By Steven Merten
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations
Jesus Christ, while he lived of the flesh, loves the Father. In fact Jesus loves the Father more than any man that ever lived. How does Jesus love God? Did Jesus possess the human free-will option to choose to hate God our Father? Did Jesus have free will to choose between obedience and non-obedience? Did Jesus have free will to choose between faithfulness and unfaithfulness? Did Jesus have free will to choose damnation and eternal death over eternal life as Adam had free will to choose damnation over life?
Jesus tells us he came from heaven. Jesus is Lord during the time he walked the earth before his crucifixion. Jesus came down from heaven and while being of the flesh, he already is Lord and God. Before his birth on Christmas in the year 1 AD, Jesus was God, the Son of God, with God the Father, at the creation of the world. Jesus is Spiritual and was Spiritual for all eternity previous to his birth, just as the Father is eternal. Before Abraham was born Jesus existed.God cannot be tarnished with sin. Sacrificing His only Son proves the extent God cannot bring sin and hatred into the Spirit of God. Could Jesus be eternal God before creation and then choose disobedience and sin during life of the flesh? Could Jesus have chosen rebellion to the Father as Satan and Adam had done? Could our Lord God Jesus Christ, who is One with the Father, have chosen to be evil, end up in hell and die eternally?
NAB REV 1:8The Lord God says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
NAB LUK 2:11"This day in David's city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord."
NAB JOH 3:13"No one has gone up to heaven except the One who came down from there - the Son of Man (who is in heaven). . . .
NAB JOH 6:41At this the Jews started to murmur in protest because he claimed, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They kept saying: "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? How can he claim to have come down from heaven?"
NAB JOH 8:58Jesus answered them: "I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM."
Scripture indicates that Jesus could be tempted.
Jesus tells us his will is separate from the Father's will.
NAB MAT 4:1 The Temptation.Then Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.
NAB LUK 22:28"You are the ones who have stood loyally by me in my temptations."
Jesus' past birth to God -- did it bind Jesus to righteousness on earth? Was Jesus' future laid out in black and white order, and he had no choices in the matter? If we say yes, we run into problems. If Jesus destiny was predetermined then he did not have free will nor could he be tempted. If Jesus could not choose damnation and only Adam could choose damnation, would it be fair to compare Adam to Jesus? Would it be fair to say Jesus is righteous and Adam is unrighteous if Adam were the only one capable of choosing unrighteousness? Man is free to choose sin and hatred, or obedience and love, for the Father. If there were no capability of Jesus choosing not to love, then does Jesus have an opportunity to choose to love the Father?
NAB LUK 22:42"Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done."
Which is in control? Was Jesus controlled by his Spiritual birth to God as God's eternal Son or was Jesus in control of His own destiny? Did the Father set before Jesus the choice of life or death as He sets before Adam the choice of life or death? Was Jesus controlled by the Spiritual conception of his flesh. Was Jesus controlled by past prophecy? Was Jesus' destiny controlled by his circumcision, baptism or Pentecostal Holy Spirit? Was Jesus only a pawn on a designated journey of the Father's choosing? Can we think of Jesus as a train on a single set of tracks going to heaven, while we are in automobiles free to choose whatever path we desire? Could Jesus do anything that he willed or was his destiny controlled by righteousness?
There are two conflicting ideas to look at here. Number one, did Christ have free will to choose between love and hate for the Father? Why does scripture tell us that Jesus chose between obedience and disobedience? Did the Father set before Jesus the choices of love and life, or, disobedience and damnation? Number two, we believe that Jesus came from heaven and was Lord while he walked the earth. We know that God cannot be part sin. We know that the only way we can be united with God is to have our sins removed by Jesus, because God cannot be part sin. It is impossible for Jesus to have tarnished God with sin. How could Jesus be Lord, One with God, incapable of sin, and free-willed man capable of sin, during the same period of time?
The dilemma of predestinate life has caused men to lose heart in obeying the Father. They have seen no sense in holding faith in God when the book of the eternal saints has already been written from before the beginning of time. To unravel this mystery we must understand how Jesus could be infallible eternal Lord incapable of sin,, and free willed man capable of sin, in the same period of time.
NAB MAT 22:41 The Son of David.In turn Jesus put a question to the assembled Pharisees, "What is your opinion about the Messiah? Whose son is he?" "David's," they answered. He said to them, "Then how is it that David under the Spirit's influence calls him 'lord,' as he does:
'The Lord said to my lord, Sit at my right hand, until I humble your enemies beneath your feet'?
If David calls him 'lord,' how can he be his son?" No one could give him an answer; therefore no one dared, from that day on, to ask him any questions.
NAB JOH 10:36I said, 'I am God's Son'
NAB REV 22:16"It is I, Jesus, who have sent my angel to give you this testimony about the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Morning Star shining bright."
Easter was before Christmas. Think deeply now. I am saying Jesus died on the cross and resurrected before he is called Lord at his birth on Christmas morning. Because Easter happened, the Christmas birth of a Messiah came to be. You say that is physically impossible. This maybe physically impossible but what about spiritually? Jesus is God's Son Omni-present with the Father from creation to the end of time. Jesus is eternal for all future and all past of created physical time, but when was he Spiritually begotten of God for all eternity of past and future created physical time?
Jesus, David and Paul refer to the transfer from physical to eternal existence as becoming begotten of God. Nicodemus calls the leaving of physical life and becoming eternal as being born again. Upon his resurrection, Jesus became One with God or born again. Jesus baptized, or born of the water, during life is now begotten into eternal life by the Father, upon His resurrection. Jesus becomes God's first born Son upon Jesus' death and resurrection.
NAB PSA 2:4He who is throned in heaven laughs; the LORD derides them; Then in anger he speaks to them; he terrifies them in his wrath: "I myself have set up my king on Zion, my holy mountain. I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: The LORD said to me, 'You are my son; this day I have begotten you. Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall rule them with an iron rod: you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.'"
NAB ACT 13:32"We ourselves announce to you the good news that what God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, in raising up Jesus, according to what is written in the second psalm, You are my son; this day I have begotten you."
NAB JOH 3:3Jesus gave him this answer: "I solemnly assure you, no one can see the reign of God unless he is begotten from above." "How can a man be born again once he is old?" retorted Nicodemus. "Can he return to his mother's womb and be born over again?" Jesus replied: "I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God's kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit."
Let us now take a look at our original dilemma. The dilemma of Jesus being eternal Lord incapable of sin and free willed man capable of sin in the same period of time. Most people are ecstatic about eternal life and the idea of living forever and ever. They will live from now and forever future. Expand your mind beyond this now. For Jesus to become eternal means to live now, for all future, and for all past. After his death, Jesus received the Holy Spirit and became eternal and Omni-present to all physical time. The Pentecostal Holy Spirit men and Jesus receive during life is not their own and only temporary (MAT 25:14-30). After death when begotten of God, Jesus receives a portion of the Holy Spirit for his own allowing him to live eternal.
NAB 1PE 3:18He was put to death insofar as fleshly existence goes, but was given life in the realm of the spirit.
NAB HEB 1:5 Messianic Enthronement.To which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my son; today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be his father, and he shall be my son"? And again, when he leads his first-born into the world, he says, "Let all the angels of God worship him."
NAB REV 1:4 Greetings.To the seven churches in the province of Asia: John wishes you grace and peace -- from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before the throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born from the dead and ruler of the kings of earth.
NAB PSA 89:27"He shall say of me, 'You are my father, my God, the Rock, my savior.' And I will make him the first-born, highest of the kings of the earth."
NAB COL 1:15 Fullness and Reconciliation.He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creatures. In him everything in heaven and on earth was created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominations, principalities, or powers; all were created through him, and for him. He is before all else that is. In him everything continues in being. It is he who is head of the body, the church; he who is the beginning, the first-born of the dead, so that primacy may be his in everything.
When people think of eternity they bind themselves to the confines of the flesh. The Spirit is not bound by physical time as the flesh is. Spiritual beings are Omni-present to all ages of physical time. Moses, Elijah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive in heaven while Jesus walked the earth (MAT 17:1-3)(MAR 12:25-27). Still it is only after Jesus, God's first born, that they are begotten of God for all eternity and can go anywhere in time they please.
NAB MAT 27:50 The Death of JesusOnce again Jesus cried out in a loud voice, and then gave up his spirit. Suddenly the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, boulders split, tombs opened. Many bodies of saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After Jesus' resurrection they came forth from their tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.
Jesus was born again upon his death on the cross and now lived in Spiritual Omni-presence for all eternity before and after his life of the flesh. When Jesus was born of the Spirit his existence, we see as his past, now far surpassed the world's past. Jesus spiritual birth of 0033 AD certainly was before the world was created. In Jesus' birth to God in the year 0033 AD, he is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Creation and the End, he who Is and who was. Jesus now rules a newly created kingdom which, like Jesus, is eternal and has existed for all time past and future. At his resurrection Jesus now lives and Jesus now rules for all time past, present and future.
NAB JOH 17:4(Jesus speaks after his death and resurrection.)"I have given you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Do you now, Father, give me glory at your side, a glory I had with you before the world began."
NAB REV 1:17" . . . I am the First and the Last and the One who lives. Once I was dead but now I live forever and ever. . . ."
NAB REV 2:8"The First and the Last who once died but now lives has this to say. . . ."
NAB REV 21:1 New Heavens and New Earth.Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer. I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of the heaven from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne cry out: "This is God's dwelling among men. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them. He shall wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away."
Jesus was eternal Lord and fully free-willed man during the same period of time. Jesus could have chosen to disobey and hate the Father at any time during His life of the flesh. Jesus was also Lord during the time He walked on the earth. It was after a life of obedience, faith and love that Jesus was begotten of God for all eternity past. In the following scriptures you can see Jesus made Lord after his resurrection and called Lord at the birth of his flesh.
NAB LUK 1:30The angel went on to say to her: "Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end."
NAB PSA 2:7The LORD said to me, 'You are my son; this day I have begotten you. Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.
NAB JOH 17:4"I have given you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Do you now, Father, give me glory at your side, a glory I had with you before the world began."
NAB MAT 28:18(Jesus is speaking after His resurrection.)Jesus came forward and addressed them in these words: "Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth. . . ."
NAB ACT 2:33"Exalted at God's right hand, he first received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, then poured this Spirit out on us. This is what you now see and hear. David did not go up to heaven, yet David says,
'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool. Therefore let the whole house of Israel know beyond any doubt that God has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom you crucified.'"
NAB LUK 2:11This day in David's city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.
NAB MAT 2:1After Jesus' birth in Bethlehem of Judea during the reign of King Herod, astrologers from the east arrived one day in Jerusalem inquiring, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews?"
After Jesus' resurrection he is King and has the power to perform miracles on his own Authority. Before his resurrection, the power that emanated from Jesus was really from the Father. Jesus had no authority of his own to dictate a miracle. Jesus only asked the Father and then the Father, who was the only one authorized to hand out miracles, did so upon His Son's request.
Jesus was sin-free just as Adam was before Adam sinned in the garden of Eden. All other men are conceived from Adam. Jesus of the free-willed flesh, was conceived by God the Holy Spirit. Jesus, like pre-sin Adam, has no sin on his soul. Jesus, God's only Son, came down from heaven and Mary conceived by the power of God. We, on the other hand, are part of creation.
NAB JOH 5:19This was Jesus' answer: "I solemnly assure you, the Son cannot do anything by himself -- he can do only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and everything the Father does he shows him."
NAB ACT 2:22(Peter is speaking.)"Men of Israel, listen to me! Jesus the Nazorean was a man whom God sent to you with miracles, wonders, and signs as his credentials. These God worked through him in your midst, as you well know."
NAB ACT 10:37(Peter is speaking.)"I take it you know what has been reported all over Judea about Jesus of Nazareth, beginning in Galilee with the baptism John preached; of the way God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil, and God was with him."
Upon Christ's resurrection he is eternally begotten of God for all eternity past, present and future. Our resurrected eternal Lord Jesus Christ does not have a will separate from the Father's will (free will) in that he is not free to oppose the Father's will. Resurrected Jesus cannot sin, He cannot die, and He cannot choose damnation. During the same period of time our not-yet-resurrected, fleshly Lord Jesus Christ possesses full human free will and he can choose sin and he can choose damnation just as Adam and all men can. Jesus is fully free-willed man and fully God during the life of his flesh on earth. Jesus' human free-willed love is genuine and real. God's fleshly Son Jesus is not bound to be righteous. God's fleshly Son Jesus freely chooses to be righteous.
NAB LUK 1:34Mary said to the angel, "How can this be since I do not know man?" The angel answered her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy offspring to be born will be called Son of God. Knowing that Elizabeth your kinswoman has conceived a son in her old age; she who was thought to be sterile is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God."
NAB JOH 3:13"No one has gone up to heaven except the One who came down from there - the Son of Man (who is in heaven). . . . "
Jesus could have chosen to do anything he wanted to do in his life of the flesh and he was not bound in any way to only choose righteousness. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, circumcised, baptized of water and the Pentecostal Holy Spirit was with him, yet he still had free will. Within the first three chapters of Matthew, Luke, and Mark all of these spiritual gifts are bestowed upon Jesus. Immediately after this, scripture only now writes of Jesus being put to the test of temptation and under the opportunity to produce love through faithfulness to God. Through the power of free will, Jesus, like his brother Adam, had the capability to choose damnation and the opportunity to choose to love the Father. Jesus past was not yet eternally begotten of God or born again as of the birth of the flesh, baptism or receiving the Pentecostal Holy Spirit of Jesus on earth.
Jesus possessed baptism and the Pentecostal Holy Spirit, yet he was not controlled by his baptism of water nor by his Pentecostal Holy Spirit. Jesus had free will and controlled his use of the Holy Spirit and baptismal water. Neither prophesy nor baptism nor having Pentecostal Spirit nor Spiritual conception of his flesh controlled Jesus' destiny. Jesus, with the covenant of free will, controlled his own destiny. Jesus did a perfect job of choosing obedience, faithfulness, life, and love to the Father.
NAB MAT 3:13-17; 4:1Later Jesus, coming from Galilee, appeared before John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to refuse him with the protest, "I should be baptized by you, yet you come to me!" Jesus answered: "Give in for now. We must do this if we would fulfill all of God's demands." So John gave in. After Jesus was baptized, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly the sky opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and hover over him. With that, a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son. My favor rests on him."
4:1 The Temptation. Then Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.
NAB ACT 2:1 Descent of the Holy Spirit.(The Pentecost of the Apostles)When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place. Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.
NAB MAR 1:9 The Baptism of Jesus.During that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. Immediately on coming up out of the water he saw the sky rent in two and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. Then a voice came from the heavens: "You are my beloved Son. On you my favor rests."
At that point the Spirit sent him out toward the desert. He stayed in the wasteland forty days, put to the test there by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and angels waited on him.
NAB ACT 11:11(The Pentecost of believers.)"Immediately after that, the three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea came to the house where we were staying. The Spirit instructed me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers came along with me, and we entered the man's house. He informed us that he had seen an angel standing in his house and that the angel had said: 'Send someone to Joppa and fetch Simon, known also as Peter. In the light of what he will tell you, you shall be saved, and all your household.' As I began to address them the Holy Spirit came upon them, just as it had upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'"
NAB LUK 3:21-4:4When all the people were baptized, and Jesus was at prayer after likewise being baptized, the skies opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in visible form like a dove. A voice from heaven was heard to say: "You are my beloved Son. On you my favor rests."
4:1 Temptation in the Desert.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, then returned from the Jordan and was conducted by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, where he was tempted by the devil. During that time he ate nothing, and at the end of it he was hungry. The devil said to him, If you are the Son of God, command this stone to turn into bread. Jesus answered him, "Scripture has it, 'Not on bread alone shall man live.'"
(INT MAT 12:18)
Jesus could have followed any path He desired just as we can. Jesus had the power through free will to choose to follow Satan to hell if he would have chosen to. A grain of sand is insignificant in comparison to the universe. The fact that Jesus was flesh and bones, as with the grain of sand, is insignificant as compared to the universe sized importance of Jesus being free willed man. Jesus, the Son of Man, could choose to follow the Father or to disobey the Father. It was upon this free will that Jesus chose to die on the cross out of love for the Father. Love the Father Jesus did, with tremendous never failing love. It was upon Christ's free choice to obey the Father out of love for the Father that salvation for men came to be.Free-willed Jesus of the flesh could alter whether or not he loves the Father. It is not Jesus death on the cross which saves men, but Jesus' loving obedience in going to his death on the cross which saves men. It is through obedience to the commands of the Father that the world sees Christ's love for the Father and fellow man.
NAB LUK 22:42"Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done."
NAB HEB 4:14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession of faith. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need.
NAB HEB 2:14Now, since the children are men of blood and flesh, Jesus likewise had a full share in ours, that by his death he might rob the devil, the prince of death, of his power, and free those who through fear of death had been slaves their whole life long. Surely he did not come to help angels, but rather the children of Abraham; therefore he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God on their behalf, to expiate the sins of the people. Since he was himself tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are tempted.
NAB ISA 7:14Therefore the LORD himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good.
NAB ROM 5:18To sum up, then: just as a single offense brought condemnation to all men, a single righteous act brought all men acquittal and life. Just as through one man's disobedience all became sinners, so through one man's obedience all shall become just.
NAB HEB 5:5Even Christ did not glorify himself with the office of high priest; he received it from the One who said to him, "You are my son; today I have begotten you," just as he says in another place:
"You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedeck."
In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to God, who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obeyed him, designed by God as high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus could have chosen to disobey the Father and not die on the cross. Jesus death on the cross is what cleanses all men of their disobedience. How could the Son of Man be cleansed if he had disobeyed the Father and not died on the cross? Without Christ's obedient death on the cross, not us, not even he, could have been reconciled to the Father. Had Christ not been faithful or had he not chosen to love God it would be possible that Jesus could have gone to eternal death and damnation.
NAB JOH 10:17"The Father loves me for this: that I lay down my life to take it up again. No one takes it from me; I lay it down freely."
NAB JOH 15:12This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
NAB JOH 14:30"I shall not go on speaking to you longer; the Prince of this world is at hand. He has no hold on me, but the world must know that I love the Father and do as the Father has commanded me."
NAB JOH 4:34"Doing the will of him who sent me and bringing his work to completion is my food."
NAB REV 1:4John wishes you grace and peace--from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born from the dead and ruler of the kings of earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his own blood, who has made us a royal nation of priests in the service of his God and Father--to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.
(Paul is speaking.)Peter says God will not allow His faithful one to undergo corruption (decay). Had Jesus been unfaithful in sin the Father might have let Jesus die and decay. Had Jesus sinned God might not have been able to free Jesus from death's bitter pains. It was Jesus' victory over temptation to sin that allows him his position next to the Father. Had Jesus been defeated through an act of sinning, God might have had to abandon his soul to the nether world. It is at Jesus resurrection, that he is eternally begotten of God, is made Lord over heaven and earth, is raised from the nether world and is given an irreversible Omni-Present eternal life.
NAB ACT 13:32"We ourselves announce to you the good news that what God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, in raising up Jesus, according to what is written in the second psalm, 'You are my son; this day I have begotten you.' As a proof that the one whom he raised from the dead would never again see the decay of death, God declared, 'I will give you the benefits assured to David under the covenant.' That is why he said in still another place, 'You will not suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.'"
NAB JOH 8:29"The One who sent me is with me. He has not deserted me since I always do what pleases him."
NAB ACT 2:22"Men of Israel, listen to me! Jesus the Nazorean was a man whom God sent to you with miracles, wonders, and signs as his credentials. These God worked through him in your midst, as you well know. He was delivered up by the set purpose and plan of God; you even made use of pagans to crucify and kill him. God freed him from death's bitter pangs, however, and raised him up again, for it was impossible that death should keep its hold on him. David says of him:'I have set the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. My heart has been glad and my tongue has rejoiced, my body will live on in hope. for you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. You have shown me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.' ""Brothers, I can speak confidently to you about our father David. He died and was buried, and his grave is in our midst to this day. He was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him that one of his descendants would sit upon his throne. He said that he was not abandoned to the nether world, nor did his body undergo corruption, thus proclaiming beforehand the resurrection of the Messiah. This is the Jesus God has raised up. and we are his witnesses. Exalted at God's right hand, he first received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, then poured this Spirit out on us. This is what you now see and hear. David did not go up to heaven, yet David says, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.'"
NAB ROM 6:9We know that Christ, once raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more power over him.
NAB REV 3:21(Jesus is speaking after His resurrection and ascension.)
"I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself won the victory and took my seat beside my Father on his throne."
It is because of Satan's unfaithfulness and disobedience that he is in hell and it is Jesus' obedience and faithfulness that assured him a place in heaven. Satan of free will chose death and damnation. Jesus of free will chose eternal life. Both Satan and Jesus had free will. Jesus could have chosen to betray the Father and so also Satan could have chosen to be faithful to the Father. The way through which Satan hates the Father so greatly is through his free willed choices. The way through which Jesus loves the Father so greatly is through his free willed choices.
Satan is not stupid. All Satan wants is a little disobedience out of Jesus. Had Satan been able to tempt Jesus into sin, then Satan would have inflicted death on Jesus. This is how Satan seduced Adam to alter his past and become eternally dead. This is how Satan can seduce us to choose a past and future of eternal death. Before his resurrection, Jesus did not rule the world. If Jesus were to bow down to Satan, Satan, who was in power of the world, would bestow the rule of the world upon him. To worship Satan, Jesus could have gained rule of the world but died to eternal life.
Jesus fought Satan. What were the weapons? Had Jesus bent down and worshiped Satan, Jesus would have lost his war against Satan. Satan used the weapon of temptation as his tool to try and inflict eternal death on Jesus (MAT 4:4). With Jesus' eternal death, all men would have died through the destruction of Christ's salvation. Jesus fought back with obedience and faith as his weapon for life and the salvation of men. We are baptized into doing battle with Satan at Christ's side.
NAB MAT 4:8The devil then took him up a very high mountain and displayed before him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, promising, "All these will I bestow on you if you prostrate yourself in homage before me." At this, Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! Scripture has it:
'You shall do homage to the Lord your God; him alone shall you adore.'"
Those who are victorious over Satan, with all their heart, Jesus will cleanse and put into the Kingdom of God upon their death of the flesh. As with Jesus, the way we love God is by doing His will. The way we fight Satan is by obeying God.
If Jesus had failed in his mission on earth, God, the Father would have lost all that He had hoped to gain by creating the universe in the first place. There would be no Kingdom and no loved ones to share it with. There would have been no repentant Saints with love, which they had acquired while under free will, to warm God's heart for all eternity. If Jesus had sinned, even he could not be forgiven without a righteous sinless sacrifice on the cross. If Christ would have sinned during his free-willed human life, he would not have resurrected, he would not have been eternally begotten of God, and he would not have been made Omni-Present Lord for all eternity past, present and future.
NAB REV 3:21(Jesus is speaking after His resurrection)
"I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself won the victory and took my seat beside my Father on his throne."
Jesus, praise God, obeyed and loved the Father to the end. To the very end, when the full load of all past present and future Saint's sins were loaded upon Jesus shoulders, he remained obedient and loving to God. On the cross the Pentecostal Holy Spirit of God departs from Jesus, who carries our sins, as God departs from anything sinful (MAT 27:46) (MAR 15:34). Even then Jesus chose to remain faithful, loving and righteous toward the Father. Then, still under perfect obedience, Christ's flesh dies and with it all the sins of every person past, present or future with his name in the book of life. The Right Hand of the Lord has struck with power. God's desire for love from Jesus is completed in all its powerful majestic brilliance. It is Christ's free-will perfect obedient love for the Father that is His greatest glory.
Prophesy did not control Jesus, rather Jesus controlled prophesy. What ever Jesus might have done in his lifetime, prophecy would have reflected this thousands of years earlier in the writings of the prophets. Prophecy is not to show us that God is bound by prophecy but to show us that time has no control over our Omni-Present God. God is far superior to matter and energy and time, after all He created it.
Prophecy was not to confine Jesus to a specific path to travel. Instead prophecy was to show mankind the glory of our God, whose Omni-Presence to all generations is far superior to that of worshiping a worthless idol. God knows what matter and energy look like for all time, just as if He were looking at a picture on a wall. (PSA 139) God can hold your hand and Isaiah's hand simultaneously, yet you cannot hold Isaiah's hand. Isaiah died thousands of years ago and time prohibits matter and energy of the present to visit matter and energy of the past. God can communicate with our past and our future simultaneously, while we are only living at a precise present. We are dust and dust is matter that is under the restriction of time. Time has no control over our spiritual God.
What did God, the joyous Father of His first-born Son, do at Jesus' eternal birth on Easter? Our Father God ran through time to His best friend King David. The Father told David of the joy in His heart. He told David of His first-born Son's love for Him, the Father. It was only after Christ's death that his life be-came prophesied. The true words of the Holy Spirit, the Father's prophecy (2PE 1:20), were now poured out to all the prophets from the beginning of time. They in turn informed God's children and HOPE was established for all men, for all time.
David filled with the Holy Spirit of God, speaks of Jesus' salvation for mankind even before Jesus' birth. David speaks of Jesus first Easter in past tense. David lived a thousand years before Jesus yet he heard about Jesus through the Spirit of the Lord only after Jesus had died on the cross.
Where we men have chosen hatred for God, Jesus has chosen to love God in our place. Where we have failed to fulfill God's law, Jesus has faithfully fulfilled it for us. Let all men praise and glorify what our Lord Jesus has chosen to do out of love for the Father and love for us, the undeserved. Jesus did more than love God with all his mind, strength, heart and soul. Jesus loves God perfectly. We are accepted into eternal life after hating God and only loving Him with all our strength. Jesus was asked to love God perfectly and express perfect love for God is what he did. All praise and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ, who has freely chosen to love the Father to the farthest dimension of this emotion. All honor and glorify the love of the Son for the Father.
NAB PSA 118:22The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
NAB REV 5:12"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise!"
Then I heard the voices of every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea; everything in the universe cried aloud:
"To the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!"
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