John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
It says that the world will provide “tribulation” for man. However, it says to be happy because someone can/has/will/did overcome the world.
1 John 5:1, 4-5 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. ... For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
And here it says that whoever believes that “Jesus is the “Christ” is born of God. And whoever is born of God is also he that overcomes the world. And then he that overcomes the world also believes that “Jesus” is the Son of God. These words need to be looked at carefully. They do not say that Jesus is a single human man, but simply that Jesus, whoever that may be, is the Son of God, and that whosoever is this Son (i.e. “born of God) overcomes the world. So;
Laying all preconceived notions aside concerning Jesus and Christ, and then logically speaking, who or what could Jesus be considering the actual words of the Bible above; so that simply believing that this “Jesus” is “the Christ” would cause that same someone to be born of God (i.e. become the Son of God), which process of being born of God overcomes the world?
The definition of “Christ” must be understood. What does it mean to be “the Christ”? From Strong’s Concordance: Christ = "anointed". And Psalm 28:8 says “The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.” “His anointed” are those who’s strength is “The LORD”. “His anointed” is plural here in Psalm 28. And it also says in Psalm 20:5-6 “We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up [our] banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.”
It says that the LORD “saves” his anointed. Christ or rather “the anointed ones”, are saved by the LORD.
It says in 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular...” which directly implies that there is a “body” of anointed or a body of “Christ”. The “anointed” or “Christ” has a body of people which are members and who are anointed, according to these words. So the anointed are a body of people [who’s strength is the LORD].
And it says in Colossians 1:26-27 “[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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:” which also directly implies that the Christ (the anointment or anointing), which resides “in” people, is a mystery and hard to understand.
But the Bible clearly defines that Christ is something [or someone] that has been anointed with something, [where the meaning of “anointed” also should be understood]. And, in 1 John it says that “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God…” So if the definition of Christ is someone/something that is anointed, and if “Jesus” is the “Christ” than “Jesus” is “the anointed” person or people.
So Jesus is the name of God’s anointed, where that name also means or represents something and where this name defines what this body of people are anointed with. So what does the name Jesus signify for the anointed or define what they are anointed with?
From Strong’s Concordance the word Jesus specifically means "Jehovah is salvation". Jesus does not simply mean Jehovah, but rather the name Jesus represents the statement or understanding that Jehovah is salvation. In other words Jesus means Jehovah = Salvation.
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In Isaiah it says Jehovah is become my salvation. “Jehovah” is not necessarily the way to salvation for man, but rather it says he IS the salvation. And in John 14 it says “Jesus” represents the way to that salvation (i.e. to the Father - Jehovah). It doesn’t say Jesus is salvation but rather Jesus is the way and Jehovah is the salvation that is to be found. So if the word “Jesus” represents this way to salvation, what does Jesus represent or who is he, other than what is said above, that he is the anointed one(s)?
John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.”
The words of the Bible are not what they first appear to be. It says the words are spirit which means they are not easy to comprehend or understand. But why is this? In the new testament Paul says it is because it cannot be spoken and people cannot bear it. And it has been hidden as a mystery from the beginning. There must be good reason the truth is hidden. Maybe it is because the world cannot bear the truth and will not hear it.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.”
Colossians 4:3-4 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:18-20 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Isaiah 28:9-11, 13 “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. ... But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
It says the truth of the words are here a little and there a little. Because the words are not clear and are not meant to be easily understood. And the milk that Paul speaks of is not the real truth. But within the milk truth can be found, but it must be here a little and there a little. The Bible is written to not be clear. Because words are spirit and not literal stories. And speaking this can be pretty bold.
John 14:3, 5-6 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. ... Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus did not go “the way”, he is “the way”. And it is a place to be.
John 16:5, 7 “But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? ... Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
But yet he has to go away.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Jesus, as people understand him, as a man – in the flesh – after the flesh, must “go way”. It says we cannot not know him after the flesh when old thing are passed away or have “gone away”. That is why he the man Jesus has to go away for the Spirit of truth to come. He goes away because he is not a single man, but rather his story represents “the way” for man.
Psalm 83:16-18 “Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That [men] may know that thou whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth.”
And it says that those who seek the name of Jehovah, which represents some type of Salvation, will first be filled with shame, confounded, and troubled forever so that they perish.
Jehovah is salvation, and this is why the name of the LORD (i.e. Jehovah) is rather a state of being [“saved”] that someone can seek after rather than a person, where “Jesus” is “the way” to being saved or the way to this state of being. And where this “way” is a process to son-ship, and not a person (i.e. the Son) to be worshiped. And the realization of this truth truly can be troubling for those who have put their faith in a man rather than "a way" of being.
1 John 4:7-8, 12, 14, 16 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. ... No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. ... And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. ... And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
It says God IS Love. If God is love, how can he be anything else? And if man can go through the process or in other words follow “the way” and “the truth” and “the life” that is called Jesus, he can be saved from the world or “overcome the world”. So this process or way to Love (Jehovah) involves a type of death (the perishing described in Psalm 83 above) and resurrection that is represented by the name or word “Jesus” which literally means Love Saves. Jesus symbolizes a way man can follow to Love, which is salvation. Where salvation is simply a state of being in Love, "dwelling in love", and Christ represents the powerful anointing of Love.
Romans 6:5-6 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
Sin is simply a lack of love. And this is hard to understand (mystery) because it is a paradigm shift for the mind of man and the religiosity of mankind.