Head Covering: - should women or men cover their heads while praying or prophesying?
1Co 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1Co 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
1Co 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
1Co 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
1Co 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
Let me begin by first quoting 1Cor 14:40, "let all things be done decently and in order." God is a God of order, he requires his children to serve him in spirit and in true. What God says he expects us to adhere to without private interpretation. Example, the children of Israel was told not to touch the Ark at no time, yet while returning it to its rightful place it tipped as though it would fall, not wanting it to fall a young fellow stretched forth his hand to prevent it and he met his death. He meant good but the command was, do not touch. Similarly today people try to make excuses for committing sin, we always believe we know what God wanted to say and not what he said and at times we say God is dispensational, that is to say, that is not for our time. Psa 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Having said that, let us look at the order the bible is instituting. The head or leader of every man is Christ, he is our example and we his children follow him. In this same manner, the head of Christ is God. Christ said the things that he did are the things he saw the father do. So Christ follows God, or more accurately the will of the father and the son are the same. This is because Christ recognizes the absolute power of God and submits his entire being to his service. Similarly or in like manner the head or leadership of the woman is the man. It might be helpful at this time to leap forward to verse seven through ten. Seven is saying, that males were created in the image and glory of God but the women was created for the glory of man. It is not my intention to make this a sermon so let me state emphatically, God wanted man so he made man. Man became lonely, God wanted man to be happy so he created woman to honor and glorify man. Verse eight and nine confirms this. The man is not of the woman but the woman is of the man. The man was not created for the woman but rather the woman was created for the man. It is imperative we understand this in order to understand verse ten. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Angels understand order, they know the chain of command. Husband head, or leader, wife subordinate. That's the protocol they follow. So when a man comes before the Lord through the presence of the angels (angels are ministering spirits) they do not expect his head to be covered since he was created in the image and for the glory God. But when a woman comes in the presence of God, she is expected to cover her hair because its her hair that was given her for the glory of man, but now she is before God and reverence and respect is due. Verse thirteen infers it's not decent for a woman to pray with her hair uncovered. She will bring dishonor to her husband which is her leader. (Verse five).
All through the ages women of God have adhered to this doctrine of covering their hair in the presence of God, but in recent times where women have become more glamorous and the focus have turned from God to themselves, head covering has become cumbersome. Let us be careful and take heed to the exhortation given in verse two and keep the ordinances as they were given us. May God richly bless us as we await the return of our Savior Jesus Christ.
1Co 10:29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: Women usually dress in a manner that makes them feel comfortable. The problem may arise, when what makes some comfortable may discomfort the conscience of some. Conscience sake, not your own but that of the other. We, both male and female ought to take into account what effect our attire will have on others, we ought not to lay a stumbling block before others. Therefore our dresses should be long enough and loose enough to warrant compliments and not lust.
What does Exodus 23:13 mean; and in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
In the preceding verses, God gave Israel some social and moral laws which can be interpreted as loving your neighbors as yourself or what soever you would that men would do unto you, do also unto them. In verse thirteen he admonishes them and thereby us, to be circumspect or cautious. In other words we aught to take heed of his words. Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:
He goes on to say, make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. God is a jealous god, he commands us to have no other gods before him or more accurately besides him. Mar 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
The gentile surrounding the Jews had many gods, a god to supply food, a god for health, a god to provide protection even a god of fertility. The list goes on. But Israel has, one God! And so should we today. 1Co 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Paul is quite explicit, there is only one God. No matter what people may say or do there is only one God, and he is the creator of all things through his son our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul went on to say in verse seven, but not all men have this knowledge. We who have this knowledge therefore, should not even speak about others as though they are God, for this may be considered as blasphemy. For in making mention of them, we are giving them credit no matter how little. And Paul exhorts us in Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Let us adhere to the words of the Lord Remembering, our God is a jealous God. Amen.
In the book of Acts chapter two a record of the day of Pentecost is made. The Holy Ghost descended upon the apostles and they all began to speak with different tongues. Let me state from the onset that tongues here means languages, so it should be understood; that they all began to speak with different languages. This is verified in verse five through thirteen.
Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Act 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Act 2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
Act 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Everyone knew that the apostles were all Galilaeans, they also knew that they were not educated, so when they heard them speaking in their native language, they were all amazed. They could not explain the phenomenon they were experiencing, and as a result some accused them of being drunk.
Peter on hearing this accusation enlightens them in verse fourteen through twenty-one.
Act 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Act 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Christ told the apostles to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endowed with power from on high, they were obedient, they were all in one accord and in one place, thus the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them.
Speaking with tongues is one of the gifts on the Holy Ghost, and no, it was not exclusively for the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Paul states in 1Co 14:18 "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:" So we see that speaking with tongues was not restricted to the day of Pentecost, it continued long after even unto these days.
Some rationalize that tongues are not needed today because there are many bilingual people, or they may say, you can attend classes to learn any language you want. They which are of this believe, trivialize the power of God, forgetting Acts chapter two verse seven where it was asked, "are not all these which speak Galilaeans?" Today men plan missionary work in foreign countries and take along interpreters to assist in the work of the Lord. Because these events are planned by men, they rely on the interpreters to convey their message to the hearers, and as such deem the gift of tongues not necessary today. What about the unexpected encountering of people of different nationalities? And God wants to give them the message of salvation. Can't the Holy Spirit allow the person in such situation to speak in the other person's language? Or do we decide what the Spirit can and cannot do. We have to realize that a gift is something you receive freely you do not pay for it. So when one is unlearned in a particular language and is able to speak it, it becomes a gift. And God still uses it today. Let us examine this scripture and scenario.
1Co 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
Tongues are a sign to them that believe not. In our congregation, many people speak Patio or French Creol. I speak only English and that's common knowledge. Lets suppose that we are having bible studies and there arise a division over a certain scripture, the class is split fifty fifty and there is no end in sight. If I was to stand and begin explaining the scripture with great authority and in Patio, do you think it will make an impact? (bearing in mind I cannot speak Patio). Of course it will and no small one too. So I hope you will agree with me when I say God still has purposes for tongues.
Another important aspect that detractors of tongues ignore or forget is taken from
1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: We automatically feel discomforted when someone speaks a language we cannot understand, its' natural. Likewise in religious circles many feel offended or uneasy, when some member utters some incomprehensible phrase. They forget that its' not every utterance that's directed towards men, many are spontaneous praises and thanksgiving to God. And other instances, mysteries are being uttered to the edification of the speaker. 1Cor 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; In light of this Paul admonishes us in;
1Co 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
1Co 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
1Co 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
1Co 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
1Co 14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
Let him that speak in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret. For when one prays in an unknown tongue, the spirit prays but the mind is ignorant. I have heard preachers commanding their congregation to prayer with tongues and the entire congregation goes into chaos. The notion is, when they pray in tongues they confuse the devil. I'm not sure which devil they are speaking about, but I'm confident its' not the one which was the anointed cherub. Ezekiel twenty-eight verse fourteen, verse three states; "Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:" It is because of this ignorance Paul advises us to pray both with the spirit and with the understanding. Only then will we have full coverage. Verse sixteen ask us, how can the others that are occupying the room say amen or bless the Lord when you pray in tongues, seeing they didn't understand what you said. God is not the author of confusion beloved.
While the greater religious community of our world are emphasizing speaking with tongues as a sign of true discipleship, Paul advises us that we should prefer to prophesy, the reason being as mentioned before, he that speak in an unknown tongue edifies himself But he that prophesieth speak unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. There is a lot of suffering in this world and many are lost, it is our duty to reach them for Christ.
In the greater religious community today, the manifestation of the gift of tongues seems to be of the self edification type, I say this because know one knows what they are saying. And this is the root of all the confusion surrounding this beautiful gift. The onlookers have no choice but to proclaim it as being barbaric. And Paul supports this 1Co 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
The bible alone should be the Christians manual, and Paul made it easy for us to understand how speaking in tongues in the church should be. 1Co 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. Its' just not acceptable to see an entire church mumbling, raving and inflicting injuries on itself. God is not the author of confusion but rather he requires that everything be done decently and in order.
Paul laid down the guidelines, they are quite simple and its according to the will of God.
1Co 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
1Co 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Anyone having any message from the Lord should wait their turn to speak in the house of the Lord, and if there are no interpreters, they should keep silent. That's quite concise, it needs no explanation. You feel the desire to break out into incomprehensible utterance but there is no one to interpret, keep silent. Paul says to speak to yourself and you better not disturb the rest of the church. Remember
1Co 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
I can almost hear those that say, when the spirit comes on you, you cannot control it.
1Co 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. This is also explicit the prophet controls the spirit. If this was not so Jona would not have been able to run away.
There it is my friend, speaking in tongues is for us today. We are to use it to edify others who speak different languages, and to edify members of the congregation if there are interpreters around. People can pray to God in tongues, their understanding will not profit from it but nevertheless the spirit will. Maybe Romans eight twenty-six may fit here. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. At times the cares of life becomes heavy so heavy that we cannot pray as we should. We just kneel and shake and groan, we don't understand, but God does.
Paul advises us to pray both with the spirit and with the understanding. And though he spoke with tongues more than anyone else, he said, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue." Let us strive for perfection and in so doing we will draw men unto Christ. May our heavenly father continue to enlighten our understanding! Amen.
A name in bible times usually bore some significance; either it spoke of blessings or promises as in the case of Abram whose name was changed to Abraham, for he would be the father of many nations, and Eve, whose name meant; mother of all living. The greatest of all such promises and fulfillment can be seen in the name Jesus; he shall save his people from their sins. And truly he did. Names were also used to preserve certain experiences and to infer character. The name Samuel probably is an excellent example of both, for he was truly asked of God and the literal translation is "his name is God". No wonder when ever he came on the seen the people trembled. Another example of a name bearing character would be Jacob, which means supplanter or deceiver. When you read how he dealt cunningly with his brother and how he deceived his father into blessing him rather than his brother, you'll agree, that truly he lived according to the character of his name (Gen 25 & 27). The Bible has numerous such examples of names bearing significance, but that is not my thesis.
We have seen that names in bible times were not given arbitrarily; they represented character, preserved experiences and gave hope. With this in mind, we should expect the name of our God to represent one or more or even all of the aforementioned traits.
Many people spend time debating whether the name of God is Jehovah or Yahweh.
The truth may be astounding. The name Jehovah or Yahweh cannot be "the name" of the most high God. But rather names we have come to know him by.
We must bear in mind that there are no vowels in the Hebrew language, and there is no J sound either. The words Jehovah and Yahweh are both erroneous transliteration of the masoretic Hebrew text. The original tetragrammation are YHWH or YHVH, this tetragram cannot be pronounced without the help of the use of vowels. The scribes for fear of desecrating the name of God substituted the word adonai (Lord) in place of the tetragrammation and placed the vowels from the word adonai into the tetragrammation as a reminder to future readers, so as not to desecrate the name of God. Exodus 20:7
The translators of the Hebrew, not realizing what the scribes had done, read the word as it was written down, taking the scribal vowel markings as intrinsic to the name of their God rather than as a mere reminder not to speak it. What the original vowels were, are a matter of speculation.
The Hebrew language has undergone several augmentations, biblical Hebrew was spoken from about the 12th century to the 2nd century BC. From then Aramaic was spoken. (Aramaic was the native tongue of Christ). From about 200AD the Hebrew language underwent further changes, and what is now called mishnaic or Rabbinic Hebrew was used. (This is a combination of Aramaic, Greek, Latin and Persian). Modern day Hebrew is a combination of both biblical and rabbinic Hebrew. The original Hebrew alphabet consisted only of consonants; vowels, signs and pronunciation currently accepted for biblical Hebrew were created by scholars known as Masoretes after the 5th century AD.
Having made due note of these transformations, we may cautiously continue discussing the tetragrammation. It has been accepted, that the root word YHWH means, "to blow", "to breathe" and hence "to live", which would render Exodus 3:14 accurate "I am". May I add here He has always been and will always be. With this derivative in mind and the several augmentations made, the accepted pronunciation is Yahweh or Yahaweh. As a result the contracted form Yah or Jah is derived. Remember, this is in light of all the augmentations made. We still do not know what the original vowels were.
Our God is known by many names, each expresses a divine character or attribute of his being. When the bible makes general references to our creator He is referred to as Elohim. In the beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth. Gen1:1. Wherever the word LORD appears in caps it represents Yahweh the "I am" Gen 2:4 and common lord is representative of Adonai our master. Gen 15:2 . When the bible speaks of Elohim's awesome unmatched power Gen 17:1 He is called El Shaddai the almighty God. When He is "compared" to others he is El Elyon the most high God. When Elohim's endurance is spoken of, He is Elom Gen21:33. the everlasting God. When Elohim is the captain of the army, He is Yahweh Sabaoth The LORD of host 1Sam 1:3.
As we have seen, El Elyon is known by several different names, the title that's ascribed to him at any given time, is representative of the office he occupies in our lives. That does not limit him by no means to that title, for at all times El Elyon is all things. When Moses asked Elohim whom should I say sent me? El Elyon replied "I am that I am." What do you call a God that is all? A God that's all powerful, all knowing, omnipotent, omnipresent? No one has at anytime seen him, he has neither beginning nor end, and he has no definite form. What do you call God? There is no one name that can describe his every attribute, hence Elyon said, "I am" YHWH existence itself.
Elohim in his redemptive relationship towards mankind, has seven compounded names, each manifesting a different nature of the most high (Elyon). These names are:
- YHWH Jireh - The Lord Our Provider
- YHWH Rafa - The Lord our healer
- YHWH Nissi - The Lord our banner
- YHWH Shalom - The Lord our peace
- YHWH Raah - The Lord Our shepherd
- YHWH Tsidkenu - The Lord our righteousness
- YHWH Shammah - The Lord is present
Through the use of these seven names, Elohim is able to meet mankind every need. And yet, Elohim is much more than these names ascribe to him.
Though the name of Elohim is important, we must place even more emphasis on its sanctity. Christ is our example, and even he did not call Elohim by his name. He called him Father. And he proclaimed who Elohim was; Lord of heaven and of earth. Matt 11:25, Luke 10:21 & John 1141. That's what our role here on earth is all about, proclaiming who Elohim is. Lord of heaven and of earth.
Every child of Elohim knows we are serving a living God. Every child of Elohim has to be obedient to his word. Psalms 138:2 declares for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Christ expounded upon this John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Elohim's words are exalted above his name, and in being obedient to his words, distinguish his children from the world. The world will truly hate us, for we walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. Christ taught, "the words which I speak are spirit and true." Beloved let us not allow ourselves to be caught up in debates about genealogies or whether we have the correct pronunciation of the tetragram, it will only succeed in causing further divisions, but rather let us concentrate on Christ, walk in his footsteps thereby drawing men unto him. May the most high God El Elyon continue to open our understanding! Amen
It has been asked many times why do the Jews take the Passover, one day after most of the western Churches of God? Which is the correct date in which the Passover must be observed? Why do the western Churches appear to be a day early? What scriptural grounds do they stand on?
The answer may surprise you but it is quite simple. In the book of Exodus chapter12 the children of Israel was told to take a lamb out of the sheep or goats on the tenth day of the first month (Abib or Nisan) "And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening." Exodus 12:6. That is quite explicit, the lamb was to be kept until the fourteenth day and in the evening of the fourteenth it was to be killed. Why then do the western churches celebrate on the evening of the thirteenth? The western churches do not celebrate Passover they celebrate the Lord's Supper.
Caution: before you think us to be presumptuous, Deu 16:16 "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:" The place of God's choosing is Jerusalem and there is currently no temple there, unless anyone can show scriptural proof of authorization to keep this or any other feast elsewhere, it cannot be kept today.
1Co 5:7 "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:" Christ took the place of all animal sacrifices; he took the place of the sacrificial lamb and is now become our Passover, He is our example and he commanded us to observe his body and blood. Luk 22:19 "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me."
Which supper did the disciples observe?
1Co 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Paul was not present when the Lord gave his body and blood to the disciples, but having been taught by the holy spirit he said, " For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:" He also confirms, "this do in remembrance of me." Paul was not talking about the Passover, hear what he said.
1Co 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
The Corinthians were not observing the Lord's Supper appropriately, they were disorderly and drunken. The Passover was to be eaten in haste and everyone would eat as much as they wanted; not so the Lord's Supper. Paul continued his discourse in 1 Corinthians 11:33.
1Co 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
When we partake of the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we are to be in unison; everyone eats and then drinks together, discerning the body and blood of our Lord.
When did this supper take place?
Joh 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Joh 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
Joh 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
Joh 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
Joh 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Luk 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
Luk 22:8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
Luk 22:9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
Luk 22:10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
Luk 22:11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
Luk 22:12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
Luk 22:13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
Luk 22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
Luk 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
Luk 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Careful study of the foregoing scriptures will show Christ and his disciples partook of the Passover, after which He washed the disciples' feet, returned to his seat and then instituted the Lord's Supper. All this was done the night before he was crucified.
Conclusion: Christ was crucified on the fourteenth of Nisan/Abib, He had his disciples prepare the Passover the day before his death. In that very night after they partook of the Passover, He instituted the Lord's Supper. We are commanded to keep this Supper until his return. Christ is our shepherd and we are walking in his light. Amen.
Many have asked time and time again, who is Jesus Christ? Is he El Elyon (the most high God), is he as the most high, is he a member of the godhead, is he the son of God, or is he the greatest prophet who ever lived?
Many people have difficulty accepting Christ as a created being, they explain Christ has always existed along side YHWH (they reason Christ as a member of the godhead; father, son and Holy Ghost, has always been in existence).
What is more perturbing about this issue is, even clergymen and "scholars" have failed to garner the facts and present them in the manner prescribed by the bible: line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little. Isa 28:10
What does the Bible say?
Let us begin in the last book of the bible, Revelation. "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" Rev 3:14. The book of Revelation is "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;" Rev 1:1. When John was told to write these revelations and send them to the churches, it was Christ who gave them to him. This is important to note so as to be able to identify who is speaking (we do not want to mistake Christ for an angel). Having said this, let us return to Rev 3:14. The Amen, the faithful and the true witness is no one else but Jesus Christ and speaking of himself he said, he is "the beginning of the creation of God" i.e. the very first manifested act of YHWH was the creation of his son Yehoshua (Jesus). Do other scriptures support this? Col 1:15 "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature". A creature is life which has been created, whether terrestrial or celestial: Colossians support Revelation, it says of Christ he is "the firstborn of every creature:" The book of Hebrews also sheds some light on this issue: Heb 1:5 "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" YHWH never called any of the angels his son; but to Yehoshua (Christ) he said pointing to the day of his beginning, "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." Son: A male child; the male issue of a parent, father or mother. Some when they hear the word son instinctively think of the product of sexual intercourse: God of his own Spirit replicated the fullness of his being in the form of Jesus the Christ. Hence, Col 1:15 "Who is the image of the invisible God". This is the commencement of the relationship between father and son "I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son" Heb 1:5.
Transfer of Power
Joh 17:5 "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." Christ when he was about to complete the work which his father YHWH gave him to do, prayed to the father asking him "glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was". Christ made it known his request was granted as he was about to ascend into heaven, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth". Mat 28:18. Remember Christ prayed to be glorified with the same glory he had before the world began, so this was not the first time all power was given unto him: this was a return of the power and authority he previously had. This implies, all power was given to Christ before the establishing of the world. There are those who still believe Christ has always been and will always be God, the following verses will show Christ's power and authority has a beginning and an end. "For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." 1Co 15:27, 28. Let me explain, He (YHWH) hath put all things under his (Christ) feet. Here is the beginning of the power and authority of Christ; this was done before the world began. In order to facilitate a transfer of power, there must be a recognition of a greater and a lesser one (YHWH being the greater and Christ the lesser). Please note carefully. The verse continues to stipulate, "But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him." Let me explain, But when he (YHWH) saith all things are put under him (Christ), it is manifest (made clear or obvious to the understanding) that He (YHWH) is excepted (exempted, left out), which did put all things under him (Christ). From the foregoing verse of scripture it is crystal clear; YHWH and Yehoshua are two different entities YHWH being the greater of the two, this is expressed time and time again by Christ in the scriptures. Example, Joh 10:29 "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." Joh 14:28 "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." We shouldn't argue or twist scriptures to say what we want, such I see Jesus methods are detrimental and lead to heresies.
The return of power
There are those who say Christ is God (El Elyon) in the flesh, they say when the plan of salvation is complete, he (Christ) will return to being God (El Elyon) again. The scripture tells another story; "And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." 1Co 15:28. Let’s break it down, when all things shall be subdued unto him (Christ), then shall the son (Christ) also himself be subject unto Him (YHWH) that put all things under him (Christ), that God (YHWH) may be all in all. There is no trinity, the bible says, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:" Deu 6:4. 1 Corinthian 15:24 may enlighten us in this matter. "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." This couldn’t have been made any clearer. At the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, after all the wicked have been destroyed, Christ is going to put down all power and authority, and he himself shall become subjected to YHWH. There will be no longer a son acting in the seat of his father, only YHWH (El Elyon) the pre-eminence of all life.
Having laid this foundation, we are well equipped to better understand John 1:1, a verse of scripture which have confounded many. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." What is this verse really saying? "In the beginning" Long...before there was anything, before water, earth, stars, angels, long before even the fall of Lucifer, YHWH spoke and Christ (the Word) came into being. "This day have I begotten thee" Heb 1:5, "the beginning of the creation of God" Rev 3:14. Similar to the creation in Genesis, where Elohim spoke and it came into existence, Christ was the very first word of YHWH. "And the word was with God" Note, after the word came into existence it abided with YHWH, the word was not created as God, it abided with God (YHWH). Isa 43:10, 11 "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour." In order to be with, there must be more than one. "And the word was God." Here is where many have problems. The president of a company grooms his son in the operation of his company. When the son has learnt all there is to know about the effective management of the company and his father has full assurance he will administrate in like manner as he has, the father hands over the reigns to the son and the son becomes the president. It doesn’t matter who knew the father as the president, from henceforth, whenever they have to transact any business with this company, they must acknowledge the son as the president. We have already learnt YHWH created Christ and transferred all power and authority unto him, from then the Scripture says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Joh 1:3. Christ is sitting in his father’s throne with all power and authority; he became God: he was given the power and he executes it. Remember, this is until he has put all enemies under his feet; he himself will become subjected unto YHWH at the end of his thousand year reign.
Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of YHWH; the firstborn of every creature. He was given all of the power and authority of his father and as such has become God. He must sit in his father's throne until the last enemy death, is conquered. YHWH retains his individuality apart from Christ, he decreed Jesus to act in his sted. The bible states, "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 on in the world, received up into glory." 1Ti 3:16. It is important for the children of the most high to study to show themselves approved unto Him, one of our role in this world is "to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:" Eph 3:9 There is YHWH and there is his son Yehoshua. Amen.