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 [harpagmos, a noun], because there is no hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   Equality as God and with God is, and always has been, intrinsically his --John 1:1, Isaiah 9:6. 

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. 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 as a human.

Jocelyn Andersen is founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries since 1992

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Godhead



   Hear O Israel, Yahweh our Elohiym is ONE Yahweh. [God our Gods is one God]. The Eternal Godhead is a composite unity—three in ONE, and 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 in Received Texts and translations], which explicitly state that Jesus is Yahweh, The God of the Burning Bush, can conclusions of a hierarchical godhead be reached. Once The Godhead is declared hierarchical, it is no longer The Godhead but is transformed into a triad of three gods.
   All religious cults [that associate themselves with Christianity] diminish Emmanuel--God With Us--by creating hierarchal triads in which the father reigns supreme, Jesus becomes a created being, and the Holy Spirit becomes an errand boy. 
   Neither the Hebrew text nor Received Text Greek scriptures teach hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead. The Received Text, Greek scriptures, are witnesses to the Hebrew texts where the prophets wrote of the Messiah, who would be Immanuel—God YHWH himself with us! Isaiah 7:14, 8:8
   Isaiah wrote that Messiah would not only be Immanuel (The God with us), but also that the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, would be the Everlasting Father (the Father of Eternity) and the Mighty God Isaiah 9:6--the God of the Burning Bush.  
   Jesus is not “a” god, nor is he subordinate to “the” God, because he is THE God. Jesus is Yahweh…THE GOD with us.

Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, HungryHeartsMinistries.faith since 1992.  

She is the author of several books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son
   
More info at JocelynAndersen.com and Follow her on Twitter 

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 identify these and how to study the Bible for ourselves in judging the relevance and accuracy of translator supplements?
   This seems more daunting than it is. God promised that His Word would be available to every generation. That means that somewhere on earth, in every era, absolutely every generation has access to the Word of God, no matter what many 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 more widely available today and comes with more access to Hebrew and Greek study resources than at any other time in history. So, there is no excuse for biblical illiteracy...or for blindly following leaders, denominations, or organizations, without testing their teaching against the Written Word of God (both the original languages and the English), and holding them accountable for how they choose to influence the Body of Christ.
   The entirety of the scriptures [the "volume of The Book"], focus on the gospel message of redemption (gospel is Old English for "Good News"). Virtually every book of the New Testament contains reference to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ--which Paul defined as the Good News [the gospel]. The biblical writers [who wrote about Messiah] maintained a steady focus on who he was--Immanuel—The God with us.
   The online Bible commentary edited by this writer, The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary, is also focused on who Jesus is. Translator supplements that are not substantiated by the Koine Greek, that do not align with context, or with the scriptures as a whole, are removed.
   In Philippians 1:2, some translations read, “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” But when the extraneous words, “from the” are removed, Paul’s greeting can be seen as a reference to the Godhead rather than hierarchy within the Godhead. 

“Grace to you and peace from God [']our Father and Lord['] Jesus Christ”
   These two little words  "from the" appear to be added for no other purpose, than to portray a non-existent hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   Teaching of hierarchy within the Godhead, contradicts the overarching message of the scriptures which portray functional equality within the Godhead from the very first verse.

In the beginning ELOHIYM ALEPH א TAV ת (FIRST LAST) created the heavens and the earth

Even spaces between letters and words are translator supplements. The original Bible texts have no spaces. 

How important are spaces? One example is the Hebrew letters ALEPH א and TAV ת, which are present in Genesis 1:1 as stand-alone words, but few beyond scholars know this. The two letters remain untranslated in virtually every Bible. And in lexicons, are printed without a space between them, causing them to appear as a two-letter word. Only they are not a word. Hence, they do get translated. 

But these two letters should be included in translations/Lexicons and with a space between them--separated as two words--ALEPH א and TAV ת

Why? Because it is the presence of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alephbet, contained as they are within the first verse of every Bible, that run in an unbroken line and come full circle in identifying Jesus [the Alpha and Omega of the Greek Apokalypsis--The Revelation], as Yahweh Elohiym of Genesis 1:1.

The scriptures say, that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells within Jesus in physical form. Jesus—the Word—Is God. Jesus is The Mighty God. Jesus is The Everlasting Father. All of these clear references to Jesus as THE GOD, refute the idea of hierarchy within the Godhead. In light of this, translator supplements that under-gird theology that teaches otherwise should be discarded.

The Hebrew "ELOHIYM ALEPH א TAV ת" of Genesis 1:1, is one and the same with the Greek ALPHA and OMEGA of Revelation 1:8. It is the ALEPH א TAV of Genesis who is the One Who Was and Is and Is Coming Again!

    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, HungryHeartsMinistries.faith since 1992.  

She is the author of several books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son
   
More info at JocelynAndersen.com and Follow her on Twitter 

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? Rather, 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 strapping 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 strap on Truth, the enemy of our souls will seek to overthrow Believers through lies about their worthiness. The Rulers of the Darkness of this World will lie, lie, lie to us by telling us that we are not worthy enough to expect answers to our prayers, that we are not good enough 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.
   What is the TRUTH here? It is true that we are all unworthy. 
   But we need not fear the fact 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.
   This 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.
  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spiritual Warfare: Practical Ways to Put on the Armor of God



“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done ALL to stand.”  --Ephesians 6:13

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What is the apostle talking about, when he says to do “all?” What are believers instructed to do when confronted with evil spiritual attacks, which usually manifest themselves physically, either through adverse people or situations, or even illness or injury? Taken in context, when believers are told to do “all,” it is a reference to putting on the “whole” armor of God. This consists of ongoing action rather than simply completing a few tasks (such as mentally putting on a helmet or mentally picking up a sword). Putting on just part of God’s armor, will not win the day, and doing all, means not letting go, or giving up the faith, most especially when the battle seems to rage sorely against us.

We begin with fastening on the Truth. Pick it up. Belt it on tight. Own it. Jesus is the embodiment of TRUTH. He tells us that God’s WORD is Truth. He is the living WORD. And we have his personal admonition to be both hearers and doers of the Word, else we cannot stand. We have his personal example of how to hold fast to the Truth. Truth, is whatever God has to say about any given situation. And that always begins with the Written Word of God. The Bible says, that if anyone tries to sell us on any so-called spiritual truth, that has not already been written about in the scriptures, then there is no light in them! God will never violate [or disagree with] His own Word. When confronted with the devil, Jesus became our example in how to belt on the Truth. Notice how he carefully limited his engagement and conversation with the enemy to that of iterating and re-iterating, “It is written…”

What does the Word of God have to say about your situation? Regardless of what things look like, the Word of God is the TRUTH. Grab hold of it. Strap it on! Stand on it. Refuse to agree with anything else. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean NOT to our own limited and finite understanding.

After we learn what God has to say about our situation, and grab hold of the Truth about it, it is imperative that we add to that the Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Why? Because once the enemy knows that we know the TRUTH, he knows that he has already lost the battle, unless he can convince us that that we are undeserving of receiving God’s love, that we do not deserve to be recipients of the promises and Truth contained in His Word.

In a suit of armor, the breastplate guards the heart and other vital organs. We are commanded in the Bible to guard our heart (our spirit) with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. The Breastplate of Righteousness, guards the hearts of all believers with the knowledge that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are hidden In Christ. Having our sins covered, means when God looks at us, he sees only the righteousness Jesus has clothed us with. We stand righteous before God, because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, not because of anything we could do for ourselves. The Breastplate of Righteousness, protects us from believing the enemy’s lie that we are unworthy. Jesus has made us worthy.

Every soldier knows, that wherever they are, whatever they are doing, it is critical, that they take care of their feet. A soldier is seriously handicapped, without healthy feet. How do Christian soldiers take care of their feet?  

By always being prepared to share the good news about God’s good will toward men and the peace he made with humanity through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son. That is how we shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Always be ready to share the hope that is in us.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith we can extinguish all the flaming missiles of the wicked one. Faith will put out the fires. Faith will win the day. Faith has a tangible substance. It is the substance of things hoped for. If we have hope, that is the evidence that we know we have faith. Make sure it is rightly placed, securely anchored in Christ and in his Word. Then hold on tight! Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith works by love. In these two things all of the Law and all of the Prophets are briefly comprehended, Love Yahweh Elohiym, love the lord or God with all your heart soul and might, and love your neighbor as yourself.

And take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Putting on the Armor of God, begins with His Word and ends with His Word. The Helmet of Salvation protects the mind. Our hearts need protection by the Breastplate of Righteousness, and our minds need protection by the headgear provided by God.

We put on God’s headgear, by protecting our minds and intellect with a healthy fear of the Lord. The Bible says, “With all our getting, get understanding.” We cannot do that without the fear of God. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who can destroy the body but cannot destroy the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.  Protection our intellect by first laying a secure foundation of godly fear and reverence for God’s written Word. It is part of the Armor of God.

The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. It is an amazing sword, capable of discerning between the soul and the spirit. Our only offensive weapon, against a powerful spiritual enemy [who can manifest tangibly in devastating ways]. The Sword of the Spirit, is the Word of God—faith in the Word of God. Stubbornly, stick with the Word, agree with nothing else.
And while we are fighting our battles, let us not forget to stand with our sisters and brothers in Christ as they fight theirs. Praying always, for ourselves for others.

And when we have done all, when we have put on every piece of God’s armor, when we have walked in it, fought with it… then stand in it. No matter what, do not back down from what God has to say about our situations. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to God. Let His Word lead us in the way everlasting, by agreeing with our Creator, and whatever he has to say.

Be strong in HIS power, and in HIS might.


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