Saturday, March 3, 2012

Christ's Autobiography

From "Thy Kingdom Come" - March 2012 - a publication The
Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.


By Don Robson

In considering this title, I had a little difficulty making my
choice. A biography is defined as a person's life story written
by someone else. Certainly, the Bible was written by many people,
consisting of sixty-six books. An autobiography is written by the
person himself and considering Peter's statement in 2 Peter 2:21,
"For the prophecy came not of old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". I
admit that the Bible was authored by Christ himself. But why
refer to the Bible as Christ's autobiography? This choice
emphasizes that the Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is
the story of Christ and His mighty works, those already performed
and those which are to come when Christ revisits us to begin His
reign of peace in His Kingdom which will not be destroyed and
which shall endure for ever.
To me, the Bible does not start at the beginning of the story. To
find the beginning. We must search in Proverbs 8:22-23. "The Lord
possessed me in the beginning of His way, BEFORE His works of
old. I was set up from everlasting from the beginning or ever the
earth's was." (Read to the end of the chapter: it is beautiful.)
There is an alternative translation in Ferrar Fenton's
translation which reads as follows, "The Lord formed me, the
first of His plans, BEFORE He began to create: and I was
enthroned from of old, ere the first preparations of earth." So,
we are told clearly that Christ's formation was the first of the
Creator's mighty works, BEFORE the creation of heaven and earth.

(No the Bible does NOT tell us Christ was formed or made first,
by the Almighty Creator, before anything else was formed. The
passage in Proverbs 8 is NOT talking about Christ at all, but
about WISDOM!! My KJV Bible has a "heading" (man made but
correct) - "Eternity of Wisdom." It is the poetic way as written
in this section of Proverbs, that tells us "wisdom" was from
eternity past. Yes, of course, WISDOM is part of the very nature
of the Godhead. The chapter begins with "wisdom" - it is a very
fine section of Scripture that uses "personification" - making
wisdom into or as if a person. And in actuality wisdom is, for
wisdom is part of the very Godhead. The Bible teaches Jesus was
part of the very Godhead from eternity past - no beginning of
days. Further in-depth studies of this truth are on my website -
Keith Hunt)

This is beautifully confirmed by John 1:1-4, "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The
same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him:
and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was
life: and the life was the light of men."
On the sixth day, God created man. This followed a short
discussion, as found in Genesis 1:26, "And God said. Let US make
man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have do-
minion 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." Now, God knows the end from the
beginning, and the creation of man would inevitably cause
problems. Since man was given the freedom of choice, God knew
that man would not follow His precepts and perfect laws governing
life, (avoiding death) and therefore a plan was required for
man's redemption to achieve the status of sons of God. Jesus
solved the problem with the statement that is found in Psalms
40:6-8. "Sacrifice and offerings Thou dost not desire: but
preparest for me a body, whole burnt offerings and offerings for
sin Thou dost not require. Then I said. Lo. I come: (in a volume
of a book it is written of Me): I delight to do thy will, 0 My
God, Thy law is within my heart." So, with this declaration
Christ became the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the
earth. In other words. Christ agreed to sacrifice the body
prepared for Him (through the Virgin Mary) as a perfect offering
for the redemption of man BEFORE man was created. When Christ
said, "Thy law is within My heart", He was declaring that He knew
the requirements of the law and was willing to endure His
encounter with death.

Well, what about this law for which Christ was willing to die?
How to teach man to love and obey the law? That was the second
part of God's plan. The method He chose was to select a God
fearing man (Abraham) and using his posterity to form a people
and a nation and let that nation be an example to all other
nations by reason of their prosperity. This prophecy is found in
Isaiah 2:2-3, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
the mountain [nation] of the Lord's house shall be established in
the top of the mountains [above all other nations and shall be
exalted above the hills [smaller nations], and ALL NATIONS SHALL
FLOW UNTO IT. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let
us go up to the mountain [nation] of the Lord, to the house of
WALK IN HIS PATHS, for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and
the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."

That is all very well, but we know that Israel failed in that
mission because they walked in their own paths forsaking the Lord
and His laws. How is this to be overcome? Ezekiel 36: 24-28
describes how the Father will achieve this result. "For I will
take you from among the heathen and gather you out of all
countries and will bring you into your own land. Then I will
sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean from all your
filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new
heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within
you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I
will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within
you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My
judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave
to your fathers: and ye shall be My people and I will be your
God." Sprinkling water to cleanse us is a metaphor for having our
sins washed away with Christ's precious blood. Yes, His perfect
sacrifice from the foundation of the world also redeemed the
sinning nation, Israel. So, besides purchasing the nation Israel,
He offered forgiveness to anyone who believed in Christ, offering
them everlasting life!

An important part or the autobiography was written in the four
gospels, inspired by the Holy Ghost. During His time as an
itinerant preacher in Palestine, Christ performed many miracles,
preached the spirit of the law and preached that the Kingdom of
God was at hand. He took great pains proclaiming that He was the
messenger of God and indeed sent by the Father. His preaching
antagonized the Jews and they finally succeeded in removing Him
by His Crucifixion on Calvary. More importantly, His Resurrection
was documented by eye witnesses and by this extraordinary
sacrifice He proved that He was "The way, the truth and the
life." Now, usually an autobiography ends with the death of the
subject person, but in Christ's case it does not. In fact, Christ
dictated what was to happen in the future by showing John,
through vision, the two thousand years of the Christian

So, Christ's autobiography is a Christian document from beginning
to end and the scribes who wrote His inspiring words were
Christians. Of course, the name Christian did not come into being
until the Resurrection was accomplished. In the Old Testament,
when the messenger encountered men and women of God, He was known
as the Angel of the Lord, the Captain of the Host, Peniel, etc.
Now the term, "Jew" did not come into effect until the return
of the remnant front Babylon to form the Jewish nation and
rebuild the temple for Christ's appearance there. Some of the
Jews that performed the duty of scribe to Christ were, like
Daniel, a pure child of Abraham, living according to the law of
Christ, resulting in the fiery furnace and the lion's den.
Therefore those "Jews" who contributed to the autobiography, like
Ezra and Nehemiah, were men of God telling their part of the
Christ story.

Christians need to understand that the Bible is a Christian book,
written by Christians for Christians and in no way depends on the
Jews or the Jewish faith. When King Solomon dedicated the temple,
the Lord appeared to him in a vision at night, as recorded in II
Chronicles, 7: 14. "If my people, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn
from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and will heal their land." What is His Name?
Christ! Who are called by His name? Christians, that's who! So
let us use the blessings Christ has offered us, by following the
four instructions in 11 Chronicles, falling to our knees in
adoration and worship!


Keith Hunt

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