Material of Bible School "The anointing of abundance and excess ", Kyiv

Сourse: "The Glory"

Part 1. Obedience to The Lord Jesus

Lesson 12: Obedience to the Lord Jesus in the aspect of body and soul

The basic verse of this message: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).


Repeating the main points of the lesson 11

1. The soul – is not a supporter of obedience

Repeating the main points of the lesson 11

This is clearly seen in the word “devilish”: …earthly, sensual, devilish (James 3:15). Thereby, speaking as its source, and about those who are guided by it, - demons.

The wisdom of the fallen angels in the human mind makes it spiritually blind, blinding the person at the level of the soul (mind). As it is written: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”  (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

In general, this wisdom in the life of the born-again spirit is called natural man or the soul of the born-again spirit. It is written: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Considering that every born-again is always obedient to someone, this is what the Holy Spirit said that must be done, in order to avoid the constant influence of worldly wisdom in the mind: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

1. The soul – is not a supporter of obedience

We consider one of the teachings of Jesus in which Jesus' attitude is clearly seen towards what came out, even from his own soul. Why do I say “Even”? To make it clear that, if Jesus faced this, with all His perfection, then whoever decides to be obedient to the Lord Jesus will face this.

Read: “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” (John 12:20-23). Before the Greeks came, Jesus already had a word from God the Father. The time the Greeks were called, was the moment when this word was fulfilled, as He said: “…The hour is come…” (John 12:23). And then through the teachings of Jesus in parables, the way the task will be realized by God was revealed, and that will be afterwards. This doctrine has highlighted achieving obedience, but it is important to link the teaching to what He will say after. Attention!

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat (precisely, it is Jesus Himself in the parable), fall into the ground (coming to earth), and die (will not do something for which it has been planted), it abideth alone (would be useless): but if it die (It does something for which it has been planted), it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24). Now be careful, we have come to regard our theme.

“He that loveth his life …” (John 12:25). Question: “What is the connection between the words “…The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified” (John 12:23) and the words of the parable of the grain of wheat “loveth his life?”

Using the word "love" Jesus speaks about the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Through the word, He marked the level of attitude to what comes from the soul.

“He that loveth his life shall lose it…” (John 12:25), thus will bring harm to it.

Question: “What harm is possibly going to come to the soul, reacting to everything that comes from it?”

Attention! Amongst the functions of the soul (mind), obedience to the Lord Jesus is not included. This responsibility is assigned to the born-again spirit. The soul, in a greater degree, is responsible for giving facts of the past and present. This means that:

This is similar to how you will consult with the five-year-old boy on the construction of your house. Yes, he will give you advice, which later will cost you too much, will ruin your relationship with him, and perhaps will give you a lot of problems.

Question: “Who would be to blame for what may happen? The five-year boy or an adult who knew that receiving advice from a toddler is stupid idea?”

“…and he that hateth his life in this world…” (John 12:25), in the world that surrounds it and imposes its cursed lifestyle.

That is what the Apostle Paul said: “We are fools for Christ's sake …” (1 Corinthians 4:10).

“…he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal” (John 12:25). What Jesus further said, He said based on the fact that He is exactly what he does with his soul.

“If any man serve me, let him follow me…” (John 12:26), or does so in the same way as I, “…and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” (John 12:26). This is what we have already read about eternal life. Now listen carefully: “Now is my soul troubled…” (John 12:27), or tell me to do something that goes against the will of the Father. And then Jesus, as though speaking to the soul, He says, “Soul, “…and what shall I say?” (John 12:27)”. He seemed to ask a question on the basis of its requirements. 

“…and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour...” (John 12:27), from these words it is clear that his soul was compelled to speak to God the Father. It is clear that Jesus' soul under the influence of this world had pressure on his spirit. But the spirit of Jesus answered the pressure emanating from the of the soul: “…but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again” (John 12:27-28).

Now we read the actions of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, where the reaction of Jesus was seen coming out of his soul. Read: “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death…” (Matthew 26:38). Notice, it was not just outraged as before, it was oppressing. In his heart, there is no peace, no joy. Jesus's own soul, knowing what will be with the body literally became his torturer.

Jesus, being under strong pressure from that which comes from the soul, asks His disciples: “…tarry ye here, and watch with me And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed…” (Matthew 26:38-39). And the fact that when Jesus began to speak in prayer, he first spoke under the oppressive and painful pressure that comes from the soul. Pay attention to these words: “…O my Father!” (Matthew 26:39), the soul knows how to start with compassion. It’s not playfulness not cheekiness, but knowledge of the loving heart of God the Father: “…O my Father, if it be possible…” (Matthew 26:39), at the same time, knows that all things are possible to God.

Coming out of the soul, and putting pressure on the spirit, Jesus says: “…let this cup pass from me…” (Matthew 26:39), it sounds like an offer. Also, it sounds the same in the Gospel of Luke: “…Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me...” (Luke 22:42). But, as the same words of the prayer of the Lord, presented in the Gospel of Apostle Mark: “…And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me…” (Mark 14:36). In these words, it is not an offer, but the earnest entreaty.

Question: “What is obvious in this request of Jesus to the Father?”

But before going to the Cross, as it is written: “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44).

And what Jesus says further sheds light on how to achieve obedience to God the Father, and in our case - the Lord Jesus. We read that Jesus said, after a pause: “…nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). His heart wanted the opposite of God's will and foisted its desire to the spirit of Jesus. But as represented by the same words in the Gospel of Mark: “…nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36). There is little disagreement.

Question: “Did the spirit of Jesus want to do the contrary to the will of God the Father?” No. As we have read, was indignant His heart (John 12:27).

So, to read correctly the words of Jesus: “…nevertheless not what I will (My soul wants), but what thou wilt” (Mark 14:36).

From the research, we have conducted it is clear that:

So, expecting that the constant desire to be obedient to the Lord will appear from the soul - is to deceive oneself.

Read what happened next, after the words to the Father: “…And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Their soul was not indignant by the request of the Lord; it was in harmony with their bodies and it simply turned them off.

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). 

And, leaving his disciples: “…He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying…” (Matthew 26:42). Maybe someone would think that after such a clear prayer Jesus' soul would not again go against the spirit of obedience to His Father's will. But we read what's going on: “…O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it…” (Matthew 26:42), and the Apostle Mark writes that Jesus repeated once again the former words: “…Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me…” (Mark 14:36). The soul of the Lord Jesus is still opposed His spirit of obedience. The Spirit of the Lord went on to say: “…thy will be done” (Matthew 26:42). It's amazing, what the Holy Spirit recorded this in the new testament. So that the importance of the behavior of the soul, towards achieving obedience to Him, will be known by all the followers of the Lord Jesus.   Course «Glory».  Lesson12.                                                      Page  from