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As He Is Conclusion . . .

Is Jesus Christ Fully Man and Fully Divine now?

Peter and the other Apostles whom the Lord had chosen had been with the Lord during the days of His flesh. They had traveled with Him, they ate meals together, and they prayed with Him. These Apostles had been witness to the signs, miracles, wonders and the mighty works, which He always credited to the Father. “These are not my works but the Father that sent me.”

One time He was approached and addressed as “Good Master.” He quickly corrected the individual and said, “Why call me good? There is none good but One, which is, God.

Matthew 19:16
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Mark 10:17
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Luke 18:18
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

At the tomb of His good friend Lazarus Christ wept. Other times Christ displayed anger towards those who attempted to stop the work of God. Often Jesus was moved with great compassion, especially when He saw Israel scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Upon hearing the report from the seventy which He had sent out Christ rejoiced and physically jumped up and down for joy! Christ expressed every human emotion during the days of His flesh.

Matthew 9:36
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Mark 6:34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

These and many other examples may be found showing the full humanity of Jesus of Nazareth and how He did not come to do His own will but His Father’s that sent Him.

Like all men, He experienced pain, sorrow, disappointment, loneliness, hunger, rejection and the entire range of human emotions which always were within the will of God. Christ taught us by example that it’s not what happens to us in this life but how we handle the hurts, sorrows and persecutions.

In the garden of Gethsemane, His agony and temptation to find another way other than to suffer a cruel death on the cross was so intense the capillaries ruptured in His forehead causing Him to sweat blood. Nevertheless in spite of all the temptations, persecutions and sufferings, He overcame then and said, “Not my will but thy will be done,” giving glory to the Father Who had sent Him. Peter was present when He was being beaten and interrogated by the Roman soldiers. Peter watched as they stripped and whipped Him. The Centurions placed a bag over His head and repeatedly punched and taunted Christ. They openly mocked Him demanding Him to prophesy as to who was hitting Him. They shamelessly mocked Him and spit on Him. Peter was there when they crowned Him with thorns, put a reed in His hand, and covered Him with a scarlet robe. Peter was standing there as they played a game called the “Kings Game”

“The ‘Game of the King’ or ‘Kings Game’ was something that the Roman soldiers often played before the crucified a prisoner. The winner in the game shot dice on this board that they scratched out on the stones. The winner got to pick a prisoner, who they would get to “honor” as king for the week, and they would bring Him out and they would subject Him to all kinds of humiliation. That was there prize. In this case, it was the King of Kings, and He created those soldiers. All the proper symbols were there. There was a robe, a crown, a scepter. The words were right – The King of the Jews. But it was all mockery.” https://hutchcraft.com/…/your-mos…/the-game-of-the-king-6270

Matthew 27:27-31 (KJV)

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Luke 22:61
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Peter knew that Jesus was fully human and knew that there was no other man he had ever known like this Jesus of Nazareth. No one else had the words of life and did such wonderful mighty works as Christ was able to do even though He had willfully stripped himself of the Divine attributes He once shared with His Father.

Christ always admitted that all the words He spoke and all the wondrous miracles He performed were not of Him but of the Father.

The Promise of the Father

Let’s return to Acts 2:33 to see what Peter learned while he was preaching on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:33
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

What a tremendous revelation and insight this is in observing how Jesus Christ became simultaneously both fully mortal and fully Divine after His resurrection and Ascension into heaven!

The Greek word for the word “received” in this verse is lambano, which means to take, take hold of, apprehend, to take or receive from another; to take what is given; hence, receive, pointing to an objective reception.

In Hebrews, the scripture declares that because the Son of God loved righteousness and hated iniquity, He would be anointed with the oil of joy or gladness above His fellows. When the Father anointed the resurrected and ascended Jesus of Nazareth with the oil of joy, it was without measure. At that precise moment, in the form of a resurrected glorified man God the Father restored all of Christ’s divine attributes which He had purposely left behind when He was conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Ghost. All those attributes which the Son of God had willfully stripped Himself of were restored to Him when He received (lambano) the Promise of the Father.
Then as the resurrected, ascended, glorified and exalted Son of God, Christ pours and fills each person that with the gift of holy spirit that believes on Him.

Philippians 2:9-11
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Andrew Murray, in The Holiest of All, page 77, writes:
“He is the anointed King. Therefore, because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God anointed Him. When He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the throne, he received from the Father anew and in its fullest measure, as the son of Man, the gift of the Holy Ghost to bestow on His people. That spirit was to Him the oil of joy, the joy that had been set before Him, the joy of His crowning day when He saw of the travail of His soul, an anointing above His fellows, for there is none like Him; God gave Him the spirit without measure. And yet for His fellows, His redeemed, whom, as Head, He had made members of His body. They become partakers of His anointing and His joy. As He said, “The Lord hath anointed Me to give the oil of joy.” Christ our King, our God, is anointed with the oil of joy, anointed too, to give the oil of joy; His Kingdom is one of everlasting gladness, of joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Is Jesus Christ Now and Forever Both Fully Man and Fully Divine?

As our Great High Priest-King, Christ will continue to make intercession for His saints until the Kingdom of God is established upon the earth.

As a man who was tempted in all points as we are, Jesus of Nazareth can fully relate to our infirmities.

As our high priest Christ is able to succor us in a kind and benevolent manner.

As fully divine, His grace and mercy allows us to approach the Throne of grace to find help in time of need.

Since His ascension into heaven Christ is able to among any two or three gathered in His name.

Christ is also the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 2:5)

Jesus Christ “AS HE IS” Today – Not As He Was

Our relationship with Christ must be “AS HE IS” today and not as He was during the days of His flesh

Recorded in the book of Galatians we read Paul the Apostle received revelation from the resurrected, ascended, and glorified Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

While traveling on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus realized who it was that he was persecuting. He immediately stopped maiming and killing the followers of Christ and began following and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Saul changed his name to Paul and never stopped following Christ until the day in 68AD when he was beheaded under the orders of Nero. Paul was faithful right up until the day of his martyrdom. The Apostle Paul was pursuing the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Paul had received revelation of the third heaven of which he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians. The windows of heaven were opened to Paul and he was allowed to see and hear something that he said was not lawful for a man to speak.

Could it be that what Paul saw in the third heaven was the same as what Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and the Apostle John was allowed to see as revealed to them when the windows of heaven were opened? What these men all saw in a vision was the Lord Jesus Christ, fully man and fully Divine, sitting on His throne, high and lifted up and His train filling the entire temple.

The Apostle Paul intimately knew Jesus the Messiah “As He Is,” and not as He was. Unlike the other twelve Apostles, Paul was the only Apostle called of the Lord who was not with Him during the days of His flesh.

It was during the period of time when Saul was commissioned by the Temple at Jerusalem to persecute the Lord’s people that he met the risen glorified Christ on the road to Damascus.

Paul had never known Jesus of Nazareth in the flesh. He only knew Christ “AS HE IS” in His risen, glorified form. Because of this unique relationship with the risen Christ, the Apostle Paul decided that nothing was going to hold him back. He was fully persuaded and determined to declare his cruel past over and done with. After his personal encounter with Christ, Paul becomes a new man in Christ. Paul was willing to suffer persecution for the sake of Christ. He continued to press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

In his second epistle to Timothy Paul wrote: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Paul had no doubt who Jesus is and knew that by remaining faithful to Him that one day he would be crowned with the crown of righteousness by Jesus the risen, glorified Christ.

Paul, who came from a background of religious Jewish traditions and keeping of the Law had made a decision to count all of his religious accomplishments and pedigree family lineage but “dung.” Paul left it all behind once He saw Jesus for Who He Truly is!

We may also know Him AS HE IS today. We may press in to develop an intimate relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This may be accomplished if we are willing to spend the quiet time needed so we may learn from Him all that we can. Therefore let us consider Jesus the Messiah.

Eternity Past and Eternity Future

In eternity past Christ, in the form of spirit, was divine and shared divine attributes with the Father.

During the days of His flesh, Jesus of Nazareth chose to limit Himself by setting aside His divine attributes and was born fully man (flesh) with perfect sinless blood. In eternity past, Christ states that He was with the Father in eternity past and shared God’s glory.

Now and in Eternity Future He is and will be forever remaining fully man and fully divine, highly exalted by the Father as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Then when the Kingdom is established on earth He will take His rightful place setting up His government on earth and sitting upon His throne as Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings of the entire ever expanding Universe.

This is our eternal inheritance to live with Christ forever in the Kingdom of God.

Let us pray that God would assist us and allow us to see the Lord Jesus “AS HE IS” our Messiah of Nazareth.

Is Jesus Christ Fully Man and Fully Divine now?

Peter and the other Apostles whom the Lord had chosen had been with the Lord during the days of His flesh. They had traveled with Him, they ate meals together, and they prayed with Him. These Apostles had been witness to the signs, miracles, wonders and the mighty works, which He always credited to the Father. “These are not my works but the Father that sent me.”

One time He was approached and addressed as “Good Master.” He quickly corrected the individual and said, “Why call me good? There is none good but One, which is, God.

Matthew 19:16
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Mark 10:17
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Luke 18:18
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

At the tomb of His good friend Lazarus Christ wept. Other times Christ displayed anger towards those who attempted to stop the work of God. Often Jesus was moved with great compassion, especially when He saw Israel scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Upon hearing the report from the seventy which He had sent out Christ rejoiced and physically jumped up and down for joy! Christ expressed every human emotion during the days of His flesh.

Matthew 9:36
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Mark 6:34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

These and many other examples may be found showing the full humanity of Jesus of Nazareth and how He did not come to do His own will but His Father’s that sent Him.

Like all men, He experienced pain, sorrow, disappointment, loneliness, hunger, rejection and the entire range of human emotions which always were within the will of God. Christ taught us by example that it’s not what happens to us in this life but how we handle the hurts, sorrows and persecutions that matter.

In the garden of Gethsemane, His agony and temptation to find another way other than to suffer a cruel death on the cross was so intense the capillaries ruptured in His forehead causing Him to sweat blood. Nevertheless in spite of all the temptations, persecutions and sufferings, He overcame then and said, “Not my will but thy will be done,” giving glory to the Father Who had sent Him.

Hematidrosis is a rare condition in which a human being sweats blood. The actual cause of this phenomenon is not certain. Some scientists speculate that it happens when a person is under extreme stress.

Peter watched as the Lord was taken prisoner. Peter was present when Christ was being beaten and interrogated by the Roman soldiers. Peter stood by as they stripped and whipped Him.

The Centurions placed a bag over His head and repeatedly punched and taunted Christ. They openly mocked Him demanding Him to prophesy as to who was hitting Him. The Roman soldiers shamelessly mocked Him and spit on Him.

Peter was there when they crowned Him with thorns, put a reed in His hand, and covered Him with a scarlet robe. Peter was standing there as these base soldiers played a game called the “Kings Game” in the presence of their prisoner Christ.

“The ‘Game of the King’ or ‘Kings Game’ was something that the Roman soldiers often played before the crucified a prisoner. The winner in the game shot dice on this board that they scratched out on the stones. The winner got to pick a prisoner, who they would get to “honor” as king for the week, and they would bring Him out and they would subject Him to all kinds of humiliation. That was there prize. In this case, it was the King of Kings, and He created those soldiers. All the proper symbols were there. There was a robe, a crown, a scepter. The words were right – The King of the Jews. But it was all mockery.” https://hutchcraft.com/…/your-mos…/the-game-of-the-king-6270

Matthew 27:27-31 (KJV)

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

The Lord Jesus could have asked His Father to send more than twelve legions of angels and end it all. However He did not do this but endured the pain and despised the shame for all those who would one day believe on Him and live in His Kingdom.

Luke 22:61
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Peter knew that Jesus was fully human and knew that there was no other man he had ever known like this Jesus of Nazareth. No one else had the words of life and did such wonderful mighty works as Christ was able to do even though He had willfully stripped himself of the Divine attributes He once shared with His Father.

Christ always admitted that all the words He spoke and all the wondrous miracles He performed were not of Him but of the Father.

The Promise of the Father

Let’s return to Acts 2:33 to see what Peter learned while he was preaching on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:33
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

What a tremendous revelation and insight this is in observing how Jesus Christ became simultaneously both fully mortal and fully Divine after His resurrection and Ascension into heaven!

The Greek word for the word “received” in this verse is lambano, which means to take, take hold of, apprehend, to take or receive from another; to take what is given; hence, receive, pointing to an objective reception.

In Hebrews, the scripture declares that because the Son of God loved righteousness and hated iniquity, He would be anointed with the oil of joy or gladness above His fellows. When the Father anointed the resurrected and ascended Jesus of Nazareth with the oil of joy, it was without measure. At that precise moment, in the form of a resurrected glorified man God the Father restored all of Christ’s divine attributes which He had purposely left behind when He was conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Ghost. All those attributes which the Son of God had willfully stripped Himself of were restored to Him when He received (lambano) the Promise of the Father.
Then as the resurrected, ascended, glorified and exalted Son of God, Christ pours and fills each person that with the gift of holy spirit that believes on Him.

Philippians 2:9-11
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Andrew Murray, in The Holiest of All, page 77, writes:
“He is the anointed King. Therefore, because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God anointed Him. When He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the throne, he received from the Father anew and in its fullest measure, as the son of Man, the gift of the Holy Ghost to bestow on His people. That spirit was to Him the oil of joy, the joy that had been set before Him, the joy of His crowning day when He saw of the travail of His soul, an anointing above His fellows, for there is none like Him; God gave Him the spirit without measure. And yet for His fellows, His redeemed, whom, as Head, He had made members of His body. They become partakers of His anointing and His joy. As He said, “The Lord hath anointed Me to give the oil of joy.” Christ our King, our God, is anointed with the oil of joy, anointed too, to give the oil of joy; His Kingdom is one of everlasting gladness, of joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Is Jesus Christ Now and Forever Both Fully Man and Fully Divine?

As our Great High Priest-King, Christ will continue to make intercession for His saints until the Kingdom of God is established upon the earth.

As a man who was tempted in all points as we are, Jesus of Nazareth can fully relate to our infirmities.

As our high priest Christ is able to succor us in a kind and benevolent manner.

As fully divine, His grace and mercy allows us to approach the Throne of grace to find help in time of need.

Since His ascension into heaven Christ is able to among any two or three gathered in His name.

Christ is also the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 2:5)

Jesus Christ “AS HE IS” Today – Not As He Was

Our relationship with Christ must be “AS HE IS” today and not as He was during the days of His flesh

Recorded in the book of Galatians we read Paul the Apostle received revelation from the resurrected, ascended, and glorified Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

While traveling on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus realized who it was that he was persecuting. He immediately stopped maiming and killing the followers of Christ and began following and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Saul changed his name to Paul and never stopped following Christ until the day in 68AD when he was beheaded under the orders of Nero. Paul was faithful right up until the day of his martyrdom. The Apostle Paul was pursuing the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Paul had received revelation of the third heaven of which he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians. The windows of heaven were opened to Paul and he was allowed to see and hear something that he said was not lawful for a man to speak.

Could it be that what Paul saw in the third heaven was the same as what Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and the Apostle John was allowed to see as revealed to them when the windows of heaven were opened? What these men all saw in a vision was the Lord Jesus Christ, fully man and fully Divine, sitting on His throne, high and lifted up and His train filling the entire temple.

The Apostle Paul intimately knew Jesus the Messiah “As He Is,” and not as He was. Unlike the other twelve Apostles, Paul was the only Apostle called of the Lord who was not with Him during the days of His flesh.

It was during the period of time when Saul was commissioned by the Temple at Jerusalem to persecute the Lord’s people that he met the risen glorified Christ on the road to Damascus.

Paul had never known Jesus of Nazareth in the flesh. He only knew Christ “AS HE IS” in His risen, glorified form. Because of this unique relationship with the risen Christ, the Apostle Paul decided that nothing was going to hold him back. He was fully persuaded and determined to declare his cruel past over and done with. After his personal encounter with Christ, Paul becomes a new man in Christ. Paul was willing to suffer persecution for the sake of Christ. He continued to press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

In his second epistle to Timothy Paul wrote: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Paul had no doubt who Jesus is and knew that by remaining faithful to Him that one day he would be crowned with the crown of righteousness by Jesus the risen, glorified Christ.

Paul, who came from a background of religious Jewish traditions and keeping of the Law had made a decision to count all of his religious accomplishments and pedigree family lineage but “dung.” Paul left it all behind once He saw Jesus for Who He Truly is!

We may also know Him AS HE IS today. We may press in to develop an intimate relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This may be accomplished if we are willing to spend the quiet time needed so we may learn from Him all that we can. Therefore let us consider Jesus the Messiah.

Eternity Past and Eternity Future

In eternity past Christ, in the form of spirit, was divine and shared divine attributes with the Father.

During the days of His flesh, Jesus of Nazareth chose to limit Himself by setting aside His divine attributes and was born fully man (flesh) with perfect sinless blood. In eternity past, Christ states that He was with the Father in eternity past and shared God’s glory.

Now and in Eternity Future He is and will be forever remaining fully man and fully divine, highly exalted by the Father as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Then when the Kingdom is established on earth He will take His rightful place setting up His government on earth and sitting upon His throne as Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings of the entire ever expanding Universe.

This is our eternal inheritance to live with Christ forever in the Kingdom of God.

Let us pray that God would assist us and allow us to see the Lord Jesus of Nazareth “AS HE IS.”

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As He Is continued. . .

Was Jesus Christ fully Human?

Hebrews Chapter two deals with the humanity of Jesus Christ, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death to be crowned with glory and honor.

This chapter begins with the first and firm warning to take heed to the things which we have heard, because at any time they may drift away from us. The warning continues — to not neglect so great salvation, which began to be spoken by the Lord, when in the days of His flesh, He went about preaching and teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. All the while, the Father also bearing witness with signs, and wonders, and with many miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.

Hebrews 2:3 (KJV)
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

When we dig deep and study the scriptures closely, we learn that the Bible describes two ascensions of the Lord Jesus into heaven. The second and final ascension was from the Mount of Olives with the Apostles in attendance. The first was on the morning of His resurrection from the dead in the presence of Mary Magdalene.

On the very morning when the Father raised Christ from the dead, this Jesus in His role of High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, ascended into the third heaven, and entered into the Holiest of Holies (in heaven) to sprinkle His own sinless blood on the Mercy seat cleansing those who believe in His name from all sin

The scriptural evidence of this incredible truth is found in John 20:11-17:
John 20:11-17
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Take a moment and imagine what it must have been like the first time Jesus ascended into heaven on the morning of His resurrection. The attention of all the heavenly hosts were riveted on Him as He appeared as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek to fulfill His priestly duty of the atonement. What an awesome moment this was as the hosts of heaven watched as Christ approached the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

Orchestrated by the Holy Spirit the earthly High Priest performed his duty on the Day of Atonement of the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the Mercy Seat in the Temple at Jerusalem, Jesus Christ in His role of High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, was carrying His own precious blood into the Temple of heaven. The blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world was sprinkled by Christ on the Mercy Seat in heaven. At this most significant moment our redemption was complete!

All the eyes of heaven were watching in reverent silence as the Glorified Son of the Living God entered into the heavenly Holy place to cleanse the sins of His followers with His own precious blood. The plan of salvation was completed as His pure, precious blood was sprinkled on the Mercy seat. Redemption was complete and sealed for eternity! The reverent silence must have been broken erupting into joy and rejoicing that filled all heaven as the redemptive work of Christ was fulfilled!

Hebrews 9:24-28
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

After ascending into heaven and the sprinkling of His own blood on the Mercy Seat was completed, Christ returned to Jerusalem and spent the next forty days with his disciples in His resurrected body, teaching them the things concerning the Kingdom of God.

Acts 1:1-3
1 In the former account [which I prepared], O Theophilus, I made [a continuous report] dealing with all the things which Jesus began to do and to teach [Luke 1:1-4.]
2 Until the day when He ascended, after He through the Holy Spirit had instructed and commanded the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.
3 To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God. (AMP)

During the forty days after His resurrection Christ showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

The Second and Final Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

When the forty days after His resurrection were completed, He was on the Mount of Olives with the Apostles whom He had chosen, and commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem. There on that Mount, He instructed them for the final time to wait for the promise of the Father which He had previously instructed them on how to receive.

Acts 1:4
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Christ told the Apostles they would receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon them, and that they would be witnesses unto Him both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Then as the Apostles beheld Him, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Acts 1:9
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

They obediently returned to Jerusalem and spent the next ten days with the other disciples with one accord, in prayer and supplication. (Acts 1:12,14)

Acts 1:12-14
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren

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As He Is continued . . .

GLIMPSES OF ETERNITY FUTURE

God opened the windows of heaven and allowed the prophet Isaiah to see the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1-8
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

This was a revealed glimpse given to Isaiah of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Jesus Christ AS HE IS now seated upon His throne, highly exalted.

Isaiah was allowed to see what was to him Eternity Future. Who he saw was the Lord Jesus Christ sitting on His throne, high and lifted up, His train filling the temple, fully divine and fully man!

The prophet Daniel was also given visions in the night of this holy place.

Daniel 7:13-14
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 8:15-17
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Daniel 10:5-7
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

In what was to him ETERNIY FUTURE, the prophet Ezekiel also was given a vision of the throne of the Christ:

Ezekiel 1:26-28
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

The Apostle John received similar revelations of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings AS HE IS:

Revelation 1:9-19
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

A quote from Seiss’ Commentary on the Apocalypse PP14 on “The Son of Man” is fitting.

The one like unto the Son of man” (Rev 1:13), is Christ himself. He is described in the same way in the Psalms, in the visions of Daniel, and in his own discourses concerning himself. It is a form of speech meant to set forth the essential importance and prominence of the human element of the Saviour’s character; for it is in his human nature that his redemption work is conducted, and his victories achieved. It is as the Son of man that he came, lived, suffered and died. It was as the Son of man that he rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again, judge the world, and set up his glorious everlasting rule. But he is not to be conceived of as nothing but a man. He is “one like unto the Son of man.” This word like sets us upon the scent of something higher than humanity, though conditioned as humanity, and having everything in common with it. Thus, we read of him as “made in the likeness of men,”– “in all respects made like unto his brethren.”

Throughout the scriptures may be found many other accounts which tell of the visions that were given of Jesus Christ AS HE IS after His Ascension into heaven which occurred 40 days after His resurrection from the dead.

These men who received revelations and visions were permitted to glimpse into Eternity Future and see the form of the Lord as He would appear forever upon His throne. These revelations served to instill in them and others, who would hear or read their words, a faith, hope and love which at times is beyond description.

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The Final Temptation of Christ

The following scriptures will reveal where, when and what the final temptation of Christ was.

Matthew 26:36-39, 42
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

We read in the Gospels that during His agony in the garden, the Lord went to the Father three times to ask if “this cup” could pass from Him. It was here that Satan came with his final temptation of Jesus Christ to not obey His Father. This particular temptation was so intense that the Lord actually agonized during the temptation and sweat droplets of blood.

Luke 22:42-44
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

The Greek word for “agony” here in Luke 22:44 is agonia, which is to be in bodily strife, struggle or contest, a violent struggle or agony both of body and mind.

His agony was so intense that the capillaries in His forehead ruptured, and He began to sweat blood. However, once again as a man under intense mental and physical an-guish, the Lord Jesus Christ did not give in to this final and ultimate temptation. He resisted and overcame the Devil’s temptation.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are, and yet He never succumbed to sin.

Jesus Christ A Great High Priest

Hebrews 3:1 declares that Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Since He was tempted in all points, He is able to empathize with all men in their lowest state of sin. At the same time, He is able to advance to the aid of anyone who cries out for help, for all who shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

Hebrews 4:14-15
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 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.

Under the Old Covenant (or Old Testament), the High Priest after the order of Aaron would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel. He would sprinkle the Mercy Seat with the blood of bulls and goats covering the sins of Israel for one year. This special day is called the Day of Atonement, and Jews continue to observe this holy day today without the sacrifices of bulls and goats.

Hebrews 9:12-14
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit of-fered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 5:5-10
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suf-fered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:24-28
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for ever-more.

Is Jesus Christ fully Divine?

The epistle of Hebrews is one of “much more,” “better than,” “greater than.” In all things the epistle of Hebrews shows that Jesus was and is greater than all the prophets and angels, and is even greater than Moses. It also speaks of the New Covenant with its better promises than that of Abraham.
The New Covenant is shown as replacing the Old and truly being better (Heb 8:1-10). But within the New Covenant, these “better promises” of the Gospel are continually ex-pressed in terms of the fulfillment of the covenant made with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 22:1-18; Gal 3:7-29). In this sense, the promises we received are the promises made to Abraham in the unilateral covenant the Lord made with Himself – versus the Old Covenant which He made with the children of Israel through the ministry of Moses.

Chapter one of Hebrews deals with the Divine nature of Jesus Christ and begins with the word GOD! This should immediately capture the reader’s attention, in that it is lik-ened to Genesis which begins with, “In the beginning, GOD” or “GOD, in the beginning.” No other epistle begins in this manner, and as such, Hebrews should get our focused attention because this epistle declares that God is speaking to us from heaven in His dear Son!

God makes it known that in these last days He is speaking to us through His dear Son. God speaks to us not through the prophets or by way of angels, but in His dear Son.

The Fathers Son is greater than all the prophets or angels who in the Old Testament spoke at various times and places for God. Under the Old Covenant, the prophets and angels were limited to communicating to man’s intellect. Now, under the New Covenant, Jesus speaks by way of Holy Spirit directly into the spirit or heart of His people!

The Son of God is the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory and the express image of His (the Father’s) nature. The Fathers only begotten Son is the exact imprint of the Father, speaking into the heart or spirit of believers. The resurrected, glorified Christ is imparting the very life of God from the throne room of heaven itself into the spirit of believers.

The Son of God upholds all things by the word of His power, which has been bestowed upon Him by the Father. He has been appointed heir of all things, being made so much better than the angels. He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they have.

This Son of God, in whom God is speaking to us today, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down – or took His dignified and rightful place – at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, God anointed Him with the oil of joy above His fellows. Later on in this study, this anointing of joy, or Holy Spirit, occurred sometime after the resurrection between the Ascension from the Mount of Olives and Pentecost.

Today if we do not harden our hearts as Israel did in the wilderness, the Son of God communicates to us individually to speak to us from His throne in heaven. Christ reveals Himself to us thereby ever perfecting us in order that we may boldly enter into the Father’s presence to obtain mercy in time of need and to abide with Him and with the Father as overcomer’s of this present world.

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As He Is continued. . .

Eternity Past

Before the days of His flesh, in what (for discussion purposes) we shall call Eternity Past, was it possible that the Son of God was with the Father in the form of spirit? If so, did the Son share the same attributes as the Highest God? Let’s look at some scriptures that seem to indicate this pre-existence was possible.

John 17:5
And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed. (AMP)

Philippians 2:6-8
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [pos-sessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! (AMP)

These scriptures seem to indicate that according to the plan of salvation, the appointed time came for the Son of God to willfully limit Himself of His Glory and His Divine attrib-utes and willfully laid aside all those attributes that made Him equal with God.

In other words He, Jesus Christ, chose not to use His Godly powers while in the flesh, and in doing so, He made Himself of no reputation, took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was found in fashion as a man. Is it possible that the Son of Almighty God was willing to conceal His glory and leave His divine attributes behind (heaven) in order to be born a perfect human sacrifice for the sins of all mankind?

The way I see it, in this seemingly deliberate and willful act of obedience to the Father, the Son of God stepped from the limitlessness and security of eternity into the confines of the time and space of this fallen world. Accordingly, He was willing to humble and subject himself to the cruel and savage treatment He received during the days of His flesh in order to obtain the gift of salvation for mankind.

In obedience to the Father’s Will, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit Then after nine months in His mother’s womb, He was born a helpless infant, totally dependent upon His mother Mary and stepfather Joseph. He grew up as other children, along with His brothers and sisters, under the authority of His earthly parents in Nazareth.

The Lord Jesus willfully emptied himself to become man, so that He could save us from an eternity in Hell, and freely give eternal life to all who will confess Him as Lord.

Oh, what Faith! Oh, what Love! Oh, what Hope! Jesus, the Son of God, became the Son of Man to dwell among us in the flesh and to declare to us the Father God. This began the days of His flesh where He was fully human and having stripped himself of the divine attributes he shared with His Father.

Fully Man with Sinless Blood
John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

But how is it that the Son of God, Who is the Word made flesh, was born into this world without sin? The answer to this question may be found in the epistle to the Hebrews.

Hebrews 2:14
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

This verse is telling us that the children are partakers of flesh and blood. The word “partakers” is from the Greek word koinoneo, which means to share in common, to be a partaker of or in anything in common with others.

It is interesting that another Greek word is used to describe what part the Son of Man took. The verse does not say that He partook, koinoneo, of the same, but that He took part, metecho, of the same.

The Lord Jesus was born into this world with pure, sinless blood, which He inherited not from fallen Adam, but from His Heavenly Father. Jesus is the promised seed of Abraham, and He is the only human born of a woman without the original sin of Adam. The flesh He took part of was from the line of David through His mother Mary. And so He was born fully human in order to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.

Jesus Christ Fully Man and Tempted in All Points

Because He was fully human He was subject to temptation in all things and yet was without sin. Some might say that because He had sinless blood, it was easier for Him to resist sin. I believe the opposite of this is true. Sinless blood did not lessen the pressure of His temptation. To the contrary, sinless blood made His temptation all the more intense.

“There is a degree of temptation that we may never experience simply because, no matter what our spirituality, we will succumb before we reach it. But Jesus Christ had no such limitation. Since He was sinless, He took the full extent of all that Satan could throw at Him. He had no shock system, no weakness limit, to turn off temptation at a certain point. Since He never succumbed, He experi-enced every temptation to the maximum. And He experienced it as a man, as a human being. In every way He was tempted as we are, and more. The only dif-ference was that He never sinned. Therefore, when we come to Jesus Christ we can remember that He knows everything we know – and a great deal that we do not know – about temptation, testing, and pain”. Mac Arthur, John F., The Mac Arthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago Moody Press) 1983

During His forty days of fasting in the wilderness, the Lord was being tempted by the devil in three major categories. These include all areas in which all men everywhere are tempted.

Is it possible that being tempted in all points does not necessarily equate to the Lord going through the same daily battles of temptation to which we are all subject? How could He have been tempted in all points as we are without going through the daily trials and temptations of life? The answer to these questions may be discovered in the accounts of His temptation in the wilderness.

We find the Lord was being tempted for forty days, and yet did not succumb to any of the temptations to sin. The evidence of the manner in which He was tempted is given in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Both Matthew and Luke agree on these three areas of temptation.

In comparing the various accounts of the Lord’s temptation in the wilderness we find three points or categories:

1. If you are the Son of God, command these stones be made bread.
2. If you are the Son of God, cast thyself down.
3. Worship me, and I will give you all the power and glory of the world.

These points or categories are delineated in I John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

In understanding “all that is in the world” we must ask a question: What does the word all indicate here?

The context of this passage deals with loving not the world, neither the things that are in the world: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father…”

The three major points or categories which are not of the Father are:
1. The lust of the flesh.
2. The lust of the eyes.
3. The pride of life.

The following chart may help in understanding how the Lord was tempted in all points or categories:

Discovery Chart 001

Under these three points fall “all that is in the world” which is not of the Father. If they are not of the Father, they must then be in the category of sin.

Further evidence that Jesus was not tempted on a daily basis is also found in Luke 4:13, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.” When the devil had ended all the temptations, He left Jesus for a season and went away. The Greek word for “season” here is kairos, which means an opportune point of time at which a thing should be done.

Luke 4:13
And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. (RSV)

These scriptures indicate and are proof that Jesus was not tempted on a day-to-day basis. The scriptures declare that the devil left Him for a season only to return again at some opportune time.

This now begs the question: “What was this opportune time for the devil to return in order to tempt the Lord Jesus?” Once again, let us go to the Word of God to find the answer to this important question.

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A REVELATION FROM HEAVEN

It is understood, that God, the Father of Jesus Christ, is not limited by time and space. He is eternal, and as such, He is not subject to any of the natural laws of the universe as we are. God is sovereign and exists in the eternal now. We, on the other hand, are limited to time and space. Therefore, it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to fully grasp the meaning of eternity. Because of these human limitations I will be using the terms “eternity past” and “eternity future” in order to illustrate from the scriptures what I believe are the different forms of Jesus Christ’s existence.

We begin our journey on the day of Pentecost. Soon after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter – filled to overflowing with the Spirit – begins to preach the gospel. Near the end of his message, an amazing truth is revealed: the actual status and location of the Lord since His recent resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven is revealed to Peter as he is preaching.

Acts 2:32-33
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

This is the first indication that the Lord Jesus Christ has been glorified and exalted as prophesied in the Old Testament. This truth was being revealed to Peter as he, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached on the day of Pentecost. Some fifty days earlier, Jesus had told the disciples that He would send the Comforter and that this Comforter would guide them into all truth.

The Lord told His disciples this Comforter would not speak of himself, but what he hears; he would speak, and that he would glorify Jesus. This is exactly what transpired during Peter’s anointed preaching on the day of Pentecost, ten days after the Lord’s ascension into heaven.

This word “exalted” in Acts 2:33 is the Greek word hupsoo, which means to elevate (lit-erally or figuratively). It comes from the root word hupsos, which translates altitude, the sky or dignity.

Compare Acts 2:33 with Philippians 2:6-11:

Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Revised Standard Version puts it this way:
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:6-11 (RSV)

The Living Bible gives us another perspective:
Who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross. Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:6-11 (TLB)

In Philippians 2:9 we learn that God has highly exalted Him and has given Him a name, which is above every other name.

Keeping in mind that the Bible offers instruction, understanding, and purpose will assist in our investigation of the scriptures in order to find out exactly when this high exaltation of Jesus Christ actually took place.

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AS HE IS continued …

STRONGHOLDS

Understanding strongholds is an important step in our quest for truth. The wrong con-cepts we have developed in our minds can block us from receiving more truth about a subject. The Bible describes these wrong concepts as wrong doctrine. Wrong thinking or wrong doctrines are strongholds that must be identified and then corrected. The scripture is clear on the “pulling down of strongholds.”

What is the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God? It is throwing down or away anything that is contrary to “God-breathed scripture”. This includes what I or anyone else visualizes (imagines) or thinks (human logic) about what a certain scripture is (or scriptures are) revealing.

In order to receive the truth, we must be willing to let the authority of God’s Word speak to us because, as 2 Peter 1:20-21 states: “no prophecy of the scriptures is of any pri-vate interpretation.”

What are these strongholds the Bible speaks of? History provides an appropriate meta-phor. In Medieval times strongholds were nearly impenetrable defensive structures with thick walls made from mortar and stone. These were castles or fortresses designed to keep opposing forces out. Some strongholds were more elaborately constructed than others and were surrounded by deep moats and high towers from which the watchmen would keep vigilance against any threatening foes. In many instances access could only be gained through one entrance across a drawbridge. Once the drawbridge was raised, it blocked the only entrance and sealed off the fortress to the outside world.

While under siege, the inhabitants within the stronghold often became like prisoners trapped inside this massive structure. Many times a waiting game ensued to see who could persevere. If the opposing forces were able to outlast those locked inside the for-tress, they would eventually be able to penetrate the stronghold and take over. The only way to eliminate a stronghold like this was to penetrate the fortress through the force of a stronger army.

Biblical strongholds deal with man’s imaginations, ideas, concepts, and beliefs; and are similar to fortresses of mortar and stone in many ways. False teachings and non-biblical traditions in Christianity, when embraced as truth, are like strongholds. Many times these fortresses of the mind have served to imprison individuals and obstruct the clear understanding of the scriptures regarding Jesus Christ.

Equally detrimental are similar strongholds that have been developed in the minds of those who have been exposed to erroneous teachings that oppose and reject His Divine nature or His full humanity. Those who believe the latter only acknowledge and accept His humanity while denying His divine nature entirely. There have been books, teachings, and portrayals which individuals have been exposed to over the years that have clouded the truth of knowing Him AS HE IS. All these have served to blur the much-needed clarity concerning the only begotten Son of God.

Unless one has a clear view of both His divine nature and his human nature, an individual is most definitely limited in their true and vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and all that springs forth from that blessed relationship. It is interesting to note that not one of the four Gospels include a description of the physical attributes of Jesus of Nazareth.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

What is this treasure that is contained in earthen vessels? It is the knowledge of the glory of God! How is this treasure of the knowledge of the glory of God given? It is given in the face of Jesus Christ, which is fellowship with Him AS HE IS! Where is the truth of AS HE IS found? The Truth of Jesus Christ as He is today is only revealed by Jesus Christ though the scriptures and through intimate fellowship with Him.

In order to discover the truth of AS HE IS we must be willing to pull down strongholds in our mind and seriously and aggressively investigate the scriptures. We must also be willing to practically apply the truth of AS HE IS in our everyday lives. Unless we are willing to commit ourselves to this quest, we most definitely will remain ignorant of Whom and What Jesus Christ truly is today.

Philippians 3:7-10, 14-15
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Let us be imitators of Paul in his zealous quest to know Jesus Christ in his daily life.
In dealing with the subject of Jesus Christ, (AS HE IS), one must go to the scriptures to discover proof texts regarding both His Divine nature and His complete humanity.

To Be continued . . .

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