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V is for Very God

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter V

Very God of very God is a name meaning True God.  Nowadays very and ever so mean extremely.  This name of God is used in the Nicene Creed – a statement of belief, which has been used for centuries.

Virgin-born describes Jesus.   Luke, a doctor, told the story of how his future birth was announced to his mother, Mary and the events surrounding his birth in more detail than the writers of the other gospels.  The full story is in Luke 1-2:40

Vine is a name or description, which Jesus used about himself.  There were vineyards in the land where he lived on earth.  Many of his stories are about vines, vineyards, pruning and other related matters, which his hearers would have been familiar with and understood.  (I wonder how he would speak to people living in modern cities.)

In  John’s gospel a number of claims Jesus made about himself are recounted.  John 15:1-17 is where he claims to be the true vine.

 

 

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U is for Unchanging

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter U

As for the letter Q, I have not found a recognised name for God beginning with U.  However there are some characteristics of God, which do.

 Unchanging – God does not change.  He remains loving, faithful, forgiving, slow to anger, generous.  What have I missed out? Malachi 3:6-7 James 1:17

 Understanding – no-one understands us better than God does.  He made us and experienced life on earth in the person of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 11:2

 Unsleeping – God does not sleep.  The prophet Elijah pointed this out to everyone, when the prophets of Baal were trying to prove that Baal was greater than God.  Elijah suggested that Baal was asleep, when he did not answer their prayers.  It is an exciting story and can be found in 1 Kings 18

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T is for Teacher

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter T

Teacher is a name of Jesus.  Mark 10:16-18  It is interesting to note that the word, disciple comes from the Latin, discipulus, meaning a pupil or one who learns (Latin discere).

Theos is Greek for God.  This explains why people who study the Bible and think deeply about God are theologians.  Luke addresses his gospel to Theophilus.  This name means lover of God.

Trinity is a description of God, who is Three in One and One in Three.  In my opening paragraph I state that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians ends with the prayer known as The Grace.  2 Corinthians 13:14

This is my prayer for you, my readers. (NIV)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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