The Word of God is the great invitation.
"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
The reason it is so difficult to see God and His promises is our vision is limited to our five senses. That’s a problem humans are born with.
Even in early times, the apostle Paul was facing this problem with the Areopagus. The Areopagus refers to the earliest aristocratic council of ancient Athens, perhaps comparable to a group of extremely bright, learned, and accomplished people of today. Paul was trying to have a conversation with these men about God.
“People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
This is the God who desires more than anything else that we come to know Him. We meet Him in the story of creation found in the book of Genesis.
When God was done telling universes, stars, moons, winds and rains to appear, He then breathed life into plants, animals, birds and a multitude of creatures.
“God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28
Then God breathed His likeness into dirt, which God had spoken into existence. And from His breath, human life came into existence.
[Then] God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28
This was the free and glorious state of mankind before The Fall. Genesis tells us that “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25.
The Hebrew word for naked used here is עָרֹם pronounced (arom) which means a living state of absolute nakedness (עֵירֹם), a freedom. Note, further, that Genesis 2:5 tells us that they felt no shame, (בָּשְׁנָה), pronounced, boshnah, living as such.
Just as it is impossible to know life as it was before The Fall it is impossible, on our own, to know God as we now are.
I cannot stress this truth enough, we are beings born who are bound to our own significance. The following verse from Genesis explains this state of being.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He [man] answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Genesis 3:9-10 That is the drastic change in our state of being, we became dasterdly self-conscious.
We live in a state wherein it is impossible to free ourselves from ourselves. This makes it impossible to even have a truthful relationship with anyone else.
The reason for this is that every intention that we have is misdirected. Genesis tells us how this happened. Satan, referred to in the Word of God as crafty (עָרוּם), pronounced arum, talked Adam and Eve into their becoming significant. I paraphrase. “Listen to me and you can become just like God.” Eve listened to Satan, and Adam listened to Eve and the result was that we became gods onto ourselves. Living in such a state is to be living in sin.
John Calvin & John Milton on The Fall
The dialogue between Jesus and the Scribes and Pharisees over a woman who was caught in adultery is about the way back to life in an Invisible God. The law the Scribes and Pharisees followed was that she was guilty and should be stoned to death. As Jesus is kneeling and writing in the sand, He looks up as if to say “Who has the right to judge her?” When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
There is no such person without sin save one, Jesus Christ. And this Jesus spoke the following.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
The Scribes and Pharisee’s in the Old Testament refused to believe that Jesus was from God. They were direct descendants of God. That was the cause of Jesus’s angry—they were playing God, a trait they inherited from their father.
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
This Jesus who stood before them was the result of a promise.
His Father said the following. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. "Genesis 3:15
Under the law of God we are all condemned sinner. And when we “play God” by condemning another we are living by the old covenant. The covenant Satan bound us to.
We live bound by one of two laws, one of two covenants. One is to live according to the lie that promised us “You can be like God,” that binds us to eternal death or the new covenant written into the hearts and minds of those who believe in one God. Martin Luther expresses the following thoughts on this new covenant. “This light of understanding in the mind, I say, and this flame in the heart is the law of faith, the new law, the law of Christ, the law of the Spirit, the law of grace. It justifies, fulfills everything, and crucifies the lusts of the flesh. Thus St. Augustine says beautifully on this passage: “In a sense the man who with a love of righteousness lives righteously lives the Law itself.” Luther’s Works, Volume 27
This righteousness is a new state of being. Obviously we still have the old minds, simply because we use them in order to live. But these minds are corrupted. Because they cannot prove the existence of heaven, hell, and the God they deny these truths.
God touches us with truth. It is a gift given to us through faith. Worldviews do not contain any truths that compare to the promises God made to us in the new covenant. Faith is given.
Experienced mountain climbers know what to hold on to because falling is costly. The Fall, as recorded in the Word of God, cost mankind everything.
The only way to life, now, is through Jesus Christ. We rejoice in His coming to Bethlehem but often forget how far He had to fall down to get to where we are. The power in His coming was in His mission.
"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
That is the promise He came to fulfill. After He had healed diseases, impairments and the ultimate violence that hatred can produce, He was killed only to overcome the death of deaths for which we were destined to die.
After all His work was done, Christ ascended to His Father. His disciples, those who had walked and worked with Him, were there to witness His return to His Father. They kept straining to see Him as He disappeared into the clouds. Angels came and spoke to them.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
How does one then learn about God? Through His Word. Its not as so many will try to tell you, through a personal mystical experience.
Begin in His Word. Today that Word is but an IPhone away. God desires that you come to know Him so much that He has sent a helper that will guide you into the understanding of why God sent His Son into this world. You will find as we have found, that through that Word Christ reveals Himself to us, born like us, suffering all that we may have to suffer in order that we may be His own, live under Him in His Kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.
We hope that you to become a student of God's Word. For God has promised all of us that if we seek His Kingdom first everything else will be given to us.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
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