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Lesson # Matt. 12:18
Study Material - Matt. 12:18
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18 Behold [idou] my [mou] servant [pais] , whom [hos] I have chosen [hairetizo] ; my [mou] beloved [agapetos] , in [eis] whom [hos] my [mou] soul [psuche] is well pleased [eudokeo] : I will put [tithemi] my [mou] spirit [pneuma] upon [epi] him [autos] , and [kai] he shall shew [apaggello] judgment [krisis] to the Gentiles [ethnos] . KJV-Interlinear
18 'Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. NAS
The source of this quote, Isa. 42:1-4. The word for servant is one whom is most trusted, and looked upon as a son. He is most loved by God. Though the world hates God and His 'Chosen One', that is of no consequence. Whom God loves is far more important than those who are loved by the world.
God chose this 'One.' God did not counsel with anyone else in the decision. No one else is the 'Chosen One.' There are no other 'chosen ones' to take the place of the one who was chosen by the Father.
Though there are many who wished to be 'chosen', or who wish to be known as 'chosen', they are all false messiah's, false saviors, false holy ones, false hopes, false promises of wonderful destinies.
We have already studied that rejecting Gods chosen one is the same as rejecting God Himself. If you do not like His plan, a plan which is the only good plan in existence, then you reject God, because His infinite wisdom cannot be replaced by any other wisdom or philosophy or alternate desire. To reject Gods plan is to say that you have, or know of, or are seeking something better - good luck!
All the other religions of the world are false. They reject God, reject His plan, reject His design of the human soul, reject His destiny alternatives. The religions of the world would have man attaining some form or level equal with God, and acceptable with God, but without Gods assistance. And of course they are all false concepts.
There is only one path to God, says the Bible, no alternate paths. Only one person was chosen to save the world. That person would be made known and was in the person of Jesus Christ.
If Jesus' words were not good enough, then Isaiah's words should be. Isaiah lived many centuries before Jesus.
Contrary to popular belief, the 'Chosen One' would bring redemption to all the world. Not just to the Jews, not just to those approved by the Pharisees, but too all of mankind. Isaiah prophesied this, and Isaiah was read in the synagogues every week. This quote was not unknown to those listening to Jesus. It was quite well known. Jesus systematically stopped all the Pharisees arguments, in their tracks. Yet they will still be defiant in their attitude toward Jesus and to God.
Jesus is God. He came into this world in His first advent, not by means of His own power as God, but He came into this world via the power of the Holy Spirit, who caused Mary to become pregnant. Jesus was then born and lived his first thirty years as all humans live. He was not indwelled by the Holy Spirit from birth, but relied on the scriptures and His own human volition for his support during those first thirty years.
He did as Adam did in the Garden. He lived a perfect life and maintained His perfect life even among tremendous worldly problems that existed all around. Adam had a perfect environment with no problems or pressures, save one tree, and Adam failed in his life. Jesus succeeded, and against greater odds.
At age thirty, He went to the Jordan and the Holy Spirit descended on Him (as a dove) and indwelled Him, in His humanity. No other person in history since Adam, had ever been indwelled by the Holy Spirit up and until the time of Jesus. Jesus was the first, the first of many.
Once the Church Age began (at the first Pentecost following the Cross), then every believer in Christ receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That indwelling begins at the moment the person first believes in Christ and continues for them forever. So if you have believed in Christ, then the Holy Spirit indwells you. You can't feel it. You cannot sense it. But it is so. In fact all three members of the Godhead (Father, Son, and Spirit) indwell every believer in this dispensation.
Anyway, Jesus relied on the power, not of His own divinity, but on the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain Him while here on earth. As God Jesus could have done anything, but in this instance, His ministry was more than just living a prefect life, of carrying the credentials of the savior, and of going to the Cross. He was also here to give us a preview and a pattern of life that we all should follow.
That pattern being one of residing in fellowship wherein we are free from sin, and in which sphere the Holy Spirit is in control of our soul. When you confess your sins, the Holy Spirit has control over your soul. When you sin, then you are in effect squelching the Holy Spirit and giving control over to your sin nature. Under the rule of your sin nature you have no effective spiritual life. Under the control of the Holy Spirit, then your spiritual life functions as it should. It is the Spirit who brings clarity of the scriptures to you. It is the Spirit through which all your spiritual resources flow.
God created a plan for all of humanity, not just a select few. Perhaps a select few will enter into that plan through their personal belief but the Plan of God is not restricted and is open to all. The Pharisees wanted to have their exclusive club - no gentiles. But Jesus came to earth for all mankind. Only mankind creates and defines exclusivity within mans ranks. Only mankind carries a bias and prejudice against others of the same mold. Dust we all are. There is no segment of humanity that is made of a better grade of dust. Yet worthless as dust as we all are, God created a plan for us which we do not deserve. Man creates classes and of acceptable or unacceptable dust. God simply puts us all in our place - totally worthless. Then He gives us opportunity to become vastly superior even to the angels.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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