I am going to be a bit naughty today! First I am going to scare you a bit! Then I am going to make you shiver a bit! Then I am going to give you the shock of your live!
Are you ready?
Some of the emotions that I mentioned above did, at some point in my life, go through my poor human soul and my mind quite a few times every time that I pondered on the subject I am discussing in this post today. Just the other day two videos that I watched on You-tube triggered it off again. The first video that I watched was a short 3 minutes recording of a debate between Kent Hovind and Reinhold Schlieter, a professor with a doctorate degree. You can watch it here, its is absolutely worth watching!
This made me think of another video I once watched that had a big impact on me, especially when you watch it on a smart phone. You can watch that video here. This video is also worth watching.
(Please watch both videos before you proceed reading this post)
A few days after watching these videos, I went to pray, something I do every time when I go for a stroll.
It was when I was pondering on these videos that I again stood in awe thinking about this wonderful and “strange force” called “God” out there. To my opinion, we actually know very little about.
When you start asking questions about this awesome force it seems that the questions just cannot be answered by anyone alive on this earth. I mean, where did God really come from? How did He come into existence? When did He come into existence? If creation is really just six thousands years old, where was He all the “time” before that and what was He busy with before He created us?
These questions do have an impact on people like me, that is people who believe in God and who believe that He created the universe six thousand years ago. I mean, people like us really know that such an awesome mystical force really exists. These questions do not really impact unbelievers because they do not believe in such a “mystical force” called “God” or any other force for that matter. Emotionally they do not react to information like the videos that you just watched. True believers often shiver for a second or two when they ponder on these questions. Usually we are struck in awe when we think of this almighty force out there. Especially those who know what a good God He really is.
Who and what is this force really? How is it possible that something so awesome has been out there in the “dark”, or was it “light”, or was it “nothing”, without beginning and without end. Always has been and always will be. In fact in this regard the words “always” and “time” do not really exist.
Why did “He” decide only six thousand years ago to create the universe and everything that we see and don’t see? Should we be scared of this force or is He a friendly force like Santa?
Well, this force did make Himself known through Israel, the word of God, the prophets and through Christ Jesus His Son.
By studying the word of God and by studying what the people that I mentioned have said, I can surely answer some of the easier questions. For instance, “Should we fear this God?” My answer to this question is, “Absolutely! He should be feared and some people should actually be terrified of Him! This friendly force actually did create bad things. The Bible is clear on this. He created hell and He created sickness. This force expects all creatures to worship Him and to be obedient to Him. In a sense He is a dictator. What I mean by that is that He governs and will govern the Universe forever. He is not going to allow any other creature to take over from Him ever.
Those that are disobedient to Him will be cast into hell where they will burn in hell’s fire forever. Please read my post, “Is Sickness From God?“, if you want to know more about this God that we serve. To some of the mainline Evangelical and Charismatic churches this may come as a surprise.
Some people do not know God like this. To some people God is a lot like Santa. Always laughing, always happy and always blessing His children no matter what they do. To some He is a tyrant who is always ready to hurt people who are disobedient to Him.
Well, although I said that we actually know little about God, and that is certainly true, through the years I have learned quite a lot about Him. I have learned that He is a bit of both. He loves and He forgives and He is full of grace but He is and always has been ready to punish those who have been disobedient and who oppress people. I have learned that He does not leave sin unpunished. He eventually punished His own Son for the sins that we committed. The Bible says that no sin will be left unpunished. Jesus took all sin upon Him and He was punished by Father God for all those sins. Eventually everybody that reject Jesus Christ will be punished in hell for their sins because they rejected the blood of the Lamb of God. Should God be feared? Should people be scared of God? Absolutely? We cannot do both. People should either fear God or be scared of God but people can never be ignorant of God. This mystical force out there is awesome but also fearful. There is a Scripture that says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Have you ever heard what SM Lockridge say about Jesus Christ:
“He is the King of all kings, He is the King of righteousness, He is the King of the ages, He is the King of heaven, He is the King of glory, He is the Lord of lords, He is a sovereign King, no means of measure can define His limitless love, He’s enduringly strong, entirely sincere, eternally steadfast, He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful, impartially merciful, He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world, He’s God’s Son, He’s the sinners Savior, He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented, He’s the loftiest idea in literature, He’s the highest personality in philosophy, He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology, He’s the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior, He supplies strength to the weak, He’s available for the tempted and the tried, He sympathizes and He saves, He strengthens and He sustains, He guards and He guides, He heals the sick, He cleanses the lepers, He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He beautifies the meek, He’s the key of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom, He’s the doorway of deliverance, He’s the pathway of peace, He’s the roadway of righteousness, He’s the highway of holiness, He’s the gateway of glory, His life is matchless, His goodness is limitless, His mercy is everlasting, His love never changes, His word is enough, His grace is sufficient, His reign is righteousness, His yoke is easy, His burden is light, He’s indescribable, He’s incomprehensible, He’s invincible, He’s irresistible, You can’t get Him out of your mind, you can’t get Him off your hand, you can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him, Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him, Herod couldn’t kill Him, death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
– SM Lockridge
I am sure that when you watched the videos above you really felt that this God who created everything is something absolutely awesome. Now for the shock that I promised you.
You as a Spirit filled person, although you are not God, you definitely are of the same class as God!
Please read the following Scriptures:
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
In verses 1 to 4 Nicodemus asked a lot of questions regarding this new thing called the new birth. He really wanted to understand this concept because it was totally new and unheard of. Never in history was it ever heard of a man born of water and of Spirit. 1 John 3:9 says, whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. To be born of God is something totally new. In the Old Testament people were not born of the Spirit. There is a big difference between Old Testament people and those born of God in the New-Testament.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new.
Christians are really new creatures. We are not the same creatures as unrighteous people or as Old Testament people. We are not God but of the same “class” as God. That is why we are called the bride of Christ. Christ is our heavenly Bridegroom. In Revelations 21:9 one of the seven angels says, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. Marriage can only take place between two living beings of the same kind. A man cannot get married to a tiger or an elephant. Why? Because they are two different creatures. Christ cannot betroth unrighteous people because they are two different creatures. He can betroth the church because the church is of the same class as God. Do not be confused. We are not God but we are definitely of the same “class” as God. The Bible says that we were made just a little lower than God (Not like “angels” as most Bible translators incorrectly translated this Greek word).
How does Old Testament people and Christians people differ? We see this answer in the book of Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:44-50
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
What does this Scripture really say? It says that…
Old Testament people are natural and have a natural body. Those born of God are spiritual and have spiritual bodies.
Old Testament peoples are souls. Those born of God are spirits.
Old Testament people are born of dust. Those born of God are born of water and of the Spirit.
Old Testament people are from earth. Those born of God are from heaven.
Earthly people are like Adam. Those born of God are like the heavenly. We are like Christ.
Old Testament people bare the image of Adam. Those born of God bare the image of Christ.
Earthly people are flesh and blood and can therefore not inherit the kingdom of God. Those born of God are spirit and therefore they are joint-heirs of the kingdom of God with Christ.
Remember these very important truths: The Old Testament people (Israel) were “servants” of God, we are “sons” and “kings” of God. God lived “among” the Israelites or in their “midst”. God lives “in” the church and “in” every believer individually. Israel was the “people” or “nation” of God. The church is the “bride” and the “wife” of God. Although it appears that Israel was also the wife of God, the nation of Israel was only a type of the real bride to come which is the church. Why? Because God could not really betroth Israel. A living creature can only betroth another living creature of the same kind. Only those born of God or born of the Spirit of God, is the same kind as God. The church or the body of Christ is really a magnificent living creature. Like God, there is literally no other creature like the church. It is the only living creature that is one yet consists of many members. It is the only creature where each member thereof have a personal relationship with God and with her Bridegroom, yet this phenomenal creature stand before Him as one person or as one bride. Only the church is the bride of Christ.
It is very clear that Christians are very different from Old Testament and unsaved people. That is why Nicodemus asked all those questions. He wanted to get clarity about this wonderful new species called the sons of God or the children of God.
Right through the Old Testament the Spirit of God could not go into people but just upon them. This was because man was not made or constructed to contain this wonderful being called the Holy Spirit inside of them yet. It was in fact impossible for the Spirit of God to dwell inside man because of this reason. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he made this wonderful experience possible. That is why He, with His first appearance to His disciples, gave them the privilege to receive and to have the Spirit inside of them.
Now this post was interesting! Different people experienced different emotions reading it. If you could feel a bit of fear and you shivered a bit whilst reading this, I think you are OK. If you were in awe of this awesome God I think you are OK. If the fact that you are of the same “class” as God came as a shock to you, let it sink in. It is a wonderful shock after all. If you did not feel any emotion at all you might have to consider your believe and your faith in God and His word again. We can never be ignorant to these truths. We can never ignore God. We will have to face the consequences sooner or later.
My deepest desire for you today is that your biggest shock does not come too late. Too late is when you realize that Jesus Christ was in fact the Son of God who came to take our sins away, when you cannot accept Him as your Savior anymore. I would rather bow down before this wonderful and this awesome God now than to be forced to bow down before Him in hell.
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