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IF SO, WHAT HINDERETH ME

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence." — George Eliot

The title of this post is a combination of two of the most candid, profoundly soul-searching questions I’ve come upon in all of scripture. The first half, starts the question Rebecca asked of the Lord when she was having a troublesome pregnancy. If it is so (that I am blessed with this pregnancy), why am I thus? The second half of the title expresses the Ethiopian eunuc’s desire to be baptized seeing he met the requirements.

The entire thrust of God’s interest in this planet is the liberation of all the downtrodden and oppressed through the ministry of reconciliation. For all of Creation groans and travails in pain waiting to be delivered by the manifestation of the sons of god. They that are whole need no physicians, I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

It is an uneasy lot at best, to be … present at this great spectacle of life and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self– never to be fully possessed by the glory we behold, never to have our consciousness rapturously transformed” “… a soul that is sensitive without being enthusiastic …having not enough mass for transformation.. too languid to thrill out of self-consciousness, that goes on fluttering in the swampy ground where it was hatched, thinking of its wings and never flying.” “…. always to be scholarly and uninspired, ambitious and timid, scrupulous and dim-sighted.” — George Eliot

Fellow citizens, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Thus began Frederick Douglass’s fiery July 5, 1852, speech, The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro, in which the great orator famously took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

1 Samuel 22:2 —And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him(David); and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men of whom were named the Chiefs, Captains, and the mighty men of David.These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same [was] Adino the Eznite: [he lift up his spear] against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. Out of weakness God makes us strong in battle.

All those who are not the "beautiful people", who have no voice, are ever asking such questions as—if life is a gift why am I denied...if I am created in the image of God, why am I this way? Their voice is never heard, and their cause trampled upon. It is for them that Christ arrived upon this sin cursed world; to be a more merciful high priest because he also partakes of their suffering, and is well able to deliver.

Hebrews 2:14-18 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

God could do no less than to be made in the like manner as we, so he could lift us up from the pit whence we are digged to the rock from whence we are hewn.

God has landed upon this enemy-occupied world in human form…The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He is God, surrender and humiliation because He was man.”
—C.S. Lewis

17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

There is an eerie similarity between Israel’s ignoring instructions on going to possess the promise land, and how we Christians fail to obtain access to and operate in the kingdom of God on earth as Jesus did and taught us to do. Moses warned that from the Jewish stock God would raise up someone similar to him in ministerial type, to whose exhortations we should be careful to give utmost attention.

God is huge; what he proposes for us is huge. In fact the analogy by comparison is likened to how the moon doesn’t shine beside the glory of the sun. So great is what God plans to do today as compared to times before Christ. The two examples cannot be mentioned in the same breath, or set in the same light. To Israel was given the land of Canaan; to us is given the kingdom of God….how long are we slack to go and possess our possessions.

The signs of believers are important credentials to validate us in he scrutiny of unbelievers as we minister to them. They are also the proof of God that he offers in his invitation for them to come and trust his salvation.

Adam exercised dominion on his earth. It was actually here on this very planet that God created him and told him to have dominion.

The kind of life we expect to have after we die, or after the rapture is the kind of life God makes available to us now. Just as Jesus exercised this perfect liberty we are so provided with heaven's grace to do now. We are to grow up into him in all things as the perfect man. What Jesus was and did, we are now to be and do in this life

It shouldn’t be that strange therefore that Jesus being call “the last Adam”, is a reinstatement of God’s original model of Adam for us to aspire to in this life. As Jesus was so are we to be and to do.The kind of life we expect to have after we die, or after the rapture is the kind of life God makes available to us now. Just as Jesus exercised this perfect liberty we are so provided with heaven’s grace to do now. We are to grow up into him in all things as the perfect man. What Jesus was and did, we are now to be and do in this life

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Read Creator or liar and see how we can be reconciled with the builder and maker of all things.

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