The Latin expression ‘ecce homo’ translates ‘Behold the man’ the words exclaimed by Pontius Pilate after delivering Christ wearing a crown of thorns to the public. As introduction to the verses from Jeremiah we ought to keep in focus what does man represent in the divine Will. When God speaks through the prophet he is ready to suspend the desolation over Judah and Jerusalem,’If ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; ‘ God so loved the world to send his only begotten Son (John3:16) and how did the world receive him? The heir to all things in heaven and the earth was crowned with shame. He came into his own after the manner of flesh, but his own did not receive him. In fact they denied him and washed their responsibilities by saying,’We have no other king than Caesar’ So collective sin of the people was laid on him. A body was prepared before the worlds began and vicarious death of Jesus Christ was for all mankind. It is in this context we need look at our bodies far beyond our physical forms but as a spiritual ancillary for fulfilling the divine Will. The Spirit of God moved upon the waters indicated every one of us as being present, in that point of time which we may call it God’s Time. By this rationale if we were Job what shall we answer God,’Where wast thou when I laid the foundation of the earth…(Job38:3)?’. We were dead in sins, is it not? This is a valid question in terms of our spirit granting that God is a Spirit.
Our only problem arises because we have a body and it cuts off the light of knowledge “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Co.4:6).” So Spirit tells us of a knowledge that is to be spiritually understood. The word of God as lamp is a symbol, and by objective lessons the Spirit indwelling in us teaches what is our true nature. The Spirit is an earnest to lead us to the truth. It is called the spirit of truth.
What is our true nature? Key to it is our soul.
From previous posts we can now arrive at a definition of soul. It is indicative of God (as a Spirit) having seen each of us having a form as well. It has no gender age, race, wealth bias. Neither the physical injuries or accidents (because of sinful man who may cause miscarriage MTP etc.,) shall deny it from expressing as foreseen by God nor curtail truth of divine Will. Our physical bodies have a point of reference to the human body of Jesus Christ, the Man of Sorrows. When we suffer in our bodies because of our faith it is a glory and we glorify Him who died for our sins. Grace abundantly given to us is demonstrative of his nature. Because of glory of the risen Christ we also have a better hope that our spiritual bodies would redound to his glory in eternity. Naturally our soul sits well either in our physical or spiritual bodies. If God willing we shall examine the glory of God and role of Judgement in the coming posts
“Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.
3 O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.