Posts Tagged ‘revelation’


Who is Jesus? (“I Am He”)

Friday, November 9th, 2012

 

© 2012 Stan Hallett

There is nothing for me to add here.  I’ll let the Word of the Lord speak for itself, with emphasis added . . .

New Testament – (Jesus said):

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.” – John 18:1-6

Note: In the KJV you may notice the the word “he” is usually italicized.  This is because it was added.  The original text actually said “I AM”.

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.” –  John 13:19

12″Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13* The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. 14* Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 15* Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 16* And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 17* It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 18* I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. 19* Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. 20* These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. 21* ¶ Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22* Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23* And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24* I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 25* Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 26* I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27* They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28* Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29* And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” – John 8:12-29

Old Testament (God said):

4* For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. 5* Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. 6* Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. – Isaiah 52:6

10* Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11* I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12* I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 13* Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 14* Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. 15* I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” – Isaiah 43:10-15

Jesus is God and was God as he dwelt among us in flesh. He came in the flesh as the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)  to redeem us to Himself. It is much more beautiful than man can fathom or comprehend. He did not send another to die for us, He came Himself!

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Placebo Christianity

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

Placebo:   A placebo (pləˈsiboʊ/ plə-see-boh; Latin placēbō, “I shall please” from placeō, “I please”) is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the “placebo effect.

In medical research, placebos are given as control treatments and depend on the use of measured deception. Common placebos include inert tablets, sham surgery, and other procedures based on false information. However, placebos can also have a surprisingly positive effect on a patient who knows that the given treatment is without any active drug, as compared with a control group who knowingly did not get a placebo.

In one common placebo procedure, however, a patient is given an inert pill, told that it may improve his/her condition, but not told that it is in fact inert. Such an intervention may cause the patient to believe the treatment will change his/her condition; and this belief may produce a subjective perception of a therapeutic effect, causing the patient to feel their condition has improved — or an actual improvement in their condition. This phenomenon is known as the placebo effect.

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Jesus asked Simon Peter “Who do ye say that I am?” Peter said; “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus said; “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:15-19).

There are three Biblical truths that I want to point out in that portion of scripture:

(1.) Who Jesus is, is a revelation from God. Most of the religious, and even proclaimed “Christians” do not fully understand who Jesus is.

(2.) The name Peter is derived from the Greek Πετρος (Petros) meaning “stone”. This is a translation used in most versions of the New Testament of the name Cephas, meaning “stone” in Aramaic, which was given to the apostle Simon by Jesus. But when Jesus said; “thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church“, He wasn’t saying that He was going to build his church on Peter, or even beginning with Peter as a foundation, but rather on the verse before, which is the revelation of who Jesus is. That is the foundation on what Jesus built His Church on.

(3.) That it was Jesus that built His Church, not Simon Peter, not the Christians, not the Jews, not the Mormons, not the Catholics, not the Pentecostals, or Apostolics, not the Baptists, nor anyone else but Jesus. There is but one Church.

(4.) That the keys that Jesus told Peter that he would give to him were not physical keys, sorry Catholics. St. Peter is not the physical keeper at heavens gate with a big key ring. The Keys that Jesus gave to Peter were spiritual keys that Peter then shared with us in Acts 2:38 where he said; “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Death, Burial, and Resurrection, those are the keys to heaven, and that is the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

God has given us free volition, and free will to choose and live as we please. Without God’s allowance, satan also cannot violate our free volition and free will.

There is a great spiritual battle going on, from the time that God created man, right up  until this very moment. It is a battle waged in the hearts and minds of men.

Satan uses trickery, lures, traps, and deceit, which are seemingly endless. For the most part he has most of the world convinced that either there is no God or they have a very warped, worldly conception of God. However, just in case they use that free will and try find God, he throws in great confusion.

Primary Religions of the World

1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
2. Islam: 1.5 billion
3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism: 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
6.Buddhism: 376 million
7. primal-indigenous: 300 million
8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
9. Sikhism: 23 million
10. Juche: 19 million
11. Spiritism: 15 million
12. Judaism: 14 million
13. Baha’i: 7 million
14. Jainism: 4.2 million
15. Shinto: 4 million
16. Cao Dai: 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
22. Scientology: 500 thousand

Just in “Christianity” alone there are now reported to be approximately 41,000 Christian denominations in world, many of which cannot be verified to be significant. Talk about confusion!

Let me ask you a question. . . without direction, or revelation from God, how would anyone know what is truth, or find the true Church? Remember there is only one true Church, the one that Jesus is building.

But that is just what so many in the world try to do! The paths are as varied as there are people in the world. Some choose a religion or denomination based on a family members, a friend, a neighbor. Many simply try to find what seems right to them. Many go from religion to religion, denomination to denomination, assembly to assembly, looking for something that they can accept, and that feels right to them. A place where they can be happy or satisfied, and feel good about.

This is why 2 Timothy 4:3 says “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”. 4* And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Many folks were born into whatever religion or denomination that their parents were a part of. They were born a Baptist, or a Catholic, or whatever, and they are going to die a Baptist, or a Catholic, or whatever.

It’s an psychological and emotional attachment for most. Many will stay with the Church that they got “saved” in, or won over to because of this. They have a psychological loyalty to their philosophy and their Placebo Christianity.

Colossians 2:6-9

6* As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  7* Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8* Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9* For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Many in false religions and false Christianity have been spoiled through philosophy and deceit. They either will not get into a discussion with you regarding it due to instructions they have received, or they know that they lack the ability to adequately defend what it is they believe. Some will argue and debate with you to justify or prove out what it is they believe, never able to see truth (2 Timothy 3:7).

2 Timothy 3:1-9

1* This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2* For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3* Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4* Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5* Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6* For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7* Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8* Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9* But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

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Revelation of One God!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

I  know it!  I know it beyond the shadow of a doubt, and further, I know it is a revelation from God!  Why do I know this?  Because it is so clear once God reveals it!  It’s right before our eyes all through the Word of God.  No one could possibly miss it, yet millions can not, or will not see.

Having said that, if you believe that God is a trinity, or triune, or that there are three persons in the Godhead because that was what you were taught, ask yourself this . . .

Do you want to know the truth no matter what?  No matter where the chips fall?

If that is true, God knows your heart.  Pray right now that God would reveal this marvelous truth to you!

I believe if you desire the truth and an earnestly pray that prayer, that God will give you the same revelation that he has given to me and many others. . . .

Are you ready?  Here we go:

I will give you many scriptures here to bear out all that I say.  God’s Word is true.  First let me give it to you in a nutshell; The Bible makes it very clear that God is omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:3), that means that He is everywhere at the same time. The Bible also bears out the fact that God is omnipotent (Matthew 19:26, Isaiah 40:28, Luke 1:37), meaning that he is all powerful and that He has all power.

The Bible also clearly states that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), and that no man has seen God at anytime (John 1:18, 1 John 4:12).

The Word of God also says that God is One, that there is none before Him, none beside Him and none after Him (Isaiah 45:6).  The first of all commands is; Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29). Further God says that He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11).

Because God is omnipresent and because the flesh of a man could not bear all that God is lest he die. All of God could not be contained within a human body.

When a man fathers a son, a small part of himself (seed) makes it possible for that to happen.  In like figure, God who is Spirit took a small part of Himself (Spirit) and He robed that Spirit in flesh (John 1:1,John 1:14), and He called that flesh His Son.

. . . “and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus was not a second person of a Godhead, he was almighty God robed in flesh. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”– (1 Colossians 1:15)

Jesus said to Philip: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” Philip saith unto him, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father ?” (John 14:6-9)

Think about it, if your loved one whom you loved without measure was held for ransom and was going to die unless someone else died in her place. Would you send your son whom you also loved, or would you, because of your great love for her go and take her place yourself?

Yes, God did that! The story is a much more beautiful than most of the “orthodox christian” world believes or can comprehend. God did not send a another to die for us, He came Himself in the flesh of man!

The Holy Spirit is not some third person of a Godhead, but by it’s very definition is the Spirit of God as manifested to us, felt by us, and lives within all who are filled with His Spirit. This is why the comforter could not come until Jesus went away.  He took his visible body away and sent us that same Spirit, His Spirit to not only dwell with us, but if we obeyed the gospel He would dwell in us! Because of that we are now the Church, His body!  “…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20.

When the man Jesus (the flesh) died, the Spirit of God continued as God.  When we obey the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Acts 2:38, John 3:3-5) and are filled with that same Spirit, with the same book of Acts proof of that infilling (Acts 2:4), now God is within us!  Now Christ lives within us (Galatians 2:20)! When we die, our flesh which was created from the earth, goes back to the earth, but our soul lives on as does the Spirit of God that dwelt with us and was in us, in the same manner it was in the man Christ Jesus.

What was contained in Him is now contained in all those that have obeyed the gospel and have His Spirit within them.  God is still robed in flesh, in His body which is the Church!

There are not three “persons” in the “Godhead”. God is not a person, God’s Spirit as manifested to us (the Holy Spirit) is not a “person”. The only “person” was when God was manifested to us in the person of Jesus Christ, and He dwelt amongst us. He was fully man and fully God.

Acts 20:28 says; “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Question: If God is a Spirit, where does a spirit get blood?

Jesus was in fact God as manifested to man in the flesh, who was called Emmanuel. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

God was, is, and always will be One!  “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Want more proof? “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God (John 20:27,28).

There is only One God, One Lord, One Faith, One Gospel, One Baptism, One Salvation and One Church. The Church that Jesus built upon the rock of which is the foundation of not who Peter was (Matthew 16:15-18), but of the revelation of who Jesus was.

Jesus was God who came in the flesh to redeem man to himself, and to pay the price for the penalty of sin for the whole world. The revelation of Jesus is was the foundation of what God built His Church upon – (Matthew 16:18)!  One Church, not a man-made organization, or a building dependent of what name was over the door!

A Church that preaches the same gospel message, lest they be accursed (Galatians 1:8), A  Church that has obeyed the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Acts 2:38, John 3:3-5), A Church of which Jesus prayed that would be one, even as He and the Father were one (John 17:21-23).

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