Jesus lived in the Will of the Father and told us to live in It



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

1. Jesus lived in the Will of the Father and told us to live in It

"The Word" was God (John 1:1) and this God became a man in sinful flesh (John 1:14, Romans 8:3). When he was in the flesh, he received grace and truth from God (John 1:14) and he lived with no sin (John 8:48). Jesus lived a holy life while he lived with sinful flesh as a man by grace, truth, and power of God. He lived to be a sample and proof to men that anybody who is in sinful flesh can live a holy life by grace, truth and power of God. Then he was made Lord, Christ, begotten Son, and God, because of his holy life (Philippians 2:7-11). We usually think that God the Word became a Man and so when his assignment is over, the Man became God again. But, the Bible says that it is because, he fulfilled the perfect 'will of the Father' in holiness. Let us study in detail, what all things that he has done in his life to please God and to earn the favor of God. Here are three links about Jesus Christ. 1) He was God from the beginning, 2) He became a common man and 3) Again he is and will be God for eternal future. The links are below:

1. Jesus was God the Word, God Almighty, God I AM, and Jehovah.... Click -> Jesus Was.

2. Jesus of Nazareth lived as a Man, but not as God.... Click -> Man Jesus.

3. Jesus was declared as begotten Son, Lord, Christ, and God.... Click -> Jesus Christ is God.

2. Jesus did the will of the Father

The very purpose for Jesus Christ to became a man was to do the will of God. "John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Here, the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is in the Spirit, turning away the people from sins and iniquities. Yet the people had their previous sins on their head, and they are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ to make them perfect. In order to do that, he had to present himself spotless to God as an offering for sins and to become the author of salvation. "1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Here, the blood Jesus Christ purifies even the conscience of a person, so that they may not sin again. But, Christians think that the blood will keep on forgiving the sins of the people day after day. That is, we will be keep on sinning, and Jesus Christ will be keep on forgiving, as if Jesus Christ is being sacrificed repeatedly everyday. No! The blood of Jesus Christ will sanctify the people ONCE for all. That is, once the person is cleansed from all unrighteousness, then there will be no unrighteousness left in him to commit sin anymore. It is one time job and it is done.

3. Jesus is our Example for us to Follow his Steps

Jesus lived a perfect and holy life as an example so that the people would follow his steps. He had no resources at his disposal that are not available to us through his sacrifice: 1) the power and grace of God, and 2) the guidance of the Holy Ghost. With nothing more than these and his human flesh (John 1:14), which is in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3), Jesus lived a life perfect in thought and deed for man to see and to follow. "1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:"

"John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 1 John 3:5 ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." Jesus of Nazareth lived a sanctified life so that his disciples may also live a sanctified life. If we are his disciples, we will follow his steps of sinless life.

4. These are the Will of God the Father

The Will of God the Father to Jesus Christ.

You may read Matthew 12: 46 to 50 for the context. Let me quote one verse. "50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." So, if we do the Will of God the Father, we will be brethren to Jesus Christ.

"John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." The very life of Jesus was dedicated to doing the will of the Father.

"Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." Even at death, Jesus has submitted to his Father's will.

"Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" The 'will' of the Father is to deliver from the 'evil' but not to deliver from hell directly.

"Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 14 by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. " Jesus came to the world to abolish the repeated sacrifice and forgiveness system and to establish the onetime sacrifice and forgiveness system. Christians misunderstand this system. They think that it is again the same old repeated forgiveness system. You may refer these links for more details on forgiveness: "Forgiven", "Forgive video-1", "Forgive video-2".

General teaching of the Will of God the Father.

You may read Matthew 7: 20 to 24 for the context. Let me quote one verse. "21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Lord means master. If we call him Lord, we must obey him.

You may read Matthew 18: 10 to 14 for the context. Let me quote one verse. "14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

"1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

You may read Matthew 21: 28 to 32 for the context. Let me quote one verse. "31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you."

"Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." Even the servants of God, who will not do the will of God but preach around, will be punished by God. "John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."

The Will of God the Father which are directly to us.

"1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." Here, the Will of God the Father is spelled out and it is mentioned that it is also in the commandments of Jesus Christ.

"1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil." God says not to quench the holy spirit and not to despise prophesying.

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” In order to inherit the kingdom of God, we must do the 'will' of God.

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:The will of God is also to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

There are diverse ministers of God who preach their various messages with love, compassion, excitement, emotion and charisma. They can be very convincing. Could these ministers be false? They might be. After all, Jesus Christ says, in Matthew 7:21: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." The true minister of God is the one who does the will of the Father who is in heaven. The Father’s will for Jesus Christ was that he die on the cross. Matthew 26:42 says: "He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." The Father’s will for the disciples was that they take up their own cross and follow Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:24 says: "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." The will of the Father for a true preacher is to preach the word of God truthfully and faithfully; to further the kingdom of heaven and not to pursue personal gain. Colossians 4:12 says: "---, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." The will of the Father in Christian ministry is to present the Church perfect and complete in all the will of God. Ephesians 4 says: "11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12) "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" If a minister does not keep himself pure and does not gear his ministry toward making people perfect for the Lord, then the Father in heaven is not the source of his ministry. Though it may be glamorous and appealing, that ministry is of his own making. Most ministers build fantastic, spectacular, masterpiece ministries for themselves, while pretending to work in the name of God. The will of the Father in our personal life, is not fame, wealth, or popularity; rather, it is sanctification, which is moral purity. 1 Thessalonians 4 says: "3) For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4) That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5) Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6) That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7) For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." God does not serve us; but we serve Him. God does not pre-forgive us and authorize us to commit sin; he requires us to live pure, obeying God. We are his creation and we must do his 'will'.

5. Therefore God also hath highly exalted him

'God the Word' became a man. The man further humbled himself, became obedient unto the death of the cross. So God the Father (Most High God) raised him up from the dead and exalted him to the Utmost Position so that every knee should bow to Him and everyone shall call Him the Lord. It is not because he was God before, but because he humbled himself to God unto his death. "Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Thus the Man Jesus became the Lord Jesus Christ. "Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." If we also humble ourselves, and be obedient to God until our death, God will raises up on the last day and will seat us with Jesus Christ and we will be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.

"Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;---." Obedience to God is the key requirement for this. There is no salvation for those who do not obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Obedience was not an easy task even for Jesus. The Scripture says that he learned obedience through his sufferings. By doing so, he became the author of salvation-he accomplish this, thereby making it possible for us. He became the Savior of all who follow. "2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:" It is very hard to deny the cravings of the flesh in the world. But, the supernatural powers of God, the grace and the word of God, and the presence of God, will be with us if we endeavor to obey God and to live for heavenly glory. When God exalt us on the last day, and when we become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ with his glory, we will say that it worth it all. Those who do not have a heavenly vision, will live for the pleasures of the world for today. They will suffer eternally. So, choose yourselves what is that you really want. Is it the fake Jesus Christ of the false preachers (2 Corinthians 11:4, & Matthew 24:24) that you wanted, or is it the true Jesus Christ of the Bible, who preached the gospel and asked you to obey them? "Joshua 24:15 … choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served (who is another Jesus and false Christ) …, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Do not chose the fake Jesus, who is a phantom of the crucified Jesus. But chose the true Jesus who has preached the gospel, died, raised by God, and is made Lord, Christ and God. Remember, the true Jesus Christ is now not a Man, but he is God in omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, SPIRIT. He is not in the FLESH anymore. He is with you even now, turning you away from sins (iniquities). If you allow him to turn you away from your sins, your sinning will become past and he will forgive all your past sins, by his shed blood. This is the only true Jesus Christ. All others are false Christs. Beware of them. Worship and obey only the true Lord Jesus Christ.

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