This is a continuation of the teaching, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, JESUS THE SON OF MAN. Please click on the link below to read from part one.
The same principle that condemned us was the same principle by which we were set free. And what is the principle? It is “By man”. The Bible says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19 NKJV). For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:21 KJV).
The work of redemption cannot be accomplished through angelic beings or spirit beings, it must be through a man, and men must then preach the gospel of their redemption to fellow men and enforce the power of the gospel against powers in the heavenly realms. There is no work contained in the redemption plan to be carried out on earth by beings other than man. Man sinned; by man must he be redeemed. God won’t die for him, the Son of God won’t die for him; man’s son must bear the judgment of his sin and redeem him.
This is the reason God gives us the “In Him”, “By Him/Whom” “With Him” and “Through Him” scriptures: Rom. 1:5; Eph. 1:4,7; 2:5-6; 2:18; 2:10; 3:12; 2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:12.
It was to the son of man who rose from the dead that God spoke these words to saying, “…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?” (Heb 1:5 KJV). To begotten means to become the father of a child. How could God say to His Child of whom He had declared was a Son of God, “this day have I begotten thee?” The reason for this is that when God was dealing with Christ on earth, He wasn’t dealing with the Son of God that sat in glory with Him before the world began, but with the Son of man, one who had become part of the son He lost in the Garden of Eden (Heb. 2:14). So when this Son died and rose from the dead, God begot Him, and the son He received on that day was the believer, the new man created in righteousness after Christ Jesus. Jesus is called “the first-begotten”. That means there are many more begotten after Him. He is the first of the sons to be received from the earth after the finished work of salvation (Col 1:18). The Greek word translated begotten above is “Gannao”; it means “to be born”, “give birth to” or “to beget”.
In Christ Jesus God applied the wisdom of first fruits, Jesus is the champion from among men who defeated the devil for human race, so that all who put their faith in Him will experience the same victory, (See Rom. 6: 1-8; Gal. 2:20).
THE PERFECTION OF CHRIST
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb 5:8-9 KJV).
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Heb 2:10 KJV).
Can the Son of God who is equal with God be perfected? In the above scriptures it is not the pre-incarnate Son of God that was being perfected, but the Son of God who became the Son of man, being perfected in being a man. For Him to be the author of eternal salvation to His brethren, He must be tested in every aspect of life His brethren have failed and be found perfect. And He must also be acquainted with the sorrows, pains and trials of His brethren that He may be a faithful High Priest for them before God. By His being perfected through sufferings, He was completely emptied of divinity and subjected to complete human experience on earth; He was tempted in all points (Heb. 4:15).
The entire truth we have learnt above can be applied to the believer’s life through the understanding of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (Heb 4:14 KJV).
As the High Priest over the house of God, our Lord Jesus upholds every word of the covenant He entered into with the Father on our behalf. On the basis of this, the Saints in Christ Jesus can boldly approach the Father’s Throne with the terms/promises and facts of the new covenant in Christ Jesus, knowing they have an Advocate with the Father who defends their claims.
21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (Heb 10:21-23 KJV).
The saints do not approach our heavenly Father on the basis of our merits, but on the basis of the merits of Christ Jesus and our legal position in Him.
HOW DO WE APPLY THE BENEFITS OF THE PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST?
Through our confessions. All the blessings and promises in the word of God can be experienced through the words our mouth.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus (Heb 3:1 KJV)
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom 10:6-10 KJV).
The word confess (Greek Homologeo) has the connotation of “a binding public declaration by which a legal relationship is contractually established” (Kittel).
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