Christ has been around from the beginning with God the Father.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:..." (Genesis 1:26)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him (Christ); and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3)
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
"I and my Father are one." (John 10:30)
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:15-18)
In what way is God and Christ one?
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 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 world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:20-26)
The oneness of God is to be members of Godís family just as God the Father and Jesus Christ are one.
Is Christ a Separate Creation?
"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)
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" (Colossians 1:15)
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; " (Revelation 3:14)
Christ was created by God as the beginning of God's creations. The Bible calls Christ the "only-begotten Son" of God. The Bible speaks of God as the "Father" who is the senior. Christ is the junior, in time, position, and power.
Christ never claimed to be God. Everything he said about himself indicates that he did not consider himself equal to God in power. In every period of his existence, whether in heaven or on earth, his speech and conduct reflect subordination to God. God is always the superior.
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:3-5)
"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 God." (John 20:17)
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;" (2 Corinthians 1:3)
God and Christ are distinctly separate, and referred to as the God of
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." (Mark 10:18)
So Christ was saying that no one is as good as God is, not even himself. God is
good in a way that separates him from Christ.
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel." (John 5:19-20)
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (John 6:38)
"Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." (John 7:16)
In the parable of the vineyard. He likened God to the owner of the vineyard, who traveled abroad and left it in the charge of vine dressers. When the owner later sent a slave to get some of the fruit of the vineyard, the vine dressers beat the slave and sent him away empty handed. Then the owner sent a second slave, and later a third, both of whom got the same treatment. Finally, the owner said: "I will send my son [Christ] the beloved. Likely they will respect this one." But the corrupt vine dressers said: "'This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may become ours.' With that they threw him outside the vineyard and killed him." (Luke 20:9-16) Thus Christ illustrated his own position as one being sent by God to do God's will, just as a father sends a submissive son.
When Christ came up out of the water after being baptized, the Father in heaven
"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16, 17)
When the mother of two disciples asked that her sons sit one at the right and one at the left of Christ when he came into his Kingdom. Christ answered:
"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." (Matthew 20:23)
Christ always showed his subservience to the Father.
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." (Mark 13:32)
"And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34)
"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42)
"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." (Luke 23:46)
The Bible plainly states that Christ was created by God the father, Christ did not exist before his creation.
None have ever seen God the Father, yet we know what he looks like due to Christ being in his image.
"Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father." (John 6:46)
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 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, Shew us the Father? 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 14:6-11)
What where Christ's objectives?
Christ preached in an effort to save those Jews that had become frustrated and confused by all the false doctrines and traditions imposed upon them by the different religious sects that had sprang up after the captivity and dispersion of Israel.
When Christ returns, he will take retribution on those that refused to obey the gospel. What gospel? There was no new testament at that time, so the gospel had to be the old testament.
Christ died to remove the penalty of sin from our lives by becoming the ultimate sin offering, through his own blood, on our behalf.
If we accept that Christ was the son of God in the flesh, then we must
accept his instructions, his commands, his warnings, and his promises.
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
What Did Christ Look Like?
A study of your Bible will show that Christ did not look anything like in the movies, or pictures present him to be. The Bible describes him in this way:
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:2-3)
Most adult males of Israel wore full beards in compliance with
the law regarding beards in Leviticus 19:27 "Ye shall not
round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard"
and 21:5, "They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall
they shave off the corner of their beard, ..." there is no doubt that Christ and the apostles wore full beards in compliance with this law.
Because Christ looked like every other Jew, Judas had to point him out with a kiss to the chief priests and the scribes and the elders when they came to arrest him, Mark 14.
Christ was a Jewish carpenter working outdoors in all kind of weather carrying wood. This means he would have been tanned, weathered and muscular in appearance, not weak, pampered and feminine looking as he is always pictured.
He also would not have worn his hair long,
"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" (1 Corinthians 11:14)
So to summarize, Christ would have been muscular, yet an average looking man with a full beard. Pictures and statues of Christ are completely false and should be discarded, we are commanded to worship in truth.
NAMES FOR CHRIST
|Messiah: (John 1:41)||The Son: (John 8:36)|
|Only Begotten Son: (1 John 4:9)||Beloved Son: (Matthew 3:17)|
|Son Of David: (Matthew 1:1)||The Root And Offspring Of David: (Revelation 22:16)|
|Son Of Abraham: (Matthew 1:1)||Abraham's Seed: (Galatians 3:16)|
|Son Of Man: (Matthew 26:64, see Daniel 7:13)||Son Of God: (Matthew 26:63)|
|Son of the Father: (2 John 1:3)||Son Of The Most High: (Luke 1:32)|
|Only Begotten God: (John 1:18)||Firstborn: (Hebrews 1:6)|
|Firstborn Of All Creation: (Colossians 1:15)||Beginning Of The Creation Of God: (Revelation 3:14)|
|Firstborn From The Dead: (Revelation 1:5)||The Last Adam: (1 Corinthians 15:45)|
|Rabbi: [Teacher] (Matthew 23:8)||King Of Israel: (Mark 15:32)|
|King Of The Jews: (Matthew 27:37)||The Word: (John 1:1)|
|The Word Of God: (Revelation 19:13)||The Word Of Life: (1 John 1:1)|
|The Life: (John 11:25)||I Am: (John 8:58, see Exodus 3:14)|
|Lord: (Romans 10:9-13, see Joel 2:32)||God: (John 1:1)|
|Immanuel: [God with us] (Matthew 1:23, see Isaiah 7:14)||Master: (Luke 8:24)|
|Savior Of The World: (John 4:42)||Savior Of All Men: (1 Timothy 4:10)|
|The Deliverer: (Romans 11:26)||The Prophet: (John 1:25, see Deuteronomy 18:15)|
|Holy One: (Acts 3:14)||Righteous One: (Acts 3:14)|
|Prince: (Acts 5:31)||Prince Of Life: (Acts 3:15)|
|Judge Of The Living And The Dead: (Acts 10:42)||Stone: (Mark 12:10)|
|Chief Cornerstone: (Mark 12:10)||Chief Shepherd: (1 Peter 5:4)|
|Good Shepherd: (John 10:11)||Shepherd And Guardian Of Our Souls: (1 Peter 2:25)|
|The Lamb: (Revelation 5:12)||Passover Lamb: (1 Corinthians 5:7)|
|Lamb of God: (John 1:36)||Lion Of Judah: (Revelation 5:5)|
|Advocate, Counsel For The Defense: (1 John 2:1)||Light Of The World: (John 8:12)|
|King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords: (Revelation 19:16)||The Faithful Witness: (Revelation 1:5)|
|The Faithful And True One: (Revelation 19:11)||The Amen: (Revelation 3:14)|
|Servant: (Acts 4:27)||The Bright Morning Star: (Revelation 22:16)|
|The Apostle: (Hebrews 3:1)||The Great High Priest: (Hebrews 4:14)|
|The Author And Perfecter Of Faith: (Hebrews 12:2)||The Chosen One: (Luke 9:35)|
|The Mediator: (1 Timothy 2:5)||The Way, The Truth, And The Life: (John 14:6)|
|The Door: (John 10:7)||The Alpha And The Omega: (Revelation 22:13)|
|The First And The Last: (Revelation 22:13)||The Head Of The Body, The Church: (Colossians 1:18)|
|The Beginning And The End: (Revelation 22:13)||Head Over All Things: (Ephesians 1:22)|
|Heir Of All Things: (Hebrews 1:2)||The Image Of The Invisible God: (Colossians 1:15)|
|Horn Of Salvation: (Luke 1:69)||The Beloved: (Matthew 12:18)|
|The Bridegroom: (John 3:29)||The Vinedresser: (John 15:1)|
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