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Homer Dewayne Shappley
Jesus receives the Gospel from his Father and God
The testimony of Jesus Christ himself gathered in just one image.
The title, in gold letters. The testimony in eight texts of the gospel of John,
in white letters.
The conclusion, in teal green.
Text after the image.
In John 20:17, Jesus refers to his “Father” as “my God.”
In the background image for the texts and conclusion, Jesus Christ, leaning back on some large rocks and holding a staff in his left hand, contemplates a great, brilliant white light the rays of which penetrate starry space, reflecting, as we interpret the scene, on where he came from and from whom he received the glorious, powerful, beautiful GOSPEL that he is in the process of communicating to human beings during his earthly ministry.
The Being in the scene is definitely not the Father God himself incarnate but rather his Son who, while with his Father in Heaven and before coming down to Earth, heard and saw up there, learning it, the Gospel that his Father commanded him to go down and speak to the world.
The conclusion expressed in teal green, based on the eight verses in the Gospel according to the apostle John, says, copying it here: If Jesus DID NOT speak on his own, if all he said was from the Father, if the Father taught him the Gospel, commanding him to go down to Earth and preach only what he heard from him, then, obviously, they are two distinct beings: the Father and Teacher who originated the Gospel; the Son and Disciple who learned it from him in Heaven, then going down to Earth and communicating it to human beings. Naturally and logically, they are not two faces of the very same divine Being.
In truth, correct and adequate knowledge of the Bible, and, in particular, of the New Testament which is the part of the Bible in force as the divine “perfect law that gives liberty” during the present Common Era (James 1:25), dissipates, in the objective, receptive mind full of “spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9), the exotic, intricate, wordy, irrational-sounding mythologies and theologies about gods and goddesses with two, three, or more heads, bodies, presences, identities, etc. For example, the illogical, mystical, and mythical intertwined meanderings of 4th-century bishop Athanasius, of Alexandria, Egypt. It replaces them with natural and logical perceptions of true Deity as clearly stated by Jesus Christ and the apostles he personally appointed.
The eight texts of the Gospel of John
John 8:26. "I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."
John 8:28. "So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me."
John 8:38. "I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father."
John 8:40. "...but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did."
John 12:49. "...for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak."
John 14:24. "Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me."
John 15:15. "I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father."
John 17:7-8. "Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me."
All texts from the New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised. www.biblegateway.com
PowerPoint image, text, and Document Composition by Dewayne Shappley