The purpose of this study is to remove the confusion and error that is caused by the teaching that the Lord Jesus Christ is God Almighty, the church needs to return to the 'faith once delivered to the saints' Jude 3, and understand that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the one who was 'with (the) God' in the beginning, the one who is the 'word of God' and who also was divine, who 'became flesh' and tabernacled among men, he is the 'express image' of the invisible God. There is no denial of the former 'deity' of the word..(before becoming flesh) because that equality, that glory it/he had, it/he freely (laid aside and did not cling onto) see John 17:5,24; Philippians 2:5-11. Thus I stand with the Apostle Peter and his confession of who the Lord Jesus is, 'Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God'
PROVERBS 8 SPEAKS OF THE ONE WHO TOOK ON FLESH IN JOHN 1
Let us read from verses 4 - 31
'Unto you, O men, I call: and my voice is to the sons of men,
So that the simple ones may understand prudence and the fools understand in their heart.
Hear, for I will speak truth; and the opening of my mouth shall bring forth uprightness.
For my mouth shall speak truth, and lying lips are an abomination before me.
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing perverse or deceptive in them.
They are all plain to him who understands them, and right to those who are willing to find knowledge.
Receive discipline and not silver; and choose for yourself knowledge rather than fine gold.
For wisdom is much better than fine gold; ye, she is better than precious stones, and nothing can be compared to her.
I wisdom have created prudence, and I possess knowledge and reason.
Reverence of the Lord despises evil; pride, arrogance, evil ways, and perverse speech do I hate.
Counsel and sound doctrine are mine; mine is understanding and might.
By me kings reign and princes decree justice.
By me princes and nobles rule, even all their righteous judges of the earth.
I love those who love me; and those who seek shall find me. ( John 14:21; Matt. 7:7)
Riches and honour are mine; yea enduring riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than fine gold, and my ingathering than choice silver.
I lead in the way of righteousness, and in the midst of the paths of justice.
That I may cause those that love me to have hope; and I will fill their treasuries. (John 14:23,24)
The Lord created ( possessed) me as the first of his creations, before all of his works. ( John 1:1; 17:5; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9; 1 John 1:1-4; Rev. 3:14)
I was established from everlasting, from the beginning, before he made the earth.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills were formed was I conceived;
While as yet he had not made the earth nor the valleys nor the best soil of the world.
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle upon the face of the deep;
When he made firm the clouds above; when he strengthened the fountains of the deep;
When he gave to the sea it's bounds, that the waters should not transgress his commandment; when he laid down the foundations of the earth:
I together with him was establishing them: and daily I was his delight, rejoicing always 'before him.' (as one brought up with him, as one under God's constant care)
rejoicing in his habitable earth, and my delights were with the sons of men.'
MICAH 5 SPEAKS OF THIS SAME ONE
Let us read from verses 2, 4
' But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler of Israel, whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.
And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the name of the Lord his God;'
JOHN 1 SPEAKS OF THIS SAME ONE ALSO
Let us read verses 1,2,14
'In the beginning was the word and the word was with (the) God,(theon) and the word was God.(theos)
The same was in the beginning with God
And the word was made flesh and tabernacled among us.John the Apostle taught... the Word was with the Father in the beginning...
'That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Yeshua the Christ.' 1 John 1:1-3
Both MICAH and JOHN hearken back to PROVERBS 8, and other texts also treat of the ' BEGINNING' and the one who was with God...' Let us make man in our image' Genesis 1:26; etc. etc.
The common notion that the Lord Jesus is God Almighty is a great error, for he is EL GIBBOR or Mighty God, the one brought forth by God of old, even from everlasting so remote in 'eternity' was his 'goings forth'..this term 'goings forth' is made of the Hebrew mowtsa, motsa, mowtsa ah and has the primary meaning of 'ORIGIN' 'brought forth' 'bud' a 'going out' this is how we are to understand the 'creation' of the 'ONE' who was 'sent from God to the earth'
The philosophers, the theologians, the heretics have given utter confusion to the church in regards to this truth, Messiah Yeshua/Jesus is the Son of God, his 'ORIGIN' prior to coming into the world in flesh was from God, 'my God' as he so often said. He was God or 'DIVINE' that is what John 1:1 means where is states and 'the word was 'God', this does not say the word was God Almighty, but that the 'DIVINE' word who was with God in the 'beginning,' was itself a 'divine being' that is what we see so clearly in PROVERBS 8 as cited above.
Paul tells us much regarding this truth where he says that 'CHRIST is the power and WISDOM of God' Paul speaks of 'WISDOM' time and time again, and to is related to MESSIAH for the gospel of CHRIST is the WISDOM of GOD', as opposed to the wisdom of this world. The wisdom of God is equated with the 'word' of God , 'Therefore said the Wisdom of God ' see Luke 11:49.
'That the 'GOD' OF OUR LORD YESHUA; the FATHER OF GLORY, may give to you the spirit of wisdom in the knowledge of him.' Ephesians 1:17
This is my prayer for any who read this study, amen.
by Richard Merrell 2000
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