Sunday, January 11, 2009
I’ve posted on both of my blogs as far as I remember, different articles that my wonderful friend and brother Art has shared with me. Here is a sample of what I mean.
For any who want to delve into other articles Art has written, you can check his site out here.
Part 3 of – A Profound Change in The “Triune Godhead”
Over the years I’ve heard preachers say God never changes. This is true, but also not true. God’s nature and character never change, and He keeps His word (Psalm 15:4), but God’s “form” has experienced two great changes. As we consider the processing of God’s life to become available to man as “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” we must note the words “became” and “become”; indicating these two (2) great changes in God’s form.
Change #1 - We know that Jesus was and is God, and that He was in the beginning with God as the Word. John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We also know that “The Word became flesh … John 1:14 (NIV)
Question: Wasn’t this a change in God’s form? Of course it was. That change was from the eternal Spirit form of the Word to the Spirit limited to Jesus of Nazareth’s human flesh, the body of His humiliation.
Change #2 - Paul tells us another great change that occurred when Jesus of Nazareth died and rose to become the life-giving spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45 (NASB) So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Here we see change number two. This 2nd change carried with it some profound implications.
This first change I noted above brought God into a man (“the Word became flesh”), but the second change brought an uplifted “humanity” into God.
Romans 1:3-4 (NASB) concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh (as a human), 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
This verse tells us the processed Jesus, who “has become both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36), has added humanity into the Godhead – bearing the marks of the body of His humiliation – His human essence. The resurrected Christ still bore the nail and spear scars.
Romans 1:3-4 (KJV) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (flesh - His humanity essence) declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, (Spirit – as His divine essence) by the resurrection from the dead:
Do you see it? One day there was a divine “declaration” by which Jesus of Nazareth, the “Son of Man” according to his humanity, was declared to be the “Son of God.” In other words, the Godhead was altered forever when the resurrected human essence of Jesus of Nazareth was added into the Godhead.
It is by the addition of Jesus’ human essence into the Godhead that we now have a God who can now be “touched with the feelings of our infirmities.”
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest (Christ) which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
By Jesus’ human living, death, and resurrection as “the spirit of life in Christ,” He became able to know us intimately, and be life to us, to be what we need in order to endure living upon this earth.