Hebrews 1:3 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Heb 1:1-3) Written in reference to Jesus being the image of our Father.
In understanding who we are as humanity and not what we have come to believe our identity is because of the consciousness man received through Adam in partaking of the fruit, we have a perfect testimony to our heritage in Jesus. Jesus, who came as a man through a woman who was a virgin yet whose blood is that of God himself through Spirit, was the very embodiment of God on earth. When people say they want to see God they are usually asking to see a representation of our Father in the form of his person, a physical body, but God is Spirit and it is how Spirit lives in us and through us that reveals the truest image of God. When one looked at the physical body of Jesus they only saw another man, because the body is nothing more than a housing for the spirit and soul to exist in and function through in this physical realm. It is everything that Jesus does that actually reveals our Father to us.
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jesus is literally stating that he did nothing out of his own choosing or desire but that in fact everything and anything he did was exactly what our Father would do in every and all circumstances. Even though Jesus has free will to do whatever he wants to, he chose to totally submit himself unto our Father so that our Father could be glorified through what Jesus did. And in this lies a great revelation in that though we also have a free will to do as we please in every and all situations, if we want to achieve our purpose in life the first step is to choose to submit our will unto God so that we can permit this transformation to take place of living in our true identities.
Almost every person who has ever existed at some point in their life as asked the simple question of why they exist. God has given us this answer in that it is his desire that we conform to the image of Jesus so that the glory of God can be manifested in us and through us. Even Adam and Eve prior to their bad decision existed to glorify God and they did that by just enjoying God’s provision and walking in the quality of life the God had provided for them. The truest or purest way for one to glorify God is by simply responding to his provision. In Adam’s day that was just by existing in a pretty carefree environment and walking with God. Today the root is still the same in that we glorify God by relying on his provision, but now there has to be a change from living a life of self-preservation through the inheritance of sin consciousness to the carefree life God had originally intended for us which we receive by believing on Jesus. This does not mean that circumstances will not come against us and in fact it is promised that there will be persecution, but as we rest in God we can rejoice because we know that he has overcome all things for us. Ultimate victory, eternal life, is the reward of all who believe on Jesus and this eternal life starts the moment we believe on him.
It was stated that we are in a time now where glorifying God, which includes every believer living the quality of life that God has provided for them, is different in some ways then it was in the time of Adam. In the time when Adam and Eve first existed there was nothing to overcome because only what God had created to be on the earth existed and everything was good. When man decided though to do the things of God in place of God sin and death entered into the picture along with all of its consequences. Our best example now is to look to Jesus to be our testimony as his whole existence was lived on earth glorifying God our Father and that during his time of ministry he demonstrated to us how this takes place.
God’s glory is his goodness and Jesus embodied God’s glory by revealing our Father to everyone around him. Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Jesus went about doing good because God is good and it is in doing good that we glorify God. Then in doing good the logical question should be what does it mean to do good. Part of this passage has a one of the answers in that he healed everyone who came to him. Jesus himself though expounds upon this question by telling us exactly what to do. The importance though of doing good is to glorify God by sharing his love and in all that we do do it unto the Lord, in the name of Jesus, so people do not think highly of us but of Jesus. It is all about leading people to Jesus so they can receive the love of God fromour Father.
There are many examples in the gospels of Jesus actually doing the works of our Father in reconciling the world unto him, but it is summarized in what Jesus told his disciples to do in this; “Matthew 10:7-8 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” This is exactly what Jesus did in his ministry when it came to revealing the goodness of our Father to his children without exception. No one ever came to Jesus under any circumstances without receiving what they needed, though some rejected what he offered like the many of the Pharisees and Sadducees because they loved themselves more than God and refused the love of God.
When I say the goodness of God I do not want it to appear as though I am undervaluing God because the goodness of God is just a reflection of his love. God is love and it is out of love that the motivation for all good things from God exist. So when I speak of the goodness of God I am talking about actions or events that take place because of God’s love for us.
The bottom line is this, Jesus said himself that these signs will follow believers. Not those with a special anointing or gifting or any other segregation one wants to add in there, but everyone and anyone who believes that Jesus is Lord. What signs are they? The same signs that were a result of the glory of God being manifested through Jesus. Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. The same things that Jesus did, and also the same things he had already taught his disciples to do, are the very same things every believer is to walk in as a part of their own testimony unto the goodness of God.
A quick note here in that many ask how this is done, releasing something from God, and the answer is simple once you know. First understanding has to come from a persuasion in your heart that it is God through you who causes something to happen, so it has nothing to do with you putting forth your own power or effort but simply allowing it to happen through you. Just as you believed on Jesus to walk in eternal life it is the same way you release faith for something to come to past. By believing in your heart and confessing with you mouth you can say to one who is sick, “Be healed in the name of Jesus” or if you know cancer is attacking them then you can say, “In the name of Jesus I command cancer to die and leave this body”. It is not a formula and there are no magic words, but only by believing and then saying what you believe is what releases it to happen. Sometimes God will place a feeling in your heart or a thought in your head or a picture in your mind which is your imagination and that will help you know what to pray for or how to pray.
Isaiah 11:1-3 Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from its roots will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of advice and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD. 3 He will gladly bear the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear.
I wanted to take a look at this prophecy about Jesus to better understand something about the fruit of being intimate with God. We know that Jesus operated in gifts which have been defined as a word of knowledge, of healing, working of miracles, wisdom, understanding and so on and so forth. The reason I bring this up is that here we see that he lived this way by Holy Spirit. In many christian circles there is always talk about a special anointing to do certain things, yet we are told that as believers our main focus and the desire of our Father is for us to conform into the image of Jesus, and Jesus relied on Holy Spirit not gifting or anointings. Again this goes back to the simple fact that when someone gets in pride and they do not see the love of God manifesting through them to accomplish something, like healing, then they try to figure out a way to justify it. The only thing this does is bring about a division between the will of God for all mankind through that person and the individual through their pride.
What happens in instances like this is the adversary tries to promote self instead of relationship. The adversary tries to persuade our hearts beliefs that the Word of God is not true, usually in settle ways like it is not for today or that is not our calling or God does not care about that situation or circumstance. The reality is our beliefs are the only limitations in our lives because God has already provided all things through Jesus, so God in no way can justifiably be held accountable for anything contrary to his goodness.
After Jesus was baptized in water by John he was then baptized by Holy Spirit and then God our Father declared for all to hear that Jesus was his son in whom he was well pleased. Then Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil who tried to deceive Jesus by having Jesus prove he was the Son of God in turning stones to bread. Jesus said it is written that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) (Deuteronomy 8:3) Now think about this, Jesus was quoting scripture but it was the Word he received directly from our Father that confirmed his identity.
The enemy does the same thing to every person, whether they believe or not. His main focus always revolves around this one thing and that is to get us to question our identities. I do not know if you have ever seen someone who has totally lost their identity as a person but it is like looking into a black hole when you look into their eyes. In extreme cases it would be best to say that these people are existing but not living. If you can visualize this, someone whose mind is totally gone with a blank stare, then you can visualize the difference between how the average person sees their life in existing versus how God sees our identity in living. The average person, including many believers,may think they are living life to the fullest yet in comparison to the quality of life God has for us to live they these individuals are merely existing.
My purpose in conveying all of this information is to help break down the barriers that we have placed between us and God. We may have never intentionally meant to build such structures, but because we have followed the ways of the world without knowing it brick by brick, day by day, we have built great fortresses that have limited us from believing in who we are. There is nothing that stands between us and God other than our minds in what we believe in our hearts. In the eyes of our Father we are equal. No one is greater and certainly no one is lesser than any other. In fact you are as valuable to our Father as Jesus is to him for if it were not so he would have never sent him to die for you. Even angels are inferior to you for Jesus did not die for the angels that had fallen but only for the children of our Father. It is time that we start believing who we are as sons and daughters of God and not find ourselves to be as worms or servants but sons. The first step is to receive love because God is love and as you receive his love then you receive him.
Jesus said that all the laws hang on love, but we cannot love God ourselves or our brothers until we first receive the love of God. We can love only because he first loved us, but we cannot give what we have not received. As we receive the love of God then we discover that fulfilling what Jesus said is not on possible but easy because you see people not in what they do or who they are in the flesh but by how our Father sees them. You see every person as a cherished treasure with a value beyond measure and as you receive this value in yourself a desire is birthed to share this revelation with others so they can truly find out just how much they are loved.
So then this takes us back to the subject of this message and that is we are to be Jesus unto the world. We as believers as the very embodiment of God on this earth just as in the days when Jesus walked on the earth. We need to receive and rely on our Father through Jesus so that just as in the days when Jesus walked this earth all who came to him got to see our Father and receive from him and now as they come to us they can still see our Father through the finished works of Jesus in us. It is not about our lives or our ministries, in fact it is not about us at all as individuals, but it is about revealing our Father and manifesting his will upon the earth. Sharing a message of true love, which is always unconditional or it is not love at all. Speaking life into one another and sharing the hope we have in Jesus.
When we say we can’t we have spoken wisely because this is true. We cannot do anything good in and of ourselves which even Jesus said no one including himself was good, only our Father. But by revealing our Father one to another then the works that we do are not of ourselves, they are good works by our Father through us so that in us the glory of God is revealed.