By: Rabbi Ralph Messer
I teach that Messiah is Yahweh coming to the earth in physical form. That being said, He had to walk the lifestyle of the Torah because He wrote it. Walking in this lifestyle was a requirement to redeem mankind from the loss of the Spirit suffered when Adam committed Treason in the Garden of Eden.
Three distinct persons do not exist in the Godhead (that is, the Father separate from the son, or the son and Father separate from the Holy Spirit). Rather, there is only one God who has manifested Himself to the world in diverse forms across the ages, revealing a new aspect of His personality to the people of that generation. God revealed Himself as the Father in the creation of the universe, as Son in the redemption of humanity, and as the Holy Spirit in these last days as the facilitator of the restoration of the whole house of Israel.
In scripture when we read of Messiah speaking to His Father, He is demonstrating by example how we are to relate to Him. When we read that He is “seated at the right hand of God”, we understand a Hebrew expression of speech which means “a position of honor and authority.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 states, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.” And so we see that Messiah is God manifested in the flesh. The mystery of the Godhead is not related to the trinity. Rather, the mystery surrounds the illumination that Jesus was God at the same time that He was flesh.
Messiah is omnipresent. This means that Messiah transcends time and is present everywhere at the same time. There are several terms in the Bible that refer to Messiah without actually saying His name. Some of these include “Son of man and Son of God.” I would like to take a minute here to explain these terms to you.
SON OF MAN: This is a term primarily used by the Hebrews because they didn’t want to use the infallible name of God.
SON OF GOD: This term is primarily used by the Greeks because they had multiple gods and they wanted us to understand that they were talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
When you read your Bible, understanding these terms will help you keep the context straight. It is important to remember that the Bible we have today in English was translated from Hebrew into either Latin or Greek, and then into English, picking up cultural and linguistic differences from Hebrew along the way. This has been the cause of much confusion among Christians today. In my classes I teach these cultural and linguistic differences to help you unlock the secrets of the Bible so you can incorporate them into your lifestyle.
When you read your Bible it is also important to understand that everything you see Messiah quote comes out of the Torah, the Prophets or the rest of the Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, etc.). Because He was the fulfillment of the Torah, The prophets and the the writings, those words literally became His body, His flesh–He became the Living Word, and He walked among us. (In Hebrew we use an acronym: T = Torah; N = Nevi’im (Prophets); and K = Ketuvim (writings), so our acronym is TaNaK.)
Here is an example of Messiah quoting Scripture: Read Matthew 3:13-17. In verse 15, Messiah says, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Messiah is literally quoting scripture directly from Isaiah 11:2, 42:1, and Psalms 2:7. You can read it for yourself. In my class on Ancient Foundations™, I literally walk my students through many, many instances where Messiah used the Torah to bring understanding to his Disciples. This is the Lifestyle of Messiah and He instructed his Disciples to go into the nations and make disciples of all men. (Matthew 28:19) If you want to become a disciple who goes out into all the nations and makes disciples it may be a good idea to that the Ancient Foundations™ class first so you will be equipped with the Lifestyle of Messiah .