A Chip of the old Rock

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YOU are valuable because you belong to God, you are his sons, you are made in His image and likeness, you are a ‘Chip off the old Rock!’ You came out of the same mould as Jesus Christ in His humanity.

At creation all the plants, animals and vegetation were created out of the substance that they now live in….Gen.1:11 Let the earth bring forth. Gen.1:20 Let the sea bring forth…
But when He made man he spoke to Himself…..v26…Let US make man….man came out of the Trinity. Yes, there is a created part of you and earthly part, but the real you came out of the Trinity itself.

You sit here today because you began your earthly existence out of the result of the romance of your parents. Although for some this word romance may not be entirely appropriate. Nevertheless there was a union. But the real you came out of the heavenly romance that is going on in the Trinity.

I just want to say this about the Trinity. God is love…..Love cannot exist in isolation…..Love is a dynamic force it must always be giving and sharing….that is why there is a Trinity, without a Trinity there can be no love. Any god who claims to be a god of love who also claims to be alone, cannot love.

That is why you are so priceless, so valuable, your value is beyond measure…
The Psalmist says.
Ps. 8: 4,5 ‘What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest (pay close attention to) him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (God), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.’

Mankind is God’s glory in the earth….God has never changed His mind about you. But mankind has changed his mind about who God is and how he sees himself.

Paul highlighted the main problem with mankind when he said in Eph.4: 17-18.’This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility/vanity of their mind,having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;’

Vanity of their minds…..vanity means: devoid of truth, an absence of truth, destitute, entirely without truth. In other words man has believed a lie about himself and about God. This in fact is the essence of unbelief, the result of changing the truth about God into a lie. Rom.1:25
The truth about the cross is this, that Jesus took responsibility for the sin in all mankind and at the cross dealt with this foreign influence of ‘sin and death’ in our members.

1Cor:5:14. For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we all died…v15…He died for all…..

All who?

1Cor.5:19 that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not counting their sins against them…..

However our western mindset dos’nt understand the full impact of this statement…..

Christ died for you……has an element of distance and delay in it. The truth is you were in Christ when he died! you co-died with Christ!

If I go to the doctors for an sickness and he diagnoses a problem but then prescribes a tablet, it means he can deal with that problem from a distance.

But if I am diagnosed with a foreign body in me that has to be removed, then I have to be there on the operating table when the doctor operates. Mankind, you and me, were alienated and hostile in our minds doing the evil deeds sponsored by the the law of ‘sin and death’ that lodged in our bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to our design.

But you were embraced into Christ at His death so you died to this foreign influence, sin was not cut out of you, this is where that analogy breaks down, you went one step further and DIED to sin & death and it overwhelming influence in your life.

‘What are we saying then in water baptism, if we are not declaring that we understand our union with Christ in His death? Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in His death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. Since we were included in His death we are equally included in His resurrection. We perceive that our old lifestyle was co-crucified together with Him; this concludes that the vehicle that accommodated sin in us, was scrapped and rendered entirely useless. Our slavery to sin has come to an end.’ (Romans 6:2-6.Mirror Word Bible)

 

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You Began in Love

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)

Re-Evaluating Faith 02

Faith is a gift. An unexpected gift? possibly! Certainly an unearned gift.

Paul in 1Cor.13. talks about faith, hope and love abiding. Love communicates faith and in that communication establishes hope – a confident expectation of what Love communicates will come to pass.

Paul says that the greatest of these is Love, why? because Love is the initiator.

Love cannot remain isolated, alone, the very essence of love is to give, share, love is dynamic, moving, releasing, love can never be self-contained, or is self centred, love is always embracing, including. Love never fails, never diluted, love is totally mesmerised by those who have the capacity to receive, wallow, give back, to live, be totally immersed in this warm runny honey, sticky, love that flows out of the womb of the romance that is going on in the Trinity.

A god who exists in alone, in isolation cannot be a god of love. That is why the God of the Bible is a Trinity, because He IS love. There is a romance going on in the Trinity since before time began, from eternity to eternity, this is why the greatest of these is love. Without love there would be no hope or faith. Hope is the confident expectation communicated to me by love, that I am totally, utterly and unconditionally accepted by my lover, therefore faith comes alive as a gift, that what love believes about me is the truth and will manifest in me and out of me……

Lets look at things from a more human level.

What is the most intense, ecstatic, bliss-filled experience any human being can encounter?

I hope you will agree with me, that of falling in love! It is a state of being that transcends time and transports you into a mesmerising transformation of being and thinking, that the one you love really is the only ‘girl/boy in the world!’ No other being holds even the remotest attraction, you are totally, mystically intertwined, a union with distinction.

You remain individuals, one of you does not merge into the other, the two of you do not morph into some other being. If your idea of union leaves no room for distinction between you and your lover, then you are in danger of becoming so familiar with your lover, that you will soon become ‘bored’ with him/her and start looking for a replacement. Yet how you want this distance, this barrier the flesh creates to disappear, hence the expression,’I love you so much I could eat you!” Such is the intense passion and the longing for one another when parted and the equally intense fulfilment when love is requited in the marriage bed. But somehow it is still never enough, there is a chink in the armour of this union that fails to reach the parts that only union with love himself can reach.

Why do we crave this experience of love? where does it come from in the first place?

I would submit to you that this love thing is imbedded deep in the very fabric of your being. It is your DNA. You and I came into the world as a result of a physical expression of love, two people giving themselves to one another in the most intimate way possible. So why not consider that you actually began, in the very heart of love himself, the very depths of such fiery love in the core of this passion, this eternal romance that has always existed before time began and after time finishes, in a being we call Trinity.