2.3 The Nature of Christ (Christology)

2.3. The Nature of Christ (Christology). 

The term Christology refers to the nature and work of Jesus Christ. The Greek term Christos is a title, which is correctly translated as “The Anointed One.” Thus, Christian Separatists frequently use the term Jesus the Anointed. Christian Separatists affirm that Jesus the Anointed was the Only-Begotten God (John 1:18 AST), Who was very God due to His full indwelling of the Mentality of Separation (or Holy Spirit), but at the same time was very man in His physical Adamic body which God had reserved for Himself since before the creation of the world. Christian Separatists affirm that Jesus the Anointed was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament Scriptures. 

2.3.1. The Promised Messiah. 

The Old Testament (Greek Septuagint) Scriptures provide seventy-three major, specific prophecies regarding the Promised Messiah. Christian Separatists affirm that Christ fulfilled each of these seventy-three prophecies in exacting detail, thus providing mathematical certainty that Jesus Christ was the Promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Additionally, the signs and wonders performed by Jesus confirm this fact. We therefore believe that at the appointed time at the end of the age, God came to earth in the person Jesus Christ in the physical body of Jesus of Nazareth, which He had prepared for Himself in the loins of Adam and preserved through the seedline of Israel. We further affirm:

  1. That Jesus Christ lived a life without failure and became the propitiation for the failures of the Adamic, chosen race.
  2. That John the Baptist or Purifier was sent as a forerunner to give witness to the person Jesus Christ.
  3. That John the Purifier did prophesy of the Christ, Who would come and baptize or purify with fire.
  4. That John the Purifier or Washer did justly and rightly turn over all prophetical and priestly authority to the Lord Jesus Christ, making Him King of kings and Master of masters, and that this transition of authority was witnessed by God the Father, Whose voice rang out from Heaven, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased”. We believe that God did, on that day of Christ’s anointing as King and Priest of the true Israel of God, send the sign of a white dove descending, signifying that the man Christ Jesus did receive full knowledge and anointing of Himself. 
  5. That the Anointed in the person of Jesus Christ appeased the wrath and need for justice of Almighty God by willingly laying down His life and allowing Himself to be viciously murdered by the enemies of God. 
  6. That He became our propitiation and thus the satisfaction of the justice of God through the shedding of His sinless and innocent blood. 
  7. That of the Adamic race, whosoever believes on Him should have everlasting and eternal life. 
  8. That Christ once died spiritual death for all and suffered for all.
  9. That Jesus Christ was very God in the flesh.
  10. That He lived a sinless life, well pleasing unto God the Father.
  11. That according to the law of Moses under which He was born and did keep perfectly to its fulfillment, He entered His priesthood ministry at about the age of thirty (Heb. 5:10).
  12. That during His ministry He stood on the Mount of Olives and did prophesy the end and destruction of Jerusalem and the Mosaic economy. This astounding prophecy was made at a time of universal peace in the Roman Empire, and was directed toward the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem, which was one of the seven wonders of the world and was truly only finished seven years before its destruction in AD 70. In that Christ stood on the Mount of Olives and made this astounding prediction, He was identified Him as God in the flesh. According to the Scripture, all that a true prophet speaks must come to pass. Only God could possibly predict with precise detail the destruction of the temple and Judaized economy that would occur within forty years (or one generation) of Jesus Christ’s astounding prophecy.
  13. That He performed many miracles and raised the physically and spiritually dead. 
  14. That He suffered the political intrigues of God’s enemies and was murdered under Pontius Pilate.
  15. That after having experienced and gone through all alienation from God, of His own will, the Christ’s body died physical death.
  16. That He was placed in a guarded tomb and on the third day He rose from the physical dead.
  17. That He walked the earth and was seen by an innumerable host of witnesses.
  18. That all authority under Heaven and earth was justly given to Jesus Christ and that there is therefore no other name or authority under Heaven or earth whereby Adamic men may be justified and saved.
  19. That He did appear unto His students after the resurrection and ate fish and honeycomb.
  20. That He promised He would never leave or forsake His household and family of believers who constituted His political body.
  21. That He ascended into the atmosphere and went forward in time to prepare the paradise of victory. 
  22. That He returned the second time on the Day of Pentecost in the manifestation of the Mentality of Separation in tongues of fire, fulfilling His promise of sending a Comforter, for He is the Comforter.

2.3.2. Character and Attributes of Jesus. 

While Jesus was very God, He was also very man. As part of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, we believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, as stated in the New Testament. Jesus lived a life without failure, and kept the Law of Moses in its entirety. He was therefore not a lawbreaker. As He was God in the flesh, the Scriptures teach that Jesus was unchanging: “Jesus Anointed, the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8 AST). Jesus was indeed very God: “The Only-Begotten God” (John 1:18 AST). 

We believe Jesus Christ to be the incarnate God, and the body of Jesus of Nazareth, in Whom the Mentality of God dwelt bodily and fully, to be the Son of God, thus, the very image of the Living God. So, the Scripture recorded that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among men (John 1:14). We further believe that Jesus of Nazareth was born of the Virgin Mary in fulfillment of divine prophecy (Is. 7:14; Luke 1:27). We affirm that the Anointed One came at the appointed time in the physical body of Jesus of Nazareth, although this self-same Spirit or Mentality of God did eternally exist as one with the Father before the cosmos was ordered (John 17:5, 21-22). Thus, as it was this same Mentality that existed before the creation of the world that dwelt in the physical body of Jesus of Nazareth, we affirm that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Only-Begotten God or God in the flesh. Rejection of the Trinity. 

As there is only one God, Christian Separatists fully reject the polytheistic, Jewish doctrine of the trinity. The Bible says that God is a Mentality, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Mentality and in truth. God is an infinite Mind or Mentality, Who dwelt in Jesus Anointed to the fullest measure. This tells us how Jesus Anointed was God (see above). We affirm that there is only one God, no trinity. The Bible says, “Hear, Israel, your God is One.” The introduction to the Gospel of John states, 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it” (John 1:1-5 AST).

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus (the Word) was in the beginning with God and was God. How was Jesus very God and very man at the same time? The answer is declared very clearly in the New Testament: Jesus was indwelled with the Mind of God to the fullest capacity that any Adamic man can be indwelled, making Him the Second Adam. Inasmuch as He did not have an earthly father, this was possible. There is no doubt that God our Father has manifested Himself in many ways through the ages: as a Pillar of Fire, as a Burning Bush, as a fourth Hebrew child in the furnace (see above). There is only one God, one infinite blessed Mentality. This is declared when it is said that God is a Mentality and that those who worship Him must worship Him in Mentality and in truth. 

This does not mean that we do not accept the Godhead as set forth in Scripture, that is, the manifestation of God the Son, God the Father, God the Mentality of Separation. Yet, Christian Separatists also accept God the Pillar of Fire, and other ways in which God the Father manifests Himself or His power, such as the flaming tongues on the Day of Pentecost.

Therefore, as Christian Separatists, while accepting the Godhead and any other manifestation of God, we firmly reject the teaching of the trinity. Names of Jesus. 

When discussing names of Jesus, Christian Separatists remember that the English word Lord, or Master as it has been translated in the Anointed Standard Version, is rendered for the Greek word Kurios. The word Kurios is the same Greek word that the Septuagint translators used for the ancient Hebrew word Yahweh. While both Kurios and Yahweh were used of men in the Old and New Testaments, they were most often used as being in reference to Almighty God. Yahweh was a title used of the Mighty El or God in the Hebrew and the word carried the primary meaning of master and owner. We are speaking of the ancient Hebrew used by the Israelites, not the Yiddish used by modern day Jews. It is for this reason that the Septuagint translators used the word kurios some three hundred years before Christ, and this was the title applied by the Israelites in dispersion to the God of the Bible, whom the Palestinian Jews called Yahweh. But the Apostles, seeing the example of the Septuagint, referred to Christ as Kurios, drawing an obvious correlation to the Septuagint usage. Therefore, Christian Separatists also recognize the use of the Greek word Kurios or Master as an acceptable title for Jesus Christ. We must also keep in mind that the only Scripture that Jesus Christ or His Apostles recognized as Scripture was the Septuagint. 

The early Christians chose death rather than call Caesar Kurios, because they refused to recognize him as their master or owner. Kurios is used in the New Testament to signify the masters of slaves. As the Apostle Paul often referred to himself as a bondservant, his Master, Owner, or Kurios was Jesus Christ. Kurios was more than just a term of respect as we now use “Mister,” “sir,” or “the honorable one.” Since it was used of slave-owners, the title often carried the connotation of owner. It was, as we have said before, the Greek word used for the most important Hebrew title of God - Yahweh - and they applied it to Christ. 

Although Yahweh has historically been used of men, the Old Testament writers used the word exclusively for the Mighty El, that is for God, and the title Yahweh had become so synonymous with Mighty El, or Theos, as it was translated in the Septuagint, that many of the Palestinian Jews considered it the actual name of God, although this is shown to be a fallacy by the dispersed Greek-speaking Israelites’ usage of Kurios. 

To Israelites, Master or Lord was the only meaning Yahweh implied. When an Israelite heard the title Yahweh, they did not think of the king of Babylon or any other man; they thought of the Mighty El, the God of War. Because Yahweh was translated Kurios in the Septuagint, Kurios began to take on the same meaning among the dispersed Greek speaking Israelites, and certainly by the time of Christ, when an Israelite used the term Kurios, it was understood that they were in reference to Theos or God.

Jesus was both the Master and the Anointed One, that is, Yahweh and the Messiah. He was “Master of all” (Acts 10:36) and “Master of masters” (Revelation 17: 14). The phrase Master of masters or kurios kurion shows that while the Greek speaking Israelites used the term Kurios of slave-owners, Jesus was Master or Kurios of even them, and therefore Kurios or Master or Owner of all. This once again established the correlation between Kurios as used of Jesus and Kurios as used of Theos or the Mighty El. Paul wrote that every being should confess that Christ is Kurios. When Paul said this, he meant that Jesus was Kurios of all, just as was the Mighty El, Master of all. The early Christians called Christ Kurios only because the Mentality of Separation-inspired them to (1 Corinthians 12:3).

Furthermore, Christian Separatists affirm that the proper translation of the Greek Scriptures reveals the name of the Son of God to be Jesus, or the Greek Iesous, which was most certainly pronounced Jesus. The name has been transliterated as such in the Anointed Standard Translation of the New Testament.

Christian Separatists affirm that while the Son of God did have many titles, the only name He ever had was Jesus, or perhaps “KING OF KINGS AND MASTER OF MASTERS” (Rev. 19:16 AST).

2.3.3. The Sacrificial Lamb and Only Mediator. Christian Separatists believe that only through Jesus Anointed can Adamic man find eternal salvation. It is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that paid the blood debt of honor owed to Almighty God. Adamic man is now able to vicariously claim this sacrifice of Jesus to be restored to full communion with Almighty God. Jesus Anointed therefore is the only Sacrificial Lamb of God and the only Mediator between God and man. 

We affirm that Jesus is the one Mediator of the new and everlasting covenant (I Tim. 2:5), Who makes peace and reconciliation between God offended and man offending; the great High Priest Whose priesthood is unchangeable (Heb. 4:14, 7:24). He is able to save them that come unto God by Him, as He ever lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25). All power and authority is given unto Him in Heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18), and by Him the world is and shall be judged in justice (Acts 17:31); for the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son (John 3:35), that all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father, for They are one and the same (John 5:22, 23). 

We believe that those victimized by the law of sin and death have succumbed to the second death; even though they are physically alive, they are counted spiritually dead in the eyes of God and are therefore in a metaphorical grave of death and have no power to raise themselves to life or to change their circumstances. We believe that this is the common spiritual condition that came as a result of the inauguration of the law of sin and death at the time of the first Adam’s failure.

“So also it has been written: ‘The first man, Adam, became a living life,’ [Gen. 2:7 LXX] the last Adam a life-giving Mentality. But not that of the Mentality first, but the natural, afterwards, that of the Mentality. The first man was out of the earth, earthy; the second man, the Master out of Heaven” (I Cor. 15:45-47 AST).

With the understanding that the life is in the blood, then we understand that the blood that was shed by Jesus Christ was a pouring out of Himself and literally a pouring out of His Mentality of Life. We also understand, according to the Law of God in eternal principle, that a Kinsman Redeemer could only perform redemption (Lev. 25:25). We believe that we are justified to life by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ our Master, Who alone can satisfy the righteous demands of the justice of God. Jesus Anointed was and is the innocent Lamb of God, Who alone can take away sins or failures, and Who alone became the propitiation or satisfaction of the righteous demands of God’s justice through His innocent blood. 

We believe that Jesus Christ was God manifested in Adamic flesh and did become an Adamic man in order to redeem His people and kinsman Israel (Luke 1:68), and that as a Kinsman of the flesh (Heb. 2:14-16; Rom 9:3-5), died as the Passover Lamb of God on the torture stake of Calvary. He did finish His perfect atoning sacrifice by the shedding of His blood for the remission of our failure to keep God’s Law (Matt. 26:28). Through the shedding of His blood and the experiencing of the second death (alienation from God) for all, Jesus became the innocent suffering for the guilty. He became the propitiation or satisfaction of the justice of God. We believe that only the claiming of the sacrificial blood of the Innocent Lamb of God can appease the righteous indignation and anger of a just God. 

Christian Separatists therefore affirm that the Crucifixion of Christ was the greatest travesty of justice ever to be perpetrated upon this earth, as Christ was completely innocent and without failure. However, Jesus understood that it was only through this great sacrifice that the justice of God could be appeased and that Adamic man would be able to vicariously claim this sacrifice to be restored to communion with the Father. 

We further believe that He died and was buried the same day. We believe that Jesus Anointed was resurrected from the dead on the third day after the crucifixion in fulfillment of prophecy, and that this resurrection was to be a sign of the greater spiritual resurrection. We believe that Jesus Christ therefore triumphed over death, and after forty days of walking the earth, He ascended into the Heavens to return to the right hand of the Father. The corporeal body of Jesus of Nazareth, being reputed in resurrection, did disperse into the ether and atmosphere of the earth. Christian Separatism teaches that at that moment, Jesus Christ went forward in time to prepare a place for His people and that He did return ten days later as the Mentality of Separation on the Day of Pentecost to indwell His corporeal Body Politic.

2.3.4. The Finished Work of Christ. 

We believe that this same Jesus, that is, the same Mentality of Truth, did return to indwell His Body Politic or Church. We believe that the Anointed Jesus, in the person of the Mentality of Truth, did separate a number of His household for the purpose of publishing for all posterity the good news of His justification and redemption. Jesus Christ did, therefore, according to Scripture, once and for all times deliver the one, true persuasion, as recorded in His New Testament. Those who are His are bound to live by each principle of the New Testament. We are bound to walk, continue and abide each day of salvation in the estate of worthiness of Christ until we all may become of one mind and one accord. This may only be accomplished as the Mentality of Separation dwells in us. We understand that as part of Christ’s Finished Work, there is only one Church, one baptism, one Mentality, one persuasion, and that He has furnished us with the Mentality of Separation as revealed in the New Testament, so that we might come to a full and saving knowledge of the truth. 

We believe that the implanted seed of the Mentality of Separation in God’s people, through diligent study, will grow up unto the measure and the stature of the character and person of Jesus Christ our Master, until we are perfected and matured. This new inner man, if it is completed and matured, will go forward in time to join the mentalities of just men made perfect in eternity future at the time of physical death.

We affirm that Jesus continues to return to each individual white Adamic in the Mentality of Separation as that person calls on the authority of Christ. Thus, the Anointed One sends His anointing upon His faithful children, and continues with them so long as His children remain faithful to Him in walking, continuing, and abiding in His Word, and that these faithful and obedient servants constitute the many members of the one Body of Christ, which is His Church. We believe that the great marriage supper of the Lamb spoken of in Revelation was metaphorical of the marriage of Christ to His Church, which was vindicated in 70 AD to be the true Israelite Government of God. We affirm that the Christian Body Politic or Church is therefore the Wife of Christ.

2.3.5. Christ’s Return as the Mentality of Separation. 

Christian Separatists affirm that Jesus Christ fulfilled His promise and returned the second time as the Mentality of Separation in the body of His believers on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). The Scripture states that God is a Mentality or Spirit. John 4:24 (AST): “God [is] a Mentality, and those worshiping Him must worship in Mentality and in truth.” Jesus is also a Mentality, for He is God: “[Jesus Anointed] The Only-Begotten God, Who is in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18 AST). Thus, we believe that on Pentecost the power of Almighty God came upon His household and Body Politic as they gathered and waited in the upper room, and that according to promise the Mentality of Separation did fill all of the 120 men and women that were gathered there, and was witnessed by the phenomena of cloven tongues of fire.

We teach that Pentecost was truly the birthday of the household and assembly of Christ Jesus, in that the students and the Apostles were returned fully to their intended creation by being indwelled by the Mentality of Jesus Christ, and that on that wondrous day, Almighty God did establish His Everlasting Government and Covenant in Christ Jesus our King and Eternal High Priest. Therefore, we hold that Christ did then and does now and shall forever rule and reign over His Everlasting Government. On that day, Christ ruled and reigned in the city of David in fulfillment of prophecy (Dan. 2:44; Luke 1:33; Rev. 11:15). He reigned in His Body Politic by literally indwelling them with His presence. 

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