12. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated)

October 24, 2019

Jesus: The Ultimate Spiritual Man

Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

The above statement is true whether you are a Christian or not. However, here is something we may need to understand about said lamp or a candle; they are what they are whether we light them up or not. We have several candles sitting in designated places throughout our apartment. They are there just in case there is a blackout or for a candlelight dinner with me and my boo. We know that candles and lamps have a purpose, to shine light into darkness. Jesus once said of Himself:

John 8: 12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of yourself; your witness is not true”. 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.”

In John 8: 12 He said He was the light of the world. No one on God’s green earth in a relationship with Christ would ever challenge that statement. Nevertheless, a certain group of people called Pharisees took offense to His claim. If you’re wondering why I mentioned them, it’s because in studying God’s Word I’m always asking who, what, when, where, why, and how. This helps me to arrive at the correct interpretation regarding what was said. Some aren’t concerned about the correct interpretation, their only concern is that you agree with them. I consider the audience to whom He spoke; why did he say it at that time, and so forth. The LORD had previously been teaching on The Mount of Olives, which was one of His favorite haunts. In the latter part of chapter seven, He spoke of the promise of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him would receive after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension would receive. You may agree with this or maybe you do not, the New Birth and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is conditional, first, you must believe. The people who heard these things were more than just a little confused. Some were certain that this man was a prophet, while others said, “This is the Christ.” Then some thought the Christ must come out of the City of David. Let us be clear about this one thing, there is nothing wrong with asking questions. When I say that, I do not mean questioning the Word with a spirit of doubt, but questioning The Word for clarity and learning, not looking for a reason to continue in sin. The questions this group of people asked created disharmony and division, not unity. However, I do applaud those who were convinced that Jesus was the Christ. Some of them wanted to take hold of Him; maybe they wanted to have Him arrested, do Him harm, or even kill Him. Everything had to be in sync God’s written Word. He was untouchable until the right time:

Galatians 4: 4 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

What does all of this have to do with “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart”? Christ called Himself “The Son of Man”, so what does that mean. We know the He was the Son of God but He referred to Himself, as The Son of Man. Christ was fully God, and fully man. We know He shared the attributes of God the Father, while simultaneously sharing the attributes of mankind. Some people don’t know this, but Adam meant ‘mankind’. The scripture tells us in 1st Cor. 15: 45 “And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being (soul).” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

Please note that the first man became a living being or soul. Every man born from Adam’s loins has a living soul, full of desires, thoughts, intellect, mind, and most importantly, a will. We have the God-given ability to make choices. That part of Adam (mankind) gave way to disobedience. Christ, The Son of God and Son of man (last man Adam) was fully of man. Made up of everything we are, yet without a propensity toward sin. In other words, Christ was not led by His soul as we were; Christ, Jesus walked (was led) by His spirit. The first Adam allowed the lower functioning soul to eclipse his higher functioning spirit. Christ faced more temptations than the first Adam did. When Christ met His enemy, He did not waver at all. Even when He was in Gethsemane, it took a hot second for Him to put His will (soul) in its proper place by saying, “nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.” We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” for a very good reason. We are to walk with our human spirit, soul, body, in their correct order. We must operate in the same manner as our perfect example; Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul learned this valuable lesson and passed it on to us.

1st Thess. 5: 23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The candle of the LORD is our spirit man; not this meat-suit we wear, nor the passions of our soul. To be continued…

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