Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest Post: Sis Leigh

I believe that Jesus had a physical body that was 100% human and that His Spirit was 100% the Spirit of God. Here is how I break it down to better understand:

In Genesis God created man in His image and breathed the breath of Life into him. Genesis 2:7, KJV, says; “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

When we look up the word breath in the Strong’s Concordance to find the meaning used in the original Hebrew we see that the word is nĕshamah, which is pronounced nesh-a-ma. It is the word for both breath and spirit and is used for both God’s breath and Spirit and man’s breath and spirit.

While the actual breath of a person is not the same as their spirit, their attributes are similar. Both are invisible objects that move about without being seen, both are necessary for life and when a person dies the body stops breathing and the spirit leaves to await the final judgement before receiving their final reward on the way to their eternal destination.
This same breath that brought Adam to life is what caused Mary to become present after her visit by the angel Gabriel.

Adam defiled the spirit God breathed into Him when he sinned in the Garden. I believe had he not sinned and had Adam eaten from the tree of Life instead of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he would have lived forever and quite possibly in a sinless state. But his initial act of disobedience destroyed that possibility forever. But God knew all of this would happen before the creation. He knew that, given a choice, mankind would choose to disobey, thus He knew of and planned for, our need of a Savior.

Many generations later Mary is visited by the Holy Spirit who –for lack of a better description – “breathed life” into her womb, combining her dna with His Spirit creating a man whose body was fully human and whose Spirit was 100% Holy. And in His soul God’s spirit combined with Jesus’ humanity to make Him the person He was created to be.
So what is the soul? Going back to the Strong’s Concordance, the word soul is the same word in Hebrew that is translated as: soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion. So your intellect, thoughts, desires, personality … everything within your being that makes you uniquely you is your soul.

In Colossians 2:7 Paul says of Jesus; “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The word that is used for Godhead here is the Hebrew word theotēs. This is the same word the Bible translates as Deity, Godhead, and the state of being God.
Looking at this verse and what we have read before, the early Christians believed that Jesus was truly a man, but that He contained all that God is, was and ever will be within Him because of the fullness of God’s spirit which dwelt in Him.

When we become born again, we also receive God’s Spirit to dwell in us, does that make us God? No. For we only have a measured portion of His spirit as down payment on our eternal reward.

I do believe that Jesus was the only person that lived a totally sinless life. For as He contained the fullness of God’s Spirit, He could not break those laws that God had written for they were an intrinsic part of His total makeup. God cannot, maybe better said Will Not, break His own laws and rules. Neither can/will He break His promises.

The rest of humanity are not infused with the fullness of God’s Spirit, so they do sin and are sinners until such time as they come to repentance and give Him their lives. When His Spirit comes to live within us we are no longer sinners – sinners are those who live a lifestyle of sinning. Christians have changed lifestyles, but they/we are not perfect. We still make mistakes, but we no longer have a habit – a lifestyle – of sinning. When we make an error, we seek forgiveness, repent and change directions to avoid this sin in the future.

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