None Other Name – Part II
The Singularity Of Salvation
n part one of the present work, I sought to produce an exposition on how the LORD Jesus Christ is validated as the exclusive mediator between God and man, in a way which is related to the triune alignment of two parts cut off, and one part redeemed, as detailed by the prophet Zechariah:
"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).
Those who have been studying with us know the primary opposition to the singular truth of the Gospel has always been this bi-modal structure, which is manifested in a symbiotically empowered, Spiritual inferno generated by the double mind of Satan:
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;…and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand….O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee…Behold your house is left unto you desolate" (Matthew 12:25; 23:37,38).
In fact, once believers start to notice this triune alignment which occurs throughout the Word of God, they begin spiritually sense how the two-fold creation is universally contrasted with the eternal Singularity of Salvation.
It is fascinating to note the concept of what is called a "singularity" is used to describe an infinite expansion of asingular force, or phenomena. In physics, we're told the universe expanded from a "singularity" – a rather nebulous extrapolation of the data which is related to the theoretical "big bang" in which the universe came into existence. Intriguingly, this theory of "so called science" (I Timothy 6:20), while fatally flawed, does put forth the idea of a single power continually expanding.
The term singularity is also used to describe the theoretical place known as a "black hole," a place in which surrounding matter and energy is drawn in to an infinitely denser place. Thus, the concept, at least in the realm of physics, is directly related to an infinite phenomenon, as the finite mind of man seeks to grasp something which is clearly higher than our intellects can fully comprehend:
"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it" (Proverbs 139:6).
Thus, we use the phrase the Singularity of Salvation to describe the infinite expansion of the uniquely singular Kingdom of God.
It is startling for those unaware of this concept to realize that examples of this Triuniverse construct, wherein there are "two parts," representing the finite creation, are consistently juxtaposed with the singular LORD of glory.
For instance, when Christ was risen from the dead, the Scriptures tell us as Mary came to the tomb, two created beings, that which we know as angels, were present as Mary arrived at the famous sepulcher:
"And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain" (John 20:12).
In other words, Jesus was risen, and there were two witnessespresent which testified as to what had occurred. We also see many texts where there are additional factors which provide texture and subtlety to the primary narrative. For example, echoing how the ancient Israelites were to eat the Passover meal in haste (Exodus 12:11), the New Testament treats on how thetwo disciples Peter and John, having received word that the body of Jesus had been moved, ran to the sepulcher and found it empty. No dialogue ensues, as the passage tells us the faithful two saw their hope rekindled:
"Then cometh Simon Peter following [John], and went into the sepulcher….then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed" (John 20:6,8).
There are even very slight shades of communication utilized in these similitudes, such as how two lukewarm followers of Jesus are part of a triune alignment where the third is Jesus, before He was resurrected, with His body still in the tomb.
"And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews…came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night….then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes…" (John 19:38-40).
Here we see the two – both characterized as timid, and unable to openly embrace Jesus as the Saviour because of their position – and the only Jesus mentioned in this scene is the one they encounter still in the grave.
In my new book, entitled Lord, Lord in which the reader will find an exposition on the two categories of those who are rejected by the LORD, even as they cry "Lord, Lord [notice the twice speak], have we not prophesied in thy name," I found evidence of the two parts cut off as well.
The first group is "cut off" (in Zechariah's parlance), because Christ says He "never" knew them (Matthew 7:23), but the second group shows evidence of varying degrees of a prior relationship with Christ. However, they are rejected because they failed to position themselves in the place He desired.
"I know you not whence [where] ye are…." (Luke 13:25).
For those who have ears to hear, the Spirit is now seeking to tell you that you are reading profound truth – and this writer is urging you with all possible alacrity to open your heart to this astonishing fact – as the consequences of resisting it are dire.
In the aforementioned book (and in multiple articles and broadcasts on the subject), I've tried to show how the LORD has communicated the truth of these two Spiritual components, both of which are rejected in favor of Zechariah's "third part" which is brought into unity with Christ, and sought to bring us to an understanding of this magnificent reality throughout the various prophetic Scriptures.
For example, the two spirits (never knew you, and don't know you where you are) are also identified as Death and Hell:
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him" (Revelation 6:8).
These two spirits are those which emerge from the mouth of thetwo beasts of Revelation, the Antichrist Beast and the False Prophet, as they "gather" the multitude to the place of their reckoning:
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty" (Revelation 16:14).
That "Death" and "Hell" are also seen in Isaiah, where they are imaged in collusion with the people which rule Jerusalem, is undeniable:
"Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem, Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement…" (Isaiah 28:14,15).
The LORD's response to this wicked double-mind, seen in the very next verse, is to introduce the third – He whose goings forth are of everlasting, bringing victory as He is brought the fires of tribulation:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation" (Isaiah 28:16).
It is hardly a coincidence when our glorious Saviour, the Cornerstone of the house we inhabit, declares He is alive forevermore, and has power over the other two entities described herein:
"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18).
In this priceless passage, and hundreds of others, we learn thatJESUS CHRIST is the Singularity of Salvation which will never end. He has dominion over the dual factions of the Devil, and He has chosen us to receive that Spiritual authority in His name.
He is the one the Father has vested with all power and authority, whereby there is None Other Name by which we may be saved.
If we refuse to receive the knowledge which He has provided, blithely reiterating the Pharisaical claim that we have no need of knowing such things because our standing is supposedly secure, we will have rejected knowledge the LORD desires us to possess.
The fact is, the LORD's righteousness, and His kingdom will continue to expand – with or without our acquiescence. Moses ably recorded the words of the LORD, who instructed us to avoid the two possible paths of the right and the left, but to hear His singular voice, and move in lockstep with His will:
"Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess" (Deuteronomy 5:32,33).
-- James Lloyd
More on the subject of the mystery of thirds is found in the author's latest book LORD, LORD.