Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
April 21, 2009
Verse 19 – the execution of the will of God in the life of Jesus.
What He is saying is, “I can’t do anything but totally orient to the grace of God.”
The humanity of Christ is helpless apart from the Father’s provision. This is demonstrated by what happened on the cross. When Christ was bearing our sins on the cross He was helpless. It was doctrine that kept Him there.
“The Son [Jesus Christ] is not able to do nothing from the ultimate source of himself, if [3rd class condition] (not unless) he sees the Father doing it.”
Every time He uses a verb for the Father He uses the same verb for Himself. Here He does it again.
The point is that Jesus Christ does not depend upon the essence of His deity to do these things but He depended in His humanity upon the power of the Holy Spirit.
In His deity He is equal with the Father; in His humanity He obeys the Father. All of the way through this passage we are going to see obedience to the Father’s will.
What the Father does is the design for His life, and the something here is the provision – grace. Jesus Christ in His humanity lived under grace. The Father provided what He needed, so the Father did the doing.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
1 Cor 1:30
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
The same doctrine is available to us; the perfection is available to us; the same grace is available to us. Will you humble yourself?
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world…” – agapao, mental attitude love.
The Father phileo’s the Son – total rapport.
“he shows him” – deiknumi means to teach, to teach something of great importance.
When He learned doctrine a rapport was set up, and so the Father’s attitude to the humanity of Christ was phileo, a rapport based on doctrine.
The grace of God plus knowledge of Bible doctrine can bring you to the place where He can show you all things.
“that you may marvel [regard Him with admiration]” – recognition of the plan of the Father and the one who was involved in the plan of the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is equal with the Father in matters of resurrection; He is equal with the Father in matters of judgment.
The first of these is egeiro, the word translated “raise up.” It is the simple word for resurrection, to cause to raise someone from the dead
The Father and the Son are co-equal and co-eternal in their deity.
[zoo = life; poieo = to make or to do]. So this means to make life, to produce life, to give life. It is used for the Father and it is used for the Son.