Jesus did not simply appear like man—He became one!
This is probably the strongest verse in the New Testament for declaring the deity of Jesus. By coming to the earth as a man, humanity was added to Christ’s deity. Yet Christ’s becoming a man did not change His deity. The word “flesh” in this verse means a human nature, not sinfulness or weakness.
God’s becoming human means the flesh He dwelt in (“dwelt” means “tabernacled” or “pitched His tent”) had voluntarily accepted human limitations in time and space, as well as having to endure human emotions.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15
The glory of God, once restricted to the tabernacle (“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” —Exodus 40:34), was now visible in Jesus. This assertion would have stunned Greek scholars of the day, who always viewed the divine and the mundane world as completely separate. This was also new to the Hebrews. They expected a Messiah, a man—not God incarnate!
Regarding a previous GML about marriages not ending in divorce—I think that depends on the situation. I understand that God hates divorce, but He doesn’t want us to be doormats either. If the man doesn’t change, are you suggesting that the woman stay married to him? I hope you’re not serious!
Yes, we’re dead serious. We take God at His Word. We DO think that there are times when, because of physical or sometimes even mental abuse, a woman should vacate the home. But never should she initiate divorce, for any reason!
a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, let her not send her husband away. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife . . . —1 Corinthians 7:13-14
I hate divorce, says the Lord . . . So take heed to your spirit . . . —Malachi 2:16
As far as being a “doormat,” are you opposed to being a “doormat” even if God wants you to be a doormat? Jesus was our example, and He was treated worse than a doormat.
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. —Hebrews 5:8
There may be things in your life God wants to teach you via your “doormat” experiences. He may want someone else to see how the proper doormat/Christian response is actually faith in God’s Word. He may want to use it to draw someone into a salvation experience. The examples are endless.
What you are really saying is, “Dear, God, obviously you don’t want me in this situation so I’ll pick the Scriptures I want to apply, I’ll ignore those I don’t like, and I’ll make the decision when to apply them.” Notice how many times “I’ is used instead of “God” in the Bible’s description of Satan’s fall:
How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
But you said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit. —Isaiah 14:12-15
We must accept ALL of God’s Word ALL of the time. And, as the situation calls for, we must have a desire to serve the Lord in success AND in the mire.
. . . let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. —1 Peter 4:19
. . . I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. —Philippians 4:11
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. —1 Peter 3:17
Now, for the record (and to slow the onslaught of email), we are not saying all women should be doormats! Nor should they seek to be doormats.
A woman should always try to appeal to her husband when her husband’s sin nature gets the best of him.
What we are saying is that there may be times when God, for His own reasons, may allow you in a situation where you appear to be a “doormat,” when in reality, God is simply using you in the lives of others for His glory.
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. —1 Peter 2:20
And we will never ALWAYS understand what God is doing.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. —Isaiah 55:8
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- Back to the Garden by Susie Perkins
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