Life on the Highest Plane: Chapter 9 Thoughts
It was interesting to see in Scriptural detail that took place during the incarnation to restore and reconcile man and indeed all of creation back to God. The crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ will be studied in the chapters to follow, and I am very much looking forward to it.
We saw that: 1) man had to be restored wholly in order to fulfill the “original divine intention” in God’s creation; 2) that sin had to be dealt with in its entirety; i.e., “guilt, penalty, power and presence”; 3) the payment that Christ made with the sacrifice of His body on the cross had to “remove any separation between God and man” and be offered to everyone; 4) a new order of mankind “must supersede the old order” which was ruined and rejected by the fall; and 4) that “Satan must be defeated and dethroned” and God’s sovereignty restored fully over all of His creation.
Incarnation was one of the four spans of the bridge that would accomplish this and it began when Jesus was born as a baby. I was thinking about how important this was to us. Ruth Paxson mentioned how we are so prone to compare ourselves to one another, but in doing this we have no desire for anything better than our sinful nature.
In order for Christ to restore us wholly unto God, we needed Him to come in the likeness of God and in the likeness of us, so that we could look upon Him and have a revelation of God as He is, but still have a revelation of who we are, as we are – but also how God intends us to be. WOW!
Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was the perfect representation of God and of us? He was the God-man and He had to be this in order to reconcile us back to God… I think this is incomprehensible! Yet, it’s true and I believe it!
The author shared some amazing insights:
Through sin we have been blinded to the worth of God — Through sin we have been blinded to the worthlessness of our self.
When we compare ourselves to Christ alone, we can see the depth of sin into which we have fallen.
When we compare ourselves to Christ alone, we can see the height of holiness to which we may rise.
Here we see that in order for sinful man to partake of a divine nature, God had to first partake of our human nature.
Here again, we come to the incarnation — God coming to earth in the form of man, Jesus Christ. We also see the Cornerstone: The divine nature of God and the human nature of man in One, Jesus Christ.
But how does man partake of the divine nature? We saw that this takes place in the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus.
We also read of how Jesus had to succeed on earth in all the ways that the first Adam failed. Adam had human limitations, he was tempted from without by satan to “doubt, disobey, and be disloyal”. Jesus would have to be tempted to sin in the same way.
On the Jordan with John the Baptist, Jesus identified Himself with sinful man and “He accepted responsibility as Savior of the world”. Immediately after this, He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil.
This is where I spent my time of meditation last night as I finished up this chapter. Was it as God or as God-man that Jesus triumphed over satan in the wilderness? I need to know the answer to this question. This matters deeply to all mankind.
If Jesus triumphed over the temptation of the devil as God, then I cannot relate. I can’t have victory over the temptations of the devil as God. I must be able to overcome temptation as a mere man.
Revelation came sweeping over me of how Jesus was tempted in the same way Adam was tempted in the Garden of Eden. Adam was tempted to become like God. Jesus was tempted over and over again to act as God. In this way, He would fail the battle just as Adam and all of mankind would be lost to the devil.
But, Jesus overcame the temptation of satan, not as God, but in the very same way that we as men have to overcome temptation! How?
- By wholly submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit; and
- By totally obeying the Word of God.
The author says, “Jesus’ victory in the wilderness was our victory as well”!
Did this obedience that Jesus displayed in the wilderness come easily to Him? Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8-9 says that He learned it through suffering and sorrow, through trial and tribulation – it was not easy, it was learned painfully, just as we have to learn it.
The author reminded me that obedience took Jesus from the wilderness right on through to the Cross. Obedience unto death according to the Father’s will.
Did this obedience reestablish unity between mankind and God? Did it restore the image of God in man that had been marred by sin? In both accounts, YES!
The author shows us that Jesus Christ has inaugurated a new order of people who are to be: Heavenly, holy, pure and perfect — Just like He is. We shall be conformed to the image of God’s One and Only Son. Hallelujah!
I love this chapter of “Life on the Highest Plane”.
Behold, bless the LORD, all
servants of the LORD,
Who serve by night in the
house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands to the
And bless the LORD.
May the LORD bless you from
He who made heaven and
Blessings to you on this fine 27th day of February.