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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 5: Jesus Christ the God

Same Titles and Names
Spiritual Marriage
Image of God: Two into One
Before All
John 1:1-18
Sun and Moon
Glory of God

Who He Was/Is/Will Be

Resurrection

gp450» After Jesus Christ the man was dead and in the grave for three days and three nights, he was resurrected by his Father's power, that is, he was brought back to life again.

[See Chronology Papers (CP 4) for important details on the resurrection.]

gp451» But before this resurrection we know that Jesus was not God when he lived on earth. He was a son of God, both physically and Spiritually, as just explained in GP 4. The very angel/Spirit of the BeComingOne (yhwh) was inside Christ. This angel/Spirit was in a sense the Word of God of the Old Testament, for he carried the very words of God (see GP 3). Jesus was anointed by this very angel/Spirit. Jesus was the Messiah because he was anointed by this angel/Spirit. Jesus, you might say, was a shadow of the Spirit or angel inside him. Christ spoke what the Spirit inside him directed him to speak (Isa 59:21; John 14:10). Therefore in a sense he was a reflection of the true light. In fact, a symbol of Jesus Christ the man is the moon (see Notes). To ones on the earth, the moon is the reflection of the light from the sun, so too is Christ the man the reflection of the true Light of the Father to those on the earth. The Spiritual light in Jesus Christ the man came from the Father, the yhwh, the BeComingOne.

BeComingOne's Names And Titles

gp452» The BeComingOne of the Old Testament had such titles as:

  • Lord of lords (Psa 136:3);
  • Lord and God (Psa 68:19-20; 68:32);
  • Lord of kings (Dan 2:47);
  • King of Glory (Psa 24:7-10);
  • Almighty God (Gen 17:1; 28:3; Exo 6:3);
  • Creator (Isa 45:18; 48:13);
  • Rock (Deut 32:4; Psa 18:2; 28:1; Isa 26:4);
  • Father (Isa 63:16);
  • Husband of Israel (Isa 54:5);
  • Savior (Isa 45:15; 49:26);
  • Redeemer (Isa 47:4; 49:26; 54:5; 60:16);
  • Word, the one who speaks through an angel (Isa 52:6, see GP 3 & 4);
  • True God (Jer 10:10);
  • "I am the first, I also the last" (Isa 44:6);
  • Only God (I am YHWH, none else... no God beside me[ Isa 45:5])

gp453» But God's proper name is yhwh, pronounced Yehowah or traditionally as Jehovah (lately as Yahweh). It means "He-(who)-will-be" or the "BeComingOne" (see GP 1).

gp454» We have shown in GP 4 that the angel of the BeComingOne was not the man Jesus. Jesus the man was born from an ovum as flesh, but born to be Savior of the world (see Matt 1:21; 1John 4:2-3; Luke 9:56; 1John 4:14). Christ the man saved no one. The BeComingOne through His Spirit was inside Christ the man, and He (yhwh) is the true Savior of all (Isa 49:26; 45:21).

gp455» The Savior came inside the flesh of Jesus Christ the man. Jesus Christ the man was the real sacrificial Lamb of God who died for mankind's sins. Christ the man lived his commission by revealing his Father's way (John 17:6; 14:10) and then dying as a sacrificial offering for sin (1 Pet 1:18-19; Isa 53:10).

Christ's Names And Titles

gp456» But in the New Testament we see that the resurrected Christ is called:

  • Lord of lords (Rev 19:6);
  • Lord and God (John 20:28);
  • King of kings (1Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14; 19:16);
  • King of Glory (1Cor 2:8);
  • Almighty (Rev 1:8);
  • Creator (John 1:3; Col 1:16, 17; Eph 3:9);
  • Rock (1Cor 10:4);
  • Father, through prophecy, (Isa 9:6; 22:21);
  • Husband of Spiritual Israel (Rev 21:2; Eph 5:22-23);
  • Savior (2Tim 1:10; Titus 2:13; 3:6);
  • Redeemer (Gal 3:13; 1Tim 2:6; Titus 2:14; Rev 5:9);
  • Word of God (Rev 19:13);
  • True God (1John 5:20);
  • First and the Last (Rev 22:13);
  • Only God (Jude 1:25; 1Tim 1:17; 1Cor 8:4)

gp457» We see that the resurrected Christ is called by the same names as the BeComingOne of the Old Testament. Christ the man was not called by these titles. (10) Only after Christ was resurrected was he called by these titles. The first time Jesus was called God was after he was resurrected (John 20:28), not before. But how can this be? Does this mean the BeComingOne gave his titles to Christ after the resurrection?

Glory Not Given to Another

gp458» "I am the BeComingOne: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images" (Isa 42:8; Isa 48:11). The BeComingOne will not give his glory to another, yet we see the BeComingOne's titles on Christ, and we see that Jesus Christ will come in the glory of his Father (Note Mark 8:38).

Was Jesus yhwh in Old Testament Bible?

gp459» Because many have seen the titles of the BeComingOne on Jesus Christ, they have assumed that Jesus Christ was the BeComingOne of the Old Testament or was inside the God of the Old Testament as some kind of "Trinity." But at the same time they ignore other scriptures that indicate Jesus Christ the man was not the same as God (see GP 4), or not the same as God the Father (GP 2). You can read books that assert false evidence that Jesus Christ belongs to some type of "Trinity." You can also read books that pretend to show evidence that Jesus Christ was/is only a man. You can also read so-called evidence that seems to show that Jesus Christ existed before he was born as a human (his so-called pre-existence). All this can get confusing even for the theologians.

gp460» Why did Christ after the resurrection have the same titles as the BeComingOne? How can this be when the BeComingOne said he would not give his glory to another? (Isa 42:8; 48:11) Can there be two Saviors, or two who are Almighty? Some may try and say that the BeComingOne could have given these titles to the resurrected Christ, but He said he would not give His glory or honor to another. Remember God does not lie; He keeps His Word. There is an answer to this paradox. The answer is all around us. Much of creation shouts to us the answer to this puzzle.

Spiritual Marriage: Two into One

Analogy

gp461» God tells us through Paul that we can know "the invisible things of him from the creation of the world." He is "understood by the things that are made" (Rom. 1:20). Through analogy of events or persons in the Bible Paul taught some of the New Testament Christians the truth about God. Paul used the analogy between Christ and Adam (1Cor 15:21-22, 45, 47; Rom 5:14, 18). Paul used analogy between Christ and Melchizedek and the high priest (Hebrews chap 7 & 8). Paul used analogy between the seed of Abraham and the true Seed, and between Abraham's faith and the Faith of Christians (Rom chap 4; Gal 3:16; etc.). Paul used analogy between old Israel (physical Jews) and new Israel (Spiritual Jews) [Rom 2:28-29; etc.]. Paul used analogy between a woman in marriage and the Church in marriage (Eph 5:22-33). Paul used analogy between the old physical Jerusalem and the new Spiritual Jerusalem (Gal 4:25-26). John, Paul, James and others from the New Testament used analogy to help explain doctrine. We will also use analogy to help prove doctrine. Paul spoke about the law having a shadow of good things to come, not the very image of the things (Heb 10:1). Paul spoke of events in the Old Testament happening as types or examples for Christians (1Cor 10:11; see "Duality Paper" [BP 4]).

gp462» Through analogy we will be better able to understand the paradox concerning Jesus Christ and the BeComingOne (yhwh) and we will be better able to understand how: "the Word became flesh" (John 1:14).

Marriage Analogy: Two Become One

gp463» Notice how the physical marriage union was described in scripture? "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh"(Gen 2:24). And again, "For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two but one flesh" (Mark 10:7-8). According to scripture, when two marry they are no longer two, but they are one. Two become one, not only sexually, but as a union in their work, finance, families, pleasure, hope, life, and name. And through the sexual act of two becoming one a new creation (a child) is born. From two a newborn is created with the physical traits and genes of both parents. There is a higher meaning to the various aspects of sex especially sexual intercourse. The sexual act of two becoming one is used in a spiritual sense throughout the Bible:

  • 1) In a good sense of the Church and God: 2 Cor 11:2; Rev 21:2; Eph 5:23-32; Matt 22:1-14; 25:1-13; or Israel and God, Isa 54:5;
  • 2) or in the evil sense of mankind and Satan: Ezek 16; Exo 34:15-17; Jud 2:11, 17; Jer 3:6-14; Hosea 1:1-3; 2:19-20; 4:10-19; Rev 2:14, 20-22; 17:1-2ff

Therefore, there is a another meaning to sex in the scriptures and when we understand this higher meaning we will understand the mystery of the BeComingOne (yhwh) and Jesus Christ having the same titles even though the BeComingOne said he would not give his glory to another.

God the Husband of Israel

gp464» In the Old Testament the BeComingOne is pictured as the husband of the Israelite people, "for your maker is your husband; the BeComingOne of hosts is his name" (Isa 54:5; see Jer 3:14; Hos 2:19-20; etc.). The BeComingOne is pictured as the husband of Israel. Jesus Christ the man was an Israelite, the true seed of Abraham (Heb 2:16; Gal 3:16). He fulfilled Israel's promise not to sin and thus is the real Israel (Ex 19:5-6). We also see that Christ the man is the true Israel of God by comparing Matthew 2:15 with Hosea 11:1. So following this analogy since God was the husband of Israel, then God is the "husband" of Christ, the true Israel of God.

Spiritual Marriage

gp465» The BeComingOne of the Old Testament was connected closely with an angel as shown in GP 3 of the God Papers. In fact, the BeComingOne (yhwh) said his name was in the angel or messenger (Exo 23:21). Just as in a physical marriage when two become one, so too in a spiritual marriage -- two do become one. The angel of the BeComingOne (who had the name in him) spiritually married Jesus Christ the man and they, who were two, became one. As Christians have their own angel (Mat 18:10), Christ also had his (Acts 12:8-11; Rev 1:1; 22:16), the very first-angel, the angel that carried the Word of God (GP 3). And as we will see later, in the type and antitype of the Bible, the spiritual are the antitype "males" while the physical are the antitype "females." So the antitype male (the angel of Christ) became one with the antitype female (Jesus the physical Israelite).

Jesus Christ's New Name

gp466» As a woman takes on the family name of her husband, in the fulfillment of this analogy Jesus also took on the name of God. The name of God is the BeComingOne (see GP 1). God or the BeComingOne is Jesus' new name (Rev 3:12, see Isa 62:2; Rev 14:1; Isa 65:15; GP1, "Name in Scripture" at ¶ gp103).; Yet as a woman retains her personal name, so does Jesus retain his personal name, but his surname is now the BeComingOne (yhwh), the true God, for he went into the God. In a sense Jesus is now in the Family of YHWH -- the BeComingOne.

gp467» The Spirit of the God and Jesus Christ are spiritually married. They are one, thus, share the honors of each other. That is why Jesus is called by the New Testament writers with the same titles as the BeComingOne was called in the Old Testament. Unlike the physical marriage -- they are perfectly ONE. It is a perfect and complete relationship. What God does is perfect (Psa 18:30; Deut 32:4).. Two have become one as the commandment demands (Gen 2:24).

Notice how a perfect marriage should be:

  • "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself ... let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself" (Eph 5:28,33).

gp468» Jesus Christ's human body is now God's body. "God is Spirit" (John 4:24). The angel of the BeComingOne (yhwh) is Spirit, for angels are spirits (Heb 1:7). Thomas called Christ, God (John 20:28). In fact, Jesus Christ the man with God (His Spirit) through their Spiritual marriage are ONE. Since they are one, the resurrected Jesus Christ is God (John 20:28; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet 1:1; 1John 5:20; Jude 1:25; 1Tim 1:17; 4:10; see The Trinity, by Bickersteth, chap. 4).

Jesus Christ's Flesh

gp469» But notice after Jesus was resurrected and became one with his Spiritual mate, he appeared to his disciples from nowhere and: 

  • "They were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he [Christ] said unto them, why are you troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is myself [Greek: 'I am myself']: handle me, and see: for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet ... And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honey comb. And he took it, and did eat before them."[Luke 24:37-43]

gp470» Scripture tells us of women actually taking hold of him after he ascended to God (Matt 28:9-10). Christ became one with God, thus one with Spirit, but here (Luke 24:37-43) scripture says the resurrected Christ was flesh and blood, he was like a human being. Is this a Biblical contradiction? 

Two, Spirit and Flesh, Became One

gp471» No, for as God is spirit, so too the resurrected and ascended Christ as God, is spirit. But further, Christ is flesh and blood. God has Spiritually married and become one with mankind. And now they are one. The God is now in mankind and mankind is in the God through Jesus Christ (2Cor 6:16; John 10:38; 17:21; Rev 21:3). Two, spirit and flesh, have become one as the higher meaning of the commandment of Genesis demands.

Christ in the Image of God

The Image has Something to do with Two in One

gp472» We see that Christ fulfills the image of God, bodily (Col 1:15; 2:9; 2 Cor 4:4; Heb 1:3). What is the image of God? Since God is spirit and spirit is invisible (GP 3), the image or likeness of God is not necessarily the appearance of the man, but does include other aspects of the likeness. We see that "God created man in his image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them" (Gen l:27). Notice that God created "him" in the image of God, but also God created "them" male and female. But look, "male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam" (Gen 5:2). God created "him," meaning the male (Adam), in the image of God. But furthermore, God created them male and female and called their name Adam or man since the Hebrew word translated "Adam" is the same Hebrew word translated elsewhere as "man." So does this mean that male and female are in the image of God? Yes, because God's word says we can know the Godhead by his creation (Rom 1:19-20), and one of the most obvious aspects of the creation is the male and femaleness of it, and the reproduction aspect of it. Sex and reproduction penetrates the whole creation. So from the Bible we can ascertain that sex and other aspects of man are included in the likeness or the image of God:

  • The male (Adam) was created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27; 5:1) while the female is also the glory of man (1 Cor 11:7)
  • Both male and female are called man, and thus, male and female are man (Adam) and are in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27; 5:1-2), but the female herself is in the reverse sexual image of the male
  • After God created the first man, the man was alone (Gen 2:18)
  • Woman came out of man (Gen 2:21-23), but in turn after the first man, man came out of woman (Gen 4:1; 1 Cor 11:12)
  • Both the man and the women ("them") were to have rulership over the creation (Gen 1:26, 28)
  • Both man and woman became one (Gen 2:24)
  • Both were to be fruitful and multiply and have rulership over the earth (Gen 1:26)
  • Both rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:1-3)

The male (Adam) was created in the image of God, but both male and female are called man. Thus, male and female are man (Adam) and are in the image of God. But as Paul indicated (1Cor 11:7) there is a double meaning here since the male himself is an image of God while the female herself is in the image or glory of man. And both are out of each other, but all things out of God (1Cor 11:12).

Male and Female are One

gp473» From the very beginning of creation God considered male and female as "man." God used the name "man" to include both male and female. In many languages today, "man" has a dual meaning of not only meaning male, but also mankind, which includes both sexes. The very act of sexual intercourse and marriage has the meaning of signifying two (male and female) becoming one (Gen 2:24; Mark 10:6-8). Male and female are two, yet in God's eyes they are one, they are "man" or "Adam."

Spirit and Flesh of Christ Become One

gp474» The antitypical male (Spirit of Christ) has joined with the antitypical female (the flesh of Christ) and they two have become one. Genesis 2:21-25 pictures the woman coming out of the man just as Jesus Christ the man came out of God (see GP 4). And Genesis 2:21-25 also pictures the woman coming back to the man to become one, just as Jesus the man was the first to go back and become one with the Father:

  • "I have come out of the Father, and I have come into the kosmos, again I am leaving the kosmos and I am going toward the Father" (Greek, John 16:28, & see v. 5, 10, 17; and John 13:3; see Notes this Part).
Another Sense of the Image of God

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