This is a discussion I had with a friend who is sharing his faith with a co-worker. It happened in a series of e-mails.
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From: John
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 09:10
To: Dan
Subject: Got a question for you

Dan,
This is a Jesus question.
Have scholars tried to determine his IQ? Could he read? What was the education like for him 2000 years ago?

John
Database Engineer

From: dan
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 5:18 PM
To: Patrick Craig
Subject: FW: Got a question for you

Pat,
This was from a guy that I work with. He’s not being facetious. I was going to talk to him about the fact that Jesus was both God and Man together and how can you measure anything about an infinite God. Plus, I was going to talk about the times that Jesus took on the “scholars” in the temple and a few other things. I am open to ideas from your front.

Hope everything is well with you and Judy.

From: Patrick Craig
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:44
To: Dan
Subject: RE: Got a question for you

Dan,
Those are all good things, but I think the most important was that Jesus was born “alive.” In other words, The Holy Spirit indwelt him from the moment He was conceived, since it was the Holy Spirit who overshadowed Mary and caused her to be pregnant. Therefore the difference between Jesus and every other man, is that all of the rest of us are “dead” in our trespasses and sin, cut off from God, without God, literally dead, because our human spirit is not functioning as designed. As Ron Ritchie (one of my teachers) likes to say, “Just because you’re walking around, doesn’t mean you’re alive.” Jesus on the other hand was born alive with a fully functioning human spirit that was able to hold the Indwelling Holy Spirit. (This is the miracle of regeneration, by the way – our dead spirits are made alive by the Holy Spirit when we are “born from above” and thus our human spirit becomes fully functional, serving it’s designated purpose of being a container for the Holy Spirit.) This is how Jesus functioned from conception.

With the Holy Spirit living in His spirit, Jesus had a direct connection to the Father. Thus all wisdom, all knowledge, all omniscience were available to Him. He never did anything on His own, but lived in complete dependence on the Father. He was, at any moment , able to tap into the mind of the Creator of the Universe. This is why He was able to answer the scholars in the temple and amaze them, this is why when He taught, even the Pharisees were amazed at His concepts – because He was allowing the Father to speak through Him, think through Him, act through Him. It was this complete dependence on the Father for every word, every decision, every action that kept Him sinless. The intelligence in His own body by DNA was a moot point, since He never relied on His own intelligence, but only on the Father’s.

Thus as Jesus as man was to the Father as God, so should we as men, be to Jesus as God.
Hope this helps,

Pat

From: dan.
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:51 PM
To: Patrick Craig
Subject: RE: Got a question for you

Thanks for the reply. John was interested too in what documentation there might have been to what formal teachings Jesus received growing up, prior to his ministry. I shared that while he most likely apprenticed as a carpenter he was also Jewish and was more than likely raised/schooled traditionally Jewish. He ask, did I think Jesus wrote? I never even thought of that before. He said, just imagine if someone unearthed something Jesus wrote, man how much would that be worth on eBay? It did illicit some good conversations. He’s searching.

Thanks again.
Dan


From: Patrick Craig
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:44
To: Dan
Subject: RE: Got a question for you

Dan/John

Jesus grew up in Nazareth, in Galilee, the poorest part of Judea. He was the adopted son of a carpenter. While He may have had some education in the local synagogue, it is not recorded in the Bible and thus, for our purposes, not important. It sounds like John is fishing in the pond called “didn’t Jesus travel to the great religious centers of the east and study with the wise men of Egypt, India and China during the years before His ministry started?” All of this is a new age distraction to the literal truth of the Bible. What we must understand is this – Jesus did write a book. It’s called the Bible. He did it through the use of scribes – men who wrote down what Jesus (as God) breathed into their spirits by the Holy Spirit, and (as man) demonstrated to them for recording. He started working on His book early – through Moses, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Ezra, and several other prophets (the Old Testament), gave a revelation of His glory and majesty to the Apostles, (the Gospels), bestowed the gospel of grace upon Paul that gave us Gentiles equal standing before God with the Jews (Acts 26:12-20- the Pauline Epistles), and finished it up with a direct dictation to John as to the final fate of the world (The Revelation of Jesus Christ).

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Tim 3:16

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Revelation 1:17-19

As for His life as a man, Jesus did not come to find a retreat setting and while away the hours writing another philosophical tome on how to live right, so don’t look for a book in His own handwriting. He came to destroy the works of the evil one. His mode of operation while on earth was not writing books, it was demonstrating what the earth would look like if there were only God’s will in operation. So instead of writing a book, He healed the sick, raised the dead, made the blind see, the lame to walk and the deaf to speak. And then He taught people what right behavior looked like. All the while He kept saying, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” What did he mean by this? He was demonstrating what the earth would look like without the work of the devil – no sickness, no disease, no murder, no adultery, no thievery, no blasphemy. (see the 10 commandments). The Apostles held all this in their remembrance and wrote it down as the written record of the acts of Jesus. John Himself said that there was so much more that Jesus did that was not in the Bible that all the world’s books could not contain them. And all this in only three years.

As for formal documentation? John needs to stop staining at gnats and swallowing camels. The issue here is not whether Jesus wrote a book, the issue is Who is Jesus really? He made many statements about Himself – John 14:6 is probably the most direct:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Now here’s the issue. Who do the other religions say Jesus is? Every one say that He is a prophet, a great teacher, an ascended master.. If this is true, then can He be a liar at the same time? For if He is not the only way to the Father then He is indeed a liar and all the other religions are wrong about Him. And if they are wrong about Him, what else are they wrong about? And if He’s a liar, why are we even discussing Him?

But if He is telling the truth about who He is – that no man can come to God except through Him, then the other religions are wrong again, and John needs to come to grips with what that means to him personally. If Jesus is telling the truth about who He is then what is John going to do about that? And if He’s a liar, why is he even concerned whether Jesus wrote a book or went to school? So you see, the issue is not did Jesus write a book? The issue is, Is Jesus the Savior of the world, and if He is, can He save me? Can He save you? Can He save John? And does John see that he needs to be saved? From what? The answer? From himself…

Blessings

Pat

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