שמע ישראל ה 'הוא האלוהים שלנו הוא אחד
Shema Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad
"Hear Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One"
Shema Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad
Welcome and Peace!
In part two of this study we discussed the creation of "the Only Begotten Son of the Echad Elohiym" (Colossians 1:15) at the beginning of the beginning of creation. There it was explained how Ein Soph (the "I Am") created "other" (thus establishing duality between the Echad Elohiym or "One God" and the Void or Nothingness). Into the Void the Echad Elohiym spoke existence.
Within that Void Echad Elohiym first created Torah (He spoke Torah: Awareness, Wisdom: And Elohiym said let Us...) before anything else. This primeval eternal Torah is "the Only Begotten Son," the pure eiko or reflection of Adonai's Wisdom/Torah. Again, as discussed in part two through the Son everything else came to be. Nothing that is came to be without the agency of the Son (John 1:1-).
The Son was active throughout the Tanakh in various ways and then eventually took birth of the almah Miryam and named Y'shua as discussed in part 6 of this study. There we considered the conception and birth of Adon Y'shua ("Master Jesus") as well as his association with Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) and the Essene Brotherhood.
In this portion of the study we will consider a single question:
Is Y'shua God Incarnate?
Short answer: No.
Y'shua is "the Only Begotten Son of HaShem" as the scriptures repeatedly say.
He is however uniquely divine and not simply another prophet. There is no one in all of creation like the Nazarene.
He is our Cohen Gadol ("High Priest"), the Mediator between Adonai and humanity, he is the only being in all of creation created directly by Adonai, and he will in due course fulfill the role of Mashiach (Messiah) as foretold by the prophets and thereby redeem the earth and glorify the Father. Do not misunderstand the biblical rejection of the deity of Adon Y'shua and the Trinity doctrine as a devaluation of his role and authority! There is none like the Only Begotten Son of Adonai.
Adon Y'shua's Emissary Paul writes (italics is mine):KJV: Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
1:16 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:
1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1:18 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.
1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
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Let's take a closer look at these verses:
Adon Y'shua as the Son of Adonai
Colossians 1:12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
The Father is HaShem: the God of Adam, Noah, Avraham and Israel as revealed in the Tanakh (i.e. the "Old Testament").
The Father (of the Son) is the Source of all creation. HaShem has made us all qualified (or "meet" in the old English) to receive our inheritance as His sons and daughters (i.e. to inherit eternal life in the Kingdom -- John 3:14). Adonai is making us fit sons and daughters. Adon Y'shua is also Adonai's Son and: he is not ashamed to call [us] brethren (Hebrews 2:11).
This is the essence of the Good News or Gospel message. Y'shua is our elder brother, not our father. HaShem is the Father of us all.
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son
The Kingdom we have been made fit to inherit is that of "His dear Son." What is a son?Son: noun
- a male child or person in relation to his parents.
- a male child or person adopted as a son; a person in the legal position of a son.
- any male descendant: eg. a son of Israel.
- a son-in-law.
- a person related as if by ties of sonship.
- a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.: eg. a true son of the soil.
- a familiar term of address to a man or boy from an older person, an ecclesiastic, etc.
Throughout the books of the B'rit Hadashah (or "New Testament") HaShem is referenced as the Father. Adon Y'shua is referred to as His Son and calls HaShem "My Father and My God":John 20:17 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.
A son is not the same person as his father even though they share certain traits which the son inherits from the father. When referring to Y'shua the word "Son" is generally capitalized in English language Bibles to show that his Sonship with the Father is unique: Y'shua is the "Only Begotten Son." He is in a unique position as "the only begotten" as will be discussed below, however he is still a son of the One God, not God.
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
Y'shua the Nazarene has earned our redemption. HaShem "earns" nothing, everything belongs to Him.
We are utterly indebted to Y'shua for what he has done to earn our salvation. The Kingdom has been earned by Y'shua and we are all indebted to him due to his work of redemption:Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
God (person 1) has highly exalted Y'shua (person 2). The language is clearly of one superior being with authority exalting another due to his accomplishments. The two are not equal. God exalted His underling and granted him a name (reputation and authority) above all others (obviously excluding that of the one who bestowed the reward). No being is equal to nor superior to Adon Y'shua except the Father, Echad Elohiym, our Adonai. Adonai is One and there is no second to compare with Him.
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature
"The image of the invisible God:" "Image" here is the Greek word eiko and means (according to Strongs' G1503) a likeness, that is, (literally) a statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance: - image."
A reflection is not the original.
Adon Y'shua as the Reflection of Adonai
How is Y'shua the image or reflection of HaShem? He answers this question for us himself:KJV: John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Such verses make no sense if Y'shua is literally his own father -- and of course being ones own father makes no sense either.John 14:28 ...If ye loved me [Y'shua], ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
What Colossians 1:15 is telling us is that Y'shua is the perfect and undefiled eiko or reflection of Adonai's Will and Mind. An eiko is not the original. It is a reflection of the original. By example, a faithful son is a reflection his father -- although in perfection in this case. He perfectly reflects the will of the father and shares in the father's business. Such an obedient son obeys his father and hence, when he comes into his own, wields the authority of the father in perfect harmony with him. Adon Y'shua is such a Son of his Father. Had the Father been personally present in physical form He would have done exactly as Y'shua did in every instance:KJV: John 5:19 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.
CJB: John 5:19 Therefore, Yeshua said this to them: "Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does too.
Adon Y'shua was in complete harmony with the Father because he was in complete submission to the Father's Will. Such submission is not a sign of equality. Y'shua understood that complete submission, by choice, to HaShem brings ultimate freedom. This is the consciousness we are called upon to develop. By our free will we are being called to embrace the freedom of the Sons and Daughters of Light as did our elder brother Y'shua (Hebrews 2:11):I Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him [Y'shua], then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God [theos] may be all in all.
Colossians 1:15 is explaining the same point.
Adon Y'shua as the Firstborn of Adonai
Y'shua is "...the firstborn of every creature..." (Colossians 1:15). According to the text Y'shua was the first born or first created of all of HaShem's creations. Again this directly states that Adon Y'shua is a created being while HaShem, the Creator, is not. HaShem created all, including His Son.
This word "firstborn" tells us a lot. It is, in the Greek, prototok'os from which we get the word prototype. HaShem has no beginning, middle nor end. When HaShem decided to begin creation He first created a perfect "prototype": the Son. He spoke Torah and the Son was.
From and through that Prototype all else was created as John 1 describes. This is what the emissary of HaShem, under direction of the Ruach HaKodesh, is seeking to explain here to the Colossians.
Some of this material is, as Peter explained concerning Paul's writings, difficult to understand (II Peter 3:16). These things transcend human experience.
Paul is here speaking of events that occurred at the very dawn of creation. He is explaining how it is that the Son, "the first born of all creatures," who became Adon Y'shua -- whom his readers knew had lived and died just a few short years before and whom some had even known personally -- had not only already existed before becoming the man they knew as Y'shua, but that everything that exists came into being through him! Not an easy thing to explain. This is truly difficult to describe and understand but Paul does an excellent job here. When these verses are read in harmony with the first chapter of John's Gospel the doctrine is fairly clear when understood without the filters of Church dogma.
Adon Y'shua as the Logos of Adonai
We now turn our attention for a moment to John chapter one in order to better understand how this "prototype" was employed to manifest the creation into material existence.
It is clear from the texts that Adon Y'shua is the Word referenced here (John 1:14). We will now seek deeper understanding of what this means by considering the opening verses of the Book of John:KJV: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
There is strong reason to believe that the books of the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament") were originally composed in Hebrew (note 1). This at times makes interpretation tricky as we are going from a now lost Hebrew text through a clearly edited Greek translation (and possibly Aramaic manuscripts such as the Peshitta as well) and then through an English translation of the sometimes conflicting Greek and/or Aramaic texts, through the hands of translators who lacked understanding of the mysticism expressed in first century Jewish thought and who sought to reflect their own understandings. This certainly is not noted to reject the authority of the Greek New Testament (which I personally accept as more authoritative than the Aramaic Peshita by the way), however as we will discuss in part 8 of this study the textual integrity of the books of the B'rit Hadashah are not certain. When studying the text therefore we do well to keep the Hebrew language word meanings in mind. Both the Greek and the Aramaic texts grew out of Hebrew tradition and religion. It is therefore to the Hebrew roots we must look.
The Greek word translated here as "Word" (logos) is actually conveying a Hebrew concept rather than the multifaceted Greek term. The Greek word logos has many meanings however when read in terms of Jewish theology its meaning is clarified for us. In this clarification the Hebrew and Aramaic are consistent.
Logos as the Torah of AdonaiKJV: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The "Word" is God's Torah, God's True Utterance/Wisdom/Purposes:Genesis 1:3 And God said...
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
As discussed in part two, the Ein-Soph (the Eternal) manifested outwardly as Echad Elohiym (the One God) and uttered Torah: the Spark (Light) of creation. Echad Elohiym said: "Let there be light." Through His Word (Torah) God brought about all existence ex nihilo, from nothingness, into the Void He created. HaShem's eternal Torah is His Word and Purpose.
Torah is reflected in the Five Books of Moshe but it is much more.
Torah was present in Eden and partially revealed to Adam and Eve. Later it was further revealed to Noach and later still more fully to Avraham and still more fully later to Moshe at Sinai. Torah was carried through the wilderness and later placed within the Ark of the Covenant and then within the Beit HaMikdash (the holy Jerusalem Temple). Torah is partially transcribed as the Pentateuch (the five books of Moshe generally referred to the Written Torah). The Word was further disclosed in the pages of the Tanakh and expounded upon in the Talmud, the Mishnah, and so on by the elders of Israel. Torah is eternal; it has neither beginning nor end. It was the first of Adonai's creations and even then it was His reflected Wisdom (Proverbs. 8:22–31). No one fully comprehends Torah but the One God alone.
Of the Torah before Moshe the rabbis tell us:Origin and Preexistence:
"Moses received the Torah from Sinai" (Avot 1:1). Yet there is an ancient tradition that the Torah existed in heaven not only before God revealed it to Moses, but even before the world was created. The apocryphal book The Wisdom of Ben Sira identified the Torah with preexistent personified wisdom (1:1–5, 26; 15:1; 24:1ff.; 34:8; cf. Prov. 8:22–31). In rabbinic literature, it was taught that the Torah was one of the six or seven things created prior to the creation of the world (Gen. R. 1:4; Pes. 54a, et al.).
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This is the very point being made here in John 1. The Word that was "in the beginning" is this preexisting eternal Torah. The word "Torah" refers to different reflections of the eternal Torah depending on the context. The "Word" being discussed at John 1 should not therefore be thought of as a book or a series of scrolls, but as the eternal Torah, the Word of HaShem at the dawn of creation before anything else was made. Through Torah HaShem created all.
The Aramaic Peshita offers added light here:Peshita: Yukhanan [John] 1:1: In the beginning was the Miltha [Word]. And that Miltha was with God. And God was with that Miltha.
This bears out the point that God and the His Logos or Miltha are one in absolute harmony and that the Word existed before all else.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
This Wisdom, this Truth was created or manifested by the Echad Elohiym at the beginning of creation prior to anything else.John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
We know that all things were made by HaShem Who is the Creator of all. We also know this creation was done by His Word (logos or miltha).
Thanks to Colossians 1 we also understand that everything that exists is built upon the foundation Adonai established with the creation of His prototype or prototok'os (recall Colossians 1:15 above: the Son). Hence the text says "by him" (dia autos) personifying the Word as the Son (as confirmed below at John 1:14).
Matter can be manipulated but not created by anyone other than HaShem. HaShem created everything "through" His Torah: His Word. His Torah is the Son.
Here is where the nature of Adon Y'shua is clearly revealed!
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The Word or Torah was present and fully harmonious with HaShem at the dawn of the creation/manifestation. Now we are seeing the personification of Torah reflected as an individual being, the Son (this will be further clarified in verse 14). Remember that Colossians 1:12 says we have been made "partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." This is significant here.
We continue with John...
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The Light of God's Truth, the Heavenly Torah or Word, has been shining into the world since the instant of Its creation, however humankind was disobedient and limited in our understanding of what was being revealed.
Through Adam the True Light was revealed but he and his wife rejected Torah and went their own ways. There is much important truth concealed in the account of their free will decision! We can discuss this at another time perhaps but for now let's stay focused.
Later our father Noach was spared because of his faith in the Echad Elohiym and received the Noachide Covenant that brought the Light to all humankind as we discussed in part 3, but again that Light was rejected and humanity went its own way.
The Light of Truth was then clarified for the Israelites as the Mosaic Law was revealed in the Written Torah at Mount Sinai. The Torah was revealed as the Written form of Torah, however again the people did not obey it as the authors of the Tanakh frankly acknowledge. Through legalism and human traditions knowledge of Torah became confused, adulterated and again disobeyed. And yet some people remained faithful and HaShem blessed them.
The Son, the Firstborn of Creation, has always been present and active on the Earth but with the exception of a few brief encounters the people did not recognize him nor even acknowledge his presence among them. Through the ministrations of the prophets, the pious elders of Israel, the Order of Melchizedek and the Essene Teacher of Righteousness the Way for the Advent of the Son and the Kingdom he will inaugurate was being prepared. Through the Ruach HaKodesh (the Presence of God) the Eternal Son shared enlightenment with all who were prepared to accept it.
Then in due course HaShem sent His Only Begotten Son as the son of Miryam to reform Judaism (Matthew 15:24) and rekindle the love of HaShem that underscores proper Torah observance.
Yochanan and Y'shua offered the Theocratic Kingdom to the world.
Not everyone accepted the reforms of Y'shua but many did, both among the Jews and Gentiles. When it became certain that the elders of Israel were not going to embrace the Jewish Nazarene Way HaShem turned to the Goyim:HNV: Acts 13:46 Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba [Paul and Barnabas] spoke out boldly, and said, "It was necessary that God's word should be spoken to you [the Jews] first. Since indeed you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Goyim.
As we will discuss a bit later in this study, by the third century C.E. the Gentile inclusive Jewish Way movement of Adon Y'shua was undermined by the growing Nicolaitan Heresy. As confirmed in the New Testament itself at various places, Y'shua's reforms and teachings were contaminated by Roman Paganism and other anomos (anti-Torah) doctrines (including Gnosticism). Despite this growing apostasy the true Believers sought to maintain their connection to Y'shua as the netser, the Nazarene or Branch to God.
Due to dis-education and widespread illiteracy the Believers were as sheep being led astray by false teachings. As non-Jews attained positions of leadership within the Way Movement non-biblical doctrines were introduced such as the dogma of the deity of Y'shua and the Trinity doctrine that directly rejects the very Oneness of HaShem, which the Echad Elohiym proclaimed so strongly in His Torah:Deuteronomy 6:4 Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad:
"Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One."
HaShem is the Echad Elohiym. The is the central message of the Bible. He is One and has no second (nor third).
The Kingdom of Heaven Breaking Forth
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was Yochanan.
This of course was Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) who came to point the way to Adon Y'shua as King of the Jews and to encourage the people to repent as discussed in part 6 so the Kingdom would be established. John was the haporetz or "breaker" in the following prophetic passage:KJV: Micah 2:13 The breaker [haporetz] is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.
This is the significance of the analogies to Y'shua as the Good Shepherd. At night first century shepherds built temporary enclosures around their sheep. In the morning the "breakers" would tear down sections of the walls so the sheep could go back out to graze. Understanding this this verses reveals a lot of information.KJV: Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence [blazo], and the violent [biastes] take it by force.
11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias [Elijah], which was for to come.
11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The phrase in verse 12 "suffers violence" in the King James Version is a translation of the Greek word blazo and is not really a very good one. The word is more accurately translated as "forcefully advancing" in standard Koine Greek which makes more sense contextually.
From the beginning and through the ministries of the prophets the Kingdom of God has been being prepared, it has been advancing. The prophets reveal how God has been leading His people and the world into preparedness for the coming Kingdom.
Then came Yochanan, the last of the traditional Hebrew prophets, and the Kingdom, which had been "forcefully advancing," broke forth as the time for the Kingdom had finally arrived.
As explained before, there is good reason to believe the books of the New Testament were originally written in Hebrew but even if not we must agree that the Greek text is discussing Hebrew ideas (such as the Kingdom, an idea alien to Greek thought). It is therefore noteworthy that in the Greek Septuagint translation of the Tanakh this word blazo is sometimes used to translate the Hebrew word paratz which means "to burst forth" or "to break free."
The word translated as "the violent" [take it by force] is biastes which is a noun and derives from the same source as blazo, it means "the breakers" or those who break out, who make it possible to break forth from confines.
This makes this verse in Matthew 11 a clear reference to Micah's prophecy (at 2:13).
Knowing this we can see that a proper original version of this verse could well be (likely is):11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been advancing, and now the breaker [haporetz: i.e. Yochanan] has forcefully torn down the wall.
Hence none of the former prophets were are mighty as Yochanan. As Micah foretold, Yochanan broke down the remaining barriers, giving the sheep [Am Israel] the option to enter the Theocratic Kingdom of HaShem and His Anointed Mashiach. Let's look at that verse again:KJV: Micah 2:13 The breaker [haporetz] is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.
Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) appeared as the "breaker" before the Jewish people (the sheep) and broke down the walls between them and the Kingdom as a shepherd breaks down the nighttime enclosures. Yochanan pointed to the gate (John 10:7 Then said Y'shua unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep) and invited them to pass through into the kingdom of Y'shua HaMashiach while Adonai watched the situation as head of the Kingdom. At that time He was prepared to grant the kingdom if the people were prepared to enter through the gate.
Had the elders of Israel done so Y'shua would have established the Kingdom and taken upon himself the mantle of Mashiach at that time (Psalms 110). Since they rejected the Kingdom this prophetic passage remains unfulfilled at this point.
From this description it is obvious that HaShem is the head of the Kingdom, the Sovereign over all, that Y'shua is His Anointed and that Yochanan was the foretold "Breaker."
The Light of the World
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Yochanan bore witness to the Light of God's Torah and urged the people to return to proper Torah observance and to accept Y'shua as Cohen Gadol (our mediator with HaShem) and Mashiach (Matthew 3:1,2)
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
As discussed before Yochanan the Immerser was an Essene: a member of the devout sect of Torah observant Jews who broke off from the P'rushim (Pharisees) circa 103 B.C.E. following the Alexander Jannaeus affair. Yochanan was a holy prophet of HaShem. He bore witness that the Echad Elohiym was about to manifest His Light, His Torah, to the world as never before in the person of His dear Son Y'shua the Nazarene (Y'shua the Branch: Mashiach).
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Again, the Torah is the Light given to every human, to every creature, that comes into the worlds (Psalm 119:105) and that Light is the Only Begotten Son (Colossians 1:15) who became Y'shua, the son of Miryam and Yosef and cousin of Yochanan the Essene.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Now Yochanan reveals something vital! Like Paul in Colossians one Yochanan says that Y'shua was "in the world" as the Light of Heavenly Torah (the Word: logos or miltha) before his physical advent! Yochanan now explains that the Torah (NOT God) had been made flesh (see verse 14 below) and that everything that exists was made through the Word (Torah: logos or miltha) who had now been made flesh in the person of Y'shua ben Miryam!
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Scripture confirms this:KJV: Matthew 15:24 But he [ie Y'shua] answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
In the person of Y'shua the Light of heavenly Torah entered the world in human form! Most Nicene Christians say Y'shua was the Word however few truly understand the immensity of this claim. Adon Y'shua the Nazarene is the very image or reflection -- the eiko -- of HaShem's eternal Torah! No wonder he could say:KJV: John 14:9 ... he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
14:10 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.
Adon Y'shua is the Only begotten Son, the very embodiment of Torah! He is the perfect reflection of HaShem's Truth and Will. When Y'shua speaks his words are Torah! He is the Torah of HaShem. No one else can make such a claim.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Adon Y'shua manifested the Torah or Light of HaShem to the Jews first ('...but his own received him not') and then to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). To all who accept that Light, the Torah, HaShem through Y'shua grants the power to arise as His sons and daughters as stated in the 82nd Psalm (also compare John 10:34). . HaShem is now preparing his servants for the establishment of the coming Messianic Kingdom where Y'shua will rule as HaMashiach: King of Israel and overlord of the earth.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Throughout recorded history humanity has continued its part in the interdimensional rebellion against HaShem's authority. I discuss this rebellion elsewhere in some detail. It is very relevant as the rebellion is the reason Y'shua came, however it is a rather involved topic. For now, suffice it to say we humans are the legal exhibits being employed to established God's glory and beneficence towards all of creation.
Adon Y'shua, the first born of all creation, was sent by HaShem to lead those who would accept his summons back into full fellowship with Adonai. He came as Cohen Gadol to establish we sons and daughters of God in our rightful place as described Psalms 82 to the glory of God.
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.
The point is further clarified here. The eternal Torah was manifested in human form as Y'shua, the first created being of HaShem and the only being created by Him without Y'shua as mediator.
Adon Y'shua is not the Echad Elohiym and yet no other creature can compare to him.
Finishing up now with our consideration of Colossians One:Colossians 1:16: Y'shua was the firstborn of all creation, the prototype of all that followed. This includes not only things of the earth, the material manifestation, but also of all things in Heaven, the Ouranos or spirit realms. Nothing existed prior to Y'shua (other than the Echad Elohiym of course) and nothing exists apart from Him.
Note that "all things were created by him, and for him." The biblical presentation is hierarchical. We can more fully understand this verse if we again consider the following:KJV: 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept....
15:24 Then cometh the end, when he [i.e. Y'shua] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
15:25 For he [ie Y'shua] must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him [i.e. under HaShem], it is manifest that he [ie Y'shua] is excepted, which did put all things under him [i.e. under the father].
15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him [i.e. Y'shua], then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him [i.e. HaShem] that put all things under him, that God [theos or HaShem as Ein Soph] may be all in all [i.e. as the I AM].
This is the biblical hierarchy. Y'shua is the firstborn of all creation. During the final seven years of the age (and perfected during the thousand year theocratic kingdom that will follow the War of Armageddon) all things will become subject to Y'shua HaMashiach as he sits upon the Throne of David (Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 110) and rules the earth. At the conclusion of the thousand year Theocratic Kingdom the war of Gog of Magog will take place. Once that war is concluded Adon Y'shua himself, having placed everything under his own harmonious authority (after all human consciousness has attained absolute harmony with his will), will then submit himself (his cumulative harmonization as global Cohen Gadol) and everything he has to HaShem. All existence will then be in perfect harmony with HaShem's will and hence Adonai will be in (resume) His eternal state as En Soph. In this way the Rebellion will be resolved and there will only be Ein-Soph! Pure harmonious existence.
Colossians 1:17: Adon Y'shua is therefore already the head of everything, but there remains the matter of Heylel's (the Luciferian) rebellion to be resolved.
1:18: As Cohen Gadol Y'shua is already the head of the Church/Way (those who accept his rule) as our mediator/intercessor/high priest with HaShem. In the future Y'shua will take up his rule as Mashiach and the whole world will voluntarily bow to his lordship and authority (Zechariah 8:20-23). Gradually all the world will come into harmony with "the Mind of Christ/the Anointing." Remember that christ means anointed. In the future, in the Olam Haba, we will all realize our potentials as the anointed children of Adonai and we will all live in perfect harmony and bliss with En Soph!
1:19: "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." See this? It pleased the Father (HaShem), that Adon Y'shua (His Son, our elder brother: Hebrews 2:11) should serve Him in this role, that in him the fullness of God's Will: His Torah or Word, should dwell bodily.
In this section of the study we are looking at two related issues, the nature of Adon Y'shua (and whether or not he is Echad Elohiym as taught by Nicene Christianity) and also at our role as his Nazarene talmidim. Here we see that Adonai was pleased with Y'shua's service and that we, like him, are to serve our Father by attaining harmony with Him through Y'shua. There is so much in this chapter of Colossians!
This is the meaning of the following often cited verse:Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And again:John 14:9 Y'shua 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?
14:10 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.
Everything Y'shua does, his every thought, word and deed, is in perfect harmony with that of the Father. As our Elder Brother (Hebrews 2:11) Y'shua is the example we should follow if we wish to attain harmony with the Father as well and arise as elohiym, sons and daughters of the Most High (Psalms 82). This is the testimony of John 14:10.
Adon Y'shua utterly serves the Father in perfect harmony. This is our destiny:John 17:11 And now I [Y'shua] am no more in the world, but these [i.e. us] are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Colossians 1:20: The world has already been reconciled to HaShem through Y'shua. This reconciliation was completed at Calvary, however the Luciferian rebellion will continue until the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24), the Man of Sin is revealed (II Thessalonians 2:3) and destroyed, and the Theocratic Kingdom is inaugurated "on earth as it is in Heaven." I discuss this in more detail in other studies on my prophecy site and in depth in my verse by verse commentary on the Revelation of Y'shua.
The point here is that Adon Y'shua is the Pure Reflection of HaShem's Torah, he is our exemplar, our high priest, our mediator with God, our elder brother and our Way to the Father. Y'shua ben Miryam was tempted in all ways like us -- he understands what its like to be tempted, afraid, uncertain... -- but without succumbing to sin (Hebrews 4:15).
When asked by his talmidim for instruction on proper prayer Y'shua began by saying:KJV: Luke 11:2 ...When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
HaShem is to be regarded as "Our Father." He is the Father of Y'shua and He is our Father as well. As Nazarenes the desire of our hearts should be that His Kingdom be established and that we be found worthy princes and princesses, children of the King and heirs of the Kingdom.
Over and over again throughout his recorded ministry Adon Y'shua stressed that he is the obedient Son of Our Father, not His equal.
Y'shua's most common form of address for Adonai was "Father." He used this familiar form of address for the Pater or Abba (Father) to acknowledge his closeness and harmony with HaShem and to encourage us to develop that same relationship with the Father as obedient, loving sons and daughters. This is confirmed here:KJV: John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me...
10:30 I and my Father are one.
10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Those who embrace Nicolaitan beliefs often use this as a "proof text" to show that the rabbis understood Y'shua to be claiming divinity. Note however that Y'shua says throughout that he has shown them signs "from my father," plainly acknowledging the works were not his but God's. Nothing in his remarks even suggested that he considered such a blasphemous notion. Nicene Christians always seem to stop with verse 33. When we continue reading this passage however we see clearly that not only is this groundless as a proof text, but it even refutes the doctrine of his deity!
Continuing,KJV: John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
What is Y'shua referring to here? The only possible reference in scripture for this is the 82nd Psalm.KJV: Psalms 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph. God [elohiym] standeth in the congregation of the mighty [el]; he judgeth among the gods [elohiym].
82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
82:6 I have said, Ye are gods [elohiym]; and all of you are children [ben] of the most High [elyon].
82:7 But ye shall die like men [adam], and fall like one of the princes [sar].
82:8 Arise, O God [elohiym], judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
We are the Sons and Daughters of El Elyon
HaShem is Elyon (verse 6: the High God), the God of Israel. He alone is El Elyon, God the Most High.
As our Father is Echad Elohiym (One God), we His offspring are therefore elohiym (gods) because all beings produce offspring according to their kind (Genesis 1:11, 25, 6:20 etc.). HaShem rules over His children, the elohiym, as lesser gods (hence again free will is so very essential to comprehend). Among these lesser gods are the assembly of the mighty ones (those who are in control in the affairs of humanity). Adonai, the Echad Elohiym judges the elohiym, He gauges our advancement, He watches our actions and His desire is for us to arise to our birthrights as His children, to our potentials as his representatives! He cries out "Arise oh God! rule the earth!" (verse 8).
Adon Y'shua was a fully realized elohiym, the perfect Son of the Echad Elohiym. To say Y'shua was "a god" as in the New World Translation Bible of the Watchtower Society is misleading due to the connotations implicit in the language. God is One and there are no other gods in that context. The truth is however, we are all sons and daughters of God, we are all the elohiym of the Echad Elohiym and HaShem invites us into Harmony even as Y'shua was One with the Father (John 17:11).
Adon Y'shua then is making the clear statement that he should not be condemned for obeying Torah and living as a Son of God. It is the birthright of all human beings.
Adon Y'shua Never Claimed Equality with God
The opposite was the case.
This theme continues throughout the B'rit Hadashah as Y'shua makes it clear that HaShem is the Father and that he is His eternally obedient Son. Here's a few examples. Many many more could be cited:KJV:
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mark 15:34 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?
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
John 2:16 And said unto them... make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
John 5:19 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.
John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth...
John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
John 10:18 ... I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
John 12:26 ... if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
John 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
John 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
John 14:28 ...I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love
John 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
John 20:17 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 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Acts 8:37 ...And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ...
I Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
I Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
I Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him [Y'shua], then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands... now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I Peter 3:22 Who [Y'shua] is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
In Part 8 we will look at the Bible and its order of authority.
Our Study of the Way of Y'shua Continues in Part Eight
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