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Jesus - The word of God
Jesus - The Image of God
Jesus - The only Begotten Son of God
Jesus - The First Born from the Dead
and how they affect and concern you - The believer in Christ Jesus

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    • DIVINE LIFE MINISTRIES FOUNDATION COURSE OUTLINE TITLE: THE PERSONALITY OF JESUSThe subject of the person of Jesus is so crucial to the understanding ofother subjects in the kingdom of God because there is no Christianitywithout Jesus. It is also important to note that whenever we studyabout Jesus, we are actually looking at who we are in Christ becausethe scripture declares in 1 John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect,that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, soare we in this world.” in other words, there is fundamentally nodifference between Jesus Himself and the believer in Christ, that’swhy we are called members of His body. (Eph 5:30)Haven said that; let us now take a brief look into the personality ofJesus Christ our Lord. In simple terminologies, I will like to definepersonality as the essential character and qualities that distinguishesand makes a person unique. In this case, we are studying thosecharacter traits and qualities that distinguishes Jesus as who He is.JESUS – THE WORDAs we talk about the person of Jesus as the Word of God, it isimportant to note that while the Word of God is eternal, Jesus neverexisted until the Word took up flesh! In other words, the Word hadalways been with the Father all along but it was when the Wordbecame flesh that Jesus came into existence. This is why I like to saythat Jesus is more than a prophet like some people of little 1
    • understanding think and say. He is not the man who came to start theChristian religion. He is not just a nice man who did many good thingsfor people. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.The bible declares in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and theWord was with God, and the Word was God.” Just the way God wasfrom the beginning, the scripture says that the Word was in thebeginning. The Word wasn’t created like God wasn’t created. TheWord had and still has the very nature and quality of God Himself.That is the reason John ended that verse by saying “and the Word wasGod”Furthermore, when the appointed time to save mankind came, the bibledeclares in Psalm 107:20 that “He sent his word, and healed them, anddelivered them from their destructions.” Now, you have to understandthat the Word of God exists in the realm of the Spirit for God is aSpirit and so is His word. So Jesus is the intrusion of the Word of Godinto the natural realm. That’s why He was called Emmanuel, for Godhad come to tabernacle amongst men!John further buttresses this point in the fourteenth verse of the gospelaccording to St. John where he said “And the Word was made flesh,and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the onlybegotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”So when Jesus walked the earth, He wasn’t the same as every otherperson on the earth at that time. He wasn’t like any other that existedbefore either. He was divinity manifested in human casing. When Hemoved from one village to another, it was the Word of God movingfrom one village to another. When He spoke to people, it was theWord of God speaking. When He performed a miracle, it was theWord of God performing a miracle. Oh what a personality Jesus is! 2
    • One day while He was talking during His earthly ministry, the biblerecords in John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say untoyou, Before Abraham was, I am.” This to an English man soundsgrammatically incorrect since you would expect Him to say “I was”but Jesus and His audience knew exactly what He was saying. Thebible says they took up stones to cast at Him for saying so.Of course you wouldn’t expect them to attempt to stone Him for agrammatically incorrect statement. They did so because they knewexactly what He meant. You see, the phrase “I am” is used of Godalone as revealed to Moses their fore father. And that was why theywanted to stone Him for saying “I am” They couldn’t understand howthis Jesus who they knew His date of birth, and natural parents wasclaiming to be God! What they didn’t know was that Jesus wasn’t likeany other person they knew around. Even though born of a woman, thesubstance of His existence was the very word of God. That was whyHe could boldly say “He is” before Abraham for the Word of Godexisted before Abraham did.Now you can relate with the Word of God in John 1:12-13 that says“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become thesons 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 ofGod.” Wow! John said anyone who believes in and receives Jesusequally receives the power (authority) to become the son of God in thesame capacity that Jesus is the Son of God.Then he went on to describe what it means to be a son of God bysaying it doesn’t mean to be born of blood. In other words this kind ofbirth is not traceable or has nothing to do with human blood at all. Infact, we are not born of the flesh or of the will (volition) of naturalmen. He said we are born of God! Now you may begin to wonder howpossible it is for you to be born of God when you know the very manwhose surname you bear. 3
    • The apostle Peter has the answer in 1 Pet 1:23 where he said “Beingborn again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the wordof God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” He says we are born againnot of corruptible sperm but of incorruptible sperm. He went on to saythat incorruptible sperm that has become the substance of our birth isthe Word of God that lives and abides ever. So just like Jesus, if youare born again, you are born of the Word of God too.JESUS – THE IMAGE OF GODTalking about Jesus as the image of God; there are two Greek wordstranslated image and used in relation to Jesus as the image of God inscripture. The first word translated image is the Greek word“charakter” from where the English word “character” is derived. Itrefers to a tool for graving, a stamp or an impression as in a coin or aseal. In other words, this word refers to the character or imageimpressed upon a coin or a seal. It speaks of how that a seal whichmakes an impression on a sheet of paper for example, bears the imageor the character produced by it!Take for example, a company has a seal or rubber stamp on which animage is impressed and this instrument (the seal or rubber stamp) isused for impressing the image that it has on other materials. This iswhat the bible refers to in Heb 1:2-3 where it says “Hath in these lastdays spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of allthings, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightnessof his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding allthings by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged oursins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”He refers to Jesus as both being the image of God’s person and theinstrument for impressing that image on others! He is the adequateimprint of the essence of the Father. This was why Jesus himself said 4
    • “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is inthe bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18. The onlybegotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father (the imprint of theFather) has declared (impressed) the Father upon our hearts.Furthermore, when we read in John 10:30 Jesus said “I and my Fatherare one” It is important to note that the terminology He used heremeans to have their being in each other such that there is no onewithout the other! In other words, Jesus is the precise reproduction ofthe Father in every respect.The second one is the word “eikon” from where we have the Englishword “icon”. This word is translated image and involves the ideas ofrepresentation and manifestation. It means to be essentially andabsolutely the perfect expression and representation of the original,model or prototype. It refers to both resemblance and manifestation.So it means to both look like and to act like.This was the word Paul the apostle used in 1 Cor 15:49 where he said“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear theimage of the heavenly.” Here he referred to the natural man who is adescendant of Adam as bearing Adam’s image (eikon). Mankind isdescribed as a representation derived from the prototype (Adam). Inother words, the natural man looks like and function like Adam. Thisis the reason the natural man cannot live a life superior to the qualityof life Adam had but thanks be to God, as we have borne the image(image and likeness) of the earthy, we now bear the very image of theheavenly (Jesus)So when we talk about Jesus as the image of God, we are saying He isthe perfect representation of the invisible Father. He looks like andfunctions like the Father. Little wonder why John 14:9 records “Jesussaith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou 5
    • not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; andhow sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”In 2 Cor 4:4, scripture declares “In whom the god of this world hathblinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of theglorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine untothem.” Oh Jesus was indeed not an ordinary person at all. He wasn’tlike those prophets through whom God spoke occasionally. WheneverHe spoke, He spoke as God not for God. That’s why He didn’t have topray to perform a miracle! He simply said “be healed”, “rise up andwalk”, “be made whole” and so on.This subject becomes even more interesting when you discover thatGod used the same terms when talking about us in Rom 8:29 “Forwhom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to theimage of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among manybrethren.” I mean God says that He foreknew us and predestinated usto be fashioned and pattered after the very image and likeness of HisSon. You see why it is out of place for you to be trying so hard to copyand be like the world? We were designed to look like and to functionlike Jesus here on earth. You too can boldly say “If you have seen me,you have seen Jesus” Praise God!JESUS – THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON:As we study Jesus as the only begotten Son of God, I will like for us toconsider some of the words translated begotten in the bible. One ofthem is the word “Monogenas”. It is the word used in John 1:14, John1:18, John 3:16 and John 3:18 and refers to a single of its kind. Itimplies that Jesus “was” a single of His kind. He “was” the onlyrepresentative of a particular species. He was what you would call an“only child”So why did I say Jesus “was” the only begotten Son of the Father?This is because He is no longer the only begotten Son of the Father. 6
    • Remember that scripture in Rom 8:29 that says “For whom he didforeknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of hisSon, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”It is no longer correct to say Jesus is the only begotten Son of theFather because through His earthly ministry, expiatory death, burial,resurrection and ascension, it has become possible for other sons toemerge. This is what transformed His identity from an only begottenson to the firstborn among many brethren. You and I are now membersof the family of God and as much His children as Jesus is!Another very important word was used in 1 Pet 1:3 where scripturesays “blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whichaccording to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a livelyhope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”Here the apostle Peter was talking about the new creation and said Godhath begotten us again to a lively hope. He uses the Greek word“Anagennao” which means to produce again, born again, bornanew, to have ones’ mind changed so that he lives a new life. Inother words, what he was saying was that God has made us born againunto a lively hope (a lifetime of hope) by the resurrection of JesusChrist. You see, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we areborn again unto newness of life. So when next you think about Jesus,you think about the reason for our lives as Christian!JESUS – THE FIRSTBORN OF EVERY CREATURE: (Col 1:13-15,18, Rev 1:5, Rom 8:29, 1 Cor 15:20)When we talk about Jesus as the first born, what comes into the mindof everyone is that He wasn’t the first to be born into the world, howthen is He the first born of every creature? Well, we would look at this 7
    • from two different angles. First, let’s look at Colossians 1:18 “and Heis the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstbornfrom the dead; that in all things, He might have the preeminence”The Greek word used here literally means the first born or firstbegotten. Also in Rev 1:5 the scripture says “and from Jesus Christ,who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten from the dead, andthe prince of the kings of the earth…” The bible tells us He is the firstbegotten form the dead. This doesn’t mean the first to be resurrectedbecause we know Jesus during His earthly ministry even raised thedead. The point is this, all those who were raised to life from the deadcame back with the same kind of life they had before they died but inJesus’ case, the life with which He resurrected was different.Despite the fact that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man, we knowthat he was made sin who knew no sin that we might become therighteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21) He was arrested as asinner and judged as a sinner. Finally, He was crucified as a sinner andpaid the penalty of sin which was death! Remember the bible says thewages of sin is death, so He had to receive the wages of the sins Hewas then carrying as the representative of mankind. After His death,He went to hell as a sinner is supposed to. Three days later, He cameback to life. Actually, He was brought back to life by the Holy Spiritwho is referred to as the glory of the Father.Here’s the difference! He wasn’t just raised to life or resurrected as itsounds; He was actually born out of death! He was born anew with avery different life. He did not resurrect as the sinner He was when Hedied. He came out of the grave the righteousness of God. He came outof the grave with the God kind of Life, the Divine Life! Now, since noone ever lived with that life before Him, He remained the first born ofthat race.CONFESSION: 8
    • Dear heavenly Father I thank you for loving me so much andsending your Word to save me from all destruction. Thank you forthe intensity of your love that looked beyond who I was and what Ihad to offer but considered who I could become if only you madethat sacrifice. I thank you for giving birth to me by your living andabiding Word and then making me as you really are in Christ Jesus.Thank you Lord for as I had borne the image of the earthly, so I amnow bearing the image of the heavenly. Therefore, as He is so am Iin this world for you have made me your qualified representationand manifestation. I declare that my world is seeing Jesus in me as Ishow forth the beauties and Excellencies of the heavenly every dayof my life.Yes I am a member of the family of God for I hail from Him. I amHis offspring and His reproduction! I am a child of God in the samecapacity as Jesus – the Son of God for He has given me His life andthe very essence of His personality. Everywhere I go God goesbecause He now lives in me and functions through me. All things aretherefore possible to me for I now function with the ability of theliving God in the name of Jesus.I have been born again unto a lifetime of hope by the resurrection ofJesus from the dead. Christ in me is the hope of glory for greater isHe that is in me than he that is in the world. Everything about mylife now has the God factor attached to it for I am no ordinaryperson at all. I am a supernatural being from a supernaturalkingdom and I reign, rule and dominate in this life by Christ Jesus.ASSESSMENTPlease let me state categorically that the reason for this assessment isnot to score you or give you any credits but to see to it that you haveclearly understood the topic of discourse. So kindly ensure that you 9
    • answer these questions in accordance with your understanding ratherthan in accordance with what is written in the outline.If you find that at some point you don’t seem to know the answer, thenread and re-read the outline until you have a firm grip on the material.If it takes you several weeks to understand this, it doesn’t mean thatyou are dull in understanding at all. It simply means that you are smartand have decided to take your time to understand the subject and thatin my honest opinion is a million times better than rushing through forreading sake. 1. What have you discovered to be the reason for studying the personality of Jesus? 2. What are the three major characteristics of the person of Jesus described in this study? 3. Is there any reason between Jesus and the word? If Yes, what is that difference? 4. There are two scriptures in this outline to prove that we too are born of the word of God? Quote one of them. 5. Briefly describe the two words translated image in scripture 6. How can you describe the believer as the image of Christ? 7. How true is the statement that Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father today? 8. Differentiate between the following terminologies: Jesus as the only begotten Son, Jesus as the firstborn amongst many brethren and Jesus as the first born from the dead. 9. Do you have any personal questions in connection with the study that you would like to ask a leader or pastor? 10