- Religion and Philosophy
God Loves Man
The Way and Plan of God Made Plain
When it comes to the creation of man, we see this wonderful creator getting personal and up close as he forms man from the dust of the ground.
God speaks concerning all that he created as being good but never mentioned one time that he loved it however he states in John 3 verse 16 that he so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. This gives us a picture of God's love for his greatest creation which is man. God made man from the dust of the ground in his own image and likeness.
The first man named Adam was created and designed to live forever in the presence of his creator and till the garden that his creator had planted.
He had the blood of his creator running through his veins and he was perfect and holy before a holy God until his fall in this garden as he succumbed to the temper that had already caused his beautiful partner Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit that their creator had told them to not eat of. God not Satan set the penalty for breaking his law and eating the fruit. The first man was warned that to eat of the forbidden fruit would bring death. The penalty imposed was to be death however God is a perfect God and his justice demanded that if he made a man in his image and likeness then he must make a way for man to be redeemed should he fall.
After the fall in the garden, we find this wonderful creator bring justice as He gives man his sentence for breaking His law but not without providing His wonderful creation a promise of a coming deliverer who would both put the tempter in his place and restore the fellowship of man back to his original relationship with his God and creator.
God, who is perfect and demands perfection, could not form another Adam from the dust of the Earth that now had a curse on it because of the fall in the garden.
Here is the first glimpse we get of Jesus as our coming deliverer. Our coming deliverer would be a man like Adam and but not get his blood from man. He would have God's blood like Adam and would through a wonderful plan crush the enemy under His feet.
We later find this creator writing His law on the stone tablets for His servant Moses thundering with a loud fist from Mt.Sinai as the unapproachable God who would not tolerate the breaking of His laws.
We see Him as a perfect being whose holiness requires that anything less than holy would not be able to live in His sight.
We find later that the law was given to us to show us what it would take for us to have fellowship with our creator and how short we come of meeting this requirement.
This wonderful creator called and sent men with messages of hope that one day a deliverer would come to set men free from the bondage of sin that now reined in his blood. We see this wonderful creator choose men and later a sect of people that would worship Him and follow His leading. We see Abraham believe God, as he was willing to offer his son of promise Isaac as a sacrifice to God. We see God cause a ram to be caught in the thicket as God would not only provide this sacrifice but would one day clothe himself in humanity and pay the sin debt we all owe because of our sin nature passed down to us from our first ancestors in the garden.
Here again, we see the Word of God (Jesus) visiting this world as the angel of God both to lead, guide and protect God's people to bring them to the land He had prepared for them and to raise up a people that one day would produce a deliverer for all man kind. We see Him protect them from their enemies, as He would lead them out of bondage and into a land that He had chosen for them.
God Makes A Way For Fallen Man
Jesus began His ministry at the age of thirty after being baptized by John in the river of Jordan.
We see this same man do unexplained miracles as he went about the Father's business doing good and healing all that was oppressed by the enemy of our souls.
Here we see Him as a prophet like Moses and also a teacher as He trained and equipped twelve disciples that were hand picked by God.
The unapproachable God thundering with an iron fist in times past was now being revealed through His son (Jesus) as an approachable God that wanted a relationship with mankind.
These men ate with him and were eyewitness of the love the unseen God had for them as three of them were on the mount of transfiguration and saw Moses and Elijah speaking with Him about his destiny to bear the sins of the world on an old rugged cross out side of Jerusalem.
Here they saw His appearance change and saw Him in His true glory as the almighty God who is immutable and never changes.
After three and one half years of ministry, we see Him arrested by an angry mob in the garden of Gethsemane but not before all were knocked down by an unseen power to give us insight that no man had the power over Him unless it was granted from His Father above.
Here He is in the office as our protector as he would not allow the mob to arrest the others with Him to fulfill the scriptures that all had forsaken Him but of his sheep he had lost none. He was taken to the high priest where He was mocked, spit on and beaten.
Later He was taken to Pilots hall where He was questioned and later taken to a whipping post and beaten beyond recognition.
Here we see Him (Jesus) in his office as our model sufferer as He received the thirty-nine stripes for our healing.
Next we see Him crucified on an old rugged cross hanging between the heavens and the Earth experiencing excruciating pain with words of love and forgiveness bearing the sins of mankind and making a way for the fellowship between God and man to be restored. Here we see Him (Jesus) in His office as our redeemer.
He was spilling His life's blood fulfilling the scriptures in John 14 stating I go to prepare you a place meaning I go to the cross to pay the penalty of death that fallen man can make their way back to fellowship and become one with God. He also stated that after going to the cross to make away for fallen man to have the opportunity to come back to fellowship with a holy God that he would be raised from the dead to begin the reconciliation process starting with his disciples. The blood which flowed from his body was priceless. It was the second Adam which fulfilled the requirement for our sins to be paid in full for the life of man is in the blood.
After six hours on this cross we find Him placing His spirit in the Fathers hands as He paid the final debt of sin, which is death.
He then went into the lowest parts of the Earth in a holding place called paradise and liberated the souls of the saints that had died trusting in the Lord to provide a redeemer that they might one day be with Him.
He took paradise and these precious saints from the lowest parts of the Earth to heaven that they might live in the presence of this loving Father.
He took the authority of death, hell and the grave away from the deceiver Satan who had tricked our ancestors Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and caused man to loose his fellowship with his creator.
Here we see Him (Jesus) in His office as the seed of the woman that would crush the serpent's head.
He then went and purged the vessels of Heaven and presented His blood to the Father who accepted it as full payment for mans rebellion.
We then see Him return to this world for forty days, show Himself to five hundred at one time, set things in order and finish training his disciples that they might declare the good news to all people.
The Hope That Gives Hope
After taking His disciples out as far as Bethany and instructing them to go and wait until they be endued with power from above, we see Him leaving this world on a cloud as two men appear in shining garments proclaiming to his disciples that this same Jesus that they see going a way would one day return the same way.
There were one hundred and twenty assembled in an upper room in one mind and accord when all of a sudden there was a sound as a mighty rushing wind filled the room.
The promise of the father had come and the Holy Spirit was given to empower them for the task ahead.
Here we see Him (Jesus) in His office as our High Priest. Before, one had to be where He was in order to receive from Him because He was in a human body but now He (Jesus the Word) is in His released form being omnipresent that is everywhere at the same time fulfilling the scripture that God was in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself.
Next we see Him (Jesus) sitting at the right hand of God as our intercessor and high priest making intercession for us that we might be presented blameless as a trophy of His grace to His Father on that day when we will all be reunited with our loved ones called the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Later we find Him coming back with His saints as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to punish the wicked and establish Himself as King upon the throne of David to rule and reign for one thousand years fulfilling Psalms 110 verse 1.