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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VI of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VI of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

Jesus Christ Fully Man – 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 experienced 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 difference 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, and testing, and pain ”

MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur 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 which we are 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.

Luke 4:1-13 (KJV)

We find the Lord was being tempted for forty days and yet did not succumb to any of the temptations and 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:

I John 2:16 (KJV)

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?

Whenever the word all is used, it either means all with distinction or all without exception, and the context generally dictates which definition applies.

In I John 2:16 it is all without exception. 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
Click on Chart to Enlarge

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 are in the category of sin.

Further evidence that Jesus was not tempted on a daily basis is also found in Luke 4:13

Luke 4:13 (KJV)

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 (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.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART V of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART V of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

ETERNITY PAST

Before the days of His Flesh, in what 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 scripture that seem to indicate this pre-existence was possible.

John 17:5 (AMP)
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.
Philippians 2:6-8 (AMP)
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]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!

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 attributes 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, and took upon Him the form of a servant and was found in fashion as a man. Is it possible 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 Fathers 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 all who will confess Him as Lord eternal life.

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.

Fully Man with Sinless Blood

John 1:1-5 (KJV)

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.

Heb 2:14 (KJV)

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 man 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.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART IV of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART IV of XIII
By Frank J Manasseri

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. Then when he gets to the place as recorded in Acts 2:32 and 33, an amazing truth is revealed. These two verses disclose the actual status and location of the Lord since His recent resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven.

Acts 2:32 and 33
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses.
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 in John 16, that He would send the Comforter and that this Comforter would guide them into all truth.

John 16:7-15 (KJV)

The Lord told His disciples this Comforter would not speak of Itself, but what It hears, It would speak, and that It 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 (literally or figuratively.) It comes from the root word hupsos which translates altitude, the sky or dignity.

Compare Acts 2:33 (KJV) with Philippians 2:6-11(KJV)

The Revised Standard Version puts it this way:

Phil 2:6-11 (RSV)

The Living Bible gives us another perspective:

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 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.

To be contiued. . .

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Discovering the Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today Part III

Discovering the Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today Part III

STRONGHOLDS

Understanding strongholds is an important step in our quest for truth.The wrong concepts 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 doctrines are strongholds that must be identified and then destroyed. The scripture is clear on the “pulling down of strongholds.”

2 Cor 10:4-6(KJV)

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 me 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 I Peter 1:20 and 21 states no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation.

2 Pet 1:20-21(KJV)

What are these strongholds the Bible speaks of ?

History provides an appropriate metaphor. 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 made 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 fortress 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 by the force of a stronger army.

Biblical strongholds deal with man’s imaginations, ideas, concepts and beliefs and in many ways are similar to these fortresses of mortar and stone. 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 opposing and rejecting His Divine nature or His full humanity. The latter only acknowledge and accept His humanity while denying His divine nature entirely. Certain books, teachings, and portrayals which individuals have been exposed to over the years 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 and human natures 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.

2 Cor 4:5-7

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. One must also be willing to practically apply the truth of AS HE IS in their 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.

The Apostle Paul declared in Philippians:

Phil 3:7-10, 14 and 15 (KJV)

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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Discovering the Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today Part II

Discovering the Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today Part II
By Frank J Manasseri

A PURIFYING HOPE
The Word of God speaks of a transformation and purification that is to come upon every true follower of Jesus Christ when the reality of I John 3:1-3 begins to live in their life. The Apostle John wrote these words by revelation. Thinking and meditating upon this section of scripture fills the heart with joy for the promise to the Christian believer is; “we shall be like Him for we shall see Him AS HE IS.”
I Jn 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)

LORD! LORD!
Unfortunately the stark realty is a day will come when some that profess to know the Lord will confidently declare to Him how they had done many mighty works in His name. Sadly He will say to them, that He never knew them. This will be a terrible shock to these individuals who were so sure they knew the Lord! What a cold and rude awakening this will be to some that spent a lifetime thinking they were serving and worshipping Him. How painful and terminal is will be to these when they discover in eternity, they never had a personal relationship with Him AS HE IS.
Matt 7:21-23(KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The more we discover about an individual the deeper our relationship may become. The same is true of Jesus Christ! Therefore let us explore His nature for if we only know Him as fully human we are most definitely limited in our relationship with Him. On the other hand, we are limited in our relationship with Him if we see Him as fully God alone.

The fact of Jesus being fully man and fully God during the days of His flesh is a prominent Theology in most of the Church today. To others the statement that Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God may seem contradictory and some may even find this confusing. Still some may simply dismiss it all as foolishness. However the question remains. Is it possible for us to comprehend this seemingly difficult subject? Could a human being be fully God? Could God be fully human? And, if this is true, then how, when, where, and why did all this take place? The scriptures in Matthew 7:21-23 tell us how imperative it is that we know Jesus intimately and that He knows us. However before we continue in this quest let us investigate the subject of what the scripture defines as strongholds.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY Part I

The following is submitted by the author not as a completed work but as a journey in progress. This quest to personally know Jesus Christ “As He Is,” may take a lifetime, and one must be willing to be open to new information based upon truth of scripture alone and not speculation, feelings or experiences.

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY Part I of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri
This is a Biblical study of the plan of salvation, which after the counsel of

His own Will, The Father God along with His only begotten Son, set in motion before the

foundations of this world.

The goal of this work is to present information that will be both challenging and enlightening concerning Jesus Christ (The Messiah). What is written in the following pages may challenge some traditional theology in such a way that it will encourage the reader to join the ranks of those noble Bereans who after hearing the scriptures, “searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.” 1

THE REVEALING OF THE CHRIST

Today many are seeking to learn more about this Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the Son of the True God. During the days of His earthly ministry, Jesus presented a challenge to His disciples when He asked them “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am? 2

There was a significant purpose for His inquiry. This one simple question provoked a response that unleashed a revelation from Heaven concerning the Christ the Son of the Living God.

The Lord desired to know what the people were saying about Who He was, but of more importance to Him He desired to known whom the disciples believed He was. Why was this so imperative? Why didn’t the Lord just simply announce Who He was to everyone? Jesus knew He was the Christ the Son of the living God, and He certainly did not need any man to confirm or validate this truth. He knew that only the Father could truly reveal the Son and only the Son truly reveal the Father. 3.

In this revelation from heaven one may begin to develop an intimacy with Him, for what one thinks of Jesus Christ is the most singularly important factor for those who deeply desire to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and to know Him “AS HE IS” today.

In this record some thought He was John the Baptist, while some thought He was Elias, Jeremiah or some other prophet that had been reincarnated. Opinions have not changed much since the time when the Lord Jesus asked this question of His disciples. Even today individuals still have a myriad of opinions of what they think Jesus of Nazareth is.

Many so-called Biblical scholars hold symposiums designed to share information, insights and opinions hoping to find the answers to who Jesus really is. By the confession of their mouths they speak and declare who they think He is. Their conclusions are like the opinions recorded in this section of scripture, some are correct, and some are wrong.

Why is it so important to the Lord that people accurately know who He is? The proper answer to this question will determine the quality an individual’s personal relationship with Him.

If one thinks He is just one of the many Prophets or just another Holy man, then the relationship will not be based on truth. However if one accepts, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God then this relationship is built upon the solid rock of truth.

The Father God’s Love for mankind was and is continually manifested through His only begotten Son. The selfless life of sacrifice and service of Jesus the Christ is plainly illustrated as we journey through the pages of the Bible. (John 17:16-26)

The Son of God declared the Father to His followers and to all those who would listen. (John 1:18)

To be continued. . .

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