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Working In The Place Of Jesus

My choir has recentty performed a spiritual called "I want to walk with Jesus" It contained this line "Be the hands of Jesus, working in His stead" What are your thoughts on this sentiment?

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 ---alan_of_UK on 6/30/07
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Physically, Christ was crucified, and died. While He is alive and in heaven, and the Holy Spirit is on earth, we as Christians are Christ's physical representatives and have been given the responsiblilty and priviledge of being His "hands" on earth. One of the things we are to do is work for Him, NOT for salvation, but BECAUSE of our salvation.
---WIVV on 7/8/07


alan-- I told we agree with this statement,"Be the hands of Jesus, working in His stead". Just as there is a place of rest in Jesus(which I call eternal security) there is also a place of "working in His stead" when one is operating from this place absolute success is guaranteed by God's Holy Spirit!!!
---mima on 7/7/07


Sorry Allan. I see what you mean now. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 7/5/07


Catherine, you copied that out of one of your bible study tools and it has absolutely nothing to do with the topic.
---Beth on 7/5/07


Catherine, using bible study tools as your own words to prophesy with, is not the gift of prophecy. It has another name, when you take someone else's written material as your own, plagiarism; unless you quote your source and author.
---Beth on 7/5/07




Those who fight against the cause of God, will find themselves baffled, even when they think themselves conquerors! >>>>There may be the terrors of strong conviction where there is not the truth of a saving conversion. To make a complete good man, justice and holiness are necessary. Holiness toward God, and justice toward men.
---catherine on 7/5/07


Joy I have not said that a person is a "work"!!
I was responding to your point "all the things that you listed such as listening to the lonely, giving a cup of water...are all considered to be the works of a christian"
It is those things that some here (perhaps Catherine) regard as "works"
---alan_of_UK on 7/5/07


Joy I did not mean to suggest that a person is a "work"!!
I was responding to your point "all the things that you listed such as listening to the lonely, giving a cup of water...are all considered to be the works of a christian"
It is those things that some here (perhaps Catherine) regard as "works"
---alan_of_UK on 7/5/07


Catherine; what do you have against church? Did you have a bad experience in a church? In every question or reply that is about church, you go off the deep end, but never explaining as to why you feel the way you do. why are you so offensive about church?
---Rebecca_D on 7/4/07


Allan, I am sorry, but I don't understand. Are you saying that some people see themselves as being a "work" because they are created in the image of God and therefore, they should not do things to help people? How can a person put those two things together and justify not doing good deeds for people? It dosen't make sense to me. We are expressing "works" in two different ways. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 7/4/07




Hi Catherine; I just felt led to point out the part of James where he talks about how "faith without works is dead"--we do need to share our faith by our works--love in action.
---Mary on 7/4/07


Catherine ... It sounds as if you are saying we should do nothing to help others?
---alan_of_UK on 7/4/07


We get it, catherine. You don't care for church, but the rest of us do. So please stop telling everyone to to bite the dust, and that God hates everyone except you. It's out of line, and quite frankly, it's nutty.
---Beth on 7/3/07


I think it stinks. It sounds like, lets leave Jesus out and do it ourselves. Is exactly what most churches are doing. They preach about Him, they don't know Him and they run the churches without Him.
---catherine on 7/3/07


Joy ... indeed.
But here may be some who say that they are "WORKS" and therefore unneccessary, or even invalid
---alan_of_UK on 7/3/07


Allen, all the things that you listed such as listening to the lonely, giving a cup of water...are all considered to be the works of a christian. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 7/3/07


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Right before Jesus ascended up to heaven, he Commanded us to Go and do the works of Christ. So it sounds like a good song to me.
---Eloy on 7/3/07


# 1 Thanks for all the comments.
The verse in the spritual relates more to serving the physical rather than spiritual needs, following the following "Let yuor hearts be broken by a brother's need, feed the mouth that hungers, soothe the wounds that bleed, give a cup of water and a loaf of bread ... "
---alan_of_UK on 7/2/07


# 1 Thanks for all the comments.
The verse in the spritual relates more to serving the physical rather than spiritual needs, following the following "Let yuor hearts be broken by a brother's need, feed the mouth that hungers, soothe the wounds that bleed, give a cup of water and a loaf of bread ... "
---alan_of_UK on 7/2/07


# 2 Clearly whatever we are doing for Jesus, spiritual or practical, we are doing with Him, but actually it is our hands not His that in practice do it, our feet that run errands, our mouths & ears that chat to & listwen to the lonely,and so on.
---alan_of_UK on 7/2/07


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# 3 I expected comment on whether doing these things could be regarded as "works", and therefore of little or only sideline value?
---alan_of_UK on 7/2/07


That man was made last of all the creatures, that it might not be suspected that He had been, in anyway, a helper to God in the Creation of the world. [Oh, I love it].
---catherine on 7/2/07


It is a true statement. If we do not do the works that God calls us to do or those he wants us to do, then God's hands are tied. He only works through the actions of people. For example, if a person needs money, we have to give it. God will not rain money from heaven to meet the need. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 7/2/07


Well the Bible teaches that we will do greater works than Jesus so I believe that it means we need to be right with God and walking in Jesus foot steps at this point. We need to exercise our faith and set out to save people by the power of the Holy Spirit. They we would be the "hands of Jesus". I really do believe that if we exercised our faith FOR FREE, we whould do miracles as did Jesus.
---jody on 7/1/07


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Well the Bible teaches that we will do greater works than Jesus so I believe that it means we need to be right with God and walking in Jesus foot steps at this point. We need to exercise our faith and set out to save people by the power of the Holy Spirit. They we would be the "hands of Jesus". I really do believe that if we exercised our faith FOR FREE, we whould do miracles as did Jesus.
---jody on 7/1/07


Daniel reduced the last humans into two categories: those who are seduced and those who carry out great exploits for God.
Daniel 11:32
"Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits."
---Rachel on 7/1/07


Scientists define a catalyst as any element that changes everything around it without itself undergoing a change.
Jesus Christ is the greatest catalyst, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes the world.
If you have His nature living in you, "the people who know their God will be strong."
We see the danger of the day, but we see the opportunity of the day. Make big plans to be the hands of Jesus.
---Rachel on 7/1/07


we are ambassadors of jesus.as christians we should realize that we are nothing without jesus.the power to do the work and change lives comes from him.only because of him do the fruits of the spirit become acceptable to God.humbleness,and an awarness that without jesus we are NOTHING.lost,dead,without hope.
---tom2 on 7/1/07


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Good to see you posting, Alan. I believe this verse means that we are to be the living Gospel for people, showing forth Christ's love and compassion to the unsaved so they can see Him in and through us. He is not here physically, so we are to reflect Him in all we do.
---Madison1101 on 7/1/07


I think it would be an accurate description of our intended purpose as christians. We are, in a sense, to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus, going in His name to preach the Gospel to ALL nations. As the saying goes, "We are the only Bible many people will ever read."
---tommy3007 on 7/1/07


I have no problem with it. We are Jesus' representatives here (ambassadors), doing his work with his power and authority.
---john on 6/30/07


We are the hands and voice of Jesus on earth but we aren't working in His stead. We are vessels Jesus works through,therefore,we are working with Jesus not in His stead. How pitiful we would be if we tried to work for Jesus by our own power for it is God'power through Jesus which enables us to serve.
---Darlene_1 on 6/30/07


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Question: Until He returns, how else does the Lord Jesus work in modern society, except through the heads, hands, and hearts of His people?

What else does the idea of the church (howsoever one defines "church") as the Body of Christ mean?

Anyone have an alternative suggestion?
---Jack on 6/30/07


greetings.It is the duty of God serving people to dilligently labor for the enlargement of the kingdom as Jesus is currently with us experienced by the spirit of truth.We are the actors who volunteer to continue his work as if he never left.We are entrusted to endure to the end the will of God;the golden rule.In cooperation with the spirit of truth and all spirits who assist us we do this without failure but with unshakable faith.What we do is who we represent.
---earl on 6/30/07


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