JESUS AND HIS MANDATE
Jesus Is God In Human Flesh
Jesus is the promised Seed of the woman. The Lord Jesus Christ is God the Father in human flesh, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world. He has all the attributes of God the Father in addition to attributes that are peculiar to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God has several names that refer to His divinity and human nature. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He is eternal and unchangeable, who before incarnation was in the form of God becoming Emmanuel (God with us) in human flesh after His incarnation. In Jesus Christ “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Col 2:9 NLT). Jesus Christ is both God and man.
Adam is from beneath the earth, Jesus is from heaven. “The Jewish leaders asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?” Then he said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins” (Jn 6:22-24 NLT). Adam was a molded mud upgraded to Godhood by the implantation of a Hypostatic Chip an excision from the heart of the Father. Jesus is the Father Himself who transited into a prepared earthen vessel in order to become man and taste death for the remission of the sins of the world. ‘That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, “You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you”’ (Heb 10:5 NLT). Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin.
God designed the First Adam to right the wrongs brought about by the angelic rebellion. The First Adam committed treason and lost the ability to do so. God in Christ Jesus became the Last Adam being obliged to do what the First Adam could not do. Thus, Jesus Christ is called the Son of God not by natural descent, but by a deliberate decision to assume a human form in order to quality to taste death for Mankind.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb 2:9). Consequently, God the Father “has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9).
Jesus is God’s gift of Himself to the world. He had all the attributes of man except the depraved sinful nature in addition to His divine attributes. While on earth and before His resurrection from the dead, He functioned fully as a man and did not resort to His divine powers in carrying out the first leg of His assignment on earth.
Apart from the attributes shared with the other members of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ has distinctive attributes:
1. Jesus Christ is the custodian and giver of Hypostatic Chips that bestow eternal life to the recipients. “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (Jn 10:28 NLT). Also “as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him” (Jn 17:2 NLT).
2. God created all things visible and invisible by the hand of Jesus Christ. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Col 1:16).
3. Jesus Christ preserves all creation by the word of His power. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Heb 1:1-4).
4. Jesus Christ has the power on earth to forgive sins.
5. Jesus has the power to raise the dead having risen from the grave Himself. Men can pray to God to raise the dead to life and receive answers but only Jesus Christ has the power in Himself to give life even to the dead.
6. Since flesh and blood by reason of the indwelling sin cannot inherit the kingdom of God, only Jesus Christ has the power to fashion glorified bodies for the eternal habitation of saints in heaven. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil 3:20-21).
7. Jesus Christ shall judge the dead and those alive when He returns to the earth a second time to conclude the assignment given to Him by the Father. “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” Jn 5:22-23).
When He came into the world Jesus set out the manifesto of the first phase of His assignment. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19). Jesus’ earthly ministry is split in two: first coming as the ‘lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ and second coming as judge of the living and the dead.
Thus, the mandate of Jesus was made up of three distinct assignments in two comings to earth with three finishing points spanning three dispensational epochs – Law, Grace and Kingdom. The Eternal Son of God was to assume a human body and go into the world to seek and save what God lost through the rebellion of Lucifer and transgression of Adam and Eve. His three assignments were firstly to preach the gospel of the kingdom, which would lead to His arrest, trial and crucifixion on a cross for the redemption of mankind, restoration of broken link between heaven and earth. The second assignment in His Second Coming is to sit on three thrones of glory to judge creation. Thirdly in His Second Coming, to re-establish God’s literal kingdom on earth, rule it for 1,000 years with a rod of iron in order to restitute all things to conform to the decree of the Godhead before the beginnings began and render account to the Father to resume His position as all in all.
The mandate of Jesus is in two phases. In the first phase Jesus has came into the world as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. All the prophecies concerning the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ have been fulfilled meticulously in His first coming. The next phase is the Second Coming, which is still future. If the first coming prophecies have been fulfilled in history, it stands to reason that the Second Coming prophecies will likewise be fulfilled at the fullness of time.
Historically the First Coming is past; all the prophecies appertaining thereto were fulfilled meticulously. The interval between the First and Second Comings, which was a mystery in OT times is the period for calling out of Jews and Gentiles a new group of people, the Body of Christ, into the Family of God. The Second Coming is the judgment and consummation of all things.
God’s original plan was for man to be an entirely earthly creature doing His good pleasure. This plan was made before the foundation of the world. Rebellion of Lucifer and one-third of angels necessitated alteration. There can be no vacuum in heaven. When the church is translated to heaven it will become a replacement for fallen angels.