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Who Is this Christ?

Is Christ a Separate Creation?

"For as the Father has life in himself so He (the Father) has granted the Son to have life in Himself." (John 5:26)

Christ was "the first-born of all creation." (Colossians 1:15)

 He was "the beginning of God's creation." (Revelation 3:14).

"Beginning" [Greek, ar·khe'] cannot rightly be interpreted to mean that Christ was the 'beginner' of God's creation. John uses various forms of the Greek word ar·khe' more than 20 times, and these always have the common meaning of "beginning." Christ was created by God as the beginning of God's creations.

"For us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things . . . and one Lord, Christ, through whom are all things." (1 Corinthians 8:6) God said: "Let us make man in our image." (Genesis 1:26) 

The Bible calls Christ the "only-begotten Son" of God. (John 1:14; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9)

The Bible speaks of God as the "Father"  who is the senior. Christ is the junior, in time, position, and power.

Christ was the "one mediator between God and men," (1 Timothy 2:5) A mediator is someone separate from those who need mediation.

Christ never claimed to be God. Everything he said about himself indicates that he did not consider himself equal to God in power. In every period of his existence, whether in heaven or on earth, his speech and conduct reflect subordination to God. God is always the superior.

Over and over again, Christ showed that he was separate from God and that he had a God above him, a God whom he worshiped, a God whom he called "Father."  Christ said, "You, the only true God." (John 17:3) 

In John 20:17 he said to Mary Magdalene: "I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.".  In 2 Corinthians 1:3 Paul confirms this relationship: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Christ." 

Christ and God are distinctly separate: 

"For us there is one God, the Father, . . . and there is one Lord, Christ." (1 Corinthians 8:6)

Christ stated: "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." (Mark 10:18) So Christ was saying that no one is as good as God is, not even himself. God is good in a way that separates him from Christ.

Christ made statements such as: "The Son cannot do anything at his own pleasure, he can only do what he sees his Father doing." (John 5:19) "I have come down from heaven to do, not my will, but the will of him that sent me." (John 6:38) "What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me." (John 7:16)  

In the parable of the vineyard. He likened God to the owner of the vineyard, who traveled abroad and left it in the charge of vine dressers. When the owner later sent a slave to get some of the fruit of the vineyard, the vine dressers beat the slave and sent him away empty handed. Then the owner sent a second slave, and later a third, both of whom got the same treatment. Finally, the owner said: "I will send my son [Christ] the beloved. Likely they will respect this one." But the corrupt vine dressers said: "'This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may become ours.' With that they threw him outside the vineyard and killed him." (Luke 20:9-16) Thus Christ illustrated his own position as one being sent by God to do God's will, just as a father sends a submissive son.

Christ when he came up out of the water after being baptized, the Father in heaven said: 

"This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved." (Matthew 3:16, 17)

When the mother of two disciples asked that her sons sit one at the right and one at the left of Christ when he came into his Kingdom. Christ answered: "As for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father," (Matthew 20:23) But Christ could not give them, for they were God's to give

When Christ was about to die, he showed who his superior was by praying: 

"Father, if you wish, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place." (Luke 22:42)

Christ cried out: 

"My God, my God, why have you deserted me?" (Mark 15:34) 

Christ also said: 

"Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit." (Luke 23:46)

When Christ gave his prophecy about the end of this world, he stated: 

"But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Mark 13:32)

Speaking of the resurrection of Christ, 

"God exalted this one [Christ] . . . to his right hand." (Acts 5:31) 

Paul said: 

"God exalted him to a superior position." (Philippians 2:9) 

Christ entered "heaven itself, so that he could appear in the actual presence of God on our behalf." (Hebrews 9:24)

Christ is always presented as separate and lesser, a humble servant of God. That is why the Bible plainly says that "the head of Christ is God" in the same way that "the head of every man is Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:3) And this is why Christ himself said: "The Father is greater than I." (John 14:28)

The Bible plainly states that Christ was created by God the father, Christ did not exist before his creation. Yet he did! How can that be?

Lets use an earth worm as our example, take an earth worm and cut it in half and both halves will re-grow into 2 separate earth worms, yet they are both from the same worm making them one in the same. It is in this way the creator divided into to 2 separate beings, yet one in the same. 
In dividing he created a duplicate image, clone of himself, "he that hath seen me has seen the father" (John 14:9), thus he became a created being while at the same time being one with the Father. This also makes him God, one in the same.

So Why?

Christ became the only begotten son of God, a member of the God family, who choose to be born of human flesh in order to reconcile man with God. He sacrificed his own human flesh in order to wash our sins away from before God, an ultimate sin offering in our stead. He was then reborn back again into god spirit.

 There were several goals behind Christ living in human form, lets take a look at the objectives behind his living in human form;

Objectives

  • AN UNDERSTANDING MEDIATOR:  
    By living through the same temptations as the rest of mankind, Christ could better understand our human weaknesses and stand as a mediator on our behalf.
    (ISA 53:5-12)... and with his stripes we are healed .... made his soul an offering for sin.... and made intercession for the transgressors.
    (JOHN 1:1) In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
    (JOHN 1:14) And the word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory being the only procreated from the father) full of Gods grace and truth.
    (1 TIM 2:5) There is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
    (1 JOHN 2:1) My brethren, I write this to you, that you will not sin. We now have an advocate with the father, which is Jesus Christ.
    (HEB 12:24) Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.
    (EPH 2:18-19) And through him we have access to the spirit of the father. Now we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but we are family and of the household of God.
    God refuses to have personal contact with sin, so he sent his son to make a personal intervention on our behalf.
  • QUALIFY:  
    In order to qualify as the future ruler, to replace Satan who is the present ruler of this world, he had to prove it possible to over comesin.
    (JOHN 6:38) For I came from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one that sent me.
  • SIN OFFERING:  
    Christ offered his own sinless life for a final sin offering on our behalf, doing away with the need for the sin sacrifices, and the curse (the second death) of sin.
    (MARK 10:45) For the son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life for a ransom for many.
    (I COR 15:3) For I have given to you first, all that I have received, how Christ has died for our sins fulfilling the scriptures.
    (REV 1:5-8) And from Jesus Christ, who is our faithful witness, and the first to be reborn of the dead, and the prince of the king of the earth. He that loved us, and washed us from our sins through his own blood. And has made us kings and priests for God and his father. For him will be glory and rule for ever and ever, Amen. Behold, he will return through the clouds and every eye will see him, they that pierced him and all the people of the earth will howl because of him, even so let it be, amen.
  • CONFIRM:  
    Christ came and confirmed God's laws and commandments, not to change them. He also confirmed, or informed us of a new covenant to replace the old.
    (JOHN 12:47-50) And if any man hears my words and does not believe them, I will not judge him, because I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. And any that reject me, and do not accept my words, has only one to judge him, for by the words that I have spoken, the same will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken that from myself, but from the father which has sent me, he gave me a commandment as to what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak of is by instruction from the father.
  • RESCUE:  
    Christ set out to save those people who had known, but had become lost from God.
    (LUKE 4:43) And he said to them, I must preach the gospel of the kingdom of God to other cities, for this reason have I been sent.
  • BUILD:  
    Christ built a new foundation for the church, one free from all the traditions and burdens placed upon it by men.
    (COL 1:18) And he is the head of the church.

Christ preached in an effort to save those Jews that had become frustrated and confused by all the false doctrines and traditions imposed upon them by the different religious sects that had sprang up after the captivity and dispersion of Israel.

When Christ returns, he will take retribution on those that refused to obey the gospel. What gospel? There was no new testament at that time, so the gospel had to be the old testament.

Christ died to remove the penalty of sin from our lives by becoming the ultimate sin offering, through his own blood, on our behalf.

 If we accept that Christ was the son of God in the flesh, then we must accept his instructions, his commands, his warnings, and his promises.

(2 THES 1:7-9) And to you that are troubled take rest with us, for Jesus will return from heaven with his army of angels, with fire taking retribution on them that refuse God, and obey not the gospel through Jesus Christ. And they will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of God, and from the glory of his power.

NAMES FOR CHRIST

Messiah: (John 1:41) The Son: (John 8:36)
Only Begotten Son: (1 John 4:9) Beloved Son: (Matthew 3:17)
Son Of David: (Matthew 1:1) The Root And Offspring Of David: (Revelation 22:16)
Son Of Abraham: (Matthew 1:1) Abraham's Seed: (Galatians 3:16)
Son Of Man: (Matthew 26:64, see Daniel 7:13) Son Of God: (Matthew 26:63)
Son of the Father: (2 John 1:3) Son Of The Most High: (Luke 1:32)
Only Begotten God: (John 1:18) Firstborn: (Hebrews 1:6)
Firstborn Of All Creation: (Colossians 1:15) Beginning Of The Creation Of God: (Revelation 3:14)
Firstborn From The Dead: (Revelation 1:5) The Last Adam: (1 Corinthians 15:45)
Rabbi: [Teacher] (Matthew 23:8) King Of Israel: (Mark 15:32)
King Of The Jews: (Matthew 27:37) The Word: (John 1:1)
The Word Of God: (Revelation 19:13) The Word Of Life: (1 John 1:1)
The Life: (John 11:25) I Am: (John 8:58, see Exodus 3:14)
Lord: (Romans 10:9-13, see Joel 2:32) God: (John 1:1)
Immanuel: [God with us] (Matthew 1:23, see Isaiah 7:14) Master: (Luke 8:24)
Savior Of The World: (John 4:42) Savior Of All Men: (1 Timothy 4:10)
The Deliverer: (Romans 11:26) The Prophet: (John 1:25, see Deuteronomy 18:15)
Holy One: (Acts 3:14) Righteous One: (Acts 3:14)
Prince: (Acts 5:31) Prince Of Life: (Acts 3:15)
Judge Of The Living And The Dead: (Acts 10:42) Stone: (Mark 12:10)
Chief Cornerstone: (Mark 12:10) Chief Shepherd: (1 Peter 5:4)
Good Shepherd: (John 10:11) Shepherd And Guardian Of Our Souls: (1 Peter 2:25)
The Lamb: (Revelation 5:12) Passover Lamb: (1 Corinthians 5:7)
Lamb of God: (John 1:36) Lion Of Judah: (Revelation 5:5)
Advocate, Counsel For The Defense: (1 John 2:1) Light Of The World: (John 8:12)
King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords: (Revelation 19:16) The Faithful Witness: (Revelation 1:5)
The Faithful And True One: (Revelation 19:11) The Amen: (Revelation 3:14)
Servant: (Acts 4:27) The Bright Morning Star: (Revelation 22:16)
The Apostle: (Hebrews 3:1) The Great High Priest: (Hebrews 4:14)
The Author And Perfecter Of Faith: (Hebrews 12:2) The Chosen One: (Luke 9:35)
The Mediator: (1 Timothy 2:5) The Way, The Truth, And The Life: (John 14:6)
The Door: (John 10:7) The Alpha And The Omega: (Revelation 22:13)
The First And The Last: (Revelation 22:13) The Head Of The Body, The Church: (Colossians 1:18)
The Beginning And The End: (Revelation 22:13) Head Over All Things: (Ephesians 1:22)
Heir Of All Things: (Hebrews 1:2) The Image Of The Invisible God: (Colossians 1:15)
Horn Of Salvation: (Luke 1:69) The Beloved: (Matthew 12:18)
The Bridegroom: (John 3:29) The Vinedresser: (John 15:1)

What Did Christ Look Like?

A study of your Bible will show that Christ did not look anything like in the movies, or pictures present him to be. The Bible describes him in this way: "... he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." ( Is 53:2) Christ was not handsome.

Most adult males of Israel wore full beards in compliance with the law regarding beards in Leviticus 19:27 "Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard" and 21:5, "They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, ..." there is no doubt that Christ and the apostles wore full beards in compliance with this law.
Because Christ looked like every other Jew, Judas had to point him out with a kiss to the chief priests and the scribes and the elders when they came to arrest him, Mark 14.

Christ was a Jewish carpenter working outdoors in all kind of weather carrying large logs and wood. This means he would have been tanned, weathered and muscular in appearance, not weak, pampered and feminin looking as he is always pictured. 

He also would not have worn his hair long, 1Co 11:14 " Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?".

So to summarize, Christ would have been muscular, yet an average looking man with a full beard.

Pictures and statues of Christ are completely false and should be discarded, worship in truth.

 

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