By Wendell Tenison
Why the controversy over a subject
so plainly detailed in the scripture? The bottom line is that very few
seriously study the scripture that they might know beyond any doubt what
the God of Heaven has to say. Too this extent they have become somewhat
influenced by those who would reduce God the Son to a created angel.
What is the motive behind the reduction of Jesus the Christ to just one of the angels? All doctrines of men including church doctrine are in total opposition to the doctrine of Christ (new testament.) By rendering the law of Christ (Gal.6:2) useless, Satan can and does deceive the hearts of men and women into believing that the law of Moses and the prophets are the foundation for newly found religions. Dissenters of the new law of God through Christ even refuse to acknowledge the prophecies of the coming of the Just One contained in the books of the bible that they believe to be their authority.
The purpose of this study is not to focus on the triunity of the Godhead bodily, Col.2:9, but to prove beyond any doubt that Jesus the Christ is God the Son, who was God come in the flesh.
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD
Psalms 2:6-7 "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.....I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."
Acts 13:33 "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee."
John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.....For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.....He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Hebrews 1:5-8 "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, 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?.....And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.....And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.....But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."
Hebrews 5:5 "So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee."
1John 4:9 "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."
John 1:18 "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
The scripture repeatedly states that Christ is the only begotten Son of God. The only explanation that can be offered is that God begot himself. If we took a small piece from a cone of cotton candy, the piece would be identical to the whole. There is no difference except the remnant is smaller. The seven verses listed above are more than enough to convince us that Jesus the Christ is the only begotten Son of God.
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN AS GOD
Hebrews 1:8 "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."
As further evidence that the remnant is the same as the whole, God Almighty refers to his Son as God. Not only is the Son God, but has a kingdom. Therefore, he must be a royal king. We sometimes underestimate the great power of the staff of righteousness. The world says that evil is good and good is evil, Isa.5:20: the moral decay of our nation is right on target with this verse. However, the righteousness of the kingdom will prevail.
THE FIRST BEGOTTEN FROM THE DEAD
Revelation 1:4-5 "John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;.....And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"
If Christ be not the first begotten of the dead, our faith is vain, we are yet in our sins, all of those who have passed before us are perished and we are of all men most miserable, 1Cor.15:16-20. It all comes down to one simple fact, we either believe God in his holy word or we donít.
THE FAITHFUL AND TRUE WITNESS, THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD
Revelation 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"
Revelation 3:14 "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;"
Psalms 89:35-37 "Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David......His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me......It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah."
Like the two great lights of heaven, the throne of David is before God as the brightness of the sun and a faithful witness as the moon which is the reflection of the sun. The moon is always faithful never having any excuses such as, I'm to busy, let somone else do it, too old and now retired, etc. Jesus the Christ is also the faithful true witness as the reflection of the light of God and his years will never fail.
1 Timothy 6:15-16 "Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;.....Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."
Job 38:19 "Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,"
According to Einstein's theory of relativity the speed of light is constant in a vaccum @186,000 fps. Mass (weight) and energy are equivalent. The faster you go the heavier you get and your age slows down and time slows with speed. Man can approach but never reach the speed of light. When you reach the speed of light you become infinite.
There you have it; as Paul told Timothy that no man can approach the light, because only God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are infinite.
The Amen, faithful and true witness is Jesus Christ. This has to do with Jesus in the beginning of creation as the creator. We shall see in the next heading that Jesus did create all things. Many times in the new testament there is only one verse that will unlock the hidden mystery of the will of God. However, the preceding verse will have much help with other verses to clarify our understanding.
Thayer page 363; "The act of founding, establishing, building, etc. 2. creation i.e. thing created. b. collectively, the sum or aggregate of created things: Rev.3:14."
THE LOGOS (WORD)
John 1:1-2 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.....The same was in the beginning with God."
In the Greek new testament the "Word" in Jn.1:1, is "Logos." The summary of all the attributes of the Logos is that the Word is within the Word. Or, Jesus Christ is the Word, the Logos, by taking thought he can transform himself into whatever, whenever and wherever he may please.
Thayer, page 380:
Thayer page 273; life
11 Corinthians 4:16 "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day."
Ephesians 3:16 "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;"
We are the body of Christ collectively and we as individuals make up the body. After becoming a new creature in Christ we have "a man within a man." The outward man the flesh, the inner man spiritual and our spirit has been renewed in the inner man.
Romans 7:22 "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"
Romans 8:16 "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:"
We conclude that we have the outward man fleshly in nature and the inner man which is spiritual by nature. Therefore, Christ (Logos) is in us and we are in Christ. So Christ is within himself.
John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Christ the "Word" in heaven became the "Word" on earth. Now we have the "Word" (Logos) within the Word.
John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
Christ the Word (Logos), is supreme in thought and all power is generated by his thoughts. The Lord leaves a clue here and there and this is one:
Matthew 6:27 "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"
The words that he speaks generates life which is light and in recorded form, imparts that light and life unto us. Therefore, he is the Word within the Word. This is expressed by the doctrine of Christ.
John 7:16 "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me."
2 John 1:9 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
Matthew 15:9 "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
The commandments and doctrines of men cannot and will not survive, but will be destroyed, because they are not of the Father. Manís higher thoughts compared to Godís are base and can never constitute life.
John 5:26 "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;"
John 1:4 "In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
We remember that the words of Christ are spirit and life. Here we see as the Father has life in himself, so does the Son. Christ has all of the characteristics of God by reproduction and so do we take on the nature of Christ by reason of our being begotten by the word of truth (gospel), 1Cor.4:15, James 1:18. Therefore, as a result of our spiritual birthright, Christ transfuses life into us by his word which is spirit and life. We conclude that the Word (Logos) is life within life.
Romans 7:25 "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Man is within man, i.e., the spiritual man formed by Christ in the fleshly man.
Since Christ is within man and man is in Christ, Christ is within himself.
The word (Logos) became flesh and dwelt among us. Therefore, the Word is in heaven and on earth, which constitutes the Word within Word.
The Word (Logos) has spoken his words to impart life and judgment. Therefore, in doctrine, the Word is within the Word.
God is the chief design engineer and has given his Son the rule over all things created. The church of his Son is one of the masterful designs of God.
Let it be known here and now, that no man can design anything of himself that is in competition with God, which power belongs only to him. Man can create bodies (spiritual), but all of which the design belongs to Satan. This compares to:
Galatians 1:6-9 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:.....Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.....But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.....As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
Any other gospel than that of the Lord, is but a mutation. Therefore, a mutilated gospel can produce a mutilated church of whom our Lord said:
Matthew 15:13 "But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up."
THE LOGOS (WORD) AS THE GIVER (FATHER) OF LIFE
John 1:3 "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
Hebrews 1:2 "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
Hebrews 1:10-12 "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:.....They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;.....And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."
Father means giver of life. Jesus the Christ made all things that pertain to life in the creation. Not only was he the giver of life in the creation, but spiritually, he has given all things that pertain to life and godliness:
2 Peter 1:3 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:"
THE LOGOS WAS MADE FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US
1 Timothy 3:16 "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
Affirming the quotation above, "without controversy great is the mystery of godliness." There is no controversy; God was manifest in the flesh and that settles it!
THE SON OF GOD WAS MADE IN THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY AND THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON
Hebrews 1:2-3 "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;.....Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
Here again, we see how that God begot himself. The Christ who made the worlds was crowned with glory and honor to sit at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Amen.
GOD THE SON
Isaiah 9:6-7 "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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.....Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon for Isa.9:6:
Page 42a; mighty God. "Divine hero (as reflecting the divine majesty"
Page 3b; everlasting Father. "everlasting Father"
John 20:28 "And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God."
Romans 9:5 "Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen."
Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"
1 John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."
Thayer page 287:
2. Whether Christ is called God must be determined from Jn.1:1; 20:28; 1Jn.5:20; Ro.9:5; Tit.2:13; Heb.1:8; sq., etc.; the matter is still in dispute among many theologians.
The theologians did not author nor write the holy bible. The following is a quote from the apostle Paul and he sums it up very well.
1 Corinthians 1:25-26 "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.....For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:"
1 Corinthians 15:22-28 "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.....But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.....Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.....For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. ....The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.....For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him......And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."