Meditation on Jesus: “Life in Himself”

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself (John 5:26).

“Life in himself”… what does that mean? Whatever it is, Jesus has it because the Father has it; and the Father has granted Jesus to have it.

As always, the context of the passage clarifies the mysterious statement. Let’s examine the complete record of the full statement Jesus said:

25“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment (John 5:25-29, ESV).

First, one can notice Jesus is speaking about the resurrection of the dead. Apparent from other passages, the resurrection was a touchy subject in His earthly day (Matthew 22:23, 29-32, 27:52; Mark 12:18, 24-27; Luke 20:27, 34-38; John 5:28-29; Acts 4:2, 17:18, 23:8, 24:15, 26:8; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 20:12-13; Daniel 12:2).

Jesus not only affirms the prophetic phenomenon of the resurrection, but also, He makes Himself the source of that resurrection when he says, “the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God.”

Because Jesus is the eternal second Person of the Godhead, He always has had the ability to merely speak, and things come into existence and hold together (Genesis 1-2; John 1; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15-20). That is power, and it certainly is a result of Jesus’ having life within Himself.

SON OF GOD & SON OF MAN

Jesus’ earthly existence also has everything to do with His declaration of having life in Himself. The second Person of the Trinity has always existed. There are many temporal appearances and self-revelations by Him in the Old Testament (John 1:15, 8:58). But, there was a point “in time,” when YHWH took on the labels of the Son of God (John 3:16) & the Son of Man. The second Person of the Trinity became incarnate, robed with untainted humanity. That event brought a new species to the earth, with unique genetics and composition. Hence, He is the Son of God, the “only begotten of the Father.”

The title “Son of Man” is both a prophets’ title (Ezekiel 30:2) and a label, which indicates the human side of the God-Man. At the point the second Person of the Trinity was incarnated, the God-Man, Jesus of Nazareth, became the first human being to possess the power to create life by His words. Whereas before He exercised that power as a Spirit in Heavenly realms and affecting the temporal realm, now He exercises that power as a human being.

Because Jesus is the Son of God, the Father, He has life within Himself and is able to merely speak in order to raise the dead. He is God. Because Jesus is human—the Son of Man—He was able to atone for the sin of mankind and then be resurrected from the dead by the will of the Father and the Power of the Spirit. In that way, He is the “first fruits of those who sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Jesus is the highest ranking human, having tasted death only to defeat it, because… you guessed it…. He has life within Himself.What is more, He is the only human to have power enough to grant life again to whomever He pleases. All those in Christ shall rise again!

What is your superpower of choice? For Jesus of Nazareth, it is the power not only to create life with his words but also to bring those who have died back to life again!

Q&A: “How Good Must I be In Order to be Called a Christian?”

A Facebook friend-of-friend recently posted the following:

To be saved a person must stop smoking, drinking, drugs, and cussing. Attend church on a regular basis, and become a born again Christian. Now are you ready to commit to being a Christian? If not then Hell is your destiny…..If you don't believe me, read your Bible. So if you are still cussing like a sailor, or doing drugs, or getting drunk after you read this then you did not commit to being a Christian and you need to quit pretending like you are one. There is more to being a Christian than just saying you are. God bless and have a wonderful day……

Having seen this, the mutual friend to the one who posted tagged me for a response. Here it is:

One time, similar conversation took place within earshot of Jesus. Here is what happened:

"And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31; Matthew 9:12 ESV)

So, Jesus presents Himself as a Doctor. If you know you aren't perfectly healthy in relationship with God, then go to the Doctor so he can give you His cure. But, this idea you have to make yourself better before you can be a "Christian," or (worse) that you have no sickness in your flawed human nature, is just stupid.

It is quite a gift Jesus gives us by forgiving us and making us His child—able to partake in His Divine nature. So with that said, the Apostle whom Jesus loved writes this:

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! ….Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this earnest expectation, sourced in Him, purifies themselves, just as He is pure." (1 John 3:1-3)

Summary: you can't be good enough to earn merit with God. Turn to Jesus for rescue. AFTER that, you still can't be good enough to repay God or "keep" what you were given (Galatians 3:3). It is a gift. What you can do is live thankfully by aiming for being like Jesus, out of love and because He changed your identity to His child. We can't be perfectly like Jesus on this side of Heaven, but we should want to be transformed into Jesus' likeness as much as we possibly can until then.

We all (especially Christians) have areas of life needing transformation. I have habits and patterns of response… call them addictions, if you will. Everyone has some form of addiction—religious self-righteousness can be an example, as the above person's post reveals. No matter what is our weakness or mortal flaw, the important thing is to stay humbly transparent and keep faith that Jesus is the ultimate Deliverer. Desire to keep a big and open connection with Him! Sheep are safe & fed near the Shepherd; the sick do well when near the Doctor.

Jesus never asked us to "commit to being a Christian." He asked us to turn to Him for rescue!

Eugenics Via CRISPR is No Different than Nazi Übermensch Agenda

The Übermensch (German for “Overman, Superman, Superhuman, Hyperman, Hyperhuman”; German pronunciation: [ˈˀyːbɐmɛnʃ]) is a concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. In his 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), Nietzsche has his character Zarathustra posit the Übermensch as a goal for humanity to set for itself. It is a work of philosophical allegory, with a structural similarity to the Gathas of Zoroaster/Zarathustra. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Übermensch)

The above video [see companion article by Futurism HERE] takes one through the history, philosophy, current developments, & future plans of “science” to alter humanity so drastically that the human race will be free from death and disease. The argument is made from abortion that humanity is already selectively eliminating diseased populations from the human genome. At the same time, the video understatedly warns that there very well may be horror-book-type consequences to pursuing this aim, even comically showing a demonized human at the point of such warning. [Watch the video several times and consider each element.]

Lambs’ Harbinger, in previous articles, has warned audiences regarding the immoral and Godless (even demonic) pursuit of human heritable genome editing, designer babies, etc. in the name of escaping by humanistic efforts what Christian theologians call “the Curse.” (See also Search Results)

DNA alteration has happened and will continue to happen. Everything from plants to other food resources already have been being genetically altered since the 1970’s. The development of militarized, genetically modified supersoliders is already part of the “arms race”… a veritable Sputnik 2.0. The video makes slight, light-hearted  appeals to billionaires for making humanity impervious to disease and death, but this “call” has already been being answered around the globe by those (ex. GF2045, Ray Kurzweil) who are funding private laboratories for the purpose of conducting experimentation that governments either cannot or will not allow.

Update on “Trump is a Globalist”

Just after his inaugural speech, Lamb’s Harbinger wrote the article, “Is Trump Octavian?,” which was somewhat on the heels of  “Trump is a Globalist.” One becomes hard pressed to find agreement with the assertions made in those articles among political conservatives. Yet, patterns emerge, which show this POTUS is aggressively Globalist in his international agendas. The question is not if Trump is a globalist but what classification of globalist is he… one that believes in the USA’s  “glorious [manifest] destiny” within a USA/UN/EU/UfM New World Order, or not.

Matters discussed in the previous article demand update. 


Trump/Russia Relations

The once Putin-friendly Donald is no longer so. That change happened suddenly in April, at the same time China went from economic thug status to the President’s new muse. Perhaps “suddenly” is too strong a word, because this flip-flop did follow the slow burning turmoil of resignation by national security advisor, Michael Flynn. With the “about face” on Russia, it appeared The Donald no longer held interest in Putin. 

However, the Flynn turmoil continues and  reaches not only into Russia’s affairs but also into Iran’s and Turkey’s. Was Flynn an operative of Turkey (See also Newsweek)? Is this why Erdogan is pushing for Gülen’s extradition, and is said extradition an incentive for Turkey’s investments in the US? Readers will remember Flynn resigned over a debacle, which included his discussing Russian sanctions with Russian officials. The Russia drama increases, with the firing of (now) former FBI Director, James Comey, who was allegedly fired for not ceasing investigation into the Flynn/Russia scandal. Comey—under oath—denies there was a memo requesting his cessation. Who knows?! The Flynn/Comey matter might have blown over (or at least, not gotten spotlights), if not for Trump’s gloating to Russian officials about having fired the “nut job” Comey & the resultant relief of not being under investigation. And then, there’s this:

All of this leads up to saying Trump’s departure from Russia in April is potentially short-lived. In the next hours and days, Trump will review sanctions on Russia, while at upcoming the G-7 summit.

Cohn says he expects Russia to be a topic during the two-day summit. Pressed on what specifically the White House was looking into on sanctions, Cohn would only say that Trump has “many options.” (Washington Post, May 25, 2017)

Did Trump really abandon Russia? Will he seek to ease sanctions against Russia, and so, award them Crimea/Ukraine? Only time will tell of what options Cohn hints. Whatever the case may be, Russia is not changing any of Trump’s truly globalist agendas. If POTUS can accomplish what he wants without Russia, why not dump Putin? But, until we see what comes of Trump’s G-7 sanctions review, this is what Russia is saying:


Trump’s NATO Policy “Change”

One thing is certain, Trump is throwing his weight around with NATO like Russia is right about NATO’s existing for US control of Europe.

Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey (an effectively  “former” NATO country) open trade and other relations

    How does POTUS respond?

    Peace & Safety from Terrorism via Multi-national, Multi-faith Unity

    See also:Trump to Unveil New Peace Plan? And Gulf states warm to Israel, see possibility of Palestinian peace deal


    Trump’s Moves US Embassy to Jerusalem

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