UNVEILING THE SECOND MEMBER OF THE GODHEAD [seven]
(…continues from part 6…)
7] Hebrews 12:2 reads, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Let it be understood that divine authorship, as it is made crystal clear in this verse, is the sole preserve of the Members of the Godhead. God the Father and the Son are both co-Authors. The word‘author’ in this verse is a different archēgos (ar-khay-gos’): ‘the chief leader, prince; of Christ; one that takes the lead in any thing and thus affords an example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer.’ The next word, ‘faith,’ is pistis (pis’-tis): ‘conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it; relating to God.’
Without the faith which is generated in Jesus, trying to reach out to God is an absolute hopelessness. ‘Looking’ is aphoraō (af-or-ah’-o). Thayer Definition says, ‘to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something’. And Strong’s Definition is: ‘to consider attentively.’ For how long are men expected to fix the focus on Jesus? The eternality of the Christ makes it a perpetual ‘looking unto’; the ‘looking’ has the grammatical present continuous tense as its action.
The Old Testamentary vaticinatory eloquence of His unveiling is attributed to none other than the great historian and the prophet of Jehovah, Isaiah. He wrote in Isaiah 9:6 “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.”
Let me take you on an exegetical unearthing of the Subject of this verse of Isaiah. The first words, ‘For unto’ has Scriptural facticity in two verses: Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The second is Luke 1:35 “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.”
None, throughout the Holy Scriptures, addressed Jesus or any other as Immanuel – meaning ‘God with us’. The truth is simply that that is what Jesus Christ is. His physical reality is the very presence of the Most High God. Quite indubitable! In apposition to the Holy Spirit is ‘the Highest’ which has in the Greek, hupsistos (hoop’-sis-tos): ‘most high God; (masculine singular) the Supreme (God), or (neuter plural) the heavens: ‘ Unfortunately, some religious authorities do not believe in the Scriptural deity of the Holy Spirit. If nothing at all would, let this revelation attest to the fact that the Holy Spirit is very God of very God. Let us look at the definition of ‘power’. It is dunamis (doo’-nam-is): ‘force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself).’ ‘Holy thing’ is hagios (hag’-ee-os): ‘most holy thing, a saint; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).’
The ‘holy thing’ is first and foremost the foetal creationism of the Holy Spirit, the progeny that births Adam all over again. Sinless Jesus: He is the perfection of the regeneration of fallen Adamic race. Why did the Holy Spirit move upon the waters of darkness in the first chapter of Genesis? Was it not to generate the divine power to actuate this unique incarnation? The darkness of Satanism, throughout the gestational period that led to the eventual accouchement of Jesus Christ, could not stop the parturition of the holy pregnancy. It was an impossibility. The Incarnation was a divine must. Hallelujah! It says in Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” The Hebraic sobriquet of Jesus is Yehôshûa‛ (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah) i.e. Joshua or Jehoshua: meaning ‘Jehovah is salvation’.
Joshua, after the death of Moses, led Israel into the Promised Land, saving them from the wilderness roam. The humanity of Christ adopted the sobriquet Yehôshûa‛ to remove the Adamic race from sinfulness, by miraculously establishing an irrevocable salvation: first to the Jew, then to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 9:6 goes on to ‘a son is given’. His Sonship is not an entity of creationism. It cannot be born – the Sonship –; it can only be a gift from the Divinity. John 1:14 “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.” It says ‘full of grace and truth’ where the adjective ‘full’ is pleres (plee’-rees): ‘1. filled, replete, or covered over. 2. (by analogy) complete.’ The verb ‘made,’ of this verse, conjures a sense of creationism. The Greek is ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee): ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being.’ The Greek does not use – of the Incarnation – the verb gennaō (ghen-nah’-o) meaning: ‘to procreate (properly of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively to regenerate:’ of Matthew 11:11 and John 3:6; neither does it employ ktizō (ktid’-zo): ‘to create; of God creating the worlds’ found in 1Corinthians 11:9 and Colossians 1:16.
The interpreters should have made use of ginomai i.e. ‘became’, proving that if the Word became flesh – the humanity of the Word – Christ had not the essentiality of flesh before He became so. ‘Flesh’ is sarx (sarx): ‘flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers the bones and is permeated with blood) of both man and beasts; the body; the body of a man.’ Flesh makes a distinction between the Christ and Jesus here. The man, Jesus, happens to be the externality of the eternality of the internal Christ, fused together to form the most enigmatic entity that ever trod the surface of the terra firma. The ‘fullness’ of His grace and truth underscores the consummation of HIS Divinity: for only the Author of creationism can be said to be full of grace and truth.
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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