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Jesus is our example as a man that we as created mankind can pattern ourselves after in doing the will of God. Jesus proved that we as men of Adam with a newborn experience through the Holy Ghost can overcome sin, the devil, and the flesh just like he did in the days of His flesh. This certainly proves that Jesus worked as a man and not as God since he expects us to overcome the same as he did and be perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect.   
 

This is the true “made of himself no reputation”; that is, “emptied out” or the “kinosis” of Jesus Christ.  This is not some state of amnesia of the man Christ Jesus who had to gain back the knowledge of who He Is, Was, and Is to come; that is, God manifest in the flesh. But it is a state of God emptied out as a man of Adam, under the law, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, in order to condemn sin in the flesh. Jesus in Essence is God as Spirit that worked only as a man of Adam. Being a man of Adam necessitates his own separate will being separate and distinct from the will of God; even through God is in him without measure. Thus the man had to be in subjection to the will of God in order for God to work through him and by him and in him to be our salvation. “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the [1] death of the cross.” (Philippians 2: 6-8). God took upon himself the form of a servant. God was made in the likeness of men. The Son of God was not made in the likeness of men, for the Son of God did not exist until he was born of a woman and called the Son of God. The mystery of godliness is that “God was manifested in the flesh; that is God was seen perfectly in and through a man of Adam possessing a spirit, soul, and body.” (1 Timothy 3:16a). The man had to be in total submission to the will of the Spirit at all times in order for God as Spirit to manifest Himself in and through the self of the man.

           

The question related to this mystery of God simply stated is as follows: “If Jesus Christ is God that is come in the flesh as a man, then why did he empty out of glory to work only as a man and not as God?”  The answer is that God did not have the right to work in the earthly realm since He had given the dominion to mankind through Adam. Therefore, God must work in accordance with His Word that had been spoken in giving dominion over all things in the earth to mankind. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1: 26-28).  

          

Even though Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, he has emptied out of glory so that he will work only as a man of Adam in order to fulfill the righteousness of God. Because of the dominion being given to mankind alone and not to God, this will require Jesus as the Son of God to have an earthly will as a man. Because he is born the Son of God, this will require him to have the Spirit of God without measure in His true identity as the Son of God. However, the truth that the Spirit of God cannot work redemption alone without a man of Adam because of dominion in the earth being that of mankind, there will be two separate wills in Christ Jesus; that is, the will of the man being that of mankind along with the will of the Spirit that the man is filled with from birth. The Spirit will be able to work through the man as the man yields to the law of righteousness in and through his will being in agreement with the will of the Spirit. There will be growth in the spirit of the man as he understands and does the will of the Spirit. The Spirit is the Father. The flesh or man is the Son. These two wills are present in one Person, but only the will of the Father will be manifested as Jesus the man will never do his own will, but that of the Father’s. Therefore, Jesus will manifest only the divine nature and not a human nature.

           

God cannot just break through and take mankind back to himself disregarding the Word that He had spoken to Adam in giving mankind all dominion over all the earth.  He must work in accordance with His Word. This is God’s righteousness in His being emptied out in His body of flesh as a man in order to work in the earth as a man. God did not empty out His divine nature and cease and desist from being God, but God did manifest in flesh as a man who was equal with God, who emptied out His glory as a man in his life upon the earth. Therefore Jesus as a man emptied out in His “kinosis” in equality with God, “for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28b).  Jesus as God who emptied out in glory by abasing himself in becoming a man in the flesh did not work in equality with God with full attributes, but in a lower emptied out state of glory as a man of Adam under the law in the likeness of sinful flesh. The self of Jesus in his will is separate from the self of God and His will. In other words, Jesus as a man must die to his self will in order to do the will of the Spirit that he was born with and that without measure.

           

The man Christ Jesus emptied out of glory and worked as a man of Adam without the attributes and character of God. Notice the different realms of glory as the man Christ Jesus lived on the earth, died, and then went back to God. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16). God was manifested as a man emptied of glory; he worked only as a man who prayed, fasted, and always subjected his will to the will of God. He was justified in the Spirit; the man was judged holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. He was seen of angels; angels ascended and descended upon the Son of man. Jesus was proclaimed to be the Son of God by the undisputed miracles of the kingdom of God. He was then believed on to be God in the world; that is, God come in the flesh as a man, Jesus Christ come in the flesh. Jesus was received up into glory; the righteousness of God being declared by the Holy Ghost that he as a man went back to the Father with the glory that He had emptied out of beforehand by taking on flesh, having then being glorified with all power. The glorification of Jesus with all power in heaven and earth did not leave the Father powerless. The mystery is that he as God emptied out of glory being made in the likeness of men, God being fashioned as a man. He then was glorified with the glory that he had before as God, before He became a man. 

           

The mystery of living the God life in the believer is that Jesus Christ as God come in the flesh, emptied out of glory in order to work as a man of Adam becoming one with us as a kinsman, then was justified in the Spirit as the man gave way to the will of the Spirit of God rather than doing his own will. The man was fully declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead after he had fulfilled all righteousness being seated at the right hand of God; “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead.” (Romans 1:4).  Notice that Jesus Christ, though born the Son of God, was not declared or proclamated to be the Son of God until He was resurrected from the dead; therefore, resurrection and not birth proclaimed the Son of God. This is the reason that many times in the Gospels Jesus would tell the man or woman whom he had healed or had cast the devils out, not to tell anyone. An example of this is when Jesus healed the leper. “And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” (Matthew 8:3,4). Jesus did not state to this cleansed leper to tell no one because it might stop his access to the various cities that he would go to, but rather that the name Jesus Christ as the Son of God would be declared by the resurrection from the dead. The finished work would seal the right to God to work righteousness in the earth through the life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God proclaiming the name of Jesus as “Jehovah is Salvation”. Notice Jesus words as he and Peter, James, and John descended the Mount of Transfiguration. “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen from the dead.” (John 17:9).  It is only after the resurrection that Jesus is declared to be the Son of God with the finished work of Calvary.   

           

Jesus Christ worked only as a man in the days of His flesh, limiting himself to human attributes and powers so that he could be a true example of a man of Adam who was in sinful flesh who overcame the world, the devil, and his own flesh through the Spirit of God.  If Jesus did the miracles of God because He worked as God and not man, then how does he then require us as believers to do these works of God? If Jesus does these works as the Spirit of God that He is intrinsically and not as a man through the Spirit, then how does He have the right to expect the church as believers to do greater works than He did? Jesus proved to all mankind that by the Spirit of God that we could do the same works that He did as a man through the Spirit. “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 do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12).

           

Jesus revealed the attributes and character of God by being totally in subjection to the will of the Spirit of God that was in him. The flesh is the nature of all mankind and profits nothing just as Jesus pointed out. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63). It was not some divine flesh that came down from heaven that Jesus is referring to in His speaking of the bread that came down from heaven, but the words as spirit that came and manifested to mankind the revealed will of God in His thoughts, plan, purpose, and will; that is, God’s Expression of Himself, also known as the express image of God, the man Christ Jesus.

           

This would be the same in analogy as a visible hand of God that could not be seen in the natural realm, but was nonetheless real in the spirit realm. An example would be that God willing to manifest Himself to mankind would take a physical glove that mankind could clearly see and place it over His Hand that was invisible and could not be seen in the natural realm. By God placing a natural physical glove over the invisible Hand of God, the Hand could be seen in the present physical realm by mankind simply watching the glove as it was moved by the Hand of God. There would be some givens in this example, such as, the glove would have to be totally pliable and move exactly as the Hand moved in order to reveal the precise movement of the Hand. In this simplified analogy, we can get an idea of Jesus being the express image of God. God is Spirit and is invisible. Jesus Christ is a man of Adam with a human spirit, rational soul, and body of flesh and blood, just like all mankind. If Jesus Christ does always those things that please God by subjecting his will to the will of God, then we have a perfect example and pattern of God’s actions, attributes, and character through the man who is visible revealing the Spirit who is invisible.

           

Therefore, we as mankind must know that Jesus acted in all things in subjection to the Spirit of God. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38). Jesus declared plainly that he did not come to do his own will; that is, of his flesh, but came to do the will of the Father, the Spirit. As a matter of truth, Jesus did not preach his own doctrine out of his human spirit and soul, but the doctrine of God. “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” (John 7:16). Jesus only spoke what He had received in his spirit from the Father. ”For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” (John 12:49,50). Jesus is stating that He spoke only those things which came from the Spirit of God and not of his fleshly spirit, soul, and body. The words that Jesus spoke did not originate in the human spirit of the man Christ Jesus, but from the Spirit of God that was in him without measure from birth.

           

The words of God always manifest God’s nature, attributes, character in salvation, healing, deliverance; always are destroying the works of the devil. He healed through the Spirit of God that was in him as he spoke the Words of God, not by works of his own self as a man. “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:10b). Jesus accomplished these works as a man by speaking the words of God; not by speaking of himself as a man. As Jesus saw things of God in his human spirit, he then spoke only those things which he clearly saw and knew. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19b). Jesus again declares that he simply does exactly what he sees the Father do. He does no improvising of his own will just as our example of the glove manifesting the Hand; the glove does not have a will of its own, but the Hand that is in it does all the works. This is where the example of the hand and glove falls short. The glove does not have a will of its own, but is innate and is moved by the will of the hand. In the case of Jesus, the man has a will of his own which must submit in obedience to the will of the Father as Spirit in order to reveal the will of the Father. Jesus as a man of Adam or mankind does this in submitting his own human will to the will of the Father which manifests the exact image of the invisible God revealing God’s thoughts, plan, purpose, and will as the Divine Expression or Word Manifest. How is the Word Manifest? The Word is manifested in the flesh as a man of Adam.

           

The result is that Jesus as a man works the works of God by not doing his own will, but doing only what he sees the Father do, and speaking only what the Father gives him to speak, never doing his own will as a man, but always doing the will of God.  Here we see the meaning of Jesus as the express image of God, subsisting as God in a body of flesh as a man; “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3a). Jesus did many works as he manifested the Word proving that it was not his words that he spoke of himself as a man, but the Words that he spoke that originated from the Spirit of God that was in him without measure. ”And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, God your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” (Luke 7:21,22).

           

Paul in the book of Romans also attests to the same truth of dominion in the earthly realm being that of Adam or mankind which was given by God; thereby allowing only a man of Adam to be the redeemer of mankind. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12). Satan did not bring the sin into the world, neither did an angel, for it Adam alone as a man with dominion that was solely responsible. Since it was a man or Adam that had dominion and lost it through disobedience bringing forth sin which brought forth death, then only a man of Adam can get it back paying the purchase price for redemption. “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” (Romans 5:17). Was this Jesus Christ working redemption in the world or earthly realm in the Spirit as God? No, this was Jesus Christ working as a man of Adam under the law just like all mankind being tempted in all things just like us, but without sin. “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (Romans 5:14). Adam or mankind was the figure of Jesus Christ who was the man that was to come for our redemption. A man of Adam lost it, only a man of Adam can get it back. God cannot break into the earthly realm and forcibly take it back even though He is all powerful, but must work in accordance with His Word, Thoughts, Plan, Purpose, and Will.

           

Why Jesus who is God had to work as a man of Adam only and not as God in Spirit in the earthly realm is hard for some to understand, thinking that God can do anything because He is Sovereign. But God cannot deny His Word, for He has exalted His Word above His own name. (Psalms 138:2). Again, it is a question of dominion being given to mankind and God honoring His Word to mankind. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? of the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Hebrews 2:6b,7). God put all the works of His hands under the authority of Adam or mankind. Satan knew that dominion was given to Adam or mankind, therefore he worked against the Word of God by not attacking God whom he knew is All Powerful, but against mankind who had been given the authority and dominion over the God’s creation. Satan works against God through mankind to whom God gave the dominion, Satan knowing that God cannot lie and break His Word.  “Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet, for in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” (Hebrews 2:8). Even though God gave Adam or mankind the dominion and authority over all creation, Adam forfeited his right to Satan and brought death by sin through his disobedience upon all mankind. Therefore, at this present hour all creation is groaning in pain to be delivered into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, when all things will be restored back to God, the restitution of all things when Satan and his angels are destroyed once and for all in the lake of fire.

           

What gives God the right at the present hour to promote mankind back to honor and glory when all mankind has sinned and come short of this glory? The answer is Jesus who as a man of Adam suffered all things for mankind. “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.” (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus as Jehovah (the Spirit) emptied out of glory in being made in fashion as a man of Adam to work in the earthly realm in order to give God as Spirit the right to work in and through a man of Adam in the earthly realm. God worked salvation in and of Himself through a man of Adam in His own body of flesh as a man called the Son of God; thus, JESUS (Jehovah is Salvation). God did not break His Word, lie against His Word, or breach His Word in any way, but fulfilled all things in His own wisdom and riches when He wrought salvation in Christ Jesus. For Jesus could not die unless he suffered as one of us, thus making the captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings. He could not be crowned with glory and honor except he fulfilled the work that He was called for and completed it by tasting death for every man, all mankind. Jesus as a man was not made above the angels, but a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death. God cannot die, for He is God, the Eternal Spirit. But God working as a man under the law could fulfill all His purpose and will in dying for all mankind, paying the death penalty in and of Himself.

           

Jesus in the days of his flesh as a man of Adam worked as a man in subjection to the Spirit of God by obedience to the will of God, never doing his own will as a man. Death came by a man, and it must be by a man that life is given from this state of death. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21,22). By understanding this, we as the body of Christ can understand that we also can do the same works that Jesus did by denying our own self will and doing the will of God. By fulfilling this law of righteousness, we can all work the works of God if we believe on him whom God has sent; that is, on the man Christ Jesus, if we follow his example and pattern in denying our selves, picking up our cross and following him.

 


[1] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance    Greek Dictionary  1784

 
 

 

 

    

 

 

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