John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Friday, May 15, 2015

9th lesson : God's Purpose in loving the Human Being

Infants In Christ.

Our authority is in the promise of the Word of our God, and not on our emotions. Therefore, do not depend any longer on your emotions. A Christian lives by faith (trust) and in trusting our God and His Word. A diagram of a train illustrates the relationship between the {fact} = God and His Word being the engine. {Faith} = our trust in God and his Word is the first wagon after the engine. Emotions follow after this as the other wagons in the train which are pulled by the engine and a result of it pulling the wagons in progress. A Result of our faith into action. The engine runs with a wagon or no wagon attached, but the wagons without an engine, will not move on its own. Likewise in our Christian life, we should not depend on our feelings and emotions, and yes put our trust in the Word of our God and His faithfulness.

As quoted above: "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life". The Bible also tells us that God is love. In 1 Jn. 4:16 we read: "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him".

We know the love and believe in the love God has for us. Once we know and believe, we no longer have excuses for not walking in the love. Therefore, after having the knowledge of the love of God, and believing yet not walking in it, in this case we become responsible for not corresponding to the love of our God. We only value what we are, when we have to find out that apart from God we are nothing. God allows us to go through experiences where we are forced to give up everything, and lose everything, so that God can give us everything back in double portion. God does this so that we can become aware of the fact that He is the source of all the blessings in our lives. God is there to give us life, and life in abundance as Jesus said. Job was an honest and God fearing man. But, one day Satan came to God and asked permission to take Job's blessings away, to try him.
Having read many times the book of Job, I realized that God had a high purpose to allow satan to do that. You see, when Satan has a plan, God is already there ahead of him with a much greater plan yet. The devil always acts as if he is more cunning and wise than his Creator. But, he is only Gods´ creation and not someone or something that can compare himself in action with his Creator. According to the word of our God, all angels were created by God, and were created to minister to those who will inherit salvation. "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” - Hb. 1:14. In the beginning Satan was an archangel named Lucifer, but he fell from heaven; Jesus mentions this in the New Testament. "He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" - Lk. 10:18.
Satan wanted to have the power to destroy Job, for him to be destroyed, that he would curse against God and therefore it would be easy to take Job to hell. This, in summary was his plan. What Satan did not know at that time, is that when God allows us to be tempted; is because God has already a greater plan established. One purpose to be lived is the security that our Creator gives us that no one can rupture. When God allows the devil to take something from you, he gives something of double value to you. I believe this is the lesson, which God teaches us in the Book of Job. 'If the devil wants to take something from you, let him, I, God guarantee something even better for you.'
A purpose to be lived under the protection of our Eternal Father is to walk in "Gods’ Love". God shows us that He is in full control; we will experience the fact that God is guarding us fully from all the schemes of the enemy. Love guards us from everything and keeps us integrate as we walk and live in it. Adam and Eve were in an atmosphere in which they were completely protected if they would have remained in obedience to Love. As long as they were walking in the light of God and in obedience to him, nothing could harm them. The Bible tells us of many lives where the devil used people and circumstances to prejudice them, and harm the cause for which God had called them. I remember the life of Joseph, David, Daniel, Jeremiah and many others, in the experience of each of them "God is Love" was manifest and vindicated.
Meaning of Vindicate = v.t. Claim, demand the return of, to recover. / Claim legally require recognition. / Defender justify (in writing).
God allowed the devil to do everything that he did, for this way God triumphed in their life. My question is: "What was the purpose to be lived by them"? Oh glory, the evidence of God's character always manifests itself through His Love. God only cannot operate when the human being decides to go after a solution in which he does not ask God to take action. God is our defender, and God takes care of His children. When I think of how God guards and defends His children, my thoughts are lead to the passage which tells us that we are engraved in the palms of His hands. “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:16 - NIV.
To be in God and God in us is a much higher purpose to be lived in than what we can imagine or describe. Mine and your life is not only about: “so and so lived so many years and did this and that and that other act”. If it were so, we could be like animals and would not be any different. But, God in His Unconditional Love For Us; wants us to live in Him, and for this we were created. But, for this it is necessary to be in "God is Love" and without sin, because sin separates us from our God.

An experience I had with my own daughters was the fact which will clarify what we described above. I used to buy cans of soda. Every day they took to school, to drink during recess, to drink it with their lunch. The fact was that I had bought the exact amount for them to take every day to school, I did not have enough money to buy more than that; extra cans for drinking at home... They liked it very much, and also wanted to drink it at home. I told them: "Do not drink at home because than there will not be enough for school". While I was at work they would go to the fridge and they took a can and opened the lid just a little bit. This was enough for the fizz to come out of the can, as well as to sip it empty, and put the can back into the fridge; it still seemed to be closed. But the seal was broken, and the pop can was empty!! Now there was only air in the little pop cans.
As long as one does not open the tin can you can roll it on the floor, throw it up in the air and the drink will not come out neither will the fizz within it be released. We can throw up in the air any ware, but the soda does not leave the tin while it is sealed. Once we break the seal, the fizz comes out completely, and the air enters and the soda inside will be stale. So is our life, as long as we do not open the door to sin, our life remains integrate; meaning being whole; complete, one who has a model of behavior, in the Love that has created us. Sin is crouching at your door, in other words, it lies at the door of our hearts, and whoever will let it in, will not have dominion over it. "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it" - Gn. 4:7. 

My daughters believed that if I did not see that they had opened the tin can, it was acceptable what they did. This is how satan seduces the human being to do what is not good, and sin crouches at your hearts door; desiring to have you. But, we must master it, as the Word of God says. God was teaching and disciplining Cain, but he preferred not to hear and he allowed a greater sin to master him. You can read the story in this chapter of Genesis 4, he went and committed the first murder of the land. In summary the Human Being perceives and manages to live in the love of God when it lives according to the guidelines of “God is Love” that created and established him to live therein.
God loves and He wants each of us, that was created in his image and likeness may reflect this same LOVE to his neighbour. The Apostle Paul tells us in his letter: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” -1 Co. 13:11.

Childhood symbolizes also the season of innocence, the season of purity in our heart. Purity is another extraordinary quality in a person's life. Pure means absence of sin. When the heart of "human being" is pure, it is because the thoughts of his heart were not contaminated with the desire to consciously choose something incorrect; that is, but you must master the thoughts in your heart. Spiritual childhood is a time where God leads us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep and takes them to the quiet waters. God cares for us, and leads us on our journey. Living in innocence or purity is something incredible, innocence is absence of guilt. The dictionary describes innocence as:
"Meaning of Innocence sf Condition of the one that does not practices evil conscientiously, to live in innocence.
/ Absence of guilt: the innocence of an accused.
/ Simplicity, purity: abusing the innocence of someone.
/ Innocent people, protect the innocent.

"Absence of guilt, purity = we will discuss these two concepts. Guiltiness according to the same dictionary tells us that the status of guilty, or culpable. Before Adam and Eve eating the fruit that was said, "You shall not eat," they were in a status of absence of culpability. No guilt and no accuser as well.
We have several phases in our spiritual life as a human being. We have the phase of innocence, maturity, adulthood and the perfect man in Christ. In the phase of innocence in our life with God we are totally protected. God leads us in His love and God guides us how to stay protected and keep this purity. God reconciles us through the Blood of the Lamb. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, this is the age of learning, namely early childhood in our spiritual life with God in Christ. Paul writes to the Corinthians: "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready"- 1 Co. 3:1.
Shortly after receiving God in our lives we still are used to think of it as we thought before. Paul explains this to the Church of Corinth, because there is still jealousy, strife and other feelings between the brothers, feelings which do not come from a life with God. This is a reaction in the flesh, when we act upon the impulse of our carnal nature. Paul tries to teach them to walk in the Spirit and not in the emotions of their temperament. In the previous chapter Paul explains true wisdom, the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

What he wanted to clarify to these new Christians is; now that you have the God of the universe within yourself and He knows the "wisdom of this century that no powerful men has known, for if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of Glory, but as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of human being the things which God has prepared for those that love him”. 1 Co.2 :8-9 (check ref in the Bible).
And he goes on saying in verse 10: “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God”. Think about it this way, we may come to the conclusion that therefore, in this case I will never be able to be wise, because how can I have the thoughts of God and His work in me, and have all this understanding in me. The answer is through Jesus; when we receive Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. It is Jesus who works all this in us through the Holy Spirit's presence with whom we have been sealed.

In the Lord's Service
I greet you in His Love
Antonina Penner.
Masters inTheology..
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