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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 2, Chapter 2

Relationship With Jesus Is
The Answer to Man's Problems

Study Questions:
  1. According to Isaiah 30:1, when we make and execute plans not initiated by God, we are committing _____.
  2. No matter how good our intentions, According to 2 Chronicles 12:14, when we try to solve our problems through our own reasoning without seeking Jesusí counsel first, in the end we end up doing _______.
  3. According to John 5:19, 12:48-50, and 16:13-15; what is the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?
  4. According to John 17:18 and John 20:21, what is Jesus desired relationship with the Church?

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Jesus, not ourselves, is the answer to manís problems. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6).

Generally speaking we all accept it, but not to the degree that Jesus meant it. We say, "Oh yes I have accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. I did this years ago." Since that time many will share how from time to time Jesus has made Himself real to them in their lives, but these encounters are few and far between over the years, and usually only happen during a personal crisis out of the Lordís initiative, not because they were seeking Him.

The plan that Jesus has for our lives is meant to be a daily moment by moment encounter of His person, speaking to Him and receiving from Him.

This kind of intimacy was also talked about in the Old Testament,

Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Is 30:20-21).

The context of this passage is Isaiah 30:1 where Isaiah goes so far as to say anything that the Israelites did that was not out of Yehovahís (Godís name in the Old Testament meaning: I Am that I Am) initiative first was sin. 2 Chronicles 12:14 tells us that when the Israelites acted out of their own initiative without seeking Yehovahís counsel first, no matter how well meaning their intentions, they ended up doing evil instead of good. Only what Jesus initiates is good. Man was not created to act and live independent of God.

Jesus means for us to have this same kind of moment by moment intimacy with Him today. He said, about eternal life, And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (Jn 17:3). Jesus said eternal life is knowing Him, but this is not just meant in, "Oh yeah! I received Jesus Christ several years ago." Eternal life according to Jesus is knowing and growing in our relationship with Him on a daily basis.

Apart from Jesus, of course, we cannot know God, but receiving Jesus is simply the door that makes it possible for us to now be able to acknowledge Jesus in all our thoughts, desires, and actions and then be able to literally receive instructions and wisdom of love from Him through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as to how He would have us respond to these thoughts, desires, and actions.

UNITY IN THE RELATIONSHIP
OF THE TRINITY

This can be better understood if we consider the relationship of the Trinity according to Scripture. The Bible teaches that there is only one God eternally existent, all powerful, all knowing, without beginning, without end, self sustained eternal existence and life in Himself and transcendent throughout the universe consisting of three individual self-conscious and self-aware Personalities with individual intellect, emotions and will: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.23

While remaining equal in nature the Father is the head, Jesus is voluntarily subject to the Father and the Holy Spirit is voluntarily subject to both. Jesus said about Himself,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." (John 5:19).

"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me." (John 12:48-50).

Jesus is not saying here that He cannot do or say anything apart from the Father, He is God and can do anything He wants; but that by His free will He chooses not to act or speak out of His own initiative but only out of the advice of His Father. This is and was true whether it dealt with how Jesus spoke about redemption such as His discourse with the woman at the well,24 or how Jesus dealt with demoniacs such as the case of the demoniac possessed with Legion in the country of Gerasenes,25 or when Jesus made His choice of the twelve apostles,26 or when Jesus ministered healing as in the case of the deaf-mute when He applied His saliva to the manís tongue.27

Whatever Jesus did or said in any of these cases, it was not without the explicit detailed instruction of the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit to His human spirit first. Jesusí submission to the Father in this way is just as true today as it was then.

Jesus, in talking about the Holy Spirit, said,

"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you." (John 16:13-15).

Whatever the Holy Spirit is doing is what Jesus is doing, because the Holy Spirit did not come to represent Himself but Jesus; and whatever Jesus is doing is what the Father is doing and desiring. When we open ourselves up to Jesus through the ministry of the Holy Spirit we really open ourselves up to the whole Trinity. This is because Jesus only acts out of the initiative of the Father. Thus, through Jesus Christ we come to know God.

JESUSí UNITY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH

What is Jesusí desired relationship with His Church? Jesus prays to the Father in the Gospel of John,

"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." (John 17:17-18).

"Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (John 20:21).

Jesus says, "Father as I have been one with You and have not spoken or acted out of my own initiative, so I pray for the same kind of relationship with the Church, that they too will only look to Me for what they are to say and for what they are to do in ministry outreach and release." Jesus wants us to have that some kind of relationship with Him that he had with the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Suggested Further Reading:

  1. Shout It From The House Tops, by Pat Robertson

  2. Prepare For War by Rebecca Brown, M.D.

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