Now, this is the mystery that we are commanded to fellowship. It is the only possible way to sustain the absolute oneness of God. This revelation enables us to fellowship to the mystery of Jesus Christ's teachings: He disclaims any of the glory belonging to God, the Eternal Spirit, within Him. Jesus Christ was the last theophany: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us in a son" (Heb. 1:1-2).
The seeming "separate identity" of Father and Son, is owing to the fact that Jesus invariably spoke from two distinct standpoints: That of the Son of God, our example in the flesh. As such, He was the "Sign Son." Then He spoke from the standpoint of the deity. Jesus tried to forestall this confusion in the minds of men, by the emphatic statements, I and My Father are one," and, "I am in the Father and the Father is in me."
To the earnest request of Philip, "Lord, show us the Father and it sufficeth us," Jesus answered, "have I been so long time with you and dost thou not known me, Philip?" (John 14:9, RV). Philip's request was based on the statement of Jesus in the seventh verse; if ye had know Me, ye would have known My Father also, and from henceforth ye know Him and have seen Him." Jesus Christ, here gave the most revolutionary "NO" in human thought, to the universal tendency of all Christendom, to separate the Father from the Son. "No man knoweth who the Son is but the Father; neither knoweth any man who the Father is but the Son, and he, to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." The marginal reading of the best Bibles, sustained by the Greek, puts "It" in the place of "HIM" in this text. The word, "IT" relates to the Mystery of the Father in the Son. Jesus' own explanation is: "I am in the Father and the Father is in Me." So, William Phillips Hall, states, that the revelation of the Fatherhood of God is exclusively confined to the SON. If there was a separate identity of Father and Son as to individuality, Jesus would have answered His disciple Philip's query altogether different. His answer absolutely prohibits any separate identity. He was not here to hide the Father, or enshroud Him with mystery, impenetrable: He was here to reveal Him. The other disciples all shared in Philip's dilemma; but, after Pentecost this mystery of mysteries was perfectly clear. This was the fulfilment of His promise: "These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the FATHER" (John 16:25).
To this pertinent question, on human lips ever since Jesus left the earth, "Who was Jesus Christ?" only one answer is scriptural: That is, He was God manifested in the flesh. Theologians call this union, the "God-man." But, the sad part of their vain theory about the Deity is, that they make Jesus a separate individual in Spirit Form from the Father -- the SECOND Person -- if you please. Bless His Name, He is not the second. He is the FIRST and the LAST -- "God Over All, blessed, forever, Amen."
Every man in pulpit or pew, in priestly or preacher's garb, or otherwise arrayed, the voice of a creed or a free-lance, who teaches that Jesus Christ was not the Eternal Spirit -- the Creator, manifested in flesh, labors under the same misapprehension of Him, as Philip and the other disciples, before the Spirit's revelation on and after the Day of Pentecost. The pathetic complaint of the Master, "Have I been so long time with thee, and yet hast thou not know Me," is directly applicable to them. To all who say that Jesus Christ is a second Person, making Him a secondary consideration in any sense whatsoever, Jesus is the "unknown God." Whom, therefore, they ignorantly worship. The pathetic and tragic statements made by the leaders in trinitarian circles, that they worship each one of the three persons or Gods separately, and that they know when they quit talking to one and commence talking to the other shows what abysmal ignorance characterizes their doctrine of true worship. It is written, "Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God, and HIM ONLY, shalt thou serve."
Paul preached God to these Athenian philosophers -- "God that made the world and all things therein." If that God was not Jesus Christ -- the Logos, then John labored under an illusion; for he states: "He (Jesus) was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not," and lest anyone should be mislead about who created all things, he says, "All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made."
With this blinding flash the cross of Calvary becomes too big for human apprehension -- words fail to express the love and grace manifested there. God the eternal Father, did not send another, apart from Himself; it was He, Himself, that sacrificed His body! 1 John 3:16 declares that "God gave Himself for us." Calvary unlocked the flow of God's love, which is God's very nature, unto the hearts of His creatures, making the "New Birth" possible. It is to the fuller unfolding of this "Mystery of Mysteries," the following pages are dedicated.
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