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Jesus’ Works on Earth

by Daniel J.M. Galpin

When Jesus came to earth to be the Savior of mankind, He said and did amazing things! Matt 7:29 "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." He had deep wisdom: Mark 6:2 "And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?" Was tempted by Satan, healed the sick and did many miracles! All of which is beyond that of a mere human, right? We know Jesus is God in the flesh John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." It is for these reasons the church traditionally teaches Jesus in His deity did the things He did while He was on earth. We know Jesus is God in the flesh, this is not the question, rather the works Jesus did, where they done by Him in His deity? Is this truth or traditional?

It is church tradition: Scripture teaches Jesus emptied Himself and became like a man. He did not stop being God, no one stops being who they are: Phil 2:6-8 "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Looking at the Greek in these verses we see form, equal, reputation and likeness. Now re-read the verse with this understanding: Phil 2:6-8 "Who, being in the form (shape and nature) of God, thought it not robbery to be equal (similar in amount and kind) with God: But made himself of no reputation (make empty), and took upon him the form (shape and nature) of a servant, and was made in the likeness (resemblance) of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Thereby, Jesus could not have done anything in His deity! He, as God, limited Himself to the abilities of a mere man.

How then did Jesus do what He did? Jesus answered this question Himself: John 5:19 "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.", John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.", John 8:28 "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.", John 12:49 "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” and John 14:10 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."

Jesus' relationship with God the Father should sound familiar: it's our relationship with the Holy Spirit: John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;" The Holy Spirit lives in us as the Father dwelt in Christ; John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." The Holy Spirit teaches us as the Father taught Christ; John 15:26 "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:" The Holy Spirit testifies of Christ as Jesus did the Father; Rom 8:14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."; John 15:5 "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

This makes other Scripture make sense! God cannot be tempted Jas 1:13 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man,” yet Jesus was: Matt 4:1-11; God knows all, yet Jesus did not: Mark 13:32 "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."; Jesus tells us we will do greater things the He did: John 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." And these works will be signs of believers: Mark 16:17-18 "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." We have the Spirit of God alive in us! Rom 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." We are a vessel for God's use as was Jesus while on earth. Acts 2:22 "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:" All this makes sense when we step back and accept Scripture for what it clearly says! God is awesome!

Lastly, look at this verse: Eph 3:19-20 "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.(20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," We are filled with the fullest of God as we know the love of Christ. To know His love is to understand and live it out, to the Scripture; thereby we know it absolutely! Go forward in the Power of God!