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1 Presents Mistaking The Identity of Christ Mistaking The Identity of Christ Compiled and Illustrated from The study of The Word of GOD And The Spirit of Prophecy, February 2015 In The One Body Part (5) `

2 By using the framework of faith, as illustrated in Part (1) through to Part (4), to focus the eyes of our spiritual discernment, upon The Things of GOD in The Identity of Christ, this series of studies on the reports already given by The Word of The LORD, through His servants, with help from The LORD by the study of HIS Word, we will know and understand all the parts as a whole, at the end of this series of presentations. And we would have attained hopefully, a more perfect understanding on The Identity of Christ, from the study of GOD’S Word and from The Spirit of Prophecy. As Jesus said to His disciples, “…it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven”, and He by His servant Paul, said, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. 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” (Romans 1:19, 20).

3 To further confirm that The Invisible Things of Christ are revealed in and by His servants, John testified in his report that, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” For Paul said of Him, “…we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:5-7). But The Treasures of Christ, Which are hid in His earthen vessels, They reveal far more of Him than many have perceived by their eyes of faith. Jesus used many of the things of creation, to reveal The Things of His Kingdom. Like a seed that is planted in the ground, which grows to full bloom and bears fruit, one cannot know of the type of tree until the seed has born it’s fruit. And in revealing Himself to His disciples, as a Vine, Jesus said…

4 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:1-5).

5 In these Words, Christ Jesus has Testified of Himself and of The Father, and has revealed a fundamental pillar, upon which our faith should be built, in our understanding of His Personality, or His Individuality. Jesus did not just say that He is The Vine. No. He added another word in His Testimony, to define the type of Vine That describes Him. And that word is “True”, which distinguishes Him from the false representation of Him. Jesus also Testified of The Father, WHOM He calls The HUSBANDMAN, which is a word that describes The Father, as “The Vine Dresser”. And HE--The Father dresses Him with many branches. As it was revealed in our study in (Part 2) that, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

6 Our faith is built upon the substance of The Things we hope to comprehend, by the tangible evidence that we see of The Invisible Things of Christ, Whom we do not see with our eyes, but with the understanding of our minds. So, we do not focus our eyes upon that, which we can see, with our eyes, but we do focus our understanding upon The Things of Christ, based upon the things created by Him to reveal Him. With our understanding of a vine, which grows from one source, and puts forth branches, which bears fruit from the connection that is established from the source through the vine, then if there is no connection of the branches to the vine, then the branches that are disconnected from the vine, they cannot bear fruit, because they receive not life from the source through the connection established from the source through the vine. And as a result of no connection to the vine, the branches that are disconnected falls away in death, with no root system to give life from the source.

7 This may be a simple illustration that is put forth in these words, but it reveals far more to our understanding of The Things of GOD than we can see and comprehend in our first glance with our minds. This means that we need to go back and look more closely at what Jesus is revealing to us about Himself being The True Vine. At the beginning of this series of study on “Mistaking The Identity of Christ”, we read a quote from Ellen G. White, who wrote and said…"The spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy." {1SM 203.4} The whole Christian economy would indeed be swept away, because of the logical conclusions drawn by men, who base their faith upon their source of wisdom from the world, and not from GOD, as The Source through their study of HIS Word. If our faith is not founded in GOD’S Word, then it cannot bear fruit from GOD by HIS Word.

8 The logical conclusions upon, which men have erected, to place their faith, these logical conclusions do sweep away the whole Christian economy of the treasures of GOD, by their rejection of The Testimony of Christ Jesus, Who came among men to bear fruit by revealing to us The Father through Himself. But the logical conclusions upon, which men have place their faith; teaches us that there are three Co-Eternal Beings, Who Co- Existed without a beginning from before the world was. From the logical conclusion drawn from the wisdom of the world, we cannot know the relationship between these three Co-Eternal, Co-Equal Beings, Who Co-Existed without a beginning. Because, according to the logical conclusions, these Three Co-Eternal, Co- Equal Beings, have assumed rolls, to relate to man, rather than man relating to GOD, according to The Image HE has revealed in man and nature to testify of HIM.

9 Like the illustration of the vine, which is presented to reveal The True Vine of GOD, it does not reveal a vine that existed as a branch-less vine that was fully grown, before it began to bear branches, to bear fruit. That idea is not presented in The Scriptures, nor is it presented in book of nature. A tree does not grow to its’ full stock before putting forth its’ branches to bear fruit. To believe the wisdom of the world in place of The Scriptures, men must also reject The Testimony of The Word, Who Testified that He came from GOD. For by his connection to The Word of GOD, Who came unto him, John bore the fruit of The Word, to bear witness for Him, saying…

10 “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. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).

11 Notice the four main points of the illustration, which Jesus used to reveal Himself, as The True Vine. The HUSBANDMAN --The True Vine ---The branches --The Fruit As a branch of The True Vine, John bore fruit in his witness of The True Vine and said of Him… GOD The Word And The Word was God The Word was God All things were made by In The beginning was The Word And And without Him was with HIM --was not anything made that was made.

12 darkness John also said of The Word of GOD that… GOD was Life The Life was The Life was In Him And The Light of men The HUSBANDMAN --The True Vine ---The branches --The Fruit And The Light shineth in and the darkness and the darkness comprehended it---(The Light) not In Paul’s witness of bearing The Light of GOD’S Word of Light and Life, to those in darkness, he said…

13 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him 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” (Colossians 1:12-17).

14 darkness Paul bore fruit to the church in his witness, and said… GOD The HUSBANDMAN --The True Vine ---The branches --The Fruit Giving thanks unto The Father Which has made us meet to be partakers of meet to be partakers of Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness the power of darkness and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sin the inheritance of the saints in light: the inheritance of the saints in light:

15 darkness Paul bore fruit to the church in his witness, and said… GOD The HUSBANDMAN --The True Vine ---The branches --The Fruit Who is The Image of Who is The Image of The Invisible The Invisible The Firstborn-----of every creature: For by Him------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. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

16 Notice that it is by The Word of GOD that all things are created; for it is by Him that all things do consist. The question then is this: What is the meaning of the word “consist”? This word is defined as… 1) to place together, to set in the same place, to bring or band together 1a) to stand with (or near) 2) to set one with another 2a) by way of presenting or introducing him 2b) to comprehend 3) to put together by way of composition or combination, to teach by combining and comparing 3) to put together by way of composition or combination, to teach by combining and comparing 3a) to show, prove, establish, exhibit 4) to put together, unite parts into one whole 4a) to be composed of, consist

17 Notice what this meaning of the word consist is describing. When we use our understanding of trees to comprehend The Invisible things of GOD, we know that from the root system of a tree, to the leaves that form the branches upon the tree, and even the fruits that are born among the branches from the life giving sap that is received from the root system through the limbs of that tree; they all are comprised of parts of a whole tree. The tree then is comprised not only of the roots, but also of all the parts that makes up a tree. The word “Consist” is defined then as one of the words that are used to define “Existence”, to exist. Jesus used a vine to illustrate that we exist by our connection to GOD through our connection to Him, through Whom GOD The Father made all things for Him. Jesus called The Father The HUSBANDMAN, which means that HE is “The Vine DRESSER”.

18 Through Christ--The Word, as The Vine, The Father created many branches for Christ Kingdom, which consist of all things that were created by Him in heaven, and in earth; visible and invisible, whether they comprised of thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, they all, exist by GOD, WHO sustains all things by The Power of HIS Word--Christ Jesus, Who connects all things by Him to GOD. The branches of a tree do not disconnect from a vine, to reconnect directly to the roots. This illustration is seen in our world, when the seasons have changed from summer to fall. And the fall season gets its’ name primarily from the falling of the leaves of the trees, which is an illustration that teaches us the result of loosing the connection of The Vine, which brings death, and is contrary to life.

19 In speaking of The Vine DRESSER, WHO dresses Him with many branches in His Kingdom, Jesus said to His disciples that, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:2-4). Notice that the branches that bear not fruit, The Vine DRESSER take away. But every branch that bears fruit, HE The Vine DRESSER purges, to make clean that the branches might bear more fruit. Jesus said to His disciples that they were made clean through The Word spoken unto them. And He made it clear that they were to abide in Him, and He in them, because a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in The Vine.

20 In essence, He is saying to them that all, who abide in Him, as The True Vine, they are the branches that exist and are an extension of Him and His Kingdom. All, who abide in Him, and He in them, we will bring forth much fruit: for without Him, we can literally do nothing. If all things consist, by The Word of GOD, Whose Life and Light abides in us, then those who abide not in Him, Who is Light and Life, they are choosing to be none existent, to no longer exist; because man is not GOD, to be Self-Existing, with no need of The Power of GOD’S Word, to live by Him. In her writings on Christ--The Word of GOD, and of The Father, Ellen G. White wrote and said…

21 “The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate--a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings. "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." John 1:1, 2. Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father--one in nature, in character, in purpose--the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.

22 "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6. His "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2. And the Son of God declares concerning Himself: "The Lord possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting.... When He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him." Proverbs 8: (Patriarch and Prophets, pg 34, par 1)

23 The Son of GOD is The Word of GOD, Who comes from GOD, and works HIS works in revealing HIS Same Nature, Character and the purpose of The Father in all that He does. He--The Word works in us to reveal through us the same goal that is in Him. As we continue to behold Him, we are change from glory to glory to reveal The Image of Him, Who is The Express Image of The Father. For we are to co-labor with Him and The Father in reaching out to the lost, who are in darkness and death, of being disconnected from Christ, Who connects us to GOD. If the church has received the wrong image of Christ, by false prophets, who deny The Spirit of Truth in them, to sweep away The Truth of heavenly origin, and entertained the sophistries advocated by some, then how can the church discern the sophistries of the spiritualistic theories, if she preaches boldly the errors within the church, as the grand truths made prominent, to make of no effect The Truth of heavenly origin?

24 The church cannot discern the sophistries of the spiritualistic theories, without first discerning The Truth of heavenly origin, to distinguish between Truth and error. She needs to see and know The Truth, to discern the sophistries of the spiritualistic theories. And to do this, we must behold The Word of GOD, Whom GOD has revealed to HIS church, through those, who have born The Fruit of His Testimony through them. As Paul said, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), Who is The Faithful Witness of GOD according to John’s testimony in Revelation 1:5. But many, who have not heard The Word of Truth, they have continued to say that The Spirit is a Mystery, and are saying, Who can hear this hard saying? From the illustration of The True Vine given by Christ Jesus, Who is The Image of The Invisible GOD, WHOM no man has seen, the disciple John has born fruit in his witness, and said…

25 “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).

26 Notice that John has testified that No man hath seen GOD at any time. He also has testified of this Truth in his epistle, in 1 John 4:12, saying that The Same Word, Who makes us clean by what He has spoken to us, He is The Same Word, Who has declared The Things of GOD to all, who will hear Him, to receive Him, that He might abide in us, and we in Him. Because of the deception of the adversary, man was led to believe that we can exist by being like GOD, to be Self-Existing, to die not. By not abiding in The Truth of GOD’S Word, the deception of the adversary led our first parents to sin, to loose the connection to GOD, through HIS Word of Light and Life. This deception was not discerned by Eve, because death is not comprised of GOD’S Kingdom through HIS Son, Who is The Out shining of HIS Glory of Light and Life. In her writing, Ellen G. White wrote….

27 “All through the pages of sacred history, where the dealings of God with His chosen people are recorded, there are burning traces of the great I AM.... In all these revelations of the divine presence, the glory of God was manifested through Christ. Not alone at the Saviour's advent, but through all the ages after the fall and the promise of redemption, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself." Christ was the foundation and center of the sacrificial system in both the patriarchal and the Jewish age. Since the sin of our first parents, there has been no direct communication between God and man.

28 “The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ, that through His mediatorial work He may redeem man, and vindicate the authority and holiness of the law of God. All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ. It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses understood the gospel. They looked for salvation through man's Substitute and Surety.... (That I Might Know Him, Page 102)

29 Notice that according to the illustration of The True Vine, Which was presented by Christ Jesus, the branches that represents man, they are connected to The Father, but not directly. He--Christ Jesus is The Living Link between GOD and man. All communication from GOD came from GOD The Father through HIS Word--The Son of GOD. It was through Christ Jesus--The Word of GOD, Who spoke directly, or through the angels, or even through the prophets, who testified of Him. For Paul said of HIM by Him…

30 “God, 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….” (Hebrews 1:1, 2), “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” (1 Peter 1:8-11).

31 “Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:12-16)

32 As Christ is The True Vine between GOD and man, then it was through Him that The Promise was made to Adam and Eve of GOD’S plan of redemption. It was through Him that the prophets learned by His Spirit abiding in them, and they in Him, that they searched to comprehend the things that He would suffer, and the glory that should follow, which even the angels desire to look into. It is recorded that…

33 “…one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:6-8).

34 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Hebrews 2:9-12).

35 “And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:13-15).

36 Notice that Christ Jesus needed to partake of the same nature of flesh and blood, because man, as a result of sin was in a state of being cut off, or being disconnected from The True Vine of Light and Life. Which means that man was in the kingdom of darkness and death, which is comprised of different rules, or no rules at all, because everything ends in death. As Paul wrote in his report about Christ, he said of Him that GOD made Him a little lower than the angels; HE crowned Him with glory and honor, and did set Him over the works of HIS Hands and hast put all things in subjection under His feet. For in that HE put all in subjection under Him, HE left nothing that is not put under Him. The question and the understanding of the answers has been a hard saying for many to understand, of how Christ was made, and yet, it was through Him that all things are made. Paul wrote and said…

37 “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me” (Hebrews 10:5).

38 Notice that The Word of The LORD was already The Spirit, Who came from the bosom of The Father. He was already The Light and Life of every man that comes into the world, according to John 1:9, because He is The Vine of Life to every man and woman born into this world to have life by Him. As man was made by Him, and it is His Spirit of Life that abides in the temple of man, to give men Life, then all that He needed to partake of flesh and blood, to be like His brethren, and to taste death for every man, and to destroy the devil, who had the power of death in holding man in bondage to sin, was to have a body prepared for Him, to be our Perfect Example, to follow Him, as The Way to overcome the adversary and sin. Ellen G. White testified in her report, and said…

39 “Jesus Christ laid off His royal robe, His kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity, in order to become a substitute and surety for humanity, that dying in humanity He might by his death destroy him who had the power of death. He could not have done this as God, but by coming as man Christ could die. By death He overcame death. The death of Christ bore to the death him who had the power of death, and opened the gates of the tomb for all who receive Him as their personal Saviour.” (Lift Him Up, Page 345)

40 Notice that Jesus Christ had revealed The HUSBANDMAN to His disciples. And as The Vine Dresser dresses Him with many branches, which consist of all things that were created by Him in heaven, and in earth; visible and invisible, whether they are comprised of thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, they all, exist by GOD, WHO sustains all things by The Power of HIS Word, Who is their Crown of Life. But in order for Him to become flesh and blood like His brethren, to be like a branch among His brethren, He clothed His divinity within the garment of humanity. As The Father is The SOURCE of all things through The Vine of HIS Word--The Son of GOD, The Son gives Life to every man and woman that lives by Him. And through Him, The Father provided a body for His Own Spirit to dwell in among His brethren that all, who receives Him might live by Him. For Jesus said to those, who believed in Him…

41 “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever” (John 6:56-58).

42 In testifying of The Son of GOD, Who also became The Son of Man, Paul made it clear that it was GOD, WHO put all things under The Hands of HIS Son, to rule with HIS Authority. Paul saw that not all things were put under Him. Because He, Who is Eternal Life, He has The Same Expressed Nature as The Father, WHO is LIFE. But by having a body prepared for His Spirit to dwell in, as The Son of Man, then He, Who was setup above all things in heaven and earth, He also became a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, to destroy him, who had the power of death, and to save all, who will believe in Him. He was crowned with glory and honor, and by the grace of GOD, He tasted death for every man. He, Who is The True Vine, and The Link between GOD and man, The Promise of GOD in giving HIS Word to Adam and Eve, they looked forward in the plan of redemption, to a Redeemer, Who would save man from sin. But to redeem man He also had to become one with man, who because of sin, he was no longer one with GOD.

43 And being in a world of darkness, where men in darkness could not comprehend The Light of His Glory, this meant that from the time that The Promise of GOD’S Word was given, The Way needy to be prepared for The Son of GOD to come. It was Christ Jesus, Who spoke to the prophets, in declaring The Things of Himself through them. It was He, Who declared The Father Image and Glory to Moses. And through Him The Father spoke to Moses by HIS Word, because He is The True Vine--The Faithful Witness of GOD, as HIS Perfect Mediator to man. But because the children of Israel were fearful of The Glory of GOD as HE is revealed in Christ, Moses, who was also revealing Christ Glory, he testified of Him in his report about the children of Israel, saying…

44 “The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:4-7).

45 Because of their fear to come near to the mount, they made Moses their mediator, to speak to GOD by HIS Word. And for forty years in the wilderness, Moses was their go between, mediating and speaking to GOD by The Mediator of HIS Word. But in coming to the end of his visible leadership over the children of Israel, Moses said to the leaders of the children of Israel…

46 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, 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. And the LORD said unto me, 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” (Deuteronomy 18:15- 18).

47 “And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him” (Deuteronomy 18:19).

48 Notice that for forty years, Moses was speaking for man to GOD, WHO spoke to man by HIS Word. For He The Son of GOD was GOD’S Mediator to man, and spoke to man on HIS behalf. But Moses was a mediator to speak to GOD on behalf of the children of Israel. But the time of Moses with the children of Israel was coming to and end, and he gave to them The Promise of GOD’S Word, that HE would raise up a Prophet like unto him from among their brethren. And they were to hear GOD speaking unto them by HIS Word, Who would speak by Him--The Prophet. And as the time grew closer to the fulfillment of the coming of The Promised Prophet, other prophets were called upon to reveal more details about the fulfillment of The Promised Prophet, Who would be like Moses. Isaiah testified in his report and said…

49 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins” (Isaiah 11:1-5).

50 Notice that not only did Isaiah testify of The Promised Prophet, Who would be filled with The Spirit of the LORD, and would be called a Branch, but Zechariah also testified in his report of Him and said…

51 “Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set [them] upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name [is] The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD” (Zechariah 6:11-14).

52 Notice that in Zechariah’s report, he testified that “The Counsel of Peace shall be between them both”, but Who is he speaking of? Paul testified in his report and said…

53 “For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5, 6).

54 Now I know that many have read this verse before. But I would like us to really take a look at what is being said in these words by Paul, which will be clear to us on what has been revealed in The Scriptures. In his testimony, Paul tells us that, “…there is one God, and one Mediator”. But before we continue reading the rest of the verse, I would like to ask a question on what Paul has said. Where is this “one God, and this one Mediator”? Where is this “one God, and this one Mediator”? Paul continues his statement, and answers the question on where the one God, and one Mediator is located.

55 In his testimony, Paul says, “…there is one God, and one Mediator”. between GOD man Now, Who is this “one God, and one Mediator” that is “…between God and men”?

56 In his testimony, Paul says, “…there is one God, and one Mediator”. between GOD man “the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself to be testified in due time.” a ransom for all, Is Paul saying that there is a God and a Mediator between GOD--The Father and sinful men? Paul wrote and said…

57 “Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one” (Galatians 3:20).

58 According to Paul’s testimony, Christ “…gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,” which is being done even, as you read this study. Christ Jesus is The Son of GOD, Who is also The Son of Man. He is The Ladder that The Spirit of Prophecy speaks about, Which connects earth and heaven in One--Himself. The Son of GOD, or The Word of GOD, He is The Mediator for GOD, to speak to men on HIS behalf. And He, Who is also The Son of Man, to be human like Moses, He is also The Same Son of GOD, Who abides in a body of flesh like Moses, to mediate for men to GOD. And He has accomplished His mediatorial work by Himself, according to Hebrews 1:3, to sit down next to Himself on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Now notice The Spirit of Prophecy’s conformation of this, which reveals both natures of The Son of GOD, Who is also The Son of Man, to have two expressions of both human and of a divine nature, to have each with a distinct individuality.

59 “…although Christ's divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, suffering, and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been intrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done.” {5BC } {ST, May 10, 1899 par. 11}

60 The Two Expressions of Christ Jesus The Divine and The Human The Two Expressions of Christ Jesus The Divine and The Human “…although Christ's divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be GOD man when He became <-----The human did not take the place of the divine The Son of GOD The Son of GOD The Son of Man nor the divine of the human > This is the mystery of godliness. ----The two expressions---- human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own.

61 The Two Expressions of Christ Jesus The Divine and The Human The Two Expressions of Christ Jesus The Divine and The Human GOD man The Son of GOD The Son of GOD The Son of Man. His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. suffering and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been intrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done..

62 By Christ Jesus fulfilling The Promise in Himself, as The Second Adam, He has made it so that GOD and man will never be separated in sin again, because He cannot deny His Own Flesh wherein His Own Spirit dwells. In her writings Ellen G. White wrote and said…

63 “As we approach God through the virtue of the Redeemer's merits, Christ places us close by His side, encircling us with His human arm, while with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the Infinite.... Yes, Christ has become the medium of prayer between man and God. He has also become the medium of blessing between God and man. He has united divinity with humanity....” (God's Amazing Grace, Page 85 par. 4, 5). Ellen G. White presented the same thought on this Truth that… “Christ has encircled the race with His human arm, and with His divine arm He has grasped the throne of the Infinite and united man with God, and earth with heaven” (Child Guidance, page 525 par. 3, 4). When Ellen G. White wrote and said…

64 “The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. There are three living persons of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized and these powers will cooperate with the obedient. (In Heavenly Places Pg }

65 Ellen G. White was not speaking of The Trinity, which the church has been led to believe. If The Father is The Only True GOD, and HE has sent HIS Son, Who is The Vine of Life, or The Crown of Life abiding in all, who live by Him, then by abiding also in a body that was prepared for His Spirit of Life to dwell in, then He can also be in the likeness of men, to be a human branch,among those, who live by Him. By becoming one within the branch of humanity, to be our Perfect Example in all things, then He has two natures to be one nature with GOD, as The Son of GOD and one nature, as The Mediator--The Man Christ Jesus, Who is between GOD and men, then these words are describing Three living persons of the heavenly trio. But there is not Three Gods to form a Trinity. The doctrine of The Trinity destroys Christ work of Atonement of becoming one one with humanity. For both natures of divinity and humanity are His. As Paul said in The Scriptures…

66 "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:4-10).

67 “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit"(1 Corinthians 12:11-13). (End of Part 5)

68 “These words were presented to me for you: "In all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people" (Heb. 2:17), through the atonement. The repenting sinner is to believe in Christ as his personal Saviour. This is his only hope. He may lay hold on the merits of the blood of Christ, presenting to God the crucified and risen Saviour as his worthiness. Thus through Christ's offering of Himself, the innocent for the guilty, every obstruction is removed, and the pardoning love of God flows forth in rich streams of mercy to fallen man....” (This Day With God, Page 38) (End of Part 5) End Series


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