Unfortunately, every popular translation of the Bible available today was compiled by people who wanted to sell Bibles more than they wanted to uphold the truth. Prejudiced by church tradition, they twisted the translations to fit the accepted church doctrines. Thus, they promoted "another christ." We find this in several cases, some of which we shall show.
One such perversion, which we have shown, is Philippians 2:6. In this passage, the King James Version says that Jesus thought it was OK to claim equality with God. But in the Greek, it says He never even thought to claim (seize) equality with God (Yahweh). That’s the opposite meaning.
In my sermon, "The Essence and Operations of the Holy Spirit," (tape number 719) I explained the definition of "holy spirit." That study showed the impossibility of the Trinity doctrine by proving that "holy spirit" is not a person, but rather power and motivation from God. When you take one of the three "persons" away from the Trinity, you lose the Trinity.
However, some people may still try to imagine a Trinity with one-third of itself (the holy spirit part) missing. The Trinity is generally symbolized by a triangle, so to illustrate this you can break off one side of a triangle, leaving the other two sides – thus, two-thirds of a Trinity. There you have a symbol for those who will acknowledge that the holy spirit part of the Trinity is wrong, but still try to hang on to the other two parts. This, of course, is equally impossible.
Christian Gnostics, so-called, are addressed in I John 4. They had the strange belief that Jesus was not material (physical). They believed that anything material (anything they could touch and see) was evil. By the same token, everything good had to be "spirit" (i.e. invisible).
They reasoned, then, that Jesus was good and, therefore, couldn’t have been material (in the flesh). A natural consequence of this "spirit life" teaching is the Gnostic doctrine of the immortal soul. In the case of Jesus, they said that He was not "in the flesh." His physical body was not really Him. It was only a "shadow" of his true self which was an invisible spirit being, or soul, that dwelled behind, somewhere near or inside of that body.
Now, let’s logically consider their belief compared with modern church teachings. If that body was not Jesus, then what was it that died on the cross? Was it only some flesh? Or, did the real Jesus die?
This, then, brings us to the bottom line: DID JESUS DIE ON THE CROSS? That’s really the issue. Ask yourself! Settle that in your mind – one way or the other.
You may be surprised to learn that many church organizations deny Christ’s death on the cross. Think about it. If Jesus was Yahweh, or one-third of an immortal Trinity God, or one-half of an unknowable double god, He could not have died on the cross! Yahweh cannot die! Immortal is not mortal.
So, the question is NOT, "Did Jesus’ flesh die?" The question is, "Did Jesus die?" Most Judeo-Christians and Gnostics agree that He didn’t. They claim that only some flesh died – not his so-called "immortal self." However, the Bible attributes no immortality to Jesus until after Yahweh raised Him from the dead.
I John 4, says this concerning Gnostics:Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits (test them) whether they are of God: because many false prophets (serpents) are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world.
"Antichrist" is translated from the Greek ante-Christ, which means "in place of Christ." It doesn’t mean "against Christ" – it means "in place of Christ." What, then, were these Gnostics preaching? They were preaching "another Christ" (ante) in place of the true Christ. The Christ they preached was not the one who died on the cross.
II John addresses this too:For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Now, notice! This is NOT talking about "Yahweh coming in the flesh." It is talking about Jesus coming in the flesh. Some folks have apparently just read the word "Yahweh" into the place where "Jesus" appears, assuming that it means the same thing. They do this due to the preconditioning of their minds by church tradition.
This is not talking about Yahweh. "Come in the flesh" is a phrase meaning a flesh-and-blood man who was 100% mortal. It does not mean a flesh body with a so-called immortal "spirit" inside it. Paul is warning against that kind of teaching. As in I John 4 (above), this Gnostic doctrine again comes under the heading of "ante-christ."
The Gnostics portrayed a christ that didn’t die. They claimed He was an eternal spirit being occupying "a flesh envelope," and then escaped the flesh when it died on the cross. Therefore, He didn’t really die, and any christ that did not die on the cross in ANOTHER CHRIST – not our Savior.
So, here is a good question for you: "Did your Christ die on the cross?" If not, you have "another christ." You think about that because there is no question more important to your ability to understand scripture and serve the King.
II Corinthians, chapter 5:And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself…
The Father was IN Jesus. However, not ALL of Him was in Jesus since the infinite Yahweh cannot be contained or limited. To say that He was "in" Jesus is not the same as saying "all of Him was in Jesus." Yahweh is in us too, but that doesn’t make us Yahweh.
Remember, our question is not whether Jesus had the Father in him, but rather, "Was Jesus the Father himself?