SON of GOD
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” [John 14:6] This in response to Thomas’ question when he asked, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus, the Son of God, Victorious over satan, death and the grave is the inspiration and the means to come into future close proximity to the Father. Jesus declares Himself the exclusive way to THE FATHER. Now Israel knew the way unto God as the Almighty, the Law Giver, whose glory was hidden behind the veil. Never was God revealed as THE FATHER, nor was the way into His presence. JESUS is distinguished as the Truth, how so? In that in what He speaks, that He is the only way….. to where? To God the Father and His abode, and that by means of spiritual life, He alone may provide.
Can we see Jesus’ Call and Ministry exceeds that of the Messiah for Israel, or even Savior of the World? His Call stems from the higher position than just the Messiah, the deliverer of the Jewish Nation (although He will fully accomplish that), or the Savior of the World, (which He has accomplished) but His Call and Ministry is that of The Son of God. The Son of God made flesh unites Man to God beyond that of Moses’ Law or even of pre-fallen Adam. In that the earth was the realm of Man, whereas the Heavens and the Earth are the Son of God’s.
The excellence of the calling is found in the excellence of His previous Being, not limited in the spoken Word, in just “saving” fallen men, through justification by faith, and then restoring them to their realm, but through the Word made flesh, and man partaking of that Atonement, attaining unto Sons, not even just sons of God, but Sons of God the Father in a New Creation, lifted up into that future heavenly realm and abode of the Father, the New Jerusalem descending to above the earth.
Being saved is a Work of the Word of God before the Work of the manifested Son of God in the flesh. OC (Old Covenant) participants comprehended and obtained by faith a participation in resurrection and restoration in the earthly kingdom through the Almighty’s Word, seen and understood by Abraham, Moses and David. Justification has with it a limited quality of Life, that promised state of being of an eternal kind that accompanied the OC, a salvation wrought also through faith in God, that from a limited perspective, as He had revealed Himself in limited manner through Abraham, Moses and the Law as but….. “I AM”.
Jesus came to reveal the “Father”, as only the Son could. Jesus declares Himself, the Son of God, equal then with the Father.
The OC knew not God as the Father, although it did declare Him in His plurality as Elohim…. “….let US make man in our image, after OUR likeness” or in the words of Isaiah, “….for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts….Whom shall I send, and who will go for US?” And as no man has ever seen GOD, (the Father) who was it that Isaiah saw? And who was it that said, ‘Whom shall “I” send’…and who was represented in the “for US”, but the Son of God?
In the Son of God made Flesh, Crucified, and Resurrected, may we experience Life more ABUNDANTLY, beyond mere Justification, that is through Him in NC, the New Creation experience of the inscribing of the Word of God upon the heart “…….the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which given unto (within) us.” (This Truth answers to the future Millennial promise of the Torah to the restored Jew. [Jeremiah 31:33,34, 32:40] This then being the NC Call and Means to New Creation Son-ship. “I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away….” that in my laying down my soul unto death, and then raising it up again unto Resurrected Life, in that the Holy Spirit may come and indwell,“…for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
Jesus glorifies the Father; the Father glorifies the Son.
Jesus glorifies the Father by bringing the Power of the Holy Spirit to bear upon Men’s hearts that the Father may delight in having a new company, that of brethren, many Sons. [Hebrews 1,2] The Father glorifies the Son, in that He was obedient unto the enduring of death. He anoints Him now as above all, both in Heaven and Earth and under the Earth.
The Law of Moses gave the 10 imperfect Commandments, and afterwards, the limiting blood was shed. But these were suitable to His then purposes, that being “..no man is justified by the law..” Jesus gives a perfect new commandment, after which His perfect Blood was also shed. “That you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” [John13:14]
The Law of Moses commanded to love God and your neighbor as you love yourself. That word “neighbor” relating to all those who, like themselves, were redeemed and obtained unto the Inheritance of the Land of Israel. Jesus Commands to love the brethren, a love reflective of the Love of the Son and the Father. Closer than a neighbor, greater in Inheritance, befitting a heavenly sphere. [1 John 3:10-17]
IN THIS DYNAMIC, GOD IS GLORIFIED.
Jesus commends His Disciples unto the Father’s love and keeping. [John 17] He commands them beyond a power of themselves alone, as the Word is not to love “as you love your self” but as “I have loved you”. And Jesus loved them as the Father DIRECTED, more than Himself. As He gave up His Life for them, we ought (and are so commanded) to give up our lives, one for another. In this, is our distinguishing mark that the circumcision of the Law had in view. Thus we see the manifest indwelling of the Spirit in Peter, who thought he was in want of nothing, having been saved, with whom he is now cooperating, contrasted in the selfish fear at the night of Christ’s Passion. The result of revelation of TRUTH in 40 more days of discovery of the WAY with the Resurrected Lord, and the reverential empowering of selfless fear and love of the Pentecost LIFE.
We have been raised up out of the rudiments of this darkened world’s thinking, into the heavenly sphere of Light and Life. We must begin to see ourselves not only capable of loving the Father and our brethren, but greatly accountable to do so. That in the power of Jesus Christ, revelation in Him being the Way in Truth and Life, of His being the standard to which we must live if we are to share in His Glory.
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