Part 2: Jesus Christ (Mighty Son is a Savior)
Suppose the believers are fully rooted in the doctrine that Jesus is the Savior and creator. In that case, it will be difficult to change their minds, especially when they are already used to supporting it at the end of every prayer uttering “in the name of Jesus.” As a result, some believers of Jesus only feel that prayer is not complete without mentioning the name of Jesus. 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 church members. One is combative, and the other one is supportive of the first. But, unfortunately, these Pastors (let’s call them Pastors 1 and 2) chose to ignore by asking them to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one God in three Divine persons but distinct from its other.
However, they did/do not believe in the Trinity, and I realized there was no sense in prolonging the conversation. Their belief was/ is the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Them is just one. Pastor 2 affirms that he is steadfast in 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 you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. So now they know everything 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 their eyes are wandering? So many lost souls of the truth are why we must 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. Some scriptures 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 faithful 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. Jesus is a different person from when He was on the cross. He expressed Himself as a fully human being talking to the Father, feeling the pain, and ending 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 on 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 into what Titus 2:13 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 full man, having two natures, one divine, and one human.
Many early church fathers and influential church organizations made a way to change what was initially written, and they intentionally interpreted the word that would benefit their interests. Septuagint LXX was the Bible used in the early church that could have been transliterated 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 made a choice, and the other was the Chosen. Some scriptures teach us that Jesus is God, but the whole word Gch 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 in 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 becomes powerless. That is the work of the higher-ups. Even in the business world, the managers don’t do the work; he thinks 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 business world, a Manager does all the planning and designates the work for an employee. The employee who executed the work got an award from 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 delighted with Son’s accomplishment and later will give the Son his 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. For example, during my time working in a laboratory, water and oil did not mix; it was impossible then, but now it is already possible. The same thing happened in our Bible; some try to fix what is not broken in the Scripture to have their proprietary rights. For example, contents that belong to the Father are replaced with the name of Jesus, while another belief is for the Father only. In the Masoretic text (Judaism), they omitted not replacing what is supposed to be for Jesus.
The main issue among observers is the conversion and seeing religion as causing pain to believers. They may decide not to be involved, and keeping their distance may be a good decision. The same version of the Bible and the same verses with different opinions among the leaders of different sections of Christianity made believers unstable. They may stay home and do their work later to develop their 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 in their God, the God of order and truth, and not with confusion. Why are there so many twisting of the Scripture? Why does God 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 teaches that Jesus Christ is the anointed or chosen One. In English translation from the Greek word Christos’, meaning “anointed” or “Chosen,” notice that it means anointed, and it is the equivalent of the word Mashiach or Messiah. In Hebrew. Christians believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and Savior, and the Father, the One true God.
Many believers became fearless and disrespectful of the word of God and were not ashamed of dividing the truth. These believers form their 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?
We can quickly know through Scripture who the Father is, but understanding it needs a little explanation. God is a Trinity of three distinct personalities, meaning: different 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 call 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 a Tri-unity of the unpopular truth of the Trinity. The New Covenant mentioned it, but it is still hidden from many, and the Book of Revelation declares it too, but it is still being ignored. We are not under the Law, but grace doesn’t mean 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.