The Son Of Man
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Last week we talked about the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. We said it was of utmost importance and urgency that we see and have a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ in all of his divine and human aspects because the word says in John 1:16 “and all of his fullness- Greek,pleroo-completeness-have we all received and that grace for grace.
Many times we look into the Word of God and see Jesus as something or someone that is unattainable, but by the new birth Almighty God has made us like Him in spirit so we can exemplify him and show forth His glory in our humanity.
The saying-sometimes used as an excuse for failure-”I’m only human”-is really not accurate. The perfect picture of humanity is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, lest we get condemned in trying to obtain sinless perfection, John 1:14 indicates where in our humanity we can grow up by the Spirit into Him. Ephesians 4:15.
John 1:14 “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory the glory of the only begotten Son of God full of grace and truth.” I will add in there mercy and love.
Philippians 2:8-11 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
When Peter and John went up to the gate Beautiful in Acts 3:6 Peter said to the lame man “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
A mediator balances things out. He sees to it that the parties get what they deserve.
Hebrews 4:14 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
The difference between Jesus and us in our humanity and His: He was without sin and we were not and still are not.
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
V9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
V10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The real issue is, however, that in becoming sin for us on the cross, he crucified and did away with our sinful nature and forgive us of all our sins-past, present and future-reconciling us unto God so that acts of sin no longer separate us from God.
There are four aspects of Jesus’ divinity that are shown through His humanity-grace, truth, mercy and love. The same applies to us.
I) Grace-God no longer deals with those based on our obedience or adherence to the law of Moses, but based on Jesus’ obedience. God now extends His unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor to us based on Jesus’ finished work which is what grace is.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”
The Greek in this verse has the definite article “the” before the word grace. So it is by” the” grace. Grace is the person of Jesus Christ. Grace is the finished work of the cross. Grace is the New Testament in His blood.
John 1:14 Jesus is full of Grace.
John 1:16 “And all of his fullness have we all received and that grace for grace.”
So now everything we are, everything we do, everything will ever be is by God’s grace-His unmerited favor-Jesus’ personage, His blood, the cross of Christ — not of ourselves. It’s all a gift.
Grace is God’s gift to us. Faith is God’s gift to us.
Our gift to God is to believe or receive or act like it is so.
II) Truth-John 1:14 full of grace and truth.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, are you a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
Sad, but we have gone further away from the truth, especially in the church. In society today we have what is called situational ethics. What’s right for you may not be right for me or what’s wrong for you may not be wrong for me. No, what God says is truth-absolute-unchanging, pure and undefiled. Psalm 119:89.
Truth like grace is a Person-the Lord Jesus Christ and in His humanity Jesus stood for and was an example of truth for every person both saint and sinner alike.
The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth. He bears witness to Jesus, the Word, being the truth and the Bible as God’s Word being truth-absolute, pure and undefiled.
The Word of God is Truth.
1 John 5:7-8 “For there or are three that bear record in heaven, and the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit and the water and the blood: and these three agree in one.
So there are three witnesses of Jesus, the son of man in his humanity:
1. the Spirit-the Holy Spirit descending upon Him at his water baptism. Matthew 3:13-17.
Both the water and the blood were at his crucifixion. John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”
If there are two qualities that we as sons of God, after the Son of Man, Jesus and His humanity need to exemplify it is in grace and truth.
All of Paul’s epistles begin and end with grace.
John 4:23 worship in spirit and in truth
Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged.
John 15:3 “now we are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.”
James 1:18-27 hearers and doers.
1 Peter 1:22-25
V22 by obeying the truth through the Holy Spirit you have purified your souls to sincerely love the brethren.
We are not blessed by God or benefited by God in any way by our obedience. It’s all by His obedience. But because I am already blessed I obey. However, our obedience to the truth has a profound affect of purifying our souls which allows us to sincerely love the brethren.
Faith without works is the spiritual part. Acts of obedience is the humanity part.
Acts of obedience is the experiential part. Our obedience is not a means to God’s grace, His finished work, salvation, justification, healing, deliverance, prosperity, gifting, etc., it is a result of God’s grace.
We need both by the Holy Spirit-God’s grace-to express our fullness of God’s glory, which is grace and truth, mercy and love.
Jesus talks about seeing a brother in need and saying depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you don’t give him what he needs. What does it profit? Faith without works is dead. You say you have faith and I have works, show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.
Let me give you an example of God’s grace. Let us say that I have no money in the bank. You come and you put $1000 in my bank account. I didn’t earn or merit that $1000. It is a gift. That is grace. That is Jesus. My faith did not put that $1000 in the bank. My faith causes me to go down to the bank and draw the money out. Do you see it?
Another example. A will or testament. Obedience does not merit me the content of the will. It makes me a partaker of what was freely given to me.
Why is this important? Because people think if I fall short of obedience I nullify the facts of the will. No, that’s law. But mercy and grace says that I can partake or benefit from the will even when I don’t do it all right. Why? Because it’s a gift by grace, not a debt owed by merit.