"I assign to you a Kingdom" Luke 22:29-30
Part Two: Agreement
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, , so that the world may believe that You have sent Me." John 17:20-21
"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jewish leaders, Yeshua came and stood in their midst, and said to them, 'Shalom be with you.' When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Messiah... Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.. ' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive ruach hakodesh (the spirit of holiness)." John 20:19-22
Many are asking today - is Yeshua Divine? The simple answer is "Yes" - but, with a caveat. The divinity of Yeshua is upheld - it is the concept of divinity itself that is being questioned. What is interesting to note is that the English word "divinity" is nowhere to be found in scripture and the Greek word theios (translated as the English "divine" - click on highlighted words to view content) is only found in two passages in the Messianic Writings (NT) and one of those is actually translated as "Godhead" which we found in the previous article not to exist. One would think that a doctrine as intrinsic to Christianity as the divinity of Yeshua would be given more substance among these Hebrew authors. The one passage in 1Peter 1:3-4 that translates this Greek word properly speaks of the divine nature of YHVH - not Yeshua. In the Tanakh (OT), the Hebrew word that is translated as the English "divine" is qacam and is associated with those who practice divination, soothsayers - those in the same league as sorcerers and such.
Yeshua is One with the Father of Life. He is like the Father. His credentials for being Spirit (divine) are that, unlike no other - He rose from the dead to abide with YHVH eternally. The caveat is - so are any who embrace the manner, the example of Life Yeshua led while in the flesh among us, Yeshua became the "first among many brethren," leading the Way and opening the portal to become Spirit for all who would follow after His Way. In John 17:20-21 above, Yeshua prays that all of those who believe in Him as the Promised Messiah sent to restore the Kingdom of YHVH, be one in the Father "just as" (meaning in like fashion, in similar manner - just as) He, Yeshua, is one in YHVH. Now, instead of there being "one in three", as Christianity has traditionally taught, we have "one in innumerable" (Romans 8:29, Acts 26:23, Colossians 1:18, see the The Fulfillment for more explanation).
Does this mean that, in being one with the Father, Yeshua replaces YaHoVeH as the Only One True God of Israel? The scripture says - no. Throughout scripture, Yeshua is referred to as the "Son of YHVH", formed in the image of YHVH but not YHVH Himself. He is the "right arm" of the Father, seated at the "right hand" with YHVH, enjoying all the preeminence of the firstborn Son; while, at the same time, being "echad" (Hebrew for "One") in the shared image of the Father - but not replacing the Father. This is the mystery of echad, the shared image (Isaiah 59:16, Acts 2:33, Revelation 19:10, see the Inheritance for more about the mystery of echad).
"...then YHVH formed Adam of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the
the breath of life,
and Adam became a living creature." Genesis 2:7 (in most translations)
It is important to understand the meaning of the Hebrew word ruach translated into the English "spirit". This is from Brown-Driver-Briggs (Old Testament Hebrew-English Lexicon) - "wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life." The Hebrew phrase nshmth chiim (translated "breath of lives" from the literal Hebrew text) is curious. Nishmah (breath) is singular, giving an expectation of what is to follow as being complementary singular. But, what follows in this phrase, chayim (lives), is plural - containing both the feminine and masculine nouns. Here, again contained in the choice of the original words used, we see consistency in the evidence of the singular Essence of YHVH containing both male and female characteristics. What lies behind this phrase is the Hebrew perspective that YHVH's 'breath of lives' is both unity and diversity at the same time. This is also the definition of echad (the Hebrew "one"), meaning unity in multiplicity - a "shared image". This is the DNA, the Blood that was breathed into Adam. This unity is what was corrupted by Adam when he disagreed with YHVH's word - choosing his own way and falling out of unity (see the One Covenant series for more discussion).
What was not given along side that statement by the serpent, however, was that in partaking of the fruit of self-determination, Adam's pure blood would become corrupted by his disagreement to the Goodness of the Word (John 1:1 see Who is the Word?). As a consequence of that disagreement, he fell out of unity with the Father of Light - darkness enveloped his being. It is called "disagreement" because their actions were what determined what they believed (Luke 18:18-20). Of necessity, a separation had to be created to preserve the inherent integrity of the Pure Blood of the Father - to keep Adam from partaking of the Tree of Life in His current state "as a god" with corrupted blood and thereby polluting the Source of Life (Genesis 3:22-24). Yeshua was birthed by the Spirit to restore that Kingdom relationship through the preservation of His uncorrupted pure blood by His Obedience to His Father's Words. Because of His example of sacrifice, when we are born of that same Spirit, we have been given the same opportunity to enter into this Kingdom relationship - but, it still requires the same price. What is that price? It is the relinquishment of our will back into the Hands of the Father. How is that accomplished? It is accomplished in us the same Way it was accomplished in the Life Yeshua exampled before us - becoming obedient to YHVH's Words regardless of circumstance (Luke 9:23, Hebrews 5:8, Romans 5:1-5, see the Need for Atonement).
Even in Greek, this concept that we are "gods" is continued. Set aside the theological overlay of capitalized words (i.e., "G"od - so as to have you think of them in a certain way) and look at the words just for what they mean. Philippians 2:5-8 tells us that Yeshua was "in the morphe (form or image) of theos (a god - it does not say He was the god)." Morphe means "external appearance" but carries with it the association that accompanies "children reflecting their parents", i.e., a son. Theos is the general description the Greeks gave to all their deities (remember, the Greeks had many "gods").
In this passage from Philippians, we are told to have this same mind in us as Yeshua. What was that mind? - that even though as a human son reflecting the image of the Father, He did not consider that equality, that image as "a god" (again - theos) a thing to be grasped, seized and wielded (self determination); but took "upon Himself" (choosing) the form of a servant (one who gives himself up to another's will) and became obedient to the Will of the Father (again, a choice). The mind we are to have, if we are to follow Yeshua's example of Life, is to relinquish the same equality we have as our own god to determine our own way and to become as a servant - becoming obedient to the Father of the family of Whom Yeshua was the firstborn Son. To become obedient to the Father means to choose to be in agreement with YHVH's Words (John 1:12, Exodus 20:1-17 - with emphasis on verse one).
|"How can two walk together unless they be agreed ?" Amos 3:3|
There are only two places where scripture tells us that Spirit breathed on men - in Genesis 2:7 (explored earlier) and in John 20:19-22 quoted at the beginning of this article. If what has now been restored to the rightful heirs, the family of Israel, by the sacrifice of the Kinsman Redeemer is the Kingdom of YHVH, then why are we not able to see it? Could it be, perhaps, that those who are waiting for its appearing are unaware of its existence already among us today? Could it be they are looking for, as were those before the Resurrection, a physical Kingdom while the one Yeshua spoke of took on another form? (Luke 17:20-21). Could it be that the Kingdom established within is the same restored Kingdom we are commissioned to bring into this earthly realm (Matthew 6:10). The Kingdom that has been restored is the same one enjoyed in gan edan (the Garden of Eden) by the first son, Adam - the intimacy of the shared image, of being echad (Hebrew for "one") with the Father of Life; the opportunity to partake of the Tree of Life (see The Kinsman Redeemer Series).
Part One, the Godhead
Part Two, Agreement
Part Three, In Addition
Part Four, One Spirit...
Part Five, ...One Name
|"Blessed are those who DO His commandments that they may have the right (Greek eksousia meaning "power of choice") to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates (twelve tribes of the family of Israel described in Revelation 21:12 ) into the city." Revelation 22:14|
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't claim to have all the answers, but I would be honored to share with you what the Father is uncovering in these days.