SONS OF GOD V (a)

 In my previous post SONS OF GOD IV, we focused on the incarnation of Jesus the Son of God, reasons for his incarnation, the miracle of his incarnation and then the uniqueness of the human beingness of Jesus Christ. In this post, we shall try to draw down the curtains on Jesus, the Son of God by looking at the significance of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 NIV

At the very beginning of Jesus’ public life, prophet John De Baptist, whose birth, life and mission were to prepare the way of the lord, introduces him to the world as the Lamb of God with the ultimate mission of taking away the sin of the world. The focus of Jesus’ mission was not the sins of the world but the sin. The sin that we are looking at is the taproot of all other personal sins. The sin Adam committed brought spiritual death on the entire human race. When that foundation laid by Adam I, is destroyed, then the absolute power of mastery Satan holds over the entire human race will come to an end and then each human being will be left with the choice of whom he will submit to.

Was Jesus born to die? Absolutely yes! The purpose of the incarnation of Jesus was death, not just physical death but the ultimate death, spiritual death.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Heb 2:14-15 NIV

For God to redeem (buy back) man, He had to identify completely with man.

Man was human (humus + man: clay + spirit), God had to become human

ADAM: Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7

JESUS: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2, 14 NIV

Man sinned; Jesus couldn’t sin but was made sin on our behalf (not made to)

ADAM: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Genesis 3:6 RSV

JESUS: For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15-16 NASU

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Adam died spiritually on the very day he sinned, Jesus died spiritually the very day he was sin

ADAM: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die." Genesis 2:17 RSV

JESUS: About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,  lamasabachthani?"-which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matt 27:46

THE AGONY OF FORSAKEN SON OF GOD

Adam died physically years later and Jesus died physically too a few hours later

ADAM: Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. Genesis 5:5RSV

JESUS: And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.  Matt 27:50 NKJV

Don’t get confused. Jesus had a mission to accomplish when he came on earth as the Son of God. Everything Jesus did prior to His betrayal and going to the cross was to show to man what God had intended for the creation of the human race.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:5

Having mentioned that, let’s not lose track of His mission: to get to the very chamber of hell and break that slavery code of spiritual death over the whole of creation. This code was what prevented any human being from accessing and walking in eternal life, God’s very kind of life, Zoe. There were no other legal means of getting there except to use the very means that all humans who got there used: spiritual death followed by physical death. Anyone who ever went to hell or shall ever go to hell must, by divine requirement, be spiritually dead at the point of departing from this world. Jesus had to fulfil this in order to have an audience with that old Traitor angel, the one who caused mayhem in heaven 1000s of years ago and who has also succeeded in disconnecting the whole earth and its inhabitants from its original government. Jesus had come to confront the rebel leader and take back this colony of heaven and her citizens to Himself.

Really, if Satan had known this fact of Jesus’ coming, he wouldn’t have laid a finger on Him.

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8-9 NIV

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15

The death of Jesus, the Son of God is what actually begins our redemption process. I really need you to take time to digest what you have read before we consider the death of Jesus proper in my next post.

If you haven’t really met Him personally, or have been living a life contrary to Him, I think it’s time for you to reconsider Him. I humbly invite you to Please pray this sincere prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today for I now see you for whom you really are. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them, that believe on his name

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to sonship. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

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SONS OF GOD IV

In my previous post SONS OF GOD III, we focused on JESUS the son of God. We established that it was after the corruption of the angelic sons of God that the human son of God was created. Again, it was after Adam corrupted his seed that we hear the announcement of a critical future agenda, Genesis 3:15. We also looked at Jesus the unique Son of God in the light of His existence before coming to earth. In this post, we shall be looking at the incarnation of Jesus, the Son of God.

INCARNATION


'Incarnation, a central Christian doctrine that God became flesh, that God assumed a human nature and became a man in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity. Christ was truly God and truly man'. Encyclopaedia Britannica

'Incarnation means that Deity has become united with humanity in an individual'. E. W. Kenyon

'And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel'. 
Genesis 3:15 (Emphasis mine)

Right there in Genesis, a great mystery was pointed to: a woman's seed. we know that in both biblical and scientific language it is the seed or sperm of the male that causes fertilization in the female. Even though women get pregnant and carry the baby for nine months, this only occurs after she has received seed from the man. It is, however, never out of place for God to speak of the seed of the woman because He did not mince words when those words were spoken.

'Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel'. Isaiah 7:14 (Emphasis mine)

A VIRGIN SHALL BECOME PREGNANT


Naturally, a female without a male's sperm can't become pregnant. As miraculous as this conception was, which happened some 730 years after it was prophesied by Isaiah, was it really necessary? What point had to be prooved by letting a woman conceive through the most unlikely means?

Of cause, the virgin conceiving was absolutely necessary. The incarnation was the only solution God had to resort to, to redeem the human race (His intended children) back to Himself. God's love for the human race (His intended children) has always been a mystery to us. He has such high value for us than we hold of ourselves. No wonder, He made us and knows exactly how much worth He’s invested into us. For instance, what explanation can we give to what He did even before walking Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden?
 ‘Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them’. Genesis 3:21

'God made coats of skins] It is very likely that the skins out of which their clothing was made were taken off animals whose blood had been poured out as a sin-offering to God; for as we find Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God, we may fairly presume that God had given them instructions on this head; nor is it likely that the notion of a sacrifice could have ever occurred to the mind of man without an express revelation from God.  Hence we may safely infer,  1. That as Adam and Eve needed this clothing as soon as they fell, and death had not as yet made any ravages in the animal world, it is most likely that the skins were taken off victims offered under the direction of God himself, and in faith of HIM who, in the fullness of time, was to make an atonement by his death.  And it seems reasonable also that this matter should be brought about in such a way that Satan and death should have no triumph, when the very first death that took place in the world was an emblem and type of that death which should conquer Satan, destroy his empire, reconcile God to man, convert man to God, sanctify human nature, and prepare it for heaven'. Adam Clarke’s Commentary of Genesis 3 Verse 21:

You do not know the extent of God’s love for you, do you? Right there in the Garden, God slaughtered an innocent animal to use its blood to atone for their sin and leather for their nakedness. That is love in action.

REASONS FOR INCARNATION

1. Man was spiritually dead
2. Man was under slavery to Satan
3. Humanity must be delivered by humanity
4. Any human by natural birth was under Satan’s dominion
5. Only God could save humanity, and to be fair and just, God had to become a man

THE MIRACLE OF INCARNATION


'In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth'. John 1:1,14 

The WORD had to become flesh or a human being. The Word was not referring to a STATEMENT but a personality (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13)

'And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
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'. Luke 1:30-32

The Word was being into a human being:

'Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men'. Philippians 2:5-7
  

So Mary was a virgin. No man got her pregnant. But if all human beings were already spiritually dead and under the slavery of Satan, that included Mary. How was divinity going to ensure that the baby Jesus would not inherit the already contaminated blood from Mary during the gestation period?

Science has proven to us that when a foetus is in the womb, the mother transfers everything the baby requires through the umbilical cord but never shares her blood with the baby, NEVER! Else how would an HIV (+) mum give birth to a baby that is HIV (-)?

This is what broke Satan’s spine: one human being entered into this world and yet He wasn’t under Satan’s dominion. Satan could not find Jesus’ data on his database.
'And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory'. 1Timothy 3:16

THE UNIQUE HUMAN BEING

There is no human being that equals Jesus in His humanity. No religious leader of the past, present or future can compare with Him. He is the CREATOR in the midst of His creation. Apart from the fact that He pre-existed before coming into this world, His birth was contrary to the laws of nature. He carried God’s blood in His human body. He assumed Adam’s status prior to the fall. Adam was back to take care of some unfinished business.


If you haven’t really met Him personally, or have been living a life contrary to Him, I think it’s time for you to reconsider Him. I humbly invite you to Please pray this sincere prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today for I now see you for whom you really are. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them, that believe on his name.

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to sonship. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

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SONS OF GOD III

 


In my previous post SONS OF GOD II, we focused on Adam the son of God. Luke 3:38 declared Adam as the son of God in the sense that he was created by God, had a personal and special relationship with God, and ultimately, was made in the image and likeness of God. In this post, we shall be looking at Jesus Himself as the Son of God.

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. Matthew 3:17

JESUS, THE SON OF GOD III

In all my years of writing, there hasn’t been any subject so hard for me to write about like writing about JESUS CHRIST. I find the human language too inadequate to express Him fully in writing. Jesus is so vast that I can’t see how my little mind can pretend to have grasped enough of Him to fully write about I always ended up just gazing at Him in awe and forgot about writing completely. As hard as I’ll try, it is an experiential knowledge that you should pursue.

Jesus is the most interesting person in both time and eternity. Any sincere seeker of truth will always find Jesus but for those who are victims of religion (which is indeed nothing but a human creation in seeking for God) will think they hate Him when in reality it’s because they have not encountered Him.

THIS SAME JESUS



Jesus is many things to many different people: Healer, Teacher, Saviour, Provider, King etc. And truly, He answers to these names and more since they are functions He carries out toward what the needs of the seekers might be. But as the Son of God, it reveals the connectivity He has with the Father.

It is of no wonder therefore that among all the identities Jesus bore, Satan was fearfully interested only in whether He was the Son of God at that point.

“And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands, they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”. Matthew 4:2-6

Angels are sons of God in their right because they owe their existence to God. Note that it was after the failed attempted coup d'├ętat in heaven that Adam (humankind) was created.


Adam was the son of God also in his own right. The actual man was a spirit just like angels. But this spirit was in the very image and likeness of God. Secondly, this spirit (man) was placed into a physical body made from the earth. This earthly body functions by bodily fluids like the blood which angels don’t have. In fact, the earthly body man inherited came with several other things like respiration, reproduction, excretion and other functions not available to angels since they have no earthly physical body.

It was upon the failure of Adam to hold himself up to fulfil God’s plan to have more children that He announced an ultimate plan to redeem man unto Himself.

 

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”. Genesis 3:15

Jesus is the Son of God.

The third category of personalities referred to as Sons of God is Jesus Christ, the ultimate Son of God. When angels are referred to as sons of God, the question of the whereabouts of their mother never arise. Similarly, nobody questions with which woman God gave birth to Adam.

THE PRE EXISTENCE OF JESUS


The following scriptures show that before Jesus came into this world, He existed in the heavenly realms. Anyone who misses this aspect of Jesus will always doubt the divinity of Jesus.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. John 1:1-2, 14

The Word which was made flesh and dwelt with us was at the beginning of time with God and was God.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58
 
Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:5
 
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
 
He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
 
Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually. Hebrews 7:3
 
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:13
 
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15
 
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us 1 John 1:1-2
 
John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” John 1:15
 
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One, and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Revelation 1:17-18
 
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:” Revelation 2:8
 
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
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 he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God”. Revelation 19:11-13

Note the detailed description of this personality, his name is The Word of God. This personality can be no other than Jesus Christ. It is only a personal encounter with Him that will make all that you know about Him count.

If your knowledge of Him is in the realm of intellectual only, I humbly invite you to Please pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them, that believe on his name

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to sonship. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

Please leave a comment below for me to know how this has helped you. Be at liberty too to connect with me if you have any personal spiritual concerns. I’ll be more than interested to be of help in any way the Lord makes possible.

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