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JESUS

Where Is The Son?

CHAPTER 4

Jesus was not crucified and persecuted because He did good things for people. His teachings were found in the Torah and its rabbinical and Sanhedrin commentary. He was not executed because of His life style. The Scriptures are clear regarding the source of His persecution. "...Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." (John 10:32-33)

If a man makes himself God, why is the world so violent against him? Why were men so hateful when they imagined that this man made Himself God? Those that hated Jesus did not do so because of blasphemy. They did so because to acknowledge Him as God would be to confess that they were not following the true God, and they would lose their power with the people. The world has been full of people who claimed to be God. Today, some dress up like Jesus and go up and down city streets saying they are Jesus, but the most they get is an amusing smile. Men do not get mad at those things they cannot really believe.

The other factor contributing to their anger was the spirit of Satan. Satan knew that Jesus was God, and he wanted to keep the people from seeing this, so he enraged the leaders of the nation to make it look like Jesus had done something terrible in making the claim that He was God. Satan did not want the people to grasp the awesome truth that God had come in the flesh.

Jesus was not attacked because of some good work. He was not attacked merely because He claimed to be the Son of God. He was attacked because He made Himself the Son of God and the statement was believable. Jesus said, "...If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also". (John 15:20)

Here lies an interesting principle. Christ was persecuted because He made Himself something in the eyes of the people. They hated Jesus because His profession concerning Himself was believable. In like manner, His followers are not persecuted because they get to church on the right day or heal a sick person or are good. They are persecuted because in the minds of the persecutors they make themselves something and that something is believable.

In this age, believers are persecuted again. They are hotly attacked for the same reason Jesus was. Persecution is not so much over what men are doing but what men are claiming. The profession is heating up Satan's oven once again. Those who resisted the claim of Jesus 2,000 years ago once again resist His claim. Where is the Son of God now? Who are they that receive the contempt of the nations? Who are they that bring Satan's wrath down on their heads?

The 144,000

It is written, "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God". (Rev.14:1, 4, 5)

Here pictured are the last-day Christians--a people who perfectly reflect the image of Jesus. There is much written concerning these individuals.

As the Messiah was expected for many generations before His coming, so has this generation been expected for many generations before their coming. In Jerusalem there was always much talk of the coming Messiah. The people wondered at how He would free them from the domination of the Romans. They rehearsed the prophecies of the Messiah to their children. When the Messiah appeared, they were disappointed that He did not come according to their expectations. The people were offended at how this man could make such a claim concerning Himself.

So it is again in this age. Generations have expected that one day God's people would be delivered. They rehearsed the prophecies to their children concerning a special group that would one day be called the 144,000. There would be a people who would perfectly reflect the image of Jesus. Again the multitudes are disappointed. They did not expect that the last generation of believers would be revealed in the way that they were revealed. As they persecuted the Messiah, so they now persecute His image.

They Are One

Jesus prayed, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one...." (John 17:20-22) This was the prayer of Jesus. This was His expectation. He expected us to be one with each other and with God just as He was one with God. He also gave us the same glory He had. Jesus was glorified with the presence of God, and we too, are glorified with His presence if we have received Him.

"He met man as man, and testified by His connection with God that divine power was not given to Him in a different way to what it will be given to us...." (7BC 925) Divine power and glory have been given to God's own children. We who have believed in Him have put on Christ. He is our Spirit and we are His body. We who believe are the very sons of God. We are not pretend sons or symbolic sons. No, we are the real actual sons of God. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...." (1 John 3:1)

Today there are millions who seek for salvation. Most everyone wants to go to heaven someday. Nearly all look forward to the time when we can go on to the next world, but few are prepared for that world. Many who have an expectation of that world will never see it because they have not participated in the work of salvation. This is not a legal exclusion from heaven but an experiential one. Most men who desire heaven still have the human nature without the divine nature. They are still earthly and earth-bound. We must partake of the divine nature. We must put off the old man of the flesh or the next world will only be a vain hope.

Brought Into Oneness With Divinity

"To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of redemption. Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that God may love man as He loves His only-begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the divine nature, and be complete in Him." (BC 7A 927)

This is the work of the cross of calvary. This is salvation. This is redemption. "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Rom. 8:29) Jesus was the firstborn among many. The significance of that statement is awesome when meditated upon. Jesus was the first of many. He was number one. The other believers are number two and three and on and on. We are partakers of the same nature Jesus partook of—the divine nature. We are the sons of God.

I like to imagine the human being as a vessel. We are like clear glass jars. We are only a jar. When fallen, Satan fills the jar with failure, depression, anxiety, pride, selfishness and love of the world. When we are seen, it is those qualities that are seen. We can rightly say as we look at our vessel that nothing good dwells in us. We might try to do good works, but they are always stained by the qualities of an evil spirit.

When we are born again, our vessel is cleaned out by the blood of Jesus. The spirit of evil dies. We are emptied, and the life of God now fills that vessel. Our testimony now is of this new nature resting in the temple. We do not speak of ourselves—the vessel. We do not speak of our old nature—the fleshly man. We speak of the life of God who now dwells within us.

Jesus Is In My Heart

From our earliest years, some of us have heard people say, "Do you have Jesus in your heart"? Our first response was to say, "Yes, I have Jesus in my heart". I had never fully considered what that meant. I had always considered that to mean that Jesus was in there with all the other corruption. I had also considered that Jesus was in my heart when I had a good emotion about something or a good thought about someone. Speaking frankly, that is not having Jesus in the heart. That experience may very well mean that we are being influenced by Jesus, or that the Holy Spirit is speaking to us, but it does not mean Jesus is in our hearts.

I later learned that Jesus is in your heart when that is all that is in your heart. If someone had asked me, "Is Jesus the only one in your heart?" I may have had to answer that differently. The question may be asked more precisely, "Does Jesus have your whole heart?" When we see this in its true perspective, we understand that our heart is who we are. If Jesus is not the only one in your heart, then the devil is the only one there. That is not to say that you may not be influenced by God; but it is to say that God Himself is not the one who dwells in your very heart. Who lives there? Jesus does not live in the same apartment as Satan. They do not co-inhabit a dwelling.

Jesus said, "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit". (Matt. 12:33) A man can understand what manner of man he is by the fruit that he bears. Does he only bear good fruit? If you had an orchard and a tree in the orchard bore some good fruit and some bad fruit, what kind of a tree would the gardener call it? I will tell you. He would not call it a partially good tree and a partially bad tree. If the tree bears any bad fruit, the tree would be considered defective.

I have had a tree in my orchard. It was partly alive and partly dead. An especially cold winter had caused the tree much damage. This partially dead and partially alive tree could not be made into a good tree. It was just a bad tree and had to be cut down. The only heart that is a good heart is the heart that is completely good. The only way we can be cleansed from sin is when we are completely cleansed and if this is our state, then Jesus dwells in the heart. The Son now has found a dwelling place in us. The Son has a temple and that temple is us.

Where Is The Son?

Where is the Son? He is dwelling in His temple and His temple is the heart of all who have given themselves to Him. With this considered, when we speak to one who has this Jesus living in the temple and has become one with the divine mind, with whom do we speak? "...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40) With this in mind, if I do something to someone who has Jesus living in his heart, to whom am I doing it? I would be doing it to Jesus.

Jesus was the one who revealed the Father. When the mobs were abusing Jesus, the Father was being abused. They were looking at the Father. "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father." (John 14:9) In like manner, when men look at the children of Christ, they see Him. The way these children are treated is the way Christ is treated.

We Are Not The Ocean But We Dwell In The Ocean

Jesus is like the sea. His waters cover the earth. Let us suppose you are a clear, glass vessel. And this vessel is submerged in the sea. This is the Christian. He is a vessel submerged in the sea. He is filled with all the fullness of the sea. He dwells within the sea.

The vessel is not the sea. If you speak of the vessel, it is merely the vessel. But if you speak of the sea that fills the vessel, it is the sea that you speak of and not the vessel. When our temple is filled with God, it is God. It is the same as God. Everything about it is God. It's His fullness. It is all the fullness of the Godhead in the believer's vessel. And you are one vessel dwelling in this vast all-encompassing sea. You dwell in the sea and the sea dwells in you.

Our vessels dwell in the God of heaven. We speak the words of God. We live the life of God perfectly and wholly, and people will see God, or the sea, just to the degree of their capacity to reveal Him. When we are filled with the life of Christ, we are the revelation of Christ to the world. When we perfectly reflect Him, the world is held accountable for seeing Jesus Himself. When the world opens up their excuses for denying Christ, in that they never had Jesus speak with them, the Father will remind them that His servants were the ones who bore His person to them and told them the truths that the Father shared. If they say, "We never did anything bad to you," the Lord will say, "Yes, you did. That was I whom you persecuted. That was God you persecuted".

God Manifested

In this way we can see that God's people are God. No, the vessel is not God, but that which is in them is God and He in whom they dwell is God. When one attacks the vessel, he attacks the temple of God. They attack God's dwelling place. They dwell in the ocean and the ocean dwells in them. We will, through eternity, increase our capacity to reveal God and we will understand more and still more of His incomprehensible greatness. We will draw closer and closer to God and drink more deeply of the understanding of His greatness and still have eternities left to discover. Our God is great and fully incomprehensible, yet His full perfection lives in the temple and this temple lives in Him. We are fully complete in Him. When we speak the words that He gives us, we speak all that He has to say on the subject when His holy spirit touches the hearts of those listening to our words. There will never be any more signs or any greater witness than the testimony of those who are the temple of God. The Lord told Ezekiel, "Say, I am your sign...." God's people today will say, "I am your sign".

"Where is the Son?" is fully answerable. He is in His holy temple. Who is the holy temple? They are the children who bear His image and who have received His presence so that they are God manifested in the flesh. Yes, Christ has come in the flesh. Yes, Jesus has come in His people.

This is the faith of the believer. This was the faith of Jesus. These things cannot be said of those who have not yielded themselves as a vessel of God. If God has not been allowed into the heart of one, then he remains a vessel filled with every unclean and hateful bird. There is no promise for such a one except that he will eventually destroy himself and finally be left with nothing at all.

I invite the reader to be filled with all the fullness of God. Open your heart and see the wonders of God in the soul.


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