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  Who Did Jesus Claim To Be?

Of the three major world religions, each hold a different belief of who they believe Jesus is.  According to the Jewish Talmud, Jesus was a false prophet who deserves to be in a pot of boiling oil in hell.  According to Islam, Jesus was nothing more than a prophet.  According to Christians, most believe Jesus to be God manifest in the flesh.  Perhaps no other figure in history has such a wide varience of what people believe or don't believe about him.

Through study of what Jesus (Yeshua) taught, as recorded by his original disciples, much conflicting information can be set aside, to then have the clearest viewpoint of who Yeshua claimed to be.  Although I didn't recognize his words on the subject before, it is very interesting to revisit words he was reported to have taught to start with - on through the end of the written records of the New Testament by the same witnesses who were charged to carry the gospel message to all nations.  We have the records of prophecy which foretell of the Anointed One who was to come and speak the very words of God that whoever would not hear whatever he had to say would be "cut-off" from the brethren.  We have his words on the subject, we have the words given by the original disciples on the topic, and we also have words from Paul and his disciples - Mark and Luke.  Setting Paul, Luke, Mark and the unknown author of Hebrews aside for the time being, if we pay close attention to prophecy and Yeshua's testimony about himself, and the testimony of his disciples and the voice from Heaven of the Father, we may arrive at the best understanding of who the Bible and Yeshua claimed himself to be.

 

First, did Yeshua (Jesus) ever claim to be God or the Father in Heaven?  Most Christians believe in the Trinity Doctrine, which equates the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be one in purpose, but three Persons of the Godhead - this is a gross over-simplification, but is the general belief of many Christians today.  The Trinity Doctrine traces its roots back to the councils of men in Roman times of the first few centuries of Christianity, but it was not explicit in any prophecy or teaching of God or Christ or any of the original disciples of Yeshua.  Doctrines that have been added by men are not the teachings of God or Christ.

Looking to the source should be the best place to consider such vital information.  The gospel accounts under review indicate that Yeshua was conceived of a virgin and the Holy Spirit - a sign unto itself as to the Devine and human nature of Yeshua, and a common term in the gospels as "the Son of man", and a less used term "the Son of God."  Neither says he was God Himself, but Yeshua did claim to directy speak the very words of God, as Moses also spoke the words of God to Pharoah and Aaron..

The testimony of the gospel by Matthew and John vary somewhat, as John testifies that Yeshua was the Word of God manifest in the flesh - not God manifest in the flesh.  Rather than gloss over the clear words of Yeshua, we need to stop and pause long enough over them to understand and grasp what he actually said.  Along with this distinction is to note the prophecies of Yeshua in the Old Testament - the promised seed of Abraham that would be a blessing to all nations - the descendant of David and Solomon to whom is given to have a kingdom that will be established forever.  An often quoted passage is from Isaiah that says "He will be called Eternal Father", but this doesn't say he is God, but that is what he would be called, and many Christians through the centuries have believed this is who he is - but do they abide in the teachings of Yeshua if they go beyond what he taught on such a critical matter?  The instructions of God to know who speaks His truth is if they teach the same God that Israel and the multitude of nations experienced at Sinai to be as important as keeping any of His commandments and partaking of the Everlasting Covenant that God established that day.  God made the point that He alone is God and that there is no other God besides Him.  The Jews who unjustly condemned Yeshua said he claimed to be equal to God was as false a charge then as it is now.  And if Yeshua never equated himself to be God, why do so many Christians continue in this matter of the once for all delivered faith?

 

As has been shown in my recent book, all the teachings of Yeshua were based upon the Law, Prophets and Psalms.  To say otherwise is to ignore the evidence from the words of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and God (Jehovah) and the Old Testament texts themselves.  To date, I'll have to agree that God does uphold His word higher than any name, and He is not going to go back on His instructions in righteousness or any of His promises to those who seek to worship Him in spirit and truth. Where do we find words from the Bible that equate Yeshua to be God?  To date the only sources I've found are fromPaul and his disciples.  If I'm wrong on this, please do drop me an email with some references so I can see it for myself.

 

Amongst the teachings of Yeshua we can find:

John 7:16,17;  "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."

How could he have claimed to be God if he claimed what he taught was not his own doctrine (teaching), but the teachings are from God? 

 

John 16:28;  "I came forth, and am come from God."

John 8:58;  "Before Abraham was, I am."

John 16:28;  "I came out from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father."

John 2:15;  "Do not make My Fathers house a house of merchandise!" (Speaking of the Temple).

John 2:19;  "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (Speaking of His body).

John 3:13;  "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven."

John 14:1;  "You believe in God, believe also in Me."

John the baptizer, in what he testified of Jesus Christ, said:

John 3:27;  "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

(John 20:28)  Thomas, who upon seeing the risen Lord exclaimed "My Lord and my God!", and Jesus did not correct Thomas for this statement. Instead Jesus blessed him and added "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  

There are many other passages to note, and everyone should be invited to carefully search the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and what Jesus taught.  Jesus brought up the point about the Psalm that declares "ye are gods", but no one dared to answer him.  Also search the Torah and see that God told Moses that he was to be as God to Pharoah and Aaron - because what he said was the very words that God had given him to declare.  If such a thing was said to Moses by God, would it be any less true of the Anointed One of Israel?

Through careful study of the Sermon on the Mount anyone can see that even the Beatitudes are founded upon the very words of God that He blesses those who love Him and wholeheartedly seek to keep His commandments and do His good will indeed.  We can also see that Yeshua taugh to keep even the least of the Commandments of God.  While the Torah is currently under review at this time, it is easy to see why many have had trouble with coming to terms with it because they believed Paul taught that to offend in the least of the Laws of God was equated to be guilty of breaking all the commandments - as Paul then introduced the doctrine that the Law was a curse or that the Law was done away with because it was against Israel and all men who would try to keep the Commandments of God.  But what does the Law actually say?  What principles and commandments should we know from these explicit Commandments of God?  And equally important is to note if God in any place said that these Commandments are to be in effect for only a certain time, or if they are to be in effect forever - that He will not go back on any of the parameters of what He tells to be good or evil, or of His principles of Justice and Mercy.  God has proclamed the end from the beginning, as we can see in His warnings to Israel of what He would do when they turned away from Him and practiced the abominations of the peoples in the land they were about to dispossess.  Through Moses we are also told of "that Prophet" which was to come that all were to hear whatever he said, as his words would be the very words of God Himself speaking to Israel and all nations once more, as well as the signs of what "that prophet" would accomplish (which are also found throughout the Prophets and Psalms).

The Temple was destroyed, just as Yeshua said it would be.  Historical records have shown that the signs of their sacrifices for the sins of Israel were rejected by God since Yeshua was crucified.  The scarlet thread no longer turned white to show God had accepted their sacrifice, and the scape goat returned to Jerusalem, indicating that their sins remained upon them and were not taken away.

Then what of the other major religion that says they believe Yeshua to be a prophet, but nothing more than a prophet?  If they believe he was a prophet, then why don't they believe what he said is true?  Why do they not do "whatever that prophet shall say unto you"?  Are they known for their love of others as taught and exampled by Yeshua?  Some might say that Yeshua said the time had come to sell your coat and buy a sword - but as shown from review of the gospels of Matthew and John being the dependable resource to know what Yeshua DID teach - such a doctrine/teaching cannot be found from Matthew and John - or Peter, James and Jude.

Therefore, be strongly advised to learn of God and know that He is true, but that many have lied in His Name, and many have been ignorant enough about the truth of God so as to have foisted upon the nations books that testify against the very words of God and the Anointed One of Israel.  The time has come that all who seek to save themselves from the coming wrath of God to repent and believe the Son - and to stop believing all those who continue to preach lies and false prophecy in the name of God or Christ. 

 The time has come to spurn lies and repent to believe the plain truth of God as preached by His only begotten Son.