In really understanding the Word of God about Jesus we must first realize that we are quarantined in a time dimension so we experience a past, present and future. Whereas our Creator God lives in a timeless dimension with an absolute foreknowledge of all things, past, present and future. So our Creator God knows exactly who HIS ELECT ARE even in the process of sanctification but we don’t and are going through the process, or not, of becoming HIS ELECT. As an Architect the plans are already drawn but the building is now in progress. He knows who HIS Elect are but we don’t. Our Creator knew before the beginning of any creation what would come of what HE was creating. He knew what Adam would do and what Jesus would do. And in order for there to be responsibility and love there also had to be absolute freewill in our dimension of time so that all would be valid without any manipulation. So could Jesus have sinned, YES! as otherwise nothing that HE did would undue what Adam did. So we see the process, but God already sees the completion. For God, Isa. 9:6 was done but for us, we are observing the process. Much to yet happen in Rev. 19-22 which in time, yet to happen but from God’s perspective a done deal. But can GOD sin, NO!, a thing HE can not do. Nor can HE be tempted, nor can HE die.
In Luke 4:18 & Isa. 61, Jesus noted that God’s Spirit would be UPON HIM. So as a Prophet of God, sometimes it was Jesus speaking and sometimes it was the Word of God speaking through HIM. Moses prophesied that HE would be, “like him” Deut. 18:14, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a [a] prophet like me [Moses] from among you, from your countrymen (brothers, brethren). You shall listen to him.“ In Gen. Moses also wrote about Jesus. Gen.3:15, “And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.”
So when Jesus came in HIS fist advent He was a man whom God could speak clearly though or was HE actually the WORD OF GOD in the form of Flesh or both? I was taught the latter, but now beginning to focus on the former. More and more I am draw to the fact that except for the curse due to Adam’s rebellion, Jesus was just like Adam in HIS first 30 yrs. That Jesus was totally limited to the same resources that are now available for us, today. Only HE always choose to walk in the LIGHT. Isa.52:13, “Indeed, My Servant (the Messiah) will act wisely and prosper; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.” Notice here that Jesus had a free will as also did Adam. Isa. 53:2, “For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant), And like a root out of dry ground; He has no stately form or majestic splendor That we would look at Him, Nor [handsome] appearance that we would [a] be attracted to Him… He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.”
1 Cor. 15:45: So it is written [in Scripture], “The first man, Adam, became a living soul (an individual);” the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving spirit [restoring the dead to life]. Romans 5:15: But the free gift [of God] is not like the trespass [because the gift of grace overwhelms the fall of man]. For if many died by one man’s trespass [Adam’s sin], much more [abundantly] did God’s grace and the gift [that comes] by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, overflow to [benefit] the many. Rom. 5:18: “So then as through one trespass [Adam’s sin] there resulted condemnation for all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.”
If when Jesus was born HE was the Word of GOD, then HE would have known everything as being GOD. But did Jesus know everything? Or was HE a prophet, speaking for the Word of God, perfectly? Jesus, “Son of Man.” Matt. 24:36, ““But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone.” Luke 22:41-43, And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.” Mark 15:34, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” John 4:54: “If I glorify Myself, My glory is [worth] nothing. It is My Father who glorifies Me.” Heb. 5:8-9, Although He was a Son [who had never been disobedient to the Father], He learned [active, special] obedience through what He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect [uniquely equipped and prepared as Savior and retaining His integrity amid opposition], He became the source of eternal salvation [an eternal inheritance] to all those who obey Him,
So, for me, I am persuaded that Jesus, as the 2nd Adam was body, soul and spirit the same as us except HIS birth was a new start and not contaminated by Adam’s sin. Obviously he grew up having access to and loving the Old Testament Scriptures which contained all of the Messianic Prophesies. By faith HE came to realize that HE was that “Lamb of God” mentioned in Holy Scripture and began HIS ministry at age 30, receiving the Power of God for what needed to be done for the salvation of mankind. In HIS death and resurrection that power was given to HIM and now to HIS Church. And in Rev. 1, 4, & 19 we see the completed work of God in making man (Jesus) into HIS Image and Likeness, Gen.1:26. Jesus is now the 1st Born of the New Creation (Species) that is now totally man and totally GOD as in 1 John 5:5-9, “Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is He who came through water (body) and blood (soul) [His baptism and death], Jesus Christ—not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. It is the [Holy] Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [He is the essence and origin of truth itself.] 7 For there are three witnesses: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in agreement [their testimony is perfectly consistent]. 9 If we accept [as we do] the testimony of men [that is, if we are willing to take the sworn statements of fallible humans as evidence], the testimony of God is greater [far more authoritative]; for this is the testimony of God, that He has testified regarding His Son. 1 John 4:17, “In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world.” So we have available to us every resource that Jesus had and more with also the Holy Spirit to join in the family of God. But the requirement is to be willing to change to become like Jesus. I could write a book on this but I tried to stay within a couple of pages…. But for me, this new understanding has a great impact concerning my motivation & faith to seek to become like HIM.
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken@Trinity-Aloha.org