January 26, 2014

Jesus as Our Example aka The Humanness Of Jesus

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Jesus as Our Example aka The Humanness Of Christ

First, let me cover some basics for any that might not know. Every human being is made up of three parts.

We have a Soul which is our mind (our thoughts and feelings, our will, and our emotions).

We live in a Body: this is literally our body and its five senses as well as its desires, cravings and needs.

These two parts (soul and body) are what make up  “the flesh”.  The Flesh is the only place that the enemy can mess with a follower of Christ.  (2 Corinthians 1:22 says we are sealed by the Holy Spirit in our hearts.)

Some Demonic  issues Christians may face are:

Mental problems:

  • Confusion
  • Relationship problems
  • Fear
  • Doubt
  • Anger

Physical problems

  • Illnesses
  • Digestive Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Physical problems that they can’t find a cause for

Spiritual problems

  • Not caring about G-d, His will, or His Church anymore
  • Don’t want to hear the Word
  • Don’t pray like you should
  • You can’t hear G-d
  • or if you do, you don’t realize it’s Him

Financial issues

  • Lack: There’s more month than money
  • You’ve got more bills
  • Things are breaking down or having to be replaced

“Hereditary” problems

  • Alcoholism or other addictions
  • Lack of education (no one in the family ever graduates)
  • Hereditary illnesses
  • Anything bad that “runs in the family”

The Bible calls hereditary issues “Generational curses”  and says “I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,”.  You say, “But, I don’t hate G-d!”  Do you have a close, personal relationship with Him?  Do you hear and obey Him?  And the answer to both is “No” unless you have accepted what Jesus did for you on the cross and live to please and serve Him.

The third part of man is the spirit: (Notice that a lower case “s” is man’s spirit; capital or upper case “S” is the Holy Spirit.) Our spirit is the real us, the part controlled by G-d, made in His image, and the part that G-d created to be in control.  The spirit is what is born again when someone accept Jesus, and it is what becomes absent from the body and present with the L—d at death.   There is a connection between the  human spirit and body and when that connection is severed, death occurs in the body.  The spirit or spirit man, however, will live forever.

And Everyone’s spirit will live forever.  The question is…. where?  Those that accept Jesus as their L–d and savior and follow Him will be in Heaven, those that don’t- won’t.

With that being said, let’s see how, and why it is important to walk in the  Spirit instead of the “flesh”.

  • John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

(Remember: you hear G-d in the spirit, not the flesh and you cannot follow what you can not hear!)

How do we know if we are controlled by our flesh or our spirit?

Easy!  Check your thoughts, feelings, and actions:

Galatians 5:16-21 (Amp)

16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Someone is said to be carnal or carnally minded if they walk “in the flesh”, exhibiting the Works of the flesh, and that is not a good thing.

Galatians 5:22-25 (Amp)

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

So, if we are walking in the flesh how do we change it?

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mark 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

That does not mean to hang ourselves on a cross or otherwise hurt or damage the body.  To “deny oneself” means simply: to deny ones flesh: do what you should, instead of what you want; do not eat or do not eat certain things for an extended length of time (It doesn’t count to “fast breakfast” if you never eat breakfast anyway.  Duh!); or deny yourself the things you enjoy for a given period.  

And if we are not willing to do this, we are not followers of Christ.  Or Jesus either.

And, yes, Jesus had to do this, too.

Hebrews 5:5-9

(5)  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

(6)  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

(So we KNOW this is talking about Jesus.)

 (7)  Who in the days of his flesh (He was walking in His human nature , being carnally minded[2]), when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying (as in grief clamouring[3]) and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared (He dreaded it: He did not want to go[4]);

Jesus in Prayer 17

Jesus in Prayer 17 (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

(8)  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience (came to understand attentive hearkening, compliance or [5]) by the things which he suffered (to experience a sensation or impression (usually painful[6]);

(Notice that  only after He has put His flesh under does verse nine happen.)

(9)  And being made perfect (completed, AFTER He accomplish this[7]), he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (to hear under (as a subordinate), that is, to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority: – hearken, be obedient to, obey.[8]);

The Amplified says “[His completed experience] making Him perfectly [equipped]”[9].

Is there something you have to do but just can’t make yourself do it?  Who have you not forgiven?  Who do you need to apologize to?  Have you been called to serve and you · just · do · not· want to do it?

We have already been equipped in our spirit with everything that we need in order to be able to do all that we have been given to do, we just have to keep the flesh put under and be controlled by the Spirit.

If this is an issue for us, Jesus, our High Priest, set the example and showed us exactly what to do to get past it:

Do as He did in  Gethsemane.

It will hurt (but won’t cause harm), and it will not be a one shot deal (we all need to do this every once in a while just because we are human), but we have the promise of the Father:

It will work!

In this, as with everything, just open the book and follow Jesus.  He will show us the way.

[1] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%205&version=AMP

[2]  Flesh- Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G4561[ii]

[3]  Crying -Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G2906

[4]  Feared- Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G212

[5] Learned & obedience – Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G3129 & G5218

[6] Suffered- Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G3958

[7]  Perfect- Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G5048

[8]  Obey- Strong’s Greek Dictionary via e-sword.com entry G5219

[9]  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%205&version=AMP


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