Our journey as a Christian starts with a death and is a series of deaths right up until the day we physically die.
Jesus who created everything died for our sins and that was a decision made way before he came to the earth physically:
Ephesians 1:3 – 5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:
5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will
God's plan for redemption started even before we fell, you see Adam and Eve's fall did not take God by surprise. God knew what they were going to do, but his love had to allow them to make that choice. This is why the redemption plan was already in place, because God is I AM not I WAS or I WILL BE, this means that to God everything is present. So the same time God saw Adam and Eve fall, he saw you and me struggling in our sin and he also saw the GOD Man Jesus on the cross. You see, before Jesus was the Son of God, which is a term God used so that we could relate to his incarnation, Jesus was the Logos (The Word) who is the second person of the trinity:
John 1: 1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
So the infinite became finite so that he could redeem us back to himself! In order to do that, he had to be physically like us. This is why one of the titles for Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer.
Hebrews 10: 5-7
5 For this reason, the Scriptures say, when the Messiah was about to come into the world:
"You did not want sacrifices and offerings,
but you prepared a body for me.
6 In burnt offerings and sin offerings
you never took delight.
7 Then I said, 'See, I have come to do your will, O God'
In the volume of the scroll this is written about me."
This scripture here is showing that because Jesus is the source of the scriptures, he is also the complete fulfilment of them.
Jesus was fully God and yet fully man at the same time, because in the same way God in the book of Genesis created Adam out of the dust of the ground, breathed his spirit into him which activated his soul, this is the same way God prepared a earth suite (body) for himself to inhabit, which did not need a soul to get activated but by the Holy Spirit became a Tabernacle or a dwelling place for Almighty God.
So Jesus never lost his deity when he came here, but he subjected himself to a human experience, so as a human he had to learn as a human learned, be obedient to his earthly parents and be an example to others:
Luke 2: 40
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
Now that this foundation has been laid, next week I am going to be talking about how this knowledge should effect our attitude.
When I look at what Jesus did, it speaks of humility and a heart full of service to others. In our business if you are not humble and with a servant heart, you will not build a long term business. Firstly pride will cause people to eventually push away from you and your lack of service to others will cause people not to trust you.
Building a Network Marketing business and especially a Reliv business will definitely challenge your motives. Most people who quit, 9 times out of 10 it was because their motives for doing it in the first place was not strong enough and so when the storms came their building toppled over.
Let you motive be people first, because a byproduct of putting people first is, you will make the money. Now putting people first does not mean you are a door mate for people to walk all over, it means you are a facilitator to help them get to what ever level of success THEY want. So do not waste time with people who are not serious.
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