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Why?…….What would He look Like?
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were considered a strange thing—Hos.8:12/Is it not written in your law which cannot be broken; I have said you are gods…because you are my children—Jon. 10:34/Ps.82:5-6 (and none of you believe…so you walk on in darkness).
HERESY Part-1 detailed among other things, the first of two levels of the truth of God that is to perfect us.
It’s easy to explain having missed something that was way too small. How do you explain missing something because it was too big. God is big; very big, and a lot of people still miss him. The absurdity of missing God is illustrated in the concept of a fish in an ocean of water, searching for water . Not only is God big, but what has to offer to mankind is big also. The vast scope of what God has done for us is so immense we have been missing it for the past two thousand years. Man is used to man size propositions. What God brings us we simply are unable to accommodate in the “old wineskins” as men; so we can’t see it. We need a new mind to see it. If he tells it to us point-blank—directly; like in Psalm 82, “I say you are gods”, our immediate response is to just totally shrink away in denial. We retort: that’s not what it really means. To this God complains; I have written to them the great things of my law, but they have rejected it as a strange thing, or as heresy.
Taking a more subtle approach, God sates his proposition to us more indirectly sometimes like in Mat. 5:48—‘be perfect as God your father is perfect’, or in John 14:8-11— Jesus speaking:—‘because the Father who does the works is in me (and he is in us, the sons/daughters also, therefore it applies to us)…if you’ve seen the son, you’ve seen the father’ ; or 1 John 4:17 ‘—as God is, so are you in this world’. It seems if there is to be some kind of consistency between the life we live, and the one ordained for us by God; we need to sanitize the scriptures of scores of similar references to the kind of life which we’ve rejected out of hand because the exhortations are beyond our comprehension. God actually thinks bigger of us than we permit ourselves to think. He has God size sons and daughters but don’t tell them about it, they’ll stone you for heresy. The idea of raising the dead, talking to storms, walking on water is a life reserved for someone else.
The second level of this truth has proven to be virtually insurmountably problematic. If you take it seriously, it reeks of sacrilegious heresy; causing most if not all people to real back from the force of it’s offense, though it is truth. The potency of the inherent offense contained in the second level of this truth assures that virtually no one goes there. One thing to say, my son will grow up and become an engineer; quite another to say…. my son will grow up and become me. The second layer of this truth is that which we have not yet realized, much more acceded to. This level is as follows: …..we grow up into him in all things….in other words:—in all things we become him when we grow up. Not enough to be like him; we are to be him; the difference between God, and a form of godliness. The notion of being like him assumes that; there he is, and here we are…looking like him. The proposition made to us by God is that it be no more of us; but only Christ living in us. We are expected to put on our heavenly tabernacle, which is the Lord from heaven, while we are alive; and our earthly bodies are not yet dissolved in death. Our mortality is swallowed up— subsumed; that is our mortality is negated by power of Jesus’ endless resurrection life.
Because the children of God are partakers of flesh and blood; Christ
also took part of the same, so that by his death he destroys
the power of death; which through the fear of death we were in bondage all of our lives. Deliverance from the power of death
doesn’t start when we get to Heaven. You’d never know that by the way Christians are still afraid of death’ and all the death management tools of the grave; all manner of sickness, diseases, infirmities still ravage unchecked in the body and eventually bring people to an early grave. Christians are dropping dead prematurely. We can’t bury them fast enough. The first thing we do is arrange a wake for them; and of all things, make plans to burry them. It does not even into our thinking that we can raise them back to life in such cases. In instances like this, Jesus would wake them and give instructions to feed them….. not bury them.
In Christ we are no more obliged to live in fear of death by the omnipresence of mortal danger that could otherwise crushed us as easily as crushing a moth. Though living in bodies of clay whose foundation is the dust; our mortality is swallowed up by his resurrection life; subsumed into his endless life; even though our earthly body is not yet dissolved in death. We have access to the power of the world to come; exhorted to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
provision to walk as a man, merely. When Jesus commanded the raging wind and waves to cease, his disciples marveled—what manner of man is this that even the wind and the waves obeyed him.
Yes he was a flesh and blood man, but much more than a man. Adam was born to this kind of dominion. When he failed, God prepared and sent his replacement as Jesus, the last Adam, a quickening Spirit; to reaffirm this dominion in his flesh and blood children. It is this resurrection Spirit of Christ that is imparted to us which makes us the sons of God, much more than mere men, and capable of the same works, and even greater works. It’s easy to explain having missed something that was too small. How do you explain missing something because it was too big. God is big; very big, and a lot of people still miss him. The absurdity of missing God is illustrated in the concept of a fish searching for water in an ocean filled with water. Not only is he big but what has to offer to mankind is big also. Man is used to man size propositions. What God brings us we simply can’t see it. If he says it to us point blank, directly; like in Psalm 82, “I say you are gods”, our immediate response is just to just totally shrink away. We retort: that’s not what it really means. To this God complains; I have written to them the great things of my law but they have rejected it as a strange thing or as heresy. Taking a more subtle approach, God sates his proposition to us more indirectly sometimes like in Mat. 5:48—‘be perfect as God your father is perfect’, or in John 14:8-11 Jesus speaking:—‘because the Father who does the works is in me (as hi is in us also)…if you’ve seen the son, you’ve seen the father’ (we all claim to be sons/daughters); or 1 John 4:17 ‘—as God is, so are you in this world’.