None Other Name
n one of my previous books entitled The Shining, I sought to describe a thread of Spiritual thought which showed how the LORD begins His work with a single individual, who sparks a move of the Spirit. A classic example of this is Moses, who encounters the glory of the LORD on an up close, and personal, basis. Of particular interest (detailed in The Shining) was the fact that, when he comes down from the mountain, his face was shining.
That particular work goes on to emphasize how, with a considerable effort, the Spiritual fire planted in Moses spread to others among the Israelites, and the LORD's work in purifying and refining a single people to draw unto Himself, was well underway.
Moses was, of course, the ONE who was designated as the intermediary between God and man, and the key leader ofIsrael, a collective entity created to host the LORD of glory, and act as an interface with the rest of the nations. Thus, in Moses, God was pointing us to the superior person of Jesus Christ, who would renew the spark of life in Israel, a collective entity created to host the LORD of glory, and act as the exclusive interface with the rest of the nations.
In every pattern of prophecy, we see the singular vessel who provides the light (or the fire) of God to the larger body – a group which is also to be seen in a singular, exclusive, and unified perspective. In the New Testament, it is revealed that "light of the world" (John 8:12) is seen in the unique, unending life ofChrist, who was heralded by John the Baptist -- and the Baptist was the one who, in turn, informed us that Christ was the onewho would start a Spiritual fire which was unprecedented:
"He shall baptize you…with fire" (Matthew 3:11).
The metaphor of fire, or light (or even a spark) which would ultimately spread the life of the LORD into His chosen is profound, as it runs throughout the sacred texts, and can be seen as a recurring cycle. As opposed to the allegorical thread tracing the light of God which was covered in The Shining, of particular interest in the present work is the singular, and totally exclusiveinstrument of salvation – and how the individual vessel chosen by the LORD ultimately broadens to include those He foreknew.
Most Christians have encountered the typical response the world produces, wherein non-believers reject the concept of the exclusive nature of salvation found in Jesus Christ. Surely, they say, there are many roads, or even multiple religious methodologies, through which man may approach God.
In fact, many people don't really have a problem with Jesus, in that they view Him as a good man – and perhaps a Saviour, or even the Son of God. However, the strait and narrow way in which the Scripture militate Jesus is the exclusive avenue through whom a man or a woman can be received by God is routinely a factor in their refusal to respond to the Gospel.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 14:12).
As I noted earlier, the work of the LORD always begins with one, and then reproduces – but what practically everyone seems to miss is how those who are impacted by the truth of Christbecome one with Him – so there is actually always only one.
Those familiar with our work know the Christian Media ministry has produced many materials dealing with what Zechariah calls the "two parts" which are "cut off" – even as others have seen thetwin timelines of history, in the two covenants manifested as the Old and the New, and in books such as The Two Babylons (a classic work from over a century ago), and The Two House Twist (my recent work exposing the latest heresy), and many more.
We've also looked at the two-fold aspect of everything which iscreated. This is allegorically seen in the phenomena of Twice-Speak, where the LORD utters something twice as a way to punctuate the external text with a Spiritual flag indicating there is something deeper related to the two fold subject.
We've learned that Babylon "is fallen, is fallen," even as Jesuslooks over the desolate city crying "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem" (Matthew 23:37). Joel's "multitudes, multitudes" (Joel 3:14) echoes the same refrain. We've looked at the Spiritual leprosy anticipated with the required warning of "unclean, unclean" (see this author's online article examining the prophetic parallel of Leviticus 13:4).
As I've sought to show in the two books on the Triuniverse (book I and book II of the same name), this great mystery probes the very nature of creation, in that God, as the triune deity on high (usually called the Trinity), has imprinted that very nature on all creation – and I do mean all.
Once the reader gets his or her mind around this, we are truly in a position to enhance our discernment as to the true Spiritual nature of our surroundings. For example, on a related subject, those who have studied with us for some time have learned how to see through the outer shell of the physical world, and into the Spiritual reality which lies underneath, by recognizing the texts covering the two beasts of Revelation – usually referenced as The Antichrist and the False Prophet.
These "two beasts" are also related to the fact that the LORD tells us that two parts are finite, and one part is eternal – and this runs throughout the entire Bible:
"And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord,two parts therein shall be cut off and die, but the third shall be left therein."
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: and they shall call on my name and I shall hear them: I will say, it is my people: and they shall say the Lord is my God" (Zechariah 13:8,9).
Modern teachers, false prophets all, try to tell us this has to do with a huge battle in the contemporary nation of Israel, and point to a literal understanding. In doing so, they manifest they are not of God, for that view could not be further from the truth.
Indeed, in many previous expositions, we've detailed the triune alignment of all things, with the two parts representing the finite, and the third the eternal glory of God. Although much of the previous work has been in re-enacting the two fold nature of the finite via studies as diverse as the two thieves crucified with Christ, the two men on the Emmaus road, the two blind men healed, and the two demoniacs, etc, in the present instance I'm seeking to emphasize how the righteous third must be singular – hence the exclusive nature of the vessel of salvation.
Once this amazing Spiritual truth is grasped, it provides a wonderful witness to many crucial issues of doctrine. For example, since salvation is singular, but the balance has a bi-cameral architecture, we realize those who tell us there are twosaved entities known as the "Church" and "Israel," are in monstrous error. Indeed, from the very earliest time, God has said of Israel
"You ONLY have I known of all the families of the earth" (Amos 3;2).
Obviously, Jesus told us what we must do if we want to be in His singular family (i.e. "who is my brother?"), so the only sensible course of action is to take heed as to what He actually said:
"And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, behold, my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Matthew 12:49,50).
This underscores there is still only one saved entity, and it is repeatedly stated to be the Israel which is Spiritually constituted in Christ – thus the two primary theological lies in which the alleged "Church" replaced Israel (largely Romanism), or the "Church" rotates with Israel (the Rapture Cult and other Jewish Supremacists who elevate the physical Jews to the status of chosen based on race) are manifesting themselves as the two parts which are cut off.
In case you missed it, the third in the paradigm just presented is definitely what the Apostle Paul refers to as "the Israel of God" in Galatians 6:16 – that spiritually constituted body of born again believers which are ordained to eternal life.
In every scenario, there is the one eternal Word of God, and all authority has been vested in Him – and He is invariably opposed by the twin towers of iniquity I've been describing. In fact, this subject touches on the even deeper mystery of the Trinity – as it provides us with a glimpse into how God has given the role of redeemer to Jesus in a unique fashion – as His only begotten Son – and, as the body of believers are one in Christ, and Christ is onewith the Father, the believers become one with God the Father.
Thus, the depth of the "thirds" concept is directly related to the fact that salvation is uniquely singular, and that it is exclusively accessible through the only begotten Son of God. This is reaffirmed when Jesus says to the Father:
"As thou hast given him [the Son] power over all flesh; that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him…." (John 17:2).
Jesus acknowledges the Father has delegated complete authority for all salvation into the single Son of God, in order to redeem those whom He has chosen. Furthermore, we see throughout the Scriptures how the Son draws from the two-fold finite creation, in order to pull in those whom He has chosen, and they become one with Him:
"Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one…." (John 17:11).
In this mysterious fashion, God the Father segregated salvation to the single avenue of His Son. Those who belong to Jesusbecome one with Him; but Jesus is one with the Father, so as believers are united in Christ, they are also united with the Father:
"I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…." (John 17:23).
Thus, throughout the Scriptures, eternal life is manifested in asingular fashion, even as all creation, finite consciousness, and the world at large, is seen with a dualistic orientation, which marks the reality of this existence.
-- James Lloyd
The definitive work on the subject of this mystery of thirds is found in the author's two books on THE TRIUNIVERSE.
For more, see the link above, or both volumes (Book I & Book II) may be found in the online catalog atChristianMediaNetwork.com.