R: [anthroposophy] Jesus Christ
- Hey Michael,thanks a lot!!You made me feel much younger, just as in my sixteen, when I used to meet , here in Rome, lots of dogmatic, oneside minded ( and sometimes worse..) priests who helped me a lot in escaping from Roman Catholicism in order to find the way for spiritual freedoom and Christian esotericism.Andrea----- Original Message -----From: Michael MeiringTo: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Anthroposophy & Spiritual Science; see //www.anth.org/a-v/ for detailsSent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 9:30 PMSubject: [anthroposophy] Jesus Christ
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. (Jn. 1:1-3, 14, 17-18)
The Word was fully God, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. He “became flesh”; in other words, He became human, although remaining “God the One and Only”, or “the only begotten Son” of the Father. This Word is identified as “Jesus Christ” (v. 17).
There is no justification at all to say that the Bible makes a distinction between “Jesus” and “Christ”. None at all! The word “Christ”, preceded with the definite article [the], is derived from the Greek word, Kristos, which means “the Anointed One”. “The Christ”, therefore, is a title given to the Lord Jesus on the day He was born in the flesh (Matt. 1:16). He was the promised Messiah from the Old Testament who was to come into the world and save His people from their sins (Dan. 9:26). The angel said to the shepherd, “Today in the town of David a Saviour [i.e. Jesus] has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:11). This clearly shows that “Christ” (the Anointed One) is a title, not a being, which was given to the Lord Jesus before His baptism. (Also read Matt. 2:4; Lk. 2:26.)
No one who reads the Bible will come up with such false doctrines, saying that “Christ” was a God, a highly evolved Sun-spirit, and that Jesus was only a human who’s ego withdrew from His body in order to receive a Christ-spirit. Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you won’t find any such nonsensical ideas. Because many Anthroposophists do not read the Bible only, they deny, amongst other things, the miraculous birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Bible clearly declares that Mary was an unmarried woman, who had never engaged in sexual intercourse, when she was found to be with child. When the angel announced that she would give birth to the Son of God, Mary asked, “How will this be, since I am a virgin” (Lk. 1:34). It would be ludicrous to translate the word “virgin” as “young woman”; otherwise the verse would be saying that Mary doubted her pregnancy because of her age! Besides that, the Bible also says that Joseph “had no union with her until she gave birth to a son” (Matt. 1:25). In other words, Joseph didn’t have sex with his wife until Jesus was born.
The purpose of the Son of God’s mission on earth is found in the meaning of His name. Jesus means, “The LORD saves”. “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:23). This to me is the mystery of Golgotha; the fact that the self-existent God, the Creator of the universe, took on human form and died for the ungodly. The Lord Jesus was nailed to a cross because of our sins. He who knew no sin became a sin offering for us (2 Cor. 5:21). He accepted the punishment which we deserved:
“Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.” (1 Pet. 2:24, GNB)
The man who seeks to behold some sort of divine quality within himself will only behold a sinful and evil nature. Jesus said, “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean’. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander…” (Mk. 7:20-22)
If man foolishly believes that he can somehow raise up his inner being toward a divine vision and, through Christ, reach his godhood, then he is greatly deceived for he will just be raising up a sea-bed of sin. But the sinner who looks to the Lord Jesus Christ alone, repents of his/her sins, and believes in the biblical Jesus, will find forgiveness and reconciliation from his/her Maker. God will lovingly adopt him/her as His own child. The apostle Paul said to the Christians:
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. (Col. 1:21-23)
The Christian is one who no longer lives according to the desires of his sinful nature, but now he lives for Christ through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. He denies Self, takes up his cross and follows Jesus (Matt. 16:24).
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