Who was and who is
He, and what did He do?
An ascended master that has
completed his evolution?
An extraterrestrial? (Some my
laugh, but others do not)
All the above and more have been postulated about the person of Jesus Christ. But,
just who is He, really?
A Word about
the basis for
about Jesus Christ
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directly to the section below on Jesus Christ)
It goes without saying that the historical records of man clearly show that a
person called Jesus, the son of Mary, and also thought to be the son of Joseph stepped
into the world and left his eternal fingerprints upon it. Most religions of the world also
acknowledge his existence in Palestine two thousand years ago. Yet, each also has their
own viewpoint as to who He really was and is.
The founder of LCM believes that Jesus Christ is the person that is described in
depth by the most thorough and detailed account about him. That account is provided in the
Christian Bible. It chronicles His acts and teaching while He was bodily on earth during
the first century some two millennia ago. Yet, within the increasingly blurry lines of
Christendom there are wide and divergent views on just what the Christian Bible teaches
concerning Jesus Christ.
This disparity concerning the person of Jesus Christ did not always exist among
true Christians. The increasing various views concerning Jesus Christ arose among those
professing faith in Him mostly after the plain sense (literal) interpretation of the Bible had been
undermined. This was a direct result of applying the allegorical method of
interpretation to the Christian Bible.
To take the Christian Bible at its plain sense means that
expressions and context of each passage are to be understood by its simple face
value translation. It also means that any biblical passages that in the plain
sense indicate a symbolic or spiritual meaning by word and context are to be
understood accordingly--not literally.
However, if one uses the allegorical method of interpretation,
passages that are truly symbolic or spiritual in context and application may at
times be interpreted literally instead--depending upon the predisposition of the
individual making the interpretation.
As some may see, a reader of the Bible must either be open to
believing that nothing they read in Bible means what it actually says, or
believe that it means exactly what it says and nothing else.
It is error if that which the Bible truly deems
to be literal is interpreted symbolically. It is equally erroneous if that which
the Bible truly deems to be symbolic or spiritual is interpreted literally.
Consequently, I believe the only sure and accurate method is to read the
Bible and take it at its plain sense. It is from this perspective that I and
millions of other believers view the person of Jesus Christ, His work, and His
teaching on how believers are to live today.
Click here to read more about the differences in
plain sense and allegorical interpretations.
In-Depth Look at the
Person of Jesus Christ
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The Nature of Jesus
- God to be served and worshipped
- Eternal (past and future)
The Bible teaching is very clear on the unique nature of Jesus Christ. In a word,
Holy Writ teaches that Jesus Christ is God.1
It also teaches that Jesus Himself believed He is God, and also affirmed the title of God
when it was applied to Him.2
He also accepted worship as only God could.3
Even those who did not believe in Him properly understood Jesus' words that indicated that
He is God.4
Furthermore, Jesus' personal testimony concerning Himself indicated that He knew that He
The divinely inspired Word also teaches that Jesus is eternal, past and present, without
beginning nor end of days.6
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The Nature of His First Coming
(As a A Sheep Slain Before
The Foundation of the World)
- Conceived by the Holy Spirit
- Born of a Virgin
- Sinless and perfect
- Rejected by the world
- Characterized as a lamb to be slaughtered
Jesus Christ was incarnated into humanity via the miraculous virgin birth. This
special birth was carried out by the Holy Spirit enveloping Mary with His presence and
power and implanting Jesus into the womb of Mary.7
The method Jesus chose to arrive upon earth enabled Him to indwell a specially
prepared human body 8
that escaped the fallen sin nature inherent in every human being. The sin nature became
firmly rooted in mankind when our divinely created forefather, namely Adam, disobeyed God
and took of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.9
The tree from which the fruit was taken was called the tree of knowledge of good
and evil. (Genesis 2:16) Even though we know very little about the true nature of the tree
and its fruit, the effect upon Adam was profound, permanent, and began to reproduce itself
in each and every generation of descendants.
NOTE:Even with current medical science and work in the field of genetics, we
know that numerous substances or forces can act upon humans and cause changes at the
lowest genetic level. We also know that such effects--or mutations--are
harmful, and depending upon the depth and nature of the mutations, the traits of heredity
can even be carried over into each successive generation of offspring via damaged
chromosomes. For example see May 2, 1997 article entitled,
Lab team opens door to male reproductive study by Don Johnston,
Public Affairs Office @ online version of "NEWStand Internal Communications
Department." In brief the article states:
"The Lab team clearly showed for the first time in humans that
chemotherapy for cancer causes some chromosome abnormalities, called aneuploidies, in
sperm that could lead to birth defects or abnormal pregnancy."
Also see article entitled Chromosome
Damage Occurs to Human Blood Cells
SOURCE: Mutation Research, 301:13-17, 1993, by Drs. M. Balaji, K.
Sasikala, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Zoology, Bharathiar University, India.
"The results show that malathion causes a dose-dependent
increase in chromosomal aberrations as well as Sister Chromatid Exchanges in human
leukocyte cultures....A dose dependent decrease in mitotic index was observed at all
concentrations. Hence, our results suggest that malathion is a mild mutagen and at higher
concentrations it might cause genotoxicity in humans."
If any conceived child cursed with such defects survives through birth and on to
adulthood it could possibly pass the same defects on to its offspring.
It also seems that some passed on genetic defects may be linked to various
aberrations in mental processes. The line between mental thought processes and spirituality
is currently undefined; yet, the Bible does speak of the process by which those who have
been reborn by grace through faith in Christ undergo a mental transformation process.
2And 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.
Thus, one could say that there seems to be even some scientific basis for the
infection of all mankind from Adam's one disobedient act of ingesting the forbidden fruit
as recorded in the Bible. If indeed all mankind was so affected (I use 'if' for
sake of discussion), then there was indeed a need for Jesus to utilize a specially
prepared human body that would be free from the curse of sin for His inception and
ultimate bodily entrance into this world. Such could come about only through the
miraculous parthenogenetic (i.e., virgin) birth.
God informed Adam about the future coming of this special event immediately after
his horrible transgression.
14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art
cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go,
and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall
bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Any student that is familiar with even basic human reproduction knows that a woman
does not have seeds, but eggs. Thus, God was informing Adam as to how all mankind would
one day be redeemed from the effects and curse of his disobedient action. That would occur
when the Messiah would come into the world when a women would deliver a child into the
world through a supernatural conception that would circumnavigate human males altogether.
From His birth Jesus did what on man could. He lived a completely sinless life and
also went about performing miracles that only God could. 10
He ultimately suffered death according to God's plan to fulfill the requirement to
redeem man's race from Adam's curse and its eternal effects.
Despite His goodness and evident divine nature, and also the foretelling of his
first coming in the ancient Hebrew scripture11,
He was largely rejected and despised by the world. Ultimately, he was falsely accused and
subsequently tortured and put to death by crucifixion. Yet, He never resisted, and in
silence He allowed Himself to be put to death.
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The Purpose of His
- The Perfect Propitiatory and Substitutionary Sacrifice
- Bodily Resurrection
Jesus' death was not merely the result of a miscarriage of justice, nor was it
merely the expressed wrath of the religious leaders that were jealous and fearful of Him.
Though these emotions were instrumental in His death, they were not the true underlying
Even before the foundation of earth were laid in the first moments of creation,
the divine Godhead had already preordained that Jesus would die to do for man what man
could could not do for itself. He provided the full payment and satisfaction for man's
rebellion against God to redeem man and restore him to the place of fellowship with God
that God had intended from the beginning. That payment was made in the form of a
substitutional bloody sacrifice that Jesus present in His body that had been prepared for
that very purpose.
Jesus' full payment for the sin of mankind was complete and satisfied all
requirements, thus He overcame the penalty of sin, which was death. Consequently, death
could not longer hold Him and He raised His body from the dead. (John 2:18-19)
Upon resurrection his body was glorified, i.e. transformed from having
bloody nature to having a spiritual nature of light. Yet, His body consisted of a
transformed flesh and bone and was physically tangible. (Luke 24)
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His Finished Work
- The salvation of man
- Bodily ascension into heaven
- Lay the foundation for His church
Jesus offered His body up as the perfect sacrifice to overcome sin and its
consequences. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, Jesus has provided a way for each human
individual to accept His substitutionary death and payment for sin by grace through faith.
Grace is a gift that is not earned, but can only be accepted when offered (Romans 4:1-5, 6:23,
10:9-10, Ephesians 2:2-9) Faith is simply trusting God at His word. (Romans 10:17,
Once Jesus accomplished His purpose, and also after He had revealed Himself in His
glorified resurrected state, He, God the son, then ascended into heaven to take up His
eternal position, which is on the right-hand of God the Father. His ascension included His
resurrected and glorified body.
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Authority and Position in Relation to Mankind
- One and only mediator between man and God
Once Jesus ascended into heaven He became the divine advocate for all those who
would trust in Him and His finished work, and would also openly profess Him as God, their
Lord and eternal Savior.
He is the only mediator between God and man. No other person or object need or can
act as a mediator or go-between. Any true born-again believer has the authority and
constant challenge to introduce non-believers to Jesus and His finished work, but it is
Jesus alone who can and will absolve sin and effect the new birth upon any to come to Him
He is the Lord God, and those who truly trust in Him are also to follow and serve
Him. Such service and discipleship is to be motivated and driven by love and thanksgiving
for Jesus and His finished redemptive work for man.
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The Necessity of
Him and His Work
- The only way
- The only Savior
The Bible teaches that Jesus is not one way among many to true spiritual rebirth,
redemption, and salvation, but that is the only way. He is the exclusive Savior
of all mankind. The Bible also affirms that Jesus' exalted position is unique and unshared
with anyone or anything else.
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The Nature of His Future Coming
As the Lion Of Judah
- Personal and Bodily
- In two stages
- Characterized as a conquering Lion
In two steps on two separate occasions.
During the first stage Jesus will not actually step down onto earth's surface, but
He will only arrive and stop in the upper atmosphere. This stage will take place at least
7 prophetic Jewish years before the second stage, and it will not be readily
apparent to non-believers at the time of its occurrence. It will be characterized by the
disappearance of perhaps millions of people who may not be readily identifiable as a
related group. It will set the final stage for an unparalleled global deception.
In the second stage Jesus will return to earth by the same manner in which He
ascended into heaven. That means that He will descend bodily out of heaven onto the Mount
of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. (Acts 1:1-11)
The second stage will occur at least 7 prophetic Jewish years after
the first stage. Unlike the first stage, this phase will be obvious to all humans still
remaining on earth at the time of its occurrence. In this stage Jesus will be confronted
by a unified army of humans that have come together specifically to resist Him at this
coming. The resistance will utterly fail and all opposing Him will be totally destroyed
Unlike the silent and secret first stage of His next return, in this event Jesus
will be characterized as a conquering and mighty lion. He will be accompanied by an
innumerable company of powerful and Holy angels, and also an equally large number of
believers that had been previously resurrected and already in heaven. Also in contrast to
the first stage of the second coming, instead of Jesus remaining silent and being overcome
as a lamb, this time the spoken word that emanates from His mouth will be the ultimate
instrument of destruction for those who oppose Him. This infinite power was demonstrated
in the beginning of the world when His mouth merely uttered words that resulted in the
world being created ex nihilo, i.e., 'out of nothing.'
Once the opposition has been destroyed, Jesus will set up a perfect Theocracy in
which He will personally rule the world for 1,000 years.
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His Eternal Blueprint
- He is eternally God
- King of Kings
- People to be eternally His People
- Some to rule with Him
- Others to enter joyful serve
From the beginning of mankind and the known world God's plan was to engage in
loving communication and fellowship with His created intelligent beings known as mankind.
Humans will enter the eternal kingdom only by experiencing the new birth and forgiveness
of sin by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work. In this kingdom
glorified humans will free from a sin nature and its subsequent curses that result in
disease and death. Yet, people will still be people with a human nature. They will not be
gods--nor will they ever become gods.
Likewise, God alone will have the unique exalted position of being God. People
will will lovingly serve and worship God as such.
Glorified believers that have lovingly served the Lord Jesus while living on earth
will be rewarded accordingly, and will be given divinely appointed and eternal positions
of leadership, honor, and authority. All others will experience an eternal life of blessed
and joyful service.
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What Jesus Can Do For You
Simply knowing about Jesus and what He did does very little for
people. The Bible states that even the Devil and his angels believe, however
their knowledge only causes them to tremble.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils
also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19)
Jesus Christ, God who clothed Himself in human flesh, came to earth to
provide his body and blood as a ransom for the sin of man. It is now the
responsibility of each to accept His testimony, His work, and His marvelous
gift. Click to go to the page that can show you how.
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