Tag Archive | belief in Jesus

Philippians 2:7-8 ” But He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

When Jesus came to earth He made the greatest sacrifice of self-abnegation and self-denial possible.  He humbled Himself and renounced His Divinity.  In other words, Jesus went out of Himself in order to enter into fellowship with us.  So why are we so against doing the work to enter into relationship with Him?  We’d like Jesus to just save, change, and sanctify us without  lifting a finger in the process. Or we’d rather bargain with Him first – (“You do this for me  first God, and maybe then I’ll start working on myself.”)  The bottom line is that we also must go out of ourselves in order to enter into a right relationship with God…and waiting around until He does all the work in our lives (that we need to be doing)  will never happen.

Colossians 1:13 ” For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves…”

To paraphrase Acts 26:18…We are to turn from spiritual darkness to the light of Jesus Christ… from the limited power of Satan to the infinite power of God, so that we may receive forgiveness of our sins and a place among fellow Believers who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.  The Lord has snatched us from danger and set us free…the chains have been broken off and we are no longer a slave to sin and the jurisdiction of darkness…for the Kingdom of God is now residing within our hearts. (Luke 17:21)

Hebrews 2:8 ” In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.”

It’s almost like the Writer of Hebrews is looking around at the wickedness in the world at that time and lamenting…”Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.”   And sadly, we could say the same thing today as we survey the evilness and rebellion in our world.  Jesus Christ has supreme power and rule and there will come a day when He takes His rightful seat of authority over this broken world.   For submission to authority is either  compulsory or voluntary…demanded or deliberate.   And on that day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. There will be no insubordination or willfulness…no pride or arrogance…for the world will see Jesus in all His glory, and there will be silence.

Job 16:19-21 ” Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

These verses remind me of the old Hymn, “What a Friend I have in Jesus.”  When our burdens are too heavy to bear…our friend Jesus is there, ready to take those burdens and offer support and comfort.  When pain and sorrow fills our body…our friend Jesus is there at the right hand of God interceding, and pleading  on our behalf.  Yes, if we think about it,  there really is no better friend than Jesus.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. “

Maybe you’ve never heard the term – Shekinah Glory – but here in Hebrews it attempts to explain how Jesus was the perfect expression of the divine essence of His Father.  God’s luminous presence was manifested in Jesus, and this splendor and light could not be dampened or hidden from sight…for God’s Shekinah Glory cannot be contained.

II Kings 4:42-44 ” A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. ‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha said. ‘How can I set this before a hundred men?’ his servant asked. But Elisha answered, ‘Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says; They will eat and have some leftover.’ Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the Word of the Lord.”

This story of Elisha is a foreshadowing of Jesus feeding the 5,000 – ( the only story, other than the Resurrection, that is found in all 4 Gospels).  So it must have made quite an impact on the Disciples to witness a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish being multiplied into a huge meal for thousands.  Comparing both stories, we see doubt and skepticism on the part of the faithful…people who had observed many miracles, but couldn’t fathom this one.  We also see confidence and full trust in God that He would bless over and above.  In both cases, there wasn’t just enough, there was plenty to go around…there wasn’t the bare minimum, there was excess to spare.  For God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask, (Ephesians 3:20) and He desires to lavish His blessings on us…to the point of overflowing.

II Kings 23:4 ” The King ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the Temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley…”

King Josiah had ordered repair of the Temple…and during the work they came upon a lost book of the Law, (Deuteronomy).  When read, the King ordered its requirements observed and then took active steps to clean up the mess in the Temple.  In this Scripture, he ordered the priests and doorkeepers to round up all the foreign idols that had somehow wormed their way into the Temple.  For the Godly and ungodly had been co-existing for so long… it was now considered acceptable.  When false teaching infiltrates the Church it always does it in a subtle, indirect, and devious way…suggesting it’s just fine to accept.