In this article, we are going to address an age-old question that our scriptural and spiritual studies have often failed to answer for us, not because the answers are not there, but because until now, we have not been adequately equipped to decode the scriptures so that the answers become plain to us. That question is: Who or what is God and Christ? The answers are going to amaze you, as they did me ,because once again, the answers are incredibly lucid, incredibly clear. As I have previously and redundantly stated in the past, the Bible is a book of symbols. It is a coded book, and in order to understand it, we must develop the ability to decode it.
[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter. (Prov. 25:2 KJV)
The truths of scripture are like pearls hidden in the earth. Like nuggets of gold, we must search them out. The Bible is, in my opinion, the most incredible book on our planet, and when we come to understand it accurately, waves of truth become available to us. Let’s, then, continue with our process of decoding scripture.
Biblical creation! For millennia it seems that science and religion have been debating over whether the earth is the result of intelligent design, or whether it has evolved over the course of billions of years. I’m not sure how we have gotten where we are, but there is one thing of which I am certain. Biblical creation has nothing to do with the material world, and everything to do with man being created in the image and likeness of God. It is man that is the creation, and Biblical creation is all about our being made a new creature in Christ. The entire labor of God is for this end. This is why God and Christ work. Scripture says: “[t]his is the work of God; that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (John 6:29). It is only AFTER you have been made in the image and likeness of God that God rests. Thus, as the book of Hebrews states, there remains therefore a rest to the people of God” (Heb. 4:9). We are still awaiting the Sabbath.
But what does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God? What does God look like? Who, or what, is God? Who, or what, is Christ? Whatever God is, scripture says that “[W]hen he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1John 3:2 KJV).
This is very interesting language. We have been told by religion that we will see God either when the literal resurrection occurs, or in a rapture of human souls from off the earth, where Christ will meet saved souls in the air at his second coming. Yet Job, at the end of his adversities exclaims, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5 KJV).
To “see” God, in scripture, is to “know” God, and this is the definition of “salvation.” Once we come to know who or what God and Christ are, it will become crystal clear that Biblical creation has nothing to do with our material world, and everything to do with YOU.
Now Job’s “salvation” did not occur after his physical death. No, the Bible defines salvation, or eternal life, as “knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). This eternal life is something that begins NOW; “behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2 KJV).
What is interesting about the lifting of Job’s captivity – the advent of his healing – is that God heals him only AFTER he prays for his friends. Notice:
… [A]nd my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you [after your] folly, in that ye have not spoken of me [the thing which is] right, like my servant Job … And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:8, 10 KJV)
Now if you know the story of Job’s “friends,” you know that they condemned him of sin, without actually knowing why he was suffering. Their diatribe against him resulted in additional mental anguish for Job, a man who was already in the midst of unfathomable suffering and torment. He needed love from his friends, but received condemnation. He needed kind words from his friends, but received scoldings. He needed understanding from his friends, but received rejection.
This is quite “natural,” and that is the point. The “natural” man does not understand, and cannot receive, the things of God, and this is part of the reason why transformation is so necessary. We are often very quick to criticize, judge and condemn, in most cases without having even a clue as to what is really happening in the lives of those we are criticizing, judging and condemning. We don’t have the slightest idea what we are doing to ourselves when we do this. Indeed, Godly love, or unconditional love, is not natural for man. Man’s animal nature is very much opposed to this idea.
In the end of Job’s story, we note that God was ready to judge Job’s friends because of their words against him. Job had to pray for them to keep them from incurring God’s wrath.
There are subtle and hidden messages in this story. Hidden here is the extreme mercy of God, who not only intended to save Job, but also his three friends. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and in this case, the tongues of Job’s friends were bringing death to him. Their throats were an “open grave” (Rom. 3:13 KJV) and they were burying Job alive with their words. In other words, their words were sowing seeds of destruction. The law of sowing and reaping is a living law that is as immutable as the laws of physics and mathematics. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7 KJV).
Important to note here is that the Biblical definition of death is NOT physical death, but spiritual death.
Had there been no intervention on the part of Job for his three friends, they were going to suffer the excruciating torment of hellfire. They were about to reap what they had sown. They had sown death with their tongues, and they were about to reap the same. Now of course, it was not their intent to sow seeds of destruction. Nevertheless, scripture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ….” (Hos. 4:6). In essence, Job was commanded to “forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Of course, this was also Jesus’ loving request to the Father on behalf of those who were crucifying him. Yes, his friends were forgiven because they did not know what they were doing – to Job or to themselves. As I shared with you in my previous videos on Biblical hellfire, hell is a product of our tongues. But another subtle and hidden message in this story is the power of prayer. Again, this is a function of our tongues. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Who or What is God and Christ
Now we come to the question, who or what is God and Christ? Because no one has ever seen God, and because of the divergent denominational interpretations of the scriptures, there are many theories as to who and what God is. What is so astounding is that the scriptures tell us who God is, in language so plain and clear a six-year-old can understand it. Unfortunately, spiritual truths are very hard to understand when they are filtered through the erroneous interpretations of natural man.
What I am about to show you is critical information, so please read the following very carefully. You may need to read it more than once.
Because of our reliance on the literal interpretation of the scriptures, we see the Son of God as a physical male figure – flesh and blood. Of course! He is called a son. However, the messages of the scriptures are spiritual in nature, and scripture says that “God [is] a SPIRIT and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24 KJV). God is a spirit! Christ also is a spirit:
Now THE LORD IS THAT SPIRIT: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Christ is the “inner man” of Ephesians 3:16.
Now what is spirit? The offspring of spirit is not flesh and blood. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT” (John 3:6 KJV). You are flesh, and it was flesh that gave you birth. Spirit is spirit, and spirit gives birth to spirit, even as flesh gives birth to flesh. This is critical to understand. You will see why shortly.
Now let’s dig a little deeper. Let’s first look at 2 Tim 1:7:
For God hath not given us the SPIRIT of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7 KJV)
Spirit, then, represents attributes or aspects of being – a methodology, if you will – for how you live your life in the flesh. It is something that is IN YOU, and that assists you in your functionality while on this physical plane. Fear is a spirit. Love is a spirit. Power is a spirit, as we read in the above-referenced verse. Love is a spirit within you that causes you to act in certain ways. Fear also is a spirit within you that causes you to act in certain ways. It is the same with power, which is also defined as a spirit. Now, what scripture is saying in the above-referenced verse is that “God” has NOT given us the spirit of FEAR, but he HAS given us the spirit of POWER, of LOVE, and of soundness of mind.
The King James Version of the Bible often refers to the Spirit of God as the “Holy Ghost.” This is actually a horrendous translation and causes people to form a graven image in their minds of spirit as a being of form, albeit not flesh and blood. This is actually a breaking of the Second Commandment and throws us way off base because it obscures the true meaning of the word. Neither fear, love nor power represents living beings of form. Quite the contrary, they are attributes. Love, for example, is not a ghost. This concept of spirit as a ghost is merely ancient Greek superstition. The Bible translators, unfortunately, did not understand what it was that they were translating, and were very haphazard in the way they translated the Bible.
Again, fear, love and power are spirits, and God and Christ are spirits.
Now then, let’s understand. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Notice the following scriptures and how they apply to spirit. Once again, both God and Christ are “spirit.”
(8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE. … (16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. GOD IS LOVE; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1Jo 4:8, 16 KJV).
Did you get that? The question “who is God” is quite a popular question, and the scriptural answer is as clear as a bell. We just have not learned how to decode the scriptures to bring it to our understanding. God is a spirit, and that spirit is love. God is love! They that worship HIM must worship him in LOVE, that is, in SPIRIT. This is the Biblical definition of God.
Now then, who is Christ?
Christ is the “only begotten son of God,” and is the offspring of Spirit, and thus is spirit. That which is born of the spirit IS spirit. Christ also is a spirit. Let’s look at that again:
Now THE LORD IS THAT SPIRIT: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor. 3:17)
God is a spirit. Therefore, the Son of God is also a spirit, and not a flesh and blood male figure.
And what is that spirit that is Christ?
Let’s go back to 2 Tim. 1:7:
For God hath not given us the SPIRIT of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7 KJV)
God, or love, gives us the SPIRIT of power. And power is the definition of Christ. Notice:
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST THE POWER OF GOD, and the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24 KJV).
Now then, this is the message of God and of Christ. God is a spirit, and that spirit is LOVE. God, then, is the SPIRIT OF LOVE that resides WITHIN YOU. He who worships God is worshipping LOVE, and he MUST WORSHIP HIM IN the SPIRIT of love and truth. This is what the scripture is saying. God (the spirit of LOVE) gives us his only begotten son (Christ – the SPIRIT OF POWER), which is the spirit/offspring/fruit/son OF LOVE asserted in 2 Tim. 1:7 that “God” has given us. God is love and love is a spirit. Therefore …
POWER (CHRIST) IS THE OFFSPRING (SON) OF LOVE (GOD)!!!
This is the meaning of the phrase “Christ, the son of God.” Once again, God is a spirit, and that spirit is love. Power is the offspring of love, and is what scripture means by “God’s only begotten son.”
I know this may be difficult for some of you to accept. It is not my intention to cause anyone any angst, and I do understand that belief in a literal Jesus who is going to come bursting through the sky in a resurrection of the just is a concept that multiple millions of people have invested their entire lives in. I am bringing this information to you with the understanding that the mind has an amazing ability to reject what it does not want to accept, even if the evidence is indisputable. I have grappled for quite some time with whether or not I should actually expose this information. Indeed, I believe that there are those who actually do understand this message, but have chosen to keep it hidden under the veil of inspirational and motivational stories designed to assist you in your seeking and searching, but without actually letting the cat out of the bag. I’m not sure I am being wise here, but my intent is simply to offer the correct interpretation of scripture to all who are looking for truth. If this information is causing you any difficulty, you are doing yourself a great disservice by continuing to read it.
Now then, God, or love, gives birth to the power, or Christ, that can heal you and set you free from all maladies, both physical and spiritual, both internal and external. Love gives birth to the power and wisdom that make all things possible. The love spoken of here is unconditional love – “agape” in Greek. This is the love that allows the Christ to heal the ear of Malchus, who was a servant of those taking him to his death. This is the love that allows the Christ to beg the forgiveness of God on behalf of those who were crucifying him on the cross. Christ, the “power of God,” is the power of love, and only “Christ” can love in this way. Christ, in essence, endured his cross by expressing the power of love even through the adversity and affliction of the cross, thus expressing love “to the very end.”
The entire law of God hangs on this attribute of love. This Christ, or “power of love” is within each and every one of us. God is love. Love is the fulfilling of the law. Being made in the image and likeness of God, then, is all about being made in the image and likeness of the love and power that is God and Christ.
Now what is love?
(4) Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (7) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (8) Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1Cr 13:4-8 KJV)
The word “charity,” in this verse is a synonym for love.
The Christ, the power that is the offspring of love, needs to be awakened, or resurrected, within us. This is what is meant by the “resurrection of Christ.” We are the grave (the earth, or ground) in which the Christ lay dead for three days and three nights. In other words, power lies dead within us because of our inability to love. But this power is not dead, but merely sleeps and can be awakened. Indeed, it MUST be awakened – resurrected – within you. The Kingdom of God comes with Power, and that power is Christ, who is the power and wisdom of God. Christ rules his kingdom, and the kingdom of God is within you.
Christ is the power and the wisdom of God without which you can do nothing (John 15:5), and through which you can do ALL things (Phil. 4:13).
This Christ is IN YOU, and is your “hope of glory” (Col 1:27).
The God of Love is also within you:
One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and IN YOU ALL. (Eph 4:6 KJV)
This gives us a completely different perspective on what the scriptures mean by the “sons of God.” Indeed, the sons of God represent the fruit, or offspring, of the Spirit:
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23 KJV)
As I said at the outset, WE are the Creation. The scriptures are not talking about the material world when it addresses creation. It is talking about us, the people. We can see this in Romans 8:
(19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (20) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, (21) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (23) And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body. (Rom 8:19-23 KJV)
Absolutely! When the sons of God, or the fruit of the Spirit, are manifested (awakened, or resurrected) within us, everything becomes possible. I want you to be really inspired by these next couple of verses:
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1Cr 2:9 KJV)
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Eph 3:20 KJV)
Yes, the love and power of God are able to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible. They are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. It is all about LOVE.
Loving Others – The Acid Test of Spirituality
Your ability to love is the acid test of spirituality. Scripture requires that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Scripture requires that you love your brother. Scripture requires that you love your neighbour as yourself. Scripture requires that you love your enemies. Scripture requires that you love those who hate you. Scripture requires that you love one another. Scripture says that everyone who loves is born of God. Scripture says that if we love one another, God dwells in us.
In other words, we are to love EVERYONE. That is regardless of race, regardless of gender, regardless of nationality, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of political affiliation, regardless of education, regardless of age, regardless of the size of their bank accounts, regardless of the color of their hair, regardless of the shape of their noses, regardless of the size of their bellies, etc., etc., etc. God is LOVE!!! He who loves is born of God. This is what the scriptures mean when they say “you must be born again,” that is, born of water and of the spirit. Water here signifies the waters of affliction and adversity, which is what it means to be baptized, and of course as we have just come to understand, the spirit is the spirit of love. This is the love of God and natural man does not understand this love. This is why you must be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).
Afflictions and adversities are the spiritual weights against which you are able to develop the spiritual muscles of love and power. I hope this is all making sense to you.
Conversely, scripture says that if you say you love God and hate your brother, you are a liar. Scripture says that if you do not love, you do not know God. Scripture says that he who does not love his brother abides in death. Scripture says there is no reward for simply loving those who love you. Scripture says there are only two commandments – that you love God and love your neighbour, and that on these two commands hang all the law and the prophets.
So in conclusion, we have learned that God is a spirit, and that spirit is love. We have learned that Christ is also a spirit, and that spirit is Power and Wisdom; that he is the only begotten son of God, and that which is born of spirit IS spirit. As God represents love, and as Christ represents Power, the meaning of Christ the son of God is Power and Wisdom, the offspring of God, or love. We have also learned that Christ, as the Power and Wisdom of God, is the spirit that makes ALL THINGS possible, for “without me ye can do nothing,” but “I can do all things through Christ that strengths me.” I hope this article has been a blessing to you. The video version of this article is now available at http://youtu.be/LwDnF7xP3yY. Also, please feel free to email me with any comments/questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, this is Paul Young saying, flee from the crowd and dwell with the Christ within you. Christ IN YOU, your hope of glory.