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Jesus, the Second Man

by Norman P. Grubb

Jesus, The Second Man

Jesus, as God manifest in the flesh, is called “The Second Man” thus the perfect form of redeemed man.

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.

As such, He was His Father in manifestation. The Spirit of God in the visible form of a dove was seen by John to descend upon Him. From that time onward, it was the Spirit speaking and acting by Him.

Luke 4:14— 21
14Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

It was the Spirit who took Him to Calvary....

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

....and by the Spirit He rose again.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

At the supper table when about to leave His disciples, He said the purpose was that the same Spirit should possess them which was fulfilled at Pentecost and is spoken of by Paul in Romans 8:11 as dwelling in us. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Thus, if He spoke of Himself as only seeing and speaking and doing what the Father was doing by Him, and doing nothing of Himself, and fi¬nally saying that, “if you See Me, you see the Father”, then it is now the same of us, and those who see us see Him. So Paul says, 1 Corinthians 2:16 “We have the mind of Christ” and in Philippians 2:13 “God works in you to will and do of His good pleasure”. In Colossians 3:4 Christ “our life” 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

John, in his first epistle, caps it all by saying, 1 John 4:17 As He is, so are we in this world. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him and thus we are “in the light as He is in the light”; we “walk as He walked, we “know as He knows”; we are “righteous as He is righteous”; we “love as He loves”; we “believe as He believes”. Therefore, our humanity is expressing His deity in all the forms of His nature.

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