Jesus Gave Up His Superpowers

Jesus gave up His superpower prerogatives when He came to earth, being born of a virgin. How then did He accomplish His miracles? Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (6) who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, (7) but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (8) Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (9) For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, (10) so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 By what power did He accomplish His mighty miracles? We know that the source of His power was the power of God, but by what authority did He wield it, as the Son of God – God Himself, equal with the Father? The answer to this question will determine much about what you believe concerning whether miracles are possible today and whether we also have access to this same miracle working power. It was not as God. The scripture is clear and emphatic. Jesus „emptied‟ Himself of His divine power in the Incarnation. To rightfully pay for mankind‟s sin, Jesus must first become 100% man. Was He still God? Yes, He was still 100% God. This is the mystery of the Incarnation – „one new Man‟ – 100% God and 100% Man. Scripture states that He (as God) only took on the form, likeness, and appearance of man. During His earthly walk, He was God in earthly form, not directly utilizing His own divine essence. It is interesting to note, that Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man 80 times, and only a couple times as the Son of God. He was God, but the emphasis was on His walk as a Man, God‟s true new Man. God the Father was the source of all the miracles. He accomplished them through Jesus Christ; the Son of Man. Jesus depended wholly on the Father for all that He did. Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19 “The things which I have seen in the presence of my Father I am speaking..” John 8:38a Wuest Expanded Translation Jesus, in complete submissive obedience, depended on God the Father for everything. So much so, that Jesus said in John 14:9, “If you‟ve seen Me, you‟ve seen the Father.” What allowed the power of the Godhead to flow through the submissive obedience of Jesus? Two things – the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. John 1:14 “…I have authority to lay it down. Jesus submitted to the Father by submitting to the Word. and the darkness did not comprehend it. nothing came into being that has come into being. And the Word became flesh. He still came sinless and perfect. (2) He was in the beginning with God. What would happen if this good seed fell on perfect soil. and the resulting harvest would be sufficient to bless the entire world. and the Word was God.“…Behold. Just like with Jesus. „the source and goal of our faith (God‟s Word Translation). and dwelt among us. and as such. I will make my words known to you. meditation. our Old Testament.” Proverbs 1:23b Jesus Was Filled With the Word of God Even though He didn‟t come to earth as the Son of God. He actually is the word of God. full of grace and truth. This time through the same manner that all mankind must become receive the word. and I have authority to take it up again. (4) In Him was life. Jesus gave up His innate superpowers for a heart-grown super-faith. Now He that had been made flesh. it was the perfect soil in which the word of God could grow. This commandment I received from My Father. It was the avenue by which His perfect obedience could be transformed into perfect power. like the type of heart Jesus would have? That seed would literally explode with growth. apart from Him. That is why the writer of Hebrews calls Him. through study. and corresponding obedient actions. The Word was His strength. He must become one with the word – again. I will pour out my Spirit on you. the word of God would have been the Hebrew Scriptures. His heart was perfect. (5) The Light shines in the darkness.” John 10:17b For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. and. Being born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin meant that He didn‟t have the taint of man‟s sin nature. and is referred to as the „Word of God‟ in Revelations 19:13. and the life was the Light of men. but also His walk of faith. and we saw His glory. It was complete and more than sufficient for the job. During the time of His walk. (3) All things came into being through Him. and bringing forth a rich harvest. Jesus was identified with the word of God. and the word of God was identified with Him. glory as of the only begotten from the Father. I John 5:4 The Parable of the Sower talks about the good seed growing in good soil. He thus became our Savior and our highest example of faith. . by which we can turn submissive obedience into vibrant and powerful faith. we have been given the word of God. In the beginning was the Word. and the Word was with God.‟ We are not only to follow His walk of submission and obedience. Jesus paid the price for our salvation and paved the way for our walk of faith. It was through obedience to the commandments that God gave Him His authority and power. John 1:1-5 From the very beginning.

He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. heaven was opened. And. because He is The Word of God. Romans 8:11 The moment Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:19-21 KJV And they went out and preached everywhere. (20) which He wrought in Christ. Luke 3:21. and confirmed the word by the signs that followed. and dominion. how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power.22…. Mark 16:20 Faith makes the power of God available. The word of God then represents the power of God. (22) and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove.” …. and while He was praying. and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Jesus was also baptized. because He . in You I am well-pleased. for God was with Him. Our walk in the word is not at the same level as Jesus‟ walk. as Christian believers. when He raised Him from the dead. Acts 10:38 Now when all the people were baptized. He walked as much different man on earth. and the same Holy Spirit from which to draw God‟s holy power. but also in that which is to come. and might. Jesus Was Anointed With the Holy Spirit Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power. … and what is the exceeding greatness of His toward us-ward who believe. “You know of Jesus of Nazareth. while the Lord worked with them.. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places. and He walked in fullness of the Spirit. The word of God makes faith available. “You are My beloved Son.God the Father accepts our obedience to His word. our „being filled with the Spirit. and faith has the power to overcome the world. and the power of the Holy Spirit on Him.4:14 We have this same Spirit living inside of us. not only in this world. (14) And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. have the same word of God. and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. and power. and a voice came out of heaven. and responds with faith. and every name that is named. We Also Have the Word of God And the Holy Spirit We. according to the working of His mighty power.‟ is not the same as Jesus. (21) far above all principality. He carried the full authority of Heaven because He had the fullness of Heaven working on His behalf. He did not have to rely on His own divine power because He could depend on the power of the Father through the word.

I say to you.‟ We are however able to walk in a degree sufficient to change the world around us. the works that I do. but that measure is sufficient. If we choose to. and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit. Our biggest obstacle is the condition of our heart. and He said as much. he who believes in Me. We have also been made „new wine skins. and allow the word of God to grow abundantly in us.‟ capable of being filled with the Holy Spirit. and the amount of Word in our heart. I am sending forth the promise (of the Holy Spirit) of My Father upon you. because I go to the Father. We have the same arsenal from which Jesus had to draw. Both are our responsibility. and are under our control. but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” John 15:16 Nothing is holding us back but us alone. a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit…” Acts 6:5 (partial) . “Truly. I grant you.” Luke 24:49 “You did not choose Me but I chose you. just in a lesser measure. and that your fruit would remain. truly.. so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom. and greater works than these he will do. “…They chose Stephen. is it possible for us to walk in such power? Jesus apparently thought so. he will do also. So. we can also walk clean in His Grace.” Luke 22:29 “And behold.was given the Spirit „without limit.” John 14:12 “.

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