Saturday 13 April 2024

The Deity of Christ

 The Deity of Christ

The Deity of Christ

How did the Lord proclaim things while he existed in flesh and after he had revealed himself as Son of God? He lived in this place where you remain, speaking about the Law of Nature - but I call it 'Death'. Now the Son of God, Rheginos, was Son of Man. He embraced them both, possessing the humanity and the divinity, so that on the one hand he might vanquish death through his being Son of God, and that on the other through the Son of Man the restoration to the Pleroma might occur; because he was originally from above, a seed of Truth, before this structure had come into being. In this many dominions and divinities came into existence. (The Treatise on the Resurrection)

the “Word” existed before the birth of Jesus Christ; but what was the Word? John answers, “The Word was God.” Jesus was “God manifest in the flesh.”

The orthodox view is that he was the Son of God manifest. 

This is the difference between orthodox and biblical belief on the point. Jesus was not the Son incarnate, but the Father manifested by the Spirit, the result being a Son, the first-born of many brethren, (Rom. 8:29) who become sons of God by adoption through Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26; 4:5.)

The “Word” is the Spirit used as the medium of the Father’s purpose. This is shown by the angel’s description of the process by which the Word became flesh (Luke 1:35.)

The Deity of Christ is not to be considered as consisting always "in an incarnation of the Father." but the Father manifested by the Spirit. The Deity of Christ is more complete now when there is no incarnation at all than it was in the days of his flesh Luke 13:32. In him dwells all the fullness of the Deity bodily Col 2:9

In what does this Deity consist? In the spirit physically corporealised. He is the Lord the spirit. God is spirit and he is the same. In what did his Deity consist in the Days of his flesh? In the same spirit resting cherub-like in measureless flowing out of spirit on the body prepared by and for itself of the seed of David according to the flesh for the doing of the will of the Father for the sanctification and redemption of the children heb 10:5-10

But this spirit and the father cannot be separated for they are one as a flame and the light of it are one. the Father dwelling in heaven in light unapproachable and the spirit radiating from him filling heaven and earth are one Father who says Do not I fill heaven and earth Jer 23:24

How the Father tabernacling in the body prepared could say "destroy this temple (a symbol of the body) and in 3 days I will rise it up John 2:19 Surely the lifeless body taken down from the cross was not Deity! Can Deity die? The Deity departed from him in death and returned at the resurrection.

The word was God. this existed before the man Christ Jesus and before everything created. Jesus was the personal embodiment of the word and therefore God manifested in the flesh." we hear not of the Son before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but of the word we hear

article take from the Christadelphian Magazine 1873

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