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Volume 1, Sermon 17
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself
shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and
to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for
ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
We continue with Jesus' body being of heaven and not of earth ... and
then on to the Gospels.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord
himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive (i.e.
'be with child', not the word 'conceive'), and bear a son, and shall call his name
The Son of God, the Lord of hosts, Christ to come ... ... is 'the Lord himself'.
9:6,7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called (i.e.
'called, cried out, proclaimed')
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God (i.e. 'el', the God'; 'Elohim' is the plural from of the word, the
multi-personalitied God'), The everlasting Father, The Prince
of Peace. Of the increase (i.e. also 'abundance')
of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of
David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish (i.e.
also 'sustain') it with
judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal (i.e.
also 'jealousy') of the
LORD (i.e. 'Jehovah or Yahweh',
the Everlasting One) of hosts will perform this.
virgin shall bear a son and (after the birth) he
shall be forever proclaimed ... 'Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.' Therefore, Christ after the birth and while walking the earth
... was (is) all of this.
2:9 For in him dwelleth (i.e. constant present tense) all
the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The word 'bodily' is an adverb modifying the
action-verb 'dwelleth'). Thus, Jesus while walking the earth and afterward ...
was (is) all of this.
Christ having descended and now ascended ... how can
he be anything less?
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this
wise (i.e. 'this'): When as (i.e. 'for')
his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came
together, she was found (i.e. 'come
upon, discovered') with child (i.e. 'that which is to have and/or hold' ... not 'child') of (i.e. 'of') the Holy Ghost.
The words 'with child' are not in the original;
translators inserted it. Matthew
wrote what was obvious ... yet without trying to describe the thing Mary was
holding within her. Matthew did not have a normal human word for 'what it was' ... and so he wrote it
in this manner.
Let me give the verse properly
by the Greek, 'Now
the birth of Jesus Christ was this: For his mother Mary, espoused to
Joseph, before they came together she was discovered to be holding ...
(and it was) of the Holy Ghost.'
Now let us look at Zacharias, Elisabeth, and
Mary. 1:15 For he
John the Baptist) shall
be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor
strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even
', same word as with Mary) his mother's womb.
That is, 'he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost,
yet of his mother's womb'.
1:23-25 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his
ministration were accomplished, he (
Zacharias) departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived (i.e.
'conceived', unlike Mary in Isaiah 7:14
and Matthew 1:20 below), and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the
days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
1:41-44 And it came to pass,
that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,
the babe leaped in her womb (see verse 15); and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy
Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said,
Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me,
that the mother of my Lord should
come to me? For, lo, as soon as the
voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
I find it interesting to compare all these verses to each
other to see how they work so as to distinguish
each from the other.
This may be the only time before Matthew 3:11-17 that John the
Baptist and Christ Jesus met in close company (when John leaped for joy upon being introduced to
Christ) .... and it also happened 'of the Holy Ghost'.
The priest and his wife both were of the lineage of
Aaron the high priest of the Mosaic Law. Joseph and Mary both were of
lineage of David, the chosen king.
1:19,20 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not
willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away
privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the
angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou
son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that
is conceived (i.e. 'to bring
forth', not 'conceive') in (i.e. 'fixed-in') her is of the Holy Ghost.
The words 'that which' are not in the original.
Let us consider the actual words: 'for
to bring forth, fixed within her, is of the Holy Ghost'.
Consider the definition of 'conceive'
or 'conception' which has to
do with 'something new formed within
a person'. This can be 1) a
baby newly forming in a womb or 2) an idea or concept newly forming
within the mind.
1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet (Isaiah), saying,
Behold, a virgin
shall be with child, and
bring forth a son, and they
shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.
Moreover, this Greek text specifically includes
'to being brought forth' ...
which is not about
does the text even mention the something
'to be brought forth
is 'to be brought forth
(Thus, compare this to Elisabeth
Verse 18 speaks to us of Mary's condition as 'having or holding
something ... and of her situation of being 'discovered
'. Then verse 19 speaks
Joseph finding out about her condition. And in verse 20 the angel is
to Joseph that 'the something fixed-in
' Mary is of the Holy
So we need to closely consider the births of John
and of Jesus and also the mothers Elisabeth and Mary to see how the
Ghost was working with the greatest prophet and with the Son of God.
We know that God is Spirit, the Only Begotten is Spirit, the
Christ to come was Spirit ... therefore the Descended-Christ also was
Spirit and also all else as
mentioned in Isaiah
We have seen that God, Son, Spirit, or
even an angel (all of heaven) can take on a form
similar to earthlings and
thus it seems to earthlings that they must
also be of earth.
Ah but yet, it takes a Spiritual revelation
infused within a person
that such a formed something
is in fact of heaven and not of earth
I have underlined in verse 20 regarding Joseph, because to Israelites a
son is always named by and after the father and his family and its
Though Joseph was not the physical father, he nevertheless was chosen
by the Lord himself to be the father for introducing Christ Jesus to
the nation of Israel.
All Israelites knew that the Messiah would come within the lineage of a
'son of David
The Angel Gabriel had made this very clear to Joseph (also to
Zacharias, see above). Yet, much of the Church through the ages has
thrown out this extremely important long-prophesied fact about Joseph.
The worldly father surely would have been checked by
the religious authorities when in opposition to Jesus. God's Plan of the Ages
arranged that Joseph and
wife with child would be in the city of David when the Messiah would be
born. Like Joseph, like Mary, the Messiah by prophesy must also in
every way be 'son of David
Of the lineage of David by another of David's sons,
Mary was chosen to carry
the Christ. Yet,
to proclaim her to be deity amid the long-prophesied birth of Christ
has resulted in her being
worshiped as much as her son. This, then, requires her son be
human like his mother ... and sinless like his mother
Therefore in this concept, it was
that died for the
sins of the world. The teaching goes like this, "God set all of it in
motion ... but humanity in its most glorious condition accomplished
(Father, Son, and Spirit) remains in charge
as God's Plan of the Ages
continually is being worked out.
Let me again remind the reader that we
have seen in these sermons on The Whole
Christ that John the Baptist (as well as the initial men of the
twelve disciples) had
very early received
true Spiritual revelation
that this One named Jesus is
the Only Begotten of God ... Christ the Messiah having descended as
promised according to Prophesy by the Lord himself and not according to
1:24,25 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of
the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her
not till she had brought forth
her firstborn son: and he called his
name JESUS (as commanded by the Angel Gabriel to both Mary and
As pointed out by Matthew in the above verses (and by the angel) it was
necessary, as prophesied, that Joseph be of the lineage of King
David ... thus be aligned with the town of Bethlehem of Judaea.
2:1,2 Now when Jesus was born (i.e. 'brought forth')
in (i.e. 'fixed-in')
Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came
wise men from the east to (i.e. 'into')
Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born (i.e. 'brought forth') King of
the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to
Now we consider the of-heaven body -
10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should
take away sins. Wherefore when he (i.e. Christ) cometh into
(i.e. 'is to enter in') the world, he (i.e. the Son of God) saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body
hast thou (i.e. the Father) prepared (i.e. 'made complete or perfected') me (i.e.
for My Sacrifice): (for) In burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sin thou (i.e. the Father) hast had no pleasure.
10:7 Then said I (Christ), Lo, I come
(i.e. 'have come', present tense) ... (for)
(in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
The word 'body
' means 'body dead or alive, human or animal
Therefore, in referring to when he would enter into the world, Christ
had said '...a body
hast thou prepared me'.
We know that the Father (Spirit) had made the Son of
Himself ... but also He had 'prepared
' for the Son a body
such that all
would be within the body for its
sacrificing His Son, then, the Father was sacrificing Himself.
Indeed, in the song
"Mary did you know" is the line "Did you know when kissing your baby
boy you were kissing the face of God?" I truly thank the author of that
wonderful Christmas song for its Truth often is sung amid the
of the modern holiday.
As mentioned above, the Scriptures written by men
had to be ambiguous regarding that
'; in that It
' in heaven
specifically by the Father for Christ upon descent to earth.
Consider also the word 'prepared' which means 'made complete or perfect'; for the body
of Jesus Christ is once again in heaven 'complete
or perfect' ... ... such that the children of God also shall be made complete or perfect when
entering heaven. Are not the things in and of heaven 'complete or perfect'?
for Mary to carry was of heaven and It
been placed there 'of
' heaven by the
Mary had been chosen to hold within
her this 'something
' until It
became introduced into the
world. I repeat: that which
was 'fixed-in' her was 'of the Holy Ghost
Everything discussed above was 'of the
Mary had only to be willing ... also Joseph, son of David. Indeed,
Zacharias and Elisabeth also had to be willing.
Christ entered the world with the Holy
Ghost upon him
Christ Jesus thirty years later entered his work for
Father with the Holy Ghost upon him
Eight days after emerging from that womb in the form
of a male Judaite babe ... Christ was
taken to the local synagogue in Bethlehem to be
circumcised according to the Law of
Moses (i.e. introduced to God's people Israel) and to
Name Jesus according to the Angel Gabriel (i.e. introduced to the world
as its Savior).
The word 'volume' actually means 'top or the heading, the main subject';
in other words, it is like a Title
you would place on a folder in
your filing cabinet to Describe all that is in the folder. The word for 'of me'
means 'pertaining to me' or 'regarding me'.
Christ to come
... Christ having once come as Jesus
... thus in Sacrifice having won
the Height of Glory with the Father upon the Throne is the very Thing [i.e. the whole Old
Testament (before he came), the whole New Testament (after he first
came), and the Revelation (about his coming again)] that is contained
in '(... the Volume of the Book ... written of me,) (is) to do thy will, O God)'.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go
on (i.e. 'bring on') unto (i.e.'on,
in, or to') perfection (i.e.
'completion'); not laying again the foundation of
from dead works, and of faith toward God,
of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment (and of
this 'bringing on to completion'
to be built upon 'the doctrine of
Christ' (himself) (and
not upon the afore mentioned doctrines).
These Sermons are about The Whole
Christ. Sadly, the early Church already had elevated the minor
doctrines above 'the doctrine of Christ'.
And this will we do, if God permit.
Now a little Exercise -
Below is a search result of going through
the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation for Jesus' words 'I am'.
(a few of the verses are the Father's
(verses in the following Gospels repeated in
previous Gospels were not included here)
(every verse below has the words 'I am'.
Matthew 3:17 And lo a
voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I
will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.
10:34,35 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came
not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance
against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the
daughter in law against her mother in law.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I
am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto
the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud
overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine
own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Matthew 20:22,23 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what
ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to
be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto
him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed
of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:
but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but
[it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father.
22:33,21 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have
ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God
of Abraham, and the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the
Matthew 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into
Matthew 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the
temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he
will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I
am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the
of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of
Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his
disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people
that I am?
Luke 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what
will I, if it be already kindled?
Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on
earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
John 5:43 I am
come in my Father's name, and ye receive me
not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me
shall never thirst.
John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am
the bread which came down from heaven.
John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from
heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the
bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of
John 7:28,29 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught,
saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of
myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him:
for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not
alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father
that sent me beareth witness of me.
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am
from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up
the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that]I do
nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Before Abraham was, I am.
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this
world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might
be made blind.
John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:9-11 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall
be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to
kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that
they might have [it] more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am
known of mine.
John 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified,
and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and
the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever
believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for [so]
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come
to pass, ye may believe that I am [he].
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye
may be also.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:10,11 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and
the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of
myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe
me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me
for the very works' sake.
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and
ye in me, and I in you.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:5 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 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that
ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone:
and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
John 17:10,11 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I
am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are
in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own
name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath
hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast
given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which
thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the
John 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith
unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with
John 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they
went backward, and fell to the ground.
John 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if
therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king
then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I
born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear
witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not
yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I
ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your
Acts 9:5 And he
said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord
am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick
against the pricks.
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the
ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come,
Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am
Alpha and Omega, the first and
the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the
seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and
unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto
Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 1:17,18 And when
I saw him, I fell at his feet as
dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I
am the first and the last: I
am he that liveth, and was dead; and,
behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
Revelation 2:23 And I will
kill her children with death;
and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins
and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your
Revelation 21:6 And he said
unto me, It is done. I am Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is
athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus
have sent mine angel to testify
unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring
of David, and the bright and morning star.
From the beginning of Jesus' baptism an ongoing plot developed to deny
the deity of Jesus
as the Christ having descended to walk on the earth. We see that Satan
himself tried to manipulate Jesus out of his duty-bound mission for the
Father. And it
This morning on the news a world-class tenor sang a
new song entitled "Where else could a Lamb be born?" In the song is a
"... born in human form",
which is accurate Scripture ... as these Sermons and the great many
Bible passages reveal. Therefore, I put it to you dear reader that the
Lord remains active today, even beautifully sung on the widest watched
TV news channel.
And at church Sunday morning we sang the Christmas
"Mary did you know". In it is a phrase "Did you know that kissing
your child you were kissing the face of God", which is Truth, which
these sermons are emphasizing to the many of us who have lost sight of
this Truth. We think too much of Jesus in the form of
a human and not nearly enough
his constant Deity.
Now let us consider: When I was working on Sermon 14
or Sermon 15 (I do
not recall which) a book regarding the last three years of Jesus' life
came out and
soon thereafter the movie of the book came out. I watched the move on
TV. At its end, the normal
followed with a statement that probably was unnoticed by most viewers.
(in my words and not a
direct quote) stated, "Many modern experts and scholars
believe that the Gospel of John was not written by the Apostle
John; though historically, the Apostle John did live on the Isle of
Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation".
The huge number of misconceptions I observed in the movie
were explained by that statement. I will not get into the foolish
argument about the Gospel of John because the Lord himself saw to it
the centuries that the Gospel of John was fully incorporated into the
Four Gospels. Not until fairly recently has it ever been questioned by
the Church at large.
The movie presents Jesus as a rather sensitive mixed
up young man who in his final
three years settled upon the ideal of goodness, love, etc., such that
it became the theme of
his life, such that he began a movement that gathered around him
disciples, such that
in the end of his life his friend Peter vowed to continue on with the
movement. The movement, developed by Peter and followers became
popular among many of the masses, eventually to evolve into
the early stages of the Catholic Church. By varied avenues, political
otherwise, Peter's (so
became a Ship from
which independent church movements (i.e. denominations) separated,
developing into ships from which other mini-movements emerged or
I mention the latter because translations of original texts into the
English language were developed very early
yet something of a bias toward the Catholic Church that had been
England ... until such time that King
James rebelled against the Pope in Rome and ordered an English bible
to be constructed ... the Authorized King James
Version ... of which nearly all later English versions use as a pattern
variations. (This is a very simple explanation of what was much more
and drawn out; even so, as a
whole, many basic
the English speaking Church was thusly formed early on. I do not argue
with the greater majority of them ... and do live by the
great majority of them.)
Indeed, the formation and gathering of the early Hebrew and Greek texts
obviously been under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the early
the Church. Nevertheless, parts and/or aspects of the translations of those
texts has been argued over centuries. Thank Goodness, for folks who
speak the English language, helps to delve
into the Scriptures also became
developed by scripture-language experts. The one I use is Stevens'
because it was developed to work with the Authorized King
James Version, both having been
accomplished well before the modern translations. Moreover, both can be
found on the Internet for free, and there is no other help quite like Stevens'
Number System. I study
Scriptures and use such help in doing so. I encourage
as many folks as I can to do the same.
Though I never get into direct criticism of such
things as mentioned above ... when I had made the search included above
this sermon, the many 'I am'
verses in the Gospel of John clearly demonstrated that
Jesus certainly knew he had come as the Messiah and that he was
no normal man (human); instead the very Son of God descended from
heaven in the form of
a man (human). He knew he was Deity (Christ the Messiah), for he (as
the Lord God) had promised it to
Abraham ... to descend to earth, establish a kingdom, and rule (by
way of Israel in
the Holy City of Jerusalem) in Righteousness. So it shall be.
Indeed, Israel's religious leaders, keepers of the
Mosaic Law, well understood that Jesus believed it. However, since
teachings did not fit the agenda to which they had dedicated their
lives and within which they earned their livelihoods ... they rejected
him since they were not of his sheep. Moreover, they understood
that the power operating through Jesus was very
dangerous to them; therefore, they set about using their political and
Mosaic-Law-based power and religious influence to arrange
his death. In this, they worked the Very Will of the Father and the Son
as Planned even before the Ages of Mankind began.
Christ Jesus' Spirit is still proclaimed in the
world ... even as the plot against the Truth of Him is ongoing.
am' verses listed above in Revelation are so uniquely similar to
am' verses in the Gospel of John that they could almost be
an add-on to that Gospel. Is it not obvious from this
search-exercise that the Apostle John wrote both?
Much in John's
Gospel is about
Jesus Christ; yet, its main theme has to do with the very
words of Jesus. While young, John had been a favorite disciple
of Jesus and had been
enthralled with Jesus' words.
Therefore, when led by the Spirit he wrote
the Gospel so as to empathize Jesus
words. Did not John tell us at his Gospel's end -
John 21:24,25 This is the
disciple which testifieth of
these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is
true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did (and said),
the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the
world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Therefore (dear reader) leaving the principles of the doctrine of
Christ, let us go
on (i.e. 'bring on') unto (i.e.'on,
in, or to') perfection (i.e.
'completion'); not laying again the foundation of
from dead works, and of faith toward God,
of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
words, this 'bringing on to completion'
to be built upon 'the doctrine of Christ'. It is
Christ Jesus himself who is his own 'doctrine'
... which is our foundation.
The afore mentioned doctrines (important within themselves) have been
given too much tribute by the Church through the ages.
Throughout the Bible 'the doctrine of Christ' is The Whole
Christ ... to
which these Sermons are dedicated.
The Lord Jesus Christ knew, and the apostles came to
that the early Church would elevate the minor doctrines above 'the doctrine of Christ'. Ah, but is
not Christ the Savior of both Israel and the Church?
Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of
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