Joseph abiding in strength, because his faith was in the Rock of Israel, who strengthened the arms of his hands, is a type of our Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ, who warred against the devil, when he came to the Lord in the wilderness temptation, and Yeshua victoriously overcame him. Joseph's trial was a wilderness of temptations, but he overcame by faith. This is the victory that overcomes, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
Our Saviour did not faulter in faith, but was obedient even to death on the cross.(Phil. 2:8) Messiah who believed and taught the SHEMA, as the basis of true religion. When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus quoted from the Shema, and said: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." (Mark 12:29)
In this, we see Yeshua/Jesus reiterating or preaching in agreement with His numerous other statements on the oneness of the Godhead, such as "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." (John 14:9)
Israel, as a people, did not "compartmentalize" life into secular and private. They had no private life, for life, work, recreation was all under the jurisdiction of the one God who was the King of the Universe. Neither did they compartmentalize the Godhead. Israel doesn't do this now. God to the Israeli mind is purely monotheistic--God is one.
When Messiah came, died for the sins of mankind, raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and poured forth the Holy Spirit, the newly formed church was of Jewish origins. They had no "New Testament" as we know it today. They had the writings of the Hebrew prophets, and preached from these, and from the revelation given by God, concerning haMashiach/Messiah.
With the passing of time, the gospel went forth to the Gentiles, exactly as the scriptures prophesied that it would. The apostles write of battling false teachings, false prophets, philosophies such as those of Greece, with the so-called" educated minds, of the Greek philosophers, pagan religions, etc. Gradually, those believers in Christ who were Jewish, came under greater and greater persecution, so that the new world order at that time might gain control over the masses of spiritually hungry people.
JOSEPH GIVES FORTH WISDOM & REVELATION FROM THE SILO OF GOD'S WORD
`The revelation knowledge which comes to the end-time Joseph Generation, by the Spirit of the Lord, is part of the blessings promised in Jacob/Israel's prophecy of Genesis 49:25-26. These will give out of this profuse abundance, as God wills:
Messiah was crucified, died, was buried, and descended into the lowest hell, where he preached to the those held in Sheol, that He might lead captivity captive, and ascend on high, and give gifts unto men. The scripture found in Eph. 4:5-9, tells us that "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism." This speaks of God as the SHEMA speaks of Him, saying:
"Hear O Israel," the Lord our God is one Lord." (Deut. 6:4)
"There is one Lord--One God and Father of us all, and that Messiah, Jesus Christ descended and then ascended that He might fill "all in all."
Ephesians 4:4 teaches us: There is one Spirit. Why is it that people see the Holy Spirit as Spirit, but fail to perceive the Father, as the "One Spirit," spoken of in Eph. 4:4? Tradition makes the Holy Spirit a spirit, and seems to make the Father a second Spirit, but biblically this is not so. For Eph. 4:4, tells us "there is one Spirit."
Tradition confuses the issue of Jesus Christ as "the Son of Man, obedient to HIs Heavenly Father, saying: "The Father is greater than i," and concludes he is some sort of "lesser God." Yet traditional church creeds state that according to this "3 persons" of the Godhead equasion, are all 3 co-equal, and co-eternal. They fail to identify Him, in His glorified, ascendedstate, as He Himself does in Rev. 1:8, saying: "I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come, "THE ALMIGHTY." One doesn't get any more powerful than Almighty. This is not "lesser God" talk. It's the incarnation, which Messiah refused to identify as fractured or fragmented, but as ONE GOD, who began as Saviour in Genesis 3, at the fall of mankind into sin, finishing His work of salvation when He "prepares Himself a body," in the person of Messiah, and the redemption price is paid and accepted by the Most High.
In dividing the Godhead, into three separate distinct persons, many in their tradition confuse the truth of the Godhead. Yeshua said: "He that has seen me, has seen the father." And again: "I and My Father are one." (John 14:9, John 10:30) However, according to the trinitarian theory, "the Heavenly Father," would have to be a separate and distinct spirit, or person of the Godhead. This makes two persons of the Godhead who are both spirits. But the New testament refutes this, in Ephesians 4:4, stating: "There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. Did you know that scripture identifies who the one Spirit is? "Now the Lord (Yeshua Jesus and his ministration of grace is being contrasted to the ministration of law) is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. " (2 Cor. 3:17)
In Mark 16:20, after Messiah ascended and was received up into the clouds before the disciples faces, they went out everywhere preaching, with the Lord Yeshua/Jesus working with them. He Himself sending them forth, as the Spirit of Jesus is seen forbidding them to go into Bithynia in Acts 16:7.
It is apparent that New Testament writers speak of God and His Son Jesus Christ, to show forth Messiah as Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. But they never use the word "trinity," which is a term never contained in scripture; and a term coined by Tertullian, in the third century. Athagenagoras was first to use the word "triad," in reference to God, his Word and His Wisdom. This paved the way for the compartmentalization of the Godhead.
In visions of the glorified Christ, and throne of God, the "Spirit" is not mentioned as a separate, distinct, "third person," of the Godhead. Though we know that God is Spirit, (John 4:24) and He is holy, and it is God who indwelt haMashiach/Christ in the incarnation. (Lev. 11:44, Daniel 7:13, Acts 7:55, Rev. 5:1,6,7, Rev. 21:22, 22:1) From the writings of the New Testament apostles, we understand that the fulness of the Godhead emmanates from Messiah's glorious face. (Col. 2:9-10, Rev. 21:21-23) Some have believed the Hebrew word Elohim, to denote a plurality of persons is seen in the Old Testament, however what this defines is a plural of God's majesty, as seen in the many names and titles of the ONE TRUE GOD, not a plurality of persons within the Godhead itself. Elohim is like saying: "He is King of King!" And Lord of Lords!
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