Chapter One, The Beginning (Alpha)

Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Let us consider the creation of the world:

The Holy Spirit is mentioned as the creative force/power in Genesis – The “Spirit of God moved” and things began to happen (Gen 1:2). Scripture also reveals: Psalms 104:30, “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” AND Job 33:4, “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” God “spoke” and the Spirit (power) moved. Job 26:13, “By his spirit he hath garnished (furnished) the heavens…” God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24)!

The Word (Jesus) is also mentioned in scripture as the Creator of earth and all that is in it. John 1:1-4, “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. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (supporting scriptures that Jesus is the Word – Jn 1:6-18).” We are told of the Word (Jesus): John 1:10, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” AND Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Finally consider: Psalms 33:6, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”

We are also told that God (the Father) created all things by Jesus Christ who is the Word (Eph 3:9-19). AND Hebrews 1:1-2, “God (the Father), who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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 (also Heb 11:3).” Jesus is the Word and we are told: Psalms 33:6, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” There is an interaction between God (the Father), Word and Spirit in the preceding verse. Psalms 33:9, “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” AND Psalms 148:5, “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created (also Rev 10:6).”

God tells man plainly: Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Then the Lord gives us some wisdom: Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” The Lord says concerning His purposes: “I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it (Is 46:11).”

God, as the authority speaks and the Word powered by the Spirit goes forth and accomplishes what God purposes to do. This is exactly how God describes creation as coming about. God “spoke” and what He purposes to do happened. The Lord calleth those things which be not as though they were (Rm 4:17). Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” This baffles the mind of man.

Jesus (the Word made flesh) said: “I proceeded forth and came from God – He sent Me (Jn 8:42).” The Lord was sent with purpose as this writing shall reveal. The Word proclaimed the Father’s truth to man and the Spirit was the power behind the miracles that confirmed the spoken Word – the works bear witness (Jn 10:25, 36-38).

We have now determined that creation came about by the Spirit of God, by the Word of God (Jesus), and the interaction between the God (the Father) and the Word (Jesus) and Spirit. So, who actually created the earth and all that is upon it? Genesis 1:26-27, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Did you notice that God first refers to Himself in the “plural” and then in the “singular?” The plural reference to God accounts for the previously determined roles of the Father, Word and Spirit in the creation. The singular reference can only be understood that somehow these three Persons (Beings) are also one – they are distinct, yet they are completely one.

Scripture also reveals: Isaiah 45:12, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. Isaiah 45:18, “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” God reveals that He created the earth and refers to Himself in the singular (also Deut 4:32, Is 43:1). There are not three separate Gods – only one God (also Deut 6:4, Is 45:5).

Paul writes in the New Testament that there is none other God but one (1 Cor 8:4). He further states: 1 Corinthians 8:6, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” In this case, the Father and Son are referred to in the exact same sense and as one God and Lord. They are separated as distinct Persons, yet the same as one God.

Additional Instances of Three yet One in Scripture

This first verse has been very controversial in the religious world for hundreds of years. 1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” The verse is very clear, but hotly disputed. Many argue that this verse was not contained in the original writings, but inserted later to validate the doctrine of the trinity. The author believes/accepts the truthfulness of the verse and finds it to be completely in harmony with all other scripture – as this writing shall reveal. There is no doubt that the sincere reader will also come to this same position at the end of this writing.

Matthew 28:18-19, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We shall understand later in this writing that the power Jesus referred to comes from the Father and that this Holy Ghost is always associated with God’s power (to be discussed). Jesus received the promise of the Father which was the Holy Ghost – power (Acts 2:33). Notice the authority one is to be baptized in – the totality of God.

The Godhead is understood in the following verse: Ephesians 2:18, “For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father (also Eph 3:11-12).” This will become more clear in this writing. Notice that our access is through Jesus by His Spirit and not through religious man (holy ones, priests, religious organizations, doctrines, etc).

Consider this event that took place in Christ’s life on the earth: Luke 3:21-22, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased (also Mt 3:16-17, Mk 1:9-11).” There can be no doubt as to the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost at this significant event.

We note from above that when a man is baptized it is also in the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Lord’s true disciples “follow” Him in all things for Jesus set the example. God (the Father), the Word and the Holy Spirit were present at the creation of man and created man. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen 1:26).” Father, Son and Holy Ghost must also be present when a man is “born again,” renewed, or re-created because this can only be done by God. John 1:13, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” A man can only come to the Father through Jesus as by the Spirit. As was stated above: Ephesians 2:18, “For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” If a man hath not the Spirit, he is not Christ’s (Rm 8:9). Christ received the Spirit from the Father (Acts 2:33). God is the Father, Word (which took on flesh and became the Son – called Jesus, Mt 1:21) and Holy Ghost.

Wisdom and Insight from the Creation of Man

The author was prayerfully and thoughtfully considering the Lord and His Word. God directed the author’s attention to consider the the creation of man and the the message that was being conveyed.

Consider God’s intent/design in the creation of man: Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” The creation of man has a male and a female component and was created in God’s image and in God’s likeness (Gen 5:1). The male and the female are equal before God: Romans 2:11, “For there is no respect of persons with God (also Eph 6:9, Col 3:25, 1 Pt 1:17).” Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Came forth from, yet are One

Now let us specifically consider how the female or woman came into being: Genesis 2:18, 21-24, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

The woman was not a separate creation, but came out of the very substance or being of man. The man and the woman are of the very same substance (bone and flesh). They are two distinct persons, but of one flesh. Notice that when the male and the female unite (cleave to one another in marriage) they literally become one. This means they are unified in substance, harmony and purpose. This has obviously not been fully realized in this fallen world. Jesus said: Mark 10:8, “And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh (also Mt 19:6).” The two are one! Yet they are distinct.

The woman came out of man! 1 Corinthians 11:8, “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.” This fact would be preposterous and could never be accepted by the modern scientific community of man. The man comes out of the woman! Both statements are equally true. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12, “Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.”

Can you see the oneness that God is trying to relate to man? One is of the other, the other is of the one. The two are separate yet one – mutually dependent, yet self supportive. Each has life within themselves (only by God), yet one needs the other. The two are to be one – to function as one in harmony and purpose (likemindedness, dwelling in unity, fullness, one accord, same love, one mind, perfection). God has designed His purposes into the very fabric of His creation.

The man and the woman have life from God. They do not have life in self and cannot exist apart from the life of God – they are created. This will be discussed below. To rebel against God is to remove yourself from the life of God, which is your only life. Those who hate God, love death (Pv 8:36).

So, in the same sense the Word goeth forth from God, yet the Word is God (Is 55:11, Jn 1:1-2). The Word came forth from God and is of the substance of God. The force or power in the Word would be the Holy Ghost (to be discussed). There is one God, yet the Lord is uniquely three Persons. Was God always thus (in this state)? We cannot say, but He certainly was at the creation of the earth and all therein.

Now since man is in the image of God, it is not unreasonable nor unscriptural to suggest a similar phenomenon (as with woman out of man) between Father, Word and Holy Ghost. Meaning that the Word and Holy Ghost came out of the very substance (the essential part of that which exists) or Being of God and thus they are God. This also applies to when the Word became flesh, known as the Son. God was manifest in the flesh and justified in the Spirit (1 Tim 3:16). Jesus was filled with the power of God (the Holy Spirit), as at creation (the Word accomplishes the works of His hands, Heb 1:10), to once again accomplish the Father’s will. Just before going to the cross, Jesus said: John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” God’s Word never returns void, but always accomplishes what pleases God (Is 55:11). The Word became flesh (Jesus the Son of God) and accomplished that which pleased the Father.

Therefore, it can be said of Jesus: Hebrews 1:3, “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 (He finished the Father’s work), sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” The Father was well pleased with the Son and all He did. The Son (Word incarnate) through the Spirit (power) accomplished the Father’s will.

God the Father again sent forth His Word to accomplish His purposes on the earth. Jesus was not created (although His earthly body was), but was literally taken out of the same substance of God and thus is fully God. How this comes about (God dividing Himself, yet being one) is beyond human comprehension.

Being Alone

The Lord said: “It is not good that the man should be alone (Gen 2:18),” so in the same sense perhaps it was not good for God the Father to be alone (Jn 8:16, 29, 16:32). No doubt, this “state” of God existed long before the creation of man. Jesus said: John 8:29, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (also Jn 8:16, 16:32).” So, the Word (Jesus) proceeded forth and came from God, yet God was with Jesus, yet Jesus is God (Jn 8:42). Jesus implied comfort through the Father’s constant presence (Jn 8:16, 16:32). No one desires to be alone.

Jesus was greatly distressed upon the cross because for a moment, through a means we cannot understand, the Lord was separated from the Father and thus alone. Isaiah 54:7, “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.” AND Isaiah 54:8, “In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” As Christ hung on the cross bearing the sin of man (He made Him to be sin for us, 2 Cor 5:21), He cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me (Mk 15:34, Ps 22:1)?” If Jesus was so troubled over the sin that separated Him from God – shouldn’t we be?

The Father has life within Himself. The Son also has life within Himself (Jn 5:26). John 5:26, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” To be self existent or have life within self is to be God. The Lord does not need any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things (Acts 17:25). This is a very important point. Jesus is life and is of the very substance of God (Jn 14:6). Jesus is the Word become flesh which is God (Jn 1:14).

When Jesus was born as a man (Son of man), He did not cease to have life within Himself. Jesus said: John 10:17-18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” So, even though the Word became flesh as a man and could die as a man, Jesus still retained the essential substance of God which is life. The flesh or body (vessel of clay) could die, but the Spirit returns to God (Eccl 12:7). The Word (Jesus) was no less God when He took on flesh. How could the Word made flesh (Jesus) stop being God?

 

The Word came forth distinctly from the Father when He became flesh and dwelt among men, known as Jesus the Son (Jn 1:14). Thus Jesus was Emmanuel or God with us. Yet, in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). Jesus the Son was still of the substance of God and was God – yet made flesh (contained in a vessel of clay). This may become clearer later in this writing.

The Word became Flesh

The Word became flesh when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and thus the Son had to come from the very substance of God. The Lord told Mary: “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee (Lk 1:35).” The Son is God and God is one. In man’s understanding, it could not have happened in any other way. Now God is the Father and Jesus is the Son. However, Jesus is of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18, “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.” – for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost (Mt 1:20).

Now if the Word, who is God, became flesh and this was done of the Holy Ghost, then the Holy Ghost must also be God (Jn 1:1-2, 14). In other words, the Holy Ghost must also be of the very substance of God. The Father and the Holy Ghost are one, yet distinct. The Holy Ghost produced the Son of man through a mechanism that man cannot know. Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Mary was a virgin and did not know man. Christ was conceived (came forth) in a way that is not usual for man (Lk 1:27). The “Word” was not made of a woman, but the “Son” was – in part. In other words, the Word occupied a vessel of clay (flesh) or body which was made of a woman.

Scriptures reveal: Hebrews 10:5, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” The Word of God did not invade another’s body, but the Holy Spirit prepared a body for the Word to dwell within. As with man, this body would be subject to death which releases the Spirit within (Eccl 12:7). Christ’s body was subject unto the same limitations as other men (Heb 2:16).

Once again: God the Father sends forth His Word to accomplish the Lord’s purposes on earth. The power of God, which is the Spirit of God, makes things happen by overshadowing Mary such that the Word can become flesh. Once the Word becomes flesh, He is the Son and is begotten of the Father. Psalms 2:7, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee (also Heb 5:5).”

The Word then sets out to do the Father’s work or purposes. John 5:17, “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” AND John 4:34, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” The Lord also said: “the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me (Jn 5:36).” When all was finished, Jesus had one last thing to do: Luke 12:50, “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” Shortly thereafter, Christ laid His life down in obedience to the Father – Thy will be done (Mt 26:42, Lk 22:42) – Father, glorify thy name (Jn 12:28).

The author is not at all suggesting that God created Jesus and then exalted Him to the status of God as some have put forth. Jesus is the very essence/substance of God and is God, as is the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Word distinguishes Father, Son and Holy Ghost as each being God (New Testament names/identifications, to be discussed), yet is emphatic that there is only one God. The Word humbled Himself and became as a man – a servant. Philippians 2:7, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Consider Christ’s humble birth and life.

God’s Works

The Word was made flesh to speak the Father’s Words or truth to man (Ex 19:9, 16-19, 20:1-18). God spoke His Words directly to man at Mount Horeb. Man greatly feared God and did not want to hear God’s Words directly from God, but rather from a man such as Moses. Exodus 20:18-19, “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die (also Deut 5:4-5, 23-29).” AND Deuteronomy 18:16, “…saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.” God told Moses: Deuteronomy 18:17-18, “…They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Therefore, when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law and the Word became flesh to speak God’s Words to man (Gal 4:4).

The Word was made flesh and called Jesus, the Son of the Highest (Lk 1:31-32). Christ came to speak God’s truth to man – as a man (in flesh). Jesus was emphatic that He did not speak His own Words, but rather the Father’s Words (Jn 3:34, 7:16-17, 8:28, 38, 12:49-50, 14:10-11). John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This will be further discussed in Chapter 4, “The Way, the Truth and the Life.”

Father and Son

We will now follow or more fully pursue this strong parallel regarding God the Father and God the Son (Jesus, the Word) specifically – as related to the creation of man. The Holy Spirit will be more fully discussed later in this writing.

A father produces a son of his own substance. Now with man there is some fleshly biology involved regarding the body or vessel of clay, but the “life” must always come specifically from God (Eccl 12:7, Is 42:5, Zech 12:1). The body and the spirit are God’s (1 Cor 6:20). He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things (Acts 17:25). Jesus is always referred to as the Son (after becoming flesh), so He must have come from the Father. Jesus is also referred to as the only begotten Son (Jn 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18, Acts 13:33, Heb 1:5, 5:5, 1 Jn 4:9). To be begotten is to be generated or produced – to beget (as a father or sire). This does not necessarily mean created in the sense of less than God.

The Word existed long before the Son of God came forth. Jesus was generated or produced (split, yet retained) from the very substance or being of the Father. The Word was made flesh (Jn 1:14). The vessel of clay and its limitations (body, container) were produced through biology (Mary giving birth), but as a direct result of the Holy Ghost’s intervention. Therefore, Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of man. He was raised up from among the brethren (Deut 18:18). He is the Son of God, yet of the lineage of Abraham (via David).

Scripture never refers to Jesus (the Word) as being both on earth and in heaven simultaneously. Scripture often refers to Jesus as being on earth and the Father as being in heaven in the same time frame. Scripture refers to the Holy Spirit as being with Jesus while He is on earth and thus the Father is also with Jesus (Jn 8:29, 16:32). The Spirit seems to have come upon Jesus to a greater degree (without measure, Jn 3:34, with power) when He was baptized by John the Baptist just before He began the Father’s work. Immediately after Jesus was baptized He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (all men will be tempted and tested). Once Christ’s intent to do only the will of the Father was established, He returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit (Lk 4:14).

Jesus began the Father’s work in the timeframe of when John the Baptist was cast into prison (Lk 4:12, Jn 3:26-29). John had gone before Jesus to prepare Christ’s way (Jn 3:28). John said: John 3:30-31, “He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” It was at this point that we read how Christ’s Words were with power and how he went about healing, delivering and raising the dead (Mt 4:23, Acts 10:38).

John the Baptist, the greatest of all prophets, clearly recognized Jesus’ authority as God (Mt 11:11, Lk 7:28). John 1:15, “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me (also Jn 1:30).” John was born before Jesus (of woman, physical body – 6 months older), yet Jesus was before John (from the beginning – the Word). John 1:27, “He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.”

Consider how scripture supports this: John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is clearly God and not a creation of God. 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.” The Word was God, yet the Word was of God the Father. The body was created for the Word to occupy.

God the Father produced God the Son by the Holy Ghost and thus stated His authority over created beings: Hebrews 1:5, “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?” Therefore: the only begotten Son is literally of the Father, which is in the bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18). Jesus was not a created being (i.e. angel) that was made a Son.

Oneness

It was shown with a man and a woman that the two shall become one for of one was the other taken. Consider God the Father and God the Son: Jesus said: John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” Jesus also said: “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father (Jn 14:9).” John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” A man and a woman are an imperfect example of oneness. However, the Godhead is perfect in substance, unity, purpose and harmony.

Christ said in relation to His followers: John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” AND Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are (Jn 17:11). AND John 14:10-11, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” AND John 14:20, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” Man as one in God will be discussed fully in Chapter 5, The End (Marriage Supper of the Lamb).

We are told that man is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man (1 Cor 11:7). Consider Jesus in relation to the Father: Hebrews 1:3, “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.” We are also told of Jesus: “Christ, who is the image of God (2 Cor 4:4).” AND “Who is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15).”

So, as woman is the glory of man and the two are one; Jesus the Son is the glory of God the Father and the two are one. God is showing us something very important in the very design of His creation. Man is in the image of God and this is part of what that means. We can also understand from above that Christ’s disciples or “body” is also to be as one. We have been commanded to love one another (Jn 15:12, 17). Thus the body is in agreement with the head.

Man’s will or God’s will?

God was relating love, sacrifice, oneness and authority to man through the institution of marriage (between a husband and wife). There is no wonder why God prohibited adultery as one of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery (also Deut 5:18).” Adultery destroys the oneness that God wants to achieve – it puts asunder God’s purposes.

The woman came out of man and the two become one again through their mutual love, devotion, sacrifice and faithfulness toward one another. Jesus the Son came forth from God the Father and they are one. The Son always revealed His love, devotion, sacrifice and faithfulness to the Father. God is revealing to man how man must relate to Him. This is what the relationship must be.

Jesus was upset with religious man because they were destroying God’s purpose. Matthew 19:3-9, “The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery (also Mk 10:2-12).” Love, devotion, sacrifice and faithfulness (oneness) is not achieved through the “putting away” of your spouse. This destroys the relationship.

Religious man was putting asunder God’s intent and purposes (Mk 10:9). Rather than encourage love, sacrifice and oneness, religious man was leading in hardness of heart. Hardness of heart is to disregard the relationship in order to seek “self.” Hardness of heart is the lack of repentance, and the absence of contrition and sorrow for sin (transgression against God) – impenitence. Jesus essentially said that religious man was leading others to transgress God’s commandment regarding adultery. Jesus said it was adultery if a man put away his wife, and marry another or if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another (Mk 10:11-12). This was destroying God’s purposes.

Since the punishment for adultery was death, religious man was leading in the path of death, which is the transgression of God’s will (Lv 20:10). Disobedience to God’s will always results in death (Gen 2:17)! Sin produces death (the fruit of such a tree). These religious leaders led in the ways of man rather than in obedience to God’s way and the Lord’s commandments.

 

Jesus put things straight! Religious men who still attempt to justify divorce and remarriage had better take heed to what Christ was relating. Divorce and remarriage are not in the will or in the purposes of God. If a man cannot love his wife/brother whom he hath seen, then how can he love God whom he hath not seen (1 Jn 4:20)? If a man is not faithful to his wife, then how can he be faithful to God? Relationships on earth are likened to your relationship with God. The Lord teaches us love through marriage and friendships so that we can further relate to Him. The Lord teaches us love through the relationship of a Father and Son so that man can properly relate to him. God teaches us to love the unlovely – our enemies (Mt 5:43-44, Lk 6:27-28, 35). Love is the sacrifice of self for the benefit of others – God foremost and then others – the two great commandments.

The Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel that they would love the Lord their God, serve Him with all their heart, keep His commandments and walk in His ways (Deut 11:13-14, 22, 19:9, 30:16). This is always the Lord’s expectations of man. God likened this to a marriage (Jer 3:14). However, Israel was continually unfaithful and sought after lovers (idolatry) which were the surrounding nations (i.e. the world). Israel walked in the evil ways and wicked practices of these nations in forsaking God and seeking self.

Authority

We discussed that even though woman was taken out of man, the two are one and are equal before God – for there is neither male nor female (Gal 3:28, 1 Cor 11:11-12). Even so, God has clearly given man a position of authority over woman.

Woman was taken out of man to be a help meet for him (Gen 2:20). God clearly stated in His Genesis curse (which has not been abolished): “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Gen 3:16).” 1 Corinthians 11:8-9, “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:3, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

So, in God’s ordained authority the woman is not to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man (1 Tim 2:11-12). In relating this back to the formation of man and God’s curse, Paul wrote: 1 Timothy 2:13, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

Relating this authority to oneness, scripture reveals: Ephesians 5:22-33, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

So much could be said about the preceding verses, but lets briefly summarize a marriage (unifying). The man and the woman are two distinct persons, yet they are one. The man has been given authority over the woman. God has set the authority so there is to be no dispute. The woman is to submit to and reverence the man in all things (1 Pt 3:1-6). The man is to give love and honor to the wife (1 Pt 3:6). The man’s authority is to be benevolent (disposition to do good; possessing love; promoting happiness; charitable) to the relationship. The two are one in unity and love, each desiring the absolute best for the other (be of one mind and accord). There is perfect unity and harmony in love. Love is the sacrifice of self for the benefit of the other. Each sacrifices for the other’s benefit. Sacrifice – not give and take. The man is to even lay down his life for the woman – a complete giving of self. Authority is recognized and respected, yet all motivation is through love. Authority is executed in love and submission is yielded in love.

We must understand that when authority becomes abusive God’s will is violated. When God given authority is questioned, not followed or undermined, then God’s will is transgressed. God’s order must be followed in love for oneness and unity to be achieved. The man and the woman must be walking in God’s purposes with sacrificial love toward each other.

Now we must also clearly recognize that God the Father is the authority in the Godhead. Jesus said bluntly: “I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I (Jn 14:28, also Jn 13:16).” He that is sent is not greater than he that sent him (Jn 13:16). Jesus also said, “I live by the Father (Jn 6:57).” Furthermore, Jesus said: John 5:30, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” The head of Christ is God (1 Cor 11:3). “And when all things shall be subdued unto him (by God the Father), then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all (1 Cor 15:24-28).

God the Father’s authority is always of the disposition to uphold His established, eternal truth (His Word, Ps 119:89) – to maintain good. Jesus is the Word which is God’s truth. “I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right (Is 45:19).” Psalms 33:4, “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth (also Ps 111:7-8).” My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure (Is 46:10). Deuteronomy 32:4, “He (God) is the Rock (dependable, sure immovable), his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment (truth over falsehood): a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he (also Ps 92:15).” The Lord keepeth the truth forever (Ps 146:6, also Ps 100:5, Ps 111:8) and God’s Word stands (Is 39:8). God the Father’s authority is benevolent in that He exerciseth lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness and in these things He delights (Jer 9:24). Therefore: Psalms 145:17, “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”

Unity can only be achieved through willful submission of one to the other. Even so, one must take a position of authority and the other(s) must be in complete harmony (accord, agreement) and oneness (of one mind and one purpose) with that authority. Committees never achieve true unity – they are give and take, debate, opinionated, questioning, majority persuasion, consensus (compromise), contentious, etc.

The one in authority still sacrifices for the other as was shown in relating a husband and wife to Christ and the church. Jesus is head of the church (the authority), yet completely gave Himself for it. The man is to be the head of the woman, yet must completely give himself for her. Each totally gives to the other, but the man has been placed in authority and the woman must yield to that authority. Similarly Jesus yielded to and obeyed the Father in all things – He made this very clear!

The Father sanctified and sent Jesus into the world (Jn 5:23, 30, 36-37, 6:57, 8:16, 18, 29, 42, 10:36, 12:45, 49, 17:21, 25, 20:21, 1 Jn 4:9, 14). Jesus submitted to and reverenced the Father in all things. Christ said: John 8:29, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” Jesus absolutely did the Father’s will and obeyed the Father completely (Mt 21:5, Jn 5:19-20, 30 Jn 6:38, 8:50, Heb 10:7, 9, Deut 18:18, Jn 3:34, 7:16-17, 8:28, 38, 12:49-50, 14:10-11, Lk 2:49, Jn 5:17, 36, 9:4, 14:10-11, 31, 17:4-5, Jn 12:45, 14:9, Col 1:15, 2:9). Jesus spoke/taught the Father’s Words (Deut 18:18, Jn 3:34, 7:16-17, 8:28, 38, 12:49-50, 14:10-11). Jesus did the Father’s works (Lk 2:49, Jn 5:17, 36, 9:4, 14:10-11, 31, 17:4-5). Jesus always spoke of or about the Father and was devoted to Him (Mt 11:27, Lk 10:22, Jn 1:18, 3:35, 5:19-20, 23-24, 30, 37, 7:28-29, 8:19, 27-29, 10:15, 32, 37-38, 12:49-50, 14:9-13, 31, 16:25-28, 17:21, 25). The Father sent Jesus and the Lord obediently came (Jn 12:45). Consequently, the Father was well-pleased with the Son (Mt 3:17, 12:18, 17:5, Mk 1:11, Lk 3:22, 2 Pt 1:17).

God the Father is the head: John 5:26-27, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” Notice that the Father gives (delegates, grants) authority.

Only a God can have life within Himself. A created being does not have life within himself, but is totally dependent upon his Creator for life and the sustaining of that life (1 Thess 3:8). Therefore: Jesus the Son, is of God’s very substance and has life within Himself – distinct, yet one. Jesus is the head of man and has been granted judgment with regards to man. The Father will not judge, this authority has been given to the Son. John 5:22-23, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

God said in the Old Testament: Jeremiah 17:10, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (also Jer 32:19).” Jesus essentially repeated this verse from Jeremiah when He said: “I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

God the Father has a throne in heaven and Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father (Ps 110:1, 118:16, Mt 22:44, 26:64, Mk 12:26, 14:62, 16:19, Lk 20:42, 22:69, Acts 2:25, 33-34, 7:55-56, Rm 8:34, Eph 1:20, Col 3:1, Heb 1:3, 13, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2 (throne), 1 Pt 3:22). This clearly reveals that the Father’s authority extends into heaven and was not just while Jesus walked the earth as a man. There is a distinction in position, yet God is still one.

Unity between a man and woman is achieved through love whereby each gives to the other and this of course benefits the whole (oneness). John 3:35, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.” God the Father has highly exalted Jesus the Son to have a name which is above every name (Php 2:9-11). Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Jesus is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him (1 Pt 3:22).

Jesus loves the Father and submits to His will. John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do…” Jesus obeys the Father! Christ tells man: John 15:10, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” In other words, Jesus sacrificed of self to do the Father’s will and this is love. Jesus abides in this state. The Father also loves the Son (Jn 3:35, 5:20, 17:24). John 15:9, “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love (also Jn 10:17).”

Christ freely obeys the Father out of love (is not forced): John 10:17-18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Consider Christ’s power: Colossians 1:19-20, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven (also – He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him, Eph 1:10).” Therefore: John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (also Eph 2:18).” AND John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” So, Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” AND 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

Therefore, God the Father is the authority that “gives” and Jesus is highly exalted to receive the authority given. Ephesians 1:20-23, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Even though Father and Son are distinct, they are still one – there is only one God. God declared that apart from Him there is no other god – none else. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me (Is 45:5-6, 14, 18, 21-22, 46:9, 47:8, 10, Joel 2:27). Jesus (the Son) has been given life within Himself from the Father who has life within Himself (Jn 5:26). Jesus’ life is generated or produced from the very substance or being of the Father.

Jesus has been given the authority, ability and judgment to render/give eternal life to man. The Son quickeneth whom He will (Jn 5:21). John 17:2, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” Jesus as Judge has the ability to give “life” unto faithful man or take life from unfaithful man (Jn 5:23-25, 27-29).

One final thought on authority. Jesus made the following statement with regards to His second coming (the Day of the Lord): Mark 13:32, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” First we can understand that the Father sets the time according to His purposes which shall be discussed momentarily. None of creation knows this date. Jesus the Son does not even know this date. How can this be? This question cannot be answered by man. After all: “For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth (Jn 5:20).”

We shall understand later in this study that no man comes to Christ except it were given to him or he is drawn by the Father (Jn 6:44, 65, 17:2, 6, Acts 2:39, 47). God calls men and draws them unto Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6, 1 Cor 1:9). God calls unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor 1:9). Many are called, but few chosen (Mt 20:16). God is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pt 3:9). The Father is patient and it is to man’s benefit that this Day of the Lord (Second Coming) not come too quickly.

When this day arrives, Jesus comes as Judge (He has been given all judgment) and in great wrath (Is 2:11-12, Joel 1:15, 2:11, Amos 5:18-20, Ob 1:15, Nah 1:1-8, Zeph 1:15-18, 2:2, Lk 21:23, Rev 1:7, 6:17). Jesus is both Savior and Judge. Jesus gives life and He takes life away. Jesus draws men unto God and eternally separates men from God. Perhaps Jesus has a bit of a “conflict of interest” in deciding when this day should be. Irregardless, the Father is the authority and makes the determination as to when this day shall occur. The Father suffers long, but the day of judgment inevitably comes (the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, countries occupying the Promised Land, Babylonian exile) and will come.

The circumstance of man

Man was created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27), in the likeness of God made he him (Gen 5:1). God breathed the “breath of life” into man and man became a “living soul (Is 42:5).” So in a sense man is in God and God is in man. Man must understand the relationship. God is life! Man’s life is only that which comes from God. Man is created of God and does not have life within self and cannot exist apart from the life of God. The Lord gives life and the Lord takes life away (Gen 6:17, 7:21-22, Zeph 1:2-3).

We are told: Job 34:14-15, “If he (God) set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.” Man is made from the dust of the earth. It is God’s “breath of life” that makes man a “living soul.” The spirit and the breath are God’s, He is the Creator and the life. If God gathers back His “breath of life,” then man just returns to the dust. Apart from God there is no life! All flesh exist only because of God’s life.

Furthermore, we are told concerning one’s death: Ecclesiastes 8:8, “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war…(also Ps 89:48)” AND “Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust (Ps 104:29).” The spirit is God’s; life or death is in God’s hands – at His discretion. Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” The spirit of man returns to God the Creator.

The relationship is as follows: God is the absolute authority over man. The Creator reigns over His creation. The Potter has power over the clay (Rm 9:21, Jer 18:4). Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Man is a creation of God and depends upon God for his life and the sustaining of that life. Man’s life is found in God and apart from God man is nothing but dust. It is only when we recognize and yield to God’s supremacy (sovereignty, authority, power, rule, rights) that we truly have life and this life is from the Lord.

Man is connected to this earth or world by his flesh. The vessel or frame in which man’s spirit resides is made from the dust of the earth (Ps 103:14). He dwells in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust (Job 4:19). Job 13:12, “Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.” Job 10:11, “Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.” Man is connected to God by his spirit. When the flesh dies, it does not return to God, but back into the ground (Job 10:9, 34:15, Ps 104:29). Ecclesiastes 3:20, “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.” The spirit returns to God.

God gives life and takes life away at His discretion. Job 12:10, “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Man has no true “life” of his own apart from God, and is not to take the life which God has given another. Genesis 9:5-6, “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” Man will be judged for shedding his neighbors blood. For this reason, God gave man a commandment: Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.” God is looking for obedience and not justification.

So, man in all his glory simply returns to the dust that he was fashioned from. Man returns unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Gen 3:19). The spirit returns to God to be judged for the things done in the flesh. 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Man’s future life in God will only be found in the Son (1 Jn 5:11). 1 John 5:12, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Savior

God states: Isaiah 45:21-22, “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else (also Is 43:11).”

Jesus is often referred to as the Saviour (Lk 2:11, Jn 4:42, Acts 13:23, Php 3:20, 1 Tim 1:1, 2:3, 4:10, 2 Tim 1:10, Ti 1:3-4, 2:10, 13, 3:4, 6, 2 Pt 1:1, 11, 2:20, 3:2, 18, Jude 1:25). It was just shown that Jesus has been given the judgment, position and life such that man can only be saved through Him – yet there is no other God, none else – for there is no Saviour beside Me (Hos 13:4). Acts 5:31, “Him (Jesus) hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” The Apostle John wrote: 1 John 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world (also Jn 4:42).” Jesus leads His disciples in “The Way” back to God (Jn 14:6).

Therefore, we can now unequivocally conclude that the Father and Son must be truly one and thus God. What other conclusion could possibly be drawn? There is one God and none else. The Lord is a just God and a Savior, yet there is none beside Him. The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. So, the Father and the Son must be the one God – there is none else. We concluded earlier that the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary so that the Word could become flesh, which is the Son. So, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit must be one God. These are not just different names for one God – Each takes on a different role and responsibility – distinctly separate Persons. So, the God written about in the book of Isaiah must be Father, Son and Holy Ghost and they must also be one.

Furthermore, the Son submitted to the Father’s authority and has now been granted the power and ability and has been equipped to perform the intended function. There is a distinction, yet Father and Son must be completely one. Since the Godhead is one God, they are in a sense equal, yet authority is clearly evident. In love, there is a willing submission and a desire to lift up the other.

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