The Harp of God eBook

Joseph Franklin Rutherford
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 324 pages of information about The Harp of God.
“Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:  because I live, ye shall live also”. (John 14:19) Thus he establishes the fact that his faithful disciples will see him as he is, but that the world will see him no more.  And why is this true?  We answer, Because Jesus was raised from the dead not a human but a spirit being, with divine nature or organism.  The nature is determined by the organism or body.  He now has a glorious body, which no man hath seen nor can look upon and live. (1 Timothy 6:15,16) We have heretofore examined the Scriptural evidence showing that no one of the different organisms or bodies in which Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection was his glorious body, but that such bodies were created by him for the purpose at the time.

[368]He was put to death a human being.  He was raised from the dead a spirit. (1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:45) St. John definitely shows that the body in which Jesus will appear is not his human body because he says:  “It doth not yet appear what we shall be, but ... we shall be like him”. (1 John 3:2) Jesus is no longer human, but divine; therefore we could not expect human eyes to see him.  He is now the express image of Jehovah. (Hebrews 1:3) Because he is no longer human and has not a body of flesh, but a spirit body, the apostle Paul under inspiration wrote:  “Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more".—­2 Corinthians 5:16.

[369]After his resurrection Jesus was exalted and given a name above every name (Philippians 2:9) and sat down at the right hand of the Father in glory and in power. (Revelation 3:21) Of him the apostle Paul writes:  “Now the Lord is that spirit”. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Jesus explained to Nicodemus concerning a spirit, saying, “Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit....  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the spirit.”—­John 3:4-8.

[370]Seeing, then, that Jesus Christ is a glorious spirit being with a divine organism, and that as the wind cannot be seen, but comes and goes, so a spirit can thus come and go without being discerned by human eyes, could not our Lord be present and yet not observable by any natural eyes?  That is exactly according to the facts.  Satan is a spirit being.  For many centuries Satan has been the god or invisible ruler of the present evil world (2 Corinthians 4:3,4); yet no human eyes have seen Satan, although men have felt his influence and still feel it.  Satan is not only the god of this world, but he is the chief one of his wicked, invisible heaven; that is to say, the invisible ruling order of things composed of Satan and the other fallen angels who exercise power over human beings.  The apostle Peter said:  “We,

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