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The Person and Nature of Jesus Christ

Part 1(b):

By Clovis E. Miller

John 1:1-3

1) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2) The same was in the beginning with God.
3) All things were made by Him; and without him was not anything made that was made."

John 1:10

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."

Ps. 2:7

"I will delcare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee."

This article is a continuation of the Basics of Faith Series: Part 1(a): Understanding the Person and Nature of God. It is highly recommended that you read that article first, in order to properly understand certain ideas and concepts as presented here. In that article we explored the certainty of God's existence, the institution of time as we know it, and the basic concept of the plurality which exists within His personhood. The concept of God, who not only has a Son; is merged with understanding that, God is the Son. Since "in the beginning...", there was none other than God, He could only bring forth that which is of Himself. There is a dual revelation evident: 1) the revelation of God's person, and 2) the revelation of the knowledge which He has about all else.

The point was made several times in the previous article, that with God, there is no distinction between who He is, and what He is. Though it may seem a little peculiar to our understanding, the Holy Spirit of God alone, can declare: I AM the Father, and I AM also the Son, which came forth from Me: being the WORD declared ("...I AM THAT I AM... (Ex. 3:14 ; John 1:1-3). So, without delay, let's continue with this line of reasoning.

THE UNDERSTANDING
John 4:24

"God is a Spirit..."

First and foremost, Scripture presents to me, that GOD is "a" Spirit (i.e. the HOLY SPIRIT (the oneness of God)). The Holy Spirit, manifested as the "Comforter", or helper (John 14:26 ; John 15:26), will also be studied in the third article in this series, entitled "The Holy Spirit of God". Secondly, the first to be brought forth or revealed, of the HOLY SPIRIT was the WORD of GOD (John 1:1 ; John 5:26). At the appointed time, a mortal body would be prepared in which that same WORD would reside, through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Isa. 7:14 ; Matt. 1:23 ; Luke 1:35 ; Matt. 1:18) (Ps. 2:7 ; Heb.10:5); dwelling in the world in the form of a man. As you may have already realized, the WORD which came forth from God is:

"I AM"
Ex.3:13-14 ; John 8:56-58 ; Mark 14:61-64

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From the Beginning

(Heb. 1:3)

"...express image of His person..."

express: "to exhibit by language; utter; show; represent..." (Webster's)

identity: "1. the state or fact of being the same. 2. a) the state or fact of being some specific person or thing: individuality. b) the state of being as described." (Webster's)

The WORD of God, the Son (John 1:1 ; John 5:26), is unique in His existence; being eternal in essence, and by declaration of the Father, everlasting in revelation (preceding all creation (Col.1:17)): first existing in essence as the unrevealed and unexpressed identity of the oneness of God. "I AM" is not only the WORD of God, but the person and mind of God declared to be existent. We, and the whole of creation, are expressions of God's eternal knowledge. The Son however, is more so, being the expression of the very identity of the eternal Person of God. There is no real ambiguity here. The Son's presence was simultaneously revealed by and with God, as the Father, through that very declaration. He (the Son), being "...THAT I AM" (Ex. 3:14); ("I AM THAT I AM") which came forth from the Father. Although the word "THAT" is sometimes translated as "WHO", it doesn't change the relationship between "I AM" (the speaker) and "I AM" (the spoken). You and I are unique in our existence as well; being brought forth as part of God's eternal knowledge, and given everlasting personhood in the realm of revealed time. The Son is unique in being declared to exist by the Father. We are unique in being declared to exist by the Son, who being empowered to act as Creator, has brought us forth from passive existence in the eternal knowledge of God, into a state of dynamic individuality (John 1:3).

The word "define" is from the Latin "de finis", meaning, "from boundary". So, we might say: the "defining point", or boundary (the declaration of I AM), is that which seperates unknowable existence (essence) from knowable existence (revelation). Creation is the orderly revelation of the eternal knowledge of God, which is brought forth through I AM (the Son). I AM (the Father), I AM (the Son): "I AM THAT I AM" (Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh, in Hebrew), is the original expression of the existence of the person and mind of God, and the precursor of all individuality which subsequently comes forth from Him. The beginning of revelation started with the revelation of absolute truth; and "I AM", the name of God reiterated in Ex.3:14-15, was the first truth of all truth, to be revealed.

Col. 1:15-18,19-22

"...Firstborn over all creation..." (NKJV)

In this we see, God expressing His existence through the dual "I AM" (Father and WORD (Son)); as well as the Spirit of Truth, which simultaneously came forth from the Father, as the living witness to the declaration of the existence of the WORD. It constitutes the pre-creation presence of the Godhead in dynamic time, which originated with that very first declaration. The Son is the first to be brought forth (firstborn) of the Father; being also first, simultaneously residing with the Father and the Spirit of Truth, in the realm of revelation. By the same declaration, both the Father and the Word (Son) can declare, without contradiction, "I AM the beginning...", with the Spirit of Truth as the everlasting witness to that fact. It is given unto I AM (the Son), as Creator, to call forth that which had "eternal existence" in the "essence of time" (Col. 1:16-17); and was given "everlasting existence" in the revelation of time, through the declaration of God's presence. All things have been revealed by God (Isa. 46:10) as existent, although the perception of any particular thing is not apparent until the appointed time of its revelation arrives. The Son brings forth all things into the realm of revealed time, to the glory of I AM (the Father).

In the eternal oneness of the Holy Spirit, He is the Father, who has declared Himself to be through the WORD (I AM), which came forth from Him. By His declaration, the WORD itself is revealed as having life and personhood, through which the Father would bring forth those things which existed in essence within the person of God (John 5:26). This bringing forth, or revelation, we refer to as creation. The Father brought forth the WORD (Son) (John 1:1-3), and the Son brings forth all else (i.e. the creation).

The Son of God, being the Creator, also entered into the world that He might redeem His very creation from the destructive sinful condition into which it has fallen. If we don't honor Him who is the creator and judge of all things (the Son); then we don't honor Him (the Father) who gave Him the authority over the creation (John 5:22-23). Once the restoration to perfection (full redemption) is achieved through the Son, then it will be possible for creation to fulfill its everlasting purposes (I Cor. 15:24-25,28).

I AM is the most awesome and powerful declaration to be made by God. Eminating from the Father; and echoing back to Himself as the Son (Isa. 55:11):

I AM [the declaration of God as the FATHER] -- >THAT<-- I AM [the reply of God as the SON] (John 5:26 ; Ps. 2:7)

"...I AM THAT I AM"

God is the original I AM, proclaiming both the totality, and the individuality of and within His being. The Holy Spirit is the one from which the identity of the Father and the Son is clearly established.

"I am in the Father and the Father in Me." (John 14:10); "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30).

The Word of God came into the world as: "I AM" (the Son) (Ps. 2:7); being sent by "I AM" (the Father) who dwells in heaven (Ps. 110:1 ; Matt. 26:64). As the Son (whom we recognize to be Jesus); He identifies Himself in John 8:58 as being the same one revealed in Ex.3:14. As the Son, and the Creator of all things (John 1:3,10), He was sent into the world by the Father to dwell in a "prepared" body of human flesh, that He might effect the redemption of all of fallen mankind who will put their trust in Him.

In John 1:15, it is recorded that John the Baptist said."...This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me."(NKJV)

In this passage the word "preferred" is from the Greek word, "Ginomai" (pronounced; "ghin'-om-ahee" - Strong"s #1096). Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament gives the primary meaning of this word as: "To become, i.e. to come into existence, began to be, receive being".

existence = "the state or fact of being..." (Webster's)

In John 1:14, which declares: "...the Word was made flesh...", we see the same Greek word used for "made". However, in this instance it's meaning is rendered somewhat differently, by Thayer, as: "To become, be made, 'in passages where it is specified who or what a person or thing is or has been rendered, as respects quality, condition, place, rank, character,' ".

With regard to the definitions given above, I would add this clarification: it should be understood that the WORD of God did not "come into existence", or "began to be"; but rather that the eternal existence of the WORD was revealed. The Fatherhood of God, and the Sonship of the WORD, was pronounced, in and by, the declaration of His everlasting existence (I AM). The WORD was always in and of God, hence it (He) is eternal in nature. The revelation of His person through the declaration of the WORD, is seperate from the revelation of His knowledge about everything else. So then, the revelation of essence involves both, God's revelation about His personhood; and the revelation of His knowledge about all else. In John 1:1 and John 1:14-15, we see the declared everlasting WORD of GOD (I AM), sent into the world to temporarily indwell flesh; not of a man, but as a man (God in perfect union with humanity). This will be drawn out more as we precedes in this study.

It's quite amazing to me, that people can believe that God created the earth, sun, moon, stars, galaxies: even that He created the smallest instance of life and the greatest mountain. At the same time, they struggle with great difficulty to accept that He could make a human body for Himself, in which to dwell, that He may effect the redemption of the fallen human race. We seem to go to great lengths in our finite understanding to put limits on what God can do (Jer. 32:27).

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (as the Spirit of Truth) are real, substantial and distinct manifestations of which the oneness of God's person consist. The unity within His personhood is the foundation upon which the creation rests. There exists, distinct relationships between the Father and the creation; the Son and the creation and the Spirit of Truth and the creation; yet those relationships are in full harmony with each other. From Him (the Father), the WORD (Son) came forth, to accompolish the will and purposes of the Almighty, including our redemption (John 6:38-40). By Him (the Son) we were created (John 1:3,10), and In Him (the Holy Spirit), "...we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). We all dwell in the Holy Spirit; but the Holy Spirit (as the promised Spirit of Truth) does not, with life changing power, dwell in all people. Only those who are "born again", who have, by freewill, asked the Holy Spirit to come into their hearts, experience the reality of His person, presence and power. The unity of the Godhead is manifested (made apparent) through the expressed presence of the Father, the Son and Spirit of Truth. The personages of the Godhead: are not only eternally present within the oneness of God, but fully and everlastingly present as a temporal reality as well.

As the Father has revealed the presence of life through His WORD, so has He given the same WORD (SON), power to bring forth life through His own word (Isa. 55:11). It is therefore, through the words of the WORD (SON) that the creation unfolds, and our perception of all things revealed, is accompolished (John 1:3-4). The Father, Son and Spirit of Truth are personal manifestations of the totality of the Holy Spirit of God. The Godhead is eternal in essence, and everlasting in revelation. It existed as imperceptable in the essence of time, because there was yet none created to perceive it. It became perceptable with the revelation of time and the creation of cognizant entities, all of which was initiated by God's declaration: "I AM".

The Eternal HOLY SPIRIT has thus expressed Himself through the declaration: making Himself (as the person of the FATHER) known and knowable, being the first of all that is declared to exist (Rev. 1:8); simultaneously establishing and making known and knowable, His WORD, the firstborn of all that exists (Col. 1:15 ; Rev.22:12-13). The speaker, and the spoken are revealed concurrently. By speaking (the WORD), He has given the same, to have life (as the person of the Son), just as He, the FATHER, has life in Himself (John 5:26-27 ; John 1:4, 9). It is the revealed presence of the WORD (Son); and not His existence which has a starting point. The WORD (Son) is eternal because He is of, and from, God's eternally cognizant Person. The revelation of His presence is everlasting, because the Father has, through "I AM", given revealed identity to Him forever.

The Heavenly Father has also given the Son power, to be the "father" of creation. This is evident in Isa. 9:6, where we read:

"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...and His name shall be called...the everlasting father..." {Emphasis is mine}

How can the Son of God be called"...the everlasting Father..."? The natural comparison would be: We each have an earthly father; and if we (as males) have children, we then become a father of those children, so that the title is transferred or shared. The Son has a heavenly Father, who has given Him power and authority to create all things (John 1:3). He therefore, becomes the father of everything which He brings forth through the creation process. Even as the Father revealed the presence of the WORD (Son) by His declaration; the Son also brings forth the creation through His own word. The revelation of the knowledge of God has been committed into the hands of the Son, and communicated to us throught the Spirit of Truth. Ultimately, after having restored all things to their God intended purpose, He will deliver it all up to the Father, as the perfect gift of His love (I Cor. 15:24-27,28).

John 1:3 states that "All things were made by Him" (KJV), or "All things were made through Him" (NKJV).

Both renderings of this are accurate and complementary. The phrase, "by Him", indicates that creation is effected by the exclusive action of the Son. Whereas, "through Him", indicates that the exclusive action was executed by the Son while acting as agent for another (i.e. the heavenly Father). The Heavenly Father therefore, creates all things through the actions of His Son, which are in total agreement with the will of the Father (Gen. 1:26). I have found one apparent exception to this, which will be covered shortly.

In Psalm 2:7 we read:

"I will declare the decree, the Lord has said unto me, Thou art my son: this day have I begotten thee."

When was this decree made? It was made in "the beginning" (John 1:1 ; Isa. 46:10). By declaring Himself to exist ("I AM"), God has also made a de facto declaration, that all things exist. The identity or perception of the existence of "each thing" however, would not become obvious until the sequential position of its revelation arrives; that being in accordance the timing of the achievement His will (John 1:3). As previously stated: creation is the orderly revelation of the eternal mind of God. This decree looks across the spectrum of time from the point of declaration unto the point of fulfillment, confirming the pre-incarnate existence of the Son. The Psalmist is, a thousand years or so before the conception of Jesus, prophetically revealing the original decree made by the Heavenly Father, and repeated by the Son, "in the beginning"; while at the same time, pointing to an unspecified day in the future, at which the decree would be confirmed to the creation as fulfilled (Luke 1:35 ; Matt. 1:20).

Therein appears to be the one thing which was not created by the Son of God: That is, the human body in which He would dwell. Just as the Father brought forth (revealed) the WORD ("I AM"); He also brought forth (created) the body in which the Word would dwell. It is the heavenly Father who states: "...today have I begotten thee.". In this statement, we see that both the revelation and the incarnation of the Son were brought forth by the Father through the power of His Spirit. I AM was declared by the heavenly Father and the WORD (Son) was forever revealed: "Today have I begotten thee." was declared, and in due time, a physical body was conceived in Mary as the mortal vessel in which the Son would dwell.

As for those who are skeptical of the virgin birth of Jesus; Arrhenotoky; or "arrhenotokous parthenogenesis" in particular, where a male offspring results from the developement of an unfertilized egg, has been scientifically verified as a natural occurance. This has been found to be apparent among certain insects (bees, ants, wasps, etc.). {Click Here} for more on this subject.

Some would argue that bees, ants and wasps are not the same as people. That is true, but that's not the point. The issue is: whether, or not, the concept of a virgin birth is a real possiblity. While offspring of insects which have been born this way, receive all of their genetic makeup from their mother, they have all of the physical characteristics of males born through the normal reproductive process with we are familiar.

Could Jesus be considered to be fully human, if He were born in this manner? We might pose the same question concerning a male Bumble bee: can we consider it to be fully a bee, since it receives all of its genetic makeup from its mother? Jesus didn't come into the world to physically procreate children; but to live and die as a man in order to satisfy the requirements for redeeming us from our fallen state. Cannot God, who causes the process to be operational in certain species of animal life, also cause a unique occurance of the same process in a human being (the mother of Jesus)? The conception, which resulted in the birth of Jesus, was both supernatural and unique (I John 4:9). God the Father, created the body in which His Son would reside (Ps. 2:7). Again, we should be careful not to "put God in a box", limiting His creative power, in order to make our understanding sensible (Matt. 19:26 ; Luke 18:27). Just as the creation of the bodies of Adam and Eve were unique; so was the creation of the body in which the Son of God would dwell. The phrase"...today have I begotten thee.", may well point to God the Father, causing a unique instance of arrhenotokous parthenogenesis to occur in Mary.

rational: "...able to reason..." (Webster's)

reason: "...the ability to think, draw conclusions, etc..." (Webster's)

Is God a rational Spirit? Isa.1:18 make it clear that He is:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD..."

Can God as a rational Spirit, indwell and cognatively energize a human body? (John 1:4). If the life of the Son is in a body, then the body is alive. What is begotten, is a special human body (not having a human father), yet having a human mother. To say that He was a human, exactly as we are, is a misnomer. We each have a human father; He did not. The Son of God is both unique in His eternal existence, and in His humanity. Even in the presence of that uniqueness, however, He fully identified with us in all other aspects; yet without sin. He was aware of His personhood as God (John 17:5), and at the same time, cognitive of His presence as a human being (Luke 9:58).

My understanding is this:

The Son of God, while fully retaining His divine identity, relinquished all power, associated with that position, that He might enter into the world as the simple spirit of an innocent new born child. In other words, He was sent into the world by the heavenly Father, without the godly power which He had previously held, that He might come into the earth and live at the level of a man. He came down and entered the world through the same portal by which we ourselves entered it (through birth). Though being the uncreated Spirit of the Son of God, He entered the world to dwell in the created body of a manchild. He grew up living His life as any other child. He had to learn, and trust and rely on others, the same as ourselves. He went through all the stages that a normal child would go through. The difference: The manchild, having the Spirit of the Son of God within, and not being born through the union of two earthly parents, was clean and free of the inclination to commit sin, which has been passed on to us through such a union. Jesus came into the world armed only with the perfect power of freewill, through which the proper exercise thereof, allowed Him to take back the dominion (Gen. 1:28) which had been stolen from Adam and Eve through deception. Because of the godly attributes of His Spirit, which are in complete agreement and harmony with those of His heavenly Father, He inherently knew to choose that which is good and refuse that which is evil (Isaiah 7:14-15).

In His "dual nature", Jesus was indeed "fully God" and "fully man". He was fully God, in that, the spirit which indwelled in His earthly body was that of the Son of God: yet His fleshly (natural) body was not itself God (John 4:24 ; I Cor.15:44), but rather, a creation of God and the vessel through which the redemption of mankind could be effected. Apollonarius, an early leader of the church, who was initially held in high regard by his peers, was among those which held that the spirit which indwelt the body of Jesus was singularily that of the Son of God (Ep.4:4). He rejected the idea that a seperate "human soul" also resided within Jesus. His divergent view from the bulk of church leaders, ultimately resulted in him being branded as a heretic, a common practice used to silence those who held a different opinion.

The traditional church view encompasses the idea that man is composed of body, soul and spirit (the Doctrine of the Trichotomy), which seems to be founded on the premise that, since God is trinitarian in nature, and we are created in His image; then we to, must have a similiar makeup. Early Greek Philosphers, also held that a man was composed of these three elements. Biblically speaking however, the words "soul" and "spirit" are used interchangeably to designate the intellect of an individual. Each of us have a body with a sustaining cognizant soul within; or a body with a sustaining cognizant spirit within (Jas. 2:26).

When we are born into the world, we have a definite "spiritual connection", or affinity with our creator (the Son of God - John 1:3 ; Col. 1:16). That connection however, is eventually broken, or lost, through sin. We remain disconnected from Him until the time comes at which we are "born again", and that connection is restored (John 3:3). When the Son of God came into the world, He too had a body with a soul or spirit within, yet He was born having His own unique spiritual connection with His heavenly Father; a connection which was never lost through sin. He continuously emphasized His oneness with the Father through that unbroken connection. He always did those things which pleased the Father (John 8:29).

Jesus was fully man, in that, the body in which the Spirit of the Son of God dwelt, was that of a man: complete with the five natural senses; yet the spirit in that body was not that of a man. We, as natural entities, are subjected to temptation and sin through our physical senses. This is the very pattern followed in the temptation of Eve (hearing, sight, touch, smell (implied) and taste). The Son of God, that He too might be subjected to temptation in the same arena, entered into such a body. The difference is: He prevailed where as Adam and Eve failed; thus setting a new standard which would eventually result in the formula (salvation by faith in the Son of God), by which the creation could be redeemed from its fallen state. Before the resurrection, the body of Jesus was that of a man. After the resurrection, His glorified immortal body would, forevermore, be the heavenly body in which the Spirit of the Son of God would reside. Hence we can forever interact with Eternal Almighty God, through His Son who became as one of us.

The Spirit (or Soul) which dwelt in the earthly body we call Jesus, was that of "I AM" (the WORD revealed to be the Son of God). This is made clear by Luke 2:49. Although He was the WORD, declared to be the SON of GOD, indwelling human flesh (John 8:23), He emptied Himself of His godly power that He might live solely as a man (i.e. the "Son of Man"); taking upon Himself the form of a servant (Ph. 2:7) and submitting Himself to the level of being temptable (Matt. 4:5-7). The Son of God came into the world acting not as the creator; but as the redeemer. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit (as the Spirit of Truth sent from the Father) came down and took up residence in the physical body of Jesus (Luke 3:22), thus abiding with the Spirit of the Son. He no longer was just the sent one (John 7:28-29), but henceforth, the Christ, the "annointed one", filled with the power and person of the HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH (John 1:33 ; Matt. 3:17 ; Luke 4:1).

Through the indwelling of the Spirit of Truth, the Son of God, who had set aside His own heavenly power, was empowered by the Father to perform miracles, that it might be verified that He was indeed the Messiah (Isa. 9:6-7). It is also written in Col.2:9, that " ...in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the God bodily." Jesus declared: "I am in the Father, and the Father in me" (John 14:11); and also, "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). The "...fullness of the Godhead bodily..." dwelt in Jesus because the Spirit of Truth and the Father are of the same eternal essence (John 14:10). Therefore the Father is in the Son of Man (the body of Jesus), through the indwelling of the Spirit of Truth, from the time of the Baptism of Jesus (Luke 4:1).

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The "I AM", as emphatically spoken by God in Ex.3:14, is recorded as the Hebrew word "hayah" and pronounced "haw-yaw'" (Strong's Hebrew #1961); meaning, "to exist, i.e be or become...". When Jesus used the "I AM" in John 8:58, it was recorded as the Greek equivalent: "ego eimi" (pronounced " eg-o i-mee' "). We should bear in mind however, that Jesus would not have used the Greek word (Strong's Greek #1510), but rather the same Hebrew word used in Ex. 3:14; one which was reserved for God alone.

In the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures), Exodus 3:14 is translated as, "I am HE WHO IS": and He told Moses: "Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, HE WHO IS hath sent me unto you."

Jesus was, in effect, telling those Jews, that the one speaking to you, is the same one who had spoken to Moses on Mount Sinai. This incensed the hearers to the point that they took up stones to cast at Him. "I AM" is given as the original and primary statement of God's eternal and temporal identity (Ex. 3:15).

In studying all of this, it became apparent that when speaking of Himself, God's very word cannot be less than who He is; because His very declared word ("I AM") and His very Person (the HOLY SPIRIT) are of the same indivisible essence which cannot be diminished by declaration.

This, in effect, makes the WORD of GOD, which came forth from the FATHER: the SON of GOD revealed. That which was spoken and thereby revealed (the WORD), is fully God, just as surely as the One who spoke. The life of the Father is revealed in the WORD ("I AM") declared (John 1:2-4). The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (as the Spirit of Truth) have distinctive personhood by both their revealed presence and the activities which each performs. In the Godhead, we find clarification of the plurality and unity which exists in the one true God.

We scarcely consider the significance of how Jesus answered the High Priest, at His initial trial, concerning His identity (Mark 14:61-64). In that event, the High Priest laid it squarely on the line by asking Jesus: "...Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed?"; to which Jesus responded, "I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven ."

For Jesus to say, "I am" ("hayah", or "haw-yaw'") was to do more than just give an affirmative response to the question of the High Priest. His answer went far beyond what He had been asked. If He had only answered , "Yes" or "That's right", they may have only reckoned Him to be a false messiah; for the Jews were looking for a human messiah who would come, throw of the yoke of Roman bondage, and establish the Messianic kingdom as prophesied in scripture.

Jesus however, was not only stating, that He was indeed the Christ, the Son of the Blessed; but that it was God Himself ("I AM"), standing in the presence of the High Priest, that was revealing these things. That was what so incensed the High Priest to rent His clothing and proclaim Jesus to be a blasphemer.

His statement. "ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power..." was a direct reference to Psalm 110:1 and an affirmation of His position in the Godhead.

"And the Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool."

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From another perspective:

Here is a simple analogy which might be helpful in understanding the personages of Eternal God:

Take for example: a pool of water which is divided into three parts. The three pools which are now apparent, all contain the same water that was in the original pool (the essence of the pools remains unchanged: they are pools of the same water). The original pool (oneness) has now been expressed or become distinguishable as three seperate pools of water (plurality of the oneness). Why only three pools? Because Scripture tells us that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is so, both collectively and individually.

There is a defining point at which the water, which existed as a single pool (one essence), began to be distinguishable as three pools (seperate, yet of the same essence). At that point, a sequential order of revelation of their distinctive presence becomes apparent: (1) the original pool, which we might liken unto the silent ETERNAL HOLY SPIRIT; at a specific point declared, "I AM", thus becoming the Father (source) of the second pool, the WORD which came forth from Him. When the WORD (Son) came into the world to dwell in human flesh, the "Holy Spirit (as the Godly attribute of Truth personified) came down from the Father to dwell with the Son. Thus the third pool - the "HOLY SPIRIT of TRUTH", as a distinct manifestation of the Holy SPIRIT of God's total personhood, was revealed through His presence with the Son. So, "I AM" is the point of initiation at which the oneness of God began to be expressed, or become distinguishable as the plurality which exists within His person. God has, through declaration, revealed the eternal essence of His personhood as existing in dynamic triune form.

The one and only eternal God, previously unrevealed, has with a single declaration, manifested the totality and plurality of His personhood: being fully and simultaneously present in the realm of revealed time and space, which was initialized by the decree: "I AM". He's the same GOD in essence, yet expressing Himself in terms by which He can commune with, and be comprehended by, the creation which He is to bring forth to reside in the realm of revelation.

Do the FATHER and the SON have a beginning? No, They are the self-proclaimed beginning from which all of creation would come forth. It was from that point ("I AM") that their eternal existence and identity was made known as an everlasting reality.

Gen. 1:1

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."

John 1:1

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."


Emphasis above is mine


With regard to these two verses of Scripture, We might pose the question: In the beginning of what? The Greek word for "beginning", as used in John 1:1 (Strong's #746), is pronounced as "ar-khay'", meaning:

"1. beginning, origin; a. used absolutely, of the beginning of all things..."

The answer might be better understood as: the starting point at which the manifestation of the unrevealed Godhead commenced. The phrase "in the beginning", is synonomous with the initiation of the revealed realm of time and space, in which the creation ("...all things") resides. Some speak of the "Big Bang Theory". The true "Big Bang" occurred with the declaration: "I AM". Time and space are fused together to be the mechanism through which He brings forth those things (substance), which are yet unrevealed within His Eternal Mind. Nothing could be created, or brought forth from the boundless storehouse of God's unfathomable knowledge, except that He first established the parameters in which the creation could exist, function and flourish (Acts 17:28).

Through the declaration of the HOLY SPIRIT; Eternal God first proclaimed Himself TO BE. Afterwards, He began to bring forth the creation from His Eternal and unfathomable knowledge; into the realm which was established by His declaration.

(Rev. 1:8, 11)

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord..."

"I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last..."

Jesus declared, "I AM the beginning and the end."

The gist of what He was saying is: I AM God declared: the WORD which came forth from the FATHER, who declared Himself TO BE through My presence (John 1:18); and by which He has established the limits of the temporal realm. All of the unrevealed, which will be created, is brought forth from the FATHER through the WORD, who is the firstborn of the oneness of God.

This is the relationship we have with eternal God: That we should know Him through the person and presence of the Father (eternal God who spoke; and through His Word (the Son), who is the expressed image of Himself, which was brought forth from Him by declaration.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not names of God, but titles of relationship, which exist in their own respective places as complete manifestations of the fullness of God. God is fully Father, fully Son and fully Holy Spirit, and all are fully God.

It's the destiny of man to fulfill the purposes for which he was created. His initial downfall was known beforehand to God, yet God will not be denied in accompolishing His purposes for and with man.

The life we have is everlasting because it is of Him who is eternal. God, by making us to be partakers of His life, sustains us in an everlasting state.

He calls the whole of mankind to return to its original condition (Ps. 34:14 ; Ps 37:27 ; Rom. 12:9) or state of being (i.e. that evil is unknown to us; that we would only know that which is good). Man however, has different ideas about how to arrive at that condition. While God is calling us to forsake evil, and to know only that which is good; man continues to corrupt God's intended outcome. Rather than putting away evil, he combines it with good in an attempt to conceal its presence. In such a situation, man preserves his inborn evil inclination towards sin, all the while, presenting himself as acceptable before God. It is however, fully apparent that God will never accept this condition as a part of His plan for man.

Why does one person make choices which lead to life, and another make choices which lead to death? In the freewill which we are given, we are all required to take responsibility for the choices which we make. God already knows the outcome of our choices. He is not waiting to see how our lives will turn out. However, that doesn't mean that He is manipulating our choices, or that He has preordained one person to life and another to death (II Pet. 3:9). The choices which are presented to each one of us, though they may be different, are still within the range whereby we are fully empowered to make a personal decision as to whether we will go this way or that way. The decisive factor in our choices is: How will we respond to sin, or the temptation to commit sin; and are we consistent in that response. Will we fashion the choices of our hearts towards God's will, realizing our dependence upon Him; or will we use the freedom of choice which we have to ascert our independence?

Knowing already all of the choices which we will ever make, and the outcome which they will produce, is not and indictment of God's love (i.e. that he created someone whom He knew would be lost). Everyone of us are tested at the level at which God has placed us. Everyone likewise has the freewill to say yes, or no, to the choices set before them. If we choose to follow God's will, it will ultimately confirm that God knew this to be the truth about us. If we choose to ascert our independence from God, that too will confirm the truth which God has always known about us. Our everlasting destiny will be established through the choices we make in our mortal lives.

The knowledge of good and evil is the inheritance of the wicked. How else can they understand the everlasting punishment which they shall suffer; except that they can comprehend and compare the difference between the evil choices which they made, with the good choices which they rejected? The knowledge of God, which we have is tainted, or poisoned, by our knowledge of evil; and must be replaced with the knowledge of God, which is incorruptible. God's plan to bring us to that place will be covered in Part 2 of this series.

In continuing this series, we will next look at the Person of the Holy Spirit, vital to us returing to that original condition, as stated in the old hymn:

"...What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

The glory of God saving us, belongs to Him alone.


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Part One (a): Understanding the Person and Nature of God

Part One (c): The Holy Spirit of God

Part 2: The Mission of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Part 3: The Enemies of God and the Work They Are Doing

Part 4: Finding Our Place in God's Plan
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