Pearl Drop 14-03.
You came out of the womb of the romance that is going on in the Trinity….before time began.
Carrying on from the previous Pearl Drop – Evaluating Faith 02.
Considering the perspective that you and I began in God…You did not begin in your parents. You began in God, before time began. He had you in mind from the beginning. It is because of you He began a beginning!
There is a much bigger context to ‘salvation’ than we ever imagined, not that ‘salvation’ was a small or minor act. John in his gospel gives us some indication of this. Whereas Luke and Matthew trace Jesus genealogy back to Abraham and Adam. John traces his beginning as the Word before time began. ‘In the beginning was the word and the Word was God and the Word was God himself.’ When he starts his epistle John again begins with the Word, ‘who existed from the beginning.’
The word ‘Word’ in Greek is logos. It fundamentally means logic or thought. Not that God’s thoughts are vague, fleeting impressions with no lasting effect. His thoughts have substance the whole material world indeed the whole universe came out of the thoughts of God and at this very moment all creation is sustained, held in existence by the word of his power. So did you.
Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus.
John the disciple understood this perspective before he wrote his gospel. He wrote:
Jn.1:13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. In other words man began in God…..You came out of the womb of the romance that is going on in the Trinity….
John is also the one who wrote about Nicodemus visiting Jesus in the night. John.3
Nicodemus spoke to Jesus by making a very startling observation…… I know you must come from God…..Something apart from the miracles of Jesus captured Nicodemus’s attention…just as many people from every walk of life thought, there was something about Jesus that they could not put their finger on, yet they just enjoyed being in his presence….
Jesus says to Nicodemus…… unless you are ‘born again…’ the word ‘again’ is the Gk word ‘anouthen.’ Which means:
1) from above, from a higher place
a) of things which come from heaven or God
2) from the first, from the beginning, from the very first
3) anew, over again
This word is used in only one other place in thew NT. Mt.27:51 And, behold , the veil of the temple was rent in two ‘from the top’ to the bottom…
For example, imagine you are a violin player in an orchestra, you are practising together. The conductor stops you all from playing, then taps his batten on his music stand and says; ‘ OK lets take it from the top.’ What would you do? You would immediately turn your music pages back to the first page, to the beginning and prepare to play from there.*
What is Jesus saying? Nicodemus, you would not have any appetite for spiritual things unless you began in God…..unless you look at things from the top…..go back to the beginning, otherwise you will not understand the kingdom of God….
(*Andre Rabi: http://www.inhim.net)