Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Naturally Supernatural (iv)
The Works of Jesus
by Erik Momsen
One of the simplest yet wisest calls upon the church is to do the "words and works of Jesus". Focus upon Jesus is the life and direction of every believer and of the church itself. We unfortunately get side-tracked and confused and follow other directions and models that are not Jesus.
The story of Jesus is "the Word became flesh and lived for a while among us." (John 1:14) Paul says, he was "made like his brothers in every way ... that he might make atonement for the sins of the people." (Hebrews 2:17) Jesus' is then the story of God becoming man - the Son was always 100% God but now He also became 100% man. In doing this he laid aside some of His divine power. His omnipresence - being everywhere, omniscience - knowing everything, and omnipotence - having all power.
Jesus as man was obviously only at one place at a time.
There were times when there were things that he did not know. He was unaware that his parents were searching for him after their pilgrimage to the temple (Luke 2:41-49). "Jesus grew in wisdom" (Luke 2:52), implying that he was not all-knowing. "Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it" trying to find the woman who had touched him for her healing (Mark 5:32). Jesus was unaware of the time of the establishment of the Kingdom on earth (Mark 13:32).
According to scripture, Jesus had no supernatural power before His baptism in the Holy Spirit.
FOLLOWING HIS BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT
1. "He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit." (Luke 4:14)
2. He went to the synagogue and read Isaiah 61. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me ... today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:18-21)
3. "With authority and power he gave orders to evil spirits and they came out!" (Luke 4:36)
4. "The power of the Lord was present to heal the sick." (Luke 5:17)
5. "The people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from him and healing them all." (Luke 6:19)
R.A. Torrey says "Jesus obtained power for his divine works not by his inherent divinity, but by His anointing through the Holy Spirit. He was subject to the same conditions of power as other men."
Jesus worked through the power of the Spirit and encouraged his followers to do the same.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you." (Acts 1:8)
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12)
WHY DO WE NOT SEE MORE HEALING?
Jesus said, "The Son ... can only do what he sees the Father doing" (John 5:19). How then did Jesus see what the Father was doing? Jesus had an open and unobstructed relationship with the Father.
1. Jesus was in a right relationship with the Father build on love, trust, commitment and obedience (John 8:29).
2. Jesus had a relationship unbroken by sin (1 John 3:5). He neither grieved nor quenched the Spirit and the Spirit was in Him "without limit" (John 3:34).
3. Jesus was in constant conversation with the Father. His prayer life was constant and the source of His connection and power. "Whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19).
BASICS OF DOING THE WORKS OF JESUS
1. Salvation faith.
2. Faith for power evangelism.
3. Baptism in the Spirit.
4. Hunger for righteousness.
5. Hunger for relationship with the Father.
6. Modelling Jesus.
Date Added: 2010-07-28
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