Refuting the problem of Judaism and false doctrine that Jesus was a created being.
The title of this message - Review of Noah’s Flood,
God the Father & Jesus Christ.
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(First Half of Video)
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· The Lord God and the Most High
· God the Father was Not the God of the Old Testament
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We had a discussion during the break and of all the details of what is right and wrong and this, that and the other thing, the most important thing is that you:
· love God
· love Christ
· love the Truth
· keep the commandments
· love your neighbor s yourself
Then what you have is the right perspective so you don’t get carried away and run off on junkets of some of these things that come along like we’re discussing now. Some of them are disgusting!
We’re going to look at a number of Scriptures that tell us the difference between God the Father and Christ.
Hebrews 1:1: “God Who spoke to the fathers at different times in the past and in many ways by the prophets, has spoken to us in these last days by His Son… [that is through the New Testament] …Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the ages” (vs 1-2). That agrees with John 1:1-3!
Verse 3: “Who, being the brightness of His glory and the exact image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His own power…” Remember that Jesus said, the last thing He told the apostles in Matt. 28: All power and authority is given to Me in heaven and in earth! That means that God the Father gave it to Him!
“…when He had by Himself purged our sins…” (v 3).
The reason that Jesus came to purge our sins is that He was the Lord God of the Old Testament. He was the One Who made Adam and Eve. So, the best sacrifice is for the One Who created them to become flesh and never sin. That sacrifice can cover every human being.
If it was God the Father Who was working in the Old Testament, the Most High and not the Lord God under the Most High¸ then the Most High would have had to come in the flesh and be the perfect sacrifice.
“…sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; having been made so much greater than any of the angels, inasmuch as He has inherited a name exceedingly superior to them. For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘You are My Son; this day I have begotten You’?….” (vs 3-5).
That goes back to Psa. 2. The Son did not become the Son until He was impregnated into the womb of the virgin Mary.
“…And again, ‘I will be a Father to Him, and He will be a Son to Me’? And again, when He brought the Firstborn into the world, He said, ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’” (vs 5-6).
There are quite a few things in John 1 that help us understand. As a matter of fact, I was looking at when I did the Gospel of John series; that will be 30 years ago. Maybe I ought to do it again.
John 1:12: “But as many as received Him…”
· to understand that He was the Son of God
· to understand that He forgives our sins
· to understand that He is our High Priest in heaven right now
· to understand that He will be our soon coming King when He returns
· receive Him
· believe Him
· obey Him
· love Him
That’s all in the word receive!
“…to them He gave authority to become the children of God…” (v 12). In the Greek there are two words for child:
1. ‘huios’—singular, a son
· ‘huio’—plural; offspring in general
· ‘teknon’--children by the Father
That’s why you receive the Holy Spirit as a begettal. That’s why Peter said that ‘you have been begotten again.’ (1-Peter 1). Your first begettal was through your mother and father for physical life. Begotten again is receiving the Holy Spirit so you can become a ‘tekna’ child and all of them together are children—‘teknon’—of God.
The Protestants have that from the King James as ‘adoption.’ That’s incorrect! It should be sonship!
“…even to those who believe in His name; who were not begotten by bloodlines… [doesn’t matter who you are] …nor by the will of the flesh… [that it’s all planned out] …nor by the will of man, but by the will of God” (vs 12-13).
· What is the will of God? His plan!
· How has He revealed it? Through His Sabbath and Holy Days!
Verse 14: “And the Word became flesh…” That’s what they’re going to end up with! He was like God! He was flesh! And they will misinterpret it and go to Luke 1 and try and prove it that way.
“…and tabernacled among us (and we ourselves beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten with the Father), full of grace and truth” (v 14). That’s referring to the Transfiguration!
“…full of grace…” is the mercy, truth and love of God! God’s love for you to give you the Holy Spirit and all of that!
What is the Holy Spirit called? The Spirit of the Truth! We are sanctified, that is made Holy by the Truth. That’s accomplished by the Holy Spirit by writing the laws and commandments in our heart and mind. That’s why it’s so important when we cover all of these nitty-gritty details that we keep in mind the big picture!
Verse 52: “And He said to him, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God descending to and ascending from the Son of man.’”
· What was it like with Jesus?
· Were there always angels all around?
It would have to be by this! You know that on the Passover Day every detail had to be worked out by the angels and the part that Satan played with Judas.
Verse 18: “No one has seen God at any time…” How did Moses speak to God? He spoke to the one who was God, Who was with God! This is saying that no one has seen God the Father, the Most High, at any time! That covers everything in the Old Testament!
“…the only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (v 18).
Let’s see that repeated again, and we will look and see exactly what we’ve been talking about here. God’s greatest work is being done with His Holy Spirit in converting our mind. When there is sin, that’s where it is, it’s in the heart and in the mind! It’s quite a thing! The more that you have the Spirit of God in your mind, the more it’s going to reveal to you how much sin is buried in your mind. There’s a lot of it! Why? Because you’ve grown up and have all these other things!
Plus, today, we have so much crashing in on us with television, e-mails, iPhones, iPads, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. All of that; everything crashing in on us! There are some people who can’t stand to have it quiet. They get up and they turn on the music. Then they hop in the car and they turn on the music. The ones who are really messed up are the ones who have sound blast through your whole body. When one of those drive by in your neighborhood and it’s booming and the whole neighborhood is vibrating.
After Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath and told him to pick up his bed and walk. His bed had to be like a sleeping bag, but the Jews exaggerated with their traditions what it means to not carry a burden. Would it be a burden to carry a knapsack or sleeping bag on your arm. The Jews found the man who was healed and said, ‘Who told you to carry that?’ Well the man who healed me said to ‘pick up your bed and walk.’ ‘Who was it?’ I don’t know. Later he said that it was Jesus, so they found Jesus and here’s the encounter because they wanted to persecute Him:
John 5:17: “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working… [present tense participle] …until now, and I work’”--on the Sabbath Day!
· What work is God the Father doing on the Sabbath Day? Spiritual work!
· What work was Christ doing on the Sabbath Day? Spiritual work!
· Was He out building a building? No!
ü He was healing!
ü He was forgiving!
Verse 18: “So then, on account of this saying, the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, not only because He had loosed the Sabbath…”
In other words, the only way to keep the Sabbath is the way the Pharisees say, very strictly! But He loosed it! Some people think that that means destroyed the Sabbath or broke the Sabbath! But that’s no so! He loosed it!
Remember the Pharisee, the doctor of the law? He asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Jesus said, ‘Love God with all your heart, mind, strength and being, and your neighbor as yourself. The doctor of the law said, ‘You answered correctly. But tell me, who is my neighbor?’
Then Jesus gave the parable of the man who was on the way up from Jericho to Jerusalem and beaten up by robbers and left to die. Here comes a priest, ‘Oh, I can’t get near that, because I’m going up to work at the temple. I can be unclean.’ So, he didn’t help the man. Here comes a Levite, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t help him; I’m going to go do great things at the temple.’
So, here comes a Samaritan, which the Jews hated with a passion! What did he do? He picked the man up and put him on his beast of burden and took him to what we would call a motel, an inn back then, and told the person—after he had dressed his wound and put oil and wine on it. You might think about that in relationship to when you have a wound. He told the innkeeper, ‘Here’s some money and you take care of him and when I come back if I owe you anymore I’ll pay it.
Then Jesus looked at the doctor of the law and said, ‘Tell me, which one loved his neighbor?’ Remember, the doctor of the law would not have gone over to help him. He said, ‘I suppose the one who helped him.’
“…but also because He had called God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (v 18). Then He caught them again in John 10.
So, after He made Himself equal with God, v 19: “Therefore, Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, the Son has no power to do anything of Himself, but only what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, these things the Son also does in the same manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him everything that He Himself is doing….’” (vs 19-20).
That shows you part of the communication they had back and forth. I imagine that they were constantly in touch with each other all the time.
“…And He will show Him greater works than these, so that you may be filled with wonder. For even as the Father raises the dead and gives life, in the same way also, the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (vs 20-22)--because He came in the flesh and experienced all the temptations that we do!
He is the One to make the judgment. To whom do we give an account for our lives? Paul writes that we all come before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for ourselves!
Verse 22: “For the Father judges no one…” [they’re going to have trouble with this one!] …but has committed all judgment to the Son so that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father Who sent Him” (vs 22-23).
What one problem does this reveal? that’s 2,000 years old? that no one can solve? The problem of the Jews! They have rejected Christ and they think that they’re honoring God and they cannot.
Look at how awful it has been. Read the book of Jeremiah, and you read what Jesus said when they rejected Him. So, the only thing you can do is have pity on the Jews. It would be great if many more of them would be converted. Remember how many of them were converted when everything first started? They were all Jews the first 12 years!
Verse 24: “Truly, truly I say to you, the one who hears My Word, and believes Him Who sent Me, has everlasting life and does not come into judgment; for he has passed from death into life.”
That’s why everyday the daily prayer is forgive us our sins as we forgive others! Sometimes it takes a while to complete the second part.
Verse 36: “But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works that the Father gave Me to complete… [to finish] …the very works that I am doing, themselves bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, Who sent Me, has borne witness of Me. You have neither heard His voice nor seen His form at any time” (vs 36-37).
What happens when you invent your own religion?
Verse 38: “And you do not have His Word dwelling in you… [because they base everything on their traditions] …for you do not believe Him Whom He has sent. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think that you have eternal life; and they are the ones that testify of Me. But you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life” (vs 38-40).
When we get all the Scriptures together referring to Jesus from the Old Testament to the physical life and testimony of Jesus Christ, it’s going to be overwhelming.
Verse 41: “I do not receive glory from men; but I have known you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves” (vs 41-42)--right back to what we’re talking about! All the important details that we have mean nothing unless we have the love of God in us!
Verse 43: “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; but if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How are you able to believe, you who receive glory from one another, and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (vs 43-44). That is because Christ could not be called God while He was in the flesh!
Verse 45: “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you… [present tense, showing that the Law of Moses apply and are binding] …even Moses, in whom you have hope. But if you believed Moses, you would have believed Me; for he wrote about Me. And if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My words?” (vs 45-47).
Those Scriptures can tell you a lot. That means that Moses wrote about the Lord God Who became Christ. That also means that in order to understand the Scriptures…
Luke 24—this is after Christ’s resurrection when He suddenly appeared when they were all gathered together and He ate the fish and honeycomb:
Luke 24:44: “And He said to them, ‘These are the words that I spoke to you when I was yet with you, that all the things which were written concerning Me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (vs 44-45). That’s the work of the Holy Spirit!
The key action that we have to have to even begin is the Sabbath. That’s the key; that’s where you start. If you’re searching for God, especially on the Sabbath, when you come to the conclusion that it says, ‘Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy, and you start keeping it Holy from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, that’s the first key to begin opening your mind.
Why? Because then the seven Spirits of God are looking to those who are seeking God, and will come help open your mind! It doesn’t come because of study or theological degrees. It comes by the Spirit of God!
The whole Gospel of John talks more about Jesus Christ and what He Himself did than any of the other Gospels.
John 8:12: “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me shall never walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.’” What is the Light of Life? It is the enlightenment of your mind with the Truth of God!
Verse 13: “Therefore, the Pharisees said to Him, ‘You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I have come from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from and where I go’” (vs 13-14).
The birth of Christ was in Bethlehem. But the mother and stepfather Joseph[transcriber’s correction] got there just before He was born. They left a little after 40 days later. Gone! When He started His ministry, where did He begin? He did one thing in Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy that He would ‘suddenly come to His temple’ (John 2).
He came in there and what did He do? He made a scourge of cords and chased out all of the animals and threw over the moneychangers! Then He soon left, and most of His ministry was in Galilee and all around there. That’s what bugged the leaders of Judaism more than anything else. He didn’t come to them and align with them.
He came to the people whom they neglected. They sent to John to try and find out if it was he. It wasn’t! Then when Jesus came and showed up, they didn’t believe it. When He came back to the temple there (John 5 & 8) it was during the time of a Holy Day. Here in John 8 is right after the Feast of Tabernacles.
Verse 15: “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet, if I do judge, My judgment is true, for I am not alone; but I and the Father Who sent Me. And it is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I AM One Who bears witness of Myself, and the Father, Who sent Me bears witness of Me.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Where is Your Father?’…. [because of all the rumors] …Jesus answered, ‘You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would also have known My Father’” (vs 15-19).
Verse 20: “Jesus spoke these words in the treasury while teaching in the temple; but no one arrested Him because His time had not yet come. Then Jesus said to them again, ‘I am going away; and you shall seek Me, but you shall die in your sin. Where I am going, you are not able to come’” (vs 20-21). The Greek there is from dunamis’: you don’t have the power to attain it!
Verse 22: “Therefore, the Jews said, ‘Will He kill Himself? Is that why He says, “Where I am going, you are not able to come”?’…. [tie in John 1:1]: …And He said to them, ‘You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. That is why I said to you that you shall die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM, you shall die in your sins’” (vs 22-24).
When He said that they knew that was a name of God, v 25: “Then they said to Him, ‘Who are You?’….”
1-John 2:20: “But you have the anointing from the Holy One… [the Holy Spirit] …and you have knowledge of all things… [obviously it doesn’t pertain to everything in the world] …pertaining to salvation. I did not write to you because you do not know the Truth, but because you know it, and you understand that not one lie comes from the Truth” (vs 20-21).
· Jesus always told the Truth
· the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth
· the Word of God is the Word of Truth
Verse 22: “Who is the liar if it is not the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ?…. [that tells you about all of those false apostles] …He is the antichrist—the one who denies the Father and the Son. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either” (vs 22-23).
That’s the problem of Judaism and false doctrine that God the Father was the One Who was the Lord of the Old Testament. You’re denying that Christ was God before He became a human being.
Verse 24: “Therefore, let what you have heard from the beginning dwell in you; if what you have heard from the beginning is dwelling in you, then you will be dwelling in the Son and in the Father.”
That’s the problem with Protestantism, very seldom to you hear them talk about the Father. Everything is all about Jesus.
It’s important that we cover these things so that we stay grounded! Remember, everything comes back to the fundamentals.
· love God
· love Christ
· keep the Sabbath
· keep the commandments
· keep the Holy Days
That’s the framework on which everything we do is structured! We need to stay close to that!
1) John 1:1-7
2) Luke 1:30-32
3) John 1:1
4) Hebrews 1:1-6
5) John 1:12-14, 52, 18
6) John 5:17-24, 36-47
7) Luke 24:44-45
8) John 8:12-25
9) 1 John 2:20-24
Scriptures referenced, not quoted:
· Isaiah 45
· John 14
· Matthew 28
· Psalm 2
· 1 Peter 1
· John 2; 5
· Book: Sanctification of the New Moon by Moses Maimonides
· Sermon: The Truth About Noah’s Flood
· Transcript Books and CDs:
- The Lord God and the Most High
- God the Father was Not the God of the Old Testament
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