The new things that have come: The dispensation of invisible heroes. Part 4.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
PRO 24:5, A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.
The verb to rise pres-pass-indicative egeiro which means in context to take a stand, to cause one to arise because of grief.
PHI 2:3-5, Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
laying aside His garments analogous to our Lord in PHI 2:6-8 Who, although He existed in the essence of God, He did not think equality with God a thing to be seized, but He laid aside His privileges, taking the form of a slave, having come to be in the likeness of men.
He was denying Himself of the proper function of His deity.
1JO 4:17, By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
The garment He wore was so valuable because it was made out of one piece of cloth representing oneness - deity.
It’s also interesting that the garment represents our Lord’s deity which cannot be polluted by the depravity of man.
The cloth that He girded Himself with was probably an ordinary household cloth which represented His humanity which would get filthy with contact with man’s sins.
When He went to the Cross, His garment was stripped from Him, just like at the Cross, His deity did not die for the sins of the world.
When the soldiers cast lots for that garment they were in essence gambling to possess a perfect covering, when in reality the naked Savior was offering them a perfect covering for free through faith.
The Roman soldiers were betting money in the hopes of getting that perfect covering, while the naked Messiah was right above them on the cross, being ignored by them, and providing a perfect covering for anyone who would believe.
Our Lord has removed His expensive garment that the soldiers will cast lots for when He was on the cross, and He now looks like a servant.
They all dressed up with dirty unclean feet, while our Lord is undressed, naked but clean and pure.
PHI 2:7, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Actually our Lord is showing eleven disciples, who are all going to have the gift of communication, that in order to be a communicator you have to study and teach, study and teach.
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” MAT 16:23, But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”