May 27, 2022
To repeat what we started with last week in this series, we are
talking about the personality, the makeup, the very essence of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Jesus -- as the Son of God -- was naturally supernatural, and
supernaturally natural. I know that sounds a bit clichéd, but he was the
"natural" Son of God. By the world's standards -- make that the
sub-normal state to which mankind had sunk because of sin -- Jesus was
absolutely "out of this world!" Except for the rare instances in
Israel's history to which the scribes and Pharisees could point in the lives of
Elijah and Elisha when people were raised from the dead and other miracles had
occurred, no one had ever seen the kind of display evidenced in someone who was
so clearly manifesting God's nature.
What Jesus did, what He showed to the people, and what He
taught, was a kind of lifestyle absolutely foreign to sub-natural human
thinking. But Jesus was out to restore the God-man relationship and to recreate
the conditions under which men and women could once again live and breathe in
today's world in the likeness and image of God. He was out to restore the
original purposes of Father to have a family of beings who were just like Him,
a family with whom He could fellowship and share on His level!
Jesus, therefore, was purposed in His sharing to reveal to those
who would follow Him in a disciplined way just what it would take for them to
mature supernaturally, and to become once again a race of supernatural beings
in the earth.
have — in previous studies — noted that once we are “in Christ” and He is in
us, we are transitioning to becoming “Kings and Priests unto
our God.” John
put it like this when writing down the Revelation:
Revelation 1:5b-6: Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And
hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory
and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
along in this same Word, he writes again:
Revelation 5:9-10: And
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed
us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and
nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth.
I clear on this? Do you now see what it means when Jesus says, “For theirs is
the Kingdom of Heaven”? None of this, of course, is instantaneous; this is the
nature and character and personality of the Lord Jesus Christ being worked in
us through a step=by-step process in which we respond to Holy Spirit at every
the very next statement that Jesus makes in the “Sermon on the Mount,”
Matthew 5:4: Blessed
and enviably happy (with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor
and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace) are those
who mourn [grieve and bewail their spiritual lack] for they shall with absolute
certainty be comforted by and experience the Paraklete,
who is Holy Spirit. (Amplified Bible with
me digress here to tell you an old short story that will illustrate exactly
what Jesus is saying. This short story is titled: THE PEARL NECKLACE.
cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her
mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls
in a pink foil box.
mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?" Quickly the
mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the
pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.
dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of
some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them
for yourself.. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp
dollar bill from Grandma."
soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies.
After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor
and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions
for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill
and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore
them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would
stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as
he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"
yes, daddy. You know that I love you."
give me your pearls.”
daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my
collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me.
my very favorite."
okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a
a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you
you know I love you."
give me your pearls.”
Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got
for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that
matches her sleeper."
okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one.. Daddy loves you."
as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss. A few nights later when her
daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style.
he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled
down her cheek.
is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"
didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she
opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she
finally said, "Here daddy, this is for you."
tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with one hand to
take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his
pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and
gave them to Jenny.
had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store
stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.
it is, with Holy Spirit. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in
our lives — those things we grasp so tightly in our mourning — so that he can
give us treasures beyond the scope of our imagination.
Greek word translated “mourn” in Matthew 5:4, is the word, pentheo.
While the literal translation means: to grieve, to bewail, to mourn (whether an act or a feeling), it comes from a
root word, penes,
which means: to be in poverty, to
scratch for a living working at menial tasks.
nature is to grasp at straws, to cling to the things we have on hand, even
though we are not really growing or prospering — spiritually, physically, or
materially. Holy Spirit, as The Paraklete, is here to
comfort us. The word, Paraklete, comes from the
Greek, parakaleo —
a contraction of para and kaleo, which
mean: alongside, and to call.
concept of “calling alongside” is that of a comforter, one who comes alongside
to encourage, to call us up to a higher level, to lift us from the doldrums and
substandard of living that results from eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil.
you remember what Jesus said of the Paraklete?
14:15-17: If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you.
who “mourn” (to use the KJV translation) are not living in or with the truth. I
know this discussion on mourning is one we could really take down a rabbit
trail, but the emphasis that Jesus is making is that if we live IN HIM, and He
lives IN US, we will have access to the sixth of the Seven Spirits of God — the
Spirit of Truth — as our guide, our governor, our teacher and our comforter, no
matter what our physical circumstances may be. Mourning will be a thing of the
is something that those people in the world have with them continually. The
world is devoid of The Truth. As Jesus states, “the world cannot receive [Him] because it doesn’t see Him and
doesn’t know Him.”
for those who lay aside their rational, reasoning,
Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil mindset and surrender their lives to
Jesus Christ without clinging to or hanging onto things that comfort them
because of their familiarity will see the Truth, receive the Truth, and know
in the space remaining, let’s see what we can do with the third of Jesus’
opening statements as He preaches from the mountain.
Matthew 5:5: Blessed
are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
me see what I can do with amplifying this from the Greek text.
Matthew 5:5: Blessed and enviably
happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor] are those
who know and walk in Kingdom authority, keeping that authority and power under
control, for they shall become heirs to the earth. (RAC Translation and Amplification)
Greek word for “meek” is the word praus. This is a word which J.H.
Thayer translates: mildness of
disposition, gentleness of spirit.
how Peter describes it in his first letter to the body of Christ:
I Peter 3:4: But let
it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not
corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,
which is in the sight of God of great price.
are all familiar with the cliché, “Power
corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
God’s perspective, the ability to keep a meek and quiet spirit, which is to
say, the ability to keep authority and power under control, is costly
(Greek: poluteles: extremely expensive).
authority and the exercise of power without having it under the control of Holy
Spirit creates utter chaos around us, and it spreads that chaos like a disease.
That having authority and power under disciplined control as part and parcel of
the nature of Jesus Christ is demonstrated in something that Jesus said to the
Scribes and Pharisees who were questioning Him.
John 8:28-29: Then
said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know
that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself;
but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And He that
sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always
those things that please Him.
get it, don’t you? Jesus was already regarded as “huios” by Father: a fully grown and
mature Son in whom Father had vested His complete authority and power. He
literally had all of Heaven at his disposal. There was NOTHING withheld from
Him. He was the personification of both parts of David’s revelation:
Psalm 115:16: The
heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but
the earth hath he given to the children of men.
having all of Heaven at His disposal, and — as a Son of Man (as He periodically
described Himself) — having the entire Earth under His dominion, Jesus kept
that authority and the incalculable power of the Throne of Heaven under
made it clear on more than one occasion that “I only say those things that
Father has taught me,” or “I only say those things that I hear Father say.” By
the same token, Jesus said, “I do always those things that please Him,” or “I
do only those things that I see Father do.”
it? THAT’s the true definition of meekness.
that’s why Jesus could say as a description of His character when He spoke to
the multitudes, “Blessed are the meek, for
they shall inherit the earth!”
me stop here, and we will pick this up again next week.
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