...continued from The Hope of Israel
Many Christians are ignorant of the 'messianic' mindset of Jesus' contemporaries and this ignorance has facilitated the building up of the 'Trinity' and other erroneous doctrines of the Churches.
The New Testament portrays Jesus of Nazareth as a perfectly normal human who was chosen by God as an instrument of intervention into wordly affairs. This chosen instrument was the 'anointed' one - the promised Messiah.
By examining the impressions created in the minds of Jesus' contemporaries, we may obtain an idea of the impressions he would create today - human nature is nothing if not consistent. The people who came into contact with Jesus formed varied opinions of him and he was described by the disciples in different ways:
- the Messiah
- he of whom Moses in the law and the prophets wrote
- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph
- the son of God
- the King of Israel
All these descriptions are contained in John 1:40-50
None of the terms by which he was known implied that he was anything other than a normal human conceived and born in the normal human manner.
The writers of the New Testament proclaimed:
- that Jesus of Nazareth was the 'seed' of Abraham through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed;
- that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised King of Israel who had been 'anointed' with plenipotentiary powers to usher in the Kingdom of God on earth;
- that the priestly establishment had inadvertently killed their King because of their own false values and false standards;
- that the resurrection proved that YHWH's will cannot be thwarted;
- that a New Covenant had come into being with the resurrection;
- that this New Covenant had not replaced the Abrahamic Covenant;
- and that non-Israelites could join the Abrahamic Covenant by a process of spiritual adoption.
Paul provided us with the Alpha through Omega teachings of the Apostles when he uttered these words which, unfortunately, have fallen on deaf ears down through the ages:
"Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand unto this day testifying both to small and great, saying NOTHING but what the prophets and Moses did say should come; How that the Christ must suffer, how that he first by the resurrection of the dead should proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles." (Acts 26:22)
Certainly, Scripture 'slays with words' the 'Trinity' and other Christian church doctrines supposedly based upon it.