Jesus Christ – Son of God – Word of God

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The 2x2s believe Jesus was the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. His natural Father was Joseph, a carpenter in Nazareth. He had at least 4 younger brothers (James, Joses, Judas & Simon) and at least 1 sister, perhaps more.

Depending on the definition of divine, some/most 2x2s regard Jesus as being divine, but not all. However, their definition of divine is not the one used by Christians outside their church.

That Jesus was God incarnated is not generally believed. They believe and teach that Jesus could have sinned and could have lost his own salvation, but choose to be obedient and lived a sinless life by the power of the Holy Spirit, suffering and self denial.

They do not believe Jesus finished His work on earth. He only began to do and teach, and the Workers are necessary to finish His work. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach(Acts 1:1-3).

Jesus is referred to as their:  Lord, Elder Brother, Example, Saviour, Redeemer, Son of God (but not God the Son). Jesus is generally considered as a representative of God, an example, a pattern minister with his mission on earth being to die to save mankind from their sins and to establish the 2×2 ministry and church and to show mankind how to live.

2x2s generally hold one of three views about Jesus’ relationship to God:

(1) Some believe that Jesus was a normal man and because He successfully lived a perfect, obedient life while on earth, God awarded/crowned Him with the title of Christ.

(2) Some believe literally that Jesus is the Son of God the Father, as the Bible states, and that Jesus has the same divine attributes as His Father; yet He is under His Father in authority, as in a human Father-Son relationship. In other words, they view their Father-Son relationship as being literally parallel to that of a Father and Son in human beings.

(3) A very few believe that Jesus is God, and believe in the triune God concept. The 2x2s who believe this are usually those who joined the fellowship as adults and already believed it. Some mistakenly assume the 2x2s believe it also.

Worker Quote: Christ was the express image of God. He wasn’t God. He didn’t claim to be Him. (John Porterfield at Nelson Printz Funeral July 21, 1993, Bakersfield, California)

Worker Quote: The Word made flesh is the saints and workers in the Way who truly live and walk in it. (Walter Pollock, Spokane Washington, 1985*)

Worker Quote: The workers are the word made flesh in our day. (Gilbert Richter, Hunter, North Dakota conv., 1995*)