By Nancy Thompson (Written summer 2007)
There are two monikers of Christ that are used: Son of God and Son of Man.
In earlier understandings, most of us saw the two as separate names. While we know that these two titles are true and have accepted them by faith, the uniting of the Son of God and the Son of Man in our consciousness reveals the One – Christ.
Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, thus the Son of God.
Christ also, is the Son of Man, which relates to His humanity as man and so Christ, in His humanity, is the visible expression of the invisible God – complete and perfect union of God and Man.
There is and always has been and always will be the only begotten Son.
Christ reconciles man and God so that we are now sons of God, through the Son of God and the Son of Man. The two are one – one what? One Person and One Spirit. By the One Person and Spirit, Christ expresses His divinity and humanity.
We then are sons of God through the Son and as we live in the tent of our bodies, Christ expresses Himself as the Son of God and Man, completely uniting in Himself, both God and man; He the elder brother of many brothers.
Our particular humanity – our personal traits, likes, dislikes, problems, adverse conditions, our reactions, especially to things that disturb us is the very stuff and ground that God uses as a jumping off point to cause us to act, as He. He causes us, through our adverse reactions to do of His good will and pleasure.
Every person has their ‘hot buttons’, to use a worldly phrase, things that bug us – things that make us angry, jealous – things that kick-start our emotions into high gear.
God, through our emotions, serve Him and causes us to move and to act he He.
While in the disturbance, our souls – emotions are in high gear.
The key, however, is to realize that in these disturbances, it is God Himself who uses our emotions as His starting point to act.
We’ve all gone through scenarios, when our emotions are high – but it is NOT through the emotions we act; for when we act while the flames are high, sometimes the result is that we get burned or burn others. We act rashly, out of the emotions and the result is a continuing fire of whirling wheels – no release.
The fire of emotions (soul disturbances) must die, become embers, then finally, white, dead ash and subsequently die out as ashes before we move out to act. To act before the dying out of the heat of the fire – adds more fuel to the fire and we continue to burn and possibly burn or inflame others.
At this point, we say – “OK, God, you sent this thing/circumstance to get me all fired up – what are you going to do in this and what is it you will do, by me, to act?” “You’ve got my attention, now – what are you going to do?
This is one example of how the division of soul and Spirit takes place.
God is the one who disturbs our souls/emotions BUT uses this disturbance to cause us to ‘die to the fire of the emotion so that He reveals Himself through it by His Spirit.
It is a profound revelation to know that God puts us through circumstances – getting us all fired up – in order for He – Himself to reveal Himself as love, for God is love and for others.
He begins to reveal Himself through our soul disturbance in order that He manifests Himself through His Spirit, through the emotions, which He disturbed.
Thus, the Son of Man, Christ – in our human reactions begins His work to disturb us in our humanity – we joined to Him – to cause us to act through His humanity as sons of God – through the only begotten Son of God – to reveal Himself to others as love; the Son of Man AND the Son of God as ONE.
Because ‘to live IS Christ’, He disturbs us with what disturbs Him and His life as the only life in us – manifested in the flesh (our bodies) causes us to act according to His purposes.
Be thou no more afraid of that which disturbs you, for now you know His purpose through all the ages is for His sake and glory, that Christ is magnified in our mortal bodies.