Our identity in relation to Christ’s…
July 7th, 2019
I’m fairly certain that there will be a good number of readers that will find some of the content here a bit disturbing. Some may consider some of what we are going to discuss as being offensive.
However, if you are a believer in the saving blood of Jesus Christ, and have chosen to surrender your life to him, then what we are going to discuss is critical to your growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.
John 15:19 (NET)
We are not part of this world, even though we exist in it for a time. It is our purpose to be the Light of the World in accordance to the direction of our Lord and Master.
Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NET)
We have a specific purpose, which has been proclaimed by our Lord Jesus Christ and we need to understand who he is and who we are in this relationship we share with him.
Throughout the Old and New Testaments God (Jesus) has proclaimed himself to be the Great I AM. The one who was before there was ever a time. The one who will exist beyond time’s boundary. He is self-evident, all powerful, and all knowing. He is described as the Alpha and Omega, because he has crafted both the beginning and end as we understand in this physical world.
He loves us more than we can imagine, and has done all that he has or ever will to draw us as close as possible to him, because it brings him glory to do so, and brings a peace and joy to us, his creation is so indescribable that every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. His magnificence knows no boundaries.
I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NET)
Just the dimensions of his love is so great that it surpasses all knowledge and understanding. And even through it is one of the foremost definitions of God; he IS love; it still remains only one element of his nature.
He is THE GREAT I AM
Here is where we get into trouble with our ‘theology in action’.
God has engineered us as a sentient creation. He gave us a mind and understanding to make choices. We need to understand that he did this for a specific reason. You see when, we read about Jesus commanding the wind and the waves to be still, they immediately stopped. It was no fluke of nature folly that parted the Red Sea or the Jordan River. Likewise, when the rains came down for the first time on a world that had never seen it before, it wasn’t nature coming of age, it was the creator implementing his will on his creation.
I cringe at the term that so many Christians have adopted in reference to the magnificence of God today! They like to say it is supernatural. What a load of garbage! What God does is so far beyond the laws of nature because he was the one who wrote those laws.
He doesn’t need some natural event to take a radical change in its normal course to achieve his will; all he needs do is will it to be, and it is.
The term ‘supernatural’ is commonly used to describe all things outside our standard understanding of nature; super-natural. But this term encompasses acts of darkness as well and diminishes the acts of God by association. The acts of God are not supernatural they are ‘God-natural’!
If we the Bible is the Living Word of God and we are applying that Word in our lives then our entire perspective of who God, who we are, and what our role is in this life is going to have to be altered from the prevailing view of the world we live in today.
Because as you saw, we are in this world, we are not part of it. We must be surrendered to our Master, Creator, architect and designer. He who’s very will is ‘our reality’. That is who God is, and this, is who we are.
It’s easy, in view of this understanding, to mistake when the Psalmist contrasts God and us, the proportion is staggering. However, we are not insignificant.
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,
Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them, and make them a little less than the heavenly beings?
Psalms 8:3-5 (NET)
The Psalmist isn’t saying that we as the created is insignificant in the scheme of things. On the contrary, the very pronouncement that man is nothing denies the deity of God. Because we cannot say man is insignificant and not at the very same breath pronounce the act and intent of God as being folly.
Every brush stroke on the artist canvas serves to render the creativity in their minds eye on the painting. We don’t even think about the act of creation in our world view, but we fully accept the artists discerning eye gazing at his work and then putting ‘the finishing touch’ on his masterpiece. We accept it so much that the term ‘the finishing touch’ has become a standard in our vernacular.
Yet as we live our theology, we disregard what God sees as special; us, others, and this world he created for us. We so disregard it to the point that our very lives are a blasphemy to God’s sovereignty.
I had a comment to one of the devotionals I just recently wrote, the person said, “All nations are under God”. That is a very true statement. All nations, all people, everything we can call a thing is part of what he has designed an put in place. The issue is, we don’t live like we understand that.
This is the hard part
Our entire world view must change. No matter how much you thought God played in your life, he must be more. No matter what we think of our insignificance, it is critical that we understand that he has a distinct and specific purpose for us and our lives. Even more important is that that significance doesn’t only apply to us alone, if we attempt to be his disciple or not. That significance applies to each and every person we encounter and come in contact with.
Just as John the Baptist said of Jesus…
He must become more important while I become less important.
John 3:30 (NET)
There is not one element in his creation that he didn’t put there for a reason and to deny that, is to deny the one who gives you life and breath.
He is the Great I AM. We, you and me, are not the ‘I’ we should be focused on. In his masterpiece, he has provisioned a purpose and intent for every brush stroke that made you and made me. It is only when you come to our best understanding of who God is, and who we are that we can comprehend the world around us in the way he intends us to.
As soon as we begin to say I, we begin to usurp from the magnificence of that architecture, he’s put in place and depart from his will for us his creation. We are the ‘us’. He is the “I AM”!
In the Grace of Jesus!