The Works of Jesus Christ part 2
Works or Miracles
Our understanding of the ministry of Jesus Christ is of the utmost importants. His power and authority He had/has as the Son of God is the center of our christian faith. Without this understanding then we have no foundation for a true ekklesia. Therefore we need to understand the works of Jesus Christ in all its forms. How we perceive and understand many of the great deeds performed by Jesus Christ will determine if we are spirit minded or carnal minded. I hope this article will help you to discern if you are in fact seeking the Kingdom of God.
Understanding the difference between the spirit mind and the carnal mind is very important for the christian. Because the carnal mind of a person can not and will not seek "first" the Kingdom of God. Nor can he/she understand it. A good example of this can be found in John 3: 3-6 (NKJV) which states: 3 Jesus answered and said to him, " Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born again he can not see the Kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born? 5 Jesus answered, " Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is Spirit is Spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again."
Here we have an example of someone who was carnal minded. Nicodemus had no understanding of what Jesus had said to him. At that moment of time the carnal mind of Nicodemus would not allow him to understand what Jesus was talking about. And Jesus, who was full of Spirit, was trying to explain that one must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. There is no doubt that Jesus was spirit minded. Clearly, Jesus understood the Kingdom of God better than anyone else and in these verses He was tell Nicodemus how to enter.
The Carnal Mind
What does it mean to be of the carnal mind? It means to recognize and understand your enviroment based on sight, sound, hearing, feel or taste. These five senses provide information to our mind. Our mind is the soul part of man. What the mind controls or influence are the emotions, thoughts and physical actions.
Those who are carnal mind will place his or her trust or confidents or belief based on any one or more of these five sense. Starting at our physical birth our five senses teaches us to recognize and understand the enviroment around us. From birth to death, our understanding of our enviroment is dependent upon the five senses. The five senses, over time, teaches us to understand our enviroment. We then set standards of what is perceived as normal and things that are not. Therefore, when something occures that has gone far beyound the "normal" ablities of man, we accept it as a supernatural event or act. The carnal mind can not explain or recognize the supernatural events or acts based on the five senses. So, when these great events or acts do occure as related in the bible, that are perceived as beyound mans abilities, we call them "miracles".
The most perfect example of a Spirit minded person was Jesus. The Spirit of truth was within Him. Jesus Christ gives clear evidence of the Spirit within Him in the verse found in John 6: 63 (NKJV) which states: 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak ARE Spirit and they are life.
The mind set of Jesus was Spirit in nature. There was nothing carnal minded about Jesus. All aspect of His earthly life was center around His Father in Heaven and His Kingdom. He placed His trust, confidence and belief in God of Heaven. As the Son of God, Jesus knew the power and authority He carried with Him. The only thing Jesus lacked was doubt. He had no doubt who He was, He had no doubt as to why He came to this earth, He had no doubt about the works He was to carry out. And He had no doubt in His faith in the Father. No doubt the Spirit of God was within Him. The works that would follow Him throughout His ministry, in words and deeds, would be the testamony of the Kingdom of Heaven. His great deeds, that many would perceive as "miracles", would prove to many who He was.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus never marveled at His own abilities and signs He performed? Why He was never impressed with His own ability to heal the sick, rebuke demons or raise the dead to life? Have you ever woundered why Jesus never referred to His works of healing and raising the dead as "miracles"? Why did Jesus see His works as normal to Him and not as miracles.
The simple answer to these questions is very simple. Jesus was not carnal minded. The miracles perceived by those around Jesus were carnal minded. The Spirit mindedness of Jesus saw these deeds as normal. To Jesus, raising the dead was normal, healing the sick was normal and many, many more of these great deeds performed by Jesus, He saw these acts or deeds as normal. This is the power of the Kingdom of God, that our father in Heaven gave to Him when God sent His Son to do His "works".
If you are truely in the Spirit like Jesus was/is, then the great deeds of Jesus should be viewed as normal. When you begin to understand Kingdom ways, then your Spirit mindedness will allow you to understand the great things of the Kingdom is simply "normal" and should not come as a surprise to those who are spirit minded.
One Man's Miracle is Another Man's Work
I am going to quote a verse in the bible that I hope you will give a lot of thought to. And once you reach the end of the this verse I hope you are able to discern your own mind set.
John 7: 21 (NKJV) which states: 21 Jesus answered and said to them, " I did one work and you all marvel."
Finally, it is most important to understand how grace plays an important role in the works of Jesus Christ which I will attempt to explain in The Works of Jesus Christ part 3.
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