John Graham Lake
You have wondered about Jesus and His relation to God, and you wonder how Jesus Christ could be the Son of God and be God. Supposing that part of me that was over there in Wales and was able to take in all these things had stayed there. Supposing it had decided to take on itself a body and remain in Wales. What relation would it be to me? It would be born out of my nature. It would be part of myself. I believe God gave me that experience to settle forever in my soul that question of Jesus Christ and His relation to God the Father. And Jesus, though being one with the Father, still maintained His own individuality, and it is no longer a problem to my soul.
I want to tell you that Jesus Christ came out of the soul of God and He came to the world and gave His blood for you and me. And when Jesus gave His blood for you and me, beloved, it was God that did it to my soul, Jesus is not the Son of God in that He is separate and detached from God. He is God. His blood was the life of the heart of God. It was God’s manifestation of His divine affection for the world He had created.
I would rather face any other thing in all God’s eternity than to face that Lord who loved me with such a passion that He shed His blood for me and I had been negligent and thoughtless about it. Brethren, we owe Him a duty that we can never know.
John G. Lake: The complete collection of his Life Teachings; Whitaker House 1999, page 421
Jesus was always going to parties where people had plenty
to eat and drink and there seemed to be a celebration going
on. He often grossly exaggerated to make his point: here
you are, he said, trying to take a speck out of your
friend’s eye, when you’ve got a huge great plank in your
own eye! He gave his followers, especially the leading
ones, funny nicknames (“Peter” means “Rocky”; James and
John he called “Thunder-boys”). Wherever he went, people
were excited because they believed that God was on the
move, that a new rescue operation was in the air, that
things were going to be put right. People in that mood are
like old friends meeting up at the start of a holiday.They
tend to laugh a lot. There is a good time coming. The
celebration has begun.
Equally, wherever Jesus went he met an endless supply of
people whose lives had gone badly wrong. Sick people, sad
people, people in doubt, people in despair, people covering
up their uncertainties with arrogant bluster, people using
religion as a screen against harsh reality. And though
Jesus healed many of them, it wasn’t like someone simply
waving a magic wand. He shared the pain. He was deeply
grieved at the sight of a leper and the thought of all that
the man had gone through. He wept at the tomb of a close
friend. Toward the end of the story, he himself was in
agony, agony of soul before he faced the same agony in his
Wright, N. T.. Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes
Sense (p. 11). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Kris Vallotton “Moving from Denominationalism to Apostleships” – YouTube.
Kris Vallotton is the author of Heavy Rain where you can find a further discussion of Denominationalism to Apostleship.