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On The True Identity and Nature of Jesus of Nazareth


The following article explains the nature and identity of the real Jesus according to the Scriptures. You will find the Bible passages which are usually brought forward concerning this issue are all addressed. If you would like more specific details concerning these passages, please refer to the Scripture menu on the right side bar of the main page. If you are a Christian always remember that you are a new creation, having died according to the human flesh and raised up with Jesus according to the new nature of the Spirit. God bless.


The Starting Point: Holy Spirit, The Divine Nature of God

God's divine nature is spirit (Jn 4:24), the Holy Spirit. This is why the Holy Spirit is also called the "Spirit OF God," "the Holy Spirit of God" (Eph 4:30), and "the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor 6:11). We also find the Holy Spirit called "the Spirit of your Father" (Matt 10:20; compare Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11). For this reason Jesus teaches us the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (Jn 15:26; see Acts 2:33) and the Holy Spirit is given to us by God our Father (Luke 11:13; 1 Thess 4:8; 1 John 3:23-24). We also see Jesus conceived by his Father in the womb of Mary by His Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and the Father anointing Jesus by His Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; see 12:18). It is through the Holy Spirit that Christians are blessed with every Spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and we have access to the Father in the Holy Spirit (2:18). Our Holy God is Holy Spirit by nature anf for this reason true worshipers must worship the Father in the Spirit (John 4:23-24). The divine nature of God is Holy Spirit.

Christians are children of God. Christians are people who have died to the old nature of the flesh. Christians are people who have been raised up from that death and have been given new natures by God: Holy Spirit. In the following passages, we see that Christians are those who are sharers in God's divine nature:

For in Him (the risen Jesus) all the fullness (pleroma) of deity (theotes) dwells bodily, and in Him you have been made full (pleroo) (Colossians 2:9-10).

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God theos and Jesus our Lord; as His divine (theios) power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you might become sharers (koinonos) of the divine nature (theios) (2 Peter 1:4).

In the above verse from Colossians, the Greek word pleroo is simply the verb form of the noun pleroma. They are the same word in noun and verb form. Because Christ has all the fullness of deity bodily, we too are made full "in him" because we are members of that body. The divine power of God is the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35; 4:14; 24:49; Acts 10:38; Rom 1:4; 15:13, 19; 1 Cor 2:4; 5:4; compare 15:43 and 15:45; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Thess 1:5). To be resurrected up by the power of God is to be raised up by the Spirit. Holy Spirit is the divine nature of our Holy God. In the above verse, Peter tells us we are sharers in the divine nature. The Greek word koinonos means to share something in common with another. By sharing in the Holy Spirit we have a common union with God, communion. In the above verse, we are told by Peter that we share divine nature in common with God, that is, the Holy Spirit. We are sharers in God's divine nature, the Holy Spirit (see also Heb 6:4). Flesh begets the same flesh and Spirit begets the same Spirit (Jn 3:6). Some read this passage to mean that Spirit begets our own spirit already within us. This is incorrect. When we were humanly born we were begotten flesh of our parent's flesh. The resulting flesh is the same nature as the originating flesh. In the same way, Christians are those who are begotten Spirit of our Father's Spirit. The Holy Spirit begets us new identities in our hearts. We are children of the Spirit of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is begotten of the Spirit is Spirit. (John 3:6).

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were begotten, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13).


Children of God

Jesus was a son of God; He was God's child. What does it mean to be a child of God, a son of God. What does it mean that Jesus was a son of God? To be a son of Adam means that we are his descendents; we are flesh of his flesh. It means we share Adam's human nature. And in the same way, to be a child of God means that we are spiritual by nature. Since God is spirit, Holy Spirit, we must also be spirit to be a true child of God. It means we children of God share God's divine nature: Holy Spirit. This is why gives us His Holy Spirit - that we might become children of God. And just as sharing Adam's nature does not make us "Adam", sharing God's nature does not make us "God."

God is spirit (Jn 4:24). Indeed, we are told that God is the father of the spirits of all flesh (Num 16:22; 27:16; Heb 12:9). Angels are divine beings. They are spirits (Psalm 104:4; Heb 1:7, 14). For this reason, angels are "sons of God." They are spirit just as God is spirit. This is also why we see that Yahweh manifests himself as angels in the Old Testament. To be a true child of God means that one must be spirit by nature. Indeed, we must not only be spirit, we must be Holy Spirit. Although God's angels are spirits, they are not his Holy Spirit. There are some good angels and some bad angels. For this reason, they are merely servants in God's household. They are not true sons because they are not Holy Spirit, the nature of God..

When we are born again, we become children of God. In order to be born again, we must first die to this life so that we can be born again into a new life. We must die to the flesh so that we can be begotten of the Spirit. So we die to human nature and are born again in divine nature. We die to flesh and are born anew in Holy Spirit, the divine nature of God. In this way, we become God's children.


Christians are Heirs but not yet Inheritors

To share in God's divine nature does not make us "God." Presently, we are not divine by nature. We will only be divine by nature when we are raised from the dead. And just as having Adam's nature does not make us "Adam", having God's divine nature does not make us "God."

There are many who are confused and think that we Christians "have" a new nature in the sense that we ARE these new natures. Since we are "new creations", as Paul says, they either suppose our old nature of the flesh has somehow disappeared and we are new natures, or they suppose we are new natures in some way and still old at the same time. However, this is not quite right. We do have a new nature but only in the sense that we have the Spirit, the nature of God, inside of us in our hearts. We do not have a new nature in the sense that we are new natures. We have a new nature in the sense that we presently possess a new nature in our hearts - the Holy Spirit which God has given to us. In this way, we become new creations by identity but not by nature. We are still mortal human flesh. We do not have a new nature in the sense that we have already become spiritual creatures by nature. We are not yet divine by nature. But God gives us His Spirit as a pledge and promise that we will become that new divine nature in the resurrection. We will become divine by nature and true children of God. We bodies of flesh will become Spiritual bodies when the two, Spirit and flesh, become one. As Paul explains when describing the resurrection body, our humanity will become divine Spirit when death is swallowed up in life and the Spirit consumes our mortal bodies of flesh.

An heir is someone who will inherit something. Christians are heirs. However, heirs are not necessarily people who have already inherited something. They are people who will inherit something. We will not inherit the divine nature of God until we are raised from the dead.

Notice how Paul says we, "are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:25) because we have been clothed with Christ (3:27). Yet, he also says in another place, " we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the sonship, the redemption of our body" (Romans 8:23). And indeed we read that God says that only he who overcomes will inherit the reality of being His son (Rev 21:7). How can this be? How can we now be sons yet not be sons until the resurrection? It is because we are only sons by identity, not by nature. We will only be sons by nature in the resurrection. We will only be "Spirit," true sons, divine nature, when we are raised from the dead. We will later see more clearly just how this works when we discuss the nature of the resurrection body.

The Holy Spirit in us is a pledge by God of what we will be in the resurrection (Rom 8:23; 2 Cor 1:33: 5:5; Eph 1:13). The Spirit is life (Jn 6:63; Rom 8:10; 2 Cor 3:6). In the resurrection, that Spirit will consume our bodies of flesh in such a way that we will become "life-giving Spirit", that is, immortal. We are only sons of God insofar as we walk obediently according to the divine nature of God, the Holy Spirit. "Those who are led by the Spirit, these are sons of God" (Rom 8:14). We are heirs of this promise of sonship if indeed we suffer with him (8:17-25). Presently, we are only sons of God by identity if indeed we walk according to the Spirit. But in the resurrection we will be sons in what we are. God is divine by nature and so true children of God must be divine by nature.

In a similar manner, we read that Christ was begotten a son in his resurrection:

But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; just as also it is written in the second psalm, "You are my Son, Today I have begotten you.'" (Acts 13:30-33).

Jesus was a true son of God because he was conceived by God in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit. Although he was indeed a true son of God before he rose from the dead, Jesus was a man of flesh. He was not the nature of God: Spirit. The man Jesus became a true son of God by nature in his resurrection. This is why we read that he was begotten by God in his resurrection. He became "life-giving Spirit" (1 Cor 15:45; 2 Cor 3:17). This does not mean Jesus did not raise in the same body in which he was crucified. We will later see just how this works when we discuss Jesus' resurrection glory. Although he was already a son who had been born from above in the womb of Mary, he was flesh, and being a man made lower than the angels (Heb 2:7), he learned obedience from what he suffered (Heb 5:8) and he was perfected through suffering (2:10). "And being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek" (Heb 5:9-10). As a result of his resurrection, Jesus was made High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek (see 6:20; 7:24-25, 28). And so, in a manner similar to Acts 13:30-33, the writer of Hebrews says, :

So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, Today I have begotten you"; as he says also in another place, "You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek." (Heb 5:5-6).

Jesus became a priest according to the order of Melchizedek as a result of his resurrection (see 6:20; 7:24-25, 28). And so we see here again, that God called Jesus to be High Priest by begetting him out of the dead. For this reason, Jesus is called "the first-begotten out of the dead" (Col 1:18; Rev 1:6; cf. Rom 8:29). And when Jesus had become superior to the angels by his resurrection glory, and in this way inherited a better name than the angels (Heb 1:3-4), we read that God says to him:

For to what angel did God ever say, "You are my Son, Today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?" (Heb 1:5).

And because he who had been a man lower than the angels had how become superior to the angels God says:

"Let all God's angels worship him." (Heb 1:6).

And Peter speaks in a similar manner:

... the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, with angels and authorities and powers having been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:22).

And since we too will reign with Christ by inheriting this resurrection glory of divine nature, the angels will also be subject to us. And so Paul says:

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Rom 8:16-17).

We will reign with him if we endure with him (2 Tim 2:12).

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39).

We are to understand that even though he was a son, he was not a son by nature. This man Jesus was not yet divine by nature. Jesus was flesh, and even though that flesh was the son of God who was begotten from above by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, that flesh was human, not divine. It would not be until his resurrection that the man Jesus would be divine by nature when the Spirit of God consumed the sacrifice, the Lamb, the body of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is the first begotten out of the dead. He had to die so that we could die with him and be raised up again with him. For unless he died there wasn't a way for us to be raised up and become children of God. And so it is with all sons of God. Although we are sons if indeed the Spirit is in our hearts, we are not divine by nature since we are still flesh. We are divine by identity only. We are heirs of the divine nature; we are not yet inheritors.

Now that we understand what it means to be a child of God, a son of God, let us now look closer at who Jesus was and is.


"Son of God": Peter gives the Correct Answer

One day Jesus took his disciples to a huge rock outcropping near Caesarea Philippi and asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Simon answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." When asked who he was, Peter did not say that Jesus was God. He confessed that Jesus was the son of his God. Jesus blessed Simon profoundly upon this confession by granting him the keys to the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 16:13-19). Because we see Jesus blessing Simon in this manner, we need to cautiously cherish these words.

Peter's confession was indeed profound. You couldn't see anything special about this man (Isaiah 53:2-3). He was a mortal man subject to death. He was a man like any other man, a man like all of us in every single respect (Hebrews 2:14). He grew in wisdom and knowledge (Luke 2:40,52). He was tempted just as we are tempted though this man never did turn to committing a sin (Hebrews 4:15). Peter's confession therefore did not result from simply sizing up this man Jesus but out of a revelation from God (Matthew 16:17).

But there are those who are blind and confounded by some Scripture verses, especially those of the beloved John. John wrote his Gospel as he did for a reason. He wanted you and me to understand who Christ is/was in terms of the Word of God. And so, he begins his Gospel, "In the beginning was the Word... and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1,14). John wanted us to comprend Christ in terms of all creation and to understand why creation exists in terms of Jesus Christ.


God Created by his spoken Word

The heavens and earth came to exist by the word of God (2 Peter 3:5). The ages were framed by the word of God (Heb 11:3). He called things that do not exist into existence (Rom 4:17). For He spoke and it was; He commanded and it came to stand (Psalm 33:9). By the word of the LORD the heavens were made and all their host by the breath of his mouth (Psalm 33:6). He commanded and the heavens were created (Psalm 148:5). Indeed, we read at John 1:3 that everything that has been made was made by means of the word of God. "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God," that is, the word by which God created everything was his own divine essence. His spoken word was what He was. God created everything by means of his divine word.

It is wrong to say this word was a person as some do. It is wrong to say this word was the Son of God as some wishfully plead. God spoke His word and things were created. God did not create by speaking a person, He created by speaking His word. Creation came to be when God spoke his word on the breath of his mouth (Psalm 33:6).

But some might ask, "Does not the Bible say that all things were created through Jesus Christ." Indeed it does. Paul tells us that all things came into existence through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 8:6) and "all things were created in him" (Colossians 1:16). And the writer of Hebrews says that God has spoken to us in a Son... through whom he made the ages" (Heb 1:2). But we must understand that God's word became flesh. God's spoken word became the person Jesus. God's word became an "I." If we speak in a manner which would say, "when the President was a little boy," we do not mean he was the President when he was a little boy." In the same manner, we are not to understand that Jesus was a person before the Word became flesh in Bethlehem. When we read Hebrews 1:2, for example, we see that God has "spoken" to us through a son through whom he made the ages. The writer is clearly referring the same idea he expresses at verse 11:3, "the ages were framed by the word of God." That word became God's son "in these last days" and in this manner God has spoken to us in a son. That son is God's word to us.

Someone might ask, "But did not Christ pray to the Father to be glorified with the glory he had with him before the foundation of the world" (John 17:5.24)? And indeed he does. But notice again that John begins his Gospel, "In the beginning was the word... all things were made through the same." (John 1:1-3). The glory that God's word had with God before creation with God was the essence being divine, "and the word was with God and the word was God." And in this prayer Jesus again alludes to the fact that he is that word become flesh, "Sanctify them in the Truth; thy Word is Truth" (17:17) having already taught us that "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (see 14:6). In a similar manner, Peter tells us that Jesus, "foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake" (1 Peter 1:20). But also notice that Peter immediately thereafter says we have been, "begotten anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord abides for ever." That word is the good news which was preached to you." (1:23-25). Notice he says we are born again through the word of God and he says the word abides forever. That word is the word become flesh, Jesus Christ. This word abides forever because the word become flesh rose into immortal glory in his resurrection. "By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). He was foreknown before the foundation of he world. God loved his word before the foundation of the world. The entire purpose of creation is God's own word, the word that became flesh, His son.

Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call nations that you know not, and nations that knew you not shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.... For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:1-11).

God sent his word and his word did not return void but full of grace and truth and glory. His word did not return empty. His word return to him in the form of a risen and glorified son.


God's Word is His Seed

Jesus teaches us that God's word is His seed (Luke 8:11). Indeed, we ourselves are begotten anew by this seed, the word of God. (1 Peter 1:23). We are God's field (1 Corinthians 3:8) and God plants his seed in us, His field. For this reason, Christians were historically called neophytes, "little plants." Our fleshly bodies are that field and God plants his seed in these bodies so that his word may grow up from within our hearts. God's word, His seed, abides in those who love him, those who are begotten by His seed (1 John 3:9). God plants his word in us; He plants his seed in us. And when He does, we are newly begotten, born again, born from above. In the same way, God planted his seed, His word, in the virgin Mary, human flesh, God's field, and the fruit of that field, the fruit of her womb, was Jesus.

But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. (Matthew 15:13).

I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but it is God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field (1 Cor 3:6-9).

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21).


The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary she would give birth to God's son.

God had promised King David that he, David, would have a son who had come out of his very own flesh, from his very own seed, and this son would sit on his throne and reign forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13; Acts 13:23). Just short of 2000 years ago, God begat a son in the little town of Bethlehem just as it had been prophesied (Micah 5:2). His name: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of the Virgin Mary. Joseph had acquired Mary as his betrothed bride. Joseph was a descendent of the House of David. He was the seed of David. In the ancient Jewish world, you had to pay a bride price to acquire a bride just as Jesus paid the purchase price for his bride, the church. Mary was betrothed to Joseph and so she now belonged to his household. She now belonged to the House of David. That flesh who we call Mary was now the flesh of the House of David. And all the fruit of her womb now belonged to the House of David. Since she belonged to the House of David, Jesus, flesh of her flesh, would be a son of David and Mary's child would be out of the seed of David.


God's Creative Word, His Seed, is Planted in Mary

The angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and announced that God had favor upon her. He announced she would conceive a son and she was to name him "Jesus" (Luke 1:30-33). Gabriel explained to her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, the power of the Most High, and in this way, she would give birth to a son. And Gabriel tells her further that it is for this reason, this son would be called the son of God. (Luke 1:35). God was about to beget a son, His only begotten son.

When you and I speak, our words are carried in the breath of our mouth. In the minds of Hebrew and Greek speakers, and in their languages, our breath is "spirit" and the wind is "spirit." Our words are carried along the spirit of our mouth when we speak. And this is why we are told God made the heavens by His word and by the "breath of his mouth." God's word is carried along the breath of his mouth, that is, the Holy Spirit. It was the Spirit of God hovering over the waters of creation and in that Spirit was the Word of God by which all things were created. And when a prophet spoke a word of the LORD it was because the Spirit of God had come down upon him, the breath of God in which his word is found.

So God's word is carried along in his Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary, the seed of God, His word, was planted in Mary, and God had conceived a child, Jesus. God planted his seed in the womb of Mary, and that seed was His word. Just as God plants sees in us and we are born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit, so it was that God planted his seed in Mary and Jesus was born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit. God only does this for us once we have died with his son and our sins are forgiven and we are made as white as snow. In the same way, Jesus had to be born of a virgin. It is for this reason that virgin brides, even today, wear a white garment, as white as snow. And so God's seed was planted in Mary and she conceived a son of , a human being, a person. The word of God by which he spoke everything into existence had become flesh, the flesh of Mary, a son of Abraham, a son of David, a person. The word by which God created everything, had become flesh, an only begotten of God the Father (John 1:14). And as a child reflects their parents this child reflected his Father: God. And as our own words express our minds, God's Word expressed him (1:18). God's word was no longer the reason of his mind. God's word had become a person, a human person. Jesus was God's full expression of Himself to us. In these last days, God had spoken to us by his Word, a begotten Son of flesh (Heb 1:1).


The Bread out of Heaven was that Flesh known as "Jesus"

Jesus taught that he was the bread that came down out of heaven. He said that the bread that came down out of heaven was his flesh (John 6:51). That bread was his flesh. Now we know for certain this flesh did not come down out of heaven since the Christ had to be the seed and flesh of Abraham and David. But he says the bread is his flesh. How can this be? The word of God became flesh (John 1:14). That flesh was the word of God which came down into the virgin Mary and conceived and that word became flesh (John 1:14). That word had come down out of heaven and become the Son of Man, flesh. That word had come down out of heaven and become a person, Jesus, a man of flesh, Son of man. The one that came down out of heaven was not a divine entity. The one that came down out of heaven was the Word of God which had become a person, human flesh.

And so John confounds those who claim a divine son came down out of heaven. For Jesus himself says that the bread that came down out of heaven is his flesh. Flesh was not a possession of the word, as some claim. Flesh was not an owned nature of the word, as some claim. Human flesh was that Word and that Word was flesh. Flesh did not come down out of heaven; the Word of God came down out of heaven. That Word became flesh. That Word was that flesh. To touch that flesh was to touch the Word of God (1 John 1:1-2). For those who claim an eternal son descended from heaven, the same cannot be said. For them, the Word is one thing, and the flesh another. For them, the Word is one divine thing, and the flesh another human thing.


God was with His People, Israel

Immanuel

Matthew quotes Isaiah who said the Messiah would be called, "Immanuel," or "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). This begotten son, the human being Jesus, is Immanuel. At Isaiah 8:8-10, the prophet Isaiah tells us how we are to understand these words. He tells us that Immanuel means "God with us" in plan and purpose. God was with them as opposed to against them. God was "with them" in plan and purpose by begetting a son, Jesus, "Immanuel." Jesus was to save his people from their sins, the people of Israel and in this way God was "with them." (Matthew 1:21). He was named Jesus, "YHVH saves" because he, the King of the Jews, would save his people, Israel, from their sins. God's son is God's salvation and now all flesh would see the salvation of God: His only begotten son, the man Jesus.

King of the Jews

Because he was the son of God, and the son of David, he was the King of the Jews, the King of Israel. He was to reign over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there is no end (Luke 1:33). And the Magi saw his star in the east and came to bow down before this great King. This human was the son of God, the Christ, the Savior of the world. The son of God grew in wisdom and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:40, 52).


God sends his begotten Son into the world

"Into the world"

There are many who distort the words of our Brother John the Apostle. For he writes that God sent his son "into the world." And in John's Gospel, Jesus also says, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven." And he also says, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." And they resort to vain imaginations supposing that God had sent an eternal Son down from heaven and into the creation. But John knew how to confound the false teachers. He also wrote that Jesus said the bread which came down out of heaven was his flesh, the Son of Man. Human flesh did not come down out of heaven into Mary.

John carefully crafted his words so that false teachers would be caught in their own web of deceit. For we read in his Gospel that John the Baptist was "sent from God" (1:6,33). And we also read Jesus speaking of his own disciples, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (15:19), and "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world," (17:14), and "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world" (17:16). Just as Jesus was not of this world, the disciples were not of this world.

And John makes it even more clear to us when he writes that Jesus said, "Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world" (17:18), and "Peace to you! Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (20:21-22). Jesus sent out the disciples by anointing them with the Holy Spirit (see 1 John 2:20,27). They were sent out by Jesus "just as" He was sent out by God the Father, by the Holy Spirit.

Begotten from Above

But we must be a little more clear on this matter lest misunderstanding makes opportunity of confusion. Christians, disciples of Jesus, are "begotten from above." We are begotten from above by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Jesus was also begotten from above. But for Jesus this occurred when he was begotten in the womb of Mary. By His Holy Spirit, God the Father planted his seed in Mary, his creative word. And in this way, Jesus was begotten from above and for this reason he was a son of God. Yet, we too are begotten from above in a very similar manner. But we must first die with Christ so that our sins are forgiven and our bodies are like a pure white virgin (cf. 2 Cor 11:2). And then we too become a field acquired by God, bought with a price. And then we too may have God's seed planted in this virgin body of flesh, this flesh without sin, having had our sins washed away by the blood of His Son. It was for this reason that no one could be begotten anew until His son had died and rose again.

And so when we are begotten anew from above, we are new creations, not of the flesh, but of the Spirit. We are no longer from the earth for we died and our life is hidden in Christ who is sitting above at the right hand of God. We, like Christ, are "from above" and not of this world. Hence, now we must be sent "into the world" because we are no longer "of this world." We have died and have been taken out of the world and have been begotten again from above.

Jesus is sent out at the Jordan

God sent his Son "into the world" by anointing him with His Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me because He has anointed me... He has sent me...." (Luke 4:18). "Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare righteousness to the nations. (Matthew 12:18; cf. Isaiah 42:1ff.). In this way, God had sent out his only begotten son, who had been begotten of a woman, begotten under the Law, to redeem those under the Law (Gal 4:4). God our Father put his Holy Spirit upon his Son to do these things. Messiah means "Anointed One." Jesus had now become anointed. He had now become the Anointed One, the Messiah. The one chosen by God as the Messiah, was now officially acting in the office of the Messiah. God had now sent his son, begotten in "the likeness of the flesh of sin, and concerning sin," to condemn sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3). God had sent his only begotten son "into the world," the man Jesus. And just as God had sent his son into the world, Jesus would send his disciples into the world.


Jesus' Humanity: The Flesh of Sin

There are many who are frightened and confused by Paul's words "the likeness of the flesh of sin." They think they need to make such words mean that Jesus' flesh only appeared like our own flesh of sin such that it was similar to our flesh but not exactly the same. This is untrue for our Lord needed to become like us in every respect in order to set us free. In the same way, we are told Jesus was made in "the likeness of men" (Php 2:7-8). He did not simply appear to be a man; He was a man. He did not simply appear to be the flesh of sin; He was the flesh of sin. But some who wish to be pious and reverent flee from these words because of their own confusion. Supposing such words mean Jesus was a man polluted with sin as if sin were some kind of filty substance in his pure body born of a virgin. However, these words, "flesh of sin," do not mean anything of the sort. They mean that Jesus' flesh was just like our flesh. We have the flesh of sin and Jesus had the flesh of sin and God sent his son in this flesh of sin so that He could condemn sin in the flesh. Our biggest problem is death and our salvation is eternal life and we bodies of flesh will become immortal when we are raised from the dead. In the same place Paul says these words, he also says our bodies are dead because of sin. Our flesh is made mortal due to the first man's transgression, Adam's sin. The "flesh of sin" is not a human flesh polluted by some mysterious substance called sin as opposed to a human flesh that is not. Sin is an act not a substance. The "flesh of sin" is human flesh made weak and mortal, subject to death, because of our forefather's sin, Adam's transgression. The "likeness of the flesh of sin" simply means Jesus was mortal and subject to death because he was a human being and that is what it means to be a human, a son of Adam. The "flesh of sin" means that Jesus was absolutely human in every way including the mortality of human flesh that resulted from Adam's sin. And so we read that he had to be made like us in every respect and be mortal just as we are mortal so that through his death, he might destroy the power of the devil (Hebrews 2:14, 17). In this way, God sent his son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and condemned sin in the flesh, that is, he condemned the power of Adam's transgression over human flesh which makes us mortally subject to death.


God the Father did Miracles through Jesus

And we know that "God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38). God, by His Spirit, performed many miracles and signs and wonders in the midst of the Jews of Israel through Jesus (Acts 2:22). Jesus even cast out demons by the Spirit of God his Father.(Matthew 12:28). In this way, we see that God the Father did mighty works through him, just as Jesus taught us (John 14:10). Indeed, we even find it is God in us who does might works (php 2:13)


God had given a Man authority to forgive sins

One day the Jews had become angry with Jesus because he had forgiven a man's sins. They declared that only God could forgive sins. Today, there are many false teachers who imitate this error of the Pharisees. The man who was forgiven was a paralytic. So Jesus asked them if it was more difficult to forgive a man's sins or to actually heal such a man from his infirmity. So to prove he had the authority to forgive sins, he said, "that you may know the son of man has authority to forgive sins," he did the more difficult thing and healed the man. And so by healing this man, he proved that he, a man, had also been given authority to forgive sins. For this reason, we are told that the onlookers were amazed that God had given such authority to men (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:7). And when he rose from the dead and sent out his disciples, he gave them that same authority by breathing the Holy Spirit into them (John 20:21-23). Indeed, Jesus' anointing at the Jordan was where he received this authority to forgive sins. God had anointed him with authority and power by His Holy Spirit.

Jesus had come in the name of his Father. When we come in the name of someone, it means we come in that person's authority. And the very means by which we do come in his name is by his anointing of the Holy Spirit. In this way, he commissions us to go out and do such things in his name.


Equality with God

In a similar manner, we find an account in John where the Jews became angry at healing such a man on the Sabbath (John 5:1ff.). This man told the Jews that is was Jesus who healed him (5:15). For this reason the Jews sought to kill him because he had done these things on the Sabbath (5:16). We should consider these words carefully for there are many who love to confuse the truth and claim they wished to stone Jesus for claiming to be "God" for these men would not break their Law and it was only because claiming to be God was blasphemy under the Law did they think they could stone him. Such are the inventions of wayward men. Here we find these men had desired to kill Jesus for simply healing a man on the Sabbath.

But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working" (5:17). Now Jesus had made it clear that he considered God to be his own father. This statement made them even more angry at Jesus. And so we read, "Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God" (5:18). Such are the words of John. It was not the Jews who said that Jesus had made himself equal with God but John. For in these words, John confirms that Jesus had made himself equal with God.

And here again we find the teaches of falsehoods making unfounded claims. They claim that since Jesus is equal with God then he is God. One wonders with what kind of mad thought process they conclude being equal with someone means you are someone. For it is clear in this passage that Jesus the Son is one, and God his Father is another.

We find in the words of Paul an identical idea. We should not rush into judgment concerning the similarity of words in the Bible. Paul refers to Jesus' equality with God at Philippians 2:6. However, we must ascertain if Paul meant Jesus was equal in the same sense that John intended. We cannot merely wish it was so or presume it is so. But when we look at the facts, we do indeed find that it is so.

Peter reminds us that Christians are "sharers in the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). John has a similar idea in mind when he says, "what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1). God is Spirit (Jn 4:24) and his children then are rightly spiritual creatures. And for this reason, we Christians die to the human nature of flesh and are raised up in the Spirit to walk according to a new divine nature of God, the Holy Spirit. And so when we read that Jesus was equal with God, we are to understand it refers to divine nature, the Holy Spirit.

But we must understand something quite clearly. We Christians are not yet divine nature, we are heirs of a divine nature. We are sharers only in the respect that we walk according to the divine nature, the Spirit. For this reason we see that Paul can say that we are sons of God at Galatians 3:25-26 but he also says we have the future hope of becoming sons in the resurrection (Romans 8:23-25). How can we be sons yet not yet be sons? It is because we are sons now according to function not nature. Only in the resurrection of the body will we become divine by nature.

And again it is here that certain persons, confused by the folly of deception, flee from the truth. For they suppose that having a divine nature would make us "God." Such people do not see that having a human nature does not make us "Adam." Sharing God's divine nature does not make us God anymore than sharing Adam's divine nature makes us Adam. Sharing Adam's nature makes us children of Adam and sharing God's nature makes us children of God. We are now divine by identity. We are childre of God if indeed we walk according to the Spirit, "those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Rom 8:14). Only those who walk obediently are children of God.

And so it was with Jesus. At Philippians 2:6, we read that Jesus was in the "form of God." The word translated as "form" is the Greek word morphe. Thanks to the meticulous research of Kenneth Wuest, a Trinitarian, we now know that the Greek word morphe in Koine Greek meant a station in life, a role, a status, a position, a rank. For this reason we also read in Thayer's Lexicon that the word refers to the outward appearance of something. And indeed, we read that Jesus took the form, morphe of a servant. One is not a servant by having a certain nature. Just as one is not a carpenter by nature one is not a servant by nature. It is a vocation of life, a station in life, a position, a status.

And so to be in the morphe of God meant the man Jesus was a sharer in the divine nature. He was flesh born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the same manner, we are flesh born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit. In this way, we are sharers of the divine nature, that is, the Holy Spirit. God is divine by nature. God is the Spirit by nature. And when we are born again, we become new creations having died to the flesh and been raised up in the Spirit, our new nature.

So we find in Paul's words that Jesus had this divine status, role, position with God, because he himself was born from above by the Spirit and he himself walked according to the Spirit and was a sharer in the divine nature. Even though he had this equality with God, he did not esteem this equality with God a thing to seize upon (Php 2:6). Rather he humbled himself taking the morphe of a servant. In a similar manner, the Philippians, sharers in the divine nature, were to do the same. They were not to get on their high horses esteeming their heirship in the divine nature. Rather they were to have the same attitude as Jesus and humble themselves. Being begotten from above by the Holy Spirit, they were now spiritual creatures and as such were children of God and as children they were sharers in the divine nature. So in the same manner, we find that Jesus, who was begotten in Mary from above by the Spirit, was an heir of the divine nature. It is for this reason, the Spirit would come down upon him at the Jordan River. He was the heir of the divine nature, the Spirit of God. And being a sharer of the divine nature means you are equal with God, or the same as God, in that particular respect. And now we Christians are "made full" in Christ in the same manner. All the fullness of deity dwells in the risen Jesus bodily (Col 2:9). And then we read that we too are "made full" in him (2:10). We are made full "in him" because the body in which he was crucified is glorified into that divine nature, Spirit. He walked according to the divine nature and now he is that divine nature. In a similar manner, we are children of God sharing in that nature by walking according to the Spirit and having the deposite of the Spirit in our hearts. But when we are raised from the dead, we will become divine by nature, Spirit, and become true children of God in what we are. We shall be like God for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).


The Word is Greater than Abraham

A blind man had been asked to be identified in John 9. To identify himself he said, "I AM" and so we know for certain such language was not a unique or unusual language style or technique implemented by Jesus at John 8:58 to make a special claim. This was not unusual language but usual language used by all the people. However, Jesus uses the term to refer to an existence "before" Abraham. John teaches us that he who is before is greater (Jn 1:15, 30). The Jews had asked Jesus if he was greater than Abraham (8:53). Jesus was about to answer, "Yes." He was the Word that had become flesh. The Word had been with God in the beginning. The Word's goings forth were from old, from the most ancient times (Micah 5:2). Now the Word had become the person Jesus, that flesh. Indeed, the Word existed before Abraham. God had created everything through this Word which was now a man, flesh, Jesus. The Word which had become that flesh was "before" Abraham. The Jews considered Abraham greater than all. Because the Word of God had become the person Jesus, that flesh, could claim that he was indeed greater than Abraham. And so he said, "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). God's word by which he created was existing long before Abraham. These Jewish leaders had considered themselves noble and above all the Jewish people and they considered Abraham to be the greatest of all their race. For this reason they wanted to kill him for this meant he not only claimed to be greater than them but even greater than their father Abraham. They were men with dark hearts; men who conspired to kill the only begotten Son of God.


The Jews charge Jesus with claiming to be a god

On another occasion, Jesus again enraged the Jews. He had said that He and the Father "are one" (John 10:30). Now Jesus had meant that he and the Father were one in the unity of the works that did along with the Father (John 5:17) and so he responded, "For which of these works do you stone me?" and subsequently, "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father." (John 10:32,36). Jesus made it quite plain that he was one with the Father in terms of the works he did with the Father and he prayed for the same oneness between himself, the Father, and the disciples (John 17:21-23). But it was not the works that enraged them. Jesus kept claiming to be the son of God. And the Jews perceived that this meant the man Jesus had a divine status that made him equal with God (John 5:18). And indeed, Paul tells us that Jesus did indeed share that equality with God his Father, the status of a divine position (Php 2:6). Similarly, Peter tells us that we Christians are now sharers in the divine nature in the very same manner (2 Peter 1:4). "As the Father sent me, I also send you." These are all references to the Holy Spirit which makes us "sons of God" and sons of God are people who are part of God's royal household, the divine household of God. And perceiving that Jesus was claiming this kind of status, they were enraged. He not only broke the Sabbath by healing a man, he was claiming to be God's begotten Son.

And so they charged him with blasphemy saying, "we do not stone you for a good work but because you being a man make yourself a god" (John 10:33). Or perhaps one might argue it should be translated, "you being human make yourself divine." It was clear that they were again angry at Jesus for claiming to be God's son for we see how Jesus himself understood them when he responds by quoting back what they were saying to him, "'You are blaspheming' because I said 'I am a son of God?'" And we know that they had charged him with claiming to be "a god" for Jesus responds to them, "Has it not been written in your Law, `I said you are gods?' If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), what do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world?" (John 10:34-35). Plainly, Jesus is responding to a charge of making himself a god, or at the very least, making himself divine.


Jesus was one with his Father by serving Him obediently

Jesus served his one and only God obediently. That one God was his Father alone. He said that his " Father was greater than I" (John 14:28). Yet Jesus was one with the Father (John 10:30) and he taught us that he was one with the Father in the works that he did with the Father and by the power of the Father (Jn 10:36; 14:9-10). Before he went to the cross he prayed that his disciples would know the Father, "the only true God." And he also prayed for them to be "one just as we are one." (John 17:21-23). And when he had risen from the dead and met Mary Magdalene, he said, "I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (John 20:17). Jesus served his Father, and his Father alone. His one God is our one God, the Father alone.


The Jewish Charge: Son of God

The Jews never did perceive Jesus claiming to be God himself as many false teachers claim. Rather they ultimately charged him with claiming to be the son of their God (John 19:7; cf. 8:41). We can know for certain they did not perceive him to be claiming to be "God" for indeed, when he was on the cross they mocked him and said, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now, if he delights in him; for He said, `I am the Son of God.'" (Matthew 27:42-43). Why did they not say, "If you are God save yourself!" But they did not for they never did think he was claiming to be God. He was killed for claiming to be the son of their God. Indeed, the Jewish leaders conspired to kill him because they were jealous of him (Mark 15:10).


The Human Son of God was made Perfect through Suffering

Jesus went willingly to to the Cross (Heb 12:2). He prayed with crying and tears to God who could save him from death and was heard for his reverence (Heb 5:7). Although he was God's only begotten Son, he learned obedience from what he had suffered (Heb 5:9). It was fitting that God would perfect the author of our salvation through suffering (Heb 2:10). He was faithful in God's house, God who made him (3:1-2).

He did not esteem the equality of divine status

Peter tells us we are sharers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Indeed, those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Rom 8:14). Jesus was a noble son of God. He was a child of the King of the Universe, God. He was royalty above all royalty. But he did not so highly esteem this equality with God of sharing in the divine nature, the Holy Spirit, but humbled himself taking the form of a servant and humbling himself even unto death on the cross(Php 2:5-6). Today, we now know that the Greek word morphe meant status, position, rank, or station in life. Being a sharer in the divine nature, the Holy Spirit, Jesus was equal with God in that respect, just as his disciples now are. They are sharers of the divine nature. And when they had crucified him the house of David looked to Yahweh concerning which they had pierced and would mourn for him as one mourns for an only begotten son and grieve for him as one grieves a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10). Simon had prophesied to Mary, "and a sword will also pierce your own soul that the reasonings of many might be revealed" (Luke 2:35).

Although he was a son, Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered (Hebrews 5:9). Being led by the Spirit he was a sharer in the divine nature. Even though he was in this form of divinity he did not seize upon esteeming that kind of equality with God. He did not esteem this divine status as a son but humbled himself taking reather the status of a servant upon himself. (Php 2:6). He was perfected through suffering (Hebrews 2:10). To be made a man is to be made a little lower than the angels. And this man, who was a little lower than the angels, was given the name above every name and crowned with glory and honor for his obedience to God. (Php 2:9; Heb 2:7). He had become better than the angels and had inherited a better name than they (Heb 1:4).


Jesus is bodily clothed with the fullness of deity

And so death no longer lords over him (Romans 6:9-10). Jesus was raised up from the dead into glory. He died in the flesh but rose again in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:19). The man who was begotten of the seed of David had now become a "son of God in power" by being raised in the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:3-4) Brother Paul the Apostle tells us that Jesus' risen body is a "Spiritual body" (1 Corinthians 15:40-44). His body is a body which is "life-giving Spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45). By this he does not mean that Jesus' body is not the same body in which he died. He means that Jesus' body was changed into a glorious body. The Bible tells us the Spirit is life. The Holy Spirit had consumed this sacrifice, Jesus, and clothed his mortal body with the Holy Spirit, the perishable changed into the imperishable, the mortal changed into the immortal, the physical body changed into a Spiritual body. Spirit and flesh had come together to become one new creation. Just as a child is born to human beings and the flesh of the two becomes one in that child, so it is with Christ. His fleshly body is a spiritual body. It is flesh clothed in Spirit. Jesus had become a divinized man, a new kind of Adam, a new creation, and the firstfruits of the new heavens and new earth.

And so in him dwells all the fullness of deity bodily (Colossians 2:9). Paul means that the risen Jesus is bodily clothed in the Holy Spirit, the fullness of God his Father. For indeed, we read in the next verse that we Christians are also made full in him because we too share in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of our Holy God the Father had taken up residence in Jesus. Where Jesus is, the Father also is. God had clothed Jesus in His coat of many colors, the Holy Spirit, and this hidden glory which would be fully realized in his resurrection was shown to the disciples on the mountain when he was transfigured before them. And so now where Jesus is, the Spirit of God the Father also is. And so Thomas declares to the risen Jesus, "My Lord and My God" (John 20:28) and affirms what Jesus had taught him all along, "if you have seen me you have seen the Father" (John 14:9) and "he who sees me sees the One who sent me" (John 12:44-45). Jesus had taught them that they had seen the Father in the works that he had done. Now, they seen the Father in him in an even more profound manner. The risen Jesus whom Thomas reached out and touched was clothed with the Spirit of God the Father. And so Thomas declared that both Jesus and the Father were before him, Jesus his Lord, and his Father "my God." And then John immediately tells us that such things were written so that we may know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31).

The Word of God had become flesh, had died, and rose again. The risen Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn out of the dead. (Colossians 1:15,18). This risen Son begotten of God in the womb of Mary had become the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Indeed, he is now the express image of God's being (Heb 1:3). God is Spirit, Holy Spirit and Jesus is clothed in the Spirit of God. "The Lord is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17).


The Alpha, the Beginning of the Creation of God

In Jesus all things were created, whether in heaven or whether on earth, whether authorities, or powers, or lordships, or thrones, all things were created through him and to him (Col 1:16-17). It is so because Jesus is God's word become flesh and God created all things by speaking his word. Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God, the place where creation began - the word of God who had become flesh. (Rev 3:14). He is the Alpha of Creation, the place where creation begins - God's spoken word, the word that became flesh, the person Jesus.


Jesus ascended to the Throne of God

God had begotten Jesus out of the dead (Acts 13:30-33). In the resurrection, God had made this man Lord and Christ (Acts 2:33-36) and thereby had given him all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:19) sitting at the right hand of God with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him (1 Peter 3:22). Jesus ascended to the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 1:3,13). Having made purification for our sins this man who had been a little lower than the angels became better than the angels having inherited a better name than they (Heb 1:4). And God said to this risen man, his Son, "Your throne, God, to the ages of the ages (Heb 1:8). He conquered and sits on his Father's throne (Rev 3:21). We are told that God said to this man Jesus, "God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness over your comrades" (Hebrews 1:9). And he will reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet (1 Corinthians 15:26) and when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28).


Jesus is the Mediator between the One God and men

Jesus now mediates for us. There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). He is a priest according to the order of Melchizedek. He is the Holy Spirit now sharing that nature with God the Father. He is a body clothed in Holy Spirit, Spirit and flesh becoming one new creation without horizon. Spirit swallowed up flesh and so death was swallowed up by life, the Spirit. For this reason he says, he will send the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, to the disciples and when they are raised from the dead, the Spirit which proceeds from the Father, was breathed by him into them. God the Father was fully present within him bodiy. The risen man Jesus is a divinized man. He is the nature of God, Holy Spirit.

Jesus IS the Holy Spirit. This man became the nature of God: Holy Spirit.

And for this reason, Jesus says, "the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me." (John 14:17-19). The risen Jesus was now Holy Spirit just as the Father is. They both share this divine nature and when we have the Spirit we too share in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and in this way, both the Father and Jesus come to make their home in us. (John 14:23). And we see Paul speak in a similar manner when he says, "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.... For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.... you received the Spirit of Sonship.... the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.... Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us" (Romans 8). So we see in Paul's words that Christ himself is that Spirit who intercedes for us.

And again Paul says, "I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ" (Php 1:19; cf. Acts 16:7), and again, when speaking of Christ, Paul says, "The Lord IS the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:17). And Paul, who had the Holy Spirit within him, could say, "I no longer live but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). Let us be reminded also that Christ means "anointed one" and we are anointed in the Holy Spirit. And in a similar manner, Paul reminds the Romans they had died with Christ so that they "might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God" (Romans 7:4). Jesus who died is one; Jesus who rose again is another. He died and rose again a new and risen man. For this reason John says in a like manner, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete, that He may be with you forever," (John 14:15), that is, His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Jesus in the flesh was one; Jesus the life-giving Spirit another. He died and rose again a new creation. As Paul again shows us that Christ and the Holy Spirit are one and the same when he says, "God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Galatians 4:6) just as he said, "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a Spirit of Sonship" by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:14-15). The Spirit that proceeds from the Father clothed Jesus and was given to him in this way (Acts 2:33) that he might pour it out upon all flesh. The risen Jesus is the Holy Spirit of God, "life-giving Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). He is the Paraclete (1 John 2:1). He is a divinized man clothed in the Spirit of life which consumed his sacrificial body of flesh. He, the risen man Jesus, is Holy Spirit, the divine nature of God

And in him we too are sharers of that divine nature, the Holy Spirit (Heb 6:4; cf. 2 Peter 1:4). Just as the fullness deity has taken up residence in the risen Jesus bodily (Colossians 2:9), we too are made full in him by sharing in that same Spirit (Col 2:10). And in him, we too are sons of God (Gal 3:25-26) being led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:15) if indeed we walk with him in truth. And if we do obey him, we too will share in this glory and reign together with him. We are "heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:17-25; cf 2 Cor 4:17-5:5)." And we too who have the firstfruits of the Spirit will be raised into glory in this manner and be clothed with the Holy Spirit, clothed in the warmth of God Himself.

He is Spirit and for this reason he baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire.


He will come again in God our Savior's Glory

Jesus will come again "in the glory of his Father" (Matthew 16:27). And so "we eagerly await the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior." That glory of God the Father is Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13) who comes again in His Father's glory, the glory of God our Savior and Father. He who is Faithful and True will come again on a white horse. His name is called "the Word of God" (Revelation 19:11-16). The Word by which God created everything had become a person, a man, a man who died for us, a man who God rose from the dead to sit at His right hand, the Word of God who will come again for us who wait for him. The Word of God is the Alpha and Omega of creation, the beginning and the end of creation, the place where all creation begins and and the place where it all ends, God's Word. And so God has appointed a man to judge the living and the dead (Acts 17:31). Indeed we are told:

"For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." (Hebrews 4:12-14)

This Word of flesh , being God's seed was again planted, planted into the earth. The Word was buried in a tomb in Jerusalem:

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:223-24).

And the Word of God which became flesh died and was planted into the earth, the field of God, and God raised up from the dead in the Spirit. He became Spirit by nature. That body of flesh was consumed by the glorious Spirit of God the Father. God planted and God gave the increase. God is Spirit and so a true son must also be Spirit.

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins....But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?" You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.... So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul, the last Adam life-giving Spirit... this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15).

"For indeed He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives out of the power of God" (2 Corinthians 13:4), the Holy Spirit, the same power of God in which he was conceived in the womb of Mary. The word by which God had spoke creation into existence had come down from heaven and become a man of flesh in Bethlehem. And the flesh who had become a person of flesh was now risen and became Spirit. The two, flesh and Spirit, had become one new creation, the divinized man Jesus. He is human flesh clothed in the glory of God's Holy Spirit. He has inherited a name above every name. (Php 2:9) and as such a better name than the angels (Heb 1:4) and for this reason all the angels are to bow down to him (Heb 1:6).

Jesus said that the bread that came down out of heaven is his FLESH. Such a statement confounds the false teachers for they know full well they cannot say that flesh itself came down from heaven. The Word of God become flesh. The word of God by which he spoke creation into existence on the breath of His mouth was His seed planted in the womb of Mary, seed that had become FLESH, the Son of Man, a person, the man Jesus of Nazareth, God's only begotten Son, begotten of a Virgin.

"Man shall not live by bread along but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4). "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work." (John 4:34).

"My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me." (John 6:55-57).

Consume God's Word. Jesus' food was to do his Father's will, to obey God's word. And so he being God's word, and that word being flesh, the Son of Man, our food is to do the will of God's word, the will of Jesus Christ. We must consume this word and if we do we will be consumed by Him at his Coming. We must offer up our bodies as living sacrifices to be consumed. We are to be conformed to his image, to his death, and to his resurrection.

Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus who served his Father alone as his one and only God. Jesus who taught that his God, the Father alone, is to be our God. Jesus knew no other God but his Father alone. Worship not any other God but the God of Jesus, his Father only.

"Of His own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures" (James 1:18). "Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the Word implanted, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21).

That seed implanted in the faithful is His Word, the divinized man Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the firstfruits of the new creation.


Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures" (James 1:16-18).


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