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Vital Words To The Body of Christ from New Foundations Ministries

How Are We To Know Him?

Most who call themselves Christians today only know Jesus as the man from Galilee who walked on this earth in the flesh to become the total sacrifice for sin. Truly this is necessary to know Him as the Son of God, who not only provided the way of salvation, but took on Himself all our infirmities. He is not only our Savior, He is also our healer. Jesus accomplished all this for His creation man while He was in the flesh. If we are truly to know Him, then we must know who He was, and who He is today. To do this we must look at Jesus' birth. Paul informed the churches in Galatia:

"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law," Galatians 4:4

Jesus' body was made of a woman as every other man and woman who ever walked upon the earth except Adam and Eve who were formed by God. To the Romans Paul wrote:

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Romans 8:3

Jesus' body was in the likeness of sinful flesh. There was no sin in Him, but Paul was telling us He dwelt in the same body as we have. The difference between Jesus' birth and our birth was His blood. The blood line always comes from the Father. An angel appeard unto Mary and said:

"...The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35

When Joseph was going to put Mary away because she was found with child, the Holy Ghost appeared unto Joseph and told him,

"... Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20

The Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary, and Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb. So when Jesus prayed to the Father, He was praying to the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost is the power of the Highest, the Father, the Almighty God. When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we receive the same Holy Ghost in our life. But as Paul explained to the church at Rome:

"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within our-selves, waiting for the adop-tion, to wit, the redemption of our body." Romans 8:23

We have only received the first fruit of the same Spirit Jesus received without measure. Still today a great majority who call themselves Christians only have a fleshly understanding of who Jesus was. Paul revealed to the Corinthians:

"...we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16

We are to no longer know Him after the flesh, we are to know who He is today. There were two other appearances of Jesus on this earth, but not much is spoken or written of these two appearances, because not much is understood about who Jesus is today, or who He has become. After Jesus' resur-rection, He appeared to over five hundred, not including His disciples and a few other people. When Jesus made His appearance in the Upper Room, He appeared in their midst. When His disciples saw Him, they were terrified, thinking He was a spirit. But Jesus spoke:

"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." Luke 24:39

Jesus no longer had a body of flesh and blood, He had a body of flesh and bones, a body which no longer depended upon the blood as the life of the body. Jesus had Spiritual flesh. The life in His body was the life of God. Jesus walked on the earth forty days in this body. This was the same body God gave Adam and Eve in the garden before they sinned. This is the same body we will have after we are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, I Corinthians 15:52.

Much has been written as to how Jesus could appear and disappear in this body. It becomes very simple when we understand this by the Spirit. When Jesus arose, Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him. She thought He was a gardener. His disciples, on the road to Emmaus, did not recognize Him. They only knew their heart burned when He was in their presence.

Much has been made of Jesus' appearance in the Upper Room when He appeared in their midst. All these appearances have a simple explanation. Because Jesus' flesh was Spiritual, He could only be seen through Spiritual eyes. When He appeared He simply opened the disciples Spiritual eyes, and they could see His Spiritual flesh. When He opened their fleshly eyes again, He was gone.

As glorious as Jesus' appear-ance was in this time before His ascension, there is even a more glorious revelation of who Jesus is today. Paul met the risen, glorified Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus.

"And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" Acts 22:6-7

When Paul came face to face with God in all His glory, He fell to the ground and was blinded by the glory Jesus had before the world began, John 15:5. Paul would later describe this glory as being brighter than the sun. John was the beloved disciple who leaned on Jesus breast at the Last Supper, yet when John met the risen, glorified Christ on the Isle of Patmos, he proclaimed:

"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:" Revelation 1:17

John fell at Jesus' feet as dead. No one can stand in the presence of the risen, glorified Christ. The prophet Isaiah re-vealed these three appearances of Jesus when He wrote:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

The Kingdom is God's govern-ment. Today we are to know Jesus as the risen, glorified, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father who came in the flesh as the Prince of Peace. A prince is the son of the King. Jesus has become the King of Salem, the King of righteousness, and the King of Peace, Hebrews 7:2.

So the question for Christ's body today is, "How do we know Him?" Do we know Him as the man who came in the likeness of sinful flesh to redeem us from our sins? Or, do we know Him as the example of His creation man as the original Adam? Or, do we know Him as the Risen, All Glorified Christ, the Power of the Highest, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father? If we are to enter into His presence, we must know Christ in all three dimensions. Only then can we proclaim, "We truly know Him!"

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