Emanna for 09/06/2019

Example of the Highest Standard of Morality

Bible Verses

: Please read Luke 7:36-50 Words of Ministry

As a help in understanding the expression "in His human virtues with His divine attributes," let us use some cases in the Gospel of Luke as illustrations. In 7:36-50 a sinful woman came into the home of a Pharisee who had invited the Lord Jesus to eat with him. As we read the account of this incident, we see that Jesus, the Man-Savior, conducted Himself in His human virtues. He was not at all bothered by that sinful woman... If we had been the Lord Jesus, we probably would have been troubled by the behavior of this woman. We might have said to her, "Don't you know that I am a guest in this house? Can't you see that I am eating?" However, to act in that way would be to fail to act in the proper human virtues. In this situation the Man-Savior was very kind and patient, realizing that this woman had been convicted of her sins. He was also merciful. To be merciful is to sympathize with others in their poor condition and low estate. In addition to exercising kindness, patience, and mercy toward the woman, the Lord Jesus also exercised His understanding. Furthermore, He was wise and loving. Perhaps you are wondering what divine attributes are expressed in 7:36-50. First, here we have the divine forgiveness (7:47-48). God is the only one who can grant forgiveness of sins. He alone is qualified to forgive sins. In 7:50 the Lord Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." The giving of peace is also a divine attribute. God is the only one who can give inner peace. In 7:36-50 we see the Man-Savior in the house of a Pharisee acting in His human virtues with His divine attributes. He could behave in such a manner because He was the God-man. Hence, He acted in the highest standard of morality, for His human virtues expressed His divine attributes.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 86-87. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.