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13. Jesus' Indwelt Word

Same Gene Pool

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

Family Affection

Jesus' BaptismAt Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan, we have another indication that the Lord God lives in Jesus. The Holy Spirit appears like a dove and descends on Jesus, 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 family affection. They love one another! The mighty name, "the Word," describes Jesus Christ at the opening of John's Gospel. This loaded phrase, "the Word," is a deliberate reflection of a passage from Genesis 1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." It calls to mind John 1.1, which 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 societal pressures to be politically correct, rather than biblically correct and make all gods equal! The definition of "politically correct" is "the elimination of language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in sex or race)." Jesus was not careful about offending or upsetting any group of people in society with the truth. The Scriptures describe Jesus as being "with God" at the Creation and that he "was God." Saint Thomas says 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 is just a prophet. One of the five marks of a church successful in reaching the Millenials today is that they refer to "Jesus" rather than the vaguer "God" in their worship. We all tend to fall into this politically correct trap!

God Over All

Jesus is GodSaint Paul urges 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" also translated as "the Lord." The phrase "his blood" may mean "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 an exciting phrase in Romans concerning Jesus. In stating that Jesus is "God over all," he also adds new meaning to the generally used words "made in the image of God." Saint Paul writes 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 is saying that Jesus is the "Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised!" or "Messiah. God, who is over all, be forever praised!" "Christ, who is God over all," is 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 most significant fact of history and the foundation of the transformational power received by human beings at conversion. We define "divinity" as "the state or quality of being divine." However, it is hard to comprehend the divinity of Jesus Christ or 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. He wrote (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 note that the translation "in very nature God" may also be "in the form of God." The phrase "the very nature of God" may mean "the form of God."

God Became a Man

St Paul PreachingHere is a reversal of rational thinking. Now, we have to think of the divinity of Jesus Christ as "God becoming a man" rather than "man becoming a God," which is the intent of most other religions. Saint Paul argues 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 confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Jesus deserves, said Saint Paul, to receive all the praise and honor generally given to deity. Jesus bears and uses the powerful "I am" name of the Lord God himself!✞

Eternal True Jesus

Bodily Form GodThe eternal real Jesus comes in bodily form from God, who is timeless to this earth to dwell amongst humans like us. In Colossians 2.9, Saint Paul makes the astounding statement, "For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form." Titus writes 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 is described as "the great God and Savior." Like the Lord God, Jesus has "a throne" to sit upon and "a scepter" to hold to indicate his power. The writer to the Hebrews 1.8 says, "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 exalts the person of Jesus as "the true God and eternal life." It continues, "We also know 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 is that God blesses fragile and sinful human beings so that they can know "the true God and eternal life" as a friend and companion. Do you realize who the eternal Jesus is?✞

High Priest Jesus

Christ in GloryJesus is interrogated by the Temple High Priest Caiaphas and accused of blasphemy. Matthew 26.63b-66 retells 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 doesn't realize that Jesus as God can swear an oath under his name! The High Priest continues, oblivious to his words, "Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." Jesus replies, "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 anger 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 are not blasphemy but are 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 unspoken sacred 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 bow down and worship the Lord Jesus the Son of God then and there.✞

"Jesus' Indwelt Word"
by Ron Meacock

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