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Jesus Christ IS come in OUR FLESH

Jesus Christ Is Come in the Flesh [present tense] ... in Our Flesh

By Paul Chung

What did John mean, in 1 John 4:2, 3; when he said, ‘Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God?’

Apostle John wrote,

"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." — 1 John 4:2-3 (KJV)

John continues,

2 John 7 (KJV) "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."

In these passages John gives us one of the identifying marks that helps us to distinguish between the spirit of God and the spirit of antichrist. He tells us that the spirit that ‘confesseth that Jesus Christ is come is the flesh is of God’, whereas ‘the spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God’ and is the spirit of antichrist.

To understand what John is saying we need to first understand the nature of Christ when he came to this earth as a Man. Scripture tells us that,

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, HE ALSO LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of OUR INFIRMITIES; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. For verily he [Christ] took NOT on him THE NATURE OF ANGELS; but he took on him THE SEED OF ABRAHAM. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:14-18

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” — Hebrews 4:15

Heb 10:5 "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME:"

Jesus was born with a "special body", a body not unlike any other, which God prepared; He was God and yet He was 100% human with flesh and blood.

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” — Isaiah 53:4 KJV

“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, and bare our sicknesses.” — Matthew 8:17

Interesting to note here that Matthew 8 uses the expression “infirmities” as it refers to ‘borne our griefs’ in Isaiah 53 and the Inspiration affirms this:

“He was subject to the INFIRMITIES AND WEAKNESSES BY WHICH MAN IS ENCOMPASSED, ‘that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.’ [Mt 8:17] He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and was in all points tempted like as we are. And yet He "knew no sin."{5BC 1131.3}

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" — Rom 8:3

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, BORN OF A WOMAN, BORN UNDER THE LAW,” — Gal 4:4

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the FORM OF A SERVANT, AND WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN:” — Phil 2:7

Note: ‘born under the law’ — Christ voluntarily subjected himself to the same natural laws as well as put Himself under the jurisdiction of moral law while bearing the fallen/sinful nature, not unlike all other human beings born into the world. He made Himself become liable to be tempted and thereby the leaving himself the possibility to fall.

“It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity WHEN THE RACE HAD BEEN WEAKENED BY FOUR THOUSAND YEARS OF SIN. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.” (DA 48,49)

 “For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in physical strength, in mental power, and in moral worth; and Christ took upon Him the INFIRMITIES OF DEGENERATE HUMANITY. Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest depths of his degradation.” {DA p. 117}

“JESUS TOOK UPON HIMSELF MAN’S NATURE, THAT HE MIGHT LEAVE A PATTERN FOR HUMANITY, complete, perfect. He proposes to make us like Himself, true in every purpose, feeling, and thought—true in heart, soul, and life. This is Christianity. Our fallen nature must be purified, ennobled, consecrated by obedience to the truth. Christian faith will never harmonize with worldly principles; Christian integrity is opposed to all deception and pretense. The man who cherishes the most of Christ’s love in the soul, who reflects the Saviour’s image most perfectly, is in the sight of God the truest, most noble, most honorable man upon the earth.” {5T 235.3}

“WE NEED NOT PLACE THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST BY ITSELF AS SOMETHING FOR WHICH HE WAS PARTICULARLY ADAPTED, BECAUSE OF HIS DIVINE NATURE; for he stood before God as man's representative, and was tempted as man's substitute and surety.” - ST April 10, 1893, par. 3

Having look at these inspired testimonies thus far, we can conclude that Christ came to this earth, with same flesh as us humans and that He took upon Himself the infirmities of a degenerate humanity that had been weakened by four thousand years of sin and yet He lived a victorious life free from sin. He did this to demonstrate that we (having the same nature) can indeed overcome in our sinful/fallen flesh as Christ overcame; He did not accomplish this by having some super human nature. Recognition of these evidence should lead us to confess that Jesus Christ did come in the flesh.

But the question is, can we overcome as Christ overcame by just knowing that Christ lived a victorious life in our flesh? No. The key to living this victorious life is not just a mere mental assent but that we allow Christ to dwell in us in the present and thereby producing in us the same.

Let’s take a closer look at the aforementioned verses:

"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." — 1 John 4:2-3 (KJV)

What is significant here about the confession is that it has something to do with Christ being in the flesh in the present tense. In other words, John is describing how Christ IS come in our flesh in the present tense.

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” — Colossians 1:27

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." — Galatians 2:20

Jesus says,

"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." John 14:17, 18

Jesus continued in the next chapter,

"I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I IN HIM , the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing." — John 15:5

You see, it is Christ in us that will produce the fruit of righteousness - ‘Christ in you the hope of glory.’ Moreover, it is the indwelling of Christ by His Spirit that will ultimately distinguish those who will confess whether or not Christ is come in the flesh is of God.

The spirit of a person is manifested by the words spoken by the person:

“To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?” — Job 26:4

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” — John 3:34

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU, THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE." — John 6:63

Thus, when we utter words or confess, we are revealing which spirit we have. We either have the spirit of the world (spirit of antichrist), or the spirit of God, which is the Holy Spirit (that confesseth that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh is of God). In the same manner, when God's Word is spoken, His words are "spirit, and they are life" to those who believe and accept it.

Ellen White and E. J. Waggoner on ‘Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.’

"We are certainly living amidst the perils of the last days. We need now that grace which God shall give to the ones striving lawfully for every victory possible. If we rescue souls that have been helping Dr. Kellogg to stand where he now stands, we will need the power of a living Christ to go with us in our work. One must say with John, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” What definite light God has given us in this chapter. It becomes every soul to be sure that Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. O let us constantly walk humbly with God. We need now that living faith which takes God at His word. We are not to allow any discouraging features of opposition to depress our souls. It would not be for the glory of God for us to become discouraged. We are living amidst the closing scenes of this earth’s history, and we must now like Jacob cling to Jesus with all our power, exclaiming, “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me, even me.” Hold fast to the promises of God." {Lt335-1905.8-9} - EGW

"Where are you standing, brethren and sisters? Do you take hold of the death of Christ by faith and make it your salvation? Then we have made a new beginning and all our past life is as though it had not been. It is God’s life we are to live. God wants us to keep walking right along with Him. When we receive Him we are made free and sin no more. Why do we sin? We do not understand God’s sufficiency. He will reveal Himself in our hearts. We have had in our Sabbath school lessons that when we confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, WE ARE TO CONFESS THAT HE HAS COME IN OUR FLESH. We have laid aside our own sins and we are living to the glory of God." {Ms15-1894.23} - EGW


E. J. Waggoner
The Present Truth | May 18, 1893; Excerpt from: "A Present Salvation."

“So it is that “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God” (1 John 4:2, 3). Note again the present tense. It is not enough to confess that Jesus Christ did come in the flesh; that will bring no salvation to anybody. We must confess, from positive knowledge that Jesus is just now come in the flesh, and then we are of God. Christ came in the flesh eighteen hundred years ago, just for the purpose of demonstrating the possibility. THAT WHICH HE DID ONCE, HE IS ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN. HE WHO DENIES THE POSSIBILITY OF HIS COMING IN THE FLESH OF MEN NOW, THEREBY DENIES THE POSSIBILITY OF HIS HAVING EVER COME IN THE FLESH.

“So our part is with humbleness of mind to confess that we are sinners; that in us is no good thing. If we do not, then the truth is not in us; but if we do, then Christ, who came into the world for the express purpose of saving sinners, will come and take up His abode within us, and then the truth will indeed be in us. Then there will be perfection manifested in the midst of imperfection. There will be completeness in the midst of weakness. We “are complete in Him” (Col. 2:10). He has created all things by the word of His power, and therefore can take men who are but nothing, and can make them “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (Eph. 1:6). “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things, to whom be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

How does this relate to the doctrine of Trinity?

The trinity doctrine, even with all the inspired testimonies that speaks of Christ dwelling in us, will deny that it is not really Christ but that it is the work of another entirely different individual. They believe that incarnate Jesus, because he is bound by humanity has forever forfeited His omnipresence and consequently is stuck in heaven until the second coming and that His mediatorial work here on earth is now left to another entirely different Person called the God the Holy Spirit, Who is Christ’s ‘successor’ and His ‘representative’ on earth, etc. Thus they deny that Christ IS come in our flesh. According to 2John 7, “who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."