Jesus Christ: The Revelation of God’s Power and Glory

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). God said: “Let there be light and there was light” (Gen 1:2). Also in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). All things was made through Jesus. Nothing that came into existence without it being created by Jesus (John 1:3). Thus God created through Jesus. He demonstrated the same power of creation when He was on earth. Paul write in Col. 1:6 that literary everything visible and invisible, powers and authorities, spirit and angels was created by Jesus. Not a single molecule came into existence without being created by Jesus. Paul also wrote that Jesus is the image, direct presentation of God to such an extend that He is equal to God and in no sense less than God (Col 1:15).

How did Jesus demonstrate this creation power while He was on earth?

We saw that God created by speaking: “Let there be light” and it was so in an instant. Let us look what Jesus did when He was on earth.

When healing a leaper Jesus said: “Be clean”, and immediately his leprosy was healed (Matt 8:3). During a storm on the sea with His disciples He said: “Peace, be still”, and immediately there was a great calm. His disciples marveled because even the wind and seas obey Him (Mark 4:39-4). When healing Lazarus who was dead for four days and his body already started to decay and smelled He said: “Lazarus come out”, and immediately the dead man was restored to full health and the flesh of his body created anew.

Jesus demonstrated by His earthly ministry that He was the one who created heaven and earth. He could speak things into existence in the same manner as He created everything in the beginning. Nothing came into existence without God spoken it into existence. The mode of creation was also demonstrated by Jesus. In every case where Jesus did a miracle, he spoke things into existence and immediately it happened. Jesus demonstrated that God has power to created something from nothing in moments.

When Jesus is revealed to a person through the Word, he will understand Jesus this manner. The creation power of Jesus will be evident to Him. There are many people who doubt that God created in 6 literal days. They believe God used evolutionary processes over thousand or billions of years to created the heavens and earth. This is not what Jesus came to demonstrated when He was on earth, seeing that it is He who created everything. Jesus even taught His disciples how His return will be. It would be in the same manner. It will happen in an instant and the current heaven and earth will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth will be created in front of our eyes.

The question is, if you know Jesus, why can you not see His power and glory? That He did create and that He demonstrated His power to created. That He demonstrated how things will happen in the future in the same power.

What is Sanctification?

Three Aspects of Sanctification:

POSITIONAL: (1 Cor. 1:2, 30). All believers were so sanctified as saints, the youngest as well as the oldest, the most carnal as well as the most spiritual. As God sees us in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2 with Phil 1:1) (Bible.org, 2009).
EXPERIANTIAL: Depends upon our knowledge of and faith in our position in Christ (Rom. 6:1-11), converting our position into experience. Progressive, changeable, depends upon yieldedness, & God’s will (Rom. 6:13). As we are in our conduct (2 Thess. 2:13) (Bible.org, 2009).
FINAL: When we see the Lord and are made like Him sinless, sickless, deathless (1 Cor. 4; 15:54; 1 Jn. 3:2). Static, unalterable, Will result in our state in eternity (Phil. 3:21). As we shall be in glory (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49) (Bible.org, 2009).
True Sanctification is PASSIVE and ACTIVE. Passive is when we are sanctified by God’s grace through the washing of new birth. Paul explains it as follows: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5). This is positional sanctification where we are placed in Christ (Rom. 6) and seen as Holy by God through His Son, because no unholy thing will enter heaven. We do not contribute anything to this and it is wholly a work of God through the Spirit whereby we are placed in Christ. Paul explains this as someone being resurrected from the dead: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5).
True Sanctification is also ACTIVE as we work out our salvation. We have received a new nature as a free gift. We have received the indwelling Holy Spirit as a free gift. We cannot deserve this by choice or obeying something. This is a complete initial work of God. But the Bible teaches an active responsibility with this new nature we have received. Therefore Paul wrote to the Philippians “work out your salvation” (Phil 2:12). He also give the reason why we need to work it out. He says: “because it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phil. 2:13). God has a plan for every chid of His and that is to be separated and set apart from the world. “Therefore go out from their midst, ​​​​​​​and be separate from them, says the Lord, ​​​​​​​and touch no unclean thing; ​​​​​​​then I will welcome you, ​​​​and I will be a father to you, ​​​​​​​and you shall be sons and daughters to me, ​​​​​​​says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:17-18) ​​​ This is a process and we are not like this the moment we are born again. It takes time to grow in the knowledge of Christ. When we are born again, the seed of faith as small as a mustard seed is planted in us. The vail is now torn and as we behold Christ through the Word, we are changing daily from glory to glory. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).
Unfortunately there are also many false teachings around sanctification. The Bible teaches a balanced approach to most essential doctrines. Extremes has always existed. The human sinful nature is prone to extremes to either side of the balanced view of the Bible. There are those who will teach we can become completely holy this side of the grave without sinning at all. This group over emphasise active sanctification to such an extend that sanctification becomes a righteousness they must attain and work for. They forget the passive part where we are initially sanctified by the washing and cleansing of the new birth by the Holy Spirit. Every fleshly dead make them unholy and they must continually strive to be clean and this is a self effort and process. They try to abstain from every worldly thing, because it makes them unclean and they strive to perfection. It is self made holiness, because it forgets the passive part of sanctification whereby we are in Christ seen as completely Holy by God through Jesus Christ.
Then there is the other extreme where people over emphasise passive sanctification and they reject the active responsibility the child of God has to be separated from the world by the daily sanctification of the Holy Spirit as we lay off sin and commit more and more to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They over emphasise the passive part of sanctification to such an extend that it does not matter how a person live. They ignore the progressive nature of sanctification. This leads to the abuse of grace which Paul wrote about when he said: “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom 6:1-2). The end result of this extreme overemphasising the grace of God lead to abuse of God’s grace, because when I sin, it has no effect on me, because I am always Holy. Although this is true in a sense, the true child of God will also show the deepest desire given by the presence of the Holy Spirit in his heart, to hate sin and love His Father. He wants to please his Father with everything in him.
The balanced view of sanctification from the Bible contain a balance of both passive sanctification and active sanctification. The child of God is Holy because God has made him Holy in the new birth when He united him through the Spirit with his Son Jesus Christ. This is why he can enter the Holy of Holies. But the child of God also has a responsibility to work out his salvation by growing in the knowledge of Christ, by being separated from the world ann following Jesus, by laying down sin and continually live all the more in obedience to the Holy Spirit. This Paul confirmed in Galatians 5:25 when he said: “live by the Spirit…walk by the Spirit”. Both the passive and active components of sanctification can be seen in perfect balance in the following verses: “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:24-25). In the first instance we see the passive part where a believer who belong to Christ has been crucified and made Holy by the cross of Christ. But in verse 25 we see the active part where we have to obey and follow the lead of the Spirit which sanctify us daily not to follow the desire and lusts of the flesh. Look how Paul put it: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Gal 5:16-17).
 
References:
1. Bible.org. 2009. Sanctification. https://bible.org/illustration/sanctification.

The Founder and Perfecter of the Faith

You read of the founder of Microsoft and Apple or you read of the founder of Islam and the Mormons. Then you read of the PERFECTER and FOUNDER of our FAITH. All the others had a founder but not a PERFECTER. Why? Because they all were humans not the GOD-man. Jesus was the PERFECTER because He is the only FOUNDER who gave Himself up to make His followers PERFECT before the Father. He even rose from the dead to go and represent His followers before the Father. He pleads their case before God the Father. He FOUNDED the only true FAITH, but He also PERFECTED it by being tempted to the uttermost without sinning, by enduring the punishment of the cross on their behalf, by going through the heavens and making the path for them to have THE FAITH in the living God and Creator of the universe.

That is why Jesus is not ONLY a FOUNDER like ALL the other FAITHS, but He is the PERFECTER. He is the ONLY one who can take away sin and give a new heart so that His followers will love God with all their strength.

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:2)

He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, (Col 1:22)

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Heb 2:17)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Heb 4:15)

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:25)

THE TRUTH

The household of God, which is the church of the living God, [is] the pillar and support of the truth.  (1Tim 3:15)

The Church is the mechanism by which God communicate and upheld His truth.

The truth come from God. God is truth. The Spirit is truth. The Spirit of truth. The Word is truth. The Word is the logos of God. The truth became flesh. The Word is God.

For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.  (2Cor 13:8)

We as individuals make up the body of Christ who is the church of God. We can do nothing against the truth, ONLY for the truth. We live for the truth. We confess the truth. We die for the truth. The truth is the Word who is God and became flesh. “They Word is truth”.

The Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness

RAY COMFORT wrote: Jesus said that we love the darkness of sin rather than the light of righteousness, because the human heart finds pleasure in sin. If you don’t believe that, look at the artwork or motion graphics used to attract sales for contemporary entertainment. It reflects what the human heart craves—unspeakable violence, inconceivable horror, and unending sexual perversion.

This is so true. Movies, magazines and what make money, shows us exactly what pleases man’s heart….sex, alcohol, pubs, violence, pornography, gossip, war…..

If it was true that any person naturally desire after God, why does these things flourish and why does not more people just believe as so many churches propagate.

The Bible teach that man is a slave to sin (Rom 8:34) and cannot free himself unless the Son make him free (John 8:36). The Bible teach no one SEEK after God (Rom 3:11). No one FEAR God (Rom 3:18). Even if they know right from wrong, they hate the light (John 3:19).

This is hopeless and Jesus’ disciples recognized this after he showed them that a man cannot from his own free will choose God. They asked: “Then who can be saved?” (Luke 18:26)

Jesus answered: “What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

Jesus acknowledged that it is impossible for man to be saved from his own free will. Jesus said man love darkness in the presence of light. The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness (John 3:19).

What is the answer?

Only the Spirit can bring life to a dead sinner (Eph 2:1-5; Col. 2:11). Only the Spirit can cause the new birth (1 Pet 1:3). Only the Father can draw dead people to Christ (John 6:44, 65). The Father gave people to Jesus to be saved, who were His before the foundation of the world (John 17:6).