Topic: The Doctrine of the Son – Part 1
Ministering: Pastor Emeka Egwuchukwu
Paul called the gospel his gospel because it was committed to him (Romans 2:16). Not only was he trusted with it, he embodied it and had authority to minister the same to others. As a result of this, he was able to minister life to men. This is why he could write to Timothy describing what the latter learned from him was a “manner of life” (2 Timothy 3:10). Paul was not an eloquent speaker; neither was he an orator. Instead, he was a great walker who embodied the life and ministered with the authority of the gospel. He never ministered himself; he rather ministered Christ and served men for Him. For a minister to arrive at such pedigree, everything that is of man would have been removed from that minister. In all his epistles, Paul referred to himself as the servant of Jesus Christ. All he gave men was Christ; nothing else.
This was also true of John. When you tarry in the epistle of John, what you are fellowshipping with is the dimension of the Lord that he trapped in no small measure. This means when you tarry in the epistle of John, you fellowship with the measure of life that the Lord had helped him come into. The Lord had to prepare John for this special assignment for the church. He used John as an avenue to give the life which He intended for the church. No one can preach the gospel without being sent (Romans 10:15). How will the people hear, if there is no one sent to preach. What the Lord prepares to send men is their feet; he teaches them to walk to cleanse their feet. This is because when your feet are clean, your whole body is clean also (John 13:9-10).
The Lord prepares the feet of those whom He has chosen to send, and He causes them to walk. By walking, they possess territories, partake of and are established in the life they walked in. How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings, even tidings of great joy! (Romans 10:15). This means the feet of those whom the Lord will send, will have to be beautified. This is because the authority to do what God wants will not be acquired by word of mouth but by distance covered by the feet. We must be believers who talk less but walk more. When authority is involved in a matter or in establishing something, the work gets done faster than when the measure of authority is little.
Authority, however, does not come until there are measurements of walk being carried out because it is the life that is gathered from walk that gives authority. The Bible says, “as the Father had life in Himself, so has He given His Son to have life; then He gave His Son authority to give life to whomsoever He will” (John 5:26). We will not be able to see the Lord in this dimension except we see Him in John. There is a way the Lord appeared to John, that He cannot show to you if you meet Him one on one. This is because you have not acquired the quality f life that John acquired by his walk. This is true with all men the Lord has prepared.
What God wrought in John is designed to give us sight and pedigree for the kind of judgment we are receiving. You have to go to the school of John for your eyes to be sharpened to see the light accessible in his writings. The same John who said Jesus is the Christ also said Jesus is the Son of God. This tells us that it is not enough to hold the understanding of Jesus as the Christ; we have to move further into the understanding of Jesus as the Son of God. If all you have is an understanding of the former, you will still become vulnerable to evil spirits. You must desire to become complete, as a believer! Jesus is the Son of Love, not just of faith. This means Jesus is the embodiment of all that God is; He is not short of God. In Him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). He is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person — He has all of God (Hebrews 1:3).
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge dwell in Jesus Christ. This wisdom is not the wisdom of angels, but that which is inside of God. There is that which is called “all wisdom“. Such is in God alone; He is the only wise God who is all in all. In Jesus dwells the wisdom and knowledge of Divine life because He embodied these! Jesus is the library of God because He houses the treasures of God’s knowledge. There is no way to arrive at an accurate knowledge of God outside the Son. This is why He is the Son of God — He is the bank of God. All treasures of Divine life, according to all their levels, are in Him. These things which Jesus has are what He gives. The central intelligence of God is Jesus, by which you understand how God operates. Truly, the Father is all in all but He indwells His Son. The Father hides Himself in His Son. The Father took out time to build this house (Son). You will not find the Father anywhere else outside the Son.
Although the Son had God, He did not look like One Who has God. This is a great mystery. Jesus was with His disciples for a long time and the disciples did not even know He carried the Father. He did not intimidate anyone with what He had within Him. Even in our times, though He has God, He does not even seek to do the talking alone; He sends men! He does not keep God to Himself alone but shares the revelation and understanding of God with and among men. The Father hides Himself in the Son, who in turn never shows Himself as One who carried anything. These are the places we are tried. This is so unlike us; a couple of us feel bloated because of certain gifts of the Spirit. This ought not to be so. We should handle and exercise such gifts in love. You were given the gift in the first place to serve the saints better.
When we are so full of ourselves in handling gifts, how much more when we are to contain God? The Father does not want to be carried anyhow; He likes to hide. It is the flesh that shows. If you are one who loves to be seen, you will be qualified from carrying God. The Son of God has all the information of God because the Father has given the Son all the information about Him. The knowledge of God in the Son is the accurate knowledge of God. Any other knowledge about God, coming from anywhere (outside the Son) should bear witness to the knowledge of God in the Son. Even Moses and the Prophets bore witness to the Son of God. This is why it is written, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
The word “testimony” can be replaced by the word “prophets“. This is because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). What the Prophets embodied were testaments. If you remove the spirit from the law, then the law is not complete. If you remove the law from the spirit, then the spirit will find nothing to rest upon. The reason why the glory could rest upon the tabernacle was because of the law graven in stones was placed within it.
Moses was both the law and a testament at the same time. Scribes like Ezra, for instance, are teaching priests who read the law to men to open their eyes, causing them to repent and mourn. You need Scribes for our eyes to be opened but you need Prophets for authority to rest. This is because the latter (Prophets) has the spirit of the testament, which has the law and the spirit of the testimony as its platform.
In the New Testament, you find Prophets of the testimony of Jesus Christ. These are men who have been raised by the testament of Jesus. These Prophets carry the testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of the life of Jesus. You cannot embody the spirit of life, when the law of life has not been written on you. Any other knowledge that does not speak concerning the knowledge of God is not true! Even if that knowledge does not speak directly of God, it should witness to God just like Moses and Elijah did. The witness of God, which is the witness of the law and the testimony, is greater. This is how we can judge and try spirits. We need such understanding to be able to judge them. We should not be afraid to try every spirit (1 John 4:1).
Whatever knowledge does not speak of God or bear witness to Him, it is because there is no light in it. And if there is no light in it, then there is no life in it. The Excellency of the knowledge of God is in His Son. Anything that speaks outside or doesn’t witness to this knowledge has no light in it. And if there is no light in it, it will never cause the day to dawn upon our hearts.
We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and stay with it and must not be soon removed from that which we have been taught. He is the Son of God. God has not distributed Himself around but kept Himself in His Son. If you must receive anything from the Father, you must acknowledge the Son. This means you must acknowledge that everything that is of God is inside Him. If you reject the Son, you reject inheritance.
May the Lord help us! Amen.