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Chaos, Light

The first two verses of Genesis are usually are just read over without any understanding of theologically ramifications. It seems that we only ‘see’ the first verse as ‘God created the heavens and the earth’. It is the second verse(which ironically a key to other theological issues down the road-#2) “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.”

Let’s bring in verse 1, to see something else. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God is a powerful God. God creates things. He creates things for His pleasure. His desire is to have fellowship with the trinity(Father,Son,Holy Spirit) but also of a creation that He is ‘well pleased’ in the making. This is evident in the making of the earth, in that in each step he took, God says that it was ‘good’. Everything that God made was ‘good’ in his eyes, this was his standard.

Now, let’s go back to verse 2 and continue the story and proclamations of it. The ‘earth was without form’, I don’t think anybody really knows what this looked like, but we know it didn’t look like anything we have now as what we see the earth from afar. But just to say it was without form, is to say it wasn’t organized or planned in any way. “The earth was without void”, it was ‘nothing’. Nothing to speak about.

And to add the last of verse 2 is “the darkness was upon the face of the deep”, so, just like the earth, the face of the deep was dark, or without ‘light’. Finally, ” and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters”. Now we must realize in this segment, the ‘waters’ of the earth had not been formed yet. This waters was the upcoming waters to be created. But let’s backup a minute, and look at this even more to what this is.

We all know that ‘hindsight is 20/20′, but in this case foresight is 20/20’, you see we have read the scriptures and know what has been said about various things of what things represent in God’s world and actions of Him or His Son. There is meaning to everything. “Water” is used in a few different ways. It is said to be “Bad”,”Evil”,”Dark” or it is also said to be “Good”,”Spiritual”,Or “Light”. In this instance it is an connotation that the ‘waters’ are ‘dark’, or evil. But it is in transition, because the Spirit of the Lord was moving over it give it the ‘Good’ or ‘Light’ quality that it needed coming from the darkness.

Our knowing when things are in the dark or in the light is a main concept of the Word of God. It is used in the old and the new testament. Another concept that is used throughout the bible is the one of ‘Life’ and ‘Death’, This is in conjunction with the darkness and light theme in the scriptures. As we can see just from these two examples the topics are opposites from each other. It is a either or picture. These are the themes that are re-occurring in the scriptures that are important for us to use in our overall emphasis of God’s desire of having The Kingdom of Heaven.

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New Creation(John)

John’s first line is the same as the first line in the old testament book of Genesis. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” 2. He was in the beginning with God. 3. all things were made through him,and without him was not anything made that was made. 4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There is some powerful stuff in those first 5 lines in John. There is also alot of things to work thru in those first 5 verses. Let’s start with verse one, It tells us two things in this short but powerful, telling of words. First, It tells us that the Trinity has been around forever, The Father, Son(Jesus), and the Holy Spirit have been hovering around everything before time started, but mainly the story of Creation that God tells us that His Son, was there too. He is the “Word”. This knowledge that God’s son was there all the time, could be very mind blowing if we would just sit and think about it for awhile. This also tells me that the trinity was together ‘in the beginning’! Kaboom! WOW!

The second thing that the first verse tells us, is that although this sounds alot like Genesis 1, which it is, it is actually telling us that it is a little different. Now, to know this, one would have to know or read the whole old testament, or have been told it by someone. The journey of man has taken alot of bad turns over the centuries, including still in our lifetime. We have turned our back on him in every part of our lives, because ‘we know’ what is good for us. LOL It has been like this because man chose what was behind door #2, which was the ‘knowledge of good and evil’. This has the makings of alot of bad in our future, as we all know.

Verse three reaffirms us that God and the Messiah and the Holy Spirit were always there, and everything was made through them. God was/is the author and designer of everything good. Just like the first six days of creation everything made by God was perfectly good. Not a blemish in anything. White as snow. Holy and blameless. It was Godly and Holy.

Now, verse four is unique, it tells us that this is the ‘New Creation’, and not of the first creation. Let’s look at the verse again to see what it says-“In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. The first part of the verse saying that ‘In him was life’ can only be construed as being after Christ had died and arose again on the third day, by his proclaiming that ‘Christ was the Life, and He gave it back in abundance’. There was ‘no life in the first covenant, with the law, that did not create salvation to the people. but the second but New Creation did!

The second part of verse four is one of great joy and hope for all who seek him. It says “and the life was the light of men”, this is telling us that man is filled with his glory and shekinah, the light of God, even as the light as God produced on the first day! It is God, and He is filled in us, and Us in Him! Hallelujah, and Amen!! God is Great!

This is the eternal purpose of God to have a creation and for it to cry “Holy, Holy what a mighty God we serve”!

Verse five is even more exciting to find out, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This again is pointing to the ‘New Creation’, when it proclaims that the ‘Light has shown on everything and it is not dark anywhere, the Light is everywhere! No more darkness to find! God is everywhere His creation is back to reality, and no more evil, earthly turmoil, or mankind’s knowledge of good or evil!

Praise God for just these first five verses in John! We will stop here for now and continue on in John soon.

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Walking, Talking Christ

Life is hard.

It is hard fighting it.

We seem to be fighting life from the negative side or from the bad side of the equation. We believe that if we fight for a bad cause to make it better, life will get better. But fighting from this angle it can wear us down after time. In fact, our crusade could take us our whole life to conquer it. If even then it would be conquered then. This is just coming from a personal conviction, what about everyone else?

This way of fighting the negative could be considered a social fight to rid the world of the all the ‘so-called’ evil in the world. The effort that ‘our’ mission seems to be to rid the ‘evil’ is misguided in that God has vowed that this is ‘His’ job to fill. Man’s ability to make the ‘social ills’ of society, could be a disaster to all involved by the turmoil of what someone deems to be ‘evil’. We may be seeing this now in our world now.

But more importantly, who is to say ‘What is Evil or bad in one’s society’?

The other side of the coin, could be, no, It ‘is’ the way to attack the world. It is the standing up as a follower of Christ and the ‘identity’ that it upholds as the body of Christ. As was in the old testament the identity of God’s people was their identity of their law, and their own God. God’s change to the new covenant was to write the ‘law’ on the hearts of his people.

Our concept of what our ‘identity’ as a Christ follower has got to coincide with what the foreshadow of the old covenant. We must stand as representative of Christ in our world, such as a High Priest would do in Israel.

I saw an illustration of a small group of people singing carols in a circle, holding candle’s, with one being lit. The key to this illustration is the way that it is the right way to do it. You see, When one has the lit candle in a crowd, showing light in a dark place, all others are wanting to be ‘in’ the light. So there instinct is to ‘go’ to the one that has the light and be ‘like’ or just ‘be’ light.

You started with one candle lit(Christ’s light), with darkness all around him. You then are approached by someone from the darkness asking for to be in the ‘light’ with the touching of candles, to produce a brighter light. Those two lights are approached with another candle wanting to be lit as a light for himself, and for others. It is then seen by someone farther away in the darkness, that sees a light for direction, and goes there to have their candle(life) represented as a light in the world.

It is this model of God’s people coming together as one that will become God’s Kingdom.

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What’s the message,Church?

With times of our society now in the United States we would think that the ‘Church’ would have a dominate universal message to All of it’s people stating what the whole world is facing in their lives

But I have doubts that that is what is happening.

I feel that, it is the same old message of what ever the season is, on what the message is this week. Why can’t the ‘Church’ see the world to use as the actual instrument of what God was pointing to as the crescendo of evil in the world by mankind to rise against it and seeing that God’s reign is there for a purpose. This should be on every ‘preacher’ in the pulpit in every church in the world, every week,every day til Christ comes back to claim His Bride!

Just to make things clear, this is not a U.S. problem, its a world issue. This is to be considered a universal problem of all christianity to realize, it needs to ‘see’ the dark battling the ‘light’. God’s light will shine everywhere, there will not be any darkness to be found! God is Sovereign. God is in control. His people,His kingdom and His Sovereignty will be reality!

God is Good.

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Neighbor

Sounds like a very innocent word, doesn’t it.

We use it all the time, even a variant of it to describe someone or someones.

I am going to use it in the literal sense today.

Neighbor : one living or located near another by Merriam Webster

This will be our definition for use in the discussion.

Exodus 12:4 says ‘Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; in proportion to what each one should eat, you are to divide the lamb.

This passage points to the subject of the ONE living near you It is the one that is involved in the daily activity of your life and to those around you. (Let me take a moment to set this in context that might help in our really understanding this concept. Think not of the context of this in the terms of today’s lives that we live now, Lord knows that we are so different in our lives that it would take a book to describe it.Think of when this text was written and the social atmosphere it was in. People were living in very small villages, with very small homes next to each other, with shared daily activities of getting food at the center of the village with everyone sharing their crops, and wares of personal use. These were their neighbors.) This is our reality too, but on a much grandeur stage for most of us. We usually consider ‘our’ neighbors the ones that we are in contact with going to work, and our extra activities outside the house. (Which is actually pretty sad when we say that)

Galatians 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

It is this statement that we have to break in two. We have to start with the second part first. Ourselves, this is the example, that we have to use as the foundation as the next step of a neighbor. It is this identity that we must ‘be’ to build on the reality of God. God in us, and us in Him. This is the light that must be seen from every hill on earth. Our neighbor being like us; being as God in them, and them in God.

I believe that this term of ‘neighbor‘ is the key to the ‘Kingdom of God’, but it is not seen as the method of instituting this kingdom in our system today.The ‘local church’ seems to be the rite of use in this day of time. (This topic will always be a concern for me, which I will always have doubts on) This term neighbor is the cornerstone to God’s flourishing expansion of His Life into the world. It starts as a more recent term as a ‘grass roots’ movement in our more recent sayings. The small but unique beginning of such symbolism of the next stage of the kingdom would be the ‘community‘.

The ‘community’ is the next step to the Kingdom in that the communities that are grown in the same way as the ‘neighbor’ model. The community filled with neighbors, expanding around each other finally becoming a Kingdom of God.

It is from this ‘community’ that I see the flourishing of the kingdom of God, in that the ‘world’ will ‘see’ the people of God as the ‘light’ on the hill that will lead them to God of All. It is this paradigm of God’s Kingdom that will prevail as model of the true ‘Ekklesia’ of Jesus’s Bride.

But it will all start with the simplest of things of our lives, our neighbor: the one living or located near another!

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Satan’s last stand

2 Thessalonians 2.1-10

God’s final victory is happening soon. Satan is putting forth his last surge on the people of the earth, to ward off his rival of God of Abraham.

*What I want to make clear, all tho this will make perfect sense for the people of the United States on what is going on in their country, it is not just there, but it is going on all over the world. Satan is making his move on all people to push his agenda on everyone he can, to further his cause.*

We must, people of the united states, christians especially to realize that God is refining us for the battle that is going on to sharpen us with fire to make us stronger and mighty to ‘see’ God’s eternal purpose for his people, his kingdom, and their God.

Christians are being torn this way and that way with idealistic ways of being ‘a christian’ in this world, but it just a facade of deceit to what a christian really is. God is causing the world to rebel against christianity to actually ‘show’ what God’s people are really about. We are people of God, because we are His children.

Christianity is in turmoil. We don’t know who we are. What we stand for. Where we are. or who is our leader.

If you are hurt by these comments, or don’t understand them, maybe you need to come out from the building you are in and just look at the world of christianity, and see for yourself. God’s community is not supposed to be like this. God’s people are so divided that they can’t even see it.

Let’s look at this in your light, Is this the way that God would like His community look like(in the whole world)? He is probably in complete disgust.

Studying multiple arena’s of religion the last twelve years or more, I have followed church’s in denominations, leaders of various institutions, social patterns of people, books of various authors(past and present), leaders of the worlds(past and present) to say that we have been going down the wrong path with our understanding of God and His purpose.

I have always used the analogy with people when I talk to people about the world of christianity and quote the church, that we don’t understand it right because we haven’t understood the ‘architect’s'(God) blueprint of His Kingdom.

God’s blueprint was in black and white in the first pages of the bible. Genesis 1,2. God made a World, He made us. He told us to be fruitful. He told us to take care of this world. God told us that He would be there also for our enjoyment! period.

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Light

As I sit at my desk, I am pondering the significance of the candle that I have lit shining its light around me.

I am dumbfounded that the candle does not need to move to shine it’s light, it just sits there in its candle holder.

It is only one light.

My use of a candle is redundant when I have a electrical light above my head.

Why then do I use a candle? for warmth, for ambience, for smell, for it’s just a thing?

My concept of me being not the light, but the candle, which produces the light, with the power of the fire.

What if I used two candles? or three? or four? or five? or hundred, or a thousand?

Would it make a difference in any of my ‘why’ I use the candle scenario’s?

It probably would in all those way’s.

But, what if all those candles, being candles, were in fact were not candles standing there all together, but were really God’s people, just being God’s people, standing there being a candle.

Candles are just candles, if they do not have the power of ‘fire’,it is just the vessel to be the carrior of the fire.

It is the wick, inside the candle that is buried inside the candle that sustains the candle throughout it’s burning.

It is the burning that is seen from close up to far away from another room, to across the valley to the mountain top.

The power is within. It shines within.

The candle, thus represents light, when lit with the fire.

In the end, the candle does not move, but yet it still accomplishes it’s intention, to give ‘light’.

Do God’s people need to rethink there purpose?

 

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