Reblogged on 1/21/2014 per request:
Both Jesus and John the Baptist operated outside the religious structures of their day. Both were rejected by the organized church, and killed by the civil government. Both paid for their truth with their own lives. And it is only people like them, who will ever attain the fullness of God. Jesus also … suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. The ministry of Jesus Christ was one of example. He established a pattern that you are expected to follow. He personally tested and validated all the scriptures that can make you into what he is. As Jesus walked through the experiences of his earthly life, he described what was happening inside him. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. He sought an intimate, private relationship with his Father. When he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. He obtained his own spiritual maturity through the unjust sufferings of earth. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Jesus was faced with crucifixion, a grievous evil, orchestrated by his Father’s hand. It pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. In that hateful, crazy situation, he tenaciously clung to his Father’s sovereignty and superior wisdom. Thou could have no power at all against me, except it was given thee from above. Jesus responded to undeserved evil with forgiveness. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. By this he authenticated the process for becoming immortal love. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. This self-sacrificial love, in the face of evil, is the substance of God. “To know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God”? Through willing surrender unto self-sacrifice, Jesus established the New Covenant for all those who would follow. At his resurrection, he became the first spiritually be-gotten Son of God, in the fullest possible sense. We declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. By his resurrection, Jesus obtained an inheritance as a firstborn Son. This inheritance is all the same character, wisdom, power, life, and substance which his Father possesses. Saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Jesus became the physical Son of God when he was born from Mary. But he did not become the first “spiritually begotten” Son until his resurrection. Physically born from the line of David, but power-fully defined a Son of God, by a resurrection from the dead, through a spirit of holiness. A virgin birth does not produce a spiritually begotten Son of God. It produces a fleshly man born with a carnal nature. For since by man [the sinless Adam] came death, by man [the sinless Jesus] came also the resurrection of the dead. If a virgin birth were required to produce a spiritually begotten Son, Jesus would be the only one. But he is not the only one. He is the firstborn of many brothers. That he might be the firstborn among many brethren. It takes both a physical birth, and then a resurrection, a spirit birth, to enter the fullness of God. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the firstborn Son because he was the first to pass completely through the earthly process of spiritual begetting. By this he became the prototype for all his brothers. These are the rest of the Sons of God who will be born from the fleshly race. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. There is no Organized Church that understands this example of Jesus. To some he was only a human prophet. To others he was a manifestation of Yahweh. But to a precious few, Jesus Christ was born a sinless Adamite, filled with the spirit of God. He then completed a spiritual gestation on earth and by this process obtained all the sub-stance of deity. And this is the hope of us all. Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the comprehension of the Son of God; to a perfect manhood, to the standard height of the perfection of Christ. Ephesians 4:13.