When you become a Christian, it means you have come to Jesus (Hebrews !2:22-29). Knowing who he is will set you up to experience the fullness of God. Jesus expressed impeccable obedience to the father. And when we come to him, he trains us along the same line.
In the focus verse, he is described as the mediator of the new covenant. Meaning that if you want to have a relationship with God (in the now) it has to be through Jesus, just like if you were an Israelite in the time of Moses, and you want to leave Egypt, you had to go through the ministry of Moses, or else you are stuck. God has announced the new relationship he has opened up with humanity through Jesus.
Jesus is fitting as the centre of our world. God spoke from heaven and said that Peter, James and john should listen to Jesus (Matthew 17:1-10). In another place in the bible we read that he is the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). Isaiah, writing prophetically about Jesus (the Son of God), described him with a number of nouns (Isaiah 9:6-8):
As a child the bible says that Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered (Hebrews 5:18). The childhood time is a learning time. In growing up, the bible says that Jesus increased in wisdom and grace (Luke 2:40). As a child he already has the awareness of his mission (Luke 2:42-52). God made sure he trained his child in the way He should go (Proverbs 22:6).
And Jesus has a special affinity with children (Matthew 18:3), with their impressibility, the unalloyed adoration that flows from them, the sense of wonder that they possess. He said except we are converted and become like little children we would not see the kingdom of God.
Because he was born natural, the eternal/spiritual coming into time, it means through the same “portal” he opened when he entered the earth, is still opened to all to move from the natural into the spiritual/eternal. It is the portal of Jesus. So to come to God, you have to go through the portal of Jesus, through believing in him. It is now “easy” for us to be born of the spirit and become a child of God spiritually just as Jesus was a child of Mary naturally.
When Jesus was thirty years, the heavenly father declared him as His Son (Matthew 3:7), i.e. the inheritor of everything that the father has.
When we receive the Son, we come into his relationship with the father. This by the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5), through which we say Abba father. That is why as the church we are referred to as being joint heirs with Christ Jesus.
Paul said that he commits the leadership of the church in Ephesians to the word of God which is able to build them and give them an inheritance among they that are sanctified (separated to God) (Acts 20:32). It is those who are separated to Christ and have become his body; that become joint heirs with him. That includes partaking of the divine nature. As the Son, Jesus told the disciples before his crucifixion that he was going to prepare a place for them, in his father’s house where there are many mansions (John 14:1-3). As a Son, he gives us access to what his father has. The Son stands for maturity; this means that for us as Christians, maturity is it.
As Wonderful, he does not only perform wonders, it is his very essence. The process of his incarnation was very wonderful, God became man. It is so wonderful some reject that notion completely, saying God cannot have a son, and in turn reject the idea of the three in one God. He is a walking wonder in all ramifications. James, John and Peter experienced his wonder when he took them to a mount and was transfigured before them (Matthew 17:1-9). The wonder included the ability to turn things around, change situations and circumstances; generate a sense of wonder around himself. Jesus, the wonder worker is in us, therefore we are meant to express his miraculous wonders on this earth. Wonder represents spontaneous expression of divinity.
Jesus always knows what to do. The Spirit of counsel was in full operation in him. When he was in Jerusalem and the Pharisees were asking him questions, his answers shut their mouth. He was asked about the legality of paying tax to Caesar, a politically-charged question. His answer showed that he was way above them. Since the counselor, Jesus, is in us, we should expect words of accurate counsel to flow through us always, so that we can speak a word in season to the weary (Isaiah 50:4).
The Mighty God
This corresponds to the Spirit of might that is in operation in the life of Jesus. And what we see in the life of Jesus is the expression of supernatural ability to deal with the oppressions of Satan. Jesus is the expression of the might of God.
Paul said that Jesus is the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24). If you are going to see God’s power, it would have to be through Jesus. In a prophetic word concerning Jesus, David wrote the he would stretch out the rod of his strength out of Zion and would rule in the midst of his enemies (Psalm 110). He has the might of rulership. There is might in the name of Jesus, this is why the bible says that at the name of Jesus every knee bows (Philippians 2:5-1). His name is might expressed against the operation of the enemy. He is the light who shines in darkness (John 1:1-5), dispelling it.
The might of Christ should operate through us. Jesus told Paul that his grace gets perfected in his weakness (2Corinthians 12:7-11). He then said that when he is weak, then he is strong all because of the might releasing grace of God in operation in his life. In prayer, by using the name of Jesus, the might of God is released in the spiritual world. Might represents victory in the face of opposition.
The Eternal Father
This further emphasises the supernatural identity of Jesus Christ. The bible says that his going forth is from everlasting (Micah 5:2). He is eternally God in full essence, but in the beginning he was called the Word (John 1:1), he is now Jesus. He never rejected worship because He is God.
It is interesting that Jesus Christ is called Father by Isaiah. It tallies with the words of Jesus to his disciples when one asked Jesus to show him the father (John 14:8-11). He said: if you have seen me you have seen the father. He added that he is in the father and the father is in him, in complete oneness.
Jesus beings us into the reality of God as our father; so it doesn’t matter how lacking your earthly father was, God is more than enough to fill that gap in you. Through Jesus we have a continuous experience of God as our father.
The Prince of Peace
Jesus is known by peace. He told his people: my peace I give to you (John 14:27), not as the world gives, the beyond normal peace. He told a boisterous wind, “peace, be still (Mark 4:39).” As the Prince of peace, he brings us into peace with God. The peace he brings starts to function in our life, when he removes sin that is the hindrance between man and God from that relationship. The word peace goes beyond a feeling; it is the full reality of the presence of God even in the face of turmoil. We have come to the prince of peace; this means nothing should steal our peace, since is our peace.
Jesus wants us to be peacemakers wherever we are (Matthew 5:9). Not only that we were told that as much as it lies within our power, we should be at peace with all men (Romans 12:14, Romans 12:18).
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