What kind of God do you want to know? – Part 2

2 06 2019

With one subtle phrase Satan deceived Adam into the false thinking that he could be like God. The deception released the second, consequential blow on man’s future understanding of himself and God. The truth was man was already like God. He was created in God’s image and likeness, what else did he need to do except to know it by eating of the tree of LIFE. That is precisely what Satan did not want Adam to do.

Adam was the expression of God in the earth. No one can see or know God unless He is manifested in His creation. Adam was that manifestation of God in a person. The only problem was that Adam didn’t fully know it. The enemy, jealous for the role that Adam had in being the image of God, posed a question, was God hiding something from man? The serpent convinced the first couple the real knowledge they needed was of their morality. That would make them like God. The resulting consequence of biting into that fruit was a negative perspective of themselves. They traded the potential of knowing the LIFE of who they already were, in complete union with God, for the knowledge of condemnation and shame.

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What kind of a God do you want to know?

29 04 2019

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The most devastating lie ever foisted on the human race was Satan’s statement in the garden about God (Gen.3:5). It has had untold negative ramifications on humanity ever since. Satan deceitfully convinced the first couple the fruit of the tree of knowledge would open their eyes to see a hidden fact of about God. It was a ruse. That secret fact was actually an alternate view of God, one that saw Him as an autocratic being, a judge, and they under His judgment. Their eyes were indeed opened to an aspect of God that He did not intend for them to have. Yes, God knows all things and can judge even the intents of the heart (Ps. 44:21), but was man intended to see himself and God this way? (Gen. 3:22,23). Why else was he excused from the garden?

The devastating impact of this view set up an illusive barrier between man and God. They were now seeing through the eyes of death or as separated from God. Whereas before eating the fruit they had enjoyed unbroken fellowship and union with God, now their view of themselves and God had changed. By knowing “good and evil”, Adam saw himself as “naked” and “afraid”. Consequently, he had to hide. It is clear from God’s questioning of Adam that God wasn’t the one who had revealed this to him (Gen.3:11). Adam’s view of himself, and God, through his eyes of death was a mean trick of the enemy. What you eat is what you become. Read the rest of this entry »





What is God like?

4 04 2019

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My theological training and understanding of God was that He was super holy, a consuming fire, lived in heaven, and could not stand sin. I was told I needed to “fear” Him because of what He could do to me. Jesus was sent by God to earth to be His “appeaser” on my behalf by being the kind and subservient person who willingly died for my sins. God, full of anger at the sin in my life, was satisfied by the death of His Son so I could escape going to Hell. However, I couldn’t take His mercy for granted. I still needed to show God that I deserved the “grace card” by pleasing Him or I would wind up losing the deal and fall back into God’s judgment.

Today, I see God in a new light, largely due to seeing Jesus differently. For example, if Jesus was the perfect revelation of the Father (as God’s Word says) then what should that tell me about God? Furthermore, Jesus said to His followers, “If you see me you see the Father”(Jn.14:9), and, “I and the Father are one”(Jn.10:30). If Jesus and the Father were one in being and appearance then could He be who the Father God really is? Could there be any aspect or a side of the Father that wasn’t revealed by Jesus?

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What were you thinking?

3 03 2019

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What is the difference between someone whose life is being transformed by Christ and someone who is not? It is the difference in their thinking. The Word says that it’s possible to be thinking one way while the heart believes another (Prv. 23:7). Our minds have the ability to so determine our behavior that even a “reborn” person can be kept in a destructive lifestyle. It is why God says that the mind must be renewed or changed in order to see transformation in our lives (Rom. 12:2). How we think is critical to living as God intended. What, then, is involved in changing our thinking?

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Is God testing me?

3 02 2019
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Not unlike many families today ours is currently undergoing a season of heartbreak. The usual question that comes to mind is “Why?”. The popular teaching we have heard is God is testing us just like He did the children of Israel (Dt.8:2). This premise says God wants to see if we will obey and love Him. A popular Christian speaker and author recently stated, God orchestrates times of testing to see how we would respond . This is terribly discouraging. I’m not sure that I am capable of ever responding correctly. If it’s up to me then there is not much hope.

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Who is a “real” man

8 01 2019

 

Several years ago a good friend gave me a t-shirt printed with the graphic “Man up”. The inference is that men need to be confident, tough, courageous, true warriors for good. Efforts are made through Christian teaching to help “weak” men become who they should be using Christ as the model.

But in his letter to the believers in Corinth Paul gives us another understanding of what makes a real man. In addressing the issues that had developed in this fellowship he makes the interesting claim that he “could not speak to them as spiritual people”… Instead, he calls them “carnal”, “babes in Christ”(1 Cor. 3:1). Rather than acting like the “sanctified”, “saints” “enriched”, gifted, Christ associates they really were (1:2-7) they were displaying “envy, strife”, and divisiveness. They were acting like “mere men”.

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Was Jesus just a “saver”

9 12 2018

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For there is born to you this day…a savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

The most common understanding of the Christmas story is that Jesus came to be our “saver”, one who would rescue us from going to hell instead of heaven. But the idea that we have been rescued for heaven is largely a man made concept. The real reason Jesus came into the world was not to be a “ticket to heaven” but to be our “reconciler”, to rescue us back to the Father, to our original union with God (2 Cor. 5.18-21).

To reconcile something means to make it harmonious or compatible to something else (Web definition). God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (v.19), not to a place, but to a Person. We are reunited to a harmonious life with the Person of God Himself.

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