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“Did Jesus pray to himself?” “Could Jesus have sinned?” “How can a man be God when all have sinned and come short of the glory of God?" These are many questions that we of the Apostolic Faith have had problems in answering to the satisfaction of Trinitarian, Twoness, Charismatic, etc. Jesus Christ was born Lord and Christ according to the Gospel of Luke, however, Luke in the book of Acts states that same Jesus who was crucified was made both Lord and Christ. (Luke 2:11; Acts 2:36). Lord with a capital “L” in the New Testament is the same as Jehovah LORD of the Old Testament. Jesus was born the Son of God who is Christ the LORD Jehovah, God Almighty; the Messiah or Christ. However, after his resurrection, God made that same Jesus who was crucified both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36). Jesus is God in vocation and destination. This can be confusing for some, but the revelation is necessary in understanding the work of God in the earth for the redemption of mankind. Dominion being given to Adam made it necessary that only a man of Adam could redeem mankind back to God, since a man of Adam through disobedience lost relationship and standing with God. (Romans 5). May I suggest the book titled Behold the Real Jesus for an in-depth study on this subject of dominion?  Because only a man of Adam as our Kinsman Redeemer can pay the ransom price of his atoning blood upon the cross by his death and resurrection, Jesus will work only as a man and not as God. He is not arbitrarily switching from different opposing natures within himself as the God-man; going from his divine nature to that of his human nature and from his human nature back to his divine nature. Jesus was not praying to himself when he prayed to the Father. There is a separation in the man Christ Jesus as the Son of God from his Father before the cross of Calvary. Does this disannul him from being the Father? No, it does not. But we must look at the mechanics in order to understand how and why God sent His Son to die for mankind for our salvation. The question then is “Who is the Son of God?”  

We know that Paul in the book of Hebrews states that the Son of God is indeed God. “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” (Hebrews 1:8a). The Son of God has the Spirit without measure from his birth which makes him Christ the Lord, since he has all the fullness of the Godhead in him. (John 3:34). All will agree to this. The problem comes in when we try to explain how and why Jesus prayed, fasted, hungered, was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, and was in all things made like unto his brethren. How was Jesus tempted? Jesus was tempted of Satan, of the world, and of his flesh, just like all of mankind, yet without sin. How did he overcome the devil, the world, and his own flesh? By the Word of God that He spoke; “It is written”. How did He overcome and destroy sin? Jesus took away the sin of the world by dying on the cross of Calvary, shedding his own blood for mankind’s atonement. God is a Spirit, and Jesus is a man of flesh and blood. The Son of God however is comprised of two elements: 1) the Spirit of God without measure, and 2) a man of Adam having a human spirit, rational soul, and a body of flesh and blood just like all mankind. Why the virgin birth? If Jesus was just a man of Adam without the Spirit of God without measure, then he is just a man. On the other hand, if he is the Spirit of God only without indwelling a man of Adam possessing a human spirit, rational soul, and a body of flesh and blood, then he is God. If both of these are present; that is, 1) the Spirit of God without measure, and 2) a man of Adam having a human spirit, rational soul, and a body of flesh and blood, then we have the Son of God. The virgin birth was necessary since the seed of Adam would only yield after his kind; which is born without the Spirit of God in bondage to death all his lifetime. Ultimately, the seed of Adam would always sin and come short of the glory of God in that he did not have the power within himself to overcome the devil, the world, and his own fleshly desires. Therefore, in order for God himself to come into the world in a body of flesh as a man of Adam, the virgin birth was necessary for this man as the seed of the woman to be born with the Holy Ghost, and that without measure. Jesus did not have to be born again as all mankind has to do, because he never sinned. He did not sin because he was a man of Adam, but because he always denied his own will in order to do the will of the Spirit that was in himself without measure.

This brings us to the topic at hand. Was the self of God the same self as that of the man Christ Jesus, or was there two separate and distinct “selves” concerning the Son of God.

 

The Self of God 

 

“That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:4).

 

 

“For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” (John 5:20).

 

 

 “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26).

 

 

 “And the Father himself which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.” (John 5:37a).

 

 

 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13).

 

 

“For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John 16:27).

 

 

 “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:17).

 

 

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18,19).

 

 

 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Ephesians 1:5).

 

 

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.” (Ephesians 1:9).

 

 

 “But made of himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:7,8).

 

 

 “Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:11).

 

 

 “For when God made promise to “Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself.” (Hebrews 6:13).

 

 

 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3).

 

 

 

The self of the man Jesus

 

“But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence.” (Matthew 12:15a).

 

 

“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.” (Luke 3:23).

 

 

“And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.” (Luke 24:15).

 

 

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

 

 

“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” (Luke 24:36).

 

 

“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.” (John 2:24).

 

 

“Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.” (John 4:2).

 

 

“For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.” (John 4:44).

 

 

“Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:19).

 

There are many more scriptures that prove the self of Jesus, but these will do in relating the message as to the “Self” of God and the “self” of Jesus. I hope that we can see that there is a difference is the “Self of God” and the “self of Jesus” before the cross of Calvary.

Now we will begin to reconcile the “Self of God” and the “self of Jesus” one and only one self after the glorification of Jesus Christ.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19).

 

Jesus stated that he did nothing and could do nothing of himself as a man, but what he saw in his human spirit as the “Self” and will of God that was revealed to him. The Spirit that resided in Jesus’ human spirit revealed the will of God, Jesus seeing with his spiritual eyes the will of God. He then had a choice as to the will of God; he could do the will of God by denying his own human self will, or he could be obedient to the will of God. He had a choice as to obey or to disobey what he had seen of the Father.

 

As Jesus obeys in all things in the will of God, God can work in and through the man Christ Jesus in the earthly realm. The more that Jesus obeys the Spirit as His Father, the more the Son of God can be glorified. This is a progression that goes from glory to glory in Jesus being glorified with God’s own self. Jesus is all believers’ example in doing the works of God, for Jesus is the pattern. If we do the same things and walk in Jesus’ footsteps doing the will of God as Jesus did in the days of His flesh, then we also pass from glory to glory by the Spirit of God. Here is an example of progressive glorification in the Son of God.

 

“Father, glorify thy name. Then came a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (John 12:28).

 

Let’s see how this is accomplished in the glorification process of the Son of God. Notice the self of God in this scripture as it pertains to the Son of God.

 

“If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.” (John 13:32).

 

There is a veil separating the will/Self of God which is the Spirit of God, from the will/self of the man Jesus which is Jesus’ human will that abides in his soul realm. See the figure below.  This truth is brought out in the Tabernacle plan given to Moses as it relates to the reason the veil of the temple was rent when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary. The veil separated the will/Self of God from the will/self of the man Jesus. See figure below.

 

When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, the separation in the will/ Self of God and the will/self of the man Jesus was done away with, making the two one and the same. For the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place now have no division or separation. The soul of Jesus as a man and the Spirit of God are one; thus, the man Christ Jesus has been made both Lord and Christ. He was born Christ the Lord; this is Jesus vocation. Jesus was made both Lord and Christ; this is Jesus’ destination after accomplishing the work that was necessary for mankind’s salvation. Therefore, he has always been God and will always be God, but in the days of his flesh his made himself of no reputation in being made a man of Adam. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, even to the death of the cross.

 

There is much more that has not been covered in this small article. For those that would like to know more, I suggest reading Behold the Real Jesus that will be released by Author House Publishing within the next few months. The book will be for sale through Dennis Beard Ministries Inc. as well as all major book stores. DBM will list the book on this website as soon as it is released.

 

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