"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
When God became a man who was Jesus, did he live his life as a Man, or as God, or as God-Man? Most Christians think that he lived as God and Man at the same time. What does the Bible say? And what is its significance?
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The Transcript of this Message
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
The topic is: When Jesus was living as a man in Nazareth, did he live as God or as a Man or as God-Man? Second part of the question is: what is Jesus now? The answer may vary a/c to our opinions. Most Christians think that he was God even while he was living as a man. In a religious set up, it is common for people to accept a hero or a man who did great things, as God. So, it is not strange to accept Jesus as God while he was living as a man because he did great things. Most religious people think that the spirit of people continue to live after death, helping their loved ones in many ways. In religion, people worship such spirits as God. So, it is not strange for such religious Christians to worship the spirit of man Jesus as God even after his death. But, I am not asking what you think or the religion thinks. My question is what does the Bible say? What was Jesus Christ when he was a man and what is he now? Let us find the answers from scriptures, but not from religious studies.
A/c to scriptures, there are seven incidents that Jesus came through. Let us start from the very beginning. (First) In the OT Jesus was God in equal status with God the Most High. (2nd) The same God was made flesh, which was just a man a/c to Phil 2:6 & John 1:14. Then he was crucified as the Lamb of God. (3rd) God the Most High raised him from his death and made him Lord and Christ a/c to Acts 2:36. (4th) God declared him as his begotten son a/c to Psalm 2:7 & Acts 13:33. (5th) God the Most High anointed him as God a/c to Heb 1:8-9. (6th) All power was given to Jesus in heaven and in earth, when he became God a/c to Matt 28:18. (7th) Jesus will be omnipresent God. He is with his disciples always, even to the end of the world a/c to Matt 28:20. Let us study these seven incidents in detail.
First. He was God
In the beginningJesus was God the creator, the Almighty, God that I Am, Jehovah, God the Word and he was in equal status with God the Most High. At that time he was not the begotten Son of God the Most High. He was God the Word. He was equal with God the Most High.
Second. He was made a man
John 1:14 says the Word was made flesh. The word flesh indicates that he was a mere man. God the Word, who was the creator, made a supreme sacrifice in becoming a man. Phil 2:6 says, he being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Hebecame just a common man, for two very important reasons.
The first reason was: He came to die as the Lamb of God a/c to John 1:29 & 36. Heb 2:7&9 say we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death. That is, in order to die he must be ceased from being God, since God and angels cannot die. So, he cannot even become an angel. He had to become just a man to meet death as the Lamb of God.
The second reason: 1 Peter 2:21 says hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: What steps we should follow? 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: That is sinless perfection. If he had maintained the status as God and lived a sinless life it is no proof that a man can live a holy sinless perfect life, but it is proof that God can live a holy sinless perfect life. That is not what he wanted. His purpose was to prove that a man can live a perfect life and to show people how to live that perfect life. So, it was necessary for him to become an ordinary man and to live a sinless perfect life to show it to ordinary people like us so that we may live that life.
Now the question is: how did he live a pure holy sinless perfect life being a man? This is how. Jesus received grace spirit and power from God. And God the Father lived in him. So, he was living with the power and abiding of God. With these, he was able to live a sinless perfect life. Then he made the same grace, spirit, power, and the presence of God, available to all men if we meet the requirements. So, if we do not meet the requirements as Jesus had met, we will not receive them. But most of our preachers tell us not to meet the requirements as the serpent was telling Eve at the garden of Eden. As Eve believed the serpent and disobeyed God, Christians also disobey God. So we don't do what is required of us to do and as a result we are not receiving God's grace, power, spirit, and abiding. So, we live in sin. But our preachers preach that we have grace, spirit, power and they say Jesus Christ lives in us. This is the biggest lie and deception of Christianity. We do not have grace since we are proud. God resist the proud and give grace to the humble. But we say we have grace. We do not have spirit since we do not ask. God gives his spirit if we ask. But we say we have spirit. We do not have power since we are not his disciples, he gives power only to his disciples, but we say we have power. We do not have faith since we don't have works, faith without works is dead so our faith is dead, but we claim that we have faith. We do not have his abiding since we do not obey God, but we say Jesus lives in us. So, all such professing Christians are liars. We must stop these lies. We must repent and meet the requirements set by God. Then only we may receive these things and will be able to live a pure holy perfect life. Now, 1st he was God. 2nd he was man.
3rd He was made Lord to all. That is he is Lord of all.
Acts 2:30 God the Most High would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 34 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Notice, God raised Jesus from death andmade him to sit on his right hand on his throne and made him Lord and Christ. That is, before his resurrection, when he was a man he was not Lord and he was not Christ. Phil 2:8 being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, (notice, God raised him not because he was God before, but because he humbled himself and became obedient) and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (but, we use the name of Jesus as a familiar name as the name of a friend and a brother and such. But, God says that we bow our knees at his name) 11 every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Lord means that he is our master and so we are his slaves. You may take it as an honor to be his slave because he is the master of the universe. If so, you will obey him. Or, you may take it as an insult to be a slave. If so, you will rebel against his lordship and you will not obey him. If you do not obey him, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire. If you obey him you will be with him throughout eternity in heaven.
4th. God declared him as his Begotten Son
When God raised Jesus from death, he declared Jesus as his begotten Son. Psalm 2 prophesied it. Acts 13 explains the fulfillment of this prophecy. Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. So, there is a day pi pointed. Acts 13:33 says in that he hath raised up Jesus; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. That is, God considered the raising of Jesus from death to his kingdom as begetting a son for himself. Heb 1:5 Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?So, not only Jesus became the begotten son, but God the Most High also became God the Father as he raised Jesus. Most Christians think that God became the Father and Jesus became the begotten son when he was born to Virgin Mary at his physical birth. But the bible says that God came to Mary to create a baby in her womb a/c to Heb 10:5. So, God was the creator, but not the father. Jesus became the begotten son at his resurrection and God the Most High became God the Father.
Now, we know that the resurrected Jesus Christ is the begotten son. So, John 3:16 does not refer to the man Jesus. John 3:14 refers to the man Jesus and 3:16 refers to the resurrected Jesus, who is God. John 3:16 says For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (that is the resurrected Jesus) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Acts 3:26 says Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Put them together we get, those who believe on the resurrected Lord God Jesus Christ, who will turn our iniquities away from us, will not perish but have everlasting life. 1 John 4:9 also says God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. So, it is not only to say we believe him, but God has made provision for us to live through him, that is through his spirit. Then, he will turn us away from our iniquities. Then Jesus Christ will forgive our past sins a/c to Rom 3:25 and 1 John 1:7.
Further John 3:16 mention that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son. As time went by, God says that he is the first begotten son a/c to Heb 1:6, Rev 1:5, Col 1:15, etc. So, the only begotten son became the first begotten son. If he is the first, then there are second, third, and more. Then, 1 Pet 1:3, 1 John 5:1&18, and James 1:18 say that God begets us also. So, those who obey and follow Jesus will also be begotten as he was begotten and they will all be joint heirs with Jesus Christ in his kingdom a/c to Rom 8:17. If you think it is strange, you can verify them with the scriptures I have given. Further you can verify it in my articles in my website which have more details. The links to my articles are given in the description part of this video.
5th. Begotten Son was anointed as God
Heb 1:8 Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee. Now God anointed his begotten son as God. So, do not treat him as your equal or as your elder brother. It is sad that Christians have learned to treat him as their own buddy. He has created you. Treat him with awesome respect and reverence. Another important thing is: He was anointed as God not because he was God before, but because he loved righteousness and hated iniquity. That is he will hate you if you do not depart from iniquity. Acts 3:26 says his work is to turn you away from your sin and iniquities. Christians do not like this Jesus Christ. If you present this Jesus Christ, Christians will immediately deny him. They will say that their Jesus is love and he has unconditional love, he will love them no matter what they do, and he understands them since he was a man and all such arguments they will present and will reject the true Jesus Christ, who is God. They prefer a Jesus who died for them in their place so that they may enjoy sin without fear of hell. So, churches have pulled a Jesus Christ out of the man Jesus from the cross, as if his spirit or legend continues to live. So, Christians have two Jesus Christs. One is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is God. And the other Jesus Christ is a projection or extension of the man Jesus, who hung on the cross in their place. This Jesus is ceremonial, traditional and sentimental. Satan always causes error and he gives his power to deceive people. Remember, Jesus Christ has warned about the false Christs saying they will do miracles and signs even to deceive the very elect? He heals people, he is a cosmic Gene, and he helps people many different ways for the promotion of their lives. He will not demand them to be pure or holy. Instead, he shows as if he forgives sins as soon as they commit them. He is very convenient and understanding. Christians love this Jesus Christ. But there is one big problem. That is, this Jesus Christ does not exist. He is just a phantom. Satan is behind him showing himself as Jesus. This Jesus Christ is the creation of preachers and theologians. He is a counterfeit.
But the real Jesus Christ is God. He demands obedience. He does not compete with the counterfeit Jesus Christ in an election. He does not need your votes nor money. There will be no debates. But, in Rev 22 Jesus Christ says as his final statement, 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:(Notice, he does not beg anybody to come to him, but the false Jesus and his workers will beg people to come to them in the name of love) 11 and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (He tells only his righteous people to be perfect, not others) 12 I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Jesus Christ identifies himself) 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. So, in order to receive eternal life and to enter heaven we must obey his commandments. 15 For without are dogs, (dogs are backsliders, they went back to commit sins as dogs go to their vomit) and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers (those who hate without a cause), and idolaters, (they are covetous people as well as those worship false Christs and another Jesus) and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie (they are preachers and theologians who preach lies as the serpent preached to Eve in the Garden of Eden). Jesus Christ says that these people will not go to heaven.
6th. He is Omnipotent God
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. When he was a man, he did only the things that God the Father showed him to do. Now he will be receiving all power in heaven and in earth as God. As soon as he was ascended to heaven, he was anointed as God. After he was anointed nobody could see him and live. Many preachers lie saying that they have seen him to deceive Christians. Remember the way he met Apostle Paul and Apostle John. Both of them fell to the ground as if they were dead. If at all anybody see him, it will be in this fashion. Jesus Christ will not chit chat with people. Remember how many times he spoke with Abraham, Moses, David, or to the prophets. Very few times. Now how many times God Jesus Christ spoke with Peter, Paul, John, James, and others? You can count it with fingers. But some preachers say that they see Jesus Christ all the time and Jesus speaks to them all the time. They have good success in selling themselves as great godly men to people. But it is a total lie. But the true resurrected Jesus Christ is omnipotent God, whose countenance is brighter than the sun in its full strength.
7th. He is also Omnipresent God
Matt 28:20 (Jesus Christ came and told his disciples) teach people to observe (that is to do) all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, (God promise them that he will be with them always: of course in Spirit, invisible) even unto the end of the world (that is even now). Mark 16:15 he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Here Mark records it as gospel, Matthew records it as to preach obedience to what all he has commanded. So to preach the gospel is to teach what all Jesus Christ has commanded for the people to obey) 20 again they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. That is, the Lord Jesus Christ will work with his disciples as they preach. So, if we preach- people to obey his commandments as his gospel, he will be with us.
Instead of worshiping the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, Christians worship the Legend of man Jesus since it is convenient for them in all sides. They do not have to follow any rules, they can be totally liberal and have the confidence that they will go to heaven and so on. Christians do not know the difference between the genuine Jesus Christ and false Jesus Christs. Most people do not care and do not even want to know. But, if you want to know, use this as the acid test. Acts 3:26 says that the resurrected Jesus Christ is here to turn you away from your iniquities. The signs, healings and miracles are done by the Holy Ghost as he wills or even by Jesus Christ. But the very important thing is that Jesus Christ will turn his people away from their sins. Jesus Christ warned in Matt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. If you see signs and miracles, but if people are not turned away from their sins then it is the work of false Christs. They say that people are getting saved. Their salvation is fake, deception, and it is bluff. If people are not turned away from their sinning, until they are turned away from sinning, they are not saved by Jesus Christ. By this you will know whether it is true Jesus Christ or false Christ.Will you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and God, not as bluff but for real. If you have accepted him as Lord, you will obey him. If you have accepted him as God, you will regard him with high reverence. Then, God will turn you away from your iniquities. Then, you will tell people to obey his commandments so that they may inherit his kingdom? This is his gospel. Then, the Lord Jesus Christ will be with you always. He will gather you to be with him throughout eternity as as beloved son or beloved bride, whatever status it may be.
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