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However, the Name and title, “Jesus Christ,” relates directly to Jesus’ position in The Godhead while He, (being forever inseparably and omnipresent, [everywhere at the same time,] and God Himself,) was on earth in the body of a mortal man for the sake of humanity’s redemption, salvation, and blessing. This Scriptural concept of Jesus is described as, “Jesus, the son of man”, “Jesus the man,” “[God] Jesus, Who became flesh,” etcetera.
¨ God the Omnipresent Father Himself was, and always will be ‘One’ “in” Jesus Christ, Who suffered and died in our place. Yet, Omnipresent Father God remained seated in heaven while Jesus suffered on the cross. The omnipresent Holy Spirit of God didn’t ‘brood’ around Jesus’ ‘empty’ throne while the human body of Jesus Christ, (the Son of man,) was in the grave either. God The Holy Spirit was with the man Jesus at the cross and in death; it was the Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus’ human body from the dead. Yet, the omnipresent Spirit or God Himself remained on earth and in heaven as God the Father at the same time. Jesus promised that, after His ascension, He and the Father will send the Holy Spirit from heaven to indwell His sincere, blood-cleansed believers to lead them into all truth and to teach them all things, (Rom. 8:11; Lu. 24:49; Acts 1:8; Jn. 14:26; 16:7.) Jesus and the Father Is inseparably One God.
These incredible mysteries can only be understood in terms of the omnipresence of the Inseparable Godhead. The Godhead is everywhere in heaven and on earth at the same time. Christ Jesus always was, is, and will be God Himself, although He came into this world in the body of a mere man. God the Father is God Himself; He was ‘in’ the man Jesus and ‘with’ Jesus, and yet He remained seated in heaven. The Holy Spirit is God Himself; He was ‘with’ Jesus and ‘in’ Jesus,’ yet He remained in heaven with the Father, (Col. 2:9.) God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit IS One God. The One God always was, and always will be omnipresent, everywhere, or ever-present at the same time.
How can we ‘understand’ the Inseparable, Omnipresent Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
It is audacious to think that we, as finite human beings, can comprehend the “Great Mystery of Godliness,” (1 Tim. 3:16.) But looking at humanity who was created in His ‘image,’ might give us an idea, (not an explanation,) of “The Godhead” of the Bible: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
As a human being is a tri-part being, my human spirit and soul or mind are two separate entities, but truly one with my body, (1 Cor. 15:44.) Apart from my soul (or mind) and human spirit, my body will feel nothing and will be physically dead, (1 Ths. 5:23; Eccl. 11:10.) My body cannot exist without my human spirit and soul or mind. While I live, they are inseparable Me; Myself or I. So, when I gave my human spirit and soul (or mind) to God the Father, I also gave my body to Him, (1 Cor. 6:13.) That is why, when I surrender my soul and body to the futile pleasures of sin, I am also giving my human spirit; myself; me, to the control of the evil one, (Rom. 6:13-16; 1 Jn. 5:18-19)
¨ We can, therefore, see that when Jesus, “in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily,” hung on that cross, atoning in full for all the bondage, sin, and cursedness of all humanity, it was The ONE GOD Incarnate that hung there as a complete human being.
Although this human comparison inadequately describes The Inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (not so-called separate “divine persons,” or separate gods,) it is Scriptural to believe that similarly, Jesus did not suffer and die for our sins apart from, or completely separated from the Father and the Holy Spirit. [And I am not Pentecostal Oneness, Jesus Only, Modulism, or Unitarian. I believe and follow only the True Godhead of Biblical Scripture!]
¨ The Man Jesus declared in John 14:11-13, “I Am in the Father and the Father in Me… If you have seen Me you have seen the Father...” God the Father did not give His only begotten [not created] Son as complete atonement for the sinful state of all humankind as if He gave another person, a separate individual or another god, to whom He had no “bodily” connection! (Col. 2:9.) On the contrary; eternally inseparable from The Godhead or Himself, the Man Jesus suffered and died in our place, while simultaneously, remaining completely God Himself. The humanity and Divinity of the man Jesus Christ too, are undividable.
Paul explained in Philippians 2:5-8, “….[Jesus,] Who, being in the form of God… [as God Himself] made Himself of no reputation [among men,] taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men, [or in the flesh of men.] And being found in appearance as a man, [while still being God,] He became obedient to… the death of the cross.”
“YOU BLASPHEME TO SAY THAT GOD ‘BECAME’ SIN AND ‘BECAME’ A CURSE ON THE CROSS!”
All of the above are true, Scriptural statements, and can definitely not be blasphemous. At the fall in Eden, sinful humanity also came under the general curse of all those who live without God, (Deuteronomy Chapter 28; Romans Chapters 2 & 3.) Acts like lying, stealing, fornicating, etcetera, are mere “symptoms” of the terminal spiritual disease called “sin.” Similarly, cursedness is a state, position or spiritual place without Jesus, and thus without the blessedness of God. Physically and emotionally, one might be superrich, happy, and healthy, but without a sincere Scriptural relationship with Jesus, one is still in that lost spiritual place where one is “cursed with a curse,” (Deuteronomy Chapter 28.)
That is why humanity, through personal faith in and acceptance of Christ, must be spiritually “born again” out of darkness into God’s Light, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Jn. 3:3-5.) Then, they are actually spiritually born again out of bondage into freedom; out of lostness into salvation, and out of cursedness into a spiritual position of blessedness, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
Just like sin itself, the ‘curse of the Law’ is a spiritual place without Jesus, not just a once-off thing. When Jesus atoned for our sinful state without Him, He also atoned for our state of cursedness. Jesus had to spiritually ‘take our place of cursedness’ or carry our cursedness for us, so that we could ‘inherit’ or ‘freely regain’ the lost spiritual state of blessedness that Adam and Eve originally had in Him, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
However, some Christian leaders also misinterpret this truth of Scripture by adding and/or subtracting from the Truth of God’s Word by confusing and twisting the Scriptures; the two different Testaments of the Bible in particular! Let us look at such ungodly blasphemy from the mouths of charismatic leaders such as Kenneth Hagen, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, and others. They actually make the Biblical truth that Jesus ‘became a curse’ in our place into a terrible fallacy, which deceives thousands of gullible Christians.
Jesus did not “take on the nature of Satan” when He “became sin and a curse for us,” neither did He “suffer in hell” as these profane masonic agents masquerading as teachers dare teach
Jesus did not actually “become” sin as if He Himself became vile and most evil like the devil, as Charismatic teaches say. The Spirit Filled Bible 1991 footnote, (beware new translations,) “This statement (2 Cor. 5:21) means that God does not impute [charge, assign, ascribe] our trespasses to us. He imputed them instead to Christ, Who was sinless in every respect,” (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pt. 2:22-25; 1 Jn. 3:5.)
The blasphemous Hagen/Copeland/Hinn doctrine which teaches that Jesus “died spiritually on the cross, took on the demonic nature of Satan, [as He ‘became’ sin,] and was tortured by Satan and born again in hell,” [as He ‘became a curse’ and descended into the ‘lower’ parts of the earth to lead righteous captives to heaven,] is satanic blasphemy!
Repeatedly, such evil doctrines prove what horrible fallacies can be derived from verses that are taken out of Scriptural context! The man Jesus Christ physically died that day on the cross, not spiritually as they allege! His body was literally in the grave or in Hades (not ‘hell’) for 3 nights and 3 days. However, Christ Jesus, or The Anointed Savior, said to the man on the cross next to His, “Assuredly, I say to you, today, [on this same day; as soon as we die physically,] you will be with Me in paradise” or heaven, not in “hell!” (Lu. 23:43; Rev. 2:7; 3:7.)
The Scriptural location of Paradise or heaven, Hades the grave, and Gehenna or hell
The true context of Scripture makes it clear that Jesus went to heaven at His moment of death, not to hell, as false blaspheming teachers allege! Jesus said, “Today [at the moment of death] you will be with me in paradise [heaven.]” (Lu 23:43.) The completely human Man Jesus committed His human spirit into the hands of the Father at the moment of His death, (Lu. 23:46.) The Father is in heaven and that is where Jesus’ human spirit, (1 Ths. 5:23,) went at the moment when He died. This is the logic, clear, contextual truth of the whole Bible. Why make a false doctrine out of the locations of ‘Hades’ and ‘paradise?’
This is also the context of Jesus’ explanation of what happens at the moment of death to saved and unsaved people in the parable of Luke 16:19-31. Most importantly, the sinless Jesus Christ could never be on trial and condemned for His own transgressions; He went to the cross in the place of sinful, cursed humanity, (Deut. 28.) As such, at physical death, Jesus’ own human spirit left His human body, (which went to the grave or Hades not ‘hell!’) and went to paradise or heaven as the Victor of humanity’s salvation! The ransom-price for humankind was paid in full from that moment when Jesus sighed, “It is finished!” (Jn. 19:30.) Hades is the abode of the physically dead and symbolically also of the spiritual dead without Christ. Hell is a dreadful place of eternal torment, and the rich man’s human spirit was there incarcerated in ‘flames,’ (Lu. 16:24.)
Until the moment of Jesus’ death, Satan had dominion over humanity through sin, cursedness and spiritual death, but Jesus’ complete atonement in the place of humanity ransomed all those who would truly accept Jesus’ atonement in their place, (Jn. 1:11-13.) And so, Jesus successfully rescued all His sincere believers from the serpent’s stranglehold, (Heb. 2:14-15; 2 Tim. 1:10.)
We can be certain that when Jesus entered paradise or heaven, death and everyone in hell had to bow the knee before our Almighty God! (Rev. 1:8; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 2:9-15.) From the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, Satan no longer had the keys to Hades [the grave] and [spiritual] Death. Jesus declared in Rev. 1:1-18, “I Am the First and the Last. I… was [physically] dead, and behold, I Am alive forever more. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death!”
The Pagan-Judaist-Christianized View of Paradise, Hades and “Hell” (Gehenna) “underneath the earth”
In the context of the Bible, there is not an inkling that man will have a ‘second chance’ after death. Our eternal destiny is fully settled at the moment of death. “Man will die once and after that the judgment,” (Heb. 9:27, Eccl. 9:5-6, KJV.)
Even under the Old Covenant, Jesus said in Luke 16 that the human spirit of the beggar, at his death, was carried to Abraham’s bosom, (an allegory of heaven) known as ‘paradise,’ while the rich man’s human spirit was carried to hell not Hades or the grave! Jesus said to the man next to him on the cross, “Today [when we die your spirit] will be with Me in ‘heaven,’” (Luke 23:43.) Hell is the real but spiritual place of eternal punishment in darkness or outside the presence of God in a furnace/lake of fire, for all disobedient angels and humans, (Isa. 14:9-16; Mt. 14:32; 25:30; 41, 46; Rev. 19:20.)
Jesus knew exactly where heaven or paradise is seated; He made the heavens, earth, spirit worlds, and everything in it, (Heb. 1:1-14.) Jesus’ Throne is located in heaven. At His human death on the cross His human spirit ascended into heaven. James 2:26 states that the body is dead without the [human] spirit. But after He rose from the dead in a glorified physical body, Jesus literally or bodily ascended through the clouds into heaven while His disciples watched Him go. He promised them that this is exactly how He will return, (Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9-11; Col. 2:9-10.)
1 Thessalonians 5:23 makes it clear that man is a tri-part person with a human spirit, soul or mind, living in a physical body. As both heaven and hell are in the spirit world, it is clear that the human spirit, at death, arrives at the person’s eternal destiny, while the soul dies with the body and is buried in the grave or ‘Hades,” the “underworld” or realm of the dead. Scholars who view the Bible according to the Old Testament Covenant and pagan dogma, (not according to Jesus’ eternal New Testament Covenant and in the context of the whole Bible,) believe that before Jesus’ atonement on the cross, paradise or heaven was the world of the “righteous dead, “[Abraham’s bosom in Hebrew terms,] which was located underneath the earth in ‘Hades.’ However, this was not God’s heaven, way beyond the blue somewhere, (Lu. 16:26.)
This hell/hades, paradise/heaven confusion came about because ‘Abraham,’ (an allegory of Jesus in the parable of Luke 16,) said to the rich man, “Between us [in paradise] and you [in hell] there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.” Hence, I see a pagan influence in the interpretation of the so-called ‘prior location of paradise’ such as Catholic “purgatory,” because pagans believed Hades, the realm of the dead, consisted of paradise and hell that were (and still are) both located underneath the earth, but divided by a ‘great gulf.’ That’s why some Bible scholars say the rich man of Luke 16 actually went to Tartarus or Ghen-en-nah - a so-called even lower level of Hades, called ‘the abyss.’ The ‘abyss’ is supposedly also the “lake of fire” or eternal hell, while Hades is actually the grave, (Rev. 20:14-15.) Yet, according to “the entirety” of Bible truth, this does not mean that both paradise and hell “were” or are underneath the earth. Everyone knows that the physical bodies of the deceased are buried “in the earth,” which means they are buried in their graves or in Hades.
¨ What Jesus illustrated in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, was not just that human spirits go either to heaven or to hell at the moment of death, but that heaven and hell are two completely different locations in the spirit world. Jesus’ parable in Luke 16:31, was to illustrate that there is no chance to repent after death, and human spirits cannot and do not return to speak to the living, (Lu. 16:31.) This was not a debate about the location of heaven and hell, (Eccl. 9:5-6; KJV.) The entire Bible states that “...[All] men die once, and after this the judgment…” (Heb. 9:27.)
Sadly, there are always people who do not interpret Scripture in context, but take “difficult to understand” verses and passages from the Bible to support their twisted doctrines. The following is such a ‘difficult’ passage which supports fertile breeding ground for error if not interpreted in the full context of the Word, (2 Pt. 3:14-18!)
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:8-10, “When Jesus ascended on high, He led captivity captive… What does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?” Allegedly this means that when Jesus died He descended into “hell” not upwards into heaven — or, as they say, He went first to paradise underneath the earth and then to the “lower parts of Hades” or into hell. They believe Jesus descended into Shehole or ‘Upper’ Hades, the ‘paradise’ which, prior to the establishment of Jesus’ full blood-atonement, was allegedly the world of the righteous dead underneath the earth! On that ‘paradise-level’ of Hades, Jesus supposedly released the spirits of the righteous dead, who, until that time, have been “waiting on the completed atonement of their Savior to ascend spiritually with Him into heaven.” False teachers also allege that Jesus then moved this underground paradise to the ‘third heaven;’ the abode of the Tree of Life, (an allegory of Jesus Himself,) which is now in the midst of ‘paradise, the Garden of God’ or heaven, (2 Cor. 12:2-4; Rev. 2:7.)
¨ This is a very strange view of the Bible and especially the New Covenant in Christ, as Paul actually said that the Hebrews who lived and died under the Old Covenant Law will be judged by the Law. Thus, even the Old Covenant believers “lived by faith” like Old Abraham did, “which was accounted to him for righteousness,” (Gal. 3:6; Rom. 1:16.) This is why “the just who lived by faith” obeyed God ‘naturally’ according to Moral Law, [Heb. 10:16.]
Romans 2:11-29, “There is no partiality with God. As many as have sinned without [the written] law will also perish without law [because they did not obey the Moral Law, which God has written on every human heart since the beginning of time.] Not hearers and haters of the law will be justified, but doers of the law will be justified. When [even the Gentiles who never heard about Christ] and [also did not have the written] law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although having no [written] law, are a law unto themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness… in The Day when God will judge the secrets of men by... Jesus’ Gospel.”
Thus, the pagan/Christianized view of paradise in Hades or underground cannot be true. But to be certain that this dogma cannot be from God, lets test this doctrine in the context of what happened when Jesus died. Jesus proclaimed with His dying breath, “It is finished!” (Jn. 19:30.) He actually proclaimed, ‘My complete atonement in the place of humanity is completed!’ (Mt. 5:17.) Why then, would Jesus allegedly “atone further in hell,” if everything was already perfectly done at the moment of His death on the cross? Additionally, in the Old Testament Covenant dispensation before Jesus’ atonement on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, if human spirits from opposite sides in Hades could converse with one another, (Lu. 16:26,) there was no need for Jesus to descend into the lower levels of Hades (or hell) to “preach to the [lost human] spirits in prison, who were disobedient while Noah prepared the ark,” (1 Pet. 3:19.) Jesus could have preached to them directly from heaven! We know they were in hell because they remained disobedient to God while Noah prepared the ark.
Also, this passage does not refer to demon spirits, because Noah prepared the ark to save a remnant of obedient humans, and Jesus’ blood atonement does not apply to demons, but to humankind! (1 Pt. 3:18-20; Jn. 3:16.) If Jesus really preached and saved human spirits from hell, who were set in unrepentant sin, everyone else in hell would also get ‘a second chance,” wouldn’t they? We know that is impossible, because God said, “Today, if you hear My voice, do not harden your hearts as [Old Israel] did in the rebellion… [and died,] (Heb. 3:15.) “It is appointed for men to die once, and after that the judgment,” (Heb. 9:27.) The rich man and Lazarus went directly to hell and heaven at the moment of death. Jesus made it clear that God judges everyone at the moment they die. No second chances after death.
It is for this reason that God did not muffle our minds when He saved our souls. And maybe Paul knew that ‘ravenous wolves’ like the pagan, Christianized, Roman Catholic papacy and their masonic orders would mess with the Scriptures to insert some of their false doctrines. Thus, he commanded in 1 Thessalonians. 5:21-22, “Test all things, [all teaching, spiritual manifestations, and also what is written in the Bible according to the full context of Scriptural truth, viewed in New Covenant Light.] Hold fast what is good and abstain from every form of evil,” [1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
We can never bring any kind of sacrifice for righteousness before the judgment throne of God, except the complete atonement of Jesus Christ in our place. Similarly, we can never bring any good work to ‘earn’ our blessed state before the Highest Judge - except the complete atonement of Jesus Christ in our place! Jesus paid for us to live eternally in heaven.
“IF YOUR CHRISTIAN GODHEAD IS ONE GOD AND EVER-PRESENT, HOW COULD GOD FORSAKE CHRIST JESUS ON THE CROSS?”
Born into this world as a mere man, the absolutely sinless God Jesus came to atone for humankind’s sin “in the flesh.”
Only as a mere human being, could the Almighty Christ Jesus, (Col. 2:9; Rev. 1:6-8,) suffer and endure everything humanity can suffer and endure. Philippians 2:6-11, “[Christ Jesus,] being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, [while in the form of a mere human being. This means, although He was human, He was still utterly Divine.] [Yet, He] made Himself of no reputation by taking the form of a bondservant, [totally reliant on God as a mere human while living here on earth,] and coming in the likeness of man. [God became a mere man, and went to the cross as a human being with all the physical and emotional needs of a mere man. He hung on that cross as a human being, not as God.] And being found in appearance as a man, [being a genuine human being, but a totally unique human being because He was/is God Himself as well,] He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross… [And having then fully conquered the devil through His suffering, death, and resurrection, Col. 2:11-15,] God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
At the crucifixion, in the ninth hour, while the Man Jesus hung on the cross, (3 p.m. our time,) physical darkness engulfed all the land as death stalked Him on the cross. Shortly afterwards, Jesus fulfilled the most important part of David’s Old Testament prophecy in Psalm 22 when He cried aloud, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? [which means,] My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
The Man Jesus was petitioning His Father in the Syrian language on the cross. Jesus was not, as most Charismatic Christians believe, “speaking in tongues” on the cross. “For he who speaks in [an unknown or angelic] tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him, as he speaks mysteries in the spirit,” (1 Cor. 14:2; 15:1; 13:1.)
Tragically, even Bible scholars try to diminish either Jesus’ complete humanity or Jesus’ complete Divinity – while others such as the Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses try to make Him into a half-man-half-angelical being of some kind. The entire context of Biblical Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments makes it plain that the human being Jesus Christ was completely God in the fullness of human ‘flesh,’ or in the form of a human body, (Col. 2:9.)
When Jesus Christ was “begotten” (not created) as a human being, God Himself took on humanity in totality, and so, Jesus’ cry on the cross describes the frailness of His human body and its human needs in every aspect — His human need for the presence and mercy of Almighty God especially.
ON THIS PAGE:
Þ The Scriptural location of Paradise, Hades the grave, and Gehenna or hell
Þ Jesus did not ‘become Satan’ on the cross or ‘suffered in hell!’
· Jesus became a curse so that we could inherit all the blessings of Abraham
· “If your Godhead is One God and Ever-present and you do not worship three separate gods, how could God forsake Himself on the cross?”