Some people say Jesus never existed – others say He was a great teacher and He was a prophet. There are others who say He was half-man and half-God and still others say He was God Incarnate!
Before we move on keep in mind that anything that occurred before the world was created or anything that occurred in the Old Testament was all Pre-Incarnation. Therefore, everything that occurred in the New Testament after the birth of Yeshua/Jesus is Post-Incarnation.
The WORD of God (Yeshua/Jesus) was with God from the very beginning, and He still IS! And He eternally resides in the bosom (next to the heart) of the Father! “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared him.” John 1:18 (KJV)
“ADONAI made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings. When I was brought forth, there were no ocean depths, no springs brimming with water. I was brought forth before the hills, before the mountains had settled in place; he had not yet made the earth, the fields, or even the earth’s first grains of dust. When he established the heavens, I was there. When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep, when he set the skies above in place, when the fountains of the deep poured forth, when he prescribed boundaries for the sea, so that its water would not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, I was with him as someone he could trust.” Proverbs 8:22-30 (CJB)
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
FACT: When God spoke these words at the time of Creation, He was talking to His Son THE WORD! God refers to Jesus as The WORD and mankind refers to THE WORD as Jesus! Being a Hebrew his correct name, is Yeshua! God told his earthly Father to call him Yeshua.
FACT: Mankind refers to our Savior as Jesus Christ. I have heard it said that some people think the word Christ is his last name. It is not. The word Christ means Anointed. Therefore, when referred to as Jesus Christ – what is being said is this: Jesus the Anointed!
The Book of John
The Apostle John writes: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it. There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan (John). He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to Him. He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light. This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world. He was in the world — the world came to be through him — yet the world did not know him. He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him.
But to as many as did receive him - to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God. The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah (Glory), the Sh’khinah (Glory) of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. God’s manifest presence!
(NOTE) “God’s Glory is the sum-total of His attributes (characteristics). If you only had one word to describe God, then it would have to be Glory. He is a “God of glory” (Acts 7:2). In Hebrew, the word is kabodh, which means “weightiness” or “heaviness.” It refers to God’s stature. In the Greek, the word is doxa, which means “praise,” but comes from a root word that means “opinion.” God has an opinion that is worthy of praise! When God manifests His glory, He is showing himself and revealing His opinion – or will. The glory of God is the dignity of His will.” (A.W. Tozer)
“Yochanan (John) witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me. We have all received from his fullness, yes, grace upon grace. For the Torah was given through Moshe (Moses); grace and truth came through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. John 1:1-17 (CJB)
The WORD (Yeshua/Jesus) being the eternal Son of God – and He resides forever in the bosom of the Father, yet He is always going forth to declare His Father! The information we have in the Bible clearly shows us that pre-incarnate He did appear on earth to carry out God’s will. In the Old Testament the WORD (Jesus) went forth to manifest God the Father and carry out His perfect will! These manifestations are called Theophany’s – at the time they occurred they were pre-incarnate events.
(For a few examples: See: Genesis 18; Genesis 32:25-33, Exodus 3, Joshua 5:13-6:5)
(NOTE) A theophany is a visible manifestation of deity! God being who He is: omnipresent and omnipotent He can and did manifest himself in visible form!
God the Father SPEAKS through His Son!
I want to share something with you: Yeshua/Jesus is the WORD of God – He speaks on behalf of God and He speaks exactly what God tells him too! He is God’s mouthpiece and as I said He speaks on behalf of God- all the while declaring truth! When you are reading through the New Testament and the words typed in red are showing what Jesus said- keep in mind: God is speaking through Jesus – telling him what to say and how to say it!” (John 12:49)
“For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth, causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is my word that goes out from my mouth — it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.”
Isaiah 55:10-12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34 (KJV)
“For I have not spoken on my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it. “John 12:49 (CJB)
“Great beyond all question is the formerly hidden truth (mystery) underlying our faith: He was manifested physically and proved righteous spiritually, seen by angels and proclaimed among the nations, trusted throughout the world and raised up in glory to heaven.” 1 Timothy 3:16 (CJB) [Full Chapter]
The Incarnation was Supernatural!
“This is why, on coming into the world, he (the Word) says, “It has not been your will to have an animal sacrifice and a meal offering; rather, you have prepared for me a body. No, you have not been pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said, ‘Look! In the scroll of the book it is written about me. I have come to do your will.’”Hebrews 10:5-7 (CJB)
The above scripture has been called an interpretive quotation from Psalm 40:6-8 – it has been cited as the testimony of the eternal Son of God as he prepared to leave Heaven and the bosom of the Father in order to take up residence on Earth in order to become the Son of Man.
“Prior to his incarnation Yeshua/Jesus being unlike the first Adam (Genesis 3:5-7) and unlike Satan (Matthew 4:1-10) did not consider equality with God something to be possessed by force. Not possessing by force could mean not retaining the equality with the Father which, as the Son of God, he already had. But more likely it means refraining from seizing what was not yet his, namely ruler ship over all created beings, including humanity who because of sin, required his death on their behalf in order to be eligible to share in that ruler ship. For this reason, he chose his Father’s will over his own.” (Matthew 26:39) (David Stern (JNTC)
“Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when he appeared as a human being, he humbled himself still more by becoming obedient even to death — death on a stake as a criminal!” Philippians 2:6-9 (CJB)
When Jesus emptied himself, He was no longer a supernatural being he became a human and all that comes with it! He was no longer a supernatural being he was a natural man! He no longer lived in Eternity with God – therefore, He would now live in a sin ridden existence for a time!
“It is not that a man named Yeshua/Jesus, who grew up in Nazareth, one day decided he was God! Rather the WORD, who “was with God” gave up the “glory (he) had with the Father before the world existed” and “emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming as human beings are”. In other words God sent “His own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one” so that “in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being he did not sin” It is God the Word then, who decided to become man not the other way around!” (David Stern) JNTC)
Philippians 2:6-8 - “Though he was in the form of God, prior to his incarnation, Yeshua, the second Adam (Romans 5:15-18; I Corinthians 15:45-49) was like the first Adam, being in the form and image of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 11:15; Hebrews 1:2). Unlike the first Adam, however, Yeshua did not consider equality with God something to be possessed by force, meaning that he refrained from seizing that which was already his – namely divine ruler ship over all creation.
Philippians 2:7-8 – On the contrary, He emptied himself. Through the incarnation, Yeshua, laid aside his attributes as God on earth in order to become a human being (Hebrews 4:15). Messiah gave up “His equality with God” (Philippians 2:6), taking on the form of a slave, the servant of Adonai (Isaiah 52:13-53; 12), by becoming a human being. He humbled himself still further by becoming obedient to death, even death on a stake as a criminal. Yeshua’s death resembles but is distinct from Jewish tradition where such a sacrifice is called ‘alkiddush-Ha Shem’ or martyrdom “for the sake of sanctifying the name” of God. Although in his life and death, Yeshua sanctified the Name of His Father, he nevertheless was not martyred, but instead willfully laid down his life (John 10:18; 15:13). David Stern, (CJB)
“Therefore, doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it up again.” John 10:17 (KJV)
The Word of God is Alive!
‘See, the Word (Yeshua/Jesus) of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (CJB)
Facts regarding the only begotten and his Father!
FACT: The only begotten son of God was not created He was begotten! He did not become the son of God the only son by his virgin birth - he was the only begotten son from eternity!
FACT: The Son is: of the Father alone, not made, or created, but begotten!
FACT: The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the son, neither made/strong, nor created, nor begotten, but - proceeding!
FACT: The WORD emptied Himself to walk the earth and fulfill His purpose! Thus, learning about God and learning to depend on Him and learning to be obedient just the way we have too!
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
Jesus is the “exact representation of God’s character and nature”, as the previous scripture states. In the Original Greek meaning: an impress - an exact expression of his character!
If Jesus was God, why did He have to be made perfect in every way?
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:10-18(NIV)
“During Yeshua (Jesus) life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver him from death; and he was heard because of his godliness. Even though he was the Son, he learned obedience through his sufferings. And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him!” Hebrews 5:7-9 (CJB)
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15 NIV)
Our Savior had to be just like Us!
How come Jesus could look at sin and God cannot? “Your (God) eyes are too pure to:
Look on evil;” Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV). While on this earth Jesus was made just like us - our eyes can look at sin because we are human – “having been made flesh” (John1:14) He saw things and lived through things just like we have too! Do we really understand how much our Savior loves us and what He gave up for us? Think about it!
How come Jesus only does what his Father tells him to do? During His thirty-three years on this earth Jesus learned to walk in obedience! He did this to show us how we are supposed to obey God and learn to hear His voice and get direction in all situations in our lives!
“So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:28-29 (NIV)
Yeshua/Jesus was a living breathing human being while on this earth - who was willing to empty Himself of all His deity in order to come to earth and sacrifice himself for us in order that we might be saved! Thank you Master!
It is ALL SUPERNATURAL!
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