No changes in the below paragraph today … yet it is still indeed a work in progress that continues to need testing by the Scripture and the Spirit … Biblical correction expected, encouraged and appreciated …
The divine and eternal Son of God was conceived in Mary’s womb by His heavenly Father via the Holy Spirit, born and incarnated as the baby Jesus, 100% man and 100% God … the last Adam … the Son of Man. What the first Adam failed to do as 100% man, despite being fully tempted the last Adam would succeed at doing as 100% man by remaining without sin and being 100% available, surrendered, and submitted to God … meaning that God was living 100% IN and THRU His only begotten Son. In His love/faith relationship with His heavenly Father … Father, Son and Holy Spirit demonstrated their unity as one. And Jesus was not without choice in this … He loved, trusted, surrendered and submitted to His heavenly Father of His own accord being fully obedient to all His Father commanded Him to do. What Jesus accomplished in this world was not a result of His eternal divinity, but as a result of the fully devoted relationship He entered into with His Father as a man. The divine presence the world observed was a result of the Father living IN and THRU Him in their mutually abiding relationship … a divine presence Jesus expected to be seen by the world in even greater magnitude as a result of Jesus living IN and THRU His followers in their mutually abiding relationship.
The motivation for the above paragraph … for this series of ‘just like Jesus’ posts … is that so often we miss what Scripture reveals … the life Christ is to live IN and THRU us as believers is almost identical to the life the Father lived IN and THRU Jesus … and IMHO if we are to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him we need to see and understand that truth.
Today let’s look at miracles and the resurrection.
After being witnesses to a healing on the Sabbath, Jesus told the Jews desiring to kill him the following …
For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. John 5:20 (ESV)
And sure enough … they did … as God the Father performed miracles, wonders and signs through Jesus …
Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know– Acts 2:22 (NASB)
As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:36-38 (ESV)
So God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit after His baptism … and God was with Him … aren’t we who believe IN Jesus just like Jesus in this regard?
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 (ESV)
Greater works than Jesus? How is that possible? First, Jesus was but one and we who follow Him are many acting in unity and oneness. Second, well, Jesus answered the question … because He is going to the Father … He has overcome the world … He has conquered death … He has paid our wages of sin … He is our intercessor … and we now have the abiding presence power of Father, Spirit and the resurrected living Son. And yet, as believers do we truly and fully grasp that prophetic promise?
The Bible provides mixed signals on the resurrection of Jesus … but not really. In many passages, Jesus indicates He will raise Himself up while in other passages it is indicated that God raised Him up. Sometimes Scripture speaks of God as God the Father while at other times it speaks of God as the triune God … Father, Son and Spirit. So there really doesn’t seem to be an issue … but for the sake of this post consider how the resurrection is described in the following two passages from Acts …
But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24 (NASB)
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. Acts 5:30 (NASB)
And how then do we arise from the dead? John 6:39, 40, 44 and 54 all pretty much ay the same thing … Jesus will raise up … or resurrect … those who believe IN Him on the last day … just like God raised up Jesus.
Just like Jesus …