The Perfect Image

Introduction

We are the product of our language. More than that, our language is who we are. Of course, we received language from our parents first, then family, friends, neighborhood, city and country. However, we can consciously modify our language and thus choose to become someone different. We can decide to counter script the language we received and substitute something better like God's Word, or Language. We have such an example of a person who made God's Word his own. God's word became his word. In doing so, this man became:

John 10: 15, says:

Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Of course, we know the verse concerns Jesus, his love of God and man.

He says, he knows the Father; he knows the Father because he has God's language, largely from the Bible, the Old Testament part, and what his Father continued to teach him during his life. Therefore, they spoke the same language. The more Jesus spoke God's language, and the body language as well, the more he became in harmony with being made in God's image and not just physically, but his having God's language. We certainly get a significant understanding of The Word being made flesh when we see that God’s Word is His Language, which became part of Jesus’ being. Therefore, this important relationship between Jesus and God is something we must fully comprehend.

How important is it for Jesus and Our Father in Heaven to speak the same language, God’s Language or Word? We see this happen so many times among people from the same foreign country, who come to the United States and learn English, and do very well with the English, but it's nice to speak their original language; they feel comfortable. I get a hint of that experience when we go to a foreign place, and I attempt to say four or five words in their language. It is nice to go back to English. Therefore, when Jesus and our Father in Heaven speak, they speak the same language; it is nice for God to have someone that speaks His language to Him as Jesus did.

Jesus said, God's will is his will. We often cannot say that.

Moreover, he goes on to say:.

“I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Because Jesus was so in love with God, as revealed by His language, by his Word, and therefore, so in love with His Language (His Word), that he wanted as badly as God wanted him to, to lay down his life for the sheep. They both knew as we know also now know that people have been deceived over the millennia and did not know God's language or what God wants from people except through a glass darkly as Paul says. Therefore, the only way to bring people to God was to make the sacrifice, which would get those chosen, to listen to the Language (or Word) and then to get baptize, be buried. The old self, represented by the old language, had to be buried and eradicated completely and utterly. Therefore, Jesus had the willingness and still has the willingness to lay down his life for the sheep -- no mean task.

And because he did that as a result of everything else that he did, he earned some very special blessings. We can see that God is the ruler of the heavens and the earth; we know this biblically, and we know this from just observing the universe. Therefore, Jesus proved himself, proved his love to God, and proved that God's Language was his Language completely and utterly.

He had no other language higher than the language of God. That is the reason he could lay down his life for the sheep. Therefore, God gave him authority to rule not just over the animals and the plant kingdom, but also to rule over everything else on Earth, all the people and nations.

Matt. 11:27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

They used a different language back then. I understand it linguisti-cally. By thinking about how we are our language gives us great understanding. When Jesus says no one knows the Father except the Son, we understand that we cannot know a person except by language, that is, by speaking and talking. Remember a person communicates by body language, which often is a more powerful indication of whom a person is than verbal language, and when the two completely complement each other, one has a true picture of the person. As the saying goes: because your actions speak so loudly, I cannot hear what you saying.

Jesus reveals in the gospel and the rest of the New Testament more about God’s language than we could know before.

Jesus receives that great benefit of being made in the image of God. God is the ruler, and God delegates to Jesus the authority to rule under Him. However, a person cannot rule unless he can rule himself. A person cannot rule until he has the language that he needs to rule by. Royals know that they must provide their children with superior education, so that when the time comes to rule in place of their parents, they will have the language, body language, and the linguistic attitude.

Jesus had to show that he had the godly character derived through godly language, because a person is his language. A person reveals his language in stressful and tough situations. Therefore, Jesus says that out of heart comes his words and body language, what a person really is.

Jesus endured the ultimate stressful situations, his torture and crucifixion. Jesus in this traumatic situation showed that he was made in God's image. Because God’s Word permeated his being so completely, he had no other language. Therefore, he had the power at work within that enabled him to fulfill God’s mission, the salvation of mankind. Moreover, as the High Priest and Ruler under God, his work is not finished until all antagonists are conquered.

1Cor. 15:25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

We learn a little more of it his reigning in Ephesians:

Eph. 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.

Early on, the world degenerated because the demonic deceptions persuaded the guileless Eve to rebel against God, which Adam agreed to. As time went on virtually all people developed an antagonistic attitude toward God even becoming enemies of God and enemies of other people because demonic deceptions are destructive to everyone, as the world of crime, war and disease amply demonstrates.

Remember, our minds and brains are created for language as we learned in linguistics. Taking it a step further, the understanding of God's word in a person’s mind makes him most sane and in touch with reality. God's Word fits most perfectly into a person’s mind because of the way God created a person’s mind. Like a program written for a particular computer, God wrote His Program (His Word) to work flawlessly in the mind He created for humans. People do not understand that Truth because they started with a different language gotten from the world, beginning with their par-ents.

God’s language fits the brain, its patterns and everything else of the mind most seamlessly, most normally and most humanly for those made in His image than any other languages filled with deceptions, half-truths and every other abnormality, which do not fit into the brain correctly. Therefore, a person becomes be truly human when God fills his mind with His Language. Without His Language, a person becomes less sane, more neurotic, less godly, and therefore prone to words and actions that are harmful to himself and others. The more a person has language antagonistic to God, the more malicious and/or psychotic they can become.

Therefore, Jesus must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet. Who are the enemy? They are the ones who hate God and His People and try to get people to show hatred to Him by disobedience. How do they get people to rebel against God? They deceive people into believing their lies, which in turn causes people to think they are doing good when, in fact, they are not, Indeed those enemies use damaged language against God and people, and, obviously, try to make them believe things that are harmful for them. The result, due to ages of deception, is people hear, say and think in language opposed to Reality.

1Cor. 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

Jesus already defeated the last enemy, but the vast majority of the human race still pay obeisance to a powerless figurehead. Death was abolished when he died for our sins. We were buried as Jesus was buried after he suffered and died in the crucifixion. Additionally, he says that we are supposed to carry our cross as well.

Thus, because of what Jesus completed, the old man is dead in be-lievers. That they keep allowing the old man to motivate them is something that is an anathema to their real selves that they have become.

Be renewed in God's Word and Spirit as the Bible says.

1Cor. 15:27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjec-tion,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.
1Cor. 15:28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

These verses make it clear that Jesus does not have authority in his own right. The verse makes clear that all things are put in subjection to him, the exception being God. Further, all things that are subject to the Son will also be subjected to the One God. Thus, God may be all in all.

In every way we look at Jesus’ life, he is pointing us to God, is pointing us to God by what he did, e.g., Jesus healed. God actually built into a body the ability of the body to heal itself. However, Jesus through the power within from God, went beyond that, and healed, because God wants to heal people. God does not want to see people sick; he wants to see people get well. Of course, sin can cause illness, and not in all cases, but in a great number of case. Therefore, to heal people, God destroyed the power of sin by His Son’s death and resurrection.

As Jesus preached God's Word, he told us about God, told us about the Kingdom of God and told us about God's plans for us to be in the Kingdom. Jesus deeply wants us to be like him, so we can have the same kind of love for God, which in itself is a blessing beyond belief. He wants us to have God’s language in us, and that language, the language of love, which in itself is the greatest benefit to us no matter what else is going on in our lives. We learn to love God as he loves us. We have his language of love in us as Jesus had and demonstrated it for us by giving us his example.

He showed that no matter what went on in his life, he maintained his connection with God at all times and shares that connection. Not only can we speak the same languages as God by our practicing it enough, we also have the God given channel to tune into His Word. Further, we pray to God and speak to Him. He hears us speaking on His channel. He always hears what we say, and we hear him as we look into his Word. Therefore, Jesus again points us to God.

Eph. 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

The heart is the center of a human being.

The eyes of the heart being enlightened is a metaphor for light. God is light as the Bible says. The Bible says God spread light like a sheet into the world. Therefore, the center of a person, his inner most being, has God’s Word shining brightly within them to give him understanding.

For example, look at all the adventures and peradventures that the Israelites had in and around the time of Passover and a couple or three years they spent in the desert. We cannot help noticing that those miracles had minimal effect on them. However, Moses who knew God’s Word without having great miracles, aside perhaps of the burning bush, became so familiar with His Language that his face actually shone brightly from the power at work within.

Obviously, language is the key. These miracles were all right, but they do not have the lasting impression. It is like a person has something very important happen to them in their lives. They say to themselves, this changes me. However, we know that unless a person makes the effort to do all the things that necessitated change it will not usually be long lived; while something dramatic may motivate a person, it does not change a person without the other efforts going on as well. A person has to make the effort to build that kind of language, that body language, that attitude of thinking, as well as everything else.

He prays for us that we will be enlightened, that we will know the hope of his calling. What is the hope of his calling — the kingdom of God. That is our hope; that is our goal. We know that being goal oriented is important. Therefore, we need not worry about these other things, because we can overcome a large number of things, if we are goal oriented.

This is where we are going, not everybody is; for some people being goal oriented is not a comfortable way for them to consider things. That this is what God says, be goal oriented in the hope of his calling. He says that will understand the riches of the glory of his inheritance and the Saints. As we become more like God, to be made in His image, we also have to behave as in His image and speak in his image.

Eph. 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

What are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints?

Without the saints, there is no inheritance. All the glory and every-thing else just sits there because there is no one to receive the inheritance, there is no glory of the people who believe in Him. God knew this from the beginning, and Jesus also, when he did what he did and said what he did. This understanding brings us to that point where we understand how badly God wants us to be like him, so that we can appreciate the glory of his inheritance in us.

Eph. 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

We can appreciate the surprising greatness of his power toward us, the power of His Language. We see what His Language did: let there be light, there was light, and all the other things that he said in Genesis, and there it was: the greatness of His power toward us.

Furthermore, of course, we know that the word of the spirit is part of the power. We know the word for Spirit is ruach in Hebrew, and it also means breath. A person’s breath vibrates the vocal folds (some call it cords) that make the sound possible to enunciate the word.

When people talk, it will be like when the drill sergeant talks. His breath adds a different power to his word, for when he says something to soldiers and to even those would be soldiers, they know he speaks with authority. When God says something, he speaks with authority, as he said on the mount, “I am the Lord your God.” He spoke that with authority that sounds like rolling thunder, that is the ruach.

However, you cannot have just the ruach without the words. The ruach could blow away the Red Sea, but for the most part, you need the words and the power behind the words: that surprising greatness of his power in those who believe.

Eph. 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.

The repetition of strength and might produces a linguistic force by saying the same words of similar meaning over and over in the same sentence. It is so much stronger than otherwise, and its meaning and power grows exponentially.

Eph. 1:20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

God also raised us from the dead in Baptism.

God would not seat him in heaven without what he did, without being as like God as is humanly possible, without perfect language, perfect accent, perfect grammar and a complete vocabulary knowing every single word in the language.

We see him at the right hand of God in the heavenly places, being like God in authority, in that image as well, far above, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. In every name that is many named.

Eph. 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

The term name in the Greek means authority and position. It is not only in this age the age that he's writing here in Ephesians, way back then up almost two thousand years ago, but also in the age to come, in our age, in any age, and in the age of the Kingdom of God.

1Cor. 15:27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.
Eph. 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

God put all things in subjection under Jesus and made him the head over all things to the church. Jesus has gone through everything, he understands all our weaknesses, he understands all of our strengths, and he understands our language. He is a force beyond what we can imagine. Even when we are not as diligent to his authority as we ought, he remains faithful to us.

Eph. 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, fills all in all
Eph. 1:23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all..

Eph. 3:20 ¶ Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

Jesus name, Amen.

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