- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
You Will Never Guess The Most Powerful Place To Encounter God
Who Are You?
The Challenge of Defining Who You "Are"
Day to day, people hear the questions: "How are you?" "Who are you?" Typically, "Who are you?" is followed by the response, "My name is..." or " My parents are...", yet so few people answer it contextually as to "What are you?" This question is rarely asked because we have been socially engineered to know that we are humankind and that state of being is attributed to tons of factors we have been taught to believe. Our society never questions humanity unless there are crimes against it. However, today we are going to explore the parameters of what is means to be human. We will examine it by means of origin, purpose, and impact. There are many creations stories that have traveled through time and societies. The Christian contextual background is how we are going to navigate through the spaces of Truth that can and that most definitely do exist outside what we know to be Christian.
A Body of flesh, containing a Mind and a Soul, the human design is a tripartite existence. The Soul is connected to the Mind an Body by means of the Spirit. The Spirit also connects things around the Mind and Body within the scope of the five acknowledged senses, and beyond.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness
Who YOU are is directly connected with The Creator. Being Created in the likeness means not merely in appearance, but in character, tendency, mannerism, and potency. Knowing that this likeness is of God, then we also have clues as to Who God is by how we are structured.
Defining God Only By What Ourselves And The Word
Since the beginning, and as I imagine, until the end of time, people will continue to ask, deliberate, and inconclusively examine the question: "Who is God?"
Being that we have seen in Genesis that God says let Us Create Man in Our Image, it is easy to see that there is a Plurality to God. Just as when we are humans have a family we can see the dynamics between how the human element can reflect a portion of God's BEing.
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
In this passage from Exodus, we see that the mystery of God is evident. However, there are lots of hard philosophies uncovered by this contextual jewel of Scripture. The first three words: "And God said..." and also in Genesis "God said" a lot. We know that God speaks. We know that in order to , know, see, feel, or acknowledge God there will be some sort of movement behind God's Words. "I AM" is the state of BEing so that we can also like existence to Who God is. God is existence. The Plurality aspect of God can be rather ambiguous. However, existence is a single concept that has multiplicity of endless proportions.
Also, we can see that God is Purpose. Whenever, we see God present in Scripture, someone is being sent some place. We rarely see any stagnation where God makes "Him"self known. We also know, that as Moses calls God: "I AM hath sent me unto you." Here "I AM" is used as a Name that would be acknowledged by the people Moses addressed. We know from this small identification exercise that God is Existence, God is a Plural and Singular Aspect simultaneously, and that God is Purpose that Communicates Itself.
Another instance that answers the question: "Who Is God" lies in the initial Words of The Book of John:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In Genesis God Speaks and Creates all that exists. In Genesis we see the Words "In The Beginning" too. Here in John Chapter One we also see "In The Beginning" which is extremely significant. Many times this phrase is seen as the beginning of time. Most societies with a Christian element look at time a tilialogical. That is, that time has a clearly finite begininng point and an end point. However, let us take a look at how the phrase "In The Beginning" would change in an accretive, or result of a process. (Accretive: is defined as the growing together of separate parts into a single w:hole; an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growthin size or extent.) By using the accretive stance on the phrase: "In The Beginning" we can see that this makes more "sense" because humans are definitely a part to a whole. And if God is the "Whole" then we can understand why "I AM" would be God as Existence itself. Looking at "In The Beginning" we then begin to see that this means the BEginning of ANY creation. The accretive lense definitely ties the aspects of Genesis into John 1:1 God is Existence, and God is within EVERYTHING pushing forth an incremental Creation. Therefore, we can see that God exists in three parts in order for God to accurately depict Man in His Image. God has to Manifest Himself as Body, Mind, and Spirit. SO ultimately this will lead us to answer: "Who is Christ?"
Enter Into The Way of Your Kingdom
Christ has been, is and will continue to BE. Christ is the Lawful manifestation of God’s embodiment and use of the Holy Spirit in heaven amd within the earth realm. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer it is instructed in Matthew 6 “…On earth as it is in heaven…” in order to show the simultaneous effort of manifestation. Being Christian is to receive the gift of Salvation and Righteousness to be in Divine Order. When operating in Divine Order, the human is designed to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth by his word and create just as God uses His Word to Create. The human is a shell to embody the glory, or evidence of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth as an ambassador would for a specific country. Therefore, Christ, is the leading example of this purpose. Christ was born of the Holy Spirit which is the action aspect of the Tripartite God. The Holy Spirit is the Liaison between God and Man to Manifest the glory or evidence of God by means of an ambassador. Christ is the first, present, and everlasting example of why God created man and how to operate in such a purpose. Christ is a teacher of purpose, provider of the tools needed, and the actual proof that God desires to BE a King of kings and a Lord of lords. God’s Power is done by the Hand of Christ without making Christ any less powerful or significant. Here we see God’ desire to rule by making His people rulers.
Heaven Only Knows
What is Heaven? Heaven is everywhere life is present and connects everything alive. Our access to Heaven was compromised when Eve and Adam fell. The fall of Man is what permitted death to attempt a rightful claim to the Mankind created in God's Image. In order to endure we have access to Heaven we are Redeemed by the Blood to restore Man to Everlasting life. Therefore, Heaven is not a place to hope to go to as a postmortem destination. Heaven is a connector of all things living and our destiny is to stay connected to Life eternally. Heaven is where life is manifested constantly. We must accept the Salvation of Christ as a gift that returns us to the Origins of mankind. We were created to be eternal, to have Dominion, and tend to things of the earth. Heaven is the key to activate the Oneness with God and all of Creation.
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is Who Jesus The Christ left behind. The Holy Spirit is a tool of empowerment by which our two gifts of Righteousness and Salvation allow the utilization of God's Miraculous Power Through MAN.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
In BOTH scriptures is it apparent that we can attempt by our own means, however any connection to Salvation and Righteous that is effective in manifestation of God's Purpose is a gift, plain and simple. We can never, in our own merit measure up to God's Standard of perfection.
Isaish 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
How wonderful that Our God would give us such a delightful gift to make us empowered passed our iniquities.
What is the Purpose of Heaven? What is the Purpose of Earth? The Purpose of Earth is to reflect the exact living as the Kingdom of Heaven. Heaven is the Kingdom and it's purpose is to show Man how to continuously and eternally operate in the likeness of God.
Exodus 9:16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
It is the domain in which MANkind has complete Dominion. Anything that is not directly of the Kingdom of Heaven is out of Divine Order. How are We all connected? We are all connected by the Kingdom of Heaven as kings reigning under the Sovereign King. This is all done out of pure Love. We are all connected by God's Love.
May all of the faith needed to Manifest the Glory of the Lord Our God drive the hope and the greatest of all Love.
The King James Version of the Bible was originally published in 1611
The Holy Bible, King James Version. New York: American Bible Society: 1999; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/108/