We have seen how Jesus as the Christ serves as humanity’s servant by existing as the God-man connection between our physical presence here and our perpetual spiritual potentiality. We have also realized his purposed role as our sacrifice to insure our salvation. Now we turn to his examining his role as mediator, to guarantee we have an advocate representing our spiritual soul before the throne of God, Father and Spirit.
Upon his ascension to heaven, following his resurrection and post-mortem forty-day ministry, Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father serving as our mediator until his return to earth. Because he was one of us, Jesus knows firsthand the complexities of humanity’s struggle with and within itself. Although our technologies are far more advanced than those of two thousand years ago, man’s inhumanity to man has changed little.
Life two and three millennia ago revolved around the same or similar humanitarian crisis’ and responses as we face today. Our reactions to each other today are rooted in the same types of self-indulgent provincial and parochial behaviors, emotions and efforts as generations have struggled with since before civilizations’ inception.
Human behaviors and responses remain as toxic and caustic as they have been for Millennia. We have changed, but not much. For this reason, we today remain mired in the same lessons of life our forefathers and ancestors grappled with in their daily stress and struggle. Despite these conditions, Jesus remains ready to take up our cause and defend our efforts to come closer to God’s holy throne. He remains the believer’s mediator and advocate.
He took up our defense against death when he walked among men and women of his day. He did so by going to the cross for all those who would come to him, then and now. He still advocates on behalf of those still here on earth who desire to follow and emulate him. He will continue to represent those who will face the oncoming trials and tribulations prophesied for the future, when things in this world are truly terrible for all who are still alive.
If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, you may rest assured night and day that His efforts on your behalf are protected and adjudicated. This He promises (John 14:26). He promised to send one to serve as counselor and advocate. One who would assist and aid by guiding and directing our thoughts and steps away from adversity and closer to Him, if we would but ask (Ask, Seek, Know) and then, heed and respond.
This advocate for the living, this counselor for those who seek him lives and abides with the believer’s spirit. Ever ready to serve at a moment’s notice fully and completely the same way it did for the man Jesus when he walked the earth and faced the same human complexities of his day.
This counselor, this advocate, is the Holy Spirit carried by the breath of God that goes out from Him to those who surrender to their heartfelt desire to share in cohabited spiritual communion. The same Spirit that resides with and within the Holy Godhead Trinity serves every believer of Jesus as the Christ. As long as the believer is alive, and until spiritually reunited with the Trinity of God, Jesus is our mediator and advocate to, and from the throne of God.
Join me for Part 9 when we discover the ‘how and why’ of spiritual ‘refinement’ to get from ‘here to there.’
As stated, God as Father is Holy and unable to be in the presence of sin. For humanity to spiritually return to God it is necessary that a man become the ‘way’ of reconciliation unto Him. Therein lies the rub. The incompatible presence of Holy God and unholy man. For this reason, the Spirit of the trinitarian Godhead became a man through unification with an (ovarian) seed of a woman, producing a child of God and humanity. In this way a specific man became available and present to serve as the needed spiritual transducer for humanity’s redemption.
From the time of Abraham, God instituted and required sacrifice as a covenantal sign between the two (Gen 15:10, 17:9). This is no less true for the redemption of sin filled humanity. A sacrifice is still required to open the path of salvation. Such a sacrifice must fulfill the needs and requirements of both God and humanity. Only one as spiritually holy as God and yet completely human can fulfill these dual requirements. It is the Spirit of God manifested as a human through the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who simultaneously provides this unique vessel of sacrifice and salvation (Romans 8:1-4).
Because His Spirit is Holy and because Jesus was a man who lived among others, He and He alone is the sole possessor of the character and nature qualifying him and him alone, to serve in our place on the cross of death. He was/is the only sacrifice acceptable of God’s Holy requirement for salvation. He served in our place to pay the ransom death holds for humanity’s release. Jesus alone is way of salvation and the light on the path to God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus voluntarily became our sacrifice to fulfill God’s covenant requirement of guaranteed salvation and eternal life.
Join me next time for Part 8 when we look at Jesus’ roles as Mediator and Advocate.
As Jesus possesses, and his paternal spiritual lineage is Holy, He is ‘King of kings’ (Revelation 19:16).
Being of the same Holy Spirit of Father God, Jesus’ inheritance is all of creation, making him King of kings. If Jesus manifested in human physicality arrived as ‘King of kings’ where would the choice to submit and obey be? Remember Hamlet? “To be or not to be?” Our question is, “To believe, trust and follow, or not?”
For God’s plan to be honest and true, humanity must be given options, (believe or not, agree or not, respond or not). It must be offered at least two choices. There must be no malicious intent or biased purpose. Both ‘free will’ choice and the opportunity to believe in, trust, adhere to, or become a disciple of Jesus must be allowed free and independent thought, decision and action.
If the Lord God is prejudice in His demeanor, action or intent then He would be (attempting to) influence or coerce responses. The choice to accept or reject Christ would be irrelevant if there were no free will.
Although his followers recognize Jesus as ‘King of kings’ his presentation to the world had to be as ordinary as were the ‘ways and customs’ of the Israelite people of his day and times. Jesus entered this world as a normal human and experienced a life far removed from royal. One of his roles is to serve. To serve in our place for death.
Therefore, he is said to have been a servant (John 13:5). He was born not only a man, but a servant for and of humanity. This point is important. To pay the price for sin (death), that debt had to be paid by a member of mankind. For this reason, Jesus the man had to be just like the rest of humanity. Subject to its ways and means. Only a member of humanity could redeem the rest of humanity. But to do so that individual had to be pure from the start and sinless for the balance of his life. (Ecc 11:5)
The Holy Spirit embodied by Jesus guided his thoughts, words, deeds, and responses keeping him true to the character and nature of his holy spiritual origin. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus, a man and spirit who volunteered to serve humanity and Father God by accepting the role and purpose of Christ/Messiah.
Join me next time for part 7 when we look at Jesus’ roles of Sacrifice and Salvation.
As part of His creation, God’s Spirit dwells with humans. Think of it as genetic DNA and RNA traits being passed from generation to generation through offspring. Although we possess a remnant of His Spirit when we are born, our spirit does not yet commune with His. Our spirit is present but ‘inactive.’ It’s missing the ‘spark’ of recognition and surrender. That spark is acceptance of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah.
For an inactive spirit to become active it is necessary for there to be a ‘conduit spark’ between God’s Holy Spirit and ours. This spark is the spirit and person of Jesus Christ. Because the spirit of Jesus is the Spirit of the Father, Jesus’ Spirit is the Holy Spirit. Three separate ‘personalities’ of and by The Holy Spirit form the three ‘identities’ of God: Father, Son and Spirit. One Holy Spirit, three specific functioning entities. In relation to us as; Paternal, Brother, Same Spirit connection (between three, and us).
A singular Holy Spirit of the Trinitarian Godhead having three separate functioning roles. One [Father] cannot be in the presence of sin. The second [Son] can be in the presence of sin because his (Holy) Spirit volunteered to assume the form and responsibilities of becoming a human man. The third is spiritual ‘breath’ (the power and force of creation) through the ‘Word’.
This singular Holy Spirit, with three separate identities, functioning as three separate personalities is the Spirit who joins ours when invited by every neophyte believer (new believer) in Jesus Christ. Every believer in Jesus as the Christ/Messiah, receives The Holy Spirit of the Father, through the Son, by way of the breath (Word), to be spiritual counselor and guide.
Although the Holy Spirit as Father cannot co-mingle with humans, that same Spirit in the Son can, because the Spirit has agreed to serve in that form and manner. Think of it in terms of genealogy again. We each have a biological mother and father. Jesus had a mother (Mary), with the Holy Spirit serving as father. (John 1:1-3)
Jesus has multiple titles, roles, and responsibilities. We will be looking at several in relation to us, however, all can be summed up in the title, “Son of God” and responsibility as “Savior.” Within the broad scope of these multiple titles and roles, think of our three identifiers: servant, sacrifice and mediator as man, savior, and advocate.
Join me next time for Part 6, Jesus as Servant and Man
We’re talking about God’s plan of design and purpose for a spiritual relationship between Him and each of us. We’ve established that God by His character and nature is Holy, whereas we are not. We, by our nature are morally and ethically disobedient (‘sinful’ in character and nature). It’s therefore impossible for our ‘stain’ of sin to be removed, except by Him and Him alone as our creator.
We’ve discovered we are unable to be in God’s spiritual presence due to this holy/unholy (righteous/sin) divide. God wants our returned and reconciled spiritual presence to and with Him, after our mortal life has ended. For this to happen, He as creator of the universe, must be the one to provide for our spiritual redemption while remaining unable to be in the presence of our sin.
As the creator of sin’s consequence (death) it is God who must overcome death. Through His glorious grace and mercy He offers everlasting and eternal life in His spiritual presence for all who desire to call upon His name, for forgiveness of moral/ethical disobedience (‘sin’).
God leaves His heavenly realm and throne by advent and the ‘going out’ of His Holy Spirit. He does this through the breath of His Word. (Psalm 33:6) God ‘speaks’ into existence all He desires, with His breath. This includes His invitation that we call upon His name in recognition, belief and faith.
It was by/through His Holy Spirit that he entered our world as a man. It’s by that same spirit He dwells with the spirit in the soul of the believer. This indwelling of His Spirit with ours happens when He is asked and invited in the name of Jesus/Yeshua of Nazareth (the Christ/Messiah).
The design and purpose of God’s redemption plan for His believing children is found in and through His Word, Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5). Jesus’ commission to the roles and responsibilities in this designed and purposed plan are Servant, Sacrifice and Mediator. As we look closer at these to explore and examine specific impact for believers, we’ll learn who, what and why of Jesus Christ.
Join me soon for Part 5.
God’s desire is that ‘none would be lost, no not one’ [John 6:39]. His goal is put into action by spiritual design and purpose, an opportunity for all who choose to be with Him. God is Spirit, in Him as creator of the universe and all it contains including each of us, we too are spirit in origination.
By and through His creation design we become flesh and blood given the choice to recognize Him for who He is and to decide whether we will acknowledge and follow Him, or turn away. In accordance with His Will, we each are given ‘free will’ to make this choice.
God’s desire to be recognized for His glorious majesty is possible only if there are those to fulfill that role. For this reason, He created heaven and earth. He provides life full of opportunities and lessons that have meaning far greater than mere existence in the physical dimension. As Spirit in a spiritual realm He is untouchable and unapproachable to the blemished spirit. In being Holy, nothing unholy, tainted or ‘stained’ can come into His Holy presence.
On the one hand we have an unreachable Holy Spirit (God) who desires to enjoy and share our worship and fellowship with Him. On the other hand, we are unable to accomplish this desire due to our inherent “sinful/sin filled” nature and life. Because this spiritual union and relationship is His desire, it is He who must provide a solution that satisfies this need.
This is accomplished through spiritual refinement, or ‘cleansing.’ Our stain of ‘sin’ (disobedience to His moral and ethical tenets) must be removed, making our spirit pure and righteous as it was when we were with Him in our origin as a unit of electrical spirit energy.
Understanding His purpose for us according to His Will, we now turn to His design for accomplishment of our future post-mortem reconciliation unto Him. How can sin be nullified in order that the sinner is replete with the holiness required to be in His presence? Our spiritual soul must be released from its physical body to be cleansed of its sin nature in preparation for its reunited journey to God in His holy and heavenly realm.
How is it possible to make this transition from physical predominance back to spiritual, and from ‘unholy’ to purity once more? God did not create sin. He did however create the consequence of unrepentant and unforgiven sin (death). But who is as Holy as God? None. Only God Himself in Spirit (and those He has cleansed of sin’s stain) can come into His presence.
Therefore, it is God Himself who must make provision for one as holy as He, in order to redeem humans to Himself. We each must pay the price (‘wages’) of sin (death) [Romans 6:23]. Or we must find someone worthy enough to take our place.
God must sacrifice to overcome death. He alone has the power to negate the consequence He has created. By providing a spiritual pathway for life after mortal death, it is He who can break the bond to defy death’s eternal and permanent hold on the living. But how can the living God die if He is eternal and everlasting? As the creator of life, only God can provide for His own sacrifice to pay the price required by death.
Join me next time to discover how God’s plan of purpose and design becomes personal for each of us.
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