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Who was_is Jesus

Based on some comments that I have heard recently, and some suggestions that I elaborate on some previous teachings, I am going to repeat and elaborate on a series called foundational doctrines. The topic for this article is:
You wouldn't think that a teaching would be necessary on this topic, but in these last days, cults, splinter groups, apostate churches, and heretical teachers have brought doctrines of demons into church on this topic and others.
For this reason we will spend this entire lesson on this topic to clear the air and find out exactly Who Jesus was! This is THE most important question in our foundational series on Bible truths!

But what does the Bible say?

Let's look at the word firstborn and see what it means. Some people say that Jesus was the "first born again" man. Now that is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. Why would Jesus, who is God Himself in the flesh, need to be born again; that is, unless that person has believed the satanic lie and doesn't believe that Jesus is God, or doesn't know what being born again means. Let's see what firstborn really means!
Strong's 4416 prototokos - from Strong's 4413 protos foremost in time, place, order of importance. an alt of Strong's 5088 tikto; to produce from a seed; firstborn of God is symbolic.

Firstborn to the Jews meant that to the first born son belonged the birthright, which included the headship of the family or tribe.
Firstborn in regards to Christ is a title given Him with various attributes, including primacy (being first), headship, and pre-eminance.

False concepts The Bible says that He was GOD manifest (Strong's 5319=revealed or made visible) in the flesh. 1 Timothy 3:16
Proper Concepts What did this self-emptying consist of? Christ was always God
In Philippians 2: 6-8 Jesus set aside only his glory as God.

Strong's 3444= Morphe: The reality that can be externalized. None could be in the form of God who was not God. He took upon Himself the form of a servant, which is an inner attitude by taking upon Himself the shape of men. The shape (schema) is the outward form having to do not with its essential being, but with His appearance.

Strong's 725=harpagmos: Jesus continued to be in the flesh what He was before He became man. He has always been God. In schema (Strong's 4976), outer appearance, Jesus was man; in morphe (Strong's 3444), reality, He was God. To not be who He claimed to be would be, in a sense, robbery.

Strong's 2758 7361= kenoo: To empty. This is the beginning of His self humiliation by becoming in the form of a servant in the likeness of man. In spite of his voluntary humiliation, He was still in the form of God. But in spite of His essence of deity, He took upon Himself the true essence of a servant.

When he became man, he emptied Himself of the proper recognition that he had with the Father and entered into the world of men who failed to properly recognize Him as God. He voluntarily took upon Himself something in addition to what He was which caused His improper recognition by men.

Strong's 3667 = homoioma: likeness, resemblance. While there is resemblance, it by no means follows that one thing has been derived from the other.
In Philippians 2:6-8 when Jesus made himself of no reputation and took the form of a servant, did he lose his divinity?
Was Jesus exactly like Adam after he sinned? The Bible doesn't say that. It says that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, not man, utterly without sin, and without the stain of original sin that taints every human being.
The body that was created by God in the womb of a virgin was a perfect creation, befitting the divine son of God.

Adam's taint of sin was not in the human nature of Jesus. Only a totally pure unblemished and perfect sacrifice could take away the sins of the world.

There had to come one who lives outside of that sin nature in order to rescue us.
Jesus was fully God and fully man, right from his birth.
Colossians 2:9 "For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
Christ always possessed Divine Attributes.
He did not empty himself of any of his essential or moral attributes. Summary: So since Jesus is God in the flesh, this is why we can cast our cares on Him. 1 Peter 5:7.
And, of course, our first care is our salvation. Until we get that one right, all our other cares don't matter.
And then, once we meet Jesus, we need to talk to Him in prayer.
We let go by admitting that we can not be acceptable to God on our own.
We admit to God that we are not perfect, which is His standard; that we are sinful in His eyes.
Only through the shed blood of Jesus can we approach God in prayer.
We have to be converted (born again) by repenting of our sins, be willing to forsake them, and receiving Jesus as our Savior. You have to believe that Jesus died on the cross for you, shed his blood to atone for your sins, rose from the dead and by His own blood he entered into the Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:12
Just saying a prayer will not get you saved unless you meant it in your heart. Simply quoting a Bible verse will not force God to save you. God is looking at your heart to see what you are thinking when you pray.
Acts 3:19 says "Repent therefore and be converted, that you sins may be blotted out ..."
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