''BEHOLD THE MAN"

 

BEHOLD THE MAN

Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom

 

Saturday morning on awakening, I received a sermon message.  The message was clear and concise.  Preach: “Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, has restored the full authority of Adam to the born-again, Sons-of-God.” 

 

Adam’s authority:

 

Genesis 1:26-30:  God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female, He created them.  God blessed them, and God said to them, “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it, having dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.  See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.  Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so. 

 

At birth we were all born into the natural family of Adam (human race).  It was through one man, Adam, that sin entered the world.  With his sin came death. Death then spread over the entire human race, for all sinned.  When Adam sinned, we sinned.  If Levi could pay tithes when that tribe was still in the loins of Abraham, then the unborn human race could sin while still in the loins of Adam (Heb. 7:9-10).

 

The one-man-method of salvation works on the same basis as the one-man-method of sin.  The moment Adam sinned a change occurred in his being.  He became evil and corrupt inside.  He could no longer fellowship with God.  He was separated from God which is spiritual death.  Adam died spiritually the day he sinned.  But it took 930 more years before his body died. 

 

Romans 5: 15-19: The free gift Is not like the offense.  For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned.  For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.  If by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

 

 

Jesus received baptism from John by way of identifying Himself with sinners.  Both the Holy Spirit and the Father bore witness to Jesus as being the Messianic Son of God.  The Spirit in the form of a dove, and the Father in words echoing Psalm 2:7 and Isa. 42:1. 

 

Mark 1: 9-11:  It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.  Then a voice came from heaven, “you are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 

 

Psa. 2:7: I will declare the decree:  The LORD has said to Me, “you are My son.  Today I have begotten You.”

 

We are born-again into the family of God as sons of God supernaturally by faith.

 

When Jesus began to preach, they were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes (Mark 1:22).

 

Authority:  The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience; power, jurisdiction, command, control, mastery, charge, dominion, rule, sovereignty, ascendance, supremacy, domination, influence.

 

Jesus’ authority is God’s authority and He knows who he is and what his assignment is on earth.  One of which is to bind Satan, and set free those enslaved by him.  Here, his first head-on collision with the demonic realm is met with resistance. His ruling authority is to establish the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven and to empower mankind through the power of His Name, His Blood and His Word to also have that authority. 

 

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus identifies himself twelve times as the Son-of-man.  He is identified three times as the Son of God.

 

Mark 1:1:  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mark 3:11:  When they unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and crying, saying, “thou art the Son of God.

Mark 15:39: When the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.

 

It is His authority as the Son-of-Man which is my assignment for this message.

 

Luke 5:24:  That you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” ---He said to the man who was paralyzed.  I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Mark 2:28: The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.

Matt. 18:11:  The Son of man is come to save that which was lost.\

Luke 9:56: The Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

Mark 4:41:  What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Christ owns the sea.

 

Psa. 95:5:  The sea is His, and He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Oh, come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker!

 

The roaring sea is now a trophy at his feet revealing to the prince of the power of the wind and the defiant sea that He has taken back the authority given by God to the first Adam.

 

1 Cor. 15: 27-28 (Paraphrased):  He (God) has put all things under Christ’s feet.   It is God’s power that brings everything into subjection to Jesus.  Then, when everything is in complete subjugation, the Son will surrender Himself back to the Father that God may be all in all.”

 

1 Cor. 15: 45-49: “It is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  The first man is of the earth, earthy (made of dust); the second man is the Lord from heaven.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.  As we have borne the image of the earthy (man of dust), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”

 

The first man stands at the head of the old creation; the second man at the head of the new.  We have born the image of the earthy, we shall also have the likeness of Chris, the image of the heavenly.

 

On October 25, 2022, I wrote that as we are studying Mark, I am anticipating he will give us more revelation of Jesus Christ, the Son-of-Man.  

 

The Greek word of “Son of Man” is “yhios” pronounced “hwee-os.” (G5207).

SON OF MAN:  

1.    term describing man, carrying the connotation of weakness and mortality

2.    son of man, symbolically denotes the fifth kingdom in Daniel 7:13 and by this term its humanity is indicated in contrast with the barbarity and ferocity of the four preceding kingdoms (the

Babylonian, the Median and the Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman) typified by the four beasts. In the book of Enoch (2nd Century) it is used of Christ. Used by Christ himself, doubtless in order that he might intimate his Messiah-ship and also that he might designate himself as the head of the human family, the man, the one who both furnished the pattern of the perfect man and acted on behalf of all mankind. Christ seems to have preferred this to the other Messianic titles, because by its lowliness it was least suited to foster the expectation of an earthly Messiah in royal splendor.

1.    Son of God

1.    used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38).  

2.    used to describe those who are born again (Luke 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ

3.    of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others

1.    in the OT used of the Jews

2.    in the NT of Christians

3.    those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12: 5-8).

4.    those who revere God as their father, the pious worshipers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 3:26) and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father's will in all his acts

 

 

On Resurrection Day, Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, receive ye the Holy Ghost (Jn. 20:22).  Then the Spirit of God entered the disciples.  Just as truly as God in the beginning breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and man “became a living soul,” ---so now the Last Adam (who had now become, by virtue of His death and resurrection, a “life-giving (quickening) Spirit” ---(1 Cor. 15:45) ---so now the Last Adam breathed into the disciples the breath of spiritual life, and we pass experientially from death unto life.

 

When we receive the Holy Spirit of God, we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ’s glory.  It is only the Spirit that can inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

1 Cor. 15:50:  This I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit in-corruption.

 

The image of Christ’s glory is described by John in Revelation 1:13-16:   John heard a great voice, as a trumpet…John turned to see the voice that spoke.  He saw seven golden candlesticks.  In the midst of the seven candlesticks, one like unto the Son -of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

 

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.  His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  He had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun shines in its strength.”

 

We are told that we shall also have the likeness of Christ.  Our resurrected bodies will be changed into Christ’s glory.  As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order… (1 Co. 15:22-23).

 

The perishable:  That is, the physical man (flesh and blood) as he is in this world needs a transformation; without it, he inherits nothing.  It is not this present physical body that finds its possession in the Kingdom, but our Spirit.

 

When we are “born again” into the supernatural family of Jesus (Christian), then we are being transformed from faith to faith and from glory to glory until we bear His likeness: “Till we all come in the unity of the faith of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).

 

This transfiguration glory to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ is not just beyond the grave, but as we die daily and allow Christ to raise us up into our calling and destiny which is determined by the sovereignty of God.

 

1 Co. 15:21: Since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

 

John 1: 12-13:  As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

 

I asked the Lord, have I delivered the message you asked me to deliver?

 

I asked the Lord does this mean it is the time of the manifestation of the sons of God?

 

Romans 8:19-22: For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God…the creature itself shall also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  The whole creation groans and travail in pain together until now.

 

I asked the Lord is this another sign of your second coming?  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).

 

Matthew 24:30: Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

I heard a song yesterday. Shallow Water, written by Randy Travis in 2001.  I was blessed.

 

“I will not drown in shallow water

Not with your love within my reach

I did not come this far to falter

And will not rest until I’m free

 

You are the sun. You are the flower

You are the wind across the sea

And I will kneel here at Your altar

And Pray You’ll take my soul to keep.

 

Oh, precious one, you are the mountain.

You are the earth beneath my feet.

In You we’re one now and forever

In You I find the love in me.

 

 

Through Your love my eyes are open

Through Your love I’ll learn to see

And in Your name my bread is broken

By Your grace I’ll rest in peace.

 

I will not drown in shallow water

Nor with Your love within my reach.

I did not come this far to falter

And will not rest until I’m free.” (Randy Travis 2001).

 

Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

www.eastgateministries.com

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