The void widens…
April 12th, 2019
Have you noticed? Something has been taking place over the last several decades and it is speeding up at a rapid rate. Those things which were staples of our culture have devolved into quaint remembrance of yesterday. Families are separated by distance and activity. Those things we accepted without question to be firmly established are now being dissolved in the solvent of humanistic progressivism.
Something which is neither humane nor progressing toward anything viable.
An observation of the news of today it doesn’t take long before you hear a story that just doesn’t sound possible. But with each passing day the void between where the faithful abide and the world is progressing to, broaden even further, making reaching the lost that much more difficult from our small view perspective.
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.”
John 14:11 (ESV)
Real faith in Jesus requires we fully accept Jesus is God. There is a constant drawing effect that pulls all things closer to the Father. Jesus the Son is explicitly bound to the Father. We cannot possibly say we believe in Jesus unless we also believe that Jesus and the Father are one.
Then Jesus introduces the third person of the Trinity.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17 (ESV)
If you feel this broadening void and are a disciple of Jesus, this passage is a great comfort to you. It is where you abide. Our strength comes directly through the Spirit. It is where you not only live, but the source of life lives in you. Those who are outside of this assurance today are finding it increasingly difficult to fathom what Jesus was saying here.
That other helper is the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, God living in us and us living in the Spirit.
Not a great distance from where Jesus spoke the words above, we encounter Him telling us just how this helper binds and draws us ever closer to God; the Father, Christ Himself, and the Spirit.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (ESV)
John 14:11 – Illustrates the unity of Jesus and the Father; John 14:15-17 – Shows us the Holy Spirit Living in us; John 15:5 – Shows us living in Christ Jesus as the True Vine.
Understanding this cohesion will assist us in better understanding the separation we are experiencing from all other things worldly. The bond flows from the Father, to the Son, through the Holy Spirit finally to us defines the mechanics of our relationship with God.
We maintain constant contact with Jesus because His Spirit is living in us, because of Christ’s relationship with the Father, that unity allows us the boldness to approach the Father. We are all drawn ever closer, by merit of the cohesion of the Trinity and that third person of the Trinity actually being a part of us.
Likewise, because we all are being drawn in ever closer to the Father and Jesus, we experience a deepening of the bond between us the Spirit and at the same time our bond with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This isn’t a great analogy, but I will use it just the same because it works fairly well.
Modern cosmology in the 18th century theorized black holes. Albert Einstein predicted black holes in 1916. I was a freshman in High School in 1971 when the first black hole was discovered.
Yes, I and the dinosaurs, hanging out in study hall.
What we have learned about black holes tells us that this is a mass in space that is so infinitely dense that it creates an irresistible gravitational force. Anything and everything which is near a black hole is drawn ever closer to it by the increasing intensity of the gravitational field.
There is a point at which when approaching a black hole that the gravitational force is so massive that even light waves which have been proven to be particles cannot escape the gravity. This gives black holes their name because at this point, the event horizon, nothing is visible beyond it, and nothing can escape from it.
Some things to consider here include the reach of the gravitational field being generated by the black hole and how other heavenly bodies relate to that attraction.
In a similar way Jesus being drawn to the Father, the Spirit being part of both the Father / Son, and the Spirit living in us, puts us on the event horizon of salvation. There is a point at which the pull of God has sealed our eternal capture within the gravity of God’s power and majesty.
As light cannot escape from the event horizon of a black hole we are eternally bound to Christ Jesus through the Spirit and He to the Father.
The conclusion of this analogy brings to mind something profound. What direction are we going if we have reached that event horizon?
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
In contrast, there are other black holes in the universe and in the spiritual realm there is another dense element which introduces conflicting gravitational forces. That is the darkness of sin.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)
The point we have come to at this time, is that these two gravitational forces are diametrically opposed to each other and are struggling against each other for dominion over the rest of all that is in the spiritual realm.
Here, we can begin to understand why we see this separation taking place. As those caught in the draw of that dark gravitational force of sin are drawn further and further from God, we who are captivated by the Love and Grace of Christ Jesus are pulled closer and closer to Him and the Father.
The void between these bodies in the heavens is growing with each passing day heading to an ultimate tipping point, when that dark force is consumed by the bigger and more dense force that is God and is wiped from existence as we know it; devoured in flame.
In the meantime, the only hope for those who are outside the gravitational field of God, is for us to introduce them to the part of God that lives in us. If in doing so God’s Spirit begins to have an effect on their state, those bodies bound by darkness can be rescued from certain destruction.
Every moment they linger in the pull of the dark force their ability to see the light of Jesus is further hampered by the gravitational pull of sin and death. The more they are drawn into the darkness, the less truth is evident to them, and less likely that they will see the light of life.
We shouldn’t be shocked when people insist that there is more than one truth. The distortion of their perception makes it nearly impossible for them to understand that real truth only exists in the Savior Jesus Christ.
Understanding what the void is caused from should help us overcome “Separation Anxiety” and be focused on doing all we can to introduce those outside of the gravity of grace to come under its influence. The tipping point for them is when they allow the Spirit to live in them by accepting this gift of grace from Jesus.
In doing so, they will be captivated by the glory of God and drawn ever closer to Him as we are.
In the Grace of Jesus,