When we are looking at Godhead its important for all of us to maintain a proper balance. Remember, bro. Branham said that Jesus was God thousands of times, but he also said that Jesus was not God. This is not a contradiction, it is simply showing there is a balance. There is a way to understand that he is God and a way to understand that he is not. He was not God in the Trinitarian sense that he was eternal and existed before all time and space as the eternal Son. He is also not God in the sense of modalist monarchianism (Jesus only) that he was simply another form or mask that the Father took on. The Son is a mask or form that the Father dwells in, but you cannot simply leave it at that and maintain the proper scriptural balance. The revelation that the church is built upon is not “thou art the Christ, the only true God” rather it is that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
There are a few keys, that brother Branham brought us, that are important to maintain balance on each end of the spectrum that I continually look at whenever I see quotes pointing us to the truth that Jesus Christ is God.
- Jesus was not his own Father
- Jesus and God are not one like your finger is one
God and Man
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And with such a shifting condition as we’re in today, how can faith rest itself? You got to come back to the Bible, back to the truth. And when Jesus, a carpenter’s Son, physically speaking, when He come to the earth here that’s all He was known of, and the day that when John baptized Him, God a vindicated Him. God spoke from the heavens. John saw Him coming in the form a dove, and said, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I’m pleased to dwell.” The right translation there is, “In whom I am pleased to dwell in.”Jesus immediately anointed with God, He was just a man till that time, but now He becomes the God-man.Someone telling me here not long ago, as I many times referred to it in this shiftless day, that He was just a prophet, He was a good man. He was more than that. He was the anointed God. The Bible said, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” God in Christ. Amen.
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64 Jehovah God became man, took on our stock, crossed Himself from God, and become man. There’s the sign. Become… He was God, and became man, not rich men, but poor man. This is the super sign. “You’ve asked for a sign,” said God, “I’ll give you one, an everlasting sign.”
He could’ve come otherwise, as I’ve said, but a baby. Why did He become a baby? When that first little toothless mouth opened in that manger, on that first crib–first Christmas morning, in His little manger crib, and the first little yell that went from His voice, that was God crying. Jehovah crying: a man. Come from God; and was man, every whit, man. Come to the world with nothing, but still man. What was He trying to do? What was He purposing?
Scriptures that declare Jesus was God
Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
John 8:58 Before Abraham was I am.
He was God crying in manger, but how so if he was just a man at that point? My understanding is that he was God crying in the manger because it was God’s life there in that Son. All that Son represented was God. He was God’s visible manifestation and expression, but he was just a baby and just a man. The only one that is truly God is the invisible Spirit who limited himself to the Logos that he might be revealed in time/space. He is “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory.” Eph. 1:17
Both Father and Son
Secondly, he was God because God declared him as such. “the man, the body was not deity, but deity was in the body.” God is an invisible Spirit so as a man Jesus could not be God, but God identified himself fully in that man so that when you saw that man you would say, “There is my God and my Lord.”
“I am my Father are one.” It is still “I” the Son and the Father. There are two there, but the two are one.
2 John 1:9, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
Both means not one, not three, but two.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23
Of course we are not talking about two Gods, but one God manifested in Jesus Christ.
Jesus in his prayer to the Father, “This is life eternal that they might know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3
The Father is the only true God here according to the Lord Jesus.
1 Cor. 8:6, ‘but to us there is one God, the Father…and one Lord, Jesus Christ…” “the Son of the Father” 2 John 1:3
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270 Notice. Then, we, then we become part of Him, as you are the veil that veils Him. You are part of Him, as long as Christ is in you, as Christ was of God. Because God was in Him, made Him God.
Breaking it Down
The reason that Jesus (the Christ, the Son of the living God) was God is because God was in him. God was in Christ. We have God, the eternal Spirit and we have the man, Jesus. The reason that Jesus is God is because God was in him. When did God come into Jesus? When he was anointed with the Spirit at his baptism. Until that time he was a man. Where did Jesus receive his genetics from? He received all of his DNA from God. So, genetically, we can say he is Jehovah laying in the manger, “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” (Hebrews 1:3 ESV) But we have to understand this is the life of Jehovah, the Son of Jehovah laying in the manger. And at 30 years of age God entered him.
Jesus only, Trinitarians and message believers accept that Jesus Christ is at one point God and at another point not God. The difference is in HOW brother Branham described that to us from the Scriptures.