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Why Was Jesus in Human Form? (Number 3 of a Series)

A message summary of December 24, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:

 

Jesus came in human form in His timing, and not ours.

Genesis 3:15

I will put hostility between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring.

He will strike your head,

and you will strike his heel.

 

Man could not redeem himself…we needed a Redeemer.

God’s purpose is to restore His creation to Himself.  He is out to restore the relationship with mankind as He originally had with Adam.

Man was given the opportunity to redeem himself.  The great powers of the earth could not meet God’s standards.

It is what Scripture says:

Romans 3:10-12

as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.

There is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

All have turned away;

all alike have become worthless.

There is no one who does what is good,

not even one.

 

While man is always in a rush, God is never in a hurry.

 

  1. When the time had fully come, God acted.

Galatians 4:4-7

When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

God has always worked in His time.  When He is ready to act and not at the time which we desire Him to perform.

The fullness of time is when He is ready to act.

Ephesians 1:9-10

He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right timeto bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

 

God works within your life with one thing at a time.  He is doing a magnificent work—one layer at a time.

He is never out of order.  Everything is always in His order and according to His purpose.

There is an appointed season and a proper time when and where He does His work.

Titus 1:3

In his own time he has revealed his word in the preaching with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior.

 

1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.

 

Acts 7:23-25

When he was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. When he saw one of them being mistreated, he came to his rescue and avenged the oppressed man by striking down the Egyptian. He assumed his people would understand that God would give them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.

 

Moses made an assumption here that the people would see that he was there as God’s deliverer.  He needed to see God for Himself to understand how it was to be accomplished.

Acts 7:30-34

After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he was approaching to look at it, the voice of the Lord came: I am the God of your ancestorsthe God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.

The Lord said to him: Take off the sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. And now, come, I will send you to Egypt.

It was all to be accomplished in God’s time and in His timing.  God is the One who sends people along and to be His witness.  It’s one thing to go out before others (Matthew 28:19-20), but it is another to be sent before others.

 

  1. In the fullness of time He sent His Son.
  • It shows the pre-existence of Jesus.
  • It reveals the intimacy and confidence the sender has in the one being sent (He was sinless).

John 17:18

As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Jesus describes how He was following the example of His father.  He sent His disciples into the world.

The purpose of His coming:

Romans 8:3-4

What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the laws requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

He came to take the curse from us and represent the curse for us.

Galatians 3:13

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

He tasted death for us.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesusmade lower than the angels for a short time so that by Gods grace he might taste death for everyonecrowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.

He came to destroy the one who held death.

Hebrews 2:14-17

Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of deaththat is, the deviland free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it is clear that he does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abrahams offspring. Therefore, he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every way, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in matters pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.

He is our High Priest.

 

  1. He was born of a woman.

Romans 1:1-4

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of Godwhich he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scripturesconcerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead.

 

Luke 3:31-32

son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David, son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Salmon, son of Nahshon,

In Luke you see the lineage of Mary.  In Matthew, you see Joseph’s lineage.  Both are within the line of David.

Mary’s role is very important.  Blessed is she would has believed.  To be highly favored is to be given a special honor.  It is what God had decided for her life.

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.

Mary asked the angel, How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man? 

The angel replied to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabetheven she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.

I am the Lords servant, said Mary. May it be done to me according to your word. Then the angel left her.

 

Mary knew that Elizabeth, a woman who was barren, was having a child well beyond her child bearing years.

Luke 1:39-45

In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariahs house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!

God was speaking to Mary and Elizabeth to just believe in Him.

You likely will not understand everything that is happening (Mary didn’t have complete understanding), but Jesus will make it all known to you in his timing.

And you will praise Him for His goodness.

Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said:

 My soul praises the greatness of the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

because he has looked with favor

on the humble condition of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations

will call me blessed,

because the Mighty One

has done great things for me,

and his name is holy.

His mercy is from generation to generation

on those who fear him.

He has done a mighty deed with his arm;

he has scattered the proud

because of the thoughts of their hearts;

he has toppled the mighty from their thrones

and exalted the lowly.

He has satisfied the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering his mercy

to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he spoke to our ancestors.

 

When you acknowledge Jesus Christ, you will walk by faith knowing that He will accomplish what He sets out to do.

 

  1. He is to be born under the law.

Luke 2:21-24

When the eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesusthe name given by the angel before he was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).

 

His parents were carrying out the law.  They were raising their child according to the law, and it is relevant today in that we are to worship and serve the Lord according to your household because it is the proper thing to do.

 

Luke 2:25-35

There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israels consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lords Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said,

Now, Master,

you can dismiss your servant in peace,

as you promised.

For my eyes have seen your salvation.

You have prepared it

in the presence of all peoples

a light for revelation to the Gentiles

and glory to your people Israel. 

His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposedand a sword will pierce your own soulthat the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

 

Jesus came to fulfill the law.

Matthew 5:17

Dont think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

 

He came to be our Guardian–the Shepherd who watches over our souls.

Galatians 3:23-29

Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.

For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, heirs according to the promise.

 

He came to do what the law could not do.

Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the laws requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.

John 3:16-17

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember who Jesus Christ is—the perfect gift for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God Works in Patience and Order

A summary of Pastor Gus Brown’s message of December 7, 2014:

God’s work is performed with patience and order.

1 Corinthians 14:33a

since God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

 

God is never in a hurry. He has all the time in the world. We need to understand this about our God.

God appointed the day in which His son would come the first time. While we do not know the day when He will return, God’s promise is that He will return some day. He keeps His word.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

 

God is at work with every person alive today. He is working to have people come to the realization that there is a need for Jesus Christ. Even more personally, He is doing a work in you to bring you to a close relationship with Him, and He is patient in doing so.

Hebrews 1:2

In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.

 

Jesus is in center stage because God has brought him forth as the One who is spoken about by many people and nations.

  1. The time had fully come.

Galatians 4:4

When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.

 

The time before Jesus had to occur before Jesus’ presence. Many people lived according to where they were accustomed to–according to their own desires. Many had to realize that they could not live complete lives without God, and that they certainly could not save themselves. This is the area in Scripture covered from Genesis 3:15 to Matthew 2:11.

Mark 1:15

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

 

Ephesians 1:7-10

7 We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him 10 for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.

 

Is God doing something in your life? God will reveal things to you in order for you to see how He has a time and a place for you to serve Him (see how God did this to Moses in Acts 7:25 and 7:30).

  1. God sent His Son
    • God states His pre-existence as well as His divine nature.
    • He states His plan of incarnation as God in the flesh (Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14).
    • He reveals His willingness to participate with us (Genesis 3:8).
    • He sent His Son to show His love for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
    • He sent His Son to redeem us from our sin (Matthew 20:28; Romans 8:3; Acts 12:11; Acts 6:23).
  1. Jesus was born of a woman (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:34).
    • God works within the Law that He ordained for mankind.
    • His life would come through a woman. Jesus was not created in the same way that Adam was.
    • He was born under the general laws of man and the Law of God, which covered both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 2:13, 3:9). Jesus was placed under the authority of both the general law and the Mosaic Law and grew up under both of them (Luke 2:21; Leviticus 12:3; Genesis 17:12; Luke 2:52).

God has backed up everything that He says, and He will continue to do so. It is all in His character to do so:

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man who lies,

or a son of man who changes His mind.

Does He speak and not act,

or promise and not fulfill?

 

Rely upon God’s Word. As a God of patience and order, He follows His Word. He wants us to do the same because it is good for us. His Word is good for you. He is always working and will send you what you need when you trust in Him.


Serving in Ministry According To God’s Will

When a person declares that he or she is “called to ministry,” the question that should also be asked is “are you where God wants you to be?” It is important for each of us to be where God has truly called us. While it is fine to declare that you are called for ministry, it is very important to make sure that you hear what God is saying to you as to what your role in ministry really is. Service in ministry is finding your niche within God’s will for you in that ministry. For example, a person who regularly attended church only to now be limited in his or her ability to get to church because of physical ailments may see their role in service evolve to be a prayer warrior for the other members of the church. Even in our limitations, there are still opportunities for ministry if we are keenly listening to His direction.

In Christianity, it is not about what one person wants to do in service, but instead what God would have one to do for Him in service for Him.
For every high priest taken from men is appointed in services to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this, he must make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, ‘You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek‘” (Hebrews 5:1-6). While we may contemplate how we perform our ministry for God, He makes it clear that those who serve Him are appointed in ministry, and that God directs how the ministry moves forward according to His plan and for His purpose. As an example, the leader of a church ministry, the pastor, is a person that is selected by a group of people through the leading of God’s people. The title of pastor is derived from the Greek translation for “shepherd.” No one should appoint himself or herself to be a pastor as a “call” into ministry. The appointment of a pastor is to follow the course of God’s will through a group of people who are obedient to God and His Word. In the body of Christ, we are to all function within the church as a unit. While some are sincere about their service, others will preach for the purpose of a obtaining a title and maintaining a position or status. “Some, to be sure, preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. These do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause me trouble in my imprisonment” (Philippians 1:15-17).

While service for the Lord may always come from the best motivation of its participants or the best of intentions, God will find a way to make it all work for His glory. “What does it matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false motives or true, Christ is proclaimed. And in this I rejoice” (Philippians 1:18). “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

There is a clear ministry role that is present for all who are involved in God’s work. It is not what the pastor says you should or should not be involved with in ministry, but instead what the Holy Spirit gives to you in defining your role.

Christians should always remember that what matters before God is not the service in a particular ministry role, but rather the efficacy (how effective) of an individual’s service in that role that God has called for that individual to do. Ministry should not be viewed as a sacrifice in that God will be pleased with your service; instead, He wants us to be obedient to His word in our ministry. “Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

The Bible declares men and women to be equal in God’s sight. “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female” (Genesis 1:27). “There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

Even as men and women are equal in God’s sight, He has shown Himself, according to scripture, to be a God of order. He operates according to His will as to how he has deemed His people to perform in different roles of service. Consider that God, the Father, has a role, just as Jesus Christ has a role, and the Holy Spirit has His role. God made archangels, cherubim, and seraphim, and angels, and each has their individual roles within God’s kingdom. As far as the church is concerned, Jesus Christ, is the head of the church, then comes man, and then a woman within the body of Christ. He is a God of order, and that plays a role as to how He has appointed a select group of men, those who are part of His chosen people, to leadership in ministry (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). This, in no way, shape or form, takes away from the importance of women in the body of Christ or their role in ministry. Every man born on earth, first and foremost, except for Adam, came through a woman (of course). There are many instances within scripture, and within today’s ministry, where prayerful women have provided a tremendous role in areas of support and instruction, but it is important to remember that the order of God’s standard for ministry must be followed and not be excused because of the perception that His Word is no longer applicable or outdated.

In His order and according to His will, God built his ministry team. Throughout the Old Testament, men are prominently mentioned as being prepared for leadership roles in ministry. For example, God noted the birth of Levi, the father of a tribe of Israel, the Levites. “Leah’s sons were Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun” (Genesis 35:23). “She (Leah) conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, ‘At last, my husband will become attached to me because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore he was named Levi” (Genesis 29:34).
Levi, in Exodus 6:16, has three sons, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, who all migrated to Egypt. Levi is noted to be the great-grandfather of Moses, Aaron and their sister, Miriam. God selected Aaron and his sons to serve Him as priests (Exodus 28:1-4). He did not select all of the Levites, or sons of Levi initially. That did not occur until later, according to Numbers 3:5-10. “The Lord spoke to Moses: ‘Bring the tribe of Levi near and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.‘ (Numbers 3:5). Moses remained God’s prophet through these declarations of Aaron’s role and the other Levites. The point of all of this is to show that just because one was born as a Levite did not mean that they were to declare themselves as priests or as having any special authority outside of what God had intended. Note that God also made apparent in His dealing with His people the order and structure of His assignments. While there were other priests and goddesses in other cultures, God was making it clear that this was the structure of His appointed people. “The Levites belong to Me” (Numbers 3:11b). All of the Levite males accounted for 22,000 males (Numbers 3:39). All throughout Scripture, there were still women involved in this and other tribes of Israel, but it was the men that had the responsibilities of service within those tribes. Other groups within the tribes had specific responsibilities (Numbers 4:1-33). All of these responsibilities were chosen according to God’s order.

The role of men in service for God’s chosen people, was intended by God and is in accordance to His purpose. This also applies today to those who are participants within the body of Christ. While it is difficult for some people to accept this information as noted by scripture, man’s way of interpreting what a person’s role or limitations are within ministry has often differed from God’s standard, or even His intent. Just because one may declare and believe that he or she is doing what they are called to do does not necessarily mean that scripture supports it or that God is in agreement. After all is said and done, God will do what is necessary to ultimately bring Himself glory and honor, but He desires for all of us, both men and women, to be obedient to His Word, and that all participants in ministry follow the structure and order of God’s will, as evidenced in His Word.