And with our hands have handled!

I believe that Jesus came in the flesh. Let’s take a look at what that means.

1 John 1:1-2 is a good place to start. In these verses John is explaining what it means to come in the flesh. Later in 1 John 4, he tells us to use this teaching to try the spirits. So if we understand I John 1:1-2, then we can try the spirits like John says to do. So let’s look at what John says.

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jn 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

The flesh that John heard, saw, looked upon and with his hands handled…was from the beginning, of the word of Life, and with the Father prior to being manifested to us. This isn’t Mary’s flesh. She wasn’t from the beginning, she wasn’t of the word of life, etc. She was just a clay descendent of Adam like your wife or mine. Highly favored, but in the end she went back to the earth like all of us clay folk. The miracle of the virgin birth is that God gave us a good and perfect gift from heaven. Jesus – the Firstborn – descended from heaven just like He said (John 6:48-51). Unbelieving Jews (John 6:41) as well as many of disciples murmured and would walk no more with Him (John 6:66) when He made this claim. He simply responded, “will you believe that I came down from heaven if you saw me ascend back there?”

My experience has been that most seem to believe that Jesus took His flesh from Mary and His spirit came from God. John’s words in I John 1:1-2 would not make sense if Jesus’ flesh came from Mary. John said he touched and handled something that was from the beginning and of the word of Life. Again, this is not Mary’s flesh. So my simple belief is that Jesus, God’s Firstbegotten, descended from heaven – body, soul, spirit. The good and perfect gift, the Lamb without Blemish, came from above. He had flesh, but it was not corruptible clay like me, you and Mary had (see 1 Corinthians 15:39-49). He came in the likeness of sinful flesh, not in human flesh (Romans 8:3).

Mankind often has things turned around. We think if someone has a body and a shape that looks like a man and can feel pain, discouragement, fatigue, die, etc., then that man is a clay man (a human) like us. This just reveals our earth centered view. We were created in His image, not He in ours. We look like we look and have emotions and pain and suffer because Jesus looked that way first and because God can feel this range of emotions. And yes, God did die. Jesus was separated from the Father on Calvary (Matthew 27:46), that is death (at least the one that really matters).

So this is a very important truth. Jesus said it was upon this foundation that He would build His church and John instructed us to try the spirits using it. God helps us to understand and do.

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