Do You Know Jesus?
There is a grand difference between knowing of Jesus and knowing Him. A child separated from its mother at birth can know of its mother but can never know its mother without personal association. Without meaningful association, you can only feel infatuation (attraction) toward Jesus. You can know of Mt. Everest, but you can never have perfect knowledge without seeing and climbing it.
The key to knowing Jesus begins with a study. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). No one can know Jesus without personal revelation. Jesus asked Peter, “Whom do men say that I am? … And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:13,16). Jesus advised him, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:17-18).
The Bible is a record of God and Jesus as separate identities, their association with each other, and with man. Revelation received through them is the only sure way to know God, Jesus, and the will of God. God spoke to Adam as he was a Prophet and Lawgiver of God until his death at 930 years old. He continued to speak with man for 10 generations through firstborn sons to the Prophet Noah, whose father knew Adam.
The Bible makes it clear that God and Jesus are separate identities. Second, Peter understood Jesus was the Christ and Son of God. The term “Christ” properly translated means anointed or ordained. Jesus became the Son of God through ordination by God. The Rock is the Rock of Revelation from God. Satan can never prevail against God, but did prevail upon Peter. He was crucified upside down in Rome in 69 A.D.
The Great Flood came 1656 years after the Fall. God continued to associate with man for 10 more generations to Noah. His father knew Adam. Nine generations lived together. God continue to speak with man for another 10 generations to Abraham, who lived with Noah for 39 years. God covenanted with Abraham “that he might be the father of all them that believe the gospel, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also” (Rom. 4:11). The Gospel begins with a correct knowledge of God and Jesus.
The great division in men—Israelite and Gentile—began with Abraham’s son Jacob (who God named Israel) and with Noah’s grandson Nimrod, who was a king in Babylon and the father of idolatry. God spoke to the seed of Abraham until they were held captive in Egypt. Israel evidently turned to the errors of Egyptians, and God did not speak to them for 400 years until Moses, who was ordained by angelic administration as Prophet and Lawgiver—the highest office, like many Prophets before him. After Malachi, God did not speak to man again for 400 years until Jesus.
This creation began spiritually with the organization of the Spirit of Jesus. “In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation]. The same was in the beginning with God. all things [including our spirits] were made by him” (John 1:1-3). “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness [Jesus], the beginning of the creation of God” (Rev. 3:14).
The account of this spiritual creation is found at the beginning of the Bible up to Gen. 2:5. Our existence began with the organization of our spirits by Jesus in liaison with God. “And God said, Let us [Jesus in liaison with God] make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26). God gave man the law on marriage in the beginning “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
We all lived as spirits together before Adam walked on the earth. “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created [spiritually], in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew” (Gen. 2:4-5).
Adam’s physical body was the beginning of the physical existence of man. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [his spirit]; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7) When Eve was presented to Adam, God repeated the law on marriage. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother [future], and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall (through their children) become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). God does not approve any sexual relationships outside of marriage.
Adam and Eve were immortal in the beginning and conversed directly with God and Jesus. When they ate the forbidden fruit, the chemistry of their bodies changed—they became mortal and were cast out of the garden for their own good. Here was the first prophecy concerning Jesus as Savior. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head [bring mortality], and thou shalt bruise his heel [bring immortality by the Resurrection]” (Gen. 3:15). Satan won the battle by bringing mortality on mankind, but Jesus won the war when He became our Savior. In the end, Satan and his followers will be cast far off from earth (Rev. 20:9).
About 2,000 years after the fall of Adam, God covenanted with Abraham. “And he received the sign of circumcision [of the heart], a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised [in the flesh]: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also” (Rom. 4:11).
Jesus was born about 2,000 years after Abraham and 4,000 years after the Fall. Jesus had to be born a mortal like all other men to be the Savior.
He could only be the Messiah if he was born from the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and the house of David (son of David). Lineage is counted only in the male line, as only the male bears the seed of man. The Apostle Matthew, in the first chapter of the New Testament, gave us that lineage. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat… Jacob… and Jacob begat Judas [tribe of Judah] … And Jesse begat David… and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus” (Matt. 1:1-2,6,16).
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Heb. 2:17). “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David—according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3). Jesus was called the son of man 72 times.
Genealogy is counted only in the male line in Israel, as only the male carries the seed of man. Mary was a cousin of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist of the tribe of Levi. She was not even of the proper lineage. If true—Joseph was not His father—Jesus was not a son of David and could not be the Messiah. Like begets like. The law of nature requires both male and female genes to make a human. Ghosts (holy or not) simply cannot beget seed on mortal women. Demi-gods (gods born of virgins by other gods) were popular among heathens. If ghosts can beget seed upon women, any child could be the offspring of Satan.
Jesus is called the Son of David 16 times and the son of man over 70 times in the New Testament. All genealogy in the Bible is in the male line because only the male carries the seed of man. He was born in the flesh like all men, except he had to be of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and the house of David. “And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?” (Matt. 12:23). “What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David” (Matt. 22:42). “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mark 10:47).
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Heb. 2:17). “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David” (John 7:42).
The sin of Adam, the eating of the forbidden fruit, brought death upon all. Only a man could redeem mankind from the Fall. “For if through the offence of one man, [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many” (Rom. 5:15). “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Tim. 4:10).
Jesus was born, like all men, alien to the Kingdom of God. He advised us: “seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matt. 6:33). He added: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Jesus had to be baptized because He was like all other men in the flesh. He went to John the Baptist to obey this law and be baptized of water because John was a Priest of the Levitical Priesthood and held authority from God to baptize with water. John had previously known who Jesus was and said, “I have need to be baptized of thee” because He did not hold authority from God to baptize with the Spirit.
After Jesus was born of water, He was then born of the Spirit by God. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:16-17). God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all in different places. So much for the pagan Trinity.
Jesus still held no authority from God to preach the Gospel. Every officer in the Kingdom of God must be called by God and be ordained by one holding the priesthood of God. The Apostle Paul reminded his son of this law. “Neglect not the gift [priesthood] that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of hands of the presbytery [those holding that priesthood]” (1 Tim. 4:14).
After 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus was tempted of Satan. “God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (Jas. 1:13). “Then the devil leaveth him and angels came and ministered unto him” (Matt. 4:11). What did the minister do? Jesus was ordained under the hands of God, as a Prophet like Moses (Acts 3:22)—the highest office in the Melchisedek Priesthood of God. Jesus became the Christ and Son of God by the ordination of the Father. “And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by the Spirit of revelation]. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest;
Jesus could not be sent to preach the Gospel until ordained by God (John 17:3) “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [among you]” (Matt. 4:17). Then He called and ordained the Twelve Apostles to this priesthood; but of a lower rank. “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach” (Mark 3:14). “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). No one can administer the saving ordinances of the Gospel without holding this Melchisedek Priesthood. John the Baptist, holding the lower Aaronic Priesthood, could only baptize with water.
Jesus then called and ordained all other officers of this Melchisedek Priesthood. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [high priests and elders] and teachers; [Why?] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: [until when?] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13). Where this priesthood is not, salvation is not.
Adam’s sin brought mortality to all. Jesus’ mission was not complete until after His death. At death, our spirits are taken back for a preliminary judgment. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7). God gave Jesus’ Spirit, and Jesus gave ours. God prepares two places after death. The spirits of members of the Kingdom of God are taken to the bosom of Abraham (a kingdom in heaven) to await the first resurrection and inherit the earth when Jesus returns. All others are taken to the spirits in prison.
There is no hell. Fire and brimstone would have no effect on spirits. When the King James Version of the Bible was translated by the Church of England, a major error was made. The concept of hell was adopted from Greek mythology in the King James Version. The term “hell” was removed from the Standard Revised Edition. The doctrine of a place of punishment was not found in the Bible before that. The original terms “Sheol,” “Hades,” and “Gehenna” were replaced with “hell.” “The English word, from a Teutonic root meaning ‘to hide’ or ‘cover,’ had originally the significance of the world of the dead, generally.” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
When Jesus’ body lay in the grave for three days, He went in the Spirit to those who did not obey the Gospel in the flesh and opened a dispensation of the Gospel for these spirits in prison. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (1 Pet. 3:19). Jesus advised us: Those that accept the Gospel in the Spirit will have to be baptized through one in the flesh that did obey the Gospel—and be baptized for them. “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Cor. 15:29). This ordinance can only be administered under a Prophet of God.
Satan lost the power of death over Jesus, who has never sinned in life, and God raised Him from the dead. “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Pet. 2:22). “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead” (Acts 4:10). He had to rise from the dead on the seventh day—the Sabbath. He had already risen when Mary visited the burial cave Sunday morning. Rising on the seventh day is a similitude of His return at the beginning of the seven thousandth age of man. At the end of the seven thousand-year period, all mortality will end, “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 for ever and ever” (Rev. 20:10).
After His resurrection, Jesus received all power from God. Only God stands in authority above Him. “Jesus came and spake unto them [eleven Apostles], saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). Jesus held all power over this creation in the beginning. “Glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5). Jesus is now the “Savior of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Tim. 4:10). Many were resurrected at this time. “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matt. 27:52-53).
He is the Savior of all men, as all must be resurrected. Jesus could only defeat death if all men were raised from the dead. Only then will Jesus have won the battle against Satan and death. There is a grand difference in the inheritance after death between those who obey the Gospel (those that believe) and those who do not. Those who obey the Gospel and keep the Commandments of God rise in the first resurrection and inherit the earth with Jesus. All others are sent to the spirits in prison to rise in the second resurrection a thousand years later. Many have been there since the days of Noah.
“…seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matt. 6:33). The earth will be heaven and become the inheritance of members of the Kingdom of God that keep the laws of God (Rev. 21). “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14). “He that overcometh [through obedience to the laws of God] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:7-8). Some have accepted the false doctrine they are saved simply by taking Jesus as their Savior—which is wrong. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22). The Apostle Paul did not consider himself saved. “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:12).
There are three kingdoms/glories prepared for the second resurrection when the earth inherits its celestial glory. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1). “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars (telestial): for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption” (1 Cor. 15:40-42). Consider the difference in glory between the sun and the stars.
Saints of God inherit the earth in either the celestial or terrestrial kingdoms. Jesus told us, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). God is perfect in His realm. We must make every effort to be perfect in our realm by abiding by all the laws of God we are given. When a person is naturalized, they must swear to keep the laws of their country. We can only inherit a kingdom whose laws we are prepared to keep. This is the reason for mortality—to give us the experience to choose who we will serve.
The celestial kingdom requires keeping a perfect (celestial) law. Those that choose not to live by all the laws of God can only inherit a terrestrial kingdom. Consider the difference between the sun and the moon.
All others inherit a telestial kingdom distant from the earth in accordance with the laws they kept on earth. “They all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:12). They did not obey the Gospel and did not receive any forgiveness, so they cannot inherit the earth until they obey the Gospel. No unclean thing can inherit the Kingdom of God. Those in the terrestrial kingdom will minister to them. The only ones lost in the end will be the sons of perdition and those that prefer to remain filthy. Saints who choose to be a law to themselves and do not endure faithfully to the laws of God are in danger of being counted with these. Sin can only be forgiven if a person repents (has a behavioral change) when they obey the Gospel.
Early “Christian” bishops changed the identity of Jesus to that of a pagan demi-god, or gods conceived by virgins. Matt. 18-25 was erroneously added in the fourth century when the Bible was composed to give credence to this and corollary pagan virgin birth doctrine adopted by Constantine for his new Catholic Church, which reigned supreme for about 1,200 years. The very thought of a virgin conceiving by a ghost is intimidating. The term “virgin” can also be a young woman. “Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth” (Joel 1:8). Martin Luther also noted in his Bible that Jesus was born naturally.
A betrothal is an oath that confirms the rights of marriage. The marriage ceremony was conducted at the earliest opportunity. Joseph and Mary came together the day they were espoused (betrothed). Jesus was conceived while Joseph and Mary were espoused. My wife conceived on our honeymoon. If she conceived “of the Holy Ghost,” then Jesus was the bastard son of the ghost and not the legitimate son of David—hence, He could not be the Messiah.
To give credence to the new Virgin Birth dogma, early Bishops added: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matt. 1:23). The name Immanuel exists in only three instances. It was referenced twice as a sign given to Ahaz through Isaiah about 700 years before Jesus. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). It is a fraud in the Book of Matthew. No fraud can be of God. God does not lie.
This was fulfilled in the next chapter: “And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel” (Isa 8:8). His name was Jesus, not Immanuel: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). If Joseph was a “just man,” the law of God required him to return her to her father’s house and have her stoned her to death (Deut. 22:21). Verses 18 to 25 are simply a fraud.