The God of Jesus, Part Two

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Father, Teacher and King
 
Jesus began his education at age five, we know. By ten, he began his study of the Torah and had a natural affinity for God’s Word, indeed an intense desire to learn about God and, of course, his ancestor David. His insatiable appetite could not be filled because, in part, he was twelve, the oldest a child can be before the teens. The teachers, the Rabbis, here seemed to the young boy to be beyond those in Nazareth, he reveled in the opportunity to discuss God’s Word with those who knew it well.
 
Luke 2:43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,
Luke 2:46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
Luke 2:47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.
Luke 2:48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.”
Luke 2:49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
 
As God’s adopted human son, Jesus had to live up to the image of His Father. God showed Jesus, by His creation for example, how He gave us everything for life and life more abundantly. He demonstrated His love for people by his saving souls like Noah and promising Abraham that his progeny would grow, rule a great nation and eventually lead to the one who would die for all sinners and evil doers.
 
God’s Word becomes an integral part of a person, like Jesus; and like all who are permeated with God’s Word become sons of God.
 
He studied the Word for twenty years and understood it better than anyone else in history. A person is not flesh and blood, mind and soul, but a being of language and communication. The entire universe makes up the communication matrix because God is the great communicator. He is the Word, a Being of language in all its aspects, which language reveals the entire character and being of the Person.
 
John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 
Jesus had to exhibit all the aspects of the Word, Communication. All Jesus said and did (body language or sign language) must be like His Father, in His Image.
 
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
Teacher
 
God’s Word in what is called the Old Testament reveals God’s Mind to all who would accept Him. Jesus chose to elect God as His Teacher; God taught him by His written Word and by those appointed by God as Rabbi. Jesus. He learned as we must that the Commandments reveal the foundation of God’s instruction to those made in His Image.
 
John 12:50 “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
 
God taught Jesus and Jesus taught what he learned from Him. Just as God, through the system, appointed the rabbis to teach Jesus, He appointed Jesus to teach God’s Word. Indeed fifteen scriptures call Jesus, rabbi. Jesus more and more resembled God, who adopted him, and taught by God’s authority God’s Word better than anyone else.
 
John 7:16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
 
God continued to give Jesus more and more authority because Jesus chose to walk by the Word and Will of God with his whole being. As Jesus knew, each day brings opportunities to find better and better ways to serve Our Father and Teacher.
 
John 5:30 ¶ “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
 
Jesus always pleased God in all the ways God told him in His Word, which completely overwhelmed him. Since God’s Word lived in him, he was never alone or did anything apart from what Our Father in Heaven taught him.
 
John 8:28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.
John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
 
Adopted Father
 
After all his study and replacing his language (idiolect) with God’s, something extraordinary occurred. He received God’s Spirit after baptism. Something happens when God plants His Spirit-Mind, within a person beyond just knowing His Words. Something clicks, a light goes off in the mind, sees the world with a different perspective, a grand understanding occurs, a person is fundamentally changed. An ah ha moment!
 
It changes from mechanically doing the Word to being filled with the Word; therefore, the doing comes instead from the enlightenment. God adopted him: today you are my son. That changes everything. He is my Daddy and loves me like His son. Nothing could be greater. He wants the best for me.
 
Jesus prayed to God forever and God responded by His Word in, what we call, the Old Testament. The Word answered every question. All of a sudden, after his act of baptism being buried like death and then being resurrected to life, he heard God’s own voice speaking to him and the others around him. His father answered him in person! And Jesus received the Spirit and God told him that He adopted him and made him His Son. This was the best day, ever, in his life so far.
 
Matt. 3:16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on [Greek, entered] Him,
Matt. 3:17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
 
Look what happened after the infusion of the Spirit-Mind. He was led to the desert to fast and then to face impossible temptations, which he could handle because he became the Son of God. He is permeated with that intense understanding and relationship. Every good thing is possible, more importantly he trusted God to bring the highest good for and to him.
 
It changes a person from trusting one’s self, the world, the demon to trusting God completely without a doubt.
 
Just as Eve was tempted by her desire to get wisdom and by the desirability of the fruit, Jesus, as well as all of us, are tempted by our desires, which are antithetical to God’s Will and Way.
 
Look at the temptations vis a vis faith in God.
 
Jesus became hungry after fasting. He knew he could command the rocks to become food; he had the Power. So Satan tempted him in that area. Jesus rejected the desire to use his power for vanity, to use his power to satisfy the desires of the flesh.
 
Matt. 4:2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.
Matt. 4:3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
Matt. 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
 
Jesus knew he would be a priest like Levi; the prophecies were there. He wanted it badly, but not badly enough to rise up against God’s will and put Him to the test.
 
Matt. 4:5 ¶ Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,
Matt. 4:6 and *said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,
            ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’; and
            ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,
            SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”
Matt. 4:7 Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”
 
Jesus’ great desire was to rule like David. This was his heritage and purpose. Nothing could be more important, except to be a Son to His Father in Heaven. The power of the Spirit-Mind of God overwhelmed any old desire that would emerge from his subconscious. It was incredibly difficult, impossible except for the Power of God’s Spirit-Mind, which Jesus gave himself over completely.
 
Matt. 4:8 ¶ Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;
Matt. 4:9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
Matt. 4:10 Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”
 
Jesus received the Spirit-Mind of God after he was baptized. Received comes from the Greek, lambano: “to take with the hand, lay hold of, any person or thing in order to use it: absolutely; to take in order to carry away, without the notion of violence, tas astheneias, i.e. to remove, take away; to take what is one’s own, to take to oneself, to make one’s own; a. to claim, procure, for oneself; to receive (what is given); to gain, get, obtain: absolutely.” Thayer
 
Like all communication, receiving the Spirit-Mind of God requires a person to take what is given and use it in all its potential from overcoming bad habits and desires as pointed out in God’s Word.
 As a result of receiving the Spirit-Mind of God and overcoming the temptations, Jesus exhibited the power at work within: the devil went away and angels entered his life and took care of him, i.e., fed him.
 
Matt. 4:11 Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.
 
Jesus repudiated the wiles of the demon because God, his Father taught him everything he needed to know because fathers teach their children what they need to know. Furthermore, God taught Jesus how to be a king as an Uther Pendragon taught and gave example to his son, Arthur.
 
Will of the Father

 
Jesus told us, when we obey God’s Commandments and all His Laws, God adopts us, just as He adopted Jesus.
 
Matt. 12:50 “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
 
That is, “There stand here the members of a family transcending and surviving this of earth: Filial subjection to the will of My Father in heaven is the indissoluble bond of union between Me and all its members; and whosoever enters this hallowed circle becomes to Me brother, and sister, and mother!” JFB
 
 
 Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Rom. 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. NLT-SE
 
Let us have joy in our hearts always and never cease to thank God for what Jesus did for us.
 
1Th. 5:16 Rejoice always;
1Th. 5:17 pray without ceasing;
1Th. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1Th. 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit;
1Th. 5:20 do not despise prophetic utterances.
1Th. 5:21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
1Th. 5:22 abstain from every form of evil.
 
It is God’s will that we live with Him in love forever. As Jesus behaved as the Son of the majestic Father, so, too, will we behave more and more like a true Son or Daughter of Our Father in Heaven.
 
1John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1John 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
 
God is love and we love Him back when we demonstrate our love by our deeds, keeping His Commandments just as Jesus showed us.
 
1John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
 
Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor

Sabbath Christian Church

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