IF SO, WHAT HINDERETH ME
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.
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
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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