The Burning Bush
There is probably confusion among many Christians as to who Jesus Christ
is in relation to Father God, and it seems that the Holy Spirit has touched
the spirit of this confused Christian into finding an answer.
The following passages from God's word should clear much of the mystery
up until we are actually in their presence.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the
bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
But I have greater witness than that of John:
for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works
that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father
himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither
heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word
abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify
From this foundation, that no-one has seen God the Father, let's continue.
This is possibly the most complete description of the relationship between
Father God and Jesus Christ:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing
that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
It would seem that God the Father suggested it and God the Son carried
Here is more in the Old Testament that confirms this relationship and we
see that most of the doings were of an earthly nature (chosen vessels needed
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was
the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed
be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And
blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy
hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the
tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and,
lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet
them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said,
My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray
thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and
wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a
morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on:
for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou
hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make
ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes
upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender
and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set
it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did
eat. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said,
Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according
to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah
heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham
and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it
ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed
within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my
lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah
laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing
too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according
to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying,
I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went
with them to bring them on the way. And the LORD said, Shall I hide from
Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become
a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed
in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household
after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment;
that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:
and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain
of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him
in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold,
the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses
said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is
not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called
unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said,
Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes
from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he
was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the
affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their
cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am
come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring
them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing
with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites,
and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:
and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest
bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said
unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should
bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly
I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I
have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye
shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when
I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of
your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is
his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT
I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM
hath sent me unto you.
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring
thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his
voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for
my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and
do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an
adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee,
and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites,
and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them
off. Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after
their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down
their images. And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless
thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst
And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye
have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure
I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned unto the LORD,
and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods
of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sinó; and if not, blot me,
I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said
unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my
book. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which
I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless
in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. And the LORD
plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his
friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the
son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses
said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and
thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said,
I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore,
I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that
I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that
this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with
thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence
go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known
here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it
not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people,
from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the
LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:
for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he
said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my
goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before
thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy
on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for
there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there
is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come
to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of
the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will
take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall
not be seen.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the
assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock
before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring
forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation
and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as
he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together
before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch
you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his
rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the
congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the LORD spake unto
Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes
of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation
into the land which I have given them.
Moses struck the rock (who was Jesus) instead of speaking to it, and for
this lack of reverence was banned from entering the Holy Land after forty
years of service.
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual
Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
(1 Corinthians 10:4)
Similar to worshiping Jesus' birth on one of Satan's "holy days", not so.
And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the
LORD knew face to face,
- And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
- (Joshua 5:13-15)
And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because
of the Midianites, That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel,
which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you
up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I
delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of
all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you
their land; And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not
the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed
my voice. And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which
was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and
his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from
the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto
him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon
said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this
befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told
us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD
hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And
the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt
save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And
he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my
family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's
house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou
shalt smite the Midianites as one man. And he said unto him, If now I have
found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth
my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until
thou come again. And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened
cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the
broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented
it. And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened
cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And
he did so. Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that
was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes;
and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the
unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon
said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face
to face. And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not:
thou shalt not die.
At a quick glance there seems to be a contradiction here as to whom is
who not so?
However, you either believe, or you don't.
To try and explain this, let's look at what happened to Jeremiah:
The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were
in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: To whom the word of the LORD came
in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth
year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of
Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the
fifth month. Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed
thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the
womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt
go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt
speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver
thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my
mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to
root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build,
and to plant.
We see here that like Moses, Jeremiah was a chosen vessel. Moreover, we
shall shortly discover that both were chosen vessels of the Spiritual Person
that we know as Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah was spoken to in his spirit, but he, like us, needed his faith
built up, therefore he was given a vision in a spiritual message that confirmed
that he was in fact hearing from God. Then he did as he was commanded.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest
thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto
me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. And the
word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou?
And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward
the north. Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break
forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the
families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come,
and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of
Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all
the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching
all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore
gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee:
be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For,
behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar,
and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against
the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people
of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail
against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.
In the time of Jesus of Nazareth's public ministry, He showed the people
that God is a Spirit and that we should worship Him in spirit and in truth.
It was a time of transition from the Law of Moses, but Jesus was showing
them that He was still working God the Father's will:
In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he
said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not
of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought
him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My
meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say
not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold,
I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are
white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth
fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may
rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another
reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men
laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the
Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which
testified, He told me all that ever I did.
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto,
and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because
he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father,
making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing
of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he
doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son,
and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater
works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the
dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the
Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the
Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath
sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily,
I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear
the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the
Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in
himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because
he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the
which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth;
they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that
have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self
do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek
not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus
unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man,
then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of
myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that
sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always
those things that please him.
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his
birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man,
or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither
hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should
be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while
it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
I and my Father are one.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,
the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own
self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
At the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit, who
Jesus promised in John chapter fourteen, came to live in all true believers.
A person to person relationship now exists.
Jesus has entered His rest, in other words, is now resting:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto
the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by
his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also
he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand
of the Majesty on high;
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own
works, as God did from his.
Jesus is resting until He comes down and takes the New Covenant believers
with Him into heaven.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which
are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep
in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word
of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming
of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then
we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
The Holy Spirit is He who is now doing the works of God the Father, until
He is taken out of the way to fulfil God's purpose.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in
mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by
any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling
away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself
that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told
you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed
in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who
now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then
shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit
of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders,
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-9)
Going back to John's Gospel, let's see once again certain relationships:
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father
also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 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? Believest
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that
I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in
me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and
the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall
he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I
go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I
do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing
in my name, I will do it.
God the Father was in Jesus.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray
the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more;
but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall
know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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:
We see that the same relationship between the Father and the Son can exist
between the Holy Spirit and those reborn of Him. In this one chapter of
John we even get a glimmering of how to do it.
The apostle to the Gentiles is even more specific:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death.