The Power of Grace Ministries

January 17

Jesus knew who He spiritually was, but realizing He was conformed into the form of man He humbled Himself and became obedient as a human even to death. We on the other hand must discover the truth that although we are human we have been transformed into “spiritual” beings, and even as sons of God.

Philippians 2:8
8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 There is so much in this verse that we must look at it first by itself.  In verse 7 the phrase “took on the form” needs emphasis for verse 8.  The Greek word MORPHE literally means “shape”, outward appearance.  So who found Jesus in the “shape” of a man?  Certainly not the religious leaders of His day, even with the angels proclaiming His deity at His birth, but no one knew who He was.  At the point of His birth He was 100% God in the spirit, but also 100% man in the earthly form of a baby.  His spirit was perfect and because He did not have an earthly father His flesh was as perfect as Adams was in the beginning, but He was still a baby.  He did not come out of the womb in the stature, wisdom, or knowledge of a man He came as a baby. The bible tells us Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered.   We read that at age twelve He was found in the temple with the religious leaders and knew He had other things to do on earth then to just be a carpenter’s son.  I believe Jesus found Himself as a man.  Much like we must renew our minds to line up with our new spirit man, Jesus had to train up His mind on who He was as a Man.  Luke 2:52 tells us Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.  God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit certainly prompted and enlightened Him as to who He was, but His mind had to be conformed and trained into the knowledge of who He truly was.  Keep in mind that Satan did not come to Him to test Him until He was fully grown and filled with the Holy Spirit.  In each of the three temptations Satan starts out with “If thou be the Christ”.  He was not just trying to determine if Jesus was the true messiah for himself, Satan was trying to cast doubt in the mind of Jesus and thereby make Him prove Himself.  If Satan could have caused doubt to take over the mind of Jesus than the battle would have been over in the wilderness.  Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  Reminding ourselves that Jesus was 100% God in the spirit having been given God’s Spirit at birth, he had to come in the complete form of man.  Jesus had to prove to Himself who He was. Jesus had to make His mind conform to the truth of the word of God while at the same time withstanding all of the temptations as are common to mankind.  Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  We are in the same battle today with Satan casting doubt in our minds regarding our salvation and who we are in the spirit.  Jesus had to see Himself as natural man, but we must purpose to see ourselves as a renewed spiritual being. One way of understanding this is to see yourself as a spiritual mirror image of Jesus.  He was born 100% God in the spirit and had to conform His natural mind to that understanding.  We are born 100% in a sinful spirit, but at our conversion we now have 100% Christ spirit and must now conform our minds to that truth.  

 There is no way we can make this kind of change without the help of the Holy Spirit and there is no way a person can be filled with the Holy Spirit without first accepting Jesus in their heart.  That belief and confession is your focal point of rebirth.  (See Romans 10:8-10) I have heard it preached that Christians can fall from God’s grace and use Adam as the example.  Adam was the first son of God and was without sin, but he fell prey to “doubting” who he was and fell from grace. The difference between a Christian and Adam is Adam had only his own righteousness to stand on and Christians have the blood of Jesus shed for all of our sins past, present, and future.  We have to actually denounce our salvation in order to remove our place with God.  If a Christian continues in a sinful condition or falls prey to his/her lust and walks away from such a precious gift than I have to question if there conversion was true in the first place.  If a person truly understands the grace bestowed on them from God by the blood of Jesus and if they truly understand that they are no longer a slave to sin then their walk will reflect their understanding.  Matthew 15:18, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”  God takes away our stony heart and gives us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19), but the only way to purge the sinful nature in our heart is to renew our minds daily to line up with the word of God (Romans 12:2).