- According to Isaiah 30:1, when we make and execute plans not initiated by
God, we are committing _____.
- 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 _______.
- 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?
- According to John 17:18 and John 20:21, what is Jesus desired relationship
with the Church?
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
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
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
"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.