Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Responding to the “million dollar question” - Is Jesus God?

Before I cite the reasons why I don’t believe “Jesus is God in the Flesh,” I want to make sure you know that I totally believe Yeshua (his given name which means “Yahweh is Salvation”, while the name “Jesus” actually detracts from who he was), certainly was DEITY, perfect and sin-free - simply because of WHO he was, as he had no earthly father and came from YHWH Himself. (How many of us can make that claim?)

However, having been born of a woman denotes that he ALSO had HUMAN DNA, which meant a limited time on this world. Had he not been killed, he would have eventually DIED. That being the case, YHWH (the Name of ELOHIM as revealed to Moshe - Ex 3:13-15), our Creator, was NOT “eternal” as Scripture says; rather, He was just a mere man…

God created flesh which carried His blood, and that blood (required for redemption) could then be shed for all who simply accepted it. THAT is who Yeshua was – YHWH’s Divine MESSIAH – the human Messiah who was the Word (John 1:1, 14) and YHWH’s Arm (Isaiah 53:1) BEFORE he ever came to earth as a MAN)….

I also cannot get past the fact that so many people apparently see no problem that our HOLY God who HATES sin and who will NOT tolerate sin (Hab 1:13, Is 13:11 and 59:2, PS 5:4, etc.) would "empty Himself" into a human being (who surely would have been without sin, because we are born with a sinful nature and all sin at some point - not to mention that our deeds are like filthy menstrual rags (Is 64:6) ....

I have a hard time believing that GOD would decide to become a mere human (while at the same time, remaining somewhere in the Heavens to continue ruling the universe); then enter the world as a screaming baby who had to have his diapers changed by mere, sinful human beings … a God who – according to everyone who insists “Jesus is God in the Flesh - also prayed to “Himself” during his earthly ministry (Luke 23:34, Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34) and wouldn’t make a move unless His Father approved it.

I am well aware that many argue that Philippians 2:5-8 says God became flesh. One actually finds that these verses do NOT say that.  In most English versions, Philippians 2:6 reads: "though he was in the form of God" - obviously carrying the implication that Yeshua WAS God - but the older Aramaic reads "as he was in the likeness of Elohim..." - an entirely different meaning.

Indeed, Philippians 2 goes on to clarify that it was not that Yeshua was God; rather, that God "disinherited himself" so that a man could die and shed His blood.

We must recognize that as Part of ADONAI Himself (the Word, John 1:1, 14 and the Arm, Isaiah 53:1) we can certainly say Yeshua is ADONAI - but NOT while he was in human form with human frailties... (See Isaiah 53.)

But, YES, he was definitely “divine”:

More than his literal birth name Y'shua (which was and is a common Hebrew name), and more than the perfect reputation that his name represents, Y'shua bears the Name of YHWH, the "name above all names!" Y'shua has the Name and reputation of the Father YHWH in him (John 17:11) and the name means "YHWH is Salvation" (Matthew 1:21). (The angels, for instance, only have YHWH's title of ELOHIM within their names: GabriEL, MichaEL, RaphaEL....)

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