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Father and Son

Hi Pastor John, 
I was reading Gospel tract, “The Father and Son”.  I have a question regarding to this.

“All else was created by the Son: the heavens, the earth, humans and heavenly beings, animals and plants – everything, everywhere – was created by the Son. When, in Genesis 1:26, the Father said, “Let us make man in our image,” the “us” in that verse was the Father speaking to His Son, who then created man according to the will of his Father. By his Father’s power and wisdom, the Son created everything – except himself.”  

Did Jesus created everything except himself? What I understood that God was the creator but the Son was not co-creator. I believe that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Kindly help me to understand the excerpt in this tracts?  

Thank you, 

Leika

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Hi, Leika. 

The son credited the Father with creating all things because all things were created by the Father’s will, wisdom, and power.  “Of myself,” Jesus said, “I can do nothing.” 

However, with his Father’s wisdom and power, and according to his Father’s will, Jesus can do anything.  And the central revelation of this New Testament is that (1) the Son of God was with the Father from the beginning and (2) the Son was the Father’s agent in creating all things. 

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV

[16] 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: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

John 1:1-3 KJV

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

So, the Son created all things except, of course, himself.  He created all things at the Father’s command, and he gives all glory and credit for creation to the Father.  At the same time, the Father points us to His Son, whom He has made the head of all things.  And He demands that we bow before His Son.  Otherwise, we will spend eternity in the horrible place of torment called the Lake of Fire. 

I hope this makes clearer what you have read in our gospel tract on the Father and the Son. 

Thank you for the question. 

Pastor John

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Pastor John,

It is clearer now.  Now, when someone will ask me about the Father and the Son when I give them the tracts, I can give clear answer to them. 

He kept all hidden for “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,”  but “He has revealed it to babes.”  Paul said, “to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, even of the Father and Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” and the Book of Psalms shows that “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SON!” 

Thank you,

Leika

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The Son is everything to the Father and to us.  He is the Mediator between God and man.

Pastor John

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I believe in that, Pastor John.  The Father sent His Son so that the Holy Spirit (His divine nature) will be available to us.  I believe that the disciple and prophets were ignorant before the Father sent His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Indeed!  “The Father so love the world that He gave His only beloved Son.” 

Thank you,

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Jesus has given you a good understanding.

Pastor John

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The Old Covenant which are the laws, were written in the stone (Old Testament). The new Covenant which the laws are written in our hearts (New Testament).

“The holy Spirit also bears witness to us, for after having said, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16), and “This is an everlasting covenant”, as what said in Jeremiah 32:40-41:

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them and cease to do them good, and I will put my fear in their heart so that they do not turn away from me. And I will rejoice over them, to do them good, and in faithfulness will I plant them in this land with all my heart and with all my soul.” 

This is the new thing in the book of Isaiah: “Behold, I will do a new thing! It is about to spring up! Will you not understand it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

I love studying the Scripture, Jesus gives understanding indeed!

Thank you,

Leika

 

 

 

 

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Hi, Pastor John. 

In reading December 9th’s excerpt from the Father and Son book, these questions came to mind:

Question #1:

When did God give Satan the Earth to rule?”

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We are not told, but I assume it was after Adam ate the forbidden fruit, thus trusting and submitting himself to Satan and his word instead of trusting and obeying God’s.

On the other hand, even before Adam sinned, God could have entrusted care of the earth to Satan as a good thing.  There is no reason why God could not have done that, as part of His organization of His creation. 

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Question #2:

The question of why God gave Satan rule over Earth also came up for me.  Was God tired of human sin? 

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Whenever God did that, it was for the good of people, especially those who belong to Him.  Sinners who follow Satan’s lead behave better than do sinners who will not submit to any authority.  Satan loves order, and those who are like him love it, too. 

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Question #3:

Why didn’t God just give Satan another creation of his to rule? 

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…and just leave us in peace?  That is how people think of Satan, but it is not how things really are.  The human race would probably be even worse off than it is now if Satan wasn’t around, trying to keep people is some kind of decent order. 

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Question #4:

Did Jesus send back the Holy Spirit as a compromise to his Father’s curse of Earth through sending Satan to rule?

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No, he send back the Spirit to save us from our sin, just because he loves us.  Satan wishes he was important enough to be the reason God sent us his Spirit. 

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Wow, that single excerpt from the Father and Son book brought up a lot of questions for me 🙂 

Lots of love, 

Allison 

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I think it is wonderful that you are thinking on spiritual things.  Jesus has answers for us if we just ask, as you have done.  And his answers will set us free from the diseased thoughts of Christian superstition.  I am so thankful for that! 

Lots of love back to you and Brad! 

Pastor John

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John 16:7

Hi Pastor John,

I noticed in our translation of John 16:7 that is says “…for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go I will send Him to you.”  I didn’t notice before that it says “him” when speaking of the comforter.  But the comforter is not a him, it’s an ‘it’. That would support the trinity!  SO it makes me wonder why it says him, and not it?

I love our translation!

Jenny

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Hi Jenny.

As I explain in my Pneuma Study, the word “comforter” is a masculine word in the Greek language, and so, “he” is the appropriate pronoun to use when referring to it.  However, the word “Spirit” is a neuter word in the Greek language, and so, the apostles always used “it” when referring to that word.

Thank you for writing.  I am glad you are enjoying our translation.

Pastor John

Taking Off the Sackcloth

Pastor John, 

RE: An excerpt from: Random Thought, 12-9, Putting Off Sackcloth, by Pastor John 

I love this. It is so good. I prayed as I shared this on Facebook, “Lord, please let them see it!”

Whenever God removes your sackcloth, He covers you with robes of mercy. He gives the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isa. 61:3). When men remove their own sackcloth, they are left naked before God, even if they do not know it.

Men have never known when to remove their sackcloth; that is why we must humble ourselves to wait on God. “It is Good”, said Jeremiah, “that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam. 3:26). Those who do not wait on God will be left to join one of the many religions that mankind has developed as a substitute for true mercy and grace. They will take off their own sackcloth and join ranks with the multitudes who are traveling naked toward the Judgment. To just such a man (as to all who have removed their own sackcloth), Jesus once said, “For you say, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing,’ but you don’t know that you are wretched, and pathetic, and poor, and blind, and naked, I advise you to purchase from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness not be exposed, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes so that you might see” (Rev. 3:17—18)….

“They will take off their own sackcloth and join ranks with the multitudes who are traveling naked toward the Judgment.” 

What is written above touched me when I read it.  After seeing the young people praise the Lord recently, it did something to me.  I saw the most beautiful sight in those moments.  It did something to my heart, and when I read the above, it stirred deep in me again.  I know what is written is true; no one could ever tell me it is not true.  The Lord not only showed me, but he etched it into my soul.  Maybe even to my foundation.  I don’t know, but it does something to me. 

I want those young people to read it, Pastor John, but more than that, I want them to see it. 

“They will take off their own sackcloth and join ranks with the multitudes who are traveling naked toward the Judgment.” 

It hurts my heart. 

Beth

Pastor John, 

The Lord reminded me of this truth after reading your December 7th Pearl of the Day:

Envy, just like grumbling, is slander against God. 

It implies that God didn’t get it right. 

Jerry D.

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Last Night

I just wanted to thank Jesus for his sweet, sweet power of the Holy Ghost, sweeping over my heart and soul last night! To just lie there on the floor feeling his power, and releasing me from my burdens, thoughts, and cares of this life, feeling his sweet washing power sweeping over and over inside of me! All I could feel going over and over inside me was Jesus, Jesus feel my heart, cleanse me from me, I need more of You!  

How can people live without it? Oh, how I thank him for the GOOD HOLY GHOST! ! 

Jimmy T.

Wrestling an Angel

Pastor John, 

In Genesis when Jacob was wrestling with an angel how exactly was he “wrestling”?

Was it a literal physical fight or more spiritual or sicknesses?

Michelle

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Hi Michelle:

Jacob was physically wrestling the angel.

Pastor John