Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How Could God Steal His Own Identity?



   The Bible says, “…Look not everyone to themselves [only] but each also [to] the others [and] Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who existing in the [physical] form of God deemed it not ill-gotten-gain to be equal with God.” 
   Paul wrote that All the fullness of the Godhead (every bit of it) dwelled in Jesus in physical form. One cannot steal what one already owns. One’s own identity, cannot be considered stolen property. 
   The Greek word, translated as “robbery,” [in Colossians chapter two] is the noun harpagmos. A noun is a person, place, or “thing.” Curiously, though, in Philippians chapter two, translators consistently render, harpagmos, as a verb—an action word: e.g., something “to be grasped at” (action), or “robbery” (action) rather than the already existing thing (noun) that it is. 
   Jesus, rightly, does not consider his intrinsic equality and existence as himself [Yahweh] to be ill-gotten-gain, because there is no hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   So, equality as God and with God is, and always has been, intrinsically his. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This is not something Jesus acquired at some point in his existence. It is simply who he is. Paul wrote that all the fullness (the absolute entirety) of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form.
   Jesus is God, and God never changes. The Godhead never changes. And, at no time, did the WORD, Jesus, ever give up his eternal existence and identity as Yahweh, the I AM of the Burning Bush—not even when he entered the kosmos in human flesh.

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She is author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Godhead



   Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi, that his desire was that they be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which come only by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

  I would like to focus for a few moments on the last part of that statement where Paul wrote that the fruits of righteousness are by Christ Jesus unto the praise of God.

   A cursory glance at this statement would imply that God is greater than Jesus, but since John 1:1 explicitly states that Jesus is God, New Testament statements, such as the one Paul wrote to the Philippians, can only be properly understood within the context of the Eternal Godhead Colossians 2:9

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   The Eternal Godhead is a composite unity—three in ONE. Hear O Israel, Yahweh our Elohiym is ONE Yahweh. All the fullness of the Godhead resides in Christ Jesus in physical form.

   Only by disregarding scriptures like Colossians 2:9, Matthew 1:23, Acts 20:28 and 1 Timothy 3:16 [as contained in all Received Text translations], which explicitly state that Jesus is Yahweh, can conclusions of hierarchal godheads be arrived at. All religious cults, that associate themselves with Christianity, diminish Emmanuel by creating hierarchal godheads. 
   Neither the Hebrew nor Received Text scriptures, teach that there is any such thing as hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead. The New Testament, Received Text, scriptures are witnesses to the Hebrew texts, where the prophets wrote of the Messiah, who would be Immanuel—God himself Isaiah 7:14, 8:8. Isaiah also wrote that Messiah would not only be Immanuel (The God with us), but that the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, would be God Himself [YHWH]—the Everlasting Father (the Father of Eternity) and the Mighty God Isaiah 9:6.    
   Jesus is not “a” god, nor is he subordinate to “the” God, because he is THE God. Jesus is truly…THE GOD with us.

   Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ’s command to win souls and make disciples. She teaches biblical truth without the limitations of culture or tradition, through preaching, teaching, writing books, and through her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. She is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How Translator Supplements Support the Idea of Hierarchy within the Godhead

  Most Christians know there are translator supplements in Bible translations. The practice is often  unavoidable and necessary. But do we understand the importance of learning how to spot these and of learning how to study the Bible for ourselves?

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   God promised that His Word would be available to every generation. That means that somewhere on earth, in every era, every generation has had access to the Word of God, no matter what men have done to twist it, corrupt it, and keep it from them.
   God's Word says that he watches over his Word to perform it, and that He will never allow it to be stolen from us.
   The Bible is not only available to modern Christians, but comes with more access to Hebrew and Greek study resources than at any other time in the history of the world. So, there is no excuse for biblical illiteracy among Christians...or for blindly following Christian leaders, denominations, or organizations, without checking their teaching against the Word of God (and with more than just a cursory surface reading), and holding them accountable for how they choose to influence the Body of Christ.
   Throughout Paul’s ministry, he remained laser-focused on the message of redemption. Virtually every letter he wrote, contained reference to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He also maintained a steady focus on who the Messiah really was, that Jesus was Immanuel—The God with us.
   An online Bible commentary edited by this writer, The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary, is also focused on who Jesus really is, and removes misleading translator supplements. 
   In Philippians 1:2, The King James Bible actually reads, “Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” But notice, that when the extraneous words, “from the” are removed, Paul’s greeting can be seen as a clear reference to the Godhead.
    The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary, uses the Majority Text for the New Testament, and removes the words “from the” which immediately precede the mention of Jesus, in verse two, because these two little words, are translator supplements. That means, they are not substantiated by the Koine Greek that underlies the English translation. 
   These two little words, appear to be added for no other see-able purpose, than to portray a non-existent hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   Any teaching of hierarchy within the Godhead, contradicts the overall message of the scriptures, which portray functional equality within the Godhead. The scriptures say, that all the fullness of the Godhead, dwells in Jesus in physical form, that Jesus—the Word—Is God, that Jesus is the Mighty God, that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. All of these clear references to Jesus as God, refute the idea of hierarchy within the Godhead.
   Jesus is YHWH, and no accurate translation of either the Hebrew or Greek scriptures says otherwise.

Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ's command to win souls and make disciples, and teaches biblical truth without the filters and limitations of culture or tradition. Her outreaches include: preaching, teaching, books, blogs, and her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. Andersen is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son. Follow her author page on Amazon, on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Links are located on her website, HungryHeartsMinistries.faith.


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

How to Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness

   All Christians are engaged in Spiritual warfare, whether we like it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not. So, the question is not, should we engage in Spiritual warfare? The question is, will we be strong in the Lord, or will we capitulate to the enemies of our souls and suffer defeat in our Christian walk.  Ephesians 6:14 says: Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate of righteousness…
   We always begin by Belting on the Truth. What is Truth? Jesus said God’s Word is Truth. Therefore, Truth is whatever God has to say about any given situation.
  After we belt on Truth, the enemy of our souls seeks to overthrow Believers through lies about worthiness. The Rulers of the Darkness of this World will lie, lie, lie to us by telling us that we are unworthy to expect answers to our prayers, that we are unworthy to apply the promises in God’s Word to our own lives.
   The Breastplate of Righteousness, guards our hearts from the darkness and devastation of this lie with the knowledge that we are the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
   We do not go about seeking to establish our own righteousness—which is impossible to do anyway and leads to cruel legalism anytime we try—but rather, we submit to the righteousness Jesus purchased on the cross and freely gives to all who come to him by faith in his death, burial, and resurrection from the dead.
   It is true; we are all unworthy. But we need not fear that we are unworthy recipients of God’s love and favor, because He loves us in spite of our unworthiness. He proved it by providing a remedy for our unworthiness when he sent his son to die for our sins. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners, yet unbelievers, yet enemies of God, and alienated from the life of God, while the whole world lay in that sad condition, God made the first move. It is because of Jesus, that all who believe have been made worthy, and are now safely hidden in Christ.
That means when our Creator looks at us, he sees us through the redemptive work of the cross, through the shed blood of his Risen Son. We have been made righteous by what Jesus did, not by anything we can ever do.
   Will we sin after we are saved? Of course we will. That’s why it is important that we gain a working knowledge of the Bible, so that we can know what the expressed will of God is. And when we sin, which all do, even after we are born again, it is vital that we heed our God-given conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to confess and forsake all known sin. We have a great promise that when we confess known sin in our lives, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
   That is powerful. So, allow the Breastplate of Righteousness to guard our hearts. Accept the righteousness freely given to us by our risen savior. Put it on. Walk in it…and by faith, stand in it.
  

 Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries. She ministers in preaching and teaching as well as in writing, and through her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. She is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn