For a Child is born; to us a Son is given; and the government is on His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6 LITV)

And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and of truth.  (John 1:14 LITV)

And God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light.  (Genesis 1:3 LEB)


All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.  (John 1:3 MKJV)

Philippians 2:2-11 EMTV  

(2)  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being united in spirit, intending the same purpose,  (3)  doing nothing according to selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility, regarding one another as being better than yourselves.  (4)  Let each of you look out not only for his own concerns, but also for the concerns of others.  (5)  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  (6)  who, existing in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  (7)  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming to be in the likeness of men.  (8)  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  (9)  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him, and has graciously given Him a name which is above every name,  (10)  that at the name of Jesus every knee may bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  (11)  and that every tongue may confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

WHO WAS BORN UNDER THE NAME JESUS PER LUKE 2:11?

Luke 2:1-14 EMT

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken of all the empire.  (2)  This census was the first one while Quirinius was governing Syria.  (3)  And all were traveling to be registered, each to his own city.  (4)  Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,  (5)  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was pregnant.  (6)  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to bear.  (7)  And she bore her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  (8)  And shepherds were in the same country, living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  (9)  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  (10)  Then the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  (11)  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ [the] Lord.  (12)  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."  (13)  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  (14)  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

[...]  bracket means  that the word does not appear in the Greek Manuscript.

 

I am not interested in historicity of the time slot of verses 1 and 2 when the birth of Jesus took place. Rather, I am interested in the identity of the Being born as Jesus, as the announcers of the good news revealed it to the shepherds. The information shared by the Messengers or Angels to the shepherds has been overlooked even though they identified to the shepherds who the baby named Jesus is before He became flesh.

It is worth noting that the Angels did not tell the shepherds to go ask around for a baby named Jesus who was just born in a manger. They did not mention the name Jesus at all. Who did they tell the shepherds was born?  We read the identity of the newly born in Luke 2:11:

(11)  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Who was born? Christ the Lord!

Christ and the Lord are so commonly referred to Jesus that  they do not mean much but only refer to Jesus. However, there is much more to the name as it refers to who was born as Jesus to signify that Jesus is not the same caliber of being in the story as John the Baptist.

What does the word "Christ" mean? Let the New Testament answer the question:

 

He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ).  (John 1:41 EMTV)

The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will proclaim to us all things."  (John 4:25 EMTV)

 

As you have read, the Being who was born in Luke 2:11 as Christ is the Messiah because the word Christ is the equivalent translation of the word Messiah, the One that the Jews and even the pagan Samaritan woman were waiting for. I do not know if the Messiah (Christ) was to have been a preexisting being like Jesus or any born human assigned to the task, like John the Baptist. We read that the rulers sent emissaries to John the Baptist to ask him if he was the Messiah (Christ). He told them that he is not the Messiah. Since Jesus is the Messiah, we can conclude that the Messiah preexisted, as Jesus died because He said He is God (). Some said Jesus  never said that He is God but was only accused by His detractors. For that, you have to understand the scope of the named one in Luke 2:11 as Christ the Lord. That is, we understand Christ to be Messiah in Hebrew but what about 'the Lord'? What is the equivalent of 'the Lord' in Hebrew?

The Angels did not say that 'Christ a Lord' was born as if Jesus could have been any other indefinite Lord in heaven but 'Christ the Lord", the grammatically definite known Lord .Besides , the Scriptures teach that there is only one Lord in heavens.

 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:  (Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)

 

In other words, no matter how you would interpret the verse, it teaches that in heaven there is only one God, one Lord (capitalization LORD is a convention of the translation). It means that there is only one Being in heaven referred to as 'the Lord'. I said 'referred to' because "the Lord' is not an actual name but a translation equivalence for the name of God. In the translations that keep the name of God the verse reads:

 

Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. (Deuteronomy 6:4 KJ3)

 

Simply put, when you read 'the LORD' in the Bible you are reading the translation reference to the proper name of God which was made known to Moses, that is, YHWH or Jehovah. YHWH cannot be translated. When  the Scriptures were translated into Greek, the translators used the equivalent word in Greek which is translated as 'lord' in the English language.

So, when the Angels told the shepherds that the LORD was born in the city of David, they were telling them that their God YHWH (LORD), the Creator of Genesis, had been made flesh. 

That was one of other proofs that tell us clearly that Jesus is actually YHWH incarnated, in blood and flesh. PERIOD.

 

Most of the Doctors of the Law did not know that truth about the identity of Jesus, an identity which God chose to reveal to lowlife the shepherds as YHWH Himself declared:

 

In the same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit, and said, I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and of earth, that You hid these things from the sophisticated and learned and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, because so it was pleasing before You. (Luke 10:21 KJ3)

 

Here is another shepherd  who is telling you the truth that was revealed long  ago. You may disagree as the Doctors of the Law could not themselves see Jesus for who He is. Jesus got killed for telling them that He is YHWH. 

 

Lordship Salvation

Today, Monday April 15, 2019, I came across a doctrine called Lordship Salvation on the internet while duckducking the Book of Enoch. I ended up at www.jesus-is-savior.com which quotes passages from the Book of Enoch to show that it is contrary to the biblical doctrines. I appreciated that. The website also advocates that we should destroy our copies of New International Version (NIV) if we own one because of its omissions and additions and changes to the translation as compared to the faithful King James Version (KJV). I appreciated that also.Then I read about the rendering of Romans 10:9 in NIV and the KJV:

 

Romans 10:9 (NIV)

[9] That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

 

Romans 10:9 (KJV)

[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

The website takes offense that the NIV makes you read that the condition for salvation is to confess that 'Jesus is Lord' and not read 'confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus' from the point of view of the KJV.

My take on the birth of Jesus shows that I favor the rendering of the NIV based on the same KJV's rendering of Luke 2:11:

 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

Is there a difference between 'Jesus is Lord' and 'the Lord Jesus'? We can only speak of the Lord Jesus because Jesus is the Lord. If Jesus is not the Lord we cannot speak of Lord Jesus.  The KJV supports the idea of Romans 10:9 of the  NIV:

  

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11 KJV)

 

Essentially, the NIV and KJV agree in the doctrine that 'Jesus is Lord' even if they would diverge on translation.

 Even Jesus accepts that we recognize Him as being the Lord:

 

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  (John 13:13 KJV)   

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED

salvation is of the Jews

Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  (John 4:22 KJV)

Malachi 3:6 LITV
For I, Jehovah, change not. 
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8 LITV)
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