Press of the BeComingOne Church

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[Taken from the God Papers  by Walter R. Dolen
 Copyright 1977-2003 by Walter R. Dolen and/or BeComingOne Church]

GP 4: Jesus Christ the Man

His Name
Promised Seed
God Inside
God Made Flesh
Death of Christ the Man
Jesus' Pre-existence Doctrine
Melchizedek
Genealogy of Christ

Who Was Jesus Christ

gp340 Who or what is Jesus Christ? Is he God, man, or man/God? Was he spirit, or human? Did he pre-exist before he was born? What does the Bible mean by saying he is the Son of God?

His Name

gp341 Let's begin with Christ's name. The Bible uses a name not only to point out a person among others, but also to describe that person. For example "Satan" means the hater, or accuser, or adversary. The name "Christ" tells us also something about him. "Christ" in the New Testament is a translation from a Greek word (Christos, # 5547) that is equivalent to "Messiah" of the Old Testament, and the Greek word means "anointed" as with oil, and implies to consecrate for an office or religious service. The word "Jesus" is from a Greek word (Iesous, # 2424) that means "Jehovah ('s or is) salvation." The meaning of Jesus Christ's name speaks of Jehovah's [the BeComingOne's] anointed savior which Jesus Christ was and is and will be.

Jesus Not Called "Christ" Openly before his Death

gp342 Although we call Jesus Christ, "Jesus Christ," he was not called "Jesus Christ" by his acquaintances before his death, but he was called "Immanuel" and/or "Jesus" because that was the name(s) he was given:

  • "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is interpreted, God with us" (Matt 1:23; see Isa 7:14).
  • "and he [Joseph] called his name Jesus" (Matt 1:25).
  • "and, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus" (Luke 1:30; see 2:21).

gp343 Before Jesus' resurrection, he was not openly called the "Christ" (Matt 16:15-16, 20; Luke 9:20-21). Only after his resurrection was he called Christ by his disciples and by his apostles. By some of his enemies Jesus was called such names as, impostor or deceiver (Matt 27:63). The New Testament writings were written after Jesus's resurrection, and thus the writers used "Jesus Christ" because at that time they knew he was the Messiah -- the Christ, or the one anointed the yhwh. (See later in the God Papers for details.)

gp344 This is similar to two in marriage. A woman named Mary Jones marries Joseph Smith, so after their marriage she is called Mary Smith. Later in life some may say Mary Smith moved from Seattle to San Jose when she was seven years old, even though Mary Smith was not known as "Smith" when she was seven; she was known as Mary Jones when she was seven. So when the writers of the New Testament say Jesus Christ did this and did that before his death, it did not mean that he was called Jesus Christ at that time. It was only after his death and resurrection (when the New Testament was written) that his followers openly called him, Jesus Christ.

Meaning of Being Anointed

gp345 "Christ" which means anointed has a special meaning in context of its usage in the Bible. When one is anointed it represents something, "then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the BeComingOne came upon David from the day forward" (1Sam 16:13). And, "but you are an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things ... But the anointing which you have received of him lives in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaching you all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall live in him" (l John 2:20, 27).

gp346 Note that after David was anointed, the spirit came to him. And also notice that with the true anointing, "you know all things," the anointing "lives in you," and the anointing "is truth." Now to be spiritually anointed in the highest sense is to receive God's Spirit and that anointing from the Holy One leads you into truth so you know all things concerning the Spiritual (l John 2:20, 27).

gp347 To confirm that Spiritual anointing is anointing with the Spirit, compare l John 2:20, 27 with: "the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth..." (John 16:13). And, "the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things" (John 14:26).

gp348 Thus, Christ's own name tells us he is anointed with the Spirit. "The Spirit of the Lord [= yhwh of OT] is upon me, because he has anointed me [Jesus] to preach the gospel to the poor" (Luke 4:18). Hence, Christ is anointed with the Spirit to preach the gospel. This is one of Christ's commissions from God.

gp349 Remember that the word "Jesus" is translated from a Greek word, Iesous, the equivalent of the Hebrew, Jehoshua [Yehoshua], which means, The BeComingOne (is) savior, or the BeComingOne's savior. This could be written as, "Yehowah's Savior," or "Jehovah's Savior." Jesus Christ's name has the meaning that is equivalent to the English's, "The BeComingOne's savior, anointed" or "anointed The BeComingOne's savior." "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ (the) Lord" (Luke 2:11). This could be translated :"... a Savior which is anointed Lord." "The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the World" (l John 4:14). "And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matt 1:21). Jesus Christ is Jehovah's anointed Savior of the world. "Savior" also indicates one who sets free or delivers those captured or enslaved. Jesus Christ will and is setting the world free from the slavery and confusion of this age through the New Mind of the New Spirit (John 8:31-36; Rom 8:2).

Promised Son Of God, Seed Of David, and Eve

Jesus Christ was Prophesied to Come

gp350 In the Old Testament it foretold the birth of Jesus Christ: "he shall cry unto Me, you art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him My first born, higher than the kings of the earth" (Psa 89:26-27). "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government [rulership of God] shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the duration Father, the Prince of Peace" (Isa 9:6). "I will declare the decree: the BeComingOne has said unto me, You art my Son; this day have I begotten you" (Psa 2:7; Heb 1:5).

gp351 "The BeComingOne came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the BeComingOne ... and when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his [Christ's] kingdom. He shall build a house for my Name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for olam. I will be his [Christ's] father, and he shall be my son" (2Sam 7:4, 5, 12-14).

Fulfillment

gp352 The Bible also shows the fulfillment of these prophesies. "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt 3:17). "And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God" (John 1:34). "I come in my Father's name [the son of yhwh, thus Jesus had His Name]" (John 5:43). "Concerning his [God's] Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3; Acts 2:30).

gp353 Thus, Jesus is the Son of God as well as the seed of David as promised (Luke 3:23-38). Further Christ is the seed of Eve that was promised to bruise the head of Satan (Gen 3:15; Rom 16:20; Psa 91:13; see The "Seed Paper" [PR 1]).

Son of Man Through Mary

gp354 Jesus Christ is called Son of God, but also he is called Son of man (Acts 7:56). Now to be a son of mankind, one needs to be human. Jesus was human for he was a son of Mary (Mark 6:3). "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife [notice not wife, but espoused wife; for Joseph hadn't consummated the marriage, see Matt 1:24-25], being large with a child ... And she brought forth her first-born son" (Luke 2:4-5, 7). Thus another prophecy about Christ came true, "but you Bethlehem ... out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel" (Micah 5:2). Jesus was born in Bethlehem as prophesied in Micah and confirmed in Luke. "Therefore the BeComingOne himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa 7:14).

gp355 As we've shown you Joseph hadn't consummated the marriage, and after Gabriel had told Mary about the son that she was to bring forth, "said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" (Luke 1:34) Mary was a virgin mother. "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman" (Gal 4:4).

gp356 Notice in Galatians 4:4 that God's Son was "made" (KJV) or was "born" (NIV) of a woman. This word "made" is translated from a Greek word ginomai (# 1096) which means: "to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being" (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon). From the Greek Gal 4:4 reads:

  • "But when had come fullness of the time, the God sent forth the Son of Him, coming into existence from [or "out of"] a woman."

It says that God's Son was made out of a woman. This same Greek word, ginomai, is also found in two other closely related verses:

  • "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made [ginomai] of ['out of' -- Greek] the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3; Acts 2:30).
  • "And the Word was made [ginomai] flesh" (John 1:14).

The Son of God first came into existence from a woman, who was flesh ("according to the flesh"), who was also a seed of David.

gp357 Furthermore, these verses are related in meaning to 1John 4:2:

  • "By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God" (NKJV).

The word translated "has come" is a Greek verb in its participle perfect tense (The Analytical Greek Lexicon). Christ did come in the flesh as the above verses indicate. In fact, he first came into existence through a woman. He had no pre-existence. The word "pre-existence" is a self contradiction. Scriptures prove that Jesus Christ the man did not exist before he was born from a woman (see later).

gp358 Jesus Christ was a Son of mankind, not a product of man through a male and female union, but from mankind through his mother. Mary was Christ's mother, but Joseph was not his real father, for Joseph didn't "know" Mary. At that time Mary was a virgin. Thus, Jesus is a son of man or mankind through the medium of Mary only.

Virgin Birth

gp359 Let's understand this virgin birth, and see how Jesus is a Son of God through being born from a woman:

  • "And the angel [Gabriel] said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS ... Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest [BeComingOne] shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:30-31, 34-35). And, "for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Matt 1:20).

gp360 This is why the Bible calls Christ the Son of God. God, the highest power, the power of the Holy Spirit, conceived Jesus Christ in the womb of Mary. In this way, Christ is a Son of God. (In another way Christ is the Son of God, as Christians are sons of God, because he had the Spirit of God in him.) Through the power of God, Mary conceived, not through the power of a male's sperm. Basically, what the male's sperm does when it contacts a female's ovum (egg-cell) is to initiate a chemical-biological chain reaction. Through this chemical reaction the egg-cell grows into a child. Jesus Christ began as any other child from an ovum. But this egg-cell was fertilized not by a male's sperm, for Mary was a virgin. It was the power of God that fertilized this egg-cell that became Christ. How? God by merely duplicating the chemical code of a male's sperm conceived Jesus. Since God designed the ovum and sperm, he knows how they work and thus is able to initiate the chemical reaction in an ovum needed to produce a child. Through the power of God the Father, Mary conceived. In this way, God is the physical father of Jesus; Joseph is not the physical father of Jesus. Mary was a virgin to man, but not to God, for in a sense God "knew" Mary.

Middle Man: Son of God and Son of Man

gp361 This is why Jesus Christ is called a mediator, "for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus" (l Tim 2:5). Notice it was the man Jesus who was the mediator, not the resurrected Christ. Now "mediator" means middle man or middle one. The man Jesus Christ is the middle one between God and mankind. He was "Jesus of Nazareth, a man" (Acts 2:22). This offspring of Mary and God was the beginning of a union of man back to God.

Born of the Seed of David

Genealogy of Mary & Joseph

gp362 But notice that Christ was born "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3). Since Joseph is not the physical father of Christ, then Joseph's genealogy (Matt 1:1-16) is irrelevant. Therefore, in order for Jesus to be a seed of David, Mary must be a seed of David. And she is.

gp363 Read Matthew 1:1-15, "and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, out of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ" (V. 16). From verse two to verse fifteen it says A begat B, and B begat C, and C begat D, etc. But in verse 16 it said that "Joseph was the husband of Mary, out of whom was born Jesus." It did not say Joseph begat Jesus, but it did say that Jesus came out of Mary. As we have seen before, God begat Jesus through Mary. This genealogy given in Matthew 1:1-16 is of Joseph, the foster father of Christ, not the real father. We must look elsewhere to find Christ's human genealogy.

gp364 In Luke 3:23-38 it traces Jesus Christ's real lineage from Mary's father Heli back to David, Judah, Abraham, Noah, and to Adam. This is the genealogy of Christ's mother's side of the Family.

gp365 Notice in Matthew 1:16 that it specifically says Jacob begat Joseph. Now see the wording in Luke 3:23, "and Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age (being as supposed the son of Joseph) of Heli, of the Matthat..." (Luke 3:23, 24). Jesus was supposed by the people around him, to be the son of Joseph, "Is not this [Christ] the carpenter's son?," they wondered about him (Matt 13:55). We know he was not the son of Joseph, but they supposed that he was the son of Joseph. Even If Christ told them he was not the son of Joseph, would they believe he came from a virgin mother? Luke 3:23 simply says Jesus was about 30, and that he was of Heli who was from Matthat, etc. This verse merely added that Jesus was "supposed the son of Joseph." In Matthew 1:1-16 it specifically identifies the genealogy of Joseph, by the fact it said Jacob begat Joseph. In the Luke rendition it did not say Heli begat Joseph. How could Joseph have two human fathers anyway?

gp366 Examine both of these genealogies in Matthew and Luke, they are different. Can Joseph have two genealogies? No, Matthew's account is Joseph's genealogy, and in Luke's is Mary's genealogy. In the Matthew's account it does not say Joseph begat Jesus, but Jesus came out of Mary. Compare each genealogy and you'll see they are different. From David down to Christ in each account, it is different except in two places.

Seed of Nathan

gp367 Mary's lineage came from David's son Nathan. Nathan was a son of David as shown in 2Samuel 5:14, while Joseph's lineage comes from Solomon. Notice further proof in Zechariah 12:12, "and the land shall mourn [in verses 10 and 11 it prophesies of people: first looking on Jesus on the cross; and second looking on Jesus when he returns, Rev 1:7], every family apart ['I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and daughter against her mother,' Matt 10:35]; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan [Mary's family, Luke 3:31] apart, and their wives apart" (Zech 12:12).

[NOTE: Christ was on the cross, and possibly Christ's brothers were apart from their wives, and Joseph was apart from Mary (Joseph isn't mentioned at the end of the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John -- he could have been dead or separated from his wife Mary). The Nathan Family was apart because some of them believed in Christ while others didn't. There is also a Spiritual meaning here. Christ had the Spirit of God and was apart from his brethren Spiritually up until the time they received the Spirit.]

gp368 Mary came from Nathan's lineage, but Joseph from Solomon's, yet both from David since Nathan and Solomon were sons of David. Notice that in Joseph's and Mary's genealogy from David back to Abraham and beyond is the same. The break is from which son of David each genealogy came from. (See the notes for this part of the God Papers for an explanation on an apparent Biblical contradiction between Mary's and Joseph's genealogies concerning who begot Shealtiel.)

Christ's Lineage Review

gp369 We have proved from scriptures that Jesus was a descendant of David as promised David (2Sam 7:4-5, 12-14). Further, we saw that Jesus was the son of God. God (yhwh) begot Jesus the man through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:30-35). Thus, God is Jesus' physical Father (Psa 2:7; Heb 1:5; Psa 89:26-27; 2Sam 7:4, 12-14). Therefore, Jesus is at once the Son of mankind and the Son of God.

gp370 Jesus is the middle one between man and God, "one mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus" (l Tim 2:5). Jesus was flesh and blood, born of woman (Gal 4:4). And his physical birth was initiated through the power of God.

God inside Christ The Man

gp371 But Jesus had another facet about him: he had God's Spirit inside him. God's Spirit was not him, but inside him. This is very important:

  • "The BeComingOne has called me [Christ] from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name [see Luke 1:26-32]. And he [BeComingOne] has made my mouth like a sharp sword [word of God, cf Eph 6:17; Rev 1:16] ... the BeComingOne that formed me [Christ] from the womb His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him ... and my God shall be my strength ... I [the BeComingOne] will also give you [Christ] for a light to the Gentiles" (Isa 49:l-2, 5-6; cf Luke 2:32).

gp372 God gave Jesus a "sharp sword" (word of God) and God was Christ's strength. It was God who gave his strength and words to Christ. Christ didn't speak his own words or use his own power. Notice,"behold my [the BeComingOne's] servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles" (Isa 42:l). "And the spirit of the BeComingOne shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the BeComingOne" (Isa 11:2). This "spirit of wisdom" is the same "wisdom" pictured in Proverbs 8:22ff. The "spirit of wisdom" is God's Spirit.

gp373 Jesus was prophesied to receive the BeComingOne's spirit of wisdom, knowledge, and so on. Did he receive it? "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that lives in me, he does the works" (John 14:10). Notice that the Father, the BeComingOne's Spirit, was inside him and this Spirit, did the works. Even the words of knowledge that Christ spoke were from the BeComingOne as Isaiah 11:2; John 14:10,24; 12:49-50; 8:38 prove. Jesus was set forth distinctively from men, not merely by his resurrection (Rom 1:4), but by his works; Jesus says his Father did the works (John 14:10).

Spirit in Jesus was the Angel of God

gp374 But since angels are spirits (Heb 1:7; compare Heb 1:13 w/1:14), since angels are messengers, and since messengers are word carriers, then the Spirit in Christ was an angel. In fact it was the very angel of the BeComingOne (yhwh). It was this angel who was the Word of God, who carried the words of the BeComingOne (see GP 3).

gp375 It was the Spirit or the angel of God in Christ the man that did the good works. Jesus was sinless (John 8:46) and it was the Spirit in him that did these works. Jesus was a human being, but he had the BeComingOne's Spirit or mind inside him. He was not Spirit himself, for if he were spirit, one could not see him (John 3:8). The man Jesus was flesh and blood, he was human, with the BeComingOne's Spirit inside him. "God was manifest in the flesh" of Christ (1Tim 3:16). "That God was in Christ" (2Cor 5:19).

gp376 "And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord [BeComingOne] by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US" (Matt 1:21-23). Names are used in the Bible to identify characteristics of people. Immanuel, one of Jesus's names, means, "God with us." INSIDE Christ, God was with the world. Christ the man was not God, but God was inside him. Jesus was man only, until his resurrection from the dead and his ascension to the Father.

Jesus Christ Came In The Flesh, Anointed by the Spirit

gp377 Notice, "by this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the FLESH, is of God" (l John 4:2, see NKJV & Greek). John gives those reading the Bible a test: IF someone does agree that Christ Jesus came in the flesh, then he is of God's Spirit. But further John says: "and every spirit [in man] that acknowledges that Jesus is not come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist" (l John 4:3). Jesus was the Christ; He was the Messiah. Jesus was thus the promised anointed one. He was anointed by the Spirit of God. He was anointed by the very Word of God. If Jesus the man was the very Word of God, then how could he have been anointed by the Spirit? If Jesus was already Spirit why would he be anointed again with the Spirit again? Was he anointed by himself? No Jesus came in the flesh, as a human being, and then was anointed by the Spirit. The Savior of mankind came in the flesh with the Spirit of God inside him. But this does not mean he saves us in or by his former state as a man. We are saved by his resurrected life, not by his human life or death, but by his new life.

Jesus Christ The Man Was Not God

gp378 Jesus was not God before his resurrection. Jesus was a man with God's Spirit inside him as many scriptures prove (John 14:10; 1Tim 3:16; John 10:38; etc.). Jesus Christ before his resurrection was a man: "the man Christ Jesus" (l Tim 2:5).

Came From God

gp379 "He [Christ] came from God, and went to God" (John 13:3). The literal translation from the Greek of this verse reads: "and that from God he came out of and to the God goes." Jesus Christ came out of God. He was a physical offspring of God, as shown before, through the power of God. And, "I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go to the Father" (John 16:27-28). By the fact that God was Christ's "physical" father, by the power of the Father, Christ indeed come out of the Father in the same sense that a son comes from his father's physical seed. (There is a dual sense here, see later.) "Now are we sure that you know all things, and need not that any man should ask you: by this we believe that you came forth from God" (John 16:30). If one is from or out of something, he is not that thing. Christ the man was from God, he was not God.

They were Two

gp380 There is an abundance of scripture that indicates that Jesus Christ the man and His Father were two distinctive individuals or beings at one time:

  • sender-sent: The fact that Jesus was sent by his Father means he is someone other than the sender (John 4:34; 6:38-39, 57),
  • two wills: the fact that he came not to do his will but the will of him who sent him shows two wills (John 6:38),
  • two witnesses: the fact that Jesus Christ the man spoke about the law of two witnesses and that he was not alone (monos), comparing himself as one witness and his Father as the other witness indicates two (John 8:16-18),
  • not alone: the fact that Jesus Christ spoke about himself not being alone (monos or only) because his Father who sent him was with him indicates two (John 8:29;16:32),
  • not his words: the fact that Jesus doesn't say his own words ("not from myself") but his Father's words indicate he was not the Father (John 12:49; 14:24),
  • "we": the fact that Jesus spoke of himself and his Father as "we" indicates two (John 14:23),
  • from-going back: the fact that Jesus came from the Father and was going back indicates two (John 16:28),
  • "nor me": the fact that Jesus said that men didn't know his Father "nor me [Christ]" indicates two (John 16:3),
  • Father greater: the fact that Jesus called the Father greater than himself indicates two (John 14:28),
  • sent by the only God: the fact that Jesus Christ said he was sent by the only (monos) true God indicates two (John 17:3),
  • prayed to the Father: the fact that Jesus Christ the man prayed to his Father indicates two (John 14:16; 17:1 ff),
  • resurrected by God: If he was raised by God (Acts 2:24, 2:32; 13:33-37), at the time he was raised by God, how could he be God? No there were two, the one resurrecting, and the one resurrected,
  • not yet returned to the Father: the fact that Jesus said he had yet to return to his Father and called his Father "my Father and your Father"indicate that Jesus Christ the man and God the Father were two (John 20:17),
  • God made him both Lord and Christ: this speaks of two, the one who made Jesus, Lord and Christ, and Jesus who was made by God, both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

All the above and other scripture indicate that Jesus Christ the man and his Father were two before Jesus was resurrected and went to the right side of his Father. Yet other scripture indicates somehow they were one (John 10:30) in a way similar to the way Christians are one in God (John 17:21-23, 11; see 1Cor 12:12ff). When Jesus Christ the man was on earth before his resurrection he was separate from his Father, yet he was ONE in a Spiritual sense, since Christ the man acted as his Father directed (John 12:49-50).

A Mediator is Not God

gp381 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus ... Now a mediator is not of one, but God is one" (l Tim 2:5; Gal 3:20). Jesus Christ the man as a mediator was not God, but God was inside him, for the Spirit lived inside him.

Angel of the BeComingOne Was in Christ the Man

gp382 Word of God in Jesus. Jesus was a Spiritually begotten Son of God through the Spirit inside him. Jesus had inside him the very Spirit or the angel of the BeComingOne. The BeComingOne being the Father because the Power of the BeComingOne predestinated all, thus in this sense the BeComingOne is the Father, while the angel was the messenger and agent of the Father. The archangel (as the messenger of the Father) was actually inside his mind Spiritually leading him. Since Spirit takes up no space (as some imagine space), it can and does live anywhere, including inside a human mind. Since "angel" is a translation from a word meaning "messenger," then the Spiritual Messenger of God the Father was inside Jesus the man's head giving him Spiritual messages that enabled him to fulfill God's will. In a sense, this angel was the Word of God -- the Word of the BeComingOne.

gp383 And again, here is some proof that this Spirit or angel of God the Father was inside Jesus the man:

  • One of Christ's names tells us this: "Immanuel" means God with us. God was with man, by the fact His Spirit was inside Christ.
  • Paul said God was manifested in the flesh (1Tim 3:16). This means by the context of the chapter that God was in Christ, not as the flesh of Christ. If God was as the flesh of Christ, it means God died with Jesus on the cross. But since God is immortal, then God could not and did not die on the cross (see GP 1). To refute this is to say that God lied when through scripture he said that spiritual beings like angels cannot die (Luke 20:36). How can an immortal being die? How can someone that cannot die, die?
  • Jesus said "the son of man shall give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him" (John 6:27). Jesus was sealed by the God with the Holy Spirit as Christians are sealed: "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption" (Eph 4:32; see Eph 1:13; 2Cor 1:22).
  • "That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself" (2Cor 5:19). God's mark or seal was on Christ the man. He had God's Spirit, God's angel, God's Word, in him. Again God was in Christ.

Christ Suffered, Can God Suffer?

gp384 Jesus Christ the man, from a regular ovum in Mary, grew into a man who was sinless (Heb 4:15) because of the power of the Spirit in him. He was only given what was needed for his commission as the man Jesus Christ. He was given God's Spirit that produced the wisdom of Christ the man (Isa 11:2-4) and the great works (John 14:10). But he was given only just enough to do this. He "who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayer and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared" (Heb 5:7). Jesus had to cry aloud to his Father for help, "but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb 4:15). Because of this, the resurrected Christ, "in that he himself has suffered being tested, he is able to help them that are tested" (Heb 2:18). Can God suffer or was God inside of Christ, not as Christ?

gp385 We will explain later how Jesus became God, or we should say was infused into the true God, after being resurrected to the right side of the true God. This may be confusing until you understand who or what is the true God. But for now let's go into more details to prove God's Spirit was inside Christ the MAN.

God Not As Christ, But inside Christ

Men as Temples of the Living God

gp386 God was manifested in the flesh of Christ (1Tim 3:16). And one of Jesus Christ's names ("Immanuel") meant "God with us" (Matt 1:23). But we have shown you that Jesus before his death was not God, but God was inside him. Human beings are called temples of God and God lives inside these temples, if these individuals are Spiritual Christians. "For we are the temple of the living God" (2Cor 6:16). Even Jesus the man was the temple of his Father's Spirit: "Jesus answered them. 'Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.' The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?' But the temple he had spoken of was his body" (John 2:19-21).

gp387 Although God the Father through his Spiritual messenger initiated the chemical process in one of Mary's eggs that produced Christ, God didn't put himself or transform himself with or as the flesh of Christ. God in a sense begot Christ, through a chemical process (created sperm) to produce the MAN Christ in the womb of Mary. At that time, God was not man, thus he did not have physical sperm with genes in it. No physical genes from God went into the ovum that produced Christ, for God being Spirit had no human sperm when he produced Christ the man. Nor did a Spiritual "sperm" enter the ovum, or else Jesus would have been part Spirit. But God did put his Spirit into the mind of Christ. And it is this Spirit of God that led Christ as it leads all sons of God (Rom 8:14) that are sons in the Spiritual or antitypical sense.

Spirit Did the Works With Jesus

gp388 And it was through this Spirit in him that Jesus did the great works (John 14:10). Yet just because it was the Spirit inside him that did the great works, this doesn't mean the man Jesus did nothing. The Spirit in him worked and produced Christ's good Spiritual fruit as the sap in trees produce the fruit. Yet, as the sap needs the branches and the leaves to produce the fruit, so does the Spirit need a body to produce the good fruit. As the leaves and the branches help with the work, so did Christ the man help the Spirit produce the good fruit. Yet without the Spirit no one can produce good fruit, as no branch can produce fruit without the sap from the trunk and roots of the tree. The Spirit is the energy needed to produce the good fruit, as the sap is the energy needed to produce the fruit. They need each other to produce. The Spirit in Christ worked and led Jesus just enough for Jesus the man to be sinless. God gives enough Spiritual power for a person to do what is asked of him (Rom 8:28ff; see New Mind Papers).

Paul is an example.

gp389 Paul was "appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles" by God (2Tim 1:11; Acts 9:15). And what did God answer Paul about a problem he had: "my Grace is sufficient for you" (2Cor 12:9). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored [he did his appointed work] more abundantly than they all: YET NOT I, but the grace of God which was with me" (1Cor 15:10). The grace of God did Paul's work, as the grace of God, or the Spirit of God, or the New-Mind did the works of Christ (John 14:10).

We Are Saved By the Resurrected Christ

gp390 "And if Christ is not risen, then is our preaching futile, and your faith is also futile ... For if the dead don't rise, then Christ is not raised ... If in this life [our human life] only we have hope in Christ [the MAN], we are of all men most miserable. But now Christ is risen from the dead" (1Cor 15:14, 16, 19-20). Christ must be alive and resurrected or our faith is just plain stupidity. "WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE" (Rom 5:10). The Savior of mankind came in the flesh as a human, but we are saved by his new resurrected life.

When Did Christ Receive the Spirit?

gp391 Jesus the man was unique, he was a physical Son of God (through God's power over the ovum) and a Spiritually begotten Son of God (through the Spiritual power in his mind). Romans 8:9-17 and elsewhere manifests to us that to be a Spiritual son of God, you must have God's Spirit in you.

gp392 In the New Testament, it doesn't say when Christ received God's Spirit in his mind, but it was probably from his birth (Isa 49:1-2, 5-6, "from the womb"; cf Luke 2:32; see above), for during his childhood he had the Spirit and the grace of God upon him (Luke 2:40, 46-47). Therefore when Christ was baptized in water by John, the "Spirit of God descending like a dove," was representative of Christ having the Spirit. People saw a dove land on Jesus which fulfilled a sign that Christ was the one who baptized with the Spirit; John merely baptized with water (John 1:33). Those John baptized didn't receive the Spirit (Acts 18:24-25; 19:1-6). Christ received the Spirit at birth. The water baptism by John of Jesus was symbolic only, for Christ already had the Spirit (Luke 2:40). Christ only got water baptized to fulfill prophecy and righteousness and to show a physical example or sign to Israel (Luke 2:40; Matt 3:11-16;Luke 3:15-16; John 1:30-33).

 

God Made Flesh?

gp393 Now some say that Jesus Christ the man and the BeComingOne (Jehovah) of the Old Testament were one and the same person. They, believing that the Word of God, God, and Jesus Christ are one and the same, point out, "In the beginning was the Word ... and the Word was made flesh" (John 1:1,14). Therefore they say God somehow became flesh, but they have a problem since they believe God is immutable or not changeable. Part of the gymnastics that they go through because of their impossible theory is written about in Trinity v. BeComingOne paper. (9) But as we have shown with many proofs in GP 3 of the God Papers, the Word of the Old Testament was the angel of the BeComingOne. It was through this angel or messenger that God -- the BeComingOne -- spoke. This angel spoke for the Coming Power: the God all in all; the BeComingOne that will finally become. The BeComingOne spoke (Isa 52:6) in the Old Testament of the Bible, but he spoke through His agent -- the angel, the very Word of God. The BeComingOne was one and the same being as Christ's Father (GP 2). One of the proofs of this came from Christ's own lips. Since the Jews' God is the God of the Old Testament, then when Christ tells them his Father is the same God, we know that the BeComingOne is the Father (John 8:54).

gp394 Now if it was true, that the very God became flesh, and that he became Christ the man, then it means the BeComingOne, the Father, died when Christ died. We ask, if this is true, WHO RESURRECTED CHRIST THE MAN? Scripture plainly shows us God the Father (through His predestinated Power) raised Christ the man from death (Acts 2:32, 24; Rom 8:11; 1Cor 6:14). Thus, they were separate. God inside Christ the man, not God as Christ the man. God was in Jesus Christ because His Spirit, that is His Angel, or His Word (and the Power of His Word), was in Jesus Christ. Angels or spirits do not die (Luke 20:36). God is immortal, unable to die (1Tim 1:17). Jesus said scripture could not be broken (John 10:35), therefore the BeComingOne or his angels do not die. Before the resurrection God or His angel did not become Christ the man. God in some way was living inside Christ the man. Since the Father is the BeComingOne of the Old Testament, we know that God was with man because he was somehow in Christ the man. God was in Jesus through His Spirit, His Angel, His Spiritual messenger.

Meaning of, "the Word Was Made Flesh"

gp395 Let's see what the scripture means by "the Word was made flesh." From the Greek text this sentence reads, "and the Word became Flesh" (John 1:14). The real sense of this verse is that the Word became flesh after the resurrection, for these words were written by John after the resurrection (GP 5). But there is another sense to this verse. By other scriptures which we shall show you, we can in light of these make this verse clear as following, "and the Word became [in] flesh." For the antitypical or higher or real meaning of this verse see GP 5 of the God Papers.

gp396 "God who at different times and divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us in his Son" (Heb 1:1-2; cf. Heb 2:2-3). God did not speak in the past (before Christ the man) through His Son because he did not exist then. God spoke by or inside his Son during his days on earth:

  • "The words that I speak unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father that lives in me, he does the works" (John 14:10).
  • "For I have not spoken out of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak ... whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak" (John 12:49-50).
  • "The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me" (John 14:24). And again, "I speak that which I have seen with my Father" (John 8:38).

Notice the prophecy of this, "I [the BeComingOne, Deut 18:15] will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you [Jesus came in the flesh, l John 4:2-3, by the seed of mankind not angels, Heb 2:14, 16], and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him" (Deut 18:18).

gp397 Jesus spoke the Words of his Father because the angel or messenger of the BeComingOne was inside Jesus and was leading him. In this way the Father was in Jesus the man leading him with God's Spirit (Isa 42:l; Rom 8:14). The Word was in the flesh, the Word was made and manifested inside the flesh, but was not the same as the flesh before the resurrection. The BeComingOne or the Father didn't become flesh, for if he did then God or His angel died on the cross with and as Christ. But since immortal beings cannot die, then God or His angel was not transformed into Christ in order to die.

Death of Christ the Man

Holy One

gp398 Let's look at Christ's death, for by it we can prove positively what we have put forth herein (For details see CP 4). Notice what is quoted in Acts from the 16th Psalm, "because you [the BeComingOne] will not leave my [Christ's] soul in hell, neither permit your Holy One to see corruption" (Acts 2:27).

gp399 Who is the Holy One? He is the God of the Old Testament. In other words, Christ's Father. "BeComingOne of hosts (is) his name, the Holy One of Israel" (Isa 47:4). "Thus says the BeComingOne, the Holy One of Israel" (Isa 45:11). There are about 40 places in the Old Testament where the BeComingOne identifies himself as the Holy One. The BeComingOne will not permit the Holy One (the BeComingOne himself) to see corruption. Corruption is used by the Bible to indicate death. Thus God will not die on any cross, as some make Him by having Jesus Christ the man joined to their Trinitarian God.

gp400 Christ the man died according to scripture (1Cor 15:3), and was buried for three days (Matt 12:40). And they buried his body in the grave (John 19:40-42). Now Christ the man was resurrected after exactly three days and three nights in the grave (see CP 4). But notice, "of the resurrection of Christ that his soul was not left in hell [the grave], neither his flesh did see corruption" (Acts 2:31). What?

gp401 If Christ the man died, how could his flesh not see corruption? Scripture as we have shown you said specifically Christ died. Since he was flesh, that means his flesh died. But Acts 2:31 said his flesh didn't see corruption. Notice the verse is speaking of the resurrection, and that his soul was not left in the grave. He wasn't left in the grave. He was resurrected, and after this resurrection his flesh didn't and won't see corruption again.

gp402 Notice the proof of this rendition, "and as concerning that he [God] raised him [Christ the man] from the dead, now no more to return to corruption" (Acts 13:34). Acts 2:31 must be read in context of Acts 13:34. Christ's flesh did see death, but after his resurrection his flesh will not see corruption again (NOTE: the resurrected Christ does have a flesh and blood body, Luke 24:39). Thus in context of Acts 13:34, Acts 2:31 means "his flesh did see corruption no more after his resurrection." And Acts 13:37 means in context, "whom God raised, saw no [more] corruption."

gp403 "You shall not permit your Holy One to see corruption" (Acts 13:35). Acts repeats this twice in Acts 13:35 and Acts 2:27. The "Holy One" is the BeComingOne or the Lord God of the KJV, an immortal being. He cannot die according to scripture. Those who say Christ is the BeComingOne of the Old Testament or the Lord or Jehovah of the Old Testament, say he became flesh and died. But scripture says God will not permit the Holy One (the BeComingOne [yhwh] himself) to die. Of course not, for the BeComingOne is the Holy One. He is Christ's Father. He lived inside of Christ the man through His angel who carried God's Word.

gp404 But Acts does use a similar word formation as in Psalms 16:10 and Acts 2:27. Notice Acts 2:31 and Acts 13:37. It seems to say Christ the man is the Holy One by the word formation. But it does not speak of the Holy One. It uses Christ's name, thus, fooling those who are not discriminating enough to notice the difference. Those who do not know there is a difference between the Holy One and Christ the man conclude that Christ didn't really die when they look at Acts 2:31. When they see "neither his flesh did see corruption," they conclude he didn't really die. But as shown, they leave out Acts 13:34 which clears up Acts 2:31.

Spirit Leaves Body At Death

gp405 Therefore Christ died, but the Holy One (the Father's Spirit) inside Christ the man did not die. Notice where the Holy One left Christ the man's body, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). At that same time "he gave up the breath." The Bible uses this last expression to indicate dying, for life came at first from the breath of life (Gen 2:7). At the losing of this breath of life, one loses his life. Also, at death, the man Christ gave up his spirit or angel. And since his Spirit was what made the God in him, it was at this point that the Holy One's Spirit left Christ's body. This fulfills prophecy that the Holy One would not see corruption, but that Christ the man died.

gp406 Now some will probably point to Acts 3:14 in order to prove (they think) that the man Jesus was the Holy One, "but you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you" (Acts 3:14). But HOW did they deny the Holy One? "If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from henceforth you know him, and have seen him ... Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that lives inside me, he does the works" (John 14:7, 10). "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life" (John 6:63). Christ's good works and his words came from the good Spirit inside him. "God was manifest in the flesh" (1Tim 3:16). They denied the Holy One because Christ was a shadow or image of the Holy One (Col 1:15), for Christ did exactly as the Holy One in him led him.

gp407 The angel of the BeComingOne did not die on the cross with Christ the man. Jesus the man died. Jesus came in the flesh (l John 4:2-3). He was made just like his brothers, as flesh and blood, as a human (Heb 2:14, 16). Jesus the man was commissioned before the world began to be sinless, to die for sin, and to be resurrected into God.

Why Christ Died

Predestinated Before the Foundations of the World

gp408 Jesus the man is the Spiritual Lamb of God who before the foundations of the world was chosen to be a spotless or sinless "lamb" through the power of God's Spirit inside him (Compare John 1:29; Rev 13:8; Isa 53:7-8; Matt 12:18; 1 Pet 2:4; Isa 49:7; John 14:10; Rom 1:4).

gp409 It was by the death of one spotless, sinless human being, that God is going to reconcile the world to himself (Rom 5:18; 2Cor 5:19; 1Tim 2:5-6). God who through his Spiritual power begot Jesus physically as well as Spiritually, has given his own physical Son as a sacrifice for all man's sins (l Tim 2:6). Jesus as a man was a physical son of God as explained before, but a Spiritually begotten son not yet born. After Christ the man was resurrected, he became a Spiritually born Son of God as opposed to a Spiritually begotten son of God. To understand the difference between being begotten and being born, see the "Begotten, Born Paper" [NM5] in the New Mind Papers.

gp410 Notice the proof of Christ's commission, "for as by one man's [Adam's] disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus] shall many be made righteous ... for if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life" (Rom 5:19, 10). "Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin [or share the effects of our sins] in order that in union with him [Jesus] we might share the righteousness of God ... he [Jesus] bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (2Cor 5:21, TEB; Isa 53:12, NIV). "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (l Tim 2:5-6). God the Father gave his physical Son, the man Christ, to be a sacrifice for the transgressions of all.

 

Jesus Christ the Man, the Son, did not Pre-exist

gp411 How can someone "pre" exist? It is against the Law of Contradiction to say that Jesus the promised Messiah and Son of God existed before he existed. But since the "pre- existence" of Jesus Christ the man is a popular theory today, we are going to show you the evidence that he first came into existence when he was conceived or begotten in the womb of Mary. We will also look at the so-called scriptural evidence used by others to "prove" that Christ the man existed as some kind of "god" or "angel" before he was born.

The following is evidence that Jesus Christ the man, the Son, first came into existence when he was conceived in Mary's womb:

(1) Against the Law of Contradicition

gp412 The biggest proof that Jesus Christ did not exist before he was born, is the evidence given in the introduction chapter of the God Papers: it would be against the very Law of Contradiction for an immortal being (a being not capable of death) to be changed into a being that is mortal in order for that being (Jesus Christ) to die, or for the being to be simultaneously immortal, yet capable of death (see GP 1, "Introduction").

(2) Jesus came into existence in the Flesh

gp413 "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the FLESH, is of God" (l John 4:2, see NKJV & Greek). John gives those reading the Bible a test: IF someone does agree that Christ Jesus came in the flesh, then he is of God's Spirit. But further John says: "and every spirit [in man] that acknowledges that Jesus is not come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist" (l John 4:3). Christ did not come as a transformed spirit, angel, or God, but he "has come in the flesh."

gp414 And it was the "man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all" (1Tim 2:5-6). It was not the Spirit of Christ that gave himself for mankind, but the "man Jesus Christ." The Spirit of Christ the man was inside Christ before his death; thus, Christ the man gave up his Spirit when he died (note Luke 23:46; Matt 27:50; Mark 15:37; John 19:30).

(3) Prophesied Seed Cannot Exist Before He Genetically Passes through the Fathers and then is Born

gp415 "The BeComingOne came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the BeComingOne ... and when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his [Christ's] kingdom. He shall build a house for my Name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for olam. I will be his [Christ's] father, and he shall be my son" (2Sam 7:4, 5, 12-14).

Look at this carefully. This is a prophecy of the Messiah. He must be a seed or offspring of David, but also the son of the God. How can he be a son of man and a son of God at the same time?

gp416 This prophecy of God's Seed coming out of David who would also be God's son ("my son") pointed to the future when God would make his Son through the means of Mary. It was through Mary that God's only begotten son was made, not at some previous time:

  • "And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and [will] bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest" (Luke 1:30-32).
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gp417 Notice these emphasized words are in the future tense (see Greek text). God's Son did not exist before this time, and was not great before this time (except in the forethought of God). The angel was announcing the coming Son being born by a woman with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Son did not exist before these events.

  • "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife [notice not wife, but espoused wife; for Joseph hadn't consummated the marriage, see Matt 1:24-25], being large with a child ... And she brought forth her first-born son" (Luke 2:4-5, 7).

gp418 Joseph hadn't consummated the marriage, for after Gabriel had told Mary about the son that she was to bring forth, "said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" (Luke 1:34) Mary was a virgin mother. And with the help of the Holy Spirit Mary conceived a son (Luke 1:35, see above). "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman" (Gal 4:4).

(4) Born of a Woman

gp419 Notice in Galatians 4:4 that God's Son was "made" (KJV) or was "born" (NIV) of a woman. This word "made" is translated from a Greek word ginomai (# 1096) which means: "to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being" (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon). From the Greek Gal 4:4 reads: "But when had come fullness of the time, the God sent forth the Son of Him, coming into existence from [or 'out of'] a woman." It says that God's Son was made out of a woman. It did not say that before this event God existed with the Son. God's Son was made or came into existence from a woman by the power of the Holy Spirit (note earlier in this chapter).

(5) Son Speaks Now, Not in the Old Testament

gp420 God didn't speak through the Son in "time past," but to the fathers of Israel by the prophets, but in the last days He speaks in his Son (Note Heb 1:1-2). God did not speak by His Son in the Old Testament times because, His Son did not exist at that time.

(6) Proof of Worshiping Angels

gp421 "But again WHEN He [God] brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all the ANGELS of God worship Him" (Heb 1:6; Deut 32:43, Greek text). God brought His Son into the world by having him being made by a woman with the power of the Holy Spirit (see above). But when the Son came into the world angels were present to worship him. Thus, after the Son was born:

  • "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host [angels] appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. And when the angels had left them and gone into heaven..." [Luke 2:11-15, NIV].

gp422 With Heb 1:6 and Luke 2:11-15 we see when (at Jesus's physical birth) and how (with the angels worshiping him) the first born of God came into the world; He (the man Jesus) did not exist before Mary conceived him in her womb, except in the forethought of God

(7) Spirit and Flesh

gp423 All the so-called "pre-existence" scriptures can be shown to refer to Christ the man's Spirit or angel existing before Christ the man. The Spirit of Christ the man was the angel of the BeComingOne or the angel of Jehovah (yhwh) as we have so far explained in the God Papers (GP 3). The Spirit of Christ and the fleshly Christ the man are just as different as a man and a woman in marriage even though according to the Bible they are ONE in marriage. That is why Paul said that our fathers passed through the sea, baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea, by the spiritual rock: "and that Rock was Christ" (1Cor 10:1-4). The "spiritual Rock" (1Cor 10:4) was Christ even though Christ himself was not even born yet during Moses' time because:

  • (1) Paul was talking about the "spiritual Rock that followed them [the fathers]" (1Cor 10:4)
  • and (2) Paul was talking about Christ in an ex post facto manner as one uses a married woman's marital name even when speaking about some event that happened before she was married (see gp344).
(8) Summarized Evidence against Pre-existence Theory

gp424 Jesus Christ the man was/is the only begotten or born Son of God (John 1:18; 1John 4:9). The scriptures we covered above indicate when and how this Son was born: He did not exist before he was begotten; He was not begotten twice for He is the only begotten Son of God. (There are two senses to Jesus being the only begotten Son -- physical and Spiritual. We speak here of the special physical sense as explained in this chapter.)

gp425 Again, we repeat, there is no way for an immortal being to die. Most, if not all, of those who believe that Jesus Christ existed before he was a man have him existing as an immortal being (an angel or God). There is no way an immortal being can die, for if he ever does die he proves he was never immortal, but mortal.

gp426 Some, but not all, who argue for the so-called "pre-existence" of Christ the man are not thinking through their beliefs and are unknowingly participating in the "big lie":

  • "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness" (2Thes 2:9-12).

gp427 It is a powerful delusion to believe in the contradiction of the Trinitarian theory. But since most, if not all of us, at least subconsciously, act in our daily lives as if they know the Law of Contradiction, then we are in a sense knowingly participating in the "big lie" if we believe in the contradictory Trinitarian theory. At one time I "believed" in the Trinitarian theory, but was puzzled by it: on a certain level I believed; on a different level I did not believe. This is not the only delusion we are under. There are just as big contradictions in various fields of "science."

Pre-existence Theory: Refuting their Evidence

Let's look at some of the scripture others use to "prove" their "pre-existence" theory:

(1) In the Beginning was the Word, which beginning?

gp428 "In the beginning was the Word ... the Word was toward the God ... All things were made through him ... In him was life ... And the Word became flesh" (John 1:1-4, 14, see Greek).

But which beginning was John speaking about?:

  • (1) the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1) as witnessed by the disciples of Jesus ( Luke 1:2; John 15:27; 1John 1:1); or (2) the beginning of the creation (Gen 1:1) Since John spoke about the "beginning" in his Gospel and letters, it is John's meaning in (1) above that should clarify this verse. Yet the Genesis' "beginning" also applies, being true through the Spirit of Jesus, but not true through the flesh of Jesus, for the flesh of Jesus only existed after his birth from Mary.

gp429 The word, "Word," was translated from the Greek word, logos. This Greek word means, "something said (including the thought)." "Logos" not only indicated the word spoken, but can also indicate the reason or thought behind the word. But a word is spoken, that is, a word is spoken by someone. The "Word" in the beginning was spoken by the God through His angel or messenger for it was through angels that God spoke in the Old Testament times (cf Heb 1:1-2 w/ 2:2-5):

  • "And God said, let there be light: and there was light" (Gen 1:3).

This is some proof that the Word and the true God are not one and the same in the fullest sense: the Word comes from God, and is spoken ("God said") from God, but is not the God. We have explained already in the Word chapter that the Word was carried by the angel of God. Also in the Greek it says, "the Word was toward the God" not the Word was "with" God (John 1:1; cf. John 13:3). And the Greek says, "and God was the Word," not the Word was God. The Word cannot be toward the God and at the same time be the true God in the fullest sense. As shown in the Word chapter (GP 3) there is a very close relationship between the Word or angel of God and the God, and as we will show in a later chapter, the Word is indeed toward the true God, but is not the God in the fullest sense of God all in all. The Word of God was/is closely related to God, for it carries with it the power of God, for what God says will happen. God does not lie (see GP 5 for more details on John 1:1-18 and the rest of the God Papers).

gp430 The Word became flesh in the truest sense after the death of Christ the man (see GP 5). Another sense of John 1:14 ("And the Word became flesh") is that during Christ the man's life on earth the Word was inside the flesh (see this chapter, GP 4)

(2) Whose going forth was from of Old ...

gp431 This verse is speaking about the place of the birth of Jesus, and is mostly incorrectly translated into something like this:

  • "And you Bethlehem Ephratah... out of you shall he come forth unto me to be Ruler in Israel: whose going forth are from of old, from the days of eternity" (Micah 5:2).

It looks like the Messiah comes from past eternity. The problem is that "eternity" should be translated olam which as explained in the "Age Paper" (NM7) means an age of unknown length. In one sense Jesus Christ's going forth was from the very old days, for since the beginning God had been prophesying his coming. And the second meaning is that the Spirit in Christ was from the old days, since the Spirit in Christ existed from the beginning of creation. In fact this very Spirit created the universe. The man, the Messiah born in Bethlehem, did not exist in the old days, for he first came into the world through Mary, but his "going forth" by prophecy was from even before the very beginning for he was predestinated before the cosmos (1Pet 1:19-20) and he was the seed prophesied in Genesis (Gen 3:15).

gp432 Other scriptures such as Proverbs 8:22-23 and John 8:58 can be explained in this way: Christ's Spirit existed before the man Jesus was born. This is the same for us. Our own Spirit has existed since the beginning, but we were born in this age, a long time after the beginning. After we are infused with our Spirit in the resurrection, we can say in a sense that we existed from the beginning since our own Spirit existed from the beginning even though there were many years after the beginning before we were born.

(3) Jesus Christ Existed Before He was Born Only in God's Fore-Thoughts and Plans

gp433 "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began" (John 17:5). The Greek word translated "had" here is an imperfect Greek verb that means "to possess" or "to hold." Christ possessed in some imperfect or incomplete sense (remember the verb is in the imperfect or incomplete tense) glory before the world began.

gp434 Christ was predestinated to possess the glory of God after he was born and thereafter was to obtain the Kingdom of God and its glory; in the Old Testament it foretold the birth of Jesus Christ:

  • "He shall cry unto Me, you art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him My first born, higher than the kings of the earth" (Psa 89:26-27).
  • "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government [rulership of God] shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the duration Father, the Prince of Peace" (Isa 9:6).
  • "I will declare the decree: the BeComingOne has said unto me, You art my Son; this day have I begotten you" (Psa 2:7; Heb 1:5).
  • "The BeComingOne came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the BeComingOne ... and when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his [Christ's] kingdom. He shall build a house for my Name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for olam. I will be his [Christ's] father, and he shall be my son" (2Sam 7:4, 5, 12-14).
  • "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. And he will reign over the house of Jacob for aeonian, and of his kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:31,33).

gp435 Just as Jeremiah was known before he was born, and was ordained a prophet before he was born (Jer 1:4-5), just as Paul was "appointed" an apostle before the world began (2Tim 1:11, 9), just as Christians are chosen before the world began (2Tim 1:9; 1 Per 1:2; 2Thes 2:13; see "Predestination Paper" [NM8]), is how Jesus Christ possessed the glory of God before the world began. Before the world began Jesus possessed the glory in an imperfect or incomplete sense: thus the use of the imperfect Greek verb ("I had" -- KJV) in John 17:5. It was in an incomplete sense because he at the beginning did not yet have the glory, but was predestinated to have it.

gp436 But when Jesus Christ the man was predestinated before the world began he did not at that time possess the glory because at that time he did not exist as the Son of God, nor did the great glory of God exist before the world began: the great glory of God is coming, not here yet. In the truest sense, the glory of the God will exist when the BeComingOne (yhwh) has come (see GP 6, "Glory of God," and rest of the God Papers). Such verses as Micah 5:2 can be explained in the way we explained John 17:5.

(4) Jesus Christ Existed in Heaven Before His Birth? How?

gp437 The scriptures that apparently say that Jesus Christ the man existed in heaven before his birth can be explained by the fact that Christ the man spoke the words of God, it was the Word of God or the angel of God inside Jesus the man that existed before Christ was born (see above under, "God Inside Christ"). Such verses as John 1:30; 3:13, 31; 6:33, 38, 51; 8:23, 42, 58; 1Cor 10:4; Col 1:17 and so forth can be explained in this way. As we will learn in GP 6 we also have a spirit or angel that existed before we were born. Does that mean we existed before we were born just because our spirit existed before we were born?

(5) Jesus Christ Created All Things? How?

gp438 The scriptures that seem to say that Jesus Christ the man created all things can be explained by the fact the Word or Spirit of the God was inside Christ the man, and it was this Word of God that created the present universe (Psa 33:6; Gen 1:1, 3 ["and God said"]). Another sense of Jesus Christ creating all is explained in the next chapter. Read all the God Papers to understand still more fully the meaning of the verses that seem to indicate that Christ did/will create all. Some of these verses are John 1:1-4, 10; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2.

(6) Personification of Wisdom

gp439 The scripture in Proverbs 8:22-31, concerning the personification of Wisdom, where "The BeComingOne possessed me [Wisdom] in the beginning of his way before the works of old" can be explained by the fact Jesus the man had the Spirit or angel of Wisdom inside him (see above under, "God Inside Christ," note Isa 11:2; 42:1).

(7) Jesus Christ Humbled or Emptied Himself?

gp440 The scriptures that seems to say the "pre-existent" Christ "emptied himself" or "humbled himself" of his pre-birth glory or power to be born or transformed or incarnated as Christ the man can be explained by the fact that inside Christ the man was the Word or angel with the Name of God. It was the Spirit inside Christ the man that humbled himself by being restricted inside a human being while that being was being humbled by the ignorant around him. And it was the man Jesus Christ the coming king who was also humbled, for he knew he was predestinated by God to be king of the whole world, yet he was treated with irreverence. These scriptures are Phil 2:6-8 and 2 Cor 8:9.

(8) Trinitarians' Bias

gp441 Most, if not all, who point to the scriptures that seem to say that Christ the man existed before he was born, speak of that pre-existent Christ as God (i.e. in the "Trinity" God), or a God, or an angel. But God is immortal and angels do not die (Luke 20:36). Therefore such an immortal being cannot be converted or transformed or incarnated into a being that can die. This is foolishness (See Introduction chapter under, "Law of Contradiction").

Melchizedek

Without Parents, No Beginning of Days?

gp442 Some use the scriptures on Melchizedek to try and prove that Jesus Christ had no beginning of days, that he has always existed, and that Melchizedek (or Melchisedec) and Jesus Christ are one and the same person. They quote from Hebrews:

  • "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abides a priest continually." [Heb 7:3]

They point out that Melchizedek had "neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God." So they conclude wrongly that Melchizedek was Jesus Christ, and that this is proof that Jesus had no beginning of days. But this misunderstands what Paul was saying and misunderstands type and antitype in scripture.

Jesus had a Genealogy

gp443 All one has to do to disprove that Jesus Christ and Melchizedek are not one and the same person is to read Hebrews 7:14, "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood." Jesus, our Lord, was an offspring from Judah. Jesus had a genealogy and it is found in the Bible (Luke 3:23-38). Jesus was born "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3). All through the Old Testament it predicted Christ's coming in the flesh (GP 4). It is the spirit of the anti-Christ that will not admit that Christ came in the flesh (1John 4:3). Jesus Christ came in the flesh with a clear genealogy. Where Christ differs from others is that his Father was God, not a human father (GP 4). It is clear that Jesus had a father and had a mother: he had a genealogy; he had a beginning. But Paul said that Melchizedek was without father, without mother. So it is clear from this alone that Melchizedek and Jesus are not one and the same person.

Pre-Existence?

gp444 Jesus Christ did not pre-exist as some say, but nevertheless his Spirit did exist before he was born (GP 3), as did my Spirit, as did your Spirit, and as the Spirit of everyone else did exist before they were born (GP  6). Just because Christ or you or I have a Spirit that existed before we were born doesn't mean we pre-existed. We came into existence only when we were physically begotten.

Mechizedek Prefigured Christ's Perpetual Priesthood

gp445 But why did Paul say that Melchizedek was without father or without mother, "having neither beginning of days, nor end of life." Was Melchizedek an angel who always existed? No, for Paul said Melchizedek was a man (Heb 7:4). And as a man he was born, and he also died, even though the Bible did not record this fact. Look at what a study Bible had to say about this point:

  • "Without father ... or end of life. Genesis 14:18-20, contrary to the practice elsewhere in the early chapters of Genesis, does not mention Melchizedek's parentage and children, or his birth and death. That he was a real, historical figure is clear, but the author of Hebrews (in accordance with Jewish interpretation) uses the silence of Scripture about Melchizedek's genealogy to portray him as a prefiguration of Christ." [NIV Study Bible, footnote for Heb. 7:3]

Just because the Bible doesn't mention Melchizedek's genealogy doesn't mean he had none. Paul shows in the book of Hebrews that the high priest Melchizedek prefigured the priesthood of Christ (Heb 6:20). Christ's high priesthood did not come from him being genealogically linked to the Levites (who were priests by the Law), but through the "order of Melchizedek" (who was without genealogical linkage to the Levites):

"For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek" (Heb 7:14-15, 99-15).

But just because Melchizedek prefigured Christ in some way doesn't mean he was Christ. The Passover lamb prefigured Christ. Does this mean the lamb was Christ? Of course not. Other real persons in the Bible prefigured Christ, does it mean they were Christ just because they were a type of Christ. To get the "type" mixed up with the "antitype" is to show one does not know what type and antitype mean.

 


Notes

Genealogy of Jesus

gp446 Notice that there is something strange in Mary's and Joseph's genealogies. During the time of the Babylon captivity there is again a common ancestor to Joseph and Mary's side of the family. "And after they brought to Babylon, Jechoniah begat Shealtiel; and Shealtiel begat Zerubbabel" (Matt 1:12). And, "Zerubbabel, which was the son of Shealtiel, which was the son of Neri" (Luke 3:27). Now in Matthew 1:12 it says Jechoniah begat Shealtiel. This is impossible for Jechoniah had no sons who lived to produce offspring (see 2Kings 24:12, 15; Jer 22:24, 30; note Jechoniah=Coniah=Jehoiachin). But he had wives (2Kings 24:15). The scriptures said Jechoniah begat Shealtiel, yet scriptures say he would have no sons. Thus, the Bible contradicts itself? No! "If brethren [brothers or near of kin] live together, and one of them die, and have not child [Jechoniah had no sons], the wife of the dead [Jechoniah or Jehoiachin died without offspring, see 2Kings 24:12; Jer 52:31-34; Jer 22:24, 30] shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother [or near of kin] shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother [or near of kin, see Book of Ruth, especially 3:11-13; 4:10, 13-14, this proves one doesn't have to be a brother, but be the nearest of kin willing and able to perform this duty] unto her. And it shall be, that the first-born which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel" (Deut 25:5-6).

gp447 Therefore, a near of kin to Jechoniah performed his duty as described in Deuteronomy 25:5-10 and married one of Jechoniah's wives. The first-born of this relationship is accounted to the name of Jechoniah not the name of the near of kin who married one of Jechoniah's wives. Hence according to the laws of Israel Jechoniah begat Shealtiel even though physically he didn't, but a next of kin did.

gp448 The physical father of Shealtiel was Neri (Luke 3:27), but the legal father (for the genealogy of David) was Jechoniah (Matt 1:12). Therefore Neri was the near of kin who married one of Jechoniah's wives to conform to the law of Deuteronomy 25:5-10.

Review of GP 4

gp449 We have shown in this part that before Jesus Christ was resurrected, he was a human being because he was born from a woman. Jesus the man was not just any human being. Christ was also a Son of God, both physically (through the Holy Spirit's union with Mary) and Spiritually (through the medium of God's Spirit inside of him). Christ was also a Son of man, for he was born through the means of Mary his mother. Christ was a mediator between man and God; he was the Son of God and the Son of man. Jesus Christ the man actually had the Spirit or Angel of the BeComingOne (yhwh) inside him leading him in the right way. It was because of this Spirit that Christ the man became sinless. God was not Jesus Christ the man, but God was inside of Christ the man. When Jesus Christ the man died, his Spirit was then separated from him. The Spirit or angel of God did not die as Christ the man or with Christ the man, for Spirit cannot die. The angel of the BeComingOne separated himself from Christ the man when Christ died.


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