Vol. 2 - No. 1
Divine Views vs. Human Views
by William C. Sexton
The Gospel writer, Luke, in the ninth chapter, verses eighteen through the remainder of the chapter, points to some mistaken ideas relative to several things. A good study of this section can be done in contrasting the true and false views, the divine and the human. We challenge you to do this. Let us notice the different areas involved here, and then we urge each to extend the study.
1. Who Jesus Was! Some thought he was, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.” (vs. 19). We might notice that any of these were good men, but they were NOT the correct answer.
Today people have various views relative to who Jesus was: A “good man,” “a Jewish prophet,” etc. None are correct. The human versus the divine. The correct view is essential, if one is going to be saved: The Son of God. the Anointed of God!
2. What Jesus Had To Do—SUFFER! “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day.” (vs. 22). Other people, even Peter, thought differently. (See Matthew 16:21-23). Just as then, many people think that His people are not to be LIKE Him, so they look unfavorably upon us when we seek to be governed in all that we do by His word, authority. (Colossians 3:17; Matthew 5:10-12; 1 Peter 4:12-13).
3. Following Jesus! “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (vss. 23-27). Many had an improper view of what was required to follow the Lord, and it was necessary for him to shock them, at times, to wake them to reality.. (See Luke 14:25ff). One who fails to see the real nature of following Jesus is going to be disappointed; consequently, we have to be awakened to the fact that following Christ requires dedication, daily recommitment and readjustments.
4. The distinctiveness of Jesus' Authority! On the mountain Jesus was transfigured and two significant Old Testament Characters appeared: Moses and Elijah. The apostles were so confused, “knowing NOT” what they said, Peter suggested the building of three tabernacles: one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah -- by implication, placing the three on the same level. Such was the human view. The divine view, however, was, “This (Jesus) is my beloved Son: hear ye him.” (vs. 28-36).
Many today, as then, have the human view of the authority of. Jesus, thinking that he is to be heard along with many others in the realm of religion. He is it! Let us be mindful of that fact and faithfully adhere to it.
5. The power and purpose involved in his HEALING!. The apostles had tried to heal a man's son, but they failed. A “faithless and perverse generation” was critically observing as Jesus rebuked the faithless, but he demonstrated the power of God, the Father, healing the boy.(vs. 37-45). People often wonder and are “amazed at the mighty power” demonstrated in the life and action of Jesus without ever seeing their need to believe and submit to him so as to obtain salvation.
Today, many have a distorted view of the miracles of Jesus, thinking that his power is to destroy the physical disease, cure the physical body, instead of seeing in such, proof of his deity, Sonship, Savior-hood!
6. The Essence of TRUE GREATNESS! There arose a debate among his disciples also who would be greatest in his administration, thinking that his kingdom was to be material, political, physical. He brought a child and pointed to the humbleness of such as a quality of greatness. Such was different from the attitude manifested by the disciples. (vs. 46-48).
That spirit and misconception of the source and elements of greatness still exist and makes itself visible often. In us? Think!
7. Who is “for” and/or “against” Jesus and his People. One had been seen casting out devils in the “name” of Christ, but “because he followed not with” them, they had “forbade him.” (vs. 49-50). Jesus corrected their human view: “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” These disciples had a distorted view, thinking that one had to be in their immediate group to be “with” and “of” them -- the people of God. He indeed had God's approval, or he would not have been able to cast out the devils.
We need to see that people who are operating with God's authority, indeed are “with us,” if we are God's people. We need to understand, of course, that one is operating with God's approval in FACT ONLY if he/she is governed by the word of God as it is revealed on the pages of the New Testament scriptures. Do we have the divine view or are we manifesting the human view relative to who is “with” or “against” Christ?
8. Proper Reactive “spirit” toward those who fail to receive Christ due to prejudice. The Samaritans would not “receive” Jesus as he passed through their land “because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.” (vs. 51-56). The reaction of the apostles James and John suggested that they “command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did.” Christ rebuked such an attitude as manifesting ignorance and misperception of the mission of Christ -- he came to “save” and not to “destroy men's lives.”
We need to understand that people who reject and receive NOT the Lord Jesus Christ should not be the object of our hate and abuse. Rather, they should be the object of our pity and compassion --knowing that if they do not change their attitude and action, eternal destruction will be experienced by them.
9. Priority of following Christ! Some came to Christ offering to follow him after a time and prearrangements had been satisfied. (vs. 57-62). They were told that there was no materialistic reward offered, neither secondary consideration would be accepted. Spiritual blessings are to be sought in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3; John 6:22-29).
The Son on man had no place to lay his head, being less off in the materialistic sense than the foxes and birds. (vs. 57-58). So, one who was coming for material gains, needed to look again. How many today are looking for the WRONG THING?
Domestic affairs could not come “first,” when it comes to commitment to the Lord. Certainly, domestic affairs are not to be neglected, but they cannot be allowed to interfere with one serving Christ, they must be secondary, not primary. (vs. 59-60).
Bidding “farewell” to others cannot take precedence over serving Christ. (vs. 61-62). The Bible certainly teaches the need to be concerned relative to our domestic duties, providing material good for our family, but the order of priority needs to be kept in line. (cf. 1 Timothy 5:8,4,16; Luke 14:25-33).
These different views need to be recognized by each of us. We need to give more study to each of these areas than we have done here, inasmuch as we have barely mentioned such, when there is so much teaching on each. Yet, seeing that the human and divine views are ever present relative to these areas and many, many more. Be alert!
Often when we are considering a view, we would do well to ask: Is this the divine or human view? When we determine the divine view, we need to think, ponder, and pray about it till we have such burnt into our consciousness.
Our view of life, values, and consequences of behavior determines how we spend our time, appreciate ourselves and others, and the amount of satisfaction we receive from what we do. Views are important. Destinies are decided by the decision process!