To be sure, God found Jesus worth risking for. He saw no problem having himself made flesh in Christ. But how about having Himself made flesh in us? This was the dangerous risk God took.
Each time a human being decides to surrender himself totally to God, God takes that risk of having Himself made flesh in that person. Word being made flesh takes place in us each day. So God risks daily.
Do we understand this?
God-is-spirit truth is awesome, so God opted to have that nature. Being spirit in nature is powerful, but God-in-the-flesh alone can repair fallen humanity. Not only this, it also demolished (and demolishes) Satan’s kingdom, wiles, and borrowed powers. Satan has long been an underdog in the spirit realms—he’s just among speck-dust-size particle-creatures whirling under God’s feet.
However, the fleshly realms is another story. Here, Satan gained the upper hand when Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Adam should have been “god of this world,” but gave up the title for a measly bite of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.
Pretty much like what Esau did in favor of pacifying his fleshly craving.
Now, God’s masterpiece creation was put under challenge—flesh can only be saved by flesh, not by spirit. God himself had set this policy—what is flesh is flesh, what is spirit is spirit. Well, as far as man’s spirit was concerned, there was no problem. God could take care of that in spirit.
The problem was, man was of the flesh. Yes, man had soul and spirit, but his spirit was dead. There was no way he could relate with God to have his spirit saved. Flesh to spirit was a definite no-no. Man could only relate to anything of the flesh. And his soul was easily sucked into the realms of his fleshly proclivities. By his own choice, God, who is spirit, disallowed himself from coming down to save man, who was of the flesh—though God could’ve done that so easily because nothing was impossible to him. But he chose to disqualify himself as spirit.
Everything should be done to the letter—God’s letter. God’s standard. God’s way. So God had to become flesh (that was how he planned it all from the beginning). Man’s salvation was possible only if his flesh recognized God’s flesh in Christ. If his flesh accomplished this, then his spirit will be quickened.
Why take that risk? What is it about being in the flesh that made God risk his spirit nature? Was being in the flesh worth risking? What kind of power did spirit-in-flesh produce that “lured” God to push through with it? “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Definitely, God saw something in being made flesh. Though flesh is weak, God opted to go all out for it—because power is made perfect in weakness.
In fact, salvation is not just salvation of the spirit—but of the soul and body as well. Salvation cannot be merely spiritual; God’s plan is to save the whole man. The first task here is to save his spirit and strengthen it, so the soul can get sucked into the spirit realms. The soul cleaves to whatever holds power—whether the spirit or the flesh. To get through man’s spirit, God had to first affect man’s flesh. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament preceded this—burning flesh to save human flesh. When they were in trouble—or when their flesh was in trouble—they needed to sacrifice animal—sheep or goat—to appease God’s wrath. That took care of their earthly existence and earthly connection with God. But it was never enough. Something was lacking. When Old Testament saints died, they waited in Paradise until the coming of Jesus. Jesus (God in the flesh) would conquer the fleshly realms so man’s flesh can release the spirit inside him to God. Jesus would take care of the whole man—spirit, soul, and body.
The Word is First Conceived
The Word was first conceived in God’s mind. So it was given birth in God’s imagination. To understand God’s mind, let’s consider man’s mind for a moment—though God’s thoughts are higher than man’s thoughts.
Human brain cells work 24 hours a day, even while we sleep. They are able to accomplish trillions of tasks per second. Brain digital monitors were once hooked up to volunteers who were made to sleep. Brain cell activities were indicated by blinks on the monitor, and experts say they blinked in astounding speed and frequency! That’s fast! What more the mind of God.
Try to imagine how quickly God’s mind works, how fast he imagines, and how fast he sees everything from start to finish, and even to things beyond that. Did you know that he has seen everything in a glimpse and has thought out everything from start to finish—even to the beyond? So, how come churches still makes “plans” and pray for them? All they have to do is seek God’s plans and implement them in his strength and grace.
God thinks out the Word and then releases it through his mouth. Then we have the powerful spoken Word. Tremendous power and energy are involved in that split-second process, from God’s mind to God’s mouth. The moment he thinks, creation begins a huge process to make that thought come to pass, so that the moment God speaks, everything falls into place, precisely as God imagines and intends it.
The Word is Then Spoken
Then God spoke the Word, and the universe was created. The earth took form from chaos and formlessness. And the heavens spread out and divided. The conceived Word is powerful but the spoken Word is doubly powerful. The moment it is released from God’s own mouth, heaven begins to be busy, angels glide in haste with lightning speed to convey messages, demons flee and Satan steps out of the way, and atoms and molecules split and re-create and things take form in a glimpse!
And Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone but (hear this) by every Word that comes out of God’s own mouth.” The spoken Word is awesome! We need it daily, each moment, not just for spiritual empowerment, but to make things happen on earth as it is in heaven. It is a vital tool for Kingdom building on earth. Do you eat the spoken Word regularly?
The Word Should Be Made Flesh
This is the next-to-ultimate power of God: When the Word is made flesh. This means an obedient human being hears the Word (or “eats” and “breathes” it) and offers himself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, to carry on Word propagation on earth, be a vessel dedicated to NOTHING else except offering God a fleshly vessel to live in. Like what Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me!” Like what Mary said, “May it be done to me according to your Word.”
And when Mary said thus, the Spirit overshadowed her and the result was God made flesh! See the pattern? The angel brought the spoken Word of God to Mary, Mary also released her spoken Word (which was inspired by God in her). That brought all heaven, and most especially, the Spirit, to work fast, (and imagine how all the cells and systems in Mary’s body began to work to make this happen) and out came the Word made flesh. And the world turned upside down! This is God’s way of building the Kingdom on earth. It’s through God made flesh alone.
The Word in Our Mouths
The same principles work when we release the Word from our mouths. It is first conceived in our minds (so we have to have to mind of Christ). We release it from our mouths. Then it is given flesh in the physical world. Jesus described the power of this principle: if you have faith, you can say to this mountain, “be thrown into the the sea!” It will obey you. And this is not figurative. This is literal. The context is about Jesus telling the fig tree (Jesus talked to objects and nature, see?) to never bear fruit again. Sure enough, the tree obeyed. This is the power of the Word released from our mouths and given flesh. It commands creation. This is the power of God’s flesh.
The Church is Too Worldly
The problem with the church (man’s church) today is that it is too worldly to grasp supernatural Kingdom principles like God made flesh or Word made flesh. The church is the first to laugh at and mock principles like this because it imagines itself as a scientific club. It imagines itself more scientific than supernatural. It relies on its theology (which it calls a science) based on acumen, philosophy, sociology, men’s religious wisdom, and some bible verses.
I read once in a “missionary” book how some American missionaries dissuaded a Korean from believing God’s miracle. The Korean had brain cancer, and one night he dreamed that Jesus healed him. He said it looked so real, and he believed God would heal him. The missionaries calmed down the poor Korean (who was a student attending their seminary) and tried to reason out scientifically that it was all just a dream, and that he should just accept his fate. The Korean died. And being proud of what they had done, the denomination wrote a book about it—about how they downplayed God’s miracle power and spiritual conveyance and convinced the poor Korean to just accept what the medical findings told him.
The church teaches it and easily memorizes it—“And the Word became flesh”—but it does not understand or believe it.
In the Old testament, God utterly rejected his own people because they also came to a point where they just kept their religious or “denominational” rituals intact but not their belief in a holy and supernatural, powerful almighty God. They relied more on their human ways, which God called idolatry and adultery. In Jeremiah, God cursed the temple they so trusted in. It was God’s temple, but they made an idol of it—like today’s denominational church buildings.
Denominational people think God lives in their church buildings. They feel that their service inside those buildings are pleasing to God. They are blind to the fact that God desires to see God made flesh in the bodies and lives of believers—our bodies are the temple of the Spirit—and not man-made programs done in man-made buildings.