Although studied widely, written about profusely, debated richly amongst
critics, scoffers, theologians, and skeptics but never debunked (as the
myth some wish Him to be!), history per se has no knowledge of Him (it is
as if God sought and/or procured exclusive rights to the reporting and
proclamation of His life and times—Josephus, notwithstanding!).
Literarily, He does not exist apart from the Biblical narrative. Yet, for all of
this, what single, historical figure, past or present, can boast a name
greater, more widely circulated and recognizable (i.e., who has greater
name recognition)? What name has greater worth where the good and
benefit to all humanity is concerned?
More bizarre still, amid all the discussion surrounding Him, who actually
knows Him? Does anyone? His churches do not (oh, woe begone!),
although they brandish His Name weekly, even daily via the media—in all
its various forms! They are absolutely clueless, in spite of opportunity and
a relatively easy access to the Source Book of all knowledge concerning
Him that is relatively unparalleled, in any past generation. The plight of the
unbeliever is understandable. The grand ignorance of the Christian is
utterly inexcusable. Gentle though it is, “take My yoke upon you, and,
learn of Me…” is not a suggestion to the saints, it is a command. Getting
to “know” the Savior, as He monitors and knows intimately each and every
Christian, is not an option, as much as it is a duty, a Christian responsibility.
As the only reliable source of information regarding His person and being, the Bible has much to say about Him. But, what does
the Bible actually teach, and how do the insights it gives square with the many and varied beliefs, thoughts and ideas of the
many and varied churches/denominations which espouse them? Was He a man? Was He God? Was He God and Man, at the
same time? What was His view, or what did He have to say about Himself, in terms of His humanity, deity, and relationship to
God? Moreover, in the midst of unavoidable conflict, whose word prevails, His, or the beliefs and normally ill-grounded
opinions of His many different churches and denominations? If He were a man, could He as such sin like all other men?
Knowing as we do that all cannot possibly be right, which church or denomination of churches has ‘dibs’ on Him?
Many have come to our website at www.biblestudyhour.net looking for and seeking knowledge about this, for some, enigmatic
but no less most fascinating of all historical figures. It was their queries and concerns which lay the foundation for the topics
and other issues of significance, relative to the Man from Galilee, which will be discussed in the pages of this booklet.
Whereas the contents of this work can only be troubling to some, one can only pray that it will be a source of comfort,
strength, and encouragement to the few who truly wish to know and see Jesus as God portrays Him in the pages of His Word,
the Bible (as opposed to the way He is portrayed in the media, by the churches, and the evangelical world view).
A synopsis of the arguments and concerns entertained by the aforementioned teacher (along with a few more insights) can be
found in Appendix B, which was originally intended to be a proposal or pitch to some major publisher. These, in the main form
the basis and the impetus for this work. While much has been added, the platform, one might say, for the body of the book is a
letter written shortly after the broadcasts of the topics at hand. I have chosen to leave it in the style of the original letter,
although the parts have been reshuffled, and I had begun to remove the name of the broadcast or the name of its host, but in the
end elected to leave whatever remains, in. The first names, however, of the callers will be left in.
Another "bone of contention", also delivered by that same "teacher" earlier this year, on January 8th, has to do with the topic of
the "unpardonable sin". What is it? Who can commit it? Again, his understanding was biblically unsound, yet I am confident
that by God's grace all issues and concerns surrounding this "sin" can and will be resolved satisfactorily and biblically within the
pages of this book.
I pray now that the Almighty, All wise God of all the heavens and of the earth will bless mightily, the pinning and reading of this
book, to the saving of many souls that are unsaved and to the enlightenment, strengthening, and stability of many who are saved
but not secure in their understanding of these (and other) issues of concern and importance. In accordance with the will and
mind of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen.
God is justly pleased and thrilled with the whole of His Creation. Everything He has done was, in its original state, good in
every sense of the word.
There are those aspects of the created order, however, which stand out as pinnacles, head and shoulders above the rest, even
in His Holy Mind. It was not intended that everything should be either the same or on the same level. Strangely, in a universe
that virtually "smells" and smacks of a certain "sameness", our God does in fact savor diversity. Hence, we see the Protective
Cherub of Ezekiel (now the rebel Satan), created originally the capstone of all the angelic spirit beings and others of the
"heavenly host". Then came man. Although on a rung in the chain of command slightly lower than that of the angels, he
was—being fashioned in the "image" of his Maker—no less marvelous and, therefore, the capstone of all God's earth bound,
Then, there came that juncture, where God merged eternity and time so as to present, for all to behold, a Capstone which was
to be (and remains, as it will ever remain) pinnacle to all capstones. Human (fully), yet through procreation not birthed,
"converted" or “morphed” (transformed), He was not created—the mystery of all ages was guided to fruition, as God….
became Man. But, does anyone really understand this?
Does anybody out there know, perceive, and appreciate this "Capstone" the way God presents Him in His written word? The
scriptures show this to be a matter upper most, paramount in the Mind of God. While many write, preach, teach and/or
speak on the subjects of God or the Holy Spirit, when it comes to the Christ, most, if not all (even among those who
justifiably might be considered the best and brightest!), seem to have missed the point. Anyone grappling with the subject of
Jesus and His humanity, tend to do so in general from the point of view of someone else (the so-called “evangelical
worldview”, for instance; who himself or themselves ultimately may well have been clueless!)—or he is just plain wrong,
regardless of how he draws his conclusions—thereby indicating that perhaps his walk with the Lord must, at best, have been
"from some distance".
In terms of the whole, far too many of today's preachers and teachers operate on a plateau not much higher than that of, in
some cases, celebrated and distinguished, problems in God's solution (they are like the proverbial flies, in His ointment). The
Mystery of all the Ages is to them just that, a "mystery"! Few are truly prepared (or concerned) to lead their congregations in
circles indicative of everything God wishes His people to know on the subject. Their respective denominations have set
themselves up and are looked to as authorities for the people within them, but, for the most part all indicators suggest they too
are altogether careless and clueless. Shortsighted Bible studies and/or Sunday school programs leave new converts virtually
as blind and backwards, theologically, as before their professions of faith.
The chief stumbling block for most folks seems to be a willingness (or, a determination) to see the Christ (during His earthly
days) as a mix, i.e., a God/man. They simply cannot (or will not) envision Him as all man. This fact really came home to
"roost" earlier this year, while listening to a well-known, popular author and host of a widely circulated "Christian" talk show,
as he tackled a question having to do in general with the humanity of the Messiah, as presented to him by a caller from New
Jersey. The most appalling thing about the teacher’s approach to the "Jesus" question lay in how he spoke freely and
eloquently, without giving the slightest deference to the Word of God in support of his conclusions. He showed no grasp, not
even a simple awareness that the Bible (NT) is replete with scriptures, which speak quite well to the issue of Jesus and His
humanity from at least three points of view:
1) man's (what people in general and the apostles saw when they looked and considered Him),
2) God's (how God defined the "big picture") and,
3) Christ's own view (what He knew, in spite of how He presented Himself and wished to be perceived by men).
4) a bonus view, one might say, is that of the demonic world. For the first 30 years of His life, no one recognized Him;
not even the demons. From the time He was indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God the Father, His humanity never seemed to hide
the fact of His roots in Deity (from the demons; wherever and whenever He encountered them, they immediately knew Him;
the presence of the Holy Spirit within Him was their beacon.). As His desire was to remain anonymous, He always demanded
that the demons keep quiet, in light of what they saw, so as to not make Him known. Neither of the above views is
negligible. All are necessary to fully understand and appreciate Him and His mission. At no time should, nor can any good
teacher under any circumstance afford to attempt to do justice to a discussion of the subject of our Lord's humanity without
giving full consideration to these views and the scriptures surrounding them. Nonetheless, this well-respected teacher, whose
ministry I have supported, did just that!
So then, just what is one to make of this Jesus of Nazareth? Who was He? What was He? Part man, part God? All man?
Perfect? Is it possible for a man, since the fall of Adam, to be flawless, and thereby live a sinless existence? Did not his
failure prove that the human "design" was defective? Was this Nazarene a Christ having (actively), as it were (if the
evangelical/fundamentalist ‘worldview’ holds water), a sort of dual or, “split-personality”: a kind of “Clark Kent” by day, a
cosmic superman, by night? Was He a kind of Divine “Dr. Jekel” one minute, and a benign “Mr. Hyde”, the next?
These and related issues this study proposes to tackle and settle once and for all, the Lord willing. It is my solemn conviction
that, given the fact that so many—often well meaning—have fallen so far short of the mark in the treatment of the subject of
Jesus and His humanity, God has therefore chosen to drop the mantle upon my lowly, humble shoulders, so that now, it is my
turn and task to go the distance. Let us pray, then, that God will bless this undertaking to the edification and enlightenment of
all who will read and hear. Amen!