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".

Spirit Mind

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.


Many blessings.









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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

This article will have 3 parts and possibly a fourth. The third part will be posted as soon as time allows. I believe the works of Jesus Christ, as it relates to the Kingdom, is an important subject.

God Bless


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

I believe it is important to note, which I should have mention in the article above. The works or the Law as described in the Old Covenant and the Works of Jesus Christ are two completely seperate issues that are unrelated if you understand this article in is context. In other words the Old Covenants laws is a different subject altogether and has nothing to do with this article. And I should have made this clear from the beginning of the article.

God bless


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Graceinus,

Do you notice that there are many accounts of Jesus healing people in Scripture, but He tells them not to tell anyone?

The carnal man is only interested in the healing process, but they have no interest in God's Word, or what Jesus was teaching. Carnal man wants tangible proof and seeks after signs, but Jesus requires faith in the things that are unseen.

Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus. I believe He authored the book of John, but He did not write a book that he was "the miracle" for all to see, but only pointed to Jesus.


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

PandN- thank you very much for your comment and yes; many times Jesus told the one's whom He had healed, not to mention it to anyone. But what I find odd about Jesus making these statement is that it's hard to hide the fact that someone had been healed. If a person who had not been able to walk his entire life all of a sudden begains to walk will naturally draw quistion by those who had known he had been crippled most of his life. People are going to ask how they were healed. This also holds true for a person who had been blind all his life. And now suddenly he is able to see. At some point the healed person would have to explain the healing to those who knew he was blind. The holds true for others who had been healed. Many would ask questions.

You are correct that the carnal man wants tangible proof and seeks after signs but Jesus requires faith. This is the vary point I'm trying to make in this article. It takes spirit mind to have faith. The spirit mind does not require proof. This is where the Spirit of grace come in. Understanding the grace of Jesus to forgive and show favor towards others is the natural part of the Kingdom of God. One who is of the spirit mind realizes these words and deeds from Jesus are gifts that can not be earned. Many times Jesus asked the person before He healed them if they believed and their response was ; "Yes". This took faith on the part of the one being healed. Without belief, you can be sure the healing would not take place. A perfect example of this is found in Matthew 13:58 (NKJV) which states: 58 Now He did not do many WORKS there because of their UNBELIEF...... If you read the four verses before this one I just quoted it will explain.

In regards to Lazarus, you have peaked my interest. Are you saying Lazarus authored the book of John or is this a misunderstanding on my part. And I am not clear by what is meant by " but he did not wirte a book that he was " the miracle" for all to see, but only to point to Jesus." It seem that I heard this statement before but I don't recall when. Would you clarify what is meant by this, please.

Many blessing to you PandN.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Graceinus,

It is my belief that Lazarus was the anonymous author of the book of John. Here is some of the evidence. There is more.

Peter turned and saw THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” - John 21:20

THIS IS THE DISCIPLE who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. - John 21:24

Who was the disciple that Jesus loved bearing witness?

It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother LAZARUS was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “LORD, HE WHOM YOU LOVE is ill." - John 11:2-3

Lifegate asked the question, "Who wrote the Gospel of John?" here on Hubpages few weeks back and is now providing evidences in a series of articles in more detail.

What I meant as Lazarus as "the miracle" in my last comment is that he did not make himself one of celebrity status going around making a name for himself as so many people do today when they make a claim that a miracle happened in their life.

He must increase, but I must decrease.” - John 3:30

God Bless.


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

PandN- Thank you for yor your reply. I admitt I find this to be interesting.and I would not rule out the possibility that you are correct. I WILL study further on this and see where it leads. However, my first question, which I think would be a reasonable, is this. Assuming for the moment you are correct, then we would have to assume Lazarus wrote the Book of John after he was raised from the dead? I am in no position to rule out this idea as a possibility, but I would say it would be a first, if you understand what I mean. As I stated I will look further at this and see where it leads. Also you are implying or suggesting that Lazarus was a disciple and with Jesus at the Last Super? If so, then this would be very interesting to research and study further. Let me know if I'm understanding you correctly? Thanks

P.S I will check out the Hub you mention that was writen by Lifegate.

Many blessing.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Graceinus,

The disciples were there to witness Lazarus being raised from the dead, but it is interesting that the story is not mentioned in Matthew, Mark or Luke unless the same Lazarus is in connection with the story from Jesus of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, but that is another interesting avenue to explore. Additionally, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" is not mentioned in the other three gospels either.

("Also you are implying or suggesting that Lazarus was a disciple and with Jesus at the Last Super?")

One of his disciples, WHOM JESUS LOVED, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side - John 13:23

In the Kingdom of God, being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not a title or rank. Someone that was a friend who Jesus loved, raised from the dead, and had supper with Him would be a disciple.

Now in these days when the DISCIPLES were increasing in number - Acts 6:1

The identity of the author of the Gospel of "John" is cloaked in the anonymity of "the disciple whom Jesus loved."


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

PandN- What you have pointed out is noted. Thank you. As stated earlier, I will review Lifegate' s Hub that you mentioned.

God bless

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