Main Points of This Article
1) The Son of God was sent into the world to redeem humanity from the curse which had fallen upon it..."
2) The Holy Spirit (i.e. the Spirit of Truth) enlightens and empowers believers with the annointing of truth.
3) 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.
4) According to Rev. 13:8, the mission of Jesus began at the very foundation of the world.
5) 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: "...today have I begotten thee.".
6) 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.
7) Jesus came into the world with perfect untainted freewill, just as Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden. Satan successfully manipulated the freewill of the progenitors of the human race: however, he was totally unsuccessful in his attempt to manipulate the freewill of the Son of God. As a results 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).
8) The great news: 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).
9) 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).
10) 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.
11) 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...
12) John 14:10, 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.
13) The Holy Spirit, as the sent one, is called the "Comforter" (helper);...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".
14) There is one mediator between God and man: Jesus (I Tim. 2:5) . There are however, two intercessors who work on man's behalf: Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26-27, 34). 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.
15) As mediator, 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.
16) 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.
17) The human race has two destinies: one for the rebellious; and one for the submissive...We cannot choose life, and proceed to follow the things which lead to death. This is contrary even to normal reasoning...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.
18) Sin sacrifices on the Day of Atonement 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) whereby the yearly sacrifices would be unnecessary.
19) On the Day of Atonement, there were two lambs involved in absolving the people from their sins. These, as prophetic types of Jesus, 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. One lamb was sacrificed for the sins of the people (Lev.16:15-16); the other remained alive to carry their sins away from God's presence (Lev.16:20-21).
20) 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.
21) 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.
22) 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.