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Jesus overcame the world

Jesus Had to Overcome and Did Overcome the World John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. What are those things in the world, (you know them) 1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Jesus had to overcome these three things, which he did. Paul gave us the concept that "We are saved by his life."  We really need to take that to heart.  We are not saved by his sinless flesh for it was not sinless flesh.  His flesh was not spotless for there is no such thing as spotless flesh.  By the flesh, no one shall be justified before God, not even the Lord Jesus.  What he offered was not a purified body, but a purified life lived in that body.  Jesus said, John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. To promote that somehow Jesus had holier flesh than ours is not scriptural.  Jesus was born with the same flesh as we. 1 Cor 15:39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. John 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jesus was born of the flesh in Bethlehem, of the Spirit at Jordan.  It is appropriate and necessary to apply his words to him. John 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Look at what God said through the prophet Isaiah concerning the man He would ordain as the Messiah. Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. and again, Isa 11:2-3  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: and again, Isa 61:1  The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; My friends, Jesus was not anointed until he was anointed.  He did not have the Holy Spirit until he received it.  There is no difference between receiving the Spirit and being anointed with the Spirit.  God put his Spirit on him.  Did you hear that?  God put his Spirit on him that is the Lord Jesus.  When?  The record we have is Acts 10:37-38  That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. What folks fail to understand is a primary element of the law -- it is called justification. No one, not one, not even he that never broke one jot or tittle of the law can be justified by the law.  Some say Jesus never did one grain of sin prior to his baptism.  Some say he must have sinned somehow prior to his baptism.  Which is right?  WRONG QUESTION.  It does not matter, for no one can be justified by not sinning, not even Jesus. The just shall live by his faith is what the prophet Habakkuk declared.  That is an OT and NT concept.  It is a universal concept.  Jesus could not be, nor did he seek to be justified by the law.  He died to himself at Jordan, set free from the law by looking forward to his own death on the cross. By being set free from the law, he could fulfil the law by being led of the Spirit. Rom 8:4-5  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Is not Jesus one of the "they"?  Of course he is. He is the captain of the "they" and their "forerunner." My dear brethren, the last bastion of the Trinitarian and pseudo- Trinitarian doctrine, called Oneness that is harbored in our hearts is the belief that the flesh of Jesus was somehow different from that of every other man.  I know you know he is a man.  Yet, in your (not all but some) concepts, you give special favor to the flesh of Jesus.  I mean no offence; I am only making comment as to how I understand some of statements brethren make about the flesh of the Lord Jesus.  It is so very important that you and all of us understand, Jesus, as to the flesh, with all that comes with it, was no different than any of us.  As a matter of fact, if his flesh was special, it was special in this unique way.  If any man had a man's body prepared with all that a man's body has, it was his.  All through the genealogies of the royal line of the Lord Jesus and the Gospel's is the record of how God brought this man's body to Calvary. Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: Look at what David said, Psa 139:15-16  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Finally look again at what Peter wrote: 1Pe 4:1-2  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. As our mind is to be, as the mind of Jesus was.  He suffered in the flesh that he would not live the rest of his life in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  When did he do this?  When do we do this?  At the cross?  Of course.  But, if he waited until the cross to cease from sin, the cross would have been meaningless.  He would have died for his own sin, which even he could not do. (Not that he sinned, but that he possessed the attributes of sinful flesh).  He died to sin at Jordan, as we do, in the waters of baptism.  He arose out of the water to live to the will of God.  Did he live to God before his baptism?  Of course, but it is of no relevance prior to his baptism as concerning justification.  Did he keep the law before his baptism?  Again, of course he did, but it is of no relevance as to his or our salvation prior to his baptism.  Did he sin before his baptism?  Of course not; but again irrelevant as to his or our salvation prior to his baptism.  What did you do before your baptism, if you have been baptized into the Lord Jesus?  Irrelevant and immaterial as concerning your salvation.  For, by being baptized into the Lord Jesus, you are baptized into his death, freeing you from the law of sin and death.  Therefore, you are dead, and what you did before you died is obliterated from the record book.  You lived to yourself and to the will of men, just as Jesus did.  But, he ceased from sin (not from sinning, for no one can attribute to Jesus one sin) that he might live to God, and redeem all them that trust in him, that trust being exhibited by being buried unto the death of the Lord Jesus in the waters of baptism, arising out of the water to receive God’s Holy Spirit and walk in the newness of life. So then, walking in the newness of life, we overcome the world believing Jesus is the Son of God. In so doing we follow the footsteps of the Lord Jesus, as he stated: John 16:33  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. And again, Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. My Father, grant your people the eyes of enlightenment, that we all may behold together the promise of eternal life that comes through the knowledge of Jesus, your son.
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