The Godhead – Jesus Christ

 

 

The man Jesus is not the Christ, for the Christ is the spiritual idea of God or a ray from the cosmic Christ which entered the body of Jesus

 

 

 

Christian Science teaches that Jesus is not the Christ. Here is what Mrs Eddy said: “The spiritual Christ was infallible; Jesus, as material manhood, was not Christ’ (Miscellaneous Writings, page 84). Who or rather what, then, is Christ for Christian Science? Christ is ‘the spiritual or true idea of God’ (Science and Health, page 347), ‘Christ, as the true spiritual idea, is the ideal of God now and forever ….’ (Ibid. page 361). Therefore, Christ is not a person, but merely an idea.

Unity School of Christianity also teaches that Jesus is not the Christ: ‘Christ is the only begotten Son of God with one complete idea of perfect man and divine Mind. This Christ, or perfect-man idea, existing eternally in divine Mind is the true spirit and higher-self of every individual’ (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, page 150, Unity School of Christianity); ‘By Christ is not meant the man Jesus’ (Unity Magazine, Vol. 72, No 2, page 146).

Rosicrucianism (an eclectic theological system which mixes pagan mythology with Judaism and Christianity with traces of Hinduism and Buddhism throughout) teaches that Jesus is not the Christ, for according to the philosophy of Rosicrucianism ‘the Christ spirit which entered the body of Jesus when Jesus Himself vacated it was a ray from the cosmic Christ. We may follow Jesus back in His previous incarnations and can trace His growth to the present day’ (Max Hendel, The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers, page 181); ‘Jesus and Jesus Christ …. Are thus two entirely distinct and separate entities or Egos’ (KHEI, Rosicrucian Fundamentals, page 154); ‘The Christos …. Occupied the Vehicles of the Man Jesus, until the Crucifixion of the latter on Golgotha’ (ibid., page 152).

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture teaches that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, that is to say, the Anointed One (for the name Christ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word mashiach, meaning ‘the Anointed One’). God predicted through the prophets of old many things concerning the Anointed One. He foretold that He would be born of a virgin, He would be born in Bethlehem, He would preach the Good News and heal the sick, He would be anointed with the Holy Spirit, He would die for our sins and the third day He would be raised from the dead, and even that after His resurrection He would be received up into heaven at the right hand of the Father. All these predictions (and many others which I have not mentioned here) were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, therefore Jesus is the Christ. Jesus and the Christ are the same person.

Jesus Himself declared that He was the Christ, for when the Samaritan woman said to Him: “I know that Messiah is coming (who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things” (John 4:25 – NKJV), Jesus said to her: “I who speak to you am He” (John 4:26 – NKJV).

The apostles believed and preached that Jesus was the Christ. Here are some Scriptures which confirm this: Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Peter: “We have found the Messiah (which is translated, the Christ)” (John 1:41 – NKJV). Peter said to Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16 – NKJV) and to the Jews in Jerusalem He said: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus” (Acts 3:19 – NIV); Paul reasoned with the Jews at Thessalonica from the Scriptures “explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, ‘This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ” (Acts 17:3 – NKJV).

Therefore, the Christ is not an idea or a ray from the cosmic Christ or a consciousness, but a Person whose name is Jesus of Nazareth.

Beloved, beware of all those who deny that Jesus is the Christ, for it is written: “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22 – NKJV). No matter who they are, no matter what their arguments are, they are liars and deceivers.

 

 

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