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The Adamic Connection!
The statements Jesus repeatedly made about Himself throughout John’s
gospel should be read at least as much in hope that the truth will finally
sink in.  These were not just so much “pious platitude” (words from and in
remembrance of the late J. Vernon McGee!).  Nor should any be
discounted as merely “hyperbole.”  They were not exaggerations (or false
piety) and certainly cannot be taken lightly, or be dismissed as irrelevant
when discussing THE MAN and HIS MISSION.  For this reason, then, we
can well see that by His own estimation, it was not our Lord’s sinless
offered up before God bearing the penalty for all our sins (contrary to
popular misperception), rather it was His sinless flesh, which He kept in
subjection at every turn, per the instruction, per the guidance and per the
will of God the Father, whom He loved dearly.  In those verses from John’
s Gospel, moreover Christ showed positively no determination, ever, to
rely upon Himself (as deity, or divine), in any aspect of His earthly
journey.  He never asserted Himself, making demands upon anyone to see
or receive Him as any thing greater than the Man He was—the Man sent
by God.  He was as helpless as any man, living daily in total dependence
upon God—through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit—never by
His own will.  As the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth could not so much as
command His own angels (whom He created!) without calling first upon
His Father (Matthew 26:53), nor could He, of Himself perform even one
miracle (Matthew 12:28-32)—those were all done by that same Holy Spirit who came down upon Him in the form of a dove out
of Heaven (Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21-22; the Holy Spirit was resident within Him until the Cross, where He was removed so that
Jesus might bear our sins, and face the wrath of God alone.  Hence the expression, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken
Me?”  Matt. 27:46).  Jesus even had to learn obedience (Hebrews 5:8), in the execution of which feat, His flesh—being without
automatic.  He was not an earth-bound cosmic robot, roaming and bragging throughout the hills of Judea about triumphs over
potential and impending obstacles that would never be a problem to Him in the first place.

Ultimately, Christ was in His humanity—having grown to adulthood from that embryo, planted in Mary’s womb—all that Adam
was before the fall, tho’ he was created a man, full grown.  Like Adam—who being flawless and sinless when created, and,
who did not fall because of any flaw in his nature—our Lord could likewise choose to obey, or, He could choose to disobey  
(furthermore, it should be noted that He made no secret of His choice, as will be shown later.).  That was the whole point of
the satanic temptations.  Yes, “take a look, Satan,” God was basically saying.  “Run Him through the mills.  Give Him the
works; hit Him with your best shot.  He could disobey as an adult—well past the hypothetical age of accountability—but He
won’t.”  The first Adam failed the test; the second Adam will not.  As awfully strange as it may seem, both were tested in full
humanity, minus any divine nature.  Now, why is that?