Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden as we all know. God had told them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and of evil. However, Eve was tempted by Satan and she did eat and also gave to her husband to eat and he did eat.
For this cause the Law of Sin and Death passed upon all mankind. The Law of Sin and Death is the soul that sins it shall surely die. It was for this reason that God had an eternal purpose in Christ. To redeem mankind from their fallen state. This plan of God was to send Himself as the Son of God to take away the sins of the world and to redeem mankind back unto Himself and thus we could once again become the sons of God by adoption.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The woman’s seed would be Christ and the serpent’s seed are the children of the devil. This prophecy is the first prophecy given by God of the coming Messiah. This seed would be the seed of Abraham and also the seed of David according to the flesh.
Remember we are speaking of the dual nature of Christ. The dual nature of Christ being that He was 100% man and 100% God at the same time. Two natures, the divine and the human, physically united in the one person of Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 3:16
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Who was manifested in the flesh? Let’s see what the scriptures teach us.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
So who was manifested in the flesh according to the scriptures? The everlasting Father was manifested in the flesh, not a non-existent second individual in the godhead known as God the Son.
This is important to understand. Our God is one. Not one God made up of three individuals. Our one God manifested Himself in the body of Christ to redeem mankind unto Himself. Thus the dual nature of Christ. 100% God and 100% man at the same time.
The mystery of godliness is understanding who the Son of God is. If one can understand who the Son of God is, then they will also understand who God is. For the Son of God is the man Christ Jesus of whom the everlasting Father indwelt.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
All the fulness of the Godhead dwelt inside of the body of the man Christ Jesus. Again, 100% man and 100% God at the same time. Thus Jesus had a dual nature. He was the God-Man.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Who was manifested in the flesh according to the scriptures? The everlasting Father was. Thus Emmanuel, God with us.
10 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.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
We must remember that Jesus was both man and God at the same time. Therefore Jesus speaking as man said, “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.”
If Jesus only said I am the Father, it would take away the fact that He was also a man. Therefore He said, “ I am in the Father, and the Father in me“. Notice that Jesus said, “the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”
So who was manifested in the flesh? The everlasting Father was. Not a second individual in the godhead known as God the Son as the Trinitarians teach.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
30 I and my Father are one.
For Jesus is the expressed visible image of the invisible God. Jesus was both God and man at the same time.
So what about when Jesus was on the mount of Transfiguration?
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
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.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
This is important to understand. Just because God the Father was in the body of Jesus Christ did not take away the fact that God is everywhere present, all knowing, and all powerful. Also, not forgetting that Jesus was both man and God at the same time. Thus the Eternal Spirit of God, speaking to the disciples, was making known to them that this was the very Christ, the Son of the Living God.
What about when Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane? Was He praying to Himself?
This question forgets that Jesus was both man and God at the same time. Jesus had two natures. The scriptures tell us that Jesus prayed in the days of His flesh.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
What many Trinitarian believers do not realize is this. God the Son was not praying to God the Father. If God the Son had to pray then by definition He would not be God. For as God He would not need help from anyone or anything. Thus even if you were a Trinitarian in belief, you must realize that Jesus was praying in his humanity to the eternal Spirit of God, which is God the Father.
With that being said, you must also realize that the scriptures teach the everlasting Father was manifested in the Son. And that Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” Thus Jesus was both man and God at the same time. Not as two distinct individuals in the godhead, but as the everlasting Father indwelling the man Christ Jesus. Thus the fulness of the godhead was in the body of Jesus.
Jesus Christ was both the Son of man and the Son of God. God the Father was robed in flesh to redeem the world unto Himself.
2 Corinthians 5:19
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Remember, God had an eternal purpose in Christ to redeem mankind from their fallen state of sin. (See Eph 3:11)
1 John 3:8
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
We must not forget that Jesus had a dual nature. He was both man and God at the same time.
As to the human nature of Christ he hungered, thirsted, was fatigued, suffered pain and death. Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb 4:15b) As to the Deity of Christ he was omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
As concerning the title of Son we must remember that when it is used, it always refers to the incarnation. Remember the scriptures said in Psalms 2:7b Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
When was the son of God begotten? According to scriptures it was at the conception of the virgin Mary.
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
The birth of the virgin Mary fulfills this scripture, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
In Hebrews 1:5-10 we see prophecies from the Psalms fulfilled in Jesus Christ. But focusing on verse 5 it reads,
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Notice carefully the future tense “I will be” and “he shall be” in this scripture verse. It reads, “I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” This lets us know again that this was not an eternal sonship, but rather the Son was begotten at a certain point in time, which was at the conception of the virgin Mary.
So when we read the words that Jesus spoke in the gospels, we must ask ourselves as to whether it was the humanity in him speaking or the divine. For example: when Jesus prayed He prayed in His humanity to the Eternal Spirit. When Jesus said the Father was greater than He, this was pertaining to humanity. When Jesus said that no man knows the day nor the hour of the coming of the Son of man no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only, this was according to the flesh. As to the Divinity of the Father dwelling inside of Him, He knew the day and the hour.
When we see prophecies in the Word of God concerning the coming of the Messiah, we must always take into account the dual nature of Christ. For Jesus was both God and man at the same time. For example.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
In verse 8 we see the Son referred to as God and in verse 9 we see the Son referred to as man. So what we see again, is what we already know. That God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. We see that God is 100% man and 100% God at the same time.
We can see clearly from verse 5 that God said, “I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” Clearly a future statement concerning the Son being begotten. These prophecies in the first chapter of Hebrews are prophecies from the Psalms being fulfilled in Christ, who was both God and man at the same time.
So this was not a conversation between two people in the godhead, but rather the fulfillment of a prophecy spoken in the Psalms concerning how God made plans for the future through Christ.
Remember according to Romans 4:17 God “calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
A perfect example of this is found in Revelation 13:8 concerning “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
How was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world when the Lamb was not begotten until roughly 4000 years after creation? The answer is God “calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
How did the Son who was not begotten until the conception of the virgin Mary create the worlds? The answer is through the Word of God which is the thought, plan, and mind of God. For God “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Thus the Son who was not yet begotten, can create the worlds as the Word of God, which is the thought, plan and mind of God. This Word of God is the eternal Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit. For God is a Spirit and our God is one. Not one God made up of three individuals, but One God.
Our one God as the everlasting Father manifested Himself in the flesh as the Son of God and thus you have the God-Man. 100% God and 100% man at the same time. Thus you have Emmanuel. God with us.
Thus the mystery is revealed to us that Jesus Christ had a dual nature. He was the Almighty God and He was a man at the same time.
2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
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