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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 2, Chapter 3

Why Relationship With Jesus Is
The Answer to Manís Problems

Page 1 of 2 Pages

Study Questions:

  1. What was the key to the success of Jesus' ministry while a man on earth?
  2. Jesus only wants us acting out of His initiative in ministry because of the __________ __ _____ ___________
  3. What does the Bible state about the condition of man's personality?
  4. Who is the only qualified minister and answer to man's problems?
  5. What is the only thing that makes us qualified for ministry?

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Some of us may say, "Yes, but that was Jesus, He was God. That kind of relationship with the Father was expected of Him."

This is a misunderstanding of why Jesus became a human being. Yes, Jesus first came to die for our sins, but second He came to live a human life with all of our human limitations. Jesus was a one-hundred-percent human-being. He came to live a human life to demonstrate through His relationship with the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit the kind of relationship that He wanted to have with us individually. The writer of Hebrews states about Jesus,

"Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted." (Heb 2:17-18).

Because Jesus was God as well as man, he knew all there was to know about man, what was inside of man, and manís motivation in all that he did. But the Bible tells us that Jesus became poor, poor in the sense of His real potential, that we through His poverty might become rich.28 Even though Jesus knew all that was in man because he was God, He chose to live the limitations of a man by responding to each individual situation he encountered by the leading of His Father through the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not respond to manís verbal accusations based on His knowledge of their thoughts, but through the leading of His Father through the Holy Spirit.

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN JESUSí LIFE

In Matthew 3:16 it tells us that Jesus was Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Right after Jesus was Baptized in the Holy Spirit the next thing that happened to him, according to Matthew 4:1, was that he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil.

Jesus did not just decide to take a walk out into the wilderness because he decided he needed a break from humanity. He was led of the Holy Spirit to do so.

The whole point of Jesusí temptation in the wilderness was to see if Jesus was going to act out of his own initiative in relationship to his human physical needs, establishing of his ministry and drawing men to himself, take the world through his divine power, or whether he was going to wait for His Fatherís clear instructions through the Holy Spirit as to how He wanted Jesus to meet and establish these needs and purposes of Jesusí life as a man on earth. The Bible tells us that Jesus chose to stay true to his humanity and wait upon the Fatherís provision through the Holy Spirit like any other normal human being must do.

The Bible tells us that at the end of Jesusí temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4:14) that He came back from the wilderness to start His ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. He went into the wilderness by the Holy Spiritís leading and came back in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In Mark 2:8 it tells us that Jesus perceived the truth of menís hearts and thoughts by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 12:28 tells us that Jesus cast out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus states in this passage, "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Even though Jesus had power in himself to cast out demons, as a man on earth he chose to rely only on the power of the Holy Spirit just like any other normal human being must do.

The Bible tells us that everybody Jesus prayed for was healed and delivered from demons. If this is true then why isnít everybody that we pray for delivered and healed one- hundred-percent of the time? John 3:34-35 tells us about Jesus,

"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand."

Jesus was given the Holy Spirit without measure because he walked in total one-hundred-percent obedience to God without sin. But concerning sinful man the Apostle Peter tells us in Acts 5:32 that we are given the Holy Spirit in direct relation to the degree of our obedience to God. Peter states, "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

We all have the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us that we receive the Holy Spirit when we believe on the Gospel. But the degree of the release of the Holy Spirit in our lives is directly proportional to the degree of our obedience to Jesus in our lives. Since none of us are perfect and we are always growing in our faith, there is always room for more of the release of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Jesus did not say nor do anything unless it was by the Holy Spirit first. Jesus tells us in John 6:63, "It is the Spirit who creates-life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life." This was because He not only came to earth to die for our sins, but to live a manís life with all of manís limitations in His relationship with the Father as an example for us of how we are to relate to Him and the Father in our lives and ministry. Jesus only wants us acting out of his initiative in word and deed, not our own.

THE COMPLEXITY OF MANíS PERSONALITY

Why does Jesus want us to operate this way in ministry, only acting or speaking as He leads us to? Because only Jesus knows what is truly in the heart and the mind of man and what his problems and sins are truly centered in. Therefore, only He knows the true solution.

Because of sin, man in his soul: mind and heart, and in his flesh is corrupted. The Bible states about the condition of manís personality that the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick (Jer 17:9). Isaiah states that the head (mind) is sick and the heart is faint (weak in will-power in the right direction) (Is 1:5-6). Paul talks about the body seemingly having a will of its own and states "Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death?" (Rom 7:22-24). Paul and the writer of Hebrews talks about the fact that the conscience is defiled and needs to be cleansed through drawing near to God and a knowledge of the Word (1 Cor 8:7; Heb 9:14, 10:22). Paul in Colossians talks about putting aside the old man. How? Through a true knowledge of the one who created us (Col 3:10). Proverbs talks about a crushed and broken spirit (Prov 15:4, 13). Because Jesus is not perfectly Lord over our lives, our soul development is not what He intended (Matt 16:24-27, Prov 6:32, Rom 3:23).

The Prophet Jeremiah tells us that "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jer 17:9). Jeremiah tells us about our heart that it is so deceitful that we ourselves cannot discern what is really going on in it. Outside of the clear teaching of Scripture, we are not a qualified judge of the rightness or the wrongness of our actions or of anyone elseís.

Because manís soul and flesh are corrupted, we cannot trust in our own reasoning or the rightness or wrongness of our thoughts either. Isaiah says about our thoughts and Godís thoughts,

"ĎFor My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,í declares the Lord. ĎFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.í" (Is 55:8-9).

The writer of Hebrews states that the conscience is defiled,

"How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb 9:14).

What are we saying here about manís constitution? Manís constitution is not a simple matter to deal with, especially in our own reasoning and in our own strength, and from our own perspective. The writer of Psalms states, "For the inward thought and the heart of man are unsearchable." (Ps 64:6).

WE ARE NOT QUALIFIED
TO JUDGE OTHERS OR OURSELVES

It is because of the complexity of manís personality and our inability to know what is really going on inside manís personality that Jesus does not want us acting or speaking out of our own initiative. The writer of Proverbs states, "Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom." (Prov 13:10). In another passage the Apostle Paul states,

"But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord." (1 Cor 4:3-4).

From a purely surface standpoint the Apostle Paul says we are not qualified to judge ourselves and neither is anyone else outside of ourselves.

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