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   Christ's first advent mission was to gather the ones His Father gave to Him "I revealed Your name to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world..." (John 17:6) and to lead them out of this sinful world to His Father's kingdom "Then is the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he makes to cease all rule and all authority and power." (1 Corinthians 15:24). We are to follow Christ to the kingdom's entrance, using the Book Christ gave to all, by His inspiration to the many Bible writers. Christ personally unlocked the Heavenly gate by paying the price for our repented sins, for those written in the Book of life. With His inspired words and from His own lips, Jesus delivers messages from His Father declaring the sovereign authority of His Father, God Jehovah. "Jesus said unto her, Do not touch Me, for I have not ascended to My Father, but go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, My God and your God." (John 20:17) read John 10:29, John 11:40 and John 14:28, it was God's sovereignty that gave Christ His authority, "And coming up Jesus talked with them saying, All authority in Heaven and earth was given to Me." (Matthew 28:18), "Behold, My Child whom I chose, My beloved, in whom my soul has delighted! I will put My Spirit on Him and He will declare judgment to the nations." (Matthew 12:18), this was taken from, "Behold My servant, I will uphold Him; My elect in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit on Him; He shall bring forth justice to the nations." (Isaiah 42:1), also read Matthew 19:17. God Jehovah's authority was established at creation and was cemented within the Ten Commandments by God's own finger, stated in the fourth Commandment "For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this, Jehovah blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it." (Exodus 20:11), "But now please ask the animals, and they will teach you; and the birds of the heavens and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will account to you; who of all these does not know that Jehovah's hand has done this?" (Job 12:7-9) also, "or have you not heard? Jehovah, the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth..." (Isaiah 40:28), Creator and sustainer "For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what His thought is...Jehovah, the God of Host, is His name." (Amos 4:13) "Observe the birds of the heaven, that they do not sow...yet the Father in Heaven feeds them..." (Matthew 6:26) and (Matthew 5:45), (Luke 10:21).

    Jesus, the predicted Messiah, arrived on time bearing messages from His Father and confirming, Jehovah as our God, "Answering at that time, Jesus said, I praise You Father, Lord of Heaven and earth." (Matthew 11:25), Jesus was also quoting Abram, "...I have lifted my hand to Jehovah, the most high God, the possessor of Heaven and earth." (Genesis 14:22), "know today and lay it in your heart, that Jehovah, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath; there is no other." (Deuteronomy 4:39). Christ asks us to pray to our Father, "Our Father who is in Heaven, let be sanctified Your name...for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory to forever, Amen." (Matthew 6:13)(Luke 11:2). Jesus directs us to pray to His Father in His name,"...that whatever you should ask the Father in My name, He may give to you." (John 15:16).

   Christ is now our Advocate to the Father and He came to us in the name of His Father, as God's representative, "And the crowd, the ones going before and the ones following were crying out saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the One coming in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9, Luke 19:38 & John 12:13) and the name of the "Lord" is "Jehovah" "And let them know, Your name is Jehovah, that You alone are the most high over all the earth." (Psalm 83:18), and the One coming in this name, with God's authority, is the Stone that the builders rejected, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of Jehovah; we blessed You from the house of Jehovah." (Psalm 118:26) and (John 7:28,29)(Matthew 23:39)(Luke 13:35). Jesus came in the name of the Father just as we pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, as our Mediator. I need to point out that, at some point after Christ's first advent, God's name "Jehovah" was replaced in the common Bibles with "Lord" and "God" 6743 times in the Old Testament, which can be proven by the Hebrew text in an Interlinear Bible. You can also prove this by looking up "Lord" and "God" in the Strong's Concordance and you will see that over 80 percent is #3068, then go to the dictionary part of Strong's and look up the meaning to #3068 "Yehovah". During Christ earthly walk, He consistently gave full credit to His Father, "... the Son is not able to do anything for Himself, except what He may see the Father doing..." (John 5:19), "Jesus answered them, I showed you many good works from My Father. For which work of them do you stone Me?" (John 10:32), and not only His works but His words, "...The words I speak to you, I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me, He does the works." (John 14:10) "...but the One sending Me is true, and what I heard from Him, these things I say to the world." (John 8:26), "I have given them Your word and the world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world." (John 17:14). There are other such verses if your look.

   Christ was sent by the Father because of Jehovah's love for us, we are His creation, "And Jehovah God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7), sending His Son was the ultimate sacrifice, but our salvation was that important to Him, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Jesus spoke many times that His Father sent Him, "But Jesus cried out and said, The one believing into Me does not believe into Me but into the One sending me." (John 12:44), "For I did not speak from Myself, but He who sent Me, the Father, He has given Me command what I should say..." (John 12:49), "But that the world may know that I love the Father, even as the Father commanded Me so I do." (Matthew 10:40), (Mark 9:37) (Luke 8:1, 9:48, 24:49), (John 14:31), also, "for the one whom God sent speaks the words of God..." (John 3:34) and similar verses, John 5:30, 7:16,28, 8:16, 8:42, 9:4, 15:15, 17:7,8, 17:24.

   And Jesus worked by faith in His Father, "For I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me." (John 6:38), "so that the crowd marveled, seeing the dumb speaking, the maimed sound, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:31) and the God of Israel is, "...So says Jehovah the God of Israel, Send away My people, and they shall feast to Me in the wilderness." (Exodus 5:1). Christ gave credit to His Father for the miracles He performed, "And He laid hand on her. And instantly she was made erect and glorified God." (Luke 13:13), "And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice." (Luke 17:15). Again, there is only one God, the Father, Jehovah. "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and in all." (Ephesians 4:5,6).

   Christ warns us, "...the one rejecting Me, also rejects the One having sent Me." (Luke 10:16), "The one who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father who sent Me." (John 14:24). And He also commands us, "So let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father in Heaven." (Matthew 5:16), "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Matthew 6:33), "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven." (Matthew 7:21), "And Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30 & Luke 10:27) (Matthew 12:50) these verses quote from, "And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." (Deut. 6:5), "And answering Jesus said to them, Have faith in God." (Mark 11:22), "Truly, truly, I say to you, The one who hears My word and believes the One who sent Me, has everlasting life..." (John 5:24).

    Jesus last act as a man, dying on the cross for us, established salvation from our repented sins, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call righteous ones, but sinner to repentance." (Matthew 9:13, Mark 2:17 & Luke 5:32), and God Jehovah gave His Son this commission to establish His salvation for the world "And it shall be that everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Acts 2:21) and this is a direct quote from the Old Testament, "For it shall be, all who call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved..." (Joel 2:32),"and I saw and beheld, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! And with Him were a 144,000, with the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads." (Revelation 14:1). Without Christ's willful act to die for our sins on the cross, salvation would not be possible and no matter how righteous we could be, we would be lost in the second death, but Jesus became our Savior for His Father, "and my spirit exulted in God my Savior." (Luke 1:47) a quote from Isaiah, "For I am Jehovah your God, the holy One of Israel, your Savior..." (Isaiah 43:3). Here is a list of Old Testament verses that present Jehovah, God the Savior: 2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 6:21, Isaiah 43:3, 11, 45:15,21, 49:26, 60:16, 63:8,9, Jeremiah 14:7,8, Hosea 13:4. And New Testament verses stating God as Savior: "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ according to a command of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope." (1Timothy 1:1) also, 1 Timothy 2:3, 4:10 and Luke 1:47, Titus 1:3, 2:10, 3:4 and Jude 1:25. Here are some New Testament verses stating Jesus as Savior: "because today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, was born to you in the city of David." (Luke 2:11) and John 4:42, 2Timothy 1:10, Titus 1:4, 2:13, 3:6, 2Peter 1:1,11, 2:20, 3:2,18. "God has exulted this One as a Ruler and Savior to His right hand, to give to Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins." (Acts 5:31) also, "And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world." (1John 4:14). According to all these verses, it shows that God Jehovah is the original Savior of His world, then, He sent His Son to establish salvation for Him, making Christ the Savior along with His Sender, God Jehovah.

    Christ spoke of His learning and doing what He sees the Father doing, "...and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak." (John 8:28). "I speak what I have seen with My Father..." (John 8:38). Saying this indicated that at some point Christ watched and learned from His Father. The only time mentioned in the Bible that this took place was during the Old Testament period. Not only was Christ inspiring the writers, being the Word of God (John 1:1), but also had part in His Father's work, Christ was learning while at His Father's side, "then I (Christ) was at His side (Jehovah) like a master workman (as one brought up KJV) and I was His delight day by day, rejoicing before Him at every time." (Proverbs 8:30, according to the JP Green Interlinear Bible). The Hebrew word translated as "master workman" is #525 "amown" prob. in the sense of training; skilled, i.e. an architect (like 542); one brought up. The translators seem to have omitted the in training part of #525, the I-Bible was overly creative in translating #525 as, "master workman" However, this is the Hebrew word Michael (Jesus) used and it is without question that Jehovah is the Creator and His son was with Him during His many acts of creation, as Proverbs relates.

   At times in the OT, angels (messengers) of Jehovah appeared to men, but only twice Gabriel was named in the OT and twice in the NT. Michael, the Archangel was also named in the NT. An angel of the Lord is mentioned about 66 times and an angel of God is mentioned about 13 times. They could all be the same angel or all different angels, but at certain times, the translators note the "Angel of the Lord" as Jesus by capitalizing "A". I question their authority to make this judgment call. "And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him in a flame in the middle of a thorn bush...And Jehovah saw that he turned aside to see, and God called to him and said...do not come near here, pull off your sandals from your feet, for the place in which you are standing is holy ground." (Exodus 3:2,4 & 5). Paying close attention to the language in this verse, The "Angel of the Jehovah" was visible in the midst of the fire but He made no declaration, God Jehovah Himself, spoke from the burning bush to Moses. The one speaking was not the Angel of Jehovah because it says God (there is only one God) spoke and we know that angels are not God but messengers of God. Since Jehovah God was present speaking, the ground was declared holy. If the Angel of Jehovah was Michael (Jesus), as most Bibles indicate by its capitalization, then Jesus was with the Father in appearance only. According to the verse, Jehovah spoke for Himself, as He did many times throughout the OT and He spoke three times in the NT, and He only spoke because man cannot view Jehovah God in our now degraded state. We can understand that the Son of God was with Jehovah in the OT, learning and working with His Father plus inspiring the Bible writers. If I can use logic, Christ received this training because He was to be given the commission and authority to gather and bring home, to God's kingdom, the ones His Father was to give to Him, "My Father who has given them to Me is greater then all, and no one is able to pluck out of My Fathers hand." (John 10:20).

   Jesus directs us to do the will of His Father and our Father "For whoever does the will of God, this one is my brother, and my sister and my mother." (Mark 3:35). All these messages listed were to reveal the Father, plus His Father's name to man "And I made Your name known to them and I will make it known, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:26), "...but I will reveal the Father plainly to you." (John 16:25). The apostles must have clearly received this message, "who gave Himself for our sins, so that He might deliver us out of the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen." (Galatians 1:4,5) "And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father." (1Philippians 2:11). And His Son is making sure we give His Father the glory He justly deserves by recording God's words. "I am Jehovah, that is My name; and I will not give My glory to another..." (Isaiah 42:8). We are His glory, along with all His creations, including the system that balances all things. However, we are the exception to this balance; we are given free will, for the purpose of choosing to express our love for our God, Jehovah, and for His Son, the Messiah, Jesus, by keeping His covenant and doing God will and His commands because we understand and love His way.

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