Over the recent years of church history lately many denominations have increased in their following of habits, catch phrases, and customs of whatever is popular at the time. If one person says something that others found different and it tickled their ear, it spreads to another church and or a pastor speech and sermon. It goes from tv to radio and finally spreads at rapid rates. Sometimes when this happens it could be legit and backed up by the word of God. But most of the time it’s not. It becomes a habitual thing to say to fill the lines of speeches or sermons. It becomes a t-shirt or a license plate to be sold in stores. Now, most people when they hear these things or see actions passed on by someone in church it is automatically assumed that this is correct and never validated. It spreads to millions without even one person to challenge the need or accuracy of it. And even if one did it is put off because we feel like it does no harm or that it’s not that important to be accurate. But yet we serve a God that isn’t about confusion and chaos. It is this very thing that keeps the lost from ever joining God’s kingdom. People aren’t really stupid about inconsistency when they are looking for a reason to justify not believing in something. They quickly see flaws and contradictions of the person or groups that try and convince them that they need to live better lives. After all, you are basically convicting them or should I say the word is. Why shouldn’t they look at whatever easy targets they can paint on your back. It’s the human thing to do. One area that is always easy to see is quotes like …Jesus walked the earth 100% man and 100% God. I am sure most of you have heard of this term. It is one of the most inaccurate, unscriptural fades quotes going on today. It has been taught in biblical schools and used by the most educated minds in all of Christianity. On top of everything else it is the most illogical math statements ever made in history. Nothing is 200%! It doesn’t even exist. This quote and it’s meaning has no biblical backing either. So for a person that doesn’t believe in Yahweh you sound like a complete idiot. It isn’t faith nor is it a badge of honor to be proud of. It’s something someone should have stopped years ago but didn’t. Are we forgetting the facts that Christ grew in wisdom and favor of his God and Father, had to be taught, tempted by the devil, had no knowledge of the end day. Christ gave up what made him what he was in heaven to become a man. There are those who try to ignore the fact that he was not His Father who Christ declares as the Only True God. Christ gave up what made him who he was to be born a Man. That’s means whatever he was that made him what he was before he came to earth was no longer with him on earth. This means it’s impossible for him to be 100% God and 100% man . Do the math folks! If in heaven he was complete and he gives up even 1% of what made him who he was, he is no longer 100%. So if you want to say that he was God himself, it would be impossible for him to maintain 100% of that status if he gave that up to become man. For me, the Bible tells us without a shadow of doubt that God can’t be tempted, has all knowledge, and is the only thing that is Good and perfect while Christ denied those who followed him from calling him Good saying only The Father is Good, Christ could be tempted and was tempted, and finally..he is under complete submission to the Father who is his God and ours. If we only look at just the math, 100% means nothing is left out, complete not missing anything. Yes, Christ was the Son of God who stepped up and gave up what made him what he was in the spirit realm to become flesh, be born and grow. I don’t care if what he gave up was as small as his spiritual glow around his pinkie finger. This can’t be counted as 100% God if this what you believe he was. He wasn’t what he was in heaven in some way or another. And if you aren’t what you were before because you gave up something then you can not be 100%. Even if the belief was that he had two natures( to be clear, the Bible never claimed Christ had two natures..theology does) then this would not make his sacrifice fair or equal to Adam and for the sacrifice to work it had to be like for like. Adam didn’t have two natures, he was only a 100% innocent man without the nature of Sin in him. He didn’t have a second nature that was God in him. So Christ had to be born with the same limits and live his life til age 33( I believe Adam was 32-33 years old at the time of the fall of man but that’s not something I can preach as gospel)to justify the sacrifice, which is why he is called the last Adam or the second Adam. In every way Christ had to be able to be tempted just like Adam was in order for the sacrifice to be “one for one” sacrifice as the Bible describes. This concept of 100% man and 100% God would place Christ in a position no man could live up to not even Adam. But we know God didn’t require of Adam something he was not able to do. So if a 100% God and 100% Man was truly needed then Adam would have had to been just like Christ, being both God and Man, based on most churches belief about the substitute sacrifice. How about we allow Christ to be the Son of God he said he is and the allow his God and Father to be the sovereign God He says he is. I’m sure he doesn’t need our opinion or help explaining Him nor His Son. He never once made that a requirement for salvation, man did with theology.
As Christ followers we have heard this verse and should have committed it to memory. It was the last thing spoke by our Christ Yeshua before his death. Most of us see the surface of this verse and some see beyond its surface. The verse is deeper than some understand to be. And as I have shown before with other things this too can be linked to a lot of assumptions as well. This is mainly because it links denominational tradtions. Some denominations have to come up with all kinds of things about this verse to save face in their belief. Why? Because like other accounts in the Bible (I.E Christ in the garden of Gethsemane) this exposes a huge fact that most don’t like dealing with. Christ has a Separate Will and Spirit from the Father. Now this doesn’t take away the amazing fact that Christ always aligned his Will with his Father but it does provide uneasy realities about some beliefs. One such issue is with Oneness believers. I know this for a fact because I was one of those believers and I hated trying to explain this to others, let alone accept it myself. This verse as well as others show without doubt that Christ has a separate spirit than that of his Father. Theology tries to explain it in the thought that this was Christ Human spirit. Well you can call it whatever you like but scriptures don’t explain away this. Bottom line Christ’s spirit and his God and Father who “is” Spirit are not the same spirit. Yes they are united in all things they do just like a wife and or Husband are one flesh in all things done in that marriage. Yet the husband has a separate will, spirit, and body from the wife and visa versa. Now some may not have a problem with this but for oneness believers this is a problem because they believe Christ and the Father are not merely united as one but are the exact same person functioning as both as the same time. In others words they have no separate anything. No separate will, thoughts, power, knowledge, or anything. We are taught that we are suppose to believe and explain that Christ was merely quoting scripture, basically putting on and going through the motions for the sake of others to complete prophecy. I personally never felt comfortable with this because for me, putting on a act as though you were suffering when you weren’t is a lie. This is not God nor his Son. So if Christ ask for the Father to watch over and govern his spirit during his death he meant that. If Christ said to the Father not to allow his will to stop the sacrifice he was going to have to go through but let his Fathers Will be what governs this then he meant this. Anything else is a lie and lying isn’t within heaven.
The next group of believers that have a problem with this is trinity believers. Why? Because they believe in One Spirit, Son, and Father as One God equal/distinct from each other. Well let’s count shall we, we have the Holy Spirit (1 spirit), we have Christ’s so called human spirit( 2 spirits), and we have The Father who is a Spirit himself(3 spirits). Well that’s way more than One spirit that the doctrine of the trinity explains and more than scripture says when it says that there is but 1 spirit. Then if you really wanted to get technical let’s not forget the 12 spirits of God mentioned in Revelation. What do you do with that? So you see this verse as well as many others really don’t just fall into the nice neat package many Theologies has pushed to denominations for hundreds of years.
I say this because no denomination and no explained theology has the full answers. I have been very open about this fact. And what this verse and others that support it teach (not theology) is that Christ had his own separate spirit and will from his God and Father. The fact that the Father can govern over his Son’s spirit means the son’s spirit is separate from His. The Father can’t place his Will over his Sons will if they are not different(Gethsemane). So being that they are different this requires a different person for this action. Even if you use Psalms 31 link back to his quote, this whole chapter deals with a multitude sufferings and requests as the directed person is being bruised and tortured as the Prophecy of the Christ foretold he would. It is not a act nor a staged event that someone is told to quote/repeat. Christ said Psalms spoke of him and what he would go through not that he would speak of Psalms as a act or quote. There is a big difference.
The last and biggest thing that most don’t like to face about this statement is the indisputable fact that Christ Died. His God and Father can not die nor would ever need anyone to commit His Spirit to because He is Spirit. The Father never has ever asked for anything from Son or Holy Spirit if you believe in the exact concept taught in theology you have a big issue in front. The Father rules all and directs all just as he directed his Son to die for us just like scripture says. The thought that the son just volunteered for this is false as well. The Son was directed by the Father to do this and the Son was obedient. The Son obeys the Father and the Holy Spirit Obeys Father. To claim they are equal is false. By substance they are God just like by substance my son is a human and Samson was human. But there is a big difference between what my son could do as a human and what Samson could do as a human. Being put into the same category doesn’t equal quantity. Even among Kings if even One of the Kings rules the Others and Makes all decisions then that One King is truly King of the Kings. And as 1 Corinthian 15:28 explains when all is done even the Son has to take his place under the Father rule, they are not equal. This is why Christ needed the Father to govern over his Spirit. If the Father doesn’t give Christ the power to resurrect, Christ remains dead and in Hades. Thank goodness that he did but this shows you how needy the Son of God was to his God and Father not the other way around. The Father needs nothing from the Son nor the Holy Spirit(if you believe in a separate being called the Holy Spirit). The Father is head supreme and true ultimate Ruler of existence in both Physical and Spiritual existence. All things answers to Him and to all things and beings, even the Son…He is truly their God. This is Scripture not a theology and tradition. But what are you going to live by, His words or mans?
If you can ever get this simple truth it will free you from all that you have ever felt wrong with organized religion or man’s influence in churches.
“LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A CONCEPT OF THE TRINITY, A ONENESS DEBATE, A MORMON, OR JEHOVAH’S WITNESS, SALVATION WAS ALREADY FREE, AVAILABLE, AND GIVEN TO ALL THROUGH CHRIST.”
Stop and think about this! Really think about it! Put aside you assumptions, fears , and or biaisness. Do you really understand the weight of this statement? I truly believe God has allowed me to see this fact that has existed for thousands of years and yet not focused on enough by his people. I pass this too all who will listen, not as new revelation but a reminder of His doctrine not man’s. Mankind are the ones creating theories and new doctrine to make themselves more relevant. To make others look up to them as if they have more knowledge. They strike with great anger at any who challenges their ways because they hold on to it as need for affirmation. All along they’re souls of men that are confused and feel lost when they see for themselves the existing holes in the ways of men which is taught as God’s doctrine instead of what it is…man’s doctrine. We only need God’s Only Begotten Son, Christ who died and was raised up to bring us salvation, forgiveness, and a New Convenant so we may love our God with all of our strength, mind, and body and love our neighbors as oursleves. This is salvation and the only way and truth we will ever need per God’s doctrine. If we truly believe AND do then our past sinful life will not be acceptable to us to live in anymore. We will seek holiness for He is holy and we will seek to worship Him in spirit and truth as we are baptised in His name and go forth preaching HIS gospel throughout the earth. Amen!
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Col 3:11
Have you ever had someone or should I say some denomination tell you that it’s them only that God leads or uses. Most have. Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, Church of Christ and many other denominations either have hinted to this or flat out claimed it. It is said that a good way to tell if a denomination is a cult is to see if they believe this. While I don’t buy solely into that thought because I see forms of it in just about all major denominations, there is concern over this thought none the less. Maybe not as far as being cult like but there is a sort of brain washing that takes place in every denomination that feels that being identified as a Christ follower and doer of the word isn’t enough unless they belong to their group. They push that a membership to their particular chruch or organization is now somehow added to God’s requirements of salvation. Last time I checked the scriptures were completed after Revelations and there is no book that tells us that we need any other Identity but Christ for salvation. I have friends that are apart of many different denominations that share this concept of being apart of a “Members Only” thought corruption. They actually push and preach lies that unless you are apart of their group you aren’t saved. The funniest thing is that none of these people are any better of a person that the next. They still have the same flaws, same anger, same sins, same pride, and same ugliness that is found in all other flawed people. On the surface they walk like they’re holy and they preach holy, but yet at the end of the day there is no evidence God is more active in their life than the ones they point fingers at from inside their buildings. I use to think that preachers or certain denominations were more holy acting than others. I guess I was right in a way because any person can “ACT” holy in front of other people. But the more you keep hanging around those people and these people face things that allow the real person to show, you see them for who they are. A regular human being capable of all the sins any other person does. Their group, church, or organization are led by the people of like mistakes and sins. They have flaws and aren’t perfect. While one is claiming that one church is false because they have false idols, that same group or organization walks around with false idols emblems on the feet or clothing. While one group accuses another of false worship they themselves have false prophecies that have become the very foundation of their history. It’s really sad to watch people not just accept that we are all of need of mercy and grace. Man is judged by Christ and his words ALONE..not Christ and their organization, group, or denomination’s made up rules or concepts and certainly not because of membership or building you sit in. Be careful followers of Christ, there is no identity in anything but Christ.