#0110 Real authority behind the words and the gestures was and IS the Holy Ghost
Scripture relevant to today’s posting…
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:1-5 (KJV)
Today’s posting is part 12 of the new series: “Words of the Bible vs. the WORD”. This series is based upon material to be included in my new book. As I am inspired to write this, I am posting these ideas on-the-fly, so they will be fleshed out and edited more before they get incorporated into the book. Today we identify where true authority resides. We’ll also talk more about this rock upon which Jesus is building His Church.
Words of the Bible vs. the WORD
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
John 1:43-51 (NIV)
Going through these verses, we can see the signs and indicators that the Holy Ghost had been at work revealing Jesus’s divine nature to each of these guys in the process of calling (inviting) them to follow Him. Let’s go through them one at a time and as we do let’s keep in mind what Jesus said to Peter. “…upon this rock [revelation] I will build my church.”
- 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
Philip must have been so much filled with the Holy Ghost that Jesus only had to say, “Follow Me” and Philip did. Jesus’s divine instincts informed Him that this guy was ripe and ready for picking, so to speak. Jesus sensed that he was so totally enamored of the Holy Ghost that He wouldn’t have had to say anything—He might have only smiled at Philip for him to follow—but how is a smile put into words for us to read? The point is Jesus didn’t talk Philip into the proposition He was more than ready.
- 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one…Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
So one of the first things Philip does after he goes with Jesus is leave Him to find his friend. Nathanael was underwhelmed by Philip’s verbal description of Jesus; but agrees to go with him to check out this guy out for himself and perhaps to discredit him in front of Philip and whoever else may be on the scene. The Holy Ghost has a different plan and begins working on Nathanael’s mind and heart. While they are still approaching Jesus addresses Nathanael: “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” In a few short seconds Nathanael is declaring aloud Jesus’s divine identity: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
- Remember that this pattern of communicating Jesus’s divine identity begins when John the Baptist points out to two of his own followers (at a time when Jesus happens to be walking past them): “Look, the Lamb of God!” and they immediately go after Jesus to check Him out.
In each of these cases few words were spent trying to convince the hearers of who Jesus was and what they were to do with that information. This process of communication was what Jesus was referring to when He said: “…upon this rock I will build My Church.” In each case the real power; the real authority behind the words and the gestures was and IS the Holy Ghost!
When Jesus was living in the flesh on the earth, His goal was to steer His fellow countrymen (the Israelites) away from their traditional conceptualization of His Father as a blood-thirsty deity and it fell to the Holy Ghost to help Him with this task. The way the Holy Ghost would do this was to move out ahead of Jesus softening and preparing the hearts of any and all who were receptive. The process worked in a sort of chain reaction way drawing people to Him and/or His message. This was a transitional time: both spiritually and culturally for Israel and through them the rest of the world. In this time—the very beginning of this spiritual/cultural shift in the world—the Holy Ghost would help them to build up a resolve to favor the things Jesus was telling them and to take a stand against the Law’s depiction of God (the sin of their world) and be open to Jesus’s version of Him (the salvation of their world).
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TBC: Saturday, Oct 01, 2016