Who is Jesus Christ?
I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my son;
today I have begotten you. ... kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and
you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are
all who take refuge in him.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the
King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong
and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and
be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who
is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes
and does not keep silence
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman
is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon
his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace.
A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make
straight in the desert a highway for our God. ... Get you up to a high
mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the
cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense
before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the
lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother
I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise
to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now
declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name— is the Holy One of Israel.
The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and
all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
For you are our father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does
not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our father; our Redeemer from of
old is your name.
And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly
the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending
like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This
is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
Suddenly they shouted, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have
you come here to torment us before the time?"
All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows
the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"...Simon Peter answered,
"You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him,
"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed
this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them,
and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him
I am well pleased; listen to him!"
But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I put you under
oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of
God." Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, From now on
you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming
on the clouds of heaven."
and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,
save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."...He
trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, "I
am God's Son.' "...Now when the centurion and those with him, who were
keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they
were terrified and said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God....And
just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart
and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven,
"You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted,
"You are the Son of God!"
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,
"This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!"
But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him,
"Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" Jesus said, "I am;
and "you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,'
and "coming with the clouds of heaven.' "
Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he
breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name
him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He
will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will
be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"
The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power
of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will
be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized
and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended
upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You
are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his
voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I beg you, do not torment me"
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen;
listen to him!"
All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You
say that I am."
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory,
the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. ... No one
has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's
heart, who has made him known. ... And I myself have seen and have testified
that this is the Son of God." ... Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the
Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved
the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in
him may not perish but may have eternal life. "Indeed, God did not send
the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world
might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned;
but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have
not believed in the name of the only Son of God. ... The Father loves
the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the
Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but
must endure God's wrath.
Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on
his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father
does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all
that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the
dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.
The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that
all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not
honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell
you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal
life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
"Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the
dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son
also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute
judgment, because he is the Son of Man. ... And the Father who sent me
has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or
seen his form
Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?"
Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him
whom he has sent." ... Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever
comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never
be thirsty. ... This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see
the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them
up on the last day." ... Not that anyone has seen the Father except the
one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever
believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. ... Those who eat my
flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. ... We have come
to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing
there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the
one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's
heart shall flow rivers of living water.' "
I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins
unless you believe that I am he."
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said,
"Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
The Father and I are one. ... can you say that the one whom the Father
has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said,
"I am God's Son'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not
believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe
the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me
and I am in the Father."
But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death;
rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified
through it." ... Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone
who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She
said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of
God, the one coming into the world."
While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become
children of light." After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from
them. ... And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my
Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said
to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said
to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do
not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say,
"Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;
but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in
the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me
because of the works themselves. ... On that day you will know that I
am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by
itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide
in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and
I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever
does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches
are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness
and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; ... All that
the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what
is mine and declare it to you.
since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life
to all whom you have given him. ... All mine are yours, and yours are
mine; and I have been glorified in them. ... And for their sakes I sanctify
myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth. ... I in them and
you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may
know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved
The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to that law he ought
to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God."
But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the
Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life
in his name.
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words
of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are
like burnished bronze
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THE FAITH OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW CHURCH IS IN UNIVERSAL TERMS AS
FOLLOWS. The Lord from eternity, who is Jehovah, came into the world to
subdue the hells and to glorify His Human. Without this no mortal could
have been saved, and those are saved who believe in Him. The expression
'in universal terms' is used because this is a universal point of faith,
and a universal point of faith must be contained in all its particulars.
It is a universal point of faith that God is one in essence and in person,
in whom is the Divine Trinity, and that He is the Lord God the Saviour
Jesus Christ. It is a universal point of faith that no mortal could have
been saved, if the Lord had not come into the world. It is a universal
point of faith that He came into the world to take hell away from men,
and He did this by fighting against hell and winning victories over it.
In this way He subdued it and reduced it to order, and made it subject
to His command. It is a universal point of faith that He came into the
world to glorify the Human which He assumed in the world, that is, to
unite it with the originating Divinity. By this means He keeps hell for
ever in order and subject to His command. Since this could only be achieved
by means of temptations experienced in His Human, even to the most extreme,
His passion on the cross, He underwent this. These are the universal matters
of faith concerning the Lord. It is a universal point of faith on the
part of man to believe in the Lord; for this belief links him to the Lord,
and this is the way to salvation. Believing in Him means having confidence
that He is the Saviour; and since only those who lead good lives can have
such confidence, this too is meant by believing in Him. The Lord says
this in John's gospel:
This is the will of the Father, that everyone who believes in
the Son should have everlasting life. John 6:40.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life. He who does
not believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon
him. John 3:36.
(This passage is repeated with minor changes from FAITH 34, A.R. 67, B.E. 116.)
Jehovah God is Love itself and Wisdom itself, or Good itself and Truth
itself. He came down in the form of Divine Truth, which is the Word and
which was God with God, and took upon Himself human form, so as to reduce
to order everything in heaven, in hell and in the church. For at that
time the power of hell was stronger than the power of heaven, and on earth
the power of evil was stronger than the power of good, so that utter damnation
stood threatening at the gates. This impending damnation was removed by
Jehovah God by means of His Human, which was Divine Truth, and thus angels
and men were redeemed. Afterwards He united in His Human Divine Truth
with Divine Good, or Divine Wisdom with Divine Love, and so returned into
the Divinity which was His from eternity, together with and in His glorified
Human. This is the meaning of the passage in John:
The Word was with God and the Word was God; and the Word was
made flesh. John 1:1, 14.
In the same gospel:
I came out of the Father and I came into the world; I leave
the world again, and go to the Father. John 16:28.
Further in the following passage:
We know that the Son of God came and gave us understanding,
so that we might know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true,
in His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and everlasting life. 1 John
These passages show that without the Lord's coming into the world no one
could have been saved. The situation to-day is similar. So unless the Lord
comes into the world again in the form of Divine Truth, that is, the Word,
no more can anyone now be saved. The particular details of faith on man's
The first two points deal with faith, the second two with charity; and the
fifth deals with the joining of charity with faith and thus of the Lord
- God is one, in whom is the Divine Trinity, and He is the Lord God
the Saviour Jesus Christ.
- Faith leading to salvation is believing in Him.
- Evil actions must not be done because they are the work of the devil
and come from him.
- Good actions must be done because they are the work of God and come
- A person must perform these actions as if they were his own, but he
must believe they come from the Lord working in him and through him.
- There is a Divine Trinity consisting of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Those three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are the three essentials
of a single God, which make one as soul, body and activity do with a
- This Trinity did not exist before the creation of the world, but
it was provided and made after the creation of the world, when God became
incarnate, and then it was in the Lord God, the Redeemer and Saviour,
- A Trinity of Divine persons from eternity, or existing before the
creation of the world, implies thinking about a Trinity of Gods; and
this thought cannot be banished by a verbal confession of belief in
- The Trinity of persons was unknown to the Apostolic church, but was
the invention of the Council of Nicaea, leading to its introduction
into the Roman Catholic church, and thus to the churches which split
- The Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea and by Athanasius
caused a faith to arise which has perverted the whole Christian church.
- This is the source of the abomination of desolation and the affliction
such as never has been nor shall be, both of which the Lord predicted
in Daniel, the Gospels and Revelation.
- Further, unless a new heaven and a new church are founded by the Lord,
no flesh can be saved.
- From a Trinity of persons, each of which individually is God, as
asserted by the Athanasian Creed, many absurd ideas of various kinds
have arisen about God, which are mere fancies and abortions.
The reason why this Divine Trinity is in the Lord God, the Redeemer and
Saviour, Jesus Christ, is that the three essentials of one God, which
compose a single essence, are in Him. All the fulness of the Godhead is
in Him, as Paul says, and this is clear from the words of the Lord Himself,
that all things of the Father's are His, and the Holy Spirit does not
speak of Himself but from Him; moreover, when He rose from the dead, He
took from the tomb His whole human body, flesh as well as bones (Matthew
28:1-8; Mark 16:5, 6;
Luke 24:1-3; John 20:11-15), a thing no other person
can do. He gave the disciples a living proof of this when He said: Look
at my hands and my feet, as proof that it is I myself; touch me and look,
for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see me have. Luke 24:39.
This can convince anyone, who is willing to believe, that the Lord's Human
is Divine, and thus in Him God is man and man God.
- Saving faith is in the Lord God the Saviour Jesus Christ.
- Faith in brief is this, that a person who lives a good life and holds
a proper belief is saved by the Lord.
- A person acquires faith by approaching the Lord, learning truths from
the Word, and living by them.
- The mass of truths, which cohere as it were in a bundle, raises the
level of faith and brings it to perfection.
- Faith without charity is no faith, and charity without faith is no
charity, and both are lifeless unless the Lord gives them life.
- The Lord, charity and faith make one, just as in a person life, will
and understanding do; if they are separated, each of them is destroyed,
like a pearl collapsing into dust.
- The Lord is charity and faith in the person, and the person is charity
and faith in the Lord.
- Charity and faith are present together in good deeds.
- There is true faith, spurious faith and hypocritical faith.
- The wicked have no faith.
Everyone who wishes to be a true Christian and to be saved by Christ should
believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. Anyone who does not believe
this, but only that He is the son of Mary, is implanting in his mind various
ideas about Him which are damning and destructive of his salvation.
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The idea of God enters into the whole of religion, and by it conjunction
is effected, and by conjunction salvation.
The Lord also taught that He and the Father are one; that the Father is
in Him and He in the Father; and that he who seeth Him seeth the Father;
also that no one cometh to the Father but by Him; and likewise that it
is the will of the Father, that they should believe in the Son; and that
he that believeth not in the Son, cannot see life; yea, that the anger
of God abideth upon him. From which it is manifest, that the Father is
approached through Him and in Him. And because it is so, He also taught
that all authority is given unto Him in heaven and in earth.
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