#57 The Cross and the Nature of Man
Posted: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 14:33 NASB
So then none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
We think of possessions as objects, jobs, family, or material things. But God sees ownership by its motive. He sees possession as the issue of what you would CONTROL.
The three temptations of Jesus reveal the Adamic nature as God sees it. The first temptation was to exert Adamic flesh-effort (turn stones into bread). Control matter for your own self.
The next temptations were about control or…it could be said another way: lust for power. ‘Jump off the tower and force God to catch you.’ Control of God. The very base nature of man wants to control God, and the wise discover He will not be controlled and cannot be manipulated.
The third temptation was to rule people. There Satan revealed his underlying agenda: to worship himself instead of God. To exert force and control over others is to worship Satan, and to worship Satan is to be controlled by Satan.
So the death of self is the relinquishment of EFFORT and CONTROL. These make up the core nature of the old self. This is the very NATURE of humanity that must die by the workings of the cross through life experiences.