Shepherd
In 1- 2 & 3 John  – He is Love
In Jude- He is The Lord Coming with 10,000 of His saints
In The Revelation – He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords