HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW JESUS?
BY: LINDA KEITH
FEBRUARY 1, 2004
Father has been showing me this Truth for several years, and He is leading me to allow Him to speak this Truth. I want it completely understood that I am, in no way, doing away with JESUS. (It could NEVER be done!) This is an in-depth knowing of Him. I ask that you read this study completely through, study it out, and take it to Father.
We will be looking at much scripture, so please read them for yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten those that need it.
John 17:1-5, “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: (2) As thou hast given him power overall the flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. (3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. (4) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
This scripture plays a big part in this study. In this study we want to look at the different realms or levels of understanding.
Much of what will be a part of this study, we’ve heard since we were babes in the Lord. (babe=tec-ni-on an unlearned son). But, some of us have been lifted, by Father, into a higher realm of son. (tec-non=an adolescent son who has moved to a position of being between a babe and a matured one.) Then, some have moved into the realm of maturing. (whee-os= a mature son.)
As we were elevated in Father, we received enlightenment of a different level of understanding, a deeper meaning of some of the same scriptures that we read as babes. I am hoping that this study will help to release a deeper understanding of our Saviour, Jesus, the Christ.
As a babe, we knew Jesus as:
MT 1:23, “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.”
MT 2:1-2, “NOW WHEN JESUS WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM OF JUDAEA IN THE DAYS OF HEROD THE KING, BEHOLD, THERE CAME WISE MEN FROM THE EAST TO JERUSALEM, (2) SAYING, WHERE IS HE THAT IS BORN KING OF THE JEWS? FOR WE HAVE SEEN HIS STAR IN THE EAST AND ARE COME TO WORSHIP HIM.”
LUKE 1:31, “AND, BEHOLD, THOU SHALT CONCEIVE IN THY WOMB, AND BEING FORTH A SON, AND SHALT CALL THE NAME JESUS.”
LUKE 2:7, “AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRSTBORN SON, AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHES, AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER; BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN.”
And as we were raised higher in the Lord, as adolescent sons, or as young men, we knew Jesus as, the Son of God.
LUKE 3:21-23, “NOW WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED, IT CAME TO PASS, THAT JESUS ALSO BEING BAPTIZED, AND PRAYING, THE HEAVEN WAS OPENED, (22) AND THE HOLY GHOST DESCENDED IN A BODILY SHAPE LIKE A DOVE UPON HIM, AND A VOICE CAME FROM HEAVEN, WHICH SAID, THOU ART MY BELOVED SON; IN THEE I AM WELL PLEASED. (23) AND JESUS HIMSELF BEGAN TO BE ABOUT THIRTY YEARS OF AGE, BEING (AS WAS SUPPOSED) THE SON OF JOSEPH …”
JOHN 1:29, “THE NEXT DAYJOHN SEETH JESUS COMING UNTO HIM, AND SAITH, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.”
Then, we knew Him, as a mature Son, in the fulfillment of what he came for:
ACTS 1:8, “BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME BOTH IN JERUSALEM, AND IN ALL JUDAEA, AND IN SAMARIA, AND UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.”
1 PETER 1:19-21, “BUT, WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, AS OF A LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH AND WITHOUT SPOT: (20) WHO VERILY WAS FOREORDAINED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, BUT WAS MANIFEST IN THESE LAST TIMES FOR YOU, (21) WHO BY HIM DO BELIEVE IN GOD, THAT RAISED HIM UP FROM THE DEAD, AND GAVE HIM GLORY: THAT YOUR FAITH AND HOPE MIGHT BE IN GOD.”
This is how we have known Jesus. Now, we’re going back and gain a deeper understanding of knowing Jesus. In order to know, truly know, Jesus, we must know our Father. So, lets look at what the Written Word tells us.
This is a very controversial subject.
Some believe that God is three separate Beings: (1) Father, (2) Son, (3) and Holy Spirit. They believe that each of them has a separate work to do. Father does the creating; the Son does salvation work, and the Holy Spirit does the “making possible” for the gifts of Pentecost to manifest in us, His people.
Some believe that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one Being with three functions.
So, let’s allow the Written Word to clear up these beliefs, and show us exactly, Father’s Being.
First of all, we have, for so long, been taught incorrectly. We have been taught that “in the beginning, there was the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” THIS IS NOT IN THE BIBLE!!
1 John 5:7-8, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the WORD, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Some people say that this scripture simply shows that the three “are in agreement with each other. Although, the three ARE in agreement with each other, this is NOT what this scripture is talking about. This scripture is saying that the three are ONE. ONE BEING. The very next scripture proves this.
VS 8, “AND THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS IN EARTH, THE SPIRIT, AND THE WATER, AND THE BLOOD: AND THESE THREE AGREE IN ONE.”
This tells us that these are three different things, BUT, they AGREE with each other. Most importantly, it DOES NOT say, that the three witnesses in heaven are “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. It tells us that, it was/is “the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit.”
Father is ONE Being. And as Creator, HE thought His plan, and HE spoke HIS thoughts, and HE brought into manifestation the thoughts that HE spoke. It was Mary, who the Creator thought of, spoke His thought, and brought into manifestation, the Son that was conceived and brought forth through her. It was ALL the work of Father God, our Creator.
And, just as He created US: His Written Word tells us: “TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE”, ALSO, “LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE, (SPEAKING)” AND AS FOR THE MANIFESTING: “THEY THAT LOVE IT (THE WORDS WE SPEAK) SHALL EAT THE FRUIT OF IT. (THOSE WORDS SPOKEN BY US) (the manifestation of the thought and spoken word.)
Now, we see in this, three different functions, but, ONE person, doing the three.
There is a huge difference in “being in agreement” and in “being one”.
Being “in agreement” with means” thinking alike, believing the same thing or being in one accord.
“Being one” means: ONE thinking, ONE believing, One unit or person.
A good and accurate example of “being one”, is us, or Father God. Although, we have lived life believing that there is God, and then there is us. THAT MAKES TWO.
There are three realms in God, in our walk in Him: (1) the creating of us by God. (Him and us) (2) our becoming His Son. (Him and us) (3) then, there those who KNOW that they began of (out from within) Father’s Being and are full circle, back in His Being. (ONE) We will get deeper into this a little later in the study. (1John 5:7)
Right now I want to look at, DEATH. We know that had Jesus chosen to do so, death could not take His life. It was the flesh body that death touched, NOT WHO WAS LIVING IN THAT FLESH BODY. And who was living inside that flesh body? It was Father.
1 TIM 3:16, “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 IN THE WORLD, RECEIVED UP INTO GLORY.”
Who preached unto the gentiles? This verse tells us that God did. We know that the flesh that God manifested in was the man Jesus. It was through Jesus that Father preached unto the gentiles. This whole verse is about GOD. He had to have a flesh body in order to see death.
Father HAD to manifest in a flesh body, because HE COULD NOT DIE.
JOHN 1:1, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.”
It was Father living HIS LIFE through the flesh man, Jesus.
JOHN 5:19, “THEN ANSWERED JESUS AND SAID UNTO THEM, VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, BUT WHAT HE SEETH THE FATHER DO: FOR WHAT THINGS SOVEVER HE DOETH, THESE ALSO DOETH THE SON LIKEWISE.”
JOHN 6:33, “FOR THE BREAD OF (out from within) GOD IS HE WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND GIVETH LIFE UNTO THE WORLD.”
JOHN 10:30, “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.”
JOHN 14:10, “BELIEVETH THOU NOT THAT I AM IN THE FATHER, AND THE FATHER IN ME? THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU I SPEAK NOT OF (OUT FROM WITHIN) MYSELF; BUT THE FATHER THAT DWELLETH IN ME, HE DOETH THE WORKS.”
I know that we all know that Father lived in Jesus, and it was Father doing the works and doing the speaking. And all through the gospel of John, Father is telling us this. He is telling us that He (Father) manifested as the man Jesus. Even the name, Jesus, Father planned before the foundation of the world.
It was not God AND Jesus. It was God, with a name that was above all the names He had previously been called. You see God did not have a flesh body.
John 4:24, “GOD IS A SPIRIT; AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.” (Acts 17:24-29, 2Cor 3:17).
God manifested as the flesh man, Jesus. God walked the earth in that flesh body, as the Son. God “lowered Himself” from that Spirit world, into this natural world, and walked it for 33 1/2 years. God took on a name that was higher than any name He had ever been known as, Jesus. God allowed, even planned for that flesh body to die, for us, and then returned to the position of being Father, and WE became the flesh Son, on earth. (which we will get into later in this study.) God NEVER had a PERMANENT flesh body to dwell in, UNTIL US. He never planned to be the flesh man Jesus, forever. He planned on being the flesh man Jesus, until resurrection. Upon resurrection, He returned to being Father, with the name, Jesus.
We know that God has always used the number, 3. Outer court, Holy Place, Most Holy place; spirit, soul, body; babe son, adolescent son, mature son; common salvation, salvation of the body, complete salvation; thought, word, manifestation, etc.
In our walk, in Him, there are 3 steps: salvation, Pentecost, perfection (manifested). He is our PATTERN. He also, had 3 steps: Father, our Creator, Son, our salvation, and then what? The third step of God was that HE RETURNED TO THE POSITION OF BEING FATHER. As a PATTERN, we are to follow those same 3 steps: we came out of Father, we became Sons, and some will go full circle, back to Fatherhood, or Father Consciousness. (more about this later.)
THE NAMES OF GOD
I know that most have had the teachings of the Names that God was known by, but please bear with me.
We know that in each individual book of the Old Testament, Father was known and called, by a Name that described the work He did, in each particular and individual book. In one book He was called El SHADDAI “the Great Breasted One” and the work He was doing was nourisher, the all bountiful. (Gen 17:1) ; in another book, He was known and called JEHOVAH ROPHEKA and the work He was doing, was as the healer; (Ex 15: 26). JEHOVAH SHALOM and the work He was doing, was being Peace. (Judges 6:24) ; JEHOVAH ROI and the work that He was showing was as the Shepherd. (PS 23:1); EL ELYON, the Most High God. In the New Testament, He is known and called Jesus, God with us. “NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES” that He had ever been called.
What does all this mean? It means that He worked individual works under individual names, in the Old Testament. But, in the New Testament, the reason His Name, Jesus, is above all those other names that He had been known as, is that NOW, He has finished His Work, in heaven and earth. He sustains, He nourishes, He protects, He heals, He is our peace, our only shepherd etc, all in ONE Name, the Name above ALL the other names that He was known as. And the reason His name, Jesus, is above all the other Names is because He finished His Work: He came in the likeness of a flesh man; He came as a Pattern, to lay out the realm of Sonship; He came that He could live in us PERMANENTLY; He came that we might have eternal life, as HIS LIFE! He came as our Saviour. And after all this was done, what did He tell us?
HE TOLD US TO KNOW JESUS NO MORE AFTER THE FLESH?
Well, as we take a look at the Written Word, about Jesus, the first thing that I want to look at is, IS 9:6.
ISA 9:6, “FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN; AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER; AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED, WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER…”
Now, we are getting to the heart of our study. I know that some are saying, “WHY is she teaching something we learned years ago?”
And I’ll tell you why. We have people praying to Jesus, the flesh man, we have people worshipping Jesus, the flesh man, and we have people who STILL have Father AND Jesus the flesh man. IF one is praying to their God, and they don’t really know who their God is, I would say that they are praying amiss!! They pray to the Son of God, when they don’t really know WHO the Son of God is!! You see, Jesus, the flesh man cannot be Father AND the Son, now. Father and Son are two different positions. And EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IS CALLED JESUS, AFTER OUR FATHER! (Eph 3:14-16) We carry our Father’s name! We do reverence the Work that Father did, as our Saviour, Jesus. That was FATHER. (IS 43:3, Ho 13:4, IS 43:11, IS 60:16, Luke 1:47, 1Tim 4:10) Father was and still is the ONLY ONE GOD. He took on many forms throughout His plan for us, but, He is still our Father, Jesus.
We will look at this, later, when we look at what John writes of Jesus.
There is SO MUCH that can be learned from knowing about Father, as Jesus the Son.
1) Why was Jesus called “the ONLY Begotten Son”? Because we did not know who we were, at that time. Now, we do. We did not begin, when this flesh body that we wear came forth from the lady we call, Mom. We were BEGOTTEN at the very beginning. We came forth out of God. A literal part of Him. And like Him, that never changed. The only thing that changed was our thinking, about who we are. We are not human beings. Oh yes, the natural eyes, and those unlearned will tell us that we are, but, it’s a lie, that has been believed for so long, by so many. We are SPIRIT BEINGS. We were created in His Image and He is a SPIRIT. That never changes. And that Spirit Being is being seen more and more, by those whose eyes are tuned to the Truth.
2) Why did Jesus say:
JOHN 14:6, “JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, I AM THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE, NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME.”
Did you notice what Jesus said? “…I AM THE LIFE”. He is Father’s Life. That’s the life that Jesus was. Just as we are. Father lived His Life, through Jesus, the flesh man, and now He’s living His Life through us. God is still Father and we are His Sons, but, some will leave this realm of Sonship and continue on into Fatherhood. The Son listens to and speaks what His Father says. But, those who enter Fatherhood, will have the same thoughts that Father has, will speak the words that Father speaks, because “THEY ARE AND WILL BE WHAT HE IS, IN THIS WORLD”. Ok, let’s go one. Jesus said, “no man can come to Father, except by or through me.” At the time, that was a true statement. Jesus had not died, yet. The Holy Spirit was not indwelling everyone. God, being Spirit, one could only come to Him by the Holy Spirit. NOW, the statement takes on different meaning, because people CAN come to Father through US, His Son!
Folks, we must keep in mind, that the first four books of the New Testament IS NOT NEW TESTAMENT, THEY ARE STILL OLD TESTAMENT. The New Testament did not begin UNTIL the death, burial and resurrection. The Spirit did not indwell everyone UNTIL AFTER. Jesus was under the law. The disciples were under the law. The law was still in full force. As long as Jesus was still alive, the law could not be fulfilled. This is a type of the Tabernacle of Moses. The Outer Court, is law. Jesus was the Outer Court until His death. The Holy Place, was Spirit. Pentecost. Where we worked BOTH under the law AND the Spirit, UNTIL we stepped behind the veil of the Holy of Holies. We read all through MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN, Judge, Judge, Judge, but, AFTER Jesus died, and the Holy Spirit came, we are not to judge. Can you see the different. If we see or hear someone criticize us, or treat us badly, are we to judge their actions? NO!!! We are to LOOK FOR AND CALL FORTH THE CHRIST IN THEM. When we judge them, we are actually judging ourselves, because we KNOW that thing that we see in them, in ourselves or we would not recognize it. But, if we see the Christ in them, we can’t see that thing that the natural would see. If we look for the Christ in them, we see FATHER’S LIFE in them. Remember, the things of the Spirit are invisible to the natural eye.
3) I want to take a close look at another scripture, regarding Jesus, the flesh man.
JOHN 20:16-17, “JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, MARY. SHE TURNED HERSELF, AND SAITH UNTO HIM, RABBONIE; WHICH IS TO SAY, MASTER. (17) JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, TOUCH ME NOT; FOR I AM NOT YET ASCENDED TO MY FATHER; BUT GO TO MY BRETHREN, AND SAY UNTO THEM, I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER; AND TO MY GOD AND YOUR GOD.”
What Jesus is telling Mary is that He has not returned to Fatherhood, to the position of being Father, instead of the Son. He had to ascend back into being Father and God. He could not allow flesh hands (carnal) to have any part of Him. A new beginning was about to take place.
JOHN 20:26-28, “AND AFTER EIGHT DAYS AGAIN HIS DISCIPLES WERE WITHIN, AND THOMAS WITH THEM; THEN CAME JESUS, THE DOORS BEING SHUT, AND STOOD IN THE MIDST, AND SAID, “PEACE”. 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.”
Jesus had ascended back to being in the position of Father. NOW, He could be touched. And notice what Thomas called Him, “my Lord, my GOD.” Father had fulfilled the part of His plan of Sonship. He no longer needed a flesh body in the form of His Son, because NOW the Holy Spirit had entered and Sonship was now in the world, in a many-membered body. And this was His 3rd step in His plan. He went from Father, to Son, and back to being Father and He had Sons and some ot them would do the same thing. Hallelujah!!
So, now we are not to know the flesh man Jesus the Son, we are to know OUR FATHER AND GOD, whose name is JESUS, Name above all names that was previously known.
4) JOHN 17:4-5, “I HAVE GLORIFIED THEE ON THE EARTH; I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK WHICH THOU GAVEST ME TO DO.”
Notice the word “gavest”. This is a PAST TENSE word. Jesus, the flesh man, the Son, had finished the work. His work was done. It DID NOT go on, as the Son. We seen in the written Word, words with “eth”, on the end of them; which “ith” means, a continuing, on going, This word is definitely, past tense. The Son, Jesus, had finished the work. And yet, all through Jesus’ Words, in the bible, He constantly tells us that “it is Father who does the works”. So, the Son, then says:
VS 5, “AND NOW, O FATHER, GLORIFY ME WITH THINE OWN SELF WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS.”
He is saying, “I am returning to who I was in the beginning. Father God, the Creator”. I am no longer the man who walked in the flesh as a Son, I am Father.” There is ONE GOD and ONE FATHER. We cannot have Jesus the Son, the flesh man as God and Father, and have Father as God and Father. It was ONE DOING TWO WORKS – GO.
Folks, you may think that this is important, but it is everything to us. For one, it’s a Pattern. ALL are Sons, but all Sons will not be Fatherhood Conscious. Some believe that all sons manifest at the same time, but, that’s not true, as some know they have already manifested and most don’t know this. It will be the same with Fatherhood. There is a race to be ran, and all will not win the coveted prize. There will be no losers, but the prize goes to the ones who completes the race. (His Plan). MOST will have the son Consciousness. Most don’t even realize that NOW we are the MANIFESTED SON. Because their eyes are on the works THAT FATHER DOES, their eyes are on works and the glory THEY will take, not the Father. Pentecost showed us a preview of that. Even though, those works will come THROUGH the Son, as they did when God walked as the Son, it will be the Father doing those works. Many are waiting to be Sons; many are waiting to be Manifested Sons, but they don’t even KNOW who their Father really is. They think that their Father is the man, the flesh man Jesus who walked the earth. Many will not even pray, without saying, “in Jesus’ name. Amen.” When they don’t even realize that that means, “In Father’s NATURE, so be it.” JESUS is Father, not the Son. WE ARE HIS SONS.
It was God who walked through the flesh Son of God, Jesus, but, it was Father manifested into that man. (1Tim 3:16). It was God, has always been God, and will always be God. I am not doing away with the flesh man JESUS, it’s just that we need to know who HE REALLY WAS. It was the flesh man who died, but it was Christ that was raised from the dead. And Chris it Father’s Life in a person. (Rom 6:4)
If only people would get a real grip on the word “Christ”. We are Father’s Christ on earth, but we are not that flesh man Jesus. Jesus, the Christ, simply means , Jesus, the anointed one of God. Which is what we are now, since His Holy Spirit indwells us. You notice that Jesus was called Jesus, the Christ (John 1:41, 20:31, 1:20, Luke 2:26, 3:15, Mark 8:29, 14:61, Mt 16:16, 16:63) He was the anointed one of God.
Then we see at the ending of His ministry He is called Christ Jesus, (1Tim 1:15, 1Cor 1:30, 1Tim 2:5). The difference being, that as the flesh man, it was the anointing of God working, as Christ Jesus, the anointing was Him, as God. The anointing belongs to ONLY ONE, Father, because the anointing is Father’s Life. It is not ours, it is His Life working through us.
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