My father-in-law who passed away several years ago, was an innate and wise man. And like all of us - he had his weaknesses. Alcohol was his greatest vanity but unlike others who often claimed they forgot what they've said or did while intoxicated, he was often and loudly outspoken and did things while under its' influence that family, associates, neighbors, and strangers found embarrassing.
However, whatever he said when he was drinking, he would also ingeminate what he said when he was sober and not leave out a single word.
When wooing his daughter and visiting their home, I noticed the words 'Jesus Saves' painted but scarcely visible in a paking space in front of the house. My beloved informed me that her father had painted this quote and that for several years when the paint was clearly visible . . . no one ever parked in that space. This is the type of thing that people found embarrassing or weird.
He was, through study, information, understanding, and experience . . . a very knowledgeable man of the scriptures. I pondered but did not understand a question he would often ask me when we talked.
That question was, "who are YOU?" For a hundred times or more during several years of reading and studying with him, I could never come up with the correct answer.
When the day came that I did have the answer, he through up his hands, began clapping and laughed with a joy that still resonates in my mind when I think of him, even to this day. He was my first non-professional religious or non-academic mentor and I miss the times we shared together.
My answer to him back then was: "I am the son of the living Sovereign, Yahweh (god)."
Matthews 16:15 He, Yahshua saith unto them (disciples), But whom say ye that I am?
Matthews 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art Yahshua, "Son of the living Sovereign (god), Yahweh."
1 John 3:1 (WoY) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Yahweh: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
Romans_8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh (god), they are the sons of Yahweh.
The men of the world today are not of the Spirit of Yahweh and so . . . are not the sons of Him. They are the bastard sons of darkness, without moral or spiritual values, with a defiant disregard and malicious behavior and nature that causes suffering and vexation to His 'chosen people', the African/Hebrew sons of Yahweh.
I ask today, as did my father-in-law ask me - some 35 years ago . . . Who Are YOU?