While on earth, Jesus lived as a fleshly human being; viz., tempted by the enemy; experiencing hunger and weariness, but yielding to Papa’s life in Him.Hebrews 5:8 records that even though He was a Son, He needed to learn obedience through the things He suffered as a fleshly human. With strong crying and tears, He learned how to have the same undisturbed communion with His Father on earth as He had in heaven. Through endless sorrow, He became perfect in yielding to the life of Papa inside.
Seven hundred years before His birth, Isaiah, described Jesus as a man of sorrows who was familiar with grief. Prior to His coming to earth, Jesus would have known none of these experiences that are common to everyone. In a sense, Jesus was the continuation of Adam’s experience, but without sin. As a fleshly human, Jesus manifested the life of God on earth. – 1 Corinthians 12:7; Hebrews 13:8
Before his recreation in hell, Jesus Christ is the amalgam of the Divine and the Human.; not the fallen specimen, but the man created by God. Pure gold cannot be used as coin, for it is too soft. In order to make gold serviceable for use it must be allied with other elements. The pure gold of the Divine is of no use in human affairs; there must be an alloy, and the alloy does not stand for sin, but for that which makes the Divine serviceable for use. God became flesh, serviceable for use in the everyday affair of life.
God Almighty is nothing but a mental abstraction to me unless He becomes real in my actual life, and the revelation of the New Testament is that God did become actual: “the Word was made flesh.” Jesus Christ was not purely Divine as men count divinity; He was unique in that He was Divine and Human.
He walked in the completion of the gifting He would later give to men as He ascended into heaven. He was, while on earth, the sum total of all energies that man could walk in. Jesus is human in eternity past, Jesus is human from 4 BC- 30 AD, and Jesus is still human today as He occupies His place at the right hand of the Father. We are members of His human body on earth now. In plain language, the church of the redeemed is the physical body of Christ on earth. Our thinking must be challenged in this particular area in order to be identified with every aspect of the Life that is in Him. – Eph. 4: 8-11; Eph. 5:30, Romans 12; John 14:3
God desires to see us enlarged in the spirit of our mind. It’s all about the relationship! He desires us to run after Him by searching out evidence that pleads for extenuation – a bush that burns without being consumed, the resurrection in Jerusalem and the subsequent eviction of many from their graves in Jerusalem, a quiet breakfast on the seashore in Galilee. The pursuit of such evidence creates more room in our hearts for Father to fellowship with us at levels and in places not previously enjoyed. This growth is not easy, but probable, certainly possible. I say not easy, because such experience takes us from all things familiar into an uncommon reality – a reality where you have never known Papa.
I know nothing of God apart from Jesus Christ. He is God to me; apart from Him, God is a mere mental abstraction. It’s a curious thing to consider that people are more comfortable worshiping mental abstractions rather than knowing God personally.
For instance, when you identify the Triune personalities of the godhead, doctrinal differences seem to polarize around the divinity of Jesus, and or, the Holy Spirit. Arguments for or against these personalities with respect to their person, ministry, relevancy or divinity seem to contribute to division in the church. However, everyone seems to accept quite freely the person of the Father or the creator God. Man can easily accept an abstract Being such as Creator, Designer or even Father provided he remains the focus of amiable religious activity.
During the life of Jesus on earth his deity was challenged by the religious hierarchy, not the hungry masses. Jesus shattered the prevailing vague notion of God by saying if you see Me, you’ve seen the Father. Today in His physical absence, the Holy Spirit is also challenged in areas of relevancy, personality and even deity in the same way Jesus was challenged in His day. But in most minds if not all minds the ubiquity of religious sentiment is that God is watching over us all in somewhat of a dark mysterious way. While man may believe in the creator God because of the veiled light he was born with, it is impossible to personally know Him as Father without life from the Holy Spirit.
The hearts of people everywhere are hungry, but if their intellects seem satisfied with the worship of abstractions which is so common, they subsist in the most absurd insufficient way. If my intellect is able to explain everything in my heart, I am not living, but terminally ill. The heart of man was meant to radiate with the glory of the living God while living a most ordinary life. It is not possible for the intellect to be renewed without a heart that’s ablaze with God’s glory.
Either Jesus Christ is God or there is no God. We mistreat people when we tell them to believe certain things about Jesus Christ. Man cannot believe Him until he knows Him, and then his belief is natural and spontaneous. No man can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit in him, however, you can train a parrot to recite a creed. When a man like the apostle Peter states, “Thou art the Christ”, he is giving expression to an intuitive revelation, not an intellectual concept.
A man cannot believe what he sees until he believes before he sees, before he perceives the reality of what he looks at. God does not give a man the power to see until his character proves itself worthy of its purification. The church must return to this basic spiritual truth.
Hebrews 5:8 refers to Jesus as a Son, not the Son. There is no question, then, that Jesus makes room as God’s only begotten for others to become joint heirs with Him. This is the place He refers to in John 14:2. It’s a place of equality and true friendship, but it is man’s move. It’s his time to move toward, with, and in God; in all that He has provided. It’s time for man to move from the role of survivor to son-ship and leave the weak and beggarly elements of this world’s system.
One final word on this area; all of my capacities as a human being are measured by God’s promises revealed in scripture. God’s promises to me should be telling me what I am capable of being as well as doing. We have all said at one time or other, “If only I was somewhere else; if only I could be with other people”.
If I find a discrepancy in my life as measured by God’s word, it means I have some ways to go in my journey. If my faith or religion does not help me in the condition I am in, I have either a further struggle to through, or I had better abandon my faith.