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God is the highest One. The number one represents the best, finest, and highest in the realm of possibilities. Those who compete in any given field want to be called number one because it makes them the best in the world. Every attribute, taken to its superlative state, characterizes God. He exemplifies every virtue, wears every honor, boasts every feat, and deserves every expression of worship.

By J. Mark Jordan

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The oneness of God forms the cornerstone of biblical theology. A simple study of the number one provides intriguing insight into the oneness view. It is right to examine this since God Himself puts such emphasis on being one Lord.

 

Hear, 0 Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD (Deuteronomy 6:4).

 

Look at the following ten characteristics of the number one.

 

Indivisibility. God is One. The number one is a whole number. If it is divided by any number other than one, the quotient results either in a fraction or a number greater than one. In a triune Godhead, each person must either be one-third of God or the Godhead must be more than one. God is not just one in unity or agreement, but one in number.

 

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master; thou hast said the truth: for there is one God;   and there is none other but he (Mark 12:32).

 

Essentiality. God exists as One. The whole number one has integrity and uniformity throughout. It is not a composite of several elements. Neither does God possess an essential threeness. Man may admire the beauty and symmetry of the triangle and try to ascribe its form to God, but the essence of God is one, not three. At Bethlehem, God manifested Himself in flesh to save man, but the deity in Jesus Christ was essentially Jehovah God.

 

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus                     (I Timothy 2:5).

 

Cardinality. God is the primary One. One is the primary number. It represents the cardinal status of the subject. As Creator, Sustainer, and Life-Giver, God occupies the place of foremost importance in the material or abstract universe. He possesses a sovereign, monarchial status because He is the cardinal one.

 

O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God,     even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth        (Isaiah             37:16).

 

Ordinality. God is the first One. The number one always comes first because it is the beginning of ordinal numbers. God is not progressively, partially, or interchangeably ordinal. He is first, now, and always. God is first of all so-called deities, and because He fulfills every conceivable definition of God, He leaves nothing so another deity could exist anyway.

 

            Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the          first, and with the last; I am he (Isaiah 41:4).

 

Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last (Revelation 1:11).

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