The purpose of Jesus’ first coming required a physical body
What he did in His body. Heard, Saw, Spoke, Touched, Walked, Ate, - Human things
Will of God that was in Heaven that expressed God’s heart for suffering and oppressed people was experienced on the earth through Jesus’ body
Human body - only difference is that that body never participated in sin. Only exposed;
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”
Hebrews 4:15 NLT
Mitch the suffering that Jesus experienced in His lifetime. Exposure to OUR suffering.
In His life acquainted with our pains and problems
Sins, mistakes, accidents, - from a white lie to torture, murder and genecide
The curse and weakness that comes as a result of sin
He viewed everything that would be put on Him.
Old Testament - animals were offered and sacrificed
Lev. 1:4 And he shall lay [both] his hands upon the head of the burnt offering [transferring symbolically his guilt to the victim], and it shall be aan acceptable atonement for him. [Heb. 13:15, 16; I Pet. 1:2.]”
“Then he brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering.”
Leviticus 8:14 ESV
Hebrews tells us God’s desire for reconciliation with man wasn’t achieved with the sacrifice of animals and that God prepared a body for that purpose.
The price for forgiven sin - this next week
Isaiah 53:4 “Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
Isaiah 53:6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
Isaiah 53:12 I will give him the honours of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.” (NLT)
1 Peter 2:24 “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”
Matthew 8:17 “And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases. AMPC [Isa. 53:4.]”
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread”
1 Corinthians 11:23 NLT
“and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.””
1 Corinthians 11:24 NLT
“In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.””
1 Corinthians 11:25 NLT
“For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.”
1 Corinthians 11:26 NLT
“For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”
1 Corinthians 11:29-30 ESV
Eph. 1:19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power
Eph. 1:20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Eph. 1:21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.
Eph. 1:22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.
Eph. 1:23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. (NLT)
Every chapter in Ephesians talks about the church as His body.
“…Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.
And we are members of his body.”
Ephesians 5:23, 30 NLT
Discerning Jesus - one leg
Body of Christ
Discerning who you are in Him
Easy to fall
You ARENT the Body. You are a member of the body.
Individualism* - spirit of the age,
Lovers of self
Against laying down your life for others
59 times in the New Testament
Love one another (John 13:34 - This command occurs at least 16 times)
Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16) Greet one another (Romans 16:16) Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)
Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:5)
Consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
Look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)
Stir up [provoke, stimulate] one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10) Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Confess your faults to one another (James 5:16)
Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9) Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13) If you keep on biting and devouring each other...you'll be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:15) Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other (Galatians 5:26) Do not slander one another (James 4:11) Don't grumble against each other (James 5:9)
We do all this because we are in a real sense “members of one another” (Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:25).
britanica.com - Individualism
The French aristocratic political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59) described individualism in terms of a kind of moderate selfishness that disposed humans to be concerned only with their own small circle of family and friends. Observing the workings of the American democratic tradition for Democracy in America (1835–40), Tocqueville wrote that by leading “each citizen to isolate himself from his fellows and to draw apart with his family and friends,” individualism sapped the “virtues of public life,” for which civic virtue and association were a suitable remedy
As James Bryce, British ambassador to the United States (1907–13), wrote in The American Commonwealth (1888), “Individualism, the love of enterprise, and the pride in personal freedom have been deemed by Americans not only their choicest, but [their] peculiar and exclusive possession.