Savior Series

Son Jesus is a Savior

Part 2: Jesus Christ (Mighty Son is a Savior)

If the believers are fully rooted in a doctrine that Jesus is the savior and creator, it will be difficult to change their mind especially when they are already used to support it at the end of every prayer uttering “in the name of Jesus.”  Some believers of Jesus only feel that prayer is not complete without mentioning the name of Jesus and they are comfortable omitting the name of the Father, attentively, or inattentively.  

I have a conversation with a couple of Pastors on one occasion in a group discussion with other members of the church.  One is combative and the other one is supportive of the first.    These Pastors, (let’s call them Pastor 1 and Pastor 2), chose to ignore by asking them to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one God in three Divine persons but distinct to its other.

However, they did/do not believe in the Trinity and I realized there was no sense of prolonging the conversation.  Their belief was/ is, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit to them are just one.  Pastor 2 affirms that he is very firm on his belief based on Jesus’ statement “that the Father and I are one” John 10:30.  He was trying to avoid the scripture that Jesus said that all the words that come out from Him are from that of the Father. “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.”—John 12:49.

“Jesus prayed to be glorified written in John 17:1-6— after Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now, this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” 

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.”—John 17:6.

What more do we need to prove to the unbelievers if their ears are itching and eyes are wandering?  Many lost souls of the truth are the reason why we have to work harder and gather them before the opening of the book of life.

A few congregations teach that the Almighty God is our Savior but many teach that Jesus is the Savior; and there are some scriptures that clearly show He is the savior which led them to fully believe without fail, that Jesus is the Almighty God Himself. Since there are verses that state Jesus is Savior, to them it is already settled that the Jesus that shed blood to save the world is the same one true God that sent Him. How could this be?

Rule of thumb, “a father cannot be a father without a son and a son cannot be a son without a father.” God can do impossible things to be possible but He will not do this to Himself that He will appoint Himself as another self will fall to lying, which He hates.  God is supreme in power, but He will not do this one.   It is very clear that Jesus is a different person when He was on the cross.  He expressed Himself as fully human being talking to the Father, feeling the pain, and ended his agony with His last words “It’s finished.” Making it known that his mission was to accomplish.

The believers of Jesus Christ to be the Father Himself maybe was based by their understanding of the verse in Titus 2:11-13— “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” 

If we will not look further what Titus 2:13 really means;  It’s a given, it discredits the believers that support the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and makes a wave of the doctrine of Oneness, which teaches that Jesus was the Almighty God and at the same time manifesting as fully man, having two natures, one divine, and one human.

Many early church fathers and influential church organizations made a way to change what was originally written and they intentionally interpreted the word that will benefit their own interests.  Septuagint LXX was the Bible used in the early church that could have been transliterated it wrong; either by intention, we do not know, or mistake it could be; but the Masoretic text (Judaism) an authoritative Hebrew and Aramaic text of the book of Tanakh avoided the passages that pertain to Jesus Christ.

Lord usually is the equivalent of ruler or master while LORD is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Lord could be a mighty warrior or Lord Jesus, while LORD cannot be interchanged because there is only One Almighty LORD.  One that made the choice and the other is the Chosen. There are scriptures that teach us that Jesus is God, but the whole word GOD which belongs to the Almighty God and no one else.  Let us say, spiritually speaking; if I am a king it does not necessarily mean that I can claim that I am the King that directly belongs to Jesus Christ (King of kings). If physically I said I am the King it means nobody on that kingdom is above me.

Then, if God said He is The Father Almighty and no-one else besides Him, it is a crystal clear statement, and there should not be any confusion of the mind.  God here is talking about His sole authority.  If He designates some authority to someone else, it doesn’t mean He relinquishes His own and He becomes powerless.  That is the work of the higher-ups even in the business world, the managers don’t do the work, and he does the thinking but does not do it physically. And he assigns somebody to do the work.  We get that idea from the Father who did all the work through His mind and let the Son do the physical work.

In the secular world of business, a Manager does all the planning and designate the work to an employee. The employee who executed the work gets an award given by his boss who was pleased that the plan was carried out successfully.  Since God is all we have and created us in His image and likeness, we could also say that the Father is very delighted with Son’s accomplishment and later will give the Son his own kingdom to rule in due time. 1 Corinthians 15:25

The Spirit of God and the spirit of man are also two different things and the change happened after the fall of man in the Garden. “Which is born of the Spirit is spirit” John 3.  Taking for example during my time working in a laboratory, water and oil do not mix, it was impossible at that time, but now it is already possible.  The same thing as what happened in our Bible, some try to fix what is not broken in the scripture so they can have their own proprietary rights. Contents that belong to the Father are replaced with the name of Jesus, while another belief is for the Father only.  In Masoretic text (Judaism) they omitted not replaced what is supposed to be for Jesus. 

The main issue among observers is the conversion and seeing religion to cause pain to believers they may decide not to be involved and to keep distance may be a good decision. The same version of the Bible and the same verses with different opinions among the leaders of a different section of Christianity made believers become unstable and may choose to stay home and do their own work a later develop their own understanding then, for all we know more confusion is added to the arsenal of opinions.

I am not confused as I was before on what I believe now after so many instances that prove that God mentioned in the Bible is the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Christianity, Judaism, and Muslims believe with their God; the God of order and truth, and not with confusion.   Why are there so many twisting of the Scripture?  Why God does allow someone to divide the truth?  That boils down to;  1) profiteering;  2) Control; 3) influence;  4) expansion of properties;  5) support of their lavish lifestyle; 6) self-interest;  7) obsession, and 8) greed, which is the love of money.  Religion has become a profitable business and by dividing the word of truth in a more attractive form, they encourage members.

The Bible plainly teaches us that Jesus Christ is the anointed or the chosen One.  In English translation from the Greek word Christos’, meaning “anointed” or “Chosen” notice that it is plainly means anointed and it is the equivalent of the word Mashiach, or Messiah.  in Hebrew. Christians believe Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God and Savior, and the Father the One true God.

There are many believers that became fearless and disrespectful with the word of God and are not ashamed of dividing the truth. These believers form their own groups even though the truth is not in their hearts anymore.  They are misled because of the many different interpretations and false teachings. Then they are enticed to publish their own Bible where some changes and adjustments are made from the original words of the Bible.  It is sad to say, but it is all for the money.  We cannot serve two masters the Bible says.  They chose the wrong master. Who are the Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Through scripture, we can easily know who the Father is, but understanding it needs a little explanation.  God is a Trinity, three distinct personalities, meaning: different in nature from something else of a similar type: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, born by a woman to be a man under the law given to Moses in Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai from other view-locations). Therefore, Jesus has two distinct natures. Born of the Spirit and born of the Flesh.  That qualifies Him to be both God and man. Dual citizenship as we called it.

Being born under the law applies the commandments of God given to Moses and obedience to the Law of Moses; spiritually and physically mandated; so, Jesus had to obey both the Law, worship God the Father, and the law of man. God is the Father of Jesus Christ and through the work of the Son, we become sons of God or children of God, thus, it allows us to call God our Father and Jesus Christ our brother. Just imagine how the Trinity works; “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ that reconciled the lost sons of the Father to form once again the lost family of God.”    This is definitely a Tri-unity of the unpopular truth of the Trinity.  The New Covenant mentioned it, but it still is hidden to many and the Book of Revelation declares it too, but still being ignored. We are not under the law but grace doesn’t mean that we do not need to love God and worship Him. That is wrongly dividing the truth. We are to obey the commandment of God which is part of His will and the commandment of love by Jesus Christ which is a summary of the Commandments of God given to Moses. So, enjoy the grace of God.

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Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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