This Come Out Of Her post reviews a video by Brother Tony of the Spirit of Truth YouTube channel called ‘Is Jesus God’s Only Begotten Son By Flesh Or Spirit? Video Review.’
A friend asked me to watch this video, as they’ve come to believe that Messiah was a mere human and only came into existence at His birth.
Before I begin my review of Brother Tony’s explanations, let me declare that I do these type of reviews, not just to expose false teachers; but to show what they teach, which you may have also been taught, so that you can see the truth and the deception.
These reviews serve as an open rebuttal of their explanations. It’s not about me, it’s about the truth of prophecy fulfillment which reveals the glory of our beloved Messiah!
In this video, Brother Tony makes declarations and cites Scripture, and if you’re not diligent, you may be misled.
What happens is that people come out of the ditch of the manmade teachings of Christianity, but they go too far and fall into the ditch on the other side of the narrow road of Scriptural truth.
In my opinion, that’s what taken place with Brother Tony. The main point of his video is that Messiah did not exist before He was supernaturally born in the flesh as the son of Mary.
These Scriptures proclaim that Messiah existed before He came to dwell in the flesh, which invalidates the statements of Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth.
People like Brother Tony proclaim that these verses only point to the Father’s plan to send the human Messiah, but when you read the verses you see that’s a ridiculous assertion.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2
John the Baptist said that Messiah ‘came before him‘, even though John was born six months before Messiah. He is saying that Messiah preexisted.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. John 1:15
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. John 1:30
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:17-18
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:33
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. John 6:38
Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. John 6:46
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51
This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:58
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? John 6:62
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. John 8:23
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. John 8:42
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:58-59 Messiah is saying that He proceeded Abraham, not as a thought or future fulfillment, but that He existed before Abraham.
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Philippians 2:5-7 If Messiah was just a human, this statement makes no sense.
Saying that those verses only describe the Father’s plan to send Messiah is nonsensical!
These verses point to Messiah being present and active in creation, which invalidates the statements of Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Ephesians 3:9
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17 It’s declaring the Messiah existed before Adam was born.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. Hebrews 1:1-2
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:5-6
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Revelation 3:14
It’s telling us that Messiah was the beginning of creation by Elohim. From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures proclaim that all was created through Messiah.
The Holy Trinity Deception study shows that we’ve been misled by a manmade construct about the relationship of the Father, Messiah and the Spirit.
They all play a role in our redemption, but Scripture never declares that they are three equal parts of a godhead. This is the fabrication of the Council Of Nicaea by Emperor Constantine and the Roman bishops.
Scripture proclaims that Messiah is deity, that He existed before the creation of this world; but that He is separate from His Father and subservient to Him.
Now that we can see the truth about what Scripture declares, that Messiah preexisted and was active in the creation events, let’s look at the statements that Brother Tony made in this video.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that the virgin birth was meant to be a sign of Messiah, the Davidic King that Israel awaited.
A sign to who? Did the Jews recognize that sign? No, they didn’t even know that He fulfilled prophecy by being born in Bethlehem.
Did the disciples refer to that sign? No.
Messiah’s many miracles, teachings, knowledge of the Hebrew letters, death and resurrection were signs that He is the promised Messiah, which the Jews overlooked.
What did Messiah say is the sign? His rising on the third day.
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. Matthew 12:39
Scripture proclaims that the sign to the Jews that He is the promised Messiah was His resurrection.
And when they were held to account by Peter and the disciples, such as on the day of Pentecost, many believed in Messiah.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that the virgin birth was not a sign that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God Almighty.
It’s odd that Tony says that the virgin birth was a sign that Messiah is the promised Davidic King, but not a sign that He is the only begotten of God.
Brother Tony says that we have a problem when we believe the Jesus Christ was the only begotten son because of the virgin birth, but how many people have been born supernaturally by the power of the Holy Spirit impregnating a women?
One. That’s a key sign that Messiah is more than just another human.
Scripture proclaims that the virgin birth of Immanuel, which means God with us, is a sign; invalidating Brother Tony’s assertion.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Scripture declares that Messiah is the only begotten Son of God during His birth and ministry.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1:18
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that Jesus was a son of God, like Scripture calls other people sons of God, like Adam, us or angels.
But Scripture does not call Adam, us or the angels, the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God, so Brother Tony is creating a false association.
The word ‘only’ means that there’s one.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that Jesus Christ was begotten of God upon his resurrection.
He cites Acts 13:33, which proclaims that Messiah is the begotten of God during His resurrection, and then creates a false association that it’s the only time that it was declared that Messiah is God’s begotten Son.
“God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
He proclaims that you can’t argue with that declaration, but as you see with the verses above, Messiah was referred to as the only begotten Son of God beforehand, regarding His birth and ministry; so Brian’s declaration is invalid.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth asks, did Jesus Christ become the only begotten Son of God twice? At his birth and at his resurrection? Some say thrice, birth, baptism and resurrection.
Once again, Brother Tony is creating a strawman argument, saying that Messiah only became the begotten Son at His resurrection.
But being the only begotten Son of God is not one-time event, as we see that Scripture declares that Messiah was the only begotten Son at His birth, during His ministry and at His resurrection.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth cites 1 John 4:2-3, to say that people who deny that Jesus Christ just came in the flesh, are antichrist. In other words, people who say that he existed beforehand, when He wasn’t in the flesh, are antichrist.
He’s flipping the meaning of these verses upside down, to change the meaning.
The Apostle John is not talking about a 100% human coming in the flesh, as every man does that. If John was just talking about a mere man, then denying that he came in the flesh makes no sense. John is saying that Messiah is deity who came in the flesh, and anyone who denies that is anti-Messiah.
This matches his statements in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent (during the Feast of Tabernacles) among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth.”
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that Jesus Christ was resurrected into the same immortality, eternal life, that the Father has.
By that he is proclaiming that a human can become deity, to sit at the right hand of the Father.
He then associates it with John 3:16, applying it to us. But we don’t rise to heaven until the end and we don’t sit at the right hand of the Father.
John 3:16 points to the ONLY begotten Son, applying it to Messiah’s life, not to His resurrection.
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that they want you to believe that Jesus Christ is begotten of Father at His birth, because it supports His deity, which goes against what Jesus Christ said Himself.
This is an inaccurate statement, for Messiah declared to be deity.
Messiah repeatedly said that He came from heaven. Messiah said that before Abraham was, I am, meaning that He existed before Abraham.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58
These verses show that Messiah is deity.
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? Luke 5:20-21
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 It’s clearly telling us that the Word existed in the beginning.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 It’s telling us that the Word came in the flesh to dwell among us. It’s pointing to when Messiah was born on the Feast of Tabernacles.
Revelation 19:13 confirms that Messiah is the Word of God, which existed from the creation. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:33
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. John 14:9-10
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. John 20:28
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:45-47
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. Colossians 1:14-15
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13
These verses declare that Messiah was without sin, thus He is deity.
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that Messiah was only human and that He didn’t sin, because Romans 3:23 declares “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:9
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 1 Peter 2:22
Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth says that the reason that people want you to believe that Jesus Christ is deity, is to support their doctrine that you can’t obey God; and that only God himself who became flesh could obey His own commandments.
This is a strawman argument, in which he makes a false association about why people proclaim that Messiah is deity.
People should obey the Father’s commandments out of love for Him; but we fall short, which is why we have a sinless High Priest, whose perfect obedience of the Father’s commandments and blood sacrifice atones for our sins.
The explanations of Brother Tony of Spirit of Truth are off-target.
He makes the discussion about the Holy Trinity vs. Unitarianism, which serves to hide the option of Messiah being divine, who is the literal only begotten Son of God, who is separate from His Father and subservient to Him.
The Holy Trinity study helps you see how Scripture defines the relationship of the Father and Messiah.
I recommend printing it out, to read all of the verses, for the explanation seems to be clear for people with eyes to see.