When God became a Man
One day a little Babe was born in a very crude and obscure place in a small and humble city.
His expected arrival was not announced to the world. His mother was not widely known.
Finding no room in the crowded inn, the lowly couple retreated to a stable and there in the
dark hours of the night, while the city was sleeping, the little stranger arrived.
No one suspected anything out of the ordinary, but the birth of that little Babe set all the bells
of heaven to ringing. A bright new star appeared in the heavens. An angel hastened to a
group of shepherds to announce the glad tidings of great joy while the illuminating light of
heaven encircled the astonished shepherds, dispelling the darkness of the night. Suddenly,
the lone angel was joined by a whole multitude of the heavenly host chanting the joyful
refrain, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.”
When the angels had gone, the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to see the new-born Babe.
From the far distant east came wise men with costly gifts to present to Him. Soon, all
Jerusalem was stirred. Even the king was troubled. The birth of that humble Child had
moved heaven and earth.
Who could He be? Why all this commotion about His birth? It was a mystery, a great
mystery, but that newborn Babe was none other than the mighty God, the Lord, the Creator of
heaven and earth, who was born of a virgin and came into the world in the likeness of man to
dwell among us. “They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is ‘God with
us’” (Matthew 1:23).
The angel announced unmistakably who He was. Said the angel, “Unto you is born this day
in the city of David, a saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Many times in the Old Testament God is spoken of as the Lord God, the Lord Jehovah, the
Lord thy God, etc. And now, the angel announces that the Babe of Bethlehem is Christ the
Since both the Old Testament and New Testament emphatically declare that there is only one
Lord, then it is very evident that the Lord Jesus of the New Testament and the Lord God of
the Old Testament is the same Lord.
The following scriptures taken from the Old and New Testaments will prove conclusively
that the Lord God of the Old Testament is the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament.
The Lord God created heaven and earth - Isaiah 42:5.
The Lord Jesus created heaven and earth - John 1:10, Colossians 1:16.
The Lord God is the only savior - Isaiah 43:10,11.
The Lord Jesus is the only savior - Titus 1:4.
The Lord God is the First and the Last - Isaiah 44:6.
The Lord Jesus is the First and the Last - Revelation 2:8.
The Lord God said, “I am He” - Isaiah 43:10.
The Lord Jesus said, “I am He” - John 6:24.
The Lord God will reign forever - Psalms 146:10.
The Lord Jesus will reign forever - Luke 1:33.
The Lord God is King of Israel - Isaiah 43:15.
The Lord Jesus is King of Israel - Matthew 27:37.
The Lord God is Lord alone - Nehemiah 9:6,7.
Jesus is Lord - Acts 9:5.
The Lord God is Almighty - Genesis 17:1.
The Lord Jesus is Almighty - Revelation 1:8.
Other scriptures that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Babe of Bethlehem was the
Lord God Almighty:
The Child-a Son-shall be called the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6.
He who was born in Bethlehem was from everlasting - Micah 5:2.
Jesus lived before Abraham - John 8:56, 58.
Thomas acknowledged Jesus to be God - John 20:28.
Now that it has been fully established by Scripture that Jesus is God, the next step is to
discuss the Sonship.
When Did The Sonship Begin?
Was Jesus a Son in eternity with God before His birth in Bethlehem? If so, when did He
become a Son? Was He as old as the Father? Who was His mother? What became of His
body when He was born in Bethlehem? Was He born twice - once in eternity and again in
Bethlehem? Did He have two Fathers and mothers?
Oh, no! That is not the right understanding of God and the Son. In eternity, God was an
invisible Spirit without flesh and bones, who alone created the heavens and the earth.
O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even
thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
Isaiah 37: 16
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord
that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the
earth by myself.
Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
He declared Himself that there was no one else with Him and that He created the earth by
Himself (Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 45:5, “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God
beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me”). There is no Savior, He said, but
Himself (Isaiah 43:11, “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour”).
It was He, the only Lord God and only Savior who came into the world in the form of man to
become man’s salvation. His name was called Jesus, which means, “Jehovah has become
That is when the Sonship began, when God became a man - the Babe of Bethlehem - a Lamb
of sacrifice for sin. It was God in the flesh who died for the sins of the world (Acts 20:28,
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost
hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
blood”). There was no Son before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, although He who became a
Son existed as the invisible Spirit from everlasting.
Jesus Was Both God And Man
Jesus was man, a perfect man. As a man He slept, He ate and He grew weary. But all of His
mighty works prove that He was more than a man. What man other than He could raise the
dead, walk on the water, open blind eyes, multiply bread and fish, etc.?
He was God and man united in an image. That is the reason He could say to Philip, “He that
hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). And did not He say, “I and my Father are
one.” And did He not also say, “If ye believe not that I am he (speaking of the Father) ye
shall die in your sins” (John 8:24,27)?
Indeed, it was a marvelous mystery but Jesus was the God-man. His birth was not after the
fashion of ordinary man. He had no earthly father. His Father was the Holy Ghost and His
mother was the virgin Mary. Therefore, He was both God and man.
As a man He ate; as God He multiplied bread and fish. As a man He slept in the boat; as God
He arose and calmed the stormy waves. As a man He prayed at the grave of Lazarus; as God
He raised Lazarus from he dead. As a man He died; as God He raised Himself from the dead
(“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”
John 2:19). He was God and man - Father and Son - Spirit and flesh - in one image.
Therefore, when God said, “Let us make man in our image” (not images), He was speaking of
the two-fold relationship of the Father and Son in one-image. We read: “So God (by
Himself) created man in his own image” (not images). Genesis 1:27 says: “And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of
the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” What, then is God’s image? Jesus is the image
of the invisible God. Colossians 1:15 says, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the
firstborn of every creature.”
The children of Israel had never seen their God. He was always invisible to them. But when
Jesus came, the invisible God was made visible. At the same time God was manifest in the
flesh on earth, he remained Spirit in heaven. For that reason Jesus could speak of the Father
that dwelleth in heaven.
Jesus at the right hand of God does not mean that God and Jesus are two persons sitting side
by side on a throne in Heaven, both of them sitting there stationary for centuries. that is a
ridiculous and unscriptural idea of God. A preacher once said that Jesus had stood up only
one time since He ascended to Heaven and that was when He stood up to welcome Stephen,
because Stephen saw Him “standing” at the right hand of God.
But that is not the meaning of the right hand. The right hand is a symbolic term which means
power and authority. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.” When
God became incarnate man on earth, He did all of His mighty works through the power and
authority of that man. And now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, He has all power in
Heaven. Matthew 28:18 says, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is
given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Therefore, Jesus at the right hand of God means that
Jesus is the power of God. “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ
the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24).
It must be remembered that the Lord Jesus Christ is more than a man. He is both God and
man. He is God manifest in the flesh. “And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto
the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
Notice a few symbolic uses of “right hand” in connection with power.
My right hand hath spanned the heavens - Isaiah 48:13
The Lord is at the right hand to the poor - Psalms 109:31
God led the children of Israel by the right hand of Moses - Isaiah 63:12
The Lord was on David’s right hand - Psalms 16:8
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is not a third, separate and distinct person from the Father and the Son. The
Holy Spirit is God. In John 4:24 we read, “God is a spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth.” God is holy. Therefore, God is the Holy Spirit. No
further evidence is needed to prove that the Holy Ghost is God, than the scriptural fact that
the Holy Ghost is the Father of Jesus. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found
with the child of the Holy Ghost. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take
unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew
1:18, 20). It must be remembered that Jesus Christ is incarnate God.
Jesus Is The Holy Spirit
Jesus called His disciples together one day and told them He was soon going away but that
He would send another Comforter who would abide with them forever.
Who, then, is this other Comforter? What is His name? Is He someone else other than
Jesus? If the Comforter is someone else, then Jesus is not here; He is not in us. But Jesus
said, “Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.”
Jesus did not leave His disciples in the dark. He told them very plainly who the other
Comforter is. Said He, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18).
And He further told them that the other Comforter was He who was dwelling with them, and
would be in them when He came again. He was with them in the flesh and went away to
Heaven in flesh, but He came back in Spirit on the Day of Pentecost to be in them. So, we
may rightfully sing, “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart.” Therefore, the name of the
Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost, is Jesus. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to
your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). There is no other name.
The Trinity Theory
Through the confusion of the Dark Ages and the traditions of men, the vision of the greatness
and the glory and the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ has become dimmed. He who said, “I
am the First and the Last” has been relegated to second place.
After a raging discussion of centuries concerning the Godhead, a doctrine was finally agreed
upon known as the doctrine of the Trinity, namely: That God consists of three separate and
distinct Persons, thus, placing Jesus Christ, who is declared to be Lord of all, as the second
God, no doubt, has winked at the ignorance of the people as they have piously chanted hymns
to the “Blessed Holy Trinity-God in three Persons.” But now the mists are being cleared
away and the doctrine as taught by the Apostles is again being revealed, that Jesus Christ is
God, the Spirit manifest in the flesh - not three Persons, but One.
This Trinity doctrine is man’s feeble attempt to solve the great mystery of the incarnate God,
but in thus disposing of the mystery they have only added absurdity to mystery.
If the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three, separate Persons, then each Christian has three
Persons in him. “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will
be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16). “Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that
Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5). “What! know ye not
that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye
are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). If there are three Persons, each raised Jesus from
the dead, “But God raised him from the dead” (Acts 13:30). “Jesus answered and said unto
them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). “But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). If
Christ and God are two Persons, then Jesus had two Fathers. God is His Father and the Holy
Ghost is His Father. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother
Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the
Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18). “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the
Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Moreover, Jesus Himself is called The everlasting
Father. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). If there are three separate distinct
Persons each called God, then there are three separate Gods, or else each one of the three is
one-third of God. If there are three separate Persons, co-equal, then Isaiah had a false vision
when he said, “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One”
If there are three separate, distinct persons, there should be three separate, distinct names,
whereas there is only one name. Father is not a proper name. Son is not a proper name.
Holy Spirit is not a proper name. Peter was not so mistaken after all, as many people think,
when he inspiringly said on the Day of Pentecost: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).
Human intelligence can never fathom the mystery of Jesus Christ. Nothing short of divine
illumination of the Scriptures can reveal Him as He is. He is hidden in the Scriptures from
carnal view but the illuminating light of the Holy Spirit places a halo of glory around His
majestic being and brings Him to view as the Great I Am, The Everlasting Father, The only
wise God our Savior, The Creator of Heaven and Earth, etc. “Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Isaiah 9:6. “Now unto the
King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.
Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17). “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
Jesus Christ puzzled the world in the days of His flesh, and he puzzles them now. The Jews
rejected Him because, “He being a man, made Himself God” (John 10:33).
They were continually asking then, “Who art thou? Whom makest thou thyself? What
manner of man is this? Whence hath this man this wisdom? Art thou the King of the Jews?
Whence art thou? How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Who is this that
forgiveth sins also?
And still today the world is puzzled. No wonder. He is so great and marvelous. The name
of Jesus excels all other names. No tongue of man has ever proclaimed His worth.
The Devil has done his best to conceal the identity of Jesus Christ, to hide Him from the
people. And with such great success at that end of the age the entire world will reject Jesus
Christ and will worship the Anti-Christ as God (all except those whose names are written in
the Book of Life).
John warned of this when he said, “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come
in the flesh is not of God; and this is that spirit of Anti-Christ.” 1 Timothy 3:16 says God
was manifest in the flesh, and 1 John 4:2 says Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. Harmonizing
these two scriptures we find that Jesus Christ was God who came in the flesh, and to attempt
to place Him on a lower plane than the mighty God and Lord of all is to join ranks with the
For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
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