Chapter Two, I AM That I AM
The author was prayerfully and thoughtfully considering the Lord and His Word. God directed the author’s attention to consider the names that He revealed about Himself to man and the purpose behind each name.
A study of the names that God gives concerning Himself is very revealing. God is known in a way that is directly applicable to His particular purpose at hand. In other words, God relates Himself to man in a way that man understands based upon God’s purposes at the given time. This may help clear up some confusion regarding the “Father” and “Son” terminology.
The names that God reveals to man gives us some additional insight into who God is. In the beginning (after creation), man is given the names “God and “Lord.” The words “God” and “Lord” are also used throughout the Word of God. We are further instructed that in the beginning Jesus is known as “the Word” – and the Word is God (Jn 1:1-2). It is also interesting to note that in the end (the conclusion, at Christ’s coming), Jesus is also known as “the Word of God (Rev 19:13).” Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev 1:8, 11, 21:6, 22:13).
In heaven Jesus is known as the Word. 1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” On earth, Jesus is known as the Son. In other words, Jesus is related to man as being the Son of God – the Father.
The Apostle John wrote of having seen with his eyes and handled with his hands the Word of life. Jesus is the Word and Jesus is the life (1 Jn 1:1, also Jn 14:6). John 1:4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men (also Jn 10:28, 17:2, Rm 6:23, 1 Jn 5:11-12, 20).” AND 1 John 1:2, “For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.” Man’s life is found in adherence to God’s Word (Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4). Jesus said, verily, verily (of a truth, count on it), I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life (Jn 5:24).”
The name “Word” was indicative that God spoke His Word and all things came into existence. God said and it was (Genesis chapter one). At God’s Word (such faith) all things come into existence and at God’s Word all things come to an end (Is 55:11, also Heb 1:10-11) – the Alpha and the Omega. Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” AND Revelation 10:6-7, “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” God’s Word begins all things and God’s Word concludes or ends all things.
God was known to Abraham as “the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth (Gen 14:19, 22)” and “the God of heaven, and the God of the earth (Gen 24:3).” This title was indicative of God’s authority & Sovereignty and God’s ability to carry through on His promises to Abraham: Genesis 12:2-3, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (also Gen 13:14-17, 15:5-7, 17:8, 24:7, 28:14).”
The Lord’s blessing and promises were based upon or due to Abraham’s obedience (Gen 22:18, 26:4-5). God’s promise passed on to Issac (Gen 26:2-5, 24). The Lord was also known to Abraham as God Almighty (Ex 6:3). Nothing is impossible to God, not even giving a son to a hundred year old man (Gen 21:2-5).
Now here is a greater understanding of the complexity and mystery of God’s purposes. When reading the accounts of God’s dealings with Abraham and particularly God’s promise to exceedingly multiply Abraham’s seed into a great nation, one would be left with the impression that God was specifically talking about literal fleshly descendents. Although God did multiply Abraham’s physical descendants, this understanding alone would miss the greater purposes of God.
God was not concerned with multiplying Abraham’s fleshly descendents, but rather those who descended from the faith of Abraham (1 Cor 10:1-12, Rm 4:16). Romans 9:6-8, “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”
What does this mean? Galatians 3:7, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” The promise is through faith and not the flesh. Those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rm 8:1, 4). Romans 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Neither was the inheritance through the law (Gal 3:18). The faithful are the people of God which are the blessed of all the nations of the world through Christ (Gal 3:8). The faithful inherit all things (Rev 21:7). Galatians 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Galatians 3:29, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Therefore: “that which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all (Rm 4:16).” Romans 4:11-12, “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.” We must be circumcised in the heart (Rm 2:29), meaning the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live (Deut 30:6, also Deut 10:16, Jer 4:4). This element of demonstrated “faith” cannot be emphasized enough!
The Jews believed that they were children of Abraham through lineage – fleshly descendants. They missed God’s purposes totally. John 8:39, “They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.” Abraham’s works were faith and obedience to God – willing to sacrifice everything to God (even his only begotten son, Isaac – Heb 11:17, Js 2:21, Gen 22:2-16). Abraham was devoted to God. Jesus said: Matthew 8:11-12, “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The children of Abraham are by demonstrated faith – they do the works of Abraham – they hold nothing back from serving God! – Others are only by association.
Consider John the Baptist’s message to religious men: Matthew 3:7-10, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” These religious men were trying to claim Abraham’s righteousness through descent (lineage) with no righteousness of their own (2 Cor 5:21, 1 Jn 3:7). The fruit John was talking about was the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is produced by the Holy Spirit in those who have faith in God. (Gal 5:5, Eph 5:9, Heb 12:11, Js 3:18).
It should be further noted that when Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem down the mount of Olives that the people began to praise Him: Luke 19:38-40, “Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” This was reminiscent of what John the Baptist had said. If the descendants of Abraham stopped praising Christ, then God would raise up children of Abraham from the dust of the earth to do asmuch – this is how God formed man to begin with and He is able to do it again.
John the Baptist was telling these very religious men who thought they were children of God based upon lineage that they must repent and demonstrate the sincerity of that repentance through their actions. God is not interested in fleshly lineage, He can raise such from the dust of the earth. God is interested in faith and righteous actions. Many men must be born to obtain few who are faithful! God fashioneth all men’s hearts alike; he considereth all their works (Ps 33:15, Pv 15:3, 11).
The same message applies to religious men today. You cannot claim the righteousness of Jesus through some repeated prayer or religious association (membership). To be found in Christ is to be found in obedient faith which walks as Jesus walked (Col 2:6, 1 Jn 2:6). You must stop transgressing God’s will and be led of His Spirit to be a son of God (Rm 8:14, 2 Cor 3:18).
Jesus had told the religious Jews that the children of Abraham do the works of Abraham (Jn 8:39). Similarly, the children of God do the works of God. A true son loves, submits to and obeys his father and does the father’s works. Do not claim to be a child of God if you are not doing the works of God. A son must honor his Father (Deut 5:16, Mal 1:6, Mt 15:4, 6, Mk 7:10, 10:19, Lk 18:20, Eph 6:2). Jesus said: “I honour my Father (Jn 8:49).” Christ set the example of God’s expectations for man to follow.
Jesus was referred to as the “Son of God.” Christ’s disciples who are led of His Spirit are also “sons of God” (Jn 1:12, Rm 8:14, 19, Gal 4:6, Php 2:15, Heb 12:7, 1 Jn 3:1-2). It is true that Jesus is God, but another message is also being conveyed here. Jesus is the firstborn of many brethren (Rm 8:29) – the first begotten of the dead (Rev 1:5, Acts 26:23).
Jesus also set the example for man in how to be a “son.” Jesus was filled and led of the Holy Ghost. Jesus was also submitted, obedient, loving, faithful, trusting and devoted to the Father (Jn 8:49). Jesus was the “Son of God” and man must conform to Christ’s well pleasing image to also be a “son of God” (Rm 8:29). Jesus was “the Son of God” and faithful men become “sons of God” in conforming to Christ’s example/image. This is achieved by “following” Christ’s example. The Holy Spirit leads us to become sons of God (Rm 8:14, 2 Cor 3:18, Col 3:10).
Christ was conceived of the Holy Ghost and thus born (Mt 1:20, Lk 1:35). Jesus’ disciples are baptized of the Holy Ghost and thus “born again (Jn 1:12, 3:3, 2 Cor 5:17).” John 3:5-6, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Remember that John the Baptist emphasized that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost (Mt 3:11, Mk 1:8, Lk 3:16, Jn 1:33). Therefore: Jesus is truly the firstborn of many brethren (Rm 8:29) – all born and led of the Holy Ghost; and these are sons of God (Rm 8:14).
Abraham’s true children were those who walked as Abraham walked. Children must honor their father. These men were of the flesh, but Jesus told them they must be of faith and demonstrate it through their actions. God told Abraham: “for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me (Gen 2:22).” Actions, not words! Galatians 3:14, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” AND that the combination of the Spirit mixed with our faith produces righteousness (Gal 5:5) – our justification (Rm 5:1, 1 Cor 6:11, 1 Tim 3:16, Ti 3:7).
Jesus verified that the true children of Abraham are those who walk by faith: Matthew 12:47-50, “Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother (also Mk 3:32-35).”
Christ was a physical descendent of Abraham by lineage. However, the Lord did not count His family as through the flesh, but rather those who do the will of God – the children of faith! – Jesus is not ashamed to call them brethren (Heb 2:11). Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Jesus is the inheritor of the promises of Abraham! The faith of Abraham is faith in Jesus Christ, who is God.
God addressed Himself to Jacob as: Genesis 28:13-14, “And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed (also Mt 22:31-32).
The Lord was still the God of heaven and earth – the One who could deliver or bring forth His promises. The Lord used the terms “God of Abraham” and God of Issac” to denote familiarity and understanding to Jacob. God was much more than merely Abraham’s or Isaac’s own personal God. The title was to relate God to Jacob in a way that he could understand. This was to ensure there was no misunderstanding that He was “God” and not just one of the many false gods of the land.
This was to reveal that God was the author of this developing nation or people. The foundation from which God built this new nation was: Genesis 26:5, “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” There would have been no nation or people of God if Abraham had not been faithful. Abraham’s faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness; and he was called the Friend of God. (Rm 4:9, Js 2:23). God’s nation was to be built upon such faith and obedience to God.
Jacob understood that God was the Lord of Abraham; his beginning. Jacob also understood that God was the Lord of Isaac; the succeeding generation and his direct father. Jacob further understood that this was the God of his “blessing” or “inheritance” – the promises given to Abraham that Jacob had so desired.
The name Jacob means supplanter (Gen 27:36). To supplant is to trip up the heels; to remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of (as in a rival); to undermine. Jacob struggled before God with what his nature was when he left his father Isaac to go into the land of Padanaram, and with what his nature had become after years of hard labor and toil (Gen 28:2-3). Jacob wrestled with an angel of God prior to returning to his father Isaac in the land which was promised to Abraham (Gen 32:24-25). Jacob prevailed: Genesis 32:26-28, “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Jacob’s struggles with his old nature and subsequent change of names is representative of being “born again.” Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (Jn 3:3).” There must be a change of natures from the self seeking (prideful) man to one who is humble, submitted to and desirous of God’s will. Sojourning in Pandanaram had humbled Jacob. God used the circumstances in Jacob’s life to change his heart. One must be born again (renewed, re-created) into a new man (new creature) that is at peace with God and who seeks the Lord’s righteousness and holiness in all things (Rm 6:6, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 2:15, 4:24, Col 3:10).
The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Mt 11:12). There are many struggles before God, but you must prevail in your desire to enter into the kingdom of God. You must strive to enter in at the strait gate, many will seek to, but shall not be able (Lk 13:24). Seek the kingdom of God first/foremost (Mt 6:33,Lk 12:31).
Israel later stated: “The Angel which redeemed me from all evil (Gen 48:16). AND “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD (Gen 49:18).” We must now be redeemed from evil by Jesus Christ the Son of God who is our salvation. Humble eyes can see God’s truth!
God revealed Himself to Moses in several ways. Firstly, God’s purposes were to send Moses back to Egypt as a means (vessel used of God) to deliver His people from Pharaoh. To Moses, this must have seemed a daunting task, particularly with regards to his involvement and inabilities (Ex 3:11-12, 4:1, 10-17). Moses asked God His name: Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” God was relating to Moses that He was capable of doing this thing – His purpose or will. The Lord was going to fully carry out His purpose. In other words: “I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it (Is 46:11).”
The Lord next revealed Himself to Moses as: Exodus 3:15, “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” This was God relating Himself to the children of Israel in terms they would understand (Ex 3:16). The Lord was establishing the fact that He formed them through His covenant with Abraham and his sons Isaac and Jacob – their foundation. In other words: Isaiah 43:15, “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” God reveals that He is the God of their fathers or beginning. God shows that they are His people. This revelation also gave the children of Israel further hope because of the promises that had yet to be fulfilled.
The Lord then reveals something special to Moses: Exodus 6:3, “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” JEHOVAH means “everlasting strength,” for God is the Most High over all the earth (Ps 83:18, Is 12:2). Isaiah 26:4, “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” This is to be self-existent or eternal – an unchangeable and all powerful God.
God revealed this to Moses to relate what He was purposing to do and to reveal His ability to do that which He purposed (Ex 3:19-20). Exodus 6:1, “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.” The “everlasting strength” was going to deliver His people from Pharaoh (representative of Satan) by that strength (Ex 13:3, 9, 14, 16). The Lord said of Pharaoh: Exodus 9:16, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” The Lord told Moses: “I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments (Ex 6:6).”
Pharaoh took God’s people and placed them into bondage. God was come to loose them and bring them back – “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God (Ex 6:7).” Similarly, the devil took God’s people and put them into bondage and Jesus came to loose them and bring them back – “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God (1 Pt 2:10, also Rm 9:25, Ti 2:14).” The Lord comes in great strength and power and those who seek Him will forsake their old life of bondage and embrace new life serving God (Ex 6:7). John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
After God delivered Israel from the power of Egypt, it was said: Exodus 13:14, “And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage (also Ex 13:3, 14, 16, 14:13-14, 18, 30, 15:2, 6-7, 13, Ps 106:10). Therefore: Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
So, the Lord is JEHOVAH our everlasting strength and most High over all the earth. He delivers and saves His people. God’s people are the faithful descendants of Abraham (Jew or Gentile). Exodus 15:11, “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” This will become so clear to God’s people in the near future as the final deliverance of Abraham’s children of faith is made manifest. Sometimes God’s purposes require His people’s patience.
Moses also acknowledged that there is only one God: Deuteronomy 4:39, “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” The following was revealed in the song God gave Moses: Deuteronomy 32:39-40, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”
God the Father; God the Son
The titles of “God the Father” and “Jesus the Son” are only revealed as such to man in relation to or in terms of Jesus being the Christ or Messiah. God the Son is related to man as Savior, Redeemer, Messiah, Christ, Lamb, Emmanuel, etc. This revelation covers the time period from Jesus becoming flesh and dwelling among men and what takes place thereafter – on into the literal manifestation of the kingdom of God (Rev 11:15). In God’s purposes, the Son of God redeems and atones for man as the male unblemished passover lamb (Rev 5:9).
Let us more fully consider this. The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin named Mary (Lk 1:26-27). He revealed that she had found favour with God and would conceive and bring forth a son named JESUS (Lk 1:28-31). Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Please note that God would be the literal Father and the child that would come forth would be the Son of God. The power of God is the Holy Ghost which is God. The Son that comes forth would be the “Word made flesh,” which is God (Jn 1:1-2, 14). God sends forth His Word in power and accomplishes His purposes (discussed below).
This is the first time the phrase “Son of God” is used (except for once in Daniel). God is the Father (Holy Spirit) – scripture makes clear that Jesus “as was supposed” the son of Joseph (Lk 3:23). Mary is the mother. So Jesus is fully God, yet also man. Jesus will also become known as the Son of man. So Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of man – the reconciler of the two (advocate, high priest, King).
At the birth of Jesus (Lk 2:21), an angel announced to the humble shepherds in the surrounding fields: Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” This was the first use of the word “Christ,” which means “the Anointed (the Messiah).”David had also been raised up on high and anointed of God (2 Sam 23:1-2 & 1 Sam 16:13). The anointing is the Spirit of God – “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power” (Acts 10:38). John the Baptist bore witness that Jesus was the baptizer with the Holy Ghost. Jesus anoints His followers with the Holy Ghost (1 Jn 2:27).
Will Jesus always be known as the Son of God? We cannot exactly say, but it would appear that Jesus will be known by a new name. The phrase “Son of God” has quite a significance in terms of what God has done for man. When Jesus is in heaven (before and after coming to the earth), He is only referred to as the “Son of God” once. This is when He addresses (relates) Himself to the church in Thyatira (Rev 2:18). However, scripture reveals: Revelation 19:12, “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” AND Revelation 19:13, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” This name (the Word) brings us back to Jesus’ name “at the beginning (Jn 1:1).” Revelation 19:16, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” So, here we have three naming references to Jesus: 1) there is a mystery name, 2) a name denoting function and 3) a name denoting authority.
The Lord tells the faithful church at Philadelphia: Revelation 3:12, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” It appears that once man has been fully reconciled with God after the Second Coming of Christ that Jesus will be known by a new name. It seems that Jesus will no longer need to be known as the Son in the new earth and manifested kingdom of God.
Jesus the Word is God, but He also became flesh and took on the seed/lineage of Abraham and David (Jn 7:42, Acts 2:30, Rm 1:3, 2 Tim 2:8, Heb 2:16). For what purpose? To deliver (redeem) and lead His people back to God. Jesus always said, “follow Me” and “learn of Me.” What were we to learn? Man was to learn to “follow” in terms of a relationship between a Father and a son.
The Word took on flesh for God’s greater purpose in dealing with man, but the flesh was not the Word. The flesh was a vessel of clay as with all men. Hebrews 10:5, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” – to do thy will, O God (vs. 7). Jesus came to carry out God’s will in the body of a man. Therefore: Hebrews 1:5, “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?”
Notice that when the Word becomes flesh, the Father begets Him as a Son. This is an intended relationship that God is conveying to man. Hebrews 1:6, “And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” The Father even calls the Son “God:” Hebrews 1:8, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Christ’s throne is as follows: Luke 1:32-33, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (also Ps 132:11).” The unclean spirits even recognized Jesus as the Son of God, the Holy One (Mk 1:24, 3:11, 5:7, Lk 4:34-35, 41).
The Son loves the Father and perfectly obeys His will – keeps His commandments (Jn 9:4). The Son respects the authority of the Father and honors Him (Mal 1:6, Jn 8:49). The Son sacrifices for the Father. The Son submits to the Father. Jesus the Son is teaching man how to relate to God the Father. The Father loves the Son (Jn 17:26) and gives Him all things – an inheritance (exalts Him). John 16:15, “All things that the Father hath are mine…”
The Son demonstrates His love and obedience to the Father through His actions (Jn 9:4). Jesus willingly left the glories of heaven and His great riches and honor to become as a man and suffer death. Philippians 2:7-8, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” AND 2 Corinthians 8:9, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” The Son teaches man humbleness and obedience to God the Father. The Son teaches man submission to proper authority.
So among other things, God is relating Himself and His will to man in a way that man can understand. God Himself is walking an example for man to follow. Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour (also Eph 6:1-3).” We should not get all hung up thinking that a son must be inferior to a father or be created by a father – that Jesus is somehow “created” or less than God. This is not what God is trying to relate. God is not lessening the Son, but rather building Him up for our example and to show love and relationship – authorities and expectations. Recall, the Lord said: “I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son (Heb 1:5).”
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, perfect example, and sending of the Holy Spirit, man can be a son of God. God will be a loving Father (Abba) to man. This will be somewhat discussed in relation to the Holy Spirit later in this writing, but for the sake of clarity: John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” The Holy Ghost is that power (Acts 1:8)! Romans 8:14-16, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” AND Galatians 4:6, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” AND Ephesians 1:5, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
God referred to Israel as His son. The Lord told Moses: Exodus 4:22-23, “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.” The sons of God serve Him! A son serves his father with love and devotion. The children of faith are the children of God (Lk 20:36).
Was Jesus adopted by God? No, God through the power of the Holy Ghost sent the Word to become flesh (to accomplish His purposes and not return void). Jesus the Word was and is and shall be God (Jn 1:1-2). Jesus was relating to man, in a way man could understand, what it means to be a son of God. Jesus set the eternal example for man to follow in everything He did. The Word (born the Son of God – Jesus, Lk 1:31-32, 35) was sent out (goeth forth) from the Father to accomplish God’s purposes (prosper in the thing whereto I sent it, that which I please) and the Word (Son of the Highest – Jesus, Lk 1:32) returned to the Father totally victorious (Is 55:11). John 16:28, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” God the Father was well pleased with the Son (Mt 3:17, 12:18, 17:5). Let us consider God’s purposes more fully:
In the lineage of Christ, we are told: “Adam, which was the son of God (Lk 3:38).” Adam was God’s creation – the first man, and in a sense God’s son. Adam did not meet the Lord’s expectations in that he sought his own will over God’s commandment. Isaiah 43:27, “Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.” The transgression of God’s will (law, commandments) is sin and such produces death. Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners (Rm 5:19). 1 Corinthians 15:2, “For as in Adam all die…” Therefore, all men are under God’s condemnation of “thou shalt surely die (Gen 2:17).” – for the judgment was by one to condemnation (Rm 5:16) AND Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation (Rm 5:18).
Jesus (the second man and Son of God) came to the earth as a man to accomplish what Adam failed to do. 1 Corinthians 15:47, “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” Furthermore, this was God coming to the earth to reveal His expectations for man and to set/walk the perfect example for man to follow. Jesus walked the walk and then said, “come follow Me (Jn 12:26).” Jesus spoke the truth and walked the truth. Adam failed God’s will by disobeying the Lord’s commandment. Jesus perfectly kept God’s will (never sought His own will) and fully obeyed all of God’s commandments and was without sin (Jn 5:30, 6:38, 8:28, 50, 12:49, 14:31, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, 10:7, 1 Pt 2:22, 1 Jn 3:5). Adam sought his own desire over God’s will. Jesus never pleased self and His meat was to do the will of the Father that sent Him, and to finish His work. (lived by God’s Words, Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4, Jn 4:34, 5:17, 36, 9:4, 17:4, Rm 15:3). Jesus was perfect, righteous and holy (Mt 5:48, 1 Jn 2:29, 1 Pt 1:15-16).
Christ loved, honored, and obeyed God as a Son to a Father. Jesus was the walking example of loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mt 22:37-38, Mk 12:30, Lk 10:27). Jesus diligently kept all of God’s commandments, loved the LORD God (the Father), and walked in all His ways, and cleaved unto Him (Deut 11:22). Jesus was the walking example of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39, Mk 12:31, Lk 6:31, 10:27). These are the two great commandments of God. Matthew 22:40, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (also Mt 7:12).” These commandments are more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices (Mk 12:33). Walking in these great commandments fulfills all of God’s expectations for man. These are Christ’s commandments of love to man – and this Jesus did!
Man is told to walk as Jesus walked (Col 2:6, 1 Jn 2:6) – to follow in His steps (1 Pt 2:21) – to learn of Him (Mt 11:29). 2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” Jesus said: John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Walk as children of light/truth (Eph 5:8).
How can man possibly walk as Jesus did? The answer is in the same way by the power of the Holy Ghost. As part of Jesus’ sacrifice and death, He procured the promise of the Holy Ghost – power from on high (Lk 24:49, Acts 2:33). This power enables man to walk as Jesus walked (discussed in “Holy Ghost”). So it can be said: 1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life giving – to make alive) spirit.” You must be born of water (repentance) and born of the Spirit (the Holy Ghost’s power working in you) to enter into the kingdom of God (Jn 3:5).
God gave man a commandment and made it very clear that violation of that commandment would result in death (Gen 2:17, 3:1-3). Man violated God’s commandment and is now under the condemnation of death. God owes man nothing. Anything that God now does in the way of restoring or reconciling man is the Lord’s mercy and grace. Man merits/deserves nothing but his rightful condemnation – all have sinned (Rm 3:23).
Even so, the Lord is a merciful God (Ex 34:6-7) and has made a way of restoration and reconciliation through His Son (through Christ). Psalms 103:10, “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus the Son offered up His perfect well pleasing life of obedience to God’s will in exchange for man’s sins and then suffered man’s condemnation. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” AND Mark 14:64, “Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.”
Jesus was crucified for man’s transgressions (he that is hanged is accursed of God, Deut 21:23). Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (restored to God).”Christ was the propitiation for man’s sins (Rm 3:25, 1 Jn 2:2). Propitiation is the act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of one who is offended (Is 54:7-8). Isaiah 53:11, “He (God) shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” – I restored that which I took not away (Ps 69:4).
Again, consider God’s love: 1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Jesus’ sacrifice of self would make amends for man’s transgressions and bring about reparation (satisfaction, recompense) thereby allowing the obligation of God to punish the crime to be canceled – resulting in satisfaction for the offense. Jesus redeems lost and sinful man. Jesus delivered us from so great a death (God’s condemnation), and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us (2 Cor 1:10).
Jesus atoned for man’s wrongs. Romans 5:9-10, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Hebrews 9:12, “…by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” – without shedding of blood is no remission (Heb 9:22).
Jesus came to gather the lost – the meek, humble, lowly, contrite of heart, poor in spirit, those who seek God and tremble at His Word. Jesus leads them (through His example and by the power of His Spirit) back to God. Galatians 1:4, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” AND Psalms 23:3, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
He was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin (1 Jn 3:1) – for he shall save his people from their sins (Mt 1:21). Jesus leads out of sin (or transgression of God’s will), out of the darkness. Those who remain in darkness or think that Christ’s sacrifice justifies their continued darkness do not “know” God and are not found in Him (Jn 3:19-20, 1 Jn 1:5-6, 2:3-4, 9). Jesus will one day tell those that work iniquity to depart from Him (even though they say Lord, Lord, Mt 7:21-23, Lk 6:46). Forgiveness is for those who forsake their transgressions. How can you be forgiven to continue in your violations? Such forgiveness would have no meaning.
God raised Jesus from the dead and death hath no more power over Him (Rm 6:9, also Eph 1:20). The same will be true for those who follow Jesus. Romans 1:4, “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” 2 Timothy 1:10, “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” The only way death can be abolished is if the transgressing of God’s will is abolished. This is where Christ, through the Spirit, leads man – to stop transgressing God’s will – to righteousness.
In conclusion: Romans 5:17-19, 21, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore: Romans 8:1, 4, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The Spirit leads in God’s will to overcome all things and be a son of God (Rm 8:14, Rev 21:7).
It was said at the start of this section, that God sends forth His Word in power to accomplish His will. Therefore, Jesus could say: John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” What does hearing the Word and believing mean? Luke 8:15, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” These are doers of the Word (Lk 11:28, Js 1:22). These are Jesus’ family in His kingdom (Lk 8:21).
Jesus the Son, often referred to Himself as the “Son of man” (throughout the gospels). The Son of what man? As discussed, Jesus was of the fleshly lineage of Abraham (the beginning of God’s people, nation or kingdom) on down through David (the king of God’s people, nation or kingdom). God made promises to Abraham and David which Jesus shall realize or fulfill (Acts 13:22, Js 2:23). For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen (2 Cor 1:20).
The Bible refers to Jesus as being the seed of Abraham and also as being the seed of David. Matthew 1:1, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Why are Abraham and David emphasized and not all the other men in the lineage? The reason is that specific promises were made by God to Abraham and David that Jesus is the inheritor of (promises to David: 1 Chr 17:11-27, 2 Sam chap 7). It was said of Abraham: Romans 4:21, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” David said of God’s promises toward his house: “Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever (1 Chr 17:24).”
Jesus as the “Son of man” is the recipient of all the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) such as inheriting the land, a great name, a multiplied people and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies (Gen 12:2, 22:17, Acts 2:34-35). Jesus is also the recipient of God’s promise to King David: 1 Kings 9:5, “Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.” God had spoken to the patriarch David: Acts 2:30, “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” Jesus is the root and offspring of David and has the key of David (Rev 3:7, 5:5, 22:16)! The “key” is the emblem of authority, meaning that Jesus now sits in the seat or throne of David.
Jesus is the recipient of the land (the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, Gen 12:7, 13:15-17, Is 65:17). Jesus is the recipient of a great people or nation (the kingdom of God, Gen 12:2-3, Dan 7:14). Jesus is the recipient of a great name (at thy name every knee shall bow, Gen 12:2, Ps 72:17, Eph 1:21, Php 2:9-11, Rev 19:16). Jesus is the recipient of a great reward (Gen 15:1, Dan 7:13-14, Acts 5:31, Php 2:9). Through faith in Jesus all the nations of the earth are blessed (Gen 12:3, 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, Gal 3:8). Jesus is recipient of the throne of David (Mt 19:28, 25:31, Acts 2:30). Jesus inherited the eternal everlasting covenant (promises) made between God and Abraham (Gen 17:7) and as such is the final and everlasting King to proceed forth from Abraham (Gen 17:6). Therefore, it will be said: Zechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.”
The Lord is also the fulfillment of God’s promises: Luke 1:68-75, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool (Acts 2:34-35).
Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil and has the keys of hell and of death and has thus triumphed over the enemy (1 Jn 3:8, Rev 1:18). Jesus has the authority over hell and over death. He can open or close with regards to your eternal destination (judgment). Hell and death have no claim on those found in Christ.
Christ once baffled religious man by stating: Mark 12:35-37, “And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly (also Ps 110:1, Lk 20:41-44).”
Peter later explained this: Jesus of the fruit of David’s loins, according to the flesh, God raised up to sit on David’s throne (Acts 2:30-32). Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 2:33). Acts 2:34-36, “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Jesus is alive and presently reigning in the throne of David over His faithful disciples (Jn 17:21). Christ’s “foes” or enemies will soon come to an end for they shall not inherit the kingdom of God (these are all who transgress God’s will, 1 Cor 6:9-10, Gal 5:19-21).
God’s destroying of the works of Pharaoh and the deliverance of His people from wicked Egypt is a foreshadowing of Christ’s destroying of the works of the devil and delivering His people from this wicked world (Gal 1:4, 1 Jn 3:8, 5:19).
Just before Christ’s death, He was officially recognized as King of the Jews by the Roman government. John 19:19, “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. (also Mt 27:37, Mk 15:26).” This was posted on a well traveled path in the three major languages spoken in the area at the time. John 19:20, “This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin (also Lk 23:38).” The chief priest of the Jews protested this designation, but: John 19:22, “Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”
This was significant! The Roman Governor officially recognized Jesus as King of the Jews. The Roman Empire officially governed Israel at that time. So, Jesus was the descendent of David and literally inherited the throne. God fulfilled His promise to David in Jesus Christ: 2 Samuel 7:16, “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” Jesus is he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, is alive for evermore (Rev 1:18). Jesus is the great and eternal King (Rev 15:3, 19:16).
Now consider what the angel Gabriel told Mary concerning the birth of Christ: Luke 1:32, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Furthermore: The chief priest and religious leaders accused Jesus of perverting the nation (Lk 23:2, 14). They said that Jesus, who only spoke God’s Words, was misleading the people. How did the Roman government respond? Pilate, the governor: Luke 23:14-15, “Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.”
Jesus is God and become flesh and is the fulfillment of all things (Jn 1:14). Jesus will bring God’s people in to possess the land which is the kingdom of God. Jesus will be the King of the kingdom of God – Revelation 19:16, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (also Rev 17:14).” Galatians 3:16, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Who are God’s people? Galatians 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” AND Galatians 3:14, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” The Spirit leads us (the power working in us, Lk 24:49) to become sons of God (Jn 1:12, Rm 8:14).
Jesus is King and has a kingdom (Mt 13:41, 16:28, 20:21, 25:31, 34), yet the kingdom is the Father’s (Mt 6:10, 13:43, 26:29, Lk 11:2). Jesus the Son offers up the kingdom to the Father and then submits to the Father’s will that God may be all in all (1 Cor 15:28). The Father is the authority and the Son honors the Father’s authority (Mt 26:39, 42, 53). The Father’s will is done on earth and in heaven (Mt 6:10, Lk 11:2). The Father appoints honors to whom they are prepared (Mt 20:23). There is one Spirit and one Lord (Eph 4:4-5). Ephesians 4:6, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are separate, yet they are one. Since there is only one God, then the Son and the Spirit must be united with the Father as one.
God relates Himself to man in terms of 1) what He is doing on the earth; 2) how the Lord wants man to relate to God; and 3) to things that will occur in the future (beyond this earth). Is this the totality of God? Very unlikely. Man can only “know” God in the way the Lord “chooses” to relate or reveal Himself to man and in whatever intentionally imposed limitations. The Lord made the relationship between father and son and the honor the father is due from a son as one of the Ten commandments to man.
God gave man a commandment: Exodus 20:12, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee (also Deut 5:16).” A father gives life to a son. The son proceeds forth from the father’s substance and is in his image. Honoring your father also increases or extends your life. The father is the authority over the home (1 Cor 11:3, Eph 5:23).
Now we must consider that God is the Creator and life giver of man. Man is in the image of God. The Lord refers to “faithful” men as “the children of God” and as “sons of God” (Mt 5:9, Lk 20:36, Jn 1:12, Rm 8:14, 15-16, 19, 21, 9:8, 26, Gal 3:26, 4:6, Php 2:15, 1 Jn 3:1-2, 10, 5:2). So man is to honor God as a Father. Honoring God as a Father extends your life. God is the authority over all of creation. Jesus said: John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions (rooms): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” God is the Father and we are the children or sons.
We have discusseed how Jesus set a perfect example of how man is to relate to God. The Father said: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him (Mt 17:5).” We have discussed how representative and important this example is. Man is to be as a faithful, loyal and obedient son who loves his Father. This is how God wants His creation of man to relate to Him. In doing so, God will reciprocate with many blessings of good things and life eternal.
Jesus was particularly upset at how religious man had circumvented the commandment that a son should honor his father. Jesus said to the religious leaders: Matthew 15:4-6, “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition (also Mk 7:10-13).” The religious men allowed men to benefit or honor the religious establishment to the detriment of their fathers and usurped God’s established authority. How were men to relate to and honor God if they didn’t even honor their earthly fathers? The religious taught the commandments of men (this is usually the case, Mt 15:9, 16:12).
Dishonoring one’s father will result in a shorter life upon this earth (Ex 20:12, Deut 5:16, Eph 6:2-3). The Old Testament penalty for cursing one’s father was death (Lv 20:9). It is a serious thing to disregard authority and the one who gives you life. This is teaching man to honor God’s authority, for the Lord is man’s “breath of life.” So, the Old Testament penalty for cursing God was also death (Lv 24:11-16). Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin (Lv 24:15).
Now lets put things together from above and draw some intial conclusions about how (the way) God has revealed Himself to man and God’s purposes in it.
Jesus is the Son of man, meaning that He was of the lineage of Abraham and David (Jn 7:42, Rm 1:3, 2 Tim 2:8, Heb 2:16). Abraham obeyed God’s voice, and kept God’s charge, commandments, statutes, and laws (Gen 26:5). God promised to make Abraham a mighty nation (a people for God) and give them a Promised Land for an inheritance.
David walked in God’s ways, kept His statutes and commandments and followed the Lord with all his heart, to do that only which was right in God’s eyes (1 Kg 3:14, 11:38, 14:8). God said: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will (Acts 13:22). God promised David that He would: “establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever (1 Kg 9:5).” Jesus perfectly kept God’s will (laws, statutes, charge, commandments and voice, Mt 5:18). Jesus never once transgressed God’s will (no sin, iniquity,Jn 8:46, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 9:28, 1 Jn 3:5). Jesus fulfilled all that the prophets had spoken concerning Him (Lk 24:44-46, Acts 3:18). The Lord could absolutely claim to be a child of Abraham by having done the works of Abraham.
Jesus is the Son of God, meaning that God became flesh and dwelt among men (Jn 1:14). Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her (Mary), The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” In the purposes of God, the Word becoming flesh is how the Lord reveals Himself as the Son of God to man. As a Son, Jesus perfectly and lovingly obeyed the Father’s will in all things (Mt 21:5, Jn 5:19-20, 30 Jn 6:38, 8:50, Heb 10:7, Deut 18:18, Jn 3:34, 7:16-17, 8:28, 38, 12:49-50, 14:10-11, Lk 2:49, Jn 5:17, 36, 9:4, 14:10-11, 31, 17:4-5, Jn 12:45, 14:9, Col 1:15, 2:9). Jesus submitted to the Father’s authority. Jesus honored His heavenly Father (Ex 20:12, Deut 5:16, Mal 1:6, Mt 19:19, Jn 5:23, 8:49, Eph 6:2). In doing so, Jesus left an example for all men to follow.
Jesus as the Son of God and as the Son of man brought “peace” by reconciling God and man – in favour with God and man (Lk 2:52). He turns the heart of the Father to His children and the hearts of the children to their Father (Mal 4:6). Romans 5:10, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” AND 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” Ephesians 1:10, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.”
Notice above that “God was in Christ” meaning the Word (who is God) became flesh. Man (humanity) was also in Christ in that Jesus was of the fleshly lineage of Abraham. Jesus is the inheritor of all that is God’s and Jesus is the inheritor of all that God promised man. Jesus through the blood of the cross reconciled God and man. Jesus through His death and the example He left calls a people who were not a people and her beloved, which was not beloved (Rm 9:25-27). Titus 2:14, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” AND 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Where does this people come from? Just as God promised to multiply Abraham into a great nation, the Lord multiplies those that be of faith (the true children of Abraham, Gal 3:7) into a great nation – the kingdom of God. Jesus as the Son of man (descendent of Abraham by blood and by faith) inherits this promise of God. So, how do these people come? John 6:65, “And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father (also Jn 6:44, 17:2, 6, Acts 2:39, 47).” Only those whom God calls – those of faith (1 Cor 1:9). How does Jesus respond to those the Father sends? John 6:37-39, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” The Father calls and the Son preserves (Jude 1:1).
Christ was raised up by the power of the Holy Ghost (Jn 10:17, 1 Pt 3:18). Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” We are also told that Jesus was raised up by God the Father (Eph 1:17-20). God the Father and the Holy Ghost must be one. Jesus was the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5) – He that liveth and was dead (Rev 1:18). Jesus will likewise raise up those who are His. John 5:25, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.”
God called Abraham and Abraham obeyed God’s call (Gen 12:1-5). Acts 7:2-3, “And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. God also called David and David obeyed God’s call. 1 Samuel 16:1, “And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.” God called Mary to give birth to Christ and she obeyed (Lk 1:26-38). God calls and man must obey!
What is God’s criteria for those who He calls or draws unto Christ? The answer is found in what God told Samuel when selecting one of Jesse’s sons to be king. 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
God is calling the meek, humble, contrite of heart, the lowly – those who tremble at His Word (Ps 22:26, 25:9, 34:18, 51:17, 76:9, 138:6, 147:6, 149:4, Pv 3:34, 16:19, Is 57:15, 66:2, Mt 5:5, 18:3-4, 1 Cor 1:9, 1 Pt 3:4). 1 Corinthians 1:26, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” The Lord wants those who will walk in His ways and obey Him – those who are teachable. Psalms 33:13-15, “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” God draws the meek and humble to Christ. Jesus said: Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Only those who can “learn” will walk therein.
Jesus came for the meek and humble, the poor in spirit. Matthew 15:24, “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (also Mt 10:6).” Jeremiah 50:6, “My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.” The religious leaders exalted self (pride, Mt 23:4-39) and sought the lusts and desires of the flesh (man’s will) firmly walking in the devil’s great lie (Mt 23:33). Jesus told them their father was the devil (Jn 8:44). Jesus came to lead in faith back to God and to destroy these works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8) – the religious men despised Jesus (Is 53:3, Mt 9:34, 12:10, 14, 22:15, 26:4, Mk 3:2, 6, Lk 11:53-54, 20:19-20, 22:4, Jn 5:16, 7:1, 20, 25, 8:6, 48, 59, 9:16, 24, 20, 25, 30, 44-49, 10:20, 31, 39, 10:20, 11:8, 47-48, 50, 53-54, 57, 12:19, 15:24). Even so, Jesus came to call to repentance and save, judgment is for the time appointed.
Jesus endured such a contradiction of sinners against Himself (Heb 12:3, Ps 2:1-3, 22:6-8, 16-18, 35:11-12). To contradict is to assert the contrary of what has been said or affirmed; opposition or repugnancy. The religious men always contradicted or sought fault in Christ – they constantly challenged His Words (which He spake of the Father). It is eternally important that we be found “living” in Christ’s Words and this will be discussed in Chapter 4, “The Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Christ appeals to the lost sheep of the world – the humble, meek lowly, contrite of heart, the poor in spirit, those who mourn and the ones who hunger and thirst for righteousness. These Jesus will lead by His Spirit in paths of righteousness (faith, Ps 23:3). The sheep are lost because the world is full of religious men who are wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt 7:15). These religious outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within they are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (Mt 23:28). They lead the sheep astray by teaching them they can sin against God and “ye shall not surely die,” which is likened to a “once saved always saved” mentality (Gen 3:4, Mt 23:15, 1 Jn 2:3-4, 29, 3:4-7, 10).” They teach them an easy believism with no commitment.
These false men then demonized and vilified (speak evil of, 2 Pt 2:12) the truth such that the sheep fear to believe (Mt 23:13, 24:11). Religious men will always oppose a true man of Christ (Mt 10:17-25). They opposed Jesus and they will oppose His disciples (Mt 10:25). It was stated at the beginning of this writing that religious men persecuted (imprisoned, tortured, killed, took lands, etc.) those who would not submit to their theologies (Mt 10:28, 24:9-13) – this has always been the case. Christ stated that He sends His sheep forth in the midst of wolves (religious wolves, Mt 10:16). Jesus stated in the midst of a most religious world: Matthew 9:37-38, “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” True men of God are needed in the harvest. The world is exceedingly religious, but yet completely lost!
Abraham and David walked in faith. The true descendants of Abraham will walk in faith. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau sought the flesh and Jacob sought the promise. Romans 9:8, “That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” Jacob through faith inherited God’s promises – so it shall always be. Romans 9:13, “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” If you want to be a son of God then you must walk in faith (Heb 11:6). Such faith goes beyond the understanding of the flesh and loves, obeys, surenders to, trust in and is devoted to God. Both Esau and Jacob demonstrated their hearts to God through their actions. Romans 9:15, “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Jesus also said: John 17:9-11, “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” Notice that God the Father sends to Jesus the Son those who shall populate the kingdom of God. These walk in Christ’s commandment of love and become as one (recall the marriage discussion – as one). To do this they must be subject one to the other and to God in humility – to these God gives grace (The Holy Spirit, Js 4:7, 1 Pt 5:5).
Consider God’s purpose in this: John 17:23-24, “ I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world (also Jn 17:26).” The Father gives the faithful to Jesus. In the Holy Spirit discussion below, we shall understand that the Holy Spirit is given to the sincere believer that they may be made perfect in one. These shall behold Christ’s glory in the kingdom of God.
Jesus will later deliver up the kingdom to God which are all those of faith which the Father has sent Him. These Christ has baptized and sealed with His Holy Spirit of promise until the day of redemption (Rm 8:9, 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13-14, 4:30). These are those led of the Spirit that are the sons of God. 1 Corinthians 15:24, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” Matthew 25:34, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Isaiah 60:21, “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.”
Followers of Christ or sons of God also have an inheritance – a kingdom and eternal life – they become partakers (Ti 3:7, Mt 5:3, 10, 6:33, 7:21, 8:11, 13:43, Col 1:12, etc.). We are fellow-heirs and partakers of His promise (Eph 3:6). Ephesians 1:11, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” Hebrews 3:14, “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.”
Notice they are blessed of the Father – these are those who come to Christ who were drawn by the Father (Jn 6:44, 65, 17:2, 6, Acts 2:39, 47). Jesus said: John 10:29, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” Whereas man cannot interfere, the individual still retains a free will to serve God or not (choose whom ye will serve). Conversely, no man comes to the Father except through Jesus – they must enter the strait gate, be filled with the Spirit and walk the narrow way (Jn 14:6, Mt 7:13-14).
There is going to be a new heaven and a new earth of which Christ is King (Is 65:17, 66:22, Dan 7:13-14, Rev 21:1). The kingdom of God will be made manifest wherein dwelleth righteousness and Jesus will reign as King (2 Pt 3:13, Rev 11:15) – on the throne of David. Jesus inherits the promises given to Abraham of a people and a Promised Land. Jesus inherits the promises given to David to have an eternal throne and kingdom. Luke 1:32-33, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Jesus is the root and offspring of David (Rev 22:16). 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (also Gal 3:16).” AND Hebrews 1:2, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”
Jesus receives the promise of God the Father of all power (Holy Spirit) – All power in heaven and in earth (Mt 28:18) – being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:33). Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (also Eph 3:14-16).” Jesus has power from the Father over all flesh (Jn 17:2).
When Jesus taught His disciples He said: Matthew 6:9, 13, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Jesus, the faithful and obedient Son has now been given the kingdom, the power and the glory by the Father.
So, Jesus will be the undisputable King. The Lord will reign over His peculiar people which like Abraham are children of faith and thus sons of God. Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of man. Jesus reconciled God and man. Jesus lived the perfect life and perfect example as a man for man to follow. In other words, God came to earth as a man and walked the walk – His expectations for man. Jesus received the promise of the Father (Holy Spirit – power) and baptizes man with the power and ability to follow His example. Here is something that bears repeating throughout this article: John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” What is this power? Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” So, Galatians 4:6, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father (otherwise – Rm 8:9).”
Jesus the Son was a servant to man (Mt 20:28, Php 2:7) in that He suffered for man’s transgressions by assuming man’s iniquity and undergoing man’s condemnation (thou shalt surely die, Gen 2:17). Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (also Mt 18:11).” Jesus was faithful and obedient in all things – as a Son to a Father (like Moses, who faithful in all his house to God who appointed him – Heb 3:1-6). Jesus glorified the Father (Jn 12:28, 14:13, 15:8, 17:1, 4). Jesus loved the Father. John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do…”
All things were done in love and man has been commanded to also do all things in love as a son (Mk 12:29-31, Jn 13:34, 15:12, 1 Jn 3:23, 4:21, 2 Jn 1:5). God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1 Jn 4:16). Love toward God is obedience to God (Jn 14:15). John 15:10, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” How could anyone or thing contest (challenge, dispute, object, oppose) Christ’s rule or Kingship? Christ is worthy and all creation will come to understand this and shall bow their knee (Rm 14:11, Php 2:10).
The Father also loved the Son (Jn 5:20, 17:26). The Father honored the faithful Son (2 Pt 1:17). Matthew 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The Father exalted the obedient and well pleasing Son (Acts 5:32, Php 2:9). The Son was found to be “worthy” of great honor (Rev 5:12-13).
The Father has given the Son all things (Jn 5:22, 26). Jesus said: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father (Mt 11:27, Lk 10:22).”Jesus further said: John 16:15, “All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he (the Holy Spirit, vs. 13) shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 3:35, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand (also Jn 16:15, 17:26).” Jesus inherits all things of the Father (Heb 1:8-9). The Father glorifies the Son (Mt 16:27, Mk 8:38, Jn 12:23, 17:1, 5). The Spirit also glorifies the Son (Jn 16:13-14). The Father crowns Jesus with glory and honor (Heb 2:9).
Jesus tells man: John 15:9, “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” Man is to obey and follow Christ as Jesus did the Father. Man also inherits with Christ: Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We in Christ and Christ in us and all in God – one.
Therefore now we can understand the concept of “Father” and “Son” and what God is relating to us. Was Jesus a literal Son from the beginning or did God somehow relate Himself to man in this way for His purposes? We cannot say, but must accept what God has revealed about Himself in faith. There is no need to endlessly dispute exactly how Jesus the Son came about. These things are above man and God has written what He wants man to know. We must walk in this knowledge.
In conclusion, Jesus as the Son of God and Jesus as the Son of man has brought peace between God and man through His sacrifice of Self. Colossians 1:20, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” AND Ephesians 2:13-14, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.”
By completely fulfilling God’s will (and all prophecies) Jesus becomes the inheritor of all things promised of God. Jesus inherits a people, a kingdom, and an authority (throne). The devil had tempted Christ in the wilderness by offering Him the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them if He would fall down and worship him (Mt 4:8-9, Lk 4:5-7). Jesus had to choose between the flesh or the promises of the Father. God gave the Son a much better inheritance, but first Jesus had to complete the will of the Father. The will of God presents much difficulty for the flesh.
The promise of the Holy Spirit was not given until Jesus completed His course. Christ’s faithful followers will completely share in His inheritance. Jesus said: Luke 22:29, “And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.”
God and Abraham
This writing has pointed out the unique relationship that God had with Abraham in establishing a people and promising and inheritance. Abraham was faithful to God and a friend of God (Gal 3:9, Js 2:23). There is another strong parallel that needs to be mentioned. God and Abraham both had only begotten sons (Jn 1:18, 3:16, Acts 13:33, Heb 5:5, 11:17). Each willingly offered up their son in sacrifice to benefit the other. In other words, each demonstrated “love” (sacrifice of self for the benefit of another) to the other.
Abraham had waited some twenty five years (until the age of one hundred years old, Gen 21:5) to receive a “promised” son from God (Gen 12:4). God had told Abraham: “I will make of thee a great nation (Gen 12:2).” The Lord had also said: “he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir (Gen 15:4, also Rm 9:7).” Abraham was old and Sarah was barren and beyond the manner of women to have children, but God had promised them a son (Gen 18:11-12). Genesis 21:1-3, “And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.”
Abraham knew that Isaac was the “promised” son from God that would become a great nation. Furthermore God had told him: Genesis 17:19-21, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”
Genesis 22:1-2, “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” No doubt this was a grievous command and seemingly would abolish God’s prior promise. Even so, Abraham did not hesitate to do this thing (Gen 22:3). Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul (Mic 6:7)? However, at the last moment, Abraham was not required to follow through and complete the sacrifice (Gen 22:10-12).
Abraham was willingly going to sacrifice his most precious thing in obedience to God. The Lord said: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me (Gen 22:12).” Hebrews 11:17-19, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Abraham was not required to sacrifice his only begotten son. However, God did sacrifice His only begotten Son and ALSO did raise Him up from the dead. Jesus is the first begotten of the dead! Praise Him forevermore all ye earth. God is great and mighty and there is nothing that God purposes to do and cannot perform. Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” AND Habakkuk 2:20, “But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.”
God further said: Genesis 22:16-18, “And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
How were all the nations of the earth to be blessed? How were Abraham’s descendants going to possess the gate of their enemies (Lk 1:71-75)? Later, in the course of time, God sent His only begotten Son whom he loveth into the world to be sacrificed for the benefit of the children of Abraham (Jn 3:16, 35). Abraham loved God and would sacrifice his only son whom he loveth (Gen 22:2). God loved the world (man) and did sacrifice His only Son whom He loveth (Jn 3:16, 35, Rm 5:8, 1 Jn 3:16, 4:9, 19). God responded to Abraham’s faith in like manner, except the Lord carried through to completion the sacrifice of His Son. Jesus was the firstborn unblemished lamb for a sin offering to God. The Son of God willingly laid down His life to redeem the children of Abraham which are the children of faith (whosoever will, Jn 10:15-18). John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Christ’s faithful must do likewise (1 Jn 3:16).
Abraham had believed that if he sacrificed his son, that God could raise him up from the dead (Heb 11:19). That is exactly what God did after His Son was crucified on the cross – He raised Him from the dead in victory! Acts 13:30, “But God raised him from the dead (also Acts 13:34, 17:31, Rm 4:24, 6:4, 9, 7:4, 8:11, 10:9, Gal 1:1, Eph 1:20, Col 2:12, 1 Thess 1:10, 2 Tim 2:8, 1 Pt 1:21). Recall: Hebrews 2:16, “For verily he (Jesus) took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
Through the sacrifice of Jesus all the nations of the earth were blessed. Through Christ man could obtain forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God. Jesus came to save that which was lost (Mt 18:11). Through the sacrifice of Jesus man was given the Holy Ghost to teach and lead him in the way of God. Jesus said: Revelation 1:18, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” AND Romans 6:9, “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” Jesus possessed the gate of man’s enemy! Hebrews 2:14-15, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus redeems the children of Abraham (those of faith).
Jesus shall also raise faithful man from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” So, how does God’s promise of possessing the gates of your enemies get fulfilled? 1 Corinthians 15:25-26, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” Once death is destroyed (which came about as a result of man transgressing God’s will), Jesus the Son becomes subject to the Father who put all things under Him (1 Cor 15:27-28).
Jesus the Son of God (the Word who is God) and Jesus the Son of man (descendent of Abraham by lineage and faith) hath obtained the victory. The Son laid down His life for God the Father and the Son laid down His life for man. Jesus hath reconciled God and man!!! Jesus offers up a kingdom of faithful men who no longer transgress God’s will and death has no power over them. Jesus possesses the gates of His enemies which are those who do transgress the will of God and abide in death and the wrath of God abideth on him (Jn 3:36).
Please understand this important point: Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” All unrighteousness is sin (1 Jn 5:17). Unrighteousness is violation of God’s will (commandments, laws, purposes). Therefore: any man that transgresses the will of God (religious or not, Mt 7:21-23) abides in death through sin. In other words death, which results from sin, has not been destroyed in them. For the wages of sin is death and shall always be (Rm 6:23). Death must be destroyed in you – through Christ and the leading of His Holy Spirit. All things must be put under Christ and subdued to Him (1 Cor 15:27-28). So: 1 Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
Don’t think you can be a passive participant through some repeated prayer or belief that God doesn’t see the blatant continual sin in your life. You must be found walking in the Spirit and having fellowship in the light (1 Jn 1:5-7). The Spirit leads us to stop transgressing God’s will. 1 John 3:5-6, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” The sin must stop for death to be destroyed. God does not just pretend there is no sin, He could have done that in the garden of Eden. The eternal truth that God declared at the beginning was that if man violates God’s command, then: “thou shalt surely die (Gen 2:17).”
All faithful men will be raised from the dead by Jesus! This is one of the great mysteries. Jesus declared many mysteries which had been kept secret since the from the foundation of the world (Mt 13:35). 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” Jesus delivers on God’s promise of eternal life!!!