The Helper and the Angel of the Lord
Seeing Jesus Christ Clearly
David C. Grabbe
Sermonette; #1492s-PM; 19 minutes
David Grabbe, focusing on Jesus Christ's promise of the Helper (Paracletos) in John 14-16, often used by Trinitarians as a proof text, points out that Christ warns the disciples His language is figurative. The Advocate, Helper, and Holy Spirit are alternate terms for Himself. God the Father and Jesus Christ make their homes in the minds of the called-out ones. Christ frequently used 3rd person titles to refer to Himself, calling Himself the Son of Man 80 times. After Yahweh gave the Ten Commandments and the rest of the law, He said He would send an Angel before Israel. If this was the Supreme God speaking, many of Jesus Christ's statements, and His very role, are called into question. The Father was also the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as He is the God of all, yet the Word interacted with mankind—there was not access to the Father yet. Yahweh sent His Angel even as Jesus sent the Helper; Yahweh was the Angel. Other scriptures confirm that the Angel of the Lord—the pre-incarnate Christ—spoke to Moses and made the Old Covenant.
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