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13. Jesus Indwelt Word

Same Gene Pool

Holy Spirit DoveJesus' word is indwelt by the Lord God in the person of the Holy Spirit. Simon Peter answers Jesus on one occasion in Matthew 16.16 and says, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Peter's acknowledgment of Jesus as the "Son of the Living God" indicates his belief in the fact that Jesus is, in our modern language, "of the same gene pool" as the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. Being the son of the "living god" indicates Saint Peter's belief in the "living" power of Jesus which he witnesses in the many miracles that Jesus performs. This is not a dead powerless deity, but an active alive one.

Holy Spirit

Jesus' BaptismAnother indication that the Lord God lives in Jesus is seen at Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan. The Holy Spirit appears like a dove and descends on Jesus, and a voice comes from Heaven and says in Luke 3.22, "You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased." Here we see Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly Father as members of the same family, sharing a family affection. They love one another! Jesus Christ is called by the very powerful name, "the Word" at the opening of John's Gospel. This is a deliberate reflection of a passage from Genesis 1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." It also reflects the Epistles of John. John 1.1 reads, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life."

Supreme Jesus

ThomasThe supreme Jesus is over all other gods despite the pressures in society to be politically correct even if that were not biblically correct. The definition of politically correct is "conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in sex or race) should be eliminated." Jesus was not careful about offending or upsetting any group of people in society. He was described as being "with God" at the Creation and that Jesus "was God." Saint Thomas said differently in his acclamation in John 20.28, "My Lord and my God!" Unlike Thomas, many Christian leaders today are being politically correct but biblically incorrect. Many would address Jesus as "God" publically in the face of other world faiths for whom Jesus was just a prophet even if that. One of the five marks of a church successful in reaching the Millenials today is the fact that they refer to "Jesus" rather than the vaguer "God" in their worship. It is a politically correct trap that we all tend to fall into!

God Over All

Jesus is GodSaint Paul urged the elders of the church at Ephesus in Acts 20.28, "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his blood." The words "the church of God" may be translated as "the Lord." The phrase "his own blood" may be translated as "with the blood of his own Son." We too are encouraged to look after the disciples of Jesus who are committed to our care. Saint Paul uses a very interesting phrase in Romans concerning Jesus. In stating that Jesus was "God over all" he also added new meaning to the phrase, "made in the image of God" which was used by humankind. Saint Paul wrote in Romans 9.5, "Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen." He was saying that Jesus was the "Messiah, who is overall. God be forever praised!" or "Messiah. God who is overall be forever praised!" "Christ who is God over all" was a lovely and complete description of the deity of Jesus Christ supreme.

Jesus Christ's Divinity

In God's NameThe divinity of Jesus Christ is the greatest fact of history and the foundation of the transformational power received by human beings at conversion. Divinity is defined as, "the state or quality of being divine." It is hard however to comprehend the divinity of Jesus Christ or of his "being in very nature God." The term "divine God" summoned up an image of the Creator of a vast expanse of the universe, or the one who can magically take soil and mold it into flesh and blood. Saint Paul wrote to the Philippians of this very truth about Jesus in Philippians 2.6-8, (Jesus) "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his advantage, rather he made himself nothing, by taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!" We noted that the translation "being in very nature God" may also be translated as "being in the form of God." Also the phrase "the very nature of God" may be equally written as "the form of God."

God Became a Man

St Paul PreachingHere was a reversal of normal thinking. Now, we had to think of the divinity of Jesus Christ as "God becoming a man" rather than "man becoming a God" which was the intent of most other religions. Saint Paul argued in Philippians 2.9-11, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that 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." Jesus deserved, said Saint Paul, to receive all the praise and honor normally given to the Deity. Jesus bore and used the powerful "I am" name of the Lord God himself!✞

Eternal True Jesus

Bodily Form GodThe eternal true Jesus has come in bodily form from God who is eternal to this earth to dwell amongst humans like us. In Colossians 2.9, Saint Paul made the astounding statement, "For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form." Titus wrote in Titus 2.13, "While we wait for the blessed hope - the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." The verse "all the fullness of deity" is compared with "the glory of our great God." Here Jesus was described as "the great God and Savior." Like the Lord God, Jesus had "a throne" to sit upon and "a scepter" to hold to indicate his power. The writer to the Hebrews 1.8 said, "But about the Son, he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.'"

Your Throne

Symbol for EternityThe epistle writer in 1 John 5.20b further exalted the person of Jesus as "the true God and eternal life." It continued, "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." The great marvel here was that fragile and sinful human beings have been blessed so that we could know "the true God and eternal life." as a friend and companion. Do you realize who the eternal true Jesus is?✞

High Priest Jesus

Christ in GloryThe High Priest Jesus was interrogated by the Temple High Priest Caiaphas and accused of blasphemy. Matthew 26.63b-66 retold the story of the trial of Jesus. "The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God:'" The High Priest didn't realize that Jesus as God could swear an oath under his name! He continued, oblivious to his words, "Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." Jesus replied, "You have said so, But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." These words greatly angered the High Priest. "Then the High Priest tore his clothes and said, 'He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?' 'He is worthy of death.'" These words from the high priestly Jesus were not blasphemy but were the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The Messiah?

Christ on CrossLuke 22.66-71 continues the story, "At daybreak, the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 'If you are the Messiah,' they said, 'tell us.' Jesus answered, 'If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.' They all asked, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He replied, 'You say that I am.' Then they said, 'Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his lips.'" Jesus again uses the sacred unspoken name of the Lord God of himself in his powerful words, "I am." The Jews insist in John 19.7, " 'We have a law, and according to that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.'" The Jews have the right conclusion but the wrong response for they should have bowed down and worshipped the Lord Jesus the Son of God then and there.✞

"Jesus Indwelt Word"
by Ron Meacock

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