God’s body revealed to heal #2
Recognizing what God uses to nurture
Let’s look at the things that God uses to build us up. This isn’t just to any nurturing, it’s that we would know who we are in Him. To become who we are as His children in the fullness of life, beloved children of God – to be His witnesses and manifest glory in the earth.
To start with we need to think what God did in giving us His son and what dynamic God giving us free will had on the fulfilment of the coming of His kingdom. When we understand this then we can begin to understand the relationship God is drawing us into and what He uses to build this in us.
Free will’s impact
When God gave us His son it wasn’t because He was going to control what was happening (Though He knew what His son was called to do) but was giving Him to us to do as we willed. He took it a step further and gave the authority to judge to His son. Jesus even said:
Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. Joh 5:22-23
So let’s look at the impact of sin on God’s kingdom when He has set up authority to work in a way that keeps free will intact. How does this effect God’s kingdom to be manifest in the world in and around us? Loads!
Can God violate freewill and do anything He want’s? The reality is that He chooses not to. To do so would go against His very nature, for He is righteous love. He chooses to conduct Himself as one who is trustworthy, faithful and one who gives us a choice. He has outlined the impact of our choices and established a way to overcome this barrier of sin. For in a free will system we are free to not let God’s guidance bring righteousness, peace and joy into our lives. We also have the choice to ruin our lives by resisting the gift of mercy through the atonement of Christ.
So even though sin restricts God’s kingdom from being fully manifest, yet through Christ He has triumphed over the restriction of sin to open a new way. We where unable to open this freedom through self will but the Spirit gives us life and power that we would be guided by Him.
This I’m speaking from the point of one truly seeking to follow righteously. As any good father, if we turn away from His leading he will allow different dynamics to work in us for our good but they might create moments of difficulties and hardships. This is always with the goal to build up our character and release His identity in our lives.
If we don’t recognize God’s leading and fight against His corrections and allow our identity to be found in Him, then this process will crush us instead of release fullness of life. For our God is a consuming fire and when He comes that which is yielded will become pure gold.
Recognizing we are His Children
Recognizing what He has given us to build a healthy relationship with Him as His children is vital. If we don’t recognize these things we could find our-self’s rejecting His fathering in our lives and turning to other things to get this nurturing that only He can fully give. Remember, He has maid a new way for His kingdom to become manifest in our lives.
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,Heb 10:20
All this is that we might enter into the new way, to enter the very presence of God, the throne of grace. For it’s this river of life that flows from this throne of grace that brings the transforming power of resurrection life, pure refined gold.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Heb 10:35
This confidence of entering through this new and living way, Christs body, is what brings about the reward. His presence is the reward and the riches of His glory. For God has the right to set the rules to our relationship with Him and has made it impossible outside of the gift of His Son. What does He expect of us?
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually, I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 2Co 12:11-12
God will commend us even if others don’t when we trust in what He requires, Faith in His son. We need to recognize what God it saying and let Him be our confidence. Trusting in nothing else but grace. It’s His relationship so He has the right to say what he considers as being ok with Him. And if He says it’s what He is requiring then He will back up those who are releasing His redemption. For redemption is His desire and what is in line with His desire is His kingdom.
So how do we release His kingdom?
Jesus said, “His Father judges no one but has entrusted all judgment to the Son that He would be honoured.”
So is this part of the new way?
Jesus also said He doesn’t do anything except what He sees His Father is doing. He also talks about His father showing clearly what He is doing. Can the father be inviting us into this kind of relationship where we clearly know what He is doing and has authority to join in?
There is a dynamic here of authority to judge yet choosing to only do the Fathers will (God’s kingdom). No wonder there’s a new dynamic under the new covenant, for judgment comes through Christ who has suffered for us. The source of judgment now coming from Jesus who suffered and died for us. More than this let’s see what Jesus says after He rises from the dead.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Joh 20:21-23
Is Jesus really passing to us this authority to do the judging? No in the eternal sense of deciding the eternal fate of individual people, but yes here and now for the purpose of Kingdom expansion, Advancement and release of his healing redemption. This is really saying heaven will back us up when we forgive someone. We have to remember that Jesus’s response to having this kind of authority was to do nothing but what He saw His Dad doing, but He also said His father showed Him these things clearly. Along with this was Jesus choosing to say, “Father forgive them”. Surely this means when we rise up into this dynamic of son-ship He will reveal to us more clearly what He is inviting us to release or co-labour with Him. Greater clarity and authority to forgive. Is this what is meant by having the ministry of reconciliation? For when we surrender, by the power of the cross, God is then not restricted by sin but free to release His kingdom through us.
So How do we grow into this kingdom?
What then is God’s kingdom now that Jesus’s sacrifice has opened this new way? It’s Resurrection life, overcoming power and salvation. It’s the counsellor living in us and empowering us to live out God’s will and this not of works but of grace, as a gift. This as an overflow of God in our life and Christ in us.
So how is He manifesting this in the world? What can I recognize and utilize as God building me up to be a healthy child?
But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Mat 23:8-12
We run into wild dynamics where God gives us commands and then warns us about things that sound similar. There’s the dynamic of honour and yet this very thing can get in the way of giving honour to God so has to warn against the miss use of it.
Again it is vital that we know our God personally. He is tearing down every wall and obstetrical to have our hearts. Some of these obstacles were only made visible when God had them played out by His people. We have prophets eating defiled bread, marrying prostitutes, building temples and ritual washings, circumcision, lifestyles, nakedness, long hair, hunger, trials and more that didn’t result in the righteousness as experienced before sin entered the world. Why would He build a system just to tear it down? For did not Jesus talk about it being fulfilled and the old torn down? Why ask for a veil to be made and then tear it? Not only the veil but the whole temple reduced to rubble, why?
What is God’s requirement? Do we just believe?
There is a reformation of our understanding of righteousness needed.
What are we trying to do that Christ has already done, the Holy Spirit is already doing and if we don’t let go of we are involved in dead works? What part of the Christian walk are we responsible for and if not exercising our faith is dead.
For dead works are when we do things to be clean, or free from guilt, in order to be right with God instead of having faith in God’s gift of Jesus.
There seems to be confusion over these things. We have people doing dead works, trying to be clean, and their faith remains dead. They haven’t recognized what Christ has done, that God loves us and its His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Instead, when people share the dynamics of kingdom living they feel overwhelmed, unworthy, jealous, afraid and so on.
You see that a person is considered righteous by God through His gift Jesus, but faith without works is dead.
So what is this walking by faith? How it it different than dead works? Look at Rahab the prostitute, God considered her righteous for what she did in response to faith when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? She believed in what God was already going to do and responded trusting God. There is a trust in what God is doing or will do already. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
We have to respond in faith of what He has done and not what we need to do to be clean. The biggest thing is we need to see it’s not about us being good separate from God but empowered to overcome sin and a guilty conscience that would block us from coming into his presence and being lead by Him.
For it’s not up to us what being right with God is like. It’s up to God. It’s God we are having a relationship with. God directed all the elements received in scripture that we might understand our need for Christ. It’s in Christ this having a right relationship is revealed. Jesus is God’s requirement for us to be right with Him, and walking in response to this reality is how this faith stays alive.
What was righteousness like in the garden? Freedom, just don’t eat of that tree as we already have all we need. Don’t guess what God wants in His relationship with you, ask and He will reveal it to you. One thing is for sure, it will include His son and His desire to bring redemption. His kingdom is at hand.