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Jesus will be returning to the Earth. 

The reality of our King Jesus coming back to the earth in a flesh in blood reality  is somthing held by all orthodox churches across all differing denominations. The reality of his Bodily coming to the earth is an essential maintained since the beginnig. “This hope was an essential element of the “rule of faith”, as Irenaeus attested to the belief of the church in christ’s future “manifestaion from heaven in the glory of the Father.” (Irenaeus -against heresies,1.10.1 in ANF, 1:330 and Historical theology -gregg allison). This is a truth that all true churches enjoy together.

But there is much disagreement on how we see the scriptures describing what the season will look like concerning what the bible describes as “ The day of the Lord”. A Day that not only has within its scope His coming to earth, but also how He brings very real and disaterous judgments to the nations of the earth because of their wayward,unjust, cruel, idolitrous and sensuel practices, and a culture that is  promoted as virtuous at the end of the age. This paper is a detailed position of my biblical world view, based on my study of the Word of God and my dialogue with those within the community of the faith. In this paper I will communicate why I believe that, contrary to other positions, I believe the church of God will not be taken from the earth before the last hour, but  will remain and endure as not only a city on a hill and a light on a lampstand, but will be a source of torment and judgment to those who are perising and have choosen the way of cain.

”[being] not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God”. “To the one [those who are perishing]we are the aroma of death leading to death(phil1:282 Cor2:16,). 

I believe there is purpose not only for the church affecting the world around her, but for the world around her to be used in perfecting the future Bride of Christ, who for two millenia has had bridal preperations by the Holy Spirit, to make her ready for the greatist moment in human history, the wedding of the Lamb.

When He comes is where we disagree

Though we agree that He is coming back to the earth, there is much disagreement on how or when He will return. I am going to focus on a school of thought called premillenism and the 4” sub groups that fall under it. All of these camps believe the bible speaks of a period in history known as “the great tribulation” which is said to be 7 years long. The idea of the great tribulation is only adimently shared by those who hold to a premillenial view. This is taught to be the worst period of human history that the earth has ever seen. During this time there will be a man who will rise to power over basically the whole earth, and will persecute the saints of God, imposing that everyone worship him as god. We as premillenials believe that Jesus is going to come back to the earth around this 7 year period. There are 4 differening views about when He will come. The first is Pre-trubulational. This is the view that Jesus will come to “catch up” His church before the great tribulation. The second view is a Mid- tribulational view, which states that christ will rapture His church in the middle of this Tribulation. The third is called the Pre-wrath position, which, in variations, hold that Jesus will come sometime between the middle and the end, right before God pours out His wrath on the earth to its fullness. And the fourth is called the Post- trib view, which, you may have guessed it, believes that He will come at the very very end. There are scholars on all different sides of the spectrum, which has really led me to an understanding that a scholar does not nessisarily keep the scorecard or edge on docrinal authority. I believe that while we are called to “study to show ourselves approved”(2 Tim 2:15), in the midst of scores of different doctrines, we must remember that our teacher of the truths of God is the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things (1 John 2:27), and that we must not seek to wholly lead on the learned and those who hold positions of authority, but like the Beareans, searched the Scriptures daily in community, to find out whether the things that paul (both scholar and apostle) taught were really true.

I believe in the Physical, literal and visible coming of Jesus of Nazerath, who is Gods messiah that was sent to the Earth, the earth that He Himself created, will inagurate the  end of this present evil age and give way to the age to come, and age which He will personally rule over all the nations that survive. Just as His disciples and followers saw Jesus physically ascend into the literal heavens, the angels that stood with them made clear that He would come back in the same way saying: “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”(acts1:11) 

Jesus also made it apparent that “as lighning flashes from the east to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”(Matt 24:27). He is painting a picture that His coming will be seen by everyone, and that it will not be seen by only an elect few. The apostle john also speaks of His coming as “ coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.”(rev1:7). This is heard by the lips of Jesus Himself who stated “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”(matt 24:30)

I do not believe in the “any-moment” rapture theory, which teaches that Jesus will come for His church “any-time”, with no indication or sign that His coming is near. In light of this idea though, I do believe we should as christians live as though we are living on borrowed time because “knowing the time, that now it is high time [that our appointment with Him personally is very near] to awake out of sleep [the course of our old way of life which is patterned after this present age]; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.(rom 13:11). We are called by our Lord to look for Him at His coming in the midst of a world system that will hate us. We are not promised to be taken out of this world, but to be protected from the evil one in it. ”I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.(john 17:15) This may have been a direct thought of Jesus concerning the church who would face the anti-christ’s regime in the end.

The passages of scripture that led me to the conclusion against the “any momentism” view, is found in the book of Mark, 1st Corinthians, and 1&2 Thessalonians. I hold to at least 4 things that must take place before His Coming for the church.

1)The Gospel must be preached to all nations. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”(Matthew 24:14) How much plainer then this can jesus get?!

The great falling away.” Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (His coming and our gathering together unto Him) will not come unless the falling away comes first…”(2 Thess 2:3 )

The Anti-Christ revealed. “and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” [who is the anti-christ]”(2 thess 2:3)

The sounding of the seventh (last) Trumpet.” in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.(1 corinthians 15:52) “ For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”(1 thess 4:16). “ Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev 11:15).

I believe to say the Lord will come before at least these 4 things happen is very misleading and totally not in accord with my view of clear scripture. He gave us these signs (and more)  to show the time of His coming is near. These things were given for the benifit of the church who would remain on the earth to witness the “great and terrible Day of the Lord”.

I do not believe that this will be a quiet or secret coming as some say. It is very apparent that the idea of every tribe seeing Him coming from the sky, and mourning because of what they are seeing, is hardly secret. “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.” (rev1:7). 1 thess 4:16 describes His coming as Jesus Himself “descending from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God”, of which rev.billy bob bolin states that “paul does not convey a clandestine hushed experience, but an earsplitting ruckus” (bill bolin, end-game, 2012)

2 peter 3 describes the Lords personal appearing, which in greek is called “parusia”, as being a cataclismic event in which “ the heavens and earth will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” This is in reference to Him coming like “a theif”, an idea that those who hold to a “secret rapture” hold as a key idea to Jesus “slipping in and slipping out as a theif would.” A shout? A great noise? Every eye observing? Every tribe mourning? Hardly anything short of a public great and terrible day.

But there are some, who try and make distinctions between the rapture and the second coming. One method of this is through the 6 greek words that are rendered “Coming, appearing, revealing, Manifesting,ect”. But a detailed study would show these words are used interchangably and do not convey a cut and dry differing reality concerning Christs Return to Earth. they are differing shades of meaning describing the same event. The two words “Parusia and apokolipsis” for example are proported to be describing two different events. Paursia, the secret rapture, and apokolipsis, His visible second coming for all to see. An example of how short this equation holds up is found in 2 peter 3 where the promise of His Parusia (coming), will be accompanied with the heavens and earth passing away with a great noise, while 1 cor 1:7 exhorts christians to wait for the apokolipsis (revelation) of Jesus Christ.

We are to told to Watch and be prepared for His coming.

Jesus repeatedly told us to watch for His coming. In fact the theme of watching

for His return is a threaded theme which is stressed over 10 times. If we are not watching or waiting for Him and His return, we are not prepared or making preperations for the most important moment of our lives. But an important verse that others may not make much of is who Jesus tells to watch. It is not only His own disciples that He tells to watch, but to everyone.

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—  lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (mark 13:37)

Jesus warned not only for His disciples to watch, but for everyone who would have ears to hear. Because His coming was not to be a secret one exclusive for His people only, but rather a world wide event for both christians and non-christians He in essence was saying: “spread the word! I will return. Let this be in your message to all the world.” Believers should always live with expectancy in their heart to His coming in their lifetime. I believe every believer will see the Lord in their life time whether “ in the sky” or “ when they die”. There should never be the lifestyle or value system where we are not looking for our Master. James describes this kind of culture in very practical every day terms that frankly many people would like to cut out of the scriptures. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”…..whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.” (Jas 4:13)

A Major conversation and doctrine among the church.

This reality of Jesus returning to the earth and the age to come was not some pheriphrial side doctrine like tithing, (of which in my opinion we see very little in apostolic message compared to today being one of the cardinal doctrines in alot of churches, and also in my opinion is distiguished between New testement giving) but is evidenced as a “Major doctrine and conversation” between Jesus and His disciples, the Apostles themselves after Jesus had ascended, the early church, and really in most recent history. We see the writer in Hebrews 2:5 speaks about the world to come, which Jesus will bring with His coming. It is described as something “of which we speak”. The “we” is not only what the church members in general happened to be talking about in that given season, but actually the apostolic message itself, the faith that was once for all delievered to the saints (jude1:3).

Gods Wrath and Tribulation not the same. 

While we know well the scriptures that speak of christians as not being appointed to wrath (1 thess 5:9) and that we are exhorted to “to wait for His Son (Jesus) from heaven….who delivers us from the wrath to come”, many seem to mix the idea of wrath and tribulation together. Those who protest to the idea of the church remaining through the great tribulation echo the idea that if christians are here on the earth, during the great tribulation, then they too will share in the wrath of God, which is explicitly against, at the least, the verses above.  While I agree with the point that christians will not be the targets of Gods percise aimed and controlled wrath (there are no bi-standers who accendely get “hit” in the line of Gods fire), there are passages that cause this premise for an absent church during the great tribulation to faulter.

One is that I do not believe that the word tribulation equals the word wrath.  We are not destined for wrath…..but we are destined for tribulation. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation…”(John16:33). This is a tribulation (which means trouble) that comes from soceity because we are christians, and seeing that the world hates Christ, it naturally follows that we also shall be hated because of His righteousness. It also comes from the effects of Gods temporal (as opposed to eternal) judgments on the earth. As God raises the pressure on the earth to get people to repent and look to Him, it becomes a trouble to live in a geographical area that God has struck with circumstances that are the opposite and absence of what we would call His “blessing”. It can also be a great trouble to see a world that has been given over to its own sinful desires, which is also a form of judgment (rom 1:18-28).  But something to ponder: Can Gods people get hit by Gods judgments? Why does God call His people to leave a geographical area (wherever Babylon is located), lest they share in the judgments of destruction that is to be poured out on Babylon? While I believe that Babylon represents a spiritual system, I also believe this is geographical in nature, otherwise if it was strickly spiritual, how could they be called “His people” who are “ in Babylon”, while His people are “ in the world and not of it? This could be a call to repentance for those who are in sin or engaging in a sinful practice, but one could say “ they have not yet shared in Babylons sins but are on the verge of it.” So then if Babylon is strickly spiritual, you might think that that would be the sin itself;to just be in her. This leads me to think it may also be a future geographical reality that forces its residents to sin against God, and hence a call for Gods people to cut off the right hand so to speak, that could cause them to sin, and thus be subjects of Gods judgments.

Another is the concept of God’s protection over His own people from His wrath. In Zephaniah 2:3, the prophet tells the people to “Seek righteousness and humility because God may hide us in the day of His judgments.” Goshen is an example of a geographic area that was protected from God’s wrath during the plagues on Egypt in the days of Moses (Ex. 9:26, 10:23). We also read in Isaiah 26:20  “Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.” Reading this passage in the full context cannot hardly seem to describe anything else but Gods people being protected by Gods wrath, which interestinly enough, it also seems to hint around the resurrection of the dead.

The Great falling away

I believe that part of the falling away is actually going to be in a small or great way tied to….. not only real believers falling for lying signs and wonders because somewhere they choose to not love the truth (2 Thess 2:11) , but also because they become offended at Jesus. Many believers will abandon their once loved faith in Jesus. I believe the doctrine of imminence will help contribute to this, especially in the west. Those who believe the Lord will Rapture the Church before the Great Persecution will be more open to being offended…..because they have their heart set, not on enduring till the end, but escaping it. Why would He give us, the 21 century church the book of Revelation if we are not going see what is written in its pages? I believe to prepare us that we might be those who know what God is doing and not be offended….but rather be bold. Corrie Ten Boom wrote a powerful article on this very subject:

“In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution.  Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly, “We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution, rather than telling them Jesus would come first. Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, how to stand when the tribulation comes, – to stand and not faint.”

I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.

We are next.” (Corrie Ten Boom – 1974)

I believe the Rapture in the first resurrection are the same thing.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thess. 4:16) For a Pre- millenialist, there are two resurrections. The first one is synonymous with His coming to the earth agian. One coming; one resurrection of the saints. The Rapture includes both dead and living saints, of which the dead rise first. We see this resurrection also described in Revelation 20:4-6 “they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” The second resurrection will take place after the 1000 year reign of christ on the earth. But we know that this will not be when those who are in chirst will rise, because “the dead in christ will rise first” at His parusia. The living will not be raptured before the dead in Christ are raised from the dead. And we can see that many believers will face the beast and his persecution against the church in the great tribulation.

“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir,  you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev7:13)

The church will be on the earth during the reign of the beast as a  witness to Jesus and for the word of God, many of which will face martyrdom. “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev20:4) Those who died during the reign of the beast and did not deny the Lord, is it not clear in scripture that they are apart of the first resurrection (which is really the same thing as the Rapture).

So what am I saying?

Every Believer is told to watch and pray, letting Jesus be our focus in life……looking forward to His Return in which He will save us and restore all things, but that we will “endure till the end” that we might be saved.(Matt10:22,Matt 24:13) This will be a common conversation among believers especially when the beast is allowed to take over and it is illegal to be a christian world wide.

“He (the anti-christ) shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints (us) of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints (us) shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” (3 1/2 years)(Daniel 7:25)

“And he (the beast)was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months(3 1/2 years). Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If anyone has an ear, let him hear.  He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev 13:5)

Jesus the God-Man

The great mystery, the great need

(semi bunny trail from the main topic) Since the Fall of Adam and Eve, God has promised a Savior to come and rid the creation of the Serpent, who, through his subtililty, was the first to create something God could never do: a lie.In reality this lie was only a perversion of the true reality. This could be properly called “ the mystery of lawlessness”. How can a perversion exist in a perfect creation? The essence of God, Who is perfect in all His ways, in all that He does, created an expression of what was in His heart. We call this the created universe.

We know that within God Himself, there is nothing that opposes Himself. Yet, He created other beings that have, within themselves the ability to either agree with Him, and continue in the reality of perfection, or deviate and pervert perfection : to go their own way. There are only two ways.

  1. Gods way. This is the way of perfection, the Highest ideal that can be realized.
  2. Not Gods way. (our own way without Him). Even if this is 1 degree shy of His way, in light of eternity, it is a million miles away from His way.

The church has always insisted that it was necessary for Him to be fully God and fully Man if He was to accomplish salvation for all of humanity and bring us back into perfect union with Him and His way.

A brief history of christology-

It was actually wrong views of Christ and His nature that prompted the early church to search out the depths in understanding just how much God and how much Man Jesus really was. You may ask why is it important to know these details? Why not just read the bible and pray? While that sounds good and noble (and it is true), we cannot stop there. It is in community that we must do theology. We are all theologians. Do you think about God, or have thoughts about Him? That makes you a theologian. Are their certain things you believe about God? That is your theology. Theology is simply “ the study of God”. When we do theology by ourselves this is a dangerous thing, because we know in part, and often the standards we hold by ourselves lead to a biased off balanced view of God. We commune with the Holy Spirit not just in our personal devotional life, but also in community. God made it this way on purpose. This is how I see what happened in the whole christological debate/development. Iron sharpening iron. We cannot just have our bible and our own custom view of it. The truth is, every good heresy comes from the bible. One of the main heresies that emerged was based on scripture. It was called Arianism, which we will discuss in a little bit.

The Duel nature as son of David and Davids Lord

Jesus made a profound statement to the Pharisees when He asked them what they thought about the Christ, and who’s Son they thought He was descendent of.

“While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’?

If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”

Another very interesting attribution for Jesus is “the root and offspring of David”(Rev 22:16). How could He be both the “root” and “offspring”?

The Root: This speaks of His divinity. He is the one who created and sustained not only King David (king of Israel), but all of Israel. The foundation of any earthy kingdom of God in the earth is laid by God Himself. All earthy kingdoms that originate from fallen man rises and falls, but God has promised that there will never lack a man to sit on Davids throne. The one who made this promise is Christ Himself.

The offspring: Just as God made an unconditional covenant with Abraham, which signified that God was the One who would keep both sides of the conditions, and therefore it could never be broken, the promise of an everlasting Kingdom from the loins of David was also unconditional, because God the Son Himself would take the throne, and keep all the necessary requirements to carry out the righteous will of the God-head, and thus His kingdom would prosper unto eternity in the hand of the God-Man.

Why is it important to accept Him as God and man

The whole point is declaring a Christ that can accomplish salvation for all humanity. If He was not all that we are , and all that God is, this cannot be accomplished.

”No one can pay [this satisfaction] of restoring God His honor which was robbed in our sin, except God, and no one ought to pay except a man: it is necessary that a God-man should pay it”(Anselm).

“That which He has not assumed, He has not healed, but that which is united to his deity is also saved”- Gregory of Nazianzus

If Jesus assumed only part of what we are, only that part of us could be saved.

” He is God, but God in such a manner as to be the Son, not the Father” (Novation).

He was always God the Son, even before He became a Man, yet He is uncreated as much as the Father and the Spirit is.

His divinity and humanity

The virgin birth – He was not born of human origin, but was conceived by the Holy Spirit

The Logos (Word of God) – His pre-existant life before being born on earth.Before He was a Man, He existed, and always existed. He is the Eternal Word of God. He is the uncreated God. He became incarnate, which means taking on flesh.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John1:1

And the Word became 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,

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;Colossians 2:9

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:7-8

Son of King David yet Davids Lord and King : A great Paradox – “He appeared as one of the sheep, yet He remained the Shepherd.”(melito of Sardis)

He was worshipped – something only reserved for God alone.

And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,(-Luke 24:52)

Prayers are directed to Him

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Heresies

Docetism: Just a spirit – from the greek “to seem or to appear”. Jesus only seemed like a man, and was only a sprit beingJohn addressed this in 1 john 4:1-3. This belief was part and parcel with Gnosticism.It Came with the view of Physical reality was inherently evil. The idea of the Son of God becoming flesh was something they could not accept. God being spirit who is good, could not become flesh, which is physical, and thus bad.

Ebionism: Just a Man – (the poor ones) – A Jewish group that probably insisted on voluntary poverty, believed that jesus was Just a man upon whom the Spirit of God worked mightily. Ireneaus wrote “ how can they be saved unless it was God who worked out their salvation upon the earth? Or how shall man pass into God, unless God has first passed into man?” He also wrote”For no one can forgive sins but God alone, while the Lord forgave them…..it is clear that He was Himself the Word of God mad the Son of Man.

Arianism :just a super god-like creature – the founder Arius believed that God was only one Person , and could not share His being with another. This eternal and unbegotten God created a Son; thus making the Son as a created being. He was a creature, but not like other creatures. It was through His Son that God created all things. He is called Only- Begotten because the father alone created Him, and only created Him like Him. He taught that He was not the same substance (homoousios) but rather similar substance (heteroousios)

There was a time the Son did not exist.”…he did not exist before his generation”.

…’Not eternal or co-eternal or co-unoriginate with the Father”.

His Biblical support –

  1. Created Being -“Firstborn of all creation” col 1:15
  2. Jesus prayer to the Father, admitting there is only one God and Jesus is not He…. “may know you, the only true God” John17:3
  3. Jesus said the Father was greater than himself (john 14:28)
  4. Jesus lacking perfect omniscience: not knowing His return, thus showing he is not God (mark13:32)

Sabellianism or Modalism: God wearing 3 different hats – The Father and Son and Spirit are just names for the One God who revealed Himself in different ways (modes) under those names. One God manifesting Himself in 3 different Modes.

Apollinarianism: GOD IN A BOD – The idea that the Word became united with a human body only. He was referred to as “the flesh-bearing God”. The human nature he taught was that it consisted of only a human body but not a human soul. His soul was replaced with the divine word. In other words He was not an ordinary human being. His Christ could only bring partial salvation.

Nestoriansim:two persons in one body – From the patriarc of Constantiople. The idea that there were two different persons working together within Jesus Christ.

Monophysitism or Eutychianism: A HUMINE(Human-divine) – Named after a monk named Eutychus. Christ possessing only one nature. His belief that before the incarnation, the divine and human nature of Christ existed, but after this union, Jesus Christ only possessed one nature. This new nature was completely different then all other men, making his nature not the same as the rest of humanity. The idea was He possessed a hybrid nature, on of a divine – human nature mixture.

2 natures in one person: The Hypostatic union

In the end the Church came up with an understanding that to this day is what every true christian church holds as being orthodox (right belief). The English adjective hypostatic comes from the Greek word hupostasis. The word only appears four times in the New Testament—maybe most memorably in Hebrews 1:3, where Jesus is said to be “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.”(desiring god ministires) Greek hupo-, “under” + Greek stasis, “standing” = “underlying reality” or “essence”.

Hypostatic Union

  1. Fully God– He is God 100%. Not like God, or mostly God, but fully God
  2. Fully Man – 100% Man. As much of a man as you and me, yet without sin. We must remember it is not sin that defines what a human is, this is actually an aberration from what Man was designed to be. The have sin is to really be un-human.
  3. two natures-Two natures without mixture, confusion or being changed. Not a divine nature becoming a human nature, or vice-versa, nor the two infinitely different natures joining together. “This understanding is often referred to as a dyophysite (two natures) understanding of the Union while those maintaining that the person of Christ is made up of a single nature hold to what is termed monophysitism.” (-credo house ministries )
  4. One person – He has only one mind, heart, soul, spirit. He does not have a double personality, but what makes a person, He is only One. His One person has two natures.

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind

This is a paper I wrote about fighting against sexual immorality in light of Jehu the King……check it out : )

Click on the link in blue that says “Zeal for Purity” below to read……

Zeal for purity


Greetings.

This is a little song God gave me about Jesus and how He stooped down to become one of us……because of love.

thoughts on the words……….

“God so loved the world…..that He became a Man…….that He was born a Baby”

Amazing that God would love those who hate, steal, lie, and all the above. Knowing He is our only answer and we are lost without Him…….He not only shared in our like nature……but went through the whole process we do…….being born. Coming out of the birth canal ……slimy and totally dependent on his parents for everything! The very ones He thought of and imagined to create. He lived before mary and joseph ever did.

“But who will come to worship Him…..who will come to honor this great King……who left His throne in heaven”

Who was there among the great to worship the One who made the heavens and the earth and all that exists?

Not many were informed…..and those who were:

  1. Herod the king who wanted to kill this innocent Child
  2. Foreigners…..the wise men of the East
  3. Some poor shepherds
  4. Angels

This almost brings me to tears sometimes because He is worthy of every souls devotion.

“Lay your eyes upon Him…..put His tiny hands inside of Yours…..these hands have made the universe”

Come, you who are privileged to know of His humble beginnings and approach the small feeding trough He was laid in. See….its Your creator. Not only Yours, but the moon, stars, the sun…..all the planets. The ocean, mountains….you fill in the blanks. Let your heart marvel at this great mystery. You seem bigger than He is. Put these baby hands in your skilled seasoned hands and all you have accomplished with them……yet remember…it was with these small hands He made the universe.

“God has heard our cry……this Child was born to die”

Don’t lose hope. God has heard your cry for salvation….for healing and delievrance and justice! Rejoice that He truly cares to save us and not leave us on this floating rock called earth without a savior……yet at a cost.

This innocent baby was born to take your place of pain and punishment…..not only yours but your enemies. My heart thinks of this with such bitter sweet moves in my heart. “Oh thank you God for coming to save me…..but you Child will die instead of me? What wrong have you done?”

The answer: Nothing wrong.

“Hear the Angel voices….oh night divine…..the night when Christ was born”

This obviously comes from the amazing song “Holy Night”……which to me is a full fledged worship song! Without fail always bringing tears to my eyes……” What an amazing story, the Savior of the world, born. What a holy night indeed.”

“Bring to Him your gold…..bring to Him your frankincense and myrrh……bring to Him your treasure”

Go ahead and come to your Creator who came down to you in love. Bring to Him your accomplishments and lay them down at His feet…..your frankincense which are your prayers……and your myrrh……all your sorrows……..bring to Him all that is in your heart. He is worth it!!

“Lay your burdens down…..Cast your cares upon this Holy Child…..This King left all to care for you”

What more could this amazing King do to show you His great love…..but to leave the perfect place where there is no suffering or sin, leave His throne and become a Child, to become as a Lamb to take the blame and brunt for our wrongs. He cares enough to come and get beneath you…..to lift you up out of the sinking mess. I feel almost a dare saying” I dare you to take this path of humility and love…..can you serve like this King?”

“Angels come to worship Him……His Angels come to bow……and to bow low…..before the King of Heaven”

These great beings…..of which we know little about….of which one in might could wipe out an army (Isaiah 37:36) come to declare praises and bow not a little before their Creator who became a little lower than they for the suffering of death…..for us.

“These hands have made the universe……and one day they will bear the curse”

He lived His life under the shadow of the cross…..this little Baby, innocent and pure would 33 years later bear the sin of the whole world, its guilt and punishment……and completely dissolve it, bury it……and raise to life along with those who choose to trust only in Him and not in any other.

Question.

Is Jesus a mere story to you, or does the reality of how He left heaven to come into this broken world….for you….move you to tears?

Ask God the Father to reveal this great love of His to you…..ask Him to show you how real this event was and what was going on in His heart toward you for Him to even do this!