JESUS – THE CHOSEN MAN
TAKEN FROM SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WEB SITE
BY: BRAD EDWARDS
ISA 42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.”
Did you know that God chose Jesus? This is what I read and understand. Did you know that Jesus was a “servant” before he was a Son? This is what I read and understand. Did you know that God put His Spirit on Jesus? What does all of this mean to your beliefs about the man, Jesus? Does this mean that Jesus was a man exactly like us? I have asked many of my Christian friends, who hold traditional beliefs, this question “from whom was Jesus chosen?” Not one of them has given me a satisfying answer. It seems apparent to me that Jesus was chosen from among men, but this really causes havoc to traditional beliefs about the “man” Jesus.
You see many in Christianity have been taught that Jesus is God and always was God. They are One and there is no distinction. But if the man Jesus was “chosen” then was he chosen from among men or gods? Did a “man” chosen by God become a son of God? Many are taught that Jesus is DIFFERENT from us because he was “begotten” of God and we are “made” by the Creator. We have been taught that Jesus is the ONLY Son of the God, and we are merely creatures of God.
I believe the Truth is that Jesus was EXACTLY like us and we are to become EXACTLY like him! Don’t misunderstand me. Jesus has the distinction and honor of being LORD and SAVIOR forever because he was CHOSEN by God from among all of mankind. By overcoming the world, Jesus is now a Life-Giving Spirit, one of Sonship which is given to all of mankind that we may be like him! Before this came to be, I believe Jesus was a man just like us who was chosen by God for the Highest Purpose.
So what do you think? If Jesus was CHOSEN by God to be our Savior, from WHOM was he chosen? When was he chosen? Where were YOU when God chose Jesus? Do some believe that before creation of the universe that God and Jesus were hanging out and then God said, “Jesus, there is nobody else around, so I guess I choose you to be the Savior.” That story sounds a little weak don’t ya think? I see that Jesus was a man chosen by God to bring forth CHRIST into the world. Jesus became the expression of God, which is the destiny of us all. He came to realize that he was the Son of God, which is Christ. Understand that Christ is the ONLY Son of God, not the man Jesus. Christ is in us all, but we have yet to believe and realize this completely. Like us, Jesus was cloaked with his humanity, but his true nature was that of God’s. We will all follow Jesus into Christ in due time. I know that may raise some eyebrows, but hear me out. Let’s look into more Scripture about man Jesus and his two natures- human and Divine.
I believe that Jesus WAS a man and not God. Jesus was and is Christ, but Christ is the Image of God and not God himself. Many times Jesus the Christ makes the distinction between the Son and the Father.
JN 14:28 “You heard me say, `I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
MK 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.”
Christ is the Image of God (2 COR 4:4). We were created in that SAME image (GEN 1:27), but have lost our Light and Life. I believe Jesus was exactly like us, but He was chosen, ordained to save us from our spiritual death. As Adam was the first natural man, Jesus was the first Spiritual man to overcome this world which is hell. He was chosen from among mankind in the same way God chose his other servants and prophets. Here are other passages speaking of Jesus being chosen.
LK 23:35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
1PE 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – 5] you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
This passage from Peter says more than Jesus was chosen. It says Jesus is the Stone, the Cornerstone. Jesus is not the whole House or Image of God. He is the BEGINNING of a Spiritual House that our Father is building to live in. We are also Stones in that house, but Jesus is the First. This harmonizes that Jesus was a man just like us and that we can be just like Him. But before I look at us becoming like Jesus the Christ, let’s examine that Jesus WAS just like every man born on the face of the earth.
Like every man born in the flesh, Jesus had a natural mind, natural thoughts and temptations. He was led into the desert to be tempted by these carnal thoughts in his mind. Now, I know some may be steaming by now about what I am saying. But consider that Jesus himself HAD TO BE SAVED from his natural condition and from his death as we must. He was not born perfect, but BECAME perfect. I know this may shock some, but have we not read?
HEB 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8] Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9] and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10] and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus had to be saved from death. What death? Death is not as some think. Death is a state of the spirit and soul, not of the body. We are ALL born in the death and darkness of this world. So was Jesus I believe. Jesus suffered in the flesh. Jesus was MADE perfect through his sufferings and obedience to God. Jesus fought his natural mind just like every man does. Many might believe that Jesus was God or that Jesus was always One with God from his birth. If this were true, then why did Jesus time and time again surrender HIS will for that of his Father’s?
LK 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
JN 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
It is apparent that Jesus had desires and thoughts outside of God the Father’s just as every natural man does. Remember our ways are not God’s ways. We must understand that Jesus was like us in every way but one. He did not sin. He was always obedient to the Father’s will through all his sufferings. God was pleased at this obedience. After Jesus had matured in wisdom, the Father unveiled his Son!
MT 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
God had revealed His Son, but notice that God says he is “well pleased” with Jesus. This goes back to the understanding that Jesus BECAME perfect through obedience. He was not born perfect, nor was he born knowing Who he really was- the Christ. Certainly, there should be agreement that Jesus, in his mind, did not know he was Christ at the moment of his birth, but did have this knowledge by the age of twelve it seemed. Even after coming to this “knowledge of the Truth” I believe that he had to experience this reality through trials, sufferings and obedience..
LK 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Jesus came to the understanding that He was Christ God’s Image and that God lived in Him. Still the man Jesus is said to have grown “in favor with God.” If the man Jesus was God before time, then why the need to be MADE perfect or grow in favor with His Father? To gain God’s favor, Jesus, like all men, had to overcome his natural self with it’s natural desires and thoughts relating to this world. The Spiritual Man within Jesus was his power and guide. Christ was revealed in Jesus as Christ must be revealed in us. We must “put off the old man” as Paul says and put on the New Man which will give us the strength in the trials of this world.
Now, some might believe that when Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert that he was tempted by a little red man with a pitch fork. I believe the Truth is that Jesus was tempted as we ALL are by our OWN carnal minds and desires. Every man is born with a carnal mind and nature that must be “put off” Our carnal minds are God’s enemy and desire the things of this world. Let’s read about the process of being tempted.
JAS 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14] but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
We know that Jesus was tempted, right? Most put the blame on Satan, but in this passage it is said we are tempted by our OWN evil desires. Am I saying that Jesus had evil desires? Well, if he was truly a man then yes he did have evil, or natural desires, but they did NOT conceive sin in him. Jesus was tempted in his natural mind just like we are. But He overcame his own mind and will for that of His Father’s. The only devil we have to overcome is the one in our own minds. For more on the devil’s identity, check out this article- “Get Behind Me Satan!”
There are other passages that speak of Jesus’ natural side. We read that, “Jesus wept.” Well, why would Jesus weep? Did he not know that Lazarus was going to be brought back to life? Did he have a fear, doubt or concern in the physical death of a friend? Didn’t Jesus say that the flesh counts for nothing and many would be destroyed? So, it seems odd that we read that Jesus wept over the death of his friend. Didn’t his friend die by the will of God, His Father? We also read that Jesus was “deeply distressed and troubled” concerning his fate. He was in such anguish that his sweat was like “drops of blood.” In fact, we read that he did not CHOOSE to do his own will in this matter, but like ALWAYS, he choose to do the Father’s will. This sounds like a man being obedient to the Spirit of God.
Yes, Jesus was EXACTLY like us and BECAME perfect through suffering that we could become perfect through Him! This is our hope!
HEB 2:10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
HEB 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18] Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Jesus was “made” like his brothers in EVERY way. Jesus was not “begotten” but here it says was MADE human, in order to BECOME high priest. Now some may take offense to this and bring up that Jesus was said to have been “conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.” As many understand this passage in Matthew, Jesus is not like us at all. He is different. This is what we have been taught in many of our churches.
Consider that it is also said of John the Baptist that he was “filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth.” That also sounds different from all other men. The way I understand this is that Jesus and all have already been “born of God” but we must be “born again” or resurrected from our spiritual death. God knows us before we are born into these bodies we inhabit, so certainly we really did exist in God before time. Wasn’t that our TRUE life? Some may believe that the Holy Spirit actually caused an egg in Mary’s womb to become fertilized. This certainly could be done by God, but God could even make human babies out of stones as Jesus told the Pharisees. The body is really not the issue here.
To me, It really doesn’t matter if he had a natural father or not, so I will let the historians and theologians argue about that – and they have. In fact, I have heard that in some of the oldest Jewish documents (Torah), it does not say a “virgin birth,” but simply a “young maiden” will give birth to a child. Some historians believe that this notion of the virgin birth was added to the Gospels to make Jesus’ birth sound more miraculous. Buddha was also said to be born in such manner. Interestingly, only the Gospels of Matthew and Luke tell of this “conception by the Holy Spirit.” These Gospels are 91% identical in content, and it is believed that one was copied from the other. The Gospel of Mark, which is believed by some to be the first Gospel written, does not tell of this miracle birth. There is, however, historical evidence to show that “someone” in an attempt to strengthen the case for Christianity in the earliest years tampered with the Gospels that were written later in the Church’s history. In all the letters of Paul, he does not once mention this virgin birth. Why? The answer must be either it didn’t happen or it wasn’t really important to our faith and salvation. There are many inconsistencies with this issue. Still, this is not the real concern of this article. Instead of asking whether Jesus was born different than us, it is more important to know whether we are the same as Jesus. I think you will know the truth coming from within you.
Again, this is an issue where the western Church teachings again separated Jesus from the rest of mankind. They first said that he was not a man like us, but that he was God. The Church wanted the authority over our salvation by being the only way to Christ. They taught that THEY were the door to heaven and Christ. They taught that we are not the same as Jesus, but needed their formula to be saved. So, what does Scripture say? Are we to be also called Sons as Jesus is the Son? It seemed clear that Jesus wanted us to follow him and be like Him in union with the Father.
JN 14:19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20] On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
JN 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.
Yes, Jesus was certainly a man like us, but also was certainly God’s Only Son – the Christ.
JN 10:33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
JN 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, `I have said you are gods’?”
Of course, Jesus was referring to the Psalm where God declares we are “gods” and His sons.
PS 82:6 “I said, `You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ “
So the real question is this – Can a son of man also be a Son of God? Remember the question in the mind of the Psalmist and in the minds of all Truth Seekers?
PS 8:4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
I believe it is very important that we understand why Jesus calls himself, “the son of man.” This title is an important clue to Jesus’ humanity.
MT 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”
MT 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Now of course, there are MANY passages where Jesus calls himself the “son of man.” Is Jesus saying that he is truly the son of a MAN? Is Jesus saying that he is truly and completely human like us? Both may be true, but the latter carries more significance. Is man a fallen god, a kind of lost, or prodigal son of God? Was all of mankind in Paradise before the fall? Consider this passage from Jesus.
JN 6:61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62] What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!”
JN 17:5 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5] And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Was all of mankind in a higher existence before the Fall? Well, if there was a “Fall” then we certainly were HIGHER, right? Jesus requested that he be Glorified in God’s Presence as he was before. Wasn’t this “state” also true of Adam before the “fall”? Now the Church has taught that Jesus is the ONLY Son of God. He alone is begotten and we are “made.” He alone is God’s Son and we are creatures. Jesus, quoting Psalms says than men are gods and sons of the Most High. Who is the “son of man” that you dear God are mindful of him? Jesus asked his disciples about this very question of his own identity.
MT 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
MT 16:14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
MT 16:15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
MT 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus, who calls himself, “son of man” is the Christ, the Son of God too! My understanding is that veiled behind our carnal natures we are also Christ and Sons of God. This is the glory we have lost. We WERE in the Image and Likeness of God – were we not? We WERE sons of God – were we not? Didn’t Jesus come to save what was lost and bring us back to God?
ROM 8:13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14] because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15] For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16] The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Spiritually speaking, we have two different fathers- a false one and a Real One. If we live according to our flesh and the “spirit of the world” we are said to have the devil as our father. If we live by the Spirit of Christ which is one of Sonship then we have God as our Father. Even with the clear statements of Jesus and Paul, the Church has taught that we are not like Jesus and can not reach the kind of Union that he has with the Father. This “separation Theology” was useful in making the Church more powerful and individuals more dependent upon it for a means to their personal salvation. They kept followers in fear and bondage as to strengthen their control. For me, the idea that Jesus was not like us and we can not be like him is pure deception from the carnal minds that fostered within the Church system for hundreds of years. The Truth seems to be that we too are to become EXACTLY like Jesus the Christ- a Son of God.
GAL 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27] for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
ROM 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed into the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn of many brothers.
ROM 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I read that through Christ, we are SONS like him and are BROTHERS and CO-HEIRS with him! We are to go from “glory to glory” until we have reached Spiritual Perfection as our forerunner, Christ Jesus, has! Remember Jesus told us that we shall be Perfect. Who is Perfect but God alone? Only God and His Image are Perfect. We, in Christ, are that Perfect Image of God showing His Glory, Love and Fullness!
COL 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10] and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
EPH 3:18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19] and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
EPH 4:12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13] until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
It seems clear that we too are to become as Jesus is – Christ, the only Perfect Image of God. There is a key point that can be made here about Christ – the Perfect Image of God. Christ is the Body, the Logos or Expression of God Himself, but Jesus does not represent the entire body of Christ, but only the BEGINNING, the Head of this Glorious Body. Consider the many passages that speak to this fact.
COL 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
Here we read that Jesus the Christ is the Head of this Spiritual Body of the Church. Also, He is the “firstborn” from among the dead. He is FIRST, but certainly not last. He is also called the Cornerstone for a building of God.
PE 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – 5] you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Again we read that Jesus was CHOSEN to be the Cornerstone of God’s Spiritual House. This is in harmony with the notion that Jesus is exactly like us and we are to be exactly like him by going through him. As God had designed, Jesus was chosen to find a Great Treasure that God had hidden in humanity. That treasure is Christ, our True Life and True Identity.
MT 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
My understanding is that Jesus is that MAN who fount IT (the Kingdom of Heaven). He hid this Treasure from others like the Scribes and Pharisees. He sold all he had- meaning he gave up his body, soul and spirit to buy that field which is humanity. Jesus paid the price for us and all! He found the Kingdom of God, which is “within you” (Luke 17:21) This mystery had been hidden from man since we went into our darkness of deception and ignorance.
COL 1:26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27] To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
This is the mystery revealed by Jesus the Christ! CHRIST IN YOU is the hope of Glory! Jesus has started a new way to be human- to be the Perfect Man like our Father is Perfect! This is our destiny in Christ Jesus. He is our hope because he was a man exactly like us and we are to become Sons of God as he is! This is the mystery and Truth that will set us free! Through Christ Jesus we now are able to overcome our old, carnal natures and desires. Through Christ within, we are able to be Perfect like our True Father in Heaven. ONLY by Christ are we able to love with unconditional Love as our Father does. By this Perfect Love, we are known and ARE the Perfect Image of the One God.
God’s peace and understanding be with you,
JESUS – THE CHOSEN MAN [Brad Edwards] 1