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Part 2: The Mission of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

By Clovis E. Miller

This is the fourth in a series of articles entitled: Beyond the Basics of Faith. Previously we have explored the Person and Nature of God, as the Father; the person of Jesus Christ, as the Son and the person of the Holy Spirit, as the sent Comforter, all of which are distinct manifestations which exist within the oneness of God's being. It is recommended that you read those articles, in order to more fully understand some of the concepts brought forth this article. Herein, we will look at the missions of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, in which we find both: the one who was "sent and annointed"; as well as, the one who was sent, through whom the annointing came.

The Son of God was sent into the world to redeem humanity from the curse which had fallen upon it as a results of the disobedience of Adam and Eve (Gen.2:16-17 ; Gen.3:9-12). Jesus was annointed with the power of the Holy Spirit (i.e. the Spirit of Truth), that He might dispel the deception of wicked spirits, in confirmation of His special role as our redeemer.

In looking at the work of the Holy Spirit, we see Him as the "sent one" and the "annointing one". He is identified in scripture as both our comforter, and our teacher. He enlightens and empowers believers with the annointing of truth, which further dispels the deception and rebellion of wicked powers, denying them that which is necessary to prevail over us.

In Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we see two distinct persons, sent from the Father, having missions which are in total harmony, in achieving His perfect will and purpose. So then, let us begin by looking at the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Jesus: the sent and the annointed one

In looking first at person of Jesus Christ, as the "sent one", we need to understand exactly what is meant by being sent; and the reason for it.

"Mouse over" the following verses to get a sense of the idea of Jesus being sent: Ps. 2:7 ; Gal.4:4 ; John 6:32-33, 57; John 17:1-3; Luke 9:48 ; John 4:34; John 5:24; John 6:40; John 8:29,42, John 12:45; Luke 20:13-15 ; John 17:18-19; Luke 9:2.

The reason for being sent is declared in John 3:16-17.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

The giving and the sending of the Son, are totally congruent expressions. The Son is given as the ultimate act of God's love for man. He was given to bear our sins, and the punishment required for them. He was sent into the physical realm where man dwells in order to carry out that mission. The above verses make it abundantly clear that it is God, as the Father, who has sent His Son into the world to accompolish that purpose. There was a dual "annointing": He was the "annointed" (the promised one - Luke 2:11 ; Isa. 9:6) sent with the mission of redeeming mankind; and He, living as a man, was annointed (empowered - Mark 1:9-12) by the Holy Spirit, to carry out that mission.

According to Rev. 13:8, the mission of Jesus began at the very foundation of the world. In other words it occurred, "In the beginning..." (Gen. 1:1 ; John 1:1). Near the end of the article, (The Person and Nature of Jesus Christ) in this series, it was stated that the phrase, "in the beginning", " synonomous with the initiation of the revealed realm of time and space, in which the creation ('...all things') resides". The knowledge which God has is disseminated only; it is never learned or acquired by Him. All knowledge has eternal presence with God.

It was also stated, in that article:

"Ps. 2:7

'I will declare the decree: The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.'

When was this decree made? It was made in "the beginning" (John 1:1 ; Isa. 46:10). By declaring Himself to exist ("I AM"), God has also made a de facto declaration, that all things exist. The identity or perception of the existence of "each thing" however, would not become obvious until the sequential position of its revelation arrives; that being in accordance the timing of the achievement His will (John 1:3). As previously stated: creation is the orderly revelation of the eternal mind of God. The decree stated above, looks across the spectrum of time from the point of declaration unto the point of fulfillment, confirming the pre-incarnate existence of the Son. The Psalmist is, a thousand years or so before the conception of Jesus, prophetically revealing the original decree made by the Heavenly Father, and repeated by the Son, "in the beginning"; while at the same time, pointing to an unspecified day in the future, at which the decree would be confirmed to the creation as fulfilled (Gal. 4:4 ; Luke 1:35 ; Matt. 1:20).

Therein appears to be the one thing which was not created by the Son of God: That is, the human body in which He would dwell. Just as the Father brought forth (revealed) the WORD ("I AM"); He also brought forth (created) the body in which the Word would dwell in the world. It is the heavenly Father who states: " have I begotten thee.". In this statement, we see that both the revelation and the incarnation of the Son were brought forth by the Father through the power of His Spirit. I AM was declared by the heavenly Father and the WORD (Son) was forever revealed: "Today have I begotten thee." was declared, and in due time, a physical body was conceived in Mary as the mortal vessel in which the Son would dwell."

The decree (Ps. 2:7) is first made unto the Son. Afterwards, its promise was also delivered unto man.

Isa. 7:14

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Im-man' u-el."


"...thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all of this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophets, saying,
Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Em-man'-u-el, which being interpreted is God with us."

In the second article in this series, it was stated:

"The Son of God, while fully retaining His divine identity, relinquished all power, associated with that position, that He might enter the world as the simple spirit of an innocent new born child. In other words, He was sent into the world by the heavenly Father, without the godly power which He had previously held, that He might come into the earth and live at the level of a man. He came down and entered the world through the same portal by which we ourselves entered it (through birth). Though being the uncreated Spirit of the Son of God, He entered the world to dwell in the created body of a man child. He grew up living His life as any other child. He had to learn, and trust and rely on others, the same as ourselves. He went through all the stages that a normal child would go through. The difference: The man child, having the Spirit of the Son of God within, and not being born through the union of two earthly parents, was clean and free of the inclination to commit sin, which has been passed on to us through such a union. Because of the godly attributes of His Spirit, which are in complete agreement and harmony with those of His heavenly Father, He inherently knew, from an early age, to choose that which is good and refuse that which is evil (Isaiah 7:14-15)."

Eventhough we are given freewill, we come into this world at a distinct disadvantage to use it properly, because of our inherited tendency to be rebellious. The Son of God entered the world being like us in every respect, except this one.

Jesus came into the world with perfect untainted freewill, just as Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden; yet, as the Son of God, He was fully apprised of the deception which Satan had used to steal the dominion of the earth from them (Gen. 1:28). When the Son of God came into the world, Satan attempted to use the same deception again, to steal the dominion God promised to His Son (Ps. 2:8 ; John 16:15 ; Rev. 21:1). While he had successfully manipulated the freewill of the progenitors of the human race: he was totally unsuccessful in his attempt to manipulate the freewill of the Son of God. He had maintained control of the dominion (Luke 4:5-6) which he had stolen through the deception of every person on earth. His failure to deceive Jesus, caused him to lose the power which he had usurped from Adam and Eve. Not only did he not attain the dominion promised to the Son of God, but the dominion which he had stolen from Adam and Eve, had to be surrendered back to the Son of Man (Matt. 16:13, 16-17), who had prevailed over him (Matt. 28:18 ; Rev. 1:6, 18). Jesus, unlike Satan, didn't regain the dominion through deception; but obtained it by adhering to the truth. Satan staked everything on his ability to deceive, and he lost everything (Luke 11:21-22). Though He is still wreaking havoc in the earth in the absence of the Son of God, his days are numbered. When the Son of God returns, His total dominion over the earth will be manifested (Ps. 2:9 ; Rev.19:15). This is the great news: That Jesus will share not only that recovered dominion, but His promised dominion as well, with as many as will cast off Satan's deception, and follow Him in truth (Rom. 8:17).

As the pre-incarnate WORD OF GOD, Jesus set aside His divine power that He might indwell human flesh, to personally experience the process (temptation) which led to mankind's downfall (Phil. 2:7 ; Heb. 2:17). Sin is rebellion against God. Whereas God cannot be tempted because He cannot rebel against Himself; Jesus, the Son of God, became temptable through the agency of manhood (Luke 4:1-2). In His human state, freewill was imparted unto Him as is given unto all men. Temptation implies the presence of freewill (the ability to make choices). Satan attacked God through the assumed manhood of His Son. No paradox exist between the statements: "God cannot be tempted" (James 1:13); "thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (Luke 4:12) and "He was tempted on all points..." (Heb.4:15). We are all tempted through our physical senses. Jesus, even as the incarnate Son of God, had to perceive the reality of the world, in which He dwelt, through the physical senses; rather than through the all encompassing knowledge which he had held in His pre-incarnate state. The eternal Spirit of God, which otherwise could not be tempted; did through the avenue of the manhood of His Son, make that a reality; being a necessity required to effect our redemption. While there would come a time of intense testing following His baptism, Jesus was tempted throughout His earthly life; even to the day of His crucifixion (Matt. 27:41-42). In feeling the presssure which we are continuously subjected to, and prevailing over it: He attained a position whereby He could become our advocate; interceding for our weaknesses, because of the perfect obedience which He showed unto the Father in heaven.

As a "man child", was Jesus cognizant of the fact that God was His Father? The earliest indication of we have of that is found in Luke 2:42, 48-49, when Jesus was twelve years old. According to Luke 2:52, "He increased in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man". At His baptism (Luke 4:1) some eighteen years later, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit (the sent one), shows His unmeasured presence (John 3:34) taking up residence in the mortal body in which the Spirit of the Son of God was already dwelling (Luke 3:21-22 ; Luke 4:1). Jesus' statement that, "I am in the Father and the Father in Me...the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." (John 14:10), also points to the Spirit, of and from the Father, indwelling the mortal body of Jesus beginning at His baptism. That which was imparted to Jesus (the Spirit of Truth), empowered Him (the Son of God living as a man) to consistently prevail over temptation and sin. Receiving the Spirit of Truth, is also that which empowers believers in their own struggle with sin (John 8:32). The Holy Spirit is of the Father, and resides with, and in, the Son (the glorified body of Jesus). He also resides with, and in, the bodies of believers (Acts 1:8 ; Acts 2:1-4). The power of God is communicated through us by His Spirit which is sent to dwell in us, giving us unique access to both the Father and the Son.

The Holy Spirit: the sent and annointing one

The Holy Spirit, as the sent one, is called the "Comforter" (helper); and the Comforter is called the "Holy Spirit" (NKJV) or "Holy Ghost" (KJV). The word "Ghost", as a translation of the word "Spirit" (Pnuema, in Greek), comes from the Anglo-Saxon word, "Gast". Webster's defines ghost as "the supposed disembodied spirit of a dead person...". It definitely does not fit the relationship between the Son of God and the Spirit of Truth, who are seperate manifestations of God.

The Greek word for "Comforter" is "parakletos", and is defined in Strong's Concordance (#3875) as, "an intercessor, consoler: - advocate, comforter." In Thayer's, "Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament" (#3875), it further expounded upon as: "1) one who pleads another's cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for the defence, legal assistant; an advocate:... 2) univ. one who pleads another's cause with one, an intercessor".

All judgment is committed into the hands of the Son (John 5:22). In light of Thayer's definition, we might envision a court in which Jesus is the Judge: Satan is seen as the prosecutor (i.e. the accuser of the brethern - Rev.12:10); and the Holy Spirit, as the "Comforter", and attorney for our defense, making intercession to the Judge (Jesus) on our behalf.

According to scripture, there is One mediator (of the new covenant) between God and man: "...the man Christ Jesus." (I Tim. 2:5 ; Heb. 12:24). In Greek, the word for "mediator" is "mesites" (Strong's #3316), and is defined as, " a go-between, i.e. (simply) an internunciator, or (by impl.) a reconciler (intercessor):- mediator". However we have dual intercessors, or advocacy through the Son of God and the Holy Spirit (Heb. 7:22-25 ; Rom. 8:26-27). The process is somewhat circular. The Father sent the Holy Spirit to aid believers through intercession before the mediator (i.e. the Son of God); who in turn intercedes, on our behalf, before the Father, so that the will of the Father is fulfilled.

When Jesus said, "I will come to you..." (John 14:18), He was of speaking of His presence through the Comforter (the Spirit of Truth), indwelling both His mortal, and soon to be glorified body. The Spirit of Truth is presented to be our "teacher" (John 14:26 ; John 15:26). Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit will not only abide with believers forever: but will also dwell in them, even as He dwells in the glorified body of the Son. (John 14:16-17 ; Acts 2:1-4,17). The Holy Spirit can be personally grieved (Eph. 4:30) when we do not give a positive response to His testimony, concerning the truth which is revealed to us.

With regard to the seperate ministries of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit: Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the Father, makes intercession on behalf of the saints concerning the legality of our relationship to the Father (I Tim.2:5 ; Heb. 8:6). Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 12:24 ; Heb.10:14-17), is a legal position whereby the Son of God intercedes on our behalf so that we may receive the benefits of the covenant. The protection of our standing with God is necessary because, as it is declared in Rev. 12:10: the accuser of the brethern, "...accuses them before God day and night." Even "born again" believers can fall to temptation, thus becoming subject to the accusations of Satan. I John 2:1 however, states that, "...if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous". Romans 8:33-34, also show us that the Son of God intercedes on our behalf to dispel all condemning accusations made by the enemy. Through faith in the person and work of Jesus, we are kept legally absolved from all accusations of the enemy, as well as the penalty prescribed for sin. Jesus is the absolute expert in handling the legalities required to successfully defend us concerning receiving the benefits of the New Covenant; and eliminating all issues of sin which might interfer with its promises.

In His ministry, the Holy Spirit, as the sent one, is also making intercession to the Father through the Son, on behalf of the saints, with regard to our earthly needs and concerns, "...with groaning which cannot be uttered.". (Romans 8:26-27). How much more effective His ministry is when we strive to know and live by the truth. His role is also to convict us through the presentation of the truth, concerning any sin we may commit. In doing so, we are moved to pray to the Father for forgiveness; and the Son of God, as our advocate, will make intercession for us. As we learn and apply the truth to our lives which the Holy Spirit reveals to us, the advocacy of Son of God is strengthened. He can continuously plead to the Father that our lives are being transformed for the better through the Spirit of Truth which He has sent into our hearts (Rom. 8:14). It's not that the Father doesn't already know that; but that the words of the Son confirm the truth which the Father has declared. In learning and applying truth to our own lives, it leads us to also become intercessors for the well being of others. So then, both the Son of God and the Holy Spirit act in harmony, making intercession to the Father, to insure the total well being of the saints; who themselves become extensions of the process through the intercessions which they make on behalf of the well being of others (I Tim. 2:1).


The Perfect Solution

The human race has two destinies: one for the rebellious; and one for the submissive. As humans, we wrestle all of our lives with the contradiction which exist between these two states of being. At the end of our mortal lives however, we will have made our decision as to which destiny we will be a part of. It's all wrapped up in the issue of free will, and hinges on our attitude towards the person and work of Jesus Christ. The human race was hopelessly prone to follow the deception of Satan, until God sent His Son and the Spirit of Truth into the world to confront his agenda, allowing us the possibility of being freed from his manipulation.

We cannot choose life, and proceed to follow the things which lead to death. This is contrary even to normal reasoning. People are enemies of God because they are under the delusion and bondage of sin. It's only when we learn the truth, that we can get free from the bondage which is perpetuated by Satan's deception. Only truth can crack deception, and give us the strength we need to attain freedom from it. It is only through God's Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Truth, that we can gain that knowledge which will set us free (John 16:13 ; John 8:32).

This is the problem for which we need a "perfect solution": God is both perfect and holy; mankind is neither (Rom. 3:23). Although He loves man, God cannot forever accept him in the fallen state in which he resides. A bridge needed to be established whereby a holy God could cross over to us, and in His return, take us back with Him, reconnected to the original condition in which we existed. Doing so, allows us to fellowship with our creator, carry out His will, and thus fulfill the purposes, for which we were created.

With regard to the freewill choices set before Adam and Eve in the garden, bad decisions were made; resulting in the downfall of the human race (Gen. 2:16-17 ; Gen. 3:6). Man, like Satan, ascerted his independence by disregarding the will and commandment of God; instead of maintaining his dependence on Him through obedience. The allegiance of man, like that of the angels of heaven which fell from their holy state, was transferred from God to Satan. Man, unlike the angels in heaven who witnessed Satan's rebellion, was deceived through the cunning words of the one who had become the arch enemy of God. Nevertheless, man became complicit in the agenda of the rebellious. God however, was not wiliing that man should be punished with those who had initiated the original rebellion. To avoid that condition, He commands men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:28-30), after which forgiveness for being rebellious becomes available. The response to that commandment will be one of contrition, or one of continued rebellion, which will ultimately determine the fate of each individual.

From the time of Adam and Eve, man's moral condition has continued in a downward spiral. In redeeming us from the certain judgment for being rebellious (Rom. 3:23), God instituted a plan to recover us from our fallen state. First of all, we needed to be clearly shown, and made to understand the condition in which the whole of mankind exists (Gen. 6:5). This was juxtaposed to the precepts of holiness which were eventually revealed by God through Moses. From the days of Abraham, it became apparent that obedience to the will of God, up to and including, sacrifice, would play a key role in the plan of redemption (Gen. 22:1-2,11-12 ; John 3:16 ; Rom. 8:32).

Under the Law as set forth through Moses, the sacrifice of animals was prescribed for the forgiveness of sin (Lev. 16:5-9,20-22,29-34 ; Isa. 53:6-7,11-12). At best, obedience to the Law was a remedy for specific sins committed by the people. However, it was not a solution for the sin problem. It was in reality, a treating of the symptoms of sin; much like one who has fever because of a disease. We can gain some relief by taking medicine for the fever, but that medicine cannot remove the disease which is the root cause of the suffering. Just as asperin is not an effective treatment for the flu: the sacrifice of animals was not an effective solution to the root cause of sin.

Heb. 10:4

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins."

Sin offerings made at the Temple throughout the year, covered the peoples sins until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) arrived. Final atonement for all sins was made once a year, and only on that one day. Even then, a specific sacrifice had to be offered up for all the sins of the people (Lev. 16:5-8, 9-10). It was to be an "everlasting statute" for the people to keep (everlasting being defined as: for the duration of the Covenant) (Lev. 16:34). God however, declared His intentions to initiate a new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34).

On the Day of Atonement, the people had to remember their sins, and afflict their souls because of them (Lev. 23:27-32). Failure to repent, meant that the sins which they had committed, were still upon them. It was only through true repentance, that atonement was effective. Otherwise, the affliction of their souls was useless. The writer of the Book of Hebrews (believed to be the Apostle Paul) made the point, that if the sacrifices offered by the priest were sufficient to remove the root cause of sin, there would be no further need for sacrifices, because the guilty, once cleansed, would no longer have a conscienceness of sin (Heb. 10:1-2) but would in fact, be made perfect (i.e. forever free of the knowledge of sin, and its effects). The fact is, that we are locked in to a conscienceness of the presence of sin, because of our mortality. The ultimate destiny of all true believers is, that they will put on Immortality (I Cor. 15:53-56 ; Rom. 10:4), thus severing the connection which exists between sin and their lives.

Concerning the prophetic types and shadows of Jesus as the messiah (shown especially in Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23), we might pose the questions: Why was Jesus crucified at Passover, if the types show that the real sacrifice for the atonement of sins was to occur on the Day of Atonement, six months later? Should He not have been crucified at the Day of Atonement, rather than on Passover in order to fulfill the types?

The old "Mosiac Covenant" was brought in at Mt. Sinai, shortly after the original Passover in Egypt. The Passover lamb became the symbol of that covenant (Ex. 12:3-6), signifying Israel's deliverance from the bondage of Egypt. The crucufixion of Jesus, as the ultimate fulfillment of that symbol (I Cor. 5:7); and the one to which all previous passover lambs had pointed, effectively brought that covenant to a close; and initiated the beginning of the new and final one (Jer. 31:31-34) by which God would deliver the people from a greater bondage (sin). That would be accompolished through the sacrifice of the one true Lamb of God (John 1:29). Through His death, Jesus fulfilled the types found in Passover thus fulfilling the old covenant; while simultaneously initiating the New Covenant to which the shadows and types of the Day of Atonement had pointed (Heb. 8:7), and of which the Prophet Jeremiah had spoken.

Therein the Lamb of God was to be identified with the two lambs given as a single sin offering, on the Day of Atonement; not for the covering of the peoples sins as in previous times, but to take them away completely by the substitutional offering of His own life. The blood of the Passover lambs was never sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat in the Temple (Lev. 16:14-15) for the atonement of sin, because they were never sacrificed as sin offerings. Their purpose was to serve as a memorial to the old covenant made with the people through Moses, and be a foreshadow of the coming Lamb of God whose blood would indeed be applied to the Mercy Seat for their sins. The new covenant with Israel, established with the death of Jesus, will ultimately be accepted by them, on a future Day of Atonement. The afflicting of their souls (Lev. 23:27) in that great day is foretold in Zech. 12:10-14 and Zech. 14:3-4.

Dual role of Jesus: the sacrificed goat and scapegoat. Lev. 16:5, 8-10

Leviticus Chapter 16, beautifully describes how God would redeem man from his fallen condition. A lamb (goat) without blemish would be sacrificed to vindicate the righteous wrath of God towards man's sin (Lev. 16:15-16). Thereafter, another lamb (the scapegoat) would bear the sins of the people away from God's presence (Lev.16:21-22), "...unto a land not inhabited..." (a desolate place, i.e. the grave). One might point out, that there are two lambs involved in this process. That is true, but the lambs, as prophetic types, represent two aspects of a single sin offering (Lev.16:5,7). Both the forgiveness of sin and its removal from God's presence, were required to achieve the redemption of man. The Lamb of God, "...slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13:8) is the same Lamb of God who would come and carry, "...take away the sin of the world." (John 1:29 ; Isa. 53:3-6, 7, 12 ). Both lambs were presented, " the door of the tabernacle." (Lev.16:7). There is compelling evidence that Jesus was crucified and buried on the Mount of Olives, opposite the door of the Sanctuary (At the top of this page, under "Bible Topics", see the article entitled, "Another Look at Golgotha", for more on this).

Heb. 10:14

"For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified."

Two parts here: 1)"by one offering He has perfected forever..."; 2) ...them that are sanctified."

The offering of Himself, has established the final criteria for the forgiveness of sin; and that, to a certain class of people (i.e. those who accept His sacrifice as sufficient to take away their sins). Every person is welcome to join this class of individuals (Isa. 1:18-19) ; II Pet. 3:9). While we have the promise that the day will arrive wherein we shall be "perfected"; we are moving towards that day through the process of sanctification through repentance (i.e. being set aside and purified).

Sin is using the knowledge which God has given us in a manner which is rebellious to Him. That is made possible through the agency of freewill. Each created cognizant entity is responsible for how they use the privilege of freewill which is given to them. Sin did not originate with God, but was the results of freewill decisions made by created entities to depart from our dependence on Him, and thereby ascert independence from His will and person.

The Judgment of God (the curse of the law, which is death) abides upon everyone of us, who have not submitted ourselves to justification through Him (Jesus). Scripture makes it clear, that we absolutely cannot be justified from the sins we have committed, except through the atoning work of His death. There is no amount of good works which we might bring forth, of themselves, that can gain us the approval of God. We were created to always do good, so with good works, we are not doing anything special, but that for which we were created to do in the first place. Jesus will not deny us the privilege of being justified through the sacrifice of Himself, but freely offers this grace (unmerited favor) to whosoever will ask for it. Jesus, being totally righteous, submitted Himself to condemnation (Rom. 5:18) because, " through one man's offense, condemnation came to all men..."

Having established the New Covenant of forgiveness and reconcilliation, Jesus returned to the Father, who had sent Him. In order to empower us to keep that covenant, the Father has sent the Holy Spirit (i.e. the Spirit of Truth) into the world (John 14:12, 16-18 ; John 14:25-26).

When each one of us is born into this world, the Spirit of God indwells us; eventhough the inherited inclination to rebel against Him is within us at the time of birth. God does not create evil sinful people. We become that way through the agency of free will. It's that inclination to commit evil within us that God desires to change, that we may always know, and willingly do, the things which please Him, just as Jesus did (Ps. 45:7 ; John 8:29).

In the strictest sense of the term, we were not "...made sinners..." by the sin of Adam and Eve. The propensity to follow their example however, has been transferred to us, just as much as any other physical or mental trait is. The idea that we are "born sinners", presupposes that we had active moral self will at the time of our birth. A "sinner" is defined as someone who willfully breaks moral or religious law. New born children to do not have the capacity to morally distinguish between right and wrong. Our spirits or souls which are fused to our physical bodies at conception, are corruptible through the physical senses with which we are born. Over time, the perception that we are moral creatures is developed, and freewill is ultimately tested. When the body of Jesus was conceived in Mary, the Spirit of the Son of God in Heaven was fused to that body by the power of the Holy Spirit. He however, unlike us, did not submit Himself to the corrupting influences of the senses, though He was tempted on every point, just as every other person coming into the world.

Romans 5:13 tells us, that sin was in the world before the coming of the Law. Sin didn't begin with the Law. Moral law (i.e. the ten commandments) was given as a revelation of the sins (rebellious acts) which humanity was already practicing. The Law simply pointed out the various ways by which we rebel against God (lieing, stealing, adultry, not honoring our father and mother, etc.).

To come to the realization that we are consistently using freewill in a rebellious manner; and that we should make a one hundred and eighty degree turn from that way of thinking, is to come into alignment with God's perfect will for us. In the short term, it doesn't mean that we will completely cease to commit all sin; but rather that we will not intentionally defy the will of God. As long as we live in these mortal bodies we will be subjected to temptation, by the enemies of God, who desire to manipulate our freewill in their battle with Him. The bottom line is: that war is going on between God and Satan; and the battlefields on which that war is being fought, is our minds.

Ps. 16:9-10 ; Acts 2:26-27

Not guilty!! - The Father would not leave His soul in hell

The beauty of the "perfect solution" is that Jesus, who had no sin of His own, died carrying our sins, as the prophetic type shows (Lev. 16:21). He was led away from the Temple bearing our sins. He was crucified, buried and descended into Hell. Then He was raised from the dead without our sins, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:11). Since He had not committed sin Himself; God being just, could not allow His righteous soul to remain in Hell; but justly raised Him as an innocent person, from a condition which He should not have been subjected to in the first place (Rom. 6:23). God raised Him from the dead, free of our sins, which He had borne on our behalf. The righteous person (Jesus) was vindicated, and at the same time, the sins which He had carried into death were disposed of. In that, believers do not face going to the grave carrying their own sins, because Jesus has already taken care of that for us. God therefore can also raise us up from the dead as innocent, just as surely as He had done with Jesus; because believers are pronounced to be free from sin, by the work of their redeemer. The resurrection of "righteous Jesus", is a testimony that our sins have indeed been forgotten, as God declared that He would do through the New Covenant (Jer. 31:33-34).

In the next article, we will take a more indepth look at our redemption in light of the warefare being waged by the enemies of God. It's time to blow the top off of their cover, and expose them for who and what they are.

The glory of God saving us, belongs to Him alone.

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Part One (a): Understanding the Person and Nature of God

Part One (b): The Person and Nature of Jesus Christ

Part One (c): The Holy Spirit of God

Part 2: The Mission of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Part 3: The Enemies of God and the Work They Are Doing

Part 4: Finding Our Place in God's Plan


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