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In the last two article I wrote I talked about feeling the emotion, pain, and feelings of other. Also how the root of this stemmed from Jesus and his ministry. I would like to relate more as to what kind of affect Jesus should have on us especially with his departure from Earth. Yet Jesus still has an ever growing connection to mankind. It seems that the question is always, are God and Jesus present, or is it because we just allow them to exist simply in our minds? Are they physically present? How real is the presents of Yahweh (GOD) and the roll and presences of Yahushua (Messiah) Jesus our Lord and Savior? I ask is the weight that we put on knowledge sacrificing our actual spirituality? Is the weight that is put on analyzing the scripture, with our own minds drowning or at least quenching the spirit with in us? The verses below present an interesting view. Is the Love of God present in our lives, which includes our Love for God, and our belief in His son(Or Faith In), our belief in who he was and what was his mission was will directly affects our purpose and mission in life, and most important our status to the coming Kingdom.

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”
1 John 4:14-17 (NASB)

The above verse also shows that as the Christian walk develops it is to become “As he is so are we in this world.” How does one accomplish this? What does it Mean? The verses below might give some clarity on the subject of being like him.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;”
John 14:12-16(NASB)

Now we if we believe in or have Faith in Christ and his works, he said we would be able to do the same works and greater works. If we were to ask anything in his name he will do it, and upon that he would ask the Father and he would send a helper (parakletos; par-ak’-lay-tos; an intercessor, counselor: advocate, comforter,) This helper would be to us an intercessor and counselor it will help guide us. Jesus received this same spirit in Luke 3:22

“and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
Luke 3:22(NASB)

“And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

He said he would pray the Father and he would send the Helper, on Pentecost he did send it. From there on things were quite different. Not only had the disciples been with the risen Christ, but now they were infused with this same spirit that Christ had. It is apparent by reading the rest of the Book of Acts that their lives were dominated by “as he is so are we in this world” aspect of the christian walk.

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”
John 15:26 (KJV)

“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Romans 8:5-9 (NASB)

The Comforter, which Jesus calls the Spirit of Truth, comes from the Father, but this Spirit is sent by Jesus. Paul in Romans states that this spirit is called the Spirit of Christ. Without it we would be fleshly minded, and that is death. For those who live according to the flesh will set their minds on the things of the flesh, and that is ultimately death. But for those who live according to the spirit will set their minds on the things of the spirit, and that is ultimately life, eternal life.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”

If we Truly Love Jesus we will keep his Word and we will do the things says, part of this is to allow this Spirit to come to us. Then he says the father and he will make their Abode in us. What does that Mean? An Abode is a dwell place, God now through, Christ is choosing to live in his people. He no longer lives in a temple made with hands. He lives in his creation, US. This what he designed us for to house the Spirit of the Living God, through Christ so we can truly worship him. Look at the verses below:

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.”
John 4:23 (NASB)

“Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
John 14: 6(NASB)

We must worship the Father through the spirit, true worship is to become the whole complete being that God designed us to be Full of him, but through the accomplishments of the one who commands all rule and authority from the Father, Jesus Messiah. In the verse below it is called Christ in You, this is truly our only Hope for Glory

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Colossians 1:27(NASB)

I would like to say in closing this article, that to do the things Christ would have us to do we must be filled with the spirit. How arrogant, ungodly, unholy, and just plain blasphemous I would be, if I were to make the claim that I could be as he is in this world without his aide through the Spirit he clearly said that he sent it. Why would we not want to get on our knees and ask God through Jesus to cleanse our souls. To fill us with his Spirit and have his Son, Our Lord to send the Spirit. Without the spirit of Christ how could we ever think it possible to Love the Way Christ Loved, to have Compassion like Christ had when he walked amongst man. We are to take his place, so lets be filled or activate the Spirit and start living the Christ like Walk.

Love JimT

One Response to “As He is, so also are we in this world, or are we?”

  1. on 06 Jul 2011 at 9:46 pmDoubting Thomas

    Jim T.
    You asked, “It seems that the question is always, are God and Jesus present, or is it because we just allow them to exist simply in our minds?”

    I had the privilege of hearing Phillip Yancey speak last Sunday morning. He had said that, “God is present throughout the entire world and it was our job as Christians to make him visible to the rest of the world (to the non-Christians).” I thought that what he had said was very profound. I’m so glad that I went to hear him speak (even though I disagreed about some of what he was saying in regards to the Trinity), and I’m sure that this message that I heard will stick with me for the rest of my life…


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