OBEDIENCE AND SUBMISSION [nine]
(…continues from part eight…)
9) Last of all let me use the Personage of the Word of God as the one to learn obedience and submission. Jesus. He is the perfection of humility. God does not get Himself bound by His word because the word is greater than His divine Being, as the logical reasoning of humanity will weakly allow in the heart. God binds Himself by His word so that man will learn to humble his own intelligence before God. Jehovah God and His Word are one and the same. Finding Himself in the likeness of an Adamic creature, Jesus Christ won the heart of humanity as the quintessence of submissiveness in obedience. At age twelve, even though Mary and Joseph made the mistake of not making sure that Jesus was going home with them before embarking on the journey of days, and for the fact that it was made crystal clear that the One they were dealing with is the only begotten Son of God, Jesus, the Bible says, “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart” (Luke 2:51). Jesus taught the Church submission, Who first brought Himself under subjection. The word ‘subject’ is hupotassō (hoop-ot-as’-so) which I have earlier defined as: ‘subordinate’ or in case of the wife, ‘package yourself very well and place it under your husband.’
Spirit beings of foulness are not unaware of the Person of Jesus whom we think is just an ordinary person. Matthew 8:29 “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” They know what we do not know: that this Jesus Christ is the ultimate Judge of the empyreal assizes. Another recording of His personality is seen in Luke 4:33-34 “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34) Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” Who is this Holy One of God? He is the Person of Daniel 9:24 “most Holy” couch. Jesus, the Messiah, is the antitype to the holy of holies part of the Temple. He is the One to be consecrated as the blessed Lord, the Holy one of Israel; the Prophet, Priest and King of mankind.
The daughter of Jairus
Possessing these quiddities of Divinity Jesus did not wait till He was called before going out to preach the word of God. He was ready to visit the house of the centurion, even if he had not exhibited great faith. Humility. To prove that He meant really to enter into their abodes, the man whose twelve years old girl needed divine attention led Him to his house. The Creator was in their home and they knew it not. Was He not the Lord and Master of His disciples? When it dawned on Thomas that the One whose vaticinatory asseveration spread throughout the Scriptures stood before him after His resurrection, he could not help in his famous exclamatory words of John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.”
“…that ye should do as I have done to you…” [John 13:15]
This same Jesus had humbly performed the duty of a servant which the ethical upbringing of Peter found quite objectionable. John 13:5-15 v.5) “After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.6) Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? V.8) Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 12-15) So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14) If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15) For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” The humility lesson stuck: for they had learned from the Master.”
He is despised and rejected of men [Isaiah 53:3]
How could the Creator of the world bend so low? How could He offer Himself for the substitutionary death to engender the workability of the soteriological cause? Obedience to the cause of salvation and total submission to the will of the Godhead made it possible. Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
“I am Alpha and Omega” [Revelation 1:8]
Jesus was essentially equal to the Father. Just as the First Member of the Godhead is God the Father, Jesus is called the everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). The Father is All-powerful. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8). The Father is All-knowing; and Jesus? He is the person of Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Jesus knows everything – having hid in Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – a sole attribute of the Divinity. Is the Eternal Father omnipresent? Yes. Jesus is physically present with us spiritually. Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Millions, in different places, across the globe do pray every second. If Jesus is ever present among every praying group, is He not omnipresent? Selah!
Christ has always been the Old Testamentary LORD God
The man Jesus is different from the Christ. Christ has always been. Jesus began His life in the matrix of Mary. The Incarnation engendered the hypostatic union; which is the compound of God and man, such that the man becomes eternally fused into the Godhead. This is the most astounding miracle. Jesus allowed the will of Christ to prevail; consequently, Jesus never committed one single sin all His earthly days. Jesus has blissfully formed an unalterable compound with the Christ. He earned it through obedience and submission.
Say this prayer, meaning it with all your heart:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”