Who Is Jesus Christ?
All things were made by Him. There is simply nothing in creation that this Man didn’t make. Who do you say this is? We say more than a man, and far more than the modern world understands Him to be.
There have been many great men of God down through the ages of time, but there has never been a man quite like this Man. He created the world, and all that there is, yet the world knew Him not. He was the fountain of all good things, and yet He was rejected and despised by those He loved, and came to save. In Romans 5 Paul says,
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Christians throughout the world would say they know who He is, but I wonder, do they really? In Sunday services around the world, worship leaders lift up song and praise, and millions of sincere people join in the anthems. Yet the Bible teaches us that God must be worshiped in Truth, or it is not received in Heaven as true worship. Is this Truth to be defined as correct teaching alone, or is Truth more than just sound doctrine?
This article will remind readers that many will come on the day of reckoning and discover to their shock and dismay that their worship was in vain, since it failed to meet the criteria of the Word, and in fact the worshiper will discover that he or she was never known at all by, or approved of God, though he or she carried out many religious acts and deeds.
Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Matthew 15:8-9 "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
It will not be the sinner, the adulterer, the drunkard, the murderer or the thief that will be disappointed on that day. Rather, it will be the man or woman who thought they were right, who will be disappointed on that great Judgment Day.
A verse that we need to pay close attention to is found in Hebrews 13:8,
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Before we can enlarge on Who He is, we need to debunk a few erroneous ideas, and take a bit of space here to show who he is NOT.
He is NOT a second person in a three-person Godhead. While the doctrine of the “Godhead” is covered more exhaustively on this site elsewhere, in an article by that name. We will touch upon what could be fairly considered the most devious aspect of this devilish error, as we attempt to explain it.
Satan’s use of the “trinity” teaching, to accomplish his “will” in the last days
Isaiah 14:12-14 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
We see in this passage that the ultimate "will" of Satan in his long-term plan is to ascend back to the place where he was deposed. His "will" is to go back and take over God’s creation, taking the place of the great worshiped Being of the heavens and earth. A great question is, how will Satan accomplish this? How would he return back to the city of God, the very place where he was defeated and cast down from? The answer is obvious: through man, God’s masterpiece creation.
(verse 13) "...I will exalt my throne above the stars of God".
All Bible students realize that the stars of God spoken of here are the sons of God, of which Jesus is the firstborn.
Romans 8:29 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
God has a family, and that family is destined to reign with Christ over the creation,
Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever."
But let us leap 1,000 years to a wilderness where Satan is in a duel with the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings, Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God. Oh, what a difference Satan found in this Man, for he was more than a mere man, he was the God-Man.
Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Satan had never encountered a son quite like this Son, for this One,
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” Hebrews 1:3
Once again Satan’s plan was thwarted, and he could have despaired of life, especially since this same Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth, and leading captivity captive, loosed all of God’s family from the shadows of death and ascended on high, stripping Satan of the keys of death, hell, and the grave.
Ephesians 4:8 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"
Revelation 1:18 "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
Where could Satan turn after such a crushing loss, the work of thousands of years, gone in a moment? But Satan is a tenacious adversary, and would hardly give up on his vision of retaking the throne room of Heaven by force.
God was certainly not done with His plan of redemption either; there was an entire New Testament era to be lived out, and many saints yet to come. Jesus promised His disciples that He would go away for a little while, but would return and live within them.
John 14:18-20 "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
He certainly would not disappoint them, for, when they were gathered in an upper room, the Spirit of God filled the house where they were sitting, and they were all filled with His Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
In this study we remember the pouring out of God’s Spirit back into the Church, as He had prophesied in the Old Testament of what He would do. The promise that Jesus Himself had given them, that He would return and live inside of them, had now been fulfilled. While this was a wonderful further step of God’s plan to redeem his family, Satan would also see his new opportunity, and it was not long before Satan began to impersonate the Spirit of Christ in the Church.
I John 4:3 "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."
Jude 1:4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
This of course would not stop God from working out His full plan of redemption, and we can see Christ clearly moving through His Church in all the ages to come.
Revelation 1:12-20 "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two- edged sword and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."
This is the same Person that Saint Paul spoke of in the book of Colossians. How that He would have a great Church and would be the head of the Body, and bring a great victory at the end time.
Colossians 1:15-22 "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; 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. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight:"
Now we will further fulfill the purpose of this article, by answering the all-important question, “Who is Jesus today?” The answer unequivocally is that He is the same today as He was when He poured out His Spirit in the upper room, to live again in human flesh in His Church.
When that same Jesus that walked the shores of Galilee lives in a man or a woman today, their life is a reflection of His indwelling presence in every way. They talk different from the world, they think different from the world, they conduct their lives different from the world, their appearance is not fashioned after the fashions of the world, they are so radically different that they appear just as contradictory to society today, as did the early Church that came down from the upper room experience. Their lives became, in a moment, the moral and ethical high ground, the standard bearers of purity and cleanness, decency, honesty, and morality. Sadly, what the world passes off as Christianity, in the twenty-first century, is a far cry from the separateness from the world of the early church.
The Christian church of the modern day is by and large, morally and ethically, bankrupt, full of compromise for the sake of social, political acceptance. It has lost its power, by compromising its principles, and delivers a watered-down version of the Gospel to sincere millions, who will be disappointed at God’s Judgment Bar.
How is it today that millions profess to be born again by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, yet their life for the most part demonstrates little difference from the everyday life of the unconverted? Their dress, their conversation, their recreation and entertainment show little discernible difference from the average man or woman who makes no profession of Christ.
When confronted with this observation, their answer often goes something like this: “Oh, we’re about Jesus,” or “I love Jesus,” or “I just want Jesus.” While on the surface, these statements sound good, but which “Jesus” do they really want? Do they even understand who the real Jesus is? There mind has an accurate image of a man who lived twenty centuries ago, and was good and kind to people, who was the son of God who came to die for the sins of the world. But there is little regard for the effect of His life when He returned to live again in flesh in the early Church, as if somehow the One who returned is different from the One who left. Therefore, they enjoy a mental acceptance of who He was as a man, but have little understanding of what it means to have His Spirit living within you.
The evidence of this fact is displayed all over the world today in the lifestyles of most so-called Christians. But how did this happen? For a good answer to that, we will now turn our attention once again to the historical events of the early Church.
For 2,000 years, God, through His office of the Holy Ghost, has been building His New Testament Church; while Satan, at the same time, has been building his false church. And there is to be a great showdown at the end of time, when Satan will leverage his many years of preparation in one final, all-encompassing attack on God’s kingdom, as a last-ditch effort to retake the position he fell from, all those ages ago.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, -- Gog and -- Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
We have seen in the Scripture what Satan does. But how does he manage to get himself in a position to threaten the Kingdom of Christ, particularly during the New Testament age of the indwelling Holy Spirit?
One could point out that he gathers a great army, but we would ask, “Where did he get that army, and how could he have possibly managed to get that many people to follow him?”
Now we come to one of his greatest weapons of warfare, “The trinity doctrine.”
There is only one form of eternal life, which is God’s life. It is perfectly righteous, perfectly holy, perfectly just, perfectly true, and it is the only life that God can expect to be in His presence. This is precisely why Satan was kicked out of Heaven, because iniquity was found in him. He developed a will that was contrary to the Word of God.
The trail is very easy to follow once you understand the first and foremost principle of the Godhead: He is one Being, alone.
From this basis, and only from this basis, does the entire Word of God make sense.
If you move from this principle, for any reason, you go astray and miss the true mark of who God is.
It is from this fundamental principle, that you understand that God is His Word. They are the same thing, as the Word is the expression of God.
When you read the first chapter of the Gospel of John, you cannot sensibly escape the conclusion that God made all things by his Word, and that that Word became a Man.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
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.
This is in beautiful harmony and gives clarification to many other Scriptures. Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Now that we can see that the Word is the expression of God, and Jesus is the expression of God, then we must conclude that Jesus and the Word is the same thing. He, Jesus (the Word), was never a second person; rather, He was an expressed manifestation of the invisible spirit God.
Once these verses are understood, a person would naturally conclude that Jesus and the Word is the same thing, simply in different manifestations. They would understand that an authentic claim of the New Birth by His indwelling Spirit would mean that the Word of God, in every way, would dictate their lives. In this way, Satan would not be able to lead them astray from the characteristics of Christ, because they could constantly reference the Scripture for their everyday lives. So if Satan was going to be successful in his plan he would need to get them to think of Jesus as something separate or different from the Word. If successful, he could eventually convince them that they would not need to live completely by every Word, and doubt or even deny that He fills them with His Spirit after a confession of faith. Yet they would somehow still claim Jesus in salvation, though they have rejected the baptism of His Spirit into their whole life.
They wouldn’t truly be Born Again, but they would think they were, and Satan would use false teachers to convince them they were, thus we see how the shock and dismay of Matthew 7:21-22 is accomplished.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
To make all this work, Satan needed a very clever deception, hence the concept of the Trinity, thinking that there are three separate Persons in one Divine Nature. While that is a simplified explanation of the Trinity, it is of course, at its root, the same polytheistic concept that flourished in the heathen culture of ancient Babylon sometime after the flood. The real problem that goes unnoticed is the root of the teaching, not the varied ways of explaining it.
What looked like a harmless disagreement in the early Christian church was actually a seed planted by Satan to accomplish his end-time plan, because now, 2,000 years later, you have countless millions who call themselves Christian simply because they made a confession of him with their lips. Yet there heart is unconverted, worldly desires unabated, and they feel no conflict as they systematically reject many of the tenets of God’s Word, and the holiness standards that mark out a true Spirit-filled believer, and always has since the early days of the indwelling Holy Ghost baptism of Acts 2.
If there was ever a book written that is anti-Satan, it is the Bible. So if Satan hopes to conquer the stars of Heaven (God's family), he must, by all means, get them away from the Word. His grand scheme in the early Christian church was a replay of what he started in Genesis chapter 3, when the serpent seduced Eve.
Use of the concept of three unified persons would be the brilliant deception needed to sever the connection in the minds of people between Jesus and His Word, so that he could begin to pacify their conscious with a simple confession of Christ, while convincing them to lay aside the need for a lifestyle surrendered completely to the Holy Spirit and His total Lordship in their flesh; easily persuading them to accept a substitution, or in plain speech, an impersonation of real Christianity. Christianity has always been a life of self-crucifixion and separateness from the world, as the early church had in the first age before they “left their first love” and began to accept a more socially palatable version of Christianity. John spoke of this fall from grace:
1 John 4:1-6
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Satan understood this principle in the Garden of Eden, when, through the serpent, he misinterpret God’s Word to Eve. He knew then the same as he does now, that in order to bring about sin, death, and the downfall of God’s kingdom, he must get God’s family (who are destined to rule with Christ) away from the Word. He left them with the idea that one may possess Eternal Life that is only in Christ, yet feel no compulsion to live the kind of strict holiness that the Word calls for, which Jesus and the early Church lived by.
God’s Word had said: Genesis 3
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
In a stunning misrepresentation of the Word, with the addition of the word “not,” the serpent persuaded Eve to commit an act against the commandment of the original Word of God. It worked then and it works now. Satan convinces many people that the actions of their flesh do not need to mirror the original Word of God, and the modern, socially-acceptable Christian society of today accepts many practices that are strictly condemned in God’s Bible. Because they have a mental acceptance of Jesus, they are led to believe that it’s okay, but it’s not okay. The people spoken of in Matthew chapter 7 will have to face that sad reality someday, along with the false teachers who will suffer in the regions beyond for their willingness to satisfy their itching ears as is spoken of in 2 Timothy 4:3.
What they are left with is a watered down, socially acceptable gospel, that is powerless to bring a lasting change in the lives of people, fostering an ever- descending fall from God’s standard which requires us to be separate from the things of the world.
The Bible says: 1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The problem for him is that Jesus is inextricably connected to his Word, so he had to devise a way to set him apart from it in the minds of the followers. In this way he could convince people who wanted an easier, and more socially and politically acceptable way, that they could make a claim of possessing Jesus in salvation (a requirement for entrance into heaven), yet not be responsible to the dictates of the Word, which call for a life to be lived according to its statutes, and in harmony with all it reveals, whether yesterday, today, or forever.
This would call for the personage of God to be completely reimagined, by inventing a trinity (the most divisive deception ever conceived) on the stars of Heaven, the sons of God!
This re-imagining of the Godhead has its roots in ancient Babylonian Polytheism, a fact incontrovertible in history.
In order to do this he must separate people from God’s will, and since God’s will is always his Word, Satan has given the idea that you can have God in your life, and believe you have salvation in Jesus, without obedience to the Word, but Jesus can’t be separated from the Word.
He is his Word, and He will judge the world by It.
No matter that He made the Truth plain for all to read.
Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.
No matter that He allowed His servant John to come to Heaven and verify this truth as an eyewitness, and John returning back declared that he saw only one Throne, and only One seated on it.
Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Yet many shall take that broadway that leads to destruction because they took the word of men instead of the Word of God on the matter.
Too many today espouse the need for saving faith in Jesus, while conveniently refusing God’s nature of righteousness. In this horrible error, the last remains and standards of holiness are now separated from the testimony of being a real Christian. Conveniently enabling millions around the world, religious leaders included, to claim ownership of a New Birth, and saving faith in Jesus, without the requirements or responsibilities that the Word of God places on our lives, such as the standards of conversation, dress, actions, and lifestyle, and the acceptance of the unveiling of His full revelation in this day.
It is our prayer that you will carefully consider what you have read today, for the hour is late and Christ is soon coming to take his true Bride in a Rapture, and the world will descend rapidly into the depths of tribulation judgment.
We will leave you with two final statements from God’s servant, William Branham:
William Branham, September 11, 1965, in a message entitled "God’s Power To Transform", in Phoenix, Arizona.
True predestinated believers will stay with the Word because they are part of that Word. Oh, wandering stars, how long will you wonder? You Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterian, outsiders, whatever you might be, wandering stars, from church to church, from pillar to place, and television to television, world to world, why don't you come on? He longs to have fellowship with you. He is longing for you. He wants to transform you by the renewing of your mind, not to the church or to the denomination, but to His Word, which, you are a part if that desire is in you.
"Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled."
And it's sent His transforming Power, to bring you out of this deformity of religion that you're in. In this deformity chaos that we're in, God has sent His transforming Power, His Word, vindicated, proven, to bring you out of this religious deformity of ignorance that you're walking in, ‘naked, blind, miserable, and don't know it.’ Think of it, friends.
William Branham, April 18, 1965, in a message entitled, "It Is The Rising Of The Son", in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
As people today are trying to say, "We should wash feet once a year, on Thursday, and on Friday we should take the communion," and all different doctrines of... They argue about whether it should be this day or that day, or whether it should be a sabbath day or the first day of the week; or... All these things are just merely tradition. What good would any of it do you, whether you had Lent or not Lent, if there is no Life in you? It's only a memorial. Which, there's nothing against it, but they have certainly carried out their traditions, but left off the main thing.
Satan doesn't care how religious you are, or how right you are in your Doctrine. If you miss that Life, you won't come up, anyhow. No matter how religious, how good, how many churches you've belonged to or will belong to, it doesn't matter one thing unless you have been born again.
It must be asked, 'Is Truth to be defined as correct teaching alone, or is Truth more than just sound doctrine?' How sad it was in John 18:38 that Pilot misunderstood what real truth was, and as a consequence asked the wrong question, thus failing to get the right understanding. He asked Jesus, “What is Truth?”, when, in fact, Truth was not a mere philosophy or concept; real Truth was a Person, and that Person was standing before him.
May every reader understand that Truth is more than doctrine. It is a Person, the person of Jesus Christ who is living today in the heart of his faithful witnesses who believe ALL that the Scriptures have said. If there is anything that the Holy Ghost will do in you, He will lead you and guide you to all Truth, and He will reproduce in you His kind of life, and you will be different from the world around you. As Saint Paul said, in Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."