What Jesus Created
In Scripture, we are told that we are complete in Christ.
"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.
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
"And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" Col. 2:8-10
We see two options.
We can be spoiled through philosophy, which is the world's wisdom, and vain deceit.
Or we can follow after Christ, in whom the fullness of the "Godhead" ("theotitos," "head God") dwells.
We are complete in this person in whom the fullness of God dwells.
We can walk in philosophy and vain deceit, empty, or we can walk according to Christ.
Opening a Bible does not make us immune to worldly wisdom and vain, or empty deceit. We've all heard of "theology," "the science of God." What is it but the best Mankind can do to try to figure out God, and the things pertaining to God, like Christ and the Bible?
To avoid Man's opinion, to glean God's opinion, we want only one thing: to try to get to what the Scriptures actually meant when written.
Concerning this Jesus Christ we are to walk after, God's Word says this: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:1-2
People, we the Christians are the sons of God. When Christ appears, we will be just like him.
To misunderstand the Scriptures concerning Christ is to misunderstand who we ourselves really are.
We want to "get it right." Actually, we simply want to know what God really wants us to know.
Theology will tell you that God dwelling in Jesus is the same as him being God.
Are you your house? Do you dwell in your house? Figuratively, maybe, your body is a tabernacle, but in reality, it is at this time a very real part of you, your body.
Your house, however, the structure you literally dwell in, is not.
Yet you dwell in it.
God in fulness dwells in Christ, and we shall be like him when he appears.
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. " 1 Cor. 15:20-23
By man is the resurrection from the dead. God will provide the power, true, but through Christ comes the resurrection. First Christ, then we who are his firstfruits at his coming.
Christ was the first of "every man."
That is right.
Of all men resurrected, Christ was the first.
He was a man during his earthly ministry.
He remains a man at His resurrection.
Some will tell you Jesus is not really a man, that the appearance of Jesus as a baby was God wearing a Jesus suit.
But this Scripture clearly tells us that whatever Jesus was, he was and remains a man.
And we are after him.
What is he?
We are told to confess two truths about Jesus.
First, that he is Lord.
"That if thou confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9
This is how you as an individual receive the free gift of God's grace.
Notice the phrase "confess with thy mouth."
People want to put the emphasis on the "mouth" part, or that it is supposed to be out loud.
Actually, what about the dumb, those incapable of speech. Can they not be saved?
Don't be silly.
The word "confess" in the Greek texts is the word "homologeo." It means literally, "to say the same thing." "homo" is "same," logeo" is "the thing communicated."
"Jesus is Lord" is not a magic formula you have to say.
"Logos" always refers to the gist of what is communicated, while "rhema" refers to the actual phrases. Jesus is Lord, Christ is King, the Son of God is the ruler, all these are the gist.
The bulls eye is small, but its not impossible or minute.
So one part of confessing him as Lord is your sincere proclamation, in other words, your conscious acceptance of Jesus being Lord.
That is the "saying" part of "saying the same thing."
What is "the same thing" part"
It is that Jesus really has to be Lord.
You could proclaim Jesus as Lord all you want, but if he is not who Paul and the Gospel writers say he is, no salvation.
To say the same thing, there has to be the same thing as what you are saying.
Jesus truly has to be Lord.
We can identify with this resurrected man as our Lord. The we are his at his coming, at OUR resurrection. See? Rom. 10:9 tells us how to make it to 1 Corinthians 15:23
We are expected to confess one other thing about Jesus.
"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." 1 John 4:14-15
Whosever confesses, "homologeo," Jesus as the Son of God, then not only are we saved, God "dwells in us, and we in Him."
Just like he dwells in the man Christ.
You see our identification here?
We are sons and will be like Christ because Christ, the resurrected man Jesus, is the Son of God.
To confess him as the Son, though, he really has to be the Son.
He has to truly be the Son of God.
There are those who will tell you Jesus is God in a Jesus suit, or he is an appendage of God.
Nonsense. My foot is an appendage, it is not my son.
I am the son of my father Jack. I am therefore not Jack in a Scotty suit.
What part of Son are we not getting?
Jesus was conceived in Mary by God's Holy Spirit. Mary, who is non-holy flesh, provided an ova, and God, who is Holy Spirit, created the missing part, and Mary had a little bitty baby, and called him Jesus.
Mary, who is of Man, and God, were his parents. Son of Man, Son of GFod.
Then, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Rom 8:28-29
We are brothers of the firstborn Son.
We are not "brothers of God in a Jesus suit" in some figurative way, beloved, now we are the sons of God, and brethren of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To properly and fully identify with God as our Father, and Jesus as our brother, we have to understand who they are in relation to us and each other, from rightly dividing the Word concerning them.
We are to confess Jesus as Lord, and as Son of God, truly and really.
"Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Rom. 8:30
See? In the context of Jesus being first (this also connotes cheif) among many, we see our calling, our justification, and the glory God has laid up in store for us.
If Jesus was God in a Jesus suit, a man did not really die for us (and God cannot really die, or who would be left to raise him?), a man was not first raised from the dead, Jesus was not truly the Son of God (you cannot literally be your own Father and Son) and we are not called, justified, nor truly going to receive glory.
But Jesus is truly the Son of God, we are sons, and we will be like our Lord and brother.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
God did not sacrifice His only begotten self, He sent His only begotten Son, the Man Jesus.
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36
There are those who say that John was written to "explain" the Trinity (a word never found in Scripture,) but in truth, John emphasizes that Jesus is the Son of God.
In fact, "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." John 20:30-31
In believing on the Son of God we have life, God dwells in us and we in Him.
Do we really believe Jesus is the Son of God?
Or have we allowed world wisdom and empty deceit to convince us Jesus is merely God in a Jesus suit, not the most wonderful of all God's creations?
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? " 1 John 5:4-5
Who is he that overcomes the world, and its wisdom and deceit, but he who believes Jesus is the Son of God?
If you think Jesus was really God in a Jesus suit, and therefore reject that Jesus was truly the Son of God, you lose identification with your brother and Lord, you lose your faith.
Your faith here in 1 John 5:4 is equated with believing Jesus is the Son of God.
If you deny Jesus was truly the Son by claiming he was really just some appendage of God, or God in a Jesus suit, then are you included?
You may be a wonderful person.
You may have the foundation lain by Christ in you, you may strive hard for God, all to your credit.
But what did Paul write of Israel?
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
"For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." Rom. 10:1-2
Over and over we are encouraged not to fall into the pattern of unbelief Israel fell into, having the Word, but missing on the meaning of the Scriptures and the power of God.
We must realize that this Word, which reveals the Son of God, is true and when written down by holy prophets had zero contradictions.
We can not afford to take a few verses that seem to contradict the overwhelming body of evidence presented by God's Word as our unswerving doctrine.
We have been studying the few, apparently clear so-called Trinitarian verses, and doing two things.
First, we've been holding them to the very clear majority of Scripture that clearly maintains that Jesus is the Son of God, and we his brethren.
But it is not enough to "overpower" another's doctrine by alternate Scripture.
God's Word is pure.
It is not enough to know that 95% of Scripture dealing with the identity of Christ contradicts the idea that he was God.
We must understand clearly that other 5%, why it appears to contradict, and most important, what it really meant when it was written.
Then we can know the Scriptures and the power of God regarding our Lord, our sonship, our very identification with Christ that allows us to truly be overcomers.