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The Son as “Wisdom”

Pastotor John,
I am studying Proverbs along with your book Solomon’s Wisdom…

On page 24/124 of your book where Wisdom is talking in Proverbs 8, you wrote: “When all these things were created, I was beside Him as His Son.” By saying “as His Son”, do you mean to imply that Wisdom is identified as Christ? This is confusing to me. In the Bible the Hebrew for Wisdom is a feminine pronoun. Is that right? I’m not very good at this at all. I am very confused with Wisdom being synonymous with Christ, if this is what you are saying.

Thank you for your help.

Diane H.

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Hi Diane.

Thank you for your question; it is a good one.

In 1Corinthians 1:24, Paul wrote that “we preach Christ, the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.” In Greek as well as in Hebrew, the noun “wisdom” is feminine (as well as the noun “power”), but as you can see, Paul felt free to apply those feminine words to Christ. So, the fact that the Hebrew word “wisdom” in Proverbs 8 is feminine does not mean it cannot be used to refer to a man.

The New Testament speaks often about God’s Son being in the beginning with the Father, but he was hidden by God until “the fullness of time”, in Paul’s words. In Proverbs 8, the hidden Son described through David his sweet life with the Father in the beginning, before God created all things (by the Son, as men learned after the Spirit came). The Son often spoke through holy men of God before he took on flesh and walked among us as Jesus Christ, but since he was hidden, no one understood, in ancient time, that it was the Son speaking. You might be interested in reading chapter 4 “The Son in the Old Testament” in my online book, God Had a Son before Mary Did. It is here:

https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_books.html?tname=fands

In that chapter, Proverbs 8 is also translated and dealt with. Thank you again for your good question. Please stay in touch if you have any more questions or comments.

Pastor John

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Concerning Your Translators

comments: I was so thrilled to see your site.* Then I read that you do not have scholars to translate the Greek Manuscripts, but Spirit filled saints. How can you translate Greek without knowing the Greek language? This is a very important question for me as I do not believe in the Trinity doctrine and have believed all along that man changed the original Greek text when it was translated. I understand the translators must be spirit filled, however, knowing the ancient Greek language should be a requirement.

Thank you for your help.

Diane H.
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Hi, Diane.

Thank you for writing.

First, let me assure you that we do not attempt to translate the Bible without having a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and Greek. You are right about such knowledge being a requirement for translators.

I hope that brings you some relief concerning our translation of Old and New Testament books.

Sincerely,

Pastor John

*Going to Jesus: Bible Translation

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Father & Son Book Excerpt – August 16, 2019

Pastor John,

Good Morning,

I remember the incident when Jesus drove men out of the temple, but I don’t remember him breaking the Sabbath. Would you mind giving a couple of examples of Jesus breaking the Sabbath [see excerpt, below from The Father and Son Book *to ponder?]

Wendell

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Hi Wendell.

The accusation that Jesus broke the Sabbath was false. He never did that. They had made up some rules for the Sabbath which he broke sometimes (e.g., no healing people on that day), but that was no transgression of Moses’ law. Neither was it a transgression of the law for Jesus to drive merchants out of God’s temple. Moses never forbade that. In doing that, Jesus was only looking after his Father’s property.

Pastor John

FS 8_16

*Also known as God Had a Son before Mary Did

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Will People Be Saved without the Spirit?

Hey Pastor John,

I have a question that I thought about recently. You have said before that there will be more people in heaven then we think, but my question is, is there gonna be people there that do not have the Holy Ghost? I know you’re supposed to have it, and even the Bible says so, but what about the people who believe they’re following Jesus with all their heart, and living a good and clean life? It just kind of hit me the other day, and made me wonder. However I’m very thankful that I have the Holy Ghost and know the truth!

Name withheld

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Hi there!

God will do whatever He wants to do. I have learned not to assume anything about what God will and won’t do.

So, all I can say in answer to your question is that if God He decides He wants people to be with Him forever who do not even belong to Him (Rom. 8:9), He will do that. And if He decides He wants people to be with Him forever who do not even believe in His Son Jesus and have not repented of their sins (Acts 2:38), He will do that. It is up to Him.

Jeremiah said that the most deceitful thing in creation is the human heart (Jer. 17:9), but if God decides He wants people to be with Him forever who have deceived themselves into believing they are serving God when they are actually serving Satan (2Cor. 11:13), He will do that. And Paul said no one will be raised from the dead who does not have the holy Ghost (Rom. 8:11), but all things are possible with God. So, if He wants people to be with Him forever who have not been raised from the dead, He will do that.

So, my answer to your question is that it is altogether possible with God to have people be with Him forever who do not belong to Him, and do not believe in His Son (but are deceived into thinking they do), have not repented, and have not been raised from the dead. Yes, that is possible with God.

But will such people be with God forever? I wouldn’t count on it.

Thanks for the question!

Pastor John

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One question, Pastor John. Are you saying that those chosen by God but not filled will the Holy Spirit will only temporarily be with Jesus? How long will they be there and where will they go after no longer being with Jesus?

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I am sorry that my answer was unclear. I was saying, in a backward kind of way, that it is absolutely impossible to be saved without the holy Spirit. That means there is no such thing as being chosen by God but not having the Spirit, and no such thing as being in glory with Jesus, even for s few seconds, without it.

I hope that clears things up for you.

Pastor John

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“Backsliding Heifer”

John,

While reading some scriptures, I realized I didn’t know what the Lord meant referring to Israel as backsliding heifer?

Does it possibly mean backing up from a yoke, or does it refer to sacrifice?

JWS

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Hi Wendell.

In the King James Version, Hosea 4:16a says, “For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer.”

I don’t think there is anything mysterious about that phrase. I think it just means that Israel was rebelling against the law of God, going backwards from it, so to speak Hosea is probably referring to the yoke of the law that Israel was refusing to obey. Someone with experience in handling cows, as the people in ancient Israel were, might have a more perfect grasp on the subject, but I think that is the general idea.

We translated Hosea 4:16 this way: “Israel is stubborn, like a stubborn cow.”

Pastor John

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Halos and Crowns

Pastor John,

Images of Sol Invictus, the ancient Roman sun-god, appear with a shining halo. Do the halos of ancient mythological gods predate the crowns worn by earthly kings? Did kings at some point adopt the wearing of a golden crown, to imitate those halos?

Thank you!

Jerry

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Hi Jerry.

The answer is hidden in the recesses of ancient history. As far back in recorded history as we can go, rulers have distinguished themselves with clothing different from the rest of us, and their invented gods would naturally have followed suit. However, I suspect that behind it all lies an ancient knowledge of the truth, that God really is glorious and different from everyone else in heaven and earth.

Hope that helps.

Pastor John

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Passover or Easter?

Do you keep the Biblical Feast of Passover, or Easter Sunday???

Anthony S.

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Hi, Anthony,

Thank you for writing, and for your question.

As for Passover and Easter, we observe neither of them; nor do we observe any other day as holy. We believe that Jesus fulfilled the shadows of the law so that we may now walk in the holiness, power, and wisdom of the Spirit, free from sin. To continue in the law after the Son of God has come and fulfilled it is to hang on to the wrapper after the candy has been taken out of it. The candy, once in hand, makes the wrapper trash. This is what Paul was teaching in 2Corinthians 3:

“7. Now, if the ministry of death by letters engraved on stones came with glory, so that the children of Israel were not able to gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory on his face (which ministry is being brought to an end),
8. how shall the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
9. For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness overflow with glory.
10. Indeed, that which was once made glorious has been made not glorious in this regard, on account of the surpassing glory.
11. And certainly, if that which is being done away with was glorious, much more glorious is that which lasts.”

The law was the wrapper, in which the Son of God was hidden until he was revealed in Jesus Christ.

If we were to keep any rituals and holy days, we would keep those of the law that God gave Moses. Christian holy days such as easter were never of God to start with. However, walking in the Spirit and living in the righteousness of God, we have no need of the ceremonies which foretold of this grace.

I hope that helps you understand our position on what Paul called, “works of the law”.

Please feel free to respond. May God richly bless you and yours.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John

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