King of the Mountain

[This article is a transcription of our audio teaching, King of the Mountain.]

 

I hope that this teaching will augment some of the things that you are already convinced of what we consider to be biblical truths on the subject of who Jesus Christ is and what is his relationship with the one true God his loving, heavenly Father. If you are not convinced according to how we think what the Bible says, then I hope that this teaching will be a user-friendly teaching for you and one that will touch your heart, and even make you appreciate more the Lord Jesus Christ and all his wonderful work on our behalf.

You may remember the phrase “king of the mountain” from your childhood days, while you were wrestling with other boys or girls for supremacy on the top of a small hill. The title King of the Mountain is very apropos regarding what Scripture says about Jesus Christ’s up-coming 1000 year reign on the earth—the Millennial Kingdom. That is a preview of coming attractions relative to the New Earth.

We will start in Psalm 24. You may be thinking, “Hey that is right next to Psalm 23, the world’s most famous Psalm.” That is true; it is the world’s most famous Psalm. That brings up a good question. Why is not Psalm 11 or 82 not well known? Why is Psalm 23 so well known? I think that part of the answer is because Psalm 22, 23, and 24 are a trilogy, and a very famous part of Jewish literature.

As you may know, Jesus Christ quoted from the cross Psalm 22:1 and the last part of the last verse—it is finished. He did that because he was hoping that it would bring to mind all the verses in between. It certainly did do that for many of the Jewish people standing at Golgotha that day because virtually every Jewish person had memorized Psalm 22, 23, and 24. Now, Psalm 23 has continued to be extremely famous even among Christians, but many people know Psalm 22 and not so many people know 24.

If you have a Companion Bible with the notes and edits of E.W. Bullinger, then you can look at his notes on this trilogy. He sees these three Psalms each as prophetic regarding the Messiah in the Old Testament. You know that from Genesis 3:15 forward, the entire Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, point to the coming man who would be the Messiah, and who if he was obedient to God’s blue print for his life including death on the cross, would be highly exalted and be king of the mountain one day. Thus, E.W. Bullinger sees Psalm 22 as the Good Shepherd on earth in his death, Psalm 23 as the Great Shepherd in Heaven by resurrection and his care of his people from that position of exaltation, and Psalm 24 as the Chief Shepherd on earth in glory. You can see the progression there, he was on the earth, and he died, he then was exalted in Heaven, and he will come back to the earth in glory this time, not in death. I think that that is very valid.

I want to point out in Psalm 24:3, remember that this is pointing toward Jesus Christ, that a phrase is there that appears seven times in the Old Testament.

Psalm 24:3a
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?

Anytime you see the capitalized letters for LORD in the Old Testament Bible, it is the name of God, Yahweh. I did a Teaching of the Month in February 2002 called Ever Increasing Glory, which goes into much more detail about the word Yahweh as God’s name, and how Jesus was named after his Father, if you will—a chip off the old block.

Psalm 24:3
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord [Yahweh]? Who may stand in his holy place?

It goes on to prophesy about the coming King of Glory. As Bullinger says, it is about the Chief Shepherd on the earth in glory. The hill of Yahweh is a phrase used seven times in the Old Testament.

I will show you another one that is very pertinent and very vivid for what we are talking about here. In a moment, I am going to tell you where we are going in this teaching, but we are going to see that Jesus Christ will be King of the Mountain. In these verses that use this phrase the hill of Yahweh, the very first one can be found in Genesis 22:14 where Abraham called the place Jehovahjireh which means “on the mount the LORD will be seen.”

Genesis 22:14 (KJV)
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

The essence there is as the one who provides. It is actually the LORD that will be seen as the provider; of course, that is in the context of finding the ram in the thicket, which Abraham sacrificed instead of Isaac. Isaac was a type of the Coming Lamb whose blood would be shed.

Isaiah 2:1-4
(1) This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning [the church? no!] Judah and Jerusalem: [This has nothing to do with Christians; this is all about Israel.]
(2) In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; [In other words, the most important mountain.] it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
(3) Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD [Yahweh], to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
(4) He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

How many know that this is still future? All you have to do is pick up this morning’s paper. Obviously, the United States is at war in Iraq and in Afghanistan; wars are all over the place; thus, not enough plowshares and still too many swords. This is future about the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

Another phrase that you can look at in your own study of this subject is the mountain of Elohiym. That is also used in seven places of Scripture. In one that I will just mention that is interesting is found in Ezekiel 28:16, which he is talking about Lucifer.

Ezekiel 28:16
…So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God…

As far as I know that verse has a two-fold application both past and future. Lucifer was booted from heaven and took one-third of the angels with him. Now he is referred to as the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4), but he is going to be booted out of that position and eventually destroyed.

We know that the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, should also be included in what we might call the Old Testament because they are the fulfillment of part of the prophecies from Genesis 3:15 to Malachi. What part you might ask? It is the part about the Messiah coming to the earth and being tortured and killed, his suffering. Remember it is all about the suffering and the glory—Genesis 3:15 “You are going to bruise his heal,” that is the suffering. “He is going to bruise your head,” that is the glory that is still future. We live now in a time between the grave and the glory.

Genesis 3:15 (NKJ)
…He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

From Genesis 3:15, the Old Testament fills in the picture of a man, the seed of David, a promised seed, a human being who would come to save Israel and anyone else who would believe in him as the Anointed One—that is what the word messiah means. The Anointed One is the Messiah as the Redeemer. This man would suffer at his first coming to the earth to Israel then he would be glorified at his second coming to the earth to Israel. The way that Jesus came to the earth to Israel the first time was by way of God putting a seed in Mary—Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:35 make that very clear that Jesus was the Son of God by virtue of his virgin birth.

Matthew 1:18
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Of course, Jesus knew that he was the Anointed One. The one about which the Old Testament spoke. We can see that very clearly in Luke 4:18-19. At the start of his earthly ministry as the Messiah he says the following in the synagogue in Nazareth after he opened the scroll of Isaiah and read from chapter 61 verses 1-2a:

Luke 4:18 and 19
(18) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
(19) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus stopped short of reading from Isaiah 61:2b because that would still be future, but 61:1-2a talked about his ministry as the Messiah. From the Old Testament Jesus knew that if he laid down his life for mankind, God would highly exalt him and make him king of the mountain. That is to say that Jesus would rule the earth from Jerusalem on Mount Zion for 1000 years as a prelude to creating a new heaven and new earth for all regenerate mankind to live forever.

In this teaching, which is all about exalting Jesus Christ and his awesome accomplishments on our behalf, we will see the magnificent precision and integrity of the Word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the golden thread woven throughout the royal tapestry of truth. Perhaps like the two men on the road to Emmaus to whom Jesus expounded the same Old Testament scriptures that we are going to see, your heart will burn within you too. I pray you will be inspired to make him king of your heart on a moment-by-moment basis. We are going to see in this teaching how precisely Jesus knew the Old Testament, and that his assurance of his identity was grounded in the Word of God.

Remember that the Old Testament was written primarily for Jesus, so that he could know his identity, his mission, and his destiny, and that he would be inspired (I love this point) as he read about Moses, David, Abraham, and Isaiah. He read about all these wonderful men, many who even gave their lives as martyrs for standing for the truth of the coming Messiah. I think that Jesus was inspired not to let them down, so he went to the cross for all who would believe in him for all time.

We are going to look at five sections of the Word, and in those sections which are from the Old Testament or the Hebrew Scriptures, we are going to see that representatives of God are called gods. This was very well known in the Hebrew culture and customs, and it is very well known today among scholars who have done their homework. Why would God call them gods? He did this because His intention was that they would reflect His heart to those that they served. The sad news is that in Old Testament Israel few of them did this. Only one man would perfectly re-present the heart of our heavenly Father, and that would be of course the Messiah. Because of Jesus’ faithfulness to entrust himself to God, Jesus Christ has been highly exalted by God as Lord for the Church, that is you and me if we are Christians. In this time between the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:1 (When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place) and the Rapture or Gathering Together of the Church as recorded in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and 1 Corinthians 15.

1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Corinthians 15:51 and 52
(51) Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
(52) in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

We live in this time frame between the Day of Pentecost and The Rapture. Jesus Christ has been highly exalted as Lord for you and me. One day he will be King of the Mountain.

We are going to start in John 10:22.

John 10:22-24
(22) Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter,
(23) and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
(24) The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

That is the Messiah, the Anointed One. Now, that gives you an indication that they were looking for somebody. For whom do you think that they were looking? They were looking for the man who was the subject of the Hebrew Scriptures from Genesis 3:15 to Malachi. They were saying, “If you are this guy that we have been looking for, tell us plainly/boldly.”

John 10:25-28
(25) Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me,
(26) but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
(27) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
(28) I give them eternal life…

It says in most every Bible eternal life. Perhaps you are familiar with the 71 occurrences of aionios or aionion. The key part of that word is “aion” where we get the English word “ion” which means “an age.” It should have been translated as “life in the coming age” or “regarding the coming age.” “I give them life in the age or age life.” People were familiar with that from the book of Daniel and other places in the Old Testament that a new age was coming. Of course, many of the things that God does, the Enemy, the Devil, counterfeits and so today we have the “new age movement,” but that is not the true “new age.” A new age will occur with peace on earth and a one-world government, and his name will be Jesus. That is when he will be King of the Mountain.

John 10:28a
I give them eternal life [life in the coming age], and they shall never perish;

Look at these key words.

John 10:28b and 29
(28) no one can snatch them out of my hand.
(29) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

Right there, we see a tremendous unity between Jesus and God by that phrase being repeated. Next comes verse 30, which is sort of a famous verse.

John 10:30
I and the Father are one.”

Appendix A in our book, One God & One Lord or on our BiblicalUnitarian.com website explains John 10:30 and its context because many people say, “This means that Jesus and God are one in essence.” We do not agree with that. We think that they are two separate beings with two separate wills.

John 10:30
I and the Father are one.”

How are they one? They are one in that no one can snatch anyone out of either of our hands. They are one in the goals, the purpose, one in their hearts, etc., etc.

This did not bless the Jews. I like the first word of verse 31 because it says “again.”

John 10:31
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,

If you were watching me teaching this live, I would mime this as I am teaching because they bend down—This seemed to be a habit with them, picking up stones. Stones must have been around where they were. Jesus says this, and they are picking up stones to stone him, but Jesus responds.

John 10:32
but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

Now, they are holding their stones [picture this].

John 10:33
“We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you,

Uh-oh, whoa, the NIV is not going to do justice right here.

John 10:33b
a mere man, claim to be God.”

The capital “G” in God is very poor scholarship in the translation of this verse. Our book, One God & One Lord, deals in greater detail with that. The word anthropos is used about 550ish times and never in but one or two places do they add the word mere in front of man. The word mere is not in any text anywhere, but they added it in this verse. They did not say, “a mere man.” They said, “a man.” Jesus is not a mere man! He is the only human being ever born of a virgin, who chose to live a sinless life and succeeded on our behalf, who went to the cross and died as a perfect sacrifice both genetically and behaviorally for the sin and sins of all mankind, who was raised from the dead by God and highly exalted to His right hand, and who will come back to win the Battle of Armageddon, and be exalted as King of the Mountain; thus, Jesus is not a mere man!

More problems are there when they say, “claim to be God.” That is not how the text reads. The text reads, “claim to be a god.” No capital letters are in there. This is the translators decision, and it is very wrong as we go back to see in Psalm 82 from which Jesus is about to quote.

I hope that you are going to get some tingling up and down your spine during this teaching as the incredibly precise and awesome Word of God speaks. Remember those two guys on the road to Emmaus, I just know that Jesus taught them some of these scriptures. Wait until you see them. They are critical scriptures in the Old Testament. It says that he expounded them all the scriptures regarding himself.

Luke 24:13-15 (KJV)
(13) And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
(14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
(15) And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

Luke 24:27 (KJV)
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Back to John 10:33 where the Jews are holding their rocks.

John 10:33 and 34
(33) We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
(34) Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, `I have said you are gods’?

Look at this, they give us a small “g” here. They should have put a small “g” in the previous verse to be accurate.

John 10:35
If he [meaning God, Jesus is still speaking.] called them `gods’, to whom the word of God came and the Scripture cannot be broken—

Remember, “Representatives of God in the Old Testament were called gods [small “g”].

John 10:36
what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, [‘I’m God’?]

No it does not say that, absolutely not. That is not what Jesus said, and this would have been a perfect opportunity for him to say one way or the other; “You’re right, I am God in human flesh.” Honestly, he did not say that. If he had said it, that is what I would believe, but he did not say it.

John 10:36b
Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, `I am God’s Son’?

That is all that he claimed to be – God’s son.

John 10:37
Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.

Like he said, “I told you, but you did not believe in miracles.”

John 10:38
But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

They did not like that either

John 10:39
Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

We are going to the beginning of Psalm 82, and we are going to do this several times in this teaching, where we go to the place in the Old Testament that is quoted from or referred to.

Psalm 82:1
God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the “gods”:

Look, they put it in quotes, small “g” gods, so you see that they get it here. What God is saying here is that He gives judgment among the gods, and He say’s, “Okay, represent me among the people of Israel.” Well, they were not doing very well.

Psalm 82:2 and 3
(2) “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
(3) Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

Hey, do you know what just came to my mind? Luke 4:18-19, Isaiah 61:1-2, he talked about the poor. Why, because nobody up to that time had done it.

Luke 4:18 and 19
(18) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
(19) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Isaiah 61:1 and 2
(1) The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
(2) to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

Psalm 82:4 and 5
(4) Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
(5) “They [referring back to these small “g” gods.] know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. [That is because they were not doing their job.]

This is it here; this is the verse that Jesus quoted again.

Psalm 82:6 and 7
(6) “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’
(7) But you will die like [They put the word mere here.] mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.”

In other words, you guys are doing a lousy job, and you are going to die, and that is all there is to it. It does not mean that God was going to kill them or anything. They were just going to die. He said, I made you my representatives, and I wanted you to really act like Me, but you are acting like knuckle-heads. “You are going to die like men, and you are going to fall like every other ruler.” Often that means in disgrace. Now, one more verse is there in this Psalm, and for a number of years I just did not grab verse 8 for how big and significant it really is. It is a plea for the Messiah, but after going with all the small “g” gods, the translators just did not quite get this one. They got a big “G” in there.

Psalm 82:8a
Rise up, O God

Just like it has been every other time it should be god – small “g.” What is it saying? It is a plea for someone, a human being, to truly represent the heart of God, so it says:

Psalm 82:8
Rise up, O god [the coming Messiah] judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

What a wonderful verse! Do you see what it is saying there? You can see God’s heart just longing for the coming of this Messiah. Remember, the Old Testament prophesies regarding Christ is God giving Jesus a good reputation to live up to because Jesus is and was the Last Adam, which means that he had free will. He did not have to obey the prophetic blue print that God set before him.

Do you know why we love Jesus so much? We love not because he was some kind of programmed robot, who had no choice but to do what he did. Absolutely not, that would make a farce of Jesus’ whole life, especially the last 40 hours when he was tortured and the last 6 hours of that when he hung on the cross and magnificently stood in the gap for you and for me.

This is something that I always wondered about. If Jesus were God, then that was not hard for him to do. For me, I could never figure out that that would be very hard for God to do. Jesus hung for six hours. That is why we love him because he is the fulfillment of these prophecies. He is the fulfillment because he chose to be, not because he was a robot. God by virtue of His inherent character and nature says in Titus 1 that He does not lie.

Titus 1:2
a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

That means that God has no choice by His very nature He has to be truthful. Jesus on the other hand had a choice; he had free will. That means that he could have sinned because if he could not have sinned then he could not have genuinely been tempted. We are going to see all of that, believe me it is all coming up in the book of Hebrews.

Let’s look at Isaiah 9—Merry Christmas, no doubt during your life time you have gotten or you will receive a Christmas card with Isaiah 9:6 on it.

Isaiah 9:5
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

Why fuel for the fire? It is because of verse 6

Isaiah 9:6
For [because] to us a child [baby, Genesis 3:15, like the seed of the woman] is born, to us [Israel] a son is given,

That is a very fat comma after the word given. That is what we call in the business a pregnant pause. So far, that is about a 2000-year pause, because a definite gap is there between a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. Did they crown Jesus king when he was in his earthly ministry? No, they mocked him by putting a purple robe on him and killed and crucified him. However, that purple robe was prophetically inspiring to him because he knew that he would wear it one day as King of the Mountain if he would endure the torture to which he was subjected.

Isaiah 9:6
and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will [future] be called…

Not at his first coming to the earth, he was spit upon, scorned, and mocked, but at his second coming to the earth to Israel when he comes in glory. At his first coming he rode the little donkey and they killed him. On his second coming, he will be coming on a white horse and he will be wielding the sword at that time to destroy wicked people.

Isaiah 9:6
And he will be called…

Commas should not be between these word pairs. I will give you some other versions that will translate this differently. Again, our book, One God & One Lord, handles all these versions that I am going to teach in more detail.

Isaiah 9:6
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…

Look what they did. They put a capital “G,” no way should they have done that. It is just in line with what we have been reading in Psalm 82, John 10, and more is coming.

Isaiah 9:6
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty god,

The Luther and Moppet translations translated it as mighty hero because he will be.

Isaiah 9:6
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty god, Everlasting Father

We will see that Jesus is figuratively called a father, and we are figuratively called his children. We cannot literally be his children because we have the same Father that he does. That is why he is not ashamed to call us brethren. The everlasting father can actually be father of the coming age. Why? What is he called in the first place? He was called a seed. Is that not wonderful? What is the purpose of a seed? It is to produce fruit after its own kind; in that sense, he is a “father.” That is so awesome.

Isaiah 9:6b and 7
(6) And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty god, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(7) Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

I hope that you appreciate how wonderfully precise the Word of God is. I am sure that I do not get it anywhere as near as big as it is, but I just love this stuff.

Psalm 45:1 and 2
(1) My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; [I love this little phrase.] my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
(2) You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

Now it may have been talking about some earthly king who was a good guy at the time, contemporary to this being written, but it does not go that way all the way through the chapter. The analogy goes beyond that and it may have a dual application, but it is certainly prophetic about the coming Messiah.

Psalm 45:3-5a
(3) Gird your sword upon your side, [Does he have a sword in the book of Revelation? Yes, he does.] O mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
(4) In your majesty ride forth victoriously [on your donkey? No, he is going to be riding on a big white horse.] in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; [That is for all mankind.] let your right hand display awesome deeds.
(5a) Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;

That did not happen on his first ministry here on the earth. No, it is his second ministry to Israel on the earth.

Psalm 45:5b
let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Here we go. This is what is going to take us to Hebrews chapter one because these verses coming up are going to be quoted in Hebrews chapter one, so we are following the golden thread through the royal tapestry of truth. It is a little Bible scavenger hunt. We go from clue to clue.

Psalm 45:6
Your throne, O God [god],

That should be a small “g” like the rest of the theme that we have been seeing here. It is talking about the human being prophesied throughout the Old Testament.

Psalm 45:6 and 7
(6) Your throne, O god, [The perfect representative of God] will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
(7) You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you [That is what would happen for the Messiah!] with the oil of joy.

Why? This happened because Jesus so loved righteousness and hated wickedness that he hung in there every second of his life until he said, “It is finished,” and gave up his life. God honored His promises to His Son, and His greatest promise was raising him from the dead. Watch this; it is all coming up!

Psalm 45:8
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.

That is the picture of Jesus in Glory. Now we are going to go from Hebrews 1:1 all the way through Hebrews 2:18.

Hebrews 1:1
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

Did we just read some of what that is talking about? Yes, we did.

Hebrews 1:2
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things,

Who appointed whom? God appointed Jesus. Note the duality here. Speaking of duality, only two seats are on the final throne in the book of Revelation. On the new earth, when it is all said and done 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, Jesus reports in to God so to speak and says in essence, “Last Adam reporting, mission accomplished and paradise regained.” God will say, “High five and thank you, good work and have a seat.” Only two seats are there for God and Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28
(24) Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
(25) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
(26) The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
(27) For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
(28) When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

Our book, The Gift of Holy Spirit: The Power to Be Like Christ, will help you understand if you have never seen that the capital Holy Spirit is simply another title or reference to the one and only true God, the Father of Jesus Christ. We only have one God, the Father, and one Lord Jesus. That is why two seats are there on the final throne. Okay, it is just the way it is. We do not have any axe to grind, we just want to believe whatever the Word says.

Hebrews 1:2
whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Our book, One God & One Lord, goes into greater detail than I have time to do in this teaching. The word universe is the word aion. I already mentioned that. The KJV says world. That is bad, but the NIV’s universe is worse. No way, it is talking about any material thing that is created. It is through whom he made the ages and we have an audio seminar called Jesus Christ: The Diameter of the Ages. Jesus Christ the dia-meter. The word dia means through, the distance through the ages. That is the word through that is in verse two, which is the preposition dia. That title comes from this verse. It is not saying that Jesus Christ was the creator because the Bible says that God was the creator of the heavens and the earth. If you are thinking of Colossians 1, it does not say Jesus Christ is the creator.

Colossians 1:16
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

It said that he was the first born of all creation. That is a wonderful section; it totally exalts Jesus, and it is explained in Appendix A of our book, One God & One Lord. It is talking about the need that God had for time, the ages, in order to carry out the plan of redemption after the first Adam fouled it up by his disobedience. Had the first Adam obeyed we would not have a Bible, we would not have Jesus, and we would not have watches because time would not exist as we would not need it! We would be living forever on a perfect earth with perfect people. That is what would have happened. They would have multiplied like God said and filled up the earth.

Verse three is a fifty-dollar verse with many words that you can study with great reward. The Son, who God is speaking to us now through re-presented the heart of God, the only man who ever did it perfectly.

Hebrews 1:3
The Son is the radiance [or the reflection] of God’s glory

The Son is not the original light, but he perfectly reflected the original light.

Hebrews 1:3
and the exact representation of his being,

The word “being” is the word hupostasis, which means the essence of which like the invisible part standing under something that holds it up, so to speak. The word representation is the Greek word charakter, which means when you take a die that has a big “S” on it or your initials, and you put it in wax, and you stamp it, exactly what is on the die is exactly what you see in the representation of it on the wax on the paper. No difference. You do not have a big “X” on the die, and you stamp it, and it says “y.” No, it is exactly what it was, but it is not the die itself. It is the re-presentation.

Hebrews 1:3
sustaining all things by his powerful word.

Jesus stood on the phrase, “It is written,” “It is written,” “It is written.” That is how he did what he did. He had to have faith in God and His Word.

Hebrews 1:3
After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Now, sat down might give you the impression that he is dormant or reclining. Well, right hand is the key phrase there. “This is my right hand man.” What does that mean? That he is just lying around somewhere? No, it indicates great activity. What activity? It is the activity of carrying out the will of the boss. That is what Jesus is currently doing.

Hebrews 1:4
So he became as much superior to the angels [This is a key word, I will come back to it.] as the name [This is a key phrase.] he has inherited is superior to theirs.

If you are thinking of Philippians 2:9-10:

Philippians 2:9 and 10
(9) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
(10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Now, go back and notice the word angel in Hebrews 1:4. This word is going to go all the way through Hebrews 2:18 because it introduces a comparison, an analogy between angels and Jesus, and how Jesus started out lower than the angels, and he ended up way higher than they did. Here we go, let us follow that analogy, and I will do my best to point it out.

Hebrews 1:5
For to which of the angels did God ever say, [That’s my boy!] “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”?

Did God ever say that to an angel? No, he did not. Now, at first glance, this verse would very logically seem to be regarding the birth of Jesus, but it is not. Psalm 2 will make that very clear, and we will put an exclamation on it with Acts 13, where Psalm 2 is also quoted. Let us take a side trip in Bibleville and go back to Psalm 2:1.

Psalm 2:1 and 2
(1) Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
(2) The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the [Yahweh] and against his Anointed One.

Okay right there, one plus one is two. Simple, they are going to be the ones on the two chairs when it is all over.

Psalm 2:3
“Let us break their chains,

They say this because they think that they are in bondage under the theocracy that will be the rule of Christ on the earth.

Psalm 2:3b-7
(3b) they say, “and throw off their fetters.”
(4) The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
(5) Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, [Here it is, King of the Mountain.]
(6) “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill [or my holy mountain].”
(7) I will proclaim the decree of the LORD [prophetically speaking of God, referring to Jesus.]: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

If you have an NIV Study Bible, a good note is written in it. This is one of the few Old Testament prophesies about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Psalm 16 is one, Jonah is a type, and this one here. Other than that, I am not sure if there are any other specific prophesies about the resurrection, but this is a specific prophecy about the resurrection.

Psalm 2:7b
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

Now, a period is there, and it is a pregnant period. A 2000-year gap exists between that and verse 8.

Psalm 2:8-12
(8) Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
(9) You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
(10) Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
(11) Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
(12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

What is this talking about? It is talking about the post resurrection kingdom of Jesus Christ. Let’s look at verse 7 again—resurrection.

Psalm 2:7
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today [I raised you from the dead.]

I will prove it to you; just hang on for a second. It is not his birth; it is his resurrection.

Psalm 2:8
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

In essence, God is saying, “Okay, I missed you for three days and three nights; I am really glad that you are up from the dead. Uh, what would you like to do now that you are up? Do you want to be king of the world? Okay, I will keep My promise to you; you can be king of the world, and in the future, you will be ruling the world.” That is what verse 8 is talking about. Anybody who gets out of line in the Millennial Kingdom, Jesus will set them straight.

In Acts 13:27 there is a fabulous discourse by the Apostle Paul. It is sort of a history of the Old Testament. It then gets to the coming of Christ.

Acts 13:27a
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,

Many Jewish people still do not recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah about whom was prophesied because they did not see the suffering part that he had to do first.

Acts 13:27b-34
(27b) yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.
(28) Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
(29) When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. [I love this next verse.]
(30) But God raised him from the dead, [That is short, but it cannot be any sweeter!]
(31) and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.
(32) “We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers
(33) he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. [I do not think that a period belongs after the word Jesus] as it is written in the second Psalm: “’You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’
(34) The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: “’I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’

That is a resurrection sandwich; at least the resurrection is the bread. It is all over the place. Psalm 2:7 is specifically talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the Psalms are many things that were regarding David contemporarily that are now applied to Jesus Christ who is a greater son than David was.

Hebrews 1:5b and 6
(5b) Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?
(6) And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

No, this is not at Jesus’ birth. Actually, if you have a Companion Bible, the text according to E.W. Bullinger is this, “But when he shall again have brought into the world his first born.” “Again bringing him into the world he will say, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him’.” That is not what happened at Jesus’ first birth. The angels did not worship; they proclaimed his coming, but the next time around, they are coming with Jesus. They are going to be worshiping him.

Hebrews 1:7
In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.”

Okay, that is what angels are about. That is part of what they do.

Hebrews 1:8
But…

Now this is in contrast and not the alternation, back and forth with angels then Jesus, angels then Jesus, angels and then Jesus.

Hebrews 1:8
But about the Son he says,…

This is the quote from Psalm 45:6 that I promised.

Hebrews 1:8
“Your throne, O God

This should be a small “g” god. Just like we have established that it should be, not a capital “G” but a small “g” in conjunction with the Hebrew culture and their reference to human beings as god.

Hebrews 1:8-9a
(8) “Your throne, O god, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.
(9a) You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God,

These last two capital “G”s are used correctly.

Hebrews 1:9b
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

This is being established. We are seeing this so many times. I am going to skip the remainder of Hebrews chapter one for a moment. I want to go to Hebrews 2:5, just bare with me here. You can see that it is continuing to talk about angels and so forth.

Hebrews 2:1-4
(1) We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
(2) For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,
(3) how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
(4) God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Now, Hebrews 2:5:

Hebrews 2:5
It is not to angels that he [This he here is God.] has subjected [Look closely here.] the world to come, about which we are speaking.

This is talking about a new age. Look at Hebrews 2:4. Does verse four have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 2:4
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

I am going to say no it does not. Now look at Hebrews 2:3. Does verse three have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 2:3
how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

No, not really, verse three does not have anything about the world to come either. Now look at Hebrews 2:2. Does verse two have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 2:2
For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,

No, verse two does not have anything about the world to come. Now look at Hebrews 2:1. Does verse one have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 2:1
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

No, verse one also does not have anything about the world to come. Well, we have to keep going. Do not let the big “chapter two” stop you. Look at Hebrews 1:14. Does this verse have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 1:14
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

No, it does not. That is what angels are all about. They protect and help believers the best that they can. Of course, variables are there.

Look at Hebrews 1:13. Does this verse have anything about the world to come?

Hebrews 1:13
To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

That is not about the world to come of which we are speaking. Something has to be in the context that is about the world to come or he would not have said, “about which we are speaking.” I am going to say that it is verses 10, 11, and 12. Look at Hebrews 1:8

Hebrews 1:8
But about the Son he says,

It then quotes two verses.

Hebrews 1:8
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.

Now look at Hebrews 1:10. How does verse 10 begin? It begins just like verse 8.

Hebrews 1:10
He also says,

Surely you see that verse 8 is about the Son. Verse 10 continues the context about the Son. It then quotes:

Psalm 102:25-27
(25) In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
(26) They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.
(27) But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

That is the quote, and that is the reference found in Hebrews 1:10. Why, what is going on here? It is a cultural issue in one respect because in the eastern culture, Hebrew culture, the father-son relationship when it was healthy was one of total continuity.

What is happening here is a literary device where in the Old Testament reference to God and His honor is now applied to Jesus Christ. As God created the first heavens and the earth, which got fouled as we are about to read in Hebrews 2 by the disobedience of the first Adam, so the Last Adam as a “god,” the perfect representative of the one and only true God, will create the new heavens and the new earth.

A mere man? I do not think so. He is going to create the new heavens and the new earth. Well, how is he going to know how to do it? He already said in his earthly ministry, “Whatever the Father shows me how to do, I do.” Well, God is going to show Jesus how to do it. Jesus is going to raise everybody from the dead. Did you know that from Scripture? Like I say, “God is through raising children.” Jesus is going to raise everybody from the dead, and Jesus is going to judge everybody. That is why Jesus is God’s favorite subject because Jesus saved the day for God’s shattered dream and put it back together.

Back to Hebrews 2:5. Remember, we digressed from verse five.

Hebrews 2:5 and 6
(5) It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.
(6) But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

What is the big deal with a little six-foot guy made out of dirt? Look closely at verse seven. I love this section.

Hebrews 2:7 and 8a
(7) You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor
(8a) and put everything under his feet.”

This is a quote from:

Psalm 8:1-3
(1) O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
(2) From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
(3) When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

The writer of Psalms could not even consider the heavens in any way like we can with the Hubbel Telescope. I forget what I read, but it was something about finding a star that is 86 billion light years away.

Psalm 8:3 and 4
(3) the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
(4) what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

Who is being talked about here? He is talking about the first Adam.

Psalm 8:5-9
(5) You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
(6) You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
(7) all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
(8) the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
(9) O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

What is this saying? It is just a review of Genesis 1 and 2. God gave Adam dominion over everything, the whole creation.

We are ready for the second part of Hebrews 2:8. Look what it says. It leaves off the quote and then it comments on it.

Hebrews 2:8
In putting everything under him [the first Adam], God left nothing that is not subject to him. [Uh-oh, something happened!] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him

Who is this him? It is Adam/mankind. Is that true? Oh gosh, paradise is lost. The degree of human suffering on one city block anywhere is beyond description, just because one person is living there with a fallen nature let alone all the circumstantial trauma. Now verse 9.

Hebrews 2:9
But…

But, in contrast to the first Adam who lost his dominion and fouled up everything.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels,

Yes, he had to be the genetic component of the first Adam, and he was. He had to be a human being with free will. He was a human being, and he was made a little lower than the angels. That phrase is important. I think that it is going to come up again. A parenthesis should be next because it says.

Hebrews 2:9
now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death,

Make the above a parenthesis and watch how it flows by reading around it.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

That is not the last time that we are going to hear this point that God is very strongly trying to emphasize. Jesus had to be a human being in order to die for the sins of mankind. He had to be a lamb from out of the flock, but he had to be a perfect lamb without spot or blemish.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, (now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death,) so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Now, we move on to verse 10.

Hebrews 2:10
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting

In other words, it was the only way that it could be. It was the appropriate way, and the only way that it could work.

Hebrews 2:10
that God, for whom and through whom everything exists,

I do hope that you give our work an honest look because Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1: 35 would tie in here.

Matthew 1:18
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

For whom and through whom everything exists, that is including Jesus. It was fitting to God, in other words the only way to get paradise back was the way that God figured it out. The man who was the plan because the first man ran!

Hebrews 2:10b
should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

It was fitting that God should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. What is that saying? It is saying that because Jesus suffered, God highly exalted him and made Jesus perfect.

Our book, One God & One Lord, elaborates on all of this; I promise you. If Jesus came from the factory with moral perfection, then he could not have possibly sinned. He then could not genuinely have been tempted, etc., etc., etc., but in Jesus’ exaltation because of what he did for us Jesus has been made perfect through suffering, the fullness of God dwells in him, all authority has been given to Jesus. He has life in himself and he is now highly exalted with a name above all names.

Look at verse 11 and read closely.

Hebrews 2:11
Both the one who makes men holy [that would be Jesus] and those who are made holy [that would be you and me] are of [Of is the word ‘ek’ which means out from] the same [Not family, it is the word one, which is referring to God the same Father.] family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

If you have someone in your earthly family that is not your father or your mother and they live with you, that person is probably your brother or your sister. What makes him/her your brother or your sister is that the same seed from your dad to your mom gives you that brother or sister.

Hebrews 2:11
So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

That is very edifying is it not? This next verse has a quote from Psalms 22:22, and you can look at Hebrews 2:11 in the context of this awesome Psalm.

Psalms 22:22
I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

Hebrews 2:12
He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

This verse is in the second half, which is the resurrection half. The first half of the Psalm is about suffering, and the last half of the Psalm is about glory.

Hebrews 2:13a
And again, “I will put my trust in him.”

This is a quote from 2 Samuel.

2 Samuel 22:3 (KJV)
…in him will I trust:…

Hebrews 2:13b
And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

That is a quote from Isaiah 8:17-18.

Isaiah 8:17 and 18
(17) I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.
(18) Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

In the context, the people of Israel are surrounded by bad guys. God came to Isaiah and said, “Look, trust me and try to motivate them to follow you, and all those who put their trust in you will be lead out of this trouble and lead to salvation from that situation.” Jesus is a type in which Hebrews 2:13 is referring. It is a very powerful section here. Prophetically, Jesus is saying, “Here am I, and the “children” God has given me.” I put “children” in quotes because it cannot be literal because he just said, “we are brothers.” We cannot be brothers and children if words have meanings.

Figuratively, we are the children of Christ. That would take you to Isaiah 53:7-9.

Isaiah 53:7-9
(7) He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
(8) By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
(9) He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

What this is saying is, “His generation was cut off. He did not have any children. He did not live to see his offspring. He never got married. He never had any children.” In the Hebrew culture, that was a tragedy if not a curse. The truth that is being said here is yes, Jesus will have “figurative children.” Who would that be? It would be the offspring of the “promised seed.”

Hebrews 2:14
Since [Because is probably more accurate here.] the children have flesh and blood,

In other words it says, “because the people that Jesus came to save are humans.”

Hebrews 2:14
he too shared in their humanity

This means that he was a human being. God put a seed in a virgin, and Jesus was the baby that was born. Why? Look at it again, that same truth that we read about in Hebrews 2:9.

Hebrews 2:14a
so that by his death

Jesus could not have died if he were not a human being! God cannot die, which is good news.

Hebrews 2:14
so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death— that is, the devil—

The Devil still holds the power of death. How do I know? I know because I just went to my uncle’s funeral the other day. Death is still a horrible reality, but we know Genesis 3:15.

Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
And 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.

Yes, his heal was bruised, but Jesus is winding up to deliver the knockout punch! Now on to verse 15.

Hebrews 2:15 and 16
(15) and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
(16) For surely it is not [Here we go back to angels again.] angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

Jesus came to save Israel and all others who would believe, that would be humans.

Hebrews 2:17
For this reason

This is the third time that God has made this point in this little section here.

Hebrews 2:17
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way,

Jesus had to be a 100% red-blooded human being. Was he just a human, just a mere man? No. As I have said, “He was the only man born of a virgin, etc., etc., etc. He is the man, man’s redeemer, the proto-type of future mankind.

Hebrews 2:17 and 18
(17) For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that [See these connected clauses here?] he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
(18) Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Praise God, hallelujah! In Hebrews 4 it says that he is touched with a feeling of our infirmities.

Hebrews 4:15
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

That is why we can approach the throne of grace with boldness and receive mercy and find grace to help because Jesus has been tempted in every way like you and me. He walked the full length of the valley of human need. That is why we love Jesus.

After Jesus comes for the Church, and he gathers the Church to meet him in the air, he will come back to the earth with us to save Israel and rule the world for a thousand years. After that, Jesus will destroy evil, create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will live happily ever after.

What about today, now, or the time that we have as the Body of Christ? What is the Body of Christ? It is Jesus diversifying himself. When he was on the earth, he could only be in one place at one time. Certainly he defeated the Enemy at every turn and every corner in Jerusalem, but 50 miles away, the Devil was wrecking and ruining people. God saw it before Jesus did. God had a secret up His sleeve. The secret would be that Jesus would diversify himself all over the world. Jesus would be the head. What is supposed to be happening is that the head is giving instructions to the body to go forth and to re-present Jesus in every single place in which a Christian is. In the mean time, we are the ones to re-present his heart, which is the heart of God that Jesus re-presented.

The dying world among whom we live needs to see true representatives. Now, we are not going to call ourselves “gods.” We are going to call ourselves sons of God like the Word of God says. In that position, we are to represent His nature and His character. How do we do that? We lean on the Lord Jesus Christ. We entrust ourselves to him as he entrusted himself to our Father and his Father. He is not ashamed to call you his brother or his sister—That should make you feel like somebody. You are a son of God; you are a child of the King, and you are a brother of the Prince. Jesus is totally invested in you. Why? You are his body, just like your head is totally invested in your own body. Nothing is there that Jesus will not do to help you walk with him through this minefield of a world in which he walked perfectly, so let us exalt him to a position that God has given him.

That is what this ministry is all about. That is what our book, One God and One Lord is all about. That is what our research website www.BiblicalUnitarian.com is all about—to exalt this precious and priceless man, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the position that God has given him. One day Jesus will be King of the Mountain. Today, let us, you and I, make him King of our Hearts.

I do hope that you will study this transcription and the supporting hyperlinks so as to really set these things in your heart, not only for your benefit but that you can share them with other people.

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