Jn 1-1 And The Ransom Sacrifice-God Wouldn’t Be The Perfect God If He Had To Make Sacrifices. Who Can Disagree with that?

Does God Make Sacrifices? Not According the Bible.

But if The Bible Publishers (and Bible Commentators.htm & Commentaries.htm) Promote Making Jesus to be

Jehovah God at Jn 1:1 with the Word was God--That (Implies).htm That God Sacrificed Himself To Himself.

 

Bible Publishers Main Accurate Options on Rendering -Jn 1:1-are-The Word was God, a GOD, or god, or a god

                                                             Study what’s in--Aa.htm--and all the followering.

The Bible Publisher’s Head Editor is Printing His Own Theological Opinion-When He Prints

The Word was God or god, or a god—or something Else. Why? Open GOD & The GWGPNC-Rule.htm

Fact--No Man Has Ever Seen GOD.—So how is it possible to say that God is Two or Three in One-

              That is Strictly In The Imagination of a FREE-WILL Thinker. Some Imaginations of God’s Head.htm

Study SeenGodVerses.htm—(More below) Plus Accurate Foot-Notes are essential about God or god

                                       Sacrifices Were Make To GOD--Not By God Ever.

                                          Sacrifices were done to appease God for Sin--God Doesn’t Sin

                                If He Sacrificed Himself to Himself---That in itself would be an admittance that

                     God needed to make an atonement (atonement verses) or correction for His mistakes –His Sins,

Or His imperfect Work of Creating Satan –Adam and Eve and He admits that He knew all three would Sin so He

Could correct it later by putting all intelligent beings in a Futile (Rom 8-20) situation. Is that a loving God that

would intentionally put all intelligent beings in a Futile situation.

John Said "I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God." Joh 1:34 - In Context  John never said God The Son.

Jesus Words. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who comes from God. This one has seen the Father.

Joh 6:46 open In Context &  Jesus For More Open SeenGodVerses.htm I and the Father are One in Truth—Ref in Oneness.htm.

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God or(god STRGS-2316) is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

NASB Jn 1:18

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].Original

The American Standard Version Open In Context Ask Yourself—How Can a Son be Translated with a Capital G unless the Bible Publisher

Intentionally wants you to believe God Beget Himself into (GodtheSon)htm (John1-18)htm Study -Open GOD

Who Can Disagree with that? 8:5

Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty ! Ps 8:5 open God

                                          22 The LORD (God) made [a] me  God added
                                  at the beginning of His creation, [b]
                                  before His works of long ago. (A)

open [a] & [b] Footnotes: a Proverbs 8:22 Or possessed, b or begot- Proverbs 8:22 Lit way
Cross references: A Proverbs 8:22 : Gn 1:1; Jb 28:26-28; Ps 104:24;

And Open Many Translations of Prov8-22.htm Read Verses Prov8-22 through 25 Open Prov8-22.htm & Rev3-12-14.htm.

 

Trinity/Oneness Theological Based Bibles Intentionally withhold the Facts— about Accurate Foot-Notes on Jn 1:1 open Jn1-1PLUS.htm

This is called (IntentionalFallacy)htm Theological Trinity/Oneness Based Means Bible Publishers are Pro-Nicene-Creed Believers Intentionally.

              God Wouldn’t Be God If He Had To Make Sacrifices. Who Can Disagree with that?

God can clap His hands and appease Himself If He chooses to do so—This Means The  Perfect God makes No Sacrifices-Compare-
I will also clap My hands together *, and I will appease My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken." Eze 21:17

                  No Verse Says God will appease or atone Himself by Sacrificing Himself To Himself.

Yahweh (Is Jesus’ Father & God Open LORD,) The LORD GOD Ever Spoke of Himself as being the Lamb meat for the Ransom sacrifice?

(Lamb Verses) But He Did demand a ransom and the real Jesus willfully accepted to be the Lamb .Compare-

Exodus 21:30 "If a ransom is demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his

 life whatever * is demanded of him. ----------------------- Jesus

Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. Open Jesus 1 Tim 2:6

(Ransom Verses)

(Sacrifice Verses) What About-Jn 1-1 And The Ransom Sacrifice

God or god or a god—was the word God --or the word was god— or a god was the word

Or Simply Was Jesus the words of God—Ie

OPEN 1 2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was Gods Words.

 

                                         It’s Your Call on all Bible Publishers

ThePeoplesCourt.htm The peoples Council Meeting Vs The Pro-Nicene-Creed Believers with-BestBiblesPlus.htm-

The People's New Testament (1891)The People's New Testament

Compare -and the word was God—is not in Harmony with Jn 1-14 or Verse 18

---and is not in Harmony with How Jesus ID’d Himself--- of His Own Individuality?

And We Can’t Blame The Apostle John or Arius!!- For Arius Open 58.htm

So what Bible Publisher’s are printing Jn 1:1 in Harmony With How Jesus ID’d Himself?

 

                                                            WHO CAME –To Earth

YHWH God or Jesus -Many Believe -Jehovah Simply –Took On anoother Name and Spit Himself into

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If You Make Jesus to be Jehovah God at Jn 1:1 then God Sacrificed Himself To Himself.

God or god in any Bible is executively the Bible Publishers Personal Theological Opinion—Without a Doubt.

Study GODorgod.htm-BiblicalTheology.htm-Homoousion.htm-Imaginary.htm -Images.htm ImaginaryConcepts.htm

 

The Trindirty can certainly be viewed that way –plus it makes Jesus not real—

Jesus always used the personal Pro-Noun I About His Personal Individuality

Did Jesus Lie when He said- I. Open and Study DenyingJesusLife.htm is DenyingJesus.htm

Rom 8:20 ----and 17-25  The New American Standard Bible Book of Romans Chapter 8 - Read This Chapter

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BCC -> Commentary on 8:20
DSN -> Synopsis on 8:20
GEB -> Study Notes on 8:20
GSB -> Study Notes on 8:20
JFB -> Commentary on 8:20
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 8:20
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 8:20
PNT -> Commentary on 8:20
RWP -> Study Notes on 8:20
TSK -> Commentary on 8:20 TSK -> Entry for 8:20
WEN -> Notes on 8:20
NTB -> Afflictions And Adversities; Earth; Holy Spirit; Suffering; Vanity
TTT -> Vanity
EBD -> Adoption; Creature

Rom 8:20

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

th| gar mataiothti h ktisiv upetagh, (5648) oux ekousa alla dia ton upotacanta, ef' elpidi

 21- that the R360 creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. - Read This Chapter

Romans 8:17-25 - [Verse 20 in Original Greek]

17 and if children, heirs R350 also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if R351 indeed we suffer with {Him} so that we may also be glorified with {Him.} 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are R352 not worthy to be compared with the glory R353 that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious R354 longing of the creation waits eagerly for the R355 revealing of the sons R356 of God. 20 For the creation was R357 subjected to futility, R358 not willingly, but because R359 of Him who subjected it, in F144 hope 21 that the R360 creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans R361 and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And R362 not only this, but also we ourselves, having the R363 first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan R364 within ourselves, waiting R365 eagerly for {our} adoption as sons, the R366 redemption of our body. 24 For in R367 hope we have been saved, but hope R368 that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he {already} sees? 25 But if R369 we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

 

 

 A Non-Real Soul –A Phantom delusional (open Delusion )

Two or Three OneTwoThreeEqualsOne.htm

In One-That Fantasizes That YHWH GOD Sacrificed Himself To Himself-

That Makes Jesus Not Real.-God Wouldn’t Be God If He Had To Make Sacrifices.

 

The Bible through out explains that there are Many So-Called gods

And Jesus Can be considered to be one just as Satan is Called the god of this world

WhatIsagod.htm -GODorgod.htm-Aa.htm-AonlyBegottenSonOrgodGod.htm--agod.htm

Chapter 82  -  Read Chapter The American Standard Version

 

 

Study Resource List

GEB -> Study Notes on 82:1
GSB -> Study Notes on 82:1
JFB -> Commentary on 82:1
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 82:1
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 82:1
TOD -> Commentary on 82:1
TSK -> Commentary on 82:1 TSK -> Entry for 82:1
WEN -> Notes on 82:1
NTB -> Asaph; God (continued); Psalms

Psalms 82:1-5

1 God standeth in the congregation of God;

 He judgeth among the gods.

2 How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? [Selah 3 Judge the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. 4 Rescue the poor and needy: Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither do they understand; They walk to and fro in darkness: All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

 

Chapter 82  -  Read Chapter

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GEB -> Study Notes on 82:6
GSB -> Study Notes on 82:6
JFB -> Commentary on 82:6
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 82:6
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 82:6
TOD -> Commentary on 82:6
TSK -> Commentary on 82:6 TSK -> Entry for 82:6
WEN -> Notes on 82:6
NTB -> Quotations And Allusions
SBD -> Law

Psalms 82:6-8

6 I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High. 7 Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; For thou shalt inherit all the nat

Reason on God or god--GODorgod.htm and

JOHN1onePLUS.htm plus 1John4plus.htm

All First Century Christians understood that there R286 are so-called

gods whether in heaven or on earth—and that all God’s Spirit Sons where

considered to be higher then the so-called human gods and

that included God’s -R30 only begotten FirstBorn.htm spirit son

Learn WhatIsagod.htm   We {exist} through Him Life

And Saved --through Him. Jn 3:17  our Life.

8:5 For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,

 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him;

and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

 

 

 

Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version

Chapter 82  -  Read Chapter

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GEB -> Study Notes on 82:1
GSB -> Study Notes on 82:1
JFB -> Commentary on 82:1
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 82:1
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 82:1
TOD -> Commentary on 82:1
TSK -> Commentary on 82:1 TSK -> Entry for 82:1
WEN -> Notes on 82:1
NTB -> Asaph; God (continued); Psalms

Psalms 82:1-5

1 God standeth in the congregation of God;

 He judgeth among the gods.

 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? [Selah 3 Judge the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. 4 Rescue the poor and needy: Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither do they understand; They walk to and fro in darkness: All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

Psalms 82:6-8

6 I (God) say, "You are gods. You are sons of God Most-High. 7 But you will die the same as all people must die. You will die the same as all the other leaders." 8 Get up, God! You be the judge! God, you be the leader over all the nations!

Study Resource List

GEB -> Study Notes on 82:6
GSB -> Study Notes on 82:6
JFB -> Commentary on 82:6
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 82:6
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 82:6
TOD -> Commentary on 82:6
TSK -> Commentary on 82:6 TSK -> Entry for 82:6
WEN -> Notes on 82:6
NTB -> Quotations And Allusions
SBD -> Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of Psalms - 82:1-8 - Study Chapter Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version

One of Asaph’s songs of praise.

1God stands in the assembly of the gods. F472
He is the judge in that meeting of the
gods.
2God says,
“How long will you judge people unfairly?
How long will you let wicked people go free without punishment?”
(SELAH F473 )

3“Defend the poor people and orphans. F474
Protect the rights of those poor people.
4Help those poor, helpless people.
Save them from evil people.

5“They F475 don’t know what is happening.
They don’t understand!
They don’t know what they are doing,
Their world is falling down around them!”
6I (God) say,
You are gods.
You are
sons of God Most-High.
7But you will die
the same as all people must die.
You will die
the same as all the other leaders.”

8Get up, God!
You be the judge!
God, you be the leader

 

 

Ps 82 NWT--

82 God is stationing himself in the assembly of the Divine One;

In the middle of the gods he judges:

 2 “How long will YOU keep on judging with injustice

And showing partiality to the wicked themselves? Se´lah.

 3 Be judges for the lowly one and the fatherless boy.

To the afflicted one and the one of little means do justice.

 4 Provide escape for the lowly one and the poor one;

Out of the hand of the wicked ones deliver [them].”

 5 They have not known, and they do not understand;

In darkness they keep walking about;

All the foundations of the earth are made to totter.

 6 “I myself have said, ‘YOU are gods,

And all of YOU are sons of the Most High.

 7 Surely YOU will die just as men do;

And like any one of the princes YOU will fall!’”

 8 Do rise up, O God, do judge the earth;

For you yourself should take possession of all the nations.

A song. A melody of A´saph.

 

 

In BestBiblesPlus.htm

I stick to Jesus' Words and ignore man made grammar rules-

Jn 1-1 is not red lettered---So these words are not a direct quote of Jesus 

KJVW Strong’s 1:1  In1722 the beginning746 was2258 the3588 Word,3056 and2532 the3588 Word3056 was2258 with4314 God,2316 and2532 the3588 Word3056 was2258 God.2316 G 2316  Greek θεός  theos  theh'-os GOD in the Greek One Only!!!

Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very: -

X exceeding, God, god [-ly, -ward].

Open and Study ManuscriptsWereWrittenInAllCapLetters G3588 ὁ, ἡ, τόho  hē  toho, hay, to The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom): - the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.

Strongs Dictionary Definition - 430 'elohiym el-o-heem'
plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:--angels, X exceeding,
God (gods)

(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

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  1. the Godhead, trinity
    1. God the Father, the first person in the trinity
    2. Christ, the second person of the trinity
    3. Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity
  2. spoken of the only and true God
    1. refers to the things of God
    2. his counsels, interests, things due to him

 

 Strong's Number:  2316

qeo/v

 

Original Word

Word Origin

 

qeo/v

 

of uncertain affinity

Transliterated Word

Phonetic Spelling

 

Theos

 

theh'-os  

Parts of Speech

TDNT

 

 

 

a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity

 Definition

 

  1. a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities
  2. the Godhead, trinity
    1. God the Father, the first person in the trinity
    2. Christ, the second person of the trinity
    3. Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity
  3. spoken of the only and true God
    1. refers to the things of God
    2. his counsels, interests, things due to him
  4. whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resemble him in any way
    1. God's representative or viceregent
      1. of magistrates and judges

 Translated Words

 

KJV (1343) - God, 1320; God-ward + (4214), 2; god, 13; godly, 3; misc, 5;

Original in

KJVW Strong’s 1:1  In1722 the beginning746 was2258 the3588 Word,3056 and2532 the3588 Word3056 was2258 with4314 God,2316 and2532 the3588 Word3056 was2258 God.2316 G 2316  Greek θεός  theos  theh'-os GOD in the Greek One Only!!!

Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very: -

X exceeding, God, god [-ly, -ward].

Translated Words

 

KJV (1343) - God, 1320; God-ward + (4214), 2; god, 13; godly, 3; misc, 5;

NAS (1312) - God, 1267; God's,

 

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 Strong's Number:  03722

rpk

 

Original Word

Word Origin

 

rpk

 

a primitive root

Transliterated Word

Phonetic Spelling

 

Kaphar

 

kaw-far'  

Parts of Speech

TWOT

 

Verb

 

1023,1024,1025,1026

 Definition

 

  1. to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch
    1. (Qal) to coat or cover with pitch
    2. (Piel)
      1. to cover over, pacify, propitiate
      2. to cover over, atone for sin, make atonement for
      3. to cover over, atone for sin and persons by legal rites
    3. (Pual)
      1. to be covered over
      2. to make atonement for
    4. (Hithpael) to be covered

 Translated Words

 

KJV (102) - appease, 1; atonement, 71; atonement...made, 2; cleansed, 1; disannulled, 1; forgive, 3; merciful, 2; pacify, 2; pardon, 1; pitch, 1; purge, 7; purge away, 2; put off, 1; reconcile, 3; reconciliation, 4;

NAS (102) - appease, 2; atone, 3; atoned, 2; atonement is made, 1; atonement shall be made, 1; atonement was made, 1; atoning, 1; canceled, 1; cover, 1; expiation can be made, 1; forgave, 1; forgive, 4; forgiven, 5; made atonement, 3; make atonement, 71; makes atonement, 2; making atonement, 1; pardon, 1;


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   Book of Ezekiel

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"I will also clap My hands together, and I will appease R680 F276 My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken."
 

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BCC -> Commentary on 21:17
GEB -> Study Notes on 21:17
GSB -> Study Notes on 21:17
JFB -> Commentary on 21:17
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 21:17
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 21:17
TSK -> Entry for 21:17
WEN -> Notes on 21:17
NTB -> War
TTT -> Hands, The
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`Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy F54 My wrath on them, and I will be appeased; R136 F55 then they will know that I, the LORD, have spoken R137 in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the cardinal teachings of the Bible is the ransom. Sin and death came upon mankind when a perfect man, Adam, transgressed Jehovah’s law. For obedient mankind to be released from the condemnation of sin and death, a ransom must be paid. It must be the exact equivalent of the perfect man Adam, for God’s law requires exactness: “You must give soul for soul, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” So for Jesus to provide the ransom he must be a perfect man, no more, no less. Further, if Jesus had been a spirit garbed in flesh he could not really have died at man’s hands; and if he did not really die, again we see that the ransom could not have been provided. But the Bible is clear that Jesus did provide the ransom and that he was a man, not God clothed in flesh: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all.”—Ex. 21:23, 24; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6, NW.

But now what of 1 Timothy 3:16, which says in the King James Version that “God was manifest in the flesh”? This is not an accurate text. In fact, nearly all the ancient manuscripts and all the versions, including the Latin Vulgate, have in their text “He who” instead of “God.” Most modern translations choose “He.” Thus the New World Translation renders it properly: “He was made manifest in flesh,” meaning the Word, who became the man Christ Jesus.

So what have we learned? This has become overwhelmingly clear: (1) The Council of Chalcedon, instead of rejecting the bad, mixed the error that Jesus was God with the truth that he was man, thus winding up with “distilled nonsense”; (2) Jesus in his prehuman existence was not God but God’s Son, “the beginning of the creation by God”; (3) Jesus had to be a real man, not a God-Man, to be “lower than angels”; (4) if Jesus had been a spirit masquerading in human flesh, there would have been no need for him to be born a baby, and (5) to provide the ransom sacrifice Jesus had to die a perfect man, nothing more, nothing less.

The inevitable conclusion is that God’s Word does not teach that Jesus was a God-Man. It teaches that on earth he was a perfect man, a perfect human organism. Those who teach that he was a God-Man teach false religion. They violate the rule set down by the apostle of Christ: “Do not go beyond the things that are written.”—1 Cor. 4:6, NW.

Was Jesus a God-Man?

INCARNATION is the teaching in Christendom that “God is Man, and Man is God in the Person of Jesus Christ.” This belief is called “the central doctrine of Christianity.” Catholic and most Protestant churches thus teach that Jesus was a God-Man. But, like other doctrines taught by the clergy, this one, too, defies logic and reason. Indeed, theologians admit that no human philosophy can fully explain it. It is contradictory and it is confusing. But since the Bible says that “God is not the author of confusion,” our interest is quickened by the questions: How did the incarnation teaching originate? Does the highest authority of all, God’s Word, really teach that Jesus was Almighty God masquerading as a man?—1 Cor. 14:33.

The doctrine that Jesus was a God-Man did not crop up until long after Jesus’ death. Then the teaching developed gradually. It was crystallized A.D. 325 at the Council of Nicaea. At this council a pagan emperor, Constantine, directed affairs. Merrill’s Essays in Early Christian History says: “It is not likely that Constantine cared very much about what doctrine should come off victorious in the discussions and votes. He did not aspire, like Henry VIII of England, to be a theologian. But he wanted harmony in the Church for political reasons. . . . He doubtless hoped in advance that decisions might be reached acceptable to both sides.”

One of America’s noted theologians, Henry P. Van Dusen, further enlightens us as to what happened at Nicaea, in his book World Christianity (page 72): “The East was seething with more violent dispute over the correct theological interpretation of Christ’s person. Hence Constantine summoned all the bishops of the Church to assemble at Nicaea in 325. The 318 bishops who responded represented only about a sixth of the bishops of the Empire. As in all ecumenical councils, they came predominately from the East. Constantine’s principal ecclesiastical advisor, Bishop Hosius of Spain, presided, with the emperor at his right hand. The weight of imperial influence swayed the decisions. The early form of the Nicene Creed was the outcome.” Thus pagan Constantine, concerned more with politics than with religion, “swayed the decisions” and determined what Christendom in general believes to this very day. So Christendom’s acceptance of the theory of Jesus’ being a God-Man rests on a pagan emperor.

Not until the Council of Chalcedon in 451 was the incarnation doctrine defined. What is eye-opening about that council, as well as the one at Nicaea, is that they solved matters by absorption. Some said Jesus was man. Some said Jesus was God. The council, made up of deflected Christians, decided Jesus was God-Man. So each of the embattled contestants could accept the formula with reasonable satisfaction by the simple device of underscoring that phrase which embraced his own interest. Dr. Van Dusen says in his World Christianity: “The upshot of three centuries of heated controversy in two successive phases was the Catholic Church’s resolute refusal to choose—its return of a firm if somewhat befuddled ‘both . . . and’ to the disputants’ insistent ‘either . . . or.’ Nicaea, Constantinople, Chalcedon are the successive landmarks on the tortuous route. . . . At Chalcedon a century and a half later than Nicaea the same method of solution was even more baldly employed—not ‘either . . . or’ but ‘both . . . and,’ a solution by inclusion rather than by rejection at whatever cost to logical coherence and rationality.”

Has your understanding of Christ Jesus been influenced by the Council of Chalcedon? Most professed Christians do not even know that the council was responsible for defining the doctrine; and yet “the formula of Chalcedon,” writes Dr. Van Dusen on page 75, “met its dilemma by affirming, side by side, the contradictory contentions of the two disputant parties, without serious attempt at reconciliation.” Some way out of a dilemma! And so Chalcedon’s definition of Christ’s nature (“two natures, without confusion, without division, without separation, . . . not divided or separated into two persons but one”) has been called with reason, as Dr. Van Dusen says, “to the logical mind, distilled nonsense.”

“THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION BY GOD”

Regardless of what any council or man says about Jesus’ nature, the only reliable authority is God’s Word itself, of which Jesus said: “Your word is truth.” (John 17:17, NW) This Word of God reveals that Jesus is the Son of God, not Jehovah God himself. Concerning his relationship to his Father, Jesus explained: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28, NW) Jesus condemned hypocrisy; yet what glaring hypocrisy he himself would be guilty of if he had been Almighty God garbed in flesh! Jesus was not God himself, because even in his prehuman existence he was a created spirit called “the Word.” The Word was a mighty spirit creature and as such may properly be called “a god” but not “the God.” Hence an accurate translation of John 1:1 (NW) reads: “Originally the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

This scripture does not say that the Word always existed. Only Jehovah God is “from everlasting to everlasting.” (Ps. 90:2) There was a time when the Word was created. Jesus gave true facts concerning himself at Revelation 3:14 (NW), where he said: “These are the things the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God.”

So Jesus, in his prehuman existence, was the very beginning of Jehovah’s creation. Thereafter Jehovah used the Word in producing all other creations: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, because by means of him all other things were created.” (Col. 1:15, 16, NW) When God’s “firstborn” came to earth, the life force of the Word was transferred from heaven to the egg cell in the womb of Mary. This meant that the Word had to lay aside his heavenly glory, his spirit life. This he did: “Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men.”—Phil. 2:5-7, NW.

“A LITTLE LOWER THAN ANGELS”

Since Jesus as the Word “emptied himself” of his heavenly glory, he was no mighty spirit in a baby’s fleshly clothing just pretending to be ignorant like a newborn infant. Jesus was truly made flesh. His apostle John writes: “So the Word became flesh and resided among us.” (John 1:14, NW) When the Word “became flesh” he was no longer a spirit creature. Indeed, he had to be a man in the real sense to fulfill this scripture: “We behold Jesus, who has been made a little lower than angels, crowned with glory and honor.” If Jesus had been a God-Man, he could not have been really “lower than angels.” Nor is it reasonable to think that the great Sovereign of the universe, of whom it is written that “at no time has anyone beheld God,” would take up human form and be “lower than angels.”—Heb. 2:9; 1 John 4:12, NW.

There were times when angels appeared as men, as when two angels appeared to Lot. (Gen. 19:1) Such would be a case of true incarnation. It is noteworthy that the angels visiting Lot materialized as full-grown men, not as babies. If Jesus had been a mere incarnation, then it would not have been necessary for God to transfer his life to an embryo in the virgin’s womb and to have Jesus born as a helpless infant, subject to human parents; he could still have remained a spirit person and materialized a fully developed fleshly body just as the sons of God did in Noah’s day and as the angel Gabriel did before Mary.w56 4/15 p-237-239

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