Search for Truth - Lesson 6
As taught by Bob Morgans  - (Click Here for Video)

The beginning of Lesson 6, who was Jesus Christ? It is an amazing thing. We have looked all the way thru the Old Testament and have seen the different forms – God the bush, God the donkey, God the " man form that wrestled with Jacob" we don't make a separate God out of that. When God comes to the New Testament and he came to show himself – why should we make a separate God? It is only the trick of the devil that we try to make a separate God out of the flesh that God came and inhabited a body. The Bible says, in I Timothy 3:16, that God manifested himself in flesh. Oh sure, there is a difference between the bush and the God that was speaking out of it. There was a difference between the donkey and the God that was speaking out of it. There is a difference between the flesh that wrestled with Jacob and the God that was in him wrestling. There is a difference between the physical flesh that God inhabited and we call it Jesus and the God that was moving and operating in him. You can't house all of God in a single form. He iseverywhere present. God used that form as his only begotten son. God created that body – got in that body – he dwelled in that body – spoke through that body. That flesh hungered, it had feelings like you and I, that flesh was tempted in all manner as we are and yet without sin. God can relate to our temptation, he knows the feelings we have. He knows how we feel. He knows pain and suffering. He knows the loss of his father in death. He knows the rejection of brothers and sisters. He knows rejection of mankind. He knows the sting of death from the cross. That body was what God created to show himself in. It is not a separate God up there somewhere. The Bible says he was born a baby. But in Isaiah 9:6 it says he was born the mighty God. In one case in St. John 21:17 it said that he knows all things. In Luke 2 it said he increased in wisdom. In Matthew 4:2 it says he grew hungry. We read is Matthew 14 where Jesus fed the multitude. You see either the Bible is totally false or this body was God incarnated. Sometimes part of what we are reading is about the flesh when it hungered. When He created bread then we are reading about the God that was in the flesh. He was a servant but yet the King of Kings! He dwelled on the earth. In I Colossians it says he created the earth. I like the scriptures in St. John 1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God! The same was in the beginning with God and all things were made by him. Without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life. In the word was God – was life. When you read that entire setting all the way down thru verse 14 you see that God had life in him. It says that there was a man that came to bear witness of him that was not the light. It was John the Baptist. Who did John the Baptist come to be witness of? Jesus Christ, of the Light, in God, in the Beginning. Christ was in the mind of God from the very beginning. It is an incredible thing when we think about the Godhead and the mysteries of God. Iif we are going to make a separate God out of every time that God shows himself we will probably have several Gods. Didn't God show himself in a rock form that followed Israel? I think it said that rock was Christ. Didn't God show himself in a cloud form? A fire by night and a cloud by day? Didn't God show himself in all those forms? We don't make separate gods out of that. So when we come to the New Testament we don't make a separate God. If we follow the Old Testament example God needed a body – he needed a form – see how God showed himself perfectly in a form, but because this form has a little bit more life or longevity to it doesn't make it a separate god. It is God Almighty showing himself in flesh. Wrapping himself in flesh and dwelling among man. God did not look all over heaven and find somebody to go die in his place. He came and diedhimself. He created a body and got in that body and came and died. The scripture clearly says, "If you believe not that I am, you shall die in your sins". Jesus said that. When you have seen me you have seen the Father. It is impossible for us to see all of God. What we see are the manifestations of God. So when they saw Jesus they saw the manifestation of God.

The Apostle Peter being giving the keys to the kingdom. The interesting part here is what Jesus said to Peter, "Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound on earth, whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"o;. That is an interesting verse. We have taken that verse in a lot of different ways and not used it like we should of or without as much power as we should . If that verse only applies to Peter then many of us are in trouble. If it applies to all of us that are born again believers, then we need to use it a lot more. Peter was the one who preached at the Day of Pentecost and unlocked the door of the new church age. Dispensation number 6 is the Church Age. At this point we are still under the law. Peter preached the first message to the Jews un-locking the spirit to them. In Acts Chapter 8, Phillip had gone and preached (to the Samaritans) and baptized many of them, but it took Peter and John coming down, praying for them and laying their hands on them, in order for the spirit to be poured out on them. Peter came down and unlocked the door of the spirit to the Samaritans. The Samaritans were a half-breed people – ½ Jew, ½ Gentile. In Acts Chapter 10, Peter saw a vision. Peter had to see his vision three times, while Cornelius the Gentile only had to see the angel manifestation once. He sent for Peter and said to Peter you have done well in coming and now to hear that all things are commanded thee of God. Cornelius didn't want Peter to leave out anything that was commanded. Peter unlocked the door to the Gentiles although he didn't understand what he was doing when he was there to preach. The spirit was poured out upon them and those who came with Peter were astonished. They witnessed the Holy Ghost being poured out upon them. We will look at that in more detail in the next lesson. Peter unlocked the door to each one of these groups with his preaching.

Let us look at the path to Christ's death and the Last Supper. Many of us know that story very, very well – where Christ is praying – he is praying in the Garden – he is teaching us. We say, "why is he praying this if he was God? " We are still dealing with the flesh here. The flesh did not want to go to the cross. The flesh did not want to suffer. The flesh was yielding to the spirit. We know that when Christ died – the Bible said he gave up the ghost – gave up the spirit – God left that body and the flesh died. Who was it that raised Christ back up from the dead? Christ said destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again. It was the spirit that was in him that raised him back up.

When we look at the birth of Jesus Christ as we discussed earlier, who is the father of Jesus? The Bible says the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and she conceived. If Jesus is a separate God – a different deity – a separate God from the Father and from the Holy Ghost – then that would mean that God the Father isnot really the father of Jesus. The Holy Ghost is really the father of Jesus because it was the Holy Ghost that overshadowed Mary and she conceived. You see how confusing it makes it. The Holy Ghost is a term that we use to describe one of the actions of God. You my friend, are a son or a daughter – you perhaps are a husband, a wife, pastor, a saint, a teacher, these are different things that you are – but you are still one person.

The Holy Ghost is nothing more than the spirit of God that God uses to move on man. We could say the spirit of Christ moved on us and it would still be correct. We call it the Holy Ghost. The " holy" referring to God – Ghost referring to a spirit of a departed one. The spirit of the departed one (Jesus) comes and moves and lives in us. The spirit of Christ lives in us. It is all the same term but just a different way of saying it. At the arrest – at the praying – the flesh is crying out. We know of the arrest and trial and the last supper. The thing that touches me about the last supper is that Jesus knew that Judas would betray him, yet even in that last effort to get Judas not to do it Jesus did one of the kindest gestures that he could possibly do. Jesus was showing us how to treat even those who betray us with one of the kindest gestures that he could possibly do. That was to dip in the sup and give them some morsel of meat that you might have gotten out of soup -Meat was scarce in those days- and give that to your friend. Jesus does that for Judas trying to say, "Hey Judas, wake up you don't have to do this", but he did it anyway.

I would like to now go to the whipping post. The scripture clearly say that by His stripes we are healed. The scripture also says anoint them with oil that they may be healed. It says He was wounded (Isaiah 3:5) for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed. It doesn't say, might be, should be. It says, "Who heals all of our diseases". The gift of healing is given to the church. In Mark 16, it says these signs shall follow them that believe. In one of the verses it says they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. The word of God is true whether we believe it or not. If I said here are the keys to a brand new car all you need to do is go out there and start it you would take the keys and go out. The gift of healing is yours. Christ has already paid the price for our healing. When we look around at the house, at the car, at the place you are sitting everything around you is made from some raw material. It is rare that we use the raw material itself, we take that raw material and destroy the life in it to take the wood, to make the furniture, to make something that is usable to us. Christ allowed his body to be destroyed so that our bodies can be healed. For us not to ask God for healing is a disgrace. It is a slam in God's face to say well I've got a headache I think I'll go take an aspirin. How about asking God to heal that headache. He paid the price for your headache to be healed. History says that Christ received 39 stripes. The Roman law said that 40 stripes would kill a man so they gave him 39. If I understand medical science right they have divided the different diseases into 39 categories. Jesus received one stripe for every category. Those stripes were not easy little lashes. His body was filet to where he was marred so you could hardly tell that he was a man. His body was ripped in shreds so that our sick body can be healed. God has paid the price for your healing and my healing. By His stripes we are healed. We need to take the body of Jesus Christ and say OK - I AM HEALED! Make the statement in faith and accept the healing that Christ has already paid for us. If somebody had paid off the note on your house you wouldn't go and continuously make more payments on it. You would say Thank You! You should accept it and be grateful for it. Christ has already paid the price for your healing. We are not waiting on Jesus Christ to do anything more regarding your or my healing. It is a matter of knowing and understanding that he paid the price and accepting that. I might throw this in –there is no healing without repentance – You must be totally repented before the healing virtue can flow into your body and you can be well. Jesus always dealt with the sin before he dealt with the healing. "Thy sins be forgiven you take up your bed and walk."o; He also said, "Go and sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you." So be totally repented – having no gall, no ought, leave your sacrifice at the altar – go make right with your brother and then come back and offer your sacrifice. The same applies to healing and to those we are going to pray for – pray repentance for them. Let's cast away their sin that they can be free. In the story of healing Jesus desires us to be well. He has already paid the price that we can be well. It is an incredible injustice for us to just run to the medicine cabinet and not allow God to touch us.

We see when Christ said "It is finished"o; and he gave up the ghost. He said "Father, why have you forsaken me?" What was he saying? The spirit of Father God – the almighty spirit that had inhabited him from his birth – left him. Now Jesus has died (the flesh). My friends this is the end of the law. A new age has started here. You ask me about the thief on the cross. The thief was under a different age bracket. The thief was under the law and he dies under the law. The thief could have had the priest offer certain sacrifices for him and make atonement for his sin. Christ also said "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy".

At Jesus' death the temple curtain was rent in two (Matthew 27:51.) They say that the temple curtain could have been a foot or more thick. He was preparing to put His presence in us. The Bible says that after three days Christ resurrected from the dead. Who brought him out of the tomb? The spirit of God re-entered the body. Jesus couldn't be killed in that body as long as the spirit was in the body. The same is true with your body. As long as your spirit dwells in your body you can't kill it,but when the spirit leaves your body then your body is dead.

We will take up the rest of this story in the next lesson.


Study Sheet

LESSON NO. 6 - Coverage: Who was Jesus Christ to the Crucifixion
Who was Jesus Christ?
       1.  God is a Spirit - St. John 4:24
      2.  God manifest in the flesh - 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:19
      3.  Fulness of godhead bodily in Jesus - Col. 2:8,9; Eph. 4:4
      4.  Dual Nature of Jesus:
                     As Man                              As God
                     ------                              ------
          Born a baby, or son - Matt 1:23-25  Born the Mighty God - Isa. 9:6
          Increased in wisdom - Luke 2:52     Knows all things - John 21:17
          Became hungry - Matt. 4:2           Fed multitudes - Matt 14:19-21
          Was a servant - Phil. 2:7           Was king of kings - Rev. 19:16
          Dwelt on earth - John 1:14          Created the earth -Col 1:16,17
          Prayed - Luke 22:44                 Answers prayer - John 14:13,14
          Became sacrifice for sins-Heb 9:26  Forgave sins - Mark 2:5-7
          Died - John 19:30                   Arose - Luke 24:1-6
       5.  Scriptures teach only one God - Deut. 6:4; Isa 44:6; Isa 43:10,11
      6.  Jesus claimed to be God - John 10:30; 14:7-11; 8:24,58
      7.  Jesus existed from the beginning as the "Word" - John 1:1
      8.  The Son of God had his beginning at Bethlehem - John 1:14; Gal 4:4
      9.  God was manifested as Father in creation, Son in redemption and
          Holy Ghost in regeneration - 1 John 5:7; St. John 1:14
     10.  Terms "God the Son","The Eternal Son" and "Trinity" are unscriptural
Apostle Peter Given Keys to the Kingdom
       1.  Apostles questioned by Jesus - Matt. 16:13-15
      2.  Peter's good confession - Matt. 16:16
      3.  Church to be established on rock - Matt. 16:18
      4.  That rock was Christ - Psa. 18:31; Eph. 2;20
      5.  Peter given "keys "to kingdom - Matt. 16:19
Path to Christ's Death
       1.  Triumphal Ride into Jerusalem - Zech. 9-.9; Matt. 21:1-9;
          Luke 19:29-40
      2.  Wept over Jerusalem - Luke 19:41-44
      3.  Judas arranged betrayal - Matt. 26:14-i6
      4.  Disciples prepared Passover Supper - Luke 22:7-13
      5.  The Last Supper - Matt. 26.-18-28; Luke 22:14-20
      6.  Jesus washed disciples' feet - John 13:4-17
      7.  Prayed in Gethsemane  Matt. 26:36-46; Luke 22:39-46
      8.  Betrayal and Arrest  Matt. 26:47-50; Luke 22s47-54
      9.  Jesus before the Council - Matt. 26:57-68
     10.  Peter's denial of Christ - Matt. 26:69-75
     11.  Judas hanged himself Matt. 27:3-10
     12.  Jesus taken to Pilate - Matt. 27:2
     13.  Pilate sends him to Herod - Luke 23:7-10
     14.  Herod returns him to Pilate - Luke 23:11
     15.  Barabbas or Jesus? Matt. 27:21
     16.  Pilate washed his hands - Matt. 27:24,25
"By His Stripes We Are Healed"
       1.  Jesus was mocked and scourged - Matt. 27.-26-30
      2.  Physical healing was purchased at Calvary - Isa. 53:5; 
          1 Pet. 2:24; Psalm 103:3
      3.  Jesus received 40 stripes - all known diseases can be classed
          into 40 groups
      4.  Redemption from sin includes both physical and spiritual 
          - James 5:14-16; 1 Cor. 12:9
      5.  Crowd insists on crucifixion - Luke 23:18-25
"It is Finished"
       1.  Walk up Golgotha - Matt. 27:31-33; Luke 23:26-33
      2.  The Crucifixion - Matt. 27:35-38
      3.  Mocked and scorned - Matt. 27:39-44
      4.  Attitude of thieves - Luke 23:39-43
      5.  Darkness over the land for 3 hours - Matt. 27:45
      6.  Gave up the ghost - Matt. 27:46-50
      7.  Temple veil rent - Matt. 27:51
      8.  Side pierced - John 19:33-37
      9.  Body claimed by Joseph of Arimathea - Matt. 27:57-60

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