Who Is Jesus Christ Part II


Yesterday I hit with a couple of bombshells about Jesus Christ. it sounds strange, but a lot of people get all confused about who Jesus is because you start thinking about it, and puzzling it out. Once you do that, you’re getting it wrong.

Just read the Bible. It tells you specifically. Jesus Christ, according to Isaiah 9, is eternally the Son of God. He’s also the Everlasting Father.

Huh?

I don’t worry about it. Jesus Christ explained it, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”

Yes, Lord.

I leave it there. To understand the inter-relationship of God, I’d have to be God myself.

I’m not God. Not even close.

When any Word Faith teacher tells you, “You are just as much an incarnation of God as was Jesus Christ”… that’s heresy. Want to prove it? Speak an apple into existence. Go ahead.

I’ll wait. not too long, because I’m hungry, and an apple would be nice right now.

Can’t do it? Then you’re not a god.

Jesus Christ has always existed.

The only part of Him that did not was the flesh and blood part of Him born in Bethlehem. I have to be careful how I say that, because (again) you can take that to extremes, and you can deviate into heresy really quickly.

The spirit/soul/intellect etc of Jesus Christ always existed. Through Him was everything made that was made.

I’m tying in together a lot of verses in the Bible when I’m saying these things – most notably Isaiah 9, 1 John 5 and John 1.

Jesus Christ is God.

You know all the sad stories about the man living in the house, and birds flew into it, and the man tries to stop it, and he says, “If only I was a bird! I could tell them they’re in danger!”

That parable is essentially part of the real story.

Was Jesus Christ surprised when Adam and Eve sinned?

God is omniscient. He knows everything. So, I’m willing to bet that God was not surprised at all. And we see a HUGE essential key to understanding Jesus Christ right there. He created us, knowing we would betray and reject Him.

And then He went and lived among us and died for us.

Think about that for a while.

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Who Is Jesus Christ?


Who is Jesus Christ?

This is the beginning question of Christology, one of the ten major areas of doctrine. I’ve gotten into serious argumnts about this very subject, and what I’m seeing really scares me.

Here’s the essential fact that must be grasped.

Jesus Christ was not created. If you believe that, you’ve got heretical beliefs.

Ouch.

It really hurts to hear that.

Jesus Christ was not the “first born again man”. That’s a heresy. If you believe Jesus Christ was just like you and me, then you’re in some really deep heretical waters.

Ready for the explanation?

Jesus Christ has always existed. He is God. He was never created. He always existed, because He is God.

He is not the Father, but He is in the Father and the Father in Him.

Huh?

Yeah. I have trouble understanding it too. But if you can explain the very nature of God, you’d have to be God to do it.

The only way we can reconcile ALL the statements in the Bible is either to dismiss it (not a good idea…) or accept it by faith. And the only way that works is to accept the Trinity.

God the Father is God. God the Son is God. God the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible makes that clear. The only way for mortal minds to comprehend something that huge is to simply label it “The Trinity” and just accept it, right? That’s what the uneducated backwood country preacher would tell you, right?

Right!

He’s absolutely correct. The Bible is firm in its presentation of the concept of the Trinity.

Here’s step two.

Jesus Christ has ALWAYS been God the Son. To say He became the Son of God at birth is called Adoptionism, and it’s a doctrinal error. And if you separate it from the eternal pre-existence of Christ, it becomes a heresy.

John Macarthur is in a major error here, as he is a baptisto-adoptionist. That means Christ became the Son at His Baptism. But Isaiah makes it clear…

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

Did you start singing Handel? Bonus points if you did!

When Jesus Christ came into the world as a flesh and blood man, this was a fulfillment of this prophecy. Unto us a child is born… Jesus Christ. Unto us a son is given…

Wait. That means He eternally is the Son of God.

If that gave you a headache, then take aspirin, and we’ll pick up from there tomorrow.

Strengthening What You Have


Probably the most glossed over chapters in the Bible are Revelation 2-3. Everyone’s in a hurry to get to Revelation 4, where all the stuff starts happening.

It’s really important to read and understand those two chapters, actually.

Will you be able to understand the rest of the Bible without them? Oh, sure! But you just don’t personally want to have your life turn into Laodecia or Ephesus.

At least once a year, you should review your life, and see if you’re still a Bible believing Fundamentalist. I mean, the pressure nowadays to conform to this world is huge. You see a news article on Sermonaudio, you follow it, it links to a Facebook post, and next thing you know, you’re reading social media.

And few today seem to be questioning the direction of Evangelical Christianity to “cooperate for the sake of the gospel” and “the church needs to be in unity”. Except the people we’re being asked to cooperate with aren’t Christians – indeed, they need the gospel themselves!

Strengthen what you have. Spend some time listening to Fundamentalist sermons. Read Fundamentalist books. Get involved with strong Christians. Pray. Listen to Godly music. Withdraw from the world. Declare a Facebook fast (far better to get off of it, but you make your own decisions).

Strengthen what remains.

No!!!!!!!


Jesus ben-Sirach  (JEE zuhs-ben-SIGH ruhk)

W. Murray Severance and Terry Eddinger, That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997), 94.

NO!!!!!!!

Yeshua Ben See-rakh in Hebrew.

Jesus Ben See-rakh in English.

Sigh Ruhk is COMPLETELY wrong!

If you’re going to write a book on HOW to pronounce Bible names, first learn to pronounce them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEN write the book!

well, so much for my plan to not be seen as grumpy.

Grumpy


I’m not really grumpy.

I’m just very direct and matter of fact.

it comes across as grumpy, because you can’t hear my somewhat whimsical tone when you read this.

I’m sure everyone pictures someone really grumpy when you read my articles.

No, I’m just matter of fact and direct. It’s something you learn very quickly as a Chassid. Be direct. Don’t be apologetic, it’s often a sign you can’t trust someone, at least in Chabad culture. Among them, humility is taken as a prerequisite. “we know you’re humble – you’re a chassid. You’ve got a Rebbe.”

You might have noticed that the Yiddish habit of reversing word order is slowly going away. I’m learning how to write and not end a sentence in a preposition, or place the object before the subject.

I get annoyed from time to time. I’ll read something that really gets my fire going, and I’ll fire up Thingamablog and write a rant that seems to entertain most of you!

but I’m actually a funny guy, and I love to make people laugh.

So if I come across as grumpy, it’s because I’m just not communicating well. So please forgive me. I’m not really a mean guy.

Tithe


Tithe.

I thought about this yesterday on a long drive to the middle of somewhere. There is a growing segment of IFB Christians who still maintain, despite a verse in the New Testament spoken by Jesus Christ, claim we are not bound by tithe today.

Whenever anyone talks about tithe, the cynical Christian immediately thinks, “He needs money.”

Well, you can’t pay tithes to me. And I don’t accept offerings. Do not send me money.

If you have extra cash lying around and want to make an offering, I suggest instead doing almsgiving. Go and donate money to a needy family, and just think my name as you’re doing it. If there’s any rewards from it, maybe the Lord will bless me for your good works.

Let’s get the command from Jesus Christ out of the way first.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:23, KJV)

Let’s look instead at spiritual principles.

Why is there a tithe?

Yes, it was an agrarian society. We’re no longer in one.

The Levites had absolutely no land inheritance at all. They could not farm. They had six cities where they lived – that was it.

“But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.” (Numbers 18:24, KJV)

The tithe was instituted so that the Levites could dedicate themselves to the ministry of God.

We, as Christians don’t have Levites any more.

We have Pastors.

If you pay your Pastor less than a McDonald’s worker, it means he has to work a day job. And that means he’s going to have little time for dedicating himself to the Ministry of God.

The tithe today serves to take care of the costs of the church building, and those that dedicate themselves to the ministry of God. And if the Pastor preaches well, the biblical command is that you pay them twice as much.

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” (1 Timothy 5:17, KJV)

The word honour is τιμῆς in the Greek, times (Tee mess). That means “Price” or “Worth”. The reference in Matthew 27:6 & 9 about what to do with Judas’s coins that he threw on the floor is literally this same word. In Acts 4, same word.

Look up the average pay for a Baptist pastor in your area. In mine, that’s $65,000 a year.

If they preach well, then the command is you double that – $130,000 a year.

If tithe is not for today, how are they to dedicate themselves to the labor of the ministry?

Offerings?

People tend not to pay offerings to a point that equals tithe. They say “I can pay MORE offerings than tithe.”

I bet you don’t.

The Lord CLEARLY says in Matthew 23 that the Pharisees and Scribes should have indeed paid tithes. The Biblical model is that the tithe was instituted to ensure that the priests (today pastors) could dedicate themselves to the ministry without having to work. And if the Lord commands something and you won’t do it, then clearly, when it;s up to you, you’re not going to do it either.

That’s why we have the tithe.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, Even this whole nation.” (Malachi 3:8–9, KJV)

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matthew 6:19–20, KJV)

I know there’s a couple of readers I have who don’t believe in tithe. I’m just going to say, that’s not a me issue. that’s a you issue, between you and God.

I said my piece – see ye to it.

Herod and James


Very long and complicated article today.

I read recently where a “scholar” claimed they had no proof that Herod killed James the brother of John.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:1–2, KJV)

Proof found!

You can sleep easy tonight.