|Just As He Is|
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"JUST AS the Living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, EVEN SO whoever feeds on Me, he also will live by, in and through Me." John 6:57
"JUST AS You sent me into the world, EVEN SO I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in Truth. 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 One in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one JUST AS We are One: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in One, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them JUST AS You have loved Me." John 17:18-21
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. So Yeshua said to them again, "Shalom to you! JUST AS the Father has sent Me, EVEN SO I am sending you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive ruach hakodesh (the spirit of holiness). If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:19-23
"By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because JUST AS He is EVEN SO are we in this world." 1John 4:17
"How many of you are waiting for, looking for, the appearing of Yeshua?" Of the two dozen or so individuals in the room, all raised their hands. "How many of you have the Spirit abiding within you right now - today?" Again, all hands were raised. "Then why, if He is presently here, are you looking for someone who has already arrived?" At that question, the only responses given were blank stares. From there, in an attempt to rationalize beliefs, the conversation began to dwindle into varying speculations derived from the traditional doctrines of men. We have lost much in embracing theological commentaries instead of just focusing on the words written (Mark 7:13, and see Who's Word Is It? click on highlighted words to view scripture).
What does it mean to be a member of the Body of the Messiah with Yeshua as it's Head if it is not to be AS HE IS? Not some wispy, etherealized notion of a body - but an actual physical Presence in this world. Your head does not float around apart from your body - why would we consider the Body of Yeshua to be any different with His Head off in the clouds somewhere and His Body here on earth? When He appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection, it was not as a wisp of smoke - but in a real physical body they could touch and see. Granted, it was a transformed body - but a body nonetheless. Your body is not a representation of who you are - your body, including the head, is a realized entity, walking around as a single unit in this physical sphere. So is the Body of Yeshua (Colossians 1:18). If I walk into a room in such a manner that all that is exposed to you is my hand, you would not say, "haRold's hand is here." You would say, "ah, haRold is here." So it is when, as a member of the Body of Yeshua, carrying the Presence, the Spirit of holiness - we are as He is.
There is much talk about just who comprises the Body of Yeshua in these days. How do we know if we are a member of the Body of the Messiah - or not? The answer is quite simple - JUST AS the Head of the Body manifests the Name of the Father and the Glory given the Head is also given the Body - EVEN SO are those who do likewise considered to be His Body (John 17:22). Just as with your body - where the head goes, the body follows. We have been trained to think of the Body quantitatively when, in reality and according to Yeshua's reckoning, for us in the room that evening; His Body was comprised of just those individuals in that room who believed Yeshua is the Risen haMashiach (Hebrew for "the Messiah") of Israel. The question should not be how many there are or how vast is His Body but, rather, is He manifest among those who are present (Matthew 18:20, Ephesians 2:22, see A Nation of Priests)?
In the first article of the previous series, Agreement, the question was raised that 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 (as seen in the Kinsman Redeemer series), 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 prior to the Resurrection, a physical Kingdom of earthly might and power to set aright all the wrongs in the world - while the Kingdom Yeshua spoke of took on another form (see the Judgment)? Yeshua upheld that "heaven" is where YHVH's throne is located and that His Kingdom abides within those who have embraced His Throne - who believe in His Name (Matthew 5:34, Luke 17:20-21). Could it be that too many who think themselves to be "believers" are merely living in the speculative hope of future prophecy instead of abiding in the revealed Essence of the Eternal One today? Could it be that the Kingdom established within those who believe Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel is the same restored Kingdom followers of Yeshua are commissioned to bring into this earthly realm from within? "...your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven"? (Matthew 6:10, see also A Pre-Determined Destination).
"Just As (meaning likewise, in similar fashion, in like manner) You sent Me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). We read these words as if they apply to someone else when the following verse 19 specifically includes all those who believe in (meaning to adhere to, trust in and rely upon behaviorally) His Name (see what it means to be Abiding In His Name). So, the question that needs to be asked is - how was Yeshua sent? John 3:17 tells us, "For YHVH did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved". Do you think there might be some correlation between how those who believe, those who comprise His Body, are sent? The Greek word translated as "saved" is sozo and means "to save one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health." Most of those embracing the traditional religion of Christianity have accepted these verses to mean something appropriated beyond the grave when the definition of "saved" is clearly present tense - right now.
John 3:18 concludes this thought with, "Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the Son of YHVH." Do you think that the correlation mentioned earlier might have something to do with the Name - the Divine Nature of the Spirit of Light? The Greek word translated "condemnation" is krisis and means "separation" - separation from what? It is a separation from the Source of Life, YHVH, Who is Light (1John 1:5). Not once is it written where Yeshua said, "be healed in the Name of the Father" or "be delivered in the Name of the Father." He did not make a verbal proclamation to the force of Light - He made Light manifest through His behavior. Yeshua said, "Which is easier to say, your sin is forgiven or be healed?" (Matthew 9:5). "JUST AS the Father has sent Me, EVEN SO I am sending you" (John 20). Should it come as any surprise that the sending of His disciples (those who manifest the Divine Nature His Life) would be any different from that of His own sending? (see the Power of His Name and One Spirit, One Name).
|"I have manifested Your Name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me." John 17:6-8|
We can not give what we do not live. The definition of the Greek word phaneroo (translated as "manifest") means to "make actual and visible, realized" (see what it means To Be Made Manifest The Glory of the Father does not change from one era to the next. His Glory is revealed in His Name (see the Glory for an appreciation of what His Glory is). Yeshua manifested the Glory of the Father by manifesting His Name, by keeping the Words of the Father. What words were those? They are the same words contained in Exodus 20:1-17 (with emphasis on verse one). "...but if you wish to enter into Life, keep the commandments” Matthew 19:17. Notice that Yeshua does not say "eternal life". The Life is the Essence of the Nature of the Father, the Source of Light, defined in the Ten Words of Exodus 20 (what have come to be known as "commandments", see Salvation and Eternal Life).
The previous articles of this most recent series have been questioning what it means to be "divine". The real lie surrounding "the trinity" doctrine (apart from the replacement theology it espouses - see In Addition) is in its ability to convince those who adhere to it that divinity is something above and outside the reach of mere mortals - when scripture tells us that just the opposite has been the declared purpose of YHVH from the beginning (see the One Covenant series). It is a theology that insidiously implies there is no way anyone on earth could possibly live as divine - in the same manner as the Son exampled before us. If that premise is true, then what do these scriptures quoted above from the lips of Yeshua mean - "just as - even so"? And why did He say that the works He did we will also do and, "greater than these" will we do (John 14:12)? To be divine is to manifest the Divine Nature of the One Who is Holy, YaHoVeH - the Present Presence. But, while YHVH is the Source of what it means to be Divine - His Divinity is not exclusive. To manifest His Nature does not mean we replace His Nature with something of our own; rather, by embracing His Nature we make it visible - we bring it into reality. YHVH is the the Source of Life, but His Declared Purpose from the beginning has always been to have a nation, a family that would not replace Him but be the expression, the manifestation, of His Life, His Divinity, His Divine Nature to the rest of mankind - a Light to the Nations (Isaiah 49:6, Acts 13:47, see the Word).
In John 8:13-18 Yeshua gave the Pharisees two witnesses as an answer to their question - YHVH and Himself. The question raised by His answer is - why didn’t he give them three witnesses by adding the "Holy Spirit" (as provided for in the passage He was quoting from Deuteronomy 19:15)? Evidently, it is because there is not a "third" person to add. In the book of Genesis, there are only two places where ruach hakodesh (Hebrew for "the spirit of holiness") is mentioned - in Genesis 1:2 which refers to the Spirit of YHVH Himself as initiating creation; and in Genesis 41:38 where Pharaoh speaks it over Joseph (this was not YHVH making a proclamation over Joseph, but an unbeliever trying to make an assessment of something happening that was extraordinary and unexplainable in his world). This is because there is no "third person" - YaHoVeH, IS Spirit (John 4:23-24). Having that Spirit "breathed" upon an individual means that what resides in a believer is the Divine Nature, the Spirit of Life which is also the Divine Nature, the Spirit of Life abiding in the Son because the Son chose to join in union with Spirit by manifesting the Name of the Father - which IS His Divine Nature. The "Glory" that accompanies the manifestation of the Name is given to those who likewise, in similar fashion, in like manner also manifest the Name of Spirit. There is but One Spirit and His Name is One (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:28-30).
While Yeshua acknowledged the Father as the Source of Life (John 14:28, He did not replace but became "One" with the Source of Life by manifesting the Nature of the Father (John 17:6-11). He showed us what it means to "partake of the Divine Nature" by the example of the Life He lived and, because of His Sacrifice, opened the doorway by which all who embrace His Life "just as", in similar fashion, in like manner might also "become partakers of the Divine Nature" (2Peter 1:3-4, Romans 8:29). Since there is no hierarchy in Spirit, He became the first among "many brethren". For all who would follow Him through that door of opportunity to manifest the Divine Nature of Spirit, all were given the right to "become" co-equal Sons of YHVH - to be One, Echad, with the shared image of the Source of Life "just as" Yeshua and the Father are One (John 1:12). Embracing the Life of Yeshua means believing He is the promised Messiah to the family of YHVH, the house of Israel, and becoming attached to that family (see how that attachment works in Inhabiting Inheritance).
Many mistake the passage from John 20 above about remitting and retaining sin to be speaking the same as what is recorded that Yeshua spoke in Matthew 6:14-15, "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." But, when these two passages are compared closely, a distinct difference can be found between them. The verse from Matthew is an instruction about how an individual is to enter the Kingdom of YHVH while the verse from John is instruction on the authority given to those individuals who occupy the Kingdom (see what it means to be a Gatekeeper).
Notice that the verse from Matthew deals with an individual's relationship with the Father - the Father forgives me in the same way, the same measure that I forgive others; whereas, the passage from John has no mention of the Father's forgiveness at all - it speaks solely of the action of the individual who has been sent in the same manner ("just as") Yeshua was sent and has the Spirit of the Father (ruach hakodesh) breathed into him. This is Echad (Hebrew for "One") - occupying the shared image of Spirit that was breathed into Adam in Gan Edan (the Edan garden), was breathed into those gathered in John 20 as a precursor to Yom Shavu'ot (day of Pentecost) and is breathed into all who receive ruach hakodesh ("the spirit of holiness") today. This is the manifestation of the Kingdom restored through the sacrifice of the Kinsman Redeemer in the family of YHVH. That Kingdom is designed so that those who abide in it might be the vessels through which the Source of Life is manifest for the benefit of others - the salvation of the world from darkness just as Yeshua, the captain of our salvation, manifested the Life for our benefit (Hebrews 2:10).
|"For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them ...Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent Me." John 13:15-17, 20|
The example He referred to in this passage was after He washed the feet of the disciples - as a servant. So, if Yeshua was sent as a servant to forgive sin / heal, then the next question to ask is - just how does that operation take place? And, if those who have embraced the Life have been sent "just as" Yeshua was sent to sozo, to save, to heal - then how does that work? Luke 6:19 tells us that Virtue went out of Him whenever healing took place (remember, forgiveness of sin = healing). So, just what is Virtue? Virtue comes from the Greek word dynamis, which means "inherent power". In Acts 1:8 the word "power" is translated from this Greek word "dynamis". It is interesting to note that nowhere is it recorded in scripture where Yeshua prayed for healing or deliverance for Himself nor did He heal or deliver any of the disciples. He gave them the same authority (Greek eksousia, meaning "power of choice") just as the Father had given Him authority to heal and deliver others - not themselves (Luke 9:1-2, see Prayer and Healing). James 4:3 says we ask amiss when we seek to consume this Power upon ourselves.
So, returning to the question at hand, if the power to do all these things has been restored and given to those who believe - why don't we see it? Perhaps it has something to do with what constitutes Virtue and how prevalent that Virtue is manifested in the lives of those who profess to "know" Him. The next article will deal with how scripture says we go about Cultivating Virtue.
Part One, What Authority?
Part Two, the Work of the Ministry
Part Three, Just As-Even So
"...I assign to you,
my Father assigned to me, a Kingdom that you may eat and drink at My table in My Kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel"
Please feel free to email them to 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.