March 31st


"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, even into eternity" (Hebr. 13:8, EGV).

This verse clearly speaks that Jesus Christ is the same.  This isn't talking about Jesus of Nazareth.  Paul clearly tells us that, "from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh.  Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer" (II Cor. 5:16).  Paul is declaring that we shouldn't look at one another according to the flesh.  This means that we don't look and think of anyone using the old knowledge of good and evil.  We need to see each other with a renewed mind, the mind of Christ (II Cor. 2:16).  We need to know each other in, by, and through the Spirit of Christ within us.  This also means we got to quit looking and judging people's flesh.  Please don't misunderstand. I am not saying that we should excuse sin.  We should certainly judge sin and have no part with it.  However, we need to separate the sin from the people we are dealing with.  We also need to think and deal with people on a love basis.  There may times that is has to be tough love.  We should always be led and walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.

Jesus lived by the life of another in Him.  Jesus lived by His Father's word and His Father's life in Him.  We too, have to live by the life of another in us.  Jesus lived yesterday in the Mary body in the flesh as Jesus of Nazareth.  However, Paul declares that we are to no longer know Christ that way.  We are to know that the resurrected Lord of glory, now lives in us as us, from the very second that the Holy Spirit rebirthed us into the Body of Christ and the Seed of Christ was implanted in us (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:13; I Pet. 1:23).

Very often I hear some using this verse to substantiate that God does miracles today just like he used to do.  There is no doubt that God is in the miracle-working business. Let me ask you a question.  What miracles will there be in eternity?  Will there be miracles there?  Miracles have to do with an act of God that circumvents time, such as an immediate miracle of healing.  However, in eternity, time shall be no more,  If we don't not read anything into the verse, it simply says, "Jesus Christ is the same" (Hebr. 13:8).  Jesus Christ is the one who does not change.  Jesus Christ is the unchangeable God.  Jesus Christ was the eternal Spirit of God in flesh in Jesus of Nazareth body yesterday.  Jesus Christ is God in the eternal Spirit of God in flesh today in the Body of Christ.  Even into eternity, Jesus Christ will still be the eternal Spirit of God in the new glorified spiritual bodies we will have.  While there is very little Word to describe and explain that portion, we can be confident that Jesus Christ is eternally the same in us throughout eternity. V

Written by Dwight Davis


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