Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 6 Study # 2
May 3, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<524> Thesis: The identification of Jesus as "Son of the Most High God" is fundamentally crucial to the disciple's "faith". Introduction: The difficulties of getting human beings to relate to God as "believers" are "Legion". That we are told in the Scriptures that the disciples of Jesus were self-absorbed disbelievers right up to the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, in spite of being in the presence of the Master Disciple-Maker on a 24/7 basis for perhaps as long as seven years, is a not-so-silent witness to the difficulty of "faith". However, it is only by "faith" that we can experience the Life of God. Therefore, as difficult as it may be, it is still the large imperative that sits as Arbiter of the quality of our experience. So we, as those who have been, like the disciples, redeemed by God unto God come to the Scriptures to seek the ways of Truth so that we may live. Our search is complicated by many issues, but one of the more challenging is the change by God of His ways of dealing with us over time. For example, the two most "telling" methods of Jesus' approach to Self-Revelation Unto Faith (healings and exorcisms) are no longer on the front burner in His dealings with us. This is no small problem. However, even with the "problems", there are some very basic things that never change. One of those is Jesus' identity as the Son of the Most High God. Some may ask (and I think rightly so) what difference that makes if His dealings with us change to a marked degree, but it is, nonetheless, the right place to begin. So, in Luke's record of Jesus' process of making disciples (it's not a soon accomplished task), we find him focusing on the unchangeable in the midst of the changeable.