Living Out the Nature of Jesus

14 Jun
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When Jesus taught his disciples about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of God, he was teaching them about his Father, whom he came to reveal (John 1:18).[1] No one knows Jesus but the Father, and because Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3), no one knows the Father but Jesus, and they to whom Jesus is pleased to reveal him (Matthew 11:27). Therefore, Jesus’ teaching about the greatest in the Kingdom is a teaching about the nature of God.

What a contrast between what Jesus taught and what his people often teach. Jesus taught the disciples to be more like God—be an image of him, while often Christianity teaches us to obey moral principles. How is this different from the world? While it may be true that Christian principles are more morally sound than those of the world, the world often will practice a self-induced morality that would cause others to admire those who practice such a way of life. Those who are Christ’s, on the other hand, live by the Spirit of God dwelling within them (Galatians 5:22-24). It is the Spirit that puts to death or stops fleshy lusts, and we are motivated by the inspiration of God not the provocation of man (Galatians 5:25-26). The world has no such spirit (Romans 8:9).

Often TV-evangelism seeks to provoke men to live the life of faith with the hope of rewards, such as riches, success in what one does, good loving families etc. While there is nothing wrong with being rich, successful or having good loving families, one doesn’t expect these things simply because we trust in God. All Christians are not rich; all Christians are not successful; all Christians do not have loving families, and I can go on and on. Jesus was not rich in this world’s goods, and neither was he successful in this world’s eyes—the cross is evidence of that. Moreover, his family didn’t believe in him (John 7:5), but rather believed he was a little crazy for saying and doing the things he did (Mark 3:21, 31).

The logical conclusion is that this world believes to live by God’s nature is to be beside oneself. The world considers success the fruit of 24/7 labor, but God views success as one who lives to help others reach their goals. The world values power over others, but it would never go around bragging about being called to be another’s slave. Yet, it is God’s nature to live for and serve us, his creation. The world builds empires and thinks such are great. God called Abraham and thought that was great (Genesis 18:18).

We don’t even get to pick the best or nicest people to serve! After all, God loves and serves each of us, and I, for one, know for a fact I am not one of the world’s best or nicest of people. I am often contrary; I make a lot of mistakes, and I hurt a lot of people, sometimes deliberately so. When Jesus came into the world, the world, although it was created by him, did not know its Creator. He came into his own nation—the very nation he had begun through Abraham—yet, neither would they receive him (cp. John 1:10-11). Therefore, those who do receive Jesus as their Lord cannot take the Kingdom of God as their own through the power of inheritance (blood), nor do we desire it naturally (Isaiah 53:2), nor can we achieve it through the power of our will (24/7 labor). On the contrary, the Kingdom of God (the authority or right to become the children of God) is given to us through the grace of God (cp. John 1:12-13; cp. Luke 12:32).

In the world success cannot be achieved without being politically correct. It is the doctrine of this world—all gods are the same, no faith is better than another, etc. In theory (if not in practice) all are totally equal in the eyes of the world. If we object to this by living a different way, we shall be challenged, sometimes disciplined, but refusal to comply will be thought of as unloving, disloyal, and at times unlawful. Yet, the word of God tells us that only the Lord is God (1Kings 8:60), and living by his nature or Spirit gives life (Romans 8:10-11). It is through living by the nature or Spirit of God (Galatians 5:25) that we know we are God’s children (Romans 8:14-16), and the world is simply ignorant of such a Spirit (Romans 8:9).


[1] As I said HERE, this current theme about the person of Jesus is based upon the book: The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin. They are my thoughts about his book. He may or may not agree with the impression his book has made upon me, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading what Gayle wrote and recommend his book to anyone who is looking for a good read about Jesus.

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