On Yeshua, Part 2

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So, who was, is, this being billions of people call, Jesus.  First of all, that isn’t His name.  Names are important to YAHAVAH (God) – so much so God Himself revealed the name He wanted His Son to go by – Yeshua.  The name Jesus is the result of people allowing culture and tradition to assume the lead in life and like sheep, they have simply repeated what the masses embrace.  I’m not so shallow as to think the Living God requires perfect pronunciation of the name of His Son by people to hear them, but I am respectful enough of Him and His given intentions to at least try and honor the name given His first and only human Son.

Now that we have His name right, what can we say about Him relative to the scripture? Unlike religious tradition which says that Jesus was 100% Man and 100% God, I suggest another view – that the all God in Him made His human flesh a bit more than the standard human being, and that His human flesh made the God in Him a little bit less.  This view helps us understand His make-up a little bit better than through the paradoxical view of 100% and 100% oddly amounting to 100%.  No, Yeshua of Nazareth, the Anointed One, truly existed prior to becoming incarnate and Yeshua of Nazareth, the Man, was certainly born of a woman, born under the Law, and was in all things like us.

Confusion enters into the understanding of Him because men have, in an attempt to make sense of scripture, tried to systematize God into a working form that could be packaged and repeated so as to bring unity in the faith.  When there is difference of opinion on the very nature of Christ, unity and peace is lost, and to be frank, at least in this case, so is control.  By packaging God up (again, in this case, as a Trinity) God can be described in a word when the reality is His makeup is not so cut and dry.  It is in the setting of the Trinity where the difficulty in rightly understanding the make-up of Yeshua becomes untenable.  Why?  Because the Trintiy, created by Man, says,

“God exists as or in three co-equal, co-eternal persons, God the Father,

God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”

What this tacitly brings to mind to most people is the idea that the person of God the Father, the person of God the Son (Yeshua) and the person of God the Holy Spirit, are three eternal persons that combined make up the one true God.  Unfortunately for Trinitarians, the scripture, while admitting that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in fact, God (or expressions of God) there is scant support for the three being the very and only definition of the One.  Quite frankly, the scripture is far more supportive of there being only One true and living God, with the Son and the Holy Spirit being deific representations of Himself.

The make-up of Yeshua becomes even more complicated in the face of scripture, however, because He, with reference to His existence before becoming incarnate, is supported as existing and being with and in God Himself!   What are we to say?

The first obstacle to overcome is a correction in tradition, and that is believers ought to refer to what became flesh as “the Word of God,” and not Jesus or Yeshua.  Jesus or Yeshua was given that name to identify Him on earth.  But the fact of the matter remains, prior to becoming flesh named Yeshua of Nazareth, the scripture calls Him the Word of God and not by that proper-noun name.  Consider,

Revelation 19:13 “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Trinitarians, borrowing from passages like this, and realizing that “the Word that became flesh was named Jesus/Yeshua on earth, will describe this person as existing before the world was.  This person, Yeshua did NOT exist before He came to earth, what existed was “the Word of God.”  We can see this plainly when we go all the way back to the Genesis account and read how God created all things.  Remember,

Genesis 1:3  “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

From this a numerous other passages like it, we can see that God created all things by speaking words.  The best way to understand, then, the very make-up of His only begotten son BEFORE the incarnation is that He was “the VERY Word of God.”  He was not Jesus, He was not Yeshua, instead we ought to see Him as

John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Standing on this biblical point of view, other writers of the apostolic record then wrote things like the following,

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

The reason Paul used the name, Jesus Christ here was because he was referencing the incarnate One who had already come and was known by that name.  Some of the confusion is cleared up in 1st Corinthians 8:6 where Paul writes  

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom (again, as the Word of God) are all things, and we by him.”

So, who and what was Yeshua of Nazareth when He walked the earth?  Again, who was Yeshua of Nazareth when He walked the earth?  He was the Word of God made flesh.  Was His flesh God?  Meaning, was He God?  Absolutely not.  He was a man, named Yeshua of Nazareth.  What was in Him?  The very Word of God, which was eternal and uncreated.  But that Word was wrapped in human flesh, and it would not be UNTIL that Yeshua of Nazareth was tempted in all things, fulfilled the Law, and then by and through His life, death and resurrection DID the man, Yeshua of Nazareth, become God in His flesh.  This can be proven by the very words of God the Father, who, speaking from heaven repeatedly exclaimed that Yeshua was His Son in whom He was well-pleased, but it would not be until after His resurrection that the Living God would refer to His Son as having been begotten. (Acts 13:33)

Because of creedal trinitarianism, and the confusion that it brings to the subject, most Christians will quip today that, “Jesus of Nazareth was Jesus of Heaven who came down as the second person of the Trinity and paid for the sins of the world.”  The reality is God’s very Word by which He created all things came from heaven, took on flesh, and overcame that state on behalf of His Father and the world.  To add even more clarification on this topic, all one has to do is ask,

Who died on the cross?”

A Trinitarian would have to say, by virtue of their doctrine, that it was God the Son who came down from heaven as a spirit-person that died on the cross.  The assumption, then, is God the Son died on the cross.  Not so.  The man, Yeshua of Nazareth, shed His human blood and He is who died on the cross, and the Word of God made flesh, is what left Him.  But only for a while.  When the light returned to the earth, and Yeshua surrendered His life for the sin of the world, the sin-debt was paid, His mortal body was placed in the tomb, and when God raised Him from the dead, Yeshua of Nazareth became the victorious God-Man in the flesh, forevermore reconciling the world to the Father and opening up the citizens of the world to reconciling themselves to Him.

It was in and through the very Word of God becoming flesh, then overcoming that human flesh that the Living God had victory over sin, death, Satan and hell.  

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