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The Fatherhood of Jesus Christ

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Consider these questions: How could a man, born of woman, have divine qualities unless at least one of his parents was divine also? How could a man, born of woman, have power on death, if death had always been part of human nature? The answer to these questions lies in understanding the real Fatherhood of Jesus.

As Christians, we believe that Jesus is "the Son of God." But what does that really mean? Furthermore, the scriptures tell us that Adam was also "the son of God" (Luke 3:38) in a literal, genealogical, biological sense. But more than that, they are the only two persons whom the scripture refer to them by this title. Why?

Before we look at the answer to those questions, let me quote to you from "The Chemistry of the blood" by M.R. De Haans, pages 31 and 32: "It is now definitely known that the blood which flows in an unborn babe's arteries and veins is not derived from the mother but is produced within the body of the fetus itself only after the introduction of the male sperm. An unfertilized ovum can never develop blood since the female egg does not by itself contain the element essential for the production of the blood. It is only after the male element has entered the ovum that blood can develop.... the male element has added life to the egg.....Since there is no life in the egg until the male sperm units with it, and the life is in the blood, it follows that the male sperm is the source of the blood."

We know that if a fertile hen's egg is put in an incubator for several days, tiny veins of blood will begin to form inside of it. However, that is not true of an infertile egg, showing that blood can only be produced by the male sperm. We know that Jesus had blood in His body, therefore, there must have had a male sperm present to produce this condition.

Furthermore, the scriptures also tell us that the blood is the life of the body (Genesis 9:4). However, the bible also tells us that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 15:50) and we know that ever since the fall of Adam, all who have blood in their body also are subject to death. So, it would seem that blood not only gives life, but it is also the
source of our death as well.

I believe that Jesus had the same kind of blood which Adam had in the garden before he became sinful. Why do I say that? Since blood is the life of the body, in the beginning, Adam was very much alive, and, until he sinned, he would have lived eternally. When he committed sin, his body became "corruptible" and became subject to death (see 1 Cor. 15:53,54). Since blood is the life of the flesh, and sin produces death, that means, that sin must have corrupted the blood of Adam to the point that it no longer had the power to sustain life forever.

Christ's body was like Adam's body in the garden of Eden, before he transgressed. It was a perfect body. Adam's body only became mortal after he fell from righteousness, thereby sinning and introducing death into the world.

If Jesus had been born by the process that all mortal man are (i.e. born through the union of a mortal mother and father), He would have inherited the corrupted blood of fallen man and would have become subject to death just as each of us are. However, we know that death had no claim on Him. (see John 10:17,18)

In order for that to happen, His blood had to come from a pure, incorruptible source. Furthermore, to keep his blood from being corrupted, He would also have had to have live a sinless life. The source of that pure blood which Jesus had could only have come from one person - God. And that's where Adam first received his blood. That is why both Adam and Jesus are literal sons of God!

As a side note, I use the term "blood" in a generic sense. The pure blood of God obviously is not the same substance as what we have flowing in our body right now. However, even though it is different, I don't know what else to call it. Therefore, I use the term "blood" when referring to both kinds of substances.

It was necessary for Jesus to be conceived by a perfect Father in order for Him to have the ability to atone for our sins. Is there scriptural proof of this? When Jesus asked His disciple "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? Peter answered: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:13) Jesus answered Peter by saying that this knowledge was revealed to him by "my Father which is in heaven." Notice that Jesus never claimed that He was the son of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost was just the means by which Mary was able to stay in the presence of God. Jesus clearly wanted His disciples to know who His real Father was, and that wasn't Joseph from Nazareth.

Psalm 2:7 Acts 13:33 and Hebrews 1:5 use the word GENERATED not created..

On another occasion, "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?" (John 14:8-9).

Paul was very clear on this. In Hebrews 1:3 we learn that Jesus was "the brightness of his [God's] glory, and the express image of his [God's] person." This is a very important and crucial point. To be part of God's family we have to be born by Him and not created. Paul explained this point in Romans 5:14 when he wrote, "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, WHO IS the FIGURE of him that was to come." (emphasis added.)

When the Jesus declared that He was the "Son of God" He meant that in a very literal, biological way. Mary was His mother, but His Father was God Himself.

Another interesting thing to consider is that if Jesus had been sired by Joseph, He would not have been able to claim the legal rights to the throne of David. According to the prophecy of Jeremiah 22:28-30

Jeremiah 22:28
28 [Is] this man Coniah a despised broken idol? [is he] a vessel wherein [is] no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

Jeremiah 22:29
29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Jeremiah 22:30
30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man [that] shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

There could no king in Israel who was descendant of king Jeconiah, and Matthew

Matthew 1:12
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;  relates that Joseph was from the line of Jeconiah. If Jesus had been fathered by Joseph, He could not rightly inherit the throne of David, since he was a relative of a cursed line

With that understanding, let's take a look at what happened in the garden of Gethsemane. It was in the garden of Eden that man first lost his eternal and spiritual life. That's where he fell from his standing with God. It was in the garden of Gethsemane that man regained his eternal and spiritual life and had the opportunity to regain his standing with God. But  how was this accomplished?

It happened in two ways. First of all, we have to remember that Christ's blood was pure because He was sinless. But in the garden of Gethsemane, something terrible began to happen to the blood of Jesus. For Him to offer his body up as a sacrifice for our sins without first having taken upon Him our sins would have been meaningless. Therefore, it was in the garden called Gethsemane that Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world. Once he had accomplished that, he was then ready to offer Himself up as a sacrifice for our sake. It was in the garden of Gethsemane that Jesus became mortal as He
allowed himself to take upon Himself our sins. So great was this pain, that the scriptures tell us that Jesus became "sore amazed" and that his soul became EXCEEDINGLY sorrowful, even unto death. It was in the garden of Gethsemane that Jesus became our substitute, or scapegoat for sin. It was there he was readied to become our sacrificial lamb. (for a more in-depth study of this subject, read "The Garden of Gethsemane" at Why Jesus had to shed His own blood?

The name Gethsemane in Hebrew means "oil press". The olive tree was often used as a symbol for the house of Israel and oil from the olive was often used as a symbol of sanctification. The blood of Jesus was perfect and it was pure! As Christ took upon Himself our sins, blood came out of every pore of His body. It was as though He was in an oil press being crushed by sin. And as His pure blood was squeezed out of him, it was as though it was purifying and sanctifying all of creation.

After Jesus had taken upon Himself the sins of the world, another terrible thing happened to Him. For the first time in His mortal life, He became spiritually separated from God, just as Adam was. But why? Because God can't tolerate sin even in the least degree. AS Jesus hung on the cross, spiritually He was like all other mortal men. Although He personally dad never sinned, yet, He made a conscious decision to take our sins upon Him so that He could ransom the rest of us from our sins. But when He did that, He too became separated from God, just like the rest of us.

It is difficult for us to fully comprehend what this meant to Jesus. Jesus not only allowed His physical body to die, but He also partook of spiritual death as well. Although He was sinless, yet He willingly took upon Himself the nature of fallen man.

Besides the separation from God, His Father, even own people, the Jews, and His closest followers, deserted Him. His heart was literally broken. For us to become more like Christ, we too must have a contrite spirit and a broken heart

To complete the atonement, Jesus had to die, just like the rest of us.  If He didn't he would not have been able to open the gates of hell and bring to pass the resurrection for all of mankind. And if that had not happened, we would all remain imprisoned in hell throughout eternity.

Paul explained it this way: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is
the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Romans 5:12-18)

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 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. For he must reign, till he hath put all  enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15:22-26).

According to the words of Peter, while Jesus was in the grave, "he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.. For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." 1 Peter 3:19,4:6).

On the morning of the first day of week after the death of Jesus, Mary Magdalene went to the gravesite and there discovered the risen Christ. When she went to embrace Him, He said to her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John 20:17).

It appears that, at this point in time, the process of the resurrection was not fully complete. He was risen, but He was not yet glorified. But because He did rise from the grave and did become glorified and exalted, we too will also some day rise from the grave and have the same opportunity to become glorified and exalted along with Jesus. (see Rev. 3:21, 1 John 3:2, 1 Peter 5:6, Rom. 8:17,30)

None of this would have been possible if Jesus was the son of mortal parents. Had that been the case, He would have died forever, just like the rest of us. But because He was the son of a mortal mother and an immortal Father, Jesus not only had the power to live forever Himself, but He also had the power to help us live forever with Him.

The law of the two or three witnesses is proven by God the Father Himself. Jesus couldn't prove to be the Son of God without His testimony. Only the REAL Father could say "This is my BELOVED SON!" three times. The Father had to testify this because NO ONE else could do it. This is very important because someone thinks that the Holy Ghost was the Father of Jesus but that is not the case. It is very important that in the most important time of His personal ministry ( His Baptism, on the mount) Jesus had for special witness His personal and natural Father. It is important to realize how important is to receive a personal revelation and knowledge from God regarding the truth and the mission of Jesus. Many time the Pharisees asked to Jesus who could testify for Him and always Him called His Father for this purpose. Analyzing the declarations of Jesus regarding this we understand that God the Father and Jesus Himself were the two witnesses required by the law of Moses. There was not at that time the Holy Ghost, at least Jesus said that He couldn't come until Jesus left. Today this mission is given to the Holy Ghost

John 16:7-14: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you."

Paul said

Galatians 1:12: "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ".

and Peter received a personal revelation when Jesus asked him

Matthew 16:13-18: "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven

When Jesus was baptized the Father and the Holy Ghost were his special witnesses and according to the Book of Mormon all of them will give mankind a special testimony of the truth, in fact we have to pray the Father, in the Name of Jesus to receive the answer. All the witness are involved, the son is the mediator and  the Father giving the Holy Ghost is witnessing that his request was granted by the special witness promised.

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