Error is, often times, subtle.
It can sneak into our thinking and suddenly change the way we believe, over time, without us knowing it. We live in a world full of subtleties.
My hubby and I watched a movie last night that really opened my eyes to these kind of subtleties. Slowly over the course of this romantic love story the woman was being pushed outside her comfort zone. She didn’t realize it, until almost too late,that her captor/abuser/lover, had her right where he wanted her, submissive, blind and bound in a dangerous game of torture and abuse. It was like watching the temperature being turned up on the stove with a living frog in the pot. He lured her in with games and manipulation. It was like watching a lamb walk into the slaughter never realizing she walked willingly towards her own demise.
As I thought about my day, prior to watching this movie, I realized that a wooing like this is occurring in Christianity as well. The pit of my stomach dropped and I realized that a long walk towards total bondage is where we are headed if someone doesn’t speak up.
I don’t mean to hit you with the scorched earth tone, but sometimes we need to stop and take a look around. Line by line, in this blog post, I’ll take you through the truth from the Bible. Then you can decide for yourself about the error. A latitude the Devil never extends.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6
There is only one true God. One.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
God is a spirit. He desires those who will worship Him in spirit. Who is God? Is He eternal? Yes. Did He have a beginning, no, He’s always been. Will He be forever? Yes, He is eternal.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalms 90:2
God is a great big God. He has plans objectives, and goals. But He never takes over our freewill. He never puts us in bondage, He gave us our freewill, why would He take it away? He is all love, all goodness and all tender mercies. He created all life. And He created the new birth that we receive along with salvation when we believe Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Salvation: the Greek word = sozo’ means wholeness or complete)
We receive the gift of salvation and a new inner man. It’s an entirely new creation that is spirit, and is perfectly interfaced with our flesh and mind. We become whole.
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:” Colossians 3:10
We choose to believe, so therefore we put on a whole new man (or woman, the Greek is not gender specific)
What does this mean now? The spirit that God is imparts His spiritual DNA and binds it to us. We are forever marked as His child. His family member. We are sealed into the family of God. He anointed us with an Anointing. Don’t flinch here, but in the Bible, the word for an anointing, is “Christ”.
To anoint is just the mark, or the seal as a family member to God’s family. This anointing first happen to God’s son. It was very public and very special. Do you recall the Holy Spirit landing on Jesus after he came up out of the water? Before that, he was referred to as Jesus of Nazareth in the Bible. After that moment he is referred to as Jesus the Christ. Or Jesus Christ the anointed one. It was because he was anointed with the same stuff, we get after we get born again. The word “Christians” came from followers of Jesus saying they have “Christ in” them. It was eventually shortened to Christians. We didn’t just get that from being followers of Jesus.
Let’s take this one step further, if you are willing. Let’s see if you can jump all the way out of the pot.
Now, that we have this anointing, this mark, this spiritual DNA, God asks us to walk in Jesus Christ’s stead here on earth. He asks us to do good works, and be ambassadors for Him. For who? Jesus? No. An Ambassador represents the homeland where they are from. The nation of their birth. What is the nation of our new birth? Heaven. Our new birth is spiritual, we received a spiritual mark we are sealed with a spiritual seal, we receive a spiritual gift. God is spirit, so the He gave us what He is.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Ghost or Spirit they are translated from the same word)” Acts 2:38
This gift interfaces with our minds. It becomes a conduit, or an internet connection up to our Father in Heaven. Remember the verse in John that Jesus told the woman at the well? God is a spirit and the true worshipers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God wants the lines of communication to be open between Him and us. He wants to fellowship with us. Christianity’s best definition is “the way of a Father with his children”. God wanted a family. Have you ever wanted kids? I have. I spent 10 long years in a marriage aching for children. My ex had no interest. What sorrow filled my life. You can’t imagine the waiting, the ache, the longing to see my child breathe its first breath, only to find out he (my ex) didn’t want any children. When my son was born, to the wonderful man I love, I cried with joy at the thought that I would forever be called a, “Mom.” Can you imagine the wait God went through?? He has waited an eternity for you to believe and be born to HIS family. He is a Father, OUR Father. He is God. He chose you and of your freewill, you chose Him. How much sweeter could it be?
When Adam and Eve were first created they were His children as well. But they were tricked out of their gift of holy spirit. Did they die when they were kicked out of the Garden? No, not physically. God had to call them out loud, when, wouldn’t He know where they were? Of course He knew. But they had lost their connection, back then they could lose what today is sealed in us forever. They lost their spiritual birth. God lost His Kids. Imagine the pain of being separated from your newborn. It must have been heart wrenching, so from then on God planned a victory over that deceiver the devil. A victory that would seal the devil’s fate forever.
The plan formed.
A man (Adam) lost the holy spirit, so a man would have to get it back. A man would have to win the victory, a perfect specimen, a perfect man. Jesus.
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from (of) heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Cor. 15:45-49
After Jesus was raised, he had a new spiritual body, just like we will have when we are raised at the gathering together. I guess it makes sense, we’re going to go live in heaven, with our Father who is a spirit. We have to have a body that works where we will live.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Here’s the error. After all that, all that God did for us, people say we have a relationship with Jesus Christ. God has no beginning, He is eternal. Jesus Christ had a beginning when he was born. A genesis, a start. Don’t believe me?
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 1:18
God created a sperm to fertilize Mary’s egg and gave Jesus perfect DNA on his Father’s side. He was in every way a man just like Adam was created a man, Jesus was a man, the Man and the Son of God. The word “birth” in the verse above is the Greek word, γέννησις gennēsis. Do you recognize this word? Gennesis in the English is Genesis. How does Genesis start? “In the beginning,” It means birth. It is when a life begins. Jesus Christ started there, his genesis was at his birth.
Let’s sum this up.
“For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2 Corinthians 1:1
We have a spiritual inner man that God created in us at the new birth. The earthly house is our physical body, if it died, we would still have that spiritual body that anointing, that “Christ in us the Hope of Glory.” as it says in Colossians 1:27
We have something in us that is our gift. It is an entirely new creation built because of what Jesus Christ did by our Father in Heaven.
“17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ (anointed), [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all (new) things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (reconnecting) 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
This verse ties it all together. Jesus passed on the job of reconciliation to us. We are ambassadors for Christ. But who do we report to? Who do we have our relations with? Whose child are we? Christians today believe we have to have a personal relationship with Jesus in order to call ourselves Christians. That simply can not be the case. Jesus had a beginning. He was the Son of God. There is only one true God. So do we have a relationship with Jesus? Or do we have a relationship with the one who redeemed us, who bought us back, who created life to begin with? Well, you need to look at this section in 2 Corinthians, and I mean look. Let’s go back one verse in 2 Corinthians 5, to verse 16.
“16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.” 2 Corinthians 5:16
Know is used three different times and is translated from two different Greek words in this verse.
The first word, “know” is the Greek word, “eidō” which means; to know by telling, or by learning about. It is not first hand experience. It’s the passing on of knowledge by others.
The second time it occurs is the Greek word “ginōskō” which means; to know by experiencing first hand. Who wrote Corinthians? Paul. Did Paul meet Jesus on the road to Damascus? Did the disciples and apostles that he wrote to, meet Jesus, yes, they were all still in the time period when Jesus was alive and they could’ve experienced him first hand. They could have met him, talked to him, known him. That is the word ginōskō.
The third time “know” occurs is also the word, ginōskō.
So let’s reread the verse with this new understanding.
“Wherefore henceforth (from now on) know (learn second hand) we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known (experienced first hand, met, talked to and known) Christ after the flesh (when he was alive in the flesh), yet now henceforth (from here on we) know (experience, talk to, or know) we [him] no more.”
How can we have a personal relationship with Jesus, if we will not be able to experience him, or meet him or talk to him? Jesus Christ was the son of God, our savior and the savior of the world. But God is the one true God. He is who we know by way of our gift of holy spirit. Does this make a difference in who we pray to? How we pray? Or what kind of walk we have?
“Christ in us” is our salvation, the purchased package we receive when we get born again. But our walk, is who we fellowship with and how we go about walking by faith and not by sight. That “walk” is in Christ, the anointing that God gave us.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
Do you see the subtleties? Do you see the trap? God is a spirit, they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH. Do we dare to believe the truth? Who do we know? Ginosko? We know and walk with God. The one true God the maker of heaven and earth.
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18
Jesus Christ experienced God, he KNEW, by experience, God, so he was able to declare him. Jesus never wanted to be made into God. All he ever did was declare Him to the world. He obeyed God. He didn’t want to be God. That was something the Devil always wanted. That is the reason the devil was kicked out of heaven. Since the devil could not be God, and he couldn’t get us to worship him, he had to take the worship God does receive and twist it. No man hath seen God at anytime. Wow. Did people see Jesus Christ? Even the devil was seen by a men.
If we were to look on the face of God we would go instantly blind. Our physical eyes would not stay in our heads! He’s too big, too powerful, too bright and way too…well God. How dare we think we could contain Him, or put Him in a physical box. He is incomprehensible to the human mind just as much as the Model T could not comprehend its maker Ford. Oh but we like to believe we have all the answers. We are such prideful creatures.
Can we, just for once, allow God to be all that He is? Can we give Him permission to be bigger than we can hold, imagine or understand? Does He even need our permission?
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I believe that this truth can help us be more positive as believers. It can give us more hope in the BIG God we serve. He is unique. He is one and He is ours. All that He is could never be understood by us. But when we accept that I think we can begin taking the steps to true faith. We can expose ourselves to His-story and see the bigness and freedom of truth. Jesus Christ was God’s son and He adamantly declared the austerity and grandiose of a Healing, Loving God. Why can’t we? I know I strive everyday to become more His child, more loving and more guided. But I’ve realized that I can’t serve Him and cling to Man’s traditions. What does Man know that God could not astound?
I am so thankful to be under the shadow of His wing, ever protected and ever loved.
God bless you today!
All parenthetical insertions are provided by me for further understanding in the literal sense of the verse taken from the Greek usages and context over the span of the cross-referenced translation. In other words, I looked up the word in Greek or Hebrew, then looked up all the places it occurs in the Bible to come to a more thorough understanding of the word. ;)