Follow the Life of Jesus and be His Joint-heir



"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.

Follow the Life of Jesus and be His Joint-heir

God became flesh, a mere man, who was Jesus of Nazareth. He lived a godly life that is pleasing to God the Father and was declared his begotten son at his resurrection. The Bible says that he has achieved it just being a man, filled with grace, truth and Spirit. We can also follow his life to please God, since the same power is made available to us. Jesus Christ Calls us to follow after him so that we become joint heirs with him in his kingdom. "The Word," who was God and who created the universe, became a mere man to make men to inherit his throne even to become joint-heirs with him.

God the Word became the Son of man, a humble person, Jesus of Nazareth. Christian traditions and sentiments claim that Jesus was also God while he was living as a man. The Bible says that God became flesh, a humble person without any godly power attributes. As a humble person, he lived within the means that was available to a man. He lived as an example for everyone of us. Whom so ever lives as humble person as Jesus, will become a son of God, rule from his throne and inherit all things of God. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

Jesus Christ came from heaven and became a man to do the "will" of God. That is, we must also 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." Jesus Christ told us to please him as he pleased the Father and then he will be with us as the presence of the Father was always with him. "John 8:29 -- he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." Since Jesus of Nazareth spoke the true word of God, ‘God the Father’ gave him the Holy Spirit without measure and all things. "John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand." He received grace and spirit from God. "Luke 2:40 … the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." We must also receive the spirit and grace from God.

1. God became a man

God is a Spirit with awesome power. "John 4:24 God is a Spirit:--."  Since he has Soul, he is a Person, but he is not a man. From the eternal beginning to the time of the Son of man, 'God the Word' was God with all his divine awesome power. "John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God." Then he took an unbelievable step and became flesh, a humble person. "John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …" At this point he ceased to be God and he became just a man. Most Christians think that God ‘the Word’ has maintained the status of God in the flesh, but God says that he did not keep any power or status.  "Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."  Jesus of Nazareth was not a "God Man", but he had become a mere man and lived as a humble person obedient to God. For details please refer this link: "Jesus Man".

2. Son of God in Temple

The son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, came to the temple of God. He said that the house of God, which should be the house of prayer, has become a den of thieves. He accused the temple merchants as thieves and reviled at them. Looking at the life of the Scribes and Pharisees, he pronounced woe to them. Looking at the city of Jerusalem, he pronounced destruction. He was very much displeased with the activities in the temple. He is the pattern of a true servant of God. He was not the servant of the temple government. "Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." You may read Matt 23:13-38. Here are a few verses. "Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! --- 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! --- 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, ---."

3. What Jesus has done as a Man

In spite of his sufferings, he has accomplished his mission. "Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 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."

A. He pleased God the Father

As a man, he remembered where he came from and what his mission was. "John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." Since Jesus pleased the Father, the presence of the Father was always with him. "John 8:29 -- he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 15:10 --- I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." He obeyed in water baptism. "Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: -- 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Since Jesus of Nazareth spoke the true word of God and ‘God the Father’ gave him the Holy Spirit without measure and all things. "John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand." He has received the grace of God from God the Father. "Luke 2:40 -- the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."

B. Jesus of Nazareth as the Lamb of God

Jesus came as the Lamb of God. "John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Jesus lived a perfect holy life in order to be the sacrificial Lamb of God without blemish and without spot. "1 Peter 1:18 --- ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. "1 John 2:2 --- is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." This supreme sacrifice will forgive the past sins of his people. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,--"

C. His Life was an Example for Holy Living

Jesus lived a perfect and holy life as an example so that the people may follow his steps. If he had lived in the power of God without sin, it would not have been a big deal because God cannot commit sin. As a man, he did not commit sin, which is an example for men/women to see and 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, --- 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: ---." Most Christians think that Jesus of Nazareth was able to live a holy life because he was God Man. It was not so. 'God the Word' emptied his Spirit, the awesome Omni-power, when he became flesh, a humble person. He lived a holy life as a humble person, which is an example for a common person.  

D. Jesus Christ became the Author of Salvation

Obedience to God is the Key factor for salvation. There is no salvation for those who do not obey Jesus Christ. Obedience was not an easy thing even for Jesus. The word says that he has learned obedience through the things he suffered and he became the author of salvation. "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;...."  Only those who obey him are his people and God will save them. God will reject those who call Him Lord without obeying him. "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."

E. Jesus Christ Preached the True Gospel

Jesus Christ did not preach how to receive healing and miracles but he healed the sick, cast out demons and did miracles. He did not advertise how he was going to heal the sick, how he will cast out demons or how he will do miracles, but he preached the gospel. The gospel that Jesus Christ preached is still the true gospel and all the rest are false gospels. "Matthew 4:23 -- Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people."

4. Christian Ministry for Jesus Christ

A. Equipped His Disciples to do the Ministry

Jesus Christ preached his gospel with authority and did the work of God with the power of God. His disciples will continue to preach his gospel and do the same work with the power of God. "Matthew 7:28 -- it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:  29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

His disciples preached the same gospel as Jesus Christ preached, healed the sick and cast out the devils as their master did. "Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere."

B. Only the Disciples are to Preach the Gospel

After his resurrection, Jesus Christ told his disciples to teach the nations to do all the things that he has commanded them to do, which is to preach the gospel. "Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:--- Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Please notice that Jesus Christ told only his disciples, who received his commandments, to preach his gospel. He did not tell all those who were benefited by his works. 

C. Holy Spirit Baptism is Mandatory for the Ministry

Before his ascension, he told his disciples to tarry for the Holy Spirit and said that they will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon them. "Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." By the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of God the Son and by the abiding of God the Father, the true disciples of God will carry on the ministry until the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The purpose of the true ministry is to perfect a saint as Jesus Christ is perfect. "Ephesians 4:11 -- 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 fullness of Christ:"

D. Overcomers will inherit all things in Heaven

God calls every one of us to follow him in the manner of his holy life. If you follow him, you will overcome as he overcame. "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:" If we mortify our sinning nature with the power of the Holy Spirit, we will live with Jesus for ever. "2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:" If we suffer for his true ministry we will rule with the King of kings and Lord of lords. We will also be joint-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ. "2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: --"

If you have overcome, you will sit with Jesus Christ in the throne of God forever to rule with him. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." The overcomers will inherit all things in heaven including the glory of God. "Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Praise the Lord.

5. Inherit His kingdom

God created man/woman. God wants men/women to live in obedience to him that is to live a holy life. God will glorify these holy people as sons of God. The sons of God will inherit the eternal Kingdom. God has decided to show them the way to live a holy life. In order to show the way to men/women God became a man. As a man, he showed them the way. This is grace that God became a man to make a man the son of God. "2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

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